How to Apply False Lashes

Step One: Make sure your make-up is completed before you apply your lashes.  A handy hint for those of you who have a steady hand is to apply your lashes before you apply your eyeliner.  If not line your eyes before your lashes.  Once you are happy with your make up, measure the lashes against your eye and trim if necessary.

Step Two: Now apply eyelash glue above your upper lash line and wait thirty seconds until the glue becomes tacky.

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Posted on Friday, March 23rd 2012

Boohoo tried and tested 6 cream blushers to track down the cream of the crop (excuse the pun). Every girl likes to have a nice glow so boohoo took note from the Spring/ Summer catwalk this year to find the perfect peachy cream blush.  From Louis Vuitton’s pastel SS12 show to Jason Wu’s show full of bright hued peplums, peachy glows were seen on models all over the catwalk this season. So read on to find out which one is the best for your pennies. 

  1. Winner: Une Natural Beauty Breezy Cheeks takes first place at the middle of the range price at £8.99.  Application is easy with fingers or a blush brush and the colour is just the right depth.  It doesn’t streak, lasts the course of the day and what is more, it is made of 100% natural ingredients!
  2. Second place goes to No. 17 Blush and Glow at a bargain price of £3.99.  This is more of a powdery consistency and goes on easily with a brush.  It is made up of two colours, one deeper than the other so you can mix and match dependent on whether you are tanned or not.
  3. Urban Decay take third place.This was the most expensive of all the blushers at £16.20 but it does come with a a little mirror to help with those times when you need to do your makeup on the go.  However it was a little oily and you need a lot of product for a real blush but once applied it gave a lovely peachy glow.
  4. Maybelline at £6.49 comes in at fourth place.  This was a little disappointing as it initially has a very luxurious feel and a lovely smell.  However as it is light and greasy, it easily removes foundation and make up underneath.
  5. Natural Collection, the cheapest blusher of them all at £1.99 comes out as a very light paste in a nice natural colour.  However application is difficult as it needs a lot rubbing in meaning the end result is very streaky.
  6. Bloom Sheer Colour Cream is the loser of the cream blushers.  At £11, Bloom disappointed.  Despite the lovely fragrance, it is very oily on application and has a very unnatural hue!

Posted on Friday, March 9th 2012

Nail tutorial inspired by our latest collections on boohoo.com

The fab Nail artist over at Boom Nails has created some nail tutorials based on the patterns, shapes and colours of Boohoo’s gorgeous collections, inspired by our Decades and Oxford Blues collections (available from Jan 30th). 

Emma - take it away! 


The first nail tutorial I’m going to show you is based around this gorgeous collection including pink hues, polka dots and creams.

 


STEP ONE: Base coat. Always do a basecoat! I used Orly Bonder Rubberised.


STEP TWO: Two coats of white nail varnish. It’s okay for the first coat to be quite thin, as the second coat will even everything out. I used Revlon - White On White.

 

STEP THREE: Do the outlines of the collars! As you can see from the picture - they’re just little triangles at the tip of the nail. For this bit, get your hands on a black nail art pen.

 

STEP FOUR: Fill in your collars!

 

STEP FIVE: Polka dot your collars with a white nail art pen - or with a toothpick and white nail varnish, if that’s how you roll! Make sure the collars are completely dry before you do this (as otherwise the tiny polka dots might bleed). Make the dots as small as you can!

 

STEP SIX: Pink half moons! I chose pink for these, to match the shorts that the model is wearing with the top. You could choose another colour if you like, or do it to match your own outfit. Half moons are pretty simple to do - just paint a crescent shape at the bottom on your nail, and fill it in. I used a pink nail art pen.

FINITO! Now you’re done. Hopefully you have something which looks a little like the picture above. Hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial, let me know what you think on

Twitter: @BoomNails.

Emma x


Posted on Friday, January 27th 2012

We are still loving our pastel shades so we thought we would try out some candy-hued rainbow nails.  We tried out a variety of brands so that we could see whether you really have to part with your pennies to get those perfect SS12 nails!
We tested six in total:
Chanel Vernis Nail Varnish in Pretty Ballerina - £17.50
Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Nail Enamel in Peachy - £6.49
Models Own Nail Varnish in Blooboo - £5.00
Rimmel Lycra Professional in Peppermint - £4.59
Barry M Nail Polish in Lemon - £2.99
Miss Sporty Nail Varnish in Grape -  £1.99
We based our results on 5 factors: strength and durability i.e does it easily chip, depth of colour, the amount of layers needed, ease of application and value for money.  So, which brand was the best of the bunch then?  
WINNER:    Rimmel - lovely colour, good brush to apply and no chipping!
2nd place: Models Own - rich pastel matte colour, value for money
3rd place:  Revlon - nice colour, dried quickly but needed layering
4th place:  Miss Sporty - needed layering but good value for money
5th place:  Chanel - colour very nude, needed layering 
LOSER:      Barry M - needed lots of layering, quite thin consistency but lovely yellow hue
What’s your favourite pastel shade for your nails for this SS12?

