With the sun very slowly making it’s way out, it’s time to start thinking about summer beauty essentials and bringing out the products which get pushed to the back of cabinet over winter – the most obvious of which begins with a B…and ends with RONZER.
Yes yes, clever you for guessing, I’m talking about that ultimate shimmery hit of tan which indicates lots of time spent outdoors, doing something extravagantly healthy like volleyball or hiking in the country, or, if you’re less actively-inclined (like me), your tan is obviously gained by stylishly lazing on a nearby coast.
I actually tan quite evenly and easily – the only ever time I had sunburn, I genuinely thought that I’d just suffered an allergic reaction to something!! I kid you not.
Therefore, I’ve only really used matt bronzers before – y’know, for contouring and adding a bit of brahhn and colour to my otherwise uninteresting skin. However, the last winter has really been, what I like to call, an epiphany of glow! I’ve gone from a matte-finish fanatic to a dewy skin seeker. AND, if that wasn’t enough of a change – my promotion last year also means that I can finally treat myself to the occasional high end beauty product! Nice one.
With me so far? Cheap, matte bronzers 2013, fancy, glowy bronzers 2014! I feel like a beautiful bronzed butterfly emerging from the ashes. But what’s the product that I’ve gone for this time?
It’s only the infamous Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (complete with mini Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush) HIYA.
And the good news is…. I’M GIVING ONE AWAY TOO!
Read on for details on HOW TO WIN.
When online high-end beauty store Mizspa got in touch with me to review a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, I absolutely jumped at the chance. Seriously – I couldn’t reply quick enough – I was like “TYPE FASTERRR YOU FINGERS!” Bobbi Brown is renowned for high quality – a little pricier than my normal favourites but great for serious investment products.
I have a confession to make.
This is not the first time I’ve tried a Bobbi Brown shimmer brick. My super-cousin Nathalie once left one at my house and I pretty much used it every day until she picked it up again. Phew, confession over – I feel much better now. (aka cheers Nat!)
It’s soft and so finely milled that it just sinks into the skin and blends like a dream.
For me, there are three ways to use it. Firstly, the five colours can be swirled together with the accompanying Face Blender brush and then dusted onto the apples of the cheeks and blended out towards the temples.
Alternatively, contour & highlight fans can use the darkest shade under the cheekbones, and then apply the lightest shades along the top of the cheek.
And for extreme multi-use fans, boom, you’ve got 5 new eyeshadows to play with!
I’ve actually done my first PROPER YOU TUBE video on this – check out the many uses of a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick here… (link to go live once it’s finished uploading!! Uploading stuff to YouTube takes forever!)
The Face Blender Brush that comes with it is great. Normally, I’m not a fan of portable or kit brushes as they don’t tend to be as good as the full size version. This Face Blender brush is awesome though – perfect amount of density for applying blush but maybe too tightly packed to apply bronzer all over the face.
I’d use the Face Blender brush if applying just to the cheeks but I’d probably use a big fluffy loose powder brush, or a fan brush to dust it over my forehead and nose. The colour lasts all day but the glowy finish disappears doesn’t.
WIN WIN WIN WIN!
Some good news for you reading – you can try it for yourself, I’m giving one of these away! Mizspa have kindly agreed to sponsor the giveaway and send the winner their very own brand new Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick.
It’s so easy to enter – just follow/like Face Value Beauty Blog & Mizspa! For extra brownie points, you can share this with our friends too.
This is an International Giveaway and will run until May 5th. I’ll then pass the winners details to Mizspa and they’ll post it straight to you!
What are you waiting for? GOOD LUCK!