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Daily Little Love’s ~ 8th March 2013

Here are my Daily Little Loves for today.

I think you’ll agree that this is the cutest puppy alive!!

Hope you enjoy!

Have a fabulous weekend!



Belfast’s first Makeup Pro Store…

Recently, Belfast seen the opening of a very exciting store for both the public and Professional Makeup Artists. Award winning Make-up Artist, Paddy McGurgan, opened Belfast’s very own Makeup Pro Store.


Paddy has hand-picked his favourite brands to be featured in-store from countries all around the world. It’s not only about make-up though, I was so glad to see some excellent skin care products in there too.

Makeup Pro Store Belfast Paddy McGurgan

Makeup Pro Store Belfast

The Makeup Pro Store is currently the stage for 9 different brands. Those brands are Embryolisse, Balance Me, Lucy Annabelle, The Makeup Studio, T.LeClerc, Make-up Atelier, Senna Cosmetics, DecoDerm and Paddy’s own range of Makeup Pro Store Brushes.

Makeup Pro Store Belfast Paddy McGurgan

A range of Products available in the Makeup Pro Store

Paddy gave me a lovely tour of the store and talked me through the brands and product’s he stocks and why.

I got to ask Paddy a few questions very serious and burning questions….

If your shop was on fire and you could only pick one product from each brand , which products would you save?

Balance Me – Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm (Paddy also gave me a tube of this to take home, so I will do a separate review shortly.)

Balance Me - Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm

Balance Me – Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm

A daily cleanser for cleansing balm addicts! Cleverly packaged in a handy, hygienic tube, our sophisticated 100% natural oil-based balm contains anti-oxidant Arctic cloudberry and gently polishing oatmeal. Sold with muslin cloth. Ideally suited for normal to dry/sensitive skins.£20 for 125ml tube

Embroylisse –  BB Cream

Embroylisse BB Cream

Embroylisse BB Cream

An Alcohol-Free, Beauty Balm that softens fine lines and wrinkles, covers imperfections and blemishes and acts as a primer. Hyaluronic Acid moisturizes and plumps the skin. A universal shade that provides bright, even skin tone with a stunning nude effect. A protective treatment against free radicals that effectively combats aging. $39 for 30ml tube

Makeup Studio – Matt Eyeshadows (When I asked him to specify which one would be his number 1, he broke out in a little sweat and he told me he couldn’t possibly choose, as it is like asking someone which of their children they would save! Lol! You gotta love his enthusiasm!)

Make up Studio Eyeshadows

Make up Studio Eyeshadows

Compact Matt Eyeshadow in Natural and Extreme Colours. Simple to apply because of the high intensity of the pigment. As well as dry, it can also be applied wet for a more powerful and long-lasting effect.

T.LeClerc – Banane Powder

T.LeClerc Banane Loose Powder

T.LeClerc Banane Loose Powder

Amazingly fine and light loose powder based on pure rice starch provides matte finish and visibly smoothes the skin. Poudre T. LeClerc incomparably masters light and hides flaws while magnifying the complexion. This powder is well-tolerated by the most sensitive skin, and also serves as protection against pollution and solar radiation. £36 for 25g tub.

Senna Cosmetics – Flare Eyeshadow – Paddy said he LOVES this product as an eyeshadow, but it also makes the most amazing highlighter!

Makeup Studio Flare Eyeshadow

Makeup Studio Flare Eyeshadow

Beautiful light reflective finish gives buildable coverage that can be soft on the eyes or richly intense. The glossy surface and depth of color and dimension make these colors wearable. $18.00

Make up Pro Store Brush Range – Duo-fibre Foundation Brush

Makeup Pro Store - Duo Fibre Brush

Makeup Pro Store – Duo Fibre Brush

Large Duo Fibre Face brush made of both natural and synthetic fibres. Perfect for lightweight application and blending of fluid, cream or powder.  £12.99

DecoDerm – Black Eyeliner Pencil

DecoDerm Eyeliner Pencil

DecoDerm Eyeliner Pencil

Eye pencil with a soft and delicate texture to accurately outline the eye contour, giving intensity to the look. Exclusive formula that is easy to apply thanks to a high concentration of pigments that design an intense, elegant and long-lasting line.

