Review: The Balm -By Nieves

Today I am reviewing one of the most amazing bodycare products I have every tried;  “The Balm” By Nieves. This amazing product contains organic sesame and coconut oils, soy wax, and intoxicating essential oils of virginia cedar, lavender, ylang ylang, and orange.

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It can be difficult to find products that do not have a lot of chemical ingredients. I am a huge advocate of organic and pure; I want to know what I am putting on my body and this product does not disappoint.

 As Nieves says in her “About” section on her website :


“I started By Nieves in Oakland and later moved the whole operation to Northern California’s remote and wild Lost Coast, where I find as much inspiration in the fresh air and open space as I did in the city.

Even though I live on the edge of the world and like to keep things simple, I do admit I kinda like luxury. Each and every By Nieves product is as sensually indulgent as it is natural.”

Nieves has high standards for her products, as well she should for such incredible products. She has this to say about her incredible skin care line :

“I make just a few products, each one multi-functional and great for most skin types. My ingredients are powerful, simple, vegan, and organic when possible.”


I had the opportunity to pick up “The Balm” at a craft fair in Portland a year or so ago. To be honest the glorious and rich scent affected me the most and that is what made me buy it.  Admittedly, it sat on my shelf for some time before I began to use it on my hands for scent and softness.

I pulled it out a few weeks ago to try on my cracked heels as nothing else was helping. I massaged a dime size amount on each heel (it doesn’t take much), and the overnight results were magical. I woke up to soft, supple heels, no cracks, no pain; there was just a touch of roughness left and that cleared up after 2-3 days of continued use! I was so shocked I could not believe the rate of healing. 

The Balm is absolutely a daily product that can help eczema, athletes foot, cracked heels, after shave balm, massage balm, and the list goes on. It is gentle, healthy, and non-irritating for the skin. I personally love dabbing it on my pulse points as a heady, sexy perfume; the scent is extremely long lasting. I know that part of reviewing is offering the good and bad, but honestly, I do not have one negative thing to say about this product! I want to try more of By Nieves amazing products so I can spread the word about handcrafted, healthy skincare products. Here are a few final bullet points about my favorite parts of this amazing product:

  • Long lasting ingredients
  • Intoxicatingly beautiful scent, but not overwhelming
  • No synthetic ingredients
  • Hand crafted in small batches
  • Fair pricing
  • Vegan and cruelty free

I hope to get the opportunity to try and review all of By Nieves products; if they are as good as The Balm I will be in heaven. As always, with any product it will not always work with every skin type.  If you feel uncertain or concerned about trying a whole bottle or container of any of  By Nieves products, I recommend the “Dabble” bag on their website. It features small trial sizes of their products and is only $20.00.


From website: “Customers love my skincare products, and we’re proud of what the press has said. We we’ve been awarded ‘Best Local Skincare’ in the SF Weekly and featured in The New York Times.”

You can find  all of By Nieves stunning products  on their website @


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*Disclaimer- Information is provided for general informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice. Product information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 


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xoxo-Dramatique Erin


From drab to fab in less than 5 minutes

 ” Ok, I know what you are thinking: “Erin! It TOTES takes me way longer than 5 minutes to look fab, are you cray-cray”?!?!” Ladies, you TOTES need to trust your gal pal! I got your back. word.


Ok  so here is a scenario in which you would need to apply this drab to fab ordeal! You are sitting on the couch in your Teenage Mutant Ninja footie Pajamas, eating your natural Cheetos (hey, they ARE healthier), zit cream placed strategically on your face, hair in pigtails, and ready to watch “Clueless” ahh! this is the life!


Just as “Cher” is about to change her outfit again, your phone rings; yay! It’s your man! You answer cheerful, asking him how work is going. “I got off work early babe! I will be at your place in 5 minutes; I am surprising you by taking you to the new chick flick that is out! See you soon babe!”  

You stare at your phone in HORROR, there is NO way your man can see you in footie pajamas! You quickly wipe your cheesy fingers on Donatello’s face and race upstairs to the bathroom; it is EMERGENCY time!


Now is where your 5 minutes come into play. The only 3 things you should be concerned with is :face, hair, clothes. It IS possible!

1.) 30 seconds:Give your fave a quick wipe with a makeup towelette to quickly clean and and refresh it. I LOVE “Burt’s Bees Grapefruit Wipes”, these wipes are not only refreshing, but they smell like REAL grapefruit! nom nom nom. No nasty chemical smells.

2.)30 seconds: Rather than taking time to foundation and then  powder your face, go for an all in one cream/powder in a compact for a quick 30 second touch up of any blemishes. I adore “Cover girl Ready Set Gorgeous Powder Foundation” , it is smooth, non clumpy and non streaky.

3.) 30 seconds: Good News! You have only used a minute of your time! Next Grab some cream blush and with 2 fingers and a big smile, softly rub in your favorite color of blush on the apple of your cheeks.Cream blush is way easier than powder blush and the sheen it has makes it look more natural on the skin. My go to is :”Mary Kay Cream cream blush in SheerBliss”

4.)30 seconds:Grab your fave color lip gloss and swipe on a thin layer. Not only does lip-gloss add that natural glow, it is way less time consuming than lip liner and lipstick. I love ” Mary Kay @play Jelly Lip Gloss ” in any color! They are not sticky at all, and offer a natural tint.

5.) Whew! 3 minutes to spare! 30 seconds: Most hair will respond wonderfully to a natural sea salt spray, giving it that natural beach tousled look, without stickiness. I have been using this brand for a long time, it smells fabulous and is inexpensive:”Got2Be Beach Trippin Salt Infused Waving Spray”

6.) Ok you’ve got 2.5 minute, time to get dressed! You should ALWAYS have an emergency outfit set aside for occasions like this. Nothing fancy, nothing you have to take HOURS choosing, just something casual and cute. I recommend easy fit jeans and a pullover sweater(or blouse if it is hot) and some zip up boots. Have I mention that Merrell Captiva Launch Mid 2 Waterproof Casual Boots are the most comfortable, adorable shoes EVER! Basic black lether boot with simple button accents, side zip, and affordable at $100(through Amazon).

OMG! You are ready! And just in time as you here the doorbell ring. a quck sprtiz of a fresh, light perfume on the wrists ties it together( I love the light fresh scent of “Mary Kay Thinking of You” only $32.00!) You open the door, and your man sucks in his breath sharply ” Damn baby, you look HOT!” 

Yup, he doesn’t need to know it only took you 5 minutes to say goodnight to your turtle friends:)

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XOXO Fans,

Dramatic Erin