Pink Of The Bunch! My Favourite Blush Pink Lipsticks…

Pink Lipsticks

From MAC to Makeup Revolution, there’s no denying that a large bulk of my lippy stash is made up of beautiful blush pinks. Oddly enough I wouldn’t consider myself to be a ‘pink’ kinda girl, it’s not a colour I’d ever wear, nor is it something I’d decorate my house in – apart from my 10 year old’s bedroom and even that was more sparsely pink with a mixture of other bright tones mixed in. Yet when it comes to painting my lips, pink is the first colour I reach for. It’s comfortable, like my lips only better… much better in fact. So to pay homage to a few of my most cherished pinks what could be better than starting the week off with a fun feature than showcasing just a few of these fabulous colours. Sitting comfy? Then let’s get started…

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MAC Amplified in Craving

MAC Craving

After receiving this as a little extra Christmas gift from my beloved hubby, I had only ever seen swatches of it online – and turns out it’s quite a bit darker than I realised. Thankfully it’s exactly what I need in my collection! It’s a beautiful deep pink with a hint of plum that is soft enough for daytime wear and can be built up quite dramatically at night. Needless to say the staying power is incredible, but with a modest prices tag of £15.50 coupled with their seemingly superior reputation I’d expect nothing less. Now if only they could work on making their in store customer service as good as the longevity of their lipsticks!

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Makeup Academy in Shade 2

Makeup Academy Shade 2 Lipstick

The budget brand that punches well above it’s price tag. This lipstick I picked up for £1 in Superdrug, and although it’s a little more fuschia infused than I’d normally go for it’s such a pretty summery shade that works well with so many skin tones. Layer this lightly and you’ve a ‘my lips but better’ look going on, build it up and it’s a beautiful deep. For pocket money, it’s an everyday keeper in my opinion!

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Bourjois Shine Edition in 24 Rose xoxo

Bourjois 24 Rose xoxo

It literally pains me to type these words *sob* but after hunting high and low it seems that Bourjois have discontinued what I consider my all time favourite pink lippy. It’s soft, smooth, moisturising and leaves your lips beautiful refreshed and natural looking. Think of a long lasting ‘pinky tinted’ balm and you’re on the right tracks! Unfortunately I can’t seem to find a perfect dupe either… maybe one day, but until then Ill be using this as sparingly as I can! *sigh*

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Max Factor Lipfinity in 60 Evermore Lush

Max Factor Lipfinity 60 Evermore Lush

Claiming up to 8 hours wear, you’d literally have to sit like a mannequin in order to get your 480 minutes worth of long-lasting wear. Mean while on planet reality, expect a few good hours of impressive colour pay off. It doesn’t dry your lips out, and is very comfy to wear. The shade selection could be a bit more dazzling for those that like to explore out of the comfort zone… however I find this a great lippy for work as by midday all I need to do is dab a little balm over the top (I use EOS) and voila, the colour is subtly revived for another couple of hours.

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Makeup Revolution Lip Hug in Love Can Set You Free

Makeup Revolution Lip Hug Love Can Set You Free

This is probably one of the most complimented lipstick I’ve ever purchased. Having taken a chance on this during my most recent HUGE Makeup Revolution haul, which you can check out by *Clicking Here*, I wasn’t really expecting anything out of the ordinary. How wrong I was. The formula of the Lip Hug almost feels high end, and the longevity of the product is just as fabulous – in fact I’ve tried a few expensive lippies that would be put to shame by this. For £2.50 I’d recommend, if not insist, you treat yourself to a tube pronto 🙂

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Rimmel London Asia

Rimmel London Asia Lipstick

An old favourite. Rimmel’s Asia is something I’ve been wearing since my early teens. I love the dusky mauve pink colour with rich tones of latte mixed in for good measure.. and it’s relatively long wearing too. Even though it may be a 90’s throwback, there’s no denying this colour is still well in trend 20 years later. Not bad eh? 😉

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17 Supreme Shine in Barely Blush

17 Supreme Shine Barely Blush

The packaging gave me hope that it was a potential dupe for my beloved (discontinued) Bourjois, as pictured further above. However when I swatched Barely Blush I was actually surprised at how matte the formula was compare to my initial expectations. On wear it’s super comfy (and not matte at all) and although it’s not a replacement for one of my all time faves it’s quickly become a shade I reach for regularly as it compliments my skin tone and goes with a multitude of shadow staples too!

