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!

Cheerio Chums…

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Behind The Blog featuring Tessa from Bubbles & Macaroons…

Bubbles and Macaroons

Howdy beauty chums…

As per usual a big thanks to all who checked out yesterdays post: Nail Stamping Kit For Beginners! I have to say it’s always pretty weird filming from an angle that I’m not in view, as my hands seem to do most of the talking in this one 😀 Nevertheless you guys left some awesome comments! I do hope all you manicure addicts interested in cheering up the claws with some fun nail art give it a go. It’s such an affordable little kit, and one that’ll undoubtedly start a whole obsession with collecting exciting nail & stamping goodies. So if you haven’t checked it out then why not pop over and see just how easy peasy it is to dress up your digits 🙂

However, it’s time to prep the virtual sofa yet again as we welcome our second blogger of the week… it’s the gorgeous Tessa from Bubbles and Macaroons! How cute is that blog name? Apart from having as sweet a name as she is, Tessa is an avid beauty blogger and cosmetic craver who loves to fill our news feeds with fabulous news, reviews and great make-up looks to help inspire! So if you haven’t’ already popped over to get acquainted her virtual haven then get clicking gals – of course not before we take a quick peek Behind The Blog…

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Readers can expect beauty looks, reviews, tips, inspiration and fun!

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What inspired you to start blogging?

At first, my blog was a project in my journalism studies. I am now in my second year and the lecturers encouraged us to start an online project in any medium with the thing you love the most. I always loved writing and make-up and fashion is my biggest passion. I took some beauty classes a couple of years ago, which explains my knowledge. Now, my blog has grown out to be my own place. Blogging really relaxes me, and I can write about the things I love the most.  I am inspired to work more everyday so it turns out into a professional blog!

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

Bubbles and macaroons, yes it looks a bit random, which it was at the time I created my blog! My blogname was literally something that popped into my head at the moment I was building my site. I just decided to roll with it. The only thing I knew was that I wanted something that featured two things so the “and” factor was a necessity. It also had to be English. I am actually a Belgian, so I speak Dutch in everyday life! I love to blog in English because it allows me more, and my network can be bigger than just Belgians and Dutchies. Right now, I actually like my name, ha ha!

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

I am lucky to have never experience Blogger’s Block before. I had writer’s block before (as a journalism student) but I never had it on my blog! I see a lot of things around me and then I think: “that should be a good post.” Tips for posts I use are looking into the seasons. What events are happening right now? What does the season require? Usually something pops up then. Another way to overcome it is to read magazines like Elle or Vogue, or watch some YouTube videos. Pinterest helps as well.

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

That’s a really hard question! I had fun creating every single post that is up on my blog right now, so it is hard to choose. I guess I’ll have to go with my carnival make-up post. There were no borders creating the look since it was carnival. Creativity was the main focus in that post! You can check it out here: https://tessadewolf.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/my-carnival-make-up/

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

I would have to go with preppy college student. I love this style so much and when in store, I tend to reach for preppy clothing the most. I have other things as well, but mostly this style. It makes me feel confident, classy and successful. And you know what they say: a well-dressed woman is a successful woman! Oh well, everything can help, right?

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

My absolute number one is the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I take it with me to the student house, on holidays, friends,… I love the shades and you can use the palette for any occasion! Number 2 would have to be the Yves Saint Laurent Touche éclat foundation. It is such a healthy looking foundation and it looks so natural. I use the smallest pump possible and distribute it all over my face to freshen up my complexion. Number 3 is the Maybelline Brow Drama brow gel. I cannot go without filling in my eyebrows and with this product you are ready in 10 seconds! The product lasts forever as well.

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

I like to take a long hot shower and then watch some Netflix in bed. Netflix is essential in my life!

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Since I go out with my friends on Friday night, Saturday is usually a stay-in evening. I study late, because I am a perfectionist, and after that, my parents and I go out for some delicious food and watching tv together, while my dearest friend Sammie (the cat) sleeps in between us.

