eBay Bargains #70 - Makeup Storage

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 Marble/Copper Cosmetic Storage Case 
 £24.99 HERE 
First up, the most on-trend makeup storage cases you ever did see! As you can see there are two options to pick from - Silver/Marble or Rose Gold/Back both of which unfold out to reveal four tiered compartments along with a bottom compartment. I personally love the rose gold case and think it would be a great option if you have out grown your makeup bag and want something that holds much more. The best hard case makeup storage I've seen!

 Cosmetic Sponge Drying Holder 
 99p HERE 
Now this is a pretty ingenious idea! 1. This holder means your makeup sponge can dry without any bacteria forming 2. It keeps it from rolling off your dressing table. Super cheap and very handy if you own a makeup sponge/beauty blender. You can also find a multi makeup sponge holder that holds 8 sponges here for only £3.38.

 Acrylic 4-Section Brush Holder 
 £6.95 HERE  
 If you own more than a few makeup brushes a good size holder is a must. I already own a 3-compartment  acrylic holder and I'm so glad I picked it up. It holds so many brushes and the compartments allow you to organise them into different brush types for the face and eyes for example. This one looks really good quality and is affordable. 

 Makeup Brush Drying Rack 
 £2.84 HERE 
 This strange contraption is for holding your makeup brushes upside down after washing them. This means the water drips away from the ferrule of the brush and they dry their natural shape. If you own a few expensive brushes that you really want to look after then this will make sure they stay in tip top condition. Also could be used as a brush holder when not using it as a drying rack!

 Lotus Cotton Bud Holder 
 £2.28 HERE 
 A lovely bathroom accessory here that holds cotton buds. This means you can ditch the boring cotton bud packaging and store them in a beautiful lotus next to the sink or on a windowsill. Definitely not an essential but really pretty and inexpensive. Choice of colours available.

 Acrylic 24 Lipstick Holder Storage 
 £14.99 HERE 
 If you are a lipstick lover like myself then keeping all your favourites organised and to hand is a must. This stunning acrylic holder will not only look good on your dressing table but will make you use more of your favourite shades. Available in clear acrylic and black acrylic.
   
Acrylic 4 Drawer Makeup Storage Tower 
£10.97 HERE 
One of my most favourite makeup storage options here that is incredibly inexpensive yet well made. This was my second makeup tower purchase after spending quite a bit of money on Muji acrylic storage and other than the difference in handles the quality is the exact same, in fact the acrylic is thicker than the Muji storage. The unit includes 2 wide drawers, 2 small drawers and a large organiser that can be kept onto of the drawer unit or used separately. Acrylic storage stands the test of time and is the best way to store makeup in my opinion.

False Eyelashes Storage Case 
£1.54 HERE
If you're a lover of false lashes then you may want to pick up this handy storage case. Perfect for keeping your lashes safe after use! I personally don't use false lashes but I know this case would come in handy for quite a few people. 
   
Happy bargain shopping! 

Fee xo.
  
 

Glossybox January 2017 - The Edible Edit

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A new year and the start of another twelve beauty boxes from Glossybox

Like all beauty box subscriptions there are both good and bad boxes, but on the whole looking back over 2016 I was happy with what I'd received from Glossybox. I discovered quite a few new favourite products and was introduced to some new brands, some of which I've gone on to buy from. Maybe I should write a year in review type post? 

 
Basically, I was pleased to start a new year off with Glossybox. The theme of the January box (which you can still pick up here until the end of the month) is a take on the super food movement but with beauty products instead and is actually a collaboration box with Instagram-famed Deliciously Stella; a parody account taking the chia seed biscuit out of 'clean' eating. Which to be honest I'm just not sure about for a large brand like Glossybox... but then again are the products selected by anyone else other than the Glossybox team? I think not. 


Unusual choice of collaboration aside, this month's box is fairly skincare heavy which I know some will love and some will dislike. I personally would have liked to have seen one less skincare product in favour of another makeup product or even a hair product, but it is often swings and roundabouts with beauty boxes and I'm almost sure next month's Valentine's edition box with contain more in the way of beauty. Having said that the skincare products included are gentle and balanced enough to be used by all skin types which I do appreciate. 

