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the Balm Down Boy Blush and Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

Spring obviously signals the mating call and the need for men? We’ve been privy to Urban Decay’s take on men this Spring and today we’ll indulge our need for more men with the Balm Down Boy Blush and Shadow.

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Hey, with a blush dubbed “Down Boy” I’m almost positive you’ll be irresistible to the guys this season!

the Balm is terribly underrated isn’t it? Taking into consideration that the line isn’t terribly big that may sway you from actually checking it out but the Muse does so solemnly swear that the Balm is well worth checking out, especially when they put out items like Hot Mama and Down Boy.

In the case of the Balm Down Boy Blush the Muse was tickled pink, literally, when she seen it. The idea of a baby pink blush appeals in a big way as my chubby little cheeks sure do love a good pink blush but the keyword here kids is “baby” pink. Baby pinks tend not to work well for me but I was determined to give it a go. Actually, come to think about it, does baby pink work for anyone!?

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When I got my package it didn’t surprise me in the least that I was completely and utterly disappointed with the blush. It was extremely pale, chalky, and just unappealing. It was quite headed for the rubbish bin before I even tried it but lucky enough I did decide to dip a brush in and have at. Sure glad I did try as it turns out that this baby pink works quite the treat on a Muse’s cheeks.

First the packaging. Packaging is awesome as it has that retro glam beauty charm that I adore. It’s a flip top with a full size mirror and a cute vintage design. I’m a lover of this style palette, Too Faced is legendary for housing it’s cosmetics in similar style compacts, as they are easy to store, travel with, and just rather fun.

Although the powder is a tad on the chalky side I was pleasantly surprised at how well it blended and how much pigmentation it actually packs. The color is the perfect flush of pink that’s not overwhelming and looks very natural on. I can’t help but think at least one or two people are out there in makeup land who are hating on Benefit Posietint and of course these people will be more than pleased with The Balm Down Boy because the color is so natural and less of a louder pink when compared to Posietint. What’s interesting about the product is the buildability…gee is buildability even a word? I deem it a word! The product allows for a light application which gives just a touch of pink to cheeks or a few strokes will build it up to an even deeper shade of pink. But no matter how you use it, heavy handed or light, you’ll always end up with just the right shade of perfect pink. If you’re feeling the need you can easily use the blush as a shadow as it multitasks as a sweet pink on your lids! Pigmentation as I mentioned earlier is very good so you can easily build up a nice shade of pink on your eyes.

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With Spring well on it’s way a natural, soft pink is worthy of your attention and the Balm Down Boy has it in the bag! I absolutely loved this and think it’s a perfect shade of pink and well worth checking out for yourself. I’m Muse Approving it for purchase with one downside, it’s rather a soft pink and won’t be flattering on all skin tones (cool, lighter tones go best with this) so points are deducted for that. Aside from that I think the blush is absolutely gorgeous and well worth checking out!

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In the picture below I’m wearing Down Boy on my cheeks and on my lids!

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A quick switch of gloss! I decided that Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lipgloss in James was looking much better paired with the blush! So James is on my lips in this FOTD icon smile

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It’s available at Sephora and the Balm’s website. If you purchase the Balm Kiss Me Goodbye Overshadow for $15 USD you can get 25% Off your total order when ordering on the site so you might want to hope over to take advantage. Just place items in your cart, check out and pay full price. the Balm will refund the 25% Off on a second invoice but I’m not sure when this is over so you might want to e-mail to ask.

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the Balm Spring Collection 2009: Time Balm Foundation and Down Boy Blush

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Sliding quietly onto the Muse’s radar is the new Spring Collection from the Balm for 2009.

I happen to be a big fan of the Balm so I was happy to see the latest updates to the line!

Jump ahead to read more about the new collection!

I simply love Hot Mama so when I laid my eyes on the Balm Down Boy Blush I was quite a happy kitten! Looking like the perfect pink shade this brand new blush is paraben free and has light reflecting particles….hmmm I think I like light reflecting particles, indeed I do!

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I’m quite a fan of cream foundations so I found the Balm Time Balm Foundation interesting little product. On the heels of it’s classic concealer, the Balm has introduced a new creamy foundation that multitasks as both a foundation, concealer, and all in one wonder product that leaves skin flawlessly beautiful!

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I’m interested in trying both so I might just go ahead and order.

