Glitter Fade Nail Tutorial

In the wise words of Jessie J; I’m feeling sexy & free… Like Glitter’s raining on me!

I have a confession to make… My name is Louise Henry and I am a glitter-holic.

Glitter makes everything better, you can never have too much – especially when it comes to your nails. It is such a simple solution to cheering up plain nails and it is super-duper quick to apply.

There are many different methods of applying glitter to a manicure or pedicure but my favourite is probably the glitter fade.  It makes it look like glitter is raining down over your nails.  You can use it to add an element of sparkle to pale pink bridal nails or bling up a set of neon holiday toes. It’s SO Versatile!

All you need is your nail preparation kit along with a base coat polish, your chosen colour of polish, an extra sparkly glitter polish & your top coat.  I would recommend Barry M’s glitter polishes – very reasonable prices and great finish.

Glitter Fade Nails

Prep and prime your nails as always.  Once your nails are prepped apply your base coat and 2 layers of your chosen colour… don’t be afraid to be a little adventurous!  Allow these layers of polish a good 15 mins to dry as you don’t want to smudge them when applying the special layer of glitter.

After you have allowed your coloured polish to sufficiently dry you can go all out with the glitter.  Using the nail polish brush, apply a thick blob of glitter polish either at the cuticle end of your nail or else at the free edge of your nail, doing only one nail at a time as you need to move quickly – when I say blob I really mean it, keep that polish thick and the glitter dense!

Now you need to wipe ALL the excess polish off your brush & using this brush slowly wipe the glitter down the nail in small strokes, allowing the glitter to rain down your nail like a sparkling snow fall.  Be gentle with this part as you don’t need much pressure.

Repeat this step on all of your nails. You will get more confident as you go along.  Don’t be too fussy as the glitter does most of the work and that’s the joy of this style of nail art!  Once all of your nails have been adequately jazzed up, pop a thin layer of shiny top coat on and a slathering of cuticle oil… now you can sit back and admire your handy work.

Glitter Fade Nails, The Nail Room, Studio 75, Bangor

Easy peasy lemon squeezey, amazing isn’t it?!

Send me in some of your attempts via facebook/email or tag me in your pictures on Instagram, I’m happy to help if you have any trouble following the guide.  I’ll leave you with a few pictures of some glitter fade gel manicures I have done on my clients. L xx

Glitter Fade Nails, The Nail Room, Studio 75, Bangor

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

I Was Made for Lovin’ You Kiss Nails!

It’s so exciting when I get new products to play with.  I’m such a big kid- it’s like Christmas morning, ripping the boxes open to have a peek inside.  I wasn’t disappointed when I was recently sent some new products from Kiss Nails.

Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish French Manicure KitKiss is an American cosmetics company that provide a wide range of products from make-up & false lashes to top of the range hair dryers.  All of their products are generally of professional quality and great value for money.  To get an idea of all their fabulous products have a look on their website www.kissusa.com.  You can also purchase their products in Boots and Superdrug stores!

I love to keep on top of the latest products and technologies to hit the market so I was super excited to test out the new Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish French Manicure Kit and Kiss Everlasting Pro LED Gel Lamp.  The instructions provided in this kit are so simple – I reckon even my boyfriend could do it if he followed the step by step process.  Let me guide you through it…

1. I recommend you go back to my very first blog post on nail preparation before applying any nail products – the Kiss kit provides you with all of the tools to carry out this prep. Once I had completed this step I cleansed my nails using the Kiss cleanser & wipes provided.

2. Once the nails are cleansed & ready to go start sizing the magic little white tips to make sure you find the perfect fit – this is the trickiest and most important part because if the tips don’t fit the nails will lift. Take your time and be patient, trust me it is worth it!

Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish French Manicure Kit

Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish French Manicure KitKiss have created these little curved pieces of plastic, similar to a false nail, but when you stick them down on to your own nail using the supplied glue and carefully remove them using the instructions provided the little white tip is left imprinted on your own natural nail… absolutely ingenious!

Why have we ladies spent years trying to paint a perfectly straight line for a French manicure when we could have been using these nifty little tools?!  These white tips are what I love most about this system; they ensure that every white tip is exactly the same size, no wobbly lines or irregular shapes – it satisfies my OCD greatly!

