Rebecca Lately

Monday, February 27, 2017

Holy Grail Foundation: Bobbi Brown

The other day, as I was planning out a few weeks of blog posts, I realized that I've never reviewed my favorite foundation of all time.  Since I've had problem skin for the majority of my life, I never thought I could find a foundation that would actually make my skin look better.  A few years ago, on a whim, I decided to try a foundation from Bobbi Brown.  To me, Bobbi Brown is an amazing brand. When I was younger and getting into makeup, I would read her books from front to back.  Her brand is definitely expensive, so it's not something that I purchase all the time.

When I tried her Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation, it was pretty much insta-love.  Just so have an idea of my skin and what I like in foundation, here is some background information about all of that. I have combination/oily skin that is sensitive and acne prone.  I have sun damage and acne scarring, so I prefer a high medium or full coverage foundation.  That's not always the type of foundation that I reach for, but more often than not full coverage is what I like.

Since my skin is oily and I live in a humid climate, a long wearing foundation is very important. Also, in case you haven't noticed, I am extremely pale.  I mean... when your foundation color in NARS is Siberia ... you're pretty pale.  So often is the case that when you're pale, you can't 'have it all' in a foundation.  Either you find the perfect texture but it's ever so slightly too yellow or too pink.  Or, you find the perfection foundation but the lightest color still isn't light enough for you.  More often than not, I sacrifice texture for the perfect shade.

Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation ticks all of the boxes for me.  It matches me perfectly in color 00 Alabaster, it lasts all day, and the texture is incredibly skin-like.  Not least of all, it feels so good when I apply it.  The 'secret' is glycerin and shea butter in a gel-like base.  It's hydrating without being greasy, yet somehow it stays put through an entire work day.  I am being completely honest when I say that my skin will look this good when I walk out of the office at 5:00.

I mentioned earlier that Bobbi Brown is pricey, and this foundation is no exception.  When I first tried it, it was $48.  It is now $50 for 1 ounce.  The glass bottle is very sturdy and nice.  It has a pump application system, which is my favorite way to dispense foundation.  A little goes a long way, but I can also build it up to nearly completely full coverage with an extra pump or two.

As far as application, I love to use any type of buffing brush.  Something big, dense and fluffy is perfect.  It also applies perfectly with a damp beauty blender.  I have used my hands to apply it as well, but I really prefer a buffing brush.

I really can't recommend this foundation enough.  If you have had a difficult time finding a foundation that's right for you, this would be a really great one to try!


Rebecca Lately Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation Review

Rebecca Lately Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation Review

Rebecca Lately Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation Review

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Sunday Best


Blush pink is my inspiration for my spring wardrobe this year, so I think it's definitely time to find a new skirt.  I bought a gorgeous pink skirt at Target a couple years ago, but the lining did not hold up very well.  This upcoming season, I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for a new one.  I love to pair pink with stripes.  The contrast between the feminine pink and graphic stripes is so fun.

Sunday Best

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bite Beauty Collection

I was sent these products free from Influenster.  All opinions are mine alone.

One of my favorite lip product brands is Bite Beauty.  I discovered them on YouTube a few years ago, and the first lipstick I ever bought was the Luminous Creme Lip Color in Fig.  It is easily my most-used color, since it's a pinky nude that goes with everything.  Sadly, my Fig lipstick has gone missing.  It's probably stuck in a purse in my closet.  Also sadly, Bite Beauty does not make the Luminous Creme line anymore.

Last year, they came out with a new line called Amuse Bouche.  As far as formulation, they are similar.  I do find that I need less of the Amuse Bouche.  In fact, a little goes a long way.  If I apply too heavy a layer, the lipstick kind of moves around on my lips and looks patchy.

Recently, Bite Beauty released a new lip pencil.  The Lip Pencil is exclusive to Sephora, and it costs $18.  They have a wide range of colors, and they are all gorgeous.  The pencil is a wooden barrel, and the formula contains shea butter plus three times the normal amount of pigment.  Bite Beauty's goal was to create a creamy and weightless lip pencil.

Along with the lip pencils, they sent over two mini Amuse Bouche lip colors that compliment the pencils.  I have the lip pencils in 020 and 044, and the Amuse Bouche lip colors are Honeycomb and Whiskey.  First, I have to say that the Amuse Bouche formula is wonderful.  I love that the formula goes a long way, and the selection of colors is varied.  The two colors they sent me are very pretty; although, the darker color will have to be mixed with a lighter color for it to be appropriate for everyday.

I don't use lip pencils all the time, but when I do I want them to be creamy and pigmented.  These lip pencils are so satisfying.  It barely takes any time at all to fill in my lips, which I attribute to the shea butter.  I could even wear the lip pencil by itself or with some gloss.  As far as wear time, it definitely kept my lipstick on longer.  It didn't have an all-day level of wear time, but it definitely lasted until lunch.

Since I love Bite Beauty products so much, I filmed a swatch video of all the colors I own.  The video is at the end of this post.













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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Floral Top and Slip On Sneakers

This cardigan was sent to me to style.  All opinions are mine alone.

I know it's Wednesday, but can we talk about the weather this weekend?  It was so nice!  It was a little chilly on Sunday morning when we went to church, but by the time we were out it had warmed up.  And on Saturday, we took a stroll around the back of our lot to discover we have a ton of bamboo growing in the woods.  So cool!

I'm on the cusp of switching from winter clothing mode to spring mode.  This week, I've placed a few orders for some spring clothes.  When they arrive, I will definitely be doing a spring clothing haul. Blush pink has been on my radar, along with a new black bag.  If you have any recommendations, send them my way!

This weekend, I paired one of my favorite floral tops with my new cardigan from Rosegal.  Isn't this cardigan gorgeous?  Like I said, blush pink is high on my list for spring.  Add to that, this is my favorite style of cardigan.  It can easily be paired with any neutral top, but I love how it particularly brings out the pink in my top.  The only thing  missing?  My bright blue Urban Expressions bag.  I mistakenly left it in the car while we were taking pictures.

Rebecca Lately Rosegal Patchwork Cardigan Old Navy Rockstar Jeans Old Navy Pink Slip On Sneakers Daniel Rainn Floral Top
Top: Daniel Rainn - via Stitch Fix - similar // Jeans: Old Navy - similar
Cardigan: Rosegal c/o // Sneakers: Old Navy - similar

Rebecca Lately Rosegal Patchwork Cardigan Old Navy Rockstar Jeans Old Navy Pink Slip On Sneakers Daniel Rainn Floral Top

Rebecca Lately Rosegal Patchwork Cardigan Old Navy Rockstar Jeans Old Navy Pink Slip On Sneakers Daniel Rainn Floral Top

Rebecca Lately Rosegal Patchwork Cardigan Old Navy Rockstar Jeans Old Navy Pink Slip On Sneakers Daniel Rainn Floral Top

Rebecca Lately Rosegal Patchwork Cardigan Old Navy Rockstar Jeans Old Navy Pink Slip On Sneakers Daniel Rainn Floral Top

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