Keeping Up With Karen….

Keeping Up With Karen

Well heeeello chums…

What a fun weekend it’s turned out to be,m but firstly can I just give some credit to my hard-working hubby who tirelessly spent his Friday evening making our back garden look utterly faaaabliss by giving it a major clear out for summer. And I’m happy to report that Pedro, our super stylish Ikea parasol, is now pride of place along with my comfy little fold up chair… bring on the lazy summer afternoons with the kindle in hand!

As for today, well it’s all about the kiddies vs the (so called) grown ups as Emma’s little dance chum turns 11 AND Steve & I have also been cordially invited to battle it out on the bowling lanes to help celebrate! Needless to say I’ll probably be watching from the side lines thanks to aching bones, but hey someone has to referee right?! 😉

However for those of you who fancy catching up with a spot of blog reading today, then why not check out what fun shenanigans have been going on over the past week right here on Confetti & Curves! As always, you’re more than welcome to leave a link to any blog posts of your own that you’d like us to check out. Wishing y’all a great day ahead & wish us luck at the birthday bowling… with a posse of competitive 11 years old in tow I have a feeling we’ll certainly need it 😀

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Pink Of The Bunch: My Favourite Blush Pink Lipsticks

Pink Lipsticks

Ahhh, those gorgeous vintage pinks that remind me of shabby chic birdcages and pretty vases full of rambling country flowers. I adore blush colours, they’re soft, versatile, feminine and work perfectly with my paler-than-pale skin tone. Wanna see my top pinks? Then check out Mondays post!

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Behind The Blog featuring Simply Sorcha

Simply Sorcha

Our first blogger of the week was the adorable Sorcha from her blossoming beauty and lifestyle blog… Simply Sorcha. This gal is so incredibly friendly, a fabulous blogger and makes you feel totally welcome over at her blog. If you haven’t done so already take a trip over and check it out – I’m pretty sure you’ll adore it as much as the rest of us do!

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Is It That Time Already?! Monthly Favourites

May Monthly Favourites

JUNE has arrived. Can you beeeeelieve it?!?! Seriously, I feel like I’ve been under a rock for the past 4 months! However to celebrate the end of May and what I consider the countdown to summer, this weeks chatter was all about the Monthly Favourites. Don’t forget: *Click Here* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you never miss an upload *woo hoo*

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Behind The Blog featuring Claudia Marie

Claudia Marie Fit

Thursday’s post was getting to know the gorgeous Claudia Marie as she gave us a quick peek behind her beautifully presented beauty & lifestyle blog as well as chatting about her favourite makeup items, blogging tips and what’s top of her bucket list! Sounds like fun? Then go check it out & don’t forget to say a huge hello too 🙂

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The Manicure Menu: Lush Lilacs

Lilac Nail Polish Collection

If perfectly polished pastel purple nails (try saying that in a hurry!!) is your kinda thing then you’ll definitely appreciate Friday’s post as it pays homage to some of my most loved lilacs in my polish collection. Ideal for virtually every season, lilac has always been a staple investment for me – what’s your favourite shade?!

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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 do stop by & say a quick hello!

Cheerio Chums…

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Behind The Blog featuring Claudia Marie…

 

Claudia Marie Fit 

Hey Beauty Buddies…

Firstly, a huuuuge thank you to all who checked out yesterdays post Is It That Time Already?! Monthly Favourites. I’m still reeling at the fact that June has crept up on us so quickly, however I may be more shocked at the fact my YouTube subscriber list has grown instead of diminished after uploading yesterdays video(!!) If anything it’s certainly prompted me to up my game with summer make-up necessities, and with that in mind if you’ve any great recommendations for long lasting beauty goodies that bode well on these hot sunny days then do let me know in the comments below… heaven knows I need all the suggestions I can get right now gals 😀

However onto today’s post as I introduce y’all to the gorgeous Claudia from Claudia Marie Fit. I’m sure many of you are already familiar with this fresh-faced beauty as she regularly graces readers with glamorous make-up and lifestyle features. Can we also take moment just to congratulate her on losing a super impressive 60lbs!!! If you too could do with a dose of inspiration then why not *Click Here* check her recent feature where she talks all about her fantastic transformation into feeling more strong, confident & healthy about herself.

“Before I start answering Karen’s questions, I would like to take this moment to thank Karen so much for being such a kind and empowering woman and blogger. I am always so passionate when it comes to empowering women and that is why I immediately was drawn to Karen’s positive blog and connected with her. Thank you!” – Claudia.

(Ps: Thank YOU so much. What a fantastic compliment!!! *blushing*)

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I have always been that person who loved seeing others being happy and smiling…that is truly when I am the happiest (I mentioned that in my ‘Happiness Tag’ here: https://claudiamariefit.com/2016/05/10/the-happiness-tag/ ). It may sound cheesy but that comes truly from my heart.

My family and friends always come to me for beauty and fitness advice and I love sharing my knowledge, tricks and tips. I love how I can now extend this to my blog ohana (=Hawaiian for family) and reach even more women.

