Tom Ford Lumière Lip vs Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm

This season we are seeing sharp contoured full-coverage matte lipsticks being slowly replaced by lip balms and sheer lipsticks. Moreover, lip glosses are having a huge comeback, as we find new products from different brands on the market.

The glow all-over-the-place is finally touching our lips too. With the overwhelmed number of new products, we decided to review and compare two recently launched and trending lip balms –  Tom Ford Lumière Lip and Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm to see which one is  really worth the hype.

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Tom Ford Lumière Lip

Tom Ford Lumière Lip is a new lip balm from their recent Soleil 2018 collection. The lip balm is only available in one shade: Lumière 01. Even though it looks orangish (or how it is described – a shade of papaya) in a bullet, it is almost translucent with a satin finish. What makes this lip balm exceptional, it reacts to your pH, creating a customized “naturally-enhanced” lip color. The lip balm is infused with hyaluronic acid for the voluminous look, different antioxidants and natural plant extracts to condition and soften your lips. The lip balm comes in full-size, in classic Tom Ford white and gold packaging. The retail price is $54 (Buy Now).

Ingredients:

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NARS ORGASM AFTERGLOW BALM

NARS’s Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm was also recently launched within NARS’s Orgasm Collection. Similar to the one from Tom Ford, it is available only in one color, that NARS calls Orgasm – peachy pink shade with golden shimmer. The balm also has a nice satin finish. Because of its translucency, it gives a pretty sheer wash of color to your lips, adding a natural flushed touch to them. However, when compared to Tom Ford’s latest lip balm, Afterglow has definitely more pigment and tiny sparkles. It is also formulated with antioxidants for lip protection and features NARS’s Monoï Hydrating Complex for smooth and supple comfort. The lip balm comes in a beautiful mirrored rose gold packaging and is also a full-size product. The retail price is $28 (Buy Now).

Ingredients:

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COMPARISON

When compared to each other on my lips, I can say that both of the balms feel the same on my lips. Tom Ford has a strong vanilla fragrance, while NARS’s lip balm has a less noticeable coconut flavor.

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Lumière Lip added more peachy undertones to my lips, while NARS kept them more pinkish and slightly more radiant. Nevertheless, the difference is almost unnoticeable on the lips and it will differ from one complexion to another.  As you can see on the pictures below, both of the balms add just a wash of color to bare lips, so don’t expect tons of pigment from either of the lip balms.

From Left to Right: TF Lumière Lip, my bare lips and NARS Afterglow Orgasm

If you take a look at the swatches below, you can see how they compare to each other as well as to other similar sheer lipsticks that I have in my collection.

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From left to right:

Shiseido Veiled Rouge Lipstick in PK304 Skyglow – ($25, Buy Now)

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm ($28, Buy Now)

Tom Ford Lumière Lip in Lumière Lip 01 ($54, Buy Now)

Tom Ford Sheer Lip Color in 15 Nina ($36, Buy Now)

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I’m pretty sure that both of the lip balms will work with all complexions: Lumière Lip will pop natural undertones creating a custom lip color, while Afterglow Orgasm shade was created with an idea to be worn by everyone.

Both of the lip balms are instantly hydrating and add an amazing natural glow to my lips. Because of the dramatic difference in the price point, you may say that NARS is a better choice since you get pretty much the same result for a far better value. However, since Tom Ford creates a custom lip color, for me, this whole idea adds exceptional value to luxurious Lumière Lip. Moreover, Lumière Lip has a less-comedogenic ingredient – jojoba oil, compared to Afterglow’s coconut oil. At the same time, I can’t say that Afterglow is worse since it definitely adds more radiance and I really love this refreshing peachy pink shade. By the way, the difference in shade is more noticeable in real life though, and this is another reason why it is so hard to pick one.

As you already understood, I couldn’t pick just one lip balm so there is no better or worse product in this post. Moreover, they both are really worth the hype in each and every aspects and will perfectly complement your healthy glowing skin.

What is your favorite lip balm? Let me know in the comments down below.


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Allure Beauty Box Review

Allure Beauty Box is a monthly subscription from Allure Magazine. It contains deluxe and full-size beauty products from both high-end and drugstore brands.

The best part about these subscription boxes is that they are curated by the leading Beauty Magazine and you are actually getting products that have been already tested by the staff and approved by them. This means, you are more likely to love 90% of the content and you won’t get disappointed.

You don’t need to be subscribed to the magazine, to get a subscription for the boxes. Signing up is easy, plus right now you can get your first box with a $5 discount! You’ll get your box the same month you have subscribed. If you start on May 31st, you’ll get first your May box, followed by June box back to back.

