Christmas Party Make-up…

Howdy y’all,

Yep, I know – not my normal upload day ladies however as previously mentioned here’s a little extra helping of Confetti & Curves this week as the gorgeous Clarina & myself have got together to showcase our favourite Christmas Party Make-up looks! Excited for the seasonal shenanigans to commence? We sure are!

Don’t forget to check out Clarins’s Blog & YouTube channel, if you’re a cosmetic craver then you’ll be sure to feel right at home – this gal loves her beauty stash!

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What’s your favourite look of the season? Are you all for a bit of sparkle or prefer to keep it more low key & classic? Whatever your thoughts we’d love to hear from you. Thanks so much for watching!

Cheerio chums…

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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

Hey Beauty Buddies…

It’s been a ridiculously busy week here at Confetti & Curves HQ… so much so that I’m waaaayyyy behind on catching up with quite a few of your awesome posts! Thankfully though I’m way ahead of schedule after spending all day yesterday happily writing away for next weeks fun features. It feels soooo good to be *almost* organised again 😀 So today I’m catching up with some of my emails, YouTube videos, editing & (of course) reading blogs. So if you have a fav post this week on your blog please feel free to share the link below! However, here’s what’s been happening with Confetti & Curves over the last 7 days…

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Urban Decay NAKED Palette Giveaway

URBAN DECAY Giveaway

As a celebration for reaching 1000 followers I’ve decided to treat the readers to a bit of a special Giveaway! Yes, you could be the winner of one of these gorgeous palettes so click on the link for further info on how to enter… if you’re not in you can’t win 😉

Behind The Blog featuring Alice from Strange Made Me

Strange Made Me

I catch up with the lovely Alice on the virtual sofa of sassiness to get to know a little bit more about her and her gorgeous blog! Don’t forget to stop by and say a quick hello, she’s such an awesome gal ❤

May Favourites

May Favourites

In this weeks video I show you my most used goodies of May! Have you tried any of them yet?

Behind The Blog featuring Lara from Fly Me To The Clouds

Fly Me To The Clouds

Check out the lovely Lara’s fun filled interview as she chats about bloggers block, her current beauty favs & sooo much more! Don’t forget to stop by her blog & check it out – you’ll love it & her!

First Impressions: MAC False Lashes Extreme Black 

Mac Mascara review

Check out my review of the latest MAC mascara everyone’s talking about… is it really worth the hype?!

As always, thank y’all from the bottom of my heart for the support, comments, encouragement, re-blogs & just darn right loveliness. You’s guys really know how to brighten a bloggers day!

As I mentioned above, do feel free to post a favourite link from your blog this week in the comments below so we can take a virtual trip over to check it out. Otherwise don’t forget to say a quick hello 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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First Impressions: MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara…

 Mac Mascara review

Hey Beauty Buddies…

On Wednesday morning a rather chic looking package fell through the door as Mr postman delivered a complimentary tube of False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara courtesy of MAC

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Yes, you can imagine my shrills of excitement at being able to road test one of our most yearned for cosmetic brands much loved mascara.

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Is high-end reeeeeeeally worth the spend?

Before application I had already prepped my eyes and donned a full face of makeup so I was hoping my steady hands would hold up to the job! I must admit the teeny tiny little tube didn’t make the application process somewhat easy, in fact it was pretty tricky trying to manoeuvre around those delicate little internal lashes – one wrong move and the smudge would’ve been a biggy.

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*Above: Before Application*

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*Above: One Coat*

In my opinion there’s a small variety of products you simply DON’T skimp on… foundation being one of them, however as for mascara I’m always pretty open to trying any newbies at (most) price ranges. Yet to be brutally honest, drug stores are so utterly jam packed with tantalising tubes in a variety of colours I never really feel the need to browse high-end alternatives… and anyways, it would take a heck of A LOT to beat my Rimmel Scandaleyes 😉

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Let’s talk Formula…

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The formula of MAC False Eyes Extreme Black is undoubtedly very creamy, unfortunately though on first application the name somewhat diminished my expectations… I was expecting lashings of length & droves of drama, topped off with a blacker than black appearance. However after studying it from an array of difference angles it simply looked, well… erm… like a normal ‘every day’ mascara. In fact ladies, I have a cheap and cheerful mascara from GOSH that has an incredibly similar finish for less than half the price.

