Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Its raining nails!

Seems like there are some beauty benefits to rain afterall......

Flipping through the page of Marie Claire (Nov 09), there is a small article on research done by the University of Manchester which alleges that the climate on our rain prone island is good for our nails.

This is because the good old wet weather creates the right levels of humidity to keep nails at their optimum.

So as winter and the rains come, you can expect your nails to (hopefully) get stronger! Next time the heavens up, just think of how good your nails will look.....

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Hollywood Kittens

The L'Oreal make up artists really went to town this week on the X Factor girls.....keeping bang in line with the big band week, they took the girls to old style Hollywood....glamorous and gorgeous, sexy and sultry!

Lots of pearly eyeshadows, grown up black eyeliner, lashings of mascara and good old fashioned statement red lipstick...not forgetting dramatic falsies! Even the hair had the 'wave' factor!

For us at Bella Queen, it was all about the eyes, we truly loved the classic throw back to the great ladies of Tinseltown.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Rocking the Runway!

Bella Queen, loves partnering up with good causes and tomorrow night see's us working our make up magic with the talented group - I LOVE RUNWAY!

They're staging a charity fashion showcase in aid of Cancer Research and other notable causes at Jongleurs in Battersea, London.

It promises to be an uplifting and fun filled evening with a runway fashion show, music acts and dance groups.

Come and have fun for charity!
More info, click here: I LOVE RUNWAY

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Scrub up! Scrub Up!

Fall, autumn, whatever you may call it, is fast approaching. The weather is getting chillier and the nights considerably longer. Soon coats, tights, hats, scarves and gloves will be just like Jay Z, coming out of retirement.

With our constant central heating, frequent blasts of cold air and skin wrapped up all day, its not rocket science that our skin starts to look dull, grey and tired. It’s simply a build up of dead skin cells which stop the skin from radiating wellness.

As winter approaches, body exfoliation must not slip down your grooming to do list. Your skin may be covered up but it shouldn’t be a case of out of sight, out of mind! The skin is the body’s largest organ so must be given it due love and attention.

The easiest way to remove dead skin cells is to use a body polisher when in the shower or bath. This is gentle enough to be used every day to lift dead skin cells and leave the looking more even and radiant. Especially if you slather up in a good moisturiser afterwards.

One step up, is to use a body brush which is especially good for hard to reach areas like the back. Your back is usually one of the parts of the body that gets less love, simply because it is hard to reach. The body brush solves this problem with its long handle and the soft bristles gently exfoliate leaving your back glowing. Do this a maximum of twice a week during winter and you’ll have a back worth its strappy top come summer.

Next for a little bath time luxury, you can add an exfoliating scrub or gel in the mix. A body scrub also contains essential oils and moisturisers which condition new skin cells as they emerge. That is when you really look after your skin from inside out! There are a great many which also firm, smooth, stimulate and invigorate the skin. The choice really is yours!

Even as the cold weather descends and you snuggle up warmly in your comfy coats and jackets, remember exfoliation should a key part of any beauty conscious diva’s routine... all year round!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Time to get lippy!

A 1940’s vintage revival is on and it seems the red lipstick has come to roost in every make up bag this autumn. From deep berry colours to scarlet red, this is the season to be sporting your favourite shade of red.

The autumn/winter 09 catwalk was rife with this crimson shade and beauty magazine are touting the return of the classic red. Whether you’re into the smudged or precise lippy look, go forth and wear your favourite red proudly....bring out the femme fatale in you!

And of course, Bella Queen has scoured the shops to bring you the top 3 red’s this season:

Besame Cosmetics – Enchanting Lipstick in Cherry Red – most glam of the season
MAC – Ruby Woo – a favourite of every make up artist
YSL РRouge Volupt̩ Рbrings out your sensual side
...and remember, there's a shade of red fo evey skin tone. Have fun testing and finding YOUR special colour!
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