We are still loving our pastel shades so we thought we would try out some candy-hued rainbow nails.  We tried out a variety of brands so that we could see whether you really have to part with your pennies to get those perfect SS12 nails!

We tested six in total:

  • Chanel Vernis Nail Varnish in Pretty Ballerina - £17.50
  • Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Nail Enamel in Peachy - £6.49
  • Models Own Nail Varnish in Blooboo - £5.00
  • Rimmel Lycra Professional in Peppermint - £4.59
  • Barry M Nail Polish in Lemon - £2.99
  • Miss Sporty Nail Varnish in Grape -  £1.99

We based our results on 5 factors: strength and durability i.e does it easily chip, depth of colour, the amount of layers needed, ease of application and value for money.  So, which brand was the best of the bunch then?  

  • WINNER:    Rimmel - lovely colour, good brush to apply and no chipping!
  • 2nd place: Models Own - rich pastel matte colour, value for money
  • 3rd place:  Revlon - nice colour, dried quickly but needed layering
  • 4th place:  Miss Sporty - needed layering but good value for money
  • 5th place:  Chanel - colour very nude, needed layering 
  • LOSER:      Barry M - needed lots of layering, quite thin consistency but lovely yellow hue

What’s your favourite pastel shade for your nails for this SS12?

Posted on Friday, January 20th 2012

Taking inspiration from the coming season’s catwalk, we set out to find the perfect pink lippy to compliment one of our favourite trends: Pastels.  Christian Dior and Nicole Fahri opted for a strong fuschia pink lip to team with all of their neutral and soft pastels hues. 
We puckered up and tried out a variety of beauty brands to find our perfect pink pout:
MUA Lipstick, Shade Three - £1.00
17 Supreme Shine Lipstick in All About The Sass - £4.99
Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick in Rosette 02- £5.49
L’Oreal Color Riche in Crazy Fuchsia - £6.19
Maybelline Colorsensational in Pink Punch 175 - £7.19
MAC Amplified in Girl About Town A81 - £13.50
We tested each colour marking them out of ten, based on the following criteria:  intensity of colour, non-drying formula/ moisturising, durability, bleeding, smudge proof and value for money.
So what were the results?
WINNER:    Maybelleine
2nd place: Mac
3rd place:  MUA
4th place:  L’Oreal
5th place:  Kate Moss for Rimmel
Loser:       17

Taking inspiration from the coming season’s catwalk, we set out to find the perfect pink lippy to compliment one of our favourite trends: Pastels.  Christian Dior and Nicole Fahri opted for a strong fuschia pink lip to team with all of their neutral and soft pastels hues. 

We puckered up and tried out a variety of beauty brands to find our perfect pink pout:

  • MUA Lipstick, Shade Three - £1.00
  • 17 Supreme Shine Lipstick in All About The Sass - £4.99
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick in Rosette 02- £5.49
  • L’Oreal Color Riche in Crazy Fuchsia - £6.19
  • Maybelline Colorsensational in Pink Punch 175 - £7.19
  • MAC Amplified in Girl About Town A81 - £13.50

We tested each colour marking them out of ten, based on the following criteria:  intensity of colour, non-drying formula/ moisturising, durability, bleeding, smudge proof and value for money.

So what were the results?

  • WINNER:    Maybelleine
  • 2nd place: Mac
  • 3rd place:  MUA
  • 4th place:  L’Oreal
  • 5th place:  Kate Moss for Rimmel
  • Loser:       17

Posted on Friday, January 13th 2012

Beauty Report:  Eyebrows have been making a statement on the catwalk of late.  While Gucci opted for a nude bleached brow, Altuzarra went to the other extreme with over-emphasied eyebrows to give a strong look on the runway.
Is it just us or does it remind you of the famous Scouse Brow too?
Which do you prefer for the catwalk?

