Last week, two of my balm cleansers ran out at the same time. Weird, right?. Good thing I had back up (always do – I am organized like that). This brings me to my second empties blog post. I was introduced to ‘balm cleansers’ by “Caroline Hirons“, the skincare goddess. I am such a skincare addict and I one hundred percent blame her for it! She is a great resource on skincare advice, and I try to keep myself updated through her blog and now, her YouTube channel (thank god!). If you haven’t already checked it out, you should! (Here). She is  incredibly knowledgable about all things skincare, and to top it, has a great sense of humor.


And now about the products – EMMA HARDIE Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm ($63) (that’s quite a mouthful) was the first balm cleanser I ever used, and it was this product that made me love the process (and results) of taking the time, especially in my night-time skincare routine, to cleanse properly. I use this product as my second cleanser on ‘make-up’ days (after having removed all of my make-up). I directly apply the balm on my dry face (it quickly dissolves into a light slippery oil), massage it in concentrating on the congested areas, and then remove it with a damp hot wash cloth. I have a habit of rinsing my face after to make sure there’s no residue left. The texture of the balm is luxe – really soft and smooth. It melts on the skin and breaks down all traces of makeup leaving the face really clean and bright, without drying out the skin of its natural oils. It smells divine – very SPA like! and is suitable for all skin types. It’s pleasantly nice to use and perhaps the most popular cleansing balm in the world… However, one thing I don’t like about this product is the packaging. The lid cracked on both of my jars, and the warmer weather melted the balm separating the oil, which leaked making it impossible to travel with! Despite that, Emma Hardie has become quite a staple in my cleanser stash, even if it means ordering it from UK. It’s definitely a pricier cleanser but I don’t regret the splurge. I order mine from with free worldwide delivery. I would highly recommend this balm cleanser to anyone!   


Second cleanser that died on me this week is the ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY Purify & Soothe Facial Cleansing Balm ($52.50). This is another English brand. I like quite a few products from this line but unfortunately, this cleanser didn’t agree with my skin. It’s a very thick balm cleanser that is hard to squeeze out of the tube. Elemental Herbology claims that it dissolves impurities and melts every trace of make-up. However, it does not feel as smooth/slippery on the skin as the Emma Hardie one. And it’s a lil bit difficult to remove from the skin, even with a damp hot washcloth. It’s designed for dry or mature skin, and may be that’s why it felt a lil too heavy for my combination skin. I finished this tube but I don’t have any plans to repurchase it. Not a Hero product for me.

I am a total convert to using cleansing balms. My skin feels so nourished and not stripped after cleansing. As I use a wash cloth to remove the cleanser, I get daily mild exfoliation as a bonus.

Have you tried any of these cleansers? I would love to hear your thoughts…

There’s a cleansing balm for every face – Have you found yours?





“A beauty product’s destiny is fulfilled when you buy it and use it up.” Hence, I write my first blog post of empties. I feel both sad and happy at the same time when I finish up a product. Sad because its gone and I will have to spend money to replenish my stock, and happy because it’s not sitting in the stash and actually got used. Let’s cut to the chase and get to my thoughts on my latest ’empties’.


PETER THOMAS ROTH Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads($45) These are exfoliating pads that contain both AHA’s & BHA’s. I enjoyed using these nicely saturated alcohol and fragrance free pads. I sometimes cut these in half and use half at a time. I mostly used these at night. The directions suggest rinsing after 60 seconds to 3 minutes window, but I leave it on for 5 sometimes even 10 minutes and it doesn’t seem to bother my skin; I wasn’t a fan of the rinsing part as it added another step to my regime. I’m currently battling post acne hyper-pigmentation and these peel pads did make a difference to how my skin feels today, which is much smoother and clearer. Quick tip: after I do my face with any exfoliating treatment, be it toner or these pads, I use the same pad on my neck, décolleté, top of my hands, elbows and even my feet. These are the areas we generally tend to forget & doing so really does make a difference!


ESTEE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair: ($92) This is a well-loved cult classic for a reason. The serum lives up to its hype and is worth every single penny. It’s a do-it-all very hydrating night-time serum. I usually follow this up with a facial oil mixed in with my moisturizer and wake up with a healthier and brighter looking skin. I am a skincare addict, so will definitely go out and try more products but I see myself bringing this gold beauty back into my stash soon.


HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer($52) I won’t bore you with the details on this product as I recently mentioned it in my ‘August Favorites‘ post. I have given this guy the *crown* – this is seriously the mother of all primers. It is my holy grail & I have already repurchased it (full size this time), and if you fancy reading a lil more about it, you can go here.


MOROCCAN OIL Hydrating Styling Cream: ($36.80) I have repurchased this styling product over and again. It’s a favorite in the house, and a well trusted hair product for me and my husband. I usually mix one pump of the styling cream with moroccan oil treatment in my hands and run through the length of my damp hair. Then, I either let my hair air-dry or style them using the blow dryer. The formula is lightweight and hydrating. Works really well for my hair.


PAI Rosehip BioRegenerate oil: ($34.80) This is my first ever facial oil product I used up and that means a lot as these last soooo long! I call it a genie in a bottle for the skin. I use this oil in many different ways – after my serum at night, or as a spot treatment for my post acne hyperpigmentation. Also, sometimes, I use this as a moisturizer/mask for a few hours before I hit the shower on lazy mornings. I drench those nasty under the skin bumps in it. It makes a great duo with my favorite Mario Badescu drying lotion. I hydrate any fresh blemishes/pimples with this oil for extra hydration before putting on a drying lotion. They work great as a team. This has really worked on my acne scars, uneven tone and has helped a great deal in clearing up my blemishes. I got my sister hooked to this product for her post delivery skin issues and her skin’s looking good!

Have you tried any of these products? Are you thinking about trying any? Please share your comments as I’d love to read them…