3. When the little tips have been applied to all of the nails on both hands, it is time to apply the base layer gel to one hand and cure under the LED lamp – always being careful not to touch any skin or cuticle area.

Kiss LED LampAs with a lot of gel systems you need to do your four fingers first then your thumb separately on each of your hands to ensure the LED light reaches all areas of your nails and they are hardened correctly.

4. Now you have a good base down on your nails you apply the colour gel in exactly the same way as the base to that same hand. It is down to your personal preference whether you apply one or two layers of this colour.  I personally prefer a slightly more natural French manicure so I always opt for the one layer unless a client requests otherwise.

Peel Off Kiss Color Gel5. To seal all of your hard work in apply a thin layer of the top coat to the hand that you have been working on, cure the gel as before and then cleanse the nail with the wipes & cleanser provided.

Peel Off Kiss Top Gel

6. Finally finish by cleansing the nails. I would recommend that once you have cleansed your nails you apply a layer of clear nail polish to make sure they are super shiny and as always use a heap of cuticle oil to keep your cuticles hydrated!

If you have followed all of the steps carefully and used the products correctly you should be left with a beautiful French manicure.

Beautiful Kiss French Manicure

This is a really simple and straightforward product to apply and you don’t need any experience to give it a go.  If you find yourself struggling with applying this product to the hand you don’t normally work with, don’t be afraid to ask a friend to help you out.

I am usually quite dubious about home gel kits, but the gels provided in this Kiss kit were of a great quality and I was really impressed with the final outcome.

The Kiss LED lamp was fab, dinky little size; perfect for storing and it even had a timer button just like the one I use for my clients in the salon.

The kit is ideal if you have a keen interest in doing nails or simply just enjoy doing your own nails at home.  Kiss also supply solid coloured gels that you can apply in between the base layer and top coat gels using the same process as explained above. I’ll be reviewing one of these Everlasting Gel polishes in one of my next blog posts along with a special little tub that Kiss sells to safely remove your gel manicure… so watch this space!

I would love to hear if any of you chose to regularly use gel nail kits at home instead of paying salon prices or if you have tried this one before and could give me a few tips.  I’d especially like to hear about your home disasters as we can all learn from each other’s beauty mistakes!

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

Dress of the Month ~ July 2014

Alyssa Wedding Dress by Allure Bridals

Right now my favourite of all of our Bridal Gowns is the fabulous Alyssa by Allure Bridals (Style 8955). It really is such a fun wedding dress, with its funky frills and gorgeous embellishment it definitely stands out from the crowd!

This romantic ballgown is created from layers of soft organza. The bodice features a sweetheart neckline with lace, while the waistline has a satin band with a sparkling appliqué.

We recently showcased this beautiful gown in a fashion show and it was the dress that everyone was talking about afterwards.  This is definitely the dress for the girl who wants to make an impact on her wedding day!

Article by Catherine Massey

Catherine has been writing Bi-Weekly Article for us since the 8th May 2012 and is our very talented Bridal Specialist. Catherine is a Bridal Stylist for their family Bridal Boutique, Cathedral Gowns. Find them onlineat http://www.cathedralgowns.com or on Facebook.

Any questions, email catherine@thebeautycloud.co.uk

Thicken your hair in seconds with this wonder product. Also a must have Kit product for Hair & Make-up Artists!

I was contacted by a company called KeraFiber, which has recently launched in the UK (although they have been very successful in the USA for years).Thicken Hair, Thinning Hair, Makeup Artist, Hair Dresser, Keratin, Hair, Protein, Kerafiber, Must have

In case you haven’t heard of the product yet, let me tell you, it is genius! It is made from natural keratin  protein fibres, which is the same protein your hair is made out of, making it virtually undetectable once applied, unlike similar talc/powder based powders.

Thicken Hair, Thinning Hair, Makeup Artist, Hair Dresser, Keratin, Hair, Protein, Kerafiber, Must haveFor me this product has two great benefits and uses. The first is on a personal level as a few months back, out of nowhere, I started losing my hair. I have lost about 40% of my hair, making it noticeably thin. I already had fine hair so when I started losing it, it really wasn’t easy to hide. I was sent KeraFiber in black to try out. To be honest when I first tapped some of the powder out on my hand, my first impression was that it was so fine and I couldn’t see it making much difference. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. It definitely made a big difference. My only issue was that I needed to put quite a bit on to notice a big difference, but at the same time, the protein fibres are so small that it isn’t noticeable that I have a lot of powder on my hair.

