My new found love of Bobbi Brown is Pretty Powerful.

I currently work in John Lewis (Glasgow) in the beauty department, but sadly not on a beauty concession.  I flog sunglasses, which most days is a challenge considering the Scottish weather, but we are faring not too badly.  However, the lust I feel on a daily basis is even more of a challenge.  My sun-glass stands are directly in front of Clarins and Estee Lauder, a few steps away from Origins and the Bobbi Brown counter is in my direct eye-line. It’s a hard life. 

I could easily spend a small fortune in the beauty department of John Lewis, a couple of hundred pounds could be gone in the space of an hour,  trying to not succumb to my desires is soul destroying.  Well, soul destroying might be a little dramatic but it is gloomy. So is talking to nearly all your customers about where they are going on holiday. ‘So, are you going somewhere nice on holiday?’.  Oh, the smiles. 
The other week though, I was heading out for a friends birthday straight from work, and the lovely Emma at Bobbi Brown said she would do my make-up for me – saving me an epic battle with my eye-liner brush whilst on the bus.  I am sometimes wary of make-up artists because people all have different opinions about what looks good. However, Emma has a complexion like a porcelain doll and looks a bit like Bettie Page – that I can trust. 

Make-up by Bobbi Brown (Lipstick is Models Own).
Make-up By Me.
I have never seen my skin look so radiant, every time I look at this photo I am wowed by it.  Keep in mind I have rather bad/blemish stained skin. Look at the glow! I would usually frown at the use of an exclamation mark (it can be tacky) but this occasion calls for it. I love being pale, but I can’t deny that I am occasionally what one would call pasty rather than porcelain.  Having pale skin I find it is much harder to get that beautiful glow than those who have darker tones. Bronzer is an easy way to achieve a healthy glow, but it’s not my style.  The Brightening Finish Powder in Porcelain Pearl is a must have for pale girls. It was on my last wish list, and I will be buying it next pay day. And maybe a powder brush…
This all-over powder instantly illuminates and gives skin a healthy-looking glow. It’s infused with a skin-brightening blend of Mulberry, Grape and Scutellaria extracts, as well as Sodium Hyaluronate (beloved for its moisture magnet-like effect) to help keep skin fresh and smooth looking.
But my favourite thing is my eyebrows – Emma transformed my brows into amazing brows.  Anyone who knows me in real life will know of the eternal fight I’ve had over the years with my eyebrows – I have had a fair amount of mishaps, I can’t even bring myself to find photo’s. Having pretty eyebrows made me happy, I went around asking everyone if they liked my eyebrows (I’m currently using a furry leopard print bag as my work bag, they already know I’m a bit mad).  This mini transformation really highlighted to me the importance of having well shaped eyebrows, it really does change the whole shape of your face.  Fixing my eyebrows is on my ‘to do list for this year’ – maybe by the end of the year I will be able to make my own eyebrows that fabulous. 
The current Bobbi Brown Campaign is: BE PRETTY. BE CONFIDENT. BE WHO YOU ARE
I love this, having wrote my dissertation on the sexualisation of children and of having a deep understanding of how the media can mould people into being a certain way, this is a very powerful message. Yes, we all adore make-up, most of us wouldn’t be without it (I for one won’t leave the house without at least foundation on) but you still need to have confidence within yourself, about who you are and what you are all about. 
Bobbi believes that “makeup is a way for a woman to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident.”
I really urge everyone to go read up on Bobbi Brown, as a company they are wonderful.  Their whole philosophy is inspiring, especially for a beauty brand.   Obviously, I also urge you to go try some Bobbi Brown products for yourself, and then tell me about how wonderful they are.
Hydrating Eye Cream.
Foundation: Porcelain Stick.
Concealer: Eye Brightener: Light Brick.
Brows: Saddle.
Eyeshadow: Galaxy Cream Shadow (lower lid). Crease: Gunmetal.
Eyeliner: Black Gel Ink.
Brightening Finishing Powder: Porcelain Pearl.

Why you should invest in luxury sunglasses & a wish list.

