Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

Happy Sunday lovelies…

 To think we’re almost half way through the month of September already… is it just me or do the days seem to be mulling into one?! However, this next few weeks is going to be a huge dose of fun here at Confetti & Curves HQ as I plan & prep some fabulous features for ya’ll to feast your eyes on… including a few little crafty projects to keep you busy over the next few months too. Make-up looks, fall fashion, hauls, tips & DIY crafts are just a few of the things I have in store chums so keep your eyes peeled for these super exciting posts appearing very soon!

Talking of fun features; as usual, I’ve rounded up the weekly low down on what’s been happening here on Confetti & Curves this past few days! Don’t forget you’re more than welcome to leave a link to any of your blog posts that you’d like us to to check out too!

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Simple Design Layout Tips For Your Beauty Blog

Blog Design Layout Tips

Creating great content is one thing but putting your mind to design & layout can be super challenging, especially for new bloggers and us terrified techie’s! No need to fret blog buddies, as this week my sprinkling of tips focuses on getting the best out of your blog layout. Avoid readers hitting that back button by bringing out the best in your online haven.

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Behind The Blog featuring Two Little Owls

Two Little Owls

It’s double the trouble today as I’m joined by this talented duo of gorgeous gals who happen to be best friends & budding bloggers via their very own little corner of the interweb Two Little Owls. Pretty cute name, huh? If you haven’t already check it out then get yourself over pronto & hit that follow button, I’m pretty sure you’ll adore it (& the girls) every bit as much as I do!

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My Top 5 Beauty Finds Under £5

Top 5 Under 5

Yep, it’s that time of the month (yet again) where I share a delectable little stash of drug store beauty goodies that I’ve picked up for mere pocket money! Fancy getting your hands on a few affordable little treasures for fall? Then look no further! Don’t forget to like & subscribe, you’ll make my day 😉

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Behind The Blog featuring Tay’s Life Unscripted

Tay's Life Unscripted

Joining me on the virtual sofa on Thursday for a quick chatter was the gorgeous Tay from Tay’s Life Unscripted. If you’re a cosmetic craver who’s obsessed with red lippies then look no further as you just might have found your online soul mate…

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New Season, New Hair: L’Oreal Prodigy Review

L'Oreal Paris Prodigy Review

As summer draws to an end I eagerly step into autumn with the hope of creating a sassy new look for the season. My mission: goodbye greys & sun dried ends… hello warm, rich, vibrant auburn tones! Well, that was the plan ladies… I guess you’ll just  have to check out Fridays review to see how I got on!

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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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New Season, New Hair: L’Oreal Prodigy Review…

L'Oreal Paris Prodigy Review

Hey Beauty Buddies…

It’s Friday, fall is on the way & I’m ready for the weekend *excited air punch* 😀 Yes, bit of a cheery chappy today chums as I’ve spruced up my follicles and banished those pesky greys back to where they belong. With the turn of every new season I seem to break out a new hair style or colour… my own way of welcoming change I guess! Of course with autumn virtually on our door steps it was time for me to browse the shelves in search of a sassy new hair look that would (hopefully) compliment the rich vibrant tones this time of year brings.

After what seemed like an eternity mulling through a sea of DIY hair colourant kits, I finally set my sights on L’Oreal Prodigy shade 5.30 Tan. A rich warm brown with a hint of auburn, just the ticket for new fall follicles don’t you agree?

Wanna know how I got on? Then grab your cuppa & let’s get started…

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Price:

£7.99

Where purchased:

Boots (local store) – click for direct link to product

Unique Selling Points: 

L’Oréal Paris introduces the latest technology in permanent, home hair colour: micro-oil technology. Our micro-oil system perfectly diffuses a blend of colour revealing ultra-fine colour full of highs & lows. Each shade is made of a luxurious blend of multiple tones for an extraordinary natural-looking colour, all without ammonia.

