10 Handy Makeup Application Hacks Everyone Should Know About…

Beauty Makeup Hacks

Regardless of whatever level we’re at when it comes to make-up application, it’s fair to say that there’s nothing quite as satisfying than finding a nifty little tip that really helps make life a whole lot easier. Thankfully the internet is awash with beauty secrets and handy hacks, some a little more surprising than others – in fact in some cases I often wonder who the heck was drunk enough to give them a go in the first instance. But hey, why ask questions if it works a treat, right ladies? 😉

So for those of you who love uncovering the simple solutions in life then check out these 10 handy make-up application hacks that every make-up maven, beauty blogger and cosmetic craver should know about…

#1: Embrace Your Inner Scrubber…

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Using a lip scrub before applying your favourite lippy will help get rid of all the nasty dead skin, make your pout feel softer and in turn help your lippy to apply much smoother and stay on a whole lot longer.

I would personally recommend Lush Lip Scrub (the bubblegum flavour is deeeelish) as a prep and putting a light coat of Lip Cote over your lipstick after application to help keep your pout looking perfect for as long as can be. If you’re a fan of wearing bright red or dark plum shades it’ll also minimise any messy colour transference too!

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#2: Bye Bye Concealer Crease…

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If your concealer is prone to settling into the creases under your eyes try mixing it with a little eye cream before applying. Once mixed, smooth it out with a concealer brush for perfect coverage. This helps to add hydrating to under the eye area, hopefully minimising the effects of creasing!

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#3:  Keep Your Head Up…

Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Eye Shadow Palette

To help make your eyes look bigger, tilt your head back and slightly raise your eyebrows when applying shadows. Applying a shadow right on the crease can actually make your eyes look smaller so aim for the tilted area just above the crease and it will make your eyes appear that little bit bigger & brighter!

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#4: Lay It How It Is…

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If you find yourself a bit of a slow starter in the mornings or quite often pushed for time, then get into the habit of laying out your makeup the night before. It’ll only take a few minutes but will shave precious time off in the morning so you ultimately avoid groggily rummaging around your stash at the break of dawn. It’s a simple tip but surprisingly one heck of a time saver!

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#5: Get Your Nude On…

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Are you often intimidated by some of the more intense lippy shades in your collection &  find yourself quite often avoiding using them? If so, invest in a simple nude liner. Applying this as a base will help tone the colour of your boldest lippies down but it’ll help keep your finished look fresh for so much longer!

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#6: Milk It…

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Oily skin affecting your foundation? Word has it that applying a light layer of Milk of Magnesia over your moisturiser before applying your makeup actually helps to mattify your foundation by soaking up excess oil. I personally haven’t tried this one yet but it’s something I’m oddly curious to give a go pretty soon!

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#7: Keep It Neat…

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Are you prone to smudged panda eyes under your lower lashes? Apparently the secret to avoiding this is by not using oil based moisturising eye creams but switching to a gel instead which helps eliminate the messy transference of mascara & liner running down to under your eye area!

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#8: Blurred Lines…

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Avoiding nasty un-blended lines when it comes to wearing bright eye shadow shades by applying a nude/skin tone shadow to your crease and brow bone as a base. This will help make those eye-poppin’ colours blend seamlessly together without any obvious lines.

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#9: Dot To Dot…

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Are you still finding it hard to master the perfect liquid liner? Find your flicks regularly more keek than on fleek? If so try using a series of little dots, starting with where you want your flick to end and then working your way towards the lid. All you have to do is simply join them once your done = viola, perfect liner!

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#10: Powder Perfect…

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Has your favourite powder compact developed a strange hard coating in areas making it pretty much ineffective? If so it’s more than likely a transference of natural oils from your fingers or make-up brush. To remove this hardened layer simply take a strip of clear sticky tape, place it over the hardened patch and rub the back (non sticky side) down with your finger. Peel the tape off the hardened area and it should restore your caked powder back to normal!

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Have you got any top beauty or makeup hacks that you’d like to share? Have you tried any of the above hacks out? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter 🙂 Wishing y’all a fabulous weekend!

