Buying makeup brushes off EBay & Amazon



My first set of makeup brushes were extremely cheap I’m pretty sure my mum bought them off eBay it was like 30 brushes for a tenner or something like that. But ever since I got my first job I started to buy branded brushes. Starting off with real technique brushes and then zoeva and morphe before I finally bought some mac brushes. Just to save you guys some disappointment only buy the mac eye brushes. I spent about 120 on like 5 brushes and they were so not worth it, they were awful but this isn’t a review on mac cosmetic brushes I’ll leave that for another post.

I just wanted to create a short and sweet post for you lovely readers who love makeup but don’t have a lot of spare money to spend on makeup.

So I’ve been seeing a lot of people recently purchasing makeup brushes off amazon and eBay and so I thought I’d give it a try. They sell for like £3 so I just thought even if they are bad it’s only going to cost me £3 at a maximum. So I ordered them around the middle of February and they only arrived recently. They give you an estimated delivery between one date and another, mine came super late. I even complained to the seller because I thought they weren’t even coming.

So they arrived, no bubble wrap or none of that fancy jazz which I didn’t really expect anyway and the brushes most certainly did not feel as I was expecting – I thought they were going to be frail and not very fluffy. But the brushes felt sturdy and decently fluffy. You could obviously tell the difference in these brushes and my others but for £3 I was not complaining. I was in need of a new highlight brush and one of the brushes worked perfectly for that. I got 10 brushes and although I’ll- probably only use like 5 out of the 10 that’s still 5 brushes for £3, not bad. One of the reasons I wouldn’t use the other 5 is because I already have brushes that do the job a lot better than these ones so I didn’t really see the point in using them.

So ending my post I’d say buying 2 pound brushes on eBay is worth it. I’m not going to tell you guys buy them though as everyone’s amazon and eBay experience. But I will say check the reviews as there are some false sellers on eBay and amazon and even though its only £2 or £3 pound its better to be safe than sorry.

If you would like to link to the brushes I bought let me know!

Lots of love x


Primark Haul

primark haulI’ve been hearing only good things about Primark’s makeup recently and I love to try new things so I decided to find out for myself if they are worth buying and give you guys a short review on everything I got.

2 packs of false nails – I didn’t actually take pictures of these on but they look so so good on! Before my new job I used to get my nails done once a month. I loved it I didn’t feel like me without them. I’ve never been a fan of the idea of false stick on nails because I thought they’d just fall off halfway through the day. But EVERYONE has been raving about Primark’s nails recently so I thought I’d give them a try. I bought two packs and put the first pair one which were beige and in a coffin shape. They looked pretty much exactly like how I used to have them except a little bit plastic looking. Out from that they looked fab! The glue was super good and the nails lasted me about a week. I didn’t think to take a picture with these and decided I’d just take a picture when I put the other nails on. The others were more pinkie and a pointed shape. The glue was a different colour to the other glue I’d used this one was a pink colour. The first nail came off in the first half hour or so and they were all off by the next day.  But the nails do look super cute. I’d recommend using a different nail glue than the one you get in the package just to be on the safe side. Primark do sell some nail glue separately which is meant to be a lot better.

1 foundation – so I decided to buy this because a lot of people were speaking about how it is a dupe for estee lauder which is approx. £31 and Primark’s foundation is £3-5. First off they don’t have a lot colours to choose from there’s about 4 maybe 5 shades. I bought one of the lightest shades because I’m so pale it’s embarrassing. I first tried this out on my sister who is also pale and it looked really good on her just super barely there pale , I wouldn’t say it’s a dupe for estee lauder but I thought it was a lot better than a lot of drugstore products I’ve used. I used it on myself also before I went to meet a friend. It looked good on just super pale and it was hard to darken up with bronzer. What I love about my mac foundation is that it’s weightless whereas this Primark foundation felt so so heavy on my face. My overall view is that it is definitely a backup foundation in case you run out of your fav but I don’t think it’s going to make it into my top 5 anytime soon.

1 pack of cotton pads – I only use cotton pads to remove my makeup and to cleanse as I think it’s a lot more hygienic than using a towel. So when I saw some of Primark’s own brand  I thought I should buy them to include in this review. They cost 50p but the quality is so poor. Once you pour the tiniest bit of water on them the cotton pad almost disappears.

