Monthly Archives: December 2012

Season’s Greetings

The Beauty Cloud Team would like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas. We are so grateful for all the support we have received this year. We hope you have a lovely holiday season filled with everything Beautiful.

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Competition Winner Announced!

Competition Winner Announced!

Limited Edition Sugarlicious Kit by Benefit Cosmetics

Today was the deadline for our Sugarlicious Kit Competition and we have selected a winner at random!

Congratulations to our winner Kirsty who will receive this deliciously nude lip and cheek kit by Benefit Cosmetics!

Kirsty also runs her over fabulous blog called ‘Fashion for Lunch‘ you can find her at http://fashionforlunch.wordpress.com/

Stay tuned for more competitions to come!

Do not fret, you can still bag yourself one of these limited edition beauties online at www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk for only £24.50

Killer Collars

Collar accessories have been one of the trends I have loved this year. They are perfect for any occasion,  easily attached and can make a plain ensemble look very classy in seconds! Here at Nor Lisa we have selected our favourite killer collars which will put you on the map.

Wallis.co.uk  Embellished Collar Necklace   Was £18.50 Now £12.95

Wallis.co.uk
Embellished Collar Necklace
Was £18.50 Now £12.95

If you love your grey tones then you’ll love this stunning grey Fabric collar carefully embellished with black diamond glass rhinestones and dark coloured metal beads. This Collar would look fabulous with a grey knitted slouchy dress and some black sheer tights with a pair of black ankle boots for that casual look with that little touch of glamour.

Asos.com  ASOS Embellished Stone Floral Collar  £18.00

Asos.com
ASOS Embellished Stone Floral Collar
£18.00

If you like to be edgy while still looking feminine, then look no further than this textured Peter pan collar embellished with some lovely blue gemstones and chrome studs, finished off with some fine silver embroidery for that handmade look. I would wear this delightful piece with a short black tunic dress and a pair of tanned tights along with some show stopping electric blue heels to match the gemstones in the collar.

Topshop.com  Acrylic Stone Collar  Price: £25.00

Topshop.com
Acrylic Stone Collar
Price: £25.00

 I love this black Perspex collar because it has a very futuristic look to it and is a very modern take on the traditional collar. The detail on the collar is beautiful, the stones are very elegant and have been placed perfectly onto the collar giving the overall look a very modern and classy feel combined. I would wear this collar with a black knee length leather look dress with some killer stiletto heels for that striking look.

Asos.com  ASOS Stud Collar  £15.00

Asos.com
ASOS Stud Collar
£15.00

        I love some spikes to set off an ensemble, so I’m loving this Black collar with its eye-catching chunky gold studs .This collar would look super trendy with a khaki green jumper dress with some black wet look leggings finished off with some very edgy biker boots for that rock chick look. Be sure to rock yourself to the top this winter!

Nor Lisa Faux fur collar

Nor Lisa Faux Fur Collar

Check out this high fashion faux fur collar from the Nor Lisa A/W 2012 Collection as seen on the catwalk. These gorgeous collars come in a variety of colours and look great with almost anything especially if you want to look beautiful, this winter  treat yourself to one of these faux fur collars, made to order by designer Nor Lisa.

Going Going Gown! How to shop the sales – bridal style!

 

Wedding Gown Sale

Wedding dress boutiques are just like any other clothing retailer – they have end of season sales!  Buying a wedding dress in the sale means that you can bag yourself an absolute bargain, as gowns are usually discounted by hundreds of pounds!

What you should know about bridal gown sales.

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The gowns that are on sale will either be ex-samples or cancelled orders; they are not second hand, faulty or undesirable gowns. Those that have been used as samples might show signs of wear and tear such as loose beads or sticky zips and maybe the occasional stain, but these things are fixable and the discounted price means even after repairing the problems you’ll still have saved yourself a fortune. You really can find a great deal at these sales; we’ve recently reduced a gorgeous full skirted designer gown from just over £1500 to £650!

Know that sales usually only last a day or two so get in there quick to have the widest choice.

There’ll only be a proportion of the shops stock in the sale, and certainly none of the brand new gowns.