What you will find in the January 2017 box 


theBalm Matt Moskowitz eyeshadow
Being a total fan of theBalm anything from them, big or small, in a beauty box is totally okay with me! So I was more than thrilled to receive this miniature eyeshadow compact sample. The shade is a matte deep plum that feels smooth and blendable. This may be a little daunting for some but makes a perfect shade for the crease to deepen any look up. The 0.5g size is pretty measly but I'm sure it will last awhile!

Vitamasques Manuka Honey Face Mask 
Sheet face masks are totally 'in' right now and although I don't find sheet masks as relaxing as cream face masks I do find they always give good results. Side note: I think the fact they are cold to put on and you can't be that mobile when wearing one, only horizontal, is the reason for my dislike of them! However, I will be using this as I love Korean skincare and anything honey based/scented I'm a fan of. I'm glad to see Glossybox is keeping up with beauty trends. 


Unani Illuminate Milk Cleanser
Unani is a skincare brand I've vaguely heard of, I think from other beauty boxes, and it's one of those brands that are good for sensitive skin and will work for all skin types but it's just all a bit bland - sorry Unani. Nothing jumps out at me with this product. The packaging is simple, no bold claims, a very mild to non-existent scent and the cream cleanser feels nice enough I guess. I'm sure I will use this but I expect it to be mild and nothing wonderful - milk cleanser never seem to remove all makeup I've found. In an industry with the likes of Pixi skincare a cleanser like this just doesn't cut it for me sadly.

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser
Another brand I was happy to see in this month's box! In fact I've been wanting to try something from the Kale Fix range for a while now, so I may just have 'ooo'd' at this product. Although not full size the 30ml is enough to try out and perfect for travel. I've been using the Kale Fix Moisturiser for a few days and have found it slightly too heavy for my oily skin but a touch is perfect as a night cream. I've also been loving the fresh scent which feels very soothing on the skin. Another nice product here.

True Organic of Sweden All your Need Is Me
Lastly, an interesting multi-purpose product that can be used literally everywhere that requires intensive nourishment - lips, hands, elbows, knees, feet, cuticles, any dry patches on the face and even on the hair! Having never tried the infamous Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream I'm glad to now have a similar product that applies easily and is ideal for this time of year. This will be staying next to my bed to apply to my cuticles and any dry patches.

How to subscribe or pick up this month's box

To pick up your own Glossybox you can either pay a one-off payment of £10.00 + £3.25 p&p here for the single box or sign up for the 3-month plan, £28.50 + £3.25 p&p here which will mean you receive Glossybox's Valentine's Day box which I have a feeling will be a good one!

With a strong box to end 2016 I would have loved to have seen a box of the same calibre to start off a new year and get me excited for things to come. 

Although this isn't an awful box, especially with the Nip & Fab and theBalm being included, it just wasn't as glossy as I'd had hoped. 

Finger crossed for an amazing Valentine's box next month! 

Fee xo. 

What Was The Last Beauty Product You Bought & Disliked?

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Ever get excited about a new product launch, treat yourself to it, only to find out it's just a bit 'meh'?

I did exactly that last week.

And it sucked. 


After looking for a new pair of jeans on the ASOS website and becoming overwhelmed by the 800+ choices I did was I always do when on ASOS for more than 5 minutes, I checked the 'new in' beauty section. This is when I 'ooo'd' over the fact that Yes To have new products out that I didn't have a clue about.

Fast forward roughly 24 hours and my DPD delivery man handed me an ASOS parcel containing - A useful pair of touch screen magic gloves (because it's freakin' freezing right now), The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, the cutest trinket dish you ever did see and Yes To Argan Lip Oil.

Surprisingly the Yes To Lip Oil was the most expensive item of my order at £7.99. But I figured I love Yes To (generally), I can't get enough of argan oil based products and I'd never tried a lip oil before which must be more nourishing than a balm, or so I thought! On applying the lip oil for the first time I was surprised at the slightly sticky lipgloss-like texture and the pretty boring argan scent... but as long as it hydrated and moisturised my lips I could overlook them things! Did it hydrate or moisturised? Nope. 

