Local brand BPerfect Concealer and Highlight review

I have never properly reviewed a product before on my blog….. until now! I just had to try and spread the word about a fabulous product called BPerfect Concealer and Highlight. This is a local, Northern Ireland cosmetics brand so always worth supporting our homegrown businesses! However, I wouldn’t say this concealer was fantastic unless I really did believe that.

The product itself goes on really easily and I believe only comes in one universal colour at the moment. I specifically used the concealer on my brow bone, my chin, down the centre of my nose and slightly under the outside of the eye. This concealer just disappears into the skin and feels really silky leaving behind a beautiful, very subtle but definitely noticeable highlight/sheen. I don’t need a lot of coverage from a concealer so this worked really well for me, if you’re looking for something more substantial it may not suit.

The BPerfect concealer and highlight is actually currently on sale for £13.59 directly through the website https://www.bperfectcosmetics.com/product/bprepared-conceal-highlight/

Here are some photos of myself wearing the product, I’ve included a picture with a smoothing filter and one without!

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Without Filter

Definitely look at trying this wonderful product! I haven’t used any of their other products as yet …. I believe they have a tanning line, brow products and other make up items so check out the website.

Women in Business Awards in Belfast

I was very lucky to attend the Women In Business Awards last night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shawsbridge.  I thoroughly enjoyed the night and was so inspired by the talented, hard working women all around me.

A few days ago I walked into my Belle Dress Hire room and took a deep breath…… it’s not very often that I get to wear one of my own gowns and it was actually really overwhelming! I suddenly felt immense pressure as to which style I should pick and after trying at least thirty dresses on I finally made the commitment to this gorgeous black and white gown.

I think the design inspiration behind this gown is a play on a typical tuxedo so a white, short sleeved, sequin top compliments the black, taffeta, mermaid skirt. The waist cut outs and open back ensure that the dress is feminine and elegant. I got plenty of compliments throughout the course of the evening and I have to say I did feel pretty fabulous! Initially, I did hesitate when choosing this gown as it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea but to be honest I wanted to wear something that people may not have seen before and to showcase the diversity of styles available at Belle Dress Hire.

This is a “statement” dress and does not require a dramatic hairstyle or any accessories, sometimes less is more! I felt it was best to compliment the gown with diamond studs in my ears and simply slicked my hair back into a low bun but I did add plenty of gloss spray just to give my locks a more polished look.

 

A “Happy Customer” is all that matters

I have had the pleasure of meeting some fantastic ladies recently, all of whom hadn’t worn an evening dress in a really long time! One lady in particular had not worn a long dress since her school formal some 30 years ago and as expected, was very unsure as to what would suit her. It was actually really lovely to be asked for my opinion in terms of what shapes, colours and fit I would recommend and my professionalism and experience really kicked in. Once we had found a dress that she loved and felt really terrific in, she then kindly asked for advice on accessories, shoes ……. it really was a very engaged appointment and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Usually my younger customers who are preparing to attend their school formals are very clear in what they want! They have a shortlist in terms of style, colour and fabric choice before they even come for an appointment. In one respect the appointment has a very clear and concise direction and the girls try on exactly what they have described in terms of the gown they want to hire. This is great as the appointment time is used very efficiently and also the customer tends to be less confused about styles and fit as they try on a smaller number of dresses. However, I have to say nothing beats advising a customer to try something on that they typically would not have chosen off the rail and them being blown away at how fabulous they then look in the mirror!

I really am happy to help and advise if I am asked during an appointment, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is the customer. As long as they are happy, I’m happy!

Here are a few pics of some beautiful Belle Dress Hire customers looking fabulous …..

  

 

To make an appointment please visit the website www.belledresshire.co.uk and complete a contact form.

Fashion Darhling!

I am absolutely obsessed with watching fashion based tv programmes at the moment, both UK and America based. It never ceases to amaze me just how much fashion affects people’s lives, touching on, influencing and evoking so many varying emotions.

