Most Versatile Highlighter Product? Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

I remember purchasing my first highlighter like it was yesterday, even though it was in 2006. It was at the Nordstrom Beauty Counter and someone from Bobbi Brown asked if I needed help. It was then I started to explain how I love cheeks products and want something to help my cheeks pop. This was when I was introduced to one of the most versatile beauty products I own. The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter.

When the Bobbi Brown makeup artist pulled out the Shimmer Brick in Bronze, I immediately fell in love.  Fast forward to becoming a blogger and my first PR package from them included the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in the shade Bronze! It was fate that we met again. Fresh, brand new and glowing waiting to be photographed and blogged about.  Sooooo lets just get into this. Here is why the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter is one of the most versatile products you could own!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Details:

Standard Size Price: $48.00

4 Shades – Shop them HERE

  • ROSE: soft, rosy glow
  • NECTAR: soft, coral glow
  • PINK QUARTZ: soft, warm pink glow
  • BRONZE: deep, bronzy glow (pictured below) 

Mini Size Price: $25.00 (you all know I love minis!!!)

2 Shades – Shop them HERE

  • BRONZE: deep, bronzy glow (pictured below) 
  • ROSE: soft, rosy glow
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: Shade Bronze
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: Shade Bronze

So what can this Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Be Used For?

  • Highlighter / All over glow: dust all five colors at the top of your cheek bones and or lightly dust in center parts of the face for an all over glow
  • Eyeshadow: I am so basic with eyeshadow so having nude / bronzy shades on hand and they are shimmer?? BOOM one and done!
  • Blush / Blush Topper: I have gone heavy with this as a blush and or blush topper. I can apply a matte bronzer and go to town with this brick as a blush that will leave my cheeks glowing.
  • Bronzer: When it comes to using it as a bronzer I have specifically used it only in the shade bronze and used it to help carve out my cheek bones especially in the summer when I will glow all day every day!

My skintone is light to medium so I understand someone with different skin tones may not be able to use this as a bronzer or it may be too dark for some skintones but for me it has been by far one of the most versatile products I own. I can pop it in my bag and know I will have some gorg eyelids and cheeks for the night and my face will be glowing!!!! Fun Fact: This product is an Allure Best of Beauty Winner. Allure is my beauty bible so I pay attention to the winners always! LoL!

Swatches Top to Bottom:

You can see the individual colors and the last swatch shows all the colors mixed together!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Have you tried the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick? I would love to hear your thoughts and know what are some of your must have Bobbi Brown products.

 

DISCLAIMER: Product was sent for editorial consideration. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio. 

SMASHBOX PRIMER GUIDE: Which one is right for you?!

Primers can be tricky. I remember when I bought my first primer in 2005. It was the original Photo Finish Smashbox Primer. I was flipping through Allure Magazine (yes I was actually reading a magazine lol) and saw that it was an allure beauty pick. All I needed to read was “blurred pores and fine lines” You may be saying what exactly is a primer and why do I need one? Primers now offer a ton of benefits but the main benefits are to allow makeup to go on smooth and to keep your makeup on longer.  Smashbox offers over 10 primers to choose from and are the number 1 Face Primer Brand in the USA. This post is going to break them all down in hopes to make it easier for you to find the one that is best for you!

SMASHBOX PRIMER OPTIONS

The Original Photo Finish: $36.00  – Shop it HERE

This has been my Holy Grail Foundation Primer for over 10 years and highly recommend this. It is a basic primer that does exactly what it claims to do. Helps your makeup go on smoother and will allow it to last all day!!! 

  • clear gel consistency that glides on
  • instantly blurs pores and fine lines

Photo Finish Primer Water: $32.00 – Shop it HERE

This is another Smashbox Primer I absolutely love and its extremely versatile.

  • Preps skin for makeup
  • Adds Hydration and Radiance
  • Refreshes your makeup through out the day

Smashbox Primer

Photo Finish Primerizer: $42.00 – Shop it HERE

I am very intrigued by this one as its a face primer + moisturizer in one! With the lightest texture it delivers 24 hours of hydration with primer benefits.

  • Increases hydration and preps for makeup in one easy step
  • Translucent Formula
  • Softens dry fine lines
  • Stops makeup from settling into pores

Photo Finish Radiance: $39.00 – Shop it HERE

Here is where you get the normal primer benefits plus radiance. The best way to understand this is if you are using a matte foundation but want to add a bit of glow to your face this is the primer for you! I absolutely love adding primers like this to my matte foundations. It just turns up the natural radiance in your skin without looking overdone. If you have been following me for a while you know I do not like to look matte and flat LOL!

