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Half-moon manicure DIY

Half-moon hands: the trend of the moment

Want to make a statement with your manicure? Then request this season’s hottest trend next time you visit the nail bar – the half-moon manicure. Otherwise known as the moonicure or the reverse french, this quirky take on the regular manicure has been around for decades, but has recently come to the fore after a handful of stars have been papped showcasing such nail art (most notably Dita Von Teese, who can’t seem to get enough of the design).

Boasting both vintage style and classic elegance, when created with a combination of on-trend colours, the half-moon manicure can be brought bang up to date.

The simple design need not even be left to the professionals; you can perfect it from the comfort of your very home, DIY-stylee. All you need is two opaque colours (black and white is very on-trend, as Rihanna demonstrates) and a pack of french nail tip stickers or if you’re on a strict budget, ring binder hole reinforcements.

1. Paint your nails in one colour (preferably the lighter colour of the two as this will be easier to paint over in the later stage) and wait for it to dry fully (an hour should be plenty)

2. Apply the nail tip stickers about 2/3 of the way down each nail i.e. where the cuticle is

3. Paint above the sticker in the other colour, wait for it to dry and carefully remove the sticker – voila!

Telltale tip: For extra style points, alternate each colour so your cuticles go (for example) white-black-white-black-white

For clarity, follow this video below:


Guest post: Summer Skincare

Glow like Rihanna with these skincare tips

The elements of Summer can take their toll on our skin. Things like heat, chlorine and humidity can damage your skin during the Summer months, and even though it may not seem like it, the season is almost upon us. So in order to prepare your skin for the hot weather ahead and keep it looking healthy and feeling smooth, here are some tips on taking care of your skin this Summer.

Be sure to use SPF every day – Even when it’s raining or cloudy. You should always apply SPF 15 minutes before you leave your home and every two hours after that. You should also reapply it after you’ve gone swimming because the water will wash off the sunscreen. The fairer your skin, the higher the factor your sunscreen should be to prevent burning.

Use moisturiser every day – Instead of the thick, intense moisturiser that you use during the Winter, get a lighter one so that your skin can breathe and not feel suffocated. If your moisturiser has SPF in it, it’s a good idea to find out how much, but if you’re moisturiser contains less than 15% sunscreen, you should apply some SPF underneath in order to minimise sun damage.

Exfoliate – Use a exfoliator and scrub solution weekly to remove the dead skin cells from your face and body and keep your skin looking radiant. Be sure not to overdo it because freshly exfoliated skin is more sensitive; once a week is plenty during the Summer.

Drink lots of water – On a regular day, you should drink eight glasses of water, but in the Summer try to drink more so that your entire body maintains hydration and feels energized.

Consult your dermatologist – Check with your dermatologist before you continue using acne products, as when mixed with sweat the active ingredients in them can cause the skin to become irritated.

These easy-to-follow tips should help you get through the Summer season by maintaining the natural beauty of your skin. Have a fun summer!

Radiant Summer skin is but a few steps away

Written by Aleya Bamdad of the Manhattan Beauty School, Hair Design Institute


A Permed Return

Rihanna updates the perm for 2011

Gone are the days when the thought of a perm evoked visions of old ladies overindulged with rollers and blue rinse finishes, or the frizzy dos of the 80’s teen complemented by a neon shell suit.

Marc Jacobs’ spring/summer collection 2011 saw models sporting big and bouncy hair with a modern day twist.  This year will see the comeback of the perm like it has never come back before. Girls, ditch the GHD’s because perms are the way forward this season.

The Digital Perm - the revolution in perming technique

Today, there are a range of perm styles at your disposal, ensuring your curls are more Rihanna than Shirley Temple. Tighter corkscrew curls can be achieved with thinner rods, while sultry spirals can be created with larger and wider roller sizes. A consultation with your hairdresser can only put your hair worries to rest before taking the plunge. Just remember to hold your nose when it comes to administering the perming solution!

Alternatively, the Japanese-inspired Digital Perm is designed to create the loose and tousled look of celebs the world over. The difference to a traditional perm is that heat is applied as the metal rods ‘set’ the curl – the temperature is regulated using a machine. If you find a hairdresser that offers this service then kudos to you, but beware of the pricetag; the digi perm can set you back as much as £150!

However, if you don’t want your perm to be too permanent, use Babyliss’ Conical Wand or new-age hair rollers, Curlformers, for a bonce that is bang up to date.

Giving your style the 80's treatment will not a fashionista make


Going over to the red side – The dye diary

Cheryl’s done it, Rihanna’s done it and tonight, I am doing  it!  That’s right, this evening I will be embracing the coincidental Autumnal shade and dying my hair red.

I have been on a quest for the perfect red hue for a while now, scouring hair forums on a daily basis to view the most popular recommendations. I finally opted to begin my journey with Schwarzkopf Live XXL’s Cool Scarlet. Bored of my non-coloured brunette hair that had graced my head for far too long, I decided to hit the bottle back in September. However, the results were no reflection of what appeared on the box and although noticeably more glossy, my locks appeared more plum than red. Within two weeks the colour had faded at a remarkable rate and I was left with a dank brown once again.

So tonight is the night! Armed with a few old towels, some newspaper and a rather reluctant mother, I will be taking the plunge once again in the hope of finding the colour that I have yearned for over the past few months. And my colour of choice? Schwarzkopf Live XXL’s Red Passion.

See below for my thirty minute hair-job diary.

Nov 2nd, 8pm: The hair dye is applied – it looks a tad orange. My forehead is stained with stray splodges of dye. Note to self: always coat forehead with vaseline before dye application!

8:15pm – The dye is developing – my scalp remains orange, but the hair itself looks red, red, red!

8:30pm – Time to wash off. There appears to have been a massacre in the bath; the water is blood-red. Condition, rinse and towel-dry. There is definitely a scarlet sheen to my wet hair. I’m awaiting the final result with bated breath.

8.35pm – A blow-dry and a gloss over with the straighteners five minutes later and I’m good to go. The colour is exactly what I wanted – a deep crimson red. I actually feel I could give Cheryl a run for her money as a red-head. Scrap that, maybe  Ron Weasley is a more appropriate contender!

(Image taken from Liz Grace’s photostream)

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