BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE BLOG

Monday, 29 September 2014

My Car Playlist

I am sure many of you are the same as me, I love music and I officially have what I would call my car playlist! I recently got a car for my 25th birthday, and as much as I feel like I am learning to drive all over again, it's easier to do when you're relaxed and music does that for me. 

I associate good memories of driving with certain songs that I listen to. 
I wanted to share my car playlist with you.. Enjoy!



















Iggy Azalea - Black Widow ft. Rita Ora
Mr Probz - Waves
Cheryl Cole - Crazy Stupid Love ft. Tinie Tempah
Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
Lorde - Royals
Sam Smith - I am not the only one
Beyonce - XO
Lykki Li - Gunshot
Troy Sivan - Happy little pill
Jess Glynne - Right here
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang
Vic Mensa - Wimme Nah
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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Interiors | Kitchen Snippets



 
 
 
 
I know so many of you enjoyed my recent post 'Interiors | Living Room Snippet', from the recent feedback that I received with your compliments and questions I thought it would be great to let you all take a peek inside my kitchen. My decorating style isn't expensive, although if I had the money I would spend a fortune making my house feel like a home. 

The colour scheme that I have gone for is cream, black and chrome. It's a mixture of vintage and modern which I love.  You never see my kitchen in my videos, so I thought it would be great to share it with you. 

I spend so much time in the kitchen attempting to cook and bake. I absolutely love it. Everything in my kitchen is affordable and really showcases my taste. 
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Easy Peasy Apple Crumble

I am a big fan of traditional cooking, home-made apple crumble, apple pie, muffins, cupcakes and pretty much anything else that you can make at home that's sweet. I don't get a lot of time to cook, with work and everyday jobs I find it so hard to make time. I started to research ways to make cooking easier and by chance I did.  Today I thought I would show you a simple way to make an apple crumble. 

Four large cooking apples 
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Soap & Glory | My Collection 2014





























I was bought this bundle of Soap & Glory goodies for my birthday. I love Soap & Glory and find their products delicate on my skin and divine in smell. 
My most used product is the Hand Food, I use it every day. It helps hydrate my skin and rids me of the dry skin brought on by the weather change. Unlike other hand creams, this particular one is non-greasy, smooth and smells lovely. 

The Heel Genius is also another product that I would recommend. Since the summer, I have suffered from slightly cracked skin on the heels of my feet. I used this over night after a shower and wear cotton socks so that the cream can soak into my skin. It works like a charm. It has really helped over the weeks and I try and use it at least once a week to keep my feet in good condition.

Peaches and Clean is not one of my favourite products, It doesn't work well on my skin. I wouldn't recommend this product if you're prone to oily skin. It only made mine worse and I would end up with an oily sheen which isn't the best look. What I would say is that it smells wonderful. It would be perfect for normal skin. 

The scrub of your life is amazing, its the best exfoliator I have used in a long while. I exfoliate once a week and my skin is always left extra smooth. Definitely a product to try that is cheap and wonderful.

I mentioned the last two soap and glory products in my 'Body Creams collection post' I love these Soap & Glory creams because they smell so fresh and they both work so well on my skin. I use both the moisturiser and body butter depending on my mood. Both smell wonderful, I would describe it as a perfumed scent. As I mentioned before, I prefer the moisturiser to the body butter, however if I am suffering from really dry skin I swap them over as the butter is thicker and I find it rids me of any dry skin.
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Friday, 26 September 2014

Black Eyeliner | My Collection 2014





I love eye liner, there is nothing better to increase the intensity of your everyday look than using either pencil or liquid eye liner. I only have four eye liners in my collection which for a beauty vlogger that isn't a lot! 

However, I find that these particular liners I swear by, they are all essential products within my beauty collection and I would recommend them all to you. 

Let me start of with the N07 Amazing eyes pencil eye liner - I purchased this particular product because it was cheap, efficient, does the job and it had a smudger on the end to create that 'come to bed' smouldering look that is oh so appealing. It works like a charm, smooth to apply. I can't fault it. 

