The Nail File: Nail Art Inspiration…

The Nail File

Aloha Chums!

Regardless of recent health drama’s, I’ve managed to relax a little by taking a few pics of some fun nail art I’ve been getting up to. With a ton of glitters and gorgeous gel polishes to play with here’s just a few of the designs that I’ve managed to capture this week…

Sea Shore Green

Mermaid Nail Art

Living a stones throw away from the sea it’s something I tend to draw inspiration from in all weathers as the landscape changes so drastically from day to day! I noticed it was a vibrant green colour one day last week, with the sun rays illuminating the colours as I watched sea green waves gently lap onto the shore… which gave me a notion to try out this design! Very beachy, don’t you think?!


Dusky Dew Drops

Chunky Glitter Nail Art

This was a really simple design incorporating a light marbled effect with gel polish and some gorgeous shiny blue chunky glitter encapsulated under the top gel coat. It was inspired by a recent summer rain shower where the water droplets were making some really playful light effects across our kitchen wall from the sunshine.


Disney Pattern

Disney Nail Art

I spotted this playful idea on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a go on a short accent nail. It’s super cute and reminds me of recently finding some piccies from a family holiday in Disneyland Paris when I was much younger!


Tribal Design

Tribal Nail Art

I love creating hand painted tribal patterns and thought I would give it a go on a matte gel nail. It reminds me of a cute Turkish vase I found in a charity shop recently that’s decorated in cute little dots of all different sizes!


Baby Boomer Glitter Gradiant

Baby Boomer Glitter Nail

I adore classic pink and white nails, but this has got to be one of my favourites. It’s a gorgeous french pink & white acrylic gradient with a teeny layer of micro sparkle to give it a beautiful iridescent sheen. What a gorgeous combo for a bridal set don’t you think?

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What one’s your favourite design? Do you have any fun suggestions for me to try out next? Whatever your thought’s I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by to say a quick howdy lovelies:)

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A Sneak Peek At ‘Liquid Glamour’s’ Glitter Nail Art…

Glitter Nail Art

It’s been frustration city here at Confetti & Curves HQ this week chums, as my camera’s HD card is officially MIA = no YouTube upload this today! I know, I know, I’m devastated as I’m so blooming picky about being regimental with my scheduling, but it is what it is and unfortunately I can’t conjure another video out of mid air so soon. Soooo the plan is to reschedule to Friday. However not all is doom & gloom as I’ve picked up a replacement card already and have my cam fully charged to roll! Bring on the filming *happy sigh*

However this means I’ve a little free blog spot today to show you guys a few of my recent nail art designs… particularly as some of you have been eagerly requesting to see what designs I’ve been creating!! Thankfully it’s all going as well as can be and I’m just so blooming chuffed to be able to create some gorgeous acrylic extensions from my stash of new nail goodies. Don’t forget to pop over & hit the LIKE button on the LIQUID GLAMOUR Facebook page where you’ll be able to keep up with all my latest nail shenanigans. In the mean time here’s a quick peek at what creations I’ve been getting up to over the last few days…

Liquid Glamour Glitzy Leopard Print Nail

I’m loving this fun and funky animal print over encapsulated gold glitter! Perfect for an accent nail don’t you think?


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Keeping it really simple and chic in this one as I combine stamping & freehand to create a sweet butterfly & floral design over one of my favourite gel polish colours, Cake Pop. How cute is that name?!


Liquid Glamour Raspberry & Purple Glitter

This is a fun and funky mix of raspberry, purple and green iridescent glitter has a real fizzy playfulness to it!


Liquid Glamour Galaxy Nail

I created this Galaxy nail using a mix of cosmic coloured glitters and acrylic paint to give a ‘milky way’ effect. Perfect for any sci-fi fan 😀


Liquid Glamour Glitzy Pewter

Lastly this classic encapsulate rose-gold stiletto nail has got to be one of my favourites this week. It’s simple yet adds a sassy accent and goes incredibly well with pinks, nudes and soft earthy colours to jazz things up a little.

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What’s your favourite? Have you any ideas for my ‘To Do‘ list of exciting new nail designs? Whatever your thought’s or suggestions I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by to say a quick howdy lovelies 🙂

Wishing ya’ll a fabulous day ahead, see you Friday for another YouTube chatter!

