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  1. The Balm Cosmetics & other Shiny Things

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    July 17, 2012 by raluca

    Intrand eu acum ceva vreme intr-o parfumerie Marionnaud in cautarea desarta a pudrei iluminatoare Healthy Glow Powder de la Givenchy (care probabil nu va aparea niciodata la noi), una dintre vanzatoare mi-a propus sa incerc Mary-Lou Manizer, o pudra iluminatoare de la o firma de care nu mai auzisem, The Balm Cosmetics:

    EN: While in a Marionnaud store about a month ago, hopelessly looking for Givenchy’s Healthy Glow Powder (which will probably never be released in Romania), one of the shop assistants suggested that I try Mary-Lou Manizer, a luminizer form a brand I hadn’t heard of, The Balm Cosmetics:

    M-au convins sa mi-o cumpar ambalajul foarte dragut, in stil retro (pe care il au toate produsele lor) – o cutie din plastic care imita metalul, cu imaginea unei pin-up girl pe capac – si pretul (64 ron in 6 rate cu Card Avantaj, deci practic a fost gratis :D), care este mai mic decat cel al produselor Too Faced, cu care mi se pare ca se aseamana destul de bine atat calitativ, cat si ca aspect.

    EN: What made me buy it was the cute, retro-style packaging (which all their products have) – a plastic box imitating a tin can, with a pin-up girl on the lid – and the friendly price, which is lower than the price of Too Faced products, to which I think The Balm cosmetics are similar both from the point of view of quality and appearance.

    Atat de draguta si “lolitica” mi se pare, incat am pozat-o si in biblioteca, langa “Lolitele” mele in romana si in engleza:

    EN: I found my Mary-Lou so darn cute and Lolita-like that I photographed it on my American literature bookshelf, next to my Romanian and English copies of “Lolita”:

    Acasa am studiat putin pe internet si am aflat ca The Balm Cosmetics este o firma americana destul de cunoscuta, ale carei produse apar in topurile gen “Cele mai bune cosmetice ale anului”. Asa ca mi-am zis ca daca o fi sa-mi apara bube, cel putin nu va fi din cauza lipsei de notorietate :D.

    EN: A quick internet research informed me that The Balm Cosmetics is quite a well-known American cosmetics company, so I thought that if my face were to break out from using the powder, at least it wouldn’t be because of lack of notoriety :D.

    Pudra s-a dovedit a fi asa cum ma asteptam: ok, dar nu ceva care sa-mi schimbe viata. Este putin prea aurie si sclipitoare pentru gustul meu, asa ca nu o pot folosi singura. Combinata insa cu pudra iluminatoare Pure Color Delight de la Estee Lauder (in imaginea de mai jos), care este mult mai subtila, insa avand o tenta rozalie nu prea merge purtata vara, obtin un rezultat satisfacator. (Pure Color Delight de la Estee Lauder, pe care mi-am cumparat-o asta iarna de la Kendra, din Unirea, este din pacate o editie limitata, care nu cred ca se mai gaseste).

    EN: Mary-Lou Manizer turned out to be as expected: ok, but it didn’t rock my world. It’s a little too golden and sparkly for my tastes, so I don’t use it on its own. However, when combined with the Estee Lauder Pure Color Delight luminizer (you can see it below, but it’s a limited edition probably no longer available), which is much more subtle, but being pinkish it doesn’t suit my summer complexion, I get a satisfying result.

    In orice caz, Mary-Lou Manizer mi se pare cel putin la fel de buna ca produsele similare pe care le-am avut de-a lungul timpului de la Sephora si mai ieftina decat unele dintre ele (Candlelight, Snow Bunny si Pink Leopard de la Too Faced, in imaginile de mai jos):

    EN: All in all, I think Mary-Lou Manizer is at least as good as the similar products I’ve had from Sephora and cheaper than most of them (Candlelight, Snow Bunny and Pink Leopard from Too Faced):

    Un alt produs The Balm pe care l-am vazut in actiune este blush-ul Hot Mama, pe care i l-am cumparat cadou…mamei mele, bineinteles :D. Este un corai nu foarte intens, putin stralucitor, de care ea s-a declarat multumita:

    EN: Another The Balm product that I’ve seen in action is the Hot Mama blush, which I bought as a gift for…my mother of course :D. It’s a nice, subtle coral shade with a slight shimmer that she says she likes:

    Planuiesc sa incerc si eu unul dintre blush-urile roz – Down Boy sau Cabana Boy (mi se par geniale numele produselor!):

    EN: I plan to buy for myself one of their pink blushers – Down Boy or Cabana Boy (don’t you just love those names?):

    Am spus ca Mary-Lou Manizer nu este o pudra iluminatoare extraordinara. Iata si una care mi s-a parut intr-adevar grozava: Givenchy – Le Prismissime Visage Mat & Glow, nuanta 82 Natural Satin (exista inca doua variante, una mai deschisa si una mai inchisa, pe care o puteti vedea mai jos pentru ca este singura existenta pe site-ul Sephora):

    EN: I said before I don’t find Mary-Lou Manizer a great luminizer. Here’s one that I think is truly amazing: Givenchy – Le Prismissime Visage Mat & Glow, shade 82 Natural Satin (there are two more shade options, a lighter and a darker one; you can see the latter below, as it’s the only one featured on the Sephora website):

    (La noi produsele de machiaj Givenchy se gasesc doar in anumite magazine Sephora).

