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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Movie Post: Two stylish films this Nov! Brooklyn (2015) & The Man From U.N.C.L.E

If like me you're always on the look out for something watch that is not only interesting and fun but fully aesthetically pleasing, then the two films on my radar this month might just appeal to you too!

From 1950's small town Ireland to New York City, all the way though to a Guy Richie filtered 1960's Europe, it has a bit of something for everyone. Including Henry Cavill, who is a bit of something for everyone, right?

Starring the always amazing Saoirse RonanBrooklyn sees a small town Irish girl leave it all behind in search of a better life outside of small town Ireland - a common enough tale but one done with such class it's hard to ignore this one. We're taken on Eilis Lacey's ( pronounced Ay-lish, by the by) journey - from her pain and fear at leaving behind the only life she's known in a small town, leaving behind her Irish Mammy (they are special kind of mother, any Irish person will tell you!) and her only sister, to her first sail on a boat woes (don't eat the stew!), all the way to her first steps through the brownstone lined streets of beautiful 1950's Brooklyn.

We see her tackle homesickness, a boarding house (run by Mrs Kehoe the one and only Julie Walters, she's hilarious as their keeper in morality as well as housing) and American retail! The setting of this film has an air of nostalgic romantic, even in the way it is lit right though to the colour scheme of the clothing worn throughout.

We are meant to fall in love with these people as Eilis does, we're meant to fall in love with this place as she does, so that when it comes time to make the decision - as the film's tag line asks us to do with the rather interesting concept of home. "Home is Home" one of her leading men remind her, and it's a story of finding out just what that is, what is home? Or in some cases, who?  She must choose between her charming and adorable Brooklyn beau in the form of Emory Cohen who makes her homesickness for Ireland fade little my little, though it may be his little brother who steals the show with some of the best lines! Or when she crosses the pond, and meets the very understated and shy but well to do (and thus in small town Ireland a 'real catch for someone' as her Mam reminds her)  Jim Farrell played by Domhnall Gleeson.


She has a tough time of it does our Eilis, but she portrays a strong willed, smart woman in a time where that was particularly frown upon in certain places (cough, small town Ireland for example,) while she struggles to be sensible and stay behind and do her duty as a daughter, she also realises she has a duty to herself first, and that's what makes it such a fun watch. Seeing her evolve within the story, both as she gains more self awareness, her whole self changes too, from her hair and makeup, her clothing, to her bravery and self-confidence. And she does in the end, find her home, in a place, with a person, within herself, and it's done beautifully. A fantastic supporting cast made up of greats like Jim Broadbent, Fiona Glascott and the utterly hilarious Jenn Murray only serve to raise this already great film to a different level! Plus, you can take your mum, trust me, she'll love it too!

Brooklyn retailing - even in the 50's it was a far throw from Enniscorthy!



Boarding House dinners - no secret is safe! Nor a hairpin, apparently.


Irish boys who wear suits to the beach. Ah the 50's

Coney Island. calls for specs appeal! 
Brooklyn is in select cinemas now! 

*****



Next up and in an entirely different lane, but as equally as stylistically pleasing, we have the Guy Richie co-written and directed - The Man from UNCLE. A sleek and sharp spy drama-dy with an unlikely trio thrown together in post WWII - mid-Cold War Europe starring Henry Cavill (Your Tudors Bae, and also Superman, everyone knows him, right?), Alicia Vikander (Style crush since 2011, LOVE her) and Armie Hammer (the very tall, very handsome blonde one - or that guy from the Facebook movie that played twins, however you know him). If you've ever wanted to see a film where a five foot woman basically rugby tackles a six foot five man to the ground and wins, this is the film for you!

A CIA agent, a KGB agent and a Chop Shop girl are teamed together to stop the Nazis, as you do. Cavill's Agent Solo is the smooth talking, tailored suit wearing charmer to the KGB Soviet machine (though he proves he is in fact just a very large, very misunderstood fluffy sweetheart who can kill you, of course,) that is  Illya Kuryakin on opposite sides of the pond and the political struggle, they are teamed together because of a Gaby Teller (played by Vikander) the daughter of a missing German scientist who may just be helping the Nazis build a great  big bomb. Since no one wants anything exploding, the KGB and the CIA team up - though the two men aren't exactly thrilled about that prospect - nor is Gaby for she is to be brilliantly (and as trope-y as it is, I love it) 'fake engaged' to the giant Russian who had just hours before, chased her and Agent Solo through the streets of Berlin.


But oh they do it so well!