Basically, the lip oil gives the lips a nice sheen and the feeling that the oil is nourishing them but within 30 minutes it's soaked in and your lips are as they were prior to application. A bit fat fail really! I had so much hope for this product. I will of course continue to try out new Yes To products as I generally enjoy them, but sadly it just wasn't to be this time. But it now has me wondering if this is the same with all lip oils? If you have tried any lip oils before let me know how you've got on with them!

So there you have it, my latest failed beauty buy!

I'd be interested to know what your last beauty product fail was in the comments below. 1. Because I'm nosy 2. So I can avoid it! 

Fee xo.

100 Self Care Ideas To See You Through Winter

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Taking care of ourselves is one of the most important things we can do in life. But with a frequent feeling of there aren't enough hours in a day, this vital task can often get pushed to the back of queue, often until we are at breaking point! 

Being kind to yourself really is essential. 

Whether you're stuck in a rut, realise you're neglecting your mental health or just want to be kinder to yourself, here are more than a few self-care ideas to point you in the right direction.

Have an evening of cooking/baking
Take a pampering bath or shower
Go for a walk somewhere new
Spend the day in your pyjamas
Give yourself a facial
Visit somewhere you use to go as a child
Treat yourself to a spa day (or a one-day gym pass and use the pool & sauna, because £)
Re-read your favourite book
Put on your favourite song and bed dance to it (that's lied down dancing FYI)
Take your breakfast back to spend and get up slowly

Watch some motivating self-love TED talks on YouTube
Buy yourself your favourite flowers
Treat yourself to a head or back massage
Say no to something and do something for you instead
Having a bad mental health month? Book in with a counsellor, even for a one-off session
Make a calming or happy Spotify playlist
Have an evening of imaginary indulgence online shopping - no money required
Give yourself a manicure
Go trampolining with a friend (because having fun is self-care)
Declutter and create a bag to give to charity

Make the most indulgent cookie recipe you can find and then devour it
Have a pampering evening using your favourite products and take an early night
Start a bullet journal (look on YouTube for inspiration)
Treat yourself to something comforting - a fluffy dressing gown, cashmere socks, brushed cotton bedding
Call a family member or friend for a chat
Look up your favourite childhood TV shows on YouTube
Make a real chocolate hot chocolate
Order a midweek takeaway
Take someone else's dog for a walk or just pet it!
Write a list of positive plans for the month ahead

Start a DIY project
Listen to an audio book sat outside, preferable somewhere pretty
Re-arrange someone - a bookshelf, your makeup collection, a cupboard
Visit a local national trust for the day
Do a jigsaw or start a new colouring book
Learn something new with the help of the internet (modern calligraphy, how to do the splits)
Go on a walk and collect flowers and foliage to press
Start a new TV series
Create a Pinterest board of self love quotes
Write a kind letter to yourself

Build a cosy fort in your living room, grab snacks and binge watch Netflix
Tap a nap during the day
Wrap up warm and visit the nearest beach
Make up a batch of your own Playdoh and play with it
Download the Calm app and relax for half an hour
Have an indoor picnic
Read an uplifting book
Spend time with your phone turned off (each week if you can)
Start a daily gratitude diary
Go to a comedy evening

Create your own glitter slime  - look to Instagram for inspiration
Get your hair blow dried
Research your family tree
Make plans to spend time with someone you love
Go to a playground and swing (even go down the slide!)
Buy a house plant and take care of it
Rearrange a room and add fairy lights
Play a board game with someone
Go for a run or jog
Visit your local library and sit and read in silence

Take a shower with the window open and breathe in the fresh air
Try a guided meditation session on YouTube
Sit and reminisce with a family member
Make pizza from scratch with all your favourite toppings 
Try hot yoga (a challenge in Summer, comforting in Winter)
Buy a non-gossip magazine and read it cover to cover
Paint or draw your favourite motivational quote
Watch a feel-good movie in bed
Look on Google Street View at your favourite places 
Brush your hair 100 times or someone else's