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What do you do to relax?

Same thing as I said above, Netflix is my life guys, it literally is. Ha ha! Who’s with me?

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I have the bad habit of staying up wayyyy too late and then waking up wayyyy too late in the morning. I just can’t get myself in bed before 11:30. In the morning it is same but the other way around. I just sleep too long. My rhythm is just totally confused! (Let’s blame it on the student life). I tend to make any appointments I need to go to in the morning, so I have to wake up early, like I have to for morning classes at college.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

That’s a hard one, because I had a very nice childhood, so it is hard to pick just one. Maybe I pick the first time I went to Disneyland. I was about nine years old and we were already on a vacation in France where I made some friends, we played on the beach and had the best time. When my parents dropped the bomb that we were going to Disneyland, my summer couldn’t go wrong!

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What was your favourite school subject?

I really liked history. At college I still have a lot of history, since journalists need to know what is happening and happened around the world. I love the stories and most of the times, I try to imagine what it was like to live in that specific period.

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What’s your dream job?

I would love to be a successful journalist at a womens’ magazine like Vogue or Elle. Then I would be doing the things I love the most as a job! Writing, taking pictures and talking about beauty and fashion.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Ideal, I would have successful job and met the love of my life. More realistic, I hope to still work at a nice place and have my own apartment or something!

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Traveling, a lot!

Visit Thailand

Visit Dubai

Go to the ABC islands

A roadtrip through America

Start my own beauty and fashion magazine

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

I would have to go with passing my first year in journalism college without any retests. Here in Belgium, it is very common to have so, so I was very proud to pass without them!

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Who inspires you?

I am much inspired by a lot of beautyguru’s on Youtube. They inspired me to start this blog as well!

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

I do not really have a favourite, mostly “positive and get things done”-quotes are my favourites!

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

Do not overthink. Just do what you like and see your blog as your own personal space where you can put your own thoughts. If somebody doesn’t like it, well then just click the close button. Your blog is your space in the first place, so you should be your number one fan and be proud of it. That’s my golden rule!

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Coffee for the win!

Coke or Pepsi = Definitely Coke

Messy mayhem or Super Organised =Super organised

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Cute kitten (crazy catloveralert!)

Night In or Night Out = Night out! You are just one time in young in your life, right?

Heels or Flats =Heels, because I am so short, haha

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lipstick

Rock Chick or Pop Princess =Pop princess

Paperback or E-book = Paperback

Contact Tessa:

 

I would love it if you check out my blog! You can find the link here: www.tessadewolf.wordpress.com

Instagram: @dewolftessa

Twitter: @dewolftessa

Pinterest: @dewolftessa

Facebook: Bubbles and macaroons blog

“I would like to thank Karen for this lovely opportunity. I am so thankful for her to let me fill in this interview, it means a lot! My blog is still very small, so I am happy with every support I get. Karen, you are amazing! Xoxo, Tessa”

**Thanks sooo much for the kind words Tessa ❤ Such a pleasure having you feature & getting to know more about you! Keep up the awesome blogging work 🙂

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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Makeup Revolution Iconic 2: Metallic Eyes…

Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 Eye Shadow Palette

 

I’m in love. Sounds a bit over dramatic when it comes to eye shadow, huh?

Of course this past number of weeks I’ve been so wrapped up in pastels & pinks that I’ve almost managed to forget how beautiful a metallic semi-smokey eye really is… and how damn wearable whether it be day, night, summer or winter. Although I’m often intimidated by bold shades of lippy, a dramatic eye never fazes me. In fact, the bolder the better is quite often my motto when it comes to dressing up my lids. So this weekend I waved a dismissive hand to pastels and said hello to mesmerising metallic’s; all thanks to the pocket friendly Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 palette & it’s array of show-stopping shades…

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Okay so the title may be a tad grammatically dramatic but it’s certainly in keeping with the pigmentation that’s simmering below the lid. But let’s start at the beginning gals = price. Everyone knows I LOVE a bargain, and what could be better than parting ways with a mere £4 for a medley of twelve cool toned shadows? For just short of fiver, Makeup Revolution have managed to create what I’d consider to be the closest dupe to the Naked 2 I’ve yet to sample. Crazy, huh?

