As we’re coming up to Christmas and right in the midst of the festive season, I know as well as anybody that this time of the year is a health and fitness nightmare. With all the mince pies, mulled wine, party drinks and buffets – not to mention Christmas dinner itself – our waistlines don’t stand a chance!
A few days ago someone told me that apparently we eat an average of 8000 calories on Christmas day! However accurate this number is, I don’t know, but I can imagine it isn’t too far off the truth. While this is a crazy amount of food, for one day a year it won’t do too much harm. The important thing is just to keep it to that single day! The festivities last a whole season, and I’m the first in line at Starbucks when they bring out their seasonal drinks and mince pies, but my message to you this Christmas is this – enjoy yourself….but all in moderation!
It’s a fine balance, don’t gorge yourself on every calorie in sight and I promise that you’ll enjoy what you have more. Life is far too short to deny yourself those little treats all the time, but just think now about how you’ll feel in January. Too many of us use it as the perfect excuse ‘oh well it’s Christmas after all, I’ll start the diet in the New Year’. A healthy lifestyle isn’t about bingeing and dieting, it’s about making the right choices all year. You want to wake up on New Years Day already feeling fresh and healthy (well…maybe by January 2nd after the hangovers worn off…) and ready to kick start 2014. I can guarantee you don’t want to wake up and immediately have to think about all that salad you have to eat to work off that extra December dress size!
I for one will be taking it easy over the next few weeks, and I suggest if that’s what makes you happy then you do the same. Equally – if you’re one of these hard-core fitties out for a run on Christmas morning, I salute you! However, that certainly won’t be me. But don’t let it go completely. Wrap up warm and go for a winter walk, make that latte skinny where it normally would have been full fat, add a few extra veg to your dinner plate instead of those extra potatoes that you don’t really even want! My aim is to squeeze in a couple of online yoga classes back home (my favourite site is www.doyogawithme.com for videos of all levels!).
It’s the little things that make the difference and your body will thank you afterwards.
We are really spoiling you this year. Behind the scenes I have been negotiating special discount from some of our favourite brands we’ve worked with this year.
You will recall our previous product reviews recently from ‘Freshness of the Morning’ (FoM Cosmetics) firstly was my article on the Age Defying Facial Moisuriser. Such a gorgeous moisturiser pack full of yummy vitamins and essential oils. It fast became my go-to moisturiser.
Then the lovely Gillian Douglas-Rea got to try out and review their extremely aromatic ‘Revitalising Hair Serum‘, and what a review that was! She loved it!
Without discount this products are very reasonably priced so to get these with some special added discount, it really is a Christmas Treat.
The lovely team at FoM Cosmetics have agreed to offer The Beauty Cloud followers a limited 15% off all orders. Not only that, they will also give you FREE DELIVERY! Thats quite a treat, right?! Well thats not all! If you spend more that £45 you will also receive a FREE GIFT! You will receive a Revitalising Eye Care Balm (worth £28) absolutely FREE!
All you have to do is go to www.fomcosmetics.co.uk and enter the code ‘FRESH‘ at the checkout.
Happy shopping my lovelies!
Posted in Beauty, FoM Cosmetics, Freshness of the Morning, Hair, Limited Discount Treats, Make-up, Product Reviews
Tagged Christmas, discount, FOM Cosmetics, Freshness of the Morning, Hair, limited, Makeup, moisturiser, money off
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…
Classic 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!
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…
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.
I do love a good ‘ol giveaway! Especially so close to Christmas!
To be in with a chance to WIN this fabulous SUGARLICIOUS set by Benefit Costmetics, all you have to do is Subscribe to email updates of The Beauty Cloud. THATS IT! Seriously, it’s that easy! (You will find the link to the right of this post)
I will choose one lucky subscriber between now (10/12/2012 @ 9pm) and Monday 17/12/2012 at 3pm to win this gorgeous nude gift set by Benefit.
Good Luck to everyone!
