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Magnificent Monochrome Nails

“Is it spring yet? I need to get some brighter colours on my nails”. I have been asking this since taking off my silver sparkly Christmas polish in the New Year. There are only so many sultry shades I can cope with before they start bringing me down and I need a lift.

So, to keep my spirits up I excitedly looked through the New York and London Fashion Week pictures waiting to be inspired by the latest, most exciting, never seen before, nail trend…what a disappointment!

Simple Patterns, mixing shades, 3D add on’s, stripes, textured, sombre, boring, boring, boring.

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Half moon manicure

Yaawn! The only thing that caught my eye as being in any way new and inspiring was the modern French manicure and the floating half-moon. Both individually not that pretty but put them together and I think were on to something.

BUT, it’s not enough – I’m still kidding myself that the brief break in the clouds means it’s pretty much spring and I should break out the pastels and maybe some glitter. I’m not sure if I can I continue with these darker shades without feeling completely “meh”?

However, just as I am about to cry into my laptop with despair, a desperate search of ‘nail art’ on Instagram saves the day…Baam!

There it is….Leona Lewis had smashed it with her nail look for the Grammys, a monochrome ‘checkmate’ manicure. I am totally in love with this look – it is elegant, stylish, sophisticated, new and if nails could speak they would be saying “we mean business”.

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Leona’s fabulous nails were created by top celebrity manicurist, Kimmie Kyees whose handiwork has graced the nails of A-listers like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Britney Spears.

Leona’s look was created using Red Carpet Manicure, the first at-home LED gel manicure system. Kimmie Kyees used RCM’s White Hot and Black Stretch Limo to achieve Leona Lewis’ colour blocked gel manicure. Lewis’ celebrity manicurist first painted the whole nail with two coats of White Hot, and then with a striper brush, divided the nail into three sections, and filled in the sides with Black Stretch Limo.

Happy at last! Thank you Kimmie Kyees and Leona Lewis for these beautiful creations, I can’t wait to go and try them out.  Fingers crossed they look as amazing on my hands as they do on Leona’s….wish me luck!

Top Choices at the MTV VMA’s 2013

I’ve been taking a stroll down Memory Lane in regards to catwalk and Award Shows, when I came across the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 and I thought it would be great to do a review on some of the looks on the night.  There were some truly dreadful garments on how show but here on The Beauty Cloud we like to go with the positive so here are our favourite looks from  the night!

First up is the lovely Taylor Swift.  I’ve heard a lot of people saying that the dress she wore was aging and that she has  lots of time when she is older to wear such respectable clothing but for me I find it very refreshing to see someone her age dressing classy and elegant.  To me the navy well tailored dress was very Marilyn Monroe which of course is a big ‘yes’ for me.  This stunning piece is by Herve Leger.  The extremely talented Taylor Swift walked away with the award for best video on the night!

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Emma Watson has become some what of a fashion icon the last while so it is expected of her to look great on the red carpet.  Again, just like Taylor I love to see someone her age dressing appropriately and tastefully.  She wore this adorable blended digital print dress which was uniquely tailored.  It’s a great length on her showing just enough leg paired with matching black heels to compliment the dress perfectly. Definitely a winner for us!

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To me Selena Gomez was just perfection.  She wore a simply beautiful Versace dress with corset detailing covered in matching beading.  I’ve heard a few people say it was too sexy etc but her arms are covered and her legs aren’t out so I would say its it is definitely appropriate attire for the event.

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Thats my low down for the best dressed at the awards!  Tune in next time when we will be looking at A/W 2013 Key Trends!

‘How-to’ create Selena Gomez: Funky French Braid

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Heads turned as Selena Gomez stepped onto the red carpet at Sunday’s anticipated MTV Movies Awards. Her beautiful Julien Macdonald metallic minidress added a touch of glamour to the event and Selenas bold choice of hairstyle has been a key talking point this week.

We spoke with hair extension specialists at www.pauls-hair-world.co.uk to find out how to recreate Selenas great look and get red carpet ready in 6 simple(ish) steps!

Step 1

If you’re lucky enough to have very long hair, this style will be pretty easy to complete. If not, Pauls Hair World recommends using clip in hair extensions to get the necessary length to complete the French braid, also adding thickness to the style.

Step 2:

Backcomb the hair on the crown of the head to create a small bouffant, and pin into place. We suggest using a backcombing brush available for only £2.99 to quickly get height and body instantly.

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Smooth the hair and create 6 small pony tails down the centre of your head.

