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Blush-ing Win for Zoe

Luxury bridal boutique, Blush, situated on the stylish Lisburn Road in Belfast, has unveiled the winner of their search to find the face for their 2014 advertising campaign. Lucky bride-to-be Zoe Nicholson, from Kilkeel in County Down, fought off fierce competition from all around Ireland to be crowned the Face of Blush 2014.

Face of Blush winner 2014 - Zoe Nicholson

Zoe, who judges felt best encaptured the essence of the Blush brand, now walks away with an incredible prize to enjoy in the run-up to her big day. Primary School Teacher Zoe will also be featured on Blush’s advertising campaign for the next twelve months following a one-on-one photo shoot with renowned fashion photographer Khara Pringle.
Zoe isn’t only a teacher she’s also a volunteer with a charity called New Beginnings Charitable Trust which helps vulnerable and neglected children in Uganda.

Director of Blush, BlushAileen Wilson said of the winner: “Zoe cap
tures the spirit of our store perfectly – she has grace, poise, a sense of fun, kindness and is brimming with love, as every bride should be.”

Are You Our Next Fashion and Style Writer?

Do you know the difference between fashion and style?
Are you a dedicated and discerning follower of fashion?
Do you like to give out your style stamp of approval?
Are you able to dissect and predict the latest fashion trends?

If ‘yes’ we want to hear from you!

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We are currently looking for a talented opinionated writer to join the Beauty Cloud team and write two articles each month about Fashion and Style – from the latest catwalk trends to tips for buying vintage clothing!

This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to increase traffic to their business websites and social media accounts as well as a way to try out some of the latest nail products.

If you are interested in writing for us please contact info@thebeautycloud.co.uk to find out more.

Nail Fanatics Apply Within…

Are you passionate about nails?
Is your finger on the pulse of the latest nail trends?
Do you work professionally as a nail technician and have access to the inside scoop?

Beautiful Nails

We are currently looking for a talented writer to join the Beauty Cloud team and write two articles each month about all things nails – from the ultimate French polish to looking after those nail extensions and much more!

This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to increase traffic to their business websites and social media accounts as well as a way to try out some of the latest nail products.

If you are interested in writing for us please contact info@thebeautycloud.co.uk to find out more.

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!

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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!

Make a Statement with Jewellery from Benna!

When it comes to jewellery, as much as I love the thought of someone presenting me with beautiful fine diamonds, I must admit, I am much more of a Big Chunky Statement Jewellery Girl! That’s not to say that I will settle for a £10 piece of Jewellery, I still like my Statement Jewellery to be well made and actually do what its name suggests and MAKE A STATEMENT!

Benna.co.uk Statement Jewellery

One of my favourite websites for Statement Jewellery, is Benna.co.uk. They stock such a variety of statement jewellery so you are guaranteed a diverse selection to keep you on your toes. The only problem is actually choosing what you want!

Some of my most coveted pieces are the Statement Necklaces by Mawi London – The brand is known for its luxurious statement necklaces that seem to transcend seasonal trends, appealing to all ages and tastes. The collection is stunning laced with pearls, sapphires and more. Have a look at this gorgeous statement necklace!

statement necklaces by Mawi

The grey pearl and sapphire skull necklace is from the heirloom collection by Mawi London. One of their classic necklaces and worn by Alexa Chung this little number is great for daytime or party wear. Smoked crystals and chain encircle grey pearls finished with a huge crystal and skull. Rock and roll baubles with a vintage feel.

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Another favourite designer I have from Benna is Monica Vinader. Her pieces are the total opposite from the Mawi collection, but stunning and eye-catching none the less.  Spanish designer –  Monica Vinader works from a converted barn in the Norfolk countryside. Inspired by her travels, nature and colour, she works with hand cut semi-precious stones to produce beautiful pieces in an array of colour.

I think you will agree that, even in its simplicity the Gold Monica Vinader Jewellery oozes beauty and sophistication.

My favourite from the Vinader collection at the moment has to be this range of diamond rings and although I am usually a lover of all things Silver or White Gold, I am definitely more drawn to the Rose Gold in this, it is undeniably gorgeous!  This Ring is available in Silver, Rose Gold and Yellow Gold. 