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THE SWATCHES…

Pink Lipstick Swatches

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Are you a fan of blush pink lip shades? Have you any recommendations I could add to my shopping list? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick hello! Wishing y’all a fab week ahead:)

Cheerio Chums…

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What I Got For Christmas…

 

I know, I know… just as the fairy lights, sparkly baubles and giant stockings are packed away for the year, I go and mention it all again *dramatic eye roll* However over Christmas & the new year so many of my awesome blog buddies kept in touch via email and a few of you were keen to know what goodies were awaiting me under the tree come Christmas morning… so naturally I thought it would be a little more handy to show y’all in the form of a fun video! Apologies it’s a little later than planned ladies but hey… better late than never right?

I’m personally a huuuuge fan of noseying at what pressies others got for the big day, so if you’ve done a similar post or YouTube upload pleeeease go right ahead & leave the link for me below as I’d love to check it out too 🙂

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So go grab something yummy to sip on & get yourself comfy as I give you guys a little peek at some of the newest additions to my list of favourite things. Oh, and do let me know in the comments if you had a favourite pressie this year! ❤

Cheerio Chums…

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Christmas Make Up Menu featuring MAC Ruby Woo…

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Christmas parties, office shindigs, glitzy night on the town… this time of year always has us dressing up in our sparkliest outfits and stepping out in our most glamorous make-up looks. In my opinion there’s nothing more Christmassy than a classic red lip teamed up with a sprinkling of gold & glitter – and so to keep the Christmas party cheer, I’ve created a bit of a glitzy look this week! If you’d like to watch the tutorial on how to recreate this look then just *Click Here* to be whisked off to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel where you can hit the subscribe button so you won’t miss any future videos! *woo hoo*

So here’s a quick peek at the menu used to create my favourite Christmas make up look…

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Eyes

MUA Pro Eye Primer

Urban Decay NAKED Palette:

Crease – Buck

All over lid – Half Baked

Outer Crease – Hustle

Under Eye – Half Baked

Collection Glam Crystal Liquid Liner: Funk 03

Model & Co Volume Eyes Mascara: Black

Barry M Brow Kit

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MuM face

Face

Boots No 7 Beautifully Matte: Vanilla

Maybelline 24 HR Concealer: Fair

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer: Fair (this is simply to edge the brow with)

Sleek Face Form Contour Kit: Fair

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Lips

Lips

MUA Lip Liner: Red Drama

MAC Matte in Ruby Woo *swooooooon*

Lipcote Lipstick Sealer *click here* to find out every lipstick lover NEEDS this in their collection

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MuM Finished Look

Christmas Party Make Up

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There you have it gals, my favourite festive look! Will you be stepping out in style this Christmas? Any parties planned? Whatever your thoughts don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below!

Cheerio chums…

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New Hair, A Shopping Trip & My First Ever MAC…

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Happy Monday Chums…

WOW what a weekend – I’ve been utterly marinaded in beauty induced shenanigans over this last 48 hours! Must it end? *sob* Where to begin… Oh yes, well, on Friday evening I (finally) waved a cheerful cheerio to a good 5 inches off my frazzled follicles as I emerged from the Hair Salon looking a heck of alot more human than when I first went in. I had so much sympathy for my super skilled hair dresser Anthea, as she got to grips with the gruelling mission that lay ahead of her – to colour, cut & rehydrate an entire years worth of a hair crime scene. It’s only under the harsh lights of a salon could I actually truly embrace the menacing vision of how much my head resembled a forgotten haystack. It was ATROCIOUS. However being the true wonder-worker Anthea is I was looking preened & pampered in less than 2 hours. Not bad eh?