Cheerio Chums…

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The Makeup Menu: Pink Ice…

The Makeup Menu Pink Ice 2

Hey Beauty Buddies,

I’ve been rekindling my love affair with some of my staples this weekend, as being on a bit of a makeup spending ban is really encouraging me to use up a few goodies that’s been lying dormant around my makeup drawers. As much as I adore shopping for new cosmetics there comes a time when you realise some of the older stuff you have reeeeeally needs used up before moving onto introducing newbies. So to help me get acquainted with some of my old favourites (including items I haven’t used in what feels like yeeears) I opted to base my look around the Avon’s Duo True Colour Eyeshadow Compact in Pink Ice. Here’s a peek at what pocket friendly items I used to create my summery weekend look….



Pink Ice Face

Max Factor Lasting Performance in 102 Pastelle – £9.99 Boots

L’Oreal Infallible Sculpt Contouring Kit – £9.99 Boots

Makeup Revolution Hot Spice Palette – £6.00 Makeup Revolution Store



Pink Ice Eyes

Avon Shadow Duo compact in Pink Ice – £6.00 Avon

Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara in Very Black – £7.99 Boots

Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner – £5.29 Boots

Collection Glam Crystals Glitter Eyeliner in Funk 3 – £2.99 Superdrug

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powder – £8.99 AllBeauty.Com



Pink Ice Lips

Natural Collection Lip Liner in Ruby Rose – £1.99 from Boots

Bourjois Lip Shine in 24 Rose xoxo – currently unavailable *sob*



Pink Ice Collage

What do you think gals? Personally I’m swaying towards the tones of the shadow being more lilac than Pink Ice, needless to say it’s actually pretty okay and I’m really glad I didn’t ditch it as intended. In fact if the colour pay off is anything to go by I’d certainly be tempted to have a peek at some of Avon’s other duo shadow compact!

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What’s your verdict? Are you a fan of pink eye shadow? What’s your favourite summer colour to dress up your lids with? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter!  Wishing y’all a fabulous week ahead 🙂

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10 Seaside Savvy Beach Bags…

Beach Bags

AHOY There Beauty Buddies…

Okay, so last Friday we took a peek at our packing lists for a day at the seaside in Beach Bag Essentials, but what’s a list of nautical goodies if you don’t have a gorgeous tote to put them in?! Any excuse for a shopping spree, are you with me ladies 😉

So to ensure our stash of beach accessories are all taken care off (in the most beautiful way) I’ve uncovered some of the most bedazzling bags in beach couture. So whether you’re jetting off to far flung shores or simply taking a two minute dander to your nearest beach side spot, why not spend the next 5 minutes cooing over which of these funky bags you’d be tempted to take with you…




Head to the seaside with this striped beach tote bag, designed with leather-look handles and trims. This zipped style has plenty of space for holiday essentials, plus an additional front pocket for smaller items! How very handy 🙂

How much? Quite the catch at £25!

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Animal Beach Bag

I’m loving this gorgeous paper straw bag with contrasting ethnic inner print, knotted rope handles and branded animal logo to front. Stylish, chic and oh-so-nautical, the perfect pal for a day in the sun!

How much? Currently reduced to £23.99 – be quick!!

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With its beach hut hues and nautical-inspired rope handles, nothing says summer quite like this stripe print beach bag! The canvas shell and simple shape keep things classic, and it’s just the right size for all your beach essentials!

How much? A total beach bargain at a mere £10!

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How fun is this cute clear jelly beach bag with matching interior zip pouch! You’ll never have to rummage for your sunscreen again as one glance and you’re on it 😀

How much? Could be yours for £40!

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This personalised canvas bag would make the perfect beach or shopper bag. Large enough to hold all your beach essentials and plenty of space to make it a sturdy shopping bag… handy if you happen to be passing by any beauty boutiques gals 😉

How much? A steal at only £15

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You never know what you stumble across on the virtual ailse of Ebay. How sassy is this Betsey Johnson Tote Bag?! Perfect for the rock chicks amongst us it makes for an eye catching beach bag with it’s fun black and pink stripes and huge studded bow!

How much? $79.95 (approx £56)

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Marni’s wicker shopper is a beach side essential that will adapt to urban surroundings seamlessly. Crafted in Italy, this cavernous design will hold all of your daily must-haves and more. Chic stripes and an internal drawstring pouch makes this piece an elevated option this season.

