High Shine Metallics for Spring

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The festive season is already a long, distant memory but that doesn’t mean the shine and sparkle has to end too.  In fact, metallics and high shine fashion and beauty are in vogue for spring 2016.

From panels on your trainers and glittery sliders to irridescent tote bags, metallic jackets and high shine brogues – fashion has a sparkle.

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Above: White City Plimsoles, £99 from CoCo Rose London, £99.  Tamaris Brogues, £44.99 from www.tamaris.eu and Topshop Barrel Metallic Luggage, £55.

It doesn’t stop there either since beauty is profiling the use of glitter along the hairline for a playful going-out look, glittery shadows across your lids and liner and a touch of two-tone shimmer in your lipstick.

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Of course, nails go all futuristic too and my latest gel manicure captures the look perfectly.  With a subtle sparkle, this mink-meets-metallic hue is ideal for everyday wear and offers grown up glamour.

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British Brand, delilah Now Available At Powder

Powder Beauty Boutique has some very exciting news that you’ll love too – they are now selling Cosmetic brand, delilah.  The brainchild of Rupert Kingston, Hannah Nicholson and Juliet White, a wealth of experience ranging make-up artistry and product development to beauty buying, imagery, graphics and design has gone into making Delilah what it is: an already much-loved, high-performance boutique British brand.

With the likes of Vogue, Glamour and Grazia all praising this brand, I had to check it out for myself…

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The Influence

The Delilah team were inspired by quintessentially English influences, from Britannia Metal, a traditional semi precious, pewter coloured metal that inspired the design of the packaging, to the crown gold accents that run through the whole line. Even the Delilah symbol, a pale pink Delilah rose, is a true icon of British beauty.

First Impressions

Powder has a collection of essentials including eye powders and creams, cream blushes, mascara, brow pencils, lipstick and glosses, foundation and concealers.  The range is elegant and premium but inviting, with a good variety of shades for skin and variety enough for colours, taking you from nudes and classics to fashion-lead hues.

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What I Tried

I’m all about the eyes right now and disguising the dark circles due to sleepless nights from festive mayhem, pregnancy and a toddler!

I’m a big believer in defining your brows since doing this frames your entire eye area, opening up your eyes and improving your overall look.  I used the Brow Line Retractable Eye Brow Pencil with Brush, £20 in Ash, which is great for blondes.

Brow Line is a retractable eyebrow pencil with a narrow nib and a built-in brush at the other end.  This makes applying colour and in-filling sparse brows very easy.  It glides on and you can use the brush to feather in the crayon strokes for the most natural look.  I found the colour stayed put all day.

My next eye-improved was the Fade Away Future Resist Concealer, £26 in ivory.  Available in four shades, this fluid concealer incorporates light-diffusing agents that soften the appearance of fine lines and dark circles plus roseroot and sugar beet to help to reduce puffiness and darkness.

You apply it like a pen, which helps you to blend into the darkest areas such as the shadows next to you nose and to gently trace the shape of the dark circle beneath your eye.  

Bethanie x

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Inky Goth-Glam Blue – THE Colour to be seen in

Midnight / inky / deep / goth-glam-punk blue – call it what you want but one thing is for sure, it ‘s a colour that is at the top of the fashion and beauty pile when it comes to shades to be seen in.

Gracing the front cover of the latest Glamour magazine (December 2015), on the talons of Tanya Burr and as seen everywhere from on celebrities to the High Street, this deep shade of blue is hot.

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It would be rude not to opt for the same blue on my own talons for my latest Powder mani then wouldn’t it?

The team used ‘Up All Night’ Gelaze finish and I can’t get enough. It goes with everything and makes me feel glamorous even if I have been Up All Night (but sadly not drinking cocktails, but instead due to my toddler)!

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Fashion Blogger, Chiara Ferragni looks fabulous in this bejeweled embellishment tunic dress and slouchy boots while Karlie Kloss takes the shade casual with a classic denim, jumper, coat and matching accessories combination.

