Monthly Archives: February 2014

Introducing our new nail expert!

We are incredibly excited to welcome a new author to The Beauty Cloud.  Introducing a lady who knows her Gelish from her acrylics… our new nail expert Seainin Hagans!

Seainin Beauty Cloud Profile Pic

Seainin qualified with Amber Rowlands Nail Education in June 2011, primarily studying acrylic nail extension but subsequently increasing her professional portfolio through courses in all aspects of nail care and design.

For the last 4 years, in between being a mum to two beautiful little girls, Seainin has worked as a nail technician. She runs her own mobile business, ‘Nails by Seainin’, the core value of which is to ‘make hands happier’. Treatments and services provided include manicures, pedicures, nail extensions, overlays, gel polishes and client specific nail care advice.

Seainin is addicted to acrylic application and the many beautiful designs achievable with this product. The range of glitter, jewels, polishes, textures and colours she has to play with only goes to fuel her addiction more – her mantra is ‘with acrylic anything is possible’! On occasions, Seanin will ask undecided clients what their favourite movies, gemstones or chocolate bars are in order to build bespoke designs around these themes – the results are fantastic.

With nail products and techniques constantly changing, Seainin is always on a mission to experiment and learn something new. She knows the importance of being able to adapt quickly and have the ability to predict up and coming trends to keep ahead of the game. She looks forward to keeping you all posted on her new discoveries in the world of nail care and design!

The Secret to Happiness

“If you can think about what you want in your mind, and make that your dominant thought, you will bring it into your life”.  “The Secret”

The Secret

Many of us chase a dream of happiness and at the same time try to counter negative things that might impinge on us achieving it.  We do this by working hard, planning ahead and tackling any obstacles in our way.  We do these things not only for ourselves and our own happiness but also for the happiness of others – the ones we love and care for.

What if I told you that the true path to achieving happiness starts from within; that we are balls of pure energy capable of creating our own miracles…

“Create your day in advance by thinking the way you want it to go, and you will create your life intentionally”. The Secret

Two years ago I heard about a book called “The Secret”, written by Rhonda Byrne.  I’d spoken to several people who had read the book and seen the movie upon which it was basedThe principle that the film and book are founded upon is that the universe is governed by a natural law – the law of attraction.  It states that we attract life experiences, situations, events, and people that “match the frequency” of our  thoughts and feelings. As such, it suggests that positive thinking and feeling positive can create life-changing results.

Gratitude bookI decided to buy The Secret Gratitude Book, designed to help you live the principles of The Secret and live the life of your dreams.  In this book I write what I am grateful for and what my dreams are. The trick is to visualize your dream and feel that you are already there! You need to change “I wish” into “I am grateful for” or “I am thankful for” or “I feel so happy being able to” and so on.

I have had the book for few months now.  However, due to the recent events, I had totally left aside thinking about myself – I lost focus on what I dream of. Instead, I have been caught up in events that have distracted me.  Thankfully my dreams are embedded in my head and heart allowing me to now reconnect and create a mental picture in my subconscious, keeping the universe alert about what I truly want.   However, you must remember to not only focus on “what you want” but also to NOT focus on “what you don’t want”.

“All stress begins with one negative thought.  Just the simple process of letting go of negative thoughts will allow your natural state of health to emerge within you”.

Whatever your dreams for happiness, I think that if we believe in them and ourselves the universe will do the rest. 

Review: Fake Bake – Luxurious Golden Bronze – 60 Minutes Self Tan Liquid & Professional Mitt

Fake Bake

With so many products on the market these days, it’s becoming more and more difficult for one to stand out. This tan however, is completely unique and heads and shoulders above most products out there.

“Why?” I hear you ask. It’s all in the name…’60 Minutes Self Tan Liquid’.

I am one of the biggest lovers of fake tan going but, as anyone who has ever regularly used fake tan will know, it takes dedication – especially when you have to sleep in the stuff once a week.

We do it because we love the result.  Looking like bronzed gods/goddesses never gets old! But, imagine a world where you can sleep comfortably every single night of the week, and still rock a gorgeous tan…

Sleep with Fake Tan on

 

…Fake Bake have now made this possible. Once applied, this tan can be washed off after just 1 hour.  1 HOUR!

The guidelines state that 1 hour will leave you with a golden tan, 2 hours result in a bronze tan, and 3 hours develop into a dark tan. Naturally, loving a darker hue, I left this product on for 3 hours before showering.  The results were amazing. It was dark and noticeable, whilst still managing to look extremely natural, and there wasn’t a streak or patch in sight. I would have been extremely impressed if I had had the same result after 8 – 12 hours, but to have this result after just 3 hours… it’s quite simply astounding.

However, it’s not just the final result that is amazing, the product in its entirety is brilliant. From the smell to the consistency, I could not find a single fault.  It has a lovely tropical scent – an unexpected surprise. I know you only have to have this tan on for 3 hours maximum but I would have happily accepted having this pleasing smell around me for longer.  The consistency is easy to control and blend.  It is absorbed straight into the skin, making sure you’re not left with a sticky residue.  It is also free of Parabens ensuring almost everyone can use this product to achieve a beautiful, natural looking tan. 

Fake Bake Velvety Pink MittFakebake also include a cute, pink, velvety self tanning mitt. These new velvety mitts are absolutely brilliant. Not only do they feel fantastic, they almost always ensure the smoothest application (assuming you’ve done your basic tanning preparation of shaving, exfoliating and moisturising dry areas)!

They are spoiling us, right!? Well, prepare yourself reader… they have also thrown in a pair of application gloves to ensure you don’t end up with those dreaded orange hands!

Final verdict: a fantastic, ground breaking product. 

Fake Bake

Dress of the Month ~ February 2014

This month’s dress might just be my favourite dress… ever! Sarah, by Charlotte Balbier, is the only dress I’ve ever actually hugged.  It is THAT pretty.

Sarah Wedding Dress, Charlotte Balbier

When we visited Charlotte’s showroom back in summer 2013 this gorgeous dress kept grabbing my attention from right across the room, we just had to buy her. Now that she has arrived into our boutique I think she is my ideal wedding dress. She combines so many elements of gorgeous detail and design that she is just about perfect!

Spotted tulle, textured flowers and lace applique sounds like it should be too much on one dress but I promise you that the result is soft, subtle and delightful.

The silhouette is a super flattering dropped waist ballgown with a shallow sweetheart neckline and a fabulous corseted bodice.

A true princess dress. I love her!