Tuesday, 29 March 2011

trends for 2011?

Its so hard to really pin point whats going to be in and whats not, but after my trawling of magazines and the web, I`ve got a few to offer you!

Do pony tails make you feel as if you are back at school?! Well be prepared because they have been on all the catwalks lately and if thats anything to go by, then they are here for the summer! Tight and high or low and soft, you choose!

Bright eyeshadows are everywhere - take your pick from coral, yellow and green. Its quite suprising actually, that if applied correctly, these colours can look really good. Dont go over the whole eye socket, keep it as a nice sweeping line across the base of the lid.  Customising your kohl is also a great way of bringing personality to your makeup - go smokey, smudgey, little flicks, dots, create your own eye style!

Remember the fun 50s style sunglasses? Well I have seen lots of them in the magazines, coloured plastic, flowers on them, swirls and eye catching patterns on the arms, lets see if they catch on for the summer. Quite fun for tea parties I guess!

Some of you may not like this one, but apparently, thick define dbrows are back in. I`m not sure if I like this one though, they wouldnt suit me and they wont grow thick anyway!

Monday, 14 March 2011

No chips or smudges - the 2 week manicure

Each and every year, about three or four things take the hair and beauty industry by storm, in the last couple of years its been eyelash extensions & Minx and before that, GHDs.

Well this year, gel manicures are tipped for the top.

UV cured, the coloured gels are immediately dry and as you stand up from the manicure desk, you dont have to worry about smudging them on your coat and purse or that getting your car keys out is going to ruin them.
We use OPI Axxium in OMG and our clients love it. I think its going to be especially popular for holidays as you can go away and not worry that stubbing your toe in the swimming pool or walking through golden sand on the beach, will ruin your toe nails.
 I always find, sods law, that I manage to chip my nails at the airport, me and suitcases dont get along! Heres a couple of piccies of our 2 week gel manicures at OMG.

Make Up via your camera!

The latest LUMIX  Panasonic digital camera has got a feature, that if its as good as it says it is, well, we need never worry about a bad photo again!

The Beauty Retouch Mode makes it possible to virtually makeup faces. Various effects can be applied to the face including clearing the skin texture, whitening teeth and so on. You can also choose the color of foundation, lips, cheeks or eye-shadow.

If the press release on this was April Fools Day, I would certainly think it was too good to be true. I just need to find someone who has one now, so I can test it for myself!


Thursday, 3 March 2011

The making of Dior eyeshadow palette


I think this is a really interesting video of how one of Diors eyeshadow palettes are made BY HAND!!! I love the colours too! Only thing I worry about if I had one was not wanting to use it as it would get ruined! I think its one for my collection, so that in 30 years time, a really beautiful collection could be showcased.

Beauty Queens!

We are sooooooooo delighted to win Professional Beautys Best Small UK Employer award! This is the second year we have won this award and I know that only the best made it to the finals so it makes this an even better achievement.  It was all a bit surreal, our award was the first one up, so I didnt get chance to suss out what was going on and then when we went on stage to collect the award and I was asked to say a few words, I was really unprepared.  I did the usual, thanking everyone and nearly ended up doing a Gwyneth at the end - but I just about held it together!
This award recognises business performance, staff training, development, motivation, leadership, marketing and communications, so no mean feat to win it!
So I continue to wake up each morning, glad to be going in to do the job I do, and so so so proud of OMG and all my team.