Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow…

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow Review

Hold onto your eyelash curlers beauty buddies as I think you’ll fully appreciate today’s post… did someone say rose gold?! *ahh hmm* FOILED METALLIC ROSE GOLD?!

I could do the whole let’s play it cool thing and work my way up to telling you how bloody awesome this little pot of lid lustre really is but let’s just cut to the chase. I didn’t think I could love Makeup Revolution any more than I already did (thanks to Iconic 2 AND Mermaids Forever *happy sigh*) however my latest discovery has proven me wrong as there seems to be plenty more room for even more shadow swooning. However enough of me singing Makeup Revolution’s praises as we get down to business.

Fancy smearing your lids in rose-gold goodness? Then you’ve come to the right place…

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Eyeshadow

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Who: Makeup Revolution
What: Awesome Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow
Where: Superdrug or MUR Online Store
How much: £4

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WHAT’S THE SELLING POINTS?

Full metallic foil finish

Liquid Primer makes it all day wear

Build up for a more intense look

Under £5

Easy to mix & apply

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WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Makeup Revolution Foil Finish Eyeshadows

1 Pot of Awesome Metals Eyeshadow

1 Bottle Awesome Liquid Eye Primer

1 Mixing Tray

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HOW DO I USE IT?

1) Put a small drop of the liquid eye primer into the mixing tray

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2) Add a small amount of your Awesome Metals Colour into the tray

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3) Mix it all together (I used a sponge applicator to smush everything up) and then apply directly onto your lid.

*If building the colour add in light layers as opposed to heavy applications all at once*

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WHAT’S TO LOVE?

Everything! Yep, EVERYTHING. The packaging is funky, the product is super easy to use, great to apply, love the formula, totally buildable, looks PHENOMENAL and of course the pocket friendly price tag adds a great big cherry on top 😉  I also can’t wait to top up my collection with the other gorgeous shades too…  Black Diamond, Pure Platinum & Emerald Goddess.

Makeup Revolution Metallic EyeShadow Review

What I adore is the subtle colour of the shade, yet the vibrancy of the metallic finish. The colour isn’t overly coppery on one application however the more layers are added the stronger the shade becomes which makes it perfect to work with if you only want a hint of rose gold OR if you’re up for the full copper experience!

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WHAT’S TO LOATHE?

Honestly, nothing. Nada. Zilch. Personally I adore everything about this cute little kit. Okay the products may be a tad compact but unless you’ve eyelids like hammocks it’s going to last a super long time (depending of course on how often you apply!)

THE FINISHED LOOK:

MAkeup Revolution Metallic Foiled Eyeshadow Demo and Review

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LINKS TO CHECK IT OUT:

*Click Here* for Superdrug

*Click Here* for Makeup Revolution Online Store

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Have you tried the Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Eye Shadows? Do you love metallic shades or are you more of a matte fan? What’s your favourite colour of shimmering shadow? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

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The Make Up Menu featuring MAC ‘Craving’ Lipstick…

The Makeup Menu featuring MAC Craving Lipstick

As much as I fall head over heels for strong bold colours combined with sultry smokey eyes, it’s not something I reach for very often, in fact it’s rare that I do ‘over dramatic’ make up… unless of course I’m planning on hitting the tiles, and being an often exhausted mama who works her socks off & is addicted to blogging daily, I’m sure you can imagine there’s very little time for dancing around handbags under a mirror balls these days!

So instead I prefer to play it safe with my make up looks. Currently I’m building up a great collection of everyday staples that are affordable, long lasting and easy to wear. A delightful menu of cosmetics that keep my daily lust for a little glam more than happily topped up without going too overboard. Having received one of my most lusted over MAC shades for Christmas (the very beautiful Craving) I just couldn’t resist putting together a little ensemble of what I’ve been opting for this weekend…

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Face

Face Makeup Menu

Boots No 7 Beautifully Matte in Warm Ivory: My go to foundation. This is the only foundation that totally retains its fresh looking tone throughout the entirety of the day without fading, drying or going patchy. It keeps my oily T-Zone under control, all whilst feeling softy & velvety to touch.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Concealer in Fair: The only concealer (so far) that has really worked well without caking or drying. A must have for those who find most concealers either too heavy or alternatively slippy on the skin!

