EBAY FINDS | #7 - AUTUMN/FALL EDITION

I'm back with another eBay finds post, this time all focused around autumn/fall. After the amazing summer weather we had in the UK this year, it's started to get colder now and it's definitely feeling like autumn more and more each day. 
Now I'm 100% more of a spring/summer child than an autumn/winter one, but I do love the cosiness, blankets, hot chocolates and jumpers that come with Autumn and this is the sort of stuff I've been pining over on eBay recently. However, with a little twist I've decided to add some clothes to the post (but just be careful and make sure you read reviews as I've not actually ordered any clothes from eBay before but I know quite a few people who have!)

CALENDAR | OCTOBER 2018 BEAUTY RELEASES

I know this post is going up a little later than expected but I definitely was not organized enough to get it sorted ready for the 1st (my bad!). It's starting to get into my favourite time of the year where there's a load of releases in time for Christmas and there are loads of good beauty bundles that you can pick up for yourself (*as gifts*).


October 1st

Pur: The Grinch Collection
Pur Cosmetics: The Grinch Collection | October 2018 Beauty Releases | The Beauty is a Beast
The Grinch has to be my favourite Christmas movie of all time, so I was so excited to read about this collection. Pur is also a brand I haven't really explored much of yet, I've only tried a couple of mascara, but I think this is a collection I'm going to pass on, although the brush set of this collection does look pretty cute!

Becca Volcano Collection
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Becca isn't really a brand that I've tested much of, but I must admit even as a fellow warm-toned lover, it's nice to see a palette which isn't the same as every other release at the minute. Becca's highlights always have an amazing reputation as well so if you haven't tried one yet, this might be the collection to make you splurge!

October 2nd

Jouer: Liquid Concealers
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I absolutely love a high coverage concealer, but it's definitely not a product I like to spend a lot of money on. I've been obsessed with my Nabla concealer recently so I will have to wait until I hear some reviews to decide it's it worth to replace my current high-end concealer.

Natasha Denona: Gold Palette
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I was lucky enough to receive the Natasha Denona Sunset Palette as a Christmas present last year and I love it so much. However, this palette gives the feel like a lot of crossover and there isn't a huge variety in the shades in the palette so for this price, I'll be passing on this.

Persona: Colour Theory Eye Kits
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This isn't a brand I'm familiar with, but after looking into this collection, this is a launch that I'm pretty excited for! The pigmentation of the shadow looks amazing, and I think it's such a clever idea, especially for makeup newbies.

October 3rd

Hourglass: Ambient Edit Palette
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Although I like the look of the Hourglass powders, this isn't a release I'm overly excited for. It does look like you get a full set of face powders in the palette which is perfect for traveling. Are the Hourglass powders worth investing in?

Drunk Elephant: Releases on Space NK
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Now, this is a not a new product launch but I thought I'd throw it in here because in the UK it's not easy to get your hands on the brand but I believe it's going to be launching on Space NK and Cult Beauty and I literally can't wait. This is a brand I really want to try out and invest in because I want to focus more on my skin.

October 8th

Huda Beauty: Overachiever Concealer
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If you've been watching Huda Boss, then you will be up to date with the rollercoaster journey for making this concealer. I'm pretty sure the concealer is going to be amazing although I'm not too sure how I feel about the applicator. I can't wait to hear some more reviews about this. I believe this has been available in the UK for a little while but is launching in Sephora this month.

October 17th

BH Cosmetics: Royal Affair Palette
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I'm constantly adding BH Cosmetic products to my beauty bay wishlist, but I'm yet to actually make a purchase. Their 'Take Me To Brazil' palette launched like a storm but this is a lot more neutral palette. There's nothing in this palette that makes me feel like it's a must-have, but it's definitely a brand on my list to test.

Which launches are you looking forward to this October?



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DUPES | CHANEL SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL BRONZER £9 DUPE

I swear all YouTubers rave about the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzer, and I'm literally a sucker for stuff like this, I swear 90% of my collection consists of products recommended by YouTubers. However, there was just no way I could justify £40 for a cream bronzer, so when I watched Hannah Renee's video testing B. Makeup, she tested the Cassie Lomas whipped bronzer and suggested it might be a dupe for the more famously known Chanel.

