Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

What a week…

Between a potent concoction of hospital appointments, blood tests, running errands, organising Emma’s Halloween costume, school appointments etc. These days I’m sure I moan 70% more than I ever did before… not getting time squeezed in for filming, trying to lift my head of the pillow some days, whilst other days I’m ever so thankful that I’ve managed to get up and dressed. Sounds crazy right? Especially at the age of 34. But this last month seems to be this very scenario on repeat play – kind of like groundhog day but in a week-to-week format. If anything, this past month has taught me to be grateful for schedules AND the ability to stick to them… something I was always good at but not so much lately. Is that an excuse to buy myself an Erin Condren planner? Nah, didn’t think so gals, but maybe a Christmas treat to roll in 2017 – I guess I should start leaving hints for Santa sometime soon 😉

But as always, I love to get a little Sunday chatter in with you lot… and if you’re scrolling through the interwebs on the search for a few fun snippets whilst you sip your ‘Sunday mug of yumminess’ then why not check out a few of the links below? If you’re a blogger too, you’re welcome to leave a link to any blog posts you’d like me to check out – which reminds me Emma from Country Girl Em, I’m still to catch up with your previous weekly round-up so I’ll be sure to pop by today for a chatter 😀 Why not check out her blog for yourself too, it’s certainly a favourite of mine!

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The Makeup Menu: Inside the No 7 Gift Box

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Take a peek inside this gorgeous little gift box full of No 7 goodies I recently received after a huge Advantage points spend in one of my favourite drugstores, Boots! If you want to watch the haul video then *click here* to check it out – don’t forget to subscribe so you can keep up with future uploads! 🙂

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Nail Tech Haul & Giveaway

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I didn’t manage to get uploading a chatter this week, however, if you haven’t already checked it out then why not stop by and take a peek at my recent Nail Art Haul – filled with stamping plates, stamping polishes, glitters, gel polishes and a few other nail related goodies. There’s also details of the exciting international giveaway that’s still open for entries! Remember, if you’re not in you can’t win gals 😉

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DIY Spooky Halloween Bat Display

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Fancy rolling up your sleeves and getting creative this Halloween? If so, this fun Bat display is sure to add a sprinkle of spooky character to any room – a cheap & cheerful decoration that is perfect for parties and would make an awesome table centrepiece too!

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As always, thank y’all so much for the 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 do stop by & say a quick hello!

Cheerio Chums…

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The Makeup Menu: Inside The No 7 Gift Box…

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Oooh erm, hello Tuesday…. it’s been a while since I slipped from my normal routine, however with what feels like half the house turned upside down from re-decorating at the moment, it’s no surprise that I’m thrown into domestic chaos – and so is the blogging routine until the paint brushes are fully packed away again *sigh*.

HOWEVER, enough waffle as I grab my cuppa and tell you guys all about the fabulous little No 7 gift box I received in-store as part of a promotion when treating myself to a few beauty goodies. It’s been sitting patiently on my beauty table for a number of weeks now, eagerly waiting to be opened. Time to take a peek inside…

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AIRBRUSH AWAY PRIMER

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“No7 Airbrush Away Primer for days when you want your skin to look flawless and your makeup to apply perfectly.

Pores and fine lines appear to disappear and wrinkles are put into soft focus leaving your skin perfectly smooth and even all day.

Contains hyaluronic acid moisture locking spheres to help soften the appearance of fine lines and smooth the skin.”

Personally, I’m a huuuge fan of the No 7 primers and this is no exception. With its silky texture that doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily, Airbrush Away helps to smooth out imperfections allowing your foundation to appear slightly more airbrushed and flawless. It glides on like a dream and makes a considerable difference to keeping your makeup looking fresher for longer. Say goodbye to parting with unnecessary wads of cash for a decent primer, as for £16.50 this is definitely an affordable investment – and a little goes a loooong way ladies! It’s definitely worth the spend!

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STAY PERFECT EYESHADOW in MATTE MOCHA

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“No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow delivers high impact colour. Blends effortlessly and lasts for hours.
 
For even longer lasting results, use over No7 Stay perfect Eye Base and apply with the No7 eyeshadow brush.”