The Mac Eye Kohl pencil is one of the more expensive liners, at £14. It lovely, long lasting and dark. It's such an intense liner that I wear it more on the evenings rather than in the day. The long lasting look really works well because I for one hate re-applying make up on a night out! Unless it's lipstick OBVIOUSLY! The Mac pencil is my favourite pencil liner, I haven't found one yet that matches it. 

L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim is brilliant to create a simply look or even those much loved Amy Winehouse flicks. It's long lasting and I just love it. 

Last, but certainly not least its the L'Oreal Blackbuster eye liner, this beautiful invention is brilliant to create that simple one swipe look. The thickness of the nib enables you to create the look you want with little effort. It creates a dark sexy look which is easy to apply and easy to remove with makeup remover. Great buy.

I found this image on Google, I wanted to share it because I thought it was brilliant. It shows you different styles you can create if you're feeling eye liner adventurous! 

Image taken from Google 


If you have any eye liners that you would recommend post your comments in the box below! I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Body Cream Collection 2014 | Review





I suffer from dry skin on both my elbows, hands and my knees especially in the colder seasons. I use a variety of creams depending on what mood I am in, and also how my skin feels. I only use these creams on my body, never on my face as they block my pores due to the fact that the cream is quite thick in texture. 

I love Soap & Glory because it smells so fresh and it works so well on my skin. I use it almost everyday alongside the shower gel. I use both the moisturiser and body butter depending on my mood. Both smell  wonderful, I would describe it as a perfumed scent. I prefer the moisturiser to the body butter, however if I am suffering from really dry skin I swap them over as the butter is thicker and I find it rids me of any dry skin.

I am yet to use the Nivea cream, I have heard great things about this cream and it is excellent value for money. The tub itself is basic, it fits well within my cosmetic draws and is easy to apply. 

I have always used Vaseline body cream, my previous bottle was the coco butter version which smells wonderful! I purchased the dry skin lotion to prepare my skin for the winter weather. I would honestly say it's my go to product for anyone looking for a great cream at an affordable price.

The Dove pampering lotion was bought for me, it smells incredible. I love Dove products, I find that they don't dry my skin out and I swear by their soaps. 

I find that body cream is an essential staple within the daily routine. I like my skin feeling silky smooth and I also love the fresh smell they release from your skin. I like to keep my skin youthful and if I can find an affordable cream that also has the SPF protection within it that's a bonus. 
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Twenty- something and obsessed

Image Taken from Pinterest
  1. That perfect bikini body… holiday season is pretty much over but really is this ‘podge’ ever going away?? 
  2. Finding Mr Right... because clearly being 25 and single means you’re going to be alone FOREVER... match.com anyone?
  3. Saying ‘Why is everyone having babies right now’ meaning you've seen three different babies on your Facebook within the last 24 hours. WTF!
  4. Cushions, I will take the erm… all of them. Thanks!
  5. I don’t suit red lipstick… wow that’s such a nice colour... OMG Red lipstick … from natural to glam. SO SOPHISTICATED!
  6. Comparing ourselves to pretty much everyone else our age on Instagram. WHY DO THEY HAVE EVERYTHING? 
  7. Having diet EVERYTHING… can I have a diet coke please?
  8. Wishing we were Cara Delevingne.. young, beautiful, rich and damn look at her eyebrows!!
  9. Reminiscing about those school days… even when you hated school, you find something to cling onto to remember your ‘youth’ … remember when..
  10. Drinking out of champagne flutes instead of the bottle... ‘I’m a lady’
  11. Slug and Lettuce half price Monday’s…’ I will have a Cosmo with that please’
  12. Reading articles about why the contraceptive pill is bad for us. 'I NEED TO CHANGE MY PILL' 
  13. Scented candles, because my house needs to smell like vanilla... no not berry or cinnamon apple, just vanilla! Vanilla Satin, Vanilla Cupcake and of course French Vanilla. 
  14. Comparing your life to Carrie Bradshaw and wishing you lived up to the Sex and City fantasy... OH MR BIG..HELLO NEW YORK...OMG A WALK IN CLOSET.
  15. Shoes, shoes..shoes because you can never have enough
  16. Buzzfeed quizzes about which 'friends' character you are... taking the survey 4 times to make sure you get Rachel - she has the best hair!
  17. Getting nostalgic over pictures you took when you were 16 .. hiding the ones you hated your hair in, because god forbid anyone sees that! MYSPACE... BEBO.. WHAT?!
  18. Completely stunned when a younger guy chats you up.. because you're so old and well he's like...what... 12! Just NO!
  19. Reading every fad diet around to try and lose a few pounds.. juicing diet...no carbs allowed.. I'm just not eating chocolate ever again! Can you pass the Galaxy.
  20. The Mail Online’s side bar of shame. Gossip Central!!
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Breast Cancer awareness


