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Ebay Zoeva Dupe Makeup Brushes

eBay is a hidden gem for makeup brushes. I’ve purchased several affordable brushes from there and I’ve been highly impressed with the quality. If you’re in the mood for new brushes, let me introduce you to this Zoeva dupe set. Officially, these are not a copy. I do own a black set with the ‘Zoeva’ branding on, but these have pale pink handles, rose gold ferrules and no names or branding on them.

This set of 8 brushes costs under a fiver and contains a liner brush, brow brush, 3 eyeshadow brushes, contour brush, powder brush and foundation/buffing brush. These brushes are crazy soft and unexpectedly so. They also feel really sturdy – on first impressions, they don’t look or feel like they’re about to fall apart after a few seconds. The brushes with white hairs look like they may be prone to slight shedding and the foundation/buffing brush has kinks in the hairs (if you look closely, you can see it in the photo) but those are my only concerns with this set. I’ve used the small shadow and liner brush and both feel great on the skin, applying products effectively.

I’ve never used any Zoeva brushes before but this set looks similar to the rose golden brush sets. However, those are expensive so if you want to get your hands on some pretty makeup brushes, I definitely recommend these Zoeva dupe makeup brushes as they’re crazy cheap and are perfect for using as backups, to take travelling or to simply store in beautiful empty candle jars.

Have you tried any eBay makeup brushes?

How to Buy Luxe Beauty Products for Less

If you’re partial to luxury beauty, then listen up! I adore certain brands like Dior and Urban Decay but it’s not always within my budget to spend £40 on a makeup palette. When it comes to buying makeup, I’m pretty savvy at finding luxe beauty products for less. I’ve recently found some amazing bargains and I think I have it down when scouring the internet for gems. So, if you’re wondering how to find luxe beauty products for less, here are a few of my secrets;

Blog sales

Blog sales are amazing for finding bargains. I recently found a new Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette for £19 (thanks Adrienne!) in the Sunday Girls blog sale. However, I have definitely seen a few other great blog sales around. My tip is to search on twitter or Instagram under the hashtag #blogsale and to follow your favourite bloggers on social media. Many bloggers sell brand new items on Depop – try downloading the app and following your favourite bloggers!

Beauty sales

Beauty sales are my favourite way of finding discounted luxe makeup. My favourite sites are Feel Unique – the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Shadow Sticks are currently reduced to £15.95. But, you can also get 10% off the majority of brands if you have a student discount card. I also love TK Maxx, Fragrance Direct and Escentual.

Random finds

It’s always worth checking your favourite brands for discounts that aren’t advertised. I recently found the Dior Backstage Eye Reviver Illuminating Neutrals Palette for £20 (half price) – its still on site so go, go, go!!

Store loyalty cards

Store loyalty cards are always worth signing up for as you can save up your points for a discount. The best ones are Boots (obvs), Debenhams and Space NK.

Student discount

As I’ve mentioned Feel Unique offer student discount as do ASOS, Look Fantastic, Urban Decay, Fragrance Direct, Benefit, Aveda and others.

What are your favourite ways to buy luxe beauty products for less?

 

The Makeup That Survived a Beauty Declutter!

     

One thing I’ve learnt as an adult is that it takes longer to clear out your crap than it does to buy it. I can easily spend £50 in Boots in ten minutes, but when it comes to streamlining my makeup – un huh! I recently bought some Muji storage. Ya know, the one everyone and their dog has (seriously though, its bloody lush and so easy to keep clean too), which prompted a complete review of my makeup collection. I still have a few bits to sort through but, for now, I’m much happier with my lil stash and I know I’ll get good use out of everything.

After throwing out any outdated makeup, giving the rest to my boyfriend’s mum and saving a few things to send to charity, there were a few pieces left that I was umming and ahhing about. Do I sell, throw or keep them? I finally decided on keeping them and I’m really glad I did as I’ve discovered a few old favourites alongside some new gems.