As many of you already know, I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to eyeshadow – the more shimmer the better. If truth be told… if you take a peek into any of my palettes you’ll notice that the matte selections are barely touched, so needless to say I was a little sceptical when it came to imagining me falling head over heels for this particular formula. Okay, so it hasn’t got the glam of my beloved shimmer however this is a gorgeous shadow that truly deserves the praise. It may not be over dazzling in appearance but this beautiful warm grey is a gorgeous colour that works incredibly well with so many other tones (I’ve found it especially fabulous with plum tones!!) Just as I’d expected from No 7, it outlasted my expectations. I applied this at 10am and by 6:30pm it was still looking fresh and well. At £7 it’s not the most pocket-friendly of drug store options however its endurance makes the spend completely justified. Available in 22 individual shades or you can buy the trio’s – one thing I will say is that this particular shade (mocha) is a fantastic staple for anyone!

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DRAMATIC LIFT MASCARA

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“Inspired by haircare, No7 Dramatic Lift Mascara contains flexible polymers and Keratin to help boost lash from root to tip.

The curved brush helps to capture all lashes and push them upwards, No7 Dramatic Lift Mascara is proven to lift lashes by 70%.

Wand Style- A curved styling brush that fits perfectly in to the roots of the lashes to help lift each individual lash to create the ultimate wide awake look.

Finished Look- Lashes are lifted by 70% and are boosted from root to tip.”

Okay, this is where I tend to grumble a little. No doubt about it, at £13.50 it’s not the most expensive of mascara’s by a long shot however why-oh-why do I never see a dramatic difference in my lashes compared to some of the cheaper drugstore brands? In fact, one of my biggest disappointments in mascara has got to be from MAC – which certainly wasn’t priced for what it was worth. Yes, the No 7 Dramatic Lift is a nice mascara but unfortunately I didn’t see anything extraordinary about my lashes after application. One thing I did notice is that the mascara didn’t tend to flake like many of the cheaper alternatives too. On the whole, not enough drama for me however so I’ll still be sticking to my classic Max Factor False Lash Effect. Sorry No 7 *sob*

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SHEER TEMPTATION LIPSTICK

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“Colour glides easily over the lips, creating a shiny lipgloss effect without any stickiness.. Now we’ve added some gorgeous new bang-on-trend colours to the range, perfect for a subtle daytime look or more dramatic evening lips.

Enriched with natural waxes and Theobroma oil (which you’ll find in chocolate!) to care for your lips, and Maxilip to help hydrate the lips.”

Tucked inside the little box of goodies was a lipstick voucher for a Sheer Temptation Lipstick. I opted for the shade Caramel Kiss… which seems to be a bright pink on the website – yet nothing of the sort in reality! So as you can imagine by the name of the formula this is certainly not a heavy matte concoction, but instead, a beautiful lightweight lippy that feels incredibly nourishing and kind to your lips. There was no bizarre taste, no nasty stickiness – just a smooth & silky coating of lip colour that felt intensely hydrating to wear. Of course being a sheer lippy it doesn’t have overly lengthy staying power, though I managed to get about 2.5 hours out of it – which in my humble opinion isn’t anything to grumble about for something that feels so nourishing to wear. Okay, so you may have to reapply, but honestly gals, once you feel how soft this is on your lips you won’t have any hesitation to pampering your pout a second time round!

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Final Thoughts…

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No 7  continuously seem to impress me the more I dip into their product range. I started a number of months ago with their Beautifully Matte foundation and since then I’ve been hooked. Considering this was a freebie gift set that has a great range of goodies to suit everyone, I’d certainly recommend any makeup maven yet to try No 7 to pop into your local Boots store and give them a go. The staff have always been so incredibly helpful, so if you’re not sure what you’re looking for don’t worry as they’ll certainly keep you right without seeming pushy!

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I love the final look and this is definitely a great range of staples I’ll enjoy using as part of my daily routine. Thanks No 7 – you’ve converted me once again to even more of your fantastic range!

