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A round-up of the 2014 BAFTA nail trends

The 2014 BAFTA TV Awards saw the crème de la crème of the acting world descend upon the West End of London.  It is always a stunningly glamorous evening with every actor & actress groomed to perfection from head to toe. Each  outfit worn is always finished off with some fabulous glittering accessories and not forgetting those all-important manicures.

This year’s BAFTA’s saw some definite trends in the nail department, with the nude and white colour palettes reigning supreme.  These tones are the perfect complimentary colour to choose for an event.  A simple nude manicure is enough to keep you looking effortlessly polished without detracting from your fabulous gown or accessories.  Millie Mackintosh provides a perfect example of a simple nude manicure, complimenting her intricately embellished mermaid-esque gown… I think she looks like a total Goddess!

2014 BAFTAs Red Carpet Nails

I personally love pale manicures on almond shaped nails as I think it adds a little something extra to this minimalist trend.

To achieve a beautiful natural nude manicure at home I would recommend Essie – Ballet Slippers http://www.boots.com/en/Essie-Nail-Polish-Ballet-Slippers-13-5ml_1343326/ which is actually one of the Queens favourite nail polishes!  For a chic white mani I always rely on my trusty old OPI – Alpine Snow http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/opi/alpinesnow/ currently reduced to £6.93 on BeautyBay.com… Bargain!

Closely following the nude trend we saw pastel colours sashaying down the red carpet on the celebs nails.  I am coveting Sheridan Smith’s edgy new hair colour complete with matching lilac manicure.

2014 BAFTAs Red Carpet Nails

Masters of the pastel coloured nail polishes, Barry M always has the widest range of colours to choose from… Not only that they are a total steal at only £3.99!  Prickly Pear & Sugar apple are my fave colours at the moment! http://www.barrym.com/products/nails/effects/gelly-nail-effects.html

Jewel toned nails are a fail-safe for red carpet events  – mimicking the rich shimmering colours of Ruby’s, Sapphire’s and Emerald’s.  At the BAFTA’s all ranges of reds were a firm favourite for many celebs, with the odd Sapphire blue thrown in for good measure.

2014 BAFTAs Red Carpet Nails

Beautiful jewel toned nail polishes are in fashion throughout every season so they are always easy to get your hands on.  My all-time favourite has to be Chanel – Rouge Noir.  This is a colour that was released in 1994 and famously worn by Uma Thurman in the movie Pulp Fiction. You can buy it online or in store for £18, a little pricey but totally worth it!

Keep your eye out for my upcoming posts; I will be keeping you up to date with all of the latest trends and colours you should be wearing on your nails this season along with a few exciting new product reviews!

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

Dear Dior….

I usually bring you article’s with bargains and money saving product reviews, but on the odd occasion I like to bring you news on items which are Luxurious,  Beautiful and Opulent.

Today I’m sharing some of my favourite’s from the ‘Dear Dior’  Fine Jewellery Collection with you. Each piece is individual and breathtaking!

Just a word of warning – I will not be held responsible for the generation of any depression caused by not having these pieces in your life; au contraire  I shan’t be responsible for the bankruptcy or divorced cause as a result of buying them all for yourself 🙂

‘Dentelle Chantilly Multicolore’ Ring and Earrings

'Dentelle Chantilly Multicolore' Ring and Earrings

‘Dentelle Chantilly Multicolore’ Ring and Earrings

Ring in 18K yellow and while gold diamonds, yellow diamonds, Paraiba tourmalines, emeralds, pink spinels, red spinels, fire opals, amethysts, sapphires, yellow sapphires, hauynes, pink sapphires, demantoid garnets and spessartine garnet.

Earrings in 18K yellow and pink gold, 23K platinum, diamonds, yellow diamonds, Paraiba tourmalines, pink spinels, fire opals, emeralds, yellow beryls, spessartine garnets, amethysts, demantoid garnets, red spinels, sapphires and pink sapphires.

;Résille Bouquet d’Opales’ Ring and Earrings

‘Resille Bouquet d’Opales’

Ring and Earrings in 18K Yellow and Pink Gold, 23K Platinum, diamonds, black opals, amethysts, turquosies, demantoid garnets, emerald and sapphires.

‘Broderie Grenade Irisée’ Ring

‘Broderie Grenade Irisée’ Ring

Ring in 18K white, yellow and pink gold, diamonds, yellow diamonds, two-tone opal, crysoberyls, yellow sapphires, tsavorite garnets, fire opals, spessartine garnets, tanzanites, Paraiba tourmalines and peridots.

‘Dentelle Saphir Iris’ Ring and Earrings

'Dentelle Saphir Iris' Ring and Earrings

‘Dentelle Saphir Iris’ Ring and Earrings

Ring in 18K white gold, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, apatites, Paraiba tourmalines, purple sapphires and amethysts.

Earrings in 18K white gold, diamonds, apatities, sapphires, Paraiba tourmalines, rubies and amethysts.

