As I've mentioned before, I'm always on the lookout for a bargain with ebay being one of my favourite places to find a good buy.
This post comes courtesy of some late night inspiration, when insomnia has taken over and my mind starts to wander. I've mentioned a few ebay finds on here before, so I thought perhaps a little post dedicated to ebay shopping might be useful.
I've been shopping on ebay for ten years and buying any product is a complete minefield. Beauty wise, its changed a lot over the last ten years but I still buy quite a few things on there as there are many bargains to be had. Today I'm going to run through a few of my tips for shopping for beauty.
1. Read the listing carefully
So you've found an item you want to buy or bid for. Always read through the listing carefully to make sure you know exactly what you're getting. For example, has it been used (I'm not sure if you're supposed to list used cosmetics but it happens), is it a tester, is it sealed etc.. The list goes on. If you have a question make sure you email the seller to clarify.
2. Look at feedback.
Look at the sellers feedback to see what kind of customer feedback they're getting. Generally, anything under 98% is considered quite poor but obviously it does depend on how many sales the sellers has made and what the negative feedback states. Its worth looking at both negative and neutral comments to see what customers are writing. However,do bear in mind that some customers are hard to please (yeah I went there, that what happens when you've worked in retail).
3. The 'fakes'
Ebay is rife with fake items. There are some brilliant copies out there that some people will have no idea that they've purchased a fake item. At this point in time, I personally wouldn't buy any MAC or Benefit items as I would say these are the brands with the most fakes out there. It is extremely unlikely that you would find a genuine Benefit concealer selling for £2.99 with free postage - sadly it just doesn't happen. I try and stand buy the rule that if it sounds to good to be true then it probably is but obviously there are genuine sellers out there.
To give you an idea of fake items here are some examples.
Here, there are differences in packaging - the Chanel name looks different from genuine chanel. The MAC lashes packaging is completely wrong. MAC don't make shadow palettes like the one above nor have they manufactured a lady gaga gloss line (there were only ever two available as part of viva glam).
If in doubt, google the item you're looking for and trust your instincts. Fake items can contain all kinds if ingredients so its better to be cautious.
4. Pay by paypal
I would say this with buying anything on ebay. Always make sure you only use paypal as you have buyer protection. No matter what the seller tells you - with bank transfer or cheque you have little to fall back on whereas paypal is safer.
5. Once You've Purchased
If you're not happen with your item, email the seller straight away to see if you can resolve your issue. Sometimes mistakes do happen and there are sellers out there who are more than happy to help. If you fail to resolve an issue with a seller, you can take up a case with ebay to try and establish an outcome.
I have more than my fair share of days when I just really cant be bothered to do a full makeup routine. I would love to say that I go barefaced but if I'm heading out, I really don't want to scare people. So, I have a few products up my sleeve (well in my beauty stash) that are perfect for those 'make me up quick' days!
Just like high street fashion, I'm a firm believer that you can find some gems in the 'drugstore'. When it comes to skincare, I will admit to being a little more fussier but I have found a few good skincare products that don't break the bank.
As much as I love sharing beauty on here, I find it difficult to put more of a personal touch on it. I did think about combining different topics and making sweet electric more of a lifestyle blog but I kinda like having a focus on here. With that in mind, I've set up another little blog called of zoe - cause err thats my name ;)
I forgot how scary it is setting up a new blog. I hope to post a few personal posts over there - a little food (note - my attempts at cooking!), favourite reads and day trips. I've kicked it off with a post on one of my recent favourite Primark finds - a dupe of the famous Zara city bag - you can read it here if you fancy a look!
I'll still be posting on here daily. I have a tonne of posts already planned and hopefully something exciting for the blogiversary next month!
Theres always a few hyped up products in the beauty blogging world. One of the first I ever came across was the Bioderma Micellar Water.
photos by makeupandbeautyblog - edited by me
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