Category Archives: 2013

Product Review: Essie Sleek Stick Nail Stickers in ’09 Stickers and Stones’

I don’t know about you, but since Nail Stickers came out, I am so over nail varnish! All that effort and for what, it chips and falls off within a couple of hours (sometimes within minutes in my case!).

I have really fallen in love with nail stickers. They are so quick and easy to use. They literally take me 2 minutes to put on and I am left with a gorgeous design that lasts a week or more. If I spent 2 minutes putting on nail varnish, I would hate to have to show you the results.

Instructions for Essie Sleek Stick Nail Stickers

Instructions for Essie Sleek Stick Nail Stickers

The nail stickers I’m using today are by Essie. This particular style is ’09 stickers and stones’. They are a gorgeous glossy grey colour with a silver diamante effect.

Essie Sleek Stick Nail Stickers, Stickers and Stones

Essie Sleek Stick Nail Stickers, Stickers and Stones

They have so many other gorgeous textures and styles in their nail wraps at the moment in their S/S Collection, from animal prints, to Leather Effect, Diamantes to Velvet. Each pack comes with 18 stickers, 1 file/ buffer and 1 Instruction leaflet.Essie Sleek Stick Nail Stickers, Stickers and Stones

You’ll find the Essie Sleek Stick collection, priced from £9.99 to £11.99 in Boots and Superdrug stores nationwide.

Essie Sleek Stick Nail Stickers, Stickers and Stones

I know that the price might seem a little expensive in comparison to a bottle of nail varnish which will last you years, but for £9.99 you are getting salon style results which lasts up to 10 days with beautiful designs, plus you get to achieve the results within minutes in your own home.  For me, Essie Nail Stickers are definitely worth the price.

Have you tried them yet?

Look Cool AND Hot this summer with our Top 3 ‘How-to’ Hairstyles!

Summer has definitely arrived…. Hurray !! The more the temperature heats up, the less time I want to stand with a dryer drying my hair!

In this blog I’m going to give you a few hints and ideas for ways to style your hair and look great on hot days, here or on holidays.

Texture your Waves

This is ideal for Long / Wavy / Curly Hair

Elle MacPherson with texturised summer hair

Elle MacPherson with texturised summer hair

 After jumping in and out of the shower , drying, moisturising and getting dressed, standing to dry your hair can feel like a mammoth task.

This  is a hugely simple way of styling your hair with no dryer!

We start with pre-shampooed towel dried hair, comb well, removing all knots and tangles. Apply Kevin Murphy Hair Resort evenly through your hair , then simply plait your hair to one side, you can funk it up by doing a fishtail plait but it’s your choice. You’ve got your day look in minutes, but the magic of this is at the end of the day when your hair has dried, let it down and give it a shake and Voila! You’ve got sexy beach textured curls for an evening look!!

Kink it up

This is perfect for Long / Medium / Straight / Loose Wavy Hair

Eva Mendes. Summer Kink Hair

Eva Mendes with Summer Kink Hair

As before, we begin with our pre-shampooed towel dried hair. After combing thoroughly, apply Kevin Murphy Body Builder evenly though your hair. Again so simple but effective – Twist your hair up and pin into a loose bun (it doesn’t need to neat ), and your day-look is achieved again in minutes so you can spend more time soaking up those rays!!

After a hard days chilling in the sun you hair will have dried in your bun, so drop it down flick your head upside down and shake, mist with a light spray of hairspray, lift your head back up and you’ve kinked it up for night out!

 Slick it up

Suitable for Short / Bob length hair

Anne Hathaway - Sleek Summer Hair

Anne Hathaway – Sleek Summer Hair

This is a great way to keep your hair styled,  but out of your way on those hot days.

You’ve guessed it! We start again with pre-shampooed towel dried hair. Now we have two options of what product to use, you can use a lightweight gel for a slightly firmer controlled-look or my personal favourite, a conditioner for a softer more movable look giving your hair an intensive treatment in the heat of the sun while you work on your tan.  My recommended conditioner is KMS Color Vitality Shine & Shield for anyone with or without coloured hair, as its Shield protects and conditions all at once. With the gel, you know if you’ve got a day of activities it will stay in place, my gel pf choice is KMS Hair Stay Styling Gel.

Now that you’ve chosen your selected product, work it evenly and thoroughly through your towel dried hair and either comb into slick style or run your fingers through and style for a bit more lift it doesn’t need to be very flat and slick. For a twist to the style give it a little lift around the front area and it looks good but also lifts hair of your face! That’s only one idea to funk it up – Have fun trying your own ideas too!

So now that the weather has heated up and you’ve got your hints and tips – You can look cool and hot this summer!

‘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.

 

Your Hair Guide to Summer Colouring!

Summer is here and we are all getting into our bright summery colours, so why not reflect this with our hair colour?

To give you a guide, here are some of this seasons biggest Hair Colour Trends.

One of the hottest colours this season is Bronde , yes I’ve spelled that right!! This is a shade of colour between blonde and brunette. Bronde is so current for this season and great for anyone wanting to lighten with gentler tones than just light blonde and with less commitment than really blonde. My hint and tip for this trend is to keep to carmel and beige tones to avoid looking brassy blonde.

