There is a brand that I have put off for far too long--I dabbled in and out of its offerings for years on end, but not until this year have I come to really appreciate it for what it is. That brand is Bobbi Brown.
Come wedding, Bobbi Brown items were predominantly used for my final look, as the artist was trained in the way of Bobbi's school of natural beauty. It caused me to make several trips back to the counter, and although I love the makeup, what I really fell for was the skincare. I think it's mostly due in part to the fact that Bobbi is renowned for maintaining youthful skin as one ages, that so many of her products target dry and sensitive skin like mine. Many of her products are built to suit and soothe those with finicky skin, as they include many herbs and essential oils.
I placed an order for three of her products, which I have been testing for some time now, and am highly impressed by. I basically wanted anything that included the world "balm", as my sister had raved about how moisturizing they were. They all fall under the "extra" category of her skincare site, and I feel that word is pretty descriptive in terms of what I need to keep my face really and truly hydrated.
The Extra Eye Balm is touted only for nighttime, although my skin has no problem absorbing it in the morning. It's a nice base for makeup, and really helps to assist things like concealer to glide on smoothly. The consistency is a bit harder than I expected, but if you warm it up in your hand a bit, it will soften down and become more spreadable.
Instead of opting for the Extra Moisturizing Balm with SPF in it, I chose the one without, as it is a thicker formula. It's extremely thick, and another product that you will want to warm up a bit. This one includes ylang ylang and rosemary, which combined gives a very nice and subtle scent. For both of these skincare items, I think they can be a tad heavy during the summer months--which brings about the opposite problem you risk (along with others that have dry skin), in over-moisturizing and clogging pores.
Last but not least, I also picked out the Tinted Moisturizing Balm with SPF 25. My shade is a perfect Medium, and by far my favorite of the bunch. Although it is a bit heavy (in terms of moisture only, not at all in coverage), I find it perfect for spot-application in the areas that need a bit of assistance. It can be a bit over the top (in terms of dewiness), if you have a heavy hand with your foundation, but since I prefer to use little to none, this works out perfectly. I've always depended on tinted moisturizers, but I think this one beats them all.
What are your favorite Bobbi Brown products? Any that I must try?