Skin Deep

I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that I’m not doing Sober October because a) life’s too short and b) life’s too short. But I saw a friend of mine who is doing it recently and man, their skin looked good. Given that I want to have my cake/glass and eat/drink it, I realised I had to up my skincare game. Then, suitably spookily, the skincare brand Balance Me got in touch asking if I’d like to try some of their products. Of course I said yes (whilst topping up my glass of red) and have been applying their Vitamin C Repair Serum, Wonder Eye Cream and Collagen Boost Moisturiser religiously ever since. Not to mention their Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm, far more effective than the one I’d been using at twice the price. Anyway, I was so impressed I asked if they might donate some to give away here and they agreed. £150 worth tailored to your individual skin needs! I know! 

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here on the blog or on the KMWC Facebook page and I’ll pick one at random. Usual T&Cs apply (UK residents only, must be over 18, competition closes on 2nd November at 11.59pm, winner will be notified by email).

Good luck!

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Current gin on the side: Malfy Gin

Price: £28.00 - Buy From M&S

Half term, so: gin. This one’s made using lemons grown on the Amalfi coast and the scent of it was enough to transport me out of my messy kitchen, albeit temporarily. Wonderfully aromatic with a real citrus twist, this is crisp and clean with just enough juniper to make it feel like a proper gin should i.e. medicinal in a good way. Add Fever Tree’s Mediterranean Tonic and a thick slice of lemon peel.

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Current red in the rack: Cune Rioja Reserva

Price: £13.39 - Buy From Waitrose

Chilly weather calls for wine like this, with its gorgeous mellow mix of black fruits, spice and vanilla. This one is made by one of the smarter wine producers in the region and the word Reserva on the label tells you it’s higher up on the Rioja quality ladder than Crianza (meaning it’s aged for a year in barrels and a year in bottle) but not as smart as Gran Reserva (two years in barrels and three in bottle). This particular one is aged for a year and a half in barrels before being left to do its thing in the bottle for another two years before being released. Totally worth the wait.

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40 Comments

  • 4 weeks ago

    The smell of Balance Me products is just perfect. Already you feel like they are doing you good!

  • Marianne Chapman
    4 weeks ago

    Those face products sound fab but the lemony gin sounds better!

  • Gemma Whiteford
    4 weeks ago

    Just the description of that gin has me drooling 😁

  • Jo
    4 weeks ago

    I’m just imagining the Amalfi gin, which is absolutely gorgeous whilst trying all the new skin products! How fabulous 💖💖!

  • Dawn Roberts
    4 weeks ago

    The gin sounds amazing as do the skin care products

  • Tracey
    4 weeks ago

    Did someone say gin? Cin-cin, I’m in! 🍸

  • Emma Nutland
    4 weeks ago

    Ooh the gin sounds lovely! Already a fan of Cune – I am a wine specialist @ Waitrose and often recommend it.
    Definatly in need of the skin products here though! xx

  • cliff
    4 weeks ago

    I’m about to enter my 60th year, I’m taking my family to the sun to celebrate this time next year and dont’ want to be the only wrinkly round the pool cocktail bar so I’m definitely in for the gin & skin care(s).

  • Catriona
    4 weeks ago

    Life is definitely too short, October has reminded me of that so need that gin to steady my nerves, the Cune to accompany comfort food and the skin care products to soothe my bloated, tear stained face. Sorry, self pitying comment.

  • Jean Skeet
    4 weeks ago

    Gin or face? That’s a very hard decision! Inspired to try both face products and the Gin, based on your descriptions of both, but only have the pre Christmas cash for one of them. Gin or face????

  • Emma
    4 weeks ago

    Gin based skincare products perhaps?….

  • Katie
    4 weeks ago

    Thanks for the all the fabulous recommendations. My favourites – gin and red wine. Would love to win the Balance Me products too! x

  • terry
    4 weeks ago

    Gin for me – how lovely. Please, please, let me try Balance Me. Love the blog. x.

  • Jackie Waghorn
    4 weeks ago

    My face is looking so saggy today, I’m in urgent need of some Balance Me before I morph into a dachshund!

