Maple Holistics products and giveaway

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

I came across Maple Holistics because they contacted me back in August as they want to send me some products to try. I jumped at the chance because I have been wanting to try some natural and vegan friendly products for a while (so I have some products to recommend my vegan friends out there). They kindly let me picked out a few products that caught my eyes. So, I went for Ancient Clay Facial Mask, Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum and Tea Tree Special Formula shampoo. Maple Holistics provides vegan friendly beauty products which contains high quality ingredients such as jojoba and argan.

Clay mask has to be one of my favourite type of masks out there because I just love how it makes my skin feel all nice and clean. Although, one problem that I have with clay mask is that it can be quite drying on my skin. However, Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Facial Mask uses 3 types of clay which are French Green Clay, Bentonite Clay and Multani Mitti. French Green Clay is great for dry skin as it removes impurities and helps with cell renewal. Bentonite Clay is great for oily skin as it exfoliates excess dirt and helps revitalise dull skin. Multani Mitti helps reduce acne scars, blemishes and blackheads but what is the most important feature of all for me is that it is also supposes to hydrate the skin through the deep cleansing process too. I also like how it comes in powder form as it means that this mask will be able to keep for longer, bonus!

Serum is an essential part of my skincare routine because moisturising just never seem to be enough for this dry skin girl. This serum claims to stimulate collagen levels, reverse sun damages, provide sun protection and have anti-aging effects. Although, I can't provide long term effect of this serum in term of anti-aging effect but I can say that it absorbs quickly onto my skin and it is scents-free which is perfect if you have sensitive skin like me.

I am not going to lie, my hair is very fussy, when it dislikes a shampoo my scalp get really dry. So far the one shampoo it really liked happens to be very expensive and I just can't afford it at the moment. This shampoo contains lavender, rosemary containing high level of verbenone, tea tree, botanical keratin, jojoba and argan. All of them help with nourishing scalp and hair. The shampoo lathers up really well and made my hair feels super soft and smooth. I think I might have found another shampoo favourite!

If you would like to try a set of shampoo and conditioner from Maple Holistics. Don't forget to enter the giveaway from #summerofgiveaways below. You can win a one Argan shampoo and one Silk18 conditioner. This giveaway is sponsored by

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If you don't win, you can also get a free product from Maple Holistics too! All you have to do is provide them a review on Amazon.

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FOTD | Barely There

Friday, 18 September 2015

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in 53 | Review | £10.99
I find that the key to 'barely there' makeup look lays with flawless looking skin! I have tried many foundations in my day but with my dry skin problem and difficulty finding the right shade for me. I always come back to Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. It is my holy grail foundation. I use it when I want naturally dewy skin. It is a shame that it doesn't have SPF, otherwise it would have been the perfect everyday foundation. 

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard | Review | £22
When it comes to concealer, it is just as important as foundation. I need them to hide my panda eyes from sleeping late every night. Oh, the struggle of being a nocturnal person. 

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronze - Perfect Tan in Tantric | $49
You know...I am not 100% sure that I can distinguish the difference between bronzer and contour (I know, bad blogger!). To me, they are very similar. I use this bronzer to add a little bit of warmth and definition to my cheek bones and nose. 

Hourglass Ambient Lightning Palette | £56
Is it bad to say that I have had this palette for ages, yet I have barely ever reached for it. Not that I don't like it. It is just that sometimes, I forget that it looks pretty awesome in pictures. I mean look at my face and how it glows! I seriously need to use this more often. 

K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyeliner | $13.92
Have you ever been on holiday in summer and realised that you makeup from home are just not up to par when it comes to staying put in humid weather? Well I have! It was like nearly impossible for me to find eyeliner that will stay on my eyelids instead of below it. Lo and behold, comes K-Palette eyeliner. It did not smudge, even in humid weather and my watery eyes. Success!

B&C BrowLash Ex Water Strong W Eyebrow in Natural Brown | $13.99
Brows are so important. I have been spending years experimenting with new brows shapes. I am not sure I have found my ones yet. 

Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel  in Dark Brown | £3.99
Whatever brows shapes I have decided to go for. It is just necessary that I set them. I have never had that much problem with unruly brows (mainly because I slightly over plucked them when I was younger). Now I just wait for them to grow and hope that I can do something with them *sigh*. 

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara in Waterproof | Review | £7.99
Sometimes, you realised what is important when you don't have it anymore. It is like that with my mascaras. I like to change them up every few months but honestly, it is so hard to find mascaras that won't transfer to my face (the curse of having Asian eyes). I sometimes like using Maybelline The Falsies to set my other mascaras, so it becomes waterproof.

Tony Moly Face Mix Primer Lip Concealer | $3.12
Have you ever wanted cutesy little pale lips colours that's true to the bullet? Well, I did but the pigmentation of my lips went just too dark. So I thought I would try out this Tony Moly's Lips Concealer and OMG can I just say the best buy?! I can wear any lips colours I want now. 

MAC Lipstick in Shanghai Spice | £15.50
The perfect nude! You have no idea how much I love this lipstick (unless you were following on instagram a few months ago, I just couldn't shut up about it). I don't even understand why it doesn't have any hype. 

BeautyBlender | £16
Quite frankly, I joined the bandwagon and ain't I glad I did? It just creates the most perfect flawless makeup! You can use it to blend anything! Shame about the price though. 

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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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