Monthly Archives: May 2014

Make-up of the Day (31-5-2014)

Hi all! A few people have been asking me to share what Make-up products I use on a regular basis, so I thought I would start sharing on here as well as my Facebook & Instagram etc.

Nuala Campbell - Makeup Artist - Make-up of the Day (MOTD)

Nuala Campbell – Makeup Artist – Make-up of the Day (MOTD)

These posts will be generally quite short with a list of products I used on each day. All products are hyperlinked to the Brand Product pages for quick buying.

If you want separate how-to’s for anything just leave me a comment below.

FACE:

MAC Prime & Prep Skin

MAC Strobe Cream

MAC Studio Sculpt (NC20)

Benefit Cosmetics – Hoola Bronzer

Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess (Medium)

Benefit Cosmetics – Rockateur

Benefit Cosmetics – Boi-ing Concealer (01 Light)

BROWS:

Benefit Cosmetics – Gimme Brow (Medium/Deep)

Anastasia Beverly Hills – DipBrow Pomade (Dark Brown)

EYES:

MAC Eyeshadow (Vanilla)

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (Naked 2)

MAC Eyeshadow (Rule)

Liz Earle – Eyeliner Pencil (Black)

MAC Zoom Lash Mascara (Zoom Black)

LIPS:

L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipliner (Mauve)

MAC Lipstick (Half n Half)

 

No Need for Shampoo!

I’m a big lover of dry shampoo, but I have two major hang-ups about them. They are the smell and the dusty residue left behind on the hair.

When Lush’s No Drought came into my hands I thought ‘Here we go again’, but I can’t contain it anymore No Drought is AMAZZZZZZING!!

It absorbs all moisture and natural oils all while leaving no dusty remains, in-fact a lot of times leaving the hair looking shiny and healthy, which we all know lush-no-drought-dry-shampoo, fesitval, fun, party, summer, pick, hairdoesn’t usually happen with regular Dry Shampoo’s.

Lime and Grapefruit extracts not only make the powder smell fresh but also deodorise the hair at the same time – What more would you need from a dry shampoo?

So I know my session bag will now only have Lush’s No Drought Dry Shampoo in it.

Who needs water and shampoo everyday we got No Drought !!

Gillian has been writing for The Beauty Cloud since way back at 25th April 2012! You can follow more of Gillian’s work on Facebook. Any questions, email gillian@thebeautycloud.co.uk

Become a Festival Fittie with our hand-picked favourite products!

Festival Season is without a doubt one of the most exciting times of the year! But lets face it – It’s not always the most attractive. Fear not my lovely little darlings! I have round up our authors to give you their favourite product to get you through your festival mischief!

So here you go, our Prize Picks :

My Prize Pick:

Benefit Cosmetics, Big Easy, BB Cream, Concealer, Foundation, Cream, Powder, festival, party, product, pickBenefit Cosmetic’s ‘Big Easy’ – £27.50

When it comes to Festival time, unfortunately we won’t have our little vanity dressing table set up in our tents waiting for us to beautify ourselves. So my prize pick has to be Benefit Cosmetics Big Easy – ‘Bigger than BB’. You can apply this super BB Cream with your fingers completely in the absence of a mirror, it blends on like a cream and sets as a powder. It is the perfect product to even out skin tone and conceal blemishes. So you can look naturally hot and flawless at all times!

 

Jennie’s Prize Pick:

St Tropez – Self Tan, Dark Bronzing Lotion  – £33.00ST_0023_Self_tan_dark_bronzing_lotion_200ml Benefit Cosmetics, Big Easy, BB Cream, Concealer, Foundation, Cream, Powder, festival, party, product, pick

Old faithful! I have always been a massive fan of St Tropez! This is perfect for any festival goer as it will keep you looking bronzed, but without any give away that the tan is fake. Let’s face it, at a festival you’re not spending hours lazing around in the sun, so your tan needs to be extra good to ensure people won’t know that it is fake! In my opinion, this product gives off the most natural colour of all products that I have tried. Their  advanced formulation contains innovative melanin technology that ensures your tan is tailored to suit your individual skin-tone. Winner!