Beautiful, lively, multi-tonal colour – the colour particles are diffused from root to tip, reflecting light to reveal an extraordinary natural-looking colour. Improved hair texture & radiant shine – the micro-oil technology leaves each strand feeling smoother and cared for. Hair looks enhanced: improved visible condition, with healthy radiant shine. All this without ammonia. Up to 100% grey coverage – strand by strand up to 100% grey coverage that always looks natural.

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L'Oreal Prodigy Whats In The Box

1) Extraordinary Colour Cream

2) Developer Cream Emulsion

3) Conditioner

4) Two part mixing bottle

5) Instructions

6) Mixing stick & Gloves

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Pros

The Box Contents: Contrary to the usually cheap gloves and flimsy instruction manuals included in home colour kits, the quality of the content was pretty impressive. I was rather taken by the handy little mixing stick and black stretchy gloves that somehow gave a much more professional feel to the preparation.

 The Formula: Most dyes I’ve used in the past have been pretty runny & messy when squeezed from the bottle – this one however was so easy to apply and didn’t drip or splatter. As for quantity there was more than enough in the bottle my thick mass of shoulder length hair. However if you do have longer locks then I would suggest investing in two boxes – just to be on the safe side. Better to have a little too much than too little right?

The smell:  Now you girls all know how utterly sensitive I am to smells. Most hair dyes tend to leave my eyes streaming however this wasn’t the case with this one. No nasty chemical filled boudoir or half an hour of wheezing whatsoever – very impressed!

 The Conditioner: If any of you are familiar with a 90’s teens perfume called Tribe then you might very well be in for a treat as the smell reminded of it so much… it is gorgeous! It’s quite fruity/florally – refreshingly different to many of the conditioners that are usually included in home hair dye kits. More importantly though; it left my hair feeling soft, bouncy and super healthy with an amazing shine.

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Cons

If you’re in a mad rush then the half an hour developing time might leave you tapping your impatient foot. Yep, there’s faster developing hair dyes available, however on reflection, I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to be something many tackle whilst racing the clock! If you’re anything like me then you’ll actually enjoy taking your time with any beauty process – it’s all about enjoying a pamper.  Catching up with your favourite YouTubers *Confetti & Curves – ahh hmm* 😉  & a nice hot cuppa will pass the time quicker than you realise!

Okay, it may not be the cheapest option on the shelves but in my experience spending that little bit more on decent colourants goes a loooong way in gaining a much better result. Like most home colours, it did turn out a little deeper than the picture suggested on the box, however the shade usually this lightens after a few washes so it’s not something I’d grumble over too much.

One thing I did find a bit off-putting was the sizing of the gloves. They are incredibly neat fitting with very little stretch –  might be a bit of an issue for those with slightly wider hands or long fingers!

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Before: Looking a tad washed out and in need of some oomf!

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After colouring (and a little sprucing up)

L'Oreal Prodigy 5.30 Tan Review

Much better… wouldn’t you agree chums?

As you can see it’s really lifted my rather dull looking dark brown hair by added a little more warm & depth. There’s a slight red tone to the shade which is perfect for me considering that my natural hair colour is actually quite auburn – it brings out the vibrancy just a little bit more. Personally I think it’s the ideal shade for autumn: not too dark, but not too red for constantly maintaining an exhaustive upkeep of re-growth on the roots. Perfect!

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Rec

Most definitely. If you’re looking for an easy to follow hair colourant that leaves your follicles looking & feeling fabulous then I’d urge you to give the L’Oreal Prodigy range a go. The colour is beautifully rich & left my hair feeling silky smooth & smelling divine! For the price tag it’s well worth the investment ladies.

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Have you tried L’Oreal Prodigy? What’s your thoughts on DIY home-hair dyes? Do you have a favourite brand or are you sworn to your salon? Whatever your thoughts do let me know in the comments below!

Wishing y’all a fun filled weekend…

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