[REVIEW] theBalm Instain Blush in Toile

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Hello everyone!! When theBalm went on sale on Hautelook, I knew I had to grab one of the new, raved-about Instain blushes for myself. After waiting for about a month for it to arrive, it finally did today, and I was excited to tear it open! I ordered it in Toile, which is a strawberry-pink shade. I’ll write about my thoughts and reviews about the product here!  tumblr_me96wysoSZ1qdlkyg

theBalm Instain Blush in Toile
Brand: theBalm
Color: Toile
Price: $22
Description: “theBalm’s long-wearing, STAINING powder blush is a fashion must have! With six shades, perfect for all seasons and skin tones, it will give your cheeks color that won’t quit.”

Luckily, since theBalm was on sale, I was able to snag it for a total of $15 ($11 since it was 50%, but there was a $3 shipping charge that I split with my friend).

Packaging: The packaging for this product is super cute. It comes in a little, sturdy cardboard sleeve which the real holder slides out of. The product itself is held in a ecofriendly, cardboard / paper mix that is very sleek and fits into the palm of your hand! It’s a lot tinier than it looks, believe me. It also comes with an adorable little mirror that will be pretty useful.

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Application: With one swipe, I can easily get it onto the apples of my cheeks or onto the back of my hand. A regular brush is more than enough although you can easily swipe with your finger as well. It also blends very easily. You don’t need to jab in your brush, just lightly brushing over it will pick up lots of pigment. tumblr_me96x7sJMZ1qdlkyg Don’t brush too hard or put on too much or else it will look like you’re a lobster!

Product: The product is also very pigmented! It shows up very well onto the skin and although it looks frighteningly neon and bright in the box, it comes off as a satin, sheer strawberry-pink color. It also has a few orange/coral undertones that looks great on my skin! The shimmer isn’t overwhelming, though, and there aren’t any sparkles visible. It is just a very lightly shimmery, sheer, strawberry pink. The “staining” part is true to the name as well, and lasts a bit longer than my other blushes. It gives my cheeks a very natural looking blush that is the perfect color for spring. tumblr_me96wv4pMh1qdlkyg


PROS: Image

  • Pigmented, applies easily
  • Beautiful strawberry color with warm undertones
  • Nice satin finish that isn’t too shimmery
  • Gives a nice, natural blushing look
  • Super cute packaging!!
  • Lasts quite a bit longer than my other blushes

CONS: Image

  • Rather expensive at $22
  • Probably could get a similar color for a cheaper price


theBalm never disappoints with its excellent quality products! This blush is perfect for spring and gives you a natural, strawberry blush. It is quite pigmented and applies and blends easily, and has a nice satin finish. However, it’s rather pricey at $22 a pop, so I will probably not be purchasing another one unless it’s on sale!  ImageI cannot wait to wear it around campus.


[FASHION] Vintage? And florals? For spring? Groundbreaking! + Free $5 Etsy Gift Card

Okay, so maybe flowers for spring aren’t as groundbreaking as I thought they were, but they’re a classic! Here are a few jewels I’ve found while browsing my most recent obsession, etsy. Most are out of my budget but it’s great fashion inspiration. Most of these clothes are vintage or thrifted, which I absolutely adore. Anyway, here’s my first lookbook as we transition from winter into spring!

Favorite Top for Spring: Vintage, printed, patterned blouses

ImageOne of my favorite finds ever would be finding vintage, quirky, printed blouses made of chiffon or polyester at thrift stores. With spring quickly approaching and the cold melting away, this is the perfect weather to still rock long sleeves while transitioning into spring. Image Not to mention it looks one-of-a-kind and vintage! Match it with a solid bottom and neutral accessories so you don’t overwhelm passerby. Image

Favorite Bottoms: High waisted shorts, skirts


Right now I’m lusting after a pair of velvet high-waisted shorts, which can be found on eBay for around $7~10 from China! I’m considering buying one because skater / circle skirts are super popular right now, but velvet ones give off that vintage feel as well as having a super nice texture. The texture also is great for layering and creating a different look. 2014 will be the year of high waists. Vintage is coming back. Watch out!! Image

Favorite Accessories


Spring is a time to burst into color with your tops and jackets and bottoms. That leaves room for simple, neutral and minimalistic jewelry. I’m such a fan of etsy’s awesome jewelry community, which crafts jewelry naturally with gorgeous artistic results. Image The vintage finds of shoes and purses are excellent, albeit a bit pricey, haha. But it’s so inspirational and I think I’ll order a pair of earrings when I can!

Free Etsy Gift Card You Say?

Yep! Click here to redeem your free $5 gift card from Etsy. It’s my own personal referral link, which is why you’ll be able to get the $5. However, the $5 can only be used in Canadian dollars and NOT USD. The Canadian dollar is slightly weaker than the US Dollar, and 1USD = 1.11CAD. You can only use it for purchases over $10 CAD and it expires within a couple of months, but I just thought I would share.

Happy shopping everyone! Image What are you looking forward to for spring?