Beauty Report:  Eyebrows have been making a statement on the catwalk of late.  While Gucci opted for a nude bleached brow, Altuzarra went to the other extreme with over-emphasied eyebrows to give a strong look on the runway.

Is it just us or does it remind you of the famous Scouse Brow too?

Which do you prefer for the catwalk?

Posted on Thursday, January 12th 2012

Flash Trend: Extreme Hair Dye 
Red, orange, blue…hair dye has reached extreme heights, with traditional blonde and brunette shades left behind by the new trend sweeping the catwalks and celebville.
No shade is out of bounds, but take a tip from those in the know and opt for a wig if you want to trial this craze! 

Flash Trend: Extreme Hair Dye 

Red, orange, blue…hair dye has reached extreme heights, with traditional blonde and brunette shades left behind by the new trend sweeping the catwalks and celebville.

No shade is out of bounds, but take a tip from those in the know and opt for a wig if you want to trial this craze! 

Posted on Saturday, December 24th 2011

Amongst the Christmas beauty must-haves, every girl needs some dry shampoo to survive the morning-after and give you a bit more time in bed with your party hangover. We thought the boohoo team would trial the best and worst dry shampoo’s on offer.
Boots Expert Dry Shampoo:  5/10
For the price it’s a bargain, but the hold, general lack of texture and smell let it down.  Spend your money elsewhere!  
James Brown London Photo Fabulous Dry Shampoo:  6/10
This spray had all the potential of being a great product, good brand, great hairdresser but unfortunately it felt like just another hairspray. The product did feel light and smelt good but for the price, it didn’t hold for long enough.
Schwarzkopf Got2be Rockin’ it Dry Shampoo:  7/10
This product was great for texture but the smell brought it down by the smell of chemicals!
Lee Stafford Original Dry Shampoo: 7.5/10
The smell of Angel perfume was gorgeous - giving volume without clumping up my locks and retained my hair’s normal texture. It also lasted all day but I had to use it quite a bit. It was not as good value for money as some of the others, but I really liked so I’d pay it again!
Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Volume Dry Shampoo:  7.5/10
The consistency of this spray was too heavy and quickly dropped the hold. It also is not a great one for ladies with dark hair as it leaves a white residue.
Batiste Dry Shampoo Big and Bouncy XXL Volume: 9/10
This spray does give your hair a chalk like texture but the volume it gives is amazing.  You can also make the spray work hard for the money by scruffing your hair with your fingers later on and it will have the same effect! The real winner!

Amongst the Christmas beauty must-haves, every girl needs some dry shampoo to survive the morning-after and give you a bit more time in bed with your party hangover. We thought the boohoo team would trial the best and worst dry shampoo’s on offer.

Boots Expert Dry Shampoo:  5/10

For the price it’s a bargain, but the hold, general lack of texture and smell let it down.  Spend your money elsewhere! 

James Brown London Photo Fabulous Dry Shampoo:  6/10

This spray had all the potential of being a great product, good brand, great hairdresser but unfortunately it felt like just another hairspray. The product did feel light and smelt good but for the price, it didn’t hold for long enough.

Schwarzkopf Got2be Rockin’ it Dry Shampoo:  7/10

This product was great for texture but the smell brought it down by the smell of chemicals!

Lee Stafford Original Dry Shampoo: 7.5/10

The smell of Angel perfume was gorgeous - giving volume without clumping up my locks and retained my hair’s normal texture. It also lasted all day but I had to use it quite a bit. It was not as good value for money as some of the others, but I really liked so I’d pay it again!

Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Volume Dry Shampoo:  7.5/10

The consistency of this spray was too heavy and quickly dropped the hold. It also is not a great one for ladies with dark hair as it leaves a white residue.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Big and Bouncy XXL Volume: 9/10

This spray does give your hair a chalk like texture but the volume it gives is amazing.  You can also make the spray work hard for the money by scruffing your hair with your fingers later on and it will have the same effect! The real winner!

Posted on Monday, December 19th 2011

False Lashes are a Christmas Hit Heather Extra Length False Eyelashes

Here at boohoo.com, our party outfits feel a little bare with a killer lash! Having evolved greatly since their 1960’s heyday, false lashes are having a moment. Fluttering fans include the Kardashians, Girls Aloud and The Saturday’s, with every star gracing red carpet events sporting a pair. 

