theBalm – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:03:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 theBalm Holiday 2015 Collection First Impressions http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/thebalm-holiday-2015/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/thebalm-holiday-2015/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 02:29:17 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=187874 I hope the holidays are hella balm, girl, because you know what!? YOU DA BALM. You da balm dot com! The balm…? Get it?? Alright, alright, I know. Weak word play…but it’s so much fun. The holidays have officially begun over at theBalm. Their new holiday 2015 collection is available now, and it’s just two […]


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The two theBalm Holiday 2015 palettes

I hope the holidays are hella balm, girl, because you know what!? YOU DA BALM.

You da balm dot com!

The balm…? Get it??

Alright, alright, I know. Weak word play…but it’s so much fun. :)

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Yes, I’m actually holding theBalm In the Balm of Your Hand palette ($39.50) in the palm of my hand…

The holidays have officially begun over at theBalm. Their new holiday 2015 collection is available now, and it’s just two pieces — actually, two palettes. One of them is called “In theBalm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol. 1,” so you’ll literally be able to hold theBalm in the palm of your hand.

Both palettes are filled with some of the brand’s most popular products, so there aren’t any new colors here. One consists of powder and cream products for eyes, cheeks and lips, and the other contains a trio of powder highlighters.

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theBalm In the Balm of Your Hand palette ($39.50)



Because these are both sort of “greatest hits” palettes, they’re a good way to get familiar with the brand if you aren’t already. With the $39.50 “In theBalm of Your Hand” palette, you get three blushes, one bronzer, a highlighter, four eyeshadows and two combo lip/cheek products, and yay! — some of them are things I’ve been wanting to try, like the Hot Mama and Instain blushes.
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theBalm In the Balm of Your Hand palette ($39.50)

I’m always in favor of things that make my life easier, like the separate flap that covers the cream products in the “In theBalm of Your Hand” palette (in the in the?), so you can cover the creams and keep them clean while you’re working with the nearby powder products.

Isn’t that nice? No cross pollination!

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theBalm The Manizer Sisters palette ($28)

Now, I haven’t played extensively with this palette yet, but I have worn the blushes, the bronzer and the highlighter. I’ve yet to explore the four eyeshadows, but I have used theBalm’s eyeshadows before, and I like ’em. They have an easy-to-blend, soft formula (comparable to Too Faced shadows); most of them are very wearable, too, and have a healthy amount of pigment.

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theBalm The Manizer Sisters palette ($28)

I’m also pretty excited about The Manizer Sisters Palette. In it, you get three of theBalm’s bodacious highlighters — the awesome golden Mary-Lou Manizer, pinkish gold Cindy-Lou Manizer and bronzy gold Betty-Lou Manizer.

Great! I think these are great. They remind me a lot of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed highlighters. You can use them for soft and subtle effects, or turn that ish up to highlighter heaven. If you haven’t tried these highlighters yet, this palette’s a good way to get them all in one place.

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theBalm The Manizer Sisters palette ($28)

Both palettes/potential stocking stuffers are available meow online and at theBalm counters. Lots more pictures and info in the video at the top.

As always, thank you for watching.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick by theBalm http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/matte-hughes-long-lasting-liquid-lipstick-thebalm/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/matte-hughes-long-lasting-liquid-lipstick-thebalm/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:18:06 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=184202 “Ladies and lipstick-loving gentlemen, allow me to introduce my friend here. He’s from theBalm, he costs $17, and his name is Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick. Go on, Matt(e)! Say hi to everyone.” [THE SOUND OF CRICKETS CHIRPING…] “Oops, I’m sorry. You’ll have to excuse Matt(e). He’s not much of a talker on account of […]


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The new Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipsticks by theBalm ($17 each)

“Ladies and lipstick-loving gentlemen, allow me to introduce my friend here. He’s from theBalm, he costs $17, and his name is Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick. Go on, Matt(e)! Say hi to everyone.”

[THE SOUND OF CRICKETS CHIRPING…]

“Oops, I’m sorry. You’ll have to excuse Matt(e). He’s not much of a talker on account of him being a liquid lipstick with a matte finish.”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Devoted

“Matt(e) and I have been ‘friends’ for a few weeks now :) — yes, ever since he showed up in theBalm’s permanent collection — and, well, I thought you might like to meet him because we’re getting pretty serious…”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Sentimental

“Yup, he’s everything my lips have ever wanted — Adoring (a merlot), Loyal (a deep red), Devoted (a bright red), Sentimental (a warm magenta), Charming (a rich mauve), Honest (a warm coral), Committed (a pinkish nude) and Chivalrous (a warm magenta).”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Charming

“We’re so compatible too! I mean, when he touches me with his doe-foot and — ohmigoodness! — softly caresses my lips, he leaves behind full-coverage opaque color and a lightweight, non-sticky formula that tastes and smells like minty vanilla.”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Honest

“I heard a rumor that he’s afraid of commitment, but I don’t know about that… Whenever we hang out, he doesn’t stray for at least four or five hours, and he’s not one of those flaky matte liquid lipsticks that breaks up on your lips in that time, either. He doesn’t even mind when my lips are dry. He’s always down to make out.”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Committed

“I’d be totally OK if you wanted to give him a kiss.”

