The Muse remembers the first time she purchased a cosmetic book. It had to be 10 years or so ago and it was entitled Your Makeover: Simple Ways for Any Woman to Look Her Best by Morgen Schick. The Muse is a big supporter of Morgen Schick and her amazing array of awesome cosmetics and her book was quite great at creating a flawless, natural look.
Recently the Muse was introduced to another makeup book which is the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. The Muse finished this book in a day! I took it to bed with me one night and didn’t stop reading until it was completely done. Although much of what was discussed I already know I still felt like the book was an awesome manual for those who are just starting out in the cosmetic world.
The book covers many topics such as picking a moisturizer and foundation for your skin tone and type, how a good diet influences your skin and body, application of concealer, foundation, eye makeup, and more! The book has a solid index of just about everything you want or need to know about makeup and application. Granted, the book does contain the most basic (no complex application methods here just straight to the point) of information but this is actually what makes it so appealing as the simplicity of the techniques are easy to follow and understand! The book covers virtually all aspects of makeup but it also covers details such as photographer and becoming a makeup artist.
All in all it’s a rather interesting compilation of great tips and tricks! I think it’s well worth picking up if you’re a beginner to makeup application or you’re just seeking to brush up on your current skills!
I enjoyed it and I’m quite happy to have it on my bookshelf as I definately learned a thing or two after reading it!
You can nab yours from Amazon.com
Anyone read it or own it?
Tell the Muse!
Bobbi Brown Pink Satin Collection Review
Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Balm in Copper Diamond Review, Swatches, and FOTD
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Palette Review, Swatches, and FOTD
Bobbi Brown Party Collection
Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Collection really caught the Muse’s eye this season with the introduction of the beautiful Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick. Also released with this collection are brand new, limited edition Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Balms.
Of course the Muse is all about glitter so she must have some glittery lip balms for her lips! Sadly, after trying out these balms I’m somewhat on the fence if I actually like them! I tried the shade Copper Diamond which is a rich brown shade with gold shimmer. I did expect a gritty formula as per the name “glitter lip balm” but thankfully the formula is quite smooth and applies easily. Actually the formula is my main problem with the product, considering it’s a balm it applies as such so it has that slightly waxy feel to it and feels a bit heavy on the lips! In defense of the product you have to take into consideration the fact that it is a balm so it does have the texture of one. I guess I was feeling like it might be a bit more emollient and moisturizing on but that’s not the case. Some tugging and pulling is involved to get it to glide on smoothing but the good news is it is pigmented so one layer of product is plenty! I also wasn’t particularly thrilled with the color as it’s a chocolate brown that wasn’t too flattering on me and the other two shades released don’t look too much better to me so I honestly have no interest in purchasing another shade considering the formula is fab and the shades aren’t either.
All in all if you like the general texture of regular balms you might find this is a product you’ll absolutely love but the Muse wasn’t particularly excited about it after trying it on for size. I’ve had some great experiences with Bobbi Brown lately but the Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Balm gets a thumbs down for me this time around!
Have you tried these?
Not so much?
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Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick Review, Swatches, & FOTD
Bobbi Brown Moisturizing Cream Compact Foundation Review
Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry Collection Review & FOTD
I got countless e-mails asking after the new Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond and honestly I can’t blame many of you for asking, “Muse, Muse, do I need it? How similiar is it to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Gold? Are you getting it?”
So here you go a reply and answer to all your many e-mails!
Yay! Trust your dear old Muse to answer all your questions about the Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick!
Good news my dears, Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond is vastly different when compared to Gold! Excited? I am as I was prepared to be disappointed when I seen Copper Diamond up close and personal but disappointed I was not!
The name is slightly misleading..Copper Diamond…mmmm I wouldn’t necessarily fit the shades in to the copper or the diamond category! For the most part the palette is a super beautiful combination of beiges, browns, and creams. The finish does have a slight copper sheen to it but very slight in my opinion and leans more towards a golden bronze. It’s difficult to explain but it’s beautiful is all you really need to know.
I took swatches of each shade:
I’ve never been a true fan of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks but somehow, someway I have collected my fair share of them over the course of a year or so. Along the way I also ended up from really not liking them that much to actually enjoying them quite alot, so much so that some shades have even replaced my beloved MAC Mineralized Skinfinish!