1 acrylic lipstick holder – It cost about £1.50. I’ve seen these lipstick holders sell on amazon for a lot more than this and there such good quality! I got the pack with 12 spaces. I’d definitely recommend this.

1 pack of aloe Vera nose strips – I love facemasks and nose strips so I thought I’d pick some up to see what there like. I used my first one yesterday and wouldn’t recommend. If I use nose strips I only use biore as I think they are effective. The nose strips from Primark were so painful to get off I had to scrub my nose for about 5 minutes to get the remaining bits off my nose.

Overall I would recommend going to Primark to have a cheap yet big haul. I think they have something for everyone and there makeup just seems to be improving more and more.

Lots of love x

Buying fake makeup online & why you should just purchase dupes!


Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Clinique, Urban Decay, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Smashbox, Tarte, Too Faced, Mac and Benefit these are some of the top high street brands in the world. If you are a makeup lover you will know that the quality that these products offer does not come cheap.

 Estee lauder double wear foundation is approximately £31 a bottle. If you wear makeup every day you could end up paying this once a month, which would add to up £372 a year just on your foundation. This can be a hefty amount of money for someone who cannot afford it but still loves makeup. Some people just go for a cheaper alternative, because there are so many dupes out there at the moment! But some people want the high street brand for a much cheaper price. This is where fakes come in.

Scrolling through your Facebook or eBay in 2017 there is fake makeup everywhere. People advertising Kylie Jenner lip kits ($29) for £6 pound each and a mac haul for £20 pound when you can’t even purchase a mac foundation for £20. But people still buy. Even though these products are clearly not real. Some people might just think that it’s a cheaper alternative just in the same packaging, 10 out of 10 times it’s not. People do not understand the dangers associated with buying fake makeup.

So with this post I’m just going to inform you guys on the dangers of using fake makeup and buying makeup off eBay and amazon and also my own experience with this. The people who sell fake makeup only care about their sales. They don’t care what they put into their products as long as it looks like the real deal and it sells.

So firstly I’m going to tell you all about my own experiences with fake makeup, there’s two.

Heard of Anastasia Beverley hills? Well I swear by their brow pomade. So when I heard a salon owner near my house was selling it I was intrigued. She was telling everyone she buys them in bulk off Anastasia Beverley hills website and she gets a salon discount or some other lie. So I got my sister to buy me one to see what the whole buzz was  about, as she was quickly selling out as soon as she got the stock back in. Anastasia Beverley hills brow pomade is about £15 and she was selling for £5. One tip for you guys if it’s too good to be true it is.

So I tried it. For someone who has not used Anastasia’s products they could be fooled but for someone like me who has never swayed in 2 years. I could tell straight away, it was nowhere near water proof. A lot more gooey than Anastasia is. Also the colour is not prominent. When I do my brows with Anastasia you can’t tell when I have overdrawn my eyebrows because it doesn’t show up, whereas with this it’s fine on the eyebrows but it’s a different colour once it touches your skin. So you can’t use this brow pomade to get the “perfect shape” if you don’t already have it. I also do not have to purchase my pomade very often. I get it every 6 to 8 months then it begins to dry out. Whereas this product dried out within the first month. Your takeaway from this should be – spend the extra 10 pound and get a product that is high quality and lasts about 6 to 8 months and not a month after purchase.