For me personally, fashion is purely dress up! Every day I feel different when I wake up and so that totally dictates what I then select from the wardrobe to wear. Did I get a good night’s sleep and apply a little fake tan the night before? Then I grab a more revealing top and cropped trousers. Do I feel physically cold and maybe overdid the “cheat meal” the day before? Then I grab a retro tracksuit and sunglasses to hide behind.

I don’t believe I have a particular “style” that I follow or specific brands that I will only buy, I go with what catches my eye and my mood at that one moment which is why I do have a few items in the wardrobe that I will never wear again but then that to me is the fun part of fashion.  I don’t think that anyone should take fashion too seriously, obviously not including fashion designers in that statement of course!

I feel because I am quite a free spirit when it comes to fashion choices that this really helps me to help find the perfect evening dresses for my customers. I can keep an open mind as to what other ladies might like therefore sometimes really pushing clients outside of their comfort zone and what they would usually choose to wear and that goes for colour, shape, fabric etc

I have a compact yet diverse collection of gowns for ladies to try from the figure hugging jersey style to the princess ball gown silhouette to the “in your face” fabulous print patterns.

For your next black tie event or wedding or up and coming Christmas formal get together please contact Belle Dress Hire for an appointment.

Black is Best!

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life. Black never dates, always looks good, is the best colour for slimming effects and is easy to match up with accessories. Nothing beats a good black dress! And that goes for formal gowns as well as work suits and cocktail dresses ladies.
Black can be quite harsh on the skin so if you have a blue tinge to your complexion and don’t want to wear a fake tan, I would suggest going for a dark grey or navy which will be better against your skin tone. However, if you are more shallow skinned then black can look absolutely amazing especially with the addition of a warm, golden tan.

Black is usually best left to its own devices and unlike white, there really is no need to add additional colours, except for on the lips and nails!

a bit of bling never hurt anyone and can look fabulous with black as seen here.  Sometimes it’s best to let the “black dress” do the talking!

For your next big event contact Belle Dress Hire for an appointment.

Black strapless boned fitted dress with silver sequin (size 10) also available in white (size 6)

 

It’s simply black and white!

I have had this beautiful black and white dress at Belle for awhile now.  People have been put off by it’s brazen and bold simplicity, besides they have been much more impressed with the nearby twinkle of crystals and sequin.

So I was delighted when the young Milly dared to try on this gorgeous monochrome style for her school formal.  This dress must be worn on somebody tall so that the lighter side panels hit the waist and hips at just the right point.  Milly had a beautiful, elongated torso therefore the dress looked stunning on her.  I was delighted to hear that she and date won the coveted “Best Dressed Couple” award at the formal.

When Milly came to see me she had no make-up on and was dressed very casually with hair in a ponytail.  I knew the dress would be fabulous but even I was blown away when I saw this photo of her ……….

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Girls, sometimes it pays to be brave and wear something different, something unexpected.        Remember you want to stand out at your formal, not blend in.  Take a risk and chose a dress that you love not one that you think other people will like.

Winning Dress Once Again For Belle Dress Hire!

A lovely lady contacted Belle Dress Hire last week to arrange an appointment for her daughter.  When I asked if she needed directions, I was somewhat surprised when she said, “Yes, definitely need directions, don’t know Lisburn too well as we’re from Co. Monaghan.”  I have had ladies visit from as far as Coleraine, Kilkeel, Newry ….. but a 2 hour drive from across the border showed immense dedication in the quest for an evening dress!

During the appointment, I soon realised the reason why there was such a need to travel for a full length formal gown.  The lovely Orla was to complete in the Glaslough Rose competition which is part of the annual Glaslough Fete in Co. Monaghan.

As this was Orla’s first time taking part in such an event, finding the perfect dress was extremely important.  There were four KEY things to bear in mind to ensure it was the right style  …

Number one and the most important – the FIT of the dress which I always tell my customers is the most critical thing to consider when choosing an evening dress.

Number two was MODESTY as she’s a beautiful yet young girl, I needed both herself and mum to be comfortable with the level of flesh on show.