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Monthly Favourites…

Monthly Favourites April

Every month I convince myself that I’m going to be super organised & keep a list of things I’m loving! Of course every month I fail. Miserably. The ironic thing is, is that I LOVE lists… in fact I quite often find myself sneaking things I’ve already done onto them, just for the satisfaction of ticking them off. After all, it seems a waste of a good chore not to tick it off, are you with me organised ladies? Anyways, the point is: every month I’m left foraging around my mental notes for things I know I’m loving and can’t wait to tell you guys about, but end up drawing a blank. However, low and behold this last few weeks I’ve managed to successfully keep tabs on a few little goodies I’ve been reaching for the most. So without further ado, here’s my monthly favourites for y’all to feast your eyes on…

Revlon Photoready Concealer – Light

Revlon Photoready Concealer

No monthly favourites would be complete without a standard makeup staple & this month I’ve been loving the Revlon Photoready Concealer. As opposed to some of the usual doe-foot liquid-applicator concealers I’ve used in the past, this one has the same format as a lippy – and honestly it’s sooooo much easier to apply. Granted, it’s a little thicker than most concealers but it’s done an awesome job of keeping the patches where my face drinks my foundation the most well covered and looking fresh for as long as possible. Big thumbs up from moi 😉

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Nail HQ Cuticle Oil

Nail HQ Cuticle Oil

Apart from being made and manufactured in good old Blighty, this is a fabulous cuticle oil. It’s not overly greasy like some I’ve used in the past and it hasn’t got a bizarre odour either. Although I’m a fan of savvy scents, this is a great happy medium for everyone as it’s not perfumed or infused with any kind of sweet/sickly smell. Just a great cuticle oil that’s been a life saver to saving the dire state of my own disastrous digits in these post winter months. Yaa hoo!

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Rio Nail Art Pens – Neon Collection

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You gals know how much I love to dress up my nails with fun little nail art shenanigans, and although I’ve had this cute set of Rio Professional Nail Art Pens for a few years now it quite often stays in hibernation until spring/summer when the colourful polishes come out of hibernation. This week I’ve been falling in love with polka dot nails all over again & these little pens are the perfect tool for dotting… OR stripping as they have alternative lids to meet all your nail art demands. Pretty cool huh?

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Nail Stamping Kit

Nail Stamping Kit

Yep, I’m at it again… yet another nail art favourite. I just can’t seem to help myself this weather. But having created the most gorgeous little ombre animal nail prints, which you can check out for yourself by *Clicking Here* , I’m totally smitten with the endless possibilities this fabulous stamping kit has to offer! If you fancy taking a peak at it in action then *Click Here* to visit this weeks upload where you can see me demonstrating it in a fun how-to style video. Just don’t forget to hit that subscribe button while you’re over there 😉 hehe

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Pearl Drops Hollywood Smile Teeth Whitener

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I’ve been hoarding this in my drawer for ages and finally it’s seen the light of day and got put to use a few weeks ago. I have to say I’m really beginning to notice a difference as my teeth are appearing a whole lot more shinier than before. Matching this up with my sensitive tooth paste, I now feel I’m well on my way to a much healthier looking smile 😀 Such an affordable and easy way to gently brighten and whiten your teeth!

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So there you have it ladies, my top 5 monthly favourites. Have you tried any of the above? What have you been reaching for most often over April? Have you created a monthly favourite of your own you’d like us to check out? If so leave the link below – we’d love to take a peek! Don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below, thanks for stoppping by – wishing y’all a fabulous weekend!

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Behind The Blog featuring Jessica from Semi Sweet Tooth…

Semi Sweet Tooth

Hey Beauty Buddies,

Firstly a maaahoosive thank you to all who stopped by yesterdays post to check out the rather fun HUGE Boots Haul! As I previously mentioned, so many of you have been inspiring me to try a whole wealth of drug store goodies so I can’t wait to get started… keep an eye out for plenty of reviews coming soon, and don’t forget to let me know if there’s something specific you’d like to know about so I can be sure to take a few extra notes 😉

However onto today’s post as I’m super chuffed to introduce y’all to the gorgeous Jessica who’s joining us on the virtual sofa to chat about behind the scenes of her blossoming fashion & lifestyle blog Semi Sweet Tooth. I’m pretty sure many of you will be familiar with this talented gals blog already, however for those of you who aren’t be sure to pop over and check it out! Jessica has just recently made the decision to follow her dream into blogging full time *high five huni* Go Jess!!!! I’m sure she’ll make a roaring success out of it, and of course we wish her all the very best in her exciting new venture ❀ She’s incredibly friendly, welcoming and always enjoys a chatter, so if lashings of personality & fun filled posts sounds like your kinda thing then I’m pretty sure you’ll adore her online haven every bit as much as I do!