Do you have products to suit all budgets?

Yes! The DecoDerm range would be our lowest priced products in store and is great for anyone to start building their makeup collection.


If money isn’t really and object, I would recommend the Senna Cosmetics range.

If you are somewhere in between, I would recommend mixing and matching between the brands. There are certain items you can get away with spending less money on. But for the likes of foundation, I recommend investing more of your money in that area. You can pop into the store any time and our trained staff can help pick products to suit your skin and your budget.

Can you recommend certain Brands for different skin types?

Yes. For Dry skin I would recommend the T.LeClerc Hydrating Foundation. It gives a medium coverage and can be mixed and blended with concealer to give a full coverage.501480627

For Combination skin, I recommend the No Transfer Foundation by Makeup Studio. It comes in 31 shades so you can be sure to get a true skin match.

For oily skin, I recommend the Mineralised Foundation by Senna Cosmetics.

Senna Cosmetics

What makes the Makeup Pro Store different from the likes of Boots or Debenhams?

All the staff and artists here are trained in all the products and brands which we stock. So where you will go into any of the other stores, those staff will be trained to sell products from their brand only. At the Makeup Pro store we wont be in Sales mode. We will use the products which we believe are best for your skin. The staff here are all Professional Makeup Artists, not Sales Consultants.

Watch our video below to take a quick tour of the Makeup Pro Store and get a sneak peek at all the cosmetics there is in store.

Paddy also has his very own Makeup Academy Space at the Pro Store. Contact Paddy directly for information on his great Makeup Courses or visit http://www.paddymcgurganartist.com

If you would like to try out some of these Cosmetic Brands for yourself pop into the store or make an appointment for a tailored evaulation of your skin and the best products to use. The Makeup Pro store is situated on Belfast’s Royal Avenue (a few doors up from The Belfast Telegraph and facing Biento Madame Bridalwear).


Competition Winner Announced!

Competition Winner Announced!

Limited Edition Sugarlicious Kit by Benefit Cosmetics

Today was the deadline for our Sugarlicious Kit Competition and we have selected a winner at random!

Congratulations to our winner Kirsty who will receive this deliciously nude lip and cheek kit by Benefit Cosmetics!

Kirsty also runs her over fabulous blog called ‘Fashion for Lunch‘ you can find her at http://fashionforlunch.wordpress.com/

Stay tuned for more competitions to come!

Do not fret, you can still bag yourself one of these limited edition beauties online at www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk for only £24.50

Win! Win! Win!

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!

Win a New Sugarlicious Kit!

Beautiful things come in small packages!

If you have been following my work, you will know that I am a big Benefit Cosmetics lover, especially at this time of year!

I had originally planned to write one blog post about these products, but the more I got into it, the more I realised that I loved so many of the new releases, so over the next 3 days, I will share with you some of my favourite in bite size posts…. One reason for doing this is because I could talk the leg off a stool about Make-up, another reason is I don’t want you all having little pee accidents with the excitement of all the new releases!

Benefit Cosmetics Make-up and Trend Artist
Mark Rogers

The Christmas Season (I’m sorry to use the ‘C’ word in October) has seen the release of some great Limited Edition sets by Benefit and last night I was lucky enough to be at the launch for their newest gift sets which were immaculately presented by Benefit Make-up and Trend artist, Mark Rogers.  All of the following sets are great for gifts for your girlfriends for Christmas. However, I am a firm believer in ‘looking after No. 1’ so don’t be afraid of treating yourself to them as well.

These kits are a great way of trying out some of the best selling Benefit Cosmetics products but at a fraction of the price! Also if you are planning some Winter Sun, they are a perfect fit for your suitcase – Especially with all the added security and regulations in the airports at the minute. You might not want to risk taking your favourite full size Perfume away on holiday with you for fear of disqualification…. But fear not! Now Benefit have released a mini pack of their best selling perfumes!