MUR Redemption Iconic 2 palette

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In fact, the pigmentation is so good it makes me question if high end offerings are indeed overpriced and over-rated in comparison. Are we unnecessarily paying an arm and a leg just for fancy schmancy packaging? Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE my pricier palettes, but for anyone who hasn’t yet invested in any I’d be pretty quick to recommend the Makeup Revolution as a worthy alternative equivalent.

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Taking a quick peek at the shade selection, it’s a sassy range of cool matte & shimmering metallic tones that will undoubtedly work well with pretty much any complexion. One thing I will say is that the lighter matte shades are slightly disappointing compared to the rest of the colours. The highlighter & base tones pale into insignificance against the mighty pop of the bold metal tones which are even more impressive if you decide to use them with a slightly dampened brush = a semi foiled finish that’s utterly multifaceted *swoon* The colour literally lights up the lid *more swooning* Check out a close up of the scrummy copper coloured look I created this weekend…

Copper and Gold Metalic Eye Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 Palette

Of course any cosmetic craver will more than likely agree that when you find something so damn fabulous in (almost) every way you can’t help but insist anyone with a pulse NEEDS to have it in their life. But what’s not to love? The pricing, pigmentation & consistency are all clear winners. Okay, so the outer casing is a tad uninspiring but I’d much rather have quality on the inside than pretty packaging containing shadows that pack as much colour punch as self-raising flour *sigh*

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The finished look…

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So if there’s any pocket friendly treat you’re putting on your ‘pay day me spree’ this month make it the Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 palette. Your bank account & eyes will love you for it ❤

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Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution eye shadow palettes? Is there any top of your current wish list? What been your favourite shadow shades recently? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Easy Peasy Ombre Nail Art…

Ombre Nail Art Tutorial

It’s not just my make-up that’s getting a bit of an overhaul in terms of breaking out the colourful shades – it’s my nails too! After months of hiding under dark polishes (which I admittedly adore) I seem to recently be magnetising towards bright cheery colours, combined with eccentric nail art – which is exactly what I aiming for with this fun nail design. So if you love sassy ombre tones and wild prints then check out this easy peasy tutorial!

1) Blank Canvas…

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Starting off with the basics, it’s time to clean, prep and file the nails. Remember, when you’re filing the natural nail to sweep in one direction only to avoid any damage… my nails aren’t in tip-top condition at the moment so it really helps to deter any further nail catastrophes.

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2) Pick Your Polishes…

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Time to raid your stash for a selection of sassy shades. I’ve opted for bright spring colours that will hopefully give a bit of a sunset look during the ombre fading. However you can stick with multiple shades of the one colour, darks, neons, brights, pastels… the only limitations is your own creativity 😉

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3) All About The Base…

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In order to make the colours of your ombre effect stand out more vivid, it’s best to paint your nails in a white base coat. This doesn’t have to look finish perfect – it’s simply a base to brighten up the layers you’ll be adding on top!

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4) The Sponge…

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Ideally the best sponge to use is a wedge shaped sponge, however as I didn’t have any in stock (hehe) I opted for a basic circular sponge which I cut into quarters so I could easily get a few uses out of one sponge.

Ps: This could be a great way to make use of old beauty blenders that you’re ready to bin – just make sure they’re cleaned out really well and completely dry before applying polishes.

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5) The Fun Bit...

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The great thing I love about this look is that you really don’t need any expertise in nail art, it’s just a matter of layering the polishes onto your sponge and dabbing straight onto the nail. Easy peasy! If you’re unsure about how the colours will look try it sampling it on a false nail first… you can even buy little packs of falsies from a local discount store just to play around with some design ideas. In order to help your ombre fade out more, try dabbing your sponge lightly on the nail a few times to create a softer blend.

