Autumn Inspired Makeup: Purple Smoky Eyes…

There’s few words that can truly portray just how excited I get for the arrival of fall… it’s undoubtedly my favourite time of the year! The gorgeous rich colours of the landscape, crunchy brown leaves tumbling to the ground, warm cosy scarves, boots and of course – makeup up to match *happy sigh*

In this week’s video I showcase (one of) my favourite looks for fall… a purple smokey eye and dramatic rich berry lip. Those fabulous colours never fail to get me in the mood for a spiced pumpkin latte and gingerbread cookie – not to mention dusting off my fairy lights and seasonal candles.

So if beautiful berry tones coupled with moody mauves is your kinda thing too then sit back & hit the play button. My entire makeup look is a cocktail combination of super affordable drugstore finds, so it’s just as pretty on your pocket as it is on your face 😀

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No7 ‘Lovely Lips’ Lip Balm in Parisian Pink…

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My handbag,  my bedside cabinet, the bathroom shelves, my beauty drawers and the car glove box all have one thing in common = lip balms. Apart from eye shadows, lip balms are undoubtedly my next biggest hoard of beauty stash. They are EVERYWHERE. In fact, if you weren’t from this planet you’d swear they were breeding. However, the reality of the situation is… every time I walk into a drugstore (or any store for that matter) if there’s a display of lip balms you can be sure I’ll be scanning the offerings in search for any newbies that may have slipped my radar.

As I’ve said (many times before) I live right beside the sea. As picturesque as it sounds, the sweeping Irish sea air just loves playing havoc with my beauty regime. A few moments outside on a fresh fall day = withered lips, and hair that resembles a large stack of wood shavings… thank heavens for Frizz Ease *sigh*

However, back to lips – a few weeks ago I treated myself to my annual ‘Fall Haul‘, which if you happened to miss you can check out by *Clicking Here* Needless to say, on browsing the shelves of No7 with a ton of advantage card points at my mercy I was beyond ecstatic to discover a gorgeous new lip balm range called ‘Lovely Lips‘. As you can imagine I simply HAD to have it – there really was no mental negotiation gals!

I’ve now been trying ‘Lovely Lips‘ for a few weeks, particularly just as our weather has been on the turn… and I’m more than ready to share my thoughts. So if hoarding up on lip balms is your thing too then get yourself comfy and keep reading…

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What No 7 Say…

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“Nourish and condition lips with our moisturising beauty balms. Enriched with mineral oil and Beeswax, lips are left feeling comfortably soft and smooth, even at the end of the day. Provides sheer, buildable colour in 4 wearable shades for a natural look. Contains Vitamin E for added condition and care.”

*Source – Boots Website*

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The Colour Choice…

Poppy petal  Poppy Petal
   Parisian pink  Parisian Pink
        Deep raspberry  Deep Raspberry
    Coral blossom  Coral blossom
Okay, so there’s not the same massive choice compared to their exhaustive lipstick range, but this is a balm, and you probably wouldn’t expect there to be. However, I do think that it would be beneficial adding a non-tinted or clear option to their colour choice – simply because some may prefer to have the nourishment of a balm but without the tint. Otherwise, the colours (featured above) are indeed very beautiful. Personally, I’ll be trotting back to Boots on my next spend to top up on Deep Raspberry – or possibly even Poppy Petal… ooh decisions, decisions *sigh*
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Let’s Talk Packaging…
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Forget your standard little plastic tube – this is so much more sophisticated, chic and pretty all rolled into one sturdy lippy tube. It resembles a lipstick and has a twist up base so no more dipping your pinkies into teeny little pots of gloop. You can apply your balm in style ladies 😉
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What About The Formula…
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There’s little else I can say other than beeeeeautiful. Really it is. My lips feel nourished, soft and pampered. The balm is smooth, silky and glides on effortlessly – unlike some of the cheaper balms that have a glue-stick feel. However, at £9.99 you’d certainly expect it to be a little more ‘luxurious’ than your average ‘couple of quid’ spend. The bees wax and vitamin E make your lips feel completely hydrated from the initial application and thankfully it’s not sticky or uncomfortable to wear. Bear in mind it’s not going to last as long as your favourite stay-put lippy but expect a good couple of hours wear before needing to reapply. The slimline shape of the product is great for slightly smaller lips too as it’s in no way big or bulky to glide over your lips. As far as balms go it’s definitely a winner for formula!
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Pros…
Gorgeous formula that feels ‘luxurious’ on the lips
Chic packaging that makes it feel worth the spend
Lipstick style application = no messy fingers
Vitamin E & Bees Wax = silky smooth lips
No 7 quite often run fabulous promotions & you’ll get a few extra points on your Advantage card too 😉
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Cons…
At £9.99 it’s not thee most affordable lippy but……. it gorgeous!
Not a huge colour range of tints available
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Final Thoughts…
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3 words = I LOVE IT.
Yep, I know I’m a No7 fan through & through but this is yet another one of their products that has completely impressed me. The Parisian Pink has such a beautiful ‘my lips but better’ finish that stays on for a good couple of hours before any need to reapply. Needless to say, I’ll certainly be investing in a few more shades when I’m due my next No7 spree!