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Above: Two coats

Building on the second coat I was (yet again) preparing myself for great things but it just didn’t transpire to what the name suggested… ‘FALSE LASHES’ ‘EXTREME BLACK’… instead I achieved a rather somewhat dainty looking lash that seemed pretty pleasing to the eye but nothing what I would consider ‘false’ looking or otherwise overly excitable. Is it just me? Am I really too picky to please? *sigh*

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Final thoughts?

Don’t get me wrong it’s MAC so of course it’s going to be a quality product, but is it really worth the £19 investment compared to an average £7 from a Superdrug shelf? Honestly gals, I’m not sure it is. I know, I know… it paaaains me to say this but MAC False Lashes Extreme Black didn’t give me false looking lashes nor were they any blacker than a standard mascara formula. On this occasion I’m under the impression you’d simply be shelling out your hard earned cash for a renowned name stamped on a chic looking tube as opposed to the suggested claims of what the product can do to benefit your lash requirements!

To sum it all up: if you’re on the lookout for a high-end, comfortable, everyday mascara that doesn’t flake, crumble and gives somewhat of a feathery finish then I’m pretty sure you’ll love this product. However if you’re dreaming of creating a dramatic lash look that has a false-looking effect then I’d say keep hold of your pennies and invest a fraction of the cost on Seventeen’s Falsifeye HD Mascara instead –  it does a fab job of making sure your lashes pack a lengthy punch without the hefty spend.

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*Above: Mac False Lashes Extreme Black – final look!*

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Have you tried the MAC False Lash Extreme Black? What’s your favourite must-have mascara? Are you a high end spender or drug store devotee? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do pop by and say a quick hello!

 Wishing y’all an awesome weekend 🙂

 Cheerio chums…

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

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The Look Of Love…

The Look Of Love

Hello Lovelies…

Can you believe it’s February already? Nope, me either. However seeing as it’s the first post of such a loved up month I thought it was only fitting to start it off with a sprinkling of fashion inspiration for all those ladies who’ll be stepping out in style this Valentines night. So whether you’re off to see the highly anticipated 50 Shades Of Grey or cosying up in your favourite restaurant with your other half, it’s inevitable you’ll want an outfit to impress…

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 1) I spotted this gorgeous hot pink dress whilst flicking through the latest Simply Be catalogue. I absolutely adore the vibrant colour and sassy little metallic waist band detail… best of all it’s available in sizes 12-32 *click here* for more details.

 2) What glamour obsessed gal doesn’t love a metallic clutch? I spotted this gorgeous little number on Chic Bag and thought it would tie in perfect with my Valentines outfit choices. Shockingly (I hope you’re sitting down) it’s reduced from £180 down to a staggering £11.99!

 3) If you love layering up your lashes then Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is right up your street. Its hourglass shaped brush and lash lengthening formula will undoubtedly bestow you with movie-star eyes. Available from Debenhams.

 4) This is probably one of my all time favourite perfumes… Miss Dior is a fragrance that I can only describe as liquid love in the most daintily pretty little bottle. After my hubby treated me to a bottle at Christmas I’ve been hooked ever since. Check out the scent-sational range of Dior fragrances available from Boots.

 5) What outfit would be complete without a statement MAC lippy to add a perfect pop of colour? This gorgeous shade ‘All Fired Up’ is one of my favourite passionate pink tones. Check it out by visiting the MAC store online.