Anyways, enough from me, time to 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:

Fitness, fashion, food, fun
 and positivity!

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I started my first blog about 25 goals I wanted to accomplish by the time I was 25 years old.  Once that was completed, I wanted to keep going!  It became my creative outlet and I thrived on the positive community.  Here I am, still going strong several years later!

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

I was looking for something that encompassed a life of balance.  Yes, I work out, but I also love sweets.  And thus
 Semi-Sweet Tooth!

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

Of course!  But I have my handy notebook that I bring with me almost everywhere and write down post ideas regularly.  Inspiration is everywhere!

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What’s your favourite post to date?

Oh goodness, this is a tough one!  Two actually come to mind:

The Proposal: Because it was about such a huge, life-changing day.

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An Ode to Girlfriends: In life, my girlfriends mean the world to me and keep me sane. This was the best way I could think of to say thank you. 🙂

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

I go for classic and traditional everyday style.  If it gives any hints, my recent style icons are Joanna Gaines, Ashley Olsen, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie O.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Arbonne Mascara, Chantecaille Highlighter, and, recently, hair milk.

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

A glass of Red and a great book or favourite show.  (For those in America, “New Girl,” “Modern Family,” & “Fixer Upper.”)

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

After a great morning workout and healthy brunch with the girls, I’d have a steak dinner and glass of red with my fiancĂ©e and get early to bed.  Spending the day laughing and smiling with my friends and family sounds perfect to me!

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What do you do to relax?

A great workout typically gets the job done, but if I really need to relax after a tough day, I go with yoga, meditation, or some time with my Bible.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

Ugh
 biting my nails and cuticles.  The worst.

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What was your favourite school subject?

English, although I’ve used a steady mix of Math and English ever since that elementary school.

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What’s your dream job?

When I was little, it was to be a rock star.  So why not?  I want to be a rock star!

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list? Living big


Visit every continent

Become a published author

Be a parent to happy, loving children

Have a bit part in a major motion picture (no speaking lines necessary)

Be President of the United States (told you
 living big)

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Growing into my own and becoming my own person has been quite the achievement, although that’s an ongoing process.

What would technically be my largest achievements would be graduating from college, competing on Team U.S.A. for ice skating (we won!), or starting my own brand and business with Semi-Sweet Tooth.

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Who inspires you?

Several people, but primarily my parents.  They’re both incredibly different, one entirely left brain and one entirely right.  Both have inspired me in different ways and they’ve made me more confident and optimistic than many in the world.  They inspire me to achieve and follow my intuition every day.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

“Why settle for a spark when you can light a fire instead.”

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

Just start writing and write consistently.  Be open to the possibilities and see where it takes you!

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea

Coke or Pepsi = Pepsi

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super Organized

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Playful Puppy

Night In or Night Out = Night In (or dinner out, but bed early)

Heels or Flats = Heels

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip Stick

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Pop Princess

Paperback or E-book = Paperback

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Contact Jessica:

Blog – http://semisweettooth.com/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/semisweettooth/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/semisweettooth1




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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HUGE Boots Haul…

Now before you gals assume I’m off spending my hard earned cash (yet again), this time it truly was ‘ a guilt free spree’ as one of my lovely friends treated me to a gift card a few weeks ago and finally it was time to hit the shops to see what cosmetic goodies I could ‘buy & try’… all in the name of beauty blogging of course 😉

Having taken note of quite a few of your recommendations for fabulous foundations, colours liners (and everything else in between) I compiled a mini ‘lust list’ of a range of products that I’ve been super excited to try out! So with a free afternoon to spare in one of my favourite shops, Boots, it was no surprise that I’d end up returning home resembling a multicoloured soldier with both arms smothered in swatches – not to mention a bag laden with fabulous new products many of you lovely lot have been blogging about recently.

