BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick

Hey!

LOVE at first swipe! I received my BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick in Bronze about a week ago as a ‘back to uni’ gift from my cousin Sapna and honestly, I have been using it every night out since!


Uses

A combo of both a highlighter, with the slightly more sheer, lighter shades towards the top of the compact and a bronzer, when fanning your brusk through the bottom few shades. I love how it gives me an elegant glow and elevates my cheek bones.

As an eyeshadow, I spray MAC’s Fix + on my brush and sweep it across the last three shades for a beautiful lid colour. MAC’s Fix + generates vivid colour on the eyes by magnifying the pigmentation. The lighter shades are great for the inner corners and brow bone highlight.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 18.14.54


Formula

The formula is very soft, buttery and the sheen is very subtle leaving a gorgeous glow and build-able for a more intense look.


Packaging

The packaging for me is slightly bulky and I would have preferred a thinner packaging style. Having said that, the mirror is very ideal for popping in your handbag for a night out, on the lid of the generally exclusive feeling, white on black BOBBI BROWN packaging.


My thoughts

This shimmer brick looks amazing on my cheeks and creates a healthy shine, making my skin look and feel hydrated. I’m not usually one for bronzers but I feel that taking my Crown fan brush through this compact a couple of times, is enough for imparting a natural looking bronze colour. The colour is perfect because it is not at all orange or a dark or flat brown. Other brown-based bronzers can make my skin look dirty but this one doesn’t!

You can blend all the shades together for a warm golden glow or what I like to do is first apply the darker shades on my cheeks and then concentrate with the light highlighting shade on the tops of my cheekbones. It photographs beautifully and adds such a great dimension to the skin.


Have you guys tried the BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick? What are your thoughts? Check out all the different colours here.


Sachita x

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My Fave Blushes ❤️

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Following on from my post on ‘My Favourite Mascaras‘, I thought I’d continue this short series and write the second post on my favourite blushes, as requested 🙂 My current MAC foundation shade is NC44.5 so I would say I have a medium-tan skin-tone shade, just so that you have an idea of the shades of the blushes.

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Ingot Face Blush #41

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As mentioned in my July Favourites post, one of my all time favourite everyday blushes is the  INGLOT Face Blush #41

INGLOT have such a great range of colours and with their unique Freedom System, it allows you to mix and match colours and products to custom design your own palette. This way you can experience their massive range of colours and pick and choose your favourites! They also come as individual face blushes like you can see in the photos above.

It’s a gorgeous matte brown-red shade and great for summer – it’s so long wearing and gives a smooth application. I usually use the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply this. It gives a nice healthy glow to the face and paired with a gorgeous highlighter, it creates great dimension on the face. I love it!

MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush – Peachtwist

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Although a shimmery blush, MAC’s Peachtwist gives the perfect amount of pigmentation for a natural look. It actually creates more of a light sheen rather than a shimmer to your cheeks which can be blended for a sheer look or built up for a more shimmery look. I usually pair this with the INGLOT #41 above, or the NYX Bordeaux below, applying this underneath for a slightly more matte look as I typically go for matte blushes during the day.

As I have more of a medium-tan skin tone, I would think that this blush, being a rosy, peach colour with a subtle gold sparkle, may be slightly too strong for those who have a fairer skin-tone, in which case this blush can be blended out to create more of a rosy glow on the cheeks.


Milani Baked Powder Blush – Rose D’Oro #02

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I love the Milani Baked range, as I mentioned in my July Favourites post, the baked blushes were the first Milani products I tried. With them being super inexpensive I found myself in possession of three of the Baked Blushes; Milani Rose D’Oro, Milani Berry Amore and Milani Red Vino. I am obsessed with all three of these, but the one I tend to reach for most is the Milani Rose D’Oro, just because it’s great for a more natural look and the others can sometimes be a tad intense so I tend to save those for nights out 🙂

They have such a beautiful, silky texture and easy application. Rose D’Oro is very shimmery with an immediate swatch, but once blended it can also create a lovely sheen just like the Peachtwist above. It can be built up to look vibrant as well, and can be used for a beautiful highlight on the hight points of the face. With its golden shimmer, it looks great on more of a tanned skintone and can be paired with a matte blush for a more subtle, everyday look.