Our celebs that hero this look prefectly are Jennifer Anniston & Gisele Bundchen.

Jennifer Anniston feat. Bronde Summer Hair

Jennifer Anniston feat. Bronde Summer Hair

Gisele Bundchen - Bronde

Gisele Bundchen – Bronde

Ombré is our next colour trend very much in demand this season, it’s our dip dye effect for this season. Ombre is a colour that graduates from dark at the roots down to light at the ends. A great lower commitment technique as the colour is in the mid lengths and ends of the hair. Here comes my hint and tip, If you read my blog on dip dye last season you will know I am a huge fan of Kevin Murphy Color Bugs. Well those innovative guys at Kevin Murphy are right on trend again with the launch of the shimmer bug which is made for  ombré colouring giving that light sun kissed shimmer and like the rest of the bugs is temporary and shampoos out, fantastic for that summer only look!!

Kevin Murphy Ombré Shimmer Bug

Kevin Murphy Ombré Shimmer Bug

Hilary Swank does ombré so well.

Hilary Swank Ombre Dip Dye Colour

Hilary Swank Ombré

Our last look is always a summer favourite. Platinum Blonde, if you’ve decided to take the leap and go blonde this season, Platinum is very much the way to go! Be warned! This is not for the faint-hearted, but when you get it right, it’s stunning. My hint and tip for this colour is to keep it crisp and clean. Use a silver toned shampoo like KMS Color Vitality Blonde Shampoo to retain your clean clear blonde. Our Celeb with this style is a no brainer it’s got to be Pink , she is the ultimate Platinum chick!!

Pink! Platinum Blonde Hair Style

Pink! Platinum Blonde Hair Style

So now you’ve got a few ideas, have fun  with summer colouring!

MAN TIME RETURNS FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2013

Northern Ireland’s first and only menswear fashion showcase, MAN TIME is set to return on Sunday June 9th in the modern and luxurious surroundings of the Radisson Blu Hotel. Situated in the heart of Belfast’s City Centre in the revitalized Gasworks area, the Radisson Blu is the perfect venue for a manpacked Spring/Summer catwalk event.

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Now in its third season following a sold out debut show in conjunction with London Collections: Men last year and a successful Autumn/Winter follow up for a monumental Movember show at Belfast’s City Hall, MAN TIME is well on its way to cementing itself among the fashion calendar of Northern Ireland’s trend savvy gents and gentlewomen alike.

“Our Events NI are delighted to be taking the Man Time experience to the new and stylish venue of the Filini Restaurant. We are all about supporting local businesses and we can’t wait to see our Man Time models strut their stuff in Northern Ireland’s finest menswear collections at this top, stylish, City Centre location.”  – Kerrie Man (Our Events NI Director)

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Opening the very first MAN TIME to phenomenal response last year was Belfast’s very own luxury designer hotspot CRUISE. Returning to the MAN TIME runway this Spring/Summer with nothing but the very finest apparel in premium, high-end menswear. Recently refreshed and rejuvenated for the ultimate luxury fashion experience at their Victoria Square ground floor store, CRUISE house the definitive and essential styles for the modern man. From Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana, to Lanvin and Vivienne Westwood, CRUISE  prep Northern Ireland’s style savvy guys in the world’s leading and most sought after fashion collections. A personal must-see for any fashion forward gent this Spring/Summer.

Other leading retailers on board include MAN TIME favourites GUESS and CLOCKWORK with welcomed newcomers from Portadown based STATEMENT MENSWEAR, Sprucefield’s flagship M&S store and the Newtonards run STREETLIFE. Bringing together top trends and looks from an assortment of exciting and imaginative brands, displaying formalwear, casual wear, street wear and urban wear in all shades and styles.

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MAN TIME will also play host to some of Northern Ireland’s most talented and vibrant individual creatives. Local designers Roseanna McReynolds and Sean Henry will be showcasing. Roseanna launches a bone structured collection of unisex designs from her independent and home-grown GOOD CREATURES label. With Sean Henry mixing jersey and fine knits for his VAN DER SIMON VDS menswear designs. Stylist and FashionCREEP! founder Jamie Russell will craft ten looks for the modern man as Lewis Cameron, the Editor of Beyond Man (Northern Ireland’s First and Only Men’s Style website) will also be creating ten looks. Expect catwalk translated trends packed full of sheer, monochrome, studs, heavy prints and androgynous themes throughout.

Doors will open at 7.30pm. Catwalk will start at 8.30pm. All Man Time models will be groomed and trimmed by Hair & Grooming Sponsor Unique Hair. All guests will be treated to live music from performers and DJ’s and will receive a man packed goodie bag.

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Tickets for MAN TIME SS13 are priced at £10 and can be purchased online at www.oureventsni.com. Limited Front Row packages are available per request.

For all Press enquiries please contact press@oureventsni.com.

For all other enquiries please contact Kerrie at business@oureventsni.com

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