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So if you’ve tried any of the goodies from today’s haul OR if there’s something you’re itching to know all the glossip on, then do let me know in the comments below! Of course you’re equally welcome to simply stop by for a quick chatter too 😀

So why not grab your cuppa & get comfy as we take a plunder through the Boots bag!

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Calling All Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Bloggers…

Calling All Bloggers

Fancy letting other readers know all about you and your fabulous blog?

For all those busy little blogging bee’s out there who relish the thought of taking part in a fun filled interview, I warmly invite you to jump on-board the super-successful Behind The Blog series… can you believe it’s well on its way to celebrating almost 2 years of great blogger interviews?! Eeeeep! Not only does it give ‘little old me’ a deeper insight to getting to know you a bit better, it brings awareness to lots of others who are also itching to meet like-minded beauty, fashion & lifestyle bloggers to follow, interact with & be inspired by
 people like you, yes YOU!

Regardless of whether you’re a new blogger or an experienced pro – everyone is welcome to take part! If this sounds like something you’d love to be involved in then check out the FAQ’s below. We’d sure love to hear from you 🙂

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So how do I get involved?

Well basically it’s as simple as dropping me an email (all details are on my contact page) stating that you’d like to be a part of Behind The Blog or alternatively you can simply leave a little message in the comments below and I’ll send all the information straight to you!

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Erm, you’ll send me what?

All the info! Basically it’s a simple MS Word attachment with details and your questions, however if there’s anything you don’t particularly want to answer you can just leave it blank! There’s also a prompt to include all your social networking links such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube etc. You can add as many or as little as you like so we know where else to find you.

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What happens next?

Once you complete the questions provided & send them back I’ll be in touch with your publish date to confirm exactly when your interview will go live… interviews go live every Tuesday and Thursday, you can check them all out in the BEHIND THE BLOG tab on the top menu bar.

Don’t worry there’s no rush to return anything within a specific time frame, so don’t feel under pressure to get onto it right away! Remember it’s simply a light hearted, chatty, fun-filled feature to give us all a little bit more insight into the person behind the blog and hopefully help connect you with new blogging chums in the process!

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Literally it’s as simple as that. Don’t forget, you can pop over to Confetti & Curves ‘Behind The Blog’ page on the main menu bar to meet the many awesome bloggers who’ve taken part so far! They really are a dazzling bunch so don’t forget to check out their blogs and say hi :)

Once again thank you all so much for your continued support, likes, wonderful comments and friendship. As always, I’ll continue to do the same in return!

Thanks a million lovelies & get in touch via *here* or the comments below if you’d like to feature


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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

Howdy Chums…

Although I’m not a huuuge fan of Facebook, I somehow managed to stumble across a group that revolves around beauty & make-up chat… of course being the cosmetic craver that I am, I’ve slowly become addicted over the course of the weekend, commenting on what feels like almost every post *blushing*

Being a beauty blogger (as many of you gals will understand) normally results in an obsession with cosmetics. As I’ve said before, I could literally spending HOURS browsing the beauty shelves of my local stores in a solitary bubble of swatching, sniffing & making mental shopping lists. In fact my passion for make-up is so delightfully potent that I’m now happiest when shopping alone… not that I don’t enjoy a day out with the gals, but I’m always conscious of how long I’ve been hovering over countless make-up stands when someone’s with me. Anyone else sympathise by any chance? However (back to my original point) finding a group to jabber with on social media literally provokes little inner fireworks of excitement. It’s stepping into a virtual huddle with others that love to chatter about the same obsession. This is also why I LOVE beauty blogging so much. Being immersed in a community that totally gets my love of make-up without the prejudice… surrounding yourself with positive like-minded people is incredible food for the soul.. regardless of what the topic revolves around 🙂

So for those of you who (like myself) are planning on spending their Sunday chillaxing in some form or other (and fancy a bit of beauty chatter thrown in for good measure) here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening over the last few days on Confetti & Curves. Don’t forget, if YOU have a post you’d like to share just pop the link down below and I’ll be sure to drop by for a read and a chatter 🙂