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Have you tried the No 7 range yet? Beauty or Skincare? 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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Keeping Up With Karen…

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Wow, what a week it’s been here at Confetti & Curves HQ! Firstly thank you all sooooooo so much for your kind congratulations and lovely messages in regards to my 2nd blogiversary. It’s been a fantastic journey so far and I’m hoping there’ll be many more blog birthdays down the road to celebrate. Also, a huge thanks to all who have participated and shared the exciting international giveaway I’m currently running – Win a Kat Von D Eyeshadow palette of your choice. If you haven’t already entered, never fear there’s plenty of time to get your name down as the competition closes at midnight (GMT) on 31 October! *yippee*

In other news, I’ve spent much of the weekend deliberating over various colours of paint to revamp the kitchen with. Here in N.Ireland, the kitchen is always the heart of the home, as it’s the one room we seem to spend most of our time in…. chatting, drinking tea, eating dins, discussing how our day went etc. So I’m eager to make it as cosy & fresh looking as possible. As much as I love neutral walls I’ve opted for a soft pistachio green; well, actually the colour is called French Vine but you get the idea gals 😉 The only thing I’m not looking forward to is the chaos that’ll be caused in my kitchen over the coming week – but hey, as long as the tea bags and kettle are accessible I’ll stifle my grumbles.

Talking of kettles, why don’t you flick the switch on yours, put your feet up for five mins and check out some of the shenanigans that’s been happening here on Confetti & Curves this week…

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Kat Von D Eyeshadow palette of YOUR choice

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Monday’s post saw the return of my blogging vacation with by celebrating two exciting milestones with a fabulous international giveaway as we reached a whopping 2000 subscribers and celebrated a 2nd blogiversary ❤ Woo hoo!

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The Nail Tech Haul

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Wednesday’s beauty chatter showcased some of my recent nail art buys that clients have been loving lately. Glitters, stamping plates, stamping polishes and gorgeous gels is what to expect – not forgetting a little mention of the giveaway too! Don’t forget to  *Click Here* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you never miss an upload!

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Seven Spooky Shadow Designs for Halloween 

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Are you looking for inspiration when it comes to dressing up your eyes this Halloween? If so then look no further than Fridays post as I uncover some of the most genius creations from makeup addicts around the interwebs! How cute is that little hand painted kitty?

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As always, thank y’all so much for the 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 do stop by & say a quick hello!

Cheerio Chums…

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Bourjois ‘Golden Rose’ Little Round Blush Pot…

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Come in, come in…

Are you well? It feels like an age or two since I last sat down and conjured up something remotely beauty related, and if truth be told I do believe I’m having withdrawal symptoms – or at the very least, showing minor signs of madness at having hardly opened the laptop this week! But then again I’m always bleating on to other bloggers about not persecuting themselves with guilt. So with that in mind, I shall merely apologise for my absence in replying to your abundance of lovely comments and get right to work on reviewing this little pot of prettiness from Bourjois...

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Okay, so after a friend showcased this little purchase for the first time a number of weeks ago , I knew I had to check it out for myself – particularly as the subtle rose glow on her cheeks looked super pretty. Needless to say, she’s a fair-skinned blonde so these beautiful pink tones give her complexion a radiant glow. However, quite often with my dark hair, many of the pink tones can often look a little harsh and doll-like on me.

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What Bourjois Say…

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“Our timeless blusher has been around for almost 150 years and have made Bourjois famous worldwide thanks to its amazing texture and packaging.

The baked texture transforms when applied to the skin into an ultra-fine pressed powder, which is easy to apply and blends impeccably. One stroke of the brush reveals the irresistible aroma of the rose scented powder.

Its built-in mirror and brush is perfect for touch-ups on the go!

The Little round pot blush exists in 12 shades to match all skin tones”

Source: Boots Website

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The Colour Choice…

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Oddly enough from browsing the colour choice online there seems to be better colour range in their blushes than in some of the foundation choices, so you’ll certainly not be stuck for choice. My local Boots only carry a small range however if you visit the website the choice becomes so much more vibrant and vast. I settled for Rose D’Or (Golden Rose) simply because it was the colour my friend had choosen and I adored it on her skin so much!

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Let’s Talk Packaging…

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Cute, chic and perfect for popping into the handbag – that’s exactly how I’d sum up this compact little pot. Though don’t be fooled by its petite appearance as you get a healthy little mound of blush along with a cute blush brush. Okay, so I’m not usually a fan of the enclosed applicators or brushes, but it could be a handy dandy little tool on a night out with the girls as well as the compact mirror. It’s small but everything you need all in one!