Benefit is a brand that holds a lot of nostalgia for me. My first ever mid-higher end makeup purchase was High Beam. I think it was around £16 at the time and I’d been lusting after it for so long that I made it a 17th birthday mission to track it down. I’ll be honest, I think Benefits packaging is super tacky but I still love a few of their products, including their mascaras. I actually think Benefit Bad Gal was the most I’d ever spent on a mascara at the time and I wore the shit out of that tube. While Bad Gal is a challenge to remove, I’ve had better success with Roller Lash. This mascara lengthens, defines and adds volume without clumping or smudging. I’m unsure if I’ll repurchase this as the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Mascara just edges it in terms of enhancing thickness, however, I’d probably pick up the travel size version again if I needed something for travelling or taking with me on the go.

In terms of lip products, the Kate Moss for Rimmel lippies have always been a favourite of mine. I decided to keep Rock n Roll nude as it’s a really pretty nude pink that works well with both daytime and evening looks. The only thing that puts me off is the scent. It’s the kind of synthetic scent that smells like a cross between awful medicine and playdoh, which obviously isn’t pleasant, but it’s ok when applied and it doesn’t taste awful so I can put up with that.

A fairly new product that I’ve not got round to trying is Tarte’s blush in Exposed. I’ve never tried anything from Tarte before and it’s a brand that I’ve been keen to try, so I’m not quite sure how this one slipped my attention. Exposed is a nude shade with a hint of pink. I normally stick to pink hues as I’m really pale so I’m hoping this shade is buildable. I’m sure I’ll be mentioning this soon as I have high hopes.

Bobbi Brown needs no introduction and her cream shadow in sand dollar is one of the best I’ve used. You might be able to tell that it’s started to dry out (I’m sure a blast of the hairdryer will help) but I’ll probably re-purchase it at some point. I’ve got a few more shades on my wishlist – I highly rate both these pots and MAC paint pots for easy cream shadows that are super quick to apply.

The last product on my saved list is Colurpop’s Flexitarian Highlighter. I almost sold this in a blog sale, but boy am I glad it fell through. I’m blown away by the formula of Colourpop’s products and how cheap they are for the quality. The highlighters have the same type of formula as the supershock eyeshadows and blushes in that they feel like a cream but apply like a powder. If you’re not in the US, its best to buy Colourpop makeup when free shipping is on and make several orders to avoid customs fees. I’d love to see Colourpop on a site like Beauty Bay, but, luckily, Colourpop’s shipping times are pretty good and it normally takes just over a week to arrive in the UK.

Have you tried any of these products or brands?

Nip + Fab Highlight Palette Stroboscopic – You Need It!

If you love makeup, then no doubt you know that ‘buzz’ feeling when you find a product that’s affordable and amazing quality!

Nip + Fab is a brand I’ve used for several years – I use their glycolic acid pads religiously, so naturally, my interest peaked when I clapped eyes on their makeup line. The highlight palette in Stroboscopic is a must-have for highlighter fans. If you’ve been looking at the likes of Anastasia for highlighter palettes and want a similar glow without the price tag, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this.

The Nip + Fab Highlight Palette in Stroboscopic contains six shades of highlighter and there’s something here to suit all skin tones. From a light champagne to a pretty rose gold, the shades are stunning. On my pale skin, only the top three shades will work for highlighters but the bottom three are perfect for using for eyeshadows.

The top three shades include selfie, champagne and golden, while the bottom shades are sun beam, rose gold and sunkissed. The powders all feel soft to touch without being crumbly and they transfer well onto the skin. They leave a glowy look on the face rather than being glittery. I think they’re perfect for both highlighter newbies and those that adore luminosity. You can apply these lightly with a fan brush or build them up with a lil’ more buffing.

The contour kit also contains a highlighter which is different to those in this palette. If you’re in the market for a new palette or you wanna treat yourself, I’d highly recommend this gem. It’s priced £15 but I purchased mine from Superdrug where it’s currently £10.

Have you tried any Nip + Fab makeup?

How to Save Money on Your Favourite Beauty Products

I’m sure most of us love buying a little treat now and then but buying your favourite beauty products can add up, especially if you’re purchasing a luxe item. Luckily, I have a few money-saving tips up my sleeve and these may help you to save a lil’ cash on your favourite beauty products.

