May Top Pick: Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer

paul and joe beaute lip lacquer

 

Hello Beauty Mates!

I don’t know about you, but I love a bit of lipgloss to brighten up my look effortlessly. What I don’t love is how it wears off so quickly! This beautiful coral lip colour is from the Paul & Joe Beaute collection available here at Beauty Matters. A hybrid product, it is highly pigmented like a lipstick, easy to apply like a gloss and as longlasting as a stain. It is a non-sticky, long–lasting, high–shine lacquer, hooray! A real hero product!

It is similar to YSL Glossy Stain and OCC Liptars, but at €19 are much more reasonably priced.

What is your favourite product of the month?

All the best

Emma xx

Jasper Makes an Appearance at the VIP Style Awards 2013

Mairead Farrell VIP Style Awards

 

Hi Beauty Mates,

We are delighted that our favourite butter LONDON products were such a hit at the VIP Style Awards this year. Claire Byrne wasn’t the only celeb opting for nail polish without the nasty chemicals! Mairead Farrell wore Jasper a bright pastel yellow which looked amazing paired with her summery bright dress, blinging jewellery and bright neon lip.

Mairead chose yellow as it is the colour of the season and she should know, being nominated for most stylish woman again this year! Unfortunately she didn’t win, but I think you will agree she looked absolutely stunning.

What do you think of her look? Is it something that you would wear? Are you a fan of yellow?

Lots of love,

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butter LONDON Nail Fertilizer will repair Shellac or three week damaged Nails

Hi Beauty Mates,

I have been getting Shellac nails done for the last year, but when my regular nail technician went on maternity leave, rather than get the Shellac done somewhere else I opted to painting my nails myself with my favourite butter LONDON polishes. I was a bit frustrated as my nails kept bending, chipping my nail varnish. My nails were completely thin and were snapping all the time. I am sure that this is something that anyone who has gotten gel nails will attest to!  We have all had that post shellac nail dilemma. Where our nails are damaged and thin from not giving our nails that adequate break between sessions. Plus the removal process soaks the nails in acetone using damaging tools to strip the nails, which creates thin nails, leading to further irritation. Studies have shown the scraping procedure causes the nails to be up to 50% thinner.

There is a holy grail product though to reverse the damage done, so don’t dispair! I would like to introduce you to Butter London’s Horse Power Nail Fertilizer it is the ultimate repair product that will get you through that akward growing out faze when weak-nails break and bend. Horse Power uses a powerful herbal ingredient called horse tail, which will rebuild abused nails. In holistic medicine, horsetail is taken to treat osteoporosis and heal wounds, and it’s added to some shampoos to strengthen hair, so it makes sense that when applied topically to nails it increases strength and speeds up nail growth. The product is applied every day for 7 days, then removed and repeated for 4 weeks until nails are healthy again. You apply one coat every day for 7 days, then remove and begin again. Use for one month. Horse Power Nail Fertilizer can be used as both a basecoat & topcoat.
I am going to be using it for the next couple of weeks to ensure that my nails get back to normal. Definitely not going to go back to the gel nails now! You should get your hands on this magic potion too and let me know how you get on.
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Butter London was a hit at the VIP Style Awards 2013

Hi Beauty Mates,

Hope you are keeping well! So the glamourous VIP Style Awards were on Friday and we were all dying to see the what the Irish glitteratti had to show. Beauty Matters had the inside scoop on what two of the uber stylish ladies would be wearing,  on their nails at least!

One such style icon and uber talented television starlet was the gorgeous Claire Byrne. We caught up with her stylist Gemma Sherlock, to discuss her look and see how we could help in the Nail Department! In Gemma’s initial discussions with Claire, it was evident that she not only wanted to look good on the night, but she wanted to try something different too. Instead of opting for the bog standard full length dress, she upped her style credentials by choosing a midnight blue Louise Rawlins skirt.

Claire Byrne

 

The look paid hommage to Sharon Stone’s infamous red carpet look at the 1998 Oscars. The white shirt was a brilliant yet stark contrast to the satin skirt and was paired with brightly coloured shoes and accessories. The shoes are from L.K. Bennett,  a bright suede canary yellow. The jewellery was vintage green stone and jewel drop earrings and a stunning Miriam Haskell vintage bracelet all from Rhinestones. Clutch is by Anya Hindmarch and it’s the Valorie in black and navy multi glitter which worked really well with the texture of the nails.  The make-up and nails were kept fresh, nude and minimalistic to not fight with the styling.

butter London Cuppa and Tart with a Heart

Claire was one of six nominated for best dressed on the night!
What do you think of her look?

