Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer vs. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer  in Custard and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium

Both Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer are very popular and often mentioned by many bloggers. Since I went through the trouble of trying many concealers in the hope of finding 'the one'. Although, they are not 'the one' but they are still amazing concealers nonetheless and it comes as a no surprise to me as to why people like them. However, as we all know Nars concealer is fairly expensive at £22 whilst the alternative Collection's concealer is only at £4.19. So before you think about forking out £22 for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer give this comparison a little read because it might save you a lot of money.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer  in Custard and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium

Applicator - Lets start with the wands, shall we? Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer's and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer's wands both have doe foot applicators but Nars' version has slightly larger and longer applicator. This doesn't affect how I apply my concealer though. Although, I find that Nars' wand collects way too much concealer and I have to scrape the excess product off every times I want to use it. This can get very annoying as the product collects around the lid, making it very messy. Whilst, Collection's version has a similar problem but I don't feel like it collects excessive amount of product per use and I have never felt the need to scrape off the product before using it.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer  in Custard and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium

Shade - Undoubtedly, this is where Nars wins hand down as it comes with a vast range of 10 shades. The shade I went for is Custard which has yellow tone for light to medium complexion. At first I was unsure between Custard and Honey but I went with the sales assistant's suggestion, which seems to be quite an alright fit. On the other hand, Collection only has the depressive 4 shades; light, cool medium, warm medium and dark. It would be absolutely fine if your skin tone goes well with one of their shade. I normally use medium which is fine most of the time but sometimes I've noticed that it added a bit of grey tone to my face which I didn't like (one of the main reason why I strayed from Collection's concealer).

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer  in Custard and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium

Consistency - Both Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer has the same thick creamy consistency that is very easy to blend. In all honesty, I can barely tell them apart and I am sitting here with them on either side of my face. 

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

Result - Excuse the scary red looking under eyes...I have very sensitive eyes and I surely do not get enough sleep. As you can probably tell that they are both very similar. They don't completely cover my dark circles but they make my eyes look a hella lot better. Although, with the thick creamy consistency they tend to settle and crease under my eyes a little bit. Nars appears to have a more radiant looking effect and it has a slightly yellower tone which I think looks better with my skin tone. 

Repurchase? -  I don't think Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is different enough from the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer for me to ever repurchase. Especially when it's £22! Although, I think it would be understandable to buy Nars concealer if you have unusual skin tone because Nars has so many more shades for you to choose from. However, for now I will stick with my Collection's one. 

What do you think? Have you tried both of these?
Which one do you prefer?

Get Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer from SpaceNK, John Lewis, Look Fantastic, House of Fraser.
Get Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer from Boots, Superdrug for only £2.99 instead of £4.19.  

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Yves Saint Laurent | Devoted to YSL Palette Parisienne

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Devoted to YSL Palette Parisienne is one of YSL duty free exclusives palettes, which I have been lusting after for a while. I think it is just an amazing little travel palette that has everything you need to do your makeup with. Including the palette pouch and brushes, it comes with eyeshadow brush (not pictured), blush brush, lip brush and mini Volume Effet Faux-Cils Shocking mascara (not pictured).

The Devoted to YSL Palette Parisienne has five Ombres 5 Lumieres Eye Shadows, three Rouges aLevres Pur Couture Lip Colours, a Golden Gloss Lip Gloss and a blusher. 


Ombres 5 Lumiere Eye Shadows are all very wearable shades from day to night looks.

Persian Blue looks a lot deeper in the palette but once swatched, it turns out to be a deep green that looks almost black with green shimmer. I don't find this shade to be as pigmented as I would like but it's great for building up colour for a more wearable look.

Cashmere Brown shade is definitely one of my favourite from this palette because I think that it is perfect for using across the lids for an everyday look. It turns out slightly on the golden brown side in the picture but I think that it is very easy to to apply because it's quite soft and blendable.

Beige Rosé, lightest shade is also very lovely. It's nice to use as a base or as a subtle highlight whether on the brow bone or the eyes's corner.

Taupe Nacré, looks fairly rose gold once swatched. It reminds me of some of the shades that I use in the Naked 3 palette. Truthfully, I don't really use this shade very often because whenever I want rosy looking look, I would just reach for my Naked 3.

Violet Aubergine, this shade is so beautiful once swatched but I always feel like I look like I've been punched in the face when I use this colour. Maybe, I just haven't found a way to apply it yet. Although, I am really going to try to make this work for autumn. I think it will work great for people lighter skin tone as a wash over the lid.

The blusher in this palette is also gorgeous, I don't really have anything other baby pink blusher so whenever I feel like having a little innocent look, I'd reach for this blusher. I love how this blusher has matte finish as well as I feel like I'm so over the sparkly cheeks. It doesn't last very though, so you might need to carry this palette around to touch up during the day.


This palette also comes with 3 shades of lipsticks and 1 gloss. So far I have only been using the nude shade (second from the right). I find that it wears well, not drying, doesn't settle onto the dry cracks but it also doesn't lasts very long (possible 2-3 hours). 


Here's a look I've created with this palette. Starting with a wash of Beige Rosé over the entire lid. Add Cashmere Brown below the crease and then blend it upwards. Apply Persian Blue along the lashes. Add some eyeliner and mascara and then you are done! 


Here's a look I created with products from this palette. Overall, I love this little palette because it does have that luxury feel to it and it does make me feel special using it (that's the whole point of luxury brand, right?). Although, nothing in this palette really pops out and hit you in the face but I just adore how subtle everything looks. It has that demure classy thing going on that I have been enjoying on those that I want to make effort but don't want to look too done up at the same time. 
What do you guys think of this palette? Will you be checking it out?
What is your current favourite palette?

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Brighten Up Your Desk with Blaze On

Saturday, 18 October 2014
Blaze On

Blaze On was born in Thailand, just like me! It was something that caught my eyes at first because I am all about supporting my own country and businesses. Therefore, it is so good to hear that Blaze On also has an ethical policy, which means the business actually helps the local people too.  


Blaze On

I love how Blaze On fairy lights are handcrafted because I believe that Thai's handcrafted works are second to none. They are the most beautiful roses I have ever seen and they are a lot more durable that I anticipated too! The one that was sent to me was called Rose Buds, they comes in quite a few colours such as Deep Red, Natural Cream, Rainbow Colours and many more. These Rose Buds are made from Thai Rubber Leaf which to tell you the truth, I have been wanting to own something like this since I was a kid because I just like the delicate look of the skeleton leaf.

Other fairy lights are made out of natural and ethically sourced materials such as mulberry paper, silk cocoons, real rattan, wonderful wax and gypsum gems.

Blaze On

Blaze On uses LED that is specifically tuned to mimic the tones of traditional fairy lights but their lights give up to 100,000 hours of use and is energy efficient. It also has a one year electronic guarantee and UK technical support. I have been using the Blaze On fairy lights for a couple of weeks now and most times I do leave in on for several hours (just because they are so pretty) and I can assure you that these lights do not heat up, so I don't have to worry about the lights heating up, burning through the rubber leaves and burn my whole building down. So that is amazing!

The cable of these fairy lights are clear and strong which means that you use it to wrap around your bedpost or hanging down the door way or however your creative imagination takes you. I just like having mine bundled up into a bouquet (and pretend someone special has given it to me) because I have quite a tiny room without a lot of plugs, so they will just stay put on my desk.

The Fairy Light was provided for me free of charge by Blaze On but the opinions expressed on this review are my own.


Blaze On Rose Buds Fairy Lights in Deep Red - £28.50*

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