You don’t really need to have a specific style philosophy in order to look stunning; the best tip you’ll get from anyone who understands the female body, style and ultimately fashion is that you should wear whatever works for YOU and you only.
Everyone’s got a best feature – whether it’s their face, legs, buttocks, or shoulders, there is always something that stands out - and they should accentuate those features by choosing the right clothes and accessories. Play around with garnishes, styles, embellishments, edgy details and other fun additions and see where the experimenting takes you. Although, don’t do it like you’ve preened to within an inch of your life; there's nothing more repulsive than looking as if you’re trying too hard. Therefore, learning to manage your clothes and the range of accessories available to you is a key to always looking intriguing, exciting and fresh.
The talent behind accessorizing
If you don’t have it (the talent, we mean), you’ll learn it; the idea is to focus on a few timeless accessorizing tips that will work to your advantage every single time.
Follow the morphology of your body
Size does matter but not in the way you think. Depending on your body size, you should look for accessories that work with your frame and emphasize your best features. Opting for accessories that are either too big or too small will just make things awkward. Petite girls are always advised to go with accessories that are smaller in size (clutches instead of baggy bags, bud earrings instead of statement hanging earrings, thin necklaces instead of chains, etc.) as there is no visual disproportion blocking the view. The same applies to girls that are fuller; if your frame is thick, go for accessories that compliment your body.
Embrace The Chameleon
There’s nothing wrong about continually switching between styles and adjusting them to your mood, absolutely not! After all, fashion is all about a personal sentiment, and it is a way of expressing your strongest emotions through the pieces you wear. With that in mind, if your temperament dictates more than one style – embrace what you feel! Although, do not become too hectic because you want to avoid the “cheap” label.
So, whenever you feel like pulling off a Hollywood 1950s diva style, wear accessories that speak class: silk, pears, diamond-stud earrings, clutches... For an outfit that oozes glam, rely on bib necklaces, chandelier earrings, large rings and oversized sunglasses... beautiful! On the days when you are feeling playful, trust headbands, hobo bags, chunky jewelry, fringe details, lace, ballet flats or gladiators and maxi dresses to ace your game. When the edge hits you (again), there’s nothing like a choker necklace, thick cuff bracelet, studded handbag and black leather booties to make things perfect! Speaking of edgy, what most of the “style shifter” girls complain about are their tattoos that tend to get in the way of their chameleon moments (or work!). However, with professionals offering quality and safe tattoo removal in Sydney, there’s nothing holding them back, really. As for workday accessories - choose a classic watch, delicate necklaces, kitten heels and shoulder bags.
Match your accessories with the context
You probably have your favorite accessories sitting in the cabinet, just waiting to be worn (we all do) but not all accessories (no matter how much we love them) fit every occasion. While a myriad of bracelets hanging on the wrist and a statement, hand-made floral necklace would work for an engagement party, baby shower or a wedding even, such a combination won’t work for a business lunch (no matter how casual), the first time you meet your partner’s parents, a job interview or a funeral (you get the gist). It’s essential that you match your accessories to the context of your occasion because otherwise, you’ll just look plain odd. Also, when you are trying to emphasize the outfit – wear understated accessories. If, however, you are looking to upgrade your dull outfit and give it a twist – chose bold accessories that will catch the eye.
Good luck accessorizing, girls!
By Emma Lawson
I was given the opportunity to try out Easy Detox 7 day plan i accepted as I was curious as I had never done anything like that before. When i told my friends and colleagues I was doing a 7-day detox most of them remarked ‘are you crazy?’, ‘You don’t need to lose weight’, ‘why?’ ‘Don’t you eat healthily anyway?’ and more.
Although i do eat healthily and don’t have ‘I can’t live without’ foods it was the thought of giving up the few foods I like to eat on a weekly basis, that was a struggle in my mind.
The process for the detox was to take 1 sachet of powder 3 times a day, morning afternoon and evening with coconut water, smoothies or sugar free juice. Depending on what you are trying to achieve you can stick to just that or find light healthy balanced meals on the Easy Detox website. I had read in some previous reviews that people had lost weight in 3 days, sounds amazing but I was not looking to lose weight, just to cleanse my body of any toxins and see what difference it made.
Foods I had to avoid
Salt, sugar, sweeteners, meat, dairy, gluten, alcohol, caffeine, fried foods
Day 1 - I mixed up the powder as suggested and ate a mainly bean or salad diet which I will give you at the end and drank lots and lots of water and exercise which is recommended.
Day 2 – I repeated the process with a similar diet with lots and lots of water and exercise and again no noticeable change.
Day 3 - I repeated the process and noticed my stomach was beginning to bloat and i was starting to feel very uncomfortable.
Day 4 - I repeated the process, my stomach was still bloated bloat even more and that uncomfortable feeling was getting worse.
At this stage i was wondering if I should stop as knowing my body well I know that it reacts in a negative way to any change slight change in diet or environment. So, i deliberated whether i should continue or not and how long would the bloating last and could i cope with this feeling any longer. However, i’m not a quitter so I decided to continue.
Day 5 – My body was beginning to get used to the change in diet and the detox but i was not feeling good at all and although the bloating was going down it was not as quickly as I had hoped but as i only had 2 days to go i struggled on.
Day 6 - by day 6 was feeling a little better and quite happy as i knew i only had one day to go.
Day 7 – To be honest this day could not have come quick enough for me. I was quite happy knowing I would not have to repeat the process again.
It can be difficult to know what to eat but on th esite their are recipies to help create some healthy alternative meals. I decided to opt for a variety of Beans, pulses, vegetables, roasted veg, salad, potatoes, quorn, natural yogurt, smoothies (as most fruit in its natural state makes me feel sick), coconut water, water.
Pros: no obvious side effect from cutting out things in my diet and this was because of the natural ingredients included in the detox to counteract that. The detox was pleasant. My water intake increased and i am still drinking lots of it.
Two week on, my skin is not as dry and flaky as it is normally and feels quite smooth.
Cons: uncomfortable bloated stomach, unable to go to the toilet regularly and bouts of nausea which lasted another week, after i had finished the detox.
Would I do another detox like this? NO! I decided that although the detox was tasty and there were some noticeable it was not for me. I am a fairly healthy person, i exercise as and when i need to and have no excessive eating habits or addictions to caffeine, sugar or other so that may be the reason it did not work for me and i did not see much change.
For anyone wanting to try this and who is a newbie to detoxes and diets like me I would suggest maybe the three day detox first to see how your body reacts.
Thank you Easy Detox for the experience.
By Deborah St. Louis - Fashions Finest (CEO)
You saw that sexy figure hugging dress in the store, bought it, got home tried it on. Hmmm, as you stare at what you thought would be slim, sleek and sexy. But not, so sexy with those one or two areas that need a bit too much sucking in. Do not fret we got your back girl !! with a little help from the UK Lingerie/Shapeware. Because face it every now and then we all need a little bit of help to keep everything in check and in place.
Love their shapewear, the best kept secret of every body confident woman. Check out our favourite picks from the UK Lingerie Shapewear collection. Designed to give you a more slender look and shape your body close to perfection.
The Spanx Thinstincts Convertible Slip is absolutely the perfect under layer for any dress, no matter what the cut. Available in Black and Nude. The new revamped version fits better, is more breathable, with convertible straps that can be worn as a halterneck or a cross back.
Spanx Oncore Mid Thigh bodysuit , the total body transformer as it sculpts, smooths and shapes all those problem areas. With fully bonded front panels for a flat tummy. It is lightweight with bonded side panels for comfortable squeeze free slimming. Available in black and nude.
Spanx Thinstincts Convertible Cami, the newly re-engineered Convertible Cami comes with more straps, it can be worn as a halter neck or cross back. It is breathable leaving you feeling more comfortable and confident all day long. If you love a Cami, then this one is top quality. It is soft on the skin,slims you down and looks great in any fitted top or dress. Available in black and nude.
Spanx Oncore High Waisted Brief, this is another winner as it totally transforms your shape. It smooths, flattens and sculpts your tummy like nothing else. You will need this one if your problem area is your tummy. Available in black and nude.
The Dresses CFDA Awards 2017 Which is your favourite?
Janelle Monáe in a monochrome Christian Siriano look
Nicole Kidman wore an Oscar de la Renta gown
Adwoa Aboah in Coach
Joan Smalls wore a black Michael Kors gown
Gigi Hadid teamed her white The Row ensemble with Lorraine Schwartz jewellery and Stuart Weitzman sandals
Alek Wek in Balenciaga
Elsa Hosk wore a Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dress
Karlie Kloss in Diane von Furstenberg
All photos by Ghetty
Volunteers we need YOU!
If you are a fashion student, or simply have some spare time and would like to get involved in something different, Fashions Finest SS18 is fast approaching and we have some amazing opportunities. We are looking for reliable and energetic candidates to assist backstage with the styling team and others for front of house with the press and setup management team.
If you are interested you can EMAIL US: firstname.lastname@example.org
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU...