Our motto is bigger is better (this boohoo girl has even been known to don 3 pairs on a night out), and our Heather Extra Length False Eyelashes are an absolute steal at £4. Light to wear and easy to apply, the lashes are contact lens friendly too. A full shape, they add drama and definition to your peepers. 

Many brands recommend applying the set after make-up, but if your prone to cosmetic blunders, apply before eye make-up. Here’s our guide.

1. Lift the lashes gently from the plastic with tweezers, and check against your eye length, trimming if necessary.

2. Apply a layer of adhesive to the lash band, and leave for 10 seconds to allow the glue to become tacky. 

3. Using the tweezers, place the lashes along your own upper lash line, securing at the corners, and if needs be dry with a hairdryer on a low heat. 

4. Apply liquid liner to blend the join, and loads of mascara. Head over to boohoo.com to get your lashes and a brilliant party outfit for the festive period! 

Posted on Monday, December 12th 2011

Grip, Swish and Shine 
Pony tails ruled the runway this season, and are the perfect fix for bad hair days and uncompromising weather. Suitable for every hair type, the pony tail is versatile and will carry you through current and upcoming trends with stylish ease. Follow our guide to get the look. 
Emma Roberts  
As with most up do’s, a better result is achieved on unwashed locks to achieve sufficient grip and texture. Girls blessed with naturally curly or wavy hair should opt for an unkempt, carefree pony. Spritz the roots with dry shampoo for volume boost, and tip your head upside down, running a small amount of frizz fighting serum from scalp to ends to dispense the product and separate curls. Secure hair in a messy tail with a metal-free band to avoid tangles, and before creating the final loop, pull strands out around the face, tugging gently at the crown to create a slight beehive. Tighten the elastic, and then lightly backcomb the bulk and tips of the ponytail, before spritzing with a light hold hairspray. 
Miranda Kerr 
The ultimate evening pony tail, this sleek beauty is created by first straightening hair using a good quality heat protection spray and smoothing product. With a paddle brush, pull hair into a high pony, ensuring the crown and sides are free from any knots. Straighten the pony again, and follow with a medium hold hairspray and shine mist to create a mirror finish. 
Taylor Swift 
The lazy girls  ideal hairstyle, this casual pony is minimal effort. Rake fingers through the hair, pulling out a section to create a sweeping side fringe if you don’t already have one. Secure into a low side position with a band the same colour as your hair, leaving a strand out from the underneath and then wrapping it around the elastic, tucking it into the bobble when it’s too short to go around any more. Straighten the fringe, then pin near the band so it falls diagonally across the face. Spritz with light hold hairspray to finish. 
Now your hair is looking AMAZING head to www.boohoo.com to find the perfect party dress for your big night out! 

Grip, Swish and Shine 

Pony tails ruled the runway this season, and are the perfect fix for bad hair days and uncompromising weather. Suitable for every hair type, the pony tail is versatile and will carry you through current and upcoming trends with stylish ease. Follow our guide to get the look. 

Emma Roberts  

As with most up do’s, a better result is achieved on unwashed locks to achieve sufficient grip and texture. Girls blessed with naturally curly or wavy hair should opt for an unkempt, carefree pony. Spritz the roots with dry shampoo for volume boost, and tip your head upside down, running a small amount of frizz fighting serum from scalp to ends to dispense the product and separate curls. Secure hair in a messy tail with a metal-free band to avoid tangles, and before creating the final loop, pull strands out around the face, tugging gently at the crown to create a slight beehive. Tighten the elastic, and then lightly backcomb the bulk and tips of the ponytail, before spritzing with a light hold hairspray. 

Miranda Kerr 

The ultimate evening pony tail, this sleek beauty is created by first straightening hair using a good quality heat protection spray and smoothing product. With a paddle brush, pull hair into a high pony, ensuring the crown and sides are free from any knots. Straighten the pony again, and follow with a medium hold hairspray and shine mist to create a mirror finish. 

Taylor Swift 

The lazy girls  ideal hairstyle, this casual pony is minimal effort. Rake fingers through the hair, pulling out a section to create a sweeping side fringe if you don’t already have one. Secure into a low side position with a band the same colour as your hair, leaving a strand out from the underneath and then wrapping it around the elastic, tucking it into the bobble when it’s too short to go around any more. Straighten the fringe, then pin near the band so it falls diagonally across the face. Spritz with light hold hairspray to finish. 

Now your hair is looking AMAZING head to www.boohoo.com to find the perfect party dress for your big night out! 

