eBay Bargains #12 - All Things Brushes

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1. 10 Piece Makeup Brush Set (£7.05 here) 
First up an incredibly cheap brush set. I've purchased brushes similar to these on eBay before and they are some of my favourites in my collection. These are surprisingly well made and soft! 
 2. Microfibre Drying Mat (£1.58 here) 
When it comes to drying my brushes after cleaning them I just use a towe,l but this microfibre drying mat looks ideal... and how cheap?! Already snapped one of these up!
 3. Makeup Brushes Holder Case (£4.99 here 
 How pretty is this?! The case very much reminds me of a Ted Baker print and looks great quality. This can be used as two holders on your desk or as shown above to carry your brushes in. The listing includes 4 other styles.
4. Makeup Brush Drying Stand (£9.49 here) 
 Another more advanced way of drying your brushes after cleaning. This is probably the ideal solution so water stays away from the brush ferrule and the brush dries in the correct shape. Slightly pricey but compared to £20+ ones I've seen this isn't too bad.
5. Silicone Brush Cleaning Glove (£2.95 here) 
When it comes to cleaning multiple makeup brushes it can be harsh on your hands, not to mention time consuming. This is why using a silicone oven glove is such a clever idea! Your hands stay dry and you can rub subbed up brushes against the embossed pattern to really get them clean. I already own one of these and I wouldn't ever go back!
6. Silicone Brush Cleaning Finger Glove (99p here 
 A similar option to the above is this ridged finger glove. This fits over your 4 fingers and you simply work your dirty brushes with shampoo/washing-up liquid over the ridges. Already bought this as I think it could be great! 
7. 5 Pack of Blending Brushes (£1.59 here) 
 This is such an incredibly cheap set and one I absolutely love! For this price you wouldn't expect much but these are some soft soft brushes. Perfect for both blending eyeshadow and blending out concealer. A must if you are looking for some new brushes or just want a few spare clean brushes to hand. 
8. 15 Pack Brush Guards (99p here 
 Lastly a good option for keeping your brushes in perfect condition. How I store my brushes I feel I don't need these but if store them in your makeup bag or against each other these are great. Though I am tempted to buy these for when I use a makeup bag on holiday and my brushes are squished in there. 

Hope you enjoyed this post! Finding eBay bargains is one of my favourite things to do! 
 
Fee xo. 


Huge The Body Shop Haul

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Haul time again! 
With The Body Shop offering their amazing '£25 off when you spend £50' deal I couldn't resist. Over the past few months my to-buy list for products from The Body Shop has grown, so this was an ideal opportunity to snap everything up at 50% off, plus free delivery!

*The Body Shop deal includes - £5 off when you send £15, £10 off when you send £25 and £25 off when you spend £50 with the code 'TREAT'. Offer ends midnight 26th January 2015.* 

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Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in Light Matte
£13.00 here
Finally, finally, I have my hands on the one bronzer I've been lusting for for over a year now! I really don't know why it's taken me so long to get it but I'm now so pleased it's in my life.. even if it's just to look at, because this is one pretty product! Already I know this will be a go-to contour option as it's a great match for my pale skin and has such a perfect tone - no undertones of oompa loompa here. So excited to try this out now!

Moringa Eau De Toilette 
£8.50/30ml here
Out of all The Body Shop scents 'Moringa' is definitely my favourite. I discovered it a few years back in summer when I was after something fresh and floral and it just hit the spot. Since then I've been re-purchasing the Moringa Body Mist and while I love it I can't just throw the 100ml glass bottle in my handbag. So this time I decided to opt for the more travel friendly 30ml size with the eau de toilette version which also offers a longer lasting, more concentrated scent. The scent is best smelt in person but to me this is a wonderful light floral white flower scent that is so fresh and very true to warm flowers giving off their scent in summer. Just beautiful for spring/summer!

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Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream in Light
£8.00/40ml here 
This was very much an impulse purchase to bump up my basket to the £50 mark (so I could get everything for £25!) but one I'm sooo glad I took a risk on. Generally I'm not a fan off BB creams - never enough coverage, never feel that great on my skin and they never seem to be light enough for my skin tone. Until I discovered this one! If you have a oily/combination skin type then I urge you to try this. It covers, concealer, feels so light on the skin and it's light enough to actually be called 'light'. I'm sure this will be popping up in other posts as I'm just so impressed with it.

Aloe Lip Treatment 
£5.00 here
This was another to-buy product that I hadn't bought due to it always being sold out (at the time of typing this post it's still in stock - woohoo!) in fact two stores I visited were also sold out of it and both asisstants told me it was a popular product indeed! Is this due to the Essie Button effect (she raved about it a few times), I really don't know, but I'm expecting miracles! I have way too many lip balms but purchased this as a night-time lip treatment, well that's what I've been telling myself so I could allow myself to buy it, that can get to work and renew my dry winter lips. I'm interested to see how good this.