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What About The Formula…

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As far as blushes go, it’s lovely. In fact I’ve very little grumbles about it at all. Okay it’s cheap and cheerful drugstore stash however the texture is really velvetty and although it has the lightest hint of rose gold shimmer in it, it won’t leave you resembling a 1970’s disco ball *phew*

The staying power is reasonable, as it lasts anywhere between 6-8 hours on me and hasn’t transferred onto my hands when I’ve touched my face. Another little bonus is the scent – like most Bourjois products it has a beautiful light perfume aroma that I can only describe as smelling slightly vintage… in a non musty way of course 😉

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As for pigmentation, a little will go a looong way. It’s very buildable and easy to apply. I use a Real Techniques micro fibre blush brush which always seems to put just the right amount of colour on my cheeks without going OTT.

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Pro’s

At £7.99 (from Boots) it’s affordable yet good quality for a drug store range.

Compact & great for popping into the handbag.

Fantastic colour range online.

Comes with a cute little brush and mirror… all you need for beauty on the go.

Very pretty packaging with a little magnetic closure.

Beautiful velvety texture.

Buildable and easy to blend.

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Con’s 

Perfume scent may agitate overly sensitive skin.

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Overall Thoughts…

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Lightweight, velvety and not too harsh on the purse strings. A great buildable blush with plenty of colour choice that gives a beautiful natural glow to even the fairest of skin. I love it!

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Have you tried the Bourjois Blush Pots yet? If so, what’s been your final verdict? 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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Keeping Up With Karen…

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Howdy chums…

What a busy little week it’s been here at Confetti & Curves HQ – what with nails, catching up with chums, getting cuddles from my bestie’s new born baby boy & prepping for lots more shenanigans coming up next week; I kinda feel like I haven’t had a moment to sit down and chatter with you lovely lot… until now that is! So my apologies if replies are running a little later than normal this week, however I’m afraid time is precious and I truly wish I could magic a few more hours into the day. Anyone else battling with a busy schedule? On top of all that lot my aches and pains have been through the roof *sob* and even typing today I feel like I’ve been through the wars – oh to be living with Fibro, the pain is a nightmare but never the less there’s always someone much worse so I’m trying to stay as positive as can be without getting too moany.

As always, for those planning on spending a few moments catching up with some blog reading – here’s a quick snippet of a few fun features that have appeared on Confetti & Curves this past week. Don’t forget, if you have any blog posts you’d like me to check out you’re welcome to leave the link in the comments below and I’ll be sure to stop by for a chatter.

Okay, off to pop the kettle on again – wishing you all a fabulous Sunday whatever you’re up to 🙂

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10 Photography Backdrop Ideas for Budding Beauty Bloggers

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Are you on the hunt for some perfect backdrop ideas for your beauty snaps? If so then check out Mondays post as I share a few of my favourite tips for easy peasy backgrounds that are most likely lying around your house or very close to hand – yep even the great outdoors gets a mention. What’s your favourite backdrop to use? Let me know in the comments!

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HUGE Autumn Inspired BOOTS Beauty Haul

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Wednesdays YouTube chatter was all about sharing a few of my recent purchases from one of my favourite UK Drugstores – Boots! Armed with a ton of ‘advantage points’ I pretty much raided the makeup shelves for a much needed Fall haul. Have you tried any of my new beauty goodies already? Don’t forget, you can *Click Here* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you never miss an upload!

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Cocktails, Cake & Celebrations

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In Friday’s feature I held up to my promise of sharing a few wedding piccies of the newly married Mr & Mrs Smith’s big day! Take a peek at some of the great memories we made – such a great day ❤

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As always, thank y’all so much for the 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 do stop by & say a quick hello!

Cheerio Chums…

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Huge Autumn Inspired BOOTS Beauty Haul…

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As my favourite time of year vastly approaches it’s no surprise that a haul is in order to celebrate it’s imminent arrival. And with the gorgeous colours of fall looming, my creative side works overdrive looking for fabulous new shades of cosmetics… along with a sprinkling of decent anti-frizz hair care to smooth my wavy locks from the damp & drizzle that Ireland so generously produces.

Needless to say, with a ton of points on my advantage card (and a list of products I’ve been lusting after) I’ve hauled myself right into fall with a bag full of new makeup and hair care goodies to help celebrate my favourite season on the calendar… autumn!

