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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

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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 manis 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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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 mani. 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’

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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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