the Balm: Balms Away Eye Makeup Break-Up Review

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

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!

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!

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!

Tried this?

Love it?

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What are you using to remove your eye makeup?

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Naughty Nauticals FOTD

FOTD time using MAC Naughty Nauticals!

I heart this collection so much! Lovely Lily went wonderfully well with Submarine Blue! I’d never have thought to pair up the two if it wasn’t for this face chart:

Sadly my look didn’t come out as smokey as the MAC look. I wish mine had that grayish/black tint to it that the face chart did but mine came out more true blue.

Oh well!

What I used:

Face
Pop Rose Belle Blush Palette

Eyes
MAC Eyeshadow in Submarine
MAC Pigment in Bell-Bottom Blue
MAC Pigment in Lovely Lily

Lips
MAC Lipstick in Port Red
DuWop Lip Venom

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MAC Submarine Versus Freshwater

I got plenty of emails this weekend asking after MAC Eyeshadow in Submarine and Freshwater. Here are the comparisons if you’re thinking of purchasing Submarine but already own Freshwater!

Freshwater swatches as more of a aqua blue while Submarine is more of a true blue in my opinion!

Hope this helps!

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Origins Friends and Family Discount

Origins is having a Friends and Family Event with 25% off your total purchase! It ends tomorrow so you might want to stock up now before the sale is over!

Enjoy!

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MAC Naughty Nauticals: First Impressions

Shockingly I didn’t rush out to my counter yesterday to purchase MAC’s newest collection, Nauguty Nauticals. I’m unsure whether I should be proud of myself for showing such willpower or maybe just honest and admit that I just got too busy to actually get to the counter!

However, today nothing could hold me back, not even Prom! It appears it’s Prom Night for some schools in my area tonight! Who would have guessed? It’s so bloody early for Prom isn’t it?? Prom Night has caused mayhem at the MAC counter this evening! I was happily doing a little jig at the array of yum that was Naughty Nauticals while patiently waiting for my regular MA to help me with my selections. Even though my mate Jamie was nagging me about having to wait I wouldn’t let anything ruin my first glance at Mutiny! It was love at first sight!

I just stepped in from seeing Iron Man and going to dinner with friends (more on Iron Man later) and it’s really late and I’m really tired but I can’t help but blog this now for you guys!

MAC’s Naughty Nauticals is a fantastic collection and there are absolutely a few essential items you’ll most definately want to pick up from this! I was very pleased in particular with the pigment selection! A total of four pigments were released with the collection but only three are brand new. Lovely Lily was a previous release so I safely skipped it. If you missed Lovely Lily the last round you’ll definately want to grab a jar as it’s a gorgeous, shimmering Lilac. My absolute favorite pigment of the bunch and the one I highly recommend you grab would be Mutiny (you might need two as this is a brilliant color!). Mutiny is described as sky blue on the MAC site but I beg to differ! It’s much more of a tranquil, light aqua. It reminds me of the ocean in the Caribbean! Simply gorgeous and by far the best of all the pigments in this collection! Bell Bottom Blue has a few folks scratching their heads and wondering if they really need it. It’s a bit of an intimidating color as it’s such a dark, true navy blue but I’d say definately pick it up as it goes wonderfully well with one of the shadows released with the collection and will also compliment well with any Blue Storm shadows you might have hauled! It is dark but it can easily be tamed down! Lastly I got Lark About which I originally thought might be a shimmering white but I’m happy to report it’s more of a dirty white, almost gray with iridescent blue running through it! Lark About is also worth picking up in my humblest as it compliments the other pigments in the collection (aside from Lovely Lily) perfectly and will make a rather good base to tone down Bell Bottom Blue!

Lovely Lily

Bell-Bottom Blue

Lark About

Mutiny

I was a little stingy when it came to making my lippie and lipgloss selection simply because I was also hauling DazzleGlass today and decided it was best to be a bit caution as I knew I’d be doing a bit of damage with DazzleGlass as well!

4 Lustreglass were released and 4 Lipsticks. I ended up with two of the lipsticks and one Lustreglass. The first lipstick that deserves to be mentioned is Port Red. You might know that I don’t favor reds so well and only ever fell in love with one red from MAC which was released this Holiday entitled Queen’s Sin. I am now officially in lust and love with Port Red. It’s actually a very good dupe to Queen’s Sin so if you missed the color now is your chance to own a pretty nice dupe of it. If you already own Queen’s Sin I’d say pick up Port Red anyway as it has little differences that are actually very pleasing! Queen’s Sin feels to me more like a maroon where as Port Red is a truer, bright red with a metallic sheen! It’s absolutely stunning and will look gorgeous with a blue eye look! The other lipstick I purchased was Party Mate which is an off color pink! For me these were the two best colors in the lot of colors released!

Party Mate

Port Red

Port Red Vs Queen’s Sin


I only ended up with one LustreGlass which was Hey, Sailor. I think paired up with Party Mate this will look rather fantastic! It’s a plummy pink that reminds me of some of the Viva Glam releases. This style of pink is always very flattering with my skin tone! The other Lustreglasses were very nice but I was saving myself for DazzleGlass so I only got the one!

Hey, Sailor!

Sadly, I wasn’t too thrilled with the eyeshadow selection. Meet the Fleet was a matte dark purple that I couldn’t see myself wearing and I know I’d have a bloody hell of a time blending with it and Pandemonium is a repromote so I skipped that!

Shore Leave

Illegal Cargo


Submarine Blue

I’m in love with Shore Leave. I’m always on the hunt for a perfect highbrow highlighter and Shore Leave fits the bill perfectly. It’s a frosty cream that will go wonderfully with all the colors in this collection! Submarine is my second favorite shadow from the releases. It’s a clean, off blue color that reminds me of MAC eyeshadow in Freshwater. And finally I picked up Illegal Cargo which is my least favorite of the eyeshadows but I thought it would go well with Lovely Lily. This is a dirty lilac color with traces of gray!

The entire collection has some sincerely wonderful items and I’m quite pleased with what I ended up purchasing! MAC did an excellent job with this Color Story!

MAC Naughty Nauticals is most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

How about you?

What did you haul from this collection?

Love the pigments?

Love the shadows?

Tell the Muse!

Stay tuned for my DazzleGlass entry! Coming Soon!

Click here to see what MAC made it onto my Year End Review list!

Click here to watch some MuseTV on the MAC Antiquitease Collection!

Click here to take a blast through the past and see last year’s awesome C-Shock Collection!

Click here to step back into the present and discover the joys of MAC DressCamp!

Click here to enjoy my babblings and first impressions of Fafi for MAC!

Cick here to view an FOTD using MAC Eyeshadow in Submarine Blue, MAC Lipstick in Port Red, and other items from the MAC Naughty Nauticals Collection!

Click here to enjoy an FOTD with MAC Dazzleglass and MAC Naughty Nauticals!

Click here to see my FOTD using Mutiny!

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