Although I didn’t have a bad reaction to this product I wasn’t so lucky with the next product I purchased. This product probably wouldn’t be under the fake makeup headline but falsely advertised on eBay would work. So I am currently in this makeup Facebook group and people mentioned glitters they had purchased on eBay and amazon that were super cheap but looked amazing on. I asked for the link and ordered one glitter just to see how it was. I guess with this product it’s a hit or miss. This person obviously got what she paid for and the product looked like the picture. Once I had ordered I waited about 2 months for mine to actually come. The first glitter got lost in the post so they sent me another and it came a week later. It did not look like anything as it did in the picture. It was also supposed to come with glue which it didn’t. I know what you’re thinking, alarm bells should have went off but I didn’t think clearly about it. I was in the middle of doing my makeup when it came so I decided to try it and used my own glue. Within seconds of it being on my vision went blurry and my eyes were already swollen – they looked awful I used my micellar water to clean it all of and my lids were completely swollen and so was underneath my eyes. There was no way it was any other of my products. I should have been smarter and not even put it near my eyes but I was in a rush. I couldn’t put makeup on me for a couple of days after as my eyes were far too sensitive and swollen. The product looked nothing like its picture or description and was over packed. It looked like craft glitter that you use in primary school during arts and crafts. What you should take away from this,  Buy glitter from a reputable distributor. If you feel glitter is too expensive for your budget, there are cheaper alternatives to expensive glitter. One example being Nyx glitters.

Now that I have told you all about my own personal experiences, I’m going to tell you all of the cons of buying fake makeup and why you should just go for a dupe product that is cheaper but also has no harmful chemicals.  After my whole glitter burning my eyelids incident. I wanted to start researching buying fake products just because before this I wasn’t really aware of the dangers that come with trying to get that high street brand for a less than drugstore price.

 Once I started researching the side effects I was really thrown back. There isn’t really that much heat on buying fake makeup. I mean I haven’t ever seen a magazine article on the risks associated until I thoroughly researched into this. people need to know what ingredients are in the makeup they are buying and the side effects that are associated with buying knock offs.

Lip products                      Lip infections, busted lips and swollen lips.

Example. A woman bought a Kylie lip kit off a fake kylie cosmetics site , this woman thought she was purchasing from the kylie cosmetics website. She tweeted the celeb with a picture of her lips stuck together. After these incidents kylie repeatedly  told her customers that her company kylie cosmetics is the only supplier of kylie lip products and if you want the genuine thing go to her and no one else. Gasoline has been found in some knock off lip products.

I read an article in cosmopolitan’s magazine about the dangers of fake makeup and some of the ingredients made me shudder at the thought. Urine and E.coli have been found within counterfeit products. These can lead to infections and rashes on the parts of your body that these products have been used on. One bacteria that has been found and identified in fake cosmetics is E. coli. E. coli can cause severe diarrhea, as well as kidney failure and anemia. Some of the E. coli strains can also cause urinary tract infections. It is spread through fecal matter and people not washing their hands after having a bowel movement.

Daily mail also did an article on counterfeit makeup products and they told there readers that some counterfeit makeup have up to 19 times the legal limit of lead in them. If someone uses these products after some time this can develop into lead poisoning. As a result of lead poisoning you could suffer with memory loss, joint and muscle pain and headaches. Pregnant women who use these products are also putting themselves at risk of miscarriage or premature birth due to a result of lead poisoning.

You also should remember that the people who are making these products are chemists and most likely haven’t been to university for anything to do with this so they have no idea what they are really doing and do not really have to think about what they are going to be putting into their products. You should also think about where they might be making their products. urine and rat droppings have been found within counterfeit makeup and for this to happen the conditions in which they are made are clearly below any standard , they will have no need to think about quality control or hygiene.

Another ingredient which has been found within counterfeit makeup is arsenic, this is a toxic elements that can cause abdominal pain, shock and even death. Mercury has also been found in counterfeit makeup, even though it is naturally in the earth’s crust, it is highly toxic and it can harm the heart, kidneys, immune system, lungs, and brain. It can also cause skin rashes, muscle weakness, headaches, and insomnia. In eye makeup, it can permanently damage your vision.

One last tip is to not rely on reviews unless you know the person reviewing as anyone can write a review including the person who sells them





Pros and Cons of social media

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2017 is part of the era of social media. Every year social media expands through something new. There is a social media site for everything. Some examples include Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, Pinterest, linkdeln, twitter and hundreds more.

Do you remember when you were young and you were told you could be anything you wanted to be? Well thanks to social media that is possible for more people now than it ever has been. When I say this I don’t mean go catfish someone. I just mean it’s a ground for you to express who you are. Sometimes it is so much easier to do this online than it is in person. You can delete a post on Facebook whereas if you say something in person it’s a lot harder to go back on it.