    A fost minunat de subtila si diafana…toate cele 3 luni cat a durat (nuantele sunt in niste cutiute individuale, iar cele sclipitoare, fiind la mijloc, s-au terminat primele – mai exact au scazut sub nivelul marginei cutiutei, astfel incat nu mai pot fi “accesate”). Precizez ca este prima pudra iluminatoare pe care am reusit sa termin inainte de data expirarii (acel 1 an de la deschidere), iar asta in conditiile in care am folosit-o cu zgarcenie si nu in fiecare zi!

    Daca adaug si ca a costat in jur de 200 ron, veti intelege de ce nu ma grabesc sa mi-o cumpar din nou.

    EN: It was indeed wonderfully subtle and magically glowing for the whole…3 months that it lasted (the shades are in individual little boxes and the shimmering ones, being in the middle row, were the first ones to run out). (For the record, I’m not a luminizer abuser, this was the first one that I managed to finish before the 1 year from opening expiry date, even though I used it sparingly and more or less on special occasions).

    Take also into account the fact that it cost around 40 or 50 euros and you’ll understand why I’m not eager to buy it again.

    Banuiesc in schimb ca Healthy Glow Powder/ Poudre Bonne Mine, pudra iluminatoare lansata de Givenchy primavara aceasta este la fel de minunata, insa dureaza mai mult (nu are mini cutiutele enervante). Din pacate probabil ca nu voi afla niciodata exact cat de minunata este pentru ca am fost suficient de stupida incat sa nu mi-o cumpar asta primavara de la Paris, gandindu-ma ca o voi gasi la noi. Insa la noi nu a mai aparut. Ghinion.
    Mai jos puteti vedea cele 4 variante existente pe alte meleaguri: Première Croisière – Tan Beige; Douce Croisière – Light Tan; Ambre Croisière – Golden Tan si Extrême Croisière – Bronzed Light Brown:

    EN: I suppose however that Healthy Glow Powder/ Poudre Bonne Mine, the luminizer released by Givenchy this spring is just as wonderful but much more long-lasting (there are no annoying little boxes). Unfortunately, I’ll probably never find out just how wonderful it is because I was stupid enough not to buy it in Paris this spring, thinking I would find it in  Romania. But I never did, tough luck!
    You can see below the 4 shades that are probably available in your country, you lucky…guys :D: Première Croisière – Tan Beige; Douce Croisière – Light Tan; Ambre Croisière – Golden Tan si Extrême Croisière – Bronzed Light Brown:

    Un alt produs stralucitor care imi place este Shimmer Waves de la The Body Shop, nuanta Blush (cel roz), care costa 68 ron:

    EN: Another shimmering product that I like is Shimmer Waves from The Body Shop, the Blush shade (it’s the pink one in the photo below):

    Sunt deja la a doua cutie si il folosesc fie sub un fard de obraz obisnuit (momentan alternez La Vie en Rose de la Too Faced, care nu se mai gaseste, si Bella Bamba de la Benefit) sau singur, ca fard de obraz, atunci cand sunt pe fuga (nu are o culoare foarte puternica). Cred ca ar putea fi folosit si pe toata fata mai ales daca este amestecat cu o pudra fara particule stralucitoare, dar inca nu am incercat combinatia.

    EN: I’m halfway through my second box and I use it either under a regular blush (currently La Vie en Rose from Too Faced or Bella Bamba from Benefit) or on its own, as a blush, when I’m in a hurry (the colour is barely visible). I suppose it could also be used all over the face, especially if mixed with a matte powder, but I haven’t tried that yet.

    Puteti incerca de la ei si Baked to Last Bronze (costa tot 86 ron). Nu l-am avut niciodata, doar l-am testat in magazin. Mai promitatoare mi se pare prima nuanta din poza, Warm Glow:

    EN: You may also want to try Baked to Last Bronze from The Body Shop. I’ve never bought it, only tried it on my hand in the store. I find the first shade in the photo, Warm Glow, to be the more promising one:

    Inchei acest post “stralucitor” cu o vorba inteleapta emisa pe Facebook de Benefit Cosmetics acum ceva timp: “Glow up, don’t Grow up!”

    EN: What better way to wrap up this post than by quoting Benefit Cosmetics’ wise advice via Facebook: Glow up, don’t Grow up!


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