Air-Lite Daily Lft For Legs
Daily Lift For Legs is designed to enhance your skin tone, hydration, and suppleness of your legs. Created by The Telegraph’s beauty editor Kate Shapland the product is designed to be used on legs once or twice a day applied using long massaging strokes which not only has great results but feels amazing after a long day. The website and video below gives some great tips on how to apply. My personal favourite was the 4 minutes every night after a long day, amazing after a busy day. The light, gel texture leaves your skin feeling and looking smooth, radiant and toned. After use, your legs are left ridded of any tired heavy dragged down feeling and given a new sense of light feeling life and left smelling divine thanks to the products fresh zesty “Capri Crush” scent.
Sun-Lite Sheer Lingerie For Legs
Even though Air-Lite is amazing after a day of this hot weather we have had recently. Sun-Lite brings life to pale tired legs for last minute sunshine unplanned bare leg days, which have been happening a lot recently thanks to the joys of British weather. It takes legs from tired and dull to golden and pearlescent in the blink of an eye and sports the same “Capri Crush” summery citrus scent as the Air-Lite which is hands- down the perfect summer scent. Not only does this product make your legs look amazing when you apply, but also feels amazing and somewhat luxurious, like you’re almost on the Italian island of Capri where the product was developed. The texture of this tinted product is gel-like, but not at all sticky which would be horrendous on hot days, but light and airy which feels smooth on legs rather than tacky like some tinted products. Another bonus to this summer essential is that it is as easy to remove as it is to apply making it a fuss free, commitment free, one way ticket to perfect summer legs.
Written by Claire Morrison
This is a quick guide to help you pick some presents ready for Father’s Day.
I purchased a mug from Snapfish that I was able to personalise with pictures of the family. It really is a great gift, every time my Father has his morning coffee he will be thinking of us. They have numerous mugs for you to choose from. Porcelain mugs, magic mugs, travel mugs and more. There simple photo mug with an inside colour is the easiest to create – simply add your photo and hey presto. What’s is even better is the price, they start at £6.99
Bond and Knight
I chose the Mark 2 Billfold wallet for my Father. It measures 8x9cm and is the smallest wallet that will hold up to 6 cards with a full sized notes section. I had his initials put on the inside of the wallet along with a picture that he holds close to his heart. I love the fact that you can add any picture you like to make it more personal. It is a stylish design that holds your secret picture inside and will only cost you £60.
Boxers and Briefs
When I am shopping for the men in my life I always purchase an item or two from Boxers and Briefs. This time around I picked a Calvin Klein intense power swimwear rounded V-neck t-shirt in white which costs £31.45. Trying to keep my Father up to date with the latest fashions is a hard job but someone has to do it.
EasySMX Gaming Headset
If your Father is partial to playing the odd computer game then why not buy him the EasySMX gaming headset? An EasySMX gaming headset works perfectly with a PS4 and mobile phone and comes with a splitter cable for use with PC. It can be used for Xbox One via an adapter, which is not included in the box. The adjustable headband with cushion pad fit well with all head sizes and give a better gaming experience. The omnidirectional microphone picks up your voice clearly in gaming. It is one of the best gaming headsets on the market and will cost you £17.99.
The Personal Barber Monthly Box
With just about every man I know making sure that they keep their beards trim or to have a really smooth face this would be the ideal present. All new members get a free safety razor and shaving brush in their first box as well as step-by-step instructions that guide you so that you have the best shave of your life. It is easy enough to join and you can pay month-to-month, three monthly, six monthly or twelve monthly. The choice is yours and as they like to keep things interesting you can always expect to see new soaps, blades and post-shave products like oils, balms, colognes and alums in the other boxes you receive. No two months will be the same. Twelve monthly pre-pay is £20.95 per box.
Written by Hayley Sweeney #blogger
Less is more so bare it all with distinct and personal jewellery. Joshua James Jewellery, one of the UK's most popular and fastest growing independent retailers offers a stunning collection of fine jewellery from pendants that layer from your chin to your collarone to earings that sparkles in the glowing sunshine. With a huge selection of pendants, bracelets, watches, earings and rings. I was spoiled for choice but the Silver CZ Earring Jackets caught my eye and I was in love.
I am besotted with my sparkly, Silver CZ Earring Jackets , it draws just enough attention to make a statement and jazz up a plain white T-shirt and Jeans look. The perfect pair of earings to get a lot of mileage out of. It works for special occasion wear as well as every day wear.
Pendants to layer, is the must have this season, with Celebs and It-girls alike layering dainty pendants to make a layered statement pieces. The Silver CZ Flower Pendant, closes with a spring ring clasp and can be adjusted to 3 different lengths. So the ideal piece to start layering.
Pair your flower pendant with the pretty Silver CZ V Pendant, to add extra sparkle or wear it on its own for an understated classic look.
Mix your gold and silver with by pairing your V-shaped pendant with a pair of the Delta Rose Gold & Clear Crystal Dual Earrings . The shimmering clear crystal will add a refined sparkle to any day or night look.
Bracelets whether you like it simple or statement worthy, they are all about adding extra glitz and personality to your style. The Silver Round CZ Bracelet will complete your look on its own or stacked with other pieces.
Studs are ideal for everyday wear, they might be small but they are in the direct line of vision of everyone you talk to through out the day. So the rigth pair can have a big impact like the pretty pair of Rose Gold Plated Openwork Stud Earrings.
Jewellery are the silver linings to any great outfit. So take your style from basic to brilliant with any piece from Joshua James Jewellery, as you deserve to shine.
I love to have a shower every day especially with the weather getting warmer, but I hate to spend what can seem like hours blow-drying my wet hair after.
I have found a way to make the whole process a lot quicker. My solution to this problem is a Save The Blow Dry Shower Cap. This shower cap has a water proof design with an internal layer of soft micro weave towelling which helps to keep your hair dry and bouncy instead of letting the humidity and condensation win the good hair fight.
The cap is also reversible so it can be used when your want to leave products in your hair without leaving a mess all over your clothes and house. After using it all you need to do is rinse it under the tap ready to use again next time. This shower cap actually works. My hair is not damp or wet after I have had a shower and the cap itself is comfy and does not make my head itch like other shower caps I have tried in the past.
Save The Blow Dry is only £14.95, which is a small price to pay to keep your hair looking dry and fabulous. The caps come in a blue and pink colour and are great for those of us who do not wash our hair every day. If you cannot deal with blow-drying your hair more than a few times a week this cap is for you.
Written by hayley Sweeney
Tried and tested these SS17 beauty and essential handbag must-haves, have our seal of approval. Yep! that's right we can't live without any of them.
Fakebake 60 Minutes Tanning Lotion
With the unpredictability of British weather, you never know if you'll be invited to a last-minute summer parties. Unlike traditional fake tans there is no need to tan in advance as this tan develops in an hour, an easy way to keep your tan topped up whatever the weather.
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream SPF50
As South Koreans triumph when it comes to sun protection, its only right to turn to them for sun cream. This lightweight cream leaves no sticky greasy residue like traditional sun creams for a lightweight invisible protection from the sun.
There is nothing worse than reaching into your bag on a hot day to find a warm drink. This is no longer a worry with the corkcicletumbler, it keeps your drinks chilled for up to nine hours.
What Skin Needs Balm
Perfect for getting that fresh glowysummer skin, with its skin renewal properties say goodbye to dry sad wintery skin.
Written by Claire Morrison
Skincare like our diets, in this modern age, can be confusing. Open a magazine, browse the internet or switch on your television, all it is telling you, is eat this, do that and use this. AH!!! it is a nightmare, all this information and there you are, still clueless as to what really works.
Women throughout the ages all wanted the same ideal as us modern day women, radiant and youthful skin. These ancient women used a variety of methods, some a bit bizarre but harmless and it worked for them.
The female Emperor Wu Zetian, of China used Fairy Powder. A powered made out of Chinese motherwort, a plant that is a part of the Mint family. She mixed this with cold water and in turn used that mixture to wash her face every morning. Surprisingly this worked for her as she was well know for her beautiful skin and appearance right into old age.
Then there was the use of Placenta , which have become trendy again. Women used human placenta to keep them looking and feeling youthful. Another ancient method that is trendy in modern day is the use of Snail Slime in creams, the wonder cure for anti-aging treatments and reducing of wrinkles, stretch marks, acne and scars.
Something a bit bizarre, to me at least is the Anti-Sagging Lips as Face Slimmer. An invention by Japanese cosmetic company Glim. Now this is a rubbery looking mouthpiece, that keeps the muscles of the lower part of the face pert by stretching it.
Many of us will love this one, Wine baths. Queen Mary the sixteenth century Queen of Scots and bathed regularly in white wine to keep her skin young, smooth and beautiful. And yes it worked for her as she was admired for her looks.
Just like the above methods there are many like them all with the promise of younger, radiant and blemish free skin. As fast moving modern women, we life in a world where we need to keep up with changes happening daily in our lives. Yes, the tried and tested ancient ways have worked and some are still working but we want new and not old ways.
New ways like Ellipse a clinically proven, safe and effective laser based skin treatment. Their treatments have been proven to be effective for sun damaged skin, leg veins acne, hair removal, wrinkle reduction, onychomycosis and the removal of pigmented and vascular lesions.
Every Ellipse product is developed in close cooperation with leading dermatologists making it safe and effective.