Social media is all about connecting with other people and expressing yourself through the posts you share, your likes and the pictures you share. With social media you can be anything you want. You can show off you because everyone likes to do that now and again right.


Connecting with people is also a top reason why social media is so important in this day and age. This can be with family, friends, work colleagues and even friends of friends.  Social media also allows people to advertise their products to potential clients. It has helped so many businesses to reach international customers and to advertise their products with more of an ease. I plan to do a blog post on how social media can help small companies in the near future so if you’re interested stay tuned!

The main reason why I wanted to do this blog post was to talk about how it can affect someone’s confidence particularly through Instagram. We’ve all been in the position where we casually scroll through Instagram and stop to look at a picture of someone you may deem prettier and just overall more attractive. For me it was those Instagram famous women who seemed to spend all of their days eating fresh fruit and wearing a bikini.  I could sit here and tell you to embrace your inner beauty and that we are all beautiful in our own way but you probably wouldn’t believe me.  These beautiful women seem to get an endless amount of likes and this can sometimes make people feel insecure because they may be unsure as to why they can never reach a number of likes that could even compare to them this kind of thing can trigger questions like is it because she’s prettier or skinnier than me etc.

I want to help change that.

Researchers say that the most vulnerable social media users are the people who spend the most time on sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat posting pictures and commenting on others photos. These are the people who are seeking approval from others this could be about their looks, their body or even their interests. They want to be accepted.  In this day and age so many young and older people link their self-worth to their looks because they believe that prettier people get more out of this life than others. That is not true you create your own self-worth not through your looks but through who you are as a person. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Marlin Monroe once said this. She was deemed as one of the most beautiful women alive and she wasn’t a size 6 with a perfectly tanned body , she had flaws and she knew how to rock them. She didn’t shy away from her “imperfections.”

Instagram is saturated with the modern day perception of what we think perfect should look like, this perception constantly changes over time. Next time you go to compare yourself to someone on Instagram try and remember that 99.9% of what you are comparing yourself to may be fake, what they do not put in the description box is that there is a long process that occurs after a photo has been taken before these people feel they can put it on their social medias. Thanks to Photoshop you can edit a picture of someone to look like a completely different person with a couple of taps on your keyboard. Editors use Photoshop to edit face blemishes , to make skin appear fresher to change the shape of the nose , ears , hair lines to add or take away freckles. What I have come to realise is that everyone would love a magic wand (or a real life version of Photoshop) to make a part of their body they are not confident about into their best asset.

Although Instagram and other social Medias are incredible platforms that hundreds of people use in the best way to inspire others it can also be full of fake unachievable lives.

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Writing a bucket list

“Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals” -Aristotle

When you think of a bucket list you may think to write down the most extraordinary things in the world. Some people think this is what a bucket list is meant to be. It isn’t entirely. For example in my bucket list I had “Get into university”. A bucket list could just be a list of things you want to accomplish, a list of people you want to meet, activities you want to do. It’s yours and it can be anything.

Creating a bucket list can seem daunting so within this short blog post I want to get you guys thinking about what you could put into yours, some of the suggestions I am going to give won’t be extreme but bucket list worthy all the same.


1.       Go rock climbing.

2.       Climb a mountain.

3.       Run a marathon.

4.       Watch a football game at a stadium.

5.       Get a degree.

6.       Dress up and go to Comic Con.

7.       Learn to play an instrument.

8.       Take a dance class.

9.       Master the art of Photoshop.

10.   Take a yoga class.

11.   Bake a cake.

12.   Take part in a self-defence class.

13.   Do a first aid class.

14.   Learn to sew.

15.   Go camping.

16.   Go ice-skating.

17.   Go hiking.

18.   Go horseback riding.

19.   Go stargazing.

20.   Get something you have written published. 

21.   Get a pet.

22.   Learn to cook.

23.   Pass your driving test. 

24.   Volunteer your time to others.

25.   Learn a language.

26.   Go to a shooting range.

27.   Learn how to work a coffee machine.

28.   Read a book.

Above is just a short list of some of the different things you could add to your bucket list, I tried to keep it simple and generic but you can make it as extravagant as you would like. I think having a bucket list is so important. Once you start writing one you really do realise how much you can do within this life. You can also do several different bucket lists if you would like such as a 2 year bucket list or one that has everything you want to do before you die. The choice is completely yours. Just do whatever you feel comfortable with. Always remember a bucket list is like a blank canvas and you can paint it with as many colours as you would like. Don’t be afraid of putting something outrageous or something others may do on a daily basis.