Lots of love,

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Paul & Joe Have Arrived!

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Hello Beauty Mates!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of the spectacularly beautiful make-up range from Paul and Joe. These gorgeous luxuriouse beauty products are sure to delight! Almost too pretty to use these products are sure to become collectables.

Let me know what you think.

Lots of love,

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Model Looks: Sigrid Agren

sigrid Sigrid was born on April 24, 1991, in Martinique, the Caribbean overseas department of France. When she was 13, she entered the Elite Model Look France, and she went to the semifinals in Paris. She and two other contestants were chosen to move onto the finals in Shanghai. Sigrid Agren lost to one of the other French finalists, Charlotte Beillard (now known as Charlotte Di Calypso).

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After the Elite Model Look ended, Sigrid signed with Elite Model Management in Paris but took a break to finish her studies, In 2008, she returned to the fashion industry signing with New York Model Management. She debuted on the runway by closing the Prada Resort show. She then walked for her first New York Fashion Week and since then has gone from strength to strength walking for Armani, Chanel, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Alberta Ferretti, Karl Lagerfeld, Pucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Marni, Ruffian, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Antonio Berardi, Max Azria, Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and Rodarte.

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Sigrid has appeared many editorials for magazines like Vogue Paris, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro and i-D. She is currently ranked No. 12 on the Top 50 models-Women list.

She is such a chameleon! Looking through her images, she looks so different in nearly every shot. I can understand why she is so popular with the designers!

What do you think?

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Belfast Fashion Week Images from the Catwalk

Debenhams Coast Cream Trouser £85, Beige Jacket £60, Green Cami £16, Long Gold Chain £15, Cream Bag £111.75, CastleCourt White Twisted Ruffle Neck Piece £280 & Bracelet £58 Rachel McK Warehouse Duck Egg Blue Dress £60, Sunglasses £16, Scarf £22 and Cream Cluth £24, CastleCourt Statement Mohican by Grainne Maher Millinery Silver Organza Dress & Leather Waist Belt, Alexandra Heath Purple Lilly Neck Piece £330 Rachel McK NV Black & White Print Trousers £12.99, Neon Print Top £14.99, Neon Triangle Necklace £6.99, CastleCourt Nor Lisa Teal Pussybow Dress £150 & Rebro Tweedy Bracelet £12 Navy Botanical Top £32, Pink Full Leg Jeans £38 & Yellow Metal Edged Structured Bag £30 all by OASIS Multi Print Stain Trim Amori Vest £16, Multi Print Amori Bay Trousers £45 & Nude Waterfall Leather Jacket £140 all by OASIS Lavender & Coral Brocade Tailored Dress £350, Una Rodden Joseph Ribkoff Ivory Dress with Black Trim £219 & Large Sun Hat £159, Jourdan Jenny Packham 'Joy' Wedding Gown with embellishment, Blush Handmade Lace Wedding Dress with Crystals, £165, Jacob Street Green Pleated Maxi Dress £68 & Gold Layered Leaf Collar Necklace £18 all by OASIS Gold Brocade Jacket & Stone and Cream Silk Bandeau Dress, Goddess and Swift Floral Skater Dress £18 by George Dress, RUEDI Dress POR by RUEDI Dorothy Perkins Printed Blue Trouser £24, Coral T-Shirt £5, Necklace £30 CastleCourt Dorothy Perkins Black Tux Jacket £40, Tailored Pant £22, Cream Top £24, CastleCourt Cotton Print Boat Neck Top £159 & Sherbet Pencil Skirt £185, Una Rodden Candy Floss Jumper £39 & Rose Pencil Skirt £185 Blue Straw Hat with Peacock Detail & Peacock Digital Print Scarf by Leonora Bikini Top £9.50, Jeggings £22.50, Belt £29.50, Limited Jacket £59, Wedges £49.50, Jewellery from £17.50 all M&S Armani Exchange White Dress (Was £110 Now £60) Armani Exchange Blue Mac (Was £170 Now £85) Jaegar Outlet Silk Scarf (Was £160 Now £75) Flowers by Bella Gifts.  All available at The OUTLET Banbridge Jaegar Outlet Stripe Panel Top (Worn as Dress) (Was £160 Now £49) Jaegar Outlet Navy Waisted Belt Now £75, all available at The OUTLET Jaegar Outlet A-Line Top (Was £80 Now £35) Jaegar Outlet Blue Pin Stripe Shorts (Was £99 Now £65) L.K. Bennett Tan Straw Clutch Bag (Was £160 Now £95) all available at The OUTLET Banbridge 130323_069 Jaeger Outlet Cut-Out Yellow Dress (Was £299, Now £99); L.K. Bennett Red Patent Belt (Was £95, Now £45); Jaeger Outlet Navy Quilted Bag (Was £150, Now £99); L.K. Bennett Navy Shades (Were £110, Now £65). Available at The OUTLET Banbridge. T 028 4062 5151 W the-outlet.co.uk Jaegar Outlet Printed Sheer Blouse (Was £160, Now £60) L.K. Bennett White Crop Trousers (Was £125 Now £75) Jaegar Outlet Pearl Necklace (Was £85 Now £55) all available at The OUTLET Banbridge3D Flower Top £12 & Daisy Shorts £12 by George

