I am obsessed with make-up lately. Especially make-up for those of us who are maturing.. our skin is starting to show wrinkles and what not. I recently went to the library and checked out four Bobbi Brown make-up books. I know that she is one of the known beauty experts out there and even has her own line of make-up. I like that she looks natural and wants women to feel great and look great. I have started doing a morning and nightly routine on my face. The books I checked out are Bobbi Brown Living Beauty, Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution, and Everything Eyes .
OK, so let's start with talking about Bobbi Brown Living Beauty. Out of these four books this was the one I found had the most helpful information. This particular book is about aging. Seeing wrinkles, or skin changing color, and all that jazz. It talks about how we hardly see models over the age of thirty and to not compare ourselves to these women. I like how the book shows before and after pictures of women who have had procedures done and how they felt about that procedure. The examples it shows are women who use retinoids, chemical peels, laser skin rejuvenation, laser resurfacing, spa facials (who knew there was a big difference between home peels and spa peels), botox and non-surgical facelifts. These were really helpful to me. I have been starting to use products now in the morning and night and this helped me find some great brands (by looking at the ingredients).
The book really explains about how to use make-up as well. Especially for those dark circles under the eye. This is huge for me because lately I just have dark circles under my eyes. I mean dark! I recently picked up some concealer for under the eye and what a difference it has made. I also learned in this book that as you get older baked blush looks better. I bought some and seriously it is great. Also... any time you get your hair dyed have your stylist dye your brows too. It should be free and they should automatically do it anyways. The book does have a chapter on menopause so if you are younger and don't want to read about it then skip this book. Though I think it has good tips on preventing early aging so it may still be a good read for you. 5 stars
Next up is the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. I think this a great book for the make-up lover in your life... especially if that is you. The book helps us learn about things like what all those make-up brushes are for. I didn't start using make-up brushes till a few years ago. I was always using those little sticks that came in the eye shadow containers. The book tells us about expiration dates on all the different make-up we have. I love that this book deals with different skin tones too so all women will find the book helpful. One thing I need to learn how to use is Bronzer. I just receive a free sample of one and want to try it out.
There is a section on self-tanner in this book with a picture of a girl who is perfectly tan. I kind of wish this wasn't included in the book because I feel all women should be happy with whatever color their skin is. In 2013 I was diagnosed with Melanoma. Luckily we caught it before it spread from my outer layer of skin and where able to remove it all. I now have constant biopsies though and it is no fun. I did tan in my teens and wish I had just been happy in the skin I was in. Please don't tan or worry about the color of your skin. You are beautiful just the way you are. 5 stars
The next book I read is Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution, . This book has good tips... like always moisturize, sleep with a humidifier on (makes me realize I need a new one), and protect your eyes because they age the fastest. The book talks about hair removal and let's face it most women want this. I am currently trying laser hair removal. Now-a-days it's pretty affordable if you find a Groupon for it. In my experience it's not too painful and I tell them to turn the laser up high. I haven't been enough times yet to know whether or not it's going to work but I am really hoping it will. Plus you have to go BEFORE your hair turns white and becomes whiskers or the laser won't work at all. The make-up part in this book is kind of a repeat of the make-up pointers in the other book so nothing new to learn there. There is a section that focuses on beauty and cancer and this section is a wonderful piece. 4 stars
I love to play with color on my face. Whether it's lipstick, eye shadow, blush I just love it! I get a lot of ideas from Pinterest. So when I saw Everything Eyes I was really excited! I have also been obsessed with shaping my brows lately. I bought some gel that comes like mascara that you put over the brows after you shape them and love it. It really holds them in place. I have always struggled with a good smokey eye. ERRRRR!!! I end up looking like I have two huge black eyes. There are a few examples in this book that I am going to try out. Otherwise there was nothing new in the looks featured in this book. I was kind of disappointed in that. Though if you wear glasses there are quite a few pages on looks for you. I did find this book is more for young people too. 2 stars
Have you tried anything new lately for your beauty regimen?? I am also obsessed with doing my nails so expect a post on that soon!