Ten Gorgeous Mid Year & Academic Diaries…

Mid Year Diaries 2016 2017

It’s that time of year again gals… when school bags are filled with shiny new goodies & mama’s (like me) get a chance to enjoy the silence of an empty house, as our off-spring tootle back to the classroom. But’s it’s not for that reason that I get super duper excited – it’s also the time of year I go diary shopping *excited air punch* Yes, I am indeed one of the many that opts for a mid-year/academic style planner. As always the decision is a toughie from hours of browsing through a multitude of utterly gorgeous designs and layouts.

However fear not indecisive shoppers, as I’ve scoured the interweb to bring you a selection of some of the sassiest little organisers you’ll be proud as punch to plan with. So get yourself comfy and let’s take a peak at my mid-year top picks to suit all budgets…

Kikki K Mid Year Mindful Colouring Diary

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It’s so important to remember to take a mindful moment to pause and refocus. Take the opportunity to do just that with this unique Mindful Colouring Diary. With yearly, monthly and weekly pages, it’s so easy to get organised. Write down all of your thoughts, to dos and reminders on-the-go and use the mindful colouring pages to inspire you to live your best life.

Current Price: £24.00 now £19.20

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Busy B Floral Academic Diary

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Trying to balance two busy lives? You need an organisational genius. And hey presto! Here it is. This clever diary lets you manage two schedules side-by-side, turning your thrillingly busy life into a brilliantly organised one.

Current Price: £9.99

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Tiny Me Personalised Mid Year Diary

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Tinyme Personalised Mid Year Diaries are the cutest way to get organised. Plan your next adventure, book in milk and cookies with friends or document your extremely deep musings…

Tinyme Personalised Mid Year Diaries start from 1st July 2016 and continue through to 30th June 2017.

Personalised diaries come in 2 different sizes and allow you to select from 3 different internal layouts.

Current Price: £19.99

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Mint Green Lace Diary

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Elegant and stylish, this polypro mid year diary with a white floral lace design will add a touch of class to your desk or bag and keep you organised and up to date for the academic year. Diary runs from 27th June 2016 to 27th August 2017. Features include sturdy polypro covers, soft pink wiro binding, soft pink elastic closure and a mint green inner paper lining. Includes a plastic wallet so that you can keep your receipts, tickets and to do lists in! Also contains personal information page, blank timetables, yearly calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, yearly planner, international and useful information pages, deadlines and exam note pages, address and note pages.

Current Price: £8.99

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Amelie Turquoise Butterfly Academic Diary 

WHSmith Turquoise Butterfly

This elegantly designed mid year diary from the Amelie collection is perfect for noting important engagements and plans in style! The hard back turquoise covers feature a pretty pattern of colourful butterflies complete with teal foiled detail. This day to page diary runs from 30th June 2016 to 31st August 2017. Features a jazzy pink zig zag inner paper lining as well as a pink ribbon page marker, so that you don’t lose your place! Also contains a personal information page, blank timetables, yearly calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, yearly planner, international and useful information pages, deadlines and exam note pages as well as address and note pages.

Current Price: £9.99

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Vintage Blue  Academic Diary

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Plan your year ahead in this stylish vintage blue mid year diary! The soft linen covers feature an elegant striped blue and white china effect pattern. This diary runs from 30th June 2016 to 31st August 2017. The day to page layout means that it can be used as either a journal to store your thoughts or simply as a diary to note your appointments. Features include a stylish blue paper inner lining as well as a coordinating blue ribbon page marker. Also contains a personal information page, blank timetables, yearly calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, yearly planner, international and useful information pages, deadlines and exam note pages, forward planner as well as address and note pages.

Current Price: £10.99

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Scribble Slipcase Academic Dairy

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This eye catching A5 diary which features colourful graphics and a protective plastic slipcase filled with white scribble catchy words is sure to make planning your year ahead more enjoyable! This week to view mid year diary runs from 27th June 2016 to 27th August 2017. Features include stylish rounded corners as well as an inner turquoise paper lining. Also contains a personal information page, blank timetables, yearly calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, yearly planner, international and useful information pages, deadlines and exam note pages as well as address and note pages.