Wear your favourite piece of jewellery or clothing more often
Stay in a luxury hotel for the night
Create a scrapbook 
Go shopping
De-clutter and reorganise your makeup collection
Catch up on your favourite blogs
Treat yourself to your favourite take-out lunch
Join a book club 
Make your own indoor herb garden
Go for afternoon tea or make your own at home

Take a bath with candles, your favourite drink and something to read
Create a self-love jar
Give your home a spring clean - tidy up, open all the windows and add new flowers
Treat yourself to a hot stone massage
Visit a cat cafe and stroke cats 
Take up sewing or knitting project
Tidy up your desktop icons and find a positive quote wallpaper you will see every time you turn on your laptop 
Go to a museum or art gallery
Declutter your social media accounts from any negative people/accounts
Star a crystal collection 

Plan a fun weekend
Go to an indoor ice rink 
Join an online forum that interests you
Go out for breakfast 
Organise your wardrobe
Write a poem or a piece of creative writing 
Buy a foot spa and soak your feet after a long day 
Put positive post-it notes around the house  
Listen to a podcast in a comfortable spot with a warm drink 
Give up something that isn't good for you

eBay Bargains #69 - Stationery & Desk Accessories

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Watercolour Post-it Notes
99p (4 styles) HERE 
Aren't these just dreamy? Okay, I know they are only post-it's but they are magical watercolour ones and cost only 99p each! All four styles are lovely however the above two have to be my favourites which I've already picked up. 

Muted Pastel Storage Containers 
£2.19 (S,M,L) HERE 
So these containers are supposed to be for food but scrap that, they are too pretty to store away in a cupboard! These would make perfect containers for stationery supplies and pens in my opinion.

2 Year Undated Planner 
£13.26 (4 styles) HERE 
I was on the fence whether to include these due to the price... but I decided to go ahead because I love the design of them so much! These are wonderful compact hardback planners that are totally undated so you can start it whenever you want. Each planner includes 2 pages of a yearly planner, 26 pages of monthly planners, 106 pages of weekly planners and 26 pages of lined pages.

Stone Effect Marble Notepad 
£4.07 (4 styles) HERE 
If you are into stone/marble effect then these notepads are for you! They come in a range of 4 colours which all look incredibly stylish. My favourite has to be the grey/pink combination! LOVE!

Unique Circular Post-it Notes
£4.20 (8 styles) HERE Planet style 99p (4 styles) HERE 
I know, I know, the most ridiculously priced post-it notes ever! However for some reason I can't find them any cheaper on eBay, but knowing eBay listings these are still worth 'watching' as they will most likely come down in price. But you can find equally pretty planet design post-it's for only 99p at least. 

Patterned Writing Paper Set
£3.49 (6 styles) HERE   
If you are into writing handwritten letters then these gorgeous patterned writing sets may interest you. They come in so many lovely designs and include 4 sheets of paper and two envelopes per set.

Cute Cactus Gel Pen 
2 for 99p HERE or 12 for £3.79 HERE
Another random non-needed purchase here! I mean for 99p how could I refuse?! Not much to say about these other than they are are cactus pens and look amazing and ridiculous all at the same time! Also for some reason you can buy 12 for a ridiculously cheap price.... though I only bought 2. 

Cute Ice Cream Gel Pen 
1 for 99p HERE   
Keeping with novelty pens I couldn't resist including these super adorable ice-cream pens that for some strange reason I'm really impressed with - I think it's the pretty syrup effect! Although I definitely don't need anymore novelty pens I will had to get one of these. I also came across some lovely feather style pens here that you may like, again only 99p! 

Hope you've found some new stationery bits here! 

Fee xo.


How To Make The Most of Feel Unique's Pick n' Mix Beauty Sample Service + What I Picked Up This Month

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If you are a regular reader of Makeup Savvy then you may have read my over excited post towards the end of last year when I first discovered the amazing Feel Unique Pick n' Mix Sample Service. For me discovering a sample service that's actually worth it was a big deal! You basically get to pick 5 free makeup, skincare or fragrance samples and only pay the p&p (£3.95) which you get emailed a voucher for to use against your next Feel Unique delivery cost! Amazing, right?