Now, I wasn't one to use cream products to contour or highlight, but I had recently just picked up the Jordana Sculpt N Go Creamy Contour stick and I fell in love. I was using it on a daily basis and so I decided to go ahead and pick up the B. Whipped Bronzer, especially since it was only £8.99!


CHANEL SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL BRONZER £9 DUPE | The Beauty is a Beast

Since I don't own the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel cream bronzer, I can't really compare the two products but I definitely would recommend the B. Whipped Bronzer as a cheaper alternative if you fancy giving cream products a go. Looking at pictures alone, the textures of the two products do look completely different, but the finish looks pretty similar.

I actually found the whipped bronzer nice and easy to apply, without requiring a lot of skill or effort - this was such a big selling point since I have only just started trying my hand with cream products. 


CHANEL SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL BRONZER £9 DUPE | The Beauty is a Beast

I found that a duo fibre brush provides a lovely application, although I know a lot of people prefer to use a beauty sponge. The bronzer is pretty pigmented and a little goes a long way so this is just something to be wary of when you start. It's better to build it up instead of trying to tone it down. Plus this means that it's going to last you quite a long time which always feels so much better to know when you're buying a new makeup item. 

I must have tried it with at least 5+ different foundations now, and I've never noticed any issue with it clinging to the foundation, removing coverage or anything like that! I also like to top it up with a shimmer powder bronzer, and even applying a powder on top of it, is so effortless. There's no skipping or patchiness at all. 

CHANEL SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL BRONZER £9 DUPE | The Beauty is a Beast
The whipped bronzer does only seem to come in one shade, which means that it could be a waste of money for those with a very fair, or a deep complexion. The shade is slightly on the warmer side, so definitely more suited as a bronzer as opposed to a contour shade.

This product has been a firm favourite of mine since adding it to my collection and it's really made me want to go out and explore more cream bronzer and contour products, so if you have any recommendations I'd love to hear them!

Have you tried the B. Cassie Lomas Whipped Bronzer?

FAVES | AUGUST 2018

I haven't done a favourites post since the start of 2018. Literally, this is so crazy I don't know how this happened. But its safe to say I've tried a fair few new bits since then and I thought I'd share an update with you guys.
Beauty Favourites | August 2018 | The Beauty is a Beast



Firstly, I've been reaching for the Maybelline Super Stay Foundation all the time. I really love how nice the foundation sits on my skin, and it lasts a full day at work which is more than I can say for others in my collection. Even though it's a full coverage foundation, you can still get a dewy finish and I know it's even suitable for you oily gals too.

Carrying on the Maybelline hype, another product I've been raving about to anyone who will listen is the Maybelline Tattoo Brow Longlasting Gel Tint. I've had this in my collection for a while now and it's a product I've tended to shy away from, but actually, it's super easy to use for a beginner and helps for quick brows on an everyday basis.

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturiser is a firm favourite, I've nearly used it all and I would definitely repurchase it. It's a lovely hydrating base for my makeup application and also, it seems to be a nice drugstore alternative to the GlamGlow Waterburst Moisturiser, always helping you save them pennies.

I have to give a special mention to the Revolution Re-Loaded Palette in the Shade Velvet Rose - it's only £4 and I've used it for pretty much every eye look, for the last 3 weeks. with. Between the browns, purples, and oranges I can pretty much get a look to go with every outfit. In the past, I haven't been a huge fan of revolution palettes and I've found the shimmers to be much better of the mattes. But I think since the rebrand, they have really changed their game. My only issue with the palette is that I find the shimmery shades to be rubbish, so I tend to dip into another palette or use a pigment to add the shimmer but for £4, I can't complain.

