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The Beauty Cloud’s Guide to Festival Hair

Fesitval Season can be a tricky one for us ladies when it comes to keeping those tresses tamed, so I’ve come up with an easy 4-Day guide to easy-to-manage hairstyles to ensure you stay looking gorgeous the whole time.

DAY ONE

Festival Hair says one thing to me Bohemian Glamour!!

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Curls and waves created by spritzing on AVEDA ‘BE CURLY’ ENHANCING SPRAY, then curling by patting GHD‘s over pin-curls formed by wrapping hair around 3-4 fingers giving unique curls and waves of all sizes and shapes. By using the ‘Be Curly’ and GHD’s this will give curls that will last and drop into soft waves in 3-4 days.

DAY TWO

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Curls have dropped and dressed through naturally giving tousled informal curls and waves. If you have any frizzing, 2-3 spritz of Be Curly Spray again will tame it down.

Lift the front of your brow with a plait creating a practical but kooky twist to the look.

DAY THREE

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By now the curls have relaxed into irregular waves. Scoop the hair back off your face with two effortless plaits joining into one creating some boho chic.

If our festival babes are feeling a tad un-fresh a mist of TIERRY MULGER ANGEL PERFUMING HAIR MIST will have you feeling as fresh as a daisy!

 DAY FOUR

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Continuing on with some bang on-trend plaits simply just pull hair all to one side, letting shorter layers drop softly then plait loosely into a two-strand plait creating a fishtail, giving a Boho finale to our festival style!!

Hair by: Gillian Douglas-Rea / Make-up by: Nuala Campbell

Article by Gillian Douglas-Rea
 
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

Fake me up and call me Healthy!

As the popularity of fake tan continues to grow, there are still many people out there who are either fully against it, or curious, but terrified of using it…in case they end up with the most feared word in the fake tan dictionary…streaks!

I use fake tan weekly, and have done for the last 6 years. I have tried pretty much all of the spray tans, instant tans and gradual tans out there! And like most women, I do not have perfect skin, I suffer from dry patches, oily patches, the occasional break out and other issues that we all have to contend with. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a gorgeous, year round tan!

As the popularity of fake tan continues to grow, there are still many people out there who are either fully against it, or curious, but terrified of using it...in case they end up with the most feared word in the fake tan dictionary...streaks!  I use fake tan weekly, and have done for the last 6 years. I have tried pretty much all of the spray tans, instant tans and gradual tans out there! And like most women, I do not have perfect skin, I suffer from dry patches, oily patches, the occasional break out and other issues that we all have to contend with. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a gorgeous, year round tan!  And I am constantly asked...How do you get it to look so natural? How do you get it even all over? How do you blend it with your make up? To which my answer is always...It’s really very simple.   Fake tan conjures up a lot of negative opinions. The word ‘fake’ for a start is not one which is welcomed by everyone. But if faking it means I can have a healthy, natural looking tan, without any worry of future skin problems, then lather me down and call me a fake!   There are loads of tips and techniques to get a perfect fake tan. These vary depending on the type of tan you are using. Over the next few weeks, I will review various tans and discuss all of the vital elements - smell, consistency, how to apply, time it takes to dry, time it takes to develop, the end result and how long it lasts.   Getting the right shade is also important, but don’t be afraid to try out a few until you find the one that suits you the most. Remember, it is not permanent! If you are not happy, scrub off and try again.   So if you have never tried fake tan before and want to find out what you are missing then I can most certainly help you! If you have tried it, but not had much luck...then don’t give up on us! Or if you are already a fan of the tan, allow me to test drive the products first, to ensure your pennys are spent on the right product for you!

And I am constantly asked…How do you get it to look so natural? How do you get it even all over? How do you blend it with your make up? To which my answer is always…It’s really very simple.

Fake tan conjures up a lot of negative opinions. The word ‘fake’ for a start is not one which is welcomed by everyone. But if faking it means I can have a healthy, natural looking tan, without any worry of future skin problems, then lather me down and call me a fake!