I know this sounds like such a morbid subject to discuss, but it's an issue that so many women face. My mum Sylvia was diagnosed with breast cancer on the 25 April 2014. She has been through the mill and back with hospital visits and operations.

She is the reason for this post, she is the inspiration behind why I want to reiterate the importance of getting yourself checked. Like many people, I have been ignorant about how severe breast cancer really is, it isn't until someone you know and love is a sufferer that you open your eyes to how serious this is. 

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK? 48,000 women get breast cancer in Britain each year.

I wanted to share my mums story with you, to offer insight, to make you more aware and maybe to give you hope.

My mum Sylvia, 48 years old and a sufferer of breast cancer. When she told me the news I was on holiday with my boyfriend Gary, we were just about to go on the ferry to head across to Dartmouth when I received a message to say that her tests came back positive and that she will need to go in for more scans and to talk surgery.

My initial reaction like any daughters was to break down into tears, but somehow I held it together and managed to talk things through with her. 

The doctors said the first stage was for her to have a lumpectomy, this was to get rid of the mass that had grown, after the procedure the surgeon said the operation wasn't successful. The mass had spread. 

I can't even imagine how my mum felt, but if it was anything like how myself and the rest of my family felt.. we were devastated. 

You get this sense of hope when the first operation is over, that once this is done the cancer is gone and we can live happily ever after. 

But for my mum, this was just the beginning of her journey. 

After more biopsies, x-rays and check ups the hospital scheduled another surgery, this  time round she was to have her lymph-notes under her left arm and in her breast removed, this caused serious pain and discomfort and also wasn't successful. 

In August, they scheduled her in for a mastectomy to remove the breast completely. They offered reconstruction surgery however, due to my mums heart they couldn't keep her under anaesthetic for a long period of time. So she was one of the many women who unfortunately cannot have reconstruction. 


She is now going through chemotherapy which is heartbreaking to see, she is losing her hair and looking more fragile than ever. However, she is on the mend and still fighting. 


I wanted to share my mums story with you all, I hope you find inspiration and find the will to fight. My mum is exceptional and I have never been more proud of her. 
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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WHAT?! I’m 25… Well happy birthday to me

That’s right, today is my birthday! 

You might be thinking why on earth is she blogging on her birthday? Well, in my last day as a 24 year old, I had somewhat of an epiphany! 

That’s right!  

I not only realised I was turning a quarter of a century, but I also mentally recapped over my life.

My first memory as a child

Is it strange that I can only remember being 3 years old? Any memory before then seems to have been wiped from my mind. Damn you brain! 
So here goes..

I remember my first day at nursery, I was so excited to start school and mingle with the other kids. I remember leaving our house and running up towards the gate. I tripped and fell on the slabbed steps and smacked my face off the floor. I remember my mother’s panicked face, and I remember starting to cry. My lip was the size of a golf ball and my poor mum had to squeeze the dirt out of the cut. I didn't get to start nursery for another week! So much for being excited about my first day at nursery.


It’s strange, when I was 15 I wanted to be 18, I use to make plans in my head about what I wanted to do and I remember all those teenage worries that are just a distant memory. I used to say I wanted to be famous; it makes me laugh looking back. I was besotted with my good friend’s cousin, and I use to worry about the most simple of things.


