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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.


Steal her style: Ring/Bracelets as seen on Made in Chelsea’s Caggie. Ring-a-ling-a-ling!

If you’re a fan of MIC and have been wondering where oh where did Caggie find that ring/bracelet, you aren’t the only one! This beauty sold out FAST after it was released that it could be found in Urban Outfitters, so I’ve been on the hunt for some other treasures. Handflower bracelet, Slave bracelet, bracelet-connected-to-ring bracelet… whatever you like to call them, there is no denying these are quickly catching the attention of the trendy and fashionable alike! Grab one quick and keep ahead of the fashion pack…

P.S. The Made in Chelsea Christmas special is on E4 tonight 9pm, eek!

Caggie Dunlop on Made in Chelsea

Low Luv x Erin Wasson Bone Hand Bracelet NOW £31.47

www.shopbop.com (both)

Jacqui Aiche Filigree Bracelet/Ring £72.81

                                                    Topshop £12.50
                                              Hannah Warner £225
 

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: #Xfactor – Rihanna? Check!

We bloody loved Rihanna’s performance of Sunday’s X Factor… Mean vocals? Check. Killer moves? Check. Controversy? Hell yeah (Err, have you not seen the close ups oh her ‘F*** you’ shoes??). On trend checks? Why yes – Check!

Get the look…

Tripp NYC Biker Jacket £90

Topshop £55

Motel shorts £38

M&S Limited Collection bra £16

Pieces Hamilton tartan gloves £15

And something for the boys…

Fred Perry polo £65


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.


Trending: #Halloween

Helloooo Halloween. There is no better time of year to ogle at Stephen Webster’s Murder She Wrote 2011 Collection. And OMB! does his jewellery make me want to cry and wish I had the money to throw at it. (The Hangman ring above is priced at £2,800)

In case you didn’t know… Stephen Webster, Founder and Creative Director of Stephen Webster Ltd and now also Creative Director of the world’s oldest jewellery house Garrard, is one of the leading British jewellery designers. Webster has built a dedicated fan base and is a firm favourite with celebrities across the globe; from Madonna to Christina Aguilera, Kate Moss, Sir Elton John, Mickey Rourke and Kate Beckinsale to name but a few. Check out all of his work on http://www.stephenwebster.com – his Seven Deadly Sins collection is a work of art.

P.S. Money too tight to mention?

ASOS has an array of goulash offerings that’ll do just fine whilst we’re waiting to win that Lotto jackpot (any day now…) including this Claw pendant necklace for just £8.


Trending: #Sequins

Have a browse through the high street, and you’ll find that sequins are everywhere. If you have been traumatised by images of Kat Slater strutting through Albert Square in a sequin mini and knee high leather boots (it’s okay, we understand), then the time has come to think again. This season, sequins are sophisticated. Add a touch of glamour to your winter wardrobe with some of these sparkling beauties!

                       Art deco top, New Look, £24.99                       Sheer sleeve sequin Tee, Topshop. £48

Lace dress with sequins, Sister Jane. £95