Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Balm Balmbini Palette Review & Giveaway

The Blam Balmbini palette was featured in my You Tube November Beauty Products video as one of my favorite products so if you saw that video you already know that I love this little palette! I like this palette so much that I'm giving a brand new one to one of my subscribers as my December Giveaway prize! After my last month's giveaway where the prize was the Kat Von D palette which I didn't like so much, I'm happy to finally give a prize that I adore=)

The Balmbini palette has seven mini the Blam products (Down Boy blush, Hot Mama blush, MaryLou Manizer highlighter, Insane Jane e/s, Jealous Jordana e/s, Wanted lipstick, Special Edition lip tint); five of which I already own full size products of (Down Boy, Hot Mama, MaryLou Manizer, Insane Jane e/s, Jealous Jordana e/s). This palette supposedly contains $85 value of the Balm products. If all seven products were full sizes I'm sure that they would add up to more than $85 but since all seven products are much smaller than the full sized ones I don't think it's actually $85 in value. Nevertheless, this palette is NOT $85! It's being sold for $28 in US and $30 in Canada (and cheaper depending on where it's bought).

Since I already had five of the included seven products in this palette, I was confident that I would enjoy this palette. Both blushes (Down Boy and Hot Mama), eyesahdows (Insane Jane and Jealous Jordana), and the MaryLou Manizer highlighter are products I've been using for quite a while. And they are all products that I really like. So when I saw that by buying this palette I can have all those products in one compact palette as well as get to try couple of the Balm's lip products, I was happy to dish out $30!

I brought this palette on few of my short trips and found it very useful. On my trips I brought: Blambini palette, black liner, mascara, lip liner, and matte ivory or off white and dark brown e/s, and that's it! (well, I obviously also brought lotion, concealer, foundation, powder, and few other but I'm only talking about makeup-wise!) Having Down Boy and Hot Mama blushes along with Mary Lou Manizer highlighter is enough for face and MaryLou Manizer can be also used as e/s to highlight the brow bones and inner eye corners. Insane Jane e/s is a lovely all over the lid color for day and night (it's very similar to MAC Smoke and 'Diamonds e/s and kind of reminds me of MAC's Satin Taupe as well). Jealous Jordana is also a very lovely pigmented color especially for night out. Since both e/s colors are frosty I found it useful to have a matte ivory color to blend out the edges and a matte dark color to deepen the creases.

The lip products in this palette are alright. If I was just looking at the pigmentations of these lip products I would probably say that they are both not worth a dollar; the color Wanted is supposed to be a lipstick but it feel more like a sticky lip tint. And the Special Edition lip tint is just a thick gel like clear gloss; it's more moisturizing than Wanted lipstick but just as sticky. Having said all these bad things about the lip products I still say that they are "alight" because they both smell great and feel very cooling and refreshing on the lips.

Now on to the You Tube December Giveaway...

Giveaway Rules:
1. You must be my You Tube Channel subscriber as well as my blog follower.
2. Enter this giveaway by commenting on this blog post and let me know what type of blog posts/ you tube video you would like to see from me.
3. This giveaway is open world-wide.
4. You must be 16 years old or older or have your guardian/parent's permission (an email stating that permission is given is fine).
5. You can enter multiple times to raise your chance of winning but please keep it to only once per every 24 hours.
6. The last day to enter this giveaway is DEC 31 2010.
7. If the above rules aren't followed you will be disqualified.
8. Winner will be announced via my Twitter, a blog post here, and on my You Tube announcement board and video info section during the first week of Jan 2011.
*It's is your responsibility to check the winner announcement and claim the prize by emailing me with shipping info if you are the winner. If prize isn't claimed by end of Jan 2011, it will be offered to another participant.

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