27 June 2013

A Balm for Every Beauty Need

Pots, tubs and tubes of solid oil, my cleansing, makeup removing ritual wouldn't suffice without them. Let's face it, these a-little-goes-a-long-way, quick melting, thick textures make for the best pampering part of any day but they don't stop only at that step - cue the broad balmy army for every beauty need that come out top in my stash...

The Deep Clean - Emma Hardie Amazing Face Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm, £34 - Not only does this give the ultimate 'ahhhh' feeling when paired with a hot cloth, it leaves your complexion super clean by melting away every scrap of daily makeup, grime and dirt. I'll pop on a blob, massage it in - over eye makeup and all, then swipe over with the EH flannel. Smooth. Supple. Simples.

The non-scrubby, scrub - Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm, £46 A decent dose of rosehip paired with prebiotics and peptides puts together this gentle polish. Far from a harsh buff, the soft, sand-like beads rid dead cells, replenish and repair the skins protective lipid barrier revealing a fresh, radiant face - worked in with a little bit of water soon transforms it into a silky milk consistency which washes off without a grainy trace.

The All-Rounder - Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm, £37 - The main multi-tasking contender which works as either a cleanser, exfoliator, moisturiser and/or mask. In the Winter months especially, it waves goodbye to flaky bits by nicely nourishing dull, dry, dehydrated skin, but for a weekly treat I'll use it as one of the previously mentioned procedures. There's a load of essential oils crammed in, but the biggie is vitamin-rich rosehip to help de-congest and act as an anti-ageing ingredient.

One for the Hair - Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Treatment Plus, £32.50 - I love me a hair mask but this stuff is something else. A small scoop warmed through fingertips melts into a moisturising oil which I'll massage through mid-lengths and tips but miss out root rubbing to avoid a slick scalp even when washed out. It smooths, softens, adds a whole lotta hydration and the scent is simply fab - good that, seeing as it lightly lingers in your locks all day long.

The French Pharmacy Fave - Lierac Diopticalm Soothing Balm and Mask Eye Contour, £11.97 - A treat for tired eyes and a treasure for travelling as it de-congests, de-puffs and diminishes signs of redness and irritation. Unlike the others, it's creamy and fondant-like in texture, the calming plant extracts of witch hazel, floral waters and mallow aid towards all of the above, leaving rested looking lids. A long-haul flight is on the cards in the upcoming months and I'm looking forward to patting this on my peepers pre-take off.

The Miracle Worker - Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, £11 - If a trusty tube of this isn't sitting on my bedside then it's swimming in the depths of my handbag. Pout, cuticles, dry patches galore, it's a saviour in any situation. I'll slather it on pre-sleep and come my alarm wake up call I'm left with souped-up, plump lips - nothing does the job quite like it. Fragrance free and made from 100% medical grade lanolin, rough skin surfaces are reduced by 40% an hour on. It's true, I love...


  1. All these products are new to me. They look nice though. In the U.S we do use different stuff, but I like some of the eco products you have.
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    1. You should be able to find some of these at Space NK or Sephora in the U.S :-) If not try FeelUnique and CultBeauty who ship internationally x

  2. I have the Ojon hair mask sitting on my table and you've pretty much convinced me that I need to start using it this weekend! xx

  3. These products sound great but they're hard to find in Canada. :(


  4. Celina, Feelunique carries Emma Hardie, Cult Beauty carries Oskia and Dr Lipp, sephora carries Ojon and leguidesante carry Lierac - all of them ship to Canada. Not sure how to get Neal's Yard though.

    1. Ah thanks for that, you beat me to it ;-) Lookfantastic stock Neal's Yard and ship internationally x

  5. I haven't tried any of these but I've read/heard such incredible things about the Emma Hardie balm and just thier products in general so I think I'll have to give it a try!
    xx Amber
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