Posted on Thursday, December 8th 2011

All That Glitters..

The boohoo girls have always prided themselves on having the latest fashions, well this week we’re also bringing you a review of glitter eyeliners…’cus you know glitter is a girl’s best friend!

1.Mac’s Superslick Liquid Eyeliner, £15.

I really liked the fact that this product looked like a pen on first glance, but once I opened it up I found that the wand was longer than the tube with the product in! Nevertheless, the brush allowed for great precision, it felt really nice on and it dried quickly. Perfect for that subtle shimmery look but not for £15! 6/10.

2. Gosh Extreme Art Eyeliner, £6.99.

I was quite excited about this eyeliner. The colour and shimmer looked gorgeous in the tube and it didn’t lose it’s effect once I put it on. It went on really easily, dried quickly and lasted all night! My only problem was that it could have had a bit more glitter in it, but that was it! 7/10

3. Boujois Clubbing Liner, £5.99.

The brush was amazing on this product, the thin brush gave me amazing precision to apply the product. The colour was really vivid, but it wasn’t as glittery as the name and packaging had lead me to believe. It didn’t budge the whole time I was wearing it, so definitely great value for money! 6/10

4. Too Faced Starry Eyed Eyeliner, £14.

I was really impressed to begin with. In the flesh the glitter looked amazing, and gave a classy, party look. But once I started snapping, the effect didn’t come across in the same way on my pictures. But it didn’t stop me giving it 8/10!

5. Collection 2000 Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner £2.99.

I tried the Night Fever shade which is a really vivid electric blue shade. It wasn’t the easiest to put on as the glitter tended to be a bit clumpy. Saying that the finished result was an amazing impact of colour and glitter - although it wasn’t as polished looking as the others it did dry quickly and stay on, which was amazing for £2.99! 6/10.

6. Barry M Glitter Liquid Eyeliner, £4.99.

This looked really glittery in the tube, but I have to admit I was a bit disappointed when I put it on. I had to use quite a bit to build up the glitter affect I’d achieved quickly with the others. So with that said I think it probably wouldn’t last very long, but for under a fiver I wasn’t complaining with the result! I actually quite liked the subtle shimmer after a while which was more me that some of the brighter shades. 5/10.

So our winner was Too Faced! Although it’s bit more expensive than the others I will definately be dazzling on the dancefloor with it at the office party!

Posted on Monday, December 5th 2011

Here at boohoo.com, we love a red lip! Unsure which shade to apply? Fair skins should go for a 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.
Fabulous with a simple slick of mascara, this trend works best with fresh skin, minimal accents and a strong brow creating a bold and striking look, great for winter. If you aren’t blessed with a supermodel arch, bypass wax pencils for an eyeshadow close to your own colour, using an angled brush to fill out the existing curve. 
Exfoliate and moisturise your smackers in preparation, then apply a layer of foundation to bare lips before applying your shade to give it some staying power. Blot, and check teeth for any transfer. 
Those not quite brave enough to make the leap to a bold, matte lip should opt for stains and balms. MWAH!

Here at boohoo.com, we love a red lip! Unsure which shade to apply? Fair skins should go for a 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.

Fabulous with a simple slick of mascara, this trend works best with fresh skin, minimal accents and a strong brow creating a bold and striking look, great for winter. If you aren’t blessed with a supermodel arch, bypass wax pencils for an eyeshadow close to your own colour, using an angled brush to fill out the existing curve. 

Exfoliate and moisturise your smackers in preparation, then apply a layer of foundation to bare lips before applying your shade to give it some staying power. Blot, and check teeth for any transfer. 

Those not quite brave enough to make the leap to a bold, matte lip should opt for stains and balms. MWAH!

Posted on Sunday, November 27th 2011

Win a Cosmopolitan Awards Goody Bag!

It includes over £200 worth of goodies, from the famous luxury brand Moroccanoil® – to give you lush locks, and some Cadburys Daily Milk Bliss when you need a quick chocolate fix. Make yourself glam with Britney’s latest perfume, TIGI styling cream, fake eyelashes someBenefit Hoola Bronzer and cleanse it off at the end of a night with the Elemis range of facial creams and wipes.

We have also thrown in a copy of our Style fix to keep you thinking fashion forward plus a voucher for £20 to spend at boohoo.com!

Just email competitions@boohoo.com with why you should win the lot and we will pick the best suggestion.  Winner announced next week!

Posted on Tuesday, November 8th 2011