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Spring Inspired Makeup Menu featuring Max Factor

Max Factor Spring Inspired Makeup

Monday’s post felt more like a trip down memory lane as I reignited my beauty affair with one of the biggest names in affordable makeup, Max Factor. Check out my finished look with the gorgeous new Excess Shimmer creme eye shadow in Pink Opal, I’m still wearing it everyday and loving it just as much!! *happy sigh*

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Behind The Blog featuring Deborah Bazeley

Deborah Bazeley Wanderlust

I catch up with the lovely Deborah from Deborah Bazeley Wanderlust as she takes us on a quick peek behind her fabulous travel & lifestyle blog that’s certainly an inspiring read if you’re a fan of sight-seeing, food & fun! Don’t forget to stop by and say a quick hello, she really is such a gem 🙂

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Creating Silky Smooth Curls

Remington Silk Ceramic Curling Wand

What could be more perfect to celebrate the arrival of spring than a head full of fabulous curls? I test the Remington Silk Curling Wand with the help of my adorable little assistant. Don’t forget you can *Click Here* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you never miss an upload!

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Behind The Blog featuring Born To Be Bright

Born To Be Bright

Our second blogger of the week is the lovely Sofia from Born To Be Bright, as she takes a few moments on the virtual sofa to chatter about life behind her blossoming beauty blog. Check it out gals… it’s sassy, chic & oh-so-stylish!

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The Lovin’ List: My Top Ten Picks Of The Month

Monthly Favourite
I round-up my favourite findings of the past four weeks with this fun list of everything I’ve been loving in March… Why not check them out & let me know what you’ve been loving too!

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

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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

Every time I prep a Keeping Up With Karen post I’m astounded at how quickly the weeks are rolling by. This weekend has been utterly fabulous, as it’s one of those lazy yet productive 48 hours. Okay, so I might have spent it cooped up at home but I’ve firmly kicked ass with a terrifying ‘to do’ list. Bizarrely now that the sunnier skies of spring has arrived I’m more proactive than ever… isn’t it odd how a few chirpy sun rays can boost the energy levels?

However it hasn’t just been a busy week at home, it’s also been a busy week on Confetti & Curves too; and for those of you who’re eager to take a peek at what’s been happening, here’s a quick recap of the last few days! Don’t forget, you’re more than welcome to leave a link to any of your own recent blog posts for us all to check out in the comments below…

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Contacting PR Companies

Tips On Contacting PR Companies for Beauty Bloggers

Are you getting to the stage where you’re eager to reach out to a variety of beaut brands and PR companies but not quite sure where or how to start? Then Monday’s post might just be for you as I share a few of my own tips on how to get the ball rolling when it comes to contacting PR Companies.

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Behind The Blog featuring Colour Me Beautiful

Colour Me Beautiful

Time to top up your news feed with yet another fabulous blog to catch up with as I make way on the virtual sofa for the lovely Catherine from Colour Me Beautiful, as she talks beauty, bucket lists and bloggers block. Don’t forget to pop over a say a huge hello 🙂

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Depotting Solo Eye Shadows

Depotting solo eye shadows tutorial 1

Are you hoarding a mini stash of solo eye shadows that don’t seem to be getting the same use are your ‘go to’ palettes? If so then it’s time to get de-potting, as I talk through how easy-peasy it is to prep your solo shadows for storing in the likes of a handy magnetic Z Palette.

Don’t forget, you can subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel right *HERE* so you never miss an upload! *waaah hooo*

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Celebrating St Patrick’s Day With The Best In Irish Beauty

Irish Beauty Brands

Being the proud & patriotic Irish beauty blogger that I am 😉 what better way to celebrate our Patron Saint’s day – Aka St Patrick’s – with a hefty dose of top names in Irish beauty? This is one impressive list of brands you won’t want to miss out on!

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Bring On Spring: The Nail Edit

Spring Nail Polishes

What better way to wave goodbye to the dismal skies of winter by saying hello to an oh-so-pretty selection of gorgeous spring pastels to brighten up even the dullest of digits… what’s your favourite shade of the season?

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

Cheerio Chums


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