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Dresses will be one of a kind. Very rarely will a bridal boutique keep stock of more than one of each style.

A sale price will not include things like storage, steaming, cleaning, repairs or alterations. So make sure to factor in these costs and practicalities.

Be prepared to alter a dress to make it how you want. If you’ve fallen for a dress that you wish had straps, don’t despair as these can be added to virtually any dress.

If the dress you like doesn’t fit bear in mind that they can be altered and re-sized. Most gowns can go up two sizes and down by four or five.

Dry-cleaning your purchase will be your responsibility. This can cost from £50 to £100 on average. However, in my experience very few bridal gowns require much more than a gentle spot clean.

Know your rights – you aren’t automatically entitled a refund if you change your mind, only if the item is faulty. But if you buy the dress at a discount having seen the faults and accepted them then you can’t later request a refund based on them.  Most of the time the reduced price reflects any wear and tear or damage to the gown, so before you hand over the cash take a few minutes to cast your eye over the gown to inspect it for any problems.

Top tips for shopping in a wedding dress sale!

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Be prepared to buy on the day. You’ll be expected to pay in full and take the dress away with you.

Make sure you’ve tried on bridal gowns before and know what you are looking for. If you’ve identified a silhouette that you prefer then limit the trying on to just these types of gowns. Your trying on time is likely to be limited on a sale day, so don’t waste any of it by trying on dresses that are not the style you want or are more money than you are prepared to spend.

get there earlyGet there early. There is no shame in being first in the queue! It might even be worth asking the shop in question if they have any preview appointments available. Not all shops do this, but some will have the sale stock out and ready a few hours before opening or even the day before.

Bring an empty, clean, double duvet cover. Not all stores provide gown covers. Some include them free of charge, and others might charge around £15 for one, but if you are trying to stick to a budget an empty duvet cover makes the perfect gown transport.

Some sales require communal changes, so don’t be alarmed if the room you are ushered into is already filled with other brides to be. It’s a good idea to wear undies that you are happy to be seen in.

DecisionBring the key decision makers with you. If you absolutely must have your mum with you when you choose your wedding dress then bring her with you, and if she can’t make it, make sure you have her permission to go ahead and purchase without her.

Bear in mind that most gowns will need alteration of some kind to make it fit. For the vast majority of girls I see they need either a nip at the bust or waist and a hem. So try to see past an imperfect fit and imagine how perfect it could be with the help of a seamstress.

Be prepared to lose the dress you love if you walk away. It breaks my heart when I see girls return to the shop the day after sale day to buy the dress they love, as all too often it sold to one of the brides who visited after her. If you love it buy it, unless you’re prepared to lose it. I’ve often heard girls comment that if it’s meant for her it’ll still be there when she comes back – don’t fall into this trap unless you’re ready some sobbing.

Win! Win! Win!

I do love a good ‘ol giveaway! Especially so close to Christmas!

To be in with a chance to WIN this fabulous SUGARLICIOUS set by Benefit Costmetics, all you have to do is Subscribe to email updates of The Beauty Cloud. THATS IT! Seriously, it’s that easy! (You will find the link to the right of this post)

I will choose one lucky subscriber between now (10/12/2012 @ 9pm) and Monday 17/12/2012 at 3pm to win this gorgeous nude gift set by Benefit.

Good Luck to everyone!

♥ Much Love ♥

Win a New Sugarlicious Kit!

Win a New Sugarlicious Kit!

It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid …..

Festive Time means office parties, nights out and a time for us girlies to don the Little Black Dress or even glam it up with some sparkle.

Styling your hair to go along with your chic outfit doesn’t have to be scary – I’m going to give you some easy to follow instructions so you have that wow factor this Christmas!

Kylie Minogue gracing the Red Carpet in Vintage Elegance

Kylie Minogue gracing the Red Carpet in Vintage Elegance

Our first look has a vintage feel to it. This look has been dominating the fashion world all year. Kylie wears it perfectly. It’s got a vintage feel but is still modern and flattering.