‘Dentelle Opale d’Orient’ bracelet

‘Dentelle Opale d’Orient’ bracelet

Bracelet in 18K yellow gold, 23K platinum, diamonds, black opal, pink spinels, spessartine garnets, tsavorite garnets, tanzanites and rubies.

‘Tulles Pointillés Colorés’ Ring

'Tulles Pointillés Colorés' Ring

‘Tulles Pointillés Colorés’ Ring

Ring in 18K yellow gold, diamonds, pink sapphires, purple sapphires, spessartine garnets, red spinels, sapphires, hauynes, yellow sapphires, emeralds, Paraiba tourmalines and demantoid garnets.

Dentelle Médaillon Soleil’ Ring and Earrings

'Dentelle Médaillon Soleil' Ring and Earrings

‘Dentelle Médaillon Soleil’ Ring and Earrings

Ring in 18K yellow gold, yellow diamonds, green diamonds, brown diamonds and white opal.

Earrings in 18K yellow gold, diamonds, yellow diamonds, green diamonds, brown diamonds and sphenes.

To view the full ‘Dear Dior’ Collection, go to www.dior.com

Engagement Rings that Shine!

Vera Wang

When Vera Wang sent me details of her new LOVE collection Engagement Rings, I just couldn’t keep them to myself. The rings are so stunning that they literally do make my heart skip a beat.

Modern or Traditional? Romantic or Minimalist? Your style is evident from tip to toe, and the perfect engagement ring should reflect who you are now as well as what you want to become. Enter the Vera Wang LOVE collection, a perfect, chic declaration of love and commitment.

An organic extension of Vera Wang’s contemporary bridal fashions, the LOVE collection offers timeless, luxurious styles to fit every bride’s individuality.

LOVE Collection by Vera Wang

Classic settings combine diamonds on the sides to accent the centre stone, in a range of looks from bold to delicate. Pave settings bring sophisticated sparkle to more contemporary styles. Graceful three-stone rings provide a fresh spin on tradition with diamond accents providing a dramatic flair. Looking for a fresh spin on tradition? Solitaires are enhanced with a glamorous center setting and gallery of diamonds, giving side views a touch of elegance.

The rings include intricate milgrain and hand-set diamond detailing, along with elegant engraving. All diamonds meet Vera’s minimum requirement of near colorless SI2-I1 quality. And Vera selected the iconic element of the collection: two blue princess sapphires, the perfect embodiment of the “something blue” wedding tradition, and a symbol of everlasting love.

As individual as you are, the Vera Wang LOVE collection is available exclusively at Zales in the United States.

Set out below are some of my favourites to be added to the LOVE Collection. Click on the images to be taken directly to your ring on the Zales website.

This captivating 14K white gold engagement ring offers incomparable beauty and unmatched quality. Celebrating your past, present and future together, this ring features three round-cut diamonds, the largest being an impressive 1/2 ct., arranged across the centre. This trio is surrounded by a scalloped frame set with round accent diamonds. Set beneath the bezel of the largest stone are two princess-cut blue sapphires, the signature of the collection and symbol of everlasting love. The split shank is also lined with sparkling accent diamonds, completing this exquisite look. Radiant with 1-1/4 cts. t.w. of diamonds, this engagement ring is a brilliant beginning to your romantic love story.

This awe-inspiring 14K white gold engagement ring offers incomparable beauty and unmatched quality. Take her breath away with this remarkable design, which features a 1 ct. round diamond centre stone glittering in a squared double frame set with smaller accent diamonds. Two princess-cut blue sapphires, the signature of the collection and a symbol of faithfulness and everlasting love, are set into the ring’s bezel. The split shank is also lined with sparkling accent diamonds, completing this exquisite look. Radiant with 2 cts. t.w. of diamonds, this engagement ring is a definite show of dedication.

This exquisite 14K white gold bridal set offers incomparable beauty and unmatched quality. A timeless look, the engagement ring features a thoughtful 5/8 ct. round diamond centre stone flanked by a collar of glittering accent diamonds. Set into the bezel are two princess-cut blue sapphires, the signature of the collection and a symbol of faithfulness and everlasting love. Additional accent diamonds line the milgrain-edged shank. On your wedding day, complete the ensemble by adding the coordinating diamond-lined wedding band, also replete with milgrain edging. Radiant with 2 cts. t.w. of diamonds.

This stunning 14K white gold engagement ring offers incomparable beauty and unmatched quality. Catch a “Yes!” with this jaw-dropping design, which features a 3/4 ct. cushion-cut diamond center stone glittering in a squared double frame set with smaller round accent diamonds. Two princess-cut blue sapphires, the signature of the collection, are set into the ring’s bezel. The twisting split shank is also lined with sparkling accent diamonds, completing this exquisite look. Radiant with 1-1/3 cts. t.w. of diamonds.

Never rush into picking an engagement, it should be something which makes your heart flutter every time you look at it and should represent the Love you have for each other. Make sure it is personal and individual to your own style because you have it on your finger for life. Most importantly enjoy your ring shopping and have fun – You will know when you have found the right ring for you!

Much Love ♥