Favorite Things – Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation

Good morning, lovelies!

It’s been eons since my last Favorite Things post, so there’s no time like the present to tell you about the new product I’m obsessed with.

My friend started using this powder foundation instead of a translucent powder for just a bit more coverage and she told me that it was her new favorite product.

So, obviously, I had to jump on the bandwagon.

Bobbi Brown

The Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation, $48.00, is just what the title describes –weightless.

Because it’s so light, I don’t think it should really be called a foundation, because you would have to be using a heck of a lot of it to get full coverage.

However, it is great for sealing-in your undereye makeup, giving you a bit more coverage and blending everything together to get a flawless, matte finish.

To apply this, first I put a CC cream all over my face with my Beauty Blender. The best CC cream I’ve found so far is still the Mary Kay CC Cream, Light to Medium. Seriously, this is the cream to try if you want a nice even base that doesn’t look cakey.

Once you put a thin layer of CC cream on, start on your undereyes. I swear by Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer Pencil. To get good coverage, draw a upside-down triangle, with the point hitting just below the bottom of your orbital bone. Then blend in the concealer with a Beauty Blender or a cosmetic sponge.

After you finish blending in your concealer, keep your Beauty Blender or cosmetic sponge out and gently glide it over your Bobbi Brown powder foundation.

You’ll want to put a light layer all over your face, but concentrate the pressed powder over your concealer for a photo-finish look. You should *gently* run your foundation sponge on your undereyes and below your brow bones. Your skin around your eyes is very susceptible to pulling, making for early onset crow’s feet.

If you want a bit more oil control, try pressing some powder over your T-zone. Once you’re done with that, you’re ready to add contouring or even just some blush, but now you’ll have a flawless base for any makeup trends you want to try.

Putting a thin layer of Bobbi Brown’s Skin Weightless Powder Foundation not only provides more coverage, but helps set my makeup as well.

Gone are the days I’ll come home and look in the mirror, only to wonder if I had really looked that bad all day because my coverage was seriously lacking.

Go give this pressed powder a try at your local Sephora; you won’t be sorry you did.

Until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – Think Positive

Congrats! You’ve made it to another Wednesday, y’all!

I saw this quote a while back and it made me chuckle a bit, so I thought I’d send it all to you for your Wise Words.

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This week, the message is short and sweet, but it doesn’t mean it’s any less important.

You can’t stop the bad things from happening to you, but you can choose when they end.

Think positive and remember that in order to find a silver lining to something, you’ve got to have a cloudy day.

Until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – Keep Not Settling

Happy Wise Words Wednesday, y’all!

Today, I just want to put out a photo I saw on The Everygirl‘s Instagram page.

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I love this because I think everyone should have this as a daily reminder. I mean, we’d all like to think that we never settle for less than we deserve. But let’s be honest…we know we do.

Stop. Just stop.

You know what you’re worth and you know that you only deserve the best. So today’s Wise Words are just your daily reminder to not settle for anything less than than what you think you deserve.

Whether it’s with work, with relationships or with uneven winged eyeliner.

Don’t you go settling on anything less than what you want.

Have patience because it’ll come. And don’t fret when it doesn’t come right away. Just make it through the day.

If you feel like you can’t make it through the day, try what Kimmy Schmidt does. She claims if you can make it through the first 10 seconds, see if you can make it through the next 10 seconds and so on. Keep doing that until you calm yourself. Because everyone can make it through 10 seconds, right?

Have patience and don’t settle. It’s simple to say and hard to do, but you’re strong as hell. I wouldn’t be betting against you. 😉

Keep not settling and until next time,

C. Brooks

Wise Words Wednesday – Scars Make You Who You Are

Yesterday I woke up to a Facebook message from my mom. No, she’s not pestering me like everyone’s favorite @crazyjewishmom on Instagram –although, that would be hilarious–she just ran across something and thought it sounded like me.

The story she came across was from a woman named Genevieve V Georget who elegantly put something into words that immediately hit home, leaving me brushing a tear from my eye after reading it.

She talks about how your scars make up who you are, and after the tough time I’ve been having lately, I believe her.

