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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Edgy Pastels

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I couldn’t decide which spring 2015 pastel shade to wear so I chose all of them!

Pastels come around every springtime but this time they’re different; edgier, duskier and pretty without being sickly sweet.  You’re regular baby pink is now dusky rose and baby blue is more a muted aqua.  Good news too if you’re investing in pastels now, whether it’s for your nails or wardrobe, since they’re set to continue into autumn / winter with the likes of TOPSHOP, Dior, Matthew Williamson and Holly Fulton all showing edgy pastels at London Fashion Week back in February.

To bring them up to date, wear your pastels with dusky hues of blue like navy and various denim rinses or introduce pastels into your outfit via accessories.  I love these gorgeous pastel paint print pumps, mint tote bag and fringed parcel bag all by Aldo at Churchill Square Shopping Centre.  Fringing is huge fashion news giving a nod to the current 70s vibe and since I spotted these bags, I keep thinking about them (so that means I’m going to have to buy them).  Sure, I don’t need them but as I keep I telling my husband- buying handbags is not about need, it’s about want.

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ALDO Fringed Bags
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ALDO PumpsMy latest manicure champions some key hues of edgy pastels:

My latest manicure champions a number of key hues for SS15:

  • You’re Such a Budapest (lilac)
  • Gargantuan Green (the brighter green)
  • Samoan Sand (the light peach)
  • Disco Stick Grey (the blue/ grey/green on the little finger)
  • Tauple-less Beach (the tauple/mink)

All OPI gels.

Why stick to one when you an have them all?

Lilac Dreams and Romantic Hearts for Valentines Day

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This months mani uses Valentines Day as its inspiration with cute white hearts painted on my thumbs and ring finger to give a subtle nod to the love theme but without being too sickly-sweet.  This way, once the hype has passed, my nails will still look on trend thanks to the dusky lilac pastel shade on the base.

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I don’t normally choose lilac but I’m totally in love with it, s’cuse the pun.  It has attracted plenty of compliments and I find it goes with everything I wear.  In fact, I’m really fond of this seasons pastels.  They get a more grown up, edgy appeal with denser, duskier hues this time around.  This counts for your wardrobe and your make up.  I love the dusky lilac and rose nail polishes available, plus the pastel clothing of the now uses quilting and bonded fabric to add a more structured cut with utilitarian strong lines.  Love!

Since it’s Valentines Day though, team your talons with this cute lilac Boux Avenue DEMI DIAMANTE SHINY CAMI SET, £30.   Single or attached, it’s a real treat for you or your partner.



So get thee to Powder and have some fun with your look.  Happy Valentines Day.

Bethanie xx

French with a Twist

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The upcoming trend that is creeping in for spring is geometric but not as the loud print you might be used to, more subtle whites and pastels and in crochet and knit like the below TOPSHOP Geometric Knitted Vest in fresh summer white.

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Geo Clothing, Geo Nails

This is the inspiration for my latest nail art design by Powder – french with a twist.  The classic white tip has been catapulted into today’s current trends with a geo slant. As ever, my mani uses gel as this is what works best for me for a manicure that lasts but you can have it in polish and Powder will use a long-lasting topcoat for you. I love it.  What do you think?

Get ahead of the fashion pack with this one – the perfect style to sport at London Fashion Week.

-Bethanie x

Wishing You A Wonderful New Year

 Us Powder Ladies would like wish you all a healthy and wonderful 2015!


We have some great discounts for you to kick start the New Year with…a super 50% discount on Eve Taylor facials now £22 saving £22!  This is a great way to try the Award Winning Eve Taylor products which are perfect for sensitive skin, Which are paraben free with no artifical colours or fragrances. Respected by professional skincare therapists and Aestheticians worldwide for more than 40 years. Check out the link below ‘Why Eve Taylor?’

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                                                     BRITISH SKINCARE AT ITS FINEST

We have a range of Eve Taylor products in store so you can carry on your skincare at home, with prices starting at £6.00.

Our Other January discounts are 50% discount on full body massage and full manicures these offers are on until 31st Jan so give us a call 01273 720055 and treat yourself. January discounts are not valid on Fridays & Saturdays also no other discounts can be given at the same time and payment by voucher is excluded.

images                                                     We hope to see you soon Love Powder x

I’m Dreaming of a Pink Christmas


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.

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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!

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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!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Bethanie x

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Until next time, love Powder. X


Berry Good: Match your Nails to your Lips this Winter

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Berry Lips and Easy School Girl Hair

This season, berry is the colour to covet and I adore it on nails and lips.  Most skin tones can carry this shade off since it looks sexy on darker skin tones and dramatic against pale skin – both being great effects in my opinion.  I chose a berry shade for my latest manicure at Powder in Shellac for the ultimate glossy, long-lasting appeal with a subtle bronze gem on my ring finger to give a nod to the pending festivities.  Well, soon it will be all about the sparkle!

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Berry Shellac Mani at Powder
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Match your Nails to your Lips this Winter

If you want the same long-lasting finish on your lips, choose MAC Lipstick in Yield To Love.  Dense, bold but with a matte finish, it’s suitable for everyday wear.  Keep the rest of your makeup neutral with unkempt hair for a truly up-to-date look.


A Nail Look with Cat-itude for Halloween

We love inspiring you and coming up with new and exciting ideas for nail art and nail design and recently came across Julep and their spooktacular Halloween nail art story.  You’ll find a step-by-step onward to help you create the look at home, complete with all the products you need or if you love the look but need a pro to recreate it for you – come in and see us.  Although we don’t yet stock Julep, you can find the best sellers at and in occasional pop-up shops so who knows – we may well have them up for grabs soon.

Get creating and Happy Halloween. xx

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Vampy Red for Halloween Fun!

Red is one of the key colours for autumn / winter 2014 but it’s a loud colour to wear and not everyone feels confident doing so.  I have to say that it is one of my most favourite colours of all time and when I wear it, I feel confident so give it a go yourself.  You don’t have to go head-to-toe rouge so how about introducing it into your outfit with accessories or a glam manicure?

My latest creation at Powder Beauty Boutique takes the bold red of Vinylux in Decadence but uses a matte topcoat (OPI Matte Top Coat), to dress down the look and make it more wearable for every day.  Glossy red talons are very glamorous but the cool matte finish just makes it more casual and current, I love it.

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To match your mani, treat yourself to this cute ‘In case of emergency’ cosmetics bag, £9 from  Slogan bags are a great statement this season and you can use this as a clutch bag. Or team these M&S Brogue Chelsea Boots, £30 with skinny jeans and a chunky knit for an on-trend colour pop.

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With Halloween just around the corner, you might want to go with vampy red for that or try Powder’s super cool Halloween nail art.

Get freaky with a Frankenstein accent nail, vamp it up with bloody tips, creepy fangs or ghoulish skulls or go all out and have a different design on every nail.  If there’s one time of year dressing up and going all out-crazy is acceptable, it’s Halloween so have fun!

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Nail art starts at £12.      Next week check out our Halloween Tutorial by

Have fun,

Bethanie x