Monica Vinader Ring diamond, gold, silver, gold Monica Vinader jewellery

This diamond ring is a diamond centre studded with micro pave set diamonds. The band and setting is sterling silver with 18 ct rose gold vermeil, which helps with the affordability of owning your own Diamond Ring.

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There are so many wonderful quirky, creative and eye-catching designers featured on Benna.co.uk – So you are sure to find some favourites of your own. 

Why not pop over and have a browse, they even have a SALE on at the moment with up to 70% off! What’s not to love about that!

Hair Styles To Complement Your Dress This Christmas Party Season!

As the Christmas party season fast approaches, finding the perfect look to WOW your work colleagues and celebrate in style can be a difficult challenge. But the dilemma doesn’t end once you have chosen your dress – selecting a great hair style to complement your outfit is just as important.

Whether you’re wearing a strapless, one shouldered or backless dress, we’ve put together our top tips to styling your hair to truly complement your outfit for this year’s event, from up-dos to glamorous curls, take your pick and make an entrance at this year’s Christmas do!

If you’re wearing a One Shouldered Dress…
Pauls Hair World, hair extensions, clip in, human hairClassic hair styling is necessary to complement a one shouldered dress. We recommend styling your hair into an updo so that the focus remains on the classic shoulder detailing. For an simple updo you can do at home, why not try using a hair piece, this super chic Ballerina Style Bun Hair Piece from Beauty Works is ideal. Simply clip your hair into a bun, attach the bun hairpiece by clipping it into place over the top of your own hair bun. The plaited detailing around the hair piece makes this a winning hair look for any occasion!

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If you’re wearing a Strapless Dress…
With strapless dresses, your shoulders, neck and chest can feel very exposed so why not go for gorgeous loose curls to soften the look. To get gorgeous curls fit for the red carpet, simply wash and dry your hair, then using a curling wand simply tong sections of hair into loose curls. Don’t forget to finish the look with a spritz of hairspray to hold hair into place. Add length and thickness to your hair with gorgeous high quality Remy Hair extensions, available online from Pauls Hair World.

If you’re wearing a backless dress…
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Backless dresses are truly glamorous, therefore you need an equally elegant hair do to complement your dress. To avoid drawing attention away from the backless detailing, why no sleek your hair in to a pony tail, a favourite style with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Beyonce. A simple style to do at home, first blow dry your hair straight and use a comb to slick back your hair into a hair tie. Use shine spray and hairspray to hold in place, wrapping a small piece of hair around the hair tie to disguise and secure with hair grips. To finish, straighten over your pony tail to give your hair that pin straight celebrity look! If you feel your hair is too short for this style, why not try clip in human hair extensions to give your hair some extra length this party season.

Belfast Fashion Week returns for its sixteenth season in the city!

The change of season from summer to winter is never a welcomed one, but there is one silver lining – the return of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK of course, which brings all the cosy winter fashion must-haves to help see fashionistas through the cold and miserable winter months. 

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Enthusiastic fashion fans were out in force at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast last month, for the launch of the city’s sixteenth FASHIONWEEK event. The brunch event showcased a selection of looks from participant retailers and designers while director Cathy Martin outlined key looks for the season ahead from Ireland’s favourite fashion event.

This season’s events will run over four days from 10-13 October across various venues in Belfast but with the key catwalk shows returning to the iconic Ulster Museum in Botanic Gardens.  Following on the success of spring/summer shows, the contemporary and minimalist atrium at the historic building will once again be transformed into a fashion haven as hundreds of fashion fans gather to celebrate winter style.

Cathy Martin, director of FASHIONWEEK added: “We have a very busy schedule this season – and we have teamed up with Belfast City Council’s Restaurant Week to share some events, which is great for the city as a whole – but ideal for foodies and fashionistas”.

“In terms of trends to look out for this season, the key colours and patterns include deep reds and burgundy, pale pink hues, plaid and leopard print.  Texture is important too and we can expect to see leather, velvet, lace and chiffon as well as lots of embellishments.  As for shapes, design and cut – the turtleneck and poloneck are both back, and new this season are sexy thigh high splits on skirts and dresses as well as large oversized coats and capes.”

The city’s independent retailers and boutiques will kick off FASHIONWEEK on Thursday 10 October with CRUISE, Liberty Blue, Blush, Helen McAlinden and Diamond Dolls in Banbridge all confirmed to take part. In a move off the runway this season, leading designer Una Rodden will also host an exclusive and intimate fashion installation that evening, where her fashion will become art, in an alluring display of fabric, textile and texture.

