Rose Quartz and White – The Dual Mani


My latest Powder mani uses this years pantone, Rose Quartz with classic white, presenting a dual mani where the two shades start from either side and join in the middle.

The trend from a two-tone, dual accent nail or featured on every digit is big news for spring 2016 especially in romantic pastel tones, and yet the two hues worn in this way, redefine the classic French manicure and offer up an edgy yet playful way to wear pastels.


Carry the edgy pastel look into your outfit by teaming pastels with denim, stripes or neutrals  – such as grey, white and nude.  Combine with nude or pastel orange stack heels and a patterned or metallic giant clutch bag.

Get the Look:

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  • Orange Stack Heel, £34 TK Maxx
  • BHS stacked heels, from a selection
  • Oliver Bonas Buddy Bunny Tee, £19.50
  • Rose gold metallic clutch bag, £18


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.

delilah product collage

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


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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Image credit: Getty Images

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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Image credit: Splash News

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


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.


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!




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

Powder Boutique Christmas Market!

Last Sunday the 24th November saw Powder Beauty Boutique as its never been before! A collection of wonderful local designers & makers filled the rooms across 3 floors selling their lovely creations at our Christmas Market.


Visitors were treated to cranberry and cava fizz, homemade cakes, marshmallows and more as they explored all our boutique had to offer. We had great comments about how beautiful the rooms are, and what a lovely idea the market was.


Visitors were also treated to discounted nails on the day, and the nails were certainly popular, with all the spaces on the day booked up!



Members of the press were also present, and we made some lovely goody bags for them too! Look out for features in Latest 7, Vintage Brighton, We Love Brighton, Wigwam toys and more soon!

Singer Curtis of South Coast Swing Events
Singer Curtis of South Coast Swing Events

Here are some photos from the day, including our stall holders who are well worth checking out! They all sell their creations at other fairs locally and their makes are perfect unique christmas gifts. Click on any of the images below to find out more. Many thanks to Vintage Brighton who some of the image credits go to.

Jessie Jumbles vintage covered buttons & accessories.
Jessie Jumbles vintage covered buttons & accessories.
Johnny Loves June Vintage
Johnny Loves June Vintage
Cat-a-Cake Creations
Cat-a-Cake Creations
Kirstin Stride Designs
Kirstin Stride Designs
Claudia Made This
Claudia Made This
Little Mouses & Oh Carol
Little Mouses & Oh Carol
Cake by Cake Gusto
Cake by Cake Gusto
South Coast Swing Events and her lovely nails by Powder
South Coast Swing Events and her lovely nails by Powder

Thank you to all those who visited and took part- we hope you enjoyed your day!

Missed out this time? Be sure to like us on facebook to keep up with our latest events, and remember our Powder Party Package offer is still on- but for a limited time, so book in quick!



“Imagine What Life Would Be Like If We Had Tiny Panda Faces As Fingerprints.”

Harajuku Fashion Influences

This week Powder takes a look at the ever growing Harajuka fashion trend. Harajuku has become world famous as Japan’s center of street fashion. Harajuka, just a small square mile area is full of boutiques, fashion malls and chains. Every day of the year, tens of thousands of people come here to shop and see what the latest trends are.

Powder takes a look at how the Harajuka fashion is forming trends across the world…

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V Magazine, makeup artist Peter Philips. Photographed by Richard Burbridge and styled by Robbie Spencer-

We love the photo above from an article on, which was  created for V Magazine. The article describes,

“makeup artist Peter Philips kicked aside traditional makeup options and instead painted faces… in a vast array of whimsical Emoji, the Japanese doodads that replace written words with cartoonish images pictographs, to be more precise.”

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Photographed by Richard Burbridge and styled by Robbie Spencer. V Magazine, makeup artist Peter Philips, source:

The article goes onto say:

“The models are bedecked in colorful eyeballs and oversize lips, but also accessorized with jewels from Mawi, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Delfina Deletrez, and more….Imagine what life would be like if we had tiny panda faces as fingerprints.”


Harper's Bazaar Shoot
Harper’s Bazaar Shoot by photographer Nicoline Patricia Malina, styled by Michael Pondaag, models Ksenia Katerina and Olga, hair and makeup by Qiqi Franky.
Harper's Bazaar
Harper’s Bazaar Shoot by photographer Nicoline Patricia Malina, styled by Michael Pondaag, models Ksenia Katerina and Olga, hair and makeup by Qiqi Franky.

The photos above show the Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia ‘Harajuku-ers’ photo shoot is inspired by the Japanese street style that is seen in the Harajuku district in Tokyo. An article on describes it as:

“Shot by photographer Nicoline Patricia Malina, the Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia Harajuku-ers editorial is as colorful and funky as the fashion itself. From carnival settings to arcade backdrops, this photo shoot takes advantage of the most vibrant scenes available. Playfully styled by Michael Pondaag, models Ksenia Katerina and Olga had their candy-colored hair and makeup done by Qiqi Franky, which help embellish the looks even more.”

Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers Fragrance
Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers Fragrance

Pop star Gwen Stefani and the Harajuku Girls made the Harajuka fashion internationally popular back in the mid-2000s and ever since people have been enamored with this culture’s vibrant and eccentric outfit choices.

The below images show some great fashion & nail inspiration we found and pinned over on our Pinterest board.

Harajuka make up and nails for POP magazine
Harajuka make up and nails for POP magazine
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Harajuku Nail Art…when it comes to outrageously awesome nail art, the Japanese dare to be different!
Harajuku Fashion Walk Street Snaps
Harajuku Fashion Walk Street Snaps
A selection of Harajuku Fashion, nails and make up we found on Pinterest.

How weird, wonderful and cute are the images above!? We came across them on Pinterest, and all original sources can be found via our Pinterest Board here.

Like the look of any the above? Whether it be make up, nail art or hair styling- Powder can create it for you. Why not book an appointment today and dare to stand out from the crowd! Visit our website to view prices, or call 01273 720055.

Sources, as listed on the images above, plus: