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We are currently looking for a talented writer to join the Beauty Cloud team and write two articles each month about all things nails – from the ultimate French polish to looking after those nail extensions and much more!

This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to increase traffic to their business websites and social media accounts as well as a way to try out some of the latest nail products.

If you are interested in writing for us please contact info@thebeautycloud.co.uk to find out more.

Game, Set and Fitness

Now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, it’s time to put down those dumbbells, step away from the treadmill, and get your butt out of the gym and into the fresh air!

Health and fitness isn’t always about lifting weights or pounding the pavements, sometimes the best way to do your body some good is with some good old-fashioned sport!

Tennis Racket and Balls

We moved into our flat at the end of 2012, and after a quick scoot round the area and a browse of Google earth, we found that there were some tennis courts down the road. Even better…they’re free to use!  So last year when the weather finally brightened up, we dusted off our old tennis rackets, nipped down to Sports Direct for a pack of 3 tennis balls (£1.99…bargain!) and attempted to recreate Wimbledon. Sadly it didn’t quite look like that, however it WAS pretty fun and a great thing to do on a nice sunny evening after being sat at a desk all day.

Jump forward to this year, and I’ve just got back from our first tennis session of 2014. I was never a great sportswoman at school, and barely got through tennis sessions but whatever level you’re at, it can be a great all over workout. I love that it’s one of the sports my boyfriend and I can play together, and if you’re feeling sociable, you can always play doubles with friends.

Tennis Courts

If you’ve never played before, see if any friends have a racket you can borrow – failing that, you can normally pick up fairly cheap ones from big sports stores. Next, find yourself a partner. If you know someone who can play, ask him or her to give you a few pointers.  Even if you can barely hit it, constantly bending down to pick up the ball is a great leg toner in itself!

As you get better, you’ll find yourself getting more competitive, and it’s a great feeling when you manage a decent shot. Try doing some drills – have someone lightly tap it over the net and practice aiming in a particular direction. It can take a while to get into it (I’m often being shouted at – ‘MOVE YOUR FEET!!’) but an hours session will fly by. By the end, you’ll have got a good cardio workout from running around, arm workout from swinging the racket, and leg workout from lunging to hit the ball. What more could you ask for?

Now where are the strawberries and cream….

Strawberries and cream

Find somewhere locally to play for free at http://www.tennisforfree.com and check out some basic online lessons at http://www.intosport.com/academies/tennis-school/11/default.aspx.

 

 

Bangs: Don’t Stand on the Fringe.

The sun is out and spirits are high.  Many of us are spring cleaning our houses and wardrobes in some cases. With all this change we sometimes feel our image could do with a spruce up too.  Well, I have a suggestion which doesn’t require anything too drastic – in one word it’s ‘fringe’!

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The first fringe in my spotlight is the long fringe.  This is great for mid length and longer hair styles and those with heart shaped faces. Its an easy casual fringe to wear either pushed to the side or worn in a centre parting, pushed back and then allowed to fall naturally and secured in place with a light spritz of hairspray. This is a low commitment, low maintenance fringe – perfect for hair dresser shy people!

Soft Full FringeNext up – the soft full fringe.  This fringe is ideal for long, medium length hair and select shorter length styles. This fringe is perfect for oval, heart and square shaped faces.  Top tip for this fringe is to use a large round brush when blow drying it to give it fullness. When dry, give it a light shake to tousle it and make it ‘bitty’ looking – softening the look.  This is a medium commitment fringe needing maintenance every 8-10 weeks.

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If you are looking to make a strong statement then the blunt fringe is for you. When done well this fringe is nothing short of stunning.  It can frame any oval face but some round faces can carry it effortlessly too! It is the focal point of a haircut and can vary widely in length depending on how brave you are.  Blunt fringes are, however, high maintenance and need cutting every 4-6 weeks to retain its bluntness.

 

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To add definition to your face shape & cheek bones try the side fringe.  It gives the impression of a longer face, making it most compatible with a round face type. This is a great way to soften long and medium length hairstyles but works effectively with short styles too.  This fringe requires a medium commitment and is an easy going little twist to a hair cut.

Don’t stand on the fringe, jump in and give it a go!!

‘The Charlotte’: Charlotte Balbier’s Wedding Dress

I’m just back from viewing the new bridal collection from Charlotte Balbier.  Not only was this a fantastic buying trip but it was also a fantastic opportunity to catch up with her about her recent wedding!

