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Oils seem to be big news in today's beauty market. We use them for hair, nails, body and now face as an alternative moisturiser. Fortunately technology has moved on so these oils are intelligent and work with your body rather than just creating greasy hair and skin. I had previously tried an oil cleanser with pleasing results so was up for trying the oil for face moisturiser I got in a beauty advent calendar. I had also enjoyed other items from the balance me brand so knew they would not put their name to a rubbish product. Packaging As my bottle is a trial size, it is slightly smaller than those you would buy but I quite like the way it is dispensed through a rolly ball rather than the dropper you get with the bigger bottles, You definitely use less this way and can even apply it straight to your face rather than dropping it on to your hands first. In use Once I have clean and cleansed skin with no make up residue on I just roll it over my face and then massage in with the fingertips until my skin is lightly covered. You can always add more but can't take it off so it's best to be conservative with it. Amazingly it instantly absorbs in to the skin with no need to add more moisturiser. I have used this at morning and night time and it works well under make up as a base too. My thoughts I am fascinated how well this works, even on a possibly oily t zone this can help to balance out the area (which suits the brand name!) so it can be used on all skin types, not just dry. The only bit I was not keen on was the smell which reminded me of sunflower seeds a bit. It's not awful but just not a smell I would choose for this product. Price I have looked up the price and it seems the average price is £30 for 30ml which is quite reasonable as this amount will last months even with daily use. Final word I love my bottle of this, particularly as it's portable and won't leak and even though it is a face oil, it is still multi tasking being ideal to tackle dry areas and even dry lips if you're in a fix. If this smelt a bit nicer I'd be really tempted to buy the bigger sized bottle but as it stands I think I'll stick with the sample and decide later whether a further purchase is on the cards. I think it works surprisingly well as a facial moisturiser considering the fact that it is an oil and I think it'd be a product I'd turn to more in the winter than the summer months but it is deifnitely one to try if you like trying new concepts in skincare.
Unlike most people, I am quite new to the Balance Me range, until this particular product i was yet to actually try something from the range, despite seeing them everywhere. Radiance Face oil tells you that it will "enhance skins natural lustre" and that it is 100% natural. I also like that on the back of the box, as shown below you can read the following - "smooth away the years with our highly emollient, 100% natural face oil. Skin lacking in lustre is enhanced with a rich, replenishing blend of naturally active and smoothing ingredients. Don't be afraid to use this if your skin is prone to congestion as oil on oil is extremely balancing, hydrating and comfortable to wear". That little blurb on its own answered the question for me as to whether or not having combination skin; leading more to the oily side would work well with this oil. Never in my life have I used a product like this on my skin, more through fear of expecting to turn into a bottle of vegetable oil and making my skin super shiny, however until you try it I guess you just never know. Inside the box I was surprised to find how lovely the glass bottle looked, the oil itself is almost orange and reminded me a little bit of some extra virgin olive oil that I have in my cupboard. This 30ml bottle comes complete with a little pipette that you use to dispense the oil onto your hands. The reason you drop it onto your hands is because your body's natural temperature helps to warm up the oil as the 'directions' show on the side of the box, which again you can see in the picture below. I like how clear the directions of use are and that it explains fully how to use this oil to get the full benefits such as massaging in circular motions and words such as toxins, circulation and boost cell renewal all catch the eye and attention as you read. When you first apply this to your face, I was surprised, infact I was so surprised at how non-greasy it felt. I had been expecting to find a mini oil slick on the palms of my hands but quite the opposite, as soon as you apply to your face it has absorbed itself in double quick time leaving nothing behind except glowing skin that was silky smooth to the touch. My skin hasn't broken out in any spots, it doesn't irritate my skin nor make it itchy, all of which has slightly surprised me, again having never used oil on combination skin I was waiting for something to go wrong - it didn't. Usually around the time of my monthly visit I sometimes get one or two spots around my chin which annoy me because I'm not used to having them, using this product they didn't even make an appearance, again another thumbs up from me. All of the ingredients within this oil are natural and you have no less than 8 base oils which includes: ---> Amazonian Buriti Nut, Cameilla and Rosehip Oil all of which work to reduce redness and address uneven skin tones and minimise the visible signs of scarring. ---> Add to that Yarrow, Benzoin and Roman Camomile which work together to create a highly moisturising effect. ---> You will also find Sweet Almond Oil which smells divine and again helps to keep your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturised and finally there is grape seed oil, again an ingredient that works with the other 7 and again has moisturising properties for the skin. When I use this oil, I tend to use it first thing in the morning after getting out of the shower and before I go to bed having removed all my make-up and the days dirt and grime and before I add any extra moisturiser even though some days I feel as though my skin is not in need of anything else. The smell is perhaps the one thing I'm not too keen on, I had hoped the sweet almond oil would be the dominant fragrance within this product but what you get is something quite herb like, and it isn't off-putting in any way and wouldn't stop me from using it. This product retails at £30 for a 30ml bottle from the Balance Me website which isn't cheap but when you are only using 3 - 4 drops per day, it is certainly going to last quite a while. I have no hesitations when it comes to recommending this facial oil, I love how it makes my skin feel, I love the pipette application because it is so different to the products I would usually use and makes applying it a little lore fun. A great face oil that does leave your skin feeling soft and smooth to the touch whilst leaving your skin glowing. For me this would be a definite re-purchase.
This is a product that I got in my Beauty Advent Calendar. Balance Me is a company I wasn't really keen on after trying one of their bath/shower products and being left decidedly underwhelmed, but after receiving this in the calendar I've been using it quite a lot. It comes in either a 10ml roller-ball for £15 or a 30ml bottle for £30, the one I have is the roller-ball version. The packaging is nice and both looks and feels quite expensive and high quality. It's a cylindrical glass bottle with a roller-ball applicator on the end, and a plastic screw off lid. I find the roller-ball applicator really handy as it makes it really easy and fuss-free to apply on the go, as well as being a great little size to slip into a bag/purse/pocket. Now as someone with oily skin I'm always a bit wary of using oils for fear of making things worse, but I needn't have worried with this. The oil feels quite lightweight, not overly greasy, and so it doesn't feel like it's creating an awful greasy layer on my skin. It feels lovely to massage in and it absorbs fairly quickly into the skin leaving it feeling wonderfully soft and looking surprisingly matte! Since I started using this I have noticed a massive difference in both the look and feel of my skin. It always feels really soft and smooth now, and it has a much healthier look, definitely more radiant, so I guess you could say it does what it says on the tin. It does seem quite expensive but actually my little 10ml one has lasted me ages, though I think although the bigger one works out as better value for money I think I'd still stick with the roller-ball because it's just so handy and I don't use more than I need to with it, whereas with bottles I do tend to use more than I should.