If I could advice my 15 year old self, I would say enjoy yourself, stop caring about what others think and save some money for when you’re 25 and broke! 


But now I'm 25 and I'm thinking what it’s going to be like being 30! I can imagine myself being married and having a child of my own. I can imagine what car I want to buy and what holidays I'm going to plan… maybe I could still be famous… just kidding!  

In my 25 years I have laughed, cried, been heartbroken, lost loved ones, found loved ones, fell in love, found a soul-mate, lost friends, gained new ones, achieved more than I thought possible, worked hard, played harder, enjoyed myself, been negative, became positive and life keeps just getting better! 


I have had a blessed life, yes like many people I have had some very difficult obstacles to face but still, I have been lucky. So that epiphany I was talking about, I have decided that right now, in this moment I am at the peak of my life, I have a wonderful family, a gorgeous boyfriend, great friends and an unbelievably lucky life.

Here is my wonderful life in pictures..






















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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

10 reasons to love September


It may seem odd to say I love September,  especially because we will be saying goodbye to the summer season and entering the autumn phase. 

But here are my 10 reasons why I love September:
  1. It's my birthday on the 17th September! Of course this has to be number one. Who doesn't love a day where everything is focused around them! 
  2. It's almost a new beginning, my friends children start infant school, looking adorable in their uniforms with their tiny school shoes. 
  3. It's the best time to plan all those events that are coming up... Halloween, Bonfire night and of course the big one... CHRISTMAS
  4. Summer clothes are out and autumn style is in.. best month for fashion or to buy yourself those new ankle boots you've been eyeing up since July
  5. All the addictive TV shows are back on - X Factor and GoggleBox
  6. Time to trim down: September is the best time to lose those pounds that you have gained from drinking too much cider and eating too much BBQ food.
  7. Best time for extra snuggles under the duvet with the excuse that it's getting cold
  8. The onesies and fluffy dressing gowns are back! The first thing I do when I wake up at 6am is throw on my fluffy dressing gown! aaahhhh cosy!
  9. Baking a Sunday apple crumble pretty much any time in the week, because it's close to Christmas and warm apple crumble replaces ice-cream
  10. De-clutter your wardrobe! September is the best time of the year to throw out those unusable items that you have been clinging onto! Better yet sell them on eBay and make yourself a few pennies.
I hope you enjoyed it, if you can think of any other reasons to love September I would love to hear your thoughts! Share them in the comment box below.
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12 items that remind me of Christmas

I know it's early, but as a lover of Christmas I just had to do a quick post on this...


I felt like the biggest kid when I found this out! Thank you twitter
I thought it was only right to do the 12 items that remind me that Christmas is coming...
  1. The weather turns cold
  2. High street stores start stocking Christmas goodies... i.e... biscuit selection boxes
  3. Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows becomes acceptable to drink at work
  4. Normal latte becomes a thing of the past, it's all about Costa coffee gingerbread latte 
  5. More people start wearing hats and scarf's
  6. The sandals are put away and the ankle boots come out of hiding
  7. Cable knit jumpers become a fashion must-have
  8. The air con is off and the radiators are on
  9. Home alone gets played on TV more than once
  10. Supermarkets start stocking the famous Christmas Turkey at £23
  11. Christmas albums are promoted on TV
  12. It starts to become dark outside at 5pm
The famous Gingerbread Latte

What reminds you that Christmas is coming? 


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Friday, 12 September 2014

British Bake off... or something like that

I have a huge love for scones, plains scones, scones with cheese, scones with chocolate chips and scones with whipped cream and strawberries - YUM!

Yesterday after work, I had a craving for chocolate chip scones! So, I decided to make my own using my very simple recipe. 

