theBalm's Bahama Mama Bronzing Heaven

I think I did it! I finally found my perfect everyday bronzer – you know, the one you can slap on with your eyes closed, not even looking in the mirror because you know that you simply cannot overdo it. I was initially intending to snap up a Guerlain bronzer but here's my issue with those – they look so beautiful and impressive on photos but every time I swatch them and examine them in store I always feel underwhelmed. Sure, the packaging is a beaute but those colors are either too yellowy/gold or orange on me. I am not trying to replace bronzers with contour powders in entirety and I am aware of their difference (they are different products meant to do different things) but muted, borderline ashy tones do look much more flattering on my skin. I sometimes can dip my toes in some warmth but the bottom line is that (on an everyday basis) I want something that won't alter my skintone when applied. I want something natural, of a blendable and beautiful texture which will last on my face until I come back from work, ya know? The trick to finding such product is to carefully listen what pale skinned girls are raving about. They're not into orangey bronzers or contours and are a great radar for discovering flattering ashy-toned and natural face products. That's how I've discovered NYX Blush in Taupe and that's exactly how I've discovered theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder (7,08g for £15 via www.feelunique.com).


Mislim da sam uspjela! Napokon sam pronasla idealni bronzer za svaki dan – znate na sta mislim, onaj koji mogu nanositi zatvorenih ociju i bez ogledala naprosto znajuci da ne mogu pretjerati sa koristenjem. Na samom sam pocetku planirala kupiti neki od Guerlain bronzera ali imam problem – uvijek me pridobiju fantasticne fotografije u sklopu recenzija ali kada god te iste bronzere swatcham i uzivo ih promatram, ostanem vise nego ravnodusna. Naravno da im je pakovanje vrhunac estetike ali na mojoj kozi su njihove nijanse ili previse zlatno/zute ili su narandzaste. Nemojte me pogresno shvatiti, ne namjeravam zamijeniti bronzere puderima za konturiranje – itekako sam svjesna da se radi o razlicitim proizvodima razlicite namjene. Jednostavno smirenije nijanse pepeljastog podtona izgledaju ljepse i prirodnije na mom tenu i lakse mi ih je iznijeti. Ponekada cu isprobati bronzer toplijeg podtona ali na svakodnevnoj bazi cu uvijek radije odabrati nesto sto nece znacajno potamniti niti izmijeniti podton mog tena. Zelim nesto sto izgleda prirodno na kozi, sto nije problem blendati, lijepe teksture i sto ce se zadrzati na mom licu i kada se vratim sa posla. Trik pronalaska takvog proizvoda jeste pazljivo osluskivanje onoga za sto djevojke i zene dosta svijetle puti imaju rijeci hvale. One nece odabrati nesto narandzastog podtona (bilo da se radi o bronzeru ili puderu za konturiranje) i savrsen su radar za otkrivanje prirodnih, pomalo pepeljastih nijansi. Oslanjajuci se na njihove preporuke sam otkrila NYX rumenilo u nijansi Taupe i upravo tako sam otkrila theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer, sjenu za oci i puder za konturiranje (7,08g kosta cca 40KM preko www.feelunique.com).

Packaging is fab, cute and all but mostly functional. I don't mind it being made out of cardboard because every nook and edge is firm and sturdy. There's a small mirror inside the lid which closes thanks to a magnetic clasp and even though it isn't entirely useful – it can be used for touch-ups. If you take a look at the ingredients list, you'll notice that it's short and that's what I prefer – short and straightforward ingredients. This indeed is a simple product which can be used to shade the crease and to contour by being applied under the cheekbones mostly thanks to its ashy undertone. However, I prefer to use it as an all-round bronzer because it gives just a bit of warmth but keeps it very subtle and believable while defining the face slightly. It looks like a sand-like ashy brown bar of chocolate and, thankfully, its base is golden and not orange. But the ashy, almost grey-like addition to the mixture is what balances things out. theBalm Bahama Mama is is cooler and more ashy than the Bourjois Delice de Poudre yet it's less ashy than my beloved Revelique Bronzing Powder which is this guy's closest dupe. Have I mentioned that there are no shimmery/glittery particles involved? Yup, it's a real gem! It's not fragranced, its texture isn't too buttery or too powdery – it's just perfect as in being right in the middle. There's no fallout yet it's perfectly blendable and you can build it's intensity in a jiffy. Longevity is ace as it stays put for an entire day so I really have nothing to complain about. After absolutely loving theBalm's Mary-Lou highlighter (broken it is but still functioning), Nude'tude eyeshadow palette and now Bahama Mama bronzer I think I'll be diving into their blushes next. Any recommendations?

Pakovanje je odlicno, preslatko ali nadasve funkcionalno. Licno mi ne predstavlja problem sto je izradjeno od kartona jer su svaki pregib i ugao ‘utegnuti’, cvrsti. Unutar poklopca se nalazi omanje ogledalo koje nije idealno ali posluziti ce za povremeni pogled na sminku tokom dana. Ukoliko pogledate listu sastojaka primjetiti cete da je dosta kratka i izravna sto preferiram. Ovo je uistinu jedan multipraktican proizvod koji se moze koristiti za sjencenje pregiba ocnog kapka i kao puder za konturiranje ako ga nanesete ispod jagodicne kosti – upravo zahvaljujuci pepeljastom podtonu. Ipak, svrha u kojoj po mom misljenju briljira jeste uloga bronzera. Pruza sve sto bih sebi pozeljela od jednog bronzera – pruza samo malo topline licu, djeluje prirodno i uvjerljivo dok istovremeno na suptilan nacin definise crte lica. Meni izgleda kao kocka cokolade tamnije boje pijeska i srecom baza mu je zlatna a ne narandzasta. Ono sto je pak kljucno i sto cini ovaj bronzer tako dobrim su upravo pepeljasto, skoro pa sivkaste primjese koje cine pigment dosta balansiranim. Za usporedbu reci cu da je theBalm Bahama Mama hladniji od Bourjois Delice de Poudre bronzera dok je manje pepeljast od mog voljenog Revelique Bronzing kompaktnog pudera a samim time je i najblizi dupe Revelique bronzera (relevatno je za sve vas koje ste me upitale za dupe). Slobodno vam mogu reci da se ovdje radi o pravom kozmetickom ulovu! Nije parfimiran, teksturom nije previse puterast ali se uopste ne rasipa (nije ni previse suh). Blenda se bez problema i moze se nadograditi a da nije potrebno neko narocito umijece. Trajnost je izvrsna posto me doceka na licu kada se vratim kuci sa posla (a znate koliko moje smjene traju) tako da se u sustini nemam ni na sta konkretno pozaliti. Nakon sto su me odusevili theBalm  Mary-Lou hajlajter (polomljen jeste ali i dalje funkcionise), Nude'tude paleta sjena za oci i sada Bahama Mama bronzer, mislim da ce naredni korak biti isprobavanje rumenila ovog brenda. Imate li preporuke od cega zapoceti?


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