How much? £530 – yep you’re reading it right… for those that love an ultimate splurge!

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Bring your accessories a-game in the perfect bag for those everyday essentials and night out necessities. Printed backpacks make any outfit pop, shoppers are chic and cross body bags fuss-free for when you’re out and about. Cocktails and clutch bags go hand in hand – liven up your little black dress with an embellished envelope clutch this party season.

How much? A rather cheery £12!

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Get that global traveller look down with our Egyptian tile-print tote bag, embellished with embroidered patterns, sequins and a statement tassel. This eye-catching piece has faux leather handles, and a contrast lining with a zipped pocket.

How much? £29

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polka dot beach bag

What collection of funky bags would be complete without ,y favourite print!. This gorgeous handmade polka dot tote bag is a such an eye-catcher. Bright and cheery with a hint of seaside nostalgia. I love it ❤

How much? £31.32… a nifty price for a handcrafted item!

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What’s your pick of the bunch? Have you recently treated yourself to a fabulous new beach bag? 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 fabulous weekend!

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The Manicure Menu: Lush Lilacs…

Lilac Nail Polish Collection

If there’s one colour I always feel drawn to when shopping for nail polish, it’s lilac. Okay, so some often see it as a bit wishy-washy but in my opinion it’s beeeeautiful. Girly but not tooooo girly, soft enough to go with most outfits, a great everyday colour, works in summer, works in winter… particularly in some of the gorgeous icy shades *swoon*

So to pay homage to such a versatile shade, I’ve showcased some of my very own luscious lilacs and prettiest purples! Sitting comfy? Then let’s take a closer peek at today’s mani menu…


Barry M Chameleon Nail Polish in Lilac

Barry M Chameleon Lilac Nail Polish

A gorgeous icy- grey is what this can only be described as. It really is a stunning multi-tonal shade that has to be seen in real-life to be fully appreciated! I quite often wear these colours in winter as they’re just so fresh and crisp, however these cool tones are equally beautiful for summer months and go with so many outfit colours too! Ideal for those who love metallics but prefer just a slight whisper of lilac. For extra longevity coat nails with a layer of micro sparkle polish… it’ll help lift the icy tone, bring out the metallics and keep your colour as long-lasting as possible!

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Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Prickly Pear

Barry M Gelly Shine in Prickly Pear

For me this is the classic ‘lavender’ tone. It’s so darn pretty, and surprisingly beautiful on soft tanned tootsies – if anything it makes the tan stand out just a little bit more. A classic holiday shade, this is one shade of lilac I never get tired of wear. The formula of the Gelly Shine could be a little thicker in my opinion as it can be quite streaky unless several coats are applied, however if worn correctly & with a high quality top-coat this can look amazing. I love it ❤

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Rimmel London 60 Second Super Shine in Lovey dovey

Rimmel London 60 Second Shine in Lovely Dovey

I love, love, LOVE this colour. Rimmel always seem to get their shades bang on trend, and how cute is the name?! A classic soft berry shade this beautiful polish can actually look quite deep compared to the bottle. For me this is the perfect playful purple shade for summery themed nails. It’s bright and beautiful – a treat to wear all year round in fact. Check out the huuuuge range of colours on the Rimmel London website in the link below!

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Avon Nail Wear Pro 

Avon Nail Wear Pro

This colour always reminds me of Parma Violets, do you remember those strange little sweeties that taste suspiciously like wild flowers? Natually it smells nothing like them but as for the nail colour it’s a stunner. Soft grey undertones make it such a great colour for everyone. It’s not too girly, yet still eludes a touch of sweet femininity. Is there any colour this shade wouldn’t work with right now? Okay, so the formula could be a little longer lasting considering it’s branded as a ‘pro’ product, however with a great top coat it’s pretty resilient up to about 4/5 days before any wear or tear starts showing. Pretty standard, but the tone wins me over every time 🙂

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New York Color In A Minute Nail Polish in Prince Street

NYC Quick Dry Nail Polish in Prince Street

Okay, so it’s not (exactly) lilac… but…. never-the-less it’s SUCH a gorgeous shade of purple that’s perfect for a night on the town, a rich sassy colour for summer or deep dressy tone for winter. All in all it’s the ideal purple, and if truth be told one of the most popular shades I ever sold in bridesmaid dresses when I owned my bridal suites. But then, who could resist such an amazing shade? It’s a collection staple for sure as not only does it work well with bright coloured outfits, it also works incredibly well with neutral colours too. A pop of Prince Street & a pair of nude peep-toe stilettos = utterly stunning gals ❤