Some treatments that we recommend:
1) Intense Age Defence anti-ageing/wrinkle reduction
The innovative Intense Age Defence anti-ageing/wrinkle reduction programme from Ellipse is a painless, two-step procedure where Intense by Ellipse Photo Spray enhances the well-established Ellipse I²PL light procedure. Ellipse delivers Anti-Ageing, Wrinkle Reduction treatments.
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IPL Acne Therapy is an effective new light-based therapeutic therapy which is now revolutionising the treatment of acne. Ellipse has one of the safest and proven unique technology to be extremely effective on moderate to severe inflammatory acne.
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What better time than the weekend to relax and check out these starbuy's from Superdrug. We know you’re going to love them because we do!
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Onepiece, the original creators of the onesie, is the premium #streetwear fashion brand. The brand has become a global phenomenon since hitting the streets in 2007. With the chicest of urban #fashionroyalty, Beyonce, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne and the MIC crew, donning it with such ease and nonchalant flair.
This season they are kicking it up a gear and taking You the #fashiondiva to the front of the queue, with their new collection of jumpsuits, joggers, t shirts and jackets. We had a looksie into their SS17 lookbook and picked our favs and we are loving it. Read on for our Top picks.
Become the leader of the #streetfashion pack and in the words of Paris Hilton, “Don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. The only rule is not to blend in.”
Bay Jumpsuit Black SHOP YOURS HERE
Nothing says, I am hot and I know it, like the perfect festival look. The Pacific Rain Mermaid Jumpsuit oozes just enough allure of a dreamy bod under that cover. It is playful and effortless the perfect cover on those days when not even the summer down pour will ruin your #glam.
Pacific Rain Jumpsuit Mermaid SHOP YOURS HERE
Ditched the puffer jacket for the Sphere Jacket, this lightweight nylon jacket is wind and water resistant. Totally on #vogue this Muted Clay colored jacket is a must for the jet setter style aficionado flying high this Spring/Summer, especially on those days when you are faced with all 4 seasons in one day.
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These pieces are perfect for the confident #fashionista that is effortless and comfortable in her #streetstyle. Onepiece is Fashions Finest endorsed and we dare you ditched the norm and go Onepiece for added flare whether you are off-duty or need to set the streets on fire.
Nothing expresses our personality quite like the embellishments we choose to adorn our every day ensemble with. Those special jewellery pieces that can completely transform any outfit.
If you are looking for one of those special pieces that are enticing and exquisite, then read, on you might just find that “IT ” jewellery piece to personalise your wardrobe like the Lioness Cuff Bangle in 18 Carat Gold Plate from Bespoke Jewellers Veritas.
Each unique piece created by Veritas are timeless, sentimental, playful and wearable. Crafted from beautiful material with each piece commanding attention.
Each piece is a skillful mix of contemporary chic, elegance and playfulness. Expertly designed pieces crafted with a deep appreciation for craftsmanship.
Veritas supply some of the worlds best known brands, companies and stores with custom made, unique jewellery for either corporate gifting or retail purposes.
Head on over to www.veritasgifts.co.uk to take your pick of one of their unique SS17 pieces or to let them help you develop your own custom made jewellery.
I was sent a few products from CB12 to try. The package contained three mouthwashes, which were the CB12 mild, CB12 white and CB12 original. I was also sent the CB12 spray for pleasant breath on the go and the CB12 chewing gum. The CB12 original has a fresh taste to it and leaves your breath smelling fresh for hours while the CB12 mild has a mild mint taste to it and keeps your breath fresh throughout the day.
The CB12 white has a peppermint taste, which is strong and long lasting. The CB12 white whitens your teeth after you have been using it for two weeks. It removes all the stains that have been caused by coffee, tea, red wine and nicotine.
As I happen to be a smoker at the moment it is a great help, so until I quit which will be in the near future I will continue to use CB12 white. The CB12 spray and gum is great for when you are out and about and need to freshen your breath. I take my spray everywhere with me.
A CB12 product gives you12 hours of protection. That is 12 hours of fresh breath, you can speak to anyone with confidence once you have used CB12. Studies have shown that CB12 is more efficient than other mouthwashes.
If you have not tried it I suggest you give it a go and get fresh breath in time for Summer. It will be a good investment. Prices range from £2-£30 and I would say that every product is worth the money if you too want to have fresh breath. Do not be a person that has to cover their mouths while having a conversation.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
Incorporating decades of hair care philosophy with ethically sourced (and gorgeous smelling!) ingredients has helped create an inclusive and award-winning product line for SheaMoisture. The brand mantra that ‘the best ingredients come from nature’ is proven with each of the nourishing masks, sprays, shampoos and conditioners.
You will not find any nasties commonly found in many other hair care solutions in SheaMoisture, the brand stays clear of: Parabens, Sulphates, Phthalates, Paraffin, Formnaldehyde, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, DEA, artificial colour or synthetic fragrance and SheaMoisture never test on animals.
Diane C.Bailey, celebrity stylist and SheaMoisture brand ambassador shares exclusive tips on the curl wrenching mistakes many of us are making, creating curls for specific hair-type, insider tips and much more, ensuring that we have the low-down when it comes to curl world.
From styling Beyoncè to creating trend-setting looks for the runway, Diane’s expertise and passion allows all SheaMoisture customers to expertly pick the right products for their individual hair types.
Mistakes People With Curls Make
Diane explains the most popular mistakes that she sees often are that: “Many of my clients with curly hair or type 3 hair types want frizz-free curl definition. For full head curly girls, I recommend “less is more” – use products with a light touch. Many curly girls use heavy oily products to smooth the cuticle to reduce frizz, weighing down the hair. Light hydrating oils with anti–frizz benefits are the best solution. For voluminous curls minus the weight, I use SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray and the Coconut & Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie.”
SheaMoisture, Coconut &Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie £10.99, Boots
Red Carpet Tip
“A lightweight mousse and light hydrating spray are ideal for type 3a to redefine fine to medium “S” shape wavy/curls on either wet or dry hair. I use the moisture mist on the red carpet as style refresher, to bring out shine and bust frizz.”
SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Texture Spray, £10.99, Boots
Frizz Free Curls
Hair type 3c has a tighter curl pattern with more density and a coarser feel. To create frizz-free curls Diane recommends these three top tips:
“Use the “LOC” method with your favourite leave-in, oil and cream, selecting products that work for your hair’s texture, thickness, porosity, etc. This works well to nourish, moisturize and reduce frizz, while creating lasting styles. On freshly shampooed damp hair, moisturize hair with a small amount your favorite leave-in. I use SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Leave-in Conditioner, applying it sparingly to hair, avoiding the roots. To define curls follow with your favourite styling cream. My go-to is Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Finger coil to define and set curls. Finish with several drops of oil to seal in moisturize and bring out shine. Apply lightly throughout hair.”
SheaMoisture, Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strenghten & Grow Leave-in conditioner £10.99, Boots
SheaMoisture, Coconut & Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie £10.99, Boots
How To Define Your Style
Applying a product such as SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler helps to smooth dry, damaged hair and restore body. Diane recommends to “run the detangler through wet hair to achieve the best look and apply large pin curls. Begin to curl hair from the ends, working your way up to the roots, once you have curled one section secure in place with bobby pins. Blow dry hair with a diffuser which will set curls. Once dry, finger comb and style.
Learn How To Blend Textures
“To blend multiple textures, section damp hair, sparingly apply styling cream and braid hair section. Blow dry with a diffuser or let hair air dry, take down braids, carefully separate and apply a lightweight oil or serum to add shine and minimize frizz.”
SheaMoisture, Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler £10.99, Boots
Creating Perfect Curls
Trying to tame and perfect curls can be tricky, Diane advises that you should:
“Avoid heavy oily products that just lacquer. Find products that hydrate, without leaving a flaking, heavy, sticky finish.”
Prep work is essential too – “If you have a special event, shampoo your hair several days before. Curl memory takes a few days to find its moisture and curl balance.”
Remember to keep with what works for your hair type and your budget. Diane says: “Quiet your inner product junkie. If it works for your strands and supports your hair’s health, stick with it.”
PSST...THE CELEB BEAUTY SECRETS.
Sharing secrets is what BFF’s do, well we might not be BFF’s with many of these ladies but they are some of our favourite celebs. Read on to be let into the secret, and PSST… It is okay to share it with your BFF.
A cream that has stood the test of time Embryollisse Lait Crème is the 24-hour miracle cream. A multi-tasker extraordinaire, it is a primer, moisturiser, and make-up remover, repairing mask, an after-shave cream and a baby-care product.
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate, £20, Boots
This cream is really, really good!! not to brag but our #bff’s Emma Willis, Karlie Kloss, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Kristin Stewart, Elle McPherarson, Rosie Fortescue, Sam Faiers, Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Keegan swears by it and you don’t get better than that.
Karlie Kloss: “Embryolisse is where it’s at.”
Emma Willis: “I swear by Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré moisturiser, I love this French moisturize
Looking for that hot bit of gossip to share with your mates, then tell them that you got this straight from Megan McKenna, “I just want to show you something I use on a night out. They're called sticky Heelz. Your feet won’t slip around when dancing’
Have fun girls and dance the night away!!
