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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Chantilly vs Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Chantilly Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair Swatches, Comparison, Review
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Chantilly Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair Swatches, Comparison, Review
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Chantilly Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair Swatches, Comparison, Review

I've heard many a time that these two concealers are somewhat similar and that Collection's could be classed as a dupe for the Nars. I'll be comparing the two and seeing if this really is the case and if Collection's offering is just as good as the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. With a price difference of £17.81, the Nars concealer being the more expensive at £22.00, it would need to be pretty special to be purchased if there is a similar offering for less than a fifth of the price elsewhere right?

The Nars packaging is much nicer than Collection's with a nicer looking tube, writing that stays put and the usual matte black lid, it looks much nicer among a make up kit than the worn looking packaging of Collection although with the price difference I could easily look past this and concentrate on the product instead. Both concealers have doe foot applicator's and neither seems better than the other with both distributing a nice amount of product.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Chantilly Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair Swatches, Comparison, Review
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Chantilly Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair Swatches, Comparison, Review

Both versions are medium/full coverage and are quite thick concealers. They both provide good coverage of under eye darkness and coverage of blemishes and problem areas such as redness. I feel like Collections was slightly drying compared with the Nars and took more effort to blend. You needed much more Collection product to cover the same kind of area which meant it started to feel heavy whereas Nars was very much a little goes a very long way. Collection's concealer seemed to sit on the skin and be slightly more noticeable especially under the eyes whilst the Nars buffed into the skin nicely which in turn brightened the area giving it a lit from within glow. Both concealers do the job of hiding imperfections but I feel Nars wins again hands down.

I use the lightest colour in each concealer so in the Nars Radiant Creamy I use the shade Chantilly and in the Collection Lasting Perfection I use the shade Fair. Nars have a much larger colour selection and I believe there are 10 shades to choose from whereas Collection has a much smaller shade range only having 4 shades in the selection. Chantilly is for the palest complexions being a true ivory shade, the next shade being Vanilla which has a tiny cast of pink. Fair is still very light but compared with Chantilly seems darker, it appears to have more neutral undertones although when they're blended out look very very similar.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Chantilly Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair Swatches, Comparison, Review
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Chantilly Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair Swatches, Comparison, Review
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Chantilly Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair Swatches, Comparison, Review
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Chantilly Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Fair Swatches, Comparison, Review

Lasting Power
Both concealers surprised me with their lasting power. I was expecting and hoping for Nars to stay in place and was pleasantly surprised to see that not only was it still looking almost as fresh as applied but still brightened the under eye area making it a pleasure to wear. I didnt feel the need to retouch it during the day which meant less chance of it looking caked on by the end of the night. Collection was a pleasant surprise and stayed put for most of the day although as it began to fade and wear away it became slightly patchy and looked as though the skin was quite dry, needing only a slight touch up it still did the job of concealing but didn't look great by the end of the night, appearing slightly grey and ageing. 

I can't sing the praises of the Nars concealer enough, overall it's my much preferred concealer and although there are similarities between the two, in this case, the saying "you get what you pay for" is very much true. Although the Nars concealer is expensive it's without a doubt the concealer for me, in fact it's my holy grail concealer and I will continue to repurchase this as long as it's available. It's brightening, creamy, long lasting, easy to blend and I can see a tube lasting me at least a year. Having said that Collections offering is great value for money and is a perfect alternative if you don't need to use a lot of concealer in the first place or like to have some on hand for any unexpected blemishes. Even if you only need to apply for a few hours each day rather than the entire day this would be a great option. For the price of the Collection concealer it's perhaps worth giving it a try before spending outright on the Nars, especially if would make you shed a tear buying it as it did me.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is available from Boots for £4.19 and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is available from Look Fantastic for £21.00.

Have you tried these concealers before? Do you agree with anything from my comparison between them? I'd love to know your thoughts.

Lots of Love

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm Review
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm Review
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm Review
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm Review

The Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm had been floating around on my Bloglovin' feed for awhile now, I've constantly been reading reviews and have been tempted many times by it's cult status among beauty lovers but I kept resisting wondering if I really needed it?