Benefit Perfumes are usually sold at £29.50 (or $36.00 / €44.00) for 30ml, and with so many to choose from, it is usually a little disheartening having to pick only one. So when I seen their new ‘Crescent Row’ Limited Edition set which features 4 cute little  10ml bottles of their best sellers, I was over the moon!

‘Crescent Row’ Limited-Edition Perfume Set

This set includes:

Laugh with me LeeLee (A light blend of Citrus, Jasmine and Lily Blossoms)

My place or yours Gina (An alluring affair of Pink Pepper, Wild Raspberry and Patchouli)

Garden of good & Eva (A crisp floral spiked with Pear, Jasmine and Freesia)

last but most definitely not least, it is my favourite….

Ring my Bella (a seductive floral with Lily, Jasmine and Vanilla)

Now, if that wasn’t enough excitement to send you running down to your nearest Benefit Store, this will…. The Limited Edition gift-set, featuring the 4 minis, is priced the same as one full size bottle! So not only do you get more variety for your pennies, you also get more product too! So you get 4 Mini Perfumes for only £29.50!

Ok so I am trying to contain my excitement so I can write about this next Limited Edition set…. breathe…. steady…. ok here goes….

You will know if you have been following my post’s, that I am a lover of the Benefit Cosmetics High Shine lip glosses. But have you tried their new range of Lip glosses on the market?

This Autumn / Winter 2012 season is all about the lips, so this is the perfect set to release for current trends. Each of the new glosses match with their gorgeous best selling blushers, so you are guaranteed a perfect match every time. Usually these beautiful high pigmented glosses retail at £13.50 for a 15ml tube. These glosses really last the test of time due to the amount of pigment in them. You really only do need the tiniest bit of product to look fabulously glossy. They are well worth the money on their own. You would think that was enough to expect from Benefit, but nooooo! They are really treating us this Christmas with their new ‘High Flyin’ Glosses set! In this set, you get miniatures of ALL SIX GLOSSES…. sorry for the cap’s I was getting a little too excited there! So, as I was saying, you get all six of their glosses in lovely little 6.5ml tubes, which is perfect for fitting in your pocket or bag to help your lips look kissable wherever you go!

High Flyin’ Glosses – Limited Edition Set

This Limited-Edition set includes:

Dandelion (Soft Pearly Pink)

Dallas (Dusty Rose)

Sugarbomb (Shimmering Pinky Nude)

CORALista (Sheer Coral ) *My personal favourite!

Bella Bamba (Sheer bright Watermelon)

Hoola (Shimmering Golden Nude)

This Limited Edition set will go out of stock in LIGHTENING SPEED as it is priced at only £19.50 (€29.50 / $26.00) This is a perfect way of trying out all the new lip-glosses at only a fraction of the price!

This is only two of my favourites for you… I can’t wait to share tomorrow’s post with you, featuring two more of the fantastic new treats Benefit has realeased for us!

Happy Christmas to us this year!! I think it is quite nice and thoughtful of me to write my Christmas list from Benefit Cosmetics only…. Surely it saves all the running around for people! 🙂 I think they should all buy me two kits each since I was soooo thoughtful!

The above products are available at your local Benefit Cosmetics stores or online at http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk or http://www.benefitcosmetics.com – Remember these products are LIMITED EDITION, so when they are gone, they are gone for good! Boo Hoo! So dont delay, get online or down to your Benefit Store soon.

See you back here tomorrow for lots more loveliness!

Keep Smiling!

Recycled Rubber Shoes, what’s not to like?

You know how much we love Melissa Shoes here at The Beauty Cloud so we have set out some of the Top Affordable Favourites for you to swoon over below – Enjoy!


Check out these Alice in Wonderland themed recycled rubber flat shoes. They are luxurious and velvety red flats which have a little gold stop watch detail on the toe which adds to the detail. There is also a print of the original Alice in Wonderland iconic image of Alice in the inside of the shoe which gives these cute flats a quirky look. Wear your pair with a little black dress or with a pair of skinny jeans and t-shirt for that casual look.


