Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift & Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm

The more time I spend as a beauty blogger heavily involved in the trends and fads of the beauty world, the more I enjoy watching certain products rocket into popularity and either remain a cult favorite or become nothing more than another “not worth the hype” mention. I personally don’t mind this peaks and valleys approach to product popularity, particularly when brands and items I haven’t heard of are the subject of the latest craze. Inevitably I find myself sucked in to purchasing and quite frankly nine out of ten times I discover another product I adore.

Anyone recently reading beauty blogs or watching YouTube videos has surely heard of the latest “hyped” product, the much sought after Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm.

As you can see below the product is incredibly rich and has the texture of an emollient balm as the name suggests. Emma Hardie's cleansing balm completely removes my makeup when I perform the following evening routine.

I start with a cotton round of Bioderma on each eye as I let the water in my bathroom sink warm up. I then apply a liberal dab of Emma Hardie’s Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm all over my damp face and neck paying special attention to areas that would have had higher concentrations of makeup (under the eyes and toward the center of my face). The balm emulsifies against damp skin and it's this mixture of water and creamy cleansing balm that does an excellent job removing my makeup. Once the water has warmed up I wet a cloth and hold it directly on to my skin. As many have previously mentioned the fragrance of this product coupled with the hot steam from the hand towel truly feels rather spa like. By wiping gently the rest of my makeup comes off along with the balm, and I’m able to continue with my skin care routine.

The ingredients in Emma Hardie’s cleansing balm have been carefully selected to soothe and perk up the skin. Items listed below such as moringa seed extract and wild sea fennel are included to purify while jasmine, cedarwood and rose recondition dull and dry skin. Though the fragrance is not clearly reminiscent of any one of the ingredients it’s pleasant although it is somewhat less herbal than I’d anticipated.

I previously used Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm and thought I quite liked it, but Emma Hardie’s Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm is my clear cut favorite of the two. Not only does the product leave my skin feeling revitalized it also doesn’t strip my face of moisture and calms my sensitive, dry skin. While doing a bit of research I was surprised to discover that this Cleansing Balm doubles as a “rescue balm” that can be applied to the elbows, knees or lips and can also be applied as a soothing mask if left on for ten minutes prior to removal with a hot cloth.

Though the price tag is a bit steep £28 (roughly USD $45) I’m impressed with Emma Hardie’s Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm. Though I would certainly consider purchasing again this product has sparked a bit of a love affair with cleansing balms. As a beauty lover that can only mean one thing: buying many different variations any given product before lighting upon a “holy grail!”

Have you tried Emma Hardie’s buzz worthy cleansing balm? What were your thoughts?