What do you think?

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theBalm Holiday Collection 2008

theBalm has introduced a few interesting little palettes for the Holiday season!

Balm Springs $21 USD
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Even though it’s Winter the Balm is taking us to the islands for the holiday season with it’s Balm Springs travel palette that contains shimmering golds and bronzes for a warm look!

Includes Overshadow in No Money, No Honey, shadyLady shadow in Shameless Shana, Pick-Up Liner in Casanova, and a mini shadow brush!

Balm Beach $21 USD
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Take a trip to the beach this season with warmer shades of bronze, gold, and pink with the travel friendly Balm Beach palette!

Includes BalmShelter Tinted Gloss in Girl Next Door, shadyLady Shadow in Mischievous, Bahama Mama, and Hot Mama.

If you’re in for something a little bit different this holiday season I’m sure these will appeal!

Want ‘em?

Sporting a sparkling look this season or prefer a shimmering bronzey look?

Check out more of theBalm at their website!

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theBalm Bahama Mama

Move over Hot Mama a new girl is in town! theBalm has introduced a new powder to it’s popular line up entitled Bahama Mama!

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In the vein of Hot Mama this cute compact is filled with beach-worthy bronze powder to give your skin a sun kissed tan without the sun!

The Muse no likey bronze powder but she definately likey the cute packaging on this! I Heart Hot Mama but I can’t love Bahama Mama sadly! But hey for all you sun divas out there this be the perfect powder!

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the Balm: Balms Away Eye Makeup Break-Up Review

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Here’s an interesting little product you might want to try for yourself, Balms Away Eye Makeup Break-Up from the Balm.

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You might be wondering why I am recommending you a $19 USD tin of what appears to be Vaseline.

I guess in a way this has the same benefits that simple, cheaper Vaseline does however I definately like this much better than your average run of the mill jar of petroleum jelly!

What is Balms Away anyway?

Basically it’s a very emollient jelly eye makeup remover that’s packed full of Vitamins, Sterols, Lipids, and most importantly moisturizing goodness for your eye area!

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I normally use Sephora Eye Makeup Remover which runs me about $8 USD. It’s the best remover I’ve come across that takes it all off with a nice low price tag. Lancome’s Bi-Facil is another favorite of mine but at $26 USD I cringe to purchase it!

So why shell out $19 USD for this tin?

Simply, because it works.

For one thing it’s a large tin at 2.2 oz and since you’re only using a very small amount it should last you a while. Secondly, the moisturizing benefits alone really make me happy! My under eye area seriously needs as much moisture as it can get right now and after massaging off my eye makeup with this my eyes feel so very soft and my lashes conditioned. I experience less lash breakage as well since I’m not tugging around with a cotton ball drenched in eye makeup remover.

How’s it work?

Simple.

Take a tiny amount, close your eyes and massage. Wipe clean with a cotton square or some tissue. One swipe should get it all. I choose to rinse with warm water after I swiped it away with cotton. That’s it, Bob’s your Uncle! Eye makeup all gone and fresh, moisturized eyes in it’s place!

The texture quite reminds me of Vaseline. It’s a jelly formula that glides onto your eyes easily. That temporary feeling of cloudy eye vision when I’m using an oil based remover is easily avoided with this. It clearly states on the directions to keep your eyes closed when using but I did crack them open a little to locate my cotton squares and after removal I didn’t experience temporary blindness or cloudy vision which totally made my day as I really hate that feeling!

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I like this. I know it’s rather expensive but I’m on the bandwagon for a repurchase when I’m finished with this tin! It’s fragrance free for those of you who aren’t too keen on scented products! It removes heavy duty eye makeup including waterproof mascara which is a big plus for me!

Pros:

  • Removes heavy duty eye makeup including waterproof mascara!
  • Less tugging while removing your makeup! Gentle massaging gets everything off!
  • Less lash breakage!
  • Packed full of goodness for your eye area!
  • Conditions Lashes!
  • Moisturizes your entire eye area while it removes your makeup!
  • Love the retro packaging!

Cons:

  • Price is a bit much but worth it in my humblest opinion!

All in all I’m rather happy I spontaneously purchased this. I know the price is a bit much but in the long run I’m thinking it’s worth it.

Balms Away Eye Makeup Break-Up is most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

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