Sticky Heelz, £6.99, Boots.com
They say, you got to “Fake it till you make it” well we agree, and so do these celebs. You gotta Fake Bake it!! until you can spend you days basking in the sun.
Ellie Goulding; “Thank you Fake Bake, my tan is looking sweet for my shoot today” Vicky Pattison; “I don't know what I'd do without my Fake Bake spray tans” Charlotte Crosby; “We just got our tans did using the one and only Fake Bake” hook up your mates and get your “tans did” like Ellie, Vicky and Charlotte at Fake Bake, www.fakebake.co.uk
Lord and Berry may not be a secret, but it sure is the beauty secret to these ladies’ signature look, Claudia Winkleman, Anja Rubik, Michelle Keegan, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Charlotte Crosby, loves it.
My beauty secret is…, can you guess? “Black eyeliner is my signature look, I love the Lord and Berry range, which are very long -lasting. Claudia Winkleman
Lord & Berry Polish Eyeliner, £11, www.lordandberry.com
With its glossy properties glides onto the eyes, leaving a light-reflecting finish resembling a high-shine liquid eyeliner while maintaining the smudge ability and easy application of a pencil.
Another Lord and Berry fan is Anja Rubik "Lord & Berry Ultimate Lipliner in Bare is my must-have. It's a pinky brown that works perfectly with my lip colour. I use it to overdraw my lip a little by the cupid's bow and on the bottom, but you can't even tell it's there. It just enhances your lips but no one will know you're wearing it. You'll see the difference, though. Just...better!”
Lord & Berry Ultimate Lipliner, £11, www.lordandberry.com
Easy-to-use in a brand-new round-shape, the formula is enriched with LXB complex to soften and protect the skin.
Michelle Keegan’s secret attributes her lovely shiny glossy hair, healthy skin and strong nails to LQ Liquid Health Skin, Hair & Nails. “All you have to do is drink one every day for glowing skin, healthy hair and stronger nails” Michelle Keegan
LQ Liquid Health Skin Hair & Nails, £29.99, Boots.com
This is a liquid supplement to be taken once a day. With an abundance of healthy and good things for you like Marine Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid + Resveratrol + Silicon + Glucosamine + Selenium to transform your appearance.
Okay so we love going to the nail salon to get our nails done, but truthfully sometimes we just got to stay within budget. That is why we love Fearne Cotton’s secret; “I saw a couple of bloggers writing about SensatioNail. It really appealed to me as I love having my nails done especially a gel nail as it lasts longer. As time is so limited these days especially being a parent, the fact that SensatioNail Polish to Gel can be done at home is simply genius and a real game changer for me.”
SensatioNail Polish to Gel Transformer, £49.99, Boots.com
Yes!! Now this is something for our next BFF pyjama party, our very own at-home kit Polish to Gel kit that turns any nail polish into a long-lasting, super-shiny gel polish.
We all know that a bad hair day can ruin your whole day, well not for these ladies; Sarah Jane Crawford: “I love SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (£12.99) and their Coconut and Hisbiscus Curl and Shine Conditioner (£10.99) because it’s natural and organic and you can get it in Boots!
Kassius Nelson: “I’ve got so many SheaMoisture products – they are great for curly hair. It’s an all-natural, cruelty free brand and keeps my hair frizz free and moisturised.
SheaMoisture Collection, from £10.99, Boots.com
SheaMostuire is the best-selling US cult haircare range with certified organic and natural ingredients, eco-friendly, cruelty-free and fair trade. With six ranges, there is something for all hair types from Afro hair, Mixed Textures, European Hair, Asian Hair and everything in-between.
There you have it ladies, when it comes to beauty nothing is really, ever a secret, because we Sista’s gotta stand together and share the Beauty Love. #celebbeautysecret
I'm very excited to bring you the step by steps for one of the nail art looks I created for this season at our recent Fashions Finest LFW event.
Nails are the finishing touches to every outfit. They are one of the most important details to a Photoshoot. Every model or client that comes to see me for any type Photoshoot I make sure the nails reflect the final look.
I compare them to a girls’ handbag or her heels. They can make an everyday casual enable look perfectly polished in every way.
Here is one of the main nail art designs I created for Fashions Finest for the season. 2017 is all about being positive, only have negativity on your nails!
They are so easy to recreate. This look is all about a simple bold black smile line and a wavy half-moon that looks like a cat eye. Imagine your half-moon is an eye and draw in a distinctive flick. You can add any colour you wish and it will look bang up to date!
1. Read a magazine or book that you have been meaning to read for a while. Whether it is an old favourite or something new that was suggested by a friend.
2. Have a nice soak in the tub surrounded by candles and maybe use a bath bomb so the water looks colourful.
3. Go to a yoga class in your area or if it is dry outside try it in your garden. You can purchase some cute yoga pants at Accessory Insanity I have some Mandala Mehndi Pattern-Full Length Yoga/Sport/Dance Pants myself and would not do yoga in anything else.
4. Sort out that picture album you have not finished yet and then reward yourself with a facemask, foot spa and posh peel from Patchology.
5. Why not purchase a gaming keyboard to make your life easier if you are into gaming? They are easy to use and you do not have to download anything, you just plug it in and get going. I purchased mine from Amazon and love it as I can type faster with it, which makes it less tiring to write essays and letters.
The keyboard is black but when it comes on it lights up with 6 other colours. There are 12 dedicated multi-media keys on the function keys at the top of the keyboard. These enable you to quickly access your music, videos, email, browser and other items. It is not as expensive as other gaming keyboards on the market at the moment and is just as good if not better.
6. Go for a walk/jog around the block or the local park.
Keeping yourself happy and relaxed all has an effect on how you feel and look. Keep looking good.
Written By Hayley Sweeney
Masculine, oozing power, confidence and charisma, are these the words that you would use to describe your man? If your answer is yes, then this is the perfect gift for him this valentine’s day.
Jaguar Pace with its classic masculine notes of black pepper and cashmeran combined with crystal moss and rosemary gives the fragrance a spicy boldness. Exuding manliness and style, presented in a cool iconic bottle for the cosmopolitan man.
Recommended retail prices: Eau de Toilette Natural Spray, 60 ml @ £28.00, Eau de Toilette Natural Spray, 100 ml @ £44.00
The fragrance designed to mark the arrival of the new Jaguar F-Pace family sports car. Is a true reflection of this fast and furious car, the vibrant grey and blue glass bottle has a similar bold silhouette to that of the new car and is complimented by the blue-tinted perfume. The compact base is covered with a sophisticated lattice design reminiscent of the famous Jaguar radiator grill. The centre of the bottle is emblazoned with a shiny round silver insignia with the unmistakable brand sign of the legendary cat. The shiny silver stopper creates an attractive contrast to these tones, whilst the packaging is in blue, grey and dark silver with black lettering.
A gorgeous smelling man behind the wheel of a fast car what can be more sexually electrifying, go on shop now and enjoy the experience!!
Buying a gift for your man has never been easier with grüum, facecare, for men, without the fuss.
Now you have the power to revolutionise your man’s bathroom essentials with grüum, a new concept in male grooming. Founded in the UK by four friends grüum was created to deliver personalised quality, simplicity, form and function. Facecare without the fuss.
The grüum concept
Designed as a monthly subscription service, making it easy for the modern man to keep himself looking good, with minimal effort and maximum results.
Inspired by the principles of Scandinavian design, function and affordable quality, grüum likes to keep things convenient, simple and natural.
grüum offers high quality shaving for a fraction of the price. With precision-engineered razors manufactured from high grade Swedish steel. The added roller component helps to lift hair away from the face, creating a close and comfortable glide.
Oska razor handle is the ultimate fusion of form and function; bold styling, striking colours and ergonomic design combine to deliver a gripping shave. osku razor cartridges give a shave as close as the big brand razors.
danne clog-free shave gel can be used clear for maximum visibility and precision, or gently foamed. Infused with soothing Aloe Vera and antibacterial Witch Hazel, with Orange and Eucalyptus for a mild, fresh scent.
grüum Products: Beard
bård beard wash is formulated specifically for facial hair, a gentle cleanser that is blended with essential oils to help maintain the beard’s natural balance. Orange and eucalyptus give it a mild, refreshing aroma.
leif beard oil nourishes and protects beards with natural essential oils. Infused with Argan and Jojoba to smooth and soften the hair, and Vitamin E to moisturise the skin beneath, leif beard oil is available in three subtly scented blends. tor beard wax helps tame unruly facial hair. Combined with Carnauba and Bee’s Wax to give a light, flexible hold, while essential oils and Shea Butter nourish and moisturise.
grüum Products: Cleanse
kóri is a mild everyday exfoliating face wash with exfoliating beads to gently scrub away dirt and unclog pores. Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel soothe and calm the skin, whilst Orange and Eucalyptus provide a refreshing hit.
kåre daily moisturiser gently hydrates and reinvigorates the skin to look its best, day and night. It is a light-weight formula that is easily absorbed into the skin. With a hint of Cedarwood for a fresh and zingy scent.
gösta facial tonic is loaded with honest, natural ingredients. Soothing Chamomile, Rosemary Oil, and Aloe Vera gives the skin some real TLC, while Witch Hazel kills bacteria and refreshes the complexion.
