Thursday, 22 May 2014

eBay jewellery haul- Summer 2014

I love a good statement necklace, there is no doubt. I've spoken about my fondness for neck pieces often. Once every six months or so, I like to go on eBay to pick out new pieces of jewellery, and pick them up for bargain prices. Most of the jewellery that I order comes from China (but where do you expect it comes from when you order from a UK or Irish seller) and takes about a month to arrive- but everything I have ordered has always arrived in perfect working order and 99% of the time, the postage is free. I've read the stories about items not arriving etc. but I have never had any such experience thankfully. I consider myself a bit of an eBay jewellery veteran now so, before I show you what I picked out, here are my top tips for getting the best bargains.
1. type in something generic like 'statement necklace' into the Search bar.
2. when your list of products come up, go over to the side and select 'eBay worldwide', 'buy it now' (you can chance your arm at auctions if you wish but I don't trust myself not to get carried away!) and 'free P&P'.
3. up at the top, you can select sort by 'price: lowest first'. 
4. try to buy from buyers with a good feedback rating- and yes, 99.8% positive feedback from 45,618 sales is a pretty extraordinary achievement! 

Feel free to browse and use your watch lists to index the items that have caught your eye.

So without further ado, let me show you the pieces I picked out, the prices I paid and the sellers I bought these from if you would like to pick some up too! 

I picked this up from Lisa a few months back, and I absolutely love it. It's such a statement piece and has gotten me many a compliment. I love the way it sits with a high neck top, and I think it's quite striking without looking like a bit too much. This costs €17 and you can get it from Pinksugar Online store

Because I loved it so much, I went in search of a silver version, and I also ended up picking up a black version. The silver version was €5.09 and the black was €5.82 (including postage!!!) from this seller and this arrived within a week.

I love white jewellery in the summer and this symmetrical white number sang to my soul! At €6.58 from this seller (including tracked delivery), I was particularly chuffed with this bargain. 

I saw something like this in a magazine (though I cannot for the life of me remember which magazine it was) and it was styled with a baby pink Peter Pan style top. It struck a chord with me then and I decided to purchase it for €2.45 including free delivery from this seller.

This was the first one that I ordered, and it took the longest to arrive, but it was the one I was most excited about, and the one I love the most. I know Zara had this exact necklace a few months back- Fleur de Force has championed it plenty- and I've tried every Zara shop on the island of Ireland looking for one for myself. I was going to pay €30 for it to an Irish online jewellery retailer until I quite accidentally stumbled across it on eBay for a mere €7.40 including tracked delivery from this seller. I have worn this a few times since I got it and it has earned me many a compliment and I know I will wear this loads over the summer. The same seller also has a grey resin version available and I think I will pick that up also. This puts the state into statement! 

The simplicity of the necklace above really appealed to me, and I picked up this one from this seller for €2.48. There is also a version of this with pink stones instead of black and blue stones instead of the black from the same seller for the same price if you are looking to incorporate a bit of colour. For me, the black, gold and clear resin combo was too difficult to resist.

I know it might seem crazy to buy five necklaces which are the same in every aspect apart from the colour, but there was something about these beauts that made my heart flutter. They are not too big and chunky, quite reserved in the statement stakes but still bling enough, and they are perfectly symmetrical which is just a necessity in my mind. These were also sinfully bargainous- yellow, green, pink and blue versions all came from this seller and cost €2.61 a piece including delivery and the white one was €3.65 from this seller, again delivery inclusive!

When I saw this necklace, I was transported back in time to another era. I don't know about you but this screams The Great Gatsby to me. I have no idea how or what to wear this with but I will definitely wear it. €2.45 from this seller.

I am weak for spikes and diamantés so when this triple layered diamanté number with a sprinkling of spikes appeared in my search results, I just took it to be faith. €2.74 from this seller.

I was very lucky to receive a gift of a Betty and Biddy Shamballa bracelet last Christmas at a blogger meetup organised by Lisa of Pink Sugar Sparkles and I have literally worn it every day since. I wanted to pick up another one online, and this one with it's purple and clear beads won me over. €1.32 from here.

