Office Blog Posts in the ‘Beauty’ Category

Nailed It!

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The trend that has taken the world by storm, nail art is everywhere you look and we are all getting involved. Nails have taken over the beauty world and the shoe box we keep our nail varnish in is overflowing with every varnish variation that appears on the shelves. Whether its gel, neon, glitter or metallic the options are growing so fast, deciding which one to choose is becoming a near on impossible decision. Us girls (and some of the guys) at OFFICE HQ love everything to do with nails and wanted to share some tips we have learnt for beautifully preened nails this summer.

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First step is to decide on a shape, it’s not just round or square these days, a 50’s style sharp point which is called stiletto, also one of our favourite things!

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Next is the polish and tools needed to create some works of art. Our favourite brands are Models Own; Nails Inc; Barry M; Essie and OPI for every colour under the sun. Color Club for unicorn style holographic polish and Revlon Parfumerie collection for dreamy scented nails. You can also get some great tools from Topshop MakeUp with all the bits you need to create summer ready nails.

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You can get your hands on some great nail art books like Wah Nails and Nail Candy, available on Amazon, for some great on trend ideas.

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Nail delights have taken over Instagram and nail goddesses @wahnails are your go to girls for the latest look.

http://www.wah-nails.com/

A great Tumblr is the Illustrated Nail for high fashion styles and The Nailasaurus blog has a great list of tutorials to get you started.

http://theillustratednail.tumblr.com/

http://www.thenailasaurus.com/p/nail-art-tutorials.html

 

We have selected some of our favourite video tutorials from the web, so get practising on yourself and all your friends.

Marble Nails   (https://www.youtube.com/user/cutepolish)

Palm Tree Nails   (https://www.youtube.com/user/SimpleNailArtDesigns)

Pastel Penguins  (https://www.youtube.com/user/cutepolish)

 

Images Sourced: Hannah Fivian on Pinterest; www.1manucure.com; www.modelsownit.com; www.unnakednails.com;

www.juliebrown.co.uk; www.rialovespawlish.com; http://www.amazon.co.uk/

 

 

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Our summer beauty essentials

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Summer’s on its way so feel tip top with our guide to the best summer beauty essentials.

MakeupCompPastel nail colours

There’s no quicker way to update your look than with a slick of new nail polish. Our favourites come in sugary shades this season, think Topshop’s ‘Boy Next Door’ or Ciate’s ‘Suncatcher’.

Surf Spray
Creating the perfect tousled waves has never been easier. You’ll look like a beach babe in no time with Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray or go DIY and make your own. Here’s our recipe for the best homemade surf spray:

– One cup of hot water
– Add two tablespoons of Epsom salts
– Half a tablespoon of conditioner
– Add a few drops of scented oils
– Spray it onto wet or dry hair and voila!

Hair colours
Adding colour to your look isn’t just about your clothes. We’ve fallen head over heels for Bleach London’s new range of hair dyes in Awkward Peach, Washed Up Mermaid and Bruised Violet. For something a little less permanent, try Colorsmash’s hair chalk. It can be applied in minutes and simply washes out!

Fake tan
A little fake tan on our legs is a summer essential in our eyes. Get your pins looking tanned and toned with St Tropez’s Perfect Leg Spray, or try Dove’s Summer Glow moisturiser for a natural-looking tan all year round.

Foot scrub
Before you try on your new sandals, treat your feet to a luxurious foot bath. Lush makes our favourite – the Volcano Foot Mask – and it’s a great way to kick back and relax at the end of a long day.

Drink water!
Water is nature’s own anti-aging treatment so eight glasses a day keeps us feeling happy and healthy. We’re loving Bobble’s water bottles that filter your tap water as you drink it. What’s more, they’re reusable so they’re a great way to reduce the number of plastic bottles going to waste and harming the environment. Drink up!

Waterproof mascara
Whether you’re dipping in and out of the pool or strolling through the city on a hot day, waterproof mascara is a must. Blow the budget with Diorshow’s version or up the volume with Bourjois Paris’ Glamour Max waterproof mascara. Either way, say goodbye to panda eyes forever.

Highlighter
Get ready to glow everyday with our favourite highlighting blushers and creams. Our first choice is Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick which will give you an instant glow with a simply swish of it over your cheeks and eyelids. Our other favourites to note are Topshop’s Glow highligher in Gleam and Nars’ Illuminator in Hot Sand.

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