Make Up Revolution Hot Spice Blush Palette: This was sent to me as a tester sample, something that I’ve been itching to try… and it most certainly hasn’t disappointed. The colours are indeed subtle yet completely buildable. Ideal for pretty much all skin tones, it’s a beautiful selection of spicy shades to warm the complexion perfectly!

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Make Up Revolution Iconic 2 Palette: This little eye shadow palette has absolutely gob smacked me. The colour pigmentation is incredible as is the longevity of wear. Shockingly, it’s super affordable yet really does give the high end rivals a run for their money. Combining a predominant mixture of shimmery metallic tones (along with a few complimentary earthy mattes) makes it a great palette for both day & night wear!

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara in Black: One of my favourite mascaras at the moment, this formula leaves my lashes fluttery, separated yet adds lashings of length without  the dreaded clumping.

Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit: I’ve been trialing this kit quite a bit recently and have to say it has me utterly hooked. Never before have my brows looked so shapely & in such a natural form. The soft ashy tones work with both blondes and brunettes. Keep your eyes peeled for a full tutorial on the amazing kit that every brow fanatic needs in their makeup bag!

Lips

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MAC Amplified Cream Lipstick in Craving: In my opinion this is pretty much a ‘my lips only MUCH better’ tone that is completely buildable to showcase a strong pop of playful pink or applied sparingly to keep a soft and natural lip shade that is perfect for everyday wear. The formula is incredibly comfortable & seems to mimic a feel that sits somewhere between matte & creamy… hence the longevity of a matte formula with the moisturising feel of a very slightly creamier texture. Gorgeous!

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MAC Craving Makeup Menu

There you have it ladies, the finished look! For me, MAC Craving simply adds the perfect pop of pink that looks very slightly creamy but is super long lasting and incredibly complimentary to us gals sporting a slightly lighter complexion! Another new favourite to add to the collection 🙂

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Are you a fan of MAC, if so what’s your perfect shade for everyday use? Or have you’ve fallen head over heels for a another brand that you adore as an everyday staple? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick hello!

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Create The Perfect Winged Eye Liner In 5 Simple Steps…

 

The Perfect Winged Liner

 Considering that I’m 33, it’s not like I haven’t had a good few years to get my liner spot on, yet it’s something I avoided & struggled with for such a long time simply because I couldn’t keep a steady hand or judge the similarity in sizes between flicks. Yes, you know how that one ends = eye catastrophe. Yet now that I’m somewhat wiser (thanks to plenty of practice) creating a flawless eye look is probably a favourite part of my make-up process… all thanks to simplifying it down to 3 bare necessities:
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I’ve lost count of the vast amount of liquid liners I’ve tried tested over the years. Even when others claim to create flawless looks with must have products I’ve been left in a state of confusion as to why I’m not getting the same results. So ladies… I’ve come to the conclusion that (like many a thing in life) you have to plod on through until you finally find ‘the one’. For me that will only ever be Rimmel Professional Glam Eyes Liquid Liner. The shape of the wand & super-fine nib seem to work perfectly for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’ll be the Holy grail of liquid liners for YOU but it’s the only one that I can use to really get my flick on fleek! If you haven’t found yours yet don’t give up hope, it’s out there, I promise – just keep going and you’ll most certainly find the perfect match!
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If you’re in a mad dash or watching the clock then forget about it as I pretty much guarantee you’ll end up with a mass of smudges or one eye perfect & the other rivalling a giant panda – as cute and cuddly as they may be it ain’t as sassy as a look on us humans. When you’re attempting to perfect your flick build your wing up gradually, if you’re a liquid-liner newbie then set aside 10 minutes to practice each evening until you finally become familiar with the shape you want to create – it’s useful to keep a stock pile of eye make-up remover wipes for quick & easy removal. Don’t forget, slow & steady wins the race so take your time!

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We might have our own individual little ways for getting the job done, but if you’re struggling with the theory of liquid liner here’s my easy step-by-step guide on how I personally achieve my perfect winged look:

Step 1 liquid liner
1) Start by drawing a very simple line from the outer corner of your eye towards the end of your eyebrow. I usually stop about 1/2 way. As you’re coming to the end of your line very gently lift the nib of the liner wand to create a delicate tapered edge.

