Friday, 23 August 2013

Bobbi Brown: Brand Catch Up: A Old Friend Revisited

Anyone around during the 90s, especially the early part of it will be familiar with the brand Bobbi Brown. Queen of the Nudes, Celebrator of Natural Beauty and wearable shades for all skin tones were a few of her many accolades. I started my career during the 90s and Bobbi Brown was a range that I looked to for colours and textures that celebrated the natural beauty in a woman, any woman to be exact. And throughout my career her products have lurked in some form in my huge kit. From her famous Foundation Sticks that carried me throughout  my 90s career to her nude lipsticks, so favoured by every model and celebrity I worked with from Asia to Europe.

I then started working more with colour and soon got distracted by other brands that had bigger and more diversified colour ranges. However her nudes and neutrals always existed in decanted forms in my palettes. So it was such a lovely experience being able to catch up with the lovely Irene and Sophie from the London press office for a much needed recap session. And my my Bobbi Brown has been one busy woman! The core items that catapulted her to fame still exists, much to my relief. I will be honest, I get so busy with work that I seldom make it to shops to see what's new with brands, so I rely heavily on brand catch ups with all the PRs, add on the impossible factor of matching schedules, it's even harder. So without further a do, let's get on with it. There's quite a few things that tickled my fancy and I have cut it down to what applies to me and what I'd like to use in my kit for work.

BB Cream SPF35
I like BB creams but always wondered whether it would be right for a MUA's kit or not. Well I was sceptical but when I tried the Bobbi Brown BB Cream with it's high colour saturation and semi matte finish, I think I might have to give this a proper go. I don't know why I was surprised as this was already a firm favourite with a few friends in the business. Guess I'm just stubborn. Well with good coverage and beautiful colour pigments, I feel I am going to like this a lot. Available in a comprehensive 9 shades, there really should be one for most skin tones.

Tinted Eye Brightener
Now this just seemed like common sense and a clever product. In 10 shades, this light fluid packs quite a lot of coverage to brighten and cover under eye circles. I haven't tested it on a job but when tested on back of my hand, i loved the high coverage and also it felt satiny without the need of powder. Definitely cannot wait to put this to the test!

Brightening Finishing Powder
2 very pretty powder palettes designed to brighten the complexion. To the left Brightening Nudes with slightly more sheen and the right Porcelain Pearl with it's myriad of colour correcting pastels. I would favour Porcelain Pearl as I try not to have too much shimmer or sheen in my products for shoots. Both very soft and fine-milled. And the Sheer Powder Brush is just a dream, with it's soft bristles and it's beautifully-cut shape to powder only where you want to powder. I love it!

Retouching Powders
These soft powders come in 5 shades to help balance any concerns when it comes to colour correction. I am not exactly sure how I would use them yet and when it comes to colour correction, I am usually rather apprehensive but these were super fine so they blended to nothing. I would use the yellow and peach to brighten up black skins. Or I would custom mix specific powders for my subjects. Rather exciting to cannot wait to use this on set. 

Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Promising 8 hours of crease/flake/fade-free performance and in 11 shades, these colour rich sticks feel silky and easy to blend and use. I'm a huge fan of the wetter textures, especially to really get a richly pigmented eye, so these will be perfect to layer with shadows for all those intense eye looks.

So you can see Bobbi Brown has indeed expanded and has managed to keep both consumer and in my humble opinion, more impressively the professional makeup artists happy! Makes me glad that she is still staying true to the roots from which she stems from. I look forward to incorporating all these items into my kit and work. I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried these items. 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Editorial Update: Blush Baby!

I'm finally back from my summer holidays! Whilst I was away I got emailed the new images for my new beauty shoot. I loved it and wanted to share it with you guys. The talented Cameron-James Wilson took the shots and we had the very stunning Vika modelling and hair maestro Louis Bryne on coiffure duties. I'm extremely pleased with the results and if I get a chance will do a post of the looks soon.
What do you think? Doesn't Vika look amazing? Glad to be home everyone! x