NYX Powder Blush – Bordeaux

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NYX Powder Blush in Bordeaux is a deep red-brown with a slight shimmer in the pan but actually goes on the cheeks matte! This blush paired with MAC Retro Lipstick is such a nice combo! Although a slightly darker shade, once blended the colour looks stunning on! I love the NYX formula and the fact that their products are very affordable.

I purchased this blush at IMATS (see my haul video here) and as there were no testers at the NYX stand, I was unable to go in for a quick swatch, but thank god I picked it up! It’s another of my go to blushes and again, like the INGLOT #41, perfect for everyday. I find that I would wear this on less of an oily-skin day or if I don’t have any blemishes on my face, as the slight shimmer in the pan can tend to come through after a few hours of wear.


Benefit Rockateur

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As you may have already noticed, I love anything Rose Gold! The Benefit Rockateur is one their many Box O’ Powders and of course is rose gold in colour. I just find that rose gold compliments my skin tone really well and am always drawn to it, whether it be in make up or jewellery.

The Rockateur generates a healthy flush that brightens up the complexion without being overly shimmery and this one is actually great for all skin-tones! As the colour is build-able, just like most of the other blushes I have mentioned, it can be taken from day to evening really easily. It goes on like a light cream product but is actually a finely-milled powder, creating a lightweight feel to the face. It also comes with a small brush inside making it very travel-friendly. This blush with a gorgeous natural, but lengthened lash using the Roller Lash is perfect!

Another thing I love about this blush is the packaging! I mean look at the packaging! Isn’t it gorgeous?! I’m such a sucker for beautiful packaging haha.


Please let me know your thoughts if you’ve used any of the blushes I have mentioned, and I’d love to know your favourite blushes in the comments 🙂


Sachita x

July Favourites! ❤️

Hey! I would usually do a favourites video but this month I thought I’d mix things up a bit and write a post on what I’ve been loving in the month of July! Most of my faves this month have been make up related with one or two beauty products too! What have you been loving this month? It would be great to know in the comments 🙂

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1) So my first favourite has got to be the Make Up Forever HD Foundation, I’m in the shade N173. I know this isn’t a new product in the beauty market but it has only recently come into my possession when I purchased it at IMATS London (now sold in Debenhams, UK) – and I absolutely love it! It’s a medium to full coverage foundation and covers up any scars or blemishes with ease. My go to foundation before this one was the MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC44.5 which I still love but this MUFE HD is right up there with the MAC SFF! The colour matches my skin tone perfectly and as it’s HD, it photographs beautifully 🙂 I love to apply this foundation with my Sigma 3D HD Kabuki Brush – the ridge is great to apply liquid foundation and allows you to access every crease, curve and angle on your face!

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2) Skindinavia -The Makeup Finishing Spray Oil Control and Skindinavia – The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Control

I’ve had my eye on these forever and when I saw them at IMATS I knew I couldn’t leave without them! I use the primer spray everyday before I start my make up and it sprays on like a light shower of mist over my face (which is great to wake me up for an early start at work, haha!). The finishing spray is slightly more of a spritz when sprayed but after a couple minutes, you can really see the difference before and after. My make up looks a lot more levelled and blended together, the spray is more magical than a buffing brush! I purchased the oil control as i have combination skin and I tend to get quite oily around my T-zone throughout the day. These sprays have been so great at controlling the oil around my T-zone and also for keeping my make up on and in place for the whole day! They’re amazing! Skindinavia produce the Urban Decay Setting Sprays which I also love and are more readily available so don’t worry if you haven’t got your hands on these yet – the UD ones are just as good! 🙂

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3) Too Faced – Better than Sex Mascara

This has been my go to mascara this month – totally clump free, lengthening, volumising – you name it – it has all the features! It’s really quick and easy to apply, the hourglass shaped wand makes it easier to get right into the root of your eyelashes. One coat and you’re done, leaving my lashes so full and defined! On a night out, I would go for two or even three coats and it literally gives such magical results – I could go on and on…haha It is a bit on the pricey side but it’s totally worth it and one of those must haves in your make up bag!