Step 2 Liquid Eye Liner

2) Starting just below the tip of the line, draw a second line towards the bottom middle of your eye lid creating a (kind of) curved isosceles shaped triangle.

Step 3 Liquid Eye Liner

3) Keeping your liner neat to your lash line, very gently draw a second line that follows the lash line & tapper it to just before the inner corner of your lid. Fill in the triangle and smooth off any bumpy lines by gently retracing over them. Try and build the liner to the natural curves of your eye.

Step 4 Liquid Eye Liner

4) Using your go-to concealer & small eye brush, tidy up the edges of your lines to create a super sleek finish.

Step 5 Liquid Eye Liner

5) Finally, re-smooth the edges of your liner & add lashings of your favourite mascara. Voila = the perfect winged eye liner!

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Liquid Eye Liner Step by Step

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Easy Liquid Eye Liner Tutorial

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Are you a fan of liquid liner, if so what’s your favourite brand to line your lids with? Do you have any tips for creating the perfect winged look or are you still trying to master the method? Whatever your thoughts do let me know in the comments below… we always enjoy a good cosmetic chatter here on Confetti & Curves 😉

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The Make Up Menu featuring Clinique…

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As much as I love the pocket friendly price tags drug store beauty brands have to offer, every now and again it’s worth the treat to indulge in a little high end spend. Clinique is a brand that I’ve had just a few encounters with in the past but as I’m now the proud parent of this sleek & shiny face, eye & lip palette it’s given me a worthy opportunity to get acquainted once again with Clinique’s frequently raved about cosmetic range… before I invest in topping up my collection with their individual range of lipsticks, shadows and powders.

Okay, time to tour the palette ladies…
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Superpowder Double Face Powder in 02 Matte Beige: I have to admit, I’m not normally a fan of face powders but after applying my regular No 7 Beautifully Matte foundation the Double Face Powder was the perfect finishing touch to help set my makeup and keep it in place through the day. It has a beautiful velvety type texture, very soft and not at all drying. The ideal lightly dusted top layer to keep your face looking fresh and radiant.

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Soft Pressed Powder Blusher in 20 Mocha Pink: This is a deliciously roasted blush with a just a slight hint of pink to it. A beautiful shade when applied however it didn’t last as long as I hoped it would, of the entire palette range this was definitely the first to fade.
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Color Surge Eye Shadow Quad in 02 Spicy: Such a treat for the eyes… I simply adore these warm autumnal shades that are perfect for adding a soft bronzed glow to my eyes. Although these shades would work well with almost any eye colour I have to say I think it compliments blue or aqua eyes the best (lucky me!) These lasted for such a long time. On applying at 10 am that morning, the colour still looked fresh at 8:30 pm. Beautifully pigmented and long lasting – I’ll definitely be reinvesting in more of Clinque’s shadow range.

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Long Lasting Lipstick in 12 Blushing Nude (soft shine) : Being such a huge fan of my beloved MAC Brave I was shocked at how similar these two shades where in comparison of formula. Both are a warm rich nude tone with a buildable finish that’s not drying or quick to fade. If you’re a fan of MAC Brave, Patisserie or Faux then you’ll love this shade!

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Clinique make up menu

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If truth be told there’s very little negative feedback I can give about the formula and longevity of Clinique’s products. Of course being fragrance free and allergy tested they’re ideal for those who have sensitive skin too. However one thing I will say regarding the design of the palette itself is that I’m not in any way a fan of the mini sponges and brush applicators included, if anything I’d prefer to pay a little extra for more product! In my humble opinion, anyone who’s spending  fact I don’t know anyone who regularly uses those miniature tools.

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On the whole I’m extremely impressed with the contents and how long lasting everything was (okay the blush was the only major stumbling block) Would I still recommend Clinique or reinvest? Most definitely. A palette is certainly the ideal gift for Christmas, Birthdays, Mothers Day etc. So if you’re on the hunt for something a little extra special for yourself or someone else why not visit the Clinique website and check out their range of stunning gift options.

