Miranda Kerr once famously said that - a