Ps: Just dab a cotton bud into some nail polish remover to wipe away the excess polish!

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6) The Finishing Touches…

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Naturally gals, your ombre will look absolutely gawjush if you just simply settle for adding a clear top coat. However if you do fancy adding a little bit of extra detail then why not invest in a nail stamping kit! They’re incredibly easy to use & you can create some really fun designs. You can find them on Amazon, Ebay or pretty much any beauty/nail art store. Most kits come with a stamper and selection of plates with funky designs you can stamp straight over the top of your polish. I opted for a fun animal print… okay so I might have gone a little bit stamper crazy but it’s definitely added character to my nail art!

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And here it is, the finished look… a sassy sunset ombre nail with a fun animal stamp in black polish straight over the top. I’ve also added a few coats of clear polish to ensure durability & extra wear!

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Are you a fan of ombre nails? What colours would you opt for? Have you tried a nail stamping kit? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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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 fiancée 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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Makeup Revolution: Mermaids Forever Eyeshadow Palette…

Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Palette

Bright, bold & beautiful is how I would describe the Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Eyeshadow Palette at first glance. Boasting 32 gloriously vibrant colours to dress your lids in, there’s literally a shade selection for almost every occasion – and at £8, the price tag is most certainly pocket friendly.

Rummaging through my palette drawers I seem to be building quite a nifty little collection from Makeup Revolution. But it’s not just me that’s falling head over heels for their range of affordable cosmetics, makeup lovers all over the globe are raving about the outstanding pigmentation and long lasting wear of a majority of their lines. But does this colourful Mermaid really match the wow factor of her tempting price tag? Let’s take a closer peek…

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So here they are, all 32 colours – ranging from soft neutrals, punchy peaches, vibrant pinks, deep blues, rich browns and beyond. There’s certainly no lack of thought gone into the gorgeous range of shades, and if you’re having a tricky time of selecting tones then you’ll notice that diagonally the colours are set in complimentary blocks of 4 to keep you on the right path to successfully matching colours, ensuring you get the perfect blend! Certainly a great start for beginners in lid fashion 😉

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As for the packaging, it’s simple & chic. Although I’d love to see the palettes personalised in outer case styling a little more, perhaps one of the reasons they’re so affordable is Makeup Revolution keeping everything low keyed and simple to justify the price point. However the bright metallic blue storage box is certainly an eye-catcher… but if truth be told, I’d much rather have a great internal product with minimal packaging than a disappointing product that looks like it’s been designed by the hands of Picasso.

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Inside the palette the shadow pods are simple round pans. Granted they’re not overly big, so fluffly brushes beware! However for those that adore plenty of reflection room the mirror is huge (the entire size of the outer case) which makes it a great travel companion as you’ve every shade you’d need along with one giant mirror to play about with all the colours. Jolly hols = sorted!

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As for pigmentation… well, I must admit a few of the lighter colours (particularly in the first diagonal row) will need a little more work to really pack a punch, however the brighter colours are beautifully vibrant and blend incredibly well onto the skin. When I’m trying shadows for the first time I usually just pop them on a naked lid (no primer, foundation or base layer underneath) so I can really test the staying power on the skin. I applied my shadows at 11am and low and behold, they were still sitting just as pretty come 8 pm later that evening. A pretty impressive time frame for no base whatsoever, which of course can only get better with a great primer to pull out the intensity of the colour and help settle the shadows to prevent fallout or fading… which, I like I said, hasn’t been the case here. No primer and very happy lids many hours later *Yippeee*

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All in all the Mermaids Forver Palette is certainly a winner in my eyes! Sure some of the lighter colours require a little bit more work (though I find that’s even the case in some of my high end palettes which are x5 more expensive) however a slightly dampened shadow brush really helps to restore the colour pigmentation and keeps the shadows consistency from risk at crumbling too.