[CONFUSED STARES]

“I’m serious! Just to test him out. :) I want him back though.”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Chivalrous

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Loyal

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Adoring

Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick by theBalm

  • They’re new to theBalm’s permanent line and available now in eight $17 shades.
  • Full-coverage matte liquid lipsticks with a moderately moisturizing formula, and compared to most matte liquid lipsticks, they feel fantastic.
  • As they fade (and also after meals), they leave behind a pretty matte stain.
  • The minty vanilla flavor and scent are kind of strong…like peppermint candy. I like it, but I’m just saying.
  • They’re very easy to apply with the doe-foot applicator, and you can even skip using a lip liner if you want.
  • The shades I’ve been wearing the most are coral Honest and pinkish nude Committed, both of which I think are excellent everyday colors.

PRICE: $17 each
AVAILABILITY: Permanent, and available now online and at theBalm counters in eight shades
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush by theBalm: In This Desert, It Rains Bronzer and Blush http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/balm-desert-bronzerblush-by-thebalm-in-this-desert-it-rains-bronzer-and-blush/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/balm-desert-bronzerblush-by-thebalm-in-this-desert-it-rains-bronzer-and-blush/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:24:41 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=179472 Wha!? Is it a bronzer? Wait — no. Is it a blush? Actualmente, Balm Desert ($21) is both. It’s a new reddish tan face powder by theBalm that you can use as both. It works as a bronzer and/or a straight-up blush. You could probably also use it as a contouring shade, since it leans […]


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thebalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush $21

Wha!?

Is it a bronzer? Wait — no. Is it a blush?

Actualmente, Balm Desert ($21) is both. It’s a new reddish tan face powder by theBalm that you can use as both. It works as a bronzer and/or a straight-up blush.

You could probably also use it as a contouring shade, since it leans neutral/cool…

If you already scrolled down and saw the swatch, your pores may be freaking out right now because of what looks like a slight sheen, but tell them to chill out. Balm Desert looks more matte in real life.

I’ve noticed that theBalm’s powders have a light and fluffy quality to ’em that makes them really easy to blend. It also makes them challenging (also known as “messy”) to work with at times, and Balm Desert’s the same way. Running a brush across the pan lifts a lot of product, and messiness may ensue, but you can head it off by tapping your brush against something to unload the excess.

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thebalm Balm Desert, $21



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thebalm Balm Desert, $21

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A swatch of thebalm Balm Desert (for reference, as poo-sual, I’m an NC42 in MAC)

Balm Desert… Is that like a totally awesome desert?

Get it? That desert is so bomb?

Haha. :) Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Balm Desert is available now for $21 at theBalm counters and online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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‘Cause One Can Never Wear Enough Neutrals: A Face of the Day With the Nude Dude Volume 2 Eye Palette By theBalm http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/cause-one-can-never-wear-enough-neutrals-a-face-of-the-day-with-the-nude-dude-volume-2-eye-palette-by-thebalm/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/cause-one-can-never-wear-enough-neutrals-a-face-of-the-day-with-the-nude-dude-volume-2-eye-palette-by-thebalm/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:08:11 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=177323 I feel like every girl (and every boy who loves makeup; yes, I know you’re out there, and I love you!!!) has a default makeup look they turn to whenever they need to feel just straight-up pretty…and that’s definitely what I needed this morning because I woke up tired today, dude! For real, I got […]


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A Face of the Day with thebalm Nude Dude Volume 2

I feel like every girl (and every boy who loves makeup; yes, I know you’re out there, and I love you!!!) has a default makeup look they turn to whenever they need to feel just straight-up pretty…and that’s definitely what I needed this morning because I woke up tired today, dude!

For real, I got like two seconds of sleep last night. The wind was crazy loud and howled all night long (“Awooooo!”), which fired up Tabs, who consequently spent the entire evening running circuits around the bedroom, knocking stuff off the dressers, climbing all over my boobs and generally doing naughty tabby things.

