Collection vs Revolution Concealers

Sunday, 15 April 2018

For as long as I can remember, I've used the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. Sure, I've tried others, but none have come close to how good the Lasting Perfection is for the price. That is, until Revolution released Conceal and Define Concealer. 

If you're a beauty lover, it'll have been hard to miss the release of Conceal and Define as everyone's been talking about it and it's been impossible to get hold of. Every Superdrug had sold out, no matter where I tried in the country. It's been referred to as the dupe of Tarte Shape Tape, but for a fraction of the price (I've never tried Shape Tape, so unfortunately, can't compare it to that). Eventually, during the Easter weekend, I finally got my hands on the Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer and was excited to see how it compared to my beloved Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer.

So how do they compare?

One of the things I love about Collection Lasting Perfection concealer is the coverage. For a mass concealer, it beats many other premium concealers in it's coverage. It's great at brightening dark circles around the eyes as well as covering up any blemishes. The coverage of Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer intrigued me the most and I wasn't disappointed. I've been really impressed with it, it's great at brightening underneath my eyes as well as covering up any redness. Unlike Collection, Revolution Conceal and Define has an oversized doe foot applicator which makes it so much easier to apply to large sections of my face, meaning that I need less applications for the same amount of coverage. The matte finish is exactly the kind of finish I look for from my liquid make up products, though it might not be up your street if you prefer a more dewy finish.

One of the biggest differences between Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and Revolution's Conceal and Define Concealer is the consistency. The Conceal and Define has a much thinner consistency and coupled with the large applicator, this means it's great at covering large sections of my face. However, for a me, I prefer the consistency of Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer as I don't find it as 'wet' on my face.

Shade range
Revolution wins this one hands down, with 18 shades, there's a shade for everyone. Whilst Collection have increased their shade range to 6 shades, it's no comparison to Revolution's 18. It's much more versatile and whilst I bought C1, I know there's plenty of options for the summer when I hope to have a tan. The large shade range allows Conceal and Define concealers to also be used to highlight and contour, making it a multi purpose product.

Collection Lasting Perfection Conclear may appear to be a more premium product once applied, however, there's no mistaking it's a mass brand when you see the packaging. It feels quite cheaply made and the text is forever rubbing off as soon as you put the concealer in a make up bag. Therefore, I was really surprised when I first got my hands on the Revolution Conceal and Define as it feels so premium. The glass bottle and rose gold metallic lid make it seem much more expensive than it's £4 price tag. I've yet to throw this into a make up bag, so I'm not sure how it fares when travelling with other products, though I'd be surprised if it had any effect to the packaging. 

As I mentioned, Revolution is only £4, 19p less than the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. Both concealers are really good value for money and I don't think I'd ever consider buying a more premium concealer now that I have these two incredibly priced concealers to choose from.

I love the Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer and I do think it's worth the hype, however, I'm not sure that it quite beats my love for the Collection Lasting Collection concealer. Whilst I will continue to use it and will probably repurchase it again, I just think the Collection Lasting Concealer is a better consistency for me, making it easier for me to blend.

I'd love to know your thoughts on the Revolution Conceal and Define if you've tried it. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

A Trip to Copenhagen

Sunday, 8 April 2018

It was a cold January weekend and whilst the rain hit the windows, I was busy scrolling through 'SkyScanner' trying to plan a getaway to help alleviate the January Blues. I was quite keen to get something cheap and found some really reasonable flights to Copenhagen. Before I knew it, I'd booked my flight and found the most beautiful AirBnB - I was off to Copenhagen. However, my cheap getaway turned out to not be that cheap as everyone started to warn me about how expensive Copenhagen was, whilst I knew it wasn't the cheapest place on Earth, I live in Central London, so it couldn't be that expensive could it? How naive I was!!

Whilst I documented my trip on my instagram, I thought I'd share some of the things I got up to whilst in Copenhagen, incase anyone is looking to go. Before booking the holiday, it wasn't a city I knew much about, to be honest, I hadn't a clue what I should be visiting so I had to do a lot of research and found blog posts like this really useful. 

