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Trending – #Nailart. Nail it.

This season nail art is due to be bigger than ever, metallics, glitter, patterns, prints, finger-nail sized studs (K$sha) – you name it, and someone’s wearing it on their nails. Bored of the cracked effect that everyone’s sporting at the moment? Read on for OMB!’s top tips for nailing nail art.

1) Glitter. The easy go-to if everything else seems a bit complicated or risqué.

Barry M

2) Nail wraps. For smooth metallics and fuss-free patterns try nail wraps.

Nail Rock

Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Alexander McQueen SS12

3) Stamps. You may not have heard of Moyou or Konad. Use the stamper to pick up nail paint from the stencil plate and voila – stamp it across your nail. A little tricky to use, but fab once you get the hang of it. And the metal plates are  reusable.

Konad Nail Stamping

4) Magnetic metallics. These nail polishes contain metallic particles that, with the use of magnets, form a pattern on the nail.

Nails Inc.


Vitamin C Skin Reviver by The Body Shop – our little beauty secret, ssshhh!

It’s New Years day. Hanging?

Although the calendars have instantly refreshed, it would seem that our faces definitely haven’t. But it turns out all we need is a little Vitamin C. The Vitamin C Skin Reviver by The Body Shop brightens complexions, and mattifies and smooths skin doubling up as a moisturiser and perfect make up base.

And it’s only £13.


Check Out Look Magazine

OMB!!! Our very own Beauty Ed Amy is featured in this week’s Look Magazine!!!!!  So grab yourselves a copy to read her reviews on the latest hair dryers to hit the market.


Back in stock! Topshop ‘moonshine’ nail polish

Perfect little stocking filler at £6, moonshine is back!


What’s in My Make-Up Bag – Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour in Cosmic Raspberry

The Perfect Bright Pink.


Trending – #Twilight – Time To Ditch The Fake Tan?

Our current obsession with Twilight (and True Blood) is having a knock-on effect in the beauty world. The fashion pack has recently been embracing the pale skin tone of the Cullen clan. The porcelain complexion is back.

Kristen Stewart looking beautifully pale at the Twilight Breaking Dawn Part I Premiere in L.A.

Twilight is not the only factor contributing to the pale skin trend. Sun worshippers often forget that there is a high price to pay for a ‘healthy’ glow. The escalating number of people being diagnosed with skin cancer is the key motivation behind people ditching their super bronzed looks. Furthermore, an increased awareness of the aging effect of UV rays is yet another contributing factor. In a world fixated by youth, nobody wants to look like a well-worn leather handbag.

The cast of The Only Way is Essex have stopped the fashion forward from reaching for the fake tan or rushing off to the sun beds.  It seems that a very tanned complexion (surprisingly) no longer denotes sophistication. Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, agrees. ‘Deep tans have become incredibly naff due to the overuse of self-tan and the TOWIE/WAG connotations. Now it’s so easy to be tanned, the opposite has become more desirable and there are enough pale role models, such as Nigella Lawson, Scarlett Johansson and Kristen Stewart, to inspire people.’ The new W Magazine cover of Elle and Dakota Fanning highlights the ethereal beauty of a pale complexion.

Scarlett Johansson – Pin Up Girl for the Pale

Elle and Dakota Fanning shot by photographer Mario Sorrenti 

And according to scientists being pale is sexy. A recent study by the University of Toronto showed that men found the purity and elegance of the porcelain look more alluring than a tanned complexion.  Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Stewart, Rachel Weisz, Dita Von Teese, Lily Cole, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley (to name a few!) are all proof that you can be beautiful with pale skin. So I think it’s time we all ditch the fake tan and embraced our natural skin tones.


Trending: #Crème Brûlée Vaseline

Twitter has been buzzing with numerous #hashtags (from beauty bloggers and make up fanatics) about Vaseline’s latest variation of its classic Petroleum Jelly.  The limited edition Crème Brûlée Lip Therapy Vaseline is currently only available at Selfridges Oxford Street and Manchester Exchange Square. But luckily for the rest of us, it goes nationwide on 3rd November.


Save vs Splurge | Sea Salt Spray

Ok folks…I have the finest and flattest hair known to mankind so I have spent most of my life trying to add volume to it. My desire for the tousled surfer girl Olsen twin look means I frequently use Sea Salt Spray to add much needed texture.  So I am putting the premium priced Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray to the test against the reasonably priced Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray.

Hair Envy – The Chic Tousled Olsen Twin Look

Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray – £7.49 for 150ml

This product smells amazing compared to the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.  It gave me the wavy tousled look I desired by adding lots of volume.  Plus, the waves lasted all day! But it did give my hair a really sticky texture…bit odd for a Sea Salt Spray.

Bumble And Bumble Surf Spray – £19 for 120ml

I’m in love…with an inanimate hair product. The Surf Spray transformed my naturally poker straight locks into tousled beach waves effortlessly. I sprayed it on my damp hair and then put it in a tight top knot. About 10 minutes later, I took the top knot out and the waves were ready to go! It creates a very matte textured effect on hair without leaving a sticky residue.

Save vs Splurge

SPLURGE…in this case the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray wins hands down.



Spotlight On Tom Ford Violet Blonde

WEEK 1: Tom Ford Violet Blonde

Sophisticated yet Sexy…Violet Blonde is everything a girl should look for in a fragrance.


Love it or Loathe it? Violent Lips Temporary Lip Tattoos

Violent Lips Temporary Lip Tattoos (just like the ones we used to wear as children, but obviously not on our lips) are definitely a bold make-up statement. Generally, the product has provoked a ‘marmite reaction’ amongst my friends – let’s face it, only the more daring beauty junkies are going to be happy sporting these striking designs on non-fancy dress nights out. The tattoos come in a variety of different and daring designs. I love the glittery red and pink leopard print designs but at the same time, I loathe the tacky rainbow and fishnet prints.

Red Zebra Temporary Lip Tattoo

Selection of Violent Lip Temporary Tattoo Designs

It seems that temporary tattoo inspired make-up is currently having a mini beauty moment. Chanel started the trend with the release of their temporary tattoo collection in Spring 2010. Even Dior have jumped on the temporary tattoo bandwagon with their recently released Velvet Eyes Adhesive Eyeliner Patches (exclusively available at Selfridges).

The Verdict – There is no denying that the concept is fun and striking. However, I do think they should be strictly reserved for fancy dress purposes only… unless you are Lady Gaga/Kitty from X Factor.