|* Bobbi Brown Pretty Palette *|
They say that being a woman is difficult,
I agree, it really is
Often do we change our hats to fit someone's needs
Whatever we choose, we are often judged.
They say that no woman could be so tough.
Through mom, I learned it was plain and simple
Unless you try, you wouldn't know
After all, we're not just pretty... we're powerful
Inside and out, that you must know
I never really understood why you had to go so soon. I guess only God can answer that and He is pretty mum about the topic. You always said to leave it all to Him, He knows best. When you left, I didn't know what to do. People kept bugging me about my plan when I was just missing you so bad. But I can't miss you all the time, can I? I need to be the woman you raised me to be. A woman who knows what she needs to do and get on with it.
But it was hard. So hard that for a month I just did what I knew best. I took out my eyeshadow brush and just played with makeups. I tried on different looks, wrote about them and shared them. I went to work every single day with a different makeup look. It was fun, Mom. I had fun thinking what eye shadows to wear, what foundations to try and what lipsticks to put on. I know you think I'm beautiful even with makeup but it made me feel pretty, too.
Somehow, it gave me back the confidence I lost when you went away. And writing and sharing about it.. it erased the feeling of weakness I had since you went away. Somehow, when people starting to ask me for advise and to do their makeup, a spark lit up inside me... and that small spark is glowing so bright right now. I'm doing exactly what I've always wanted to do.
And that's all because you gave the freedom and independence to pursue what I wanted. Not knowing that it was exactly what I needed to survive the pain of losing you. I feel pretty powerful, Mom. Not because of the things happening to me, but because I know that no matter what I do, you raised me to do right for myself.
Thanks for letting me play with your makeup when I was a little girl. Thank you, Ma, for making me pretty because I inherited your good looks. For making me powerful because you gave me the best education and you really raised me well (although we had a lot of fights during my teenage years) and for teaching that being who I am is what I need to be happy even if you're not here with me.
I love you, Ma... so much!
Your loving daughter,
Some people say, it's just makeup and we really don't need it. Maybe we don't. But I believe makeup allows me to be the best version of myself. Most specially my favorite Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation with SPF 15 PA++ which has proven me to be the most amazing foundation I can use all the time. On good skin days (which thankfully, is nearly everyday now), I use this foundation to keep my skin even in tone and texture. It gives a flawless finish and it goes well with any product I use. Using any kind of tool, from sponge to brush is such a breeze with this foundation. And I have no hard time taking it off either. This is my favorite Bobbi Brown makeup.
Oh! And I never have a bad photo with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation.
And taking my cue from Bobbi Brown, I did a step-by-step photos of how you can achieve the same look of my After photo! :) I've adapted some of her 10 step beauty technique and combined it with my own.. :)
These are the products that I used, the Bobbi Skin Foundation and the Pretty Palette from Pretty Powerful Collection.
Swipe a blush that brings a natural blush to the cheeks. I used Bobbi Brown's Pretty Palette's Pretty Pink Blush. It's a matte pink blush that mimics my true blue blush.
With a lip brush (you can use your middle finger pad, too!), apply the Sandwash Pink Lip Color Pretty Palette from. Don't forget to apply a lip liner. This ensures your lipstick stays put.
Be adventurous and mix two shades of gloss and dab it on your lips to shinier pucker. I mixed the Soiree Pink and Bubble Bath Lip glosses from the Pretty Palette.
Eyebrow grooming next, with an angled brush, use the Chocolate Caviar from Pretty Palette to shade in your brows for a much cleaner, put together look.
Curl lashes first before applying mascara to avoid damaging your lashes.
Lastly, apply Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara evenly to both lashes. For evening, you can coat your lashes once or twice more to thicken the lashes better.
Didn't I say that becoming pretty powerful is easily achieved?