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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Meet the Powderpuff Girls: Interview with Sam Easey

Each month we will interview one of the gals and reveal all of their beauty secrets, tips, loves and inspirations. We do hope you enjoy this peek behind the scenes here at The Powder Room.

Meet Sam...

Sam poised and ready to pamper at our Columbia Road Boutique

Q: What's your favourite thing about being a Powderpuff Girl? 

I really enjoy meeting the girls that come in and hearing where they are headed out for the day, be it a hen party, wedding day or just a girls night out! It's not your usual 9 to 5 job, I really enjoy what we do here at the Powder Room and I love the atmosphere.

Happy hens at The Powder Room 

Q: What is your favourite product?

At the moment I would have to say it is The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer highlightging powder. It can be used in so many different ways and really glams up a make-up. Use it under your brow for wide awake eyes or pinch in those cheeks by using it on your cheek bones!

Mary-Lou Manizer £16.50 available at The Powder Room 

Q: What is your favourite era for Hair, Make up and fashion?

My favourite era for all of these is without a doubt the 1940's. Women were finding new ways of being expressive and hairstyling played a massive part in shaping the style of the era. in 1947 Dior launched their new look range giving women the clothing for that perfect hour glass figure and make-up became very glamarous again, the perfectly shaped eyebrows of the 1940's are so flattering on any woman.
1947 Dior 

Dita has mastered the perfect 1940's shaped eyebrow 

Q: Where did you go to make up school ? 

I studied at West Thames College, HND Specialist make-up for theatre, fashion, film and television. it was such a fantastic course to be on. there is a big focus on period hair and make-up, we studied and practiced everything from the egyptians to the 1960's.

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra
Jane shrimpton VOGUE cover girl 1966

Q: Where is your favourite place to shop?

San Francisco's Haight street , San Jose and Santa Cruize have some of the most amazing Vintage shops I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. They have vast warehouses of the most amazing quality American vintage I have ever seen, and they are all so inexpensive. You just dont get it here anymore. Tragically I can not justify a move to California purely for the Vintage shopping... although I have tried.

San Francisco's Haight street

Q: Who is you style icon?

Style icon is a tough one, because I think I have one for every era! but if I had to choose one I think I would say Jackie Onassis. she was such a classic beauty and her style was unfaltered.

Jackie Onassis in a gorgeous ensemble

Sam is best known for her fabulous victory rolls and you will have seen her handy work at The London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony were she worked on the team that helped create the perfectly authentic look for all of the nurses in the NHS segment of the show. 

Nurses representing the Great Ormond Street Hospital and the NHS take part in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.
London 2012 Opening Ceremony  

 Sam says "I love that there are so many variations to this style, it allows me to be creative and no two girls will ever leave looking the same!"  

Victory Rolls: Love this look? 

Meet the Vera - Victory rolls wherever you want them from our gorgeous look book 
Speedy Hair do just £20 at The Powder Room 

If you have a question for the girls email it
and we may include it in the next interview 

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Something for a rainy day...

"and now it's time for a treat" (said in 1940's TV presenter style) 

We thought we would interrupt this rather rainy day with a little treat. 
Now that all that healthy stuff is over we think its defiantly time to enjoy something naughty. 
So here is a reward for being so fit & healthy during the games in the form of a retro recipe...

 "Never quit, be yourself and don't put too much flour in your brownies" 
Katherine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn's Brownies
120g butter
50g dark chocolate
2 eggs beaten
200g white sugar
a cup of chopped walnuts
45g flour
vanilla essence
pinch of salt

* Preheat the oven to 170c/340f/gas mark 3.5
* Melt the butter with chocolate in a saucepan, add the eggs, sugar, a drop or 2 of vanilla essence, a pinch of salt and the chopped walnuts.
* Add the flour. Mix well and pour into a square (20cm) cake tin lined with baking parchment. Bake for half an hour.

Happy Baking Ladies 
The Powderpuff Girls xx 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Hitchcock's Heroines

 London plays host to yet another fabulous event. 
The BFI Southbank celebrate the most influential and iconic British film director of all time Alfred Hitchcock. From August to October BFI present a complete Hitchcock retrospective.
We love a good movie and these classic nail biting, pillow peekers are a must see, although you might want to book in with us for a manicure afterwards. 

Hitchcock is famous for casting the most beautiful leading ladies. 
We do love a fabulously glam Hitchcock Heroine so thought we would share
our favourites with you...

Ingrid Bergman  - SpellBound 1945

Grace Kelly - Dial M for Murder 1954 

Kim Novak - Vertigo 1958

Tippi Hendren - The Birds 1963

To celebrate this fabulous event we are giving away 
2 x tickets to any screening 
during this season. 

To enter CLICK HERE 

 Good Luck Glamourettes 
The Powderpuff Girls xx 

The season runs until October 2012 and tickets are still avaialable so if you are not lucky enough to WIN you don't need to miss out. 
For more info visit: 

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

NAIL a winning look this Summer

How are you enjoying the games so far? We loved the opening ceremony and are enjoying the extra buzz in London. Team GB are doing amazingly well on the medal front but we have been most impressed with their NAILS. 

Rebecca Adlington holds up her bronze medal with Union Jack Nails 

Team GB's Beach Beauties Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin go for red, white and blue 
and classic red with union jack accent nail on the ring finger. 

Team GB swimmer Aimee Wilmott goes for the Olympic Rings. 

Now you may not be able to run the fastest or jump the highest but you can WIN a spot on the Pretty Podium with a patriotic manicure at 
The Powder Room just £20 or £15 with a PINK PASSPORT

Cheer on Team GB with a patriotic manicure 

Or why not try and create these looks at home... 

Go Red White and Blue or go for Gold with  

with our
Mavala Trios just £12.50 at The Powder Room

NAIL THE LOOK: This Stella McCartney inspired TEAM GB Manicure has been created using Mavala Mini Colours.

Mavala Base Coat £10.75
Mavala Trio including London, White & Dark Blue £12.50 (as shown above)
Mavala Aqua Blue £4.50
Mavala Smokey Blue £4.50
Mavala Colourfix £9.95
all available at The Powder Room

Apply base coat to all nails. Then the two coats of dark blue to all nails except your two accent nails (ring finger). At the same time apply two coats of white to your accent finger nails. We prefer traditional methods so we added the stripes free hand. First of all the top stripe using the smokey blue and then the second smaller stripe using the aqua blue. Wait about 3 mins then apply top coat to all nails. You can now put your hands together for the team in style. 

Good luck ladies and go Team GB! 

Making Britain beautiful since 2005