The holy grail

You often see the phrase ‘holy grail’ thrown around the beauty scene like it’s going out of fashion and I often think exactly just how holy grail can one product be? If you’re anything like me I love trying new things so often swap up the contents of my make up bag in search for something better. However this has been a firm staple in my make up routine for nearly 2 years now. The Stila 10-1 illuminating beauty balm.

You may have seen me post about this on my Instagram before as I am seriously obsessed with it! I’ve got everyone hooked on the stuff! My sister, my cousin, 3 of my bezzies and now some of you from Instagram! It’s pricey at £26 but in my opinion 100% worth it! My first bottle was bought for me as a gift from duty free and lasted about a year so I would say you definitely get your money’s worth.

It can be used alone to give you a light coverage and dewy finish or under foundation. I have never used it solely as a beauty balm so can’t comment on how well it works as a BB cream. I personally use it under foundation as you would with a primer and without sounding like my own biggest fan I love my skin whenever I have this on! It makes my foundation last all day even without a powder and it makes my skin look like its glowing from within! As I mentioned in my 50 facts about me tag in 2014 I developed severe adult acne and had to take Roaccutane for 9 months so my skin has never been perfect but whenever I wear this beauty balm I get so many compliments about how great my skin looks. Also, this is why my Mum originally purchased it for me as it  has SPF 30 in it and your are meant to always protect your skin and wear SPF when taking Roaccutnae (if you would like a more in depth blog post about my experience with acne and Roaccutane just leave a comment on my Instagram or blog)

Soz about me taking my blog pictures in my pyjamas haha! So anyway this is how the beauty balm looks; it is quite thick in texture but blends really well and a little goes a long way. It is only available in one colour but as it’s so blendable it almost melts into the skin.

When I wear this as I already mentioned it adds a great staying power to my foundation, it makes my skin glowy without looking shiny and it creates such a smooth and even base for my foundation that I want to stroke my own skin at times. It is also oil-free, paraben-free, dermatologist tested and ideal for all skin types which is a bonus!

You can get this from most places online like Feel Unique and Look Fantastic but I usually get in from M&S when they do their 20% off events and it is only £20.80! So if you’re looking for a new primer or something to pop on your Christmas list I would definitely recommend this as I know a few of you who have already tried it would too!

Em, xo



  1. December 15, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Hi Em, great post. I would love to hear more about your experience with adult acne and roaccutane. I have had acne since I was 13 and I am now almost 23! I’ve been on roaccutane 3 times and every time it clears up my skin but 6 months being off it, my acne comes back. With all the side affects I don’t want to go on it a fourth time, but I am at my wits end – any tips you found when dealing with your acne? I am always nervous trying new products, but I am in need of a new primer so might give this one a go! Thanks!

    • December 15, 2015 / 8:12 pm

      Eurgh I feel your pain! It’s horrible isn’t it! I suffered with bad skin when I was a teenager but I would never call it ‘acne’ and I had been on and off antibiotics for years to clear it but last year (I was 23 too) I woke up one day with about 20 yellow heads and they never went and just kept coming and coming! The only thing I found with my skincare was less is more, so I used a gentle cleanser and double cleansed but then never used a toner or anything like that and just a plain moisturiser. I feel like I tried everything but most stuff made me worse like Pro-activ! What mg were you on when you took Roaccutane because I think the dosage can make a huge difference! Has your skin stayed clear for the full 6 months and then started to break out again? Xx

      • December 15, 2015 / 8:30 pm

        Yeah I tried pro activ too and it just made everything worse! I feel like I have literally tried everything. I was on about 60mg of roaccutane a day, and it really helped. Every time I finished the course of treatment my skin was totally clear, the best it had ever been. It would stay clear for about 6 months but every time I would start slowly getting spots back and within a year of being off roaccutane it was back to how it had always been. It is a lot better now than when I was a teenager, but it’s still not how I want it to be. I’m always really careful with what I use on my face, and I am on dianette which the doctor prescribed to help my skin, but it’s still no where near better. I’m getting married in the summer and I would love to have clear skin by then, feel like it may never happen though. So glad to hear it’s worked for you though, you looked beautiful in all your wedding photos xx

  2. January 4, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Hello! I’d love to see a post on adult acne. I’ve suffered with bad skin since I was about 12!! I’m now 20, and it’s getting worse & worse. Dr’s have given me all sorts of topical treatments but nothing makes much difference! I’ve tried every face wash etc there is 😩 . My dermatologist has recommended Roaccutane- although I’m a bit dubious as to what it does to your skin?! I saw your mentioned not being able to wear lipstick!!! Ahhh 🙁 xxx

  3. Joanna
    January 16, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    I love reading your blog, my sister was on Roaccutane last year, I couldn’t believe all the side effects there was, I felt so sorry for her. I’d love to hear about your experience x

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