Monthly Archives: September 2013

Dress of the Month ~ September 2013

Is it weird that when I sat down to write about my favourite dress this month, the first dress that came to mind wasn’t a wedding dress?! My absolute favourite dress right now is a stunning bridesmaid gown in chiffon and lace by JLM Couture.


Apparently inspired by Pippa Middleton’s famous bridesmaid gown – this dress is a stunner! It features a lovely curved, yet floaty fit that so far has suited every girl who has tried her on. It defines the waist, curves around the hips and bum and glides down into a fabulous sweep train. But what is so unique about this dress is the lace sleeve and enclosed back detail!


Very few bridesmaid dresses feature this amount of stunning lace detail. To me this is the sexiest of all bridesmaid dresses, very glamourous and red-carpet but still demure and classy enough to be worn in church. Don’t you just love her?!


This dress is the perfect accompaniment to a lace bridal gown, but could actually be worn as a bridal gown itself! The dress can be ordered in various shades of ivory and blush that would make a stunning and fabulously priced wedding dress!

For more information about this dress or to try it for yourself, please contact Catherine at Cathedral Gowns (Tel: 028 4461 2532)

Tanning your face need not be terrifying with Clarins Liquid Bronze.

Now we all know that lovely post holiday feeling, when our faces have a gorgeous golden glow! When the need for makeup is minimal and even leaving the house ‘au natural’ isn’t so terrifying!

Sadly, these tans fade, and as we all know, it is not wise to cling onto it by constant visits to the sun bed shop! So, this is when a good facial fake tan becomes your best friend.

10aA lot of people worry about applying tan to their faces at the risk of clogging pores, breaking out in spots, the product clinging to any facial hair and generally making the skin oilier.

 Now, let’s be honest…there is a risk of all of the above happening. But there are tricks and tips to avoid as much as possible. You do not need to moisturise the entire face before applying fake tan. The tan will act as a moisturiser,  this will lessen the risk of an oily complexion and blocked pores.  However, you will want to put a small bit of thin moisturizer on your eyebrows to avoid the tan clinging to them and making them orange (same goes for beards, moustaches, side burns…etc). The best idea is to avoid any hair on your face and your hair line altogether.

10bNext, only use a 10p size amount, you do not need much, and any excess will begin to clog your pores. Use a tanning mitt or cotton pad, blend evenly across your face. This is the same concept as using a foundation brush or pad to apply your foundation, and use the same method to blend the product in.

So, you’re ready to go. Now you just need a helpful suggestion of which product to go for.

Might I suggest Clarins Liquid Bronze Tanning – For Face.  

10cThis is a fantastic product which will even out your skin tone and create a gorgeous, natural looking glow. If you apply as directed above each night before bed, to let develop over night, you can have the enviable post holiday hue all year round. In fact, although I am a religious fake tanner and will always follow the ‘rules of fakery’ – with this product, you do not need to worry too much about avoiding your hairline or facial hair as the product develops so beautifully, with such a natural, olive finish. So if you are a first time tanner, this product would be ideal for you, as well as all you pro’s out there.

 When applying a fake tan to your face (which is going to remain near your nose throughout your night’s sleep)…it is extremely important that the smell is non offensive! So thankfully, this product really does have it all. The smell is faint and anything you do pick up is pleasant and similar to that of a night time moisturizer.


It goes on smoothly and will not leave your face feeling sticky or oily. If you stick to the 10p sized amount rule, it absorbs quickly and you do not feel like 10eyou’re wearing a face mask while you sleep! I have very oily skin and have struggled with facial fake tans in the past, but this product has been fantastic for me. I have never had a break out after using it, and it does not make my skin any oiler.

 Considering that this is such a life changing and impressive product, I feel the price is extremely generous. Usually around £18 per 125 ml’s, and taking into account that you only need a small amount each time, the tan will last much longer than you think!

Get your bottle here!

Top Choices at the MTV VMA’s 2013

I’ve been taking a stroll down Memory Lane in regards to catwalk and Award Shows, when I came across the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 and I thought it would be great to do a review on some of the looks on the night.  There were some truly dreadful garments on how show but here on The Beauty Cloud we like to go with the positive so here are our favourite looks from  the night!

First up is the lovely Taylor Swift.  I’ve heard a lot of people saying that the dress she wore was aging and that she has  lots of time when she is older to wear such respectable clothing but for me I find it very refreshing to see someone her age dressing classy and elegant.  To me the navy well tailored dress was very Marilyn Monroe which of course is a big ‘yes’ for me.  This stunning piece is by Herve Leger.  The extremely talented Taylor Swift walked away with the award for best video on the night!


Emma Watson has become some what of a fashion icon the last while so it is expected of her to look great on the red carpet.  Again, just like Taylor I love to see someone her age dressing appropriately and tastefully.  She wore this adorable blended digital print dress which was uniquely tailored.  It’s a great length on her showing just enough leg paired with matching black heels to compliment the dress perfectly. Definitely a winner for us!


To me Selena Gomez was just perfection.  She wore a simply beautiful Versace dress with corset detailing covered in matching beading.  I’ve heard a few people say it was too sexy etc but her arms are covered and her legs aren’t out so I would say its it is definitely appropriate attire for the event.


Thats my low down for the best dressed at the awards!  Tune in next time when we will be looking at A/W 2013 Key Trends!

Feel Fresh Every Morning with this Age Defying Moisturiser!

I am always on the search for products which up-the-game in the cosmetics market. I came across FoM Cosmetics, which is short for Freshness of the Morning Cosmetics. I know the name comes across a little different from your usual Brand name, but when you try their products you will understand why.

All of their products are made up of 100% natural plant-based ingredients. I had a little read of their philosophy and commitments as a brand and it is very refreshing to hear their ethical approach to cosmetics, from how they are so dedicated to the safe sourcing of their ingredients to making sure their packaging is made from 100% recyclable English glass.

Freshness of the morning age defying moisturiserI have been trying out the FoM Age Defying Facial Moisturiser for a number of weeks now on myself and on a wide variety of my clients. I really do love it. I wish I could capture the smell of it and post it up here for you…. well, you may all end up on a shopping spree of their products if I did that! It’s smells so beautiful and is full of gorgeous essential oils.

The product name markets this moisturiser as ‘age defying’ and I would agree. Since using the moisturiser my skin is noticably smoother, brighter and firmer. My fine lines which have been making a featured appearance the past while are no longer. This is down to their selection of wonderful ingredients which contain Essential Fatty Acids, Key Amino Acids, natural proteins, vitamins, antioxidants and mineral. Yet all of this is achieved without the use of harsh chemicals!

As a Professional Makeup Artist, I want products which are effective and easy to incorporate in my routine and kit. I find so many moisturisers need time to settle and absorb into the skin before applying makeup and some even after 10-15 minutes wait can still adversely affect your makeup application. I am happy to say that you are safe to apply this moisturiser right before your makeup with no waiting time. In fact, it actually enhances your makeup as it leaves you with  a gorgeous dewy glow without being too shiny or over the top.

This moisturiser is suitable for all skin types. I have tried this out on friends and family who suffer really badly with sensitive skin and there was no bad reactions. It’s fantastic!

So if you are on the look-out for a natural, ethical and effective premium moisturiser, it is well worth your while to invest in this product. I know I will definitely be keeping it in my kit from now on. It is priced at £25.00 and is available online at