Best of theBalm Cosmetics + GIVEAWAY*


Top Picks from theBalm Cosmetics

Hi lovelies!

Today I have teamed up with RY Australia to showcase some of my favourite products from theBalm Cosmetics and I might also have a sneaky giveaway for you all. One thing I love the most about theBalm is their packaging (YES! I'm an absolute sucker for pretty packaging), they are usually retro themed, adorable yet clever. I also really enjoy how they play with words in their quirky product names.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and Cindy-Lou Manizer

First things first, I'm sure we have all heard about their cult product - the Mary-Lou Manizer!

This light champagne-y golden highlighter is too beautiful not to be included in my top picks. It has been one of my all time favourite, go-to highlighter for such a long time. The formula is velvety soft, smooth and concentrated. The intensity of the finish is totally in your control. You can gently sweep it on your cheeks for a soft glow or build it up on the high points for a blinding, "strobed" effect. Apart from the cheekbones, I especially like to use it to highlight my inner corners.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and Cindy-Lou Manizer

If you are looking for a more natural highlight to illuminate your features, this one is for you!

The Cindy-Lou Manizer is Mary's sister. It is a warm peachy highlight that has a hint of pink. With the pearlescent finish, it gives a very natural and subtle sheen on the cheeks. I like to use it as a shimmery blush or a blush topper to give my cheeks something-something. It can also double up as an eyeshadow to bring more light to the eyes.

Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush Houndstooth

Sticking to the topic of cheeks, their Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush is a finely milled blush with great staying power, it lasted up to 8-9 hours on me before fading. There is a total of 6 different shades in this blush range, and my favourite one has to be Houndstooth. It is a very wearable everyday mauve shade that leans more pink than plum. This is definitely a pigmented blush, I would suggest going in with a light hand and a fluffy brush to slowly build up to your desired intensity.

Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush Houndstooth

Here are swatches of the Mary-Lou Manizer, Cindy-Lou Manizer and Hounstooth blush:

Swatches of Mary-Lou Manizer, Cindy-Lou Manizer and Instain Blush Houndstooth

Next - we all know I'm a palette hoarder, so let's talk about their palettes!

theBalm Appetit Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Appetit Eyeshadow Palette

The Appetit Eyeshadow Palette is something fairly new in my collection and I've been enjoying it. This palette includes 9 mostly cool-toned shades (except for Chris P. Bacon) in a range of matte, shimmer and foiled finishes. Just like all their other eyeshadows, they do have a drier texture, but the formula remains nicely pigmented and easy to blend. I feel like theBalm has outdone themselves with this packaging, it's seriously so adorable and the names of these shadows are very amusing and somewhat "appetizing" - haha.

theBalm Appetit Eyeshadow Palette

Here are swatches of my favourite shades from the Appetit Eyeshadow palette:

Swatches of theBalm Appetit Eyeshadow Palette

In theBalm Of Your Hand All-In-One Face Palette

Moving on to the ULTIMATE palette you need to have!

The In theBalm Of Your Hand All-In-One Face Palette is created based on all of theBalm's best-selling products and shades. This palette has quickly become a favourite of mine to take on short trips, simply because of how compact it is and it literally has everything I need for a complete makeup look.

In theBalm Of Your Hand All-In-One Face Palette

It contains 4 complementary eyeshadows chosen from previous palettes, 3 powder blushes (Hot Mama, Instain Argyle and Cabanaboy), a matte bronzer (Bahama Mama), a highlighter (Mary-Lou Manizer), a red lipstick (Starring: Mia Moore) and a nude lip and cheek cream (Caramel). 

Meet Matt(E) Hughes Mini Liquid Lipstick Collection

Lastly, how can I leave you guys without mentioning their lipsticks?

Their Meet Matt(E) Hughes liquid lipsticks are one of the first liquid lipsticks I've tried and loved. I tend to be very picky when it comes to choosing matte lipsticks as my lips are always chapped and dry. The formula of these is creamy, non-drying and comfortable to wear, they also have a fresh vanilla-minty scent. One thing to take note of is they are not 100% transfer proof and they dry down to more of a satin-matte finish. It's definitely one that you will need to touch up slightly after a meal, but overall it lasted well for 4-5 hours.

They have a beautiful selection of shades, full of nudes, pinks, reds and vampy shades. If you are interested, I would highly recommend picking up the Meet Matt(E) Hughes Mini Liquid Lipstick Collection to try out 6 of their top-selling shades. 

Here are the swatches of Meet Matt(E) Hughes Mini Liquid Lipstick Collection:

Swatches of Meet Matt(E) Hughes Mini Liquid Lipstick Collection


For a chance to win my favourite Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter and a set of the Meet Matt(E) Hughes Mini Liquid Lipstick Collection, head over to my Instagram now - here! One lucky winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is ONLY open to people living in Australia. Entry closes on Sunday 23rd April 11:59pm AEST.  Good luck everyone! xx

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