Roxanne's chocolate chip scones 



Ingredients | 

3 cups of Self raising flour
2 tbsp of Baking powder
1/2 bag of dark chocolate chips
1 large egg
50g butter
4 tbsp of sugar (Caster sugar if you have it)
pinch of salt

Method | 
  1. Preheat oven to 230°C conventional (or 210°C fan-forced). Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside or do what I did and separate the scones using a large muffin tray.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and icing sugar together.
  3. Stir in egg, milk and butter and then chocolate chips.
  4. Turn out onto a floured board and leave to rest for 20 mins.
  5. Separate dough into equal sections or spoon into muffin cases.
  6. Brush tops of scones with milk.
  7. Bake for 15 mins until slightly golden brown on the top.
The do look like muffins because of how I have chosen to display them, but I assure you they taste like scones!  Enjoy xoxo 
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Thursday, 11 September 2014

September 11th a date to be remembered

I remember being in school when we heard the news on the radio, I remember seeing my french teachers face and the tears that filled her eyes. I was 11 years old. I was in year 7 and it was only the beginning of my first year at secondary school. (High School to my American friends)

I had never really experienced bad news in my life at that point, it's quite a different story now, but back then my innocent mind was still unaware of such tragic events. I was never one to watch the news and my parents were never ones to involve us in anything political so needless to say I was a clueless adolescent. That day completely changed my view of the world, still to this day my heart is sad for those people that lost their lives, I never knew them, I was never their friend, but I felt grief for them. 

I remember going home and sharing the news that was reported worldwide to my parents, who already knew but listened anyway. There was so much pain, despair and confusion. I remember that we watched the news everyday that week, keeping updated with the event that changed America, that started a war and that broke so many hearts around the world.

I know the pain of loss. I lost my niece 3 years ago, she was only 9 years old. I know the empty feeling and it still makes me cry now. I feel for those families. You move on with life as you're meant to, but it never stops you thinking, it never stops you missing them, you never fill that void. 

The difference between my loss and theirs is the brutality of the incident, the cruelty of men. Brave people lost their lives trying to save others. I feel till this day that there is so much anger, so much death. 

So, today I want to remember those who fought to save the lives of others, who gave their  own lives to help and for those who should still be with us today! 


May you rest in peace.
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Top Blushers of 2014

I know when I put up photos of my make up collections, there are many people who ask themselves how on earth I can afford so many products. 

I wanted to just let you know that these are beauty products I have collected over the year and it does take a great deal of organising to stick to a limited budget every month. I try and treat myself once a month, I have a strict budget and I can't afford to just blow it on beauty products, although if I could, I would. I purchase £20 worth of cosmetics a month to keep up with different looks and to try out any products I have been keen to trial. 

Not everything is expensive and I tend to keep to high street brands to stick within my budget. Otherwise, I would be constantly talking to you about Chanel, YSL and Tom Ford. I WISH! I wanted to show you that you can buy great beauty products at bargain prices. 

Here is my blusher collection and the majority of them are under £10! 

 

That's right, you heard correctly! If you look in the right places you can find gorgeous products at affordable prices. 
I don't just shop in one store, I like to mooch about and find blushers that I am going to want to wear. 

N07 Pop and Glow cream blush 
Stunning and easy to use, handy to keep in your handbag and easily applied. Great bargain at £9.95 in Boots, and it lasts for approximately 5 hours before having to re-apply. 

Rimmel Stay Blushed | Pop of Pink
Ultra light on the skin, only a small amount needs to be applied to achieve that summer rose cheek look. Great for keeping in your makeup bag and wonderful on holiday for the evening if you only want to add that extra glow to your cheeks. Bargain at £4.49 from Boots.

B. Glowing Shimmer Block  Just Peachy 161

At £4.99 this little beauty is perfect to bring the shimmer back into your cheeks. Purchased from Superdrug this unexpected bargain buy really lived up to expectation and presented me with a new evening look. The blend of colours are great and they offer a more natural appearance. 

Bare Minerals | Rose Pink
This is one of the more expensive blushers that I own, at £19.99 on the Bare Minerals website. This particular blush offers a healthy glow, it may be expensive in price but it's definitely worth it. It's long lasting and smooth on your skin. I would advise that you keep the small circle pad that stops your blusher powder from going everywhere in the casing. I lost mine (well I threw it away like an idiot) and now I struggle to get the right amount of powder on my brush as it just clumps together. 