Once I obtained my 60lbs weight loss mark and kept it off, I thought to myself that I would love to start a blog where I hopefully will be inspiring and motivating other women. I know first-hand how difficult it can be to start a new lifestyle and moreover, to stick to it. Combined with my passion for beauty and traveling I created claudiamariefit.com. which I am so happy I did.

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

Uh that was a tough decision because all the names I was thinking of at first were already taken. So, I had to be creative and try different variations.

‘Claudia’ is my first name, so I definitely wanted to have that component in my name – simply because that is who I am!

‘Marie’ is my third middle name (I know I have a lot of names lol) but also my alter ego kind of name. I am typically a mix between introvert and extrovert but Marie stands for ‘get out there and achieve what you put your mind to.

‘Fit’ came to me as I changed my lifestyle to becoming more fit and healthy and my love for fitness and working out.

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

I have only started 1.5 months ago with my blog and so far I have a lot of ideas but I am a perfectionist and want to make sure that I am satisfied with the quality of my post. That is why I deleted quite a few posts which were not up to my standard.

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

That is difficult as I put my heart into each one but…

The most heartfelt post must be the “How I lost 60lbs” post as I put myself out there and make myself very vulnerable https://claudiamariefit.com/2016/05/06/how-i-lost-60lbs-part-i-of-my-journey-to-healthy-strong-confident/.

My favourite post might be my very first one https://claudiamariefit.com/2016/03/24/aloha-and-welcome-to-my-blog/ because I remember all the emotions I had while writing and publishing it.

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

I would say that I am a casual chic type of girl 🙂 However, I also love to wear sporty clothes as well as sexy dresses depending on where I go and in which mood I am. I don’t like to be put in one category as I decide every morning how I want to feel/look like…

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

TooFaced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Medium- Dark

I just recently came across dermarolling and I love the difference it makes in my skin; so probably my dermaroller

Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Liner in the color 1C – I love this color to line my lips and to make them look full and pouty but still keeping them very natural.

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

I am a total beach person. If you can’t find me…chances are high,  that I am in the ocean. The ocean is my therapy and no matter what happened during the day, the ocean literally washes it off.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

I used to love going out with my friends and party (when I was in my late teens, early twenties) but now I would say that my perfect Saturday evening would incorporate having a nice BBQ on the beach, listening to reggae music in a hammock and talking about life with good people.

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What do you do to relax?

In my day to day life I try to breath – sounds easier than it is. I use different breathing techniques which totally relax and calm me and down. Deep breathing makes me more focused and present as well.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

When I eat Nutella or cookies I can’t stop at one…the whole package or half of the pot is gone. I became much better since changing my lifestyle but Nutella is still my vice…and on bad days Nutella and a spoon has to be there to fix it J

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

 I am truly lucky and grateful because there are so many wonderful childhood memories that I have. But if I have to name only one, than it must be my summers in the South of France, where I spent the most amazing time with my aunties, uncles, cousins and friends. I remember the smell and taste of my uncles amazing paellas which made everyone come together and have a good time.

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What was your favourite school subject?

Chemistry – I loved mixing substances and creating solutions. I still think that it is pretty fascinating and with one of my best friend having a PhD in Chemistry and working for a big makeup brand fostered that fascination even more.

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What’s your dream job?

Being a Forensic Psychologist. That is what I have studied and I love it!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I am not too sure – I just hope that I am happy no matter what I am doing.

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Traveling – I would love to go to French Polynesia, Africa and Borneo

Giving back – that can be in different ways

Diving in Belize

Buying a house

Seeing Orang Utans in the wild (in Borneo)

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

I have obtained my degree in Psychology, I have lost 60lbs and I have made a difference in kids’ lives when working in an orphanage in Costa Rica.

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Who inspires you?

My mother… she is such a positive person, and always sees the good side of everything.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

I have two:

If you really want something (with all your heart), the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it – Paulo Coelho

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

If you have thought about it, than just do it. Sometimes we think too much and too long about things and even end up not doing it. Life is too short for not doing what you want.

Think about what you are truly passionate about and then start posting about it.

You may think that there are so many other bloggers out there who write about similar things but there is only one YOU out there and that will make the difference.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea

Coke or Pepsi = Coke

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Good mix?! Lol

Cute kitten or Playful Puppy = playful puppy

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 Claudia

 (Thank you) so much for reading my interview and I hope you enjoyed getting to know who is Behind The Blog at ClaudiaMarieFit. You can find me on the following social media sites…

BLOG: www.claudiamariefit.com

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/claudiamariefit/

PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/Claudiamariefit/

EMAIL: claudiamariefit@hotmail.com

“I love the interaction with other creative minds and I can’t wait to read about your thoughts on my posts and ‘virtually’ meet you. Sending lots of Aloha your way! xx” Claudia.

