Monthly Archives: March 2013

Daily Little Loves

Happy Easter from everyone at The Beauty Cloud xo


Spring/Summer 2013 Makeup

S/S 2013 is all about the fresh-faced look, but that doesn’t mean that you brave the outside world bare-faced! 

Recently I worked on set for the Nor Lisa Fashion S/S 13 Collection and I incorporated a few fresh-faced looks into the photoshoot. 

You should note that it can take as much work to create a fresh look as it does to create and heavier smokey look. Its all about colour-balancing, concealing, light contouring and highlighting to make the skin appear luminous. 

Here are a few shots taken during the photoshoot. I would love to hear your thoughts.



Clothing Designer – Nor Lisa Fashion
Jewellery – Rebro Jewellery
Model – Diona Doherty/Alicia Connolly
Makeup Artist – Nuala Campbell
Photographer – Green Apple Photography
Photo Editing/Retouching – Nuala Campbell

Cleansing Wipes – Simplified!

I am often asked about good cleansers and cleansing wipes. A lot of people use baby wipes as you get more for your money, but truth is baby wipes were not developed for the sensitive skin on your face.

A lot of brands will make wipes for Dry/Normal or Normal/Oily skin, but we know our skin is a bit more complex or temperamental than that.

So I wanted to tell you about Simple’s range of Cleansing Wipes. They cover a range of issues and skin types from Sensitve to Spot Proned through to Dull or Mature. Below is a selection from their wipes, you are sure to find something to suit your skin.

They come in packs of 25 wipes, they are priced between £3.20 to £4.20 and readily available at a wide range of outlets.

Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes

simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes

They are packed full of vitamin goodness and are perfect for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

Radiance Brightening Cleansing Wipes

The weather outside may be dull, but it doesn’t mean your skin has to be! The Simple Radiance Brightening Cleansing Wipes contain mango goodness and light-reflecting particles to help give your skin a beautiful glow. The Radiance Wipes also contain moisturisers to help keep your skin hydrated, which is ideal as the cold weather draws moisture from your skin.

Kind To Skin Exfoliating Facial Wipes


Exfoliating is a vital part of any skincare routine, and with the Simple Kind To Skin. Exfoliating Facial Wipes you can gently remove dead skin cells to help keep your skin clean, fresh and revitalised. Day-to-day life can leave your pores
clogged and in need of some deeper cleansing – using the Exfoliating Facial
Wipes is a quick and easy way to refresh and cleanse your skin.

Clear Skin Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes

If you have oily skin, you may worry about the oil content of the products you put on your skin. We have developed the Clear Skin Oil Balancing range to make your skincare decisions much simpler! The Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes are ideal for removing any excess make up or impurities whilst helping to absorb your skin’s excess oil.

Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes


Spot-prone teenage skin is something that many of us will experience, but you can take steps to help improve it! Using the Simple Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes helps to get rid of the impurities that can cause blemishes – worrying about spots is no fun, so grab a packet of the Spotless Skin Wipes to add to your skincare routine!

Regeneration Age-Resisting Cleansing Wipes


If premature ageing is playing on your mind, the Simple Regeneration range could be perfect for you! The Regeneration Age-Resisting Cleansing Wipes contain a special blend of ingredients – including Vitamin E and Mushroom Extract – to effectively cleanse your skin whilst helping to fight the signs of ageing.

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Product Review: Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm

I have been using this cleanser for a number of weeks now. The first thing you notice is the gorgeous  aroma from all of the natural ingredients in this product. It is a fabulous cleanser and removes so much dirt and makeup from your skin without effort. I love that this product comes with its own muslin cloth.

This product is 100% natural, and it shows. It has oatmeal in the formula which really does help gently cleanse and clear away dead skin cells. After using the product, you are left with a beautiful moisturised feel to your skin.  This product was given to me as a gift by Paddy McGurgan in the Makeup Pro Store, Belfast. They stock a selection of the Balance Me range. If you are looking for some new skin care, this range is definitely worth a try.

Balance Me Skincare range is available at The Makeup Pro Store, Belfast

Balance Me Skincare range is available at The Makeup Pro Store, Belfast

Here is what Balance Me have to say about this product:

Cleanse and smooth face balm is a daily must-have for its dual cleansing and smoothing action to enhance your skin’s natural radiance. Anti-oxidant rich Arctic cloudberry, gentle Roman chamomile and skin-brightening red mandarin smooth away daily grime and make-up leaving skin soft, radiant and calmly clean. Gently polishing oatmeal sloughs away dead skin cells and encourages cell renewal. Shea and cocoa butter, softening rosehip, camellia, kukui nut and virgin coconut oils, rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and lipids provide a layer of skin-boosting goodness which benefits both young and more mature skins.