So this week’s Wise Words are taken straight from Genevieve V Georget herself because I couldn’t have said them any better:

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If you’ve got some time, I would definitely recommend reading through her passage (taken from her Facebook page):

“It was a Wednesday afternoon when I walked into Starbucks that day nearly six years ago. I stood at the bar, waiting for my drink, when the barista politely asked me what I was up to that day. As it turns out, I was en route to the airport at that moment…about to catch a flight to Italy with my husband. After a brief minute of chatting, the barista handed me my coffee and wished me a nice trip. “But then again”, she said “why wouldn’t you…your life is golden!”

I’ll admit…the gold star was nice. But at the same time, the words knocked the wind out of me. She wasn’t being rude. She wasn’t being sarcastic. In fact, she was being totally genuine. And that’s the part that really took my breath away.

Because here’s the thing…

This lovely girl saw me for all of five minutes a day. Usually all dressed up on the way to my full-time job at one of the country’s most prestigious art galleries. Or with my camera in hand to photograph two people in love. Or, yes, on my way to Italy for ten days to celebrate my anniversary. This is what she saw. Therefore, this is what she knew.

And truth be told, there is darkness in this kind of knowledge. Especially now, when so many of our connections happen only five minutes at a time…fully filtered and perfectly hash tagged. In our defense though, it’s not entirely our fault. That battle we’re fighting…those rough days were having…they don’t tend to translate very well when you have twenty people in line behind you for coffee or a hundred and forty characters to spell out your day.

Honestly, what was I going to tell my barista?

“Yes, we’re flying to Europe. I just miscarried our baby…we had a terrifying health scare…I’m suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder…and we’re feeling pretty far from God right now. So, yeah, going to Italy seemed as good a place as any to just run away from our life and justifiably eat gelato twelve times a day.”

No. I wasn’t going to tell her this. Because shocking total strangers into oblivion is a bit harsh and cruel. Especially when she’s the girl in charge of making your coffee every day.

But I did spend the entirety of that flight wondering; about our sense of authenticity…our collective vulnerability…our polished identity. And it made me feel like a total fraud. Because I’m not any of those things that this girl sees on the other side of her coffee bar.

If I showed up one morning, wearing my most ragged and scarred self…it would be a very different girl staring back at her [and she would likely feel inclined to serve me alcohol instead of coffee!]…

Because I was bullied a lot as a teenager.

I’m afraid of thunderstorms.

I spend an absurd amount of time worrying about what other people think of me.

My biggest challenge in life is letting go of people. Even if they hurt me.

I hide behind my humor for fear that people won’t accept me without it.

I feel like I have failed as a daughter.

I try to avoid big groups so that I won’t feel like the invisible one among it.

I’m insanely self-conscious of my smile.

I feel like I’m an easy person to walk away from in life…and it haunts me on a daily basis.

I almost always operate under the assumption that I care more about everyone else than they do about me.

I unfollow people on Instagram if their life seems too perfect because it makes me feel inadequate.

I feel like a terrible mother pretty much all the time.

I hate emptying the dishwasher.

Every day, I’m afraid that my husband is going to wake up and finally realize how much crazy he married.

I thank God for every day that he doesn’t!

I don’t like to try new foods…so I travel with my own jar of peanut butter.

I want to write a book so badly that it hurts. But I’m afraid of people telling me that my life was never worth telling.

I struggle, every single day, with feeling like I’m enough. Skinny enough. Funny enough. Good enough.

And I cry. A lot.

I highly doubt I would get a gold star for any of this. But, now, six years later, I do know one thing for sure; that even with all of my frailty…all of my fears…and all my faults…none of those things make my life any less golden.

Scars tell stories. Scars mean survival. Scars mean you showed up for the fight instead of running from it.

And we’ve all got them…even the sweet girl serving my coffee. She’s fighting her own battle…defending her own front line…struggling in her own way.

And maybe it’s not about collecting gold stars for the perceived reality we give the world on Facebook…but it’s about the purple hearts we get for living bravely among the real one.

Because life requires guts…it requires bravery…and it requires vulnerability.

So, buy your coffee…wear your scars proudly…and carry on, dear soldier…

You’re not in this battle alone.”

Until next time,

C. Brooks