My Top 5 Favourite Nude Lipsticks…

My Favourite Nude Lipsticks

Regardless of all the fabulous colours currently cooped up my lippy collection, it’s a given fact that I always end up reverting (at some stage) back to bare basics – aka – my hoard of simple blush tones that seem to compliment pretty much every shadow & blush colour I possess. They’re just so darn versatile! Great for daytime work-wear or a classy finishing touch to an evening look coupled with dramatic smokey eyes. In fact it’s pretty safe to say that *almost* every make-up maven has their own personal soft spot for some shade of earthy beige colour. It’s a staple, right? Needless to say I’ve got a few of my own that I pretty much reach for on a daily basis, so if you fancy finding out a bit more about my favourite nudes *ooo err* then get yourself comfy & let’s get started…

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Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour in Beige For Good

Maybelline Super Stay Beige For Good

This is undoubtedly the most ‘beige’ toned nude lippy I have in my collection, and although these shades often make me look more ‘corpse like’ than any other colour, this one (for some unbeknown reason) just seems to work. I’ll admit it’s a little dry but considering it claims to be a 14 hour lippy I expected it to be a tad more matte than most of the formulas I normally wear. However, it’s one of the few shades that actually hold it’s colour when I apply a layer of balm on top = hydrated lips & long lasting colour = win win!

Okay so it hasn’t reached anywhere near 14 hours for me (yet) in fact the longest I’ve gotten is about 4, though considering the amount of gabbling and tea drinking I do I’m not entirely surprised. All in all, one of my most frequently used lipsticks that really compliments a lot of the blush pinks, coppers and rose gold shadows I wear.

*Click Here* to check it out on the Maybelline store.

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Ted Baker in 2190

Ted Baker Lipstick

I’m gonna contradict myself on this one but bear with me… considering just how utterly peachy this is it’s an absolutely no no for my skin tone. I’ve tried it with countless colour variations of shadows & blushes yet nothing distracts from the fact I look like my lips have disappeared without trace, HOWEVER, this is such a great colour for toning down some of my deep plum shades to make them a little less intimidating for me to wear during the daytime. It may not be my favourite colours but it makes for one heck of an awesome base.  Unfortunately, this was part of a limited edition gift set from Ted Baker and can’t be purchased individually however keep a close eye out for this little box of goodies making a comeback as it’s incredibly beautiful. If you fancy taking a closer peek at the gift box this lippy arrived in then *Click Here* to check out my previous Ted Baker Brilliance of Beauty post!

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Natural Collection Moisture Shine in Fig Leaf

Natural Collection Fig Leaf

Possibly one of the most underrated drug store brands in my opinion. Still sceptical? Well check out the reviews straight from the Boots website. Not only is it super affordable at £1.99 the ‘Moisture Shine’ range is such a beautiful formula to wear, particularly if you suffer from dry or sensitive lips. Okay, so the packaging isn’t exactly mind blowing but it’s simple, pretty and absolutely perfect for those wanting to build up their makeup collection with a range of great earthy staples!

*Click Here* to check out the Boots Natural Collection range

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Mac Satin in Brave

MAC Brave

Having had this recommended to me a number of times, I finally caved in to see what all the hype was about & needless to say I love it. I find Mac satin super long lasting and although this shade is a little more on the pink side of nudes it’s a fabulous starting point for those eager to give MAC lippies a test drive. The formula can feel a little drying so be sure to coat your lips with a smidgeon of balm 30 mins before applying to help it from feeling so dry. Longevity wise it knocks the socks of some of my other colours but considering it’s £15 a tube I’d expect nothing less than brilliant.