I've had this little dainty bow necklace before and I must have lost it because I have searched my jewellery boxes high and low for it. My sillyness in losing it only cost me €1.22 for the replacement however (including delivery) from this seller so I can just about bear the pain!

I love navy and I love the nautical look in the summer, so this white and gold anchor bracelet was a no brainer! (No marine themed jokes please!) This was just €1.97 from this seller.

Again, because I am drawn to simplistic white jewellery at the minute, I thought this little white infinity bracelet was adorable. I layer this with other bracelets and at 91 cent including delivery from this seller, I can afford to pick up a few more colours!

I adore rose gold jewellery but I never buy it- for some reason, I feel like anything gold does not suit my colouring. I've lusted over a rose gold Michael Kors watch for the longest time so I thought I would try out something similar from eBay before investing in the real deal. I paid €3.80 for this rose gold watch from this seller. There is nice bit of weight to this watch and it looks more expensive than it is. I have to get a couple of links taken off the strap but even if that costs me a few euro in a jewellers, I think I have still gotten a bargain! 

I quite like the relative simplicity of this necklace with it's dark chain and hanging bauble detail and little diamantés for a bit of bling. Only €2.46 from this seller.

So, like I said, I know it may look like I have gotten alot, but I really only buy jewellery from eBay every couple of months in batches. Which piece is your favourite? Do you love eBay bargain jewellery shopping too? Were you even aware there are such beauts to be found on eBay? 

Monday, 19 May 2014

VIDEO: HUGE French Pharmacy Skincare Haul and GIVEAWAY :)

So who goes to France without going mad in the pharmacies? I picked up loads of bits and bobs from the French pharmacies that I went to in Paris (mostly City Pharma and Pharmacie Monge). I'm showing and telling so sorry that the video is so long but I hope you find that it is comprehensive! 

Also, as a little thank you for all the support that I have gotten since I started making Youtube videos and blogging more regularly that I am running a French pharmacy skincare video for y'all too! Enjoy :)


NEW VIDEO! Paris Beauty Haul

I'm definitely suffering from a bout of post-holiday blues but I still managed to record a quick video of the beauty bits and pieces that I picked up from Paris last week. Enjoy x

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

What's in my travel makeup bag?- the Paris edit

My oh my how the time has flown and yes, I am off to Paris tomorrow for a little city break. Many of you probably would not know that I lived in France for four months whilst I was at university working as an English teacher in a primary school in a little village called Chambon-sur-Cisse, and I lived in a city called Blois which was about one hour away from Paris by train. Because of my teaching schedule- I only had to go to the school 2 days per week- I had plenty of time to explore the nooks and crannies of many French cities, but there was none I loved more than sweet Paris. I don't care about the clichés or the commercialisation, Paris is one of the most beautiful, culturally and historically rich places I have ever had the privilege of visiting, and I always take any opportunity I can to go back. 

I am only heading for a long weekend on this occasion, so my makeup bag will have to be suitably light to enable me to fit as much french pharmacy skincare products into my bag as possible on the way home! I've taken an extraordinarily minimalistic approach to my makeup packing I'm sure you will agree- this is probably the most minimalistic makeup packing I have ever done!

I got this little makeup bag as a present a few Christmases ago and I love it for travelling because it's small and sturdy and doesn't take up too much space in my suitcase. 


I have a little compact mirror from Cloud 10 Beauty which is being moved from my handbag to my travel makeup bag because it is a little lifesaver for on the go, travel touch-ups. Though I am not a huge fan of Benefit The Porefessional, I have this little tester that I got as a free gift with purchase a few months back and that will do the job nicely for the few days that I am in Paris. The lovely staff at the Chanel counter in Boots Liffey Valley very kindly gave me some travel size Lift Lumiere foundation samples to try in my shade to take away with me to Paris, saving me having to carry my bottle over. There is a reason I only go to Liffey Valley for my Chanel makeup purchases!