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

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Behind The Blog featuring Simply Sorcha…

Simply Sorcha

If there is anything certain in the universe, it’s that Ireland is undoubtedly swarming with glowing pink bodies today (appearing semi-radioactive) from what can only be described as the mini heatwave which descended upon our bank holiday Monday. What a scorcher it was as back gardens & beaches were crammed with budding barbequers relishing in the sun rays, enjoying their burnt hot dogs & cider. I on the other hand was inching around the shade – wilting like an extra from Bram Stokers. Needless to say an Ikea parasol is the most life saving investment I’ve ever purchased, and if you’re pale skinned you’ll more than understand 😉 On a slightly different note, my new summer sandals arrived and they are THEE comfiest things I have EVER worn. Seriously, they really are! *happy sigh & happy feet* 😀

Ooh talking of happy, I’ve yet another cheery blog buddy to introduce y’all to today as the gorgeous Sorcha from Simply Sorcha joins us on the virtual sofa for a quick chatter about life behind the scenes of her ‘oh-so-chic’ beauty & lifestyle blog. With a love of cosmetics, a sprinkle of wanderlust, fun features and a talented flair for writing, Sorcha’s blog is certainly not one to miss out on so if you haven’t already check it out then get over pronto & check in 🙂

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

Lifestyle, beauty, honesty and fun!

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What inspired you to start blogging?

As clichéd as it sounds, it was my love of writing. I used to write all the time, I previously had a travel blog and also wrote short stories. But lately I’ve just been writing for work, and not for myself, so in January of this year, I made the leap and began blogging again.

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

Simply Sorcha, is ‘simply’ about me. My life, my loves, my interests, my experiences, my travels, and anything else happening in my life that I think people would like to read about. I deliberated for weeks trying to come up with a name that covered everything I wanted to write about, in the end it just made sense to name it after myself!

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

Absolutely. It happens quite regularly and usually if I’m a bit stressed out. I second guess myself a lot and wonder if I’m just boring people, or whether my posts are even interesting. I’m sure most bloggers experience that every so often. But when I’m having days like that, I try just think about what I like to read in blog posts and go from there.

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

Ah… That has to be my wedding photography post, Wedding, Photos, Love. https://simplysorcha.com/2016/03/03/wedding-photos-love/

I got married last December so I shared this post when we received our photos from our photographer. It is my most-read post to date with over 2000 views, yay!

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

Hmmm, casual chic maybe? My staple daily outfit usually consists of a jacket of some sort, a top or blouse, skinny jeans and ankle boots. But I do love glamming it up for a night out!

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

This changes all the time, but currently my favs are:

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher Concealer Pen

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

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

By soaking in a long, hot bath with a great book and a glass of red.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Going for dinner with my hubby and/or friends, chatting and drinking the night away.

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What do you do to relax?

I’m really into meditation and mindfulness so I try to switch off and meditate as much as I can. I also love nothing more than putting on my PJs and slippers, and curling up on the couch with one of my favourite movies.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I’m a complete stress head, even though I try very hard not to be!

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

Trips away with my family in summer – it’s the simple things.

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What was your favourite school subject?

English! Hence why I love writing so much I think…

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What’s your dream job?

To be a published, successful author.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would love to be a full time, professional blogger, and also have a family.

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Oh there are just so many things on my bucket list but my top five would have to be:

Travel Australia

Buy a Chanel Handbag

Visit The White House

Write a book

Buy a house

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

N/A (Only because I can’t think of what to say here!)

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Who inspires you?

My parents. They have an incredible work ethic and are the most generous people I know.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

I’m totally obsessed with quotes, there’s nothing else like one for a bit of inspiration. But I think my favourite would have to be:

‘For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be what you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again’. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Given that I’m new to the blogging world I still have a lot to learn myself, but social media has really helped grow my readership and followers. So I definitely recommend setting up as many social media accounts as possible and really engaging with your followers.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea

 

Coke or Pepsi = Coke (Diet!)

 

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super Organised

 

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Cute Kitten

 

Night In or Night Out = Night Out

 

Heels or Flats = Heels

 

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lipstick

 

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Rock Chic

 

Paperback or E-book = Paperback

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Contact Sorcha:

Blog Address: simplysorcha.com

Facebook: facebook.com/simplysorchablog

Instagram: instagram.com/simplysorcha

Twitter: twitter.com/simplysorcha

Pinterest: pinterest.com/simplysorcha

Snapchat Username: imsimplysorcha

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

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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

Haaaaaappy Sunday chums 🙂

Well, it is here as it’s a bank jolly holiday weekend which can only mean a cause for celebrating one thing = an extra lie in with no alarm set *happy sigh* Though, these days as much as I try my darndest to revel in another few hours sleep I seem to find it really hard, particularly as I’m up from 5am every morning, so waking at 8am feels like I’ve wasted half a day already! Needless to say I’ll be knuckling down to test out a few of my new acrylics and glitter powders… oooh what excitement for a magpie like me 😀

However before I even contemplate moving a muscle it’s time to take an hour to absorb myself in some blog buddy catch up with the help of a big mug of milky coffee. Slllurrrrp. However, if you’ve a recent blog post you’d like to share then pop it in the comments below, I’d love to know what some of you guys have been up to this past week or two so feel free to drop me an update! Talking of which, here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening on Confetti & Curves the last few days…

