It’s Brighton Pride this weekend and I’m celebrating and supporting it with a rainbow gel mani! Why not?
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.
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?..
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.
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.
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.
If you’re an avid follower of this blog, you’ll know that I usually opt for nail art and manicures that are a little less ordinary. OK, a lot less ordinary. So this time, I favoured simplicity and opted for a simple pastel pink manicure.
My nails are suffering at the moment, for a number of reasons. Being a mum, my hands are consistently in water – cleaning, mopping spills and ‘accidents’, germ paranoia…the list goes on. That and tapping at my laptop everyday, leave my talons looking tatty.
Powder therefore advised me to give my preferred gels a rest and let my natural nails breathe while restoring some much-needed nourishment. They advised using a cuticle oil every night. It needn’t be a chore, just pop it by your bedside or apply while watching the TV. I love coconut oil and olive oil which works just as well. Simply focus on the cuticle and gently massage in the oil to encourage healthy growth.
I’m trying to use a hand cream everyday throughout the day too so I’ve put a pot next to each sink in the house, next to my bed and in my handbag – no excuse!
The shade I picked is Suzi Shops & Island Hops by OPI. You’ll see this shade in all the shops right now, it looks fantastic with this seasons navy and denim trends so I might have to go out and buy some new indigo denim flares to match my mani. What?? 🙂
Powder beauty presents OPI Hawaii Collection, come and get a pop of colour to go with the sunshine with these new great colours! Why not try bright and fruity with ‘Pineapples Have Feelings Too!’ Or ‘Is Mai Tai Crooked?’ Add a feature nail with shimmery undertones with ‘My Gecko Does Tricks’, become an ocean goddess with ‘This Colour’s Making Waves’ or a fiery lava queen with ‘Go With The Lava Flow’. If none of those take your fancy there are great twists on the classics and more subtle, neutral and pastel colours to add some Hawaiian happiness onto your fingers or toes!
Since it’s Christmas, I simply had to indulge in festive nail art. There’s no other time of year when you can get away with so much glitter and novelty!
But instead of the usual Rudolph and Santa Clause, I steered away from those and the expected green and red colour-ways by opting for an on-trend pink gel mani with white and gold accent nails.
The middle finger sports a polka dot Christmas tree topped with a sparkling gem while the ring finer is painted with chunky gold glitter. If you opt for regular nail polish over gels, you can simply wipe clear your festive designs to reveal a simple, long-lasting gel mani beneath, once Christmas is over.
To recreate this look at home, paint nails in your chosen colour then use a bobby pin or nail art tool to dot on the Christmas tree into a v-shape. If you want to make it super slick, use washi tape to leave a v in which to paint inside then remove once dry.
Pink is a surprising shade that has been leading the fashion charts this season and it is set to stat for spring summer 2015. If you’re out and about in the sales, look out for sugary pinks, corals and fuchsia to take you into next season for less.
I love this TOPSHOP Lace Collar Top, £16 which looks great with skinny jeans and bejeweled pumps and I’ve already got my hands on this Matalan Pink Faux Fur Coat, £30 which has already gone into the sale, whoop!
Pop into Powder and have for a comforting cuppa and a spot of festive nail art while you’re out shopping. It’s the only way to get through all the mayhem!
1950s Nails where long and tapered always matching your nail polish to your lipstick and in the 1940s matching your nail polish to your clothing a done thing .
1960s Nails were all about white, nude or frosted pastel shades.
In 1970 Fake nails become more popular and the french manicure was invented by Jeff Pink.
Going into the 1980s A Kaleidoscope of nail varnishes were available.
1990s The Lost Generation. Nails were more toned down. Black nails were huge and in 1994 Chanel launched one of its best selling nail polishes ‘VAMP’
Now nails created by http://www.powderbeauty.co.uk
Glamour Grunge nails using OPI ‘Lincoln Park After Dark’
Long Glitter Oval Talons.
Gel Polish and jewellery by http://www.hannahmakesthings.com available at Powder.
Photo by Rachel at Powder.
2000s Nails, Loads of stuff going on! Textures, Sheens and embellishments. Nails have become part of the whole outfit. Innovation in nail technology has really come on with the launch of Minx in 2007 and Gel polish in 2008, and lots more DIY nail jobs.