On our first day, we walked up to Nyhavn, (pronounced 'Noo-hown', not Nigh-haven as we had been going around saying!). This is one of the most famous sights in Copenhagen and is really stunning. It's a dock that has the most gorgeous coloured buildings, and I bet in the Summer, it would be so stunning eating outside one of the many restaurants on offer. However, when we were there it was freeeezing and so there was no way we were going to sit outside, but we were still able to admire the beautiful views. If you go to Copenhagen, this is a must! 

After Nyhvan, we then ventured up to The Little Mermaid, which is another iconic sight. Before, going away, I'd heard mixed reviews about The Little Mermaid, but as it's not too far away from Nyhavn, we thought we'd make the journey. I'm really glad we did as it's a really beautiful statue, though it is very tiny compared to what I'd expected. If you're in the area, then I think it's a nice sight to visit, however, I can see why some people were unimpressed with it.

On the second day, we wanted to head to Christiania (more on that in a bit), but on the way we walked past the Church of our Saviour and we'd been told to climb the tower. At only £3, this seemed a really reasonable tourist attraction and how beautiful would it be once we were at the top, viewing the city of Copenhagen? How wrong I was. I'm not scared of heights, but the more we climbed up, the thinner the tower got and the more scared I became. Eventually, we reached the top and when we went outside, I had a bit of a meltdown. I was terrified. I've never been so scared in my life. It was an incredibly windy day and this was particularly the case when we were so high up. The fence was very low, so I had images of the wind toppling me over the edge (I was scared so wasn't thinking rationally, okay?). The wind then caught the bobble on my hat and nearly blew it off. That was it, I was done. I climbed back down, letting Emil admire the views on his own! I think this would be a great visit, if it's not windy and you're not scared of heights!

After my ordeal at the Church of our Saviour, we wandered round to Chirstiania. So many people had told us to visit and so we knew we couldn't miss it. However, it's a very odd concept to explain. It's a little commune that was taken over by hippies in the 70s and is now independent to Copenhagen meaning it has no ties to Denmark or the EU. They have their own rules and run their own way of life. This means that Cannabis is legal and was being openly sold on stalls. You're not allowed to take photos inside and so I don't have much to share. It was definitely a really interesting experience and one I think you have to check out for yourself if you're in Copenhagen. 

After Christiania, we headed to Rundetaarn (The Round Tower). Now I was convinced, I'd make it to the top of this one as it wasn't as tall. Again, it was only £3 each and instead of climbing stairs, you walk up a ramp that spirals round. However, it's super wide and at no point did I feel claustrophobic. Once at the top, I was pleased to finally be able to admire the views of Copenhagen. If you want to see Copenhagen from a height, I would definitely recommend this over the Church of our Saviour.

On our last full day in Copenhagen, we went to the Amalienborg Palace which is home to the Danish Royal Family. Rather than visiting the palace itself, we wanted to watch the changing of the guards as we'd heard it was really good. Although it was freezing and I'd lost all feeling in my fingers by this point, I'm really glad we went. There are several posts in the courtyard of the palace that are manned by soldiers. During the changing of the guards, they march to each one in procession, picking up the solider who's finishing his shift and dropping off the one who's on next. It was really cool to watch and I'm so glad we went. Though I didn't envy them having to stand there in minus temperatures!

After watching the changing of the guards, I needed to warm up and so we headed to the Design Museum. Again, this had been recommended to us and as a lover of design, Emil was keen to go. It was free for us to get in as I'm under 26 and Emil had a student card, which is always a plus! I really enjoyed the museum as it focuses on Danish and international design, however, it makes you realise how many things we use in our everyday lives were actually designed in Denmark. I definitely recommend this if you're interested in visiting a museum. 

As soon as you type into Google 'Things to do in Copenhagen' Tivoli comes top and everyone I spoke to recommended that we go. I'd planned it into our trip, only to realise that it was closed for the month we were there, I was so gutted. Having heard such amazing things about it, I was really keen to go. As far as I'm aware, it's an old theme park and has gorgeous gardens. I was so sad to miss it, so if I ever go back to Copenhagen, I'll be sure to go at a time that Tivoli is open!