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Have you tried the No7 Lovely Lips Lip Balm yet? If so, what’s been your final verdict? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter:)

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Keeping Up With Karen…

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I must admit I’m feeling slightly joyful this morning chums as last night was the 1st I’ve slept peacefully in my bed for almost a week. YES a week!! All thanks to THEE most annoying dry cough I’ve ever encountered. Goodbye sofa, heeeeeello comfy bed once again *deliriously happy sigh* Oh how I’ve taken my little comfy boudoir for granted. Is anyone else feeling a tad wheezy & sneezy lately? Or maybe you’ve a few home remedies to help battle the seasonal sniffles? If so I’d love to read them in the comments below 🙂

However onto much more positive issues as I present y’all with the usual weekly re-cap of what fun  shenanigans has been happening here on Confetti & Curves this week. Sitting snugly? Then let’s get started…

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10 Photography Backdrop Ideas for Budding Beauty Bloggers

10 Photography Background Ideas for Beauty Bloggers

Creating captivating visuals for your online haven is super important to catch the eye of your readers, however, over time it’s very easy to run out of steam when it comes to thinking of new and exciting background solutions to make your piccies pop. If you’re on the lookout for a few new ideas then maybe this post will help inspire!

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Behind The Blog featuring Mama Muse Me

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Our first Behind The Blogger this week was the lovely Teresa from Mama Muse Me. If you’re not already familiar with this super-mum’s corner of the interweb then I suggest to get yourself over there pronto, but not before you check out her fun filled interview of course 😉

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The HUUUUGE Super Drug Haul

HUGE superdrug haul

It’s (pretty much) my last official ‘Me Spree’ of the season, so I had to make it a good one. Fancy seeing what beauty goodies made their way into my basket? Then nestle down & hit the play button. Don’t forget to stop by my YouTube channel by *clicking here* & hitting the subscribe button so you don’t ever miss an upload! *Woo hoo* 😀

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Behind The Blog featuring Alohalotte

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Yet another gorgeous gal graces the virtual sofa this week as I’m joined by the adorable Charlotte from Alohalotte. Not that this lady needs much introduction due to her vastly blossoming blog. I’m sure you’ll enjoy catching up with her interview as much as the rest of us did! Don’t forget to take a virtual trip over to say hello – she’s utterly charming ❤

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Maybelline Super Stay Review

Maybelline Super Stay Review a

Considering that I haven’t really dabbled in a significant number of Maybelline products, it was high time I sussed out the fuss for myself. This week I test drove a few of their most talked about goodies from the Super Stay collection. Are they hot or possibly a big fat not? I guess you’ll have to grab a cuppa & catch up with Friday’s post to find out more. Have you tried any of them?

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As always, thank y’all so very much for the abundance of support, comments, re-tweets, shares, likes & just darn right loveliness. You lot really are an awesome bunch. Do feel free to pop a favourite link from your blog in the comments below for the rest of us to check out, otherwise don’t forget to say a quick hello!

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Glamming it up with Glitzy Grey’s…

Rimmel Salon Pro Moon and Collection Bedazzled Nail Polish Razzle Dazzle

Grey has to be one of my favourite staple shades! It’s the complimentary tone that blends in perfectly with just about any other colour – from pastel pink to deep rich damson. Of course when it dawned on me that my nail polish collection was missing this essential shade I had to put right to my wrongs and treat my collection to a bottle of ‘Moon’ by Rimmel’s Salon Pro range.

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Considering that I’m a huge fan of their renowned Urban Purple *swoon* I really wasn’t expecting to be disappointed by the formula or consistency, however with Moon there seemed to be a very slightly runnier texture. Thankfully, the end result was a beautiful glossy grey, though it did take a few coats to get there – be warned gals, if you don’t have a UV lamp you could be in for a long wait as this is most definitely not the quickest drying formula. However after wafting my hands around for ten minutes between layers, and catching up with a few of my fav You-Tubers (yes Kaily Baute your channel was well and truly stalked for half an hour!) my nails were finally dry enough to admire the final result: Voila…

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At £4.49 it’s certainly a pocket friendly price tag for a good quality drugstore polish. If you’re on the hunt for a great staple grey with undertones of blue then I’d definitely recommend checking this shade out. It’s a definite thumbs up from me!

