Current Beauty Crush: The Balm Cosmetics

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hello everyone! How are you all? Recently I've been trying to branch out a little and try more products from other brands and I have been absolutely in love with The Balm Cosmetics. With their super cute and quirky packaging they really do remind me a lot of Benefit Cosmetics. Although I've only tried a couple of their products at the moment, I really am in love with them all and so thought in today's post I would create a make-up look featuring the products I have from The Balm. 

To create the look, I opted for a neutral, lightweight, everyday appropriate vibe. With it being the month of February, or 'the month of pink' as I like to call it, I decided to work with a subtle pink and brown smokey eye. The colours in the 'Nudetude' palette as you can already tell are just stunning, I honestly don't have anything like this in my collection. The shades I used were 'Stubborn' 'Stand-Offish' and a touch of 'Sultry' just to smoke things up a little bit. The pigmentation of these shades isn't as good as my trustee Urban Decay palettes but considering the shades I used were fairly light in comparison to the majority of the palette, they did show up fairly well. On the plus side of things, these shades honestly last for hours they are so long wearing and for £29.99 this palette is worth every penny, in my opinion that is definitely a bargain!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that last month I picked up the 'Time Balm' concealer and 'What's Your Type' mascara for super cheap in Urban Outfitters, I genuinely only paid £3 for the mascara!!! One thing I will say though is this mascara is certainly worth a lot more than only £3 I've tried many mascaras and as a girl with very short eyelashes it is hard to come across the 'perfect' mascara. At the moment I am currently torn between the Benefit Roller Lash and The Balm What's Your Type. If you're looking for super long looking lashes that last all night even without a mascara primer then What's Your Type is the one for you. However if you want a bit of a curl to your peepers then Benefit's Roller Lash would be the better alternative. For me having long eyelashes is an essential when it comes to doing my make-up and so this mascara is actually, probably my favourite product I've used by The Balm so far.

Now as you can see the 'Time Balm' concealer is super dark. For a pale girl like me that isn't what I want in a concealer.. But! I have surprisingly found a way to make this work. With the Spring and Summer months slowly beginning to creep up upon us, BB creams will probably become the new hype within the next 8 weeks. As this concealer is so dark, I find if I opt for a light base, especially a BB cream and use the concealer just to cover up any blemishes on my face and blend in well in a circular motion it actually works really really well! Although this gives quite a light to medium coverage, I can see this concealer becoming a definite Summer essential of mine! It surprisingly isn't orange toned in the slightest either once blended in which was a real shock to me considering how pale I am and how dark the product was, that definitely deserves an extra brownie point from me.

Lastly, the beloved Mary-Lou Manizer. Now, what beauty blogger doesn't love this product? Before receiving this for my birthday in December, I was actually quite wary of visiting the champagne side of things. I was comfortable with a silver highlight and didn't really feel the need to change that up at all but I'm so glad that I did. I find using a more golden toned highlight really helps to enhance your contour giving a more fresh faced, sun kissed look to the skin which is simply gorgeous and I can already tell I will be reaching for this product a lot more once again in the upcoming Spring/Summer months. 

Products Used:
Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer
Maybelline BB Cream in 'Light'
The Balm 'Time Balm' Concealer in 'Medium/Dark'
Benefit Fake Up
NARS Translucent Powder in 'Crystal'
MAC Paintpot in 'Painterly'
The Balm 'Nudetude' Palette
MAC Kohl Liner in 'Smolder'
The Balm 'What's Your Type?!' Mascara
Rimmel London Sun Shimmer Bronzer in 'Light Matte'
Lush 'The Kiss' Lip Scrub
Topshop Lipstick in 'Petal'
The Balm 'Mary Lou-Manizer' Highlighter

I hope you liked this post! If you have any recommendations of other products by The Balm, please let me know down below, I'm really keen on getting my hands on the "How 'Bout Those Apples" cheek palette. Feel free to share with me your opinions on this look in the comments down below as I would love to hear your feedback! Until next time lovelies,

Have you ever tried The Balm cosmetics?
Toni, x



  2. The Balm is definitely a brand I want to explore more :) their blushers look so pretty! I really like the Mary Loumanizer but it's definitely an evening look for me! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

    1. Gorgeous aren't they?! I definitely need to pick a blush set up when I can! xx


  3. I’m in love with your blog! It was so interesting to read your posts and also I’d like to say that you have beautiful photos!
    p.s. new post - how I met Victoria Beckham

    Diana Cloudlet

    1. Aw thank you so much lovely! I'm really glad you liked it :)x

  4. Awww you look beautiful! I love how natural you look with that makeup. Very subtle.

    xx naomi - Naomi in Wonderland

    1. Aw thank you so much that's so sweet of you to say! I'm glad you liked it :) xx

  5. The Nude palette looks so lovely, perfect for taking you from day to night!

    Catherine xx

    1. Gorgeous isn't it?! I really want to try and get my hands on the new 'Nude-Dude' edition eventually! xx


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