This film has it all in terms of  style - from the sets to the cities showcased, and in particular (for me anyway) in the amazing costumes Gaby Teller in particular gets to wear - the sixties vibe of strong and confident sex appeal there in spades, but allowing her to be functional as well as beautiful. This film provides serious inspiration for those of us in love with the sixties aesthetic but looking to modernise it slightly. From the sleeveless, bold printed dresses teamed with big hats and bigger shades, the chunky earrings and the can-kick-your-arse look on her face we know she's there to do a job and we're aware of that, as she is, which means thankfully not running around in too-high-heels like an idiot in order to project the look. This also leads to a running visual joke of the incredible height difference between Gaby and her apparent fiancé, which in turn also leads to a would-be romance that is handled so sweetly it makes you yearn for a sequel, just to see if the unlikely pair actually ever DO get any further than this film allowed.



                                    

 It's what James Bond would be if he had a sense of humour! 

One of my favourite scenes brilliantly done by the fake betrothed. Don't turn this girl down when she asks you to dance!

Fantastic villains, hilarious innuendo, and a testing team building mission done so smoothly are left wanting more from these three misfits. I do hope there is a sequel, but it looks unlikely, sadly. A mistake I think in marketing it alongside films like Straight outta Compton meant that many, including myself, missed this little gem the first time around and only managed to catch it due to word of mouth (thanks, tumblr!) and the digital / DVD release. 


So, if like me, you missed out, do yourself a favor and give this a go. It's what James Bond would be if he had a sense of humour! 


xo







Monday, March 24, 2014

Makeup Shake Up!

Hi guys! How is March treating you so far? Has there been any March Madness you'd like to share? Or has it been a calm but cold transition into 'Spring'? I've been a little MIA from here but you can always find me on Twitter / Instagram or Tumblr if you need to get in touch!

I have been on a bit of a journey this past month or so, I've been helping a few makeup newbies take their first tentative steps into the world of 'doing yourself up', as I liked to call it.

First up let's talk about Lindsay, a great girl in her 20's from the Mid-West in the United States. She and I have been blog buds for some time now, and once I learned that she never really had experimented with makeup or skincare in the past (She's now in her early 20s!) I was itching to help her discover this side of things. It took a little gentle convincing (or, you know, firm but loving pushes in the right direction, either or...) to get her to open up to the idea that she could wear makeup and look amazing, it could feel natural and not like a mask of madness on her skin, and it could make her feel more confident. We talked over a lot of her fears too which I think are beyond important, when first starting to experiment with anything you're unsure of.

"But what if I look like a drag queen" - says She.
"Trust me you won't!" - says I. 
"Are you sure ?!" - says She.
" I swear, we'll teach you how to blend!" - says I.

 We started off with basic skincare, cleanse right, and moisturise day and night - now is the time to start investing in your skin so twenty years from now your skin won't look like it's fifty years from now. I suggested something light and natural, and she settled on +Aveeno Cetaphil skincare to start with. We then moved on to makeup, I wanted her to experiment at first, to see if it felt like something she'd want to continue, so we decided to go with cheap & cheerful - just in case she never used them more than once, I was conscious of a budget for beginning.

I decided to try a middle of the road - budget wise - Foundation. For me the key elements to a good face of makeup start with the moisturiser, or primer, and the foundation. Everything else can be as budget friendly as you like, depending on how you use them. For this I suggested my favourite foundation - the holy grail of high-street makeup - +BourjoisUK  Healthy Mix. However, we discovered that this wasn't widely available in the states, and if it was, it was for almost triple the price that we pay for it here in Ireland/ Uk. So, that was a no go. The next stop for us was +Boots UK  and their US site. Here we settled on their own brand No.7 for foundation, ordering it in the palest shade they had, because like me and many of us Caspers, Linds is a pale girl. So, without me being there in person to swatch for her, I sent in her right direction, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best come delivery day.

Then came tools, and the only ones I could suggest to her in good conscious was the +realtechniques core collection to start. I've been a massive fan of the +Sam Chapman creations for ages now, and only seemed right to start her off with the best - and the best value for money too - because as hard as it was to rein me in, budget, budget, budget!! 

Next up we hit +e.l.f. Cosmetics for just about everything we could think of, and well, she went a liiitttle crazy!

And it was amazing.