His skin and you will love each of the grüum products whether he and you like the clean-shaven baby face look or the edgy beard look.
This Valentines is the perfect time for both of you to give grüum products a test drive with their gift set. With a great range of gift sets, not matter what you choose, it will be the perfect treat for your man.
Luxury Razor Set - £21
Includes oska razor handle, 3 x 5 blade cartridges
and 2 x 3 blade cartridges.
Shave and Wash Kit - £29.95
Includes face wash, shave gel, moisturiser, shave
tonic, 4 x 5 blade cartridges and oska razor handle.
Beard Maintenance Kit - £29.95
Includes beard wash, beard oil (X3 scents), beard
wax (X3 scents), moisturiser and face wash.
grüum’s online subscription service will have you covered for his birthday or any special upcoming occasion. It is simple and flexible and you will receive premium products delivered to your door.
With no commitments (you’re never tied in), you will receive exactly what he needs to look his best for you. And you can change, pause or cancel your grüum subscription at any time, scaling up or down as his grooming needs change. With grüum kits starting from just £6 per month. It’s the smarter way to keep him looking good. Simple, user friendly, and fuss free.
Beauty marks can sometimes result in people suffering from low self-esteem, as they may feel quite self-conscious about a mole or dark patch on the skin. If you have a beauty mark you would like removed, it might be a comfort to learn you’re not alone.
According to the BBC, the number of people requesting mole removals roses by an incredible 127% in 2015 in the UK alone. In fact, some of the world’s most beautiful celebrities have also embarked with mole removals, including Madonna and Enrique Iglesias.
However, instead of embarking on invasive cosmetic surgeries, we are here to show you how to remove beauty marks using natural remedies.
A Natural Removal
While it is not backed up by scientific evidence, it is believed that the acid in apple cider vinegar can prove successful in the removal of a variety of beauty marks, such as age spots, moles, warts and birthmarks.
If you would like to try the apple cider vinegar removal, simply soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and then place this on the mark. For an effective result, you could always secure the cotton ball using a bandage, which will allow the vinegar to go to work on the birthmark overnight.
Once you wake from sleep, simply remove the bandage and cotton ball and repeat the process later that night with a fresh cotton ball and bandage.
You may find the birthmark starts to scab; however, it is recommended to protect the skin with petroleum jellies, such as Vaseline, or almond or coconut oil. Never pick a scab or you could end up with an unsightly scar.
Lemon juice could also prove effective in lightening a beauty mark. The acid in lemon juice has lightening properties that could help reduce a birthmark’s shade.
It is unlikely the lemon juice could remove the birthmark altogether, but it could make the blemish less noticeable on your body – which will most likely be a comfort to those who are self-conscious about their beauty marks.
If you would like to try the natural method, simply squeeze the juice of a lemon and rub it onto the beauty mark twice per day. Do not expect to see immediate results, as it will take time for the lightening properties to take effect, but the skin could lighten gradually if you perform the routine daily.
Lemon, Baking Soda and Sugar Face Scrub
So, we have told you all about the benefits of lemon juice, but did you know sugar and baking soda could also help you successfully reduce darker spots or skin blemishes?
By making a lemon, baking soda and sugar face scrub, not only will you have beautifully exfoliated skin, but your face will be free from bacteria and dust that can become trapped inside your pores. Plus, thanks to the lemon, you can lighten up any beauty marks denting your confidence.
A Coconut Oil and Olive Oil Massage
It seems the whole world and her husband have fallen in love with the many benefits of coconut oil, and it appears it is a gift that keeps on giving. That’s because both coconut oil and olive oil are jam-packed full with vitamin E and K, which can remove sun spots and dark patches, as well as improving your skin’s elasticity and tone.
For the ultimate massage oil, simply mix equal parts of coconut oil and olive oil, before applying to the skin and massaging it onto your desired area. Perform this massage for between 4 to 5 minutes, rubbing the oils into the skin in a circular motion.
Tomato and Honey Facial Cleanser
It might be a little unusual to add tomato and honey onto your face, but it could be the very thing you need to do to say goodbye to those beauty spots affecting your daily life. The cleanser is thought to not just lighten dark patches, but to remove pigmentation marks and clear your pores.
To create the facial cleanser, simply grind a tomato in a mixer, before draining the juice into a bowl and adding two teaspoons of honey. Stir the ingredients well and your facial cleanser is ready and waiting for you to use – and it’s perfect for your everyday skincare regime.
You might have heard about toothpaste having the power to remove pimples, but did you know it can lighten dark patches on your skin, too? That’s because it contains bleaching and antibacterial agents that can reduce spots and make darker areas of the skin much lighter.
If you would like to try this method for yourself, simply apply the toothpaste to your desired area using a q-tip. The toothpaste should remain on your skin for up to 30 minutes and then simple wash it away with cold water. If you perform the toothpaste trick twice per week, you may soon notice a difference.
Cumin Seeds and Rice Water
If you thought lemon juice and toothpaste were strange ways to lighten up dark spots on the skin, you must hear about cumin seeds and rice water. This effective natural remedy could be all it takes to remove a beauty mark from your face.
So how does it work? Well, cumin seeds and rice water contain skin cleansing and lightening properties, which not only helps to remove dark patches, but can banish acne marks and pimples – so it’s great as part of a skincare regime, too.
Simply boil two tablespoons of cumin seeds in two cups of water. Once you have done that, drain the cumin seeds’ water into a bowl and add one cup of rice water, stirring thoroughly. All that’s left to do is pour the water into ice cube trays, freeze and then rub an ice cube on the area for just three minutes.
Sandalwood, Turmeric and Milk Face Mask
What woman doesn’t love a face mask to feel beautiful? Well, if a mole-like mark is making you feel less than beautiful, you should consider creating the sandalwood, turmeric and milk face mask.
Sandalwood has anti-ageing and anti-blemish properties, which is ideal for those wanting to say goodbye to pimples or age spots; whilst turmeric is one of the most natural products that can be used to lighten skin. Also, those who want to prevent skin pigmentation should consider adding milk onto their skin, too.
If you would like to create this effective facial mask, add two tablespoons of Sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric to 3 tablespoons of fresh, thick milk. Apply the paste onto your face and allow it to dry naturally for approximately 20 minutes. To remove the face mask, wash your face with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.
BIO: Ella Allan is a blogger at Beauty Blog - Allbeautytoday.com
If your resolution for 2017 is to try something new, we got just the thing for you! Inspired by the catwalks the hottest nail trends for you to try is here. Come on you know you want to, try it and let your hands do the talking.
Black is back!
Simple and chic, black is back, dark nails was spotted all over the catwalk, as seen on Aalto S/S catwalk. This look can easily be recreated, by applying a dark pigmented polish all over the nails such as SensatioNail’s Midnight Rendezvous or alternatively you can try another dark shade such as SensatioNail’s Black Plum with a tint of purple. Perfect for day and night with its edgy gothic twist.
Spotted on the Oscar De La Renta catwalk and many celebrities. This look is in strong contrast to the black. The plain Jane barely-there nail look can be recreated by applying a clear varnish all over the nail, or alternatively a sheer nude shade which will add a hint of colour onto the nail. Do try the SensatioNail’s Barely there or So Rosy gel colours, great for Spring/Summer or when you're looking for a pretty, yet barely there look.
Pop till you drop
Vivid and punchy colours are here to stay!! Bright and bold tones with a twist of colour contrast are right on trend, as spotted on the Jeremy Scott catwalk. This trend is summer perfection. Start practising now and get it down to a T, with the SensatioNail’s Pink Purple People Eater and Island Hopper. To funk it up apply a second shade in a circular shape in the middle of the nail with SensatioNail’s Kiwi Squeeze or even Tropical punch.
This look has been seen almost everywhere and is set to be the biggest trend of 2017. Go crazy graphic and create any nail art your heart desires, from negative spacing, dots, prints and even cartoons, there is no end to what you can create. Our favourite design was spotted at the Christian Siriano show. Consisting of block colours and stripes, these funky fingers are super easy to create. Start by painting half your nail in a blue and the other half white, using gel colours like SensatioNail’s, Mint and White Lily. Once that is dry, use nail strips to create the black graphic lines. Party or festival, this is the perfect nail look.
We are 16 days into the new year and now there is no more turning back, 2017 is officially in full swing. The excitement of a new year is the new things it brings and we are jumping for joy for all the new beauty trends this year will bring.
Here is our quick guide on what’s hot for 2017 and how to get the look.
The barely there, makeup look continues its reign of popularity. Keep your face fresh and dewy with minimal colour and product. Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre £20, is the one product makeup artists swear by. Use it as a makeup base to moisturise and transform your skin in an instant. Giving you a dewy and youthful finish. It also doubles up as a repairing mask and primer too. Natural and untouched looking brows, are key to this look, achieve this with the Lord & Berry’s Must Have £14, a brow mascara that locks stray hairs into place whilst also adding a subtle tint.
Finish off the look with a soft and subtle touch of nude lipstick- to recreate an English rose shade with the Lord & Berry’s 20100 Lip Crayon in Charme £12, giving a subtle hint of pink, its creamy texture adding moisture to your lips.