Charlotte was married in December 2013 but last time we chatted in July 2013 she told me about the difficulties of selecting her wedding dress.  Charlotte is one of the best UK bridal designers and we love her.  Not only does she create lovely and super girlie dresses, but she is also an absolute honey.

Her wedding was a super mega top secret.  We had to wait months to see even a glimpse of her big day on Instagram.  However, all was finally revealed a few weeks ago in the current issue of You and Your Wedding magazine.  I scoured the shops to track down a copy and oh my how it was worth the wait! The images of Charlotte’s perfect day were breathtaking and needless to say her dress was perfection.

The Charlotte

Combining good taste with a list of the best industry contacts made sure that every last detail of her wedding day wowed. Her wedding day supplier list is pretty much a who’s who of the wedding world, but I’m sure she would have had a hard time selecting who to use.  I dread the day I have to decide which professionals to use for different elements at my wedding as I have great relationships with so many in the industry – I am bound to offend someone! I imagine that for someone like Charlotte Balbier this problem is magnified.

However, narrowing down and selecting suppliers couldn’t have been as difficult as selecting ‘The Dress’. Can you imagine the pressure as one of the most important bridal designers in the UK?  She was reluctant to wear a dress that lots of other brides had chosen – she felt she had to create something new and unique just for her.  With the whole bridal industry eagerly awaiting her dress choice the pressure was on.

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In the end, she chose to wear two very different dresses.  Her ceremony gown was everything I had hoped it would be.  It was a proper princess dress, with an amazing full skirt, lace detailing, demure neckline and beautiful sleeves. As soon as I saw the picture in the magazine I knew Cathedral Gowns had to have it, and luckily for us ‘The Charlotte’ is part of her 2015 collection.

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Charlotte also chose a lighter gown for the wedding party and it was not what I was expecting at all. She opted for a soft slinky golden lace gown with beautiful fluttery sleeves. It wouldn’t have looked out of place on a 1930s movie set and gave off old Hollywood glamour! This dress is named after her wedding venue ‘Iscoyd Park’.  It goes without saying that we have this dress on order too.

I am delighted that she went for two gowns to showcase two different sides of her personality and style.  She told me that she had a third dress on stand-by in case she changed her mind but I think just made the perfect choices.

For more images see:

Charlotte’s Blog http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/charlotte-balbier/
You and Your Wedding http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/
Charlotte’s Instagram http://instagram.com/balbierbrides#

 

 

Let’s Talk Brows!

Let’s talk brows! I am all for them – In fact, it would be safe to say I am PRO-BROW! So when I was asked to actually be involved in the naming of a Pro-Brow Kit for Superdrug’s B. Range, naturally I jumped at the chance.

Introducing….. ‘B.Defined‘ – I know, I know, I’m a literary genius! You don’t have to tell me, I already know it’s the best named product EVER!

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But in all seriousness, I totally love this product and that is not me being biased. As a Makeup Artist, I won’t say a product is great if it actually isn’t.

B. Defined is part of Superdrug’s ‘B.’ Range. I have reviewed a number of their products in the past and have been very impressed with them. Read some of them here:

- Product Review: B. Naked Foundation

- B. Quick and Be Clean!

- Your Summer would not B. Complete without these Eye Palettes!

Available in two shades (light and dark) and containing a wax to set, two brow shades and a creamy highlighter as well as double-ended applicator, the kit has everything required for beautifully defined eyebrows.

coleen-rooneyIf there is one thing I can’t stand, it’s 1-Dimensional Eyebrows. You should be shaping your eyebrows with multiple colours to create depth and definition. So unlike many other brow kits which only give you one colour to work with, B. Defined actually gives you 2! Allowing you to create the perfect 3D brows in your own home.

Just look how crazy Angelina Jolie would look if she opted for the one dimensional scouse brow!

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Praise the heavens for Makeup Artists who actually give their clients the 3D megan-fox-giorgio-armani-beauty-01treatment. I have to say, I have a little bit of brow envy for Megan Foxes perfectly pruned brows, they are perfect!

I really love the wax in this product, it is soft enough to let you mould and shape your brows without them appearing stuck to the skin.

The highlighter is super creamy and very subtle. It really is an all-round great kit.

At the moment the kit is available in 2 shades, but I would love to see kits for ash/blonde or red heads aswell.

