Let’s be honest, I don’t need an excuse to shop. Shopping has been a preferred past time of mine since I can remember (mostly because I was ridiculously spoilt kid). “When I shop the world gets better” – never has a quote from Confessions Of A Shopaholic been so apt.
Online shopping, in particular, has a special place in my heart. I receive so many packages on a daily basis that even the postman is starting to question my credibility to society. Along with the usual suspects, Ebay is a huge guilty pleasure of mine. I’ll often find myself trolling the pages of Ebay looking for quirky and kitsch items that I will most likely never need in my life, but I simply can’t say no to.
In this week’s blog post, I’ve decided to let you in on one of my regular Ebay hauls. Unknowingly, I’ve chosen mostly beauty items; which isn’t exactly against my character. I will, however, warn you now…if you’re not yet an Ebay enthusiast, you’ll probably be addicted by the time this post is up. If you have no self control in buying useless crap like me, look away now!
I have my own gel nail system at home. Doing my own gel manicures seems like a good idea, until it comes down to removing them. I must admit, I’m not much of a ‘remover’, I’m more of a ‘pick and peel off’ kinda girl; which will probably make any manicurist shudder. When I can be bothered to remove them in the correct fashion, I use these nifty little clips to help me reduce the waiting time. I’ll be honest, I still need to wrap my nails in acetone-soaked cotton pads and foil before popping these on so it doesn’t seem like a necessary item to add to my collection, but they do help in keeping the foil on my finger tips which is always a problem.
I’m a little unicorn obsessed; which is why I swooned over this cute little trinket holder. Ideally, I would have a lot more jewellery to drape over this little fella, but I don’t really wear much jewellery. I mostly use this to store my every day items i.e. watch, rings, etc. I’m notorious for ‘misplacing’ my wedding rings after I wash my face or get out of the shower, but now that I have this cute little holder I have no excuse.
To be honest, I’m slightly annoyed at this listing. If you follow the link above you will clearly see the sale listing for exfoliating gloves, but what I received was more like an exfoliating pad. Not exactly the end of the world, but it isn’t quite what I paid for (all £3 of my money). Nevertheless this pad is actually really really good. I love using exfoliating mitts and pads to give my skin a good shedding. Body scrubs are great and all, but nothing gets my skin as soft and smooth as a good exfoliating pad and shower gel. This one is a little harder to hold on to than traditional mitts, but it’s very vigorous. My skin is fairly resilient so it can withstand the harshness, but if you have sensitive skin I would be very careful in using this.
If I had any integrity at all when it comes to shopping, I would have stopped myself from purchasing these. Luckily I have no morals at all and I purchase anything my greedy little eyes set their sights on; which includes these cute little Beauty Blender holders. I know what you’re thinking and I’m probably thinking the same thing. These little holders, albeit as cute as they are, bare no relevance to my life. They don’t make my makeup sponges dry any faster and they don’t preserve their life. What they do offer, however, is a cute little feature on my dressing table and a place to rest my freshly washed sponges other than my dust ridden counter top. What more can you ask for from an egg-cup shaped makeup sponge holder?
I’ve been wanting to try out one of these bad boys ever since I saw it explode on the pages of Instagram. Silicone sponges are all the rage at the moment and I just had to find out why. The original silicone sponge from Molly Cosmetics retails for around £8.00 with a wait list as long as the M11. This sponge seemed like a real bargain to me and to be honest, silicone is silicone so I can’t imagine why I would pay 8 times more than this for a so-called coveted sponge.
Unlike Beauty Blenders, you don’t need to soak silicone sponges in water to activate their productivity. Silicone sponges are designed to eliminate product wastage as it doesn’t soak up any foundation and therefore it’s easier to clean as the foundation simply slides off with water.
To be honest, I wouldn’t throw away my Beauty Blender for this sponge. It doesn’t do a bad job, but I really don’t like the feel and hold of it compared to a Beauty Blender. I wouldn’t use it with one of my heavier foundations as I think it would take forever and a day to blend out, but something like Mac’s Face and Body (or an alternative tinted moisturiser) for everyday use is perfect for this type of sponge.
Can I just say…this is bloody genius! I hate cleaning my makeup brushes. Not only is it completely tedious work, but I can’t stand laying all my brushes out on my dressing table and waiting for them to dry. I don’t know if it’s just me, but my makeup brushes take longer than necessary to dry; which means I need to wash them when I don’t plan on wearing makeup for about two days. There’s never an occasion where I don’t need to wear makeup, so washing my brushes has become an unwelcome task in all aspects. This nifty little drying rack has made me forget my makeup brush washing woes.
Obviously the queen of makeup brushes, Sigma, came out with something very similar to this. Personally speaking, I think it’s way over priced for what it is, so you can imagine my excitement when I came across this dupe on Ebay.
You can hold up to 26 different sized makeup brushes on this rack; which makes it perfect if you have a melting pot of brands in your collection. The stand itself is pretty sturdy and is fairly easy to dismantle and store flat if space is an issue. The brush holes are very secure; which means that your brushes aren’t going to slide out. Hanging your brushes upside down is obviously the way forward when it comes to drying your freshly washed brushes as it preserves their life. My only wish is that this rack came in different sizes as I have more brushes than sense!