*Click Here* to check out the Mac online Store

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Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro Lipstick in You’re A Star

Makeup Revolution You're A Star

This is the brand that never fails to amaze me for value for money, and if truth be told this makes Mac questionably overrated (in my opinion) simply because of the price point, formula and staying power. In fact pretty much all their make-up range has made me consider why I need to spend unnecessarily on high end when I can buy the same quality product for a fraction of the price. It’s also worth while mentioning that according to online sources the Makeup Revolution brand is cruelty-free and Vegan friendly. What more could you ask for? As for the colour of You’re A Star it’s a beautiful soft pinky nude tone that is super easy to wear and great for any skin tone. How pretty is the rose gold and glossy black packaging?! *swoon*

*Click Here* to check out the Makeup Revolution online store

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The Swatches

Nude Lipstick Swatches

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What’s your current staple nude lippies? Have you any favourite brands? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick howdy… wishing y’all a fab week ahead 🙂

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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

What an exciting week it’s been here at Confetti & Curves HQ as Emma’s class successfully pulled of their school musical drama (in a crazy 9 days!!), my contract at work being extended into 2017 and finally drafting up plans for my new beauty room. Considering that my hubby has ever so kindly re-shuffled our bedroom furniture to accommodate (countless times I should add) we’ve finally come to the conclusion that sprucing up the barely used guest room is our only option. What’s the point of a room sitting unused when it could be filled to the brim the make-up, ring lamps and blogger gadgets right? So no doubt over the next few days I’ll be scouring the mood boards of Pinterest for some great ideas on making it extra pretty, if you ladies have any great recommendations or Pinterest links for inspiration then do let me know in the comments below.

But before I invade your screens with what’s been happening on Confetti & Curves this week, I just want to give a rather smushy shout out to my super supportive hubby, Steve. I’m sure some of you have spotted me dropping him into our virtual convo’s from time to time, however he’s a huge driving force behind my blog.  Always super encouraging, thoughtful and forever seeing the potential in people. Needless to say, he’s a pretty special guy & admittedly I’d be lost without him. So if you’re reading this Steve, happy valentines… my flowers & card are beyond beautiful. Thank you – for everything ❤

Wishing each and every one of you guys a fabulous Valentines. Whether you’re single or taken, who cares?! Bottom line is you’re awesome 😉 Now grab that yummy Sunday cuppa and prepare yourself for a catch up chums…

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Ted Baker: Brilliance of Beauty

Ted Baker Brilliance Of Beauty Box Set

Monday’s post saw me crack open this treasure trove of goodies and create an ultimate make-up look from the one and only Ted Baker… and before anyone asks, yip I’m still swooning over it ladies *happy sigh*

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Behind The Blog featuring Fashion & Beauty Obsessed

Fashion and Beauty Obsessed

Our first blogger of the week is the gorgeous Rachel from Fashion & Beauty Obsessed. Just as the names suggests, Rachel’s blog is a haven for those who are partial to feasting their eyes upon fun features combining both fashion and beauty inspiration. Check it out gals, she’s fabulous!

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Beauty Blender Vs W7 Power Puff

Beauty Blender Versus W7 Power Puff

It’s the battle of the blenders as I go head to head with the globally renowned Beauty Blender and a pocket friendly alternative the W7 Power Puff… but which one gets the ultimate thumbs up? High end or low spend?

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Behind The Blog featuring What Paige

What Paige

Our second blogger of the week was the super talented Paige from What Paige, as she takes us on a quick glimpse behind the scenes of her blossoming beauty and lifestyle blog. Don’t forget to pop over and check out her blog gals, I’m pretty sure you’ll adore it as much as I do!

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Valentines Nails featuring Ted Baker

Happy Valentines Nails

I get my Valentines groove on with the help of Mr Baker’s gorgeous muted nail varnish and a sparkling red feature nail to capture the glances of those special admirers 😉 My talons are definitely feeling the love this weekend *swoon*

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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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Valentines Nails featuring Ted Baker…

Happy Valentines Nails

As much as I repeatedly fall head over heels in love with soft muted neutrals, for me there’s nothing quite like a splash of sparkle to really catch the eyes of any admirer. Of course quite a few of my regular readers will be aware of just how much I was gushing over the stunning Ted Baker beauty box in Mondays post: Ted Baker Brilliance of Beauty Box Set. Apart from a treasure trove full of gorgeous rose gold & crisp white cosmetic goodies, there was two very pretty nails polishes included in the set as well. Being slightly uhhhbsessed with tinted talons at the moment I couldn’t wait to give these gorgeous shades a test drive myself…

Ted Baker Nail Polish

However, as Valentines days is almost upon us I really wanted to go for a chic yet signature look – and what better way to achieve this than a wash of Ted Baker soft latte with a single glitzy ‘feature nail’ to mark such a loved up occasion? Naturally, a bold and vibrant red sprang to mind as I began imagining how gorgeous the contrast would be between an eye catching pillar box red and the soft muted grey tones of the latte.

