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NY Fashion Week Catwalk Nails

We have now officially entered into autumn, my favourite season. I love the transition from summer dresses and denim shorts to snuggly knitwear and oodles and oodles of layers along with beautiful soft leather boots teamed with cosy snoods as the weather begins to get colder and colder.

As the colours of the leaves on the trees change so then must the colour of our beloved manicures.  Time to say goodbye to the pops of neon, pastel tones and my favourite white manicures – it is time to make way for some new deeper and richer shades of polish and gel.

NY Fashion Week Nail Trends: Rodarte & Helmut Lang

New York Fashion Week is a trustworthy source to look to when deciding what colours to revamp your nails with.  This year we saw an influx of barely there pinks and nudes on many runways from Oscar De La Renta and Carolina Herrera to Kate Spade – super chic.  No matter what the season I always have a few nudes in stock for my clients to choose from as they are always in demand.

NY Fashion Week Nail Trends: Zimmerman, Alexandre Herchcovitch and Kenneth Cole

As always Reds and Burgundys featured heavily on the catwalks in true autumn style.  I think the deep reds are my favourite colours for autumn especially on almond shaped nails – It is just such a classic style along with the fact it matches all skin tones, what’s not to love?!

NY Fashion Week Nail Trends: DKNY

A very welcome addition to my wardrobe of nail polishes and gels for autumn 2014 will be Grey. Obviously the designers showcasing at New York Fashion Week share my love for all things grey – every shade was seen on the runways. 

NY Fashion Week Nail Trends: Vera Wang and Badgley Mischka

It doesn’t matter whether you prefer metallic or matte shades of grey, everything goes!  Grey is a lovely alternative to summer white manicures or black winter manicures, it’s somewhere just in between.

NY Fashion Week Nail Trends: Tadashi Shoji

The final major colour scheme seen on the catwalks in New York was full throttle heavy metal – from silver tips to all out rose gold, every shade and tone was being showcased. 

For those of you who like something a little bit quirky on your nails this is the style for you. Get creative and paint a natural nude on your nail plate and finish the look off with a slick of gold along the tips – perfect for a night out with the girls. 

The best bit about this look is when the tip of your nails begin to chip you can simply patch it up with a dot of the metallic polish you used and due to the nature of the metallic shades you won’t be able to see where it has been repaired once your top coat has been applied.

NY Fashion Week Nail Trends: Mara Hoffman and Dannijo

I have currently got a Bio Sculpture gel overlay on my nails in one of their most popular colours – #74 Real Red – but now I can’t wait to get inventive and make some metallic creations! It’s all about having fun with your style, so don’t be afraid to have a play with your nail polishes to create something new.

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

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! ♥

Bronze Leaf Spray Tan? Yes Please!

I’ve learnt to embrace my porcelain skin.  However, as we move from spring towards summer more and more flesh is slowly being uncovered and this year I have decided to join the ranks of the bronzed brigade. Why?  Well, in May, whether rain or shine, I’m dancing down an aisle in a white dress with my pins out – and my current white cloth on white skin look has me worried our guests will mistake me for a zombie bride.

I’m not a fake tan virgin but I’ve never had a spray tan.  It’s not because of being prudish or lacking in body confidence… it’s because of Friends – the one where Ross get a tan.  Putting the Friends episode to the back on my mind, I decided to jump at the chance to try out the acclaimed Bronze Leaf spray tan courtesy of Beauty Cloud’s friends at Vamp Beauty Salon on the Lisburn Road in Belfast.  I had heard so many good things about this product that I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself.

Vamp Beauty Salon

I was greeted by the fantastic Vamp staff and instantly put at ease with a cup of tea then shown up to a private room, told where to store my clothes and handed sticky paper pads to pop on my bare feet, a shower cap to protect my hair and a paper thong for a little bit of modesty.  I was left to get undressed and got ready for crunch time as I entered the spray tent.

My Vamp spray tan specialist was professional, friendly and fun which made all the difference as it doesn’t matter how confident you are, it’s never easy getting your boobs and body out in front of a stranger – especially when you’re asked to do ‘tanning tai chi’ by placing your legs and arms in lots of different positions.