I do have some Good News and some Bad News for you though! I’ll give you the good news first – The B. Defined Brow Kit will be priced at a tiny £9.99. If you compare what you get in this kit against what you get in other leading brands kits, you are getting massive value for money. It will be available both on www.superdrug.com on in your local Superdrug store.

…. and the Bad News – The B. Defined kit I was sent is a pre-launch product – B. Defined isn’t actually released until May meaning you will have to wait a bit longer for it.

Here is a little #Selfie of my brows today using the B. Defined ‘Dark’ Kit

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For a Brand which is only 1 year old – They are making massive headway with their products.

Like everything in the B. makeup and skincare collection, the B. Defined eyebrow kit is certified cruelty free, and vegan.

You are going to love this kit! It is well worth it for under a tenner!

Enjoy!

Nuala x

 

Bronze Leaf Spray Tan? Yes Please!

I’ve learnt to embrace my porcelain skin.  However, as we move from spring towards summer more and more flesh is slowly being uncovered and this year I have decided to join the ranks of the bronzed brigade. Why?  Well, in May, whether rain or shine, I’m dancing down an aisle in a white dress with my pins out – and my current white cloth on white skin look has me worried our guests will mistake me for a zombie bride.

I’m not a fake tan virgin but I’ve never had a spray tan.  It’s not because of being prudish or lacking in body confidence… it’s because of Friends – the one where Ross get a tan.  Putting the Friends episode to the back on my mind, I decided to jump at the chance to try out the acclaimed Bronze Leaf spray tan courtesy of Beauty Cloud’s friends at Vamp Beauty Salon on the Lisburn Road in Belfast.  I had heard so many good things about this product that I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself.

Vamp Beauty Salon

I was greeted by the fantastic Vamp staff and instantly put at ease with a cup of tea then shown up to a private room, told where to store my clothes and handed sticky paper pads to pop on my bare feet, a shower cap to protect my hair and a paper thong for a little bit of modesty.  I was left to get undressed and got ready for crunch time as I entered the spray tent.

My Vamp spray tan specialist was professional, friendly and fun which made all the difference as it doesn’t matter how confident you are, it’s never easy getting your boobs and body out in front of a starnger – especially when you’re asked to do ‘tanning tai chi’ by placing your legs and arms in lots of different positions.

The spray tan was different to what I was expecting.  I thought it might be cold and wet but instead, as it was being applied with what looked like a spray gun, it felt a little like someone using a hair drier but without the heat – just a slight tickling sensation.  Once the spraying was finished I popped on my clothes with no fear of damaging them or my new tan as Bronze leaf absorbs in a flash!

Bronze Leaf

 

The spray was used for both general coverage and to give contours – both gave incredible results.  The tan gave a subtle sun kissed glow – a perfect step up in colour for my pale skin.  The contouring had me and my other half convinced I’d lost weight as it gave the impression of a more toned body.  The results were worth a day of walking around smelling like a digestive biscuit – a small sacrifice to make.  Needless to say, I will definitely be going back for more.

One final word of advice to any other spray tan novices out there – roll down your paper thong a little or this might happen:

Spray tan accident

Essential Hair Guide for Brides

Spring has officially sprung and to me that acknowledges the start of wedding season.  Ooooohhhh I love it – what woman doesn’t!

So for my latest blog I thought I would share some of my bridal hair knowledge in my essential hair guide for every bride to be.

1. A bride should look effortlessly beautiful. Yes we all want to look stunning on our wedding day but you also want it to be naturally breathtaking so my advice is less is more, you still want to look like yourself in your album but just at your very best!

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2 . When selecting a style for your hair make sure it compliments the style of your dress & make up. When consulting with a bride I always request a picture of the dress so we can design the hair to be an extension of the dress for that total look.

Hair to reflect the dress and makeup
3 . Remember the limitations of your hair, during my bridal consultations I explain to my bride that the hair has to hold its style all day as every bride wants to look as fabulous for her evening guests arriving as she did when she glided down the aisle.

Bridal Hair
4 . Be comfortable. The bride is the centre of all the attention on her wedding day (and all the photos) so she needs to be comfortable, to feel confident with all eyes on her as she basks in all the attention. With this in mind, select a style that you feel good with. Don’t just jump for style that looks amazing in a bridal magazine – remember you’ve to wear it all day in the spotlight.

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With these tips you’re sure to have a good wedding hair day!