I wanted to try and write a short bucket list, I hope you guys all liked this post, feel free to drop a comment and share your bucket list below. If you would like a post on my own personal bucket list let me know and give this post a share. Peace and love x


Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.    – Aristotle

Review on Cloud 23

“Cloud 23 isn’t just any bar – it’s a unique venue located at the highest point in Manchester serving the finest champagnes, cocktails and afternoon tea.”Cloud 23 Review

01/04/2017 marks not only my birthday (April fools baby right here) but also the day I first went to cloud 23. When deciding on where to go for my birthday this place popped into my head straight away, funnily enough I haven’t ever mentioned the place to my boyfriend and he was thinking the same place too. You only get one birthday a year so I wanted to go somewhere really nice, I also had to remember I would still be in crutches so I had to factor that into my plans also.

Pictures of this place are forever floating around my Instagram and Facebook newsfeeds so I thought I would give a short review for anyone who is contemplating going here.

We arrived at the Hilton hotel at about 6:10pm and had a reservation for 6:15pm so we were not waiting very long before we went up. We had thankfully booked in advance , I would recommend you to also do this. When we arrived the queue was quiet large for those who had not booked a table beforehand.

The Hilton itself oozes elegance and everything someone would want for a weekend away, but we didn’t know what to expect upstairs. Walking in felt almost magical the male waiters wore black suspenders over white shirts and they wore the cutest bow ties, while female waiters wore simple black dresses. The entire atmosphere was happy, everyone looked to be enjoying themselves. It had a warm yet elegant feel. The music kind of fades in the background nothing to special but nice to drink to.

I did say I wanted to keep this short so I’m going to give you guys a list of all the points I made on the night and why I thought these;

The view – I honestly got dizzy before I had even sat down the view is beautiful you lookout on all of Manchester. It was still light when we arrived and as the night went on and the sun faded away the view became even more breath-taking than before.

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Service – we were shown our seats but the man who seated us didn’t tell us if we ordered from our seats or at the bar (you order at your seats) so we were a bit confused for about 10 minutes (the view most certainly made up for this) apart from that I feel we got exceptional service from all of the staff on the night!

Drinks – The drinks! When we arrived the first drink I had was a cocktail –I’m not entirely sure on the full name but it had porn star in it , I also didn’t get a picture of It. this might have been because I was amazed at how little there was in it and how expensive it was. It cost about £14 and you could probably just about fill a glass with the amount that was in it , with this I think you were really paying for the display it was in  3 connected  boxes and when you opened the lid there was lots of dry ice mist floating from the middle box and cascading over the two  other containers. I will admit it looked pretty cool but it would have been even cooler at a cheaper price. I also felt like there wasn’t a huge selection of cocktails.

Food – They were super accommodating – I ordered this vegetarian noodle dish and they told me after about 20 minutes that they actually didn’t have those ingredients in stock.  they made a feta salad free of charge. We also ordered the macaroon and chocolate selection – I had no idea that that meant everything is chocolate or at least drizzled in chocolate. I haven’t eaten chocolate since I was roughly about 12 years old (that’s a story for another blog post) so I asked if they had any macaroons that didn’t have any chocolate on it she then got me one macaroon it was lemon (which I hate but she wasn’t to know) but drizzled on top of this macaroon was chocolate. I was kind of tired by this point so I didn’t bother to say anything and let my boyfriend enjoy all the macaroons. They did look picture perfect though I will admit.

Overall I really did enjoy my time at cloud 23 I think it’s a fabulous experience for anyone to enjoy!

I hope you liked this post, it’s my first review on a restaurant/bar so any feedback would be much appreciated.

Btw if anyone knows anywhere that sells A* macaroons in Manchester let me know I’ll be all up in that x

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 Cloud 23 is located on the 23rd floor of Manchester’s Hilton hotel.