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The Make-Up Menu: Peach Sherbet

The Make Up Menu Peach Sherbet

After last Fridays post, The Must-Have Eye-Shadow Trio, quite a few of you lovely ladies were rather intrigued about the pigmentation & quality of these affordable mini compacts. Not being one to turn down an opportunity to get dolled up (and as I’m rocking the warm peach sherbet tones right now) what better excuse to create a quick look for this weeks Make-Up Menu? Heck, you might even take some inspiration by re-creating this warm summery look over the weekend too. Why not!

Okay, so here’s the menu gals…

Face

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Nivea Intense Moisturising Day Cream – I use a small amount of this intense moisturising cream before applying any cosmetics to my skin as it helps keeps my face hydrated and make-up lasting longer. Don’t forget to leave it absorb into the skin before layering on Foundation etc!

Boots No 7 Beautifully Matte – My current go-to foundation. This literally knocks the spots clean off all others I’ve tried over this last few months… yep, I’ve finally found ‘The One’ gals! *wipes away tears of joy* Affordable, flawless & long lasting. Perfection in a pump.

Soap & Glory Kickass Concealer – Not by any means a full coverage concealer, however what it does do is very lightly cover blemishes and adds a little dewiness to the complexion. Initially I wasn’t entirely sure if I’d repurchase it again but now I’m really beginning to like it a lot!

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Bronzer – My ultimate bronzer. Wanna find out more about it? Then *click here* to feast your eyes upon my recent review.

Soap & Glory Peach Party – There’s always that one item in your make-up collection that you use sparingly because it’s just so darn beautiful & you don’t want it to end… and that’s exactly how I feel about this blush. If you’re on the lookout for something to add a soft peachy glow to your cheeks then look no further, it’s beautiful.

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Eyes

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MUA Eye-shadow primer – Keeping it in the MUA family today ladies. I’ll admit I’ve read mixed reviews about this eye-shadow primer but I have to say it’s doing an outstanding job for me; great for an everyday pocket-savvy primer.

MUA Under-eye Concealer – A new addition to my collection (after hunting high & low for the L’Oreal Lumi wand without success) Once again MUA have *really* impressed me… this noticeably brightens up my under eye area & helps luminate my cheek bones for a bright & dewy look.

MUA Chocolate Box – What a gorgeous trio of warm Indian Summer type colours. Peaches, earth tones, golds, red, brows & purples all seem to emulate seamlessly from these three stunning shades once blended.

Max Factor Mascara – So far it’s impressive, I’m keeping my lashes firmly crossed that the formula doesn’t clump too early. The result to date has been long luscious lashes, the brush seems a little clumsier yet it really gets into those lash roots.

Soap & Glory Archery Pencil – Known as the dupe for Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz. I am SO impressed with this handy little roll up pencil. No sharpening required, just quick & easy brows ‘on fleek’ ladies 😉

Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner –  My go to liquid liner for those hard to master cat flicks. The brush is incredibly precise & the formula is the perfect creamy consistency for jet black coverage.

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Lips

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Rimmel London 077 Asia – I’ve literally been in love with this shade from the first time it glided over my lips at the tender age of 13! Almost 20 years later & it’s still one of my all time favourite Rimmel lippies. Rich, creamy & long lasting – what’s not to love?

Tanya Burr, Picnic In The Park – Such a pretty pink that adds the perfect layer of blush-tinted gloss to any pout. Long lasting & not overly sticky, I’ll definitely be checking out some more of her range gloss range! Have you got a favourite?

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Tools

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – A complete game changer when it comes to applying makeup. If you’re craving an airbrushed finish then look no further, this little egg shaped sponge is photoshop for your foundation. Yes, it really is!

Real Techiques Cheek Brush – One of my favourite blushes, especially for contouring the hollow of my cheek bones with a skimming of bronzer or adding a pop of blush to the apples. So versatile!

Barry M Shadow Brush – Such a handy little shadow companion for adding the darker shades on the outer crease to give some depth and definition.

Lamora Blender Brush – Blends everything together seamlessly. Check out my post on this set of bargain beauty brushes, such a great affordable find!

Superdrug Retractable Lip Brush –  Essential for smoothing out your lippy and creating a sharp lined effect edge.

Eyelash Curlers – Nothing fancy about this little pair… does a great job at curling the lashes prior to mascara application. Simples.