With literally hundreds of samples to choose from that are ever changing I knew I'd be a regular customer of the service. So today I thought I'd share with you what I selected this time round, plus how to get more than your money's worth... because I think we'd all prefer five generous luxury samples over 5 sachet samples.

The only draw back of the sample service is that it's only available in the UK, Jersey and Guernsey and the sample selection is limited to one per person, per month. 


How to make the most of Feel Unique's Pick n' Mix sample service

View in website mode over mobile
Sample volume amounts often get cut off in mobile mode and it's important to know the size of your samples. The bigger the better! You can find samples that are 50ml but also ones that are only 1ml. So make sure to browse the samples on the Feel Unique website over the mobile version.

Click through to the product page
Often when you click through to the full size product you can be surprised to see that the sample is actually a quarter or even half the size of the full product, especially when it comes to makeup samples. Also, you will then know the price, which is important if you are thinking about buying it once you've tried out the sample.

View 'Pot' 'Tube' and 'Other' sample types first 
Of course you many want to try out a few fragrances for example so you would select 'Vial' from the left sidebar. But personally the best and most generous samples come in pots or tubes so I'd highly recommend checking both categories first, also being aware of volume amounts.


The samples I picked up! 
(you can see what I picked up last time here)

Nude By Nature Translucent Loose Finishing Powder 2g
(other NBN products in stock) 
There is currently a range of Nude By Nature in the Pick n' Mix section of Feel Unique which I'm totally digging. Not only do I rate their products but who can resist a bit of rose gold packaging! Last time I picked up a sample of the cream concealer, which I already own full size, to keep in my handbag for touch-ups. So this time I went with the loose powder as 2g when it comes to powder products is quite a good amount. Really love this sample, especially the miniature packaging and it's just perfect to keep in my bag with a mini kabuki brush in case of any shine throughout the day.

Darphin 8-Flower Nectar Elixir 4ml 
I went for this sample purely because the full size product which is only 15ml costs a staggering £95.00! Making this 4ml sample, from my rough calculation, worth £25?! Crazy, right? Sadly samples are no longer available, but it just shows how good this sample service can be! It really is worth keeping your eyes peeled and checking a few of the high-end brands often. So far I haven't dared use my £25 sample, other than applying a bit to the back of my hand and I can say it smells incredible. I know this will be a total treat for my skin when I try it out!

Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream 7g
(still available!) 
As a fan of Burt's Bees I thought I'd try out this fairly decent sized hand cream that actually comes in a miniature glass pot! Having smelt the amazing scent many a time whilst shopping I was glad to be finally trying it out. I've personally found it to be too thick however on extra dry hands I'm sure this would be amazing. But all is not lost as I'm now using it as a cuticle cream instead. 

 
Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil 29ml 
Another good size sample here, from Burt's Bees again. Unfortunately this is no longer available, however you can find two more samples from the brand that look really nice. On first use I was instantly glad I went for this sample as it's such a nice cleansing oil that does the job. I'd be tempted now to buy this full size and once I've used up the sample the miniature bottle with be handy to re-use for travel skincare!

Nars Laguna Bronzing Power 1g
(still available!)
Lastly, I went with a fairly small card sample of Nars Laguna but for virtually free I was more than pleased to pick it up! This will give quite a few application so that I can see if it's worth buying or not. So far I'm impressed with the tone of it and how soft the powder is.

As you can see this is a fab makeup sample service  for the price and something I'd highly recommend trying out.

Who needs monthly beauty boxes when you can pick out your own five samples for only £4!

Fee xo.


5 Highly Effective Beauty Products - Budget Edition

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A few months ago I shared five of what I consider my most highly effective beauty products and today I thought I re-create the same post but with only budget items! 

This was much trickier however I managed to select five products from my stash that just get the job done incredibly well and I'd highly recommend trying out. 

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Balm 
£1.99 Boots here or £2.32 Amazon here
I've loved Palmer's products ever since I can remember using bodycare, but only last year did I think to try out their lip balm. Since picking up the lip balm it hasn't left my pocket, bedside table or handbag; it goes everywhere with me basically. I'm someone that suffers from constant dry feeling lips and this balm really has helped with that. It applies smoothly even in cold temperatures, feels buttery on the lips, has a lovely light cocoa scent/flavour and just to top it off, contains SPF 15 making it a lip balm handy to use in summer. Totally inexpensive and a beauty essential. 