The price for subscription is $15 per box + tax, however, you can also save with yearly subscription, which is $150 +tax. Shipping is free.

The content of each box usually has a value way higher than $15. Let see what’s inside the May 2018 Box.

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According to deputy beauty director Elizabeth Siegel, this box is filled with “instant-gratification products” that yield the result instantly and really make the difference when you need to get it very fast.

The box contains 4 deluxe products and 1 full-size product + 1 Beauty Bonus – 6 products in total!

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You also get a booklet with the description on each of the products and promo codes.

Wander Beauty

Baggage Claim Gold Eye Mask

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Est. value $8.33 ( 2 pairs)

Retail Price: $25 ( pack of 6 pairs, Buy Now)

These eye patches are just gorgeous from the outside and within. Each of the patches has 3 layers including the top gold foil layer that actually has the benefits of retaining hydration and preventing it from evaporation. The main active ingredients are hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf extract and lavender oil. Together, they bring hydration, soothe and calm the skin, while brighten and reduce the appearance of dark circles. I’m very surprised with the ingredient list since it’s free of harsh chemicals and the patches really work! The essence is fast absorbing and doesn’t feel sticky.

After I removed them my under eye area felt so refreshed. I have one more pair to go, and I’m thinking of getting a pack of 6 with the promo codes that I’ve got.

Kenra

Dry Oil Control Spray

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Est. value: $2.85 (1.2 oz)

Retail Price: $19.00 (8.0 oz, Buy Now)

I’m not a fan of hair sprays because they tend to dry out the hair. Thankfully, there are now nourishing sprays like the one from Kenra that can also manage frizzy hair. Moreover, it is infused with natural oils and you are getting your hair in place without making them look dull.

St. Tropez

Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse

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Est. value: $10.5

Retail Price: $42 (6.7 oz, Buy Now)

Unfortunately, I can’t try this right now since I’m having a laser treatment this week, but it is a product I’ve never heard about. This is a transparent self-tan mousse that gives an instant glow to your skin with one application and without the need of rinsing it off. You won’t get a dark tan though and you need to apply it evenly since it’s clear, but it won’t stain and works instantaneously.

In this box, you’ll either get this self-tan or St. Tropez Instant Tan Finishing Gloss.

First Aid Beauty

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

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Est. value: $6.31 (0.34 oz)

Retail Price: $28 (1.7 oz, Buy Now), $14 (0.75 oz, Buy Now)

My first impression is its amazing natural coastal smell – just like I’m drinking fresh coconut water by the ocean. It makes the skin indeed smooth and creates the base for the makeup. It won’t make you feel greasy or oily, so I think it is best for people with oily to normal skin. And it adds such a nice natural glow to your skin!

Since  First Aid Beauty is famous for its good ingredient list, the product is allergy-tested and is safe for sensitive skin.

CLE Melting Lip Powder

Longlasting Matte Lip & Cheek Tint

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Value: $19.99 (Buy Now)

What I especially love about the subscription boxes, is that sometimes you get products in  formulas you’d never think of. Have you ever tried a lip powder? Well, this is the first time for me. While you need to be careful with its loose content ( and its ability to stain!) the powder instantly turns into smooth creamy lipstick when in contact with your skin. It is absolutely lightweight, extremely pigmented and somehow doesn’t get into lip lines. By the way, Cle Cosmetics, the K-beauty brand, was the first one to introduce lip powders to the world.

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Wearing Lip Powder in Desert Rose and Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

I especially like the shade that I’ve received  – Desert Rose – I think it is that type of shade that works with any complexion and hair color. This K-beauty lip powder came in a full size and can be used for cheeks as well! Make sure you just don’t inhale it.

 

 

Beauty Bonus

In this box, you’ll either get a deluxe size of L’oreal Elnette Satin Hairspray, or L’oreal Ever Pure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask.

L’oreal Ever Pure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask

Retail Price: $3.97 (1 sheet mask, Buy Now)

I received a full-size sheet of the hair mask.  This is a truly instantly working sheet mask for hair! It smells really good and you are getting silky and shiny hair in only 5 minutes! It takes a little more time to wash it off, but it is definitely worth it. By the way, it is sulphates-, parabens- and colorants- free! It comes as a foil cap and the mask itself is activated by the shower steam. I definitely need a lifetime supply of this sheet mask.

The total value of the content in the May box is estimated around $51.95. You can still get the May Box if you subscribe today.

What is your favorite subscription box? Let me know in the comments down below!