 6) I’ve recently just discovered this beautiful bronzer from Vivo. For only £4.99 this stunning velvety-soft bronze powder is not to be missed. Just *click here* to check it out on Vivo’s website… who knows what other beauty bargains you’ll stumbled across?

7) Any of the Urban Decay palettes are worthy of a mention, however seeing as we’re sticking to silvery tones for my Valentines outfit choice what could be more perfect than the sumptuous shades of the Naked 2 collection? I’m in love! *swoon*

8) Now ladies most of you know only too well how much I love my glitter, so when I spotted these cute little hot pink hearts on Etsy I knew they’d be the perfect Valentines accessory – without running the risk of looking like a misplaced Christmas bauble! They’ll add the perfect little sprinkle of shimmer to your lobes. Grab your pair from LittleBearsMom Etsy shop.

9) Having spent the last few months encased in winter boots, I’m looking for any excuse to step out in sassy little strappy sandals. Available from ASOS, this pair of stunning stilettos are guaranteed to add the perfect finishing touch to any loved up outfit… just don’t forget to treat yourself to a little pedi-party before stepping out in style.

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So there you have it ladies, my ‘Look Of Love’ in nine stylish steps. Have you any plans this Valentines night? What will you be up to & what’s on your must-wear menu? As always I love reading your thoughts in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter!

Cheerio Chums…

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The Ultimate Girls Night Out…

The Ultimate Girls Night Out

Streets filled with twinkling fairy lights, late night shopping, bustling Christmas markets, cheesy Pantomimes and festive work parties – it’s no wonder this time of year fills us with so much fun and excitement. Even though the harsh winter weather has us wrapped up in seasonal chunky knits and layering on the moisturiser, you just can’t help battling the elements to join in all the festive fun… and with so many of us hopping-up for exciting nights out, I thought it was only right to follow up The Ultimate Girls Night In post (that you all seemed to enjoy so much – thank you kindly!) with something similar for The Ultimate Girls Night Out! So for all of you delightful diva’s who love a Yuletide shindig here’s my check-list on how to make your evening out super-sassy:

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If ever there’s an excuse to throw in a little bit of sparkle the time is now! The shops are filled with glitzy cocktail frocks, blingy accessories and shoes that would all but blind you – I blooming love it! However seeing as not all of us want to leave the house resembling the neighbours Christmas tree, I thought I’d put together something a little more muted, practical, but without forsaking the glorious glam…

1: I am in LOVE with this shimmery Manon Baptiste Gold Aztec Vest Top from Navabi. The shimmering gold & bold black are incredible together, making it the perfect partner for dressing up denim or wearing with with a fabulously fitted skirt. Isn’t it beautiful ladies? Best of all it’s available right up to size 28 *woo hoo*

2: These gorgeous NYDJ Marine Denim Jeggings from Evans are the perfect bang-on-trend denim for a night out. Not only are they mega comfy with their quality super-stretch material, these delightfully jolly jeggings also boast Lift-Tuck technology… ensuring all your fabulous curves stay supported. Are we in love? Thought so!

3: There is nothing more classic than a simple black blazer to add a touch of sophistication to almost any outfit. This gorgeous Samoon Jacket from Navabi oozes everyday style appeal by adding some chic feminine flair. Currently available up to size 26, it’s every gals must have wardrobe essential… plus it keeps you cosy on those chilly winter nights!

4: I won’t lie to you, I devoured a rather hefty gasp when I stumbled across this pair of ankle stunner’s from The Outnet. These mesmerising Rag & Bone metallic effect textured ankle boots with their stacked wooden heel & sassy back zip fastening have stolen my heart. Best of all there’s a whopping 45% off the £460 retail price… fancy treating your feet? Go get them!

5: I adore these gold effect Aztec earrings from Dorothy Perkins, undoubtedly the perfect accessory to match the Navabi Aztec Vest top don’t you think? Currently on sale for a jaw dropping £3.00, what a bargain!