 I was attempting to welcome her gently, thinking, hey there's a half price sale, maybe she'll see one or two things she'll like. Nope, it turned out she was a natural and demanded almost one of everything they had on offer! I was doing my Chandler happy dance, and was so excited for her to dive in and have a play around with all this stuff!  It sounds strange, I suppose but I knew that she would benefit so much from it all. Not just from the superficial fun aspect of it all, but from the other side of the coin too.

The side that most people can relate too.

That, no matter how beautiful you are naturally - and let's face it, when we're being objective, we've all got something naturally beautiful about us - but when you get that new product that enhances your already epic lashes or compliments your freckles or makes your amazing eyes stand out just a little bit more. There's a moment of empowerment that comes with that, something that puts that extra little pep in your step.

So my excitement and pride was pushed aside as we waited for her to receive all her goodies, and when she did, she was just as excited to try things out. Lindsay started off slowly, spending time blending and perfecting her foundation *which was a perfect match!* and moved on from there. She most importantly was having fun with her new adventure, and I was happy she was happy. I had in a weird, roundabout way helped a person thousands of miles away, even in a small way, it was an amazing feeling of accomplishment - even with something as 'silly' as makeup.

I'm not a 'guru' or an 'expert' or even someone who gets it right every time. I'm not the girl that wears ten pounds of slap, fake tan and hair extensions every day, but I'd never judge those who are! If I had the time or notion to do this everyday, I probably would, because whatever floats your boat, right?

I think that starting to feel comfortable with yourself and within yourself starts with finding even the littlest of ways to make yourself feel like your best self. If it's going for a run, or going window shopping or starting a new diet, or buying that new lippy, whatever it is that makes you feel like the best you, I say go for it! 


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Monday, January 6, 2014

The Best of 2013 BBLOG Edition!





Hi all! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and a great start to the New Year. 2013 was a complicated year for me (and I’m sure for many of you as well!) and I can’t lie I’m glad to see the back of it if I’m honest.

 A little catch up as to why my blog has been so empty as of late, not so much excuses more legit reasons as to why I felt too burnt out by life to actually get excited about writing for myself again. I hope that 2014 changes that, starting now! 

(Mini Mexican Wave!)

The year started off promising with a great internship that really helped me grow and develop my skills and it led to meeting some fab people and great opportunities. One of which was a ‘real’ job in a new somewhat unfamiliar industry, that seemed like a good idea at the time! Interspersed between the good there is also some of the bad, most notably, Cancer. 

Yeah, that horrific little blighter that seems to cast a shadow on too many families lately. I had a double whammy as both my grandfather and father were diagnosed around the same time (the same week actually, a week after I started the new job, awesome timing life…), and so, 2013 was a year of battles in more ways than one.  A lot of juggling was done, and a lot of lessons were learned both personally and professionally. 2013 taught me that I need to start trusting my gut more, when it comes to people I meet, be it friends or relationships, jobs, opportunities, and doing what’s right for me and not being so overly worried about what people are going to think of me.  

 Because I realised, people are going to judge you and talk about you no matter what you do, no matter what choice you make or let be made for you, and I think it’s about time we stop giving a damn!

To quote the fine wine (or is that full of wine?) that is Johnny Depp -  

“Just keep moving forward and don't give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.”

So on that note!

 Let’s move forward with 2014, cuddle in from the battering wind and storms outside and revel in the  
Best of…2013 #bblog edition!
 
 First up with skincare, like most women I chop and change my routine depending on my skin needs or, being honest, if something new and shiny just takes my fancy and I have to try it. But this year I think I’m managed to keep things to a bare minimum starting with two of my favourite moisturisers starting with the cult fave - Clarins -Beauty Flash Balm. 



Most people know of this if they haven’t tried it for themselves yet but if you haven’t I suggest you do as I think it’s fantastic for keeping dull winter skin bright and toned and it’s amazing just before makeup it really aids to its longevity and keeps your skin fantastically refreshed in the process! Win, Win!

In the same category is the high street find from Oilatum. Their Natural Face Cream is amazingly soft and easy on dry, dull skin and really helps eliminate any tightness that can be caused when you are prone to drier skin in the colder months. This I use all year around really, and mostly every day as it’s super light in texture too and lasts all day.


As far as facial cleansers go I have two: Burt’s Bees SoapBark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream – really, really soft and gentle on the skin and removes the majority of any makeup or residue before you can go back in with a makeup cleanser to take off the rest. Purse friendly too as it’s in and around £10 I think. 


The second is a cleanser that I have been somewhat obsessed by for some time now. 

