Picture
The Balm was nice enough to let me share some shadows with you. Although I was sent this shadow for consideration, all thoughts and opinions are 100% genuine.
Picture
This screen cap shows all the lovely Overshadow Sex Pot series colors portrayed by pinup girls.
Picture
This lovely vixen is "If you're rich, I'm single."
Picture
"if you're rich, i'm single" is a shimmering mauvey pewter.
All pictures above were taken from The Balm website. All pictures below are taken by myself. 
Picture
The packaging is a cute retro/vintage inspired label on a modern clear and silver twist off sifter package. It features the Pinup from the website, just in a different outfit and pose.
Picture
Here is the bottom of the shadow. I found the ingredients list hard to read. Maybe a non transparent label would aid in reading it.
Picture
Lid and pot. Good view of the sifter.
Picture
Some shadow in the lid. Look at all those sparkles.
Picture
Same shot. Different lighting. Again, look at the sparkleys.

The next few pictures are of a basic hand swatch. There are different angles and lighting, to better show you how it looks in person.

Picture
A light sweep over and under the eye. Gives a hint of shimmer and sparkle in the light, and is just dark enough to add that "mysterious shadow cast" to your eye and make it stand out.
Picture
A light sweep over and under the eye. Gives a hint of shimmer and sparkle in the light, and is just dark enough to add that "mysterious shadow cast" to your eye and make it stand out.
Picture
A light sweep over and under the eye. Gives a hint of shimmer and sparkle in the light, and is just dark enough to add that "mysterious shadow cast" to your eye and make it stand out.
Picture
Packed on heavier for a great every day eye with some impact.
Picture
Almost a "bronze metallic" finish
 
 
Picture
About the size of a sharpie!
     "As a truly natural beauty, Maran realized there was something missing in the world of makeup. Existing eco-friendly, natural beauty products lacked the sophistication and level of luxury she craved. It was hard to find luxurious products that were pure, gentle, nontoxic, eco-friendly–and sophisticated. Maran thought if she sought out products that met these high standards, then other women concerned with their health and the earth must want them too. So Josie Maran Cosmetics was born." 
Picture
High end quality packaging
Picture
This is how the actual pen separates into the three parts!
     The Rapid Eye Makeup Pen (REM) features long-wearing Argan gel eye liner on one end and a mini liner brush on the other. The middle houses a perfectly coordinated Argan eye shadow in a spring-loaded sponge tip applicator for single stroke eye definition. Infused with Josie's signature ingredient, Argan Oil. It also is fragrance free so good for those with sensitive eyes!
Picture
Eyeshadow
     This hand product comes in six colors to choose from and the one I received is in Peacock! A beautiful blue green shiny shadow that smooths on easily and is mess free! The sponge tip applicator is durable and when I use it it seems to pick up enough of the product for one application and then just dip it in again to do the other eye.
Picture
Gel Eyeliner End
     This is the end of the pen when you screw it off, you have the perfect amount of gel eyeliner stored. I was actually really impressed with the creaminess and ease of use with this gel liner. I didn't find it to be cakey or hard to apply at all. It reminded me of Smashbox's gel liners.
Picture
Eyeliner Brush
     This part pictured above is the eyeliner brush that you use to apply the gel eyeliner with. At first I thought I wouldn't use it because I have long handle brushes that I always go to for gel liners, but I did give it a try and was impressed enough with it to not be tempted to take my other brushes with me and would be okay to just throw this in my purse. At first it did look like a lip brush but when I used it, I could create a thin line or thicker line without any issues!
     The three parts of this pen come apart and go back together so easy. It reminds me of Mark. Cosmetics "Hook-Ups". If you have ever used them you should get the hang of this super quick. The convenience and ingredients in this make this a spectacular product to have in your purse or makeup bag. The only thing you need to make sure is that you tighten everything back up as soon as your done because the product can dry out if it's left open for air to get at! :) 


REM Pen - $32
 
 
Alyx <3s Alima Pure
As winter ends and spring is nearing, I am jumping into Summer mode. I know... I know ... that makes no sense... but I am a hot weather loving girl. 
Picture
Pink Coral and Obsidian in their super cute bird packaging.
All Alima Pure mineral makeup is cruelty free and vegan. 
Picture
Close up of the Limited Edition Pink Coral by Alima Pure
Picture
Close up of the Limited Edition Obsidian by Alima Pure
Picture
Obsidian on left. Pink Coral on Right.

Click here to see their site.


mini tutorial

super easy 2 minute eyes

Picture
Bare Eyes
Picture
Left eye done, right eye bare.
Picture
Simple, and easy but gorgeous.
Picture
Step One- Cover from lash line to brow bone with Pink Coral
Picture
Now your eye should have a light wash of color. (see right eye)
Picture
Step Two- Push Obsidian into top lash line and create a slight smokey wing.
Picture
Step Three- Sweep some Obsidian under the eye to create a sultry smoke.
Picture
Once you have added mascara and some waterline liner, you should look like this. =)
Picture
Alima Pure mineral shadow is my favorite for creating quick looks. They blend amazingly and look great on.

Click here to see their site.