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Finished look

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There you have it ladies, this week’s Make-Up Menu based around Peach Sherbet tones. I’m such a huge fan of these warm peachy-pink & earthy colours, they never fail to brighten up my pale complexion. Have you tried any of the products above? What’s your favourite make-up look at the moment?

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The False Lash Starter Kit For Beginners…

Eylure Starter Kit Review

It’s a well know fact gals that for many many MANY years myself & false lashes just don’t see eye to eye (excuse the pun) Faffing around with teeny tiny hairs on a teeny tiny strip that’s just about visible to the human eye can only end up in disaster when relying on my shaky hands and semi-blurred vision. In fact I distinctly remember the first time I tried them; I was 22 & in a hotel room in Edinburgh getting ready for a night out with Steve – who I must add sat patiently for 45 painstaking minutes observing me trying to get my falsies to sit, stick & stay. After numerous attempts it was determined I resembled a drunken camel as they fluttered loosely on the end of my lids… clearly a no go.

Over a decade later & browsing the shelves of my local Superdrug store I spotted this nifty little starter kit by Eylure… it looked nothing like the budget ones I bought earlier in my youth & seeing as they were on special offer for just under £5 I thought I’d give them a whirl – why not?! Here’s how it went ladies…

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Eylure Starter Kit Contents

So here’s the kit itself ladies – a rather nifty little box of all the supposed essential tools to make your lashes look fabulous. Included is:

1 Practice Lash: to help you get your technique on top form before moving onto the actual set!

1 Pair of Eylure Natural Lashes

2 Bottles of Lash Adhesive

1 VERY helpful little pair of Lash Tweezers

Instruction Guide

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If you’ve never applied lashes before it couldn’t be any simpler…

Step 1: Trim the lash to suit the length of your lid. I seem to have pretty big eyes so I give this step a miss & they fitted just perfect!

Step 2: Apply a line of glue to the band of the false eye-lash. Wait 20-30 seconds so the glue begins to get a little tacky, this will help to stick the lash to your lash line.

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Step 3: Apply. I used the Tweezers that were included in the kit & I have to say they were incredibly handy to use & made the job soooo much easier. It’s also helpful if you have a magnifying mirror as that way you can really see the lash line!

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So here they are, my fluttery natural looking lashes. I’m personally not a huge fan of long thick & heavy looking falsies but more the whispier type, however Eylure have such a such range of styles to suit all tastes! However if you’re a newbie (like moi) it’s maybe worth while starting off with something quite natural until you get used to working with them. Okay, mine might not be perfect but they’re a heck of a lot better looking than my first attempt!

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As someone who’s always been a tad intimidated about wearing lashes this little starter kit makes you feel completely at ease & has everything you need to make the application a seamless one.

After wearing the lashes from early afternoon all the way through to late evening they didn’t budge, move or embarrassingly detach from my lid. They’re so comfortable when applied correctly that you completely forget you’re wearing them at all.

Although there are a range of different styles and lengths available, if you’re pretty new to falsies I would recommend sticking to the Natural choice as they add a subtle hint of length and definition without being too heavy or exaggerated.

Basically ladies I’m now well on my way to mastering the falsie look, I’d highly recommend you treat your lids to a set if you haven’t done so already 😉

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The Summer Skin Care Edit…

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I don’t know about you lovely lot, but here at Confetti & Curves HQ’s Friday night IS pamper night! Oh yes, it’s that delicious little evening where I turn off all technology, run myself a delectable bath filled to the brim with exquisite bubbles & simply immerse myself in aromatic goodness for an hour – surrounded by Yankee candles, glossy mags & a WHOLE host of beauty goodies of course 😉 However as it’s been so ridiculously long since I’ve updated what fabulous little lotions & potions I’ve been loving lately and now summer is in full swing, what better time to share my the contents of my cosmetic shelves with you guys! Sitting comfy? Then let’s get started…

Cleanse

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Olay Essentials Refreshing Cleanser: I can literally feel my pores happy-dancing with delight when I pop the lid on this scent-sational tube of  refreshing facial cleanser. Even sensitive skin (such as mine) doesn’t remotely feel hot, tight or in any way aggitated by this gentle night time cleanser.