I just couldn’t take my eyes off these very  feminine and classy shoes designed by Jason Wu for Melissa . These are fabulous Ultra girlie pumps in a smoke Grey and black lace print peep toe style, finished off with a charming bow detail to the front. They are simply perfect for any occasion, particularly a special one. The shoes also feature a signature Jason Wu owl logo and a low 2cm concealed heel, all in delicious bubble-gum scented plastic with is almost good enough to eat!

Vivienne Westwood Melissa Shoes
Ultragirl Black/Silver Buckle

Shoes to shine in, these unique Melissa Shoes have been designed by the remarkable Vivienne Westwood who has transferred her fun and quirky character into these Glossy black plastic peep toes with a polished look and light gold buckle detail. The inside is a plush sole for extra comfort and features the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania logo. These Peep toes can be worn with anything, dress up or down accordingly but make sure that these beauty’s get to stand out from the crowd.

Campana Melissa Shoes
Zig-Zag Gold Pump
Was £60.00
Now £40.00

These Zig-Zag Gold pump’s were created with the Campana Brother’s in Partnership with Melissa. They have designed a pair of Gold glitter plastic with a tangle effect design, featuring a low top line that supports your foot with a solid edge at the front of the toe. The inside of these golden cutie’s contains an ultra-comfortable plush insole, so that it’ll be like walking on heaven. The Melissa tag and Campana logo are also are in the inside and are placed in quite attractive position. Wear these with a long Black floaty dress or with a casual outfit, either way you’ll still look a million dollars.


With the Olympics have just finished and the Paralympics about to start, its hard not to be in a medal frenzy. Every competitor aiming to achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Gold, Silver and Bronze are not out of reach for all of us. We can have them everyday – with our Hair Colour!

Let me show you how you can achieve medal winning hair with your colour !!!


Bronze maybe the third on podium but with hair colour its one of the richest colours. It produces such a shine it can give a metallic glint on the hair.

The secret with a Bronze colour is when selecting the shade is not to go too dark or too light.

If its too Dark …….. The Bronze will get lost with the darkness loosing that metallic glow.

If the colour is too light ……… it will either glow an orangey tint or look faded and washed out.

The ideal shades for bronze is a dark to medium blonde.

Skin Tones that can carry Bronze are on the paler edge and also freckles can work with the Bronze colour giving that alternative Irish Colleen look.


Silver Definitely gives you that metallic shimmer of the hair.

It’s a very sought after colour for both male and female ……It can make any blonde look contemporary !!

Silver is one of the hardest tones to achieve …….. Fighting against not looking grey or one off the blue rinse brigade!!

Before you start even trying to add a silver tone the hair must be lighten to a very very pale blonde, if there is any trace of gold / yellow the silver will either disappear and do nothing our turn a strange hint of green.

The colour has to be exceptionally light to leave the silver nearly see through so it doesn’t become grey.

To up keep this silver tone is difficult and can fade easy but…..

HERO PRODUCT: Schwarzkopf Bonacure Color Save Silver Shampoo is excellent.

If you find your silver tone is fading leave the shampoo lathered up on 3-5 mins and it will refresh your toned!

Skin Tones that suit Silver are clear with icy blue eyes.

Giving an edge to any Nordic Blonde!!


Gold in Hair Colour is exactly as it is in it metal form ……. Luxurious and Lustrous !!

It is making a huge impact on the Blonde scene at the moment , Riching up and softening blondes making them multi-tonal.

Gold is extremely for blondes …….. Whether they be full heads or foils you can inject some gold into your life and colour !!

Going for gold in an all over blonde needs to be done subtly and gently always swaying to soft wheat tones so not to have overkill resulting in Brassy Blonde.

In foils / Lights introducing a golden blo

So now Gold, Silver and Bronze …… aren’t such hard work to achieve !!!

Blonde put through can totally change the dynamic  off the hair colour. It softens the whole look down giving that natural, effortless feel to the colour.

Any Shade of Blonde can introduce gold into their colour.

Skin tones that suit gold’s can vary from clear to tanned depending on the strength of gold.

So all blondes can radiate like they are top of the world.