The spray tan was different to what I was expecting.  I thought it might be cold and wet but instead, as it was being applied with what looked like a spray gun, it felt a little like someone using a hair drier but without the heat – just a slight tickling sensation.  Once the spraying was finished I popped on my clothes with no fear of damaging them or my new tan as Bronze leaf absorbs in a flash!

Bronze Leaf Fake Tan

 

The spray was used for both general coverage and to give contours – both gave incredible results.  The tan gave a subtle sun kissed glow – a perfect step up in colour for my pale skin.  The contouring had me and my other half convinced I’d lost weight as it gave the impression of a more toned body.  The results were worth a day of walking around smelling like a digestive biscuit – a small sacrifice to make.  Needless to say, I will definitely be going back for more.

One final word of advice to any other spray tan novices out there – roll down your paper thong a little or this might happen:

Spray tan accident

It’s Snow Time! Work Your Quads and Core

London 2012 Summer Olympics reignited Great Britain’s love of sport…we were inspired to dust of those tennis rackets from the back of the shed, or even seek out their local sports clubs to try something new. Fast forward two years and we have the Winter Olympics in Sochi…there wasn’t quite the same amount of hype surrounding this (how many Facebook posts were there questioning the point of Curling?!) but there was one sport that grabbed everyone’s attention early on….

snowboarding.

Jenny Jones winning Bronze at Sochi 2014.

Whether you are a sports fan or not, you couldn’t fail to hear of Jenny Jones’ roaring success – a 33 year old snowboarder from Bristol, Jenny took home GB’s first medal of the 2014 Games; our first ever on snow. Now, GB has a distinct lack of snow capped mountains (or any you can hope to get down successfully at speed anyway) so you can imagine how this came as a surprise! In a refreshing change, she wasn’t a snow sports prodigy as a child, only taking up snowboarding at the age of 18.

It’s believed that snowboarding was invented in the 60’s by a gentleman who one day bound 2 skis together with a piece of rope for steering, and created the ‘snurfer’. Since then it’s become a worldwide phenomenon and developed into one of the most popular winter sports.

I first snowboarded a few years ago, completing a ‘learn to snowboard in a day’ course at Tamworth Snow Dome – an indoor centre with the bonus of being real snow, not just a dry slope. I went with my sister (who was trying to impress her husband – an avid snowboarder) but she hated it and didn’t make it past the morning! I, however, fell in love with it, and have since done the odd day here and there, and been on two snow filled holidays to the Alps (most recently just last week).

There’s always the rivalry between skiers and snowboarders. Many times I’ve heard the quote ‘Skiing is easier to learn but harder to master; snowboarding is harder to learn but easier to master’. Having only done the latter I can’t really compare both, but what I can say is that while learning, I spent a LOT of time on the floor (with teeny tiny French children whizzing past me in ski school).

You start learning your toe edge and heel edge (facing up or down the mountain, digging the long edge of the board in to create a drag. Once you get confident with this, you then start building in turns, switching from one edge to the other. It’s a slow process and can be very frustrating, but the buzz you get from doing a run at speed and managing to turn successfully is incredible.

Courtney's Bruised KneeI took my fair share of bumps through the week and am still recovering from a couple of niggling injuries, but I can’t recommend it enough. Snowboarding is a great workout…straight away my legs were burning (too long on a heel edge and your quads will be screaming at you!) and it’s great training for your core to control your body and stay stable.

The floor will become your best friend, but don’t be afraid of falling; tensing up too much will just make it worse and harder to control, and you’ll realise hitting the deck isn’t that bad after all. Every morning my body ached, I could barely make it up the stairs and wished for bed, but once you’ve done a couple of light runs to warm up you forget all that. The amazing views from the top of the mountain make it all worthwhile anyway, and if all that fails there’s always some après-ski to soothe the pain.

The breathtaking view from 3200m up

If you don’t want to commit to a full snow holiday, check out your nearest indoor snow centre. It’s a great way to get a taste of it, and if you go off peak (summertime) you can get great offers. Most centres will do group lessons (generally you’ll need to be a competent boarder before they let you free in recreational time) but if you can get a group of friends to go, you can get a private lesson between you which will save money and probably be a good laugh.

I warn you though…it will be addictive!

Daily Little Loves ~ 2nd March 2013

Here are my Daily Little Love’s for today.

Bring on Summer!

Enjoy
XO

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