I absolutely loved Copenhagen, whilst the food and drink were insanely expensive, we didn't actually spend that money on tourist attractions which was really good. We stayed in the Meatpacking district which was a really cool area and very hipster, but it meant all the restaurants we ate at weren't too far from our AirBnB. If you're near there, I really recommend Mother, which is a lovely Pizza place, War Pigs which is a very interesting bar and has texas style meats or Skank for a more Danish experience. Of course, you can't go to Denmark without having Smørrebrød which is a piece of rye bread with several toppings on. I had it for lunch a couple of days and it was really yummy.

If you want a city break away, I really recommend Copenhagen and would suggest going in the Spring or Summer as it was just so cold when we were there that we didn't get to explore it as much as I would have liked. Double the budget you'd allow yourself for another European city break, but it is so worth it.

Have you been to Copenhagen? I'd love to know your thoughts.

Cabin Bag Make Up

Sunday, 25 March 2018

I recently went on a city break to Copenhagen (if you haven't already, check out my instagram where I shared lots of pictures from my time away) and whilst I love city breaks, the luggage allowance is a bit of a pain! I went with my boyfriend and we opted for cabin baggage only as hold luggage was a lot more expensive and I was optimistic that I could fit everything I needed into a small suitcase (eek!). As a beauty lover, this was very challenging as my make up bag alone would normally take up half my suitcase. This meant I had to be really methodical with what I took away and think logically about what I needed. We were away for four nights, so I didn't need that much make up (did I?!)

Whilst the above looks like a lot of make up, I was actually impressed with myself that I was a able to keep it to such a minimum!

Face Products

For me, this product is a 'must'. I knew I would be spending the days out and about exploring Copenhagen and so wanted to ensure my make up stayed in place all day. With the Benefit POREfessional, I knew I would have no worries with that.

Again, being out and about all day meant that it was important I took a long lasting foundation with me and so opted for the Double Wear foundation from Estée Lauder - a firm favourite of mine. Whilst it's quite a heavy duty foundation, it was ideal for creating the perfect make up base for my day ahead.

I love this concealer and it's quite small, so is easy to fit into one of those clear liquid bags to go through security!

I can't go anywhere without the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and so of course it came away with me. It's perfect for setting my make up and holding it in place all day.

When I bought this palette, I had travel in mind. It contains a bronzer, 2 highlighters and a blusher meaning I only had to take one palette with me to complete my face make up. Adding colour to my cheeks with the bronzer and blusher and highlighting my cheekbones with a highlighter, it was perfect for whilst I was away. 

Eye products

I never apply eyeshadow without this primer form Urban Decay so I had to take this away with me. It's super light so knew it wouldn't take up much room in my bag, but it's a 'must' for me in my make up bag.

I don't use this palette that often, but thought it would be ideal to take away due to the large shade range, the light packaging and the huge mirror. I could create an everyday look with this palette and then smoke it out with darker shades for an evening look. I really enjoyed getting to experiment with different looks whilst away. 

My current favourite mascara, volumises and lengthens lashes - I knew it would be perfect for my holiday. 

I use this eyeshadow with an angled brush to shape and fill in my eyebrows. I thought opting for a powder would be the best eyebrow product to take as it freed up some room in my liquids bag.

Lip products 

I actually ended up taking 4 lip products away (I couldn't help myself!) - MAC New York Apple which is a lovely red shimmer - perfect for both day and night. MAC Odyssey, this is my newest lipstick so I wanted the opportunity to try it with different looks,  Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G in Bitch Perfect as it's always handy to have a nude on you. Finally, I took Glossier Balm Dot Com in Birthday as a lip balm to apply before bed and first thing in the morning to keep my lips nourished.

In a weird way, I quite liked having a limited make up selection as it forced me to experiment with different looks. However, now that I'm home, I'm pleased to have my full collection back! What make up would you take away in a cabin bag?

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