How to do A Beehive: Up and Down


Ever wondered how to get the 60s classic, the beehive?  Well our expert hair team have come up with a simple how to guide so you can get to looks in no time! Whether you want a more relaxed look like Kim Kardashian’s loose beehive or if you want to go for a more formal beehive up do, read on to find out how!

  1. Start off by using a fine bristle brush to back comb the hair at the top of your crown. Use a strong hold hairspray to hold the beehive at the roots.  Start back combing at the roots and then go almost to the end of the strand for some real lift.
  2. Separate a centre or side parting in the middle of your head just 2cm in from your face and start smoothing sections of hair down with a brush.
  3. Start pulling the beehive into place with your hands.
  4. Secure the beehive by twisting the section of hair over on itself to make sure it won’t move 
  5. Start pinning it in place with kirby grips and voila you have a beehive a la Kim Kardashian.
  6. Pull out some loose bits around your face to soften the look and there you have it a beehive two ways!

If you want your hair in a up do up like Adele’s, read on…

  1. Gather your hair into a low ponytail and secure with a hair tie
  2. Wrap a strand of hair around the hair tie to cover it over
  3. Secure the piece of hair under the pony with one or two kirby grips

Posted on Friday, August 3rd 2012


The Perfect Fake Tan

With this drab weather, we all need a pick me up and what better than finding the perfect fake tan so we can all at least pretend we have been enjoying warmer climes.  So we tried out four fake tans at a range of prices to see which is the best of the bunch to give you that bronzed look!


Posted on Friday, July 20th 2012


BOOM NAILS: Gothic Cat Tutorial

BOOM NAILS has done it again!  Our friends over at BOOM NAILS have put together a simple step by step nail art tutorial so you too can get gothic cat nails.  Perfect to team with leather leggings and a cross print tee, read on to find out how.  

 What you will need:

  • Gold polish
  • Glitter polish
  • Black nail art pen
  • White nail art pen
  • Small gems (from a craft shop)
  • Top coat

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th 2012

The Best Body Butter

It may be a time-consuming activity but if you want to get silky soft skin, moisturizing is a necessary step to take.  Perfect for maintaining your holiday skin, we wanted to find the best body butter out there to keep our skin feeling soft and supple all summer long! 

  1. At £6.49, Good Things Ultra Rich Body Butter smelt amazing and left skin feeling really soft during the course of the day.  Perfect for normal to dry skin, this moisturiser absorbed really quickly without leaving any oily residue.  No fuss, great smell and great value for money, we loved this body butter!
  2. Ooh La Spa Moist at £1.99 is very affordable and excellent value for money. It is perfect for everyday use to keep your skin soft and smooth and also has a beautiful perfume which leaves your skin smelling fresh and fragrant. However if you have very dry skin and require something more intense, then this isn’t the moisturiser for you. It is perfect for those who have a regular moisturising regime and can’t afford the expensive labels.
  3. At £12.99, Burt’s Bees Body Butter came in at the most expensive of the four. It had a lovely fragrance without being too overpowering like some of the other butters. It looked like it had a thinner texture expected from a body butter but it absorbs well into the skin without being greasy. All in all it left skin feeling sillky smooth however the price tag is a bit of turn off being about half the size of the other body butters.
  4. Dirty Works Coconut Caress Body Butter at £4.99 was our middle of the range body butter.  It has a lovely fragrance if not a little overwhelming.  It is a light moisturiser but keeps your skin soft all day. The butter seemed a little greasy on first appearance and left a bit of an overpowering smell but all in all, it is good value for money. 

Posted on Saturday, June 30th 2012

Secret Beauty Top Tips

Over here at boohoo HQ, we are always searching out those quick fix beauty tips that will make you look as amazing as our beautiful model looked, behind the scenes at our latest shoot.  So we have put together our latest top five tips so you can keep up to date with the latest beauty trends this season…

NUMBER ONE: A bold lip

Don’t be afraid of a bright lip colour.  Red is a great colour for both blondes and brunettes - Fair skin tones should opt for a lippy with blue toned crimson, medium to olive ladies can indulge in a red with orange undertones, and dark skinned girls get all the luck, being able to take their pick from light coral colours right through to berry shades.

NUMBER TWO: The quick nail dryer

Ever get annyoed waiting for your nails to dry? Or even worse, think that they have dried and smudge or all your hard work?  After a good nail art session, the worst thing you can do is scuff your nail masterpieces.  To hurry up the drying process, dip your nails into cold water and they will dry in no time!

NUMBER THREE: Tidy up that eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner can be tricky to apply.  If like us, you love doing a defined eye but don’t like the mess, don’t worry once you have applied your liner, dip your cotton wool bud into some water and run along your lash line to smarten it up.