There are loads of tips and techniques to get a perfect fake tan. These vary depending on the type of tan you are using. Over the next few weeks, I will review various tans and discuss all of the vital elements – smell, consistency, how to apply, time it takes to dry, time it takes to develop, the end result and how long it lasts.

Fake-Tan-Products

Getting the right shade is also important, but don’t be afraid to try out a few until you find the one that suits you the most. Remember, it is not permanent! If you are not happy, scrub off and try again.

So if you have never tried fake tan before and want to find out what you are missing then I can most certainly help you! If you have tried it, but not had much luck…then don’t give up on us! Or if you are already a fan of the tan, allow me to test drive the products first, to ensure your pennys are spent on the right product for you!

‘Sheer’ Summer Fashion 2013

Sheer fashion is the ultimate statement trend for Spring/Summer 13!  It has been all over the runways this season.  Sheer can be worn classy or sassy, your outfit could just have panels of sheer or it could be totally see through for a seductive look!  It’s entirely up to you! I’ve searched online for the sheer trend on the high-street. Here are some of my best picks! (Click on the images to whizz straight to the shop’s website)

Available at ASOS.com

Available at ASOS.com

I think this is a perfect summer dress for going out in. It is practical and comfortable. I love the uneven hemline and the floaty movement of the fabric. It is the kind of dress that can be dressed up or worn casually. To dress it up I would add a pair of stilettos and a delicate bracelet with a detailed necklace and possibly a metallic belt. This dress would work well with sandals or wedges also.  A vest top in a contrasting colour such as red or white would add more colour to the dress if you wanted a casual look. Available at ASOS.com

Available at UrbanOutfitter.co.uk

Available at UrbanOutfitter.co.uk

I really love this sheer jacket. It is the perfect summer jacket and is the kind of garment that will go with anything you chose to team it up with. I would wear it with light blue skinny jeans and wedges with a plain, strong coloured vest top and a long necklace to create a casual summer look. Available at Urban Outfitters.

Available at missguided.co.uk

Available at missguided.co.uk

 I love the colour of this dress. It is so fresh and summery. I think the sheer overskirt moves beautifully when walking and really makes the dress. I would change the belt and team the belt with the colour of the accessories. I think strong bright colours such as pink and maroon would work well with the colour of this dress. Colourful bracelets are a must for this outfit.

Available from topshop.com

Available from topshop.com

This is a midi dress with a spilt hem and sheer panels. I think the sheer panels contrast well with the material of the dress and create a unique look. I would wear this with black heels and black/silver bracelets for a classy and sophisticated summer look. Available at TOPSHOP.

 

Flash sale just started! Vivienne Westwood X Melissa

We love Melissa Shoes here at The Beauty Cloud – So when I seen this post by Fashion for Lunch this morning, I had to share it with you!

Buy! Buy! Buy!

L.K. BENNETT ‘POPS UP’ AT THE OUTLET TO CELEBRATE CLEARANCE EVENT

From Saturday 25 May – Sunday 9 June, style seekers everywhere will be heading to The OUTLET Banbridge to check out a must-have collection of clothing, footwear and accessories at up to 90% off RRP. Choose from darling dresses under £30 and go from day to night, or opt for a tailored jacket or trouser suit for sailing through boardroom and lunch meetings in style. This iconic label offers modern classics which are timeless, proving an instant hit with celebrities and royals alike.

Harriet Cream-Champagne Dress (£225, Event Price £30), Covent Bitter Chocolate Shoes (£345, Event Price £40). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

Harriet Cream-Champagne Dress (£225, Event Price £30), Covent Bitter Chocolate Shoes (£345, Event Price £40). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

Look out for elegant knitwear pieces, pretty day dresses, beautiful belts and heavenly heels for the best shopping spree you’ll experience this summer!

Jude Black Jacket (£295, Event Price £30). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

Jude Black Jacket (£295, Event Price £30). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

 Visit the L.K. Bennett Pop-Up Clearance Store in Unit 20 at The OUTLET, Outlet Park, Banbridge, BT32 4LF. Easily reached on the main A1 route linking Belfast and Dublin, just outside Banbridge, The OUTLET is 10 minutes from Newry and 25 minutes from Belfast. The OUTLET also offers free parking on arrival.