Here is how to pull it off with ease:

  1. Apply GHD Style Curl Hold Spray over clean dry hair.
  2. In section’s of approx 1 inch square curl hair with GHD’s, applying Curl hold to each section giving the curl hold and heat protection.
  3. When all curled leave hair for 5-10 minutes to cool down, fixing in the curl so it will hold the curl longer.
  4. Thoroughly brush the hair thorough with a natural bristle brush like Denman Grooming Brush, the natural boar bristle will separate the hair and soften the curl to a vintage wave.
  5. When brushing waves twist ends with a flick of your fingers to turn in and fall beautifully.
  6. A small mist of hairspray at this point will seal in your style.
  7. To continue with the vintage feel either tuck on side behind the ear or pin back with a glittery slide and your ready to rock n roll and party night !
Girls Aloud in their new 2012 Music Video

Girls Aloud in their new 2012 Music Video

Look two is being sported by Girls Aloud in their latest video. It’s the Top Knot, simple but extremely effective and spot on trend!

Give this popular and easy look a try, here’s how:

  1. On clean dry hair mist GHD Heat protect and straighten, this will make it so much easier to get it up with a sleek finish.
  2. Pull hair into a high ponytail placing the ponytail on the top of your head in front of the crown area.
  3. To achieve perfectly sleek side areas again I would recommend a natural boar  bristle brush like the Denman Grooming Brush as mentioned before.
  4. Once ponytail is in place, lightly backcomb it with the brush to give a little bulk  to hair, then brush lightly smoothing the hair but not removing all the backcombing.
  5. Wrap the hair around the ponytail till only a little left with these ends tuck them under wrapped hair and secure with a kirby clip or two.
  6. Mist with hairspray, then follow with GHD Style Final Shine Spray for instant all over shine.
Olivia Palermo keeping it casual on the Red Carpet

Olivia Palermo keeping it casual on the Red Carpet

The final look is ideal for afternoon office parties or Christmas day. Its a stylish soft ponytail. Olivia Palermo graced the red carpet with it making casual chic.

Stroll through this hair do with the following instructions:

  1. Shampoo and towel dry your hair.
  2. Apply GHD Style Root Lift Spray, giving volume and heat protection.
  3. Turn your head upside down and dry hair until its at about 90% dry then flip head up and finish drying smoothing the ends through.
  4. Place into a parting, any parting will work with this style.
  5. Keeping all the volume grab the hair loosely at one side , secure with an elastic. Make sure not to put the band up near the head keep it loose so the hair drapes over the selected shoulder.
  6. Push fingers in hair at root loosing hair up even more around the head area.
  7. Mist with hairspray and GHD Final Shine and your ready to go out and shine !!

So now your ready to go out a show off some Christmas Chic !!

Winning streak for CastleCourt Shoppers!

Belfast’s CastleCourt shopping centre recently played host to two fantastic competitions, its Annual Student Night £500 cash prize giveaway and an ‘Upload your Mode’ style scout search.

Following the fun-filled Student Night of music, goodie bags and exclusive discounts, Fairuz Farhanan Binti Muhammas Mahdi, who is currently studying medicine at Queen’s University, walked away with £500 cash to treat herself in the run-up to Christmas.

It's a winning streak for CastleCourt shoppers Fairuz Farhanan Binti Muhammas Mahdi and Caroline McKee

It’s a winning streak for CastleCourt shoppers Fairuz Farhanan Binti Muhammas Mahdi and Caroline McKee

The busy shopping mall, which is home to a host of high street favourites also went on a super stylish search throughout September and October for Belfast’s glam-est gals, trendiest teens and modern yummy mummies. The centre had hired top fashion stylists to scout the centre to help choose the most stylish shoppers around as part of its ‘Upload Your Mode’ competition.

Caroline McKee from South Belfast, who was bang on trend in monochrome, completing her look with sassy ankle boots and an ultra-chic mandarin tote, came up trumps as the competition’s overall winner. As well as a chic cocktail dress and stunning accessories including platform heels and a stunning clutch bag, Caroline received a beauty hamper and a meal for four at cosy James Street South Bar and Grill as well as tickets to The Lady Boys of Bangkok’s stellar new show ‘Carnival Queens’.