Nivea Gentle Effect Eye Make-Up Remover: Although I’m not a huge wearer of waterproof mascara, I still like to dress my lids in lashings of professional liner, long-lasting primer & my beloved Urban Decay NAKED shadows. Known for their durability, my eye products are easily removed with this gentle eye cleansing lotion. Just don’t forget to shake the formula well before applying to a clean cotton pad!

Boots Botanics 3 in 1 Micellar Water: I’ve only just started using this particular brand of Micellar water but so far it’s been such a treat to use. Within a few swipes I’m saying cheerio to tired looking make-up & hello to a fresh new face.

Nivea Refreshing Toner: I’ve always under estimated the power of a great toner until I made it an essential step in my daily skin care routine last year. This particular one from Nivea has such a delicate fresh scent coupled by an incredibly soothing feel on the skin. I’m always amazed at the residue and nasties a good toner manages to pull out from the pores – even after cleansing well beforehand!

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Hydrate

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Derma Vio Coconut Body Butter: Nothing SCREAMS summer than a waft of coconut infused in a rich body butter & this one from Derma Vio is rich, moist, hydrating & leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.

Garnier Moisture Restore Night Recovery Gel Cream: Nothing to date has hydrated my face as much as this little pot of lilac colour wonder potion. The intense re-hydration formula is like a looooong nightime cocktail for my skin. If you’re mad into scents you’ll adore the sweet aroma of this too = heaven in a little purple pot.

Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream: Of course it’s not just during beauty sleep that skin should be treated to a moisture rich lotion, this day cream from Nivea works wonders under my foundation to ensure I maintain a dewy, fresh complexion throughout the day. It’s perfect for dried out pores in need of some serious pampering.

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Dove Go Fresh Deodorant with Cucumber Extract: Words cannot fully describe how much I ADORE this pocket-friendly roll on. The smell is intensely refreshing and lasts for hours on end. I’ve had countless compliments on what delicious perfume I’m wearing when in actual fact it’s this savvy little underarm secret.

Original Source Tropical Pineapple Shower Gel: If your goal in life is to departing from a misty shower smelling exactly like a pineapple lolly then congratulations – you’ve just achieved it with this little bottle of fruity goodness. Probably one of the most intensely mouth watering shower gels that’s ever graced my shower-shelf. The only draw back is trying NOT to taste the damn stuff!

Avon Naturals Pink Daisy & Sicilian Lemon Body Spritz: Considering I cough, wheeze & splutter like a vintage tractor when it comes to canned deodorants or body sprays I tend to stay well clear of investing in them, however this beautiful range from Avon is perfect for a quick refreshing spritz throughout the day. Okay, it’s doesn’t last anywhere near as long as most canned body sprays but it does smell incredibly beautiful & all without filling your lungs with powdery fume filled canned air.

Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion: Yet another new addition to my beauty shelf! This. Smells. INCREDIBLE. Okay it might be a little bit on the fruity/sweet side for some but in my humble opinion it smells a WHOLE lot better than the nasty biscuity smell of other daily gradual-tan moisturisers. It dries super fast, leaves your skin feeling baby soft & at the pocket-friendly price of under £5 you can’t go wrong. If you haven’t gotten your mits on a bottle already then be quick ladies! Looks like we have a summer best-seller with this one 😉

Lips

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Balmi Raspberry Lip Balm: Who doesn’t love a cute little cube of raspberry goodness? Seemingly a mini dupe for an EOS style balms this perfect little pot of pout-putty leaves lips feeling smooth, supple & ready for summer. With Vitamin E, Shea butter, Jojoba oil, SPF 15 & UVA protection it’s all you need in a balm. Pick up a range of delicious flavours online or in your local Boots store NOW.

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub: It ‘just’ may very well be a little pot of fruity flavoured sugar but my-oh-my how I love scrubbing my lips with this gorgeous little pot from Lush. The smell, the taste, the refreshing feel…. if you haven’t tried it already then bump that bad boy to the top of your wish list. Your lips will love you for it gals!

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What’s YOUR favourite skin care goodies this summer? Have you uncovered any great drug store finds OR are you itching to give any of the above a test run? Whatever your thoughts do let me know in the comments below – we do adore a juicy beauty chatter here on Confetti & Curves.