 

Louise’s Prize Pick:

Nails Inc. Bling It On Neon kit – £12.00 bling-it-on-neon2, nails inc, neon, nails, festival, party, manicure, fun

White nails will be in full swing this festival season, perfect for complimenting our beautifully bronzed skin tones whilst rocking out to our favourite bands.  However we know that festivals always require a bit of adornment & embellishment, whether it be your hair, outfit or nails.  This Bling It On Neon kit is perfect for jazzing up this seasons go to nail colour.  I’ll be putting it in my bag so I can keep my white & neon glitter mani topped up at all times!

 

Gillian’s Prize Pick:lush-no-drought-dry-shampoo, fesitval, fun, party, summer, pick, hair

Lush – No Drought Dry Shampoo –  £3.75 – £6.75

Well it’s got to be dry shampoo, without a shadow of doubt!! A few days ago, I got handed  Lush’s ‘No Drought Dry Shampoo’.  I don’t want to give too much away (because I have an awesome review coming very soon) but I am really impressed. Not only does it clean up but it also deodorises the hair as well. It is most definitely the first thing in my festival bag after my wellie’s!

 

So there you have it – Our top product pick’s to get your through those festivals all while looking amazing! All that is left to do is dance your heart out and enjoy! ♥

Making that Manicure last… The Perfect Polish Preparation

Before I begin reviewing any new products or showing you any step by step nail art tutorials, I should really let you all in on the secret to making any of your manicures last that little bit longer!  We all know how hard it is to keep your polish from chipping for more than 48hours and that’s if you are lucky!

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We have all been that girl (or guy, we don’t mind here) who has spent over an hour gingerly painting our nails in the hottest new colour, being careful to keep it inside the lines.  We then go through that frustrating ritual of sitting still for the next hour, not touching anything, being careful not to smudge your pretty new polish job.  You think the coast is clear… you make yourself a cup of tea or in my case pour yourself a glass of Prosecco and before you know it you have smudged or chipped a nail. Sometimes if you’re lucky you get a whole 24 hours out of your manicure but those chips, smudges & cracks are never too far away.  Well fear not my fellow nail addicts; allow me to fill you in on how you can keep you nails looking beautiful for that bit longer…

 

1. Before you do anything lay out all the necessary tools & polishes you are going to need.  This prevents any mid-mani rummaging about & smudging.  Then I always begin with clean paws.  Remove any old polish & thoroughly wash your hands so you have a totally blank canvas to work on.

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2. Start the process by filing your nails into the desired shape, using long even strokes moving from the outside edge towards the centre of the free edge of the nail.  DO NOT SCRUB the nail file on your nails, this will cause damage. 

3. Once your nails are perfectly shaped, use a polishing block or buffer (you can buy these from most chemists or Sally’s for only 49p) lightly buff off any dead cells from the nail’s surface – your nails should no longer be shiny & but now look matte, don’t panic this is what you want!

Chipped, cracked, nails, smudged, long lasting, perfect manicure, top tips, bio sculpture, file, buff polish4. Cleanse the nail’s surface with your nail polish remover and a piece of cotton wool or a lint free wipe & you are now ready to begin!

5. The most important part of a manicure is the base coat – this creates the foundation for the polish to be applied to.  I normally use Bio Sculpture ‘Executive Base’ as it is also a great strengthener for weak and brittle nails.  However Rimmel, Nails Inc. & Maval also sell great base coats.

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6. Allow the base coat to dry & apply 2 layers of your favourite polish – I chose Bio Sculpture #166 Blazing Lacquer.  (I feel like I am cheating on my massive collection of OPI polishes!!)  Leave 5-10mins between each layer & be careful not to get any on your cuticle area or surrounding skin – this will prevent the polish from chipping!

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7. After you have finished your 2nd layer of polish seal it up with a layer of top coat – make sure to seal the very tip of your nail as well as the top surface. This protects the polish below & keeps your mani shiny for longer!  Most major brands sell top coats, I like ‘Beauty Secrets’ top coat available from Sally’s for only £3.60 or Bio Sculpture’s top coat which is available from most salons that stock the Bio Sculpture brand.