Bright bold popping colour is key for 2017. A bold lip such as PPQ’s Lilac theme is a must this year. As seen on the catwalk, models were sporting the Lord & Berry’s Lip Crayon in La Fiesta, £14. Highly pigmented with a creamy texture, this lip colour will show that you are fearless, so embrace it. However, if bright bold and fearless is too much for the office try the Lord & Berry’s Timeless Kiss-proof in Bold Red £15 to make a subtle statement. A liquid lipstick that dries matte, is long lasting and smudge proof, perfect for all those Valentines kisses.
Glow me baby
Another trend that is here to stay so highlight and shimmer away for healthy youthful glowing skin. To achieve this look, apply a highlighter such as the Lord & Berry’s Luminizer stick £14 on the bridge of your nose, cheekbones and on your cupids-bow this will give the illusion of a smaller nose, higher defined cheekbones and fuller lips.
For an all over dewy glow to your face, perfect for summer, apply the Transformulas 23 Carat Hydration Gold £41.95. This crème instantly illuminate and adds a hint of 23 carat gold shimmer to the skin. As and added boots is it contains hyaluronic acid that hydrate the skin, help promote collagen and keeps your complexion youthful.
Blush me up
Lastly, another trend that will hit us in 2017 will be the return of the blush-woo! Spotted on the 2016 catwalk in 2017 we will see this trend evolve with blusher now being used across the temples and eyes-adding a stronger and more daring edge.
To achieve this look, apply a blusher such as Lord & Berry’s blush in Lotus, £18 along the cheekbones in a sweeping motion with a brush such as Brushworks Blush Brush £6.99, giving you a soft and subtle rosy glow ready for the day ahead.
We can live without many things but fashion, make-up and jewellery are some of the things that we cannot. So, to feed our need for more of those things we cannot live without. We are always on the lookout to find our next obsession and yes, we found it in ALEXI.
ALEXI London is an online jewellery brand that aims to find pieces that reflect designer looks, but in a more accessible way. All their products are available in three colour ways- Gold, Silver and Rose Gold and all pieces are Sterling Silver, with 18ct Gold or Rose Gold plating.
At ALEXI London, I found rings, necklaces and bracelets that would bring more than just a little sparkling joy to my everyday dressing as well pieces that made me feel truly special.
I fell in love with these Silver Oversized Solitaire Drop Earrings. Dainty and elegant the perfect match to any day or night look.
We build a strong bond with certain special jewellery pieces and that bond is forever just like this Rose Gold Sparkle Infinity Necklace
Who would not like hugs and kisses every day, well now you can remind yourself to share a Hug and Kiss with these cute Silver Hug and Kiss Threader Earrings
Who says you need an engagement or wedding ring to make a statement when you got this Rose Gold Cross Bar Ring, delicate yet edgy, need I say more.
ALEXI LONDON seasonal, must-have, elegant and contemporary jewellery you will love to wear and love to give. SHOP for yours today with our reader PROMO code FASH10
Dreary rainy days calls for, “Phone off, kettle on, pyjama time…” and yes, I took YAWN, a luxury sleepwear brand up on that offer. I literally spend a whole day in my favourite, the Blue Chambray set.
Lounging around never felt so comfortable and luxurious as in this soft, of softest cotton chambray PJ set. The bottoms are just perfect, with its soft waistband and drawstring for easy comfort and the top is cosy soft with it large pockets to keep my hands warm and a collar button to cover up against the chill.
Who is YAWN
YAWN is a London based luxury sleepwear brand and in their own words, “Yawn make special, warm-hearted nightwear devoted to relaxation. Unique, hand-drawn prints on super-soft, luxury fabrics, all designed by our team in London”.
I totally agree, I loved my chambray set, my perfect companion for a chilly rainy day of tea drinking and staying in.
There is a cold storm front predicted for the rest of January so why not experience the YAWN luxury for yourself on those cold nights. Float Away to a warmer state of being in their Float Away night shirt and or Pyjama set. Drawing inspiration from Paris the print is set to evoke relaxation, comfort and romance. Float Away into the arms of your love.
February is the month of love so the perfect time to snuggle up with your valentine for a cuddle. Show and share your love in the Lovebirds Night shirt and or Pyjama set with its cute cuddling Lovebird print.
Just like the Lovebirds you will form a lifelong bond with your YAWN Pyjama’s showing it fierce loyalty and affection.
YAWN for the perfect pyjama’s
With celebrity fans from Megan McKenna, Charlotte Crosby and Binky Felstead, Sticky Heelz, the world’s first dual anti -slip system, is selling out fast.
Discreet and easy to use the cushioned connection attaches to the back of your shoe and firmly to the heels of your shoe preventing slipping, painful blisters and discomfort. Improving the fit and comfort of any new shoes. Stopping your shoes from slipping off, allowing you to walk with confidence.
The dual anti slip system even works when you are wearing tights, just place the heel pad on the heel of your foot and your tights over the heel pad.
Sticky Heelz are suitable for all types of shoes from high heels to flat ballet pumps. Improving the fit and comfort of all shoe sizes and even those whose feet are prone to swelling.
Sticky Heelz, the solution to a great night out, your big day and looking office smart all day long.
Most people have goals that they want to achieve by the end of a New Year so here are a few of mine.
Having goals in life can help to keep both your body and your mind healthy:
1. Get up earlier in the morning, if not for a jog then to get a few
2. Read 50 books
3. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week
4. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
5. Start putting money away each week for a rainy day
6. Do some charity work
7. Start doing yoga
8. Start to write a novel
9. Write more poetry
10. Travel more
11. Try cooking new exciting recipes for my family
12. Spend more time with my Grandmother
13. Keep up with a skin care routine
14. Always dress to impress
If you do not already have goals for this year then I suggest you start to write a list, make 2017 your best year yet.
Party season seems to go hand in hand with the holiday one, so it’s about time to start thinking about your choice of attire for all those forthcoming events you’ve been invited to. Your outfit should represent the jolly spirit, be elegant and classy - but also a bit edgy - so you should skip the expected ones and feel free to experiment with new, and a bit unusual combinations. This can be a great opportunity to spoil yourself a bit and greet the holidays in a brand-new outfit, or you can check out your wardrobe and find some forgotten jewels, or simply spice up some of your favorite pieces of garments.
When choosing your outfit, like with any other event, you should consider the venue and the type of party you’ll be attending. Otherwise, you can end up over or underdressed, which is the biggest mistake you can make. First ask around how formal is it going to be and then start planning your look. If you need an inspiration, we’ll give you a couple of ideas on how to create a glamorous, chic, edgy and stunning look for the holiday parties.
Her Majesty: LBD
It’s a classic, but with a good dress you can never go wrong. If you want to play safe, choose the little black dress, but spice it up a bit if you want to get the winning combination. Considering the type of venue, for a formal occasion you can liven up a LBD with high heeled shoes in some bright colour and matching jewelry.
If the party isn’t too formal, the choices are numerous: from sparkling or metallic shoes in silver or golden shades, to unusual models, modern, geometrical cuts and various lengths – you can glam up your LBD any way you like. A light, elegant blazer in some bold print over your dress will be a great combination for any occasion.
Instead of choosing the usual materials, like cotton, viscose or synthetics, opt for the more feminine and gentle fabrics, such as velvet, silk and lace. Velvet, as a soft, warm and smooth fabric is one of the best choices for holiday outfit. If you have some velvet dress or skirt left from the ‘90s, now is the perfect time to bring it out and let it shine again. But, if you want to achieve a retro instead of a passé look, you’ll have to make a smart match with your clothes. For example, a velvet skirt in some dark shade (like deep red or green) will go great with a sheer metallic top or a lingerie blouse.
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For a trendy and chic touch, put a leather or bomber jacket over it, like the one from the new women’s Saint Laurent clothing collection. These are also a good example for a piece of clothing that you’ll find very useful even after the holidays are over, so you shouldn’t feel guilty if you have to buy it. One of these jackets can also be a good match when creating an edgy look based on silk or lace garments. For an astonishing outfit, choose a black leather skirt combined with a lace blouse or a silky dress in some bright festive shade, like red or green, and pair it with nice heels or ankle-strap pumps.
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Suits and jumpsuits can be equally elegant and chic like dresses. Instead of a classic women suit, choose a velvet one, with a deep neckline and some sexy, laced lingerie underneath it (but be very careful what you’re choosing, otherwise you can end up looking cheap and tacky).
Monochromatic jumpsuits are also a good solution for a formal event, when they are combined with heels in some bold print, a matching belt and statement earrings. If you decide to go with a two toned jumpsuit, avoid prints on the other parts of your outfit. For the final edgy look, put on a dark lipstick, like deep blue or purple, and your lips will get the velvet touch too.
Sparkle And Dazzle
Holidays are the time of celebration so feel free to shine as much as you like. Add some glitter to your clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry and makeup. This way you’ll elevate any outfit and secure a fabulous, bold and “ready to party” look.