The evolution of the Bobbi Brown Holiday Shimmer Brick has been a rather nice ride for the Muse. Her first purchase was the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Gold which was quickly followed up by the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz from Holiday 2007 and finally I’m ringing in the start of Holiday 2008 with the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond. I’ve actually hauled out all three palettes and did close up shots and comparisons of all of them so you can see the differences for yourself. One of the major differences would be packaging of course. The packaging has evolved from the classic black Bobbi Brown compact featuring a beautiful gold border inside to a pink border the next year. Always after the compact remains black and modest even though each was a limited edition piece there was nothing super special about the packaging aside from that pretty border inside. Last year Bobbi ditched the simple black pox and replaced it with a shiny bronze pink metallic package that caught and held the Muse’s eye. Finally this year the packaging undergoes a major revamp and comes out shining like a brand new penny! The compact has gone from the simplicity of black to a stunning copper gold palette with a beautiful metallic face place displaying the Bobbi Brown brand name on top. When I originally seen the compact in photos it kind of resembled a cardboard compact but that’s not the case at all. The compact is actually a tiny bit bigger then a normal shimmer brick plus with it’s new clothes it’s quite the little stunner! I like that even during pressing economic times that Bobbi Brown took the initiative to create beautiful new packaging for a beautiful new limited edition product and kept the price at $40 USD!
Evolution of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Packaging
Do you need Copper Diamond? The Muse likes to think so. If you collect Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks you’re honestly going to want to purchase this one to add to your stash. If you’re thinking of purchasing one for the first time this is absolutely a great piece to start with. I really can’t help but Muse Approve it for purchase! If you were worried whether it was very like Gold rest assured it’s vastly different and just as beautiful.
It’s available now on Bobbi Brown’s website or your local counter.
The Muse loves it and thinks you will too!
What I used to create my Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Look:
Bourjois Paris 10 Hour Sleep Effect
Hard Candy Liquid Sweet Cheeks Liquid Blush in Girlie
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond
Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Balm in Copper Diamond (Review Coming Soon…)
Urban Decay Potion Primer
Benefit Lemon Aid
Dior Radiance Booster Pen
Milani Wet/Dry Sparkling Eyeshadow in Beach Sand
Apologies in advance for looking so rough! I was out till 3:30am last night singing my little heart at karaoke and the night got away from me so the Muse ended up scoring a mere 2-3 hours worth of sleep and she’s looking like it in these photos EEP!
Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection Review featuring the Bobbi Brown Mauve Face Palette
Bobbi Brown Party Collection
Bobbi Brown Party Collection: Updated Color Information
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Palette in Night Sky Review & Swatches
Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Balm
Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick
Whatcha up to today?
I have piles of work on my desk so I’m kinda slow replying to comments today and getting posts up! I have a crumb load of posts that have already been written but I normally don’t schedule them to post until I’ve edited, re-read, and added images and links in! Expect them soon though! As I work I’m having my geeky moment by jamming out to the theme song from My Lovely Sam Soon, I’m so feeling that song today!
The reason why I sing now and I feel so fine………………! Yeah well I doubt you want to hear the Muse sing. It’s much like the sound of cat’s screeching only twice as bad.
I wanted to update quickly and let you know further info about the new Bobbi Brown Party Collection that I discussed yesterday!
I thought that the shadows were old colors but re-pimped in a new collection however I should have known better as they are actually new! Yay! Exciting!
I have my eye on Glitz and Pink Chandelier! Very pretties!
Here’s a chart for the shades being released in both the Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow and Brand New Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Gloss!
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for the original post and details about the Bobbi Brown Party Collection!
This collection will be available as of November from Bobbi Brown but you can get it now from Nordies if you can’t wait for it!
Talk to you laters!
A bit more Bobbi Brown Holiday with her new collection that’s launched on Nordstrom this week entitled Party Collection!
The collection is re-pimping Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow out and from what I could see none of the shades are new however if you haven’t already indulged I highly suggest you do as I have a few shades and absolutely love ’em!
The item that really caught my eye is the new, limited edition Bobbi Brown Glitter Gloss.
Is that pretty or what? Nice right? Each gloss is $19 USD each and available in six shades which include:
- Disco Pink
- Rave (Shown Above)
- Soiree Pink
- Velvet Rope
Considering how many metallic shadows I’ve collected so far I should really start indulging in one of the empty four pan palettes for $10 USD!
If you’re wanting a bit of a sparkling look for the Holidays you may want to check some of these items out! I know I have my eye on the Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Gloss in Rave and Velvet Rope!
Bobbi Brown Pink Bronze Collection Review Featuring Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Palette Review and Swatches
Bobbi Brown Metallics Collection and Metallic Lip Color Review and Swatches