  • Instantly primes & evens skin tone
  • Packed with Hyaluronic Acid
  • Micro-fine amber & bronze pearls create a warm glow

Smashbox Primer

 

SMASHBOX PRIMERS: Pores, EvenSkin Tone, Redness and Oily Skin

 

Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer: $39.00 – Shop it HERE

I have tried this once in the past and did not like it on my skin. It really accentuated my dry spots but it could have been the foundation I used with it. So needless to say I did not give this a fair shot. One thing I noticed is pore filling primers are a nude color and thicker consistency understandably so but this type of formula just may not work for me. Stay tuned!

  • reduces the look of pores
  • mattifies shine & controls oil all day
  • wont clog pores or cause breakouts

Photo Finish Reduce Redness: $39.00 – Shop it HERE

Think color correcting meetings primer!! For color correcting you always want to think of the opposite of the color wheel. Green is the color that will help cancel out and neutralize red. If you suffer from redness on your skin this may be a great primer for you!

  • reduces redness
  • prepares skin for makeup
  • blurs pores and fine lines
  • evens out skin tone

Photo Finish Even Skintone: $39.00 – Shop it HERE

If you have dark spots this may be for you! This apricot toned primer will color correct dark spots and discoloration.

  • tames discolorations & dark spots
  • blurs pores, evens skin tone & reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • preps skin for makeup

Photo Finish Super Light: $39.00 – Shop it HERE

This primer is ideal for sensitive, acne-prone, oily or combination skin due to its lighter formula. I have an oily T Zone and sometimes my skin can be sensitive and the original has always worked perfectly. However I know there are people out there with very oily skin and or acne prone skin. This may be one to check out if you deal with these specific skin types.

  • preps skin for makeup application
  • leaves skin smooth

Smashbox Primer

 

Photo Finish Primer Oil: $42.00 – Shop it HERE

Just give me all the dewy skin! I am so hopeful for this one because it gives you a radiant glow while giving you all the benefits of a primer! For me this will be perfect in the winter. My skin gets very dry and needs a bit of help.

  • adds hydration for seamless makeup application
  • adds radiance to the skin
  • blended with 15 lipid-rich plant extracts & essential oils including moisturizing jojoba + calming chamomile
  • reduces fine lines

Photo Finish Mattify Primer Stick: $32.00 – Shop it HERE

Are you oily? If you want to control oil and shine this one is for you! I get oily in my T Zone and it gets worse in the summer. I will be giving this a run for its money this summer.

  • primes and preps the skin
  • oil and shine control for 12 hours
  • will not dry out skin
  • lightweight formula that glides onto skin

Smashbox Primer

I hope this post helps you find your perfect primer. Smashbox offers so many and Ulta Beauty has the perfect guide to help you as well. See it HERE. Its no surprise they are the number 1 rated brand for primers in the USA.  Here is to long lasting makeup!!!

 

 

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Smashbox Primers

URBAN DECAY SUMMER COLLECTION: The Palette You Will Want This Summer

It may only be in the 50’s here in Chicago but its officially Summer in the beauty world. With so many releases who can keep up but I am here to give you all the details on the Urban Decay Summer Collection that is exclusive to Ulta Beauty. There is a stand out in this collection and it is the Beached Eye Shadow Palette.  “Covered in palm trees inspired by the landscape of warm SoCal beaches, the limited-edition Beached Eye shadow Palette warrants a permanent vacation. These shades scream summer and the long-lasting formulas won’t budge, even when you’re spending the season’s hottest days under the sun. Channel your inner golden goddess and keep the summer vibes going all year long”  – Ulta Beauty Website  The collection included 3 lipsticks, 2 24/7 Glide – On Eye Pencils and 2 Matte Bronzers. All the products are sure to get you into the summer mood however when you see the swatches of this velvety smooth Beached Eye Shadow Palette it will be the one thing on your mind to buy!
Urban Decay Summer Palette

URBAN DECAY SUMMER COLLECTION

Beached Vice Lipstick: $18.00 – 3 Shades

  • 100 Degrees – bright coral pink
  • Heatwave – metallic rust
  • Tower 1 – shift metallic peach