Current Price: £9.49

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Kraft Gold Spots Academic Diary

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Keep track of your appointments and exciting plans with this stylish gold foiled spotty mid year diary on kraft. This day to page diary leaves plenty of writing space for your daily activities. Diary runs from 30th June 2016 to 31st August 2017. Features include a sturdy board cover, a pale gold ribbon page marker and kraft inner paper lining. Also contains personal information page, blank timetables, yearly calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, yearly planner, international and useful information pages, deadlines and exam note pages, forward planner, address pages and note pages.

Current Price: £9.99

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Tropicowl A5 Diary

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This cute and very practical A5 diary will help keep you organised. The flexible plastic cover features colourful owl characters on branches with the ‘2016-2017’ printed at the top. It contains a 12 month academic year diary (July 2016 – July 2017) in a week to view format as well as monthly calendars in handy lists, blank timetables and blank pages for notes and contacts.

Current Price: £8.00

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Slogan ‘Ziplock’ Vinyl Mid Year Diary

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This cute and very practical mid year diary will help keep you organised. The vinyl sleeve style cover features a silver foil ‘Two Thousand and Sixteen – Seventeen’ title in a cursive font and is printed against a pretty watercolour-effect background.

It contains an academic year week to view diary (June 2016 – July 2017) as well as monthly calendars, year planners, blank timetables and pages for notes and contacts. The handy zip-lock wallet at the back and card slots on the inside covers finish it off nicely.

Current Price: £7.50

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Can you guess which one I picked? What one’s your favourite? Whatever your thought’s I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by to say a quick howdy lovelies :)

Cheerio Chums…

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The Nail File: Bridal Nail Art Designs…

Bridal Nail Art Designs

With two major weddings this year to attend (my mums in just over a week and my step-daughters in mid November) its certainly been wedding fever gallore within the Rees household. Bridesmaid dresses, outfits, sparkly accessories, hotels booked etc etc It really is all go. Having worked in the bridal industry a good few years ago it takes me back to some of the fun being involved in planning weddings – of course at the time I had a bridal shop and was working closely with a number of brides from all aspects of their outfits. However now I’ve moved on it’s great once again to get the opportunity to be creative with some other aspects of bridal designs – namely nails. This week I thought I’d showcase some of the fun and simple nail art I’ve been working on over the last few days, it may even inspire any brides-to-be readers. Sitting comfy? Then let’s take a peek…

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Simple French tip with an antique gold flower design 

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A slightly unique twist on a classy bridal favourite – the French tip. This would also look stunning in silver or rose gold… alternatively it could be put into the same colour as your maids dresses. What a cute way to blend in perfectly!

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Lace effect matte nail in ‘Cake Pop’ pink

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I must admit I’ve never been a fan of matte but I love the lace design against the backdrop of this beautiful opaque pink. This would also be equally stunning is a huge array of other colours too… I’m tempted to try it with a black and white design!

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Gold floral lace-effect stamp on nude gel base

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Although I’m usually more creative on longer nails, it gives a really good impression of just how pretty shorter nails can look too. If you’re anything like me, long nails are a certainly bit of a challenge to work with… don’t even get me started on attempting to type with them! *rolls eyes*

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Bride-To-Be pink & white nail with single crystal & mermaid effect nail powder over white

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I love this cute little design I spotted recently on Facebook, unfortunately I can’t remember the artists name to credit them but it really inspired me to give it a go myself! I adore the teeny necklace which adds such a fun yet simple elegant to the design.

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The Grooms Tux black & white nail design

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Bit of a unique one – but super fun for any bride who fancies something a little different that will certainly catch the eye of her guests and look really playful in photographs too!

Bride & Groom Nail Art

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Do you have a favourite design featured above or any fun suggestions for future nail art projects? Whatever your thought’s I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by to say a quick howdy lovelies :)

Cheerio Chums…

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Keeping Up With Karen…

Keeping Up With Karen

I’ve found a new addiction gals… Candy Floss Grapes. In fact by the time I’ll have hit the ‘publish’ button I’ll have most likely munched my way through a quarter of a punnet – they’re incredible. Have you tried them? I know, I know, I’m late on the ‘candy floss grape wagon’ but nevertheless if you haven’t then you absolutely must!