Call +44 (0) 28 4062 5151 or check out www.the-outlet.co.uk for more information.

Ripley Violet Dress (£225, Event Price £30). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

Ripley Violet Dress (£225, Event Price £30). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk

5 Reasons Why We Love Birkenstocks

The sun is shining and summer is on its way! Summer sandals come and go, but one style of summer shoe which has been extremely popular all over the world since the 1960’s is the reliable Birkenstock sandal.

In celebration of this great summer staple, we’ve put together 5 reasons why we love Birkenstocks:birkenstocks

Comfort

Any shoe that contours to the unique shape of your foot over time, gets a thumbs up from us. The unique construction of Birkenstocks means they are designed to allow your feet to stretch, flex and move naturally, resulting in long lasting comfort and better health!

Celebrities

From supermodel Heidi Klum, Keira Knightley, Jamie Oliver and Paul McCartney, Birkenstocks are a firm favourite with a host of celebrities. The stylish shoes have been embraced all over the world by an array of celebs, and are an affordable accessory to re-create their look.

Price

Birkenstocks range in price depending on their style, but on average they can be purchased for around £30. Retailer TJ Hughes now has great discounts on a wide range of Birkenstocks, available from only £19.99.

Colour

Birkenstocks are available in an extremely wide range of colours, from multi-coloured patterns to traditional browns , bright yellow and even silver and gold, essentially, there’s a colour of Birkenstocks to match every outfit.

Better with Age

The beauty of Birkenstocks is their long long lasting value. The sandals construction means that they brilliantly get better with age, and therefore can last over a number of summers, getting increasingly more comfortable each time they are worn.

 

Top 5 tips For Travelling Light This Summer

We’re all guilty when it comes to over packing for our summer holidays. From sun cream to shoes, it’s difficult to fit it all in without going over your allocated weight limit (which in our opinion is never enough).  Here are our top 5 tips for packing like a pro and squeezing everything you need into your suitcase this summer…..

1. The right luggage is everything
Selecting the right suitcase for your trip is essential. Be sure to choose a case that is lightweight and has a number of compartments to store smaller items and toiletries. The lighter your case before adding your clothing, the better – and we highly recommend purchasing a hard shell lightweight case to keep all your items protected. TJ Hughes have a great range of affordable lightweight suitcases perfect for your travels this summer, we love this great Revelation Murello Grey Luggage, starting from only £34.99.

2. Double check your weight! 

Revelation Murello Grey Luggage £34.99

Revelation Murello Grey Luggage £34.99

Hand-luggage varies between airlines so be sure to check your weight limits before heading off to the airport, you don’t want to miss out on an extra 5kg! Along with weight, the size of your carry-on also varies with some airlines – so be sure to double check this on your airlines website prior to travelling.

3. Know your limits
For your carry-on bag; make sure you know your limits. UK regulators restrict liquids to 100 ml and sharp implements are banned from carry-on. We suggest investing in 100ml bottles for your toiletries and essentials. We love this great travel set from Marks and Spencer which includes 3 x 100ml bottles and a handy travel case, perfect for travelling. You can view all UK regulations on the official UK Government website: www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions

Red Hot Mini Straightners £4.99

Red Hot Mini Straightners £4.99

4. Downsize
Why not swap your favourite essentials for smaller gadgets to maximise your luggage space this summer. Swap your favourite paperbacks and magazines for a slim lined Amazon Kindle, and even downsize your beauty products – these miniature straighteners are great for looking great on the go, at the bargain price of £4.99.

5. Pack the right way
Be sure to utilise all the space in your suitcase and hand luggage to accommodate your necessities. Swap folding your clothes for rolling, filling gaps and pockets with essentials such as socks and jewellery. Pack all of your inflexible items such as shoes first, and fill the surrounding space with your clothing, also filling pockets and shoes with your clothing.