That darned cat! If he wasn’t so adorably squishy, I’d be raging mad at him right now. :)

I LOVE THIS FOOL

Needless to say, I needed a pick-me-up this morning, so I figured, heck, why not do something makeup-wise that I really like to wear, so I ended up doing my favorite look to wear in the whole wide world — brown smokey eyes, pink cheeks, pink lips.

Yep, mah standby. :)

Key products worn in this look, including thebalm Nude Dude Volume 2

Key products I’m wearing in this look


Key products…

  1. NARS Lipgloss in Turkish Delight
  2. Ardency Inn Lipstick in Kids in America
  3. MAC Lip Pencil in Edge to Edge
  4. Rimmel Natural Bronzer in 002 Sun Bronze
  5. Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Trio in Sublime
  6. NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Adoration (I mixed the two shades together)
  7. theBalm Nude Dude Volume 2 Palette (Fearless as a base all over the lids, Flawless in the crease, Fabulous in the inner corners and Fine on the lids; I also mixed in some warm orangey brown MAC Eye Shadow in Texture in the crease to warm things up a little)

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A Face of the Day with thebalm Nude Dude Volume 2

Question for you: what’s your go-to makeup look — the one you turn to when you need a boost and/or want to feel like the best version of yourself? Inquiring minds want to know!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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The New Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner Pencils by theBalm: This Mr. Right Is Not a Commitment-Phobe http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/eyes/new-mr-write-now-eyeliner-pencils-thebalm-mr-right-not-commitment-phobe/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/eyes/new-mr-write-now-eyeliner-pencils-thebalm-mr-right-not-commitment-phobe/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:14:35 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=176077 Mr. Write (Now) is not the kind of guy to hit it and quit it. Um…can I say that on the blog?? I dunno, that might be kind of rude. Let me try again… Will you ever meet Mr. Right? Absolutely! In fact, Mr. Write is ready to meet you right now. OK, that was […]


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The new Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner Pencils by theBalm ($17 each)

Mr. Write (Now) is not the kind of guy to hit it and quit it.

Um…can I say that on the blog?? I dunno, that might be kind of rude.

Let me try again…

Will you ever meet Mr. Right? Absolutely! In fact, Mr. Write is ready to meet you right now.

OK, that was better. :)

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to commit to this new line of twist-up eyeliner pencils by theBalm. Make a note in your diary to meet one of these guys next time you’re near a counter. They’re available in eight $17 shades, with some of them mattes and some of them shimmers (incidentally, they have a built-in sharpener hidden in the bottom of each pencil).

I was surprised my eyes didn’t freak out when I wore Jac. B Bronze on my water lines this week, because they can usually only tolerate MAC Eye Kohls this time of year. My skin gets very sensitive when the air is cold and dry.

Now, as one might expect of an eyeliner pencil called Mr. Write (Now), these guys will not sneak off without buying you breakfast. They want to stick around (nine+ hours). None of them, and that includes Jac B. Bronze, who I’m wearing on my lower lash lines in these pics, are commitment-phobes.

In fact, these long-lasting twist-up liners are so heavy-duty that I have to use an oil-based makeup remover with them. The formula also dries very quickly, so if you plan to do any smudging, don’t dilly-dally.

theBalm Mr. Write (Now) in Brian B. Beige, Jac B. Bronze, Bill B. Mocha, Wayne B. Olive, Raj B. Navy, Vince B. Charcoal, Dean B. Onyx and Scott B. Bordeaux

theBalm Mr. Write (Now) Swatches clockwise from the upper left: Brian B. Beige, Jac B. Bronze, Bill B. Mocha, Wayne B. Olive, Raj B. Navy, Vince B. Charcoal, Dean B. Onyx and Scott B. Bordeaux

Clockwise from the upper left: Brian B. Beige, Jac B. Bronze, Bill B. Mocha, Wayne B. Olive, Raj B. Navy, Vince B. Charcoal, Dean B. Onyx and Scott B. Bordeaux



I should mention that Jac B. Bronze employed several play-yuh tricks on me, and dayum! — they worked.

First, he caressed my skin with his silky smooth formula. Then he wooed me with his powerful pigment (ah…). Then he sealed the deal with his worthy wear time of nine hours (oh…).

Uh…this is starting to sound dirty-birdy again.

All you really need to know is this: these guys want to stick around, so why wait for Mr. Right when Mr. Write Now is available now at theBalm counters and online. :)

Wearing thebalm's Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner Pencil in Jac B. Bronze on my lower water and lash lines

Wearing thebalm’s Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner Pencil in Jac B. Bronze on my lower water and lash lines

PRICE: $17 each
AVAILABILITY: Permanent, with eight shades available now at theBalm counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A- (love these for their wear time, but they’re difficult to remove and set VERY quickly)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!


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