Wishing y’all a fabulous Friday & happy weekend…

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The Bargain Buy ‘Must Have’ Eye Brush Set…

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Hey Beauty Buddies…

Okay, time to halt whatever you’re doing (APART from reading this) and pay attention ladies! I have news of a super exciting Friday treat for all you gals who love nothing more than finding the next must-have beauty bargain. You see, this time exactly one week ago, I was happily catching up with my blogging chums when I came across a post by the lovely Molly from The Rose Beauty Files Of course anything remotely to do with finding the next cosmetic must-have is always considered essential reading but as my eyes scanned further down her post I was beyond impressed to discover her gushing review of an utterly fabulous Lamora eye brush set. Of course there was only one thing to do at that point – check it out for myself! In less than 10 minutes I had ordered my own based on the reviews alone: FIVE STAR on both Amazon.co.uk & .com! C’mon gals, a 5 Star rated £40 (RRP) brush set currently reduced to £11.90?! I’ll have that thank you verrrrrry much 😉

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Not expecting it to arrive for a week or so, the thud of my jaw hitting the hall floor was almost deafening when the post man arrived with this exciting little package on Monday afternoon. Here’s what was inside…

 

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Seven beautifully presented cosmetic brushes (solely for eye make-up) neatly arranged in this handy dandy travel tube – which is slightly dimpled to give a very pretty faux leatherette effect. What a great little capsule if you intend jet setting off on your jolly hols, gift buying or simply prefer keeping your nifty new brushes separate from the rest of your stash.

Another thing I love about the casing is the ton of information it displays: a website address inviting you to join a VIP programme where you can also receive FREE samples, a customer service message with an email address to get in touch if any problems & a sassy little description of your awesome new purchase:

“Bring Your Makeup To The Next Level! The Lamora 7pcs Eye Brush Set contains a great variety of premium quality synthetic eye brushes. This essential eye kit is perfect for applying, shading and blending products to create picture perfect enhanced eyes.” 

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Not bad eh? *imagines sea of nodding heads*

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“Yeah, yeah, hurry up and get to the brushes..” I hear you hark! Well, here they are in all their glory:

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1) Detailed Pencil

2) Angled Detailer

3) Angled Shader

4) Classic Shader

5) Blending Brush

6) Small Shader

7) Precise Shader

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And… for those of you who love geeking out over description reading just as much as I do, here’s the details straight from Amazon.co.uk:

EYE BRUSH SET includes 7 professional quality SYNTHETIC eye brushes. Perfect for applying, shading and blending products. This basic eyes kit is ideal for all over eye makeup application. Purchasing this professional eye kit is definitely the right investment. You will love the brushes when they arrive at your door step and you will change your mind about eye brushes. This essential makeup brush set includes eye shadow brushes, eye liner, eye pencil and blending brush.

All eye brushes were assembled by hand and extensively tested. We hand-picked the most essential eye makeup brushes to serve a distinct makeup purpose to make sure you have all brushes needed to create a PERFECT EYE MAKEUP. These soft makeup brushes are easy to clean and they dry off fast. Non-porous synthetic bristles are SUPERIOR to animal hair. They pick up product very well and dispense it with ease.

Used by PROFESSIONAL makeup artists and also recommended for beginners at a very affordable price. Create your picture perfect look with these amazing eye brushes and blow people away with your eyes. These cosmetic eye brushes are great for travel and everyday makeup application.

Whether you are a rookie, a makeup addict or a professional makeup artist these PREMIUM EYE BRUSHES are a great addition to your collection. Stop wondering why you were not able to create the perfect look. Order your eye brush set now and finally get all the right makeup brushes you need to apply the amazing flawless look you ever dreamed of. Order now and get our peace of mind 30-day

Grab your essential eye brushes to create the perfect smokey eye look or any eye makeup application. Look beautiful and live beautiful every single day by upgrading your makeup to the next level. This eye makeup brush set comes with soft CRUELTY FREE premium, non-shedding, 100% vegan-friendly HIGH QUALITY synthetic bristles and sleek lightweight attractive wooden handles that are very easy to handle. You get a full starter set of premium eyeshadow brushes that are even recommended for beginners.