I can't be without my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and even though this is full size, it's just dandy for travelling and packs a mighty coverage punch in a little tube. In terms of adding colour to my face, I don't have many nice things to say about the Benefit Advent Calendar I picked up last year but one of the few good things about it was that the little samples are perfect for travelling- I'll be bringing Hoola for bronzing/contouring and Dandelion and Coralista with me for blush. Much and all as I love my the Balm Mary Lou Manizer highlighter, if you watch my videos, you will see how delicate it is, so I am definitely leaving that one behind in the safety of my Alex drawers- however, a little Benefit High Beam highlighter will do the job just dandy- I am aware that this is SO 2006 but for the couple of days that are in it, I'll rock it!


Primer- I have a mini Benefit Stay Don't Stray primer that I will be bringing with me and I have narrowed my eye product selection down to two products which I think will get me through for both daytime and nighttime looks- which incidentally both happen to be Benefit products also- albeit this time they are full size! I love the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in No Pressure! because a) it is actually creaseless and has fantastic staying power and b) it is a nice day or evening colour. To add a bit more depth to my crease for evening looks, I have brought the Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow in Quick, Look Busy because I think this looks lurvely with the Benefit cream shadow. In terms of eyeliner, I'm packing my all time fave pencil liner which is the Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever- best pigmentation from a pencil I have ever experienced, just the easiest, loveliest eyeliner I have ever owned in my life. Who can be bothered faffing with gel eyeliners when you are on hols when you get a very similar result from this pencil. In terms of mascara, I couldn't not bring my fave mascara of the moment, Lancome Drama. Two coats will be plenty for daytime wear and it's easily buildable for more fluttery nighttime lashes.


Lip products are definitely something I overpack every single time I not only go away on holidays, but even when I pop into town shopping. I've been ruthless again however, and I have made decisions which I think are sensible. Firstly, do not be alarmed by the lack of lip balmage- one of my first missions once I land on French soil will be to get us to a pharmacy to stock up on Bioderma Atoderm lip balms- they are deliciously moisturising! In terms of lip colours- I haven't really differentiated between day time and night time colours. I am bringing the Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Wear Berries because it is my favourite lip product of 2014 to date. I adore the colour and I don't care if it is not seasonally appropriate. It lasts all day too so will be perfect for on the go when I don't have a chance to be constantly reapplying lipstick. I'm also going to bring my NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and my Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee. I think this covers me on all bases.


Again, whilst it is hugely compelling to bring ALL the brushes, I have narrowed down my choices to a select few which I hope will get me through. I have my beloved Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 and E32 brushes- my favourite foundation and eyeshadow blending brushes collectively- and I couldn't contemplate leaving these behind.  I also have my large duo fibre from NIMA Brush as I am loving this for blush at the moment, and I have the travel duo fibre, powder blush and crease blending brush from their travel set. I've said it before a million times- we're absolutely spoiled here in Ireland with fantastic brush companies offering quality, inexpensive brushes and brush sets.

So that's my travel makeup bag for this occasion! What do you reckon- am I cutting it a bit too tight? Do you think I am bringing too much? And most importantly, whilst I still have a chance to add to it, is there anything I have forgotten?


Thursday, 8 May 2014

SNEAK PEEK!! Physicians Formula Launch Party- Welcome to Ireland (pic heavy)

Well I am just giddy in myself tonight to share these eagerly awaited pictures of the Physicians Formula Cosmetics Products that are coming to a large pharmacy near you from June 1st onwards. I'm already familiar with the brand- having tried and tested and loved some of their products already, I couldn't have been any happier to welcome them to Irish shores. If you haven't heard of the brand already, here is an interesting fact for you- one out of every two bronzers sold in US at any given time is a Physicians Formula bronzer. If that is not a glowing beacon of indication at to the quality of these products, I don't know what is. The prices range from €10-20 so it's not grossly overinflated like some brands are over on this side of the Atlantic. From BB creams to lipglosses, face powders to tinted moisturisers, concealers to kohl eyeliners, mascaras to blushes, PF stock a wide variety of quality products. I'm particularly smitten with their mascaras and powder products- blushes, bronzers etc. I have a few products from PF to expose on the blog 

Hopefully the pictures below will whet your appetite and give you an idea of what to expect before you pop instore to play with the products. I'll do a few reviews and take pictures of the products I have collected before the launch in pharmacies nationwide on 1st June. Have a looky at the pictures and let me know if you are as excited as I am! 

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