Being a bit of a magpie, it would’ve been sacrilege to stop at just a simple grey… c’mon ladies you all know how much I adore a bit of bling 😉 So seeing as our own moon had been a bit of a heavenly celebrity this past week I couldn’t resist the temptation to add a cosmic sprinkle of glitter with yet another fabulous polish by the Collection Bedazzled range in the shade Razzle Dazzle.

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Available from Boots for a mere £2.99, this sparkle encrusted top coat is a guaranteed eye catcher. Okay, it’s usually more of a Christmas polish for me but I couldn’t resist the temptation to glam up my new grey nails.

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I must admit, like most glitter polishes it’s renowned as a bit of a pain in the derrière to remove, however I often find that very gently filing the top layer first before soaking my nails in polish remover helps dramatically! As long as you’re prepared to put the effort in you’ll most definitely reap the bedazzling benefits of this sassy polish. It’s affordable, long lasting, glitzy and adds that little bit of glam to liven up any nail colour.

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What’s your thoughts on grey polishes? Do you have any in your collection & if so what’s your favourite?

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend! As always, don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below, we do love a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves 🙂

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Monthly Favourites…

Happy Hump Day Y’all…

I literally cannot beeeelieve that yet another month has whizzed by. Considering this last few weeks has been party planning for birthdays gallore, the time just seems to have escaped me. However that can only mean one thing chums… a monthly favourites chatter. Yes indeed ladies, I’ve gathered up some of my most treasured goodies from the last few weeks & compiled them into one compact ramble for you all to feast your ears and eyes upon! There’s a mixture of make up, home ware and a few other random’s this month so why not grab a full tea cup and curl up in your most comfiest chair for the low-down on what I’ve been loving this September.

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What’s been your favourite or most used items this past month? As always thanks so much for watching, don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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Behind The Blog… featuring Make Up World By Veena

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Hey Beauty Buddies,

So we’re now OFFICIALLY into fall *Wooo Hooo* My favourite season has landed… no longer am I feeling summer-shamed at wearing my new cosy ankle booties or snuggling into my warm woolly damson scarf on these nippy September mornings. In addition to my new autumn wardrobe essentials, the house has a feel of fall about it too… my favourite Ikea tea lights are nestled in their cute little holders, my kitchen cupboard is stocked with jars of yummy hot drinks (I’ve even managed to dust off my oversized mugs ready to be filled with some chocolately goodness) & my rambling shoes are ready for those fabulous woodland walks. Yep, the autumn essentials are very much in check!

Talking of autumn; today I have the first official Behind The Blogger of fall 2015 *cheers of joy* as the gorgeous make-up-mama, Veena, from Make Up World By Veena, take’s her place on the virtual sofa this morning to give us a quick peek behind her super stylish blog. Of course, just one of the many things I love about blogging is the numerous amount of people you meet from all over the world. As Veena is based in the beautiful sun drenched Dubai, her online haven is alive with exciting new products that I’d just love to add to my collection! Why not check it out for yourself? She’s one of the friendliest bloggers around so you’ll be guaranteed a very warm welcome!

Sitting comfy? Then let’s get started….

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Lots of reviews of different beauty products-skincare, make-up, beauty tools etc. Eventually I will do reviews of jewellery, clothing and accessories too. Now, I feel its time to show my readers “Dubai” so I’m working on that too.

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I’ve always loved writing, make-up & art in general. It’s only at this age I’ve found a way to incorporate all that I love doing! LOL

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

Veena = my name

Kit-that’s what I call my make up pouch. hehe So, in a second ,the name just occured veenazkit. This is the official website name. But display name in my blog is ‘Make Up World by Veena’ as I didn’t like the look of the word “veenazkit” in my page.

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

Not actually. I sit, stand, sleep, cook, do make up, shop… whatever I do my mind constantly gives me hints on what I should write about. Once something comes up, I write it down in my notepad. I guess I’m still at the initial stage of blogging that’s why I have tons of ideas as of now. haha

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What’s your favourite post to date?