I can't remember quite how I ended up purchasing this, it may have been in a small haul from Look Fantastic with a 20% code which meant I actually managed to get it for a slightly more attractive price... we all love a saving don't we?

I'm yet to try the stick version of Rêve de Miel but when I do get around to trying it I'll be sure to put up a comparison post between the two.

The pot of balm though is just lovely. The consistency, the smell, the feel. A real pleasure to wear! It's much thicker than I first anticipated, I was expecting it to be more like the Carmex pots, quite thin and quite difficult to pick up a nice amount but it's actually really really thick, it's smooth and easy to pick up plenty and just feels so luxurious.

I use this at the end of the day when I've taken off all make up and I tend to sleep in it. There's still usually some left on in the morning, it makes lips feel smooth and hydrated and whilst I've been using this I've noticed a huge difference in the overall condition of my lips, they used to be quite dry and I would struggle with lipstick application and often have to exfoliate but in all honesty I don't think I've reached for my Lush exfoliator since using this.

I really love this product and it's just so soothing to use at the end of the day. A tiny amount goes a very long way even when a thick layer is applied. Although it has a larger price tag for a lip balm it's most definitely worth it and can see this lasting such a long time. I recommend this to family and friends and would honestly say that this is the nicest lip balm I've come across and worth every penny.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel can be bought from LookFantastic for £9.50 but do look out for 20% codes as Look Fantastic are great for them.

Have you tried the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip balms? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Lots of Love

Friday, 11 July 2014

Birchbox July 2014

Birchbox July 2014 review

Since I last wrote a beauty related post there have been many changes. One of them, my Beauty Box addiction. Not only have I signed up to a couple of different subscription services but I find myself constantly on the hunt for the limited edition boxes or the one off boxes from the likes of Selfridges, Latest in Beauty and Net-a-Porter. 

As you can guess one of the subscriptions I now receive is Birchbox. I've only been signed up since last month and I have to admit, it was due to the fantastic box that every blogger and their pets have heard about, but the hope of being lucky enough to receive a Beauty Blender tempted me enough to sign up. Incase your interested I did receive one. Woohoo! but I'm here to talk about the July box and what I received this month.

I received my email yesterday to say the box had been dispatched and as tempted as I was to have a look at the surveys to see what was inside I resisted as I've already seen a few posts with what could have been in so I wanted my box to be a half surprise. I have to admit that after seeing a couple of other peoples Birchbox contents in my bloglovin' news feed I wasn't quite as excited as last month as I'm sure many of us weren't but that was an amazing box and it would be hard to top month after month so I decided to make the most of what was going to be inside since they do seem to be one of the better boxes, in my opinion.

Upon opening my box to reveal my contents I was pleasantly surprised with what was inside, I actually got quite excited taking out each item and having a better look and I'm pleased to say that I enjoyed this months box just as much as last months. Lets take a look at what was inside.

Birchbox July 2014 review
Birchbox July 2014 review
Birchbox July 2014 review

Laqa & Co. Lip Lube in Menatour
The item that stood out right away to me was the miniature lip pencil. It's shiny, it's cute and it's a make-up item so whats not to love? I had seen a couple of these in other boxes so I was secretly hoping for one and both shades looked great so I would have been happy to receive either. The shade I've received is the almost purple looking shade and it's just beautiful. 

Models Own Nail Polish. Sparkler.
This was an unexpected item but a great one at that, I love Models Own polishes and went crazy when they last had their 50% off sale so to see a beautiful shiny polish to add to my ever growing collection was just a pleasure. I hadn't seen any of these in other boxes so I really wasn't expecting to see something else that was perfectly suited to me.

Benefit Porefessional primer.
Say no more right? Benefit products are always welcome as I haven't found one I don't like yet and this is no exception. I have tried this before and although I don't feel a need to minimise the appearance of my pores as they aren't really noticeable, this feels really velvety and make-up sits lovely on top of this primer. Again, another surprise that I wasn't expecting and hadn't seen anybody else receive.

