Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Review: Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm

I recently tried the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm when it came free with this months Marie Claire magazine (which is still in store, so run out and get it!). As an award winning product, it appears impressive straight off the bat, having won the Beauty Bible Anti-Ageing Award. I can find nowhere on the packaging or website which states this product to be anti-ageing but this is always a bonus if it has proved to be!

This balm retails at £4 for a 15ml tube, £10 for a 40ml tube, and £20 for a 125ml tube which is not particularly cheap for a makeup remover but is fairly affordable for what feels like a more high end product, especially since you really do not need to use a lot to remove your makeup. It is a 100% natural, oil-based product which is recommended for normal to dry skin but, according to the Balance Me website, is also good for balancing oily skin and so shouldn't cause breakouts. It also does not contain parabens which, whilst I do not personally avoid, I understand some do due to links to breast cancer. Although this isn't completely proven, it's always something to bear in mind.

The balm contains oatmeal powder so it provides some exfoliation which is a great little bonus and perfect for its target audience of dry-skinned girls. This exfoliation is mild enough for use around the eyes and I did not find it to be at all rough around my eyes or on the rest of the skin (my skin is quite sensitive). I was particularly impressed with how it removed makeup around my eyes, which was achieved with very quickly and easily by gently rubbing my eyes with my fingertips. I had no problem removing my mascara which is always something I can find rather tricky to take off at the end of the day.

Overall, I can certainly see myself using this product as an everyday makeup remover as a far quicker and simpler alternative to my current routine of using a separate eye makeup remover and cleanser, of which I have to use tonnes of to remove every bit of makeup. One thing I really do not like about this product is the smell which I find to be a bit repellent and lingered on the skin after using. However, this is more of a personal criticism (I have known others to love the smell), and this is not something that would stop me from repurchasing it.

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  1. I may have to try the 40ml version of this! Rachel xx

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  2. Hello lovely, thank you for the sweet comment on my blog, I really appreciate it! :)

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  3. This product looks interesting! It intrigues me that they're marketing it for dry and oily skin types xx

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  4. Great review ! .)

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  5. This product sounds pretty good - I love that it's 100% natural!

  6. I have sensitive skin and once reacted to one of their products, so haven't tried any others. I'm glad this work for you though! :)

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  7. Would love to try this, hopefully the smell doesn't bother me!


  8. I like that it has oatmeal powder in it! I always make DIY masks with oatmeal. Makes my skin so soft!

  9. Balance Me is one of my favourite brands. I like the sound of this, especially as it works well as a makeup remover as well.

    Olivia xxx Beauty from the Fjord

  10. I recently got the Marie Claire issue with a similar product, the balance me moisture rich face cream :)
    Great review :)

  11. I've never tried this but I would really like too and it sounds really good! I'm quite picky about smells so would have to see myself hhaha xx

  12. I've heard a lot about Balance Me products, but I haven't tried them yet. Great review :)

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  13. I love Balance Me products!! It's so great how it just melts makeup away and makes me feel a lot better knowing its pure natural ingredients. I actually really like the smell of this, i think i have a bit of a weird nose for smells though haha.
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  14. Sound lovely apart from the fragrance! It's just terrible when companies add in scents.
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  15. Oohh, haven't heard of this brand before. Will try to look for this coz I really need a decent makeup remover. lol Anyway dear, was wondering if you wanna follow each other? Just let me know if you followed me via GFC, Bloglovin or Facebook and I would gladly return the favor. Hope to keep in touch! ♥

  16. Never heard of this brand before but looks pretty nice! :) x

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  17. I've never heard of this before but it looks really nice. Definitely popping it on my shopping list.
    Katy x

  18. Oh this sounds so lovely! I really like balanceMe xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

  19. This sounds like something worth running out to get. I like the oatmeal bits especially, because I love using oats mixed in water to form a paste and using it as an exfoliator (you should try it too)

    Alaina x

  20. Great review! I have the sample of this as well which I have been enjoying - everything I have tried so far from them has been nice x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  21. £4?! That's an utter bargain! Fab review :) x

  22. this sounds really good, my eye area can be quite sensitive so it's hard to find products that aren't too harsh.x

  23. fantastic post<3
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  24. Nice review, it sounds great! Especially for the price!

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  25. I have heard so much about Balance Me product but never tried any. It's great Marie Clare are giving it away, a lot of magazines are getting better these days with their freebies.

    Great review :o)

    Emma ||

  26. this looks good, I have never been a huge balance me fan but i might try this x

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