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

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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

Make Up World By Veena

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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The Make-Up Menu: Perfectly Plum

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Hey Beauty Buddies…

I seem to be lusting after plum colours right now, which is no shock whatsoever considering that autumn is my favourite time of the year. After almost an hour perusing the shelves of my local Superdrug store I invested my hard earned pennies in a few new delicious little items that would suit my pale skin & fall wardrobe perfectly; and there’s nothing quite like a splash of sumptuous plums and playful purples this time of the year! Let’s check out the menu…

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1) Nivea Rich Moisturisning Day Cream: I always apply a small amount of this cream before adding my foundation. I find it helps keep my skin feeling hydrated & my make-up last longer. The perfect primer in my opinion!

2) Boots No 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation in Warm Ivory: Words cannot describe just how much I’m currently loving this foundation. Although it’s a full coverage matte formula it glides on with such ease, looks flawless, matches my skin perfectly and stay fresh looking throughout the entire day & night!

3) Collection Gorgeous Glow Blush Block: This is such a creamy blush that just seems to contain the perfect amount of glow and dewy looking shimmer to brighten up the apples of my cheeks. Hands down my favourite budget buy of the year… yes it’s THAT good.

4) L’Oreal Lumi Magique in Shade no. 2 Medium: I’m still currently in the testing stages of the Lumi Magique, but so far it hasn’t blown my socks off with the results… however it is a nice creamy formula & I am a fan of the brush applicator as opposed to the usual doe-foot. It does brighten up under my eyes, however for a fraction of the price the MUA dupe done a virtually identical job for a fraction of the price.

5) Sleek Face Form Contour Palette in Fair: Yet another new addition to my collection! When I initially tried this out I wasn’t entirely sure about the colour pay-off… it almost seemed to immediately evaporate into my skin without a hint of colour. Now that I’ve used it a few times I’m building up a much better relationship with it… shall keep you update on my final thoughts soon!

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1) Soap & Glory Archery Pencil: The well established dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. This pencil is a super quick way of taming the brows; it gives a softly groomed finish that’s incredibly natural looking.

2) Seventeen Eye Eye in Funfair: This looks suspiciously like a mini blush pot in the picture rather than an eye-shadow. Unfortunately the camera isn’t picking up the gorgeous rose gold multi-tonal sheen, but I find it the perfect transition shade for blending softly into the crease.

3) Seventeen Eyes Trio in Enchanted Smoke: A trio of autumnal shades for the perfect blend of plum, soft goldy pink and shimmering olive green. Gorgeous.

4) Maxfactor Wild Shadow Pots in Vicious Purple: I adore this little single pot of purple goodness, it really lifts the lid by adding a layer of shimmering deep lilac… perfectly compliments rich plum tones.

5) MaxFactor False Lash Effect in Black: What a find… all thanks to the lovely Anne over at Doves & Roses for her recommendation – this gal really knows a thing or two about quality alternatives to high-end spending! I have literally fallen head over heels for this powerful lash lengthener. The rich black formula adds lashings of volume from root to tip and really does leave your lashes looking every bit as dramatic as falsies. Well worth the investment!

6) Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer in Light: I know, I know… it’s not exactly an eye product but I find this concealer exceptionally superb for tidying round my freshly sculpted brows for a clean shapely finish. Best applied with a small concealer brush & steady hand 😉

7) Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner: With its ultra fine brush this jet black liner requires super precise application so shaky hands beware! My absolute staple liner – nothing has came close to rivalling it’s staying power and sleek finish. A make-up must have for any winged liner lover.

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1) Collection Work The Colour Lip Butter in Perfectly Plum: Just as the name suggests, this really is the perfect shade of plum for a pop of autumnal colour. Even the palest of skin can rock this sassy shade as it’s not too dark to drain the complexion. It’s super moisturising and makes the ideal balmy top coat to keep your lips feeling totally hydrated.

2) MUA Power Pout Acrylic in Potency: For those of you who love a deep damson coloured lip the ultra rich colour of this liquid style lippy is fierce. Incredible staying power I put a very light layer and blotted it heavily with a tissue before apply my balmy top coat of Collection lip butter (see above details) Beware ladies, this colour applied straight from the tube isn’t for the faint hearted!