♥ Much Love ♥
Win a New Sugarlicious Kit!
Posted in Benefit Cosmetics, Competitions, Make-up
Tagged Christmas, competition, email, Facebook, makeup artist, nuala campbell, subscribe, sugarlicious, The Beauty Cloud, win
Festive Time means office parties, nights out and a time for us girlies to don the Little Black Dress or even glam it up with some sparkle.
Styling your hair to go along with your chic outfit doesn’t have to be scary – I’m going to give you some easy to follow instructions so you have that wow factor this Christmas!
Kylie Minogue gracing the Red Carpet in Vintage Elegance
Our first look has a vintage feel to it. This look has been dominating the fashion world all year. Kylie wears it perfectly. It’s got a vintage feel but is still modern and flattering.
Here is how to pull it off with ease:
- Apply GHD Style Curl Hold Spray over clean dry hair.
- In section’s of approx 1 inch square curl hair with GHD’s, applying Curl hold to each section giving the curl hold and heat protection.
- When all curled leave hair for 5-10 minutes to cool down, fixing in the curl so it will hold the curl longer.
- Thoroughly brush the hair thorough with a natural bristle brush like Denman Grooming Brush, the natural boar bristle will separate the hair and soften the curl to a vintage wave.
- When brushing waves twist ends with a flick of your fingers to turn in and fall beautifully.
- A small mist of hairspray at this point will seal in your style.
- To continue with the vintage feel either tuck on side behind the ear or pin back with a glittery slide and your ready to rock n roll and party night !
Girls Aloud in their new 2012 Music Video
Look two is being sported by Girls Aloud in their latest video. It’s the Top Knot, simple but extremely effective and spot on trend!
Give this popular and easy look a try, here’s how:
- On clean dry hair mist GHD Heat protect and straighten, this will make it so much easier to get it up with a sleek finish.
- Pull hair into a high ponytail placing the ponytail on the top of your head in front of the crown area.
- To achieve perfectly sleek side areas again I would recommend a natural boar bristle brush like the Denman Grooming Brush as mentioned before.
- Once ponytail is in place, lightly backcomb it with the brush to give a little bulk to hair, then brush lightly smoothing the hair but not removing all the backcombing.
- Wrap the hair around the ponytail till only a little left with these ends tuck them under wrapped hair and secure with a kirby clip or two.
- Mist with hairspray, then follow with GHD Style Final Shine Spray for instant all over shine.
Olivia Palermo keeping it casual on the Red Carpet
The final look is ideal for afternoon office parties or Christmas day. Its a stylish soft ponytail. Olivia Palermo graced the red carpet with it making casual chic.
Stroll through this hair do with the following instructions:
- Shampoo and towel dry your hair.
- Apply GHD Style Root Lift Spray, giving volume and heat protection.
- Turn your head upside down and dry hair until its at about 90% dry then flip head up and finish drying smoothing the ends through.
- Place into a parting, any parting will work with this style.
- Keeping all the volume grab the hair loosely at one side , secure with an elastic. Make sure not to put the band up near the head keep it loose so the hair drapes over the selected shoulder.
- Push fingers in hair at root loosing hair up even more around the head area.
- Mist with hairspray and GHD Final Shine and your ready to go out and shine !!
So now your ready to go out a show off some Christmas Chic !!
Posted in GHD, Hair, How-to
Tagged casual, Christmas, curl hold spray, denman, ghd, ghd final shine, ghd protect and straighten, ghd style root lift spray, ghd style shine spray, Gillian Douglas-Rea, girls aloud, Hair, How to, instructions, Kylie Minogue, little black dress, music video, natural bristle, olivia palermo, parties, red carpet, Sparkle, top knot, tutorial, urban fox, Vintage
‘Tis the season to be glam, feel fabulous and party. Whether your going from the office to a post work party or just trying to find a cute nail colour to match your cosy Christmas jumper, Winter 2012 nail trends have something for everyone.
