Product Type: Balance Me body care
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Sometimes, We All Need A Little Re-Balancing!
Balance Me Extra Care Wonder Eye Cream
Member Name: missrarr
Balance Me Extra Care Wonder Eye Cream
Advantages: Very effective, natural product with a great scent
Disadvantages: Slightly pricier than some high street products but more effective also
But one good thing about being female when you're sick is that, when you get really, really, repulsed-by-your-own-reflection-and-patheticness fed up with the state of your limp, lank, unwashed hair, clammy skin and massive eye-bags, you can do something about it.
You might not yet have the strength to fight your way out of a particularly thin papedr bag in a monsoon, but you can drag your carcass downstairs, wash that hair, and put your face on - and then take it back to bed, feeling that little bit better for knowing that your thin veneer (or military-strength caking) of cosmetic pampering means you look slightly more like your old self rather than someone who would be at risk of getting their zombie head caved in if they happened across the chaps from Shaun of the Dead.
I don't know, maybe it's a weird psychology, but I find this helps me get on the road to recovery once the worst of a bug has passed. And, being a prime candidate for anything bug-like that's "doing the rounds", low and behold I found myself this morning waking up for the fourth day of feeling - and looking - unutterably disgustingly wretched. So, I went through this little routine, and have now returned to bed, feeling marginally less like trying to smother myself with my own pillow. And, as I have watched more repeats of the Great British Bake Off than is psychologically advisable, I'm going to take this time to share with you a product which I have come to love and which has done it's level best to aid me in my time of great hideousness.
Ladies, I present Balance Me's Extra Care Wonder Eye Cream. Because sometimes, we all need a little rebalancing.
Balance Me is a brand who I had heard of but never tried before Glamour magazine offered a small-size sample bottle of their brilliant eye cream. I can sometimes be persuaded to buy a trashy magazine when they have something like this as a sweetener, as I would love to try more cosmetic ranges but am often limited by a tight budget. This is how I came across this gorgeous little cream in the first instance, and although I have still got some left, I will certainly be repurchasing.
So, a bit about the company that have brought this little treat into my life. Balance Me was formed by two sisters, Rebecca and Clare Hopkins, although in it's infancy the company was boosted by the arrival of aromatherapy expert Sian Jones. The original idea was a range of products based on natural ingredients and principles of aromatherapy, and they made an instant impact when they developed their range in 2005.
***WONDER EYE CREAM, EH?***
My tester product came in a white plastic tube that you squeeze to dispense the cream through a tapered nozzle which is protected by a screw top - quite standard amongst eye creams. The packaging is lifted by a pretty orange pattern and the text, in grey and orange, is informative yet not cluttered.
It claims to be soothing, brightening and lifting, and have 99% natural ingredients. It is suitable for all skin types and was produced in the UK.
On the back of the tube we are told it "helps to revitalise, smooth away dark shadows and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Lightly pat and smooth around the eye area".
A little delving into the balanceme.co.uk website reveals that you can pay £14 for 10ml of this (my tester is 7ml and has lasted well although part of this is down to my intermittent commitment to my skin care regime!) or £20 for a 20ml version. The product appears on its page as being in a stand-up, pump dispenser bottle which is different for an eye cream. Now, this is definitely more than I would normally pay but the price disparity on the bottle sizes shows that there can be significant savings made if you invest in the bigger tube, which I suppose I'll just have to do now I've fallen in love with it!
It claims to be "rich but not heavy" - definitely something I agree with, in fact whilst this is rich and feels instantly nourishing, I find this also very light and easy to work with, as well as a good primer for foundation. It is recommended for use twice a day.
The list of ingredients includes virgin coconut oil, witch hazel, jojoba seed oil, cucumber oil and rosehip oil. There are also namechecks for, amongst multitudes of wholesome-sounding sources of goodness, cloudberry seed extract, carrot seed, lavender and aloe vera leaf extract.
Balance Me products are paraben and sulphate free.
***WHAT'S IT LIKE TO USE?***
In short, lovely!
Squeezing this tube version I have dispenses a light, white cream that doesn't attempt to run for the hills (or your floorboards or newly-ironed outfit!) and that has a lovely, inviting scent which I originally likened to a lighter version of ginger, although now I've seen the list of ingredients I can identify that warming element as coming from the lavender included in the cream. The scent is not overpowering but you do get a lovely waft of it as you apply this (carefully of course!0 to the eye area, where it spreads and soothes.
Now, as I mentioned earlier, my commitment to my skin care often goes out of the window when I'm busy / tired / have had a glass too many on the wine front. Also I still had some of my Garnier eye cream to use up when I got this, so I did switch between the two now and then. This has worked in my favour however, to highlight how good I find this product to be.
To clarify, I'll say now that I am in my late 20s and am starting to become conscious of fine lines and the impact that my actions have now on my future appearance. Just so you know that I'm not claiming to be in my 70s and restored to my teenage appearance by some sort of time-defying wonder cream!
In that I sometimes took breaks from using this, I noticed that when I did start using it again (usually only once a day) I did notice that there was definite improvement in the appearance of lines and bags around my eyes. They feel soothed, and my make up applies beautifully over this. I definitely notice a strong improvement for using this product and that is why, ultimately, with my skin care becoming a more pressing concern for me, I am going to invest in this product properly when my sample has run out (which, pleasingly, does not look imminent).
The scent is also lovely and refreshing and energizing for use in the morning, and this product does not leave any nasty surplus or feel in any way drying, stiff or cakey when dried, nor has it caused any reaction other than positive, soothing and refreshed happy skin.
So, in a probably quite unnecessary summary, I love this product, I am so happy that I lucked upon it, and it is one instance where my future appearance and my skin's happiness will bypass my concerns regarding price (which isn't really that high for a good quality eye cream). This is basically an example of something becoming good value because it is so very effective and enjoyable to use.
You can order direct from balanceme.co.uk or they supply various stores such as Waitrose and John Lewis, although they are not as accessible as Superdrugs, Boots and similar at present, although their popularity seems to be on the up. At present (17th October) you receive a free Radiance face mask with online orders.
Summary: A well-named wonder cream!