Then for the ever popular High Street catwalk show, which sees the return of Next, Jigsaw, Mexx, CastleCourt, M&S, Oasis, Heaton’s and George at Asda – among others.

Saturday 12 October sees a busy, jam packed itinerary of chic events.  The popular Fashion Souk at Spire’s Mall will be selling vintage and previously owned pieces from 10am – 2pm, swiftly followed by a delicious Fashion Tea at the Merchant Hotel where designer emporium CRUISE will showcase their high end collections from Victoria Beckham, Armani, Vivienne Westwood and Marchesa, among others. This up-close-and-personal look at the season’s top end designer collections is an intimate and indulgent way to enjoy fashion at its most elegant.

Saturday evening will play host to some unique creations from our local talent with the popular designer night.  This season Nor Lisa, Goddess and Swift, Ruedi Maguire and Grainne Maher, among others, will all take part; dazzling crowds with their creative and quirky designs which never fail to impress the crowd. Lucky students from across Northern Ireland will also feature on the catwalk with selected outfits from the secondary school competition Junk Kouture, which challenges students to create fashion art from junk and recycled materials.

Also on the Saturday schedule is the ever popular highlight of the Diet Coke Design Award, which is back for the fourth year running. The award seeks to reward aspiring design talent – from design students to style fans with a passion for fashion.  Three stylistas will be shortlisted to have their ideas and sketches made up by designer Una Rodden and showcased on the catwalk at the finale night’s show on Saturday 12 October, where judges will decide which lucky fashionista will go on to win a mini scholarship to the London College of Fashion plus a shoot with photographer Khara Pringle.

Last but by no means least is Style Sunday, which will take place this season at SHU restaurant on Sunday 13 October from 1-5pm in association with Mencap.  This glamorous four course gourmet luncheon accompanies trend forecasts, a mini fashion show and seasonal style tips from some of the country’s top style experts. It is very often sold out within days of being launched.  Tickets cost £45.00 per person. Places can be booked directly through the restaurant on 028 9038 1655.

Once again, hair partner Andrew Mulvenna and his team will be tending to the tresses of all the models throughout the week and if previous seasons are anything to go by, we can expect to be blown away by his creativity.  Andrew said, “This autumn/winter I’ll be focusing on four key looks for women. 

“‘The Lady Undone’ is a quirky asymmetric version of Dusty Springfield but with a fresher look; ‘The Woman Warrior’ is all about volume – high at the sides, with hair pulled back from the face, channelling the power blow-dry which was really popular in the 90s; ‘Church Girl’ is a sweet angelic centre parted look in the style of grace Kelly only sleeker and more modern.  Lastly, we’ll be exploring with ‘The Tuck In’ which is the practice of creating a shorter look by tucking length into collars as well as making use of braids to create necklaces and collars.”

Throughout the week, breast cancer charity Pretty‘n’Pink will collect funds at all shows to support women who need to feel better about themselves after undergoing debilitating breast cancer surgery or treatment.

The full show schedule and design competition details are all available online at www.belfastfashionweek.com along with details of this season’s trends plus links to all participant retailers and sponsors.  Catwalk tickets, which cost £20 (or £25 for a limited number of exclusive front row seats), are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609 or via the website. Ticket price includes a fabulous goodie bag and a refreshing West Coast Cooler.

Schedule of shows:

  • Thursday 10 October 8pm, Designer Boutiques show
  • Friday 11 October – Fashion Friday Lunch demo – James Street South Restaurant
  • Friday 11 October 6-8pm Fashionweek at the Fitz! Private cocktail party with prizes up for grabs
  • Friday 11 October 8pm High Street Fashion Show, Ulster Museum
  • Saturday 12 October 10am – 2pm –  Fashion Souk at Spire’s Mall
  • Saturday 12 October 2pm – Fashion Tea, CRUISE designer emporium at The Merchant, showcasing Victoria Beckham, Armani, Vivienne Westwood, Marchesa etc 
  • Saturday 12 October 8pm NI Designers show and winner announcement of the Diet Coke Design Award, Ulster Museum
  • Sunday 13 October 1pm – 5pm Style Sunday, SHU Belfast