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Refreshing Essentials…

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Saturday morning kicked off with getting ready for a shopping trip to Belfast with the girls in my life – aka my sis Leah & little Em’s. After taking a ridiculously looooong shower to freshen up with my new bath & body goodies I emerged smelling like a Carribean Goddess. Wafts of pineapple, mango & a cocktail of other fruity aromas transcended from the bathroom making my house smell like far flung juice bar on some dessert Island. Just for the record ladies I CANNOT recommend Original Source Pineapple shower gel highly enough – the worst thing about using it is fighting the urge to want to taste it… it really does smell that goooood!

Of course after I’d deep cleaned every pore it was time to tackle any remnants left on my tired and dehydrated face… thankfully my Nivea Micellar Water, Olay Toner & a darn good dosing of Dove Pro-Age put right to that, leaving me glowing and ready to face a full on afternoon of retail thereapy

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The Outfit….

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I don’t know about you gals but shopping ALWAYS leaves me feeling hot & bothered, especially on a warm summer Saturday afternoon when the high street is bunged to the hilt with other savvy shoppers. As it was considerably drizzly on Saturday I was in a total state of confusion as to what to wear – the air was hot but a list misty rain was descending from the heavens, literally the worst weather for flustered faces and frizzy hair *groan* In the end I decided to stick to my casual comfies: A stretchy pair of Simply Be boot-cut denim jeans, a light and airy cotton blouse from Evans, my little slip on tan flats (also from Evans) & my matching ‘Miranda’ bag from Accessorize, which has oodles of room for the purse, mints, aqua & a tonne of lip balms that seem to be amongst my top handbag essential these days!

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The Makeup…

MAC Brave

I’d waited patiently for this moment all week – how I managed to stave it off for 5 whole days was beyond me however on Saturday morning my lips where in for such a treat as I got to try out my first ever MAC lippy in the beautiful shade BRAVE. What a stunning colour! How awesome is my baby sis by kick starting my collection with this amazing satin MAC lippy? The smell, the texture, the staying power – without a doubt one of the most textured and opulent lipsticks that have graced my lips. If you haven’t got a MAC in your life you NEED to get one, they are aaaahhmazing. And the smell… oooh the smell. It’s like butter icing laced with a hint of creamy fudge. Pout perfection.

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As for the rest of my Makeup here’s what I opted for ladies – you know me well enough by now to assume that an Urban Decay Naked Palette will nearly enough always be my first pick for the eyes! All the colours blended in so darn perfectly with the MAC Brave lippy too.

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The Finished Look…

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My aim was for a warm, soft & summery look as these shades always work best with my light complexion, making it appear much warmer and less harsh. If (like me) you’re battling oily skin this summer I’d highly recommend trying out the No 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation – what a treat for the face. The formula is such a breeze to blend. I personally find it works in perfect harmony with the Real Techniques Stippling brush for a flawless, airbrushed finish that will keep your skin shine free for 14 hours straight. A worth while investment for these balmy summer days ladies.

As for my hair, well that pretty much speaks for itself. I went back to my basics with a rich dark chocolate brown, soft layers & a textured cut – which seems perfect to manage for naturally curly hair. Isn’t it amazing how much better a new hair cut makes you feel about yourself? I love it, it’s so much more manageable!

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The Reveal…

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So as you can well imagine the shopping trip was a major success. Even though the muggy summer weather wasn’t exactly being kind to us it didn’t manage to dampen our retail spirits one bit, plus heading home for a yummy Chinese takeaway and chatter about our new beauty goodies made dodging the drizzle worth it in the end.

“So what the heck did you buy Karen?!?” I hear you cry! Well, I thought I’d leave that for this Wednesdays YouTube chatter, so keep an eye out for one heck of a huuuuuge beauty haul coming to your screens. It’s gonna be a fab one 😉

What did you get up to this weekend? Don’t forget to say hello in the comments below – we always love a quick chatter here on Confetti & Curves

Cheerio chums…

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