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Bridal Dilemma (Part Two) – How To Find ‘The Dress’!

Too much choice can be confusing, so try to narrow down. The way we work at Cathedral Gowns is that each bride is forced to compare each dress to the last one she tried on. They can’t all be in the running, my job is to help you eliminate and go from the choice of a store full of 100+ dresses to that one ideal dream dress. It really is a process of elimination! My aim for each bride leaving the boutique is to find your perfect dress! And if we haven’t found the exact one, we need to at least have established which silhouette, fabric, detail and neckline you like the most.

How to find your perfect wedding dress

Try on as many as you feel you need to, but don’t fall into the trap of trying on too many. I’ve met many girls who have tried on more than 100 dresses and dozens of boutiques. If you get to that point you should be asking yourself some serious questions. Are you selecting dresses to try on that you don’t suit/ like etc. Or does what you like keep changing? Don’t worry if you can’t find one that ticks all the boxes – alterations and design changes can be done to most dresses to make them perfect. Aline skirts can be made more fitted, straps can be added, necklines can be changed. When you are in the hands of a good bridal boutique with great designers anything is possible!

The only pressure you should ever feel when trying to decide should either be time scale related or if the dress is likely to sell from stock or be discontinued anytime soon. It shouldn’t be a stressful situation.

How to pick your wedding dress

The trick is to know when to stop shopping, which can be hard for a lot of girls since shopping for wedding dresses is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning, and choosing for it to be over is hard to do.

I am asked all the time how do I really know it’s the ‘one’ – these are the questions you should be asking yourself!

  1. Can you picture yourself wearing it on the day?
  2. Do you like how your body looks in the dress?
  3. Do you like how the dress itself looks?
  4. Do you smile when you see your reflection?
  5. Do you feel excited?
  6. Do you feel confident?
  7. Do you feel happy?
  8. Do you feel beautiful?
  9. Do you keep comparing every dress to it?
  10. Do you feel like you’ve tried on enough dresses?
  11. Would you be gutted if you weren’t allowed to buy it?
  12. Do you like it?
  13. Do you love it?

If you’ve answered yes to four or more of these questions, I’d be pretty certain that you’ve found your wedding dress! But I can usually tell before you’ve even looked in the mirror yourself! The dress can totally change your demeanour and some girls faces just light up when they are in the right dress! At the end it’s all about how it makes you feel! If you feel good in it, buy it and don’t look back!

Please welcome our latest new writer to The Beauty Cloud.

Here at The Beauty Cloud we are dedicated to bringing you the most up to date, expert news. That why we will be introducing a few new writers to the team over the coming weeks. We can’t all be experts in everything so we are bringing you our new feature writers to make sure you are getting the best advice across all areas’s of Health and Beauty.

Today I would like to introduce to you Jennie Longdon.

Jennie Longdon - Tanning Expert for The Beauty Cloud.

Jennie Longdon – Tanning Expert for The Beauty Cloud.

Jennie is a qualified Broadcast Journalist with her ear fully to the ground.

She has been working in radio for the last 5 years, starting out as a news reader, and now works as a co presenter for 4 fm radio stations across the Midlands.

Jennie also just landed a job presenting an extreme sports television show, which will be on your ‘tele boxes’ in the near future.

As a devout bronzer, Jennie knows everything about fake tanning! Whether you prefer instant, gradual or spray on tans…put your trust in her to keep you all bronzed and beautiful! 

Look out for her opening post coming soon. We will have you all turned into Bronzed God’s and Goddesses in no time!

Achieving Big Beautiful Eyes has never been easier with the help of Benefit Cosmetics…

Its true….  everyone can have big beautiful eyes with the help of this palette by Benefit Cosmetics.

If you follow my posts, you will know that I love cute little palettes which you can carry round with you. I especially love them in summer when you have to try and squeeze all your makeup and beauty products into your suitcase for your holidays. Kits like this are a godsend!

Benefit Cosmetics - Big Beautiful Eyes Kit - £24.50

Benefit Cosmetics – Big Beautiful Eyes

The kit I have demoed for you today is ‘Big Beautiful Eyes’ by Benefit Cosmetics. It consists of Boi-ing Concealer for those stubborn undereye circles and 3 eyeshadows. An Alabaster pink base shadow, a cocoa shimmer contour shadow and a rich chocolate brown liner shadow. Not only that, the kit also comes with an illustrated step-by-step makeup lesson and you are even provided with two brushes to make it all as simple as possible for you.

Saying that, don’t feel the need to stick strictly to the instructions. I even used the Chocolate Brown and Cocoa Shimmer eyeshadow to fill in my eyebrows for the look. With the colours included you can go as smokey or as natural as you like.

This kits is available from http://www.BenefitCosmetics.co.uk or .com and also from most Benefit Cosmetics counters. It is priced at £24.50. The products are of great quality and Benefit have tried to pack as much into the kit as possible to make it simple and easy to use.

Do you have the Big Beautiful Eye Kit? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Colour Popping Nails for Summer with Maybelline Colour Show and Elegant Touch Nail Wraps!

I have created this fun, colour popping nail design for you. You can alter the base coat to suit your own preference and match what you are wearing.

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Following a base coat, I applied Maybelline Colour Show Nail Varnish. I love this polish, not only is it runway inspired and guaranteed to be on trend, but it’s also formulated with a gel base so it lasts quite some time with no chipping.


The colour pigment in the product is great and considering the RRP is only £3.99 you can well afford to buy a few. In fact, Superdrug is actually doing a 3 for 2 offer on these varnishes so you are sure to grab yourself a great bargain!

Maybelline Colorama Shade 262 Pink Boom

Maybelline Colorama Shade 262 Pink Boom

Following my second coat of Maybelline Colour Show Nail Varnish I applied these gorgeous Candy Sprinkles Nail Wraps. These particular nail wraps are by Elegant Touch.

Elegant Touch Candy Sprinkles Nail Wraps

Elegant Touch Candy Sprinkles Nail Wraps

I love them because they are transparent between the bling. So you can change the look entirely by selecting different colours. In this pack you get 18 wraps and they can be used on both fingers and toes. The pack comes with an instruction leaflet and a buffer. To be honest, you don’t really need an instruction leaflet, they are super easy to apply. You simply peel and stick then buff off the excess wrap in a downward motion at the end of your nail.

Elegant Touch Candy Sprinkles Nail Wraps

Elegant Touch Candy Sprinkles Nail Wraps

You can pick these products up everywhere! Just pop along to the likes of Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Asda or Newlook and you will find these wraps. Click here for a full list of stockists.

This look takes about ten minutes and you are complete. You can add a clear top coat to ensure longevity of your nail art.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them?