Pai Camellia & Rose Hydrating Cleansing Cream. This is a really great brand in my opinion and if you haven’t checked out their range you should get on that because it’s fab! This amazing cleansing cream is just love. It’s camellia and rose qualities are super gentle on the skin and is just bursting with all the things sensitive skin loves like  Omega 3 with Vitamins A, B & E as well. This purchase came with a exfoliating muslin cloth that allows you to gently remove the cleanser and everything it sweeps off your face in a skin friendly way that won’t cause too much harsh irritation.  If you don’t fancy the feel of the muslin in this instance any warm face cloth does the trick just fine, but I have to say I will be going back to the PAI brand in the future if this is any example of how great their line really is. This is definitely on the repurchase list for sure! 


Ps. Side note but I’ve been singing the praises of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil forever and a day now, and it’s really my go-to for hair and skin SOS. For hair, especially hair that’s fine genetically and may be subjected to bleaching or dying and a lot of heated tools it works really well in restoring some of the life and moisturiser back into the follicles. You can get it from any good health food shop and it would be worth adding to the pamper routine if you’re looking for something new and skin friendly also! 



Makeup faves I think I covered on here in these posts but feel free to go back and have a nosy! Featuring Bourjois, Origins, and Benefit can be found on the blog already!

For hair there have been two things I couldn’t live without this year and one is the trusted GHD range of hair straighteners. My last pair the originals lasted me SIX years, now if that isn’t an epic investment I don’t know what is. They gave out for the final time earlier this year and I just knew I wouldn’t last long without them so I treated myself to a pair of the Limited Edition Coloured GHD straightens. And they’re Piiink! A metallic hot purple-pink and it came with a GHD flat brush too, if you follow my instagram you'll have seen me fangirl over these when I got them recently. Needless to say I love them; they’re fantastic for straightening and curling so it’s an all in one with a million percent less hassle and less hair tools too. Love, love, love, and did I mention they’re pink!? :D 


The next one was an impulse buy for me but it’s been a surprisingly great find all the same. The Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, it’s a tiny miracle for fine haired girls like moi. Just spraying some of this into damp hair after a wash, blow drying and then adding some curl, it really helps I think. It adds ‘something’ without adding weight, which is key for me as I find some leave in products just sit in the hair and weigh me down, and with fine hair that’s really the last thing anyone needs! Bounce and texture with very little work. Definitely will be buying again!!


I narrowed it waaay down for obvious reasons, but I hope that you’re still with me either here, on Twitter or on Tumblr and if you’d like to follow me on my Instragram feel free to join the nonsense there too! What have your favourites been in 2013? Anything already making the list in 2014?!

xox

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hair Post!

It seems that we're all trying to grow out our hair lately, even if we're brave enough to go for the crop we sort of regret it ten minutes later and then spend months, or years(!!) wishing and waiting for our locks to come back. If like me, you've dyed your hair or even bleached it for years (ahem, guilty!) then it's probably a little bit sad, damaged and thirsty. I've been trying just about everything to improve my hair since I caved and went back to brunette last year. Oils, serums, vitamins, 'miracle' products, you name it, I've given it a go. I think I'm on a good curve with my hair at the moment though, having come to terms with my genetically fine hair (sadly not much I can do for it on that front, thanks mum's side of the family!) but I have managed to get her to grow, and the life seems to be back and with that comes natural shine and bounce.

In the past nine months I'd say I've managed a good five - six inches of healthy growth hair wise which isn't amazing but considering for years my hair didn't grow past my chin, I'd say it's fine. The average person's hair grows a quarter an inch a month, but with damage and heat styling most of us have breakage etc so it doesn't grow as long as it should time wise.  My hair has gone from just at chin level, to ...boob level since I've been brunette, not bad going in my book!

Healthy hair tips! 


Drink lots of water- I know, I know, it's what everyone says for everything, but hey, they're not wrong. We're made up of a lot of water, us humans, and we need to replenish to keep us all lovely and hydrated. Our skin, hair and nails are made of the same stuff, and it's important to keep it watered. View your body like a lovely rose garden, to keep them roses pretty you have to look after them right?
(I'm bad with metaphors, sorry!)


Take prenatal vitamins - Even if you're not 'prenatal' give them a go. Most do contain your RDA of biotin, iron and folic acid which is fab for healthy hair growth. 

If not prenatal try the types designed for your hair, nails and skin - I've been taking Perfectil but honestly the cheaper brands from the likes of #Boots are just as good and contain the exact same ingredients only in a different packaging.  Nuts and eggs should also be a part of your diet for their benefits/vitamins.

