A Few Products From The Balm

Hello my Gorgeous People!  It appears “cough and cold” season is creeping up on us.  Do you get a flu shot?  I never did until a couple of years ago.  I just realized it’s mid-November and I still haven’t gotten mine yet.  I noticed that a lot of drugstores offer them.  Who gives them, the pharmacist?  If so, how is he qualified to give me a shot?  Do I just stand in the prescription pickup line, and he pops a syringe into me?  I just don’t know??  It does sound like a great convenience showing up at your local Walgreens for a vaccine, but I think I will call my doctor & schedule an appointment!

Enough about the flu and needles.  Let’s get to the good stuff!

I got a few products from The Balm when they were on Hautelook.


The Balm Bahama Mama, Mary-Lou Manizer, Instain Blush Houndstooth

I’ve gotten a lot of deluxe samples from this brand in some of my beauty box subscriptions.  Everything I’ve tried, I have loved.  I really like the cutesy names they give their products, and the packaging/illustrations are adorable!


The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

The Mary-Lou Manizer (catchy name!) is mainly a highlighter, but can be used as an eye shadow as well.


The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

It is a warm golden shade, but super intense!!!!


The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Swatch

Whoa!  The pan is a bit deceiving, isn’t it?


The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Swatch

I think it gives the most beautiful glow to the skin!  Just a little goes a long way.  I used a heavy hand for the swatches to give you an idea of the pigmentation.  Of course you would never put this much on your face!!!  It is really gorgeous though, and I think it would look great on many skin tones, especially medium and darker.


The Balm Bahama Mama

Bahama Mama is a bronzer/contour/eye shadow powder.  It is a matte formula, and actually works great on me as a contour shade.  It comes in a cardboard compact with a full mirrored lid (not sure why I didn’t take a pic of the full thing???).


The Balm Bahama Mama Swatch

{That icky spot on my finger is not some kind of fungus or anything.  Murphy (my cat) and I were in an intense wresting match, and one of his claws harpooned me, and he won.  Took forever to heal.  Just FYI.}

When I first opened up the compact, I worried it would be too light.  It is a tad darker than NARS Laguna bronzer, as a point of reference.


The Balm Bahama Mama Swatch

It does not pull orange or look muddy at all.  So easy to apply/blend.  Love!!!  If you are fair complected, this may be a bit too dark.


The Balm Instain Blush in Houndstooth

So far, my favorite items from The Balm are their blushes.  “Instain” comes in several different shades (same packaging as Bahama Mama, but again, I didn’t take photos of the full compact).


The Balm Instain Blush in Houndstooth Swatch

This blush is a mauve-y/pinky/peach shade that is so gorg!


The Balm Instain Blush Houndstooth Swatch

It has the creamiest, dreamy texture!  Applies so smooth – almost like a cream-to-powder blush, but it’s a powder!  And it does last.  It has a tinge of shimmer, but not glittery.  Applies as a soft sheen though very pigmented.  Perfect for any season.

So far, so good for me on The Balm makeup line!  These products are talc & paraben free, and made in the USA!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxosignaturenew



  1. Lucy says

    They offer the flu jab here but only to those who have asthma or immune challenges. These products look lovely, beautiful design they remind me of Benefit blushers. I love that they are creamy and they look like pretty colours Lucy x
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  2. Agata says

    The only product from the Balm that I have is their Nude palette, I haven’t used it in forever though! All the products that you pictured look great though. I think that highlighter would be perfect for my complexion!
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    • kpsays says

      The Balm is awesome! I would figure with you being a nurse, your hospital would dictate getting your flu shot there. My hubs has to get his at his hospital.

  3. Laura says

    I never get flu shots, because you can still get a flu…I eat lot of C vitamin and Echinacea and I don’t get ill.
    You got some lovely product from theBalm :) I love their eye shadow palettes! xo’s
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  4. Dee says

    Have all these and luuuuv them. I’ve used Bahama Mama almost every day since I got it over a year ago now and theres a barely a dent in it. Their instain blushes are SO amazing arent they!! I think I have it in Argyle and love the gorgeous peachish pink hue and the staying power. My loumanizer broke into 3 large pieces when it fell down but i just put them back in and use it anywyay lol!
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  5. Rouge says

    This is the first year I’ve decided not to get a flu shot. I’ve been really focusing on my general health, juicing, taking vitamins and using herbal remedies whenever I feel like I’m getting sick. Has worked so far, I just like to rely on myself now, bc thats what adults do right…RIGHT? i ttly think it would be better getting your flu shot at your dr.’s office, like all those other places look super shady

  6. Michelle S says

    I spotted something i’ve never seen… That Houndstooth blush.. is it something new? Adore the colour, packaging and all! I definitely need more pink blushes right? ;-)

    • kpsays says

      We all need more pink blushes! haha. No, these have been around for a while. There are several other shades available also. They are all fabric-themed names!