I was also sent the grey colour to try out on some of my clients and family etc. It Thicken Hair, Thinning Hair, Makeup Artist, Hair Dresser, Keratin, Hair, Protein, Kerafiber, Must havedid make a difference and the hair appeared much fuller and thicker. My only issue with the grey is that it is more difficult to get a realistic colour. I think you would need to mix the grey with another colour to get it to suit and look natural, but still very effective.

If you are worried about thinning hair it is definitely worth giving the product a try. The bottles of KeraFiber come in two sizes 12g (£19.95) and 28g (£29.95). It comes in 9 different colours. Follow up with the KeraFiber Hair Spray (£5.95) which is designed to increase the bond between the hair  and the fibers.

Apart from personal use, I find this a really great product to use for work. In Theatre and Film, I constantly have to make cast members appear either older or younger. I have used some different coloured hairsprays designed to age cast members. But they can look very false and you also have to be very careful if the camera is shooting close up to the person. Then I tried KeraFiber, it can change the colour of the hair while remaining totally natural looking and because of how thin the fibre powder is, it is totally un-detectible to the camera. So if you are a hair / makeup artist, it is definitely worth having a few bottles of this product in your kit box.Thicken Hair, Thinning Hair, Makeup Artist, Hair Dresser, Keratin, Hair, Protein, Kerafiber, Must haveFor a product which has clearly had years of research, I was pleasantly surprised by the price. I was expecting it to be much more expensive.

Visit the KeraFiber website (www.kerafiber.com) which is packed full of information and videos of the product in action.

The Beauty Cloud’s Guide to Festival Hair

Fesitval Season can be a tricky one for us ladies when it comes to keeping those tresses tamed, so I’ve come up with an easy 4-Day guide to easy-to-manage hairstyles to ensure you stay looking gorgeous the whole time.

DAY ONE

Festival Hair says one thing to me Bohemian Glamour!!

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Curls and waves created by spritzing on AVEDA ‘BE CURLY’ ENHANCING SPRAY, then curling by patting GHD‘s over pin-curls formed by wrapping hair around 3-4 fingers giving unique curls and waves of all sizes and shapes. By using the ‘Be Curly’ and GHD’s this will give curls that will last and drop into soft waves in 3-4 days.

DAY TWO

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Curls have dropped and dressed through naturally giving tousled informal curls and waves. If you have any frizzing, 2-3 spritz of Be Curly Spray again will tame it down.

Lift the front of your brow with a plait creating a practical but kooky twist to the look.

DAY THREE

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By now the curls have relaxed into irregular waves. Scoop the hair back off your face with two effortless plaits joining into one creating some boho chic.

If our festival babes are feeling a tad un-fresh a mist of TIERRY MULGER ANGEL PERFUMING HAIR MIST will have you feeling as fresh as a daisy!

 DAY FOUR

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Continuing on with some bang on-trend plaits simply just pull hair all to one side, letting shorter layers drop softly then plait loosely into a two-strand plait creating a fishtail, giving a Boho finale to our festival style!!

Hair by: Gillian Douglas-Rea / Make-up by: Nuala Campbell

Article by Gillian Douglas-Rea
 
Gillian has been writing for The Beauty Cloud since way back at 25th April 2012! You can follow more of Gillian’s work on Facebook. Any questions, email gillian@thebeautycloud.co.uk

Celebrity Nail Watch: Vanessa Hudgens

Instagram #NAILARTI don’t know about you guys but I am totally addicted to Instagram.  Every chance I get I am on there! It doesn’t matter where I am; whether it is in the dentist’s waiting room or lying in bed at night (my boyfriend always shouts at me for my late night insta-creeping… oops!) – I just can’t help myself from refreshing my Instagram feed.

I especially love the pictures that ‘Instagramer’s’ share of their fave new fashion trends, beauty buys and their fresh new mani’s and pedi’s.

When I am stuck for artistic inspiration I can get some great ideas for nail art simply at the swipe of a finger.

Mani’s & pedi’s are staying white hot this summer

Both mani’s & pedi’s are staying white hot this summer in the fashion industry.

Nail art has become a big part of how celebrities and style icons express themselves, with new ideas and trends constantly emerging.  No outfit is complete these days without a striking manicure.