Lip liners are a rare product to be featured on my blog. Mainly because I always forget to use them, but also because it's never really my priority to invest my money in. After seeing so many people rave about them, I decided to treat myself to the Morphe Lip Liners in Backseat Love, Honeymoon and Foolish. I picked three pretty neutral shades which would go with the majority of my lip products and I absolutely love the formula. They glide on so nicely, I don't find them to drag at all and they blend pretty easily into other products. They're amazing for the price tag too!

What was your favourite product of the month?




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CALENDAR | SEPTEMBER 2018 RELEASES

This is something pretty different for my blog, but I got pretty excited when I thought of the idea. I've come across a few blogs which have a 'beauty release calendar'. Basically, they plot out new releases we can expect to see each month.
I thought each month I could create a post which discusses what new launches are planned at the time of writing and provide you with my opinions or any additional information I can find about the launches!

The two blogs I'm going to be using are:
http://makeupfomo.com (Ran by Shannon and Kenn)

So what releases can we expect to see in September?

September 4th
Too Faced: New Peaches & Cream products

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From the tweet, it seems that the Peaches and Cream range is being extended to include a new face and eye palette and more lip products. It appears to only be available in Sephora as far as I can tell, but shouldn't be too long before it's released within the UK too. I didn't really gravitate to any of the TF original peaches and cream line and I think I feel quite indifferent to this launch as well. I think this is a miss for me.

September 5th
Revolution: Conceal and Define Foundation and Supersize Concealer
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It looks like they're releasing a bigger tube of the concealer as you only get a really small amount in the tube and a foundation in the same formula to match. Knowing Revolution, both of these products will be incredibly affordable and will be hard to get your hands on at first. I'm not overly a fan of revolution foundations so that might be a pass, but I'll definitely be picking up a bigger tube of the concealer when mine runs out!

Sugarpill: Collaboration with Trixie Mattel
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Trixie Mattel is an American drag queen and is known for appearing and winning a season of RuPaul's Drag Race. The collection looks to contain one blush, six eyeshadows, and one liquid lipstick. It's a limited collection, retailing as a set for $52. I've never owned any Sugarpill products and although they're a brand I want to try in the future, this isn't really a collection I fancy investing in as the shades are just not for me.

September  6th
Farsali: Skintune Blur
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The brand quickly became an Instagram trend with their 'unicorn essence' but this seems like the perfect all-rounder skin product! I'm going to wait for some reviews before I invest but this definitely seems like a skincare product I need to add to my collection.

MAC: Mac x PatrickStarrr Destination Diva & Mac x Phillipe & David The Blonds.
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Mac is launching a lot of collaborations lately specifically with influencers, but the only one I've been excited for is Jamie Genevieve's. There's nothing really drawing me to either collection so I think this one is going to be a pass for me.

September 7th
Pat McGrath: Mothership V palette
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Pat McGrath eyeshadows are renowned for their incredible pigmentation but come with a hefty price tag. The new palette is bound to cost $100+ dollars and it's nothing which jumps out that I don't have similar shades for in my current collection. There's no way I could fork out for this palette, although one day I might get to try some Pat McGrath products!

September 10th (the best day of the year - it's my birthday!)
Urban Decay: Elements Eyeshadow Palette
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The new Elements eyeshadow palette is full of bright colours and shimmers. Not to mention how adorable does the packaging look?! This palette is introducing 19 brand new shades to the UD family. For me personally, I don't really see many wearable shades in this palette and it would be a nightmare to travel with. Since I'm not a bold colour wearing, this will be a palette I won't be picking up.

September 14th
Natasha Denona: Safari Palette 
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Natasha Denona is teasing us with this black and white photo of the new Safari palette. The speculation on social media is suggesting it's an all matte palette. I was lucky enough to get the sunset palette for Christmas 2017 and I absolutely love it so I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for more sneak peaks on this release!

That's currently the only days in the diary for beauty releases for September and it looks like I'll be saving myself a bit of month (hopefully!). I hope you enjoyed this style of post, I loved writing it and could see myself doing more of these in the future.
 I'd love to know which of these September releases you have your eye on, or are there any that I've missed?!

*I don't own the rights to any of the photos featured in the post above.