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