Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Balm Cosmetics, Beauty Review.

I have a makeup confession.  I've been searching for the perfect highlighter for over a year now.  My collection consists of drugstore to higher end.  All of which have left me uninspired and looking like a hot mess.  Sometimes when you use a highlight it can leave certain parts of your face looking worse than before.  I blame that on blemishes, large pores, or chunky glitters in the highlight it self.  Sometimes when your skin is on the oily side highlighters can magnify the oil instead of looking like a sunlit angel from the sky.  The preferred look.

Fortunately, while browsing one of my favorite online shopping sites, Hautelook.  I came across a Balm Cosmetics event.  When makeup is on Hautelook its usually at least 50% off.  Who doesn't like that!  I have been wanting to try their Cindy Lou Manizer Highlighter for a while now but they don't carry it my usual place, Ulta.  So this time I made sure to pick up their stuff while it was on sale. I also have been in the market for a new bronzer so I picked up their Bahama Mama Bronzer too.  I have heard really great things about The Balm, and these two products so I put my trust in some of my favorite beauty gurus.
The Balm packages their cosmetics in super cute ways.  Think Benefit style, with a bit more sexy edge and some hilarious names.  A big plus for me is that their makeup is also Paraben Free and Cruelty Free!  I've made the choice to start buying healthier skin makeup.  The prices range from around 20$ each for both of these products which isn't bad, but I got them for half off on Hautelook so it was definitely worth the wait.  I have been using the bronzer and highlight for over a week and I love them.  Bahama Mama is matte and easily blend able.  Not muddy or orange.  Cindy Lou Manizer gives my face a pretty sunkissed bronzy and pink glow, perfect for the Spring and Summer months. 
I applied both of these products in my pictures here.  I am on the lighter handed side with bronzer and contouring. The bronzer is on my cheek contour area and forehead.  This is just my everyday makeup look, but you could easily bronze and contour for a more dramatic look. The highlighter is on the high parts of my cheeks and bridge of my nose.  Other good areas for the highlight would be your cupids bow for a full lip look, or even on your eyelids for a fresh awake face!  Thank you so much for reading and I hope you found this post useful!


  1. You look gorg as always and yes, I agree...the problems with highlighter. I use benefit high beam and for the most part I like it. But sometimes if I don't apply it right it leaves my pores looking huge. I'm obsessed with Benefit products so I'll have to check out The Balm brand!

  2. Looks great! I love Benefit. I'm a total Ulta exclusive shopper...they have awesome deals. I'll have to check out websites for makeup sales now though!

  3. You look so beautiful! I need to get better at applying make-up. Thank you for the tips and review!

    Hope you and your family are having a great weekend!

  4. You don't have to wear makeup your so gorg!!!

  5. I love Haute Look! It is a dangerous addiction though so I try to steer clear as much as I can lol. You contour and highlight perfectly babe! Love a good contour without harsh lines that are reminiscent of Ru Pauls drag race ! ;)

  6. It's so bad when you showcase these products, because then I want to buy them! LOL.
    They look so good, your cheek highlight is perfect!