 

My Top 5 Favourite Nude Lipsticks

My Favourite Nude Lipsticks

Mondays post saw me take a rummage through some of my more subtler shades of lippy as I picked out my current favourite nudes *ahh hmm* There’s everything from MAC to Makeup Revolution in this lovely lot so there’s something to suit every budget! So if you’re on the nude for a staple neutral shade then this just might be the post for you… shopping list at the ready gals 😀

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Behind The Blog featuring Honey In A Gold Pot

Honey In A Gold Pot

Our first Behind The Blogger of the week was the lovely Stefhanie from Honey In A Gold Pot as she takes us on a quick peek behind the scenes of her super stylish beauty and lifestyle blog. This gal is everybit as sweet as her blog name so if you’re on the look out for a fabulous new blog to feast your eyes upon then get yourself over & check her out!

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Product Fails

Product Fails

Time to raid the empties stash as I make myself comfy for a quick chatter about what beauty buys have ended up as fails. Don’t forget, just *Click Here* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you never miss a future upload!

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Behind The Blog featuring Coast To Coast With Alexis

Coast To Coast With Alexis

Thursday post featured the gorgeous Alexis from her beauty and lifestyle blog Coast To Coast with Alexis as she stopped by for a quick chatter about life beyond blogging. If you haven’t already checked this gal out then make it a priority to get yourself over and hit that follow button – she’s fabulous!

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Sweet Endings, Embracing Change & New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Fridays post was a bit more personal than my usual beauty ramblings as I updated you guys with a few changes that’ll be happening over the next few months. Time to move onward and upward with a couple of exciting new challenges and projects…

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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 do stop by & say a quick hello!

Cheerio Chums…

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Sweet Endings, Embracing Change & New Beginnings…

New Beginnings

Like I mentioned in yesterdays intro, I’m a bit of a weirdo when it comes to change. Even if it doesn’t necessarily affect me it takes a long time for me to adjust. It’s bizarre, right? Of course that can be limiting as I quite often avoid embracing new things simply because I wallow comfortably in routine; anything different to that feels like a wild threat determined to disrupt my mental karma. Naturally, copious tea drinking commences… aren’t I glad it’s nothing stronger?! *rolls eyes* Maybe it’s down to my erratic anxiety levels or maybe it’s just the fact that I get comfy in the same old spot for too long. Whatever the reason, I feel it’s time to move on and instigate a few little changes of my own.

At this point you’re probably thinking ‘what the fudge is she whittling on about?!’. Okay, here goes a bit of a back track story… In October 2014 I launched Confetti & Curves. At the time I’d literally gone through the mill with mental health issues – if only you guys knew the struggle, it was real & it was frightening. But without dwelling on the gloom and doom, blogging picked me up and took me out of the darkest depths of what I was battling. It helped me cope immensely. I spent night after night chatting to new blogging chums… most of whom have become friends I’m yet to meet. It’s been lovely, thoroughly lovely in fact, and I’d highly suggest blogging to anyone battling their own inner demons as it can be such a healthy & creative distraction.

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In November 2014 I wanted to give something back to the blogging community, albeit it nothing major but it was my own way of positively drawing attention to the bloggers who were unknowingly helping me through such a tough time in my own life, hence Behind The Blog was born.

Over the past 18 months (Eeeek! I can’t believe it’s been THAT long!!) literally hundreds of bloggers have featured twice a week, joining me on my so called ‘virtual sofa’ to chatter about their own little corner of the internet. Learning about others in the blogging community has proven that regardless of skin colour, religion or location we can all be surprisingly similar in many ways… or totally different but still enjoying the company of each other.

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I can’t begin to tell y’all just how much I’ve enjoyed hosting this series. It’s been a treat getting to know so many of you a little bit better alongside the added bonus of some great online friendships blossoming through it. But it’s time to move on. It’s not that I’m fed up or tired of introducing all you lovely lot, it’s just reached a point where I’d like to explore a few new opportunities as well as take the time to read more blogs and put as much as I can into becoming self-employed again. Woo hoo! It’s exciting, right? Of course I’m by no means saying that I’m giving up blogging – absolutely not!!! I’ll still be regularly typing away but merely phasing out the commitment of Behind The Blog every Tuesday & Thursday… which in turn will help me free up some time. In replacement, maybe I’ll re-blog a few of my older posts that new readers might find helpful or simply post a little inspirational feature. I’ve pencilled in a few new series for later in the year that I’ve been itching to work on but simply haven’t gotten the time to tackle – again easing off the Behind The Blog commitment for a while will help me work on creating those exciting projects with some really interesting people! Projects I know you guys will LOVE.

I know some of you are in the process of submitting your Behind The Blog interviews already, and that’s fine, I’m still scheduling as normal. I also know some of you are keen to jump on board, so with that in mind this is my last invitation (for the foreseeable wee while) that I’ll be putting out for any requests. So please get in contact pronto if it’s something you’re also interested in participating in.