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Facial Massager 
£6.00 here
This was without a doubt a Caroline Hirons inspired purchase after reading her blog post on this exact facial massager here. If you love reading beauty blogs then you will know Caroline Hirons is a skincare God, actual the God of skincare. She knows her stuff and when she recommends something on the high street I snap it up! I'm hoping this will remedy the lumps that sometimes develop under my jawline, that feel like blockages in my skin and develop into sore under the skin spots. Also I love the idea of using this with a facial oil when I'm wanting to pamper my skin. I expected the roller to be hard plastic but was pleased to feel it's actually got some give to it and it is really comfortable to use.
 

Coconut Oil Hair Shine 
£5.50 here 
I love coconut oil and I love using it on my hair as an intensive treatment so when I spotted this it was straight in my basket. This is quite a simple product it that if melts under contact with the fingertips and can be used on the ends and fly-away parts of the hair to tame frizz and add shine. The Hair Shine has great reviews of The Body Shop website so I have high hopes for it. Also you can just tell this is a product that will last forever!

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Banana Conditioner 
£4.50/250ml here 
Ahhhh, banana conditioner how I love you so. You are so wrong but also so very right. 
This is one of those products you need to trust me on and have a cheeky sniff of in The Body Shop, because trust me, this smells a lot nicer than you'd ever imagine. It's almost a sweet banana scent that is quite fresh and just different. I doubt I'd love this scent in anything other than haircare but as a conditioner it just works. As for the conditioner itself it works a treat for my dry over-heated hair, leaving it soft and smelling sweet... not banana-y.

Rainforest Shine Shampoo & Radiance Conditioner Mini 
£2.00/60ml here | £2.00/60ml here
These are just two minis I added in with my order for an upcoming holiday in March. The shampoo is SLS-free and a really nice one. The conditioner works well enough, though I will be making sure to take a mini Aussie 3 Minute Deep Conditioner with me for sea salt tangled hair that needs extra nourishing. 

Hope you enjoyed this haul! 
Remember the amazing offer is on until Monday night if you are planning on buying anything! 

What is your favourite ever product from The Body Shop? 

Fee xo.

Midweek Mixed Haul

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After my 'Collective Christmas Beauty Haul' post last week I realised I do love a good haul! However as it is January I've been trying not to over spend as frankly I have enough new things! But I thought a few items I've picked up recently were worth mentioning and called for a little midweek haul. 

Hope I don't enable too much! 

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Freeman Face Masks - both 99p from Tesco
Chocolate & Strawberry Facial Clay Mask | Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask
Since the start of the year I've been trying to make an effort to pamper my skin more. This includes steaming my face between double cleanses and treating it to a lovely face mask at least once a week. So when I was doing my food shopping in Tesco last week I of course wandered down the beauty aisle and spotted a new range of face masks I haven't seen before! At 99p each it's just a tiny treat so I picked up a yummy one with the Chocolate & Strawberry Clay Mask (it smells amazing by the way - think a milk chocolate mousse) and one that I was curious in trying, the Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask as my skin can always do with some extra hydration with how much I use my central heating in winter. These really look like they could be good but I will make sure to do a review of them both when I've tried them out. 

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer 
£14.40 - Feel Unique here 
  Now sadly this was a 3am impulse purchase, and I say sadly as I bought the wrong one! I was actually after Mary Lou (the amazing highlighter that everyone raves about) but my late-night delirium caused me to be confused and I ended up with Cindy Lou! All isn't lost as I actually do like the shade but I will still be treating myself to Mary Lou in the future. Compared to Mary-Lou which is a very pigmented champagne highlighter this is a lot more pink toned and is more of a blusher with highlight. It can also be worn as eyeshadow which I'm already tried out and loved. On the cheeks this gives a glow from the highlight but also a peachy pink hue which is very flattering. I am a bit sad I'm still yet to try the infamous Mary Lou Manizer but I'm glad I found this product because I know I will get a lot of use from it, particularly in summer.

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Bobbi Brown Everything Eyes
£5.49 - Amazon here 
I felt it was time to add another makeup book to my collection so decided to pick up this smaller Bobbi Brown book as I knew it had a whole section on makeup for glasses wearers. Unfortunately this seems more of a way for Bobbi Brown to show off her eyewear line than actual detailed tips. As for the rest of the book the imagery and looks are nice but again basic. So really I'm in two minds about this book - I love the looks but the lack of detail makes this only useful for someone just getting into makeup. A nice enough edition to my bookshelf but not a makeup book I will be going back to time and time again. Full review to come.

