Beauty on Trial #5

It feels like such a long time since I’ve spoken about anything beauty or skincare related but having some lovely bits for Christmas (how long ago does that feel!?), I thought it was only right that I dust off my Beauty on Trial series. For those of you who are fairly new to Musings & More, Beauty on Trial is a series where I give you the low down on beauty and skincare products I’ve managed to get my mitts on! I always allow 2-3 weeks for testing, simply for fairness and so the product has the chance to do its thang. They aren’t always new products but rather new to me. Now let’s get started shall we?

I’ve wanted the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer for a while now, thanks to a lot of my favourite bloggers raving about it but I’ve always struggled with the idea of spending over £30 on a single product. It just feels too much. That guilt disappears pretty quickly when someone treats you during Christmas though and on December 25th, I found myself the proud owner of my very own Bronze Goddess. Being a pale little vampire, mine is in the shade ‘light’ but there are four shade option in total. It’s incredibly wearable if you are as pale as me and looks really natural if you are a bit nervous about stepping into the bronzer spotlight. I personally don’t want it to look obvious that I’m wearing bronzer, more ‘I woke up like this ok!?’ Estée Lauder generally do packaging rather wonderfully and Bronze Goddess is no different. It is a rather large compact – and won’t be one for your travel bag – but for the type of brush you’re going to be using, it needs to be. It comes with an enclosed brush but I prefer using my Real Techniques brush. Overall, this product gets a big yes from me. I haven’t had any fallout and it sweeps on really nicely for a subtle, bronzed look which is suitable for work and is also buildable if you so desire. While the cost still makes me wince, I’m reaching for this product every day and it’s definitely going to last me a long time.

Hands down, the Ginzing scent is my absolute favourite from Origins. It smells like a chocolate orange (but y’know, don’t lick your face) and is a really zingy scent that is great for helping you wake up in the morning. I’d originally only asked my mum for the Energy Boosting Moisturiser but it actually worked out at better value to go for a gift set which included three other products too so I received that instead.

The Refreshing Scrub Cleanser is most definitely refreshing but you’re either a scrub kinda gal or your not and to be perfectly honest, I’m not. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great cleanser and it does the job perfectly in leaving you with squeaky clean skin but I personally prefer a more gentle cleanser. The bonus with this though is that the scrub does exfoliate your skin and help unclog pores which is something I could do with more of so maybe I need to stick with it!

Now I totally and utterly neglect under my eyes and like to hawk: “I’m 25! I don’t need to do that!” but I’ve come to realise that I uh, kinda do. I don’t suffer from puffy under eyes just yet but I’d like to leave them in the best position so that hopefully I can bypass that potential problem. My experience of eye products is completely non-existent so I didn’t really know what to expect from the Refreshing Eye Cream. I was intrigued by the claim that it can instantly reduce dark circles and I do think it does this by brightening them. A little goes a long way with this product and it sinks quickly into your skin which is really helpful in the morning when you’re getting ready for work. I’ve yet to see any long-term effect but then as I say, I don’t currently suffer too badly in that area. I’ll definitely keep using it while I have it though so maybe ask me in a few years eh?

Concealer will always be that one makeup item that I’d take with me to a desert island. It hides a multitude of sins and has saved many a disastrous face day. And as such, I like to have a lot of different concealers at my disposal. I want to try them all! I’m sure the majority of you will have heard of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and while it’s not cheap at £26, it definitely does a good job. I love how the wide variety of colours available as well as how buildable it is. I have quite dry skin but have had no problems with this concealer looking patchy or creasing, even under the eyes. It’s not something I would buy repeatedly but that’s only because there are so many cheaper concealers that do just as good a job.

Now just look at these gorgeous brushes from Zoeva! I’ve already got the Rose Gold Luxury sweet (Vol 1) and absolutely love them so I was keen to grow my collection. Being the basic blogger I am, I asked Matt for the Complete Eye Set (V0l 1) in yep, you guessed it, Rose Gold. I’ve been attempting to get a little more creative with my blending skills and convinced myself that with these brushes, I’d instantly become a pro.

Made from synthetic hair, you get 12 brushes in the set which cover pretty much every base including 317 Wing Liner, 24 Luxe Defined Crease and 142 Concealer Buffer. I’ll admit that I haven’t tested the liner brushes in the set, simply because I’m so dreadful at it that I stick to an eyeliner pen but I can personally vouch for the other brushes. They seriously make applying and blending shadow a dream. You could create any eye look you wanted with these babies, there’s literally a brush for whatever you want to achieve, you really can’t go wrong. They also come with a handy clutch bag which is ideal for popping in your travel bag when you’re on the move. If you’re looking for some new eyeshadow brushes these are most definitely what you need.

Matt had such a hard time getting hold of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette due to the popularity that I wasn’t actually expecting it under the tree. Alas, House of Fraser came through last minute and the latest Naked palette was mine! There are 12 brand-new shades ranging from warm browns to burnt oranges and rich reds and it’s because the palette is so different to the others that I was so interested in giving it a whirl.