Number three was UNIQUENESS of the dress as it was imperative that Orla stood out on stage from other competitors.

And finally number four was COMFORTABILITY so that ease of movement would not be a challenge.

After numerous dress changes, we all agreed on the very first dress that Orla tried on!  I can’t tell you how many times that happens.  This stunning dress from Paris, fitted Orla to absolute perfection.  It met her curves without clinging and the sheer tulle bottom kept the style young and modern.  The shorter hemline was just that, short yet modest and the embellished beadwork ensured that the dress would sparkle under stage lights.

I was not surprised one bit when Orla’s mum told me that she won BEST DRESSED ROSE category at the competition and they were coming back this week to choose her formal dress!

Congratulations Orla and family who I’m sure are very proud of you.

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Best Dressed Rose, Glaslough Rose 2014.

Green Goddess at Star Ball!

A very special customer of mine, Cathy Lawe, shone brightly at the Star Ball a few weekends ago which was held in the amazing Titanic Building in Belfast.

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Not only did Cathy’s outer beauty shine through in this stunning lime green dress but from the inside as well as this is one of the most fantastic women I have met in a very long time.

Back to fashion!  Cathy was the very first customer to wear this gorgeous dress with ruffled flowers across the bust and shoulder. I think maybe the bright colour has perhaps put some ladies off trying this on previously but Cathy completely embraced the lime green, in fact it was the first dress to catch her eye on the rail!

As this style flares out from just above the waist means that the bodice ends at the smallest part of your body before flowing down to the ground.  The pop of colour on the lip compliments this dress perfectly and because of the bright colour, Cathy has decided to let the dress speak for itself by keeping accessories to a minimum.

I think you’ll all agree that Cathy is a seriously Yummy Mummy!!

 

Would YOU wear this dress??

From the back, the dress actually looks very regal and is offset beautifully by Selita Ebanks gorgeous skin tone.  Therefore, you will be totally amazed when you see the front view … Seriously!!!!  I just want to quickly quote someone standing beside me looking at a pic of this dress right now, “Why not just wear a sign look at me!”  How can this possibly have ever been considered as a fashionable choice of evening wear by Selita or her stylist?  This looks so tacky.  It also looks like she can’t move very well and let’s be honest if she were to turn too quickly to the right, she’d be exposing parts of her body that are supposed to be kept discrete!

I know sheer panels are a BIG trend this season and we have already seen Gwyneth Paltrow in a very revealing similar style of dress before which divided the critics.

However, this white dress worn by Selita takes sheer fabric to a whole new level which to be frank just looks cheap.  She also is wearing far too much make up which is making her look really harsh in the face.  All in all this look bombs and the “Legendary Phoenix” from Kanye West’s film, Runaway unfortunately is “legendary” in this get up BUT for ALL the wrong reasons!

It’s all about the back!!!

Girls get your spot remover creams and loofah’s at the ready!  Even though we are approaching autumn, it’s official, you need to get your back out!

Naked skin from behind was everywhere at the TV Choice Awards which were held in London’s Dorchester Hotel.

Although, do yourself a favour and DO NOT mimic Louise Thompson, from Made in Chelsea and invest in a decent spray tan!!

When you think about it, this is a really clever way of baring some skin without flashing your boobs or indeed abit of leg!

Also, it’s classy and indeed brilliant because whilst our wardrobe in mid September begins to accommodate trousers, jumpers, leather boots, scarves and tights ….. we can still be sexy on a night out simply by showing a little skin on our back!

Easily covered by a coat, short jacket or even a pashmina on the way into a bar or nightclub when it gets really cold, this is the perfect solution to keeping stylish and sexy over the next few weeks as the temperature dips.

I have been lucky enough to attend a black tie event at The Dorchester Hotel before and I have to say it’s an absolutely stunning red carpet venue.  If you have a special event coming up soon in Bangor, Belfast, Lisburn or elsewhere in Northern Ireland, check out a few of these, as Sharon Osbourne would say “fabulous” backless dresses available at Belle Dress Hire …

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