Indulge in a scalp massage - It's meant to increase the blood flow to your roots, and it's relaxing as anything. They even sell those little self-scalp-massage-y things now (great technical term there, right?) Anyway, these things that kinda look like spiders  - 

If that's not your thing, if you have access to a great spa or beauty salon, make sure to pay them a visit and ask for a deep scalp massage next time you get your hair done. You won't regret it.

Use hair oils - Whether it's Argan, Moroccan, Coconut, Olive... whatever you fancy, use it. What I do is, because of my fine hair, I use a few pea size amounts on the ends of my hair after I wash it. Leave it to dry naturally for as long as I can before blow drying it. The difference with and without are like night and day, I love it. It leaves my hair silky and smooth but doesn't weigh it down at all. Don't fear the oil! 

Another wee tip from me would be, try and keep the heat to a minimum and if you need to straighten or curl every day invest in a decent heat protect spray! 

Hope this keeps your hair happy! 

Until next time! 

LC
xo
Ps. Don't forget the #Giveaway I have going at the moment! It's a fab dress! 


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Liz Earle - Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask Review

Hi there! I know, it has been ages hasn’t it? Well not really ages, but in blogger world, it’s been practically a life time since I’ve been here with something for you guys and for that I am ever so sorry! You know the drill, life, work, life, work, it all gets in the way and suddenly you have a list as long as your arm of reviews you want to write and things you want to talk about! 

Without further ado let’s get on with it, shall we?




The one product that I’ve been dying to discuss recently is the Liz Earle range of skincare, specifically their Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask. I’ve been curious about the Liz Earle range for some time now and decided to bite the bullet with this being my first product from their range – and there’s tons of products and they all sound great to be honest. Then again, most things sound great at first before you try them, it’s in trying them we get to know what suits us, and what doesn’t, the joys!

 This treatment mask contains West African Shea, Borage seed oil (to enhance the skin’s natural barrier and comfrey to calm – they say) while the uplifting fragrance of rose-scented geranium that (helps refresh your senses – they say). The packaging is quite simple and straight forward, very ‘this  belongs in a fancy spa’ feel to it really, but since it’s about what’s inside that counts, I was more fussed with what it would or wouldn’t be doing for my Irish winter worn skin and if it would save me from the brink!

Did it?

Well, actually I think it did.

The mask itself is light, but has a clay like texture when applied (rather liberally in my case) to the face, you can choose to do an all over job or if you just have some dry areas, choose to focus more on them. I choose because of my skin type, the all over, lather it on like its’ going out of fashion type of approach and I loved it. After the first try where I cleansed, toned and applied, left it on for about 15mins I’d say… and then washed off with warm water and a muslin cloth.

 Goodness me!     

It left my skin feels beyond baby soft, after just one go! I was well impressed! However, the test for me would be in the reaction my skin would or wouldn’t take from it the next day – the pitfalls of dry, super sensitive skin ladies! The next day I did have a small break out, on my cheeks and chin, but it wasn’t crazy painful breakout like I usually get from a ‘bad reaction’ it was more ‘hey this is your skin dealing with a deep clean, deal with it’ kind of thing. It faded in a day, so there was no real issue, so I kept on using the mask. About twice a week, I reached for this, and since May, I’ve noticed that when I use it, it leaves my skin softer, and a lot less parched than it was before. I find my makeup goes on smoother, and I’ve less dry patches around my nose / chin area etc. Apparently it’s one of those masks that you can leave on overnight for a really deep treatment, and if that’s the case maybe this is one for the long haul flights? I think it would be a great option to have, as it doesn’t leave that crazy scary ‘face mask’ look when it’s sinking in either, so wearing it in public for such things like a long haul flight would work because you would be protecting and treating your skin AND not scaring small children or the flight attendants! Score!
Over all for the Liz Earl Treatment Mask 9/10. I will definitely be repurchasing.


Have you tried any of the +Liz Earle products? And if so which should I aim for next and why!?

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Until next time! 

Laura
xo

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Makeup, Food & Cats... Aka InstaRoundup!

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I finally caved to the pressure of Instagram, I knew I would get addicted which is why I held off for so long! Add me if you're on there too! xox

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Monday, April 15, 2013

#Makeup Monday! : Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer.