Chipped, cracked, nails, smudged, long lasting, perfect manicure, top tips, bio sculpture, file, buff polish, executive base, base coat, top coat, beauty secrets, sally's salon services8. Your hands get a lot of abuse during everyday life, drying them out & preventing them from looking their best.  This is why I always finish any of my manicures with a generous slathering of cuticle oil  & hand cream.  Being careful that I have given the polish enough time to dry before massaging it all in.

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Expert tip

Apply a drop of cuticle oil to each of your nails 10mins after applying your final top coat or put your fingers into a basin of icy cold water – both these methods help your polish dry in a flash!

So there you have it, the easy method to a perfect home manicure… what are you waiting for?  Find a polish that tickles your fancy and spend a little well deserved time pampering yourself.

 I’d love to hear any feedback you may have on prolonging your manicures or if any of you might have some secret, nifty tips that I haven’t heard of before!

Article by Louise Henry

Louise joined The Beauty Cloud team in May 2014 as our Nail expert.  She is a fully trained & qualified Nail Technician running her own little nail bar in Bangor, The Nail Room at Salon75. 

Any questions, email louise@thebeautycloud.co.uk or find her on Facebook

Dress of the Month ~ May 2014

My favourite dress in May only arrived a few weeks ago and already has me so distracted! The stunning Rosa is an exquisite beaded lace fishtail gown with a beautiful neckline and capped sleeves.

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Every element of this dress is gorgeous and of such amazing quality, it really is a beautifully made dress – the inner corset ensures the fit of the dress is fabulous, the Swarovski crystals twinkle, and the lace detailing is impeccably finished. But what makes this dress stand out so much for me is the amazing pale gold colour!

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In a shop full of ivory gowns, of course it’s going to stand out, but there is something just delicious about this shade – it is mega flattering against Irish skin! Somehow it works as well on dark haired girls as it does on blondes. I cannot wait to see which bride buys her first!

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

Every Traveler’s Summer Tan Essential

 

With summer on the way we know that we are a lot more likely to be spending time away from home – maybe heading off on a dream holiday, spending time with relatives, or camping over at festival! Wherever you may be spending your sunny summer months you want to make sure that you can stay on top of your tanning game, and always be prepared.

Fake Bake have not only made this possible but also easy! They have invented a perfect, handy compact travel pack with all your tanning essentials included. The Fake Bake Original Self-Tanner Travel Kit has everything you need to create the perfect self tan.

Fake Bake Original Self-Tanner Travel Kit

The pack contains…

– 60ml Passion Fruit Body Polish. This will leave your skin perfectly exfoliated, hydrated, soft and smooth – ensuring it is ready to fully absorb the fake tan!
– 60ml Original Self Tan Lotion. This is one of Fake Bake’s best selling products, and it is not hard to see why. It is a light, fast drying and non sticky self tanning lotion that gets to work right away upon contact with the skin.
– 60ml Oil Free Moisturiser. You’ll want to use this on particularly dry areas like elbows, feet and knees before and after applying the self tan to ensure smooth application and to maintain and extend the life of the tan.

Fakebake don’t stop there, oh no…to make life even easier, they have also included a pair of application gloves!

All products smells absolutely amazing and truly capture the essence of summer!

The Fake Bake Original Self-Tanner Travel Kit costs around £15, and for what is included and the peace of mind that it allows you, I think this is a total bargain! I will not be without it this summer!

Written by Jennie Longdon, our tanning enthusiast. You can follow Jennie on Twitter.  Any questions, email jennie@thebeautycloud.co.uk

Daily Vitamin Shots – Performance Boosting or a Caffeine Kick?

Energy is big business…and I’m not just talking the kind that flows through power cables. The likes of Red Bull, Monster and Relentless are multi-million pound industries now, with us looking to get that instant ‘pick-me-up’ to get through the day. The next step in the energy drink market was efficiency. We don’t want to have to sit and drink a whole can of energy, we want it in one teeny tiny bottle.

Hence the birth of the ‘energy shot’. These have since gone on to appeal to an even wider marker, by claiming not only to give us enough of a buzz to want to run a marathon – twice- but to ALSO meet a plethora of nutritional needs in one 60ml swoop!