Argan + Multi-Action Eye Cream 
£11.00 Feel Unique here
Now I'm not entirely sure how this is a 5-in-1 eye cream as it claims on the tube, however I do know that it's a really lovely eye cream for the price. Other than loving the fact that it contains Argan oil, one of my favourite ingredients, I love that the formula feels super hydrating around the eye. This feels smoothing when applied and like your eye area has been refreshed but it also plumps up fine lines around the eyes. For me this is ideal eye cream to use in your 20's when lines haven't formed but the eye area can sometimes look dry and lack luster. I'm definitely picky when it comes to eye creams so I'm glad to have finally found what I was looking for.


The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
£5.00 Deciem here or ASOS here 
This is one of a few products from budget skincare brand The Ordinary that I've been using on and off for 4 months now. The £5 serums aims to reduce the appearance of blemishes and congestion as well as balancing out sebum in the skin, all pretty amazing for oily gals! And thankfully this stuff actually works! I find after a few days of continual use the serum controls the oil levels in my skin meaning my T-zone is noticeably less oily and blemishes I have go within 2-3 days from when they appear! I also find it gets to work on the two small patches of congestion I have near my chin, practically clearing them up and leaving my skin much smoother. I'm pretty sure I will always continue to buy this product as similar skincare costs £30+ and this works amazingly well if you have oily, blemish-prone skin. Psssst - ASOS are now stocking The Ordinary here!

Primark Rose Gold Eyelash Curlers 
£1.00 Primark in-store 
Primark are doing seriously well with their beauty range right now and catering for rose gold lovers with so many lovely gilded products. Having already owned a pair of Primark Eyelash Curlers before and liking them I couldn't resist picking up an even prettier pair. But what surprised me about this pair is that they are even stronger with a really good grip, meaning these really do curl the lashes well. A few squeezes of the handle near to the base of the lashes and you have a serious curl going on that doesn't drop, well not for me anyway. For the price these are just incredible and so pretty!

Kiko Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara 
£8.90 Kiko here or in-store 
Last but not least I had to include my favourite ever mascara - yes, over Too Faced, Benefit and YSL! I'm all about volume when it comes to mascara and this KIKO one certainly does the trick with a medium sized brush that creates effortless volume, although wiggling it as the base of the lashes creates even more amazing volume. I have the mascara in the original format and waterproof (for summer and holidays) and like both equally. I would say this is a mascara that does need a week or so on opening so that the formula isn't as wet or just make sure the excess is pull off the brush onto the top of the tube before applying or it will be too heavy for the lashes. Other than that this is the best volumising mascara I've come across!

I may have to keep this as a mini series for now as I really love bringing products that work so well.

Hope you've found some new products here and don't forget to check The Ordinary on ASOS here for some amazingly effective but cheap skincare! 

Fee xo.  

Treat Yo Self in the New Year Sales!

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I know I'm beyond late with this New Years sales post! 
But I'm going to be totally honest here and explain how I just wasn't feeling my  pre-Christmas gift guides so I decided to switch it up a bit.

You see back in December I enjoyed writing my book gift guide as it was more likely you'd find recommendations for yourself if you love to read and possibly a few gift ideas. But when it came to writing my huge beauty gift guide I realised it was pretty unlikely for people to have a ton of family and friends that were into beauty in the same way as them.

So I decided to skip my last Christmas beauty gift guide and instead now share a few products I've been personally loving in this kind of sales guide in which you can snap up a few bargains if you wish or possibly use any gift cards you may have from Christmas! This just makes much more sense to me and hopefully to you too! If you would like to see detailed reviews of any products featured here just let me know.