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. 
A product that I knew would be in the box as Birchbox had sent out emails letting us know that all boxes would be receiving the Balance Me product. I couldn't wait to receive this and have been looking forward to the box arriving to try this one out. I love eye creams and have started using them religiously although yet to find my perfect one so this is another contender among my many others I'm currently working my way through.

Whish Body Butter - Lavender
I'm not going to lie this is the item that has caught my attention the least from the box but it has had some great competition. I'm still happy to have received it though and look forward to trying it out but I can't help to have slightly overlooked it when rummaging through the other goodies. I haven't heard of this brand before but this smells so amazing I'm actually tempted to use my Birchbox points on it.

Lifestyle Extra

Filosofille 4-sided Nail Buffer.
What a nice sized lifestyle extra to really fill up the box and a useful one at that. I'm forever looking for nail files that I've misplaced around the house so here's one that may be slightly harder to loose. I love these types with the different sides that file, buff, polish and add shine. They make doing my nails feel all professional and they're just fun, aren't they fun? It made me smile anyway.

July's Birchbox has for me been another fantastic box that I have really loved. Each product suits me perfectly and I couldn't have asked for a better box. I don't want to wish away time but I cannot wait for August's box and I will continue to stalk Birchbox's social media for spoilers and hints.

Do you receive Birchbox's each month? What did you receive in your July box?

Lots of Love

Monday, 7 July 2014

7th July 2014. *Update*

Whilst desperately trying to resist, I've thought about it every single time I've wanted to sit and write this post and so I just can't help myself...  ♫"Guess who's back, back again."♫ "Guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back......*quietly fading away*"
I am deeply sorry but Eminem just seemed so inappropriately appropriate.

I'm excited right now, please tell me your excited? I've decided that today was the day, or tonight was the night rather that I opened up my laptop and headed on over to Blogger for what is the first time in months! I without a doubt neglected my blog completely, no opening up to see if people were still interested, no referring back to posts, no nothing. To my surprise when I did log back in I've found that I've had over 11000 views. Round of applause for me! I'm kidding, but really to some that may be a small number but for me thats huge considering I went AWOL shortly after setting up. Yes, I am slightly ashamed but I knew I'd be back and here I am. 

What happened you ask? Well, I don't really have an explanation as such. I've thought about blogging most days and I'm still as make-up obsessed as ever, if not worse. I've been there though, in the shadows, reading all my favourite beauty blogs religiously every day... Yep, the silent beauty blogger who hasn't blogged for months so therefore beauty lover person is probably a better fitted description... Big breath!... I just didn't have the motivation. What I didn't realise is how much time blogging actually takes up. Between photographing products, swatching, taking photos of the product applied (in most cases) and then writing about them, never mind the editing and the constant Twitter updates along with trying to keep Instagram and the likes up to date, I just got lost in the "work" when it was meant to be a fun hobby, I lost the enjoyment and ended up just completely taking a step back. 

I knew the time would come though, when I couldn't wait to write a post, and it's great because it really did. I haven't had to force it at all like I was scared that I'd have to do but I'm happy to be blabbering on and most probably boring you all... High Five to those of you still with me. I feel like I'm able to bring my personality back into my writing and just have fun. It doesn't matter if I don't get a post up on "time" so long as I get a post up, it doesn't matter if my pictures aren't edited to perfection so long as I show the product as it is and it doesn't matter how many new followers I gain, since I became almost obsessed last time round, it sucked the fun out of blogging, I'm grateful for every person who reads Lashes and Bows and hope I continue to gain followers who enjoy to read everything I write but I got to a point where if I lost a follower or hadn't had a new follower that day I would worry about it and feel really sad... Ahhhh dear, I've realised though and I've had time to rediscover my love for Lashes and Bows and the reason I started writing in the first place so here I am again and to all those who have stuck with me all this time Thank You and to any new readers...Welcome.

Lots of Love