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So if you’re in the process of returning your interview or if you’re eager to get involved (before I begin to wind things down a little) then get in touch via my contact page. If you’re new and would like to read more about it then you can *Click Here* to check out all the information a blogger could need 😉

As for those who have already taken part THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! You guys have been an inspiration, a daily source of encouragement, great online friends and the best medicine for days when even mumbling a few words has been a difficult process. You’re all super-stars in your own right and I cannot thank you enough for allowing the rest of us into your world ❤

Cheerio chums…

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Behind The Blog featuring Stefhanie from Honey In A Gold Pot…

Honey In A Gold Pot

Howdy Beauty Buddies.

I trust you’re all having a fabulous week so far (albeit only Tuesday) but in my opinion if you’ve survived a horrendously hectic Monday then you’re good for the week ahead 😀 It’s been a funny old one here, with a bizarre mixture of thunder storms one minute and then sun splitting the trees the next. Makes it hard to know what to wear…. sandals or thigh-high waders *rolls eyes* Anyways, before I press ahead with today’s post a huuuuge ‘tankin yew’ for the chatters on yesterday’s feature My Top 5 Favourite Nude Lipsticks. If gorgeous soft earthy tones is your kinda shades when choosing the perfect lippy then do check it out… oh, and feel free to tell me your fav nude lip wear too… so I can add it to my wish list of course 😉 hehe

However onto today’s post as we welcome the stunning Stefhanie onto the virtual sofa as she stops to chatter about life behind the scenes of her beauty & lifestyle blog: Honey In A Gold Pot. How utterly sweet is her blog name?! It conjures up cute little fuzzy honey bees & lots of yummy honeycomb in my mind… nom!! Never the less, Stefhanie’s blog is actually super chic, stylish & oh so pretty. Being a cosmetic craver (like most of us round these parts) expect a wealth of beautifully presented posts, news & reviews! Check it out, I’m sure you’ll adore it as much as I do chums, but before you go anywhere time to take a quick peek Behind The Blog…

Stefhanie

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

Information, interaction, honest opinion, fun, beauty related

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What inspired you to start blogging?

At first, I started my current blog because there’s competition that time for winning Korea trip, they require us to have 1 blog and start blogging about Korea and share it to as many people as possible. The most interesting and attractive post and blog will win the prize. I didn’t win that time, and begin to lost vision for my blog. I started to blog random post about my life, blog about my photograph because photography also one of my hobby. But after a while, I also lost interest for blogging my photography’s journey. I prefer using Instagram for sharing my photograph. After a while, I decided to switch my majority blog’s topic to beauty and makeup and I really enjoyed it. I’m happy that I’m able to share my experience with products, and blogging also helps me to work up my ability to write and compose something to read (believe it or not, I’m not that fluent for talking in English).

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

Nothing too complicated, just decided because of random thought.

So here we go : Stefhanie – I’m either called Stef or Hanny or Hanie (same pronunciation either way) and honey also got same pronunciation. And for the ‘in the gold pot’ part, I’m just making it and somehow it turns out like that. LOL

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

Yes of course. Sometimes I overcame it with nothing at all. I just stop and do nothing with my blog. Post nothing at all. And later when I have refreshed my mind, I go back and write again. That’s why I never have a scheduled post on my blog, I just write and post. One at a time.

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

My everyday clothes style are kind of comfy. Mostly top and jeans and flats or sandals.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Hmm.. for now I’m really into cushions again. I’m wearing missha magic cushion now, also I really enjoy using fake lashes nowadays. I wear Lavie Lash, it’s a local brand but I heard they already available in Sephora sg & my also! And the last is 3ce real soft cleansing sherbet. I really loving this again. I have my review too for missha cushion & 3ce cleansing sherbet. Make sure that you check it out!

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

Watch YouTube, play games, go to bed early.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Go watch movie (if got interesting one), go hang out with friends, go eat outside.

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What do you do to relax?

Sleep. LOL

Light up aroma therapy candle.

Listen to music

Go to massage parlour

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I’m lazy, and not very organized. I’m especially lazy to drive because the traffic jam’s here so bad. I get anxious when I have to drive.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

When I don’t have to think about life and just enjoy it everyday.

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What was your favourite school subject?

Biology

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What’s your dream job?

Beauty entrepreneur or professional photographer

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hmm.. happy wife with kids and successful blogger & entrepreneur.

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

1.Explore the world more

2.Be a successful someone

3.Fully support my parents financially

4.Have my own house

5.Adopt/buy a Corgi!

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Who inspires you?

My mom and YouTube LOL

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu.