 


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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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bareMinerals BarePro Concealer

Hello, my beauties!

Today I’m sharing with you my review about a product that I have received complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster!

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I was very excited to get the VoxBox from Influenster as this is my first time when I’m being sent a product in exchange for my opinion. And it counts!

Once again, this blog post is not sponsored and everything you read here is based on my honest opinion. Let’s get started!

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First Impression

This is the New BarePro 16-hour Full Coverage Concealer from bareMinerals. It comes in a variety of shades, 15 in total, ranging from fair to deep. I have received 01 Fair-Cool shade and have already been testing it on my skin for a while.

 

The concealer comes as a cream stick. The formula is creamy, yet it is very lightweight and has a matte finish. The Bamboo Stem Extract indeed smoothes the lines and pores, but the coverage is rather medium-to-full than full. Besides, there are also extracts of Raspberry Seed Oil, Blackcurrant Seed Oil and Sea Lavender which are considered as powerful antioxidants that nourish, hydrate and protect the skin against environmental stressors.

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Even though it’s a cream stick concealer and has such a nice list of ingredients, it dries very fast, so it blends best the moment you apply it to your skin. I use my ring finger to blend the product as I feel that the heat from the fingers makes it more flexible to blend and I can achieve a more natural look. I don’t use a lot of a product at once, I rather build up the coverage steadily until the desired coverage is achieved.

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I have to admit that unfortunately, I received a wrong shade which is at least 1-2 tones lighter than my skin is (my complexion is light-to-medium almost in all foundations and concealers). However, in small amounts the shade that I received still worked to lighten up and cover my under eye area. It has a little bit of crease after several hours, but not as much as other concealers like Shape Tape Concealer from Tarte. The last one works perfect only on pictures but it is very thick, heavy, creases in fine lines and emphasize pores.

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I’ve applied the concealer only under my right eye, keeping my left eye bare to show you the difference.

Summing up the above, here are the key things to consider:

Pros:

  • creamy lightweight formula
  • smoothes the appearance of pores and small fine lines
  • non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic
  • water-resistant, smudge-proof
  • 15 shades from fair to deep
  • natural look

Cons:

  • dries fast, less time to work with
  • not a full coverage formula
  • creases a little after several hours
  • doesn’t last for the whole day

Verdict:

Overall, it’s a good concealer to try as it feels weightless and minimizes pores and small lines. Because of the wrong color, it is a little tricky to fully evaluate the product, so I’m thinking of getting my shade at Sephora ( I believe it is Light/Medium-Neutral 05) to see how that will work as well. However, there is definitely room for improvement of the formula to make it truly long-wear so that it really can become a five-star product. Right now, I have to rate this product with 3.5 stars even though I like bareMinerals a lot.

Acknowledgement:  I’d like to thank bareMinerals and Influenster for this amazing opportunity to be a part of the program.


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer policy is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Instagram Samples Challenge

Hello, my dear friends!

Those who follow me on instagram are aware that I’m doing the Samples Challenge where I try every day/every other day samples of products that I have collected so far and share the results in my stories! If you missed the stories, don’t worry: you can always check them in Highlights that I save on my instagram page.

Why I decided to do this?

While I was reorganizing my makeup and skin care I’ve found a pouch where I keep all the samples and single-use masks. The reason I was collecting the samples is because when you travel you want to travel light and makeup bag always takes most of the space and weight. But, at some moment I’ve realized that when you travel you don’t really want to experiment with your skin: it is already stressed and dehydrated because of the flight and climate change. And there are so many interesting products like masks and creams to discover!

Inspired by my current read – Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing I decided to start with my sample collection as a part of the decluttering process. And make it even more fun and interesting for everyone as I’m sharing my honest reviews on each and every product! For those that I like (and those that state to be hydrating and moisturizing products) I also do a hydration measurement with my device from Philips that I’ve talked about in this post.

By running this challenge I also find so many good products that I’d like to purchase once I finish trying my last sample! I mark them with a custom hashtag #sunkissedblush_approved. By the way, you can also follow this specific tag to find my featured products in a single search!

Nevertheless, there are also products that cause irritation or break me out and from time to time I need to take a break for couple of days to restore my skin. And for sure, I’m letting you know why I liked the particular products, if they really work as promised or if you should skip on them.

I’m not sure how long it’s going to last, as compared to all these basket/pan projects I do not limit myself with any specific timeframe. Anyways, I invite you to join me on this amazing journey to learn more about new products!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer policy is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

Let’s have a talk! Follow me on instagram @sunkissedblush_blog