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TY Beanie Puzzle Eraser
£1 for set of 4 from Poundworld
Okay I have a mental age of 8... I'll admit it! These were such an impulse buy in Poundworld last week, that's if you can call spending £1 an impulse purchase. I don't have any real need for these but I just couldn't leave them. I'm sure they will either sit on my desk making me smile or on my bookcase. Each little rubber has a name and some even have moving parts! My favourite has to be the seal which is called Seamore and the little rabbit, Hopper. Just adorable and so cheap!

Le Creuset Rose Stoneware Mug 
£13.00 - Debenhams here 
 So I have a thing for mugs, which amuses the people that know me as I'm not that keen on hot drinks (I hate tea!) but I feel that's why I view mugs as special as when I do have a hot drink it's a treat. This means I do have a mug wish list, well a mental mug wish list in my head and this specific mug was at the top! Yes, £13.00 on a single mug is a little crazy but I did have a voucher left over from Christmas so I thought I'd treat myself and complete my mug collection... for now! Le Creuset are such a quality brand and this mug really is perfect with it's rose ombre and chunky feel. I'm very pleased to have this in my collection! 

Let me know if you like mismatch hauls like this or just beauty ones, I'd love to know!

Fee xo. 

Current In Shower Favourites

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When it comes to the depths of winter I love nothing more than a long, warm shower to warm up and relax. This means I like to spend that little bit more on products I know I will love and offer that bit of luxury. Below are a few of my current in-shower favourites that are just that bit more special and also multi-purpose. 

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Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner 
£16.50/250g - Lush here or in-store 
First up a shower product that is ideal for winter and parched skin that needs some intensive moisturising. According to Lush the idea of the product was based off  hair conditioner... just for the body instead! And that's exactly how you use it. Towards the end of your shower simply rub a small amount over the body which will feel silky soft, then step out of the shower and pat yourself dry. This is when you will notice the slightly waxy/waterproof feel to your skin which is all the lovely oils. I don't generally love this feel to my skin but once your skin has fully dried the body conditioner fully soaks into the skin, leaving your skin fully hydrated and smelling beautiful. The body conditioner contains argan oil, cypress oil, capuacu butter, Brazil nut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and almond oil so you know you are getting great ingredients to moisturise your skin with. As for the scent, I'm obsessed with it! I wish Lush would actually bring out a full body range in this scent in fact. To me this is a heavenly scent of both sweet rose and argan oil that just smells so unique and divine. As you may have spotted this isn't the cheapest of products but thankfully there is a smaller sample size pot of it in the Butterfly Giftset (£8.95 here) which also contains a wonderful soap that has a cream lather ideal for the shower. If you love super moisturising products that smell amazing then this body conditioner is for you! 

Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter
£7.00/250ml - Boots here or in-store
Following along similar lines to Ro's Argan this is another in-shower body moisturiser but a lighter option and one that doubles up as a body wash! Compared to general body washes/shower gels this comes out of the tube like a buttery moisturiser but on contact with wet skin and when rubbed this give a wonderful soft lather and smells beyond yummy - think a sweet vanilla, pistachio scent (kind of popcorn-y like the S&G Smoothie Star Buttercream!). Once out of the shower you definitely notice a moisturised feel to the skin but anyone with extra dry skin may want to still moisturise.This also works well as a moisturising shaving cream as it doesn't lather if it's not rubbed and just glides over the skin - a great multi-tasking product. If you love most of Soap & Glory's products and love their yummy scent then this is a must to add to your stash. Perfect for both summer and winter.

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 Tresemme Renewal Hair & Scalp Deep Conditioning Masque 
£5.50/180ml - Boots here or in-store 
 Another two-in-one product here that I pleasantly surprised by (I generally can't stand the chemically smell of Tresemme products). This is actually an all over hair conditioner that can be used on the scalp, the length of the hair and the ends. Surprisingly this moisturises the hair well but doesn't leave the roots of the hair at all greasy, in fact they feel soft and my scalp does actually feels renewed. This isn't the most intensive conditioner so I still opt to use my favourite Aussie 3 Minute Deep Conditioner over the ends of my hair. Overall this is quite a unique hair/scalp conditioner on the high street and one I will keep on purchasing. Finally Tresemme you have ditched the awful chemicals and come up with a pretty great product! 

Avalon Organics Lemon Bath & Shower Gel 
£6.99/350ml - Holland & Barrett here or in select stores
Finally a lovely organic shower gel from a brand that was totally new to me. This is of course SLS and nasties free with a whole load of essential oils packed in there. I just had to include this shower gel as finding body washes for sensitive skin can be hard on the high street and ones that smell nice! This specific shower gel lather well, smells lovely and fresh and most importantly caters for anyone with sensitive skin or anyone wanting an organic product. Also so little is needed of the huge 350ml bottle meaning this really does last ages! A great all round shower product that I'm very glad to have discovered. 

Are you more of a shower or bath person? 
What products do you love to use? 

Fee xo.

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