However apart from consuming vast amounts of grapes, it’s been a busy little weekend here for us all. Between nails, new goodies arriving, planning wedding outfits, finalising a bridesmaid dress for Emma and trying to pick a colour for the kitchen walls… I’m currently stuck between duck egg & pistachio green – all votes welcome ladies!! The bizarre thing is I’m only EVER indecisive when it comes to making decisions for myself. If this was someone else’s kitchen I’d be totally on the ball, but the natural thing for me to do is torture myself for a few weeks (possibly months) before deciding on a colour and then change my mind at least a dozen times thereafter *dramatic eye roll*

Nevertheless onto what’s been happening this week on Confetti & Curves… well thankfully my mouth is healing fabulously so a YouTube chatter is most definitely on the cards for next week sometime, but of course the guilt of not having filmed anything this past few days looms large. Why oh why do I do it to myself?!😀 Anyhoo, for those of you curled up on the couch today or resting with the feet up and taking it easy – here’s a quick run through of what’s featured over the last few days… just in case you fancy a spot of catching up!

My Top Ten Must Read Posts For New Beauty Bloggers

Must Read Posts For New Beauty Bloggers

With a wave of lovely new followers I thought I’d share some of my favourite features on a few blog hints and tips I’ve picked up along the way. There’s everything from scheduling to photography to battling bloggers to growing your blog audience!

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Seven Deadly Sins Of Beauty

Seven Deadly Sins Of Beauty

I’ve gone Tagging mad this weather – I’m putting it down to withdrawal symptoms having been so long since I’ve took part in one, however the Seven Deadly Sins was just too much fun to miss out on. Fancy giving it a go? I’d love to read your answers too!

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Have We Met?

Have We Met

Friday’s post was merely a catch up with the newbies on the block as I gave a quick shout out to the various other internet hideouts you can find me on day & night… Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook… y’all know the score.

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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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Have We Met?

Have We Met

Not gonna lie this week has been a killer gals & needless to say I’ve been a human cocktail of emotions to match – heck I’m pretty sure there’s even a few extra grey hairs setting up camp *sob* Needless to say I’m on the wind down so between all the general life shenanigans mixed with some terrifying dental work *ouch* which means I’ve had to skip this weeks YouTube chatter *sigh* However I’m aiming to dust the camera off this weekend so an upload shall be on its merry way very soon!

Bizarrely in the interim of all the madness I’ve noticed a boom in followers *friendly wave* & so lovely to meet y’all😀 So it only seems right to say a huge thank you for stopping by and taking the time to follow, say hello and I’ve even received a few truly inspiring emails – the blogging love is much appreciated, what an awesome community we have going on here❤

As with all my wonderful new inter-web chums, there are soooooo many others platforms we can reach each other on… and as I love chatting and getting to know you all so much here’s a few of the others places you can find me noseying around throughout the morning, afternoon, evening (& occasionally) middle of the night.

Do pop by, say hello & hit a like button if you haven’t done so already. Just click on the links & you’ll be digitally transported right to me… yeeehaaa!

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Twitter: @KarenHeidiRees

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YouTube: Confetti & Curves

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Instagram: karenheidirees

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 Facebook: @LiquidGlamourByKaren

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Don’t forget to say a quick hello and if you’ve any social media accounts you’d like me to check out or follow you on do feel free to pop the links in the comments below… it’s always a treat meeting new beauty buddies!

Cheerio Chums…

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Seven Deadly Sins Of Beauty…

Seven Deadly Sins Of Beauty

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Bit of an ominous title today but I assure you it’s all in the name of some cosmetic fun gals! Being slightly addicted to these TAG’s recently I thought I’d try my hand at the Seven Deadly Sins Of Beauty to see how I’d fair.  Never the less these seven questions really do get you thinking. So grab your cuppa and lets take a few minutes to scan over my seven deadly answers…

GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

Considering I fricken LOVE a good bargain I have a ridiculous stash of goodies in my makeup drawers that have cost in or around £1. Most of my MUA shadows, blushes and a few lippies from Makeup Revolution have by far been the cheapest in my collection – bizarrely some of them actually perform just as well as high end spends too!