    • Helen McGinn
      2 weeks ago

      Hi Jackie, good news….YOU WON! I’ve emailed you x

  • Rachel
    4 weeks ago

    Balance is what I am looking for! I feel like my skin has aged in dog years since my son arrived so every little helps…

  • Jules
    4 weeks ago

    Where do I get the Balance Me products? They sound fab and just what my dehydrated skin needs! Although the gin could help me too 🤔 happy hibernation weekend everyone 😘

  • Brenda
    4 weeks ago

    Loving all these products! Booze and skincare – match made in heaven!!

  • 4 weeks ago

    Sober October? I’m hanging on to my large glass of wine until the girls go back to school! Gin AND lush skincare products though sound like the perfect thing for a frazzled mumma trying to work at home whilst the children are on half term! Can you arrange a dark room and some nibbles too please? xxxx

  • Julie Bennett
    4 weeks ago

    October is my birthday month so it’s physically impossible for me to do sober October… On that note, I’ll have another gin and tonic please!

  • Kirstin
    4 weeks ago

    Ooh I like a Cune
    (much nicer to enjoy when on holiday in Spain though)! 🇪🇸 🍷 ☀️

  • Julieann
    4 weeks ago

    Yes please on all counts!

  • Rachel
    4 weeks ago

    Would love to win this (and that gin sounds amazing!)

  • Rachel
    4 weeks ago

    Oh yes, baby. This other knackered mother needs some serious skin care to fill in the wrinkles… 😘

  • Janet Readings
    4 weeks ago

    Dry skin, dry gin, first needs help, second sounds great!

  • 4 weeks ago

    I’m also busy supporting non-sober October, as I’d hate for any wine growers to go out of business due to my lack of wine drinking!
    Can’t wait to go and buy the Rioja to try this weekends

  • Bobbie Goeden
    4 weeks ago

    That gun sounds scrumptious.. Thank you☺ and yes, I definitely could use some help in the skin care department. Sign me up!

  • Bobbie Goeden
    4 weeks ago

    Ooops, auto correct strikes again. What I meant to say was GIN.

  • Rosanna
    4 weeks ago

    Skincare sounds amazing! Perfect for post half term pick me up! X

  • Debi
    4 weeks ago

    I’ve been wanting to try the Vit c serum. Definitely need a better skin routine to counter the wine consumption!

  • Adele
    4 weeks ago

    Love Malfi gin but my husband says the lemon one tastes of lemsip and now I can’t drink it without thinking that! Pink grapefruit though 😍 Would love a skincare treat, just finished a horrendous half term!

  • Rochelle Smulders
    4 weeks ago

    Wrinkled peach is better than my current look which is more puckered passion fruit! Skincare miracles required 🙂

  • 4 weeks ago

    Wow! I’ve never heard of Balance me but I like the sound of that and of the red wine!

  • Kitchenmaid
    4 weeks ago

    Reading your blog from South Africa where it’s a particularly hot and sunny spring. Enjoying the sun and wine and feeling healthy at the moment, but what will happen to me and my skin when I return to a cold and wet Scotland? I think you’ve answered this in three steps – a wee gin occasionally, some well-chosen red wine and Balance Me skincare. Sorted – thank you!

  • 4 weeks ago

    Wow what a fabulous prize a gin and face tonic 😃🍾

  • Hannah
    4 weeks ago

    The Balance Me products sound fabidoo…as does the red!

  • Davina Mellon
    4 weeks ago

    I’ve always wanted to try Balance Me products and if it means I can have my wine & drink it too it’s a win win!

  • Clare Dudley
    4 weeks ago

    Yes please to the lovely skincare products!

  • jamie
    4 weeks ago

    Do I qualify in the U.S.? Or should I say the country formerly known as the U.S.? Yes, I could certainly use something to smooth onto my furled brows and the 5 lb. bags under my eyes that haven’t seen a dry day since November 8, 2016. Oh no, just read the fine print. I’m out.

  • Fiona
    3 weeks ago

    I’d love a skincare overhaul – not a mother, but I certainly do look knackered! That gin though. Mmmmm.

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