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These stylish, chic and sparkling outfits are not reserved for parties only, so feel free to spread this festive feeling around during the whole season. Find a way to include the holiday spirit into your everyday look as it will lift up not just your mood, but also the atmosphere anywhere you go. After all, everyone loves a little bit of glamour and sensation in their lives from time to time, and there’s no more appropriate moment than the holiday season to treat yourself to it. So, seize the opportunity and enjoy it, while it lasts.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. You can find out more about her writing following her on: Facebook Twitter
With 2017 a few weeks away it is good to set out our resolutions early and as the beauty diva’s, that we are, the best place to start is our beauty bag. So here is us, giving you a handy push in getting your beauty resolutions sorted with all the tools you will need to give your beauty bag a 2017 refresh!
Smile with confidence this New Year, with Instant Whites Home kit a 7 day teeth whitening system that is sleek and mess free! The kit includes a 7-day supply of uniquely filled swaps that are clinically proven to whiten teeth up to 9 shades in just 7 days and at a price of £29.99 it is a steal.
Up to 9 shades lighter, I will be smiling from ear- to-ear all day every day at any stranger that passes me by.
The one thing that we as women do best is to Prim and Prime, that is why in 2017 it should be top of our goal list.
This New Year invest in an effective Micellar cleanser from the Cult beauty brand Embryolisse’s. Renowned for their unique formulas that nourish and moisturise your skin. Embryolisse creates products that does not disappoint when it comes to prepping your skin.
Our second fav product from the brand is the Embryolisse CC cream. The perfect base, with its unique skin adapting technology, the formula matches your own skin tone leaving you with the picture-perfect look.
Offering a complete skincare treatment, as it moisturises and smooths out the outer layers of your skin. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid which helps the skin to retain essential moisture whilst the Biosaccaride restructures the skin and helps to protect against premature ageing.
Brilliant product! as it is formulated to ensure your skin always looks fresh. Saving you all those hours, you spend trying to match the correct colour for your skin tone. You now have no reason not to sparkle in 2017 with glowing white teeth and a radiant skin.
Any make-up addict will tell you, that quality tools are essential, because you do not want to be buying new tools every week.
So, to remain the best version of You, invest in quality products and Brushworks can offer you that. They have an amazing selection of quality brushes and sponges in all shapes and sizes at reasonable prices. Making it easy for you, even on a tight budget, to enjoy the finer things at affordable prices.
We all know that having the right brush, means creating the perfect look for day or night is as easy as one, two, three!! We urge you to make this note right at the top of your resolution list, “Throw out all those old make-up brushes and sponge and invest in Brushworks tools.”
This resolution is simple, you are a lady so elegance is what you need even if you think you do not want it. The following products all in Gold, one of the most expensive metals on earth, will add a touch of elegance to your beauty regime in 2017
Whether it’s a slight tinted glow from Fake Bake or the perfect rose gold tweezers from Rubis (because yes tweezers can be pretty too). These luxury tweezers are like no other! Steeped in heritage and even used by Rolex to insert rubies into their masterpieces. It is safe to say these are the tweezers of all tweezers.
Ring in 2017 with sheer opulence and decadence! With just a spritz of Monsoon Rose Gold If that hasn’t tempted you then this certainly will - a spritz of Monsoon Rose gold. This delectable rose themed fragrance is infused with crisp top notes and smothered in warming vanilla base notes to keep you smelling amazing all day and night.
We are all creatures of habit and we all have our go to look, that never disappoints. Perhaps it is your favourite eye shadow stick or that lipstick shade you love.
Throw caution to the wind this New Year and add a shot of something new to your beauty bag.
We know that trying out new colours can be daunting and often make you feel like picking the perfect vamp purples or cobalt blues are as much stress as figuring out how you are ever going to believe in love again now Brangelina are over. With the party season fast approaching It’s not as scary as it seems to try out a few new looks by simply selecting a shade lighter or darker from your classic look so you can subtlety test out what suits you best.
Lord and Berry have the perfect solution with their newest eye shadow range called Reglam sticks. These little wonders are perfect, to take that leap of change in 2017. Add the dark shade to the corners of your eyes to make your eyes smoulder or lighten the inner of your eyes with an iridescent pearl tone to achieve that wide-eyed look.
Happy New You and yes have a beautiful 2017!!!
There is nothing better for the soul than sitting around a table enjoying good food, good wine and great company. So, with that soul enriching idea in mind, I organised a dinner party for my friends with an array of freshly prepared and healthy dishes provided by the lovely folks at GoNutritionUK.
My friends and I totally enjoyed all the dishes, as you can see!!
I received 6 meals from the Cutting Meals Hamper
The Cutting Meals Hamper is designed to make dieting easy. All the meals are low in fats, carbohydrate and packed with quality protein. The perfect selection of meals to help you keep trim and lean with less than 300 calories. All ready to eat after a busy day at work.
Here are the dishes we received...
1. Chicken Katsu with Pickled Ginger Greens: This Japanese dish is a flavour sensation, with tender chicken fillet in a lemon herb crumb covered in a tangy katsu sauce, complemented with fresh veg, all finished with chopped coriander and sliced red chilli. Served with pickled ginger greens- Suitable for freezing.
2. Yakitori Beef with Wilted Asian Greens: This Asian inspired dish uses only the finest rump steak, marinated in a sticky glaze and paired with fresh veg along, topped with coriander, spring onions, sesame seeds, and a soy and ginger dressing. Served with wilted Asian greens- Suitable for freezing.
3. Piri Piri Pulled Chicken with Fresh Seasonal Salad: Slow cooked chicken breast is marinated in a spicy piri piri marinade and mixed with fresh baby spinach leaves, spring onion and chilli, all finished with a tangy mango drizzle, grated cheddar and a squeeze of lime, on a bed of fresh seasonal salad- Not Suitable for freezing.
4. BBQ Pulled Pork with Mango Slaw: Succulent BBQ pulled pork is paired with a refreshing mango slaw and complement with sweet corn and pomegranate, topped with a dusting of chopped coriander-Not Suitable for freezing
5. Chicken & Chorizo Bake with Mediterranean Vegetables & Goats Cheese: This cheesy Spanish dish is a taste sensation, with diced chicken and chorizo in a herby tomato sauce, accompanied with courgettes, aubergines and peppers, and topped with creamy goats cheese- Suitable for freezing.
6. Tandoori Salmon with Kale & Mint Salad: Succulent salmon marinated in a tandoori glaze is complemented with fresh kale and cherry tomatoes, all finished with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds- Not Suitable for freezing.
We found every meal to be super healthy and tasty. I would have loved to add some potatoes or rice, because I found the meals to be very meaty. But it was all still very tasty and enjoyable.
My friends loved the pulled pork and devoured that dish with such delight.
The most enjoyable meals, for me, was the Yakitori Beef with Wilted Asian Greens, Tandoori Salmon with Kale & Mint Salad and the Piri Piri Pulled Chicken with Fresh Seasonal Salad.
At first glance it was difficult to know if the food was to be eaten hot or cold and if it could be frozen and eaten the next day. I also initially could not find and the instructions, on the packaging but luckily, I did find it later. So, I contacted the company to find out. They gave me a list of the meals that could be frozen and told me that all the meals can be heated up before eating. (See the instructions in list of meals received).
The only problem with the heating up was, as you will hear in the video, was that some of the meals especially the pulled pork included mango slaw which was not in a separate container so it had to be scooped out then the meat heated and added back to the dish.
If I had to give a score for the company, food and the overall experience I would give it a 10/10 because nothing beats good, yummy healthy food and great friends.
Planning your own spontaneous diner party? do visit www.gonutrition.com and have a look at their Meal Hampers.
Follow them on twitter/Insta @GoNutritionUK
By Deborah St. Louis
· Book Your Lifestyle are hosting one of the beauty industries sort after beauty advent calendars, that will turn your Christmas into a very happy #GLITZMAS.
· Behind every door to the run up to Christmas there will be 24 prizes ranging from spa days, waxes to urban retreats in luxury salons.
· Doors to the Book Your Lifestyles’ GLITZMAS calendar will open on the 1st December, so make sure you visit www.bookyourlifestyle.com and you may be a lucky winner.
· Each entry to the GLITZMAS calendar will receive 20% off their next order on any Book Your Lifestyle participating salons.
The event will include Christmas treats, drinks, and goodie bags. There will also be discounts between 15% - 40% from a range of in store brands like Ona Chan, Latelita London, MCMA London.
Get down and get yourself a Chrstmas treat!
I have been following this product for many years as my skin was prone to spots as a teenager and young adult and latterly due to hormonal breakouts so i jumped at the opportunity to try it out.
Before I even tried out the products I noticed the packaging and branding and loved that I was so nice and clean and easy to use.
Proactiv+ Skin smooth exfoliator, Pore targeting treatment, Complexion perfecting hydrator & Skin purifying mask.
Suitable for all skin types and effective for those with spot-prone skin as well as those who suffer from occasional blemishes, Proactiv+ is a revolutionary dual-therapy anti-blemish and skincare system designed to promote a healthy complexion.
As required with any skincare regiment, it is advice to use the products in the order recommended. Starting at 1) The Skin smoothing exfoliator, then number 2) The Pore targeting treatment and lastly following with number 3) The Complexion hydrator and only using the Purifying mask as needed.
Following the order I found that the products really worked for my skin.
I do advice that the skin be damp before applying the skin exfoliator and to only use a small amount in the palm of the hand and then to work it into a lather on the face and then rinse it off. Following that move onto step number two and three. For me personally the process left my face feeling cleansed and extremely hydrated nd blemish free.