Hi guys! Day two of Theme Week and we have #Makeup Monday! I have to share with you one of my 'holy grail' products - in fact this entire line of products earn a rightful place on that list, but this in particular is the latest addition! The +Bourjois Paris Deutschland. For the longest time I had issues with conclear, as most of us do from time to time, but because I never knew my 'type' of skin I was using products too drying for the skin type I'm stuck with and thus making it so much worse. That went on for a few years, before I really began getting into skincare and makeup and started really paying attention, from then on out I've tried to make more educated choices and not just pick something because 'ooh pretty' - but to be honest that wins out every now and again, I won't lie!

With the Healthy Mix range I've fallen in love with the original foundation ( a staple!) and even the serum (which apparently is better for my skin type but I still prefer the original, personal preference an all that jazz) and now the concealer.


I purchased the lightest shade (51) as we know it's for my Casper skin tone, so the lightest fits perfectly on me. In the photos (I blame my crappy lighting, sorry!) It appears a little more yellow toned than it is in real life and in day light for that matter, but trust me if you are a pale chick like me these are plenty pale!

Everyone and their Mamma knows what a fantastic brand Bourjois is, I mean it's been on the go since the 1800s and there are not very many brands today that can claim that kind of longevity, so they must be doing something right, right?

Damn right.


I stopped using their foundations to try others this past few weeks, and as far as highstreet available brands are concerned this is my favourite - I'm not scared to say it, they're THAT good.

The conclear itself goes on smooth, and creamy with a rich texture of satin as it glides on the under eye and on any discolouration or blemishing you may have. It's so light it almost fades like moouse, but it doesn't feel sticky or heavy at all and for someone with dry skin this is a God send.  Basically if you haven't given this brand a chance, you need to experiment with a company that have been serving us ladies since before your Granny's Granny was in lipstick!

10/10

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Balance Me : Extra Care Radiance Face Oil - Review!



Having previously tried and reviewed the Balance Me eye cream (find the review here if you’re interested!) I was curious about the brands other items for all skin types, so when I received this *BalanceMe Radiance Face oil, I was thrilled to give it a whirl. Now I know what you’re thinking, probably what I was thinking when I first saw it ‘face oil, but won’t that leave me with an oil slick?’ and the answer is ‘really not!’

 I promise! 


Even though I have dry / dehydrated skin I was still a little bit weary of applying a straight oil to my face just in case I would end up with a full oil slick. So, I applied it on a day where I knew I wasn’t going to be seeing a lot of people, again, just in case. And well, I needed not have worried because as soon as I applied it (two of three drops is really all you need) and rubbed them between my hands to warm the oil up it went on my skin like a dream and really absorbed itself in there within a minute or so. Right away I could notice a glow, even ten or so minutes after the application had completely dried itself into my skin, there was still a little something, and my skin felt soft and smooth but not at all greasy which is what I was worried about. 


The Balance Me peeps promise us that their product is 100% natural, which is a fantastic promise to make when so much of our cosmetics and skincare is so full of secret nasites that aren’t helping our skin or our pockets very much at all. They also promise that this:

Highly emollient yet super-absorbent, our 100% natural powerfully active face oil with Amazonian buriti nut oil, Roman chamomile, yarrow and benzoin feeds skin lacking in lustre with a rich, replenishing blend of skin-boosting and smoothing ingredients. Suitable for all skin types, including combination complexions.




When I started using this, a few weeks ago now, I applied it before makeup in the morning and after cleansing at night for over a week straight to see if I could see any results in that time period. I noticed of course the radiance promise came true and that I could even get away with some light BB cream during the day instead of full foundation and still have that brightened glow to my skin that I loved. The second thing that I noticed at the end of the first week was the texture of my skin. Now, I don’t have many acne scars or ‘lumpy’ surfaces on my face – but the dryness affected areas with little annoying patches and by the end of the first week I noticed they’d been reduced seriously to what they were before.

Now I had a few tiny blemishes here and there whilst using this, but another thing I found was – they seemed to reduce when I would apply this. Not completely disappear or anything, but they were smaller and seemed to heal a little faster than normal – could that have been down to the chamomile or benzoin (also known to have healing properties – and acts as an  antiseptic) or the combo of all the ingredients or just the oil itself? I think it might, either way it is a nice little side effect right? 


The @BalanceMe Radiance Oil retails for £30 for 30ml and £15for 10ml and while that is a little  pricey, it is what I would view as a luxury skincare product. And since you literally only need a drop or two at a time, it isn’t something you can't really over-use, even using it twice daily now, there is only a little dent in the amount used. So, I really think it would be worth the price if like me you’re having issues with dry / dull skin and are looking for that extra little something to pep your skin up! Well worth a try, and I can't wait to try out the rest of their range! 

9/10

Laura / EIC
xox