The Best Beauty Gimmick Buys from eBay

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Often when I buy random beauty items from eBay I never know how good or bad they will be, especially when it comes to more gimmick-y items. But for the generally low-spend it worth taking the risk and I've found some amazing products this way!

So today I thought I'd share my favourite beauty gimmicks that I've purchased from eBay in the past year and highly recommend! These are possibly items you would easily over look on eBay but have truly helped me out and are worth highlighting.

Eyeshadow Colour Switch Remover 

This is my most favourite beauty gimmick purchase, in fact I feel bad for calling it a gimmick as it's an ingenious products for anyone that has more than a handful of makeup brushes. The aim of the tin containing a dry black sponge is to clean your makeup brushes in between use of different products/shades. You simply swirl your dirty brush over the slightly course dry sponge and within 15 seconds you have a clean brush that can be used again. This is perfect if you have a favourite eyeshadow brush that you would like to used with multiple colours but you haven't been able to in the past. Or if you want to quickly spot clean all of your eyeshadow/powder brushes.

I was sceptical of how well this little tin would preform but I can hand on heart say this is a pretty genius product that I use nearly every time I apply my makeup now. A true eBay beauty gem!

Silicone Makeup Brush Cleaner 

Over the years I've tried quite a few silicone makeup brush cleaner pads and mitts and if I'm honest they can be a bit fiddly to to hold and you still end up with wrinkly prawn fingers! So a few months ago I thought I'd spend a little more and try out a large makeup brush cleaner pad that fits around the plug hole of your sink with suction pads. 

With different areas for different brushes and areas for a more deep clean and made from thick silicone this is VERY similar to the £20+ Sigma Brush Spa and does an amazing job of cleaning all brushes. Yes, it's still a bit of a chore but it cuts down on time, give all brushes a thorough clean and no more wrinkly fingers at the end of it! 

If you are looking for something that will make brush cleaning easier then this is certainly the product to pick up. A serious bargain!

Foil Nail Wraps 
100 for £2.99 EBAY HERE

Ever heard of the beauty hack of wrapping your nails in cotton pads and tin foil to remove stubborn glitter nail polish? Well you buy them pre-made! Okay, maybe super lazy because you could just cut up your own cotton pads and pieces of tin foil but there's still costs involved in buying the products so pre-made ones make sense! 

I now use the above foil nail wraps with nail polish remover applied to the pad section when removing a gel manicure but also to remove glitter nail polish - so much easier then rubbing away for 20 minutes! 

The foil wraps are ideal if you know you will be indulging in glitter nails over the festive period and will make removal a breeze.

DIY Cotton Facial Sheet Masks 
25 Masks for £2.49 EBAY HERE

Sheet masks are certainly popular right now but if you are like me with a huge stash of standard face masks you may not want that extra spend of trying out different sheet masks. But what if you could make your own?! 

In the listing above you can pick up as many as 100 cotton sheet masks for only £5.99 which can be soaked in any moisturiser or serum or applied over the top of any face mask you have, even clay based ones. I personally love this idea more than buying individual sachet sheet masks as it's so versatile and you can even batch cut the mask to the exact shape of your face unlike individual sheet masks. 

My favourite way now to use one of the DIY cotton sheets is to make it damp and then apply a generous layer of serum to my face and apply the sheet mask over the top, leaving it to sit on the face for 5-10 minutes. If you love face masks or pampering in general just as much as me then this is a way to try out the sheet mask trend on the cheap and experiment with all your other face masks and skincare products. 

These four products are my ultimate beauty extras and totally inexpensive! Hail eBay! 

Fee xo.

3 Amazing Autumn Scents Worth Trying

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Along with a change of wardrobe a new scent signifies the start of a new season for me. In the past I'd go back to old favourites; Thierry Mugler Alien, Calvin Klein Secret Obsession and D&G The One to name but a few, and although I still adore them, I've found trying a new fragrance to be much more exciting. 

This Autumn I have three new scents, all of which offer something different and will take me through to 2017. From a newly releases Hugo Boss scent, to an affordable classic with Ghost and a unisex budget friendly perfume from The Body Shop. 

If you are looking for a new autumn/winter fragrance then look no further... you may just find your new signature scent right here.

The Body Shop Red Musk 

Eau De Toilette 30ml 
Price - £13.00 HERE 

First up I wanted to include a budget friendly scent from The Body Shop as I've been a fan of their fragrances for over 10 years now (Fuzzy Peach Perfume Oil use to be my fav back in the day!) and I know I can rely on them for low cost scents that smell amazing! 