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I also have my eye on these Sam Edelman Dea Deep Blue Heeled Court Shoes, £145 that will go perfectly with anything from your skinny jeans to your Christmas party dress. A smart investment really 🙂

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Speaking of parties, razzle dazzle them in these inky blue dresses and enjoy.

Bethanie x

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Warehouse Tinselsequin midnight blue dress, £55

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Debenhams Debut maxi sparkling blue dress, £135

Grey Tonal Manicure – The Moody Hues of Autumn

If I had to choose my favourite season, it would be summer for sure but I love autumn and all its colours. From the vibrant yellows and burnt oranges of fallen leaves to the moody grey skies, beauty is everywhere. The latter inspired my latest creation of tonal greys – graduating from dark steely grey to an icy, frosty hue.

As ever, the beauty and fashion world collide and these gorgeous greys can be worn from head to toe, or head to perfectly manicured hands, in this case.

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One of my favourite ways to wear these shades for autumn / winter (apart from this amazing gel manicure by Powder!), is with a cosy winter coat. There are so many styles to choose from but the following top the fashion pack. Ombre faux fur resembles the Powder manicure with graduating colours and adds a playful sense of fun to your look. A classic waterfall trench wrap coat in grey brushed wool, belted at the waist is very versatile. It looks fabulous worn with white jeans for a casual look or over your festive party dress. For everyday wear, I love to match a grey winter coat with my sneakers. This combination is a laid back one but because of the grey tones, it looks elegant and sophisticated so you won’t be out of place in swanky bar either – should impulse grab you!

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Shop the Look (top to bottom):

BHS Grey Waterfall Front Coat With Wool £65,
Organic Suede Trench £399,
Delaware Distressed Jean £69,
Bonny Suede Lace Up Plimsolls £89,
Yumi 70s dip dye fur coat, £140

Ready, Steady, Glitter!

This manicure takes inspiration from the Ashish SS16 London Fashion Week show with a little festive magic thrown in.  Yes, the festive season is nearly upon us!

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The latest Ashish collection was one giant glitter party, from the clothes and shoes to the hair and make-up – everything had a dose of sparkle and fun.  I love this mood as I’m probably one of the only people thoroughly looking forward to Christmas already; when it is sequin and sparkle central.

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While I love the playfulness of the multi-coloured brights in the Ashish glitter manicure, the shades aren’t quite right for this time of year so instead, give a nod to next season and choose autumn-inspired hues.  Berry and wine shades, such as claret and plum.  This Gelaze gel, with its wine-red and subtle sparkle tones is perfect.

I think of it as grown-up glitter as the glitter particles capture the light rather than jump out at you.  Ideal for all those pending Christmas parties, this mani will not only compliment your LBD but it will last the pace just like you.

Bethanie x

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Rainbow Pride and Jade Green Glamour

It’s Brighton Pride this weekend and I’m celebrating and supporting it with a rainbow gel mani!  Why not?

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Multi-Colour manicures are hot for summer 2015 and if you’re indecisive – don’t settle for one shade, choose them all. You could go all out and visit Powder Beauty Boutique not just for the manicure but for professional makeup too.  I love this rainbow eye look, perfect for the festival season and paying homage to Pride.

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Professional make up for Brighton Pride

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The orange tone gel polish on my middle finger is a key shade for autumn winter 2015-16 so you’ll be seeing plenty of this.  Look out for this bright hue in the form of faux fur gilts, wide legged trousers and turtle necks a la the 1970s vibe.  The jade green on my ring finger is another autumnal big hitter.  This bold colour will be gracing faux fur coats, opaque tights, footwear and accessories – from tippets and hats to handbags and flats.  The below Gucci collection shot epitomises this new elegant, confident and glamorous hue.  I’m really drawn to it right now and it is in fact the shade of the accent wall in Powder’s new Vogue Room at the new premises (36a Duke Street, Brighton).  Have you been yet?..