The Ultimate Palettes 



Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette
£34.65 Feel Unique HERE  
Now this may very well be the neutral palette of both 2016 and 2017! If you're a matte neutral eyeshadow lover then you may want to snap this up while it's discounted. This amazing palette contains 12 very wearable eyeshadows in Urban Decay's standard ultra smooth formula. I personally cannot fault this palette and will sure to write a stand alone blog post with swatches very soon as it's been my go-to palette for over a month now. Favourite shades have to be 'Extra Bitter' (2nd row, 2nd from left) as it's such a warm toned orange brown shade, and 'Commando' (1st row, 4th from left) as it's just the ideal all over lid colour for anyone with a pale complexion. I've own nearly all of the Naked palettes from Urban Decay now but this really is the winner of them all!

Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette
£28.35 House of Fraser HERE  
Onto another Urban Decay palette I delved straight into once taking the above photos. This is another stunning palette that UD have really upped their game on, from the thought out aesthetically pleasing packaging to the impressive shade range. The lipstick palette contains two options in 'Blackmail' and 'Junkie', I have 'Blackmail' which I'd definitely say is the more wearable of the two palettes containing many more nude shades. However if you are looking for a unique palette with some lilac and green lipstick shades then 'Junkie' is for you! In the few weeks I've been using this palette I've found not only is this basically 12 UD lipsticks for under £30, but it really allows you to be braver in your colour choices and even mix shades together on the back of your hand before applying. My favourites have to be all the nude shades, but I also love how EZ and Big Bang look together. Another palette I really need to review in much more depth as it's just perfection.

Fragrance 



Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 Travel Size 30ml
£27.00 Cult Beauty HERE
If you are into fragrance then you will most likely know about Molecule 01, which without a doubt is the most confusing scent out there! Trying to explain this fragrance without adding to the confusion is tricky, so lets just say this is the colour adapting lipstick of the fragrance world! Unique on every wearer and an enhancer of all your existing scents this is a fragrance staple is you are into your scents. I personally find it quite a masculine scent on myself but so far I've had quite a few compliments and now I'm realising how I smell the scent isn't how others do. However I do really love it as a base fragrance to all the other perfumes in my collection. Although this isn't discounted I wanted to feature it as the refill travel size bottle which doesn't contain a top (no biggie) is considerably cheaper than the other products in the Molecule 01 range making it ideal to try if a scent like this intrigues you! 

Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely Gift Set 100ml
£21.95 Fragrance Direct HERE
SJP's Lovely has been a staple scent of mine for 10 years now and I make sure I'm never without a bottle. It's soft, fresh and importantly wearable any time of year, but especially so in Spring I always feel. As you can see this is a gorgeous looking set that is unbelievable priced at £21.95 right now! You receive not only the 100ml EDP Lovely fragrance but a 10ml roller ball ideal for travel or your handbag, a gold compact mirror, plus a lovely compact clutch bag. The 100ml fragrance alone retails for £20.00 so this is such a good deal.
 
Elie Saab La Perfum EDP Intense 30ml 
£35.70 Fabled HERE
Plus 15% off with 1st order - code VOU386623174
When looking for a new fragrance to treat myself to at Christmas I went with one from Elie Saab after remembering I'd tried a tester many moons ago and instantly loved it. With the stunning packaging and advertising I'd presumed Elie Saab's fragrance range was high end and out of my price range, so I was surprised to see that this 30ml eau de parfum intense bottle was pretty affordable, and even more so if you are a new customer to the Fabled website! The scent is fresh and clean but also smells sparkly if that can be a thing, which makes it sophisticated to wear during the day but also works well as an evening scent. The scent without a doubt has that high end aroma to it and I just can't get enough of it! As a fragrance fanatic I will now to seeking out samples of all the other Elie Saab scents to try out.

Nails 



SensatioNail Ultimate Gel Start Kit
£40.00 Boots HERE
Now you may want to ignore the above image as I'm talking about a set that combines pretty much the contents of the Gel Starter Kit and the Polish to Gel Kit (above) in one which is actually on offer right now! Basically if you are thinking of creating your own gel manicure at home then this is totally the set to pick up as it contains the lamps, all the essentials you require, plus two SensatioNail gel polishes! I own both kits and although I love my gel nails only one kit is needed which I recommend being this starter kit as it's the lowest priced kit and it contains the most! Plus it includes the all important nail shields which really do prevent damage to the nail beds - they really do make a difference! You can find my full review of the Polish to Gel Transformer Kit plus swatches to see the finish of at-home gel nails here

Nails inc Mini Gift Sets
Peace. Love. Kale Set £12.00 HERE
After Christmas Nails Inc gift sets always go on sale! So if you love the brand it's worth looking at all the main retailers for a heavily discounted set. Although the Nail Candy set (seen above) is now sold out I personally love the Peace. Love. Kale set which contains the cutest slogan makeup pouch and three Nails Inc minis, one of which is a nail car product, all for only £12. I'm very tempted!