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So there you have it ladies… my soft plum look to kick start the autumn. What’s your favourite make-up shade of the season?

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New Season, New Hair: L’Oreal Prodigy Review…

L'Oreal Paris Prodigy Review

Hey Beauty Buddies…

It’s Friday, fall is on the way & I’m ready for the weekend *excited air punch* 😀 Yes, bit of a cheery chappy today chums as I’ve spruced up my follicles and banished those pesky greys back to where they belong. With the turn of every new season I seem to break out a new hair style or colour… my own way of welcoming change I guess! Of course with autumn virtually on our door steps it was time for me to browse the shelves in search of a sassy new hair look that would (hopefully) compliment the rich vibrant tones this time of year brings.

After what seemed like an eternity mulling through a sea of DIY hair colourant kits, I finally set my sights on L’Oreal Prodigy shade 5.30 Tan. A rich warm brown with a hint of auburn, just the ticket for new fall follicles don’t you agree?

Wanna know how I got on? Then grab your cuppa & let’s get started…

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Price:

£7.99

Where purchased:

Boots (local store) – click for direct link to product

Unique Selling Points: 

L’Oréal Paris introduces the latest technology in permanent, home hair colour: micro-oil technology. Our micro-oil system perfectly diffuses a blend of colour revealing ultra-fine colour full of highs & lows. Each shade is made of a luxurious blend of multiple tones for an extraordinary natural-looking colour, all without ammonia.

Beautiful, lively, multi-tonal colour – the colour particles are diffused from root to tip, reflecting light to reveal an extraordinary natural-looking colour. Improved hair texture & radiant shine – the micro-oil technology leaves each strand feeling smoother and cared for. Hair looks enhanced: improved visible condition, with healthy radiant shine. All this without ammonia. Up to 100% grey coverage – strand by strand up to 100% grey coverage that always looks natural.

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L'Oreal Prodigy Whats In The Box

1) Extraordinary Colour Cream

2) Developer Cream Emulsion

3) Conditioner

4) Two part mixing bottle

5) Instructions

6) Mixing stick & Gloves

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Pros

The Box Contents: Contrary to the usually cheap gloves and flimsy instruction manuals included in home colour kits, the quality of the content was pretty impressive. I was rather taken by the handy little mixing stick and black stretchy gloves that somehow gave a much more professional feel to the preparation.

 The Formula: Most dyes I’ve used in the past have been pretty runny & messy when squeezed from the bottle – this one however was so easy to apply and didn’t drip or splatter. As for quantity there was more than enough in the bottle my thick mass of shoulder length hair. However if you do have longer locks then I would suggest investing in two boxes – just to be on the safe side. Better to have a little too much than too little right?

The smell:  Now you girls all know how utterly sensitive I am to smells. Most hair dyes tend to leave my eyes streaming however this wasn’t the case with this one. No nasty chemical filled boudoir or half an hour of wheezing whatsoever – very impressed!

 The Conditioner: If any of you are familiar with a 90’s teens perfume called Tribe then you might very well be in for a treat as the smell reminded of it so much… it is gorgeous! It’s quite fruity/florally – refreshingly different to many of the conditioners that are usually included in home hair dye kits. More importantly though; it left my hair feeling soft, bouncy and super healthy with an amazing shine.

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Cons

If you’re in a mad rush then the half an hour developing time might leave you tapping your impatient foot. Yep, there’s faster developing hair dyes available, however on reflection, I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to be something many tackle whilst racing the clock! If you’re anything like me then you’ll actually enjoy taking your time with any beauty process – it’s all about enjoying a pamper.  Catching up with your favourite YouTubers *Confetti & Curves – ahh hmm* 😉  & a nice hot cuppa will pass the time quicker than you realise!

Okay, it may not be the cheapest option on the shelves but in my experience spending that little bit more on decent colourants goes a loooong way in gaining a much better result. Like most home colours, it did turn out a little deeper than the picture suggested on the box, however the shade usually this lightens after a few washes so it’s not something I’d grumble over too much.

