This post marks a spending ban, as well as a review. You can probably imagine how many beauty products I own as a blogger, most of them I’ve bought, some of them I have received as gifts and a few I have been sent by brands. I’m in a really lucky place with my hobby, but it does sometimes allow me to justify buying more than I probably should. It is because of this that I am not letting myself buy any more makeup/hair/body products until I actually completely run out. As it is I have six foundations on the go right now, I think I’ll be able to manage for a while. The idea is to save the money I would be spending for experiences (like the uni ski trip!) or for the occasional meal with friends when I wouldn’t normally. I just think now that I’m 20, and officially no longer a teenager, I should probably be smarter with money and consumerism in general. What would be great would be brands bringing out more recyclable packaging while I’m on this ban, then I would be able to purchase without feeling as guilty in years to come, just an idea?
Update over, I actually bought the Bobbi Brown Beauty Emergency Kit set a few months ago at the end of second year because I deserved it – it was a very long year believe me. Yes, it has taken me a ridiculously long time to get round to showing you on the blog, but I had a break for a while. Now I’m back from that break I think it deserves a mention even more as I’ve had a chance to play around with the products.
Sadly, the Bobbi Brown Beauty Emergency Kit is no longer available as it was limited edition – much like the Lulu Guinness set I wrote about a couple of months ago… oops. When it was available however, it cost £28 which is quite good value for money. Inside the set were six products: deluxe minis of the Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Repair Moisture Cream, Smokey Eye Mascara and the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink. There was also a full sized Pot Rouge in Powder Pink (worth £22.50!).
I thought I would talk you through the skincare bits to begin with as the makeup was obviously my favourite from this set, however the skincare does still deserve a mention. The Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover was a new product to me. I tend to use cleansing balms such as Clinique Take The Day Off, though it is always good to have a miniature makeup remover for travelling. This one is oil based and doesn’t have a scent, 30ml is also such a good size sample as there is enough to really test it out. It’s able to remove my mascara well, which is always the biggest test.
Both the Vitamin Enriched Face Base and Repair Moisture Cream are products which I have tried before, they were in the ASOS x Bobbi Brown box last year – the box is the reason I’m now obsessed with the brand! The Face Base is a moisturiser come primer, a thick buttery product with a very strong rose scent. I prefer to use it as a thick overnight moisturiser than a primer as it’s a little too heavy after all my serums. The Moisture Cream is nice and light, so perfect for a daily moisturiser – though, the strong scent of lavender does mean this won’t replace my Clinique Moisture Surge.
Now onto the makeup, my favourite part. The set had another minature size of my current favourite mascara: Smokey Eye Mascara (review coming soon). Honestly, after getting a mini in the ASOS box this mascara changed my lashes forever. I’m currently working my way through my other mascaras and minis before I go back to this, and then I think it’s unlikely that I will ever buy another – a big claim I know.
The set also came with the Golden Pink Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick. I’m being very lazy with my makeup lately and focusing a lot more on skincare, so any cream products that cut the time down are much appreciated. This shadow stick is a beautiful shade, I can’t describe it much better than a metallic golden pink. It blends out really easily, if you want a more intense look then I blend it out with my finger, but for a more subtle look I use a brush.
My favourite product from the Bobbi Brown Beauty Emergency Kit had to be the full size Pot Rouge in Powder Pink. As I said, cream products make the whole makeup process a lot quicker in the mornings. The shade is less pink, which was quite a relief as I prefer a neutral blush, instead its a peachy nude that complements my skin tone perfectly. I take this on a duo fibre RealTechniques brush and stipple it across my cheeks and sometimes over my nose if I want to try and imitate the supermodel sunkissed skin trend. The best bit about this product is that it can also be used on the lips too. This means that when I’m having a real low maintenance day I pop this in my bag and use it as my lipstick that day – it even has a mirror for ease of use!
I’m really glad I got my hands on this set, I can already see myself with another Pot Rouge or two (after I decide my spending ban is over, obvs.) I love all the exclusive sets the Estee Lauder umbrella brands reveal, I have one on the way as Clinique gave me a full size liner for my birthday and mine was running out!