Elite Model Look

Hi Beauty Mates,

We are so excited and delighted to announce that we are partnering with the Elite Model Look Competition here in Ireland! It will take place in Dundrum Shopping Centre on Saturday, 9th April 2013, so if you think you have what it takes be sure to get down there!

What do Cindy Crawford, Lara Stone, Diane Kruger & Gisele Bundchen have in common? They were all discovered thanks to the Elite Model Look contest! It is a springboard to a career as a top international model.

The competition was established in 1983, Elite Model Look is now the most prestigious international modelling contest. A genuine career accelerator, the competition has propelled many aspiring and up-and-coming talents to become international top models.

It’s the only contest that offers the opportunity to young girls of all nationalities, from all over the world, to become top fashion models and to begin a career with the best possible support. Elite carefully selects local organizers to set up national competitions in over 60 countries, in which over 350,000 candidates participate.

ELITE MODEL LOOK: AN EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURE !

Beauty Matters have organised a team of make-up artists to help get the finalists in the Irish heat camera ready! There will be a photographer in Dundrum tomorrow taking headshots of the girls that have been scouted and we will ensure they look their best. We will be sure to tweet you all through the event and hope to see you there.

There will also be some special offers coming up throughout the day, so stay tuned to our twitter – @mattersbeauty and facebook accounts.

Lots of love,
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Happy Easter!!

Hope you have had a fantastic weekend and that you got to spend some nice time with your friends and family.

Just thought we would share this wonderful easter inspired nail art with you.

Photo courtesy of http://www.joannelarby.com/

Belfast Fashion Week butter LONDON Pastel Monochrome Look

Butter London Belfast Fashion Week Set Up

Howdy Beauty Mates,

Hope that the chilly weather isn’t puting a dampner on your easter! If you think it is bad down here, you should see how bad it is up North! We braved the snow and ice to head to Belfast Fashion Week to ensure that the models for the catwalks had perfected talons that matched the styling of the Spring/Summer shows.

Belfast Fashion Week is one of the biggest fashion events on this Island! It is a chance for fresh, contemporary fashion designers to showcase their talent along with established brands and designers.

Butter London Nails Belfast Fashion Week

butter LONDON is a well established fashion brand and can be seen backstage at London and New York Fashion Week. We thought that it was the perfect fit for Belfast Fashion Week and so this year we decided to partner with them. So myself and the uber talented Sarah Jane Lanagan teamed up to represent Beauty Matters with our butter LONDON nail art.

 

Nails

When deciding on the designs for the nails, it is imperetive to liase with the stylists, hair and makeup artists. It is of utmost importance that everything works together, to showcase the designer’s vision perfectly. There were two distinct trends on the first day. Pastel and sherberty coloured clothing were teamed with monochrome eye makeup and pastel lips.

Belfast Fashion Week Nails

We decided on a two tone graphic nail, incorperating the butter LONDON Sweetie Shop Collection in contrast with Union Jack Black.

butter LONDON cuppa nail varnish with Union Jack Black

Above is Cuppa and Union Jack Black combined, I will post some more pics when I get them.

Let me know what you think. Will you be sporting this look?

Lots of love,

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