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

Just write. Think of 1 main topic that’s gonna be your ultimate reason to blog then you’re all set.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea

 

Coke or Pepsi = Coke

 

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Messy Mayhem

 

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Playful puppy

 

Night In or Night Out = Night in

 

Heels or Flats = Flats

 

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip stick

 

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Pop princess

 

Paperback or E-book = Paperback

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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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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

Wooo, what a weekend 😀 To think back to the sad little cloud of misery I was this time last week… heck, it’s so good to finally enjoy 48 hours of zero health drama! Friday after work started of rather epic as I arrived home to a bundle of goodies from the post man… my delivery of Young Nails goodies & a new nail drill had arrived. How exciting is it to break open a box of beauty gadgets? Ermm, just a tad *stifles squeals of delight*

Anyways, whilst I play with new acrylic powders, tubs of glitter and all sorts of nail paraphernalia today here’s a quick catch-up for those of you who fancy a browse over this weeks fun features right here on Confetti & Curves. Hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend; feel free to leave a link to any of your blog posts you’d like us to check out 😉

Saturday Night Makeup featuring Maybelline Midnight Plum

Maybelline Midnight Plum Colour Sensational Lipstick Review a

Monday’s post was revisiting my FOTD for Saturday night… as much as I love my summery pinks and corals I’ll always be head-over-heels for sumptous rich plums, especially for glamming up on girls night 😉

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Behind The Blog featuring The Girl With An Accent

The Girl With An Accent

On Tuesday we took a peek behind the scenes of Varsha’s beauty and lifestyle blog, The Girl With An Accent. If you’re a cosmetic craver that loves a sprinkle of recipes & ramblings then get yourself over and say a huge hello to Varsha! 🙂

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World Meet Boris: A Fluffy Kittens YouTube Debut

World Meet Boris

Wednesday’s post was something a little unique to my normal beauty chatter as I introduced Boris, the baby Maine Coon and all the daily shenanigans this little ball of super-soft fluff gets up too. Prepare yourself for cuteness over-load with this tiny fella ❤

Ps: *Click Here* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you never miss an upload 😉

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Behind The Blog featuring Glamorous Etoiles

Glamorous Etoiles

Thursday’s blogger just happened to be the lovely Rahma from Glamorous Etoiles! I’m sure a few of you are already familiar with her blossoming beauty blog, but for those who aren’t make it top of your to do list to check out so you don’t miss out on her fabulous makeup looks, beauty news & reviews!

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GlowDry Mini LED Lamp from Vanity Planet 

Vanity Planet LED Gel Nail Lamp Review

If quick, easy & compact is everything you look for in a nail lamp then feast your eyes on Fridays post as I showcase the ever so cute LED lamp that packs a mighty punch! Ideal for nail techs on the move or if you love the idea of DIY home manicures ❤

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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 do stop by & say a quick hello!

Cheerio Chums…

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Behind The Blog featuring Glamorous Etoiles…

Glamorous Etoiles

Don’t you just hate it when you spend an hour online looking for the perfect sandals only to find them & discover they’re all sold out of your size?! *sob*

I couldn’t believe it. I’d literally trailed through every online store looking for the perfect summer shoes… and when I finally found what I wanted they had every size but mine in stock. Worst of all they’re on sale – typical. It never ceases to amaze me just how ‘sods law’ life can be at times. Needless to say I settled for a second pair, but they just didn’t have the same wow. However no doubt their arrival will kick start the hunt for a great pedi polish… recommendations needed gals! 😀

Oh, and before it escapes me thank y’all soooo much for the flood of comments yesterday on World Meet Boris: A Fluffy Kittens YouTube Debut… you certainly spoilt our cheeky little chap with oodles of kind comments! Isn’t he just the cutest? I’ll do a bit of an update a few months down the line to show y’all just how much he’s grown… however if you can’t wait til then, keep a close eye on Instagram as I’m pretty sure he’ll pop up every once in a while!

However onto today’s post as we welcome our second blogger of the week, the lovely Rahma from Glamorous Etoiles. For those who haven’t already met Rahma you’re in for a treat, particularly if you’re an avid makeup maven & cosmetic craver as Rahma adores blogging about all her latest make up looks, news and reviews. However before you take a virtual trip over to say hello, grab yourself a quick cuppa and get comfy as we take a peek Behind The Blog

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

Beauty Reviews, Inspiration, Fashion, Funny and honesty

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I have been using beauty products for a long time now. So I though why not tell other people as well as, sharing is caring 🙂

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

My blog name is Glamorous Etoiles. When I was thinking about the name I was like something glamorous and shiny so I ended up deciding etoiles which is a French word and it means star.

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

Nah! Why would anybody block for any reason you be nice people will be nice J

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What’s your favourite post to date?

https://glamorousetoiles.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/lets-just-be-nice/

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

Casual and elegant at the same time.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Concealer, Highlighter and lipstick

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

Take warm shower wear pjs sip cup of tea and gossip with my mother

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Ideal would be like at home eating biryani. Watching YouTube videos and sleep 😀

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What do you do to relax?

Nothing much just sit and eat and say to myself just relax

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I don’t really think I have a bad habits  😀

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

Don’t remember

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What was your favourite school subject?

Who loves school… nahh no fav subject

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What’s your dream job?

I want to start my own business and want to be billionaire

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Haven’t thought about it too much because last year everything went opposite and my dreams got crashed so not thinking anymore about this.

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

I want to go for (HAJJ) pilgrim

I want to get settle now

I want high end makeup because can’t afford one now

I want to start my own business

I want to complete my masters

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

I make my parents smile & proud.

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Who inspires you?