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Are you a fan of light lilacs & playful purples? Have you any recommendations for beautiful lavender nail colours? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a chatter! Wishing y’all a fabulous weekend:)

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GlowDry Mini LED Nail Lamp from Vanity Planet…

Vanity Planet LED Gel Nail Lamp Review

Whatever you’re doing stop. You NEED to check out this little cutie by Vanity Planet, it’s the Glow Dry LED gel manicure nail dryer. Isn’t it just the cutest little thing? I’ve been on the hunt for a portable LED lamp for quite a while now, particularly as I’m stepping up my nail game. What handier little device to help on the move than something as neat, nifty and portable as this? Let’s take a closer peek…



Vanity Planet LED Glowdry Nail Lamp

Contents include: A mini 6 Watt lamp, with it’s adorable heart shaped timer button that allows you to pre-set either 45 seconds or 60 second intervals so you don’t lose track of time – particularly useful if you chatter as much as I do! There’s the neat little two pin adapter – UK residents, no need to stress as the solution for using it in UK sockets is right down below. Finally the Instruction manual & a great money saving coupon entitling you to 50% off your next purchase!

Sounds a treat? Well that’s cause it is. However for those of you (like myself) who rely on a three pin plug (as opposed to a two) you’ll need to invest in your own wall adapter which you can pick up in most stores for about £2.50. These are super value for money & also useful should any visitors need to use it… or if I’m sent any future foreign goodies to sample 😉 Check it out, it’s great value & really handy!




Cures Gel polish in as little as 45 seconds

Up to 50’000 hours of performance thanks to the energy efficient bulbs

6 Watts of LED Power

Automatic shut-off

Preset 45 or 60 second intervals

Compact design for easy-peasy travel solutions if you’re on the go!



Okay so it might initially seem a little pricey at bang-on $100, but considering the usage hours you’re getting for the price it would easily last one person a lifetime of gels! As the lamp is quite compact you can’t fit your entire hand in at once, however that’s easily overcome by curing both thumbs first then moving onto the fingers! Do keep in mind that it only works with LED compatible gels, however considering that LED lamps are the way forward you’ll not have any issues finding a great selection of gels to treat yourself too!



Vanity Planet LED Nail Lamp Review

Can the Glow Dry lamp be used with ordinary polish?

No. LED lamps can’t cure your ordinary polishes as they don’t have the accelerated LED drying properties required, so keep to gels only!

How long should I cure my nails for? 

The lamp has two timers, 45 seconds & 60 seconds. If after 45 your nails aren’t cured then opt for the 60 seconds instead.

Can I touch my nails straight after using the Glow Dry lamp?

Yes! It cures your nails on the spot so you don’t have to worry about any nasty smudges *woo hoo*

Can it be used on Toe nails?

Although it’s primarily used on fingers there’s no reason why you can’t use it on your toe nails either!

Do I need to wear fingerless SPF gloves?

Although fingerless SPF gloves aren’t essential, it certainly reduces the risk of LED light radiation. Although this isn’t enough to harm you in one interval, if you use any LED lamp over a period of time taking precautions is always advised. Alternatively you could apply a small amount of SPF to your fingers to help protect exposed skin.



Vanity Planet LED Lamp Review

Fancy treating yourself to a GlowDry Lamp of your very own? Then get yourself over to Vanity Planet where you can also find a whole host of other handy goodies to feast your eyes upon! It gets glowing reviews from a whole host of customers (excuse the cheesy pun!)

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Are you a fan of gel nails? Have you ever attempted your own gel manicure? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter! Also, if you’re curious to see a video demo on the Glow Dry Nail Lamp, let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to add it to my ever growing ‘To Do’ list 🙂

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**A huge thank you to the team @ Vanity Planet for sending me this fabulous little lamp in return for an honest opinion. I love it guys!**

Behind The Blog featuring Sheema Zaman…

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Well it would seem I’m not the only one who goes all gooey at the arrival of a new set of paws! A huuuge thank you to everyone who checked out yesterday’s post ‘A new Arrival‘ & left such love filled comments for little Borris! Needless to say he’s doing superbly, and a few of you mentioned you’d like to see a little more of him so watch this space… I just might get the camcorder out this week to record his cute little waddle! I know, I know, I’m turning into one of those weird & obsessive cat lady’s… but hey, I’m a gooey mess when it comes to cats, particularly baby cats – and I’m glad so many of you love him almost as much as I do 😀