One thing I did find a bit off-putting was the sizing of the gloves. They are incredibly neat fitting with very little stretch –  might be a bit of an issue for those with slightly wider hands or long fingers!

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Before: Looking a tad washed out and in need of some oomf!

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After colouring (and a little sprucing up)

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Much better… wouldn’t you agree chums?

As you can see it’s really lifted my rather dull looking dark brown hair by added a little more warm & depth. There’s a slight red tone to the shade which is perfect for me considering that my natural hair colour is actually quite auburn – it brings out the vibrancy just a little bit more. Personally I think it’s the ideal shade for autumn: not too dark, but not too red for constantly maintaining an exhaustive upkeep of re-growth on the roots. Perfect!

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Rec

Most definitely. If you’re looking for an easy to follow hair colourant that leaves your follicles looking & feeling fabulous then I’d urge you to give the L’Oreal Prodigy range a go. The colour is beautifully rich & left my hair feeling silky smooth & smelling divine! For the price tag it’s well worth the investment ladies.

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Have you tried L’Oreal Prodigy? What’s your thoughts on DIY home-hair dyes? Do you have a favourite brand or are you sworn to your salon? Whatever your thoughts do let me know in the comments below!

Wishing y’all a fun filled weekend…

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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

Gooooood Mornin’ Beauty Buddies…

Yes, it’s that glorious day of the week once again that we lazily pad down stairs at 10 am, groggily reach for the coffee cups & plan to do absolutely nothing else all day long – well, at least that’s what I’m planning for today anyway! It’s amazing how the turn of a brand new month can almost flick a switch in the sensation of the seasons. This day last week I was happily perched out in my back garden enjoying (what would be) the last of the summer sunshine. One week later & I’m digging out woolly jumpers, cosy boots that have been buried away for months on end & treating my winter coats to a good old wash in preparation for the chilly autumn days ahead. Summer has most certainly left the building.

However as always, for those of you curled up for a spot of reading this crisp September day I’ve compiled this weeks fun filled posts into one handy dandy little place for y’all to catch up on… I wonder can you spot a recurring theme?! 😉

So without further a do, grab your topped-up cup & snuggle down for a spot of Keeping Up With Karen…

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Are You Battling A Blogging Slump?

Beat The Blogging Slump

We’ve all been there, done it & worn the oh-so faded tee shirt. Tackling a ‘blogging slump’ is no easy feat (as many of us already know) however there are ways and means of helping to avoid crawling under a virtual rock and getting firmly back on the blogging band-wagon. Check out my top tips or maybe you’ve a few of your own you’d care to share?

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Behind The Blog featuring Alice & The Looking Glass

Alice And The Looking Glass

Once again it’s time to plump up the pillows on the virtual sofa of sassiness as the gorgeous Alice from Alice And The Looking Glass treats us to a dose of glossip from behind the scenes of her gorgeous beauty & lifestyle blog. If you haven’t checked it out yet then get over pronto, otherwise you’re missing out!

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The ‘Getting Ready For Fall’ Haul

The Getting Ready For Fall Haul

The only way to celebrate the beginning of my favourite season is by updating my sun-cream smeared beauty shelves with glorious new goodies that are sure to welcome autumn 2015 with oodles of cosmetic craving merriment. What’s on your shopping list for fall?

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Behind The Blog featuring Bottled In Denmark

Bottled In Denmark

This lady doesn’t need much introduction to many of my blogging chums, yes it’s the gorgeous Nanna who featured as this Thursdays blogger as we get the low down on the girl behind the fantastic blog Bottled In Denmark. If you’re not already a follower of this chic corner of the interweb then be sure to rectify that & say a huge hello in the process. She’s such a gem!

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Fall Inspired Rose Gold Nails With Maybelline Colour Show

Rose Gold Nails

As many of you already know I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to sparkly things but when it’s combined with my favourite rose-gold tones I can hardly contain my excitement. Check out this seasons MUST HAVE nail polish from Maybelline gals… I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with it just as much as I have ❤ *swoon*

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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!

Cheerio Chums…

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