Ted Baker Nail Polish

For the main colour I used the Ted Baker on all my nails apart from the opposing ring fingers. Did it apply well? Hmm, I have to say on initial application it seemed a little too streaky for my liking as it was very thin in consistency, however the second coat really helped to bulk up the impact of the colour. The only thing I wasn’t consistently impressed with was the brush *sigh* For such a reputable brand it just seemed so cheap and difficult to work with. There was no resistance in the nylon bristles and if I didn’t know better I would have assumed it was more along the lines of a cheaper range. Having said that even some of my most inexpensive varnishes have great brushes, so why can’t Ted Baker step up to the mark? As a coveted brand with a cult following of label lovers I’m pretty surprised that the only thing to really let down this polish was the brush – something that really does make one heck of a difference when it comes to applying a smooth layer of polish.

Valentines Nail

Anyways, forgetting about the brush… the dried (two coat) finish of the polish is beautiful and with a extra strong top coat could easily last well up to (or beyond) a week, so pretty much above average in terms of lifespan. As for me, I rebelled and choose to live dangerously without the protection of a top coat, just to see how long I could get without any chips or wear. Disappointingly, I only managed to reach day 3 before signs of stress started to show. However once I finally succumbed to reapplying with a top coat, I’m now well into day 6 and it still looks pretty darn fresh!

NYC Crystal Couture and Max Factor Nailfinity

As for my ‘feature nail; I couldn’t think of a better duo than this gorgeous pair of hotties. Its the Max Factor Nailfinity & NYC Crystal Couture in Ruby Queen. For this look I only used one coat of the Max Factor as a base and built the rest up with two gloriously glittery coats of the sparkliest red polish I could dig out of my collection. The Crystal Couture really lifts the nail and makes it look like a miniature match of those gorgeous little ruby slippers that Dorothy wore from Wizard of Oz. It’s vibrant, vivacious and oh-so-perfect for Valentines don’t you think gals?

Ted Baker NYC Crystal Couture Max Factor Nails

How do you like the final result? Personally I’m loving the soft muted shade with a vibrant pop of ruby red. It’s super eye catching and the perfect finger accessory for a fun Valentines mani look! Speaking of which, wishing every one of you a wonderful weekend filled with love… regardless of whether you’re married, single or just ready to mingle. Make it a fabulous one ladies ❤

Valentines Nails Ted Baker

What’s your favourite polish colours for Valentines? Have you got an awesome look you’d like to share? What’s your plans for the coming weekend? Whatever your thought I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by to say a quick hello 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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Ted Baker: Brilliance of Beauty…

Ted Baker Brilliance Of Beauty Box Set

I can’t believe it’s taken this long to finally get round to opening this gorgeous gift set. For the past four weeks it’s been sitting looking ‘oh-so-pretty’ on my cosmetic table, whilst I’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to unpack the contents… and what I treat it was on Friday evening when I decided the time was right to get acquainted with Mr Baker.

The Ted Baker range (pretty much in it’s entirety) is something I’ve lusted over for quite a few months, in fact it would take more than just two hands to count the goodies on my ever growing wish list. The packaging alone makes me swoon, and if anything it pains me (just a little) to disturb it. However needs must, and what cosmetic craver could withhold the desire to break open the gorgeous rose gold & fresh clean white contents? *happy sigh*

Sitting comfy? Then let’s take an ‘up-close & personal’ look at the contents:

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Packed ever so neatly in a beautiful floral design box, the Brilliance of Beauty collection is a two tier cosmetic treasure trove of almost everything a gal could need to adorn her complexion…

Ted Baker Brilliance Of Beauty

The top tier consists of five glorious items that’s sure to get your heart fluttering. A lip gloss, lipstick, lip & cheek tint, rose gold Kabuki brush & a rose gold blush compact…

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Lip Gloss: Not for the faint hearted, this vibrant raspberry-pink lip gloss feels more like a melted lipstick in my humble opinion as the formula is incredibly creamy and smooth. It felt super comfortable to wear, wasn’t sticky or by any means overly shiny; best of all it lasted for ageeees.