Beached 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: $20.00 – 2 shades

  • Lucky – metallic burnt orange
  • Goldmine – gold shimmer

Beached Bronzer: $30.00 – 2 shades

  • Sunkissed – matte light – medium
  • Bronzed – matte medium – dark

Beached Eye Shadow Palette: $34.00 – 8 shades included 

Shades:

  • Salt (ivory satin)
  • Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift)
  • Heatwave (metallic rust)
  • Daybreak (deep reddish terra-cotta matte)
  • 16th St. (metallic bronze-gold)
  • Double Dip (bright metallic teal)
  • Plunge (deep metallic blue-green)
  • Wedge (deep metallic brown-copper)

urban decay beached palette

For those that know me I am not big into color but blue is popping up everywhere this season and I am not mad about it! lol All of the shades are buttery, smooth and pigmented. If you are into pops of color and do not have these shades in your collection for $34.00 for 8 shades its BPAMC approved!

 

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Best Products For Glowing Skin

I am just going to say it, if your makeup is too matte or too flat it will age you! Add in a number over 30ish it can be even worse. I am 37 and talk about this openly on here and on my Instagram all the time. My skin is not perfect by any means but when my skin is glowing I feel better, its that simple. When your skin has a dewy youthful glow with dimension it looks well, youthful! Now do not get me wrong we all have to add in some powder here and there on our face because of oily parts but if you have oily skin do not be afraid to add in glow!!!! MAC Cosmetics has a fabulous video on dewy skin and this is when I had a AH HA moment about placing powder in certain areas ONLY. I use to do it to my entire face. Never again!

When it comes to glowing skin it has to start with your skincare. After I had my kids my skin changed. It was more dry, dull and textured. I started to focus more on my skin and less on makeup. I am going to break down products that I use to get my glowing (no special order – if you want to see a full skincare routine let me know in the comments).

EXFOLIATING IS YOUR FRIEND

I have an oily T Zone and my forehead gets so much texture. An esthetician told me in the summer especially I need to exfoliate 3x a week. When you are exfoliating you are getting rid of dead skin cells, which creates a smoother surfaceThe only product I use is from Origins.

Origins Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion: This does come with a higher price tag of $40 however you do not need a lot and it will last you. On the origins website you can buy a smaller size for $21. See them HERE and HERE

One other product that just came across my desk to test is the Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub. Stay tuned as I am almost out of my Origins and will be trying this. The price is $29.00 so its a little less.  Of course that are a ton of other scrubs on the market for less but I just have not tried them. As long as you are exfoliating with whatever works for your skin ect it will help get your glow.  When it comes to skincare when something works I stick with it. The Origins one was introduced to me when I was 26. Have not looked back.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum: This product was my introduction to acids and I am hooked. This can be an irritate to some.I have sensitive skin but its been great! It has a small amount with 12% AHA/BHA.  I started off every two to three days with this product to be safe. I can easily use it everyday now but still do it every other day plus it will make this last longer. It is very pricey but worth every penny. Per Sephora Site: “Resurfaces dull skin, lifting dead skin cells away by gently dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface. The results are greater clarity and a smoother, more even-looking complexion…Go from a drab complexion to an absolutely luminous one practically overnight” That literally speaks for itself! I did try the Pixi Glow Exfoliating Serum  as its cheaper by a lot but it did not work for me. I broke out.  However that does not mean it will not work for you! You can see it HERE. 

Another product by Drunk Elephant I am using is the Baby Facial which has a higher percentage of Acids and I have really loved this. My sister in law got it for me for my birthday as she knew I was really wanting to try it.  A more affordable option ($7!!!!) for this product is by the Ordinary and can be found HERE. I have not tried this product so I can not speak of it but it has great reviews.Glowing Skin

FACE OILS

 Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate (Day Time): My holy grail face oil for during the day. You can add ONE drop to your moisturizer if you need to, put it on your face alone or even add to your foundation for a more dewy look. This is a lightweight oil. It will not make you feel weighed down. I like to feel dewy too as feeling dry on my skin in general drives me bananas. This is not for everyone but I want to see the hydration. I would rather look oily or wet than dry and matte. Per Sephora: “strengthens skin’s defenses against daily aggressors to keep skin radiant and youthful-looking. It provides antioxidant protection with a powerful blend of naturally-derived oils—including ginger root, sunflower, and tamanu—to help skin feel fresh and look energized, morning to night” See it HERE

The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil (Night Time): I do not use a moisterizer at night, I use oil and this has been my go to! Guess what? Its UNDER $10!!! See it HERE . So what does this oil do? “This luxurious-feeling oil fights free radical damage, hydrates the skin, promotes elasticity, and helps restore a radiant tone” – Beautylish Site