My most expensive items would probably be my Naked 1 & 3 palettes, as both weren’t far off £40 each. However I love working with these shadows when my brush is slightly dampened as the pigmentation is incredible & they stay put all night long – having said that working with them dry can be tricky as there’s quite a lot of fall out for the price tag in my opinion.

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WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?

Eyelashes.  No matter how hard I try I just can’t seem to master the application… regardless how easy peasy some of the YouTube pro’s make it look. A combination of shaky hands, lack of patience and dodgy sight doesn’t help matters.

Oddly enough the product I found hardest to come across was a few years ago – which just so happened to be the EOS lip balms. Every store I asked in the staff hadn’t a clue what Iwas talking about. However as part of my birthday pressie my little sis managed to track one down for me. Typical though as since then I’ve seen them in a few drug stores but am still working my way through my cranberry one!

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GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products?

Hmmm, it would probably have to be my MAC lippy in Brave – the smell of it is just incredible, like vanilla cupcakes. Nom❤

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SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?

Again I’d have to say eyelashes, simply because I can’t be assed futtering around with them for ages and potentially wrecking my eye makeup to some degree or other. I’ve gotten to the stage now where I just whip out my ultimate mascara (Max Factor False Lash Effect) and layer up the lashes that way. Job done😉

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PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?

Liquid Liner. When my eye liner is ‘on fleek’ I feel so much more confident about my makeup – nothing more satisfying than a sleek line that perfectly matches it’s twin. #eyegoals

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LUST: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Hmmm – not sure how this one relates to beauty but hey ho…

Apart from the darn right obvious = hygiene, smelling as awesome as can be etc. I’d have to say humour. If a man can make me laugh he’s won my heart.

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ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

Oooh there’s just so many… however, my top three would have to be the Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Wardrobe,  Laura Mercier Artist Eye Palette & Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop – which looks utterly gorgeous!

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Fancy giving the Seven Deadly Sins Of Beauty Tag a go for yourself? I’m leaving nominations open for all that fancy a bit of tagging fun so consider yourself cordially invited to take part. Id love to read your answers too. Don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below!

Cheerio Chums…

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My Top Ten ‘Must Read’ Posts For New Beauty Bloggers…

Must Read Posts For New Beauty Bloggers

One of the many reasons I adore blogging is constantly getting to meet new blog buddies – both experienced bloggers and completely new to the blogging community. However when you’re starting out, blogging can be a really daunting process – particularly hitting that ‘publish’ button for the first time. In fact if you’re anything like me it can rev up the anxiety levels and leave you in a state of ‘what the heck have I just done?’ and ‘Oh my gosh I hope nobody I KNOW reads this’ – don’t worry we’ve all been there and done it, am I right experienced bloggers?

So seeing as so many lovely new bloggers have taken the time to stop by Confetti & Curves to say hello I thought I’d share a few of my own ‘words of wisdom’ when it comes to blogging. After all it’s something that has personally helped me cope with anxiety and some really rough days – put your all into blogging and you’ll get so much in return as it really is a fantastic family to be a part off.

So grab your biggest cuppa and check over some of my personal top tips for new bloggers or those thinking of starting a blog anytime soon…

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Starting A Beauty Blog

Start a beauty blog

From finding your blogging topic to creating a catchy name, this post pretty much outlines the bare bones of thing you might want to consider when you’re starting out!

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10 Tips On Growing Your Blog Audience 

How To Grow Your Blog Audience

So you’ve got yourself a brand new beauty blog… now to build a dedicated audience of readers and blog buddies alike. In this post I share some of my top tips for attracting new viewers to your online haven!

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How I Plan & Schedule My Blog Posts

How I Plan and Schedule My Blog Posts

In this post I cover just a few of the handy little blogging tools I use to keep on top of planning and scheduling – trust me, they make a mountain of a difference!

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Are You Battling A Blogging Slump?