4) INGLOT Face Blush – Shade 41

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This blush is so nice for everyday! INGLOT have such a great range of colours and it was so hard to choose just one favourite but this has been the one I have been reaching for most this month! It’s a gorgeous matte orangey/red shade and great for summer – it’s so long wearing and gives a smooth application. I usually use the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply this. It gives a nice healthy glow to the face and paired with the highlighter below, I absolutely love the dimension it creates on my face.

5) Make up Forever – Pro Sculpting Duo – #2 Golden 

IMG_0787 IMG_1305OMG I die every time I open this! Isn’t it gorgeous?! MUFE recently came out with two of these “contour & highlight” duos. I picked the darker of the two as I was instantly drawn towards the stunning golden highlight shade! It blends on the skin so seamlessly as the powder is super finely milled, it almost feels like a cream. To be honest, I use the golden highlight shade far more than the deeper contour shade, just because I find it doesn’t work too well for me as a contour, but as a bronzer it’s great! However, I would repurchase just for the highlighter! I wish MUFE would make a new compact just of the highlighter shade – it would be killer!

6) NYX Wonder Pencil – Medium

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I’ve been longing for the right nude pencil to brighten my waterline for ages now and haven’t been able to find the perfect one in the drugstore – until this one! The NYX Wonder Pencil comes in three shades and the medium is so perfect for me! Claiming to brighten, line and conceal, I mainly use it to brighten and it really brings out my eyes with a pop! I tend to use this for more of an everyday look, paired with some smudged-out bottom liner and of course, Better than Sex mascara by Too Faced.

7) Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner – Trooper

IMG_8136This liner is so faultless! It’s super smudge proof and long-lasting, with that tiny bristled tip – so precise for that perfect winged liner! It stays on the whole day through rain and wind and even if you rub it with your finger, once dry, it won’t smudge! Amazing right?! If you guys haven’t got your hands on this yet, it’s such a must and one of those make up bag essentials!

8) Milani Baked Bronzer – #06 Golden

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I’ve previously used the Milani Baked Blushes and they’re so pretty on the skin, so I had to give the Baked Bronzers a go too! Mine is in the shade 06 Golden and it also comes with a brush and a mirror under the compact which is super travel friendly! I am so obsessed with this bronzer! It’s more of an evening wear for me – for nights out or dinners, and I have received so many compliments for that sun kissed, glowy look it brings to my face. It can even be used as an eyeshadow and I would sometimes dust it over my lids for that extra glowy pop! So silky and streakfree when applied! Like the Baked Blushes, the packaging on these are to die for!

9) MAC Lipstick – Retro

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As you can see, I’ve used this so much! Retro by MAC is probably one of my favourite MAC lipsticks – it’s so so perfect for everyday and it compliments my skin tone so well, without looking to bold! I’m not really one for bold and daring lip colours (only on occasion) and Retro has a satin finish with a browny undertone with a nice hint of berry red – perfect for a dressed up or a dressed down look. I would say it comes into the same category as MAC’s; Brick o La, Spice it Up! and Twig.

10) Elizabeth and James White – Nirvana – Peony for her IMG_5413 IMG_1690

My final favourite for July is a perfume – Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, produced by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. I discovered this perfume around a year ago as my friend Ashni (check out Ashni’s blog) had it, and we were talking about a similar perfume which I love – Stella by Stella McCartney. I was telling Ashni that I found Stella didn’t last very long and I was going through bottles like water (anyone else experienced this?)! She introduced me to Nirvana and I instantly fell in love! It’s a gorgeous musky, sweet smell and lasts ages! Unfortunately this particular perfume isn’t sold in the UK so I asked my cousin Aarti (check out Aarti’s YouTube channel) to purchase it for me when she went to New York and i’ve finally got my hands on it!

Thanks so much for reading guys! Let me know your thoughts and favourites in the comments!

Ashni’s coming over for a sleepover now – gotta go prepare the popcorn haha 😛

Sachita x