NUMBER FOUR: Fix that hair

You have probably heard of mixing salt and water to spray on your hair to get the perfect tousled look.  But sugar water is the best natural hairspray. Mix a few teaspoons of sugar with a small cup of water, put into a spray bottle and style away. Whatever your hair-do is sure to do what it’s told with this top tip.

NUMBER FIVE: Lengthen those lashes

Destroyed your lashes with mascara? Fret not, apply almond oil to your lashes and they will grow back in no time.

Posted on Friday, June 29th 2012

The Perfect Body Scrub

Quick, girls get holiday ready with our latest review on body scrubs!  For those of you who have holidays on the horizon or those of you who just love fake tan, exfoliating can be time-consuming but is one of the most important steps necessary to get perfectly polished skin.  We have tried and tested four scrubs to find out which is the cream of the crop.


Posted on Thursday, June 21st 2012

Perfect Pout

Three steps to your perfect pout this summer…

1. Line your lips with a similar coloured pencil to your chosen lip colour. Ensure to get into the corners.

2. Apply lip colour with a brush and blot to finish.

3. Add a top coat of lipgloss and pout!


Posted on Thursday, June 21st 2012

Keep your nails on trend this Spring with the latest beauty trend…nail wraps!

Whether you’re looking to go fun and funky or glam and girly, these exciting designs are a quick and easy way to accessorise your outfit top to toe. Let your nails do the talking and team with a neutral outfit and a colour pop clutch

What would you wear them with?

Posted on Saturday, May 5th 2012

Go crazy for zig zags this season and embrace the Aztec print.  The perfect print for summer holidays ahead, why not clash prints and opt for Aztec-inspired nail art too!  Our favourite nail blogger, Emma from Boom Nails has put together a nail tutorial for one of our favourite trends of the season, Aztec Prints so that you can get the look too.  Over to Emma…

  1. Do a base coat
  2. Paint your base colour. You can choose any colour for this design - I went for mainly white, with one purple nail and one green nail on each hand
  3. Get hold of a black nail art pen. Start with a row of triangles. I did the outlines first, then filled them all in
  4. Draw a row of short verticle lines underneath your triangles
  5. Do a zig zag line across the tip of your nail. Then copy the same line a bit below it
  6. Draw a line of dashes
  7. FIll in the last bit of free space on your nail with a zig zag, and put some little mini dots in the gaps
  8. Repeat these same patterns on your other nails. Change up the order and add in some of your own patterns too if you like!
  9. Finish with a really good top coat, like Seche Vite

Hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial. Let me know what you think by tweeting me! @BoomNails or check out our facebook page!

Posted on Monday, April 16th 2012

Our favourite nail art blogger, Emma from Boom Nails has created some pretty in pink nails exclusively for boohoo that are sure to turn heads in this Spring/ Summer!   Team with pastel hues and floral prints this Spring for a look that will brighten up your transitional wardrobe!

Over to Emma:

  • STEP ONE: Do a base coat
  • STEP TWO: Two coats of a pale pink nail varnish. I used a No7 one called Pinky Pure
  • STEP THREE: Use a white nail art pen to do a dot at the base of your nail. Do another dot joining on to that, and so on until you have a vertical line of white dots going down the length of your nail.
  • STEP FOUR: Repeat! Carry on until you have lots of lines going across your nail, all made up of dots.
  • STEP FIVE: I think they look quite nice like this, but to make them (slightly!) resemble sequins, I wanted to put a glitter nail polish over the top. If you prefer them without glitter then at this stage just put a topcoat on! If not, do a layer of glitter over the top.
  • Hope you liked the tutorial! Emma x
  • STEP FIVE: Do this on all of your nails

And voila you have perfect pink nails!

Posted on Saturday, March 31st 2012

Neon and Monochrome Boom Nails Step One and Two Step Three Step Four Step Four Step Five Step Five Step Six

Nail art extraodinaires, Boom Nails have created monochrome nails with a neon pop exclusively for boohoo! Perfect for a night out, why don’t you give these nails a go?

Over to the expert:

  • STEP ONE: As always, do a base coat! I used Barry M.
  • STEP TWO: Two coats of a white nail polish. I used a Revlon one called White On White.
  • STEP THREE: Using a neon yellow nail art pen, make a triangle shape at the base of your nail. Do the outlines first at then fill it in.
  • STEP FOUR: Repeat the process for all of your nails!
  • STEP FIVE: Now for the monochrome stripes! Use a black nail art pen to draw verticle stripes coming out of the triangles at the base of your nail. Be careful to not get black inside your yellow triangles!
  • STEP SIX: Fill in every other stripe with black
  • STEP SEVEN: Do this on all of your nails
  • STEP EIGHT: To finish, put a good quality topcoat over all your nails. Seche Vite is the one I use. 

Hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial. Let me know what you think by tweeting me! @BoomNails

Posted on Monday, March 26th 2012