Beat The Blogging Slump

Blogging slumps, bluuurgh. Yes, we all have them – even the most famous, creative & professional of bloggers hit bumps in the road. However in this post I share some handy advice that helps to keeps Confetti & Curves as slump free as possible!

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10 Tips For Blogging On A Busy Schedule

Tips For Blogging On A Busy Schedule

Whether you’re a daily, weekly or monthly blogger; commiting to a blog whilst juggling a busy school/work/family life can be pretty challenging. In this post I share some of the things that have really helped me juggle life and blogging without losing too much of my sanity!

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Making Your Beauty Blog PR Friendly

Making Your Beauty Blog PR Friendly

Are you eager to collaborate with some exciting new brands? Then you might want to start off with the basics by ensuring your blog is PR Friendly – if so then take a peek at my check list of handy hints to make your blog a little more inviting to brands & PR companies who are on always on the lookout for upcoming bloggers to collaborate with.

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My Top Five Basic Photography Tips For Beauty Blogging

Photography Tips For Beauty Bloggers

If there’s one skill that blogging has tested me on it’s been photography. Arranging the perfect backdrop for a sassy new lippy can be as frustrating as swatching your new eye shadow palette in gloomy lighting. In this post I share a few of my thoughts on the basic tips I’ve picked up for photographing for cosmetic reviews.

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10 Photography Backdrop Ideas for Budding Beauty Bloggers

10 Photography Background Ideas for Beauty Bloggers

Keeping on the theme of photography I share some of my favourite backdrop ideas when it comes to taking captivating piccies for your readers & blog buddies to gaze over!

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Keeping An Organised Blog

Keeping An Organised Blog

Just because blogging’s fun doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always easy, am I right chums?! However in this feature I run through some of the things that help keep me super organised!

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Things You Need To Do Before Publishing A Blog Post

Blog Post Publishing Checklist

So you’ve composed a killer blog post and you’re ready to hit the ‘publish’ button – but have you checked over a few of the essentials before sharing with the world? If like me you suffer from regular bursts of ‘what fudge was I thinking?’ then this handy little check list might help to keep your future posts perfectly polished.

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Are you just starting our on your blog journey? Or have you any helpful hints or tips for bloggers you’d like to share? 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…

Keeping Up With Karen

Headache, mascara stained eyes, gasping for water, blisters in places that defy how the heck they got there… all this could only mean one thing = girls night out! Yes, I’m mildly suffering today (to put it politely) but what a fabulous night. It’s not every daughter that gets to celebrate her mum’s hen night, however as my own mama prepares to walk down the ailse (for the second time) on 31st August it was only but necessary to give her the best send off we could muster up – well actually, my little sis done all the planning whilst the rest of us were given the itinerary :D Unfortunately, as I’m not regularly accustomed to cocktails, I’m limited to a mere few before it’s time to call it a night – yep, 2 strawberry daiquiris and I’m off like a demented hyena. Never the less many selfies were taken, laughs were had & memories were made😀

So if like me, you plan on wasting an entire day cooped up on the couch and taking it easy then maybe you’ll want to scan your eyes over a few of the fun shenanigans that’s been happening on Confetti & Curves this week.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything out of the ordinary?

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Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java – Illuminating Face Powder

Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java Illuminating Powder

With it’s chic packaging, gorgeous floral scent & silky feel the Bourjois Poudre De Riz really does seem like a class act to mingle amongst even the most luxurious of cosmetic goodies scattered across your beauty table. But is it really as good as what it looks? Check out my review to find out more!

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Tools of the Trade: Makeup Brush Cleaners

Makeup Brush Cleaners

I’ve rounded up the best buys in brush cleaners to help with the menial task of keeping your precious fibres as sparkly clean as can be. What one’s your favourite? Personally I have my eye firmly on the Sigma Glove *happy sigh*❤

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Bundle Monster Lotus Mat

Bundle Monster Lotus Mat Nail Art Manicure Work Station

This weeks chatter showcased one of my most used nail art tools, the Bundle Monster Lotus Mat. This is one handy little roll of silicone that is the perfect workstation for any nail pro or budding designer. Don’t forget *Click Here* to subscribe to the Confetti & Curves YouTube channel so you never miss a future upload!

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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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