Now I'm not instantly drawn to musk fragrances but do find it creates a good comforting base when paired with other stronger scents and after reading a few reviews I decided to buy Red Musk blind and hope for the best! On my first wear I found it to be quite a masculine scent which I wouldn't normally seek out but with it's soft edges I found it to be comforting and the ideal scent for chilly days. 

The main notes in this and the ones I can personally detect are pepper, tobacco (don't worry it's subtle and more wooody than smokey), cinnamon and musk. For me this is exactly how you would want a boyfriend to smell - it's light, slightly sexy, spicy and comforting. Which makes it a perfect unisex scent for the colder months when you are wrapped up in a huge scarf! It can also be worn day and night and I've even found it can be layered making most floral fragrances slightly warmer and deeper.

If you are looking for something different this a/w then pick this one up!


Hugo Boss The Scent 

Eau De Parfum
Price - £36.99 (Fragrance Direct 30ml) HERE or £65.50 ( Boots 50ml) HERE

Each season I like to go for a designer perfume, whether that's something I've run out of or a totally new scent. This autumn I have the new luxurious Huge Boss The Scent fragrance which isn't a typical autumn/winter scent as it's floral and very feminine - basically the opposite of the above scent. 

This is a fragrance that you really have to leave to die down after spritzing onto the skin as initially it does have a strong peach scent that is similar to a Victoria's Secret scent and not something to you expect from a luxury scent. However after 5 minutes or so the peach mellows into something less sharp and more rounded and becomes a floral fruity scent that's ideal for everyday wear. 

As for the bottle it really is weighty and luxurious and will look stunning on any dressing table. In fact I think it's possibly Hugo Boss's best designed bottle to date and really represents the femininity of The Scent.

If you love peach scents but want a more grown-up take then this is the scent to try out. This is a peach perfume done well!

Ghost Deep Night 

Eau De Toilette 30ml 
Price - £12.99 (Amazon) HERE or £20.00 (Superdrug) HERE

Ghost perfumes have been around for as long as I can remember and offer affordable scents that not only look good but smells good as well. So when I was looking for another autumnal scent but not wanting to spend that much I thought I'd go back to Ghost and a scent I wore at least a decade ago.

Ghost Deep Night is another masculine scent but less so than The Body Shop's Red Musk as it also contains floral notes as well as spicy ones along with vanilla making it soft and warm - basically think wearing your boyfriend's scarf with the scent of your own floral fragrance and you're pretty much there! 

Any other time of year I would say this is more of an evening scent however come the colder months this can easily be worn in the day as a deeper warm scent. I particularly love this fragrance on scarves and thick jumpers when it's extra cold as it's so comforting and quite nostalgic for me.

If you are looking for more 
autumnal recommendations then you can find my affordable autumn beauty picks here.

I'd love to know what fragrance you love to wear come autumn and winter!

Fee xo. 


The Ride or Die Makeup Tag

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If you're a beauty blogger or makeup lover than chances are you've heard of The Ride or Die Tag created by beauty guru and Youtuber Jaclyn Hill. The aim of the tag is to select only your true favourite products.

As Jaclyn mentions in the video this is more of a challenge than a tag as it's seriously difficult to pick just one product from each category... I mean no beauty lover can pick just one lipstick or eyeshadow palette?! But here it is, my own ride or die makeup products! 

PRIMER: DHC Velvet Skin Coat
FOUNDATION: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
CONCEALER: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
FACE POWDER: Clarins Loose Mineral Powder
UNDER EYE SETTING POWDER: Gosh Prep n' Prime Setting Powder
BLUSH: theBalm Frat Boy Powder Blusher
BRONZER: Benefit Hoola Bronzer
HIGHLIGHT: theBalm Mary Lou Manizer
MASCARA: Kiko Extra Sculpt Mascara
LIPSTICK: Soap & Glory Fabulipstick in Super Nude
LIQUID LIP: Kat Von D Ever Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita
LIP GLOSS: Barry M Lipgloss in Toffee
EYESHADOW PALETTE: MAC Burgundy Times Nine (for now!)
SETTING SPRAY: Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray
PERFUME: Thierry Mugler Alien

This really was so tough to do... how can I only share just one fragrance and one lipstick?! Anyway this is a fab tag to do, so if you're a fellow beauty blogger then I tag you to do it! 

Just copy & paste the above and get debating with yourself on what your true ride of die makeup products are! 

Let me know if you do the tag as I'd love to read it. 

Fee xo. 
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