Some fashionista’s in particular are paving the way in the manicure-style-stakes. I love to see what they’re wearing on their nails just as much as what they are wearing on their gloriously groomed & toned celebrity bodies.

So, I thought I would start documenting my findings for you guys to have a nosy at… just like a nail tech version of David Attenborough I suppose…

Vanessa Hudgens, Spingbreaker’s actress, manicure trend setterMy ultimate bohemian nail art crush is Spingbreaker’s actress Vanessa Hudgens. I adore her hippy-chic fashion sense and the way she is always pushing boundaries and trying new things.  I love checking her Instagram to get a look at her latest manicure – always guaranteed to be super snazzy.

4Vanessa is a big fan of the lengthy almond shaped nail extensions, adorned with various multimedia bits & bobs.

Britney Tokyo nail designs using glitter and small pictures

Britney Tokyo Nails

Gel and acrylic are like clear cement – you can encase anything small enough within them from tiny little pictures, lace, glitter, feathers, etc.  The possibilities are endless for anyone brave enough.

I know for sure that I couldn’t cope with such long extensions on my own hands on a day-to-day basis – due to my job and the fact that I struggle to get my face cream out of its jar when my nails are even a tiny bit long – but I would certainly love to recreate a few of Vanessa’s recent nail art escapades.

Naomi Yasuda Nails

Naomi Yasuda Nails

Each of the more extravagant sets of nails can take anywhere up to 3hours (or more) to complete by a super talented nail artist with an incredibly steady hand.  Vanessa is a big fan of two nail techs in particular, Britney Tokyo and Naomi Yasuda.

Both of these amazingly talented artists were born in Japan and now work between New York and California.  Between the pair of them they have styled more sets of nails for various different major celebs than I have had hot dinners… They are living the Nail Tech dream!

You can find me on my own personal Instagram at www.instagram.com/lawesh. Feel free to let me know of any hot new nail trends you have spotted on Instagram or just drop by to say hello.

Keep your eyes peeled for my future Celebrity Nail Watch posts!

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

Getting Sizzling Summer Hair: Top Tips

Woo hoo! It’s holi-bob time again.  If you’re looking the perfect barnet to keep you looking glam in the sun and heat, look know further.  Here are my top summer styles that will keep you looking fabulous rain or shine.
Long Hair
My top tip for long hair is to put it up.  This way you can maintain effortless style even when the heat is up. There are 3 up-styles trending this summer that will give you the perfect look while you lounge around the pool.
1. The Low PonytailLow ponytail with volumeThe low ponytail has featured on several big name runways this season.  To achieve this look, slick your hair back when it is slightly damp to get a great smooth finish then pull it into the nape of your neck and secure.  If you want a more professional finish, take some hair out of the ponytail and wrap it around the hair band to hide it, securing under the ponytail with a clip.  This looks can be achieved in a couple of minutes meaning more time in the sun!
2. Plaits
Plaits are the next hot look this season. They are very versatile and can be worn anywhere.
For a casual daytime, look pull hair to the side and softy plait.
Victoria Beckham side braid
For a more elegant evening style, plait around the top or around the front of the head.
Plait around the top or around the front of the head
For an extra snazzy look, try a two strand fishtail plait!
Two strand fishtail plait
3. The Bun
Michelle-Keegan Bun Donut
The celeb bun, as sported by the likes of Michelle Keegan, can be achieved with a foolproof bun donut (available to buy everywhere).  Just pop your hair in a ponytail, positioned on the head where you want the bun, then slip the donut over the ponytail.  Next, wrap the hair around the donut, tucking in the ends underneath and securing as needed.  Hey presto, instant glamour!
Short and Mid Length Hair
Rita Ora_Slicked Back Hair
For short and mid length hair the tip is keep it simple,  slick it down either in a parting, giving a 1920’s feel, or slick it all back as Rita Ora did on the red carpet not so long ago. To keep it slicked down, use a protection gel or cream that will give you style and protection in one chic swoop!
Whatever you venture with you hair this summer have some voguish fun in the sun!
Article by Gillian Douglas-Rea
Gillian has been writing for The Beauty Cloud since way back at 25th April 2012! You can follow more of Gillian’s work on Facebook. Any questions, email gillian@thebeautycloud.co.uk