5 Bobbi Brown Beauty Essentials

As a content consumer and writer, one of my favourite types of posts (and videos for that matter) are brand spotlights. With that in mind, I wanted to put my own spin on such category of article and produce a streamlined version of what you need to try from some of the biggest beauty brands out there; my hope is that this will act as a mini series to help everyone from those just beginning to find their feet with beauty products in general, to those simply looking to add something new to their stash. As nobody needs boundless product recommendations, I have stripped it back to an edit of five of the most universally pleasing products for each beauty big hitter - kicking things of with a check-list of Bobbi Brown favourites.

The older I become, the less I want to look like I'm wearing a lot of make-up, rather I yearn to achieve the perfectly tousled locks and apperance of a city girl that has her life firmly in check. I want to look polished and never over-done, I want adaptable, long-wearing products with innovation and a stellar ingredient list; in my opinion, the one brand who delivers all of the above and more, is Bobbi Brown.

Is it a moisturiser? Is it a primer? Is it a skin treatment? Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base is a little of everything and the prefect start to any beauty routine, regardless if it involves make-up or not. The thick and gloriously skin nourishing but not at all overwhelming texture of Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base acts both as a moisturiser and also wake-up call for the skin, quickly perking up tired and dull skin thanks to Vitamins C &E (it smells great - almost fruity). From the first application you will all but instantly notice brighter skin and perhaps a little more plumpness too. The magic doesn't end there, this happens to also be one of my favourite primers at my disposal. No it doesn't optically smooth and perfect my skin but it does help base products glide on smoothly, keeping make-up looking fresh for a full working day which is sometimes all I want and need.

5 Bobbi Brown Beauty Essentials

Some products are simply made for one and other, and in the case of Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation and Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush, I can think of no better base dream team. Let's begin with the foundation shall we? Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation is as the name suggests, a light in texture base product that offers light-to-medium coverage without any feeling heavy on the skin. Forget skin tints that do next to nothing, this is the only natural coverage foundation you will ever need - or want for that matter; it effortlessly glides onto the skin gently covering any traces of redness, general imperfections and brightens in one quick step. On the skin it truly does live up to the weightless claim and looks fresh for up to 12 hours (maybe more if you aren't prone to excess oil) and in my opinion is the perfect, everyday foundation choice as it both looks natural and actually stays in place. If ever you have feared trying foundation for any reason at all, this is the perfect starting point and answer to your prayers.

Now typically I do apply 99.9% of foundation products with my hands and as such, it is only the truly special foundation brushes and tools that manage to wiggle their way into my affections. On first inspection, it didn't appear that the short, stubby and dense Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush was for me (I don't typically do full coverage) and yet once combined with Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation, there is no looking back. This small brush does something that I can't quite put my finger on - yes it expertly buffs and blends the foundation into the skin without compromising coverage levels but it oddly leaves the skin looking more plump and dare I say glowing. Maybe it is a little like a massage, in that the brush bristles stimulate circulation but all I know is, my foundation has never looked better. The other great element of this brush (aside from its size - it travels like a dream) is that it is perfectly suited to applying foundation in layers to gain more coverage without it from caking on the skin.

5 Bobbi Brown Beauty Essentials

For years, I have relied on the ease and beauty of Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks, not only do they come in a whole array of beautiful shades (recently added to my stash is the muted gold-beige that is Truffle as seen above) but not only are they the easiest thing to slick on but they are so multi-purpose too. As the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks are essentially slender crayons so there is no need for make-up brushes or even skill; simply glide onto the eyelids, blend out using your fingertips and go - it couldn't be easier. For those who do have a little more time and perhaps patience, you can also utilise the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks as cream liners, eyeshadow bases and depending on your selected shade, a highlighting product. Every make-up bag and no-fuss routine, needs at least one Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Bobbi Brown Beauty Essentials

Lipstick launches as of late have been centred around matte and often liquid formulations - great if you are looking for a particular shade in such formulation but not at all innovative. Then along came the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour Collection - a range of semi-matte lip colours that give a soft, pillowy effect to the lips and beautifully tap into the stained lip trend without every being messy. The great thing about the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour Collection - vast shade range aside - is that they are so comfortable to wear, so much so I would say they are almost akin to a tinted lip balm but offer far more colour saturation and durability, not to mention they can double up as a cream blush too.

Who said more has to be more?