Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful & Giveaway


While I don’t feel worthy to enter the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful campaign, I know what makes me feel pretty powerful and who in my life I look up to as a pretty powerful woman. Let’s face it, I wake up feeling like a troll every morning, but give me mascara to darken my blonde lashes and some lip color, like the Powerful Lip Color I added from the Pretty Powerful Palette in the photo above, and of course, a six inch heel, I’m ready to go. I grew up watching my grandmother apply her make up and I remember being so excited to someday be able to wear a bold lip color that is my grandma’s signature look.
For my grandma, I think make up represents something more than adding color to a face, but a transformation from dependence and a lack of control to independence and determination. My grandma was sent to the Philippines as a child, far from her parents in Hawaii and grew up there, laboring on rice farms where luxuries like shoes or make up didn’t exist. Later in life, even when she married my grandpa she still had no control over her own life. It wasn’t until my grandma was widowed and raising three children as a single mother in a country she didn’t speak the language that she finally gained independence, as rough as it was. Despite the circumstances, my grandma learned English, began a stable career and provided for my dad and uncles. She didn’t have much of anything for a long time and when I see my grandma apply her lipstick and put on her favorite perfume, I see these small actions as giant leaps toward gaining her independence, control over her own life and that to me, is pretty powerful.

To win the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Palette, please tweet me at @andreakerbuski who inspires you or what makes you feel pretty powerful using the hashtag #prettypowerful. For an additional entry, visit the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful web site and vote for your favorite submission and tweet it. The giveaway will end Thursday, October 24 at 9:00 PM CST and is open to U.S. readers only.
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  • KristiMcMurry
    October 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    This is such a great story, Andrea. Your grandmother is quite inspiring. I loved reading about her.

  • Tracy Grant
    October 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Andrea! That is the best post ever <3 Wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tabitha
    October 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    How did I not know that basically you and I could be related? Not really, but in all seriousness with your g'ma spending all that time in the Philippines? Such a great story and you guys are so adorable in that pic.

  • Steffys Pros and Cons
    October 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    what a great story <3 i had no idea about your family history! (but how would i have? )

    <3 steffy

  • Grace
    October 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    pretty pretty!


  • NodToStyle
    October 13, 2011 at 12:03 am

    what a touching story about your grandma, she sounds like quite the strong woman.

  • kim
    October 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I loved hearing your grandma's story. She is a powerful woman indeed.
    While I can respect my grandfather, I have to say my grandma sort of blossomed when she became a widow. She was finally able to wear pants for instance (he didn't allow it). I wish she was still around.

  • Kimburley Sue
    October 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    i love this post ๐Ÿ™‚