Bourjois Cream Blush 02 Healthy Glow
This is one of my more recent purchases, I love Bourjois products as you're all aware. This particular blusher is a cream, it's easily applied and looks great on more natural skin. Great for work and definitely one of the more affordable blushers in my collection. £7.99

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush | Healthy Mix 

Soft and velvety feel with a gorgeous scent. It's only £7.99 which is a great price for this blusher as it's of a luxury quality and well worth the price. 

Soap & Glory | Love at first blush

This particular blusher I purchased from eBay for £3.99 brand new, however I know that this is sold in store for £11 which is a decent price for such a great quality blusher. It works really well on olive skin tones and provides that healthy look that most of us are in need of after a long week at work. 

Mac Powder Blush | Peaches

This is my most expensive blusher, worth £18 it is one of my ultimate favourites. I use this blusher less often as it's not in a large pot and I want it to last as it's rather pricey. 
I love the peaches powder but I do know they have a variety of colours to choose from, it just depends on what look and colour you prefer. Not a lot of powder is needed to get the look you want, it's long lasting and has a warm tone which compliments my skin. 

What blushers do you prefer? Let me know in the comment box below! 
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Monday, 8 September 2014

On trial | MUA Matte eyeshadow palette

I recently introduced you to MUA Makeup Academy Professionals in my Weekly Round-up video. A bargain-brand that finally made it's way into my make-up collection.
MUA is the one makeup range which I can honestly admit I haven't used before. However, I saw these eye shadows and was amazed at the price. £4 each, can you believe that?

So, what I have decided to do is review these products for you, I want to see if the price effects the quality of the eye shadows. 

 Ever After - Matte Palette

Colours from left to right |
Unwrap
Butter
Bare
Taffeta
Fade
Penny
Chino
Truffle
Fog
Smoke


The 'Ever After' palette is a great collection of matte colours, the overall look is great but I wouldn't choose this palette over some one the more expensive drug store brands such as Bourjois and Body shop some of the colours look similar on and they don't last more than 4/5 hours. The packaging is simple but it's a good size palette, the quality of the eye shadows are okay, you do get quite a lot of excess powder after using a brush or the sponge applicator. 

My favourite colours out of this palette were Fade, Truffle and Smoke. 

 Undress Me Too eyeshadow palette
Colours from left to right |
Naked
Devotion
Shy
Fiery
Lavish
Dreamy
Tranquil
Exposed
Reveal
Wink
Obsessed
Corrupt
The 'Undress me Too' is a cute palette. Overall the colours are glitzy, however I found the more glitter eye shadows quite itchy on the eye which I feel is a more personal effect. I found that majority of the more natural colours look the same. My favourite eye shadows out of the palette were Lavish, Obsessed and Corrupt. These particular colours suited my skin tone and really looked great on.

If your budget is quite small and you want affordable, decent eye shadows for everyday use then try MUA.  They are better than anticipated but the price does represent the quality.
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Friday, 5 September 2014

eBay Haul 2014

As a blogger and vlogger I love to shop, I love to find products and clothing that I think you will all love and of course I have to love them too. 

I cannot reiterate how hard it is to keep up with trend when you don't earn enough money to do so. I understand the hardships of trying to keep a house running, paying bills, buying food and spending money on travelling to work everyday. 

These are the hardships many face just like myself. But, I think I have a solution, and no unfortunately it doesn't involve winning lottery numbers although I wish it did, that would be nice! 

It does however involve budget buys, budgeting and creative searches... did I also forget to mention, it involved eBay.

I don't know how many people use eBay to either make money, or spend money. What I do know is that I love it! When I want something new, I always hunt around on eBay to see if I can find it at a discounted price. Never in my life would I have imagined the great things I would find. It does put emphasis on the saying 'one persons trash is another persons treasure'.

Over the past year I have found so many bargains, I don't know where to begin. 
I wanted to show you some of my top buys this year from eBay, just to show you that not all bloggers are rolling in the money and also, even if I was I would still look on eBay for bargains. 

My eBay best buys |

10 piece Kabuki style professional makeup brush set £8.90


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