Difficult question. Hmm, every post is so special to me as I put effort more than previous post,every time. I love taking pictures too, so with every new article I get to learn something new. But if I had to choose one, I’d say my fav is “DIY-From Glossy to Matte Lipstick”  I got good number of likes, and views for that post and few comments too. Check it out:

http://veenazkit.com/2015/06/17/diy-from-glossy-to-matte-lipstick/

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

I don’t work, so I’m always wearing comfy clothes at home. A loose Kurta and Churidaar pyjama (our traditional dress) or trousers and t-shirts.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

L.A Girl Matte Lip Gloss (of course)

Morphe Brushes Eyeshadow Palette in 35c

Nyx Curve Eyeliner

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

Watch drama series & read-since I’m blogging already. I go through my followers’ blogs and read their materials.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Wait for kids to sleep, stay up late with hubby and we order pizza. 😛

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What do you do to relax?

When I relax, I don’t do anything. I go to sleep,that’s relaxing for me. 😀

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

Sometimes kids get ignored because I use my cellphone a lot. Working on this though.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

My dad is very strict, unlike any other daughter. I couldn’t cuddle him, or sit on his lap, or play with him whenever I wanted. One day, I was upset and he took both my hands and kissed them to make up. This still brings tears to my eyes.

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What was your favourite school subject?

Mathematics

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What’s your dream job?

To be a pro Make-up artist and own a school.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Somewhere in Australia and maybe doing some make up related business.

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Ah! My kids’ outstanding performance in school is my biggest achievement.

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Who inspires you?

My children

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

“I’m not giving up, I’m just starting over”

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

Originality is the key. Never copy & paste content, good quality pictures, proof read your article before posting, visit other blogs, read and comment when needed especially your followers and follow back whoever follows you.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = coffee

Coke or Pepsi =none

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Messy mayhem

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Cute Kitten

Night In or Night Out = Night in

Heels or Flats = Flats

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip gloss

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Pop Princess

Paperback or E-book = Paperback

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Contact Veena:

Blog- www.veenazkit.com

Twitter- www.twitter.com/veenahussain

Instagram- www.instagram.com/veenahussain

Facebook- www.facebook.com/makeupworldbyveena

Don’t forget: If you would like your blog featured on Behind The Blog then get in touch via the contact page by clicking *here*, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves  🙂

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Fizzy Berry Nails…

Blackberry Coloured Nails

I seem to be going through a bit of a polish infatuation at the moment. Updating my collection with fabulous fusions of pretty seasonal shades and glittering top coats is what’s really exciting me for fall. I literally go weak at the knees for anything sparkly and this week I have yet another little polish partnership that I’ve fallen madly in love with. Check it out gals, are you swooning as much as I am over it?
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I should begin by mentioning that like any deep coloured polish I started by applying a clear base coat to help prevent staining. Once dried it was time to break out the fun stuff! This week I’ve opted for shade no. 14 Blackberry  from Collection 7 Day Wear Range.

Priced at only £1.99 this is such pocket friendly polish & boasting a 7 day wear it should last a little longer than a standard varnish. After trying it out by itself (2 coats with no glitter top coat) I only managed to get 4 full days before I noticed any chipping… maybe I’m just a ferocious typer who causes havoc to her dressed up digits?!However thankfully after applying my sparkly top coats it lasted much longer… but we’ll get to that in a minute!

The formula of the Collection polish is actually quite a nice consistency, it’s not too runny however with being such a deep colour it needs at least two coats to banish any streaks or patches. Naturally, the more costs applied the darker the result. Fear not though ladies, for in natural daylight (and after a good day’s wear) the colour settles quite a bit and becomes a beautiful rich berry tone that is super pretty and a distinctively rich-plum shade.

*Click here to visit Superdrug for more info on this product range*
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When I spotted this glittery little glass ball of goodness in shade 889 Amethyst Dust from Miss Sporty,  I knew it would be the perfect complimentary top coat to adding some sassiness to my Collection Blackberry colour. The consistency of this polish is actually quite runny however the plus side being that it dries relatively quickly. You will need to build up quite a few layers to really pack a punch with this glitter. I opted for 3 layers which might seems a lot but the results are incredible & it lasts a good 7-10 days providing you maintain it well – for £1.99 it’s well worth the pocket money. I find using a really good nail & hand cream daily helps to prolong the lifespan and keep my nails looking glossy and bright!

*Click here to visit Superdrug for more info on this product range*

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Fizzy Berry Nails

Overall this perfect partnership of polishes will set you back under £5 for a sparkly fall look that lasts all week long. Not a bad investment, eh ladies?
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Don’t forget to check out last weeks post: Fall Inspired Rose Gold Nails especially if glittery golds & coppers are what makes your little heart flutter! Yet another stunning combo 🙂
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Do you have favourite polish at the moment? What are your thoughts on my Fizzy Berry nails? As always don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below. Have a great weekend y’all!

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