After using the Proactive + 3 step program I would highly recommend it to any one suffering from spot-prone skin and occasional hormonal breakouts.
Proactiv+ 3-Step Core System £19.99 available from www.proactiv.co.uk
Instant Fix Concealer
The Instant Fix Concealer by Proactiv+ another one of those products that I have always wanted to try.
What does it say on the cover? Instant Fix Concealer by Proactive+
1. Helps clear blemishes while hiding imperfections with the Proactiv+ Instant Fix Concealer. Four shades allow for quick customisation to ensure a skin tone match. It’s natural-looking coverage for flaws, redness, unexpected pimple pop ups and even dark circles. Skin is left looking smooth and flawless with a beautiful complexion!
2. Formulated with spot fighting Salicylic Acid
3. Formulated with soothing and moisturising ingredients
4. Four customizable shades
5. Won’t clog pores
How to use:
Dab onto blemishes, dark spots, dark under eye circles and other imperfections by using a concealer brush or fingertip. Layer and blend as required.
It was great that it came in a small compact case perfect for popping into my handbag for touch ups during the day. The concealer comes in 3 shades of which I used the darkest one, which I found okay and did work for my skin-tone.
But I do think as with most makeup companies they could go a little darker to accommodate darker skin-tones.
The coverage was brilliant and eliminated my dark under eye area as well as other darker areas on my skin instantly. It went on smoothly and did not leave my skin feeling caked as some concealers do.
I would recommend and purchase this product myself again, especially if they do go a shade darker, so it can be mixed as the other three shades found in the compact I was unable to use because it was to light for my complexion and so a bit of a waste. Or maybe just do 2 shades in a pack.
RRP £23.99 available from www.proactiv.co.uk
By Deborah St. Louis
My main problem is that my under- eye area is dark and that it is hereditary. Leaving me always conscious about my under-eye area, not because I have permanent bags, but ones that come and go, as I work long hours.
Having tried several different product’s I discovered Remescar’s latest Eye, bag and dark circle cream, at their UK launch.
Remescar cream uses Eyesyl, a technology developed by Sylphar, the company behind Remescar.
The cream works on 3 key actions;
á Skin tightening
á Decrease water accumulation
This in turn effectively and immediately erases eye bags and dark circles in just two minutes.
Being the curious creature that I am, I tried the cream as soon as I got home and because the info leaflet said that the cream immediately erases eye bags and dark circles in just two minutes. That info alone got me excited so I just had to try it as soon as possible.
So, after cleaning my face, I applied the cream and waited patiently for two minutes. After just one minute my under-eye area was tightened, as it said it would do, but sadly it did not do anything for my dark under eyes.
You only need a tiny bit and then it's spread from the inner eye to the outer, keeping the face still for at least 1 minute until the process is complete. You will feel a slight tightening and then the job is done.
Be careful not to use too much as it will leave a white residue, as you can see on the image.
Remescar cream is now available instore at all UK Boots stores as well as online for £29.95.
Personally, after using the cream and seeing the results, I feel that it is worth every penny.
By Deborah St. Louis
I suffer from terrible itchy irritated eyes, it has been a lifelong problem and everyday it just becomes more and more annoying. Anything or any environment can set off my eyes and they start to itch and swell and it drives me crazy. I am always trying different products and nothing works or it only works for a little while.
So, in my efforts to find a permanent solution for my itchy and irritated eyes I tried Artelac night-time gel and eye drops.
Artelac Rebalance, is designed for day use and can be used when experiencing recurrent dry, tired or irritated eyes, providing long lasting, sustained hydration and protection during the day.
I applied the Artelac night-time Gel, just before bed, like any other night cream. Soothing and moisturising my eyes while sleeping, when the symptoms of dry eyes are worse as it acts like a conditioner for the eyes. The gel contains a unique combination of ingredients, designed to seal in moisture overnight.
Both products were great, very soothing and moisturised my eyes immediately, with no stinging sensation. Both the night time gel and eye drops are a must for all sufferers of itchy and irritated eyes, as they are great for everyday use.
It is also highly recommended by leading Optometrist, Francesca Marchetti, “I am a real fan of the product duo and I love the fact, that like my skin, I now have a day and night eyecare regime that works and tackles dry eye 24/7.”
Artelac Rebalance and Artelac Nighttime Gel is available from independent pharmacies. Artelac Rebalance RRP £6.95; Artelac Nighttime Gel RRP £4.99.
Written by Deborah St. Louis
We gave Transformula WrinkleBlock to one of our team to test out and this is what they thought.
I have been using the WrinkleBlock for about 4 weeks now around my eyes area. I really like the packaging – the top opens up in a simple twisting motion and the pump delivers as little or a lot of cream as is desired. It closes easily too with a simple twist so there is no danger of losing the lid or worrying how to pack the cream in a luggage. The clear container has generous amount (15 ml) of the cream and I seemed to use only a small amount of the cream so far.
I use the cream twice a day – first thing in the morning before I apply any other products and again at night.
On application, the cream seems to tighten the skin immediately around the area it’s been applied to followed by a rather nice tingling sensation. This seems to last for few minutes. The cream has a strong menthol smell which makes it feel more like a medical product and less like a beauty one. I found that rather reassuring and in keeping with the product’s claim to be a non-invasive, safe and injection free alternative to surgery.
I will happily continue to use the product even though I have not noticed any radical changes or disappearance of wrinkles around the eye area. I don’t seem to have any new wrinkles either so i would be inclined to use it as a preventative measure.
13 November 2016
13 November laughter lines
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20 November 2016 laughter lines
The Transformulas WrinkleBlock Line Restriction Crème is available from www.transformulas.com.
2017 marks the 100th year anniversary of the ever-popular Converse All Stars.
"All Star Rocks" (CC BY 2.0) by Lel4nd
The Converse Rubber Shoe Company was founded in 1908 by Marquis Mills Converse, and in 1917 the business created the All-Star design. The comfortable training shoe was originally designed for professional basketball players: for the first time, shoes were made up of a canvas body with a rubber sole and were presented in various colors and patterns. The firm sponsored a basketball team called the Converse All Stars and player Charles ‘Chuck’ Taylor became the face of the team. Chuck travelled around the States teaching and promoting the basketball game in schools and sports clubs, endorsing the All-Star shoes along the way.
Since then, Converse All Stars have never been out of fashion. They are a consistently trendy design which are worn by men and women alike and have even been an accepted fashion item for children.
Women Embrace the Unisex Style
To celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the All Stars, coupon experts Couponbox interviewed Elizabeth Semmelhack, author of Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture and curator of a shoe museum in Toronto. She explains how the original male basketball shoe slowly became a women’s fashion necessity, pointing out that the All Stars hit unisex shelves during the hipster fashion era of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Female celebrities have endorsed the style over time and are regularly photographed and filmed on TV sporting the trendy shoe. But who are we talking about? Let’s have a look at a few stars who have been spotted wearing them.
In the acting world, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore have all been photographed in a casually styled outfit with matching All Stars. Jodie Foster was seen at a film premiere in a blue silk suit with matching blue Converse and Keira Knightley has often been photographed in her favorite All Stars, coupled with baggy slacks and a knitted cardigan.
Jessica Alba sometimes kicks off her heels and has been photographed playing basketball in loose sports gear and purple All-Star shoes.
Hollywood darling Reese Witherspoon has shown up in a summery, cool outfit of shorts, white top, hat and white Converse All Stars.
Christina Ricci - via Twitter (@celebinconverse)
And check out Christina Ricci in the photo above, where she’s wearing casual jeans, a T-shirt and her All Stars. (see video below)
All Stars have not only been fashioned with the casual “baggy jeans” look by celebs. We have also seen them styled with smarter wear, accompanying evening dresses and red carpets.
For instance, Kristen Stewart is known for her imaginative flair for fashion and was photographed at the MTV Movie Awards in a red-and-black mini dress with black Converse All Stars.
Pop Stars and Their Converse
Katy Perry - via Twitter (@celebinconverse)
For instance, Katy Perry has been seen with several different styles of Converse and has even been on stage in a bubble-gum dress with bright pink All Stars.
As you see, Converse All Stars well deserve to celebrate their 100th year anniversary and could easily continue for another century as an affordable, long-lasting trendy fashion item. The simply designed training shoe has become a timeless statement that can be worn by A-list celebrities or Joe Bloggs and won’t be easily dismissed.
Hello November! Here are some products we know you will love...
1. LQ Joint Care, £24.99 Holland and Barratt A daily collagen shot which helps maintain joints and connective tissues. Containing Glucosamine, Ginger, Lychee, Copper and many more vitamins- this is perfect for those who love exercise.
2. Monsoon Rose Gold, £35.00 www.monsoon.co.uk A feminine yet fruity fragrance that contains notes of sparkling lemon, rose, vanilla and musky scents. This fragrance is perfect for all year round.
3. Rubis Tweezers, £21.50 www.lookfantastic.co.uk and Fenwicks. Dubbed the Ferrari of tweezers by Bobbi Brown herself. These high quality tweezers are made of stainless steel making them easy to sterilize as well as create the hottest brows around town.