My mother, my daddy

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

Destroy what destroys you

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

Just relax and post whatever you feel like is good and when people will look up at you they can get inspire. Be who you are.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = tea

Coke or Pepsi = coke

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = super Organised

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = playful puppy

Night In or Night Out = night in

Heels or Flats = heels

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = lipstick

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = rock chick

Paperback or E-book = paperback

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Social Media Contact Details/Links including blog address:

Word press: https://glamorousetoiles.wordpress.com/

Blog spot: http://glamorousetoiles.blogspot.com/

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/glamorousetoiles

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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Behind The Blog featuring Varsha from The Girl With An Accent…

The Girl With An Accent

Hello, Howdy, Welcome…

I’ve been in such a cheery mood these past few days, heaven knows why as I’ve a list to grumble about – but then who doesn’t, right?! Needless to say, I’m a great believer that a few rays of sun helps, and considering that we’ve been bizarrely blessed with a run of blue skies lately (living in Ireland that’s a rare treat at times) it’s been fabulous getting up in the morning to the sun streaming in through the blinds. Even groggily moving my arm to find a little warm spot on the duvet has been a treat. Can you imagine my elation living in some far flung sunny climate?! Ohh the temptation! However, I shall stop rambling and get right onto today’s feature…

Talking of cheery, I’ve a fabulous blog buddy to introduce y’all too today as the gorgeous Varsha from The Girl With An Accent, joins us for a quick chatter about life behind the scenes of her flourishing lifestyle and beauty blog. Varsha’s blog is a fun mix of many a great topic including yummy recipes, a sprinkling of beauty, a dash of wanderlust and oodles of personality. There literally is something for everyone, so if you haven’t already taken a virtual trip over to Varsha’s corner of the interwebs then be sure to check it out pronto, but not before we take a peek Behind The Blog

Varsha

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

Recipes, beauty, life, ramblings and inspiration!

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What inspired you to start blogging?

Honestly, I’d been thinking about it for a while. I first wanted to start up a YouTube channel (and even filmed a video rambling on about things!) but that didn’t work out. I was just too insecure. Two years ago, I started writing for the magazine at my university and gradually gained a little confidence. I’ve always loved writing and sharing ideas and experiences but I was always a little insecure about it all. I finally mustered the courage one day and made an impulsive decision to sign up on WordPress and here I am! I’m still relatively anonymous but I’m ready to let people I know read my blog (at least a few close friends).

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

Like I said earlier, I’d been thinking about it for a while before I impulsively clicked the sign up button. About two years ago, I was talking to a friend of mine who lives in India. We started talking about accents and she told me that I had an accent. I told her she had one. That went back and forth a little until I realised we all have accents. It makes everyone simultaneously unique and the same.

It also says a little something about me. People usually can’t place my accent, because I was exposed to so many languages and accents while growing up. I’ve got a bit of a mix of an Indian and an American accent and since I’ve been studying English, an English accent can also be added to the mix. In other words, I’ve got a weird accent (as I’ve been told) and proud of it!

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

The thing is I’ve got all these ideas popping up at the wrong times so I end up forgetting most of them (I know, I should be writing them down). So, since I forget I even had an idea, I tend to suffer from Blogger’s Block from time to time. When this happens, I usually check out other blogs (which ends up in liking and commenting all over the place) or browse Pinterest.

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

Can I pick two? My blog is quite varied so it’s hard to just pick one, I enjoyed writing them all!

Here’s one of my first posts ever “Late Evening Baking Time! – Banana Bread Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies” This one was such an unplanned post! It was nearing midnight. I was literally sitting on my couch watching TV and suddenly got a craving for cookies. So I looked something up and ended up with these delicious cookies!

The other one is beauty related and my first ever “Hello Favourites” I was so excited to use my new Naked Palette and couldn’t wait to share it all my lovely readers. I feel like you can really sense my excitement in this post. I also loved taking the pictures. It truly made me feel like a real blogger.

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

This one is difficult! My clothes style tends to change with my mood. One day I’m a punk chick, the other day I’m a girly girl wearing a dress. But since I mostly just go to university, my everyday style is usually just denim jeans, t-shirt and cardigan with converse/boots.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

MAC’s Prep+Prime BB compact (review here)

Collection’s Long Lasting Concealer

MAC ‘s lipstick Mehr (review here)

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

I like to cosy up on the couch with either a book or a (Bollywood) film with a warm cup of tea.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Very much like how I relax and unwind after a stressful day. So, watching something on Netflix or even work on my blog! But I also like to hang out with my friends. Maybe even go for a cocktail (or two).

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What do you do to relax?

I listen to music and read. I also find cooking and baking extremely relaxing. Sometimes I like to watch my favourite shows on Netflix. Or I call my mom or my best friend to talk.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

Putting off plans with friends (usually because I’m stressing about university too much). A mundane (and weird) habit of mine is not being able to finish my drink till the last drop. I always leave a little sip at the end of my glass or cup. I don’t know why!