Keeping on the theme of ‘spreading the love’ I have a super duper talented blog buddy to introduce y’all to today as the gorgeous Sheema from Sheema Zaman stylishly graces the virtual sofa this morning to talk about her impeccably presented beauty & lifestyle blog. If you love your dose of blog reading to consist of a cocktail of cosmetics, inspirational fashion, a sprinkling of travel with a dash of lifestyle, then you’ll love Sheema’s blog for sure!

However before you pop over to say hello, grab your cuppa and get comfy as we take a peek Behind The Blog


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

A mixed cocktail of everything!


What inspired you to start blogging?

I’ve always had a passion for writing and photography. I’ve never enrolled for a photography course but it’s something I always wanted to do. So this time last year, I took the plunge and started blogging and have loved it since.


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

Now when I think about it, I wish I had  a very creative one but it’s just my name which is rather boring!


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

Yes absolutely, It happens all the time. think it’s important to put out content that you believe in. Never put out anything because you have to or you’re under pressure to do so. I look to people, nature, magazines, websites, for inspiration always.

My blog is an art for me, it’s a visual medium so I try to make sure only content that I’m truly happy with makes it even if I’m a little late in delivering.


What’s your favourite post to date?

I enjoyed writing for all my travel posts, but the one that stands out for me has to be the Bicester Village one.

It was a rainy day but I managed to get some good pictures. Also, a little nostalgic as the Carluccio’s restaurant is no longer there and I have very fond memories of it and it’s luckily been captured in the post.


Describe your everyday clothes style:

I’d say my style is feminine and fun. I love colour and fabrics and love to mix and match. I love wearing long flowy dresses, with accessories..  a little bohemian touch.


What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Lipstick, mascara and a concealer.


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

Watching tv with a good cup of coffee is a great relaxation for me. I also love listening to music too.

Describe your ideal Saturday night:

If a good movie is out then def a visit to the cinema is a must! Otherwise I enjoy staying at home compared to going out. I love spending time with friends and family as everyone is always so busy during the weekdays and this is the only time we get to hang out with each other .


What do you do to relax?

As before, catching up on tv shows and reading is a great relaxation for me. I watch many re-runs of the cheesiest tv shows, such a guilty pleasure!


Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

In terms of beauty, I hoard a lot of makeup. I don’t wait till it’s finished and will end up buying more. So that’s a habit that I’m trying my best to change now.


What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

There are so many fond memories..! Hmm the one that comes to my mind is going to the farm with my parents and siblings when we were younger and picking strawberries. We used to go pretty much every weekend and I really miss those times.


What was your favourite school subject?

I really enjoyed my English lessons, I had also written many poems in school and so my teacher got it published for me. It was only one book for school use but it was an achievement for me.


What’s your dream job?

I love travelling and photography. So maybe a travel photographer or an interior designer. I love the creative aspects of these jobs.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would just like to live a healthy happy life with near and dear ones.


What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

* I’m fascinated by stars, so walking under the stars on a beach

* to see the northern lights

* to watch the running of the bulls in Pamplona Spain

* to have a bonfire party

* to travel as much as I can


What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Gosh, I think it’s yet to come


Who inspires you?

As cliched as it may sound, my inspiration comes from my parents first. I think any child looks up to their parents especially during their early life. Then, all those people who make such a positive change with their thoughts and actions inspire me greatly.


Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

I love this quote by Rumi which is so uplifting ” Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure”.


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

If there’s one thing that I have learnt, it is to be patient. A lot of people give up early. It takes time and effort for results to show. So keep working on good content and success will follow surely.

Connecting with fellow bloggers is key! Try to engage and communicate with likeminded people and it opens up the communications channels for you.

Most importantly be you!


Tea or Coffee = Tough one.. I love both!

Coke or Pepsi = neither (no fizzy drinks)

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super organised

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Cute kitten

Night In or Night Out = Night in

Heels or Flats = Heels

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lipstick

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Can I say a bit of both?!

Paperback or E-book = Definitely paperback – I need to feel the physical book in hand

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Contact Sheema


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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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