MOISTURIZER MOISTURIZER MOISTURIZER 

If your face and eyes are not moisturized / prepped for makeup properly it will show when you are done with your makeup.  Just like taking care of your skin, the prep is just as important. Three moisturizers that are fool proof for me and give you dewy perfection just as is are:

Belif The True Cream Bombs (Aqua & Moisturizing): Korean Beauty has made its way into my routine and I have fallen in love. Which makes sense because Korean Beauty is all based around hydration! The Aqua bomb is gel based and perfect for summer while the Moisterizing Bomb is a cream and out-stands Chicago Winters.  See Them HERE and HERE

PONDS Crema S Moisturizer: A gem at the drugstore. Its under $10 and will give you a all the glow you need. I do not use this as much as I use to because I have started to notice reactions to certain products. My skin was very sensative after kids. I probably should give this a whirl again but it is scented which could have caused reactions for me. See it HERE at Target.

Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream: I absolutely love this and they now make one with a SPF which is a plus. I go back and forth  between this one and the ones from Belif. After I apply I never feel that dry feeling around your hair line and cheeks. Which is why I love all of these so much. See it HERE

Glowing Skin

WANT YOUR UNDER EYES TO GLOW? I DO LOL!!!!

Crows feet? No thanks. I want my eyes prepped for concealer and ready to look glowy and dewy. Here are two I can not live without!

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment w/ Avocado: This under concealer creates the most beautifully hydrated under eye that allows you to glow! Your concealer will never dry up or crease with this! See it HERE.

Origins Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff: This does EXACTLY what it says it does. If your face is glowing and looking dewy you want your eyes to match. INSTANTLY brightens. See it HERE

Best Products For Glowing Skin

ENDLESS MAKEUP PRODUCTS BUT HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVS TO GLOW

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LIQUID HIGHLIGHTERS

When it comes to makeup products to glow, liquid highlighters are probably my absolute favorite way to achieve it. I use them in many different ways including before foundation for an all over a glow, mixed with foundation, alone on no makeup days to get my skin looking fresh and as a spot highlighter.  Three of my absolute must have are:

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops:  See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE 

L’Oreal Glotion: See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream: See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE

POWDERS

Sometimes we think powders are the enemy when it comes to glowing skin but its about finding ones that enhance your glow and that are NOT matte. Also the placement of powder I talked about above. I use to powder my whole face and its just not something that works for me anymore. Whether it’s a bronzer or a setting powder its about finding the right one for you for this specific type of looking skin. Some setting powders come in a natural finish not matte.

Hourglass Bronzer: This bronzer looks so natural and warm on the face and is fused with Hourglasses famous lighting powder in Diffused Light  to mimic a ray of warm sunlight.  There setting powders create the light on your face so this is the best of both worlds because it mixes a bronzer and setting powder in one. See it  HERE. and see my post about other fav bronzers of mine HERE

Colourpop Highlighter in WISP: A powder but its so creamy its like a cream on your skin. It glides on with ease and is only $8. When I tell you I reach for this over any other highlighter I own I mean this. Powders tend to look off on my skin these days but again you have to find the right formula that works for your skin.  See it HERE 

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palettes: Just like BECCA Highlighters (another must have but I feel everyone knows about these already lol. If not see them HERE) the MAC glow palettes are soft, creamy and not chunky. Even though its a powder its smooth and gives your skin a dewy look. Never dry. See them HERE

FOUNDATIONSThe last piece of the glow puzzle is foundation! These four give me all the dewy goodness I crave with or without adding in liquid highlighter. Of course if I love a matte foundation I just add in liquid highlighter or apply all over my face then apply the matte foundation. However with these four they have a dewy glowy finish. These are staples for the summer. Who am I kidding, I use them all year long!

NARS Sheer Glow – See it HERE

Maybelline Dewy & Smooth – See it HERE

MAC – Next To Nothing – See it HERE / review and swatches see HERE 

L’Oreal  Pro Glow – See it HERE 

I hope you all enjoyed this post!!! Of course these products are not in any order but one thing I can say over and over is glowing skin comes from proper skincare and taking care of that first. Also dont forget what works for me may not work for you but that is why return policies are FANTASTIC lol!!

Get your GLOW  on and happy shopping!!!

 

DISCLAIMER: Some products mentioned above were sent for editorial consideration. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You very much for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio.