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

Shopping

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…

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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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How To Survive The Christmas Shopping Trip…

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Hello lovelies,

The jingle of sleigh bells, shop windows filled with fairy lights and the waft of cinnamon candles can only mean one thing – it’s that time of year again; time to brave the hoards of high street shoppers in search of the perfect pressie as we prepare to get trodden on, elbowed and bled dry of our monthly earnings. Yes, it’s Christmas Shopping Season!

However it doesn’t have to be as stressful as rumour has it, in fact if you play your cards right you might actually find yourself having a jolly good time… so here’s my top tips on how to turn the festive frenzy into tidings of comfort & joy:

Become an A-Lister:

Wandering around aimlessly searching for Christmas gift inspiration can be stressful & tedious. Rather than shopping blindly, curl up with a note pad and jot down everyone you plan on buying for first. Think of their personalities, interests, hobbies etc. and go from there. Alternatively nab a few high street catalogues or pop online and I’ll guarantee your gift buying juices will flow. If you’re still struggling check out Not On The High Street, which is crammed full of unique little gift ideas from some of the UK’s best creative businesses!

The Early Bird Catches the Worm Gift:

Keep in mind that evenings and weekends are peak times for big spenders so it’s no surprise that this comes with a mass of queues and disgruntled shoppers. If possible save yourself the hassle and schedule your trip for an early week morning, whilst others are on their way to work or caught up in the school run you’ll be sure to find the space you need to browse the shelves without risking a bruised rib or trampled toe.

Dress Sense:

Last year I witnessed at least 4 major falls from girls slipping or tripping as a result of tottering around in six inch stilettos. Gear up with your comfiest shoes, a cosy jacket that is light enough to pop in a bag should you begin to wilt and a practical handbag that is easily slung over the shoulder – leaving your hands free to grab those bargains.

Fantastic Plastic:

It may be the season of goodwill but a high street full of handbags is a winter wonderland for a sticky fingered thief. Don’t be tempted to carry large amounts of cash, keep valuables at home and if you’re leaving bags of shopping in your car make sure they’re out of sight. Seems like common sense but it’s amazing how many shoppers just don’t get it – not everyone is as honest as you are!

Having Reservations?

If you’re pushed for time or prefer an organised approach to shopping why not opt for reservation instead? Many of the major retailers allow you to collect the gifts instore that you’ve pre-ordered from online which is perfect for those who are doomed to miss delivery vans or may want to check sizing. This saves a whole lotta time and energy by allowing you to browse peacefully from the comfort of your own sofa/office chair/loo *delete as appropriate*

Rope in a Relative:

If the thought of stepping out into the harsh winter weather, laden with bags is too much for you to comprehend or you have a work schedule that’s busier than Rudolf’s come Christmas Eve, then sticking to ordering your goodies online is probably the best stress-free solution to your quandary. However to avoid a delivery dilemma why not ask a relative or friend who works from home if they would mind your goodies arriving at their abode instead? That way all you have to do is call in and collect on your way home without any worry.

Channel Shopping:

Okay, so it might get a reputation of being a haven for bored housewives but there are actually quite a few nifty little items to be found on the shopping channels these days. Plus anything you see is tirelessly demonstrated, so if your Dad’s scratching his cranium over the new coffee machine you bought him, chances are you’ll probably be able to work it better than any budding Barista – all thanks to the 20 minute sales pitch you endured.

Budget Busters:

Don’t forget to check out voucher sites such as Wowcher & Groupon as some of the offers are pretty darn impressive compared to the retail value elsewhere. Keep an eye out for high street deals such as ‘three for the price of two’ and check out Money Saving Expert for lots of really useful money saving tips, advice and voucher codes to help keep more pennies in your pocket.

Love Your Locals:

Needless to say when most of us think of Christmas Shopping we immediately think of huge glitzy department stores, personal shoppers and gift wrapping services, when in fact there is a multitude of wonderful little shops and businesses out there that provide an outstanding level of service and selection of goods that can’t be found on the shelves of their corporate counter-parts. By supporting local businesses you’re keeping the essence of your town alive and helping a small business stay trading!

It’s easy to get carried away with all the hype in the run up to the big day but it’s important for us all to keep in mind the reason for the season and enjoy every moment with our nearest and dearest too don’t you think?

If you have any top tips on keeping stress levels under wraps this Christmas or would like to share how you tackle your festive shopping I’d love to read about it in the comments below…

Cheerio Chums 🙂

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