6: To say I’m a fan of the Michael Kors tote range is a bit of an understatement – I don’t think there’s one I haven’t fallen for yet. However, this exquisite pale gold bag is well towards becoming my new MK favourite. Classy, stylish and sporting lots of room for your essential tote-bag goodies what’s not to love? Available from Zalando.

7: Three words girls: MAC Ruby Woo. What outfit would be complete without a pop of colour, and no one does it quite like Mac. Available from MAC cosmetics… orderly queue please ladies!

8: I don’t think there’s ever been a make-up addicts wish-list that hasn’t contained at least one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Create the perfect sultry look for your night out with this delicious array of 12 bronze, eye-bedazzling shades. Check it out for yourself  right here at Feel Unique

 

The Nibbles

This time of year restaurants are often alive with corporate parties & family get-togethers, so even though your favourite little haunt may seem like a pretty safe choice it’s best to call and pre-book well before your big night out… simply to avoid a two hour wait in a chilly winter queue just to get your bum on a seat.

As most work parties tend to book hotels and traditional restaurants for their Christmas dins, it could be a good idea to branch out and try Cantonese, Indian or Italian food as there’s less chance they’ll be hiving with half drunken CEO’s… and of course so you don’t end up tired of Turkey before Santa’s even had a chance to pack his sleigh! Alternatively, if you’re keeping a watchful eye on the purse strings why not opt for dinner at home or a cheeky take away delivered to your door before hitting the town; this is always a good option for those who take multiple hours to get ready! *whistles innocently*

The Drinks

If like me you’re a hopeless case for a hangover, my advice would be to line that tummy with dinner before popping your corks so there’s something to help soak up the potential effects. Without sounding like an ageing party-pooper;  mixing a multitude of shots may seem like a barrel of fun, but keep in mind it’s more than likely going to end in a rather painful duvet-day the following morning. Who hasn’t seen the Sunday social media news-feeds filled with tales of woe and promises of never to so much as sniff a cork again?! My point exactly 😉

If you’re on the look out for something light and refreshing I’d personally suggest these yummy little fruity spritzer style drinks (pictured above) called West Coast Coolers. Here in N. Ireland they’re incredibly popular, my favourite has to be the Original, however the Rose is amazing too. So if you’re looking for a light seasonal tipple to sip, I’d highly recommend you give these a go. Just remember to enjoy responsibly!

The Entertainment

Organising a night out takes a fair amount of planning – especially if there’s quite a few of you in tow. As much as I love dancing the night away, sometimes it’s fun to do something a little different; and come the festive season there’s just so much choice on offer. A few unique and fun ideas could be to catch a theatre show or musical, better still why not embrace your inner kiddie and opt for a pantomime instead? They’re full of cheesy Christmas cheer to get the giggles going, leaving the serious chatter for cocktails and dinner at a swanky venue afterwards. Alternatively if you’re feeling brave enough to embrace the cold winter weather then why not opt for some late night shopping at a local Christmas market? It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up some really unique little gifts and stocking fillers!

Don't Forget

It’s one of the busiest seasons of the year, so if transport is top of your priority list make sure you book your taxi’s well in advance to avoid being stranded at your door step. Same applies for eating out too!
Keep wrapped up warm with a stylishly snug scarf & hat set to avoid being landed with any winter colds or sniffles if you’re out & about. Do keep a tight hold of your hand bag or purse wherever you go… a bustling night on the town is a pick-pockets dream particularly if you’re planning some late night shopping or Christmas fairs with chums.

Try to carry as little cash as possible, make sure your abode is well secured before leaving for the evening and keep any pricey items such as laptops etc tucked well out of sight! Of course last but not least have fun, enjoy your night out & don’t forget the reason for the season guys 😉

Do you have any up-coming fun nights out planned? What’s your top tip when organising an evening out on the town with friends? Or are you more of a cosy night-in kinda gal? As always I love reading your thoughts and feedback in the comments below…

Cheerio chums!

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