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Fancy trying the Lamora eye brush set out for yourself ladies? If so *click here* to be digitally whisked off to place your order via Amazon.co.uk OR if Amazon.com is your place to hang out then *click here* to purchase for your neck of the woods 😉

Excited? I should hope so!

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Just a little side-note: this IS NOT by any means a sponsored post nor am I affiliated with Lamora or Amazon… just a mere beauty blogger spreading the word of a pretty impressive bargain brush set 😀

Have an awesome weekend chums…

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PS: HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE CONFETTI & CURVES GIVEAWAY YET? *CLICK HERE* TO FIND OUT HOW YOU COULD WIN AN URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE OF YOUR CHOICE!

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My Favourite Eye-look Tutorial with Urban Decay NAKED 3…

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Hey beauty buddies…

With the roaring success of last Mondays Makeup Menu post (thank y’all!) I thought I’d share a favourite look using one of my most cherished eye shadow palettes – the Urban Decay Naked 3. I am literally uhhhbsessed with the beautiful blush tones of this palette, simply because they work so darn well with my regularly insipid skin tone – in fact they work fab with virtually every complexion. If you already own one (congratulations you lucky little ducky!) or are tempted to treat yourself to a Naked 3 palette then you might wanna try out this simple but oh-so-pretty eye look. I’ve linked all the products just in case you fancy a quick nosey via their official web-stores too; aren’t I a thoughtful blogger?! 😉 Sitting comfy? Then let’s get started…

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Step 1 – Prep & Prime

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So to begin I’m using a teeny tiny dab of Urban Decay Sin Primer. I find this gives a beautiful soft shimmer which really helps to make the pigmentation of the eye shadow stand out & of course leaves layered up lids looking crease free & fresh all day long!

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Step 2 – The Brows

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My next step is to tame the brows using a spoolie brush, filling in any blank spaces with an eyebrow pencil and smoothing out with a Real Techniques eye liner brush. I find this elongates the brows and gives a natural but semi groomed appearance. It’s so darn easy to overdo it with the brows so remember to tread carefully, the Rupaul look doesn’t bode well for a lot of us!

Next I take a tiny bit of strange on my Urban Decay brush and lightly highlight just under the brows to give a nice sharp look that helps to define my brow line.

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Step 3 – Blend It Out

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Taking a Real Techniques base brush from my Nic’s Picks collection, I line along the eye crease with the colour ‘Limit’. Blend, blend, blend and when you think you’re done… blend it out some more!

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Step 4 – Lift The Lid

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Next I pack the lid with ‘Burnout’ which is a beautiful blush pink with a just hint of shimmer. You may need to reapply at a later stage to help brighten up the lid & really make the colour pop… so load up your brush and get packing ladies!

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Step 5 – Outer Corner & Under Eye

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Taking my Real Techniques base brush I use a little bit of ‘Nooner’ to blend into the outer crease. This beautiful matte shadow gives an incredible burst of definition to the outer edges and really begins to create some depth and shape. Again it’s reeeeeally important to get your blend on girls to ensure no harsh lines & that everything mulls beautifully into a gorgeous soft ombre effect. I also pop a little bit of ‘Nooner’ under my lower lash line – this is completely optional, so if you don’t fancy creating a slightly smokier look then feel free to give the under lash a miss.

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Step 6 – Touch the Tears

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Lastly using my Urban Decay basic brush I dab a tiny amount of strange around the tear ducks and out crease/lash line. I find this just brightens the corner of the eyes, making them appear bigger, brighter and beautifully blended.

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Step 7 – Flick & Finish

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With all my looks I love to finish it off with a small winged lash line using MUA Liquid Liner (I find the applicator the easiest of all to use). I then curl the lashes to give a little bit of lift & add a generous helping of Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara which creates a clump free, long & fluttery look.

Voila, the finished result in 7 simple steps…

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 (…albeit looking a tad startled!!)

So there we have it girls, my go to look using a range of muted tones from the gorgeous Urban Decay Naked 3. Do you have this palette? What’s your go to colours? Have you something similar or is it on your current wish-list? Whatever your thoughts do stop by & let me know in the comments below, hope you’re all having a fabulous May Day jolly holi 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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