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White on Nude: Neutrals for Spring/ Summer 2015

For the spring / summer 2015 catwalks, nail designs and colours came in all shades of the spectrum and from the simple and elegant to the outright bedazzled. Whereas I do love a spot of zany nail art (if you’re an avid reader of this blog you’ll know that by now), one of my personal favourite looks for the season is nude nails. Understated, chic and a goes-with-everything colour, nude oozes sophistication and versatility.

You can either keep nails oval and long with a simple nude tone or complete the look with a diamond embellishment at the base of the nail, this looks great on short nails. But with white also being on trend, I chose to blend the two with this gel moon manicure. By teaming white with of-the-minute nude, it won’t look so harsh and adds an element of interest and originality.

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You can either flaunt your nails and wear a contrasting colour to enhance them, such as navy blue or fuchsia pink or else complement the tones and wear head to toe neutrals like these gorgeous outfits – perfect inspiration for summer…

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Talking About ‘CHROMAGEL’

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Chroma Gel is loved by us here at Powder Beauty because it is quick and easy! A family business has spent years  creating this formula with passion and care to receive perfect results! Chroma Gel has all the wonderful benefits of a gel polish such as the instant drying under the UV lamp, no smudges when digging around your handbag and stays beautifully shiny like other gel polishes but with the easiness of normal polish.

1 Step by Chroma Gel is just what it says on the bottle, no need for base coat or top coat it achieves delicious looking nails in minutes, usual 3-step gel nails in just one! Pushed for time? Wanting a manicure during your work lunch break? Chroma Gel is for you! We have beautiful colours here at powder, classics such as ‘Hollywood Galm’ and ‘Black Cherry’ or more original colours such as ‘Disco Stick’ shown below.

Offering a wide range of colours with the mix of our advanced nail technicians, fabulous looking nails is easy!

Book today call us on 01273 720055

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‘Hollywood Glam’

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‘Disco Stick’

Marsala Tones for Spring / Summer 2015

Every spring we’re inundated with pretty pastels as baby blue, powder pink and delicate nudes take centre stage in our wardrobes and makeup palettes.  But what if you want more ‘oomph’?  If you prefer deeper shades and don’t want to stop wearing them for spring / summer, then this seasons Bordeaux shades like the 2015 pantone: marsala are for you.

Celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Emma Stone and Blake Lively have all been spotted wearing marsala tones, boldly contrasting with the red carpet yet smouldering in this deeply vibrant shade.

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My latest manicure uses a marsala tone with metallic stripes on my ring fingers for an up-to-date look and more wearable take on the catwalk trends of the year.  A berry-meets-plum-meets-burgundy hue that changes with the light, it looks striking against pale skin tones while enhancing darker or tanned skin.  Because of the deeper, more elegant tone to it – you can wear marsala day or night.  I’m totally addicted.

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I love this simple TOPSHOP maxi dress teamed with a leather fringed bag and gladiator sandals.  Who says springtime fashion and beauty has to be light and fluffy?  Dare to be different.

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SHE-NAIL Nail Artist At Powder

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ONE DAY ONLY EVENT!!!

Powder Beauty Boutique is excited to host SHE-NAIL, a talented Nail Artist who originated from WAH Nails London. Poppie of SHE-NAIL creates nail design dreams come true, simple and understated or bold and eye catching, whatever you wish she will grant!

Have something in mind you have been dying for? A theme, event, artwork, tattoo designs, cities , favourite pinterest, you name it she will paint it! We love her funky bananas design here at Powder Beauty Boutique after our fruity delight from the OPI Hawaii collection! Why not come get a design over your favourite Gel Polish or Nail Extensions?

SHE-NAIL will be here for ONE DAY ONLY! Saturday 9th May 2015! Book now! Prices start from just £15 for a basic design!

Call: 01273 72055

Email: info@powderbeauty.co.uk

Visit: http://www.powderbeauty.co.uk

Check out some of SHE-NAIL designs below and get some more inspiration at her website http://www.she-nail.co.uk

 shades of blue strips nail art   leopardfade nail art

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