So grab your biggest cup of hot chocolate, put your feet up for a few minutes and check out some of the fall inspired makeup purchases I managed to grab from the shelves of my local Boots store! Don’t forget, you can *Click Here* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you never miss an upload – and I’ve a few exciting videos planned over the next number of weeks so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

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What’s on your ‘lust list’ for fall? Have you treated yourself to any recent makeup spends for the impending season? 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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Websites For Free Makeup & Beauty Samples….

Free and Luxury Sample Makeup And Beauty Websites

If you’re as obsessed about beauty (and blogging) as I am, you’ll know only too well how long your wish list is and how expensive sampling new products can be when you’re loading a shopping basket in your favourite makeup store – not all of us have the cosmetic budget of Kim Kardashian *sob*

One question I get asked pretty frequently, particularly from new bloggers, usually evolves around approaching brands to review samples which can be especially daunting when you’re working hard on building a community of regular readers. However both consumers and bloggers are using dedicated websites to request free samples more than ever before – okay, so for some freebies you may have to answer questionnaires etc but if you’re eager to try something for zero spend then surely it’s worth a few minutes of your time?

Alternatively there are ‘Luxury Sample’ sites where you can purchase a range of high end creams, lotions and potions that you’ve been wanting to try before taking a risk spending £££’s on the full size product – and potentially not liking it as much as you hoped! In fact I’ve lost count of the amount of times a product has been raved about in reviews, and after purchasing  it myself have discovered it just wasn’t for me. Needless to say it’s pocket wrenching clearing out a makeup stash crammed with stuff you don’t like or never use *sigh*

So for those of you who are eager to give the freebie sites a go – or toying with the thought of investing in some luxury samples, here’s a comprehensive list of some of the most popular UK sites I’ve found from around the interwebs…

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LATEST FREE STUFF

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This site is crammed full of current freebies that some of the biggest household names in beauty (and beyond) are offering. *CLICK HERE* to check it out.

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MAGIC FREEBIES

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Claiming to be the UK’s most popular freebie site, Magic Freebies have a wealth of beauty, food & lifestyle goodies. *CLICK HERE* to check it out.

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WOMEN FREEBIES

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Another UK based website that is aimed specifically towards women. Women Freebies host a collection of free samples & competitions for you to try your luck at. *CLICK HERE* to check it out.

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STUDENT MONEY SAVER

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With literally hundreds of deal and savings on there website, Student Money Saver is designed to help those back-to-schoolers save £’s on everyday essential and cosmetic treat. There’s even a section dedicated to helping you make money! Hmmm, sounds intriguing eh? *CLICK HERE* to check it out.

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THE SAMPLE SERVICE

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Ben Nye, MAC, Laura Mercier, NARS, Chanel – are only but a few of the high end brands that you can purchase samples off from this site. Selling ONLY genuine articles this is certainly the place to go if you’re itching to trying some of the best in beauty before taking the risk of spending your hard earned cash on the full size. *CLICK HERE* to check it out.

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LATEST MAKEUP 

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Showcasing the latest beauty & makeup gifts in magazines, as well as coupons and freebies from some of the leading names in British beauty – this is definitely a site to keep a watch out for all those makeup goodies you’re eager to try. *CLICK HERE* to check it out.

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LATEST IN BEAUTY 

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Choose from a range of new and exciting beauty products for a fraction of their normal retail price – better still if you try it and like it you can purchase the full size at a discounted price or take avail of current offers. Sounds tempting? *CLICK HERE* to check it out.

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SAMPLE BEAUTY

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Retailing luxury samples and discounted full size products of makeup and beauty products – enabling you to save pressure & money of committing to full price products. They also sell makeup brushes too! Although many of their products are Sample Beauty packaging to help pass savings onto customers, the still insist all products are 100% authentic and genuine – with receipts to back it up. *CLICK HERE* to check it out.

A FEW TOP TIPS BEFORE SIGNING UP….

NEVER EVER give out payment information for free samples.

Considering setting up a new email account solely for sample sites so you don’t clog up your own inbox with freebie emails.

Always read the small print before committing to anything and make sure to correctly check/uncheck the relevant boxes if you don’t want to be bombarded with unwanted junk mail.

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Have you tried any freebie or luxury sample websites? What’s been your experience? Is there any you’d recommend? 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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