Here are my favorite picks from this seasons delectable shades.
Chanel Le Vernis in Frenzy
This light taupe with a cream finish shade screams subtle french glamour thats effortless. One chic Chanel treat we can all afford even after our pressies are all bought in.
YSL La Laque Couture in Blue Mamoiselle
A great way to incorporate this seasons oh so hot Jewel tones trend with this dazzling cobalt blue statement shade perfect with your little black dress.
OPI in Bastille My Heart
A luxe and sophisticated colour that adds a dramatic edge to your Xmas look, a sexy accompaniment to Brocade and Metallics.
OPI- The Man With The Golden Gun
If you fancy adding that little bit of something different to your nails this season adding a reflective gold leaf accent nail OPI- The Man With The Golden Gun is 18k of gorgeousness, or a matte finish to your chosen shade gives it a whole new depth Nails Inc- Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat is great and dries evenly and quickly.
What ever shade you go for this year I hope you all have a very Merry Nailmass!
Posted in 2013, Autumn / Winter, Beauty
Tagged 2012, A/W, Artist, Belfast, Chanel, Chanel Le Vernis in Frenzy, Christmas, Dazzle me with your tips, Debbie Hughes Johnston, Deep Blue, Gold, Nail, Northern Ireland, Nude, Opi, OPI in Bastille My Heart, OPI- The Man With The Golden Gun, Oxblood, Sparkle, Taupe, trends, YSL, YSL La Laque Couture in Blue Mamoiselle
Every year I wish and wish for that something special, I suppose every girl does. If you are anything like me and you would like to leave a few hints this Christmas then you may want to check out some of my favourite Christmas gift ideas.
Black skull print Devore scarf
When my eye caught a glimpse of this gorgeous Black skull printed Devore scarf, I immediately fell in love with Devore again. This scarf is soft, silky and quite warm. I know this because I’ve already tested this luxurious scarf out in store! This is a bargain buy and would make anyone very happy this Christmas!
Disney Couture Exclusive To ASOS ‘Have Faith In Your Dreams’ Black Enamel Bangle
This little piece is beautiful and very charming. It is Disney Couture Exclusive to Asos.com and reads ‘Have faith in your dreams’ in black enamel. This Disney bangle adds a little magic into your life and reminds you to believe in yourself every time you look at it!
What can I say – this is lovely! It has to be Vivienne Westwood of course, who else would create something so delicate and edgy at the same time? This Mouth pendant is part of the new collection which is based upon a mouth pendant design from 1993, Vivienne Westwood has produced this playful love token. Accompanied with a heart-shaped medal with the slogan ‘don’t you ever kiss me once, kiss me twice’ an ode to the famous Elvis Presley song, give the new love in your life a daring and unique gift with this decadent enameled Valentine Pendant. Vivienne Westwood is a genius and has included one of the most amazing rock and roll legends of all time into her piece, this will definitely be under the tree for me this year, one can only hope I suppose.
Melissa Black Ultra Girl Peep Toe Flats
Melissa plastic shoes always makes my feet all comfy and sweet, so when I saw these new Melissa shoes I just couldn’t resist! I love these flat Ultra Girl peep toe pumps featuring an almond toe with a shimmering glitter effect throughout for added sparkle! These flats are subtle with an explosion of glitter and are just divine. I hope that Santa will hear me when I beg for these bad boys this Christmas!
BAG WITH METALLIC CLASP
This Deep red handbag from Zara is just so lovable with its black handle and its long black strap with a metal clasp at the front. This handbag is compact and would look great with a little black dress and a pair of wedges! At a very affordable price why wait till Christmas? Treat yourself now to this cutie!
Posted in Bags / Purses, Fashion, Gift Ideas, Jewellery, Shoes
Tagged Asos, Christmas, disney couture, gift, idea, ideas, Melissa Shoes, nor lisa, River Island, Urban Outfitters, Vivienne Westwood, zara