{Beauty Must-Haves}

I’ve had a few questions via email and on my Formspring for what hair products I use as well as what my makeup routine is. I thought I’d answer here in case anyone else was interested!

I recently changed my makeup almost exclusively to Bobbi Brown. She came and spoke at a work conference a few months back and I was completely smitten with Bobbi as well as her brand and what it stands for. She believes that “beauty isn’t about looking perfect. It’s about celebrating individuality”. Her makeup is super natural, gives great coverage, but at the same time feels light on my skin. Here are my beauty must-haves and a few reasons I love them so very much and would recommend every.single.one to you.

1. Bobbi Brown Corrector: This is the miracle worker right here. I naturally have dark circles under my eyes and this corrector brightens and covers those circles in seconds flat. I never used a corrector before, but now that I do, I will never go back!

2. Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit: This is a no-nonsense, award-winning concealer. Covers blemishes, dark circles and the like. The pressed powder that accompanies it sets the concealer for long-lasting wear. It’s not super cakey and thick like some other concealers I’ve used!

3. Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation SPF 12: Love, love, love this powder. I used to use Mac StudioFix powder because I liked how much coverage it gave me, but it made my face feel sort of trapped (do you know that feeling?). This pressed powder can give you different degrees of coverage based on how you apply it (damp sponge, dry sponge, face brush) and it feels light and airy. Can’t say enough about this product!

4. Bobbie Brown Bronzing Powder: I think the key with bronzer is finding the right shade for your skin tone. I went to Nordstrom and got help at the Bobbi Brown counter and they did a fabulous job. Gives me a glow without looking fakey orange. 

5. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush: I was never the girl who had all the fancy makeup brushes. I told the woman at the Bobbie Brown counter at Nordstrom that I wasn’t interested in having a million brushes that do a million different things. I’m a simple girl when it comes to beauty and I wanted to keep it that way. She suggested 3 essential brushes. This is one of them. It makes me feel like I’m at the spa every morning as I put on my bronzer. Feels amazing on my skin and applies my bronzer flawlessly. I’m a changed woman.

6. Bobbi Brown Face Brush: See #5. I use this brush to apply my pressed powder and love it just as much as the bronzer brush. 

7. Christian Dior Eyeliner Pencil: I’ve used this eyeliner since I was 14 and I just can’t betray it – even for Bobbi Brown 😉  

8. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze: This is one of my favorite beauty products ever. This is the one Bobbi Brown product I used from the beginning. If you want to look flawless and glowing, you need this. Trust me. Uh-may-zing. 

9. Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara: I change my mascara pretty much every time I need a new tube. I just haven’t found one that absolutely wows me yet. I got this one as a sample and I feel the same way about it as I do with any other good mascara: It does the trick, but it doesn’t perform miracles… Do you know one that does?

10. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15: My makeup routine actually starts with this moisturizer. Gives some color to my face and evens things out. In the summer I just brush a bit of bronzer on top and add mascara and call it a day. During the winter I proceed with concealer, powder, etc. 

11. Morrocan Oil Hair Treatment: Oh my hair… Or shall I call it “the fro”, “my mane”, “the beast”… All common names for my long + thick head of hair! Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s a blessing to have this much hair, but taming it can be so tiresome and irritating. Morrocan Oil really helps keep the frizz to a minimum, cuts down on my drying time and it smells soooo good. I heard people rant and rave about this product forever and my friend finally got me some as a gift. Now there’s no turning back.

12. Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush:  I use this brush to set my concealer using the powder from my Creamy Concealer Kit. I also use it to apply eyeshadow (though I normally only where eyeshadow on nights out!).

So there you have it! My beauty must-haves. Am I missing anything? Do you have any questions? Feel free to ask me in the comments, by email or on my Formspring. Really hope you guys enjoyed this post – I know it’s different from the usual!

20 thoughts on “{Beauty Must-Haves}”

  1. i'm the same with my mascara as you are with your eyeliner! i've used just plain ole maybelline great lash with a curved brush since, like, the beginning of time. i don't know if it performs miracles, but it's the only one for me!

  2. Love Bobbi! well, her products, not like I know her personally:-) My makeup collection is a smattering of different brands…I think I have the shimmer brick and a blush though? I'm due for some new stuff soon…might have to make a trip to the Bobbi counter! AND Moroccan oil is always in my bag! I'm a fellow member of the super-thick hair club! xoxo

  3. yeah! Love Bobbi Brown. When she came to speak at Nike I was sold on the black eyeliner pot….I know you said you stick with Dior but she did say at the speaking event that it was the one “must have” for every woman! I got the brush too and I love it. I'll have to consider some of her other products now that I see how well they work for you! Thank you!

  4. I've been looking at different brands for concealer, this may definitely be an option.

    I've most recently been having issues with mascara. Almost every brand irritates my eyes, a lot. The one that hasn't and gives great definition is the Mally brand. It's a bit pricey, but they usually sell it on QVC in sets.

  5. I will most definitely have to try the moroccan hair oil! The best mascara I've ever used is Clinigue High Impact. It's amazing!

  6. I use Kiehl's (for skincare), Bare Minerals (for my “base powder”), and Chanel for the rest of my makeup (eyeliner, bronzer, liquid foundations- if its a special occasion, blush, and lipstick) BUT I still havent been blown away by a mascara either. I still use the Mabeline one with the pink and green tube.

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