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The Final Look…

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What d’ya think gals? Today, I opted for a gorgeous mix of bright pinks – and keeping to the diagonal pink line, with just a touch of seashell in the inner corner, I thought the overall look was vivid and perfectly matched. Most definitely a palette I’ll be reaching for regularly and recommending to friends who love to hoard a selection of fabulous colours for special occasions or simple everyday use!

*Click Here* to check it out on the Makeup Revolution website where you can also find a full range of swatches for all the colours included!

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Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution Palettes yet? What’s your favourite shades to wear at the moment? Have you got a go to palette you’re loving right now? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick hello, it’s always a treat to get a fun makeup chatter with y’all 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

It’s official: My name is Karen and I’m a YouTube addict.

I’ve spent more hours trailing the internet for info this weekend than the last few weeks put together – however there’s a really good reason for what seems like my multiple hours of procrastination gals. You see, back when I was 21 I spent a crazy amount of money training to become a nail technician, & for a short while I even had my own little nail bar in a salon. Since then I’ve always harboured a fascination for nails and nail art, and have occasionally indulged in keeping on top of my skills by enhancing the claws of friends and family members.

However, with almost £1k of nail kit sitting idol in my beauty room, I thought it was high time I started to get back into the swing of things. After searching online, I found a local refresher course for a couple of hundred pounds. As much as I’d love to indulge in topping up my skills by attending a day course, right now I’ve more pressing bills to spend my hard earned cash on. However YouTube has proved it’s virtual weight in goal as I stumbled across a full length refresher tutorial with the brand I originally trained with! *yippeee* I couldn’t believe my luck! As soon as I settled down to watch it everything came flooding back and before long I was unearthing my bottle of monomer, coloured acrylics and sculpting brushes! How fabulous 🙂 Hopefully within the next few weeks It’ll be an exciting little project I’ll be getting back into, a few practice runs and I know I’m good to go. That’s the great thing about training, it’s always something to dip back into when the notion rises. Ps: If you can recommend any great nail YouTubers to add to my subscription list let me know in the comments below!

As for today, well it’s all about filming, blogging and catching up with you lovely lot… and if you’re planning a little catch up of your own then why not start by checking out what’s been happening over the last week here on Confetti and Curves

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The Blog Makeover: A Whole New Look for Confetti & Curves

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Monday’s post saw the virtual launch party of a whole new look for the blog! New logo, new widgets, new colour scheme – so far, I’m still loving it; I sure hope you are too 🙂

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Behind The Blog featuring Carrie’s Beauty Pouch

Carries Beauty Pouch

Our first blogger of the week was the lovely Carrie from Carrie’s Beauty Pouch, as she made herself comfy on the virtual sofa to share a little bit of glossip about behind the scenes of her blossoming beauty blog! Why not take a trip over and say a huge hello, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it as much as the rest of us do!

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How To Deep Clean & Remove Grubby Stains from your Blender Sponge

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Are you fed up of your blending sponges looking tired, stained and grubby? Then check out this fab formula featuring products that almost everyone has around the house. It’s affordable & super effective at deep cleaning – plus your sponges will smell ahhhhmazing too. *Click Here* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you never miss and upload!

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Behind The Blog featuring Shelly ray

Shelly Ray

On Thursday I introduced y’all to the fabulous Shelly, as she joined us on the virtual sofa for her fun filled interview on her lifestyle blog Shelly Ray: Ramblings of a 20-Something. If you enjoy reading blog posts that are packed with personality then you’ll adore checking out Shelly’s online haven. Plus, she’s super-lovely too!

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Vibrant Omber Eye Liner Look featuring Rimmel

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Friday’s post was a fun new look as I tried out coloured liner with a subtle ombre effect using one of my favourite affordable brands, Rimmel London. I’m in love!

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Have you tried an ombre liner look yet? Or is it something you plan on trying out too? What’s your favourite shade of coloured eye liner? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do say a quick hello in the comments below, we always enjoy a good make-up chatter here on Confetti & Curves:)

Cheerio chums…

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