Instructions for use:

Warm a small amount of balm in clean hands. Smooth over face and neck, gently massaging the balm with your finger tips in circular movements, allowing the oats to polish the skin for at least 30 seconds. Apply warm water and continue massaging for a further 30 seconds. Close eyes and wipe carefully over lids and eye lashes, avoiding direct contact with eyes. Wet the muslin cloth provided with warm water and remove balm residue from your skin. Pat skin dry then apply our moisture-rich face cream or radiance face oil. We recommend this balm for normal to dry/sensitive skins but it also works very effectively on all skin types.

This product retails at £20.00 for a 125ml tube. If you are not sure about it, Balance Me also sell at 15ml Tube for only £4.00

For more information on the Balance Me range visit

For more information about Paddy McGurgan and the Makeup Pro Store visit 

Daily Little Loves ~ 25th March ’13


Ultimate Wedding Dress Tip’s

When chosing your wedding dress and having it altered, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are my ultimate Wedding Dress tip’s:

  1. Your dress should be gorgeous! Obviously you aren’t going to pick an ugly wedding dress, but some designers do produce some questionable gowns that are definitely best avoided.
  2. Your wedding dress should flatter you in all the right places and balance your figure proportions – a wedding dress should ultimately result in an hourglass silhouette and make your waist look significantly smaller than your bust and hips, even if it isn’t like that in reality. Figure concerns and issues can easily be addressed by paying careful attention to your choice of gown silhouette.
  3. 2514HYour wedding dress has to fit well. It should not gape or pinch anywhere around your torso, no-one should be able to see down your cleavage or see a space between your chest and the dress. Neither should it be tight enough to cause ‘back cleavage’ or have your bust spilling over the top. Bear in mind though that it does need to start off as a very tight fit as once your body heats it up the fabric will soften and loosen slightly. A good fit is best judged after fifteen to twenty minutes of wear.
  4. It needs to be the perfect length. Too long and you’ll look clumsy and will struggle to walk. Too short and you might look like you borrowed someone else’s dress! When you are standing still it should look like your hem is resting on the ground, but your hem should be high enough so that when you walk your shoes won’t catch on your inside hem and cause you to trip. This is something that will be tweaked and perfected during the alterations process, every time your seamstress asks you to take a little walk she’ll be checking that you can manage the length and look elegant.

    Hem length is crucial in ensuring your dress is comfortable and easy to wear.

    Hem length is crucial in ensuring your dress is comfortable and easy to wear.

  5. Be location and climate appropriate.  You need to look comfortable in your dress especially if you are getting married in either extremely warm or very cold weather. Not only will you look and be cold in a slither of a gown in the winter but you also run the risk of looking silly and out of context. Likewise a cumbersome gown will look odd at a beach wedding and you’ll also most likely be roasting and very uncomfortable.
  6. Your dress should not scratch your skin or make you itchy. If it does there are lots of little tricks we use to overcome the issue, no one wants to see a bride with sore red skin from sharp beads tearing at your inner arms and you definitely don’t want to be the girl who feels the need to change out of her wedding dress half way through her reception.
  7. Be interesting from the waist up. In my experience most of your guests won’t take full length pics of you, instead they’ll focus on your face and the top half of your dress. So the more information you can convey in the top area the better. This is one of the reasons I love dresses with straps and interesting necklines.PHOEBE D.O ASM3605_front
  8. Be elegant and classy. No one wants to see a slutty bride. So aim for a classic and timeless sophisticated wedding look and if you opt for a dress with cleavage then make sure your back is covered and vice versa.
  9. Represent your style. Your wedding dress is the single most important garment you will ever chose so make sure you are happy with it and happy with what it says about you. It will sum up your personal style in one statement, so decide what you want to say! Are you funky, classic, girlie or vampy? Strangers will judge you based on your choice of dress and your wedding pics are likely to be the only photographs your great grandchildren will keep of you, so you’ll definitely want to make an accurate statement.
  10. Most importantly your wedding dress should make you smile! If you aren’t at least a little bit excited to wear it then it’s the wrong dress for you!HAPPY BRIDE 2