Hair 



Nicky Clarke Supershine Salon Dryer
£47.49 Tesco HERE
I've often found a new year to be a good time to replace old beauty electricals; from the electric toothbrush that has seen better days or the hairdryer that constantly overheats and just doesn't perform how it use to. My newest upgrade is this impressive Supershine hair dryer by Nicky Clarke which not only leaves hair as it describes; super shiny, with also fairly straight without even using any blow drying techniques or brushes. This really is a powerful hair dryer that lives up to it's salon professional claims and does the job well. Ideal for anyone with long hair. Side note - The rose gold details are a plus!

Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler
£15.99 Lee Stafford HERE
Just how affordable is this hair styler?! Okay, this may not be for some but this is beyond amazing for crazy curly hair, whether your hair is naturally curly and could do with more definition or if you want to go from straight hair to crazy curls that will literally transform how you look. I'm personally not sure I can rock a full head of curls however I've been loving creating a high up ponytail and then curling it quickly. I've already tried this on lots of other people as the results look different on everyone and it's so fun to use. A really fun styling tool! 
 
Off to shop the last of the sales a bit more now!

Hope you all had a very lovely relaxed Christmas & New Year, 

Fee xo.

eBay Bargains #68 - New Year Budget Buys

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Fruit Infused Water Bottle 
£4.99 - multiple colours HERE
I think after all the indulgence of Christmas we are all aiming to get back to our normal eating habits and to drink more water. One of these compact bottles that can be used to infuse water with fruit is ideal for your handbag or taking out on a walk due to the handy wrist strap. If you are looking for a larger bottle for your desk or to make sure you drink enough throughout the day then these 800ml infused water bottles are another inexpensive option.

Silicone Foundation Makeup Applicator 
99p HERE 
If you hadn't noticed these strange silicone applicators have taken the online beauty community by storm in the last few months. They may look like silicone bra inserts but I promise you they aren't, in fact they are supposed to be the new way to apply foundation. I'm not fully convinced but for 99p it's worth a go! You can also find a UK seller of them here for £4.89 if you don't want to wait for international delivery!

Personalised 2017 Diary 
No.4 (seen above) £6.99 HERE  
If you are looking to get organised this year then what better way than to treat yourself to a personalised diary! I absolutely love this, and from having a personalised notebook before I can truly say you will cherish it and people will often ask you about it! Also you could even make this a personalised blog  planner, though I would message the seller before buying to check if they can print your blog name onto the notebook.

Motivational Art Prints 
A5 - £1.99 & A4 £2.49 HERE 
I love motivational prints and having them dotted around my home really helps me to feel more positive.  This UK seller has so many amazing affordable prints from Bible quotes to girlboss style motivation. The above is one of my favourites that I'm very tempted to hang in a pretty copper frame.

Stone Effect Silicone Phone Covers 
For all iPhone 99p HERE 
New year, new phone case I say! But then I would say that because I'm seemingly addicted to buying phone covers from eBay! These are my latest find and for 99p they are pretty damn amazing. I love silicone cases as they protect the phone, don't scratch and can be easily removed in place of a new cover. I've already pick up the 'Enjoy Every Moment' marble case along with a stone effect case and highly rate them for the price!

Weight Loss Countdown Plaque 
£5.99 HERE  
Lastly if you are aiming to lose weight right now I wanted to recommend a super motivational weight loss plaque. I picked up one of these from eBay last year and having a constant visual of how far I'd come really did help me! An odd item to include but one that is so helpful with weight loss, I promise.

Hope you've found a few bargain buys here for the year ahead!

Fee xo.


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