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

Decorating the Christmas tree together with my family every year (including Christmas shopping and all, even though we’re not Christians!). There is one particular memory I have when I was probably barely 4. I’m sitting on the floor while my mom is braiding my hair while I look up at the lights in the Christmas tree twinkle. I just felt so happy in that moment. It’s one of my first really happy memories that I can remember.

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What was your favourite school subject?

In secondary school it was Biology

At university it’s Second Language Acquisition! (funny how things change)

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What’s your dream job?

This is a question I’ve been asked to address a lot lately.

Maybe an author. Or a chef. Or a restaurant owner. Or a journalist. Maybe even a full time blogger.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’ll be 27 then, eek!

I see myself holding my master’s degree, along with a teaching certificate. I’ve got a stable and great job. A nice apartment or house somewhere in Europe (most probably the Netherlands). And maybe even thinking about marriage.

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Travel through all of Europe

See the Northern Lights

Write a novel about my best friend’s love story

Fly in a hot air balloon

Be thoroughly and wonderfully happy

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Moving to the Netherlands to live on my own at the age of 17.

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Who inspires you?

My mom, my friends, all you lovely bloggers!

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

“Stop thinking of what could go wrong and think of what could go right”

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

Just do it. Don’t think of what could go wrong. Think of what could go right. Step out of your comfort zone and touch the waters. It’s a whole new realm of possibilities and learning!

Oh, the wonderful things life brings us when we challenge it.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Coffee girl by day, Tea girl by night.

Coke or Pepsi = Coke

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Messy Organised

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Playful puppy

Night In or Night Out = Night in

Heels or Flats = Flats (wish I could say heels)

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip Stick

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Rock Princess

Paperback or E-book = E-book (although I have a soft spot for fresh paperbacks)

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Contact Varsha:

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Varsha on social media…

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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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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

Six hours in A&E *groan* That’s how my weekend started as Friday morning I woke up to what felt like my entire lower spine had locked & given up the will to function. After (attempting) to hobble around for a few hours with random out-bursts of tears, I admitted defeat and ended up drugged up in a wheel chair, hunched over like a 95 year old woman with my right calf swollen to the size of a small country. Bizarre, I know! Needless to say a clot was ruled out thanks to an ultrasound, however the back malfunction remains a total mystery. Why is it every ailment I have always seems to be a baffler in the medical profession? Don’t get me wrong, the hospital staff were indeed amazing and totally thorough in checking things out… but being sent home with a bag of pain killers, antibiotics and a “hmm, we’re not quite sure” has resulted in yet another weekend of grogginess and agony. Oh what it must be like to feel normal!! *sigh* I’m 33 for the love of God, yet here I am feeling three times that age. However in the midst of it all my weekend has been pretty okay as I’ve taken it easy (aka: done absolutely nothing!!) by consuming copious amounts of tea whilst catching up with some great YouTube friends and blog buddies!

Talking of catch-ups, if you’re revelling in the notion of enjoying a lazy Sunday too, then why not check out what’s been happening on Confetti & Curves this week? There’s been everything from cute Maine Coon kittens to captivating summer nail polishes to colour your own claws with. Sounds like fun? Then flcik the kettle, grab your biggest mug and get comfy…

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A New Arrival

A New Arrival

Mondays post welcomed a special little arrival to the Confetti & Curves HQ as I introduced y’all to Boris, the baby Maine Coon. He’s one cute little ball of fluff that’s proving to be every bit as cheeky as he look. I’d almost forgotten how sharp those little teeth and claws are… *ouch*

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Behind The Blog featuring Sheema Zaman

sheema zaman

Our first blogger of the week was the lovely Sheema from Sheema Zaman as she joined us on the virtual sofa to take us on a quick peek behind the scenes of her ever-so-chic beauty and lifestyle blog. If you haven’t popped over to say a quick hello then put it firmly on your to do list – I’m sure you’ll adore her blog just as much as I do!

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HUUUUUGE Ebay Nail Art Kit for UNDER £12

Huge Nail Art Haul

Love a bargain? Me too! If you’re mad about nail art, a beginner nail tech or simply wanting to brush up your nail skills in a pocket friendly way then check out this HUGE nail art haul. This kit is currently available for under £12, such a great price, you’d be mad to miss out! Don’t forget, *CLICK HERE* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you never miss an upload 😀

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Behind The Blog featuring My Small Corner 

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Thursday’s post welcomed the fabulously talented Isabelle from My Small Corner onto Behind The Blog as she stopped by for a fun-filled interview on life behind the scenes of her blossoming beauty and lifestyle blog. Filled with personality & pretty things, you’ll have a blast checking out Isabelle’s blog if you’re not already an avid follower!

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Gorgeous Summer Nail Shades: A Cocktail of Coral

Coral Nail Polish

After a gloriously sunny week everyone seems to be in the mood for ringing in the summer sunshine. The smell of freshly cut grass & bbq’s lingering in the air always gets me in the mood to break out my brightest nail paints. If you love coral’s and sassy pinks then this could be the perfect post to get you shopping for a few new summer shades 😉

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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 do stop by & say a quick hello!

Cheerio Chums…

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