26 September 2013

theBalm Bahama Mama, Sexy Mama and Hot Mama

theBalm Powders

theBalm is a brand whose products always excited me and leave me lusting. Their products are just amazing; very similar in quality to Urban Decay where their shadows are concerned, with the colour pay-off off NARs and formula of MAC for their cheek products. The Mary-Lou Manizer is a favourite highlighter of mine (and a recent blogger favourite, it's very popular right now!, and Betty-Lou Manizer is the perfect bronzed highlight; nothing compares. Their cheek products are 'stand out from the crowd' for me, and today I'm going to be sharing my thoughts on three of their powders. 

theBalm packaging throughout their ranges is fun, unique and stand out, but I particularly love the packaging for their powder products. A cute compact, made from durable, sturdy cardboard with a little compact mirror, comes in a sleeve designed to perfectly match the packaging on the actual product. The ingredients and all the finer details are inside of these sleeves and there is a vintage theme running throughout the packaging. I love the way each of these products makes me think of 1940's and 1950's post cards or actresses you would see in American films as a kid growing up - particularly ones with Elvis Presley in! (OK Sophia, showing your age now!) 

theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer

theBalm Bahama Mama* (Beauty Chamber*, 7.08g, £12.50) - Bahama Mama is a multi-purpose product that can be used to contour, for all over warmth as a bronzer, or even as an eyeshadow. In flip cardboard (but very sturdy and heavy duty) packaging, it comes with a little compact mirror and theBalm refer to it as 'a Caribbean getaway in a compact!'. A matte bronzer, this could be a touch to dark for some of you paler beauties, but the fact it's matte means it can easily be used for a multiple of makeup tricks. Bahama Mama looks very, very deep and dark, intense even in the pan, but don't let that scare you! A slight hand and a good contour brush like the Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour, and you're set for defined perfection. Lightly dusted on a bronzing brush like the Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush, swept over your face and with a bit of definition in areas where we need it, and you're left with a golden glow to rival that of beauties on Caribbean beaches. Need a matte brown eyeshadow? This works just as well for that, too, and doesn't crease or smudge throughout the day. A little bit of trial and error with application, and you're set to fall as in love with this as me. 

theBalm Sexy Mama* (Beauty Chamber*, 7.08g, £12.50) - I have a love/hate relationship with setting powders or anything along those lines. I used to adore the Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder, but then found it just made me look cakey and it was time for something better. This year I completely and utterly fell in love with the Ben Nye Banana Powder, but it's really a bit messy to use and take anywhere, so I've been looking out for an affordable, fuss free, travel friendly powder which is a bit more for every-day use. Sexy Mama is exactly that. An anti-shine translucent powder, Sexy Mama uses a revolutionary formula with tiny oil-adsorbing spheres which prevent any unwanted shine throughout the day. It leaves an almost matte finish on the skin, so I apply this only on my T-zone and under my eyes to set concealer. On a good day, this will sort me out and keep the oil at bay no problems. If my skin is acting up and I'm having a particularly oily day, I need to reapply. But for on the go, and for a far less messy alternative to the Banana Powder, it does the job perfectly. To apply, I use my Real Techniques Powder Brush.

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Hot Mama* (Beauty Chamber*, 7.08g, £12.50) - Hot Mama is another multi-purpose product and one that I think a lot of you will like. Does the shade look familiar? To me, Hot Mama is the perfect NARS Orgasm alternative, with a bit more depth to it than the high-street dupe, Sleek Rose Gold. Perfect for a pop of colour on your cheeks, perfect enough for a peachy pink highlight if super lightly applied, and even great doubled up as an eyeshadow to totally transform a look, this has become a regular in my everyday makeup routine. With a pinky-peach hue and a touch of shimmer; fine, subtle and flattering, this is one of those products I can't help reaching for. A shade which I think will easily compliment a huge variety of skin tones, from the palest of beauties to the darkest of vixens. 

As per usual I'm massively impressed by these theBalm products. I have never tried a theBalm product which hasn't surpassed my expectations and they're a brand that deliver time and time again. Keep an eye out, as I have another theBalm review coming up of some blushes I snatched up in a recent sale! 

theBalm Hot Mama Blush


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*This post contains a PR sample which were kindly sent to me for review, however all opinions are 100% my own.
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