Lip Stick: I must admit, this particular shade of lipstick ignited instant alarm bells for me. As much as I adore nude shades, if the undertones are more brown than pink I often end up resembling a corpse, all thanks to my pale skin of course! However much to my delight this is actually quite peachy which is slightly more warming for my complexion. It’s also destined to make a great base for some of my favourite soft pink glosses too 😉

Cheek & Lip Tint: This is probably going to end up one of my most used items as I find tints are a great staple for underneath balms or even just to add a hint of natural looking colour to the cheeks. A great little addition to pop in the handbag for those quick touch-ups when out and about.

Ted Baker Blush

Rose Gold Kabuki Brush: This cute brush is super soft, picked up the blush considerably well and being adorned with a rose gold handle looks absolutely stunning. It blended the product, beautifully without any casting and cleaned up perfect like new after using my B Makeup Brush Cleanser after use!

Rose Gold Blush Compact: I ADORE this stunning little compact with a trio of soft pink shades. It has a subtle highlighting shade in the centre which really gives a beautiful luminousity to your cheeks without any danger of resembling a 1970’s disco-ball. An ever so slightly shimmering addiction to keep your cheeks looking slightly rosey and dewy. I’m also a huge fan of the swivel lid which also hold a pretty sizeable mirror – perfect for popping in the handbag on glam nights out!

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The second tier is focused on eyes and nails which contains: rose gold eyelash curlers, rose gold eye shadow trio, shadow brush, eye liner pen, mascara and two bottles of nude polish shades.

Rose Gold Eyelash Curlers: As much as I ponder whether or not eyelash curlers really do my lashes any justice at all, I always seem to feel more hopeful after using them. After all, it’s a little helping hand to encourage them into some sort of upturned shape. Considering my old ones have pretty much had it these couldn’t have come at a better time!

Rose Gold Eye Shadow Trio: I doubt I could’ve picked three more perfect shades as I’m a huuuuge fan of warm metallic shadows. If you’re more a matte gal then I’m not sure you’ll truly appreciate these, but for those who love painting their lids with rich warm shimmers you’d fall head over heels for these tones…

Ted Baker Shadow Swatches

Shadow Brush: A gal can never have enough brushes in her collection, thankfully this new addition is really comfortable to hold and surprisingly non-slip for it’s glossy white exterior. Although soft, the bristles are well packed together allowing you to easily pick up a decent amount of colour. Not ideal for blending but a great initial applicator for a strong wash of colour.

Eye Liner Pen: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a fan of eye liner pens, if anything I find them quite dry and awkward to use. However I seemed to master this one pretty well as the finished result looked slightly more subtle and softly blended out. I’m hoping to give this another go pretty soon for creating some great smokey eyed looks. The nib is very fine and doesn’t drag sharply along the lid (unlike a few others I’ve used in the past) however it still requires a little more skill and patience when it comes to creating a neat flick.

Mascara: Of everything in the entire gift box this is probably the one thing that is likely to disappoint the most… however, if like me, you prefer slightly fluttery lashes that aren’t over volumised or heavily caked with product then I’ve a feeling you’d love this. The formula focuses more on increasing a natural looking length than thickening which made my lashes very wispy and long – my perfect look!

Nail Polish: I’m still revelling in the Iced Frappe delights of my Ciate London polish… *click here* to check it out AND where you can pick up a FREE full sized bottle for yourself. However this pretty little pair of Ted Baker polishes are most definitely my ideal colours when it comes to choosing shades as I tend to magnetise towards the softer tones that are muted yet still very feminine and chic. I’m just keeping all crossed that they’ll end up every bit as good as they look… I’ll keep you posted on them with a review coming soon gals 😉

Ted Baker Nail Polish

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Finished Look

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Considering I’ve glammed up to head out for a yummy meal and plenty of giggles with a friend, I think it’s a fun but sophisticated look. Although I’m not usually one for wearing bright lip colours everyday, I love a splash of colour when it comes to sassing things up for an evening out. Overall I’m super impressed with the variety of contents, colours, packaging and formulation of all the products! Initially retailing at £45 (reduced to £22.50) this was such a great spend. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Boots website for future upcoming Ted Baker deals!

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Are you a fan of the Ted Baker range? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick hello 🙂

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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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