Do your research

If I’m buying an expensive beauty item, I always shop around to find the best price. Usually, I’ll type the product name into Google and click on the first few links that come up. Generally, I always find that places like Feel Unique, Look Fantastic and Beauty Bay can be slightly cheaper than other retailers, though it does depend on the product you’re buying.

If you’re looking to test a product before buying, try Love Me Beauty or Latest in Beauty – these sites allow you to build your own subscription box so you can see exactly what you’re spending your money on. Latest in Beauty also have ‘pre-made’ collection boxes that you can buy.

Cashback sites

I’ve used cashback sites for the last couple of years and they’re a great way to get money back on your purchases. You can also use them when you’re signing up to buy a mobile phone, insurance, finance etc. I’ve made over £500 back with Topcashback and 100% recommend it to anyone looking to save money on their purchases.

Cashback sites track your purchase and you’ll either receive a percentage of your spend back or a certain amount. For instance, if you were to currently spend £50 at Space NK online, you’d receive £4.50 back via Topcashback.

As well as a wide range of stores, including Feel Unique, ASOS, Fragrance Direct, The Body Shop and Cult Beauty, there’s also exclusive discount codes.

It takes a few weeks to get the cashback into your account and if you don’t want to add your bank account to have your cashback directly transferred, you can opt for Amazon vouchers, Love to Shop vouchers, Paypal and more.

Amazon

Amazon is a goldmine for saving money on your favourite beauty products. You need to spend £20 to get free delivery unless you have a Prime account – you can get a free 30 day trial of Prime if you haven’t had one before. You can cancel it straight away in your account and you’ll still get the 30 days free.

Just make sure that you’re buying directly from Amazon as there are many fake products sold by marketplace sellers. I’m not saying they’re all fake but its better to be safe than sorry. A few current bargains include;

Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set 

DE’LANCI Eyeshadow Palette (Morphe Dupe)

Revlon Colourstay Foundation

Nip + Fab Glycolic Night Pads

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

GHD IV Styler

Search discount sites

Discount sites offer many reduced beauty items. However, it’s important to know that some of these cosmetics may be discontinued lines or shades. Still, you can save a bit of cash by searching for your favourite products. Fragrance Direct and All Beauty are two sites that I’ve used with no problems. I’d also recommend TK Maxx – they have quite a good beauty selection online but you may find some gems instore too.

Discount codes

Websites such as HDUK show you the latest instore and online offers. You can search for hot deals as well as recent discount codes. I also like to use voucher sites to see if there are any current codes floating around the net. My favourite sites are;

Voucher codes – You’ll find codes on here for stores and restaurants.

Paypal shopping – If you’re paying by PayPal, take a look at the offers on this official website.

NUS Codes – If you want an NUS card to save money on your purchases, buy this Microsoft Course for £4 by e-careers and you’ll be able to apply for a £12 NUS card. Use your NUS card to save at least 10% at ASOS, Superdrug and Office as well as half price Spotify, six months free Amazon Prime and 25% off at Odeon.

eBay

While I don’t recommend eBay for makeup as its overloaded with fake products, its great for buying makeup brushes. The makeup brushes I’m talking about are the dupe versions that you can buy for as little as 99p. I’ve purchased many brush sets and they’ve all been excellent quality. Some of them are even better than shop purchased brands. Here’s a heads up on affordable brushes I rate;

Pro makeup metal brush set

Kabuki style brush set

Spectrum brush dupe set

Zoeva brush dupe set

Unicorn brush set

Indie brands

Finally, I thought I’d mention some of the amazing indie brands on the beauty market. You’ve probably heard of Colorpop and Makeup Geek but I wanted to note some of the other affordable brands you may not have heard of. Obviously Morphe are well-known for their incredible palettes, but lately, I’ve been loving BH Cosmetics – their shipping to the UK is also cheaper than Morphe and you can find some of their products at Beauty Bay. I’ve also heard great things about Coloured Raine and LA Splash.

Do you have any money-saving tips? What’s your favourite way of saving money on your favourite beauty products?