PSA: the Balm will be on Hautelook on July 12

balm logo

Have you wanted to try the Balm but don’t want to pay full price? The Balm will be on Hautelook on Friday July 12! This is an excellent time to try a great cruelty free brand at a big discount! I have three of their blushes and two of their highlighters and I love everything!

Are you going to purchase anything from the Balm on Friday?

Thanks for reading!

*The above link is my personal referral link.

Small Haul from the Balm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe last time the Balm was on HauteLook* I picked up a few things partly because I had an expiring credit and partly because who can resist a huge discount?? Certainly not me!

Since I have been obsessed with the Frat Boy blush I bought the last time they were on HauteLook I wanted to try out a few more of the blushes in this line.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst up is Hot Mama! Every swatch I had seen online made me really want this blush.  It has shimmer in it and is just as pretty as I had hoped. This will be going into my blush rotation asap!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe other blush I purchased was Cabana Boy.  This blush also has some shimmer to it, but not quite as much as Hot Mama! I hadn’t done much swatch research when I put this in my cart, but I don’t have a similar color so I can’t wait to try it out!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere are some swatches (with flash).  I also included Frat Boy in the swatches for comparison.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI bought the En Root Dry Shampoo because I wanted to have dry shampoo for my gym bag.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have never used Dry Shampoo and I am a little intimidated by it.  I am going to try it out this week since we will be sticking close to home and if I mess it up and look like a freak it won’t be a big deal. Do you have any dry shampoo tips for me?

Once I have used these products for awhile, I will post a full review.

Have you tried any of these items from the Balm?

Thanks for reading!

*My personal referral link

PSA: the Balm will be on HauteLook on Friday, June 20th!

balm logo

If you haven’t had the chance to check out the Balm Cosmetics you are in luck! They will be back on HauteLook this Friday, June 20th!  This is a great way to try out some products from this cruelty free brand at a great discount!  The Sale starts at 8:00 a.m. Pacific/11:00 a.m. Eastern.  I loved the products I bought the last time they were on HauteLook (read my Haul here) and can’t wait to try a few more items!

Are you going to shop the Balm sale?  What are you going to get?

What should I get???

Thanks for reading!

The Balm Haul & Review

trio cropped

I bought Mary-Lou Manizer, Cindy-Lou Manizer and Frat Boy Blush the last time the Balm was on  HauteLook.*  I have been using them quite a bit since they arrived and decided to finally put up a post about these items!

frat boy cover cropped frat boy flash cropped frat boy no flash cropped

First up is Frat Boy.  This is a matte (no shimmer) pinky-coral color.  I don’t usually have good luck with powder blushes because they seem to immediately disappear on my cheeks, but not with Frat Boy.  I LOVE this blush!  I use a very light hand to build up the color to the desired intensity.  This blush makes me excited to try some of the Balm’s other blushes!  I took two pictures as depending on the lighting, this blush can pull more pink or more coral.  The middle picture is taken with flash and the last picture is taken without flash.

mary lou manizer cover mary lou manizer cropped

Next up is the famous Mary-Lou Manizer!  There are about a million reviews on this awesome product and Mary is just as amazing as every review out there has said.  This Highlighter is super super pigmented.  I just use a small fan brush to place this on the the top of my cheekbones, I also add a little to the inner corner of my eyes and to my cupids bow.  I am going to say it again, super pigmented!  This product has a chance to go very very wonky on your face if you over apply!  Since such a little goes a long way, I expect this product to last the rest of eternity!

cindy lou manizer cover cropped cindy lou manizer cropped

Finally is the newest Highlighter in the family Cindy-Lou Manizer!  As you can see, Cindy had a little mishap.  The second time I used this product, I was tapping off the excess because this product is also super pigmented and shimmery (are you sensing a theme??) the bottom corner kind of crumpled and some of the product has fallen out.  However, Cindy is a trooper and still going strong!  I am really enjoying this as a quick blush/highlighter combo, instead of using strictly as a highlighter.  Try to be careful when applying by slowly building up color (if you decide to try it as a blush), as this product can also become way too much shimmer quickly.  It really is quite pretty on and I am excited to continue to use this product!

Here are some swatches:

First picture is with flash and second is without flash.

(L to R: Frat Boy, Mary-Lou Manizer & Cindy-Lou Manizer)

fingers flash cropped fingers no flash cropped

swatches flash cropped swatches no flash cropped

Have you tried any products from the Balm?  What have you tried and loved/hated? What should I try next?

Thanks for reading!

*My personal referral link.