I have never been someone who lusted over sunglasses, I’m much more of a handbags and shoes kind of girl.  Many friends of mine would cut off a hand for a pair of Ray-bans, but I’ve always been more drawn towards a £2.00 pair from Primark, that can then be thrown to the bottom of my handbag. Or used to keep my hair off my face whilst I apply my factor 50.

£2.00 Primark Numbers

However recently I started a new job working for Luxottica the company that own Ray-Ban and Oakley.  I am situated in John lewis (Glasgow) as a concession, which has caused much confusion so far – trying to explain to customers, without sounding rude, that I don’t work for John Lewis. If you’re from Glasgow you should pop in, we don’t have all stock out at the moment due to issues with the glass display cabinet we were sent – it has no shelves…yeah.  But, if you ask nicely I’ll get the Prada and Tom Ford out the drawer. It is also cool that you laugh at my irony of having to sell sunglasses whilst it is snowing outside. My fingers are crossed for sunny weather soon, or at least no snow.

One of the first questions I asked when starting the job was ‘What is the difference between cheap and expensive sunglasses?’.  I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to convince someone to spend £80> on a pair of sunglasses when I myself was not convinced that there was any difference.

On close inspection though you can tell the difference.  The first difference is the weight of the glasses, expensive sunglasses are made from a hard plastic called acetate, which is very durable.  People always say ‘I’d end up breaking them’, expensive sunglasses are much harder to break than cheap ones. Sunglasses in some ways are similar to umbrella’s – we all know how rubbish cheap umbrella’s are and how a more expensive one will get you through the winter…it is still a grudge though.

I’ve also heard a lot of people saying ‘I’d end up sitting on them‘.  However, usually when we buy a luxury product whether it be jewellery or make-up we look after it more than we would a less expensive item.  You aren’t likely to sit on your sunglasses if you put them back in their case – which you are likely to do.

The glass in the lenses is also offers a higher level of protection for your eyes. Although less expensive glasses do meet the criteria needed, they often just pass the required level of protection.  An expensive pair (more so Ray-ban and Oakley) will protect your eyes from rays, polarised glasses are especially good for driving as they reduce glare.   I have a fantastic app on the work I-pad that demonstrates this.  I also have a fabulous Ray-ban app that takes your photo – so if you fancy doing a sunglasses post give me a shout.

The lenses are also highly scratch resistant, this is the aspect that has surprised me the most. Most of the glasses are merchandised on self-selecting spinners and they do have a tendency to occasionally fall off, but no scratches.  This in itself has convinced me that making an investment in a luxury pair of sunglasses is the way forward. Now, someone needs to make a phone screen that is as scratch resistant.

In the last couple of weeks I have tried on most of the glasses, as have my work mates.  We all have a favourite pair.  My favourite pair happen to be one of the most expensive at £ me to pick the  expensive ones. We are due to get a lot more stock in, and more brands such as Michael Kors and Tiffany’s, I am rather excited.  But, I will leave you will some of my current favourites to ‘ohh’ over.

Gucci – GG3548/Havana Sunglasses – £220.

These are the pair that suit me the most, different types of sunglasses suit different face shapes. I suit big frames that cover my eyebrows.  I wish aviators and wayfarer suited me, but alas they don’t. It doesn’t stop me trying them on though.

Ralph – RA5031 – £108.

I love the turquoise on the inside of this pair, they do not suit me in the slightest but they are still one of my favourite pairs.  So far they have been very popular with customers and staff. 

Prada – PR080S – £215

A pair of classic glamour shades.  I would have never went for brown frames before I started this job. I find that black frames can be a little harsh against my pale complexion. The tortoiseshell frame actually suits most complexions  especially blondes. 

Prada – PR04PS – £320

We sadly do not have these beauties in store yet but we have the brown and orange version, which have attracted a lot of attention. I think every member of the beauty department has had a shot of them, very Dame Edna, but fabulous at the same time. 

Ray-ban – RB3025 55 Aviator – £125.00

The photo of these does not do them justice. They are part of Ray-bans celebration collection of the aviator, the frames and lenses come in a range of colours, but most notably green, pink and blue lenses. The green is actually a Ray-ban trademark but in person the green is a lot more noticeable.

All glasses can be found at: and

or you can come visit me at John Lewis, Glasgow.