Sunday, 27 November 2011

Esvie Magazine



I am very pleased to say that I am now a contributor for ESVIE Magazine! Please take a look at my first piece for them! http://esvie.co.uk/misc/elephtheria-couture-for-you-and-me/

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Colour and Gloss At Puro Hair, Birmingham

Back in September I was lucky enough to be one of the girls in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham to receive one of the promotional offers from Puro Hair (Salon Evolution). After much debate I went for my colour visit (C), there are 4 visits in total and I will keep you up to date as I take them! But anyway, one of the options in visit C was a colour gloss (haven't we all wondered how those TV adverts get that glossy look?)  And this is how it turned out!



You can see better when I'm brushing it just how shiny it now is! So pleased!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

New Make Up Website!

For anyone interested in make up http://makeupbrands.co.uk/ is definitely worth a look as you can see what are the top sellers from each brand, and maybe get some ideas about what to try next! You might find something you hadn't thought of trying before!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Water Marbling for Nails - The Experiment!

When I was little I remember having a water marbling kit that came with paints, a big pot to work in and lots of white plastic things such as animals, bowls candles and so on. Then I started to see lots of posts from people on forums asking how this is done so I thought I'd give it a go!


The Kit:
A bowl you don't mind potentially ruining
2-4 Coloured Nail Varnishes
1 base coat
Q Tips
Cotton wool balls
Nail Varnish Remover
Tooth Picks


Now I'm not the tidiest of people to say the least so if you're anything like me make sure your work surface is covered or that you don't mind it getting messy!! First thing I did was clean my nails with nail varnish remover, shape my nails and wash them to make sure there was no oils or uneven surface to work on.
Then I added a base coat as some of the colours I'm using for the actual water marbling are quite dark and they might stain. So this is what I have now:


And now the fun part! Fill your bowl with lukewarm water (this will take several attempts to get the right temp for your nail varnishes to sit on the water and not sink or dry into a skin). As I mentioned this was an experiment so I tried two different ways of adding the varnishes to the water:



First I tried adding the nail varnish in random blobs all over the water and then I tried adding them all on top of one another. Then using the tooth pick drag the tip through the varnishes to mix them up, do a much or as little swirling as you like this is where every time you use water marbling for your nail it will be different.

This is the two different results I got:




Personally I prefer the second result, it was much bolder than the first and it seemed to last longer before the varnish started to dry out on me. You might get a whole hand done before it dries but if you don't just use a tooth pick to gather all the varnish off the water and start gain.

Now the tricky bit! You can either dive straight in nail downwards to get colour on (sometimes I found this way I picked up half of the nail varnish all at once) or as you see I've left gaps at the edge to get my hands in and lift up from under the varnish and get this :


Try not to get it as far up your fingers as I did!

Then with a q tip soaked in nail varnish remover quickly rub off all the extra varnish around your nail.



Sometimes it comes out a little messy but it's all practice!

Repeat for each nail!
Finally add a clear coat of polish if you want depending on the varnishes you've used. I didn't for these as they already had a shimmer.

I got loads of different effects from one batch so here's a few pics:





Happy water marbling!
I'll post any more experiments I do later on!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Midlands Fashion Designer Awards

The Midlands Fashion Designer Awards at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham was a night to remember. Designers, industry professionals and general fashion lovers were out in force to see all the talent that was on offer! I was lucky enough to attend with Elephtheria and this is what we saw!


Backstage with Elephtheria and one of her lovely models!

Here are a few more pics from the show too!



Would love any of the designers to get in touch so I can put your names to your pictures!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Much later than anticipated!

Ok I know it was a loooooong time ago but I have finally photographed my spoils from Fashion For Freedom! First up was the stunning dress from Gorgeous Couture!! As you can see it's far too long for me atm (I'm short yes and I'm wearing huge platforms under there too!) I am a bit of a magpie for shiney things so you can see why this made me extremely happy!




And then there was the pashmina from The Tie Rack too!!



Now I just need an occasion to wear them too!!