Review on Banish Acne products

Within this blog post I am going to be writing about my personal experience with banish. This is my own opinion, I bought all of the products myself and this blog post is in no way affiliated with banish.

First off I’m going to give you all a little brief on my skin. I’ve had acne since I was about 14, I was the only one within my family to experience acne like this. I tried everything every potion and lotion out there but nothing really worked for me until I discovered Duac gel. This was prescribed to me by my doctor it really changed my life. It  helped to get rid of my acne at first but didn’t help with the overall appearance of my skin. By this stage I had already several scars on my chin, left and right cheek. My skins appearance although with less blemishes it just looked dull and to me my pores appeared huge, which really hindered my confidence.

This website is about inspiring other people to share their experiences and that people should embrace their inner beauty as well as love themselves. Banish inspire people not only through their blog but their other social medias such as Instagram. Their website does include dozens of reviews with before and after’s and customer’s experiences. There are also lots of review on YouTube for their products.

Before I purchased this product I made sure to not only read all of the reviews on the website, but also to check the reviews and before and after’s on YouTube just to be on the safe side. I must have watched at least a dozen if not more. After all of my thorough research I finally decide to try it for myself. I bought the banish acne kit which contained 4 items the banish oil which is a vitamin c serum, the banisher, a cleaning container and a storage bag) I also bought the charcoal clay masque. Although I do not have any before and after pictures I would like to still give my own personal review on banish acnes products.

I received my products about 2 weeks after I had purchased them and luckily did not receive any custom charges. Everything I had ordered came in the same secure packaging. I was super excited to try it so tested it out the same day. Banish recommend using rubbing alcohol to clean the banisher after use, I also used it before use just to be on the safe side. You are supposed to use the banisher in a rolling motion back and forth over your acne scars avoiding any current blemishes. You are then to use the oil all over your face, it does say on the website that some stinging and redness can occur but they don’t tell you how much so. the first time I used it I thought I may have got a reaction from it, my face felt and looked like it was on fire but because I had read that this can occur I didn’t wash anything off and went to sleep. The next morning although I had not noticed a difference in my scars as I had only used it once I had most certainly noticed a difference in the texture of my skin it felt so much smoother and the redness that I usually have in my face was not as prominent as it usually is. After using the banish kit for several months I did notice a slight difference in my skin but it was not a dramatic change. I believe this might have been down to me as I did not use it as regular as I should have. on the banish website it tells you to use the baniser once every 2 weeks to help renew skin, whereas I used it only once a month this was due to a busy schedule! Overall I would give it a 6 out of 10. Banish claims that in most cases you can see results between 4 to 8 weeks of use and although I do not believe my scars were dramatically reduced as the product is intended to do. I did notice an incredible difference in the texture and appearance of my skin.

I tried the Charcoal facemask a week or so after it had arrived it comes in a small bottle. It comes within a small glass bottle but the product that comes inside lasts incredibly long! With mine I boiled water and used that to mix  as it is a powder formula and then applied to my face using a facemask brush, once the facemask starts to dry in it sinks into your pores. The face mask comes off quiet easy – I used a damp cloth and then some damp cotton pads to take off any excess. If anyone knows me they know I have a major love of face masks – I have probably tried just about every type out there and this charcoal facemask is by far my current favorite. Your face feels so refreshed afterwards and thoroughly cleansed. This mask reduced the look of my pores, which really helped my confidence when not wearing makeup as I feel I have rather large pores. I was a bit nervous about buying this facemask and the banish acne kit because it can seem a bit on the expensive side if you are ordering to the UK with shipping fees and custom charges etc. but it was completely worth it I know I’m only talking about a facemask but it made me feel so confident in my own skin.

I would rate this face mask 10/10 for certain! On the website It tells you that this mask removes Impurities to deep clean skin and pores, Reduce the look of large pores, Absorb excess oils, Reduce blemishes, Soften skin In exchange, and for me this face mask did all of the above. I’m not going to tell anyone else that this facemask might be the cure they are looking for because everyone’s skin is different and I know what works for me may not work for someone else.

Anyway that’s all for today’s review! If anyone found this post helpful in anyway please drop a comment and let me know if you would like to see more!