Now don’t get me wrong, as always, the quality of these shadows are next to none. The pigmentation is amazing and they blend wonderfully – you really can create a fierce eye look in minutes. Unless that is, you’re me. And that’s the only problem with this palette. Me. I’m so used to creating the same kind of look – forever reaching for neutral and gold colours that I’m almost a bit scared of the Heat palette. Ridiculous, right? Don’t get me wrong, I’m trying and all, but I worry I just look a bit ill when I give ‘He Devil’ and ‘En Fuego’ a go. Being a brunette, I thought I’d be able to pull it off easier than I feel I actually do. But perhaps I just need to be a bit more confident. I’m determined to make it work though, the colours are just so beautiful that I can’t not! If you’ve got any tips I’d love to know!

So that’s my latest collection of goodies I’ve been trying out! What’s new in your make-up bag? What have you been loving or hating? Let me know in the comments!

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Emily x

  • Everyone seems to love Origins, but Origins hates me LOL most of the products I’ve tried have broken me out and I almost never break out. The only one that agrees with my skin is their charcoal mask, which I used to use all the time!

    I’ve wanted to try Zoeva brushes for the longest time, honestly the only thing that holds me back is the shipping since I live in the US. But everyone who tried them says they love them – maybe I’ll finally treat myself one of these days, haha.

    becky @ star violet

    • Emily

      I know what you mean with Zoeva – it’s like me and Colourpop! It’s like, “is it worth that extra money…?” x

  • Courtney Hardy

    These products sound good. I love Origins, they always have good products.

  • This is such a lovely post – love the look of all these products! They look fab! 🙂

    Hope you’re well and having a lovely week!

    Layla x

  • Love your beauty on trial posts! The Naked Heat is such a great palette. I bought it for one of my best friends for her birthday and she loves it. She got me the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes which kinda has the same range. I think En Fuego would look great on your lid with Scorched or Lumbre on the inner corner to brighten up the look. When in doubt there’s so many YouTube look videos from Naked Heat!

    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

    • Emily

      Thanks Sonia – i’ll definitely persevere! x

  • Great post! The bronzer looks amazing! Have a lovely start to your week.

    Gemma x

  • Those Zoeva brushes look so dreamy! I’ve been meaning to get my hands on them for awhile now so maybe this will be the year haha! I get what you mean with the palette, I’m so unadventurous when it comes to eyeshadow and use a lot of familiar colours… aka brown.

    Reine | Sincerely Reine

  • AF

    I want to try that bronzer so much!! love bronzers!

  • Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Powder is also on my to-buy list – what a lovely Christmas gift to have received! I’m veeeery pale and so it’s nice to know the palest one is working well for you; definitely going to be picking one up once Spring arrives. Hope you’re having a fabulous week so far Emily 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • I’ve been curious about this Origin line and since I haven’t read too many reviews on it it’s nice to see this one! I also have been eyeing that bronzer but the price is also something that is keeping me away…if I can just get someone ti gift it to me too hahaha


  • Great post, I’ve recently bought the Origins eye cream so will definitely have to compare it to my regular eye cream x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

  • Wonderful picks here; that Origins moisturizer – oh my! Although my skin is dry (and I am often allergic to anything citrus) for some reason it just works. I love the scent, it is so delicious and I enjoy using it first thing in the morning. I have a few Zoeva brushes and they are so user-friendly, fear not my friend! They will do the job for you (plus they’re quite easy to clean). Looking at that palette, I feel like I need to experiment with warm shadows this year; but being a pale brunette – I can’t help but think that rusty colours make me look a bit like Bella Swan when she turned into a vampire 😀

  • Sooo Origins was a brand that I wanted to hate so badly, and then I started trying their products slowly last year, and I fell IN LOVE with their Ginzing line. It’s amazing. I love the smell and I love that they are effective. The moisturizer is seriously one of my all time favorites now! The under eye cream gives immediate results, and it’s not super pricey. Love love love them.


  • Missy May

    I haven’t tried Origins products before but, sure looks like I’m missing out. Have to check em out. This is my first time hearing about this brand. Thanks for sharing Emily and that bronzer looks good.

  • I’ve been after a decent eye cream and I’ve heard great things about Origins. I think because their items are always on the pricy side I haven’t used them before. I love checking out recommendations from others before parting with my cash, so appreciate you sharing your finds Emily.
    Jaz xoxo

  • Oh that bronzer sounds awesome! What a great gift! 🙂 I need to be more regular with using eye cream too, I’ve been a bit lazy with that and it shows I think!

    Hope that you are having a great weekend! Our weekend started early with a day off yesterday for Australia day. Good way to end the week!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Diana Valverde

    Thanks for this share, I haven’t tryed Origins but I might try in the future and I was thinking of buying zoeva brushes, do you like them? are they good? I currently have some lottie london and they are very nice 🙂