Step 4:

We suggest you ask a friend to help you with this step. Carefully create a french braid using all of the pony tails.

Step 5:

To get Selena’s tousled look, gently pull the braid apart slightly, and pin to the smooth area of your hair to ensure the ponytails are completely covered. Use the back comb brush to carefully backcomb the French braid to add to the messy look.

Step 6:

You’re ready for the red carpet! Spray with extra hold hair spray to keep down any flyaway hairs and keep your Selena pony looking great all evening. 

GRÁINNE MAHER MILLINERY DEBUTS AT HOUSE OF FRASER

Butterfly Hat by Gráinne Maher

Visionary milliner, jewellery maker and Northern Ireland Fashion Designer of the Year Gráinne Maher, continues to spread her creative wings with the launch of her debut millinery collection at House of Fraser Belfast this September.

 

The Gráinne Maher Millinery collection at House of Fraser will feature a statement collection of couture hats and heavenly headpieces expertly complemented by matching clutch bags.  With prices for hat and bag sets starting from just £125, these must-have accessories make wedding and race day shopping an exciting experience in itself. Nothing short of show-stopping, Gráinne’s new collection features elements of sinamay, lace, Swarovski crystal and pearl so for those searching for an opulent finish to any look, the hunt is over.

 

Pegasus Perspex Headpiece by Gráinne Maher

House of Fraser first snapped up Gráinne’s laser-cut jewellery label Pluck & Devour earlier this year following the donning of Gráinne’s ‘Bark at the Moon’ pendant by US superstar Selena Gomez before an audience of millions as host at Belfast MTV EMA’s.  For A/W 12 Pluck & Devour has several new avant-garde designs launching in-store including the new ‘culture vulture’ range which gives nod to literary gems such as Shakespeare and Wilde.  Be sure to also look out for Gráinne’s P&D LUXE label boasting ultra-modern 3D curved perspex one-offs for ladies who want nothing short of a style statement.

 

Pluck & Devour LUXE necklace by Gráinne Maher

Gráinne, who was recently named in The Irish Times’ Top 20 People Changing the Face of Northern Ireland, comments: “The last year has been a whirlwind of creativity and opportunity for me and I am super excited to be collaborating with House of Fraser for the launch of Gráinne Maher Millinery in-store.  I have had great fun putting the A/W 12 collection together, working on new embellishment twists and alternative materials for a truly bespoke feel.”

 

 

Blue perspex headpiece and necklace by Gráinne Maher

 

Gráinne Maher’s jewellery pieces are also available online at www.pluckanddevour.com and a range of boutiques around the country.

 

For more information, please visit www.grainnemahermillinery.com or www.pluckanddevour.com, emailg@pluckanddevour.com or g@grainnemahermillinery.com or alternatively call 00 44 7813 775164

 

 

 

Natural -V- False

The Natural way isn’t always the most fun way …. Let’s face it, we go to so much effort to look good when we go out,  from new shoes, dresses accessories, make-up, to false tan, false lashes, false nails…..so why stop there…. why not have false hair too.

I have to admit, although I have a great hairdresser and I love my hair, sometimes I just wish I could go crazy with it and unless my hairdresser wants to move in with me, that’s just not going to happen.  Therefore, I have decided to join the newest celebrity craze and join the wig crew!

Nicki Minaj, a star studded American Singer/Rapper has the right idea… she landed into our world simply to grace us with some awesome wigs! I love her style, she isn’t afraid of colour injection and her wigs really just bring her look to life! If it’s not her wig’s that bring the colour then her clothes and make-up will not let us down. I would love to know how she gets away with all these colours and yet doesn’t over power us! She’s fab!

Another personal favourite has to be Katy Perry! The famous long wavy blue wig just looks like it was made for her. This has to be one of my favourite coloured wigs…. now if I could just find the courage to wear it!

I love the shape of all Jessie J’s wigs, the perfect bob hairstyle that we strive so hard for and yet can never quite reach…. She has it mastered! Purple is my favourite colour so I just LOVE this one!

So we know there are lots of gorgeously stylish and colourful wigs out there which totally rock our socks. I don’t mind that these wigs are quite obviously fake, what  I just haven’t quite got the love for though are wigs which are supposed to look real, but we all know are false… Selena Gomez in her blonde wig just makes me shudder a little. I don’t get it at all. I definitely think she should stick to her luscious dark locks.

What do you think of wigs? Do you already own some? or perhaps would just love to try one out but haven’t built up the courage quite yet…. why not share your thoughts with us! I definitely want to purchase this Jessie J style wig below!