How demanding are we?!  

www.6vitaminshot.co.uk 6 vitamin shot, daily boost, caffeine, coffee, b vitamins, performance boostingA few weeks ago, I was sent 6 bottles of the new ‘6vitaminshot’…the latest brand to produce one of these energy shots, designed to provide the consumer with their ‘recommended vitamin allowance and more’. The shelves are now saturated with competing brands trying to get in on the action, but does this one stand out from the rest?

 What is it?

6vitaminshot is marketed as an energy boosting supplement and having never heard of the brand before, I was excited to give them a go! The ingredients are listed on the side of the bottle, and directions just tell me that for maximum effect I should drink between meals. The front of the bottle claims that is has 6 key benefits:

        – Sustained energy

               – No jitters

               – Mental clarity

              – Increased endurance

              – Enhanced performance

              – Sugar free

How does it taste?

Regardless of the content, the flavour of the shot itself is probably one of its most important features – it may well be able to work miracles, but if it tastes awful, no-one is going to want to drink it! The liquid is ‘Acai Berry’ flavour….not too thick and a pinkish colour; the smell reminded me of artificial sweet drinks from when I was a kid, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fruity flavour! It went down easily, but I did find chilling them in the fridge made them a bit more enjoyable.

But what’s actually in it?

www.6vitaminshot.co.uk 6 vitamin shot, daily boost, caffeine, coffee, b vitamins, performance boostingA fair old bit actually. A ton of ingredients are listed are listed on the packet, with details of the benefits of each on their website (reduced fatigue, antioxidants, athletic performance, metal alertness, a boost during exercise…the list goes on). ‘Sugar free’ is always a bonus, compared to many of the full sized cans of energy drink which are laced with the sweet stuff – though this does have artificial sweetener in it instead.

Taking a closer look at the vitamins contained themselves, the amount per serving is given alongside the % Daily Values recommended. The website says…

‘6vitaminshot contains ingredients which have proven benefits to enhance sporting performance whereas Berocca just contains low dose vitamins and minerals for more general use’

A quick look at the B vitamins shows that many of them are over the recommended allowance anyway (B12 is 8333% – necessary?) and are actually comparable in amount – if not less in some cases – to those in Berocca. The other ingredients further down the list are those that ‘enhance sporting performance’ (Betaine, Taurine, L-Tyrosine). Unfortunately I don’t know enough science behind these to pass accurate judgment, but there are studies available into the effects of them on performance and mood – many of which have proved to be positive. I did quick bit of research into recommended dosage for improved performance – Betaine is 2.5g daily, L-Carnitine is 3-4g daily, L-Tyrosine suggests 0.5-1g 3 times daily). The levels in 6vitamin shot are 0.5g, 0.3g and 0.5g respectively – these low amounts probably aren’t going to make much of a noticeable difference to performance in a single dose.

www.6vitaminshot.co.uk 6 vitamin shot, daily boost, caffeine, coffee, b vitamins, performance boostingOne of the most important features that caught my eye in the listed ingredients was caffeine. Each shot contains 120mg, which is the equivalent to 2 cups of instant coffee. Obviously depending on individual sensitivity, this is enough to perk anyone up! The FAQ section of their website explains the supplemental benefits of caffeine, but says that 300mg is regarded as the safe upper limit for daily, so make sure to factor in any other drinks you’re having that day.

How much will it set me back?

www.6vitaminshot.co.uk 6 vitamin shot, daily boost, caffeine, coffee, b vitamins, performance boostingI’ve not seen these for sale in shops yet, but you can buy directly from their website (www.6vitaminshot.co.uk) priced at £2.50 a bottle or a tray of 12 for £24.99 – if it’s the B vitamins you need, I’d say that you can get a cheap multivitamin tablet to do the same job.

Marketed as a daily supplement, this price is too high for me – while it’s pleasant enough to drink, this could soon add up if you’re drinking one everyday!

And do I feel on top of the world?

Vitamin-wise, I only had a small supply to try, and as I have a fairly healthy diet anyway I don’t think I’ll have been lacking in B-vitamins, so taking extra wouldn’t really make a difference. Sport-wise, it was good to have before the gym for the energy boost (which I definitely need at times!), however, I do think this may have been more from the caffeine and I didn’t notice any marked improvement in performance.