Beauty Minis On Trial

Being a student means for the majority of the time you have to be savvy with your money, but that shouldn't mean that you can't treat yourself once in a while. Beauty minis are a great way to try out new, and potentially expensive brands, instead of committing straight for the full size. Some beauty counters will be happy enough to give you free samples of their product for you to try however there are plenty of great, cost effective ways to try out new beauty products. Whilst in New York I treated myself to a gift set or two of cute miniatures which I am now trialling to see if they are worth spending the money on the full size version. Miniatures are also great as they are easy to travel with and I find I am able to use up the product before the recommended use by date which prevents you from wasting money on a product that could just go out of date- plus they look super cute. In today's post I am going to share with you the minis that I am currently testing out and let you know my initial thoughts on each product. 

One cult beauty product that I have been unable to try until now has been the Naked Skin Concealer by Urban Decay. On my trip to New York I popped into Sephora and I decided to pick up the mini version to give it a try before I committed to the full size concealer. I have been using this concealer every day over the past three weeks and I am surprisingly impressed by the product. I've previously trialled the NARS Creamy Concealer, and I would have to say that the Urban Decay Naked Concealer is less drying on the skin and doesn't crease under the eyes. I mainly use this product to correct my under eyes and any imperfections which covers well with minimal product used. I tend to set this concealer under my eyes with a translucent powder from Maybelline to help it last all day.

One sample product that I have had in my collection for a while is the Benefit Dew The Hoola Liquid Bronzer. I feel like I got this when I purchased a magazine but didn't really know how to use the product in my routine. When first using this product I struggled to blend it into my foundation so I have started to apply a few drops of the liquid bronzer into my foundation for that natural sunkissed look. I found that it helps to re-adjust your foundation to match the rest of your skin if you've applied fake tan, or just if your current foundation is slightly too light. Even though I like the effect this product gives the skin, I feel that the £22.50 price tag isn't worth the overall effect as it can easily be achieved with bronzer powder. However I am glad I have it in my collection for the times I want to achieve that super tanned look.

Another product I picked up from Sephora was the Kat Von D Bow 'N' Arrow Set which contained two minis, the Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper and the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow. I have never tried anything from Kat Von D before so was super happy to see two of their best selling products in one kit. I've been using the eyeliner during the day as well as in the evening and have found that it has stood the test of time compared to other felt eyeliners I've tried. The true black eyeliner and fine felt tip helps you to achieve the perfect cat eye for any makeup look. The product can be built up too which is perfect for when you need to take your time when drawing the perfect line. The full size of this product is available on Debenhams for only £16 and based on my opinions of the product so far I would definitely be willing pay that much for the full size version. 

The Everlasting Liquid Lipstick has quickly become my favourite lipstick to wear on a daily basis. I have fallen in love with the formula of the lipstick, it is non drying, has superb colour pay-off and a easy application process which tick all the boxes for me. I find that I don't have to reapply this lipstick at all so it is great for a night out  The Bow N Arrow shade is the ideal mix between brown and pink which is perfect for this time of year. The full size of this product is £16 at Debenhams, just like the eyeliner, which I would certainly be willing to pay for a long lasting formula like this one. 

The last beauty mini I have been trialling in my day to day make up look is the Becca Highlighter in Moonstone. I bought this from Space NK as part of the Glow On The Go Kit over Christmas, unfortunately this set is no longer available but if you can still get your hands on one I would recommend you do just that. This mini is probably the cutest of them all because it is just so small but it is perfect addition to my collection. The highlighter itself is the perfect high shine finish to any make up look and superbly defines your cheekbones. The natural light just bounces of the skin and gives your face that healthy glow that we all seem to be on the search for. As far as highlighters go this is the most expensive one in my collection but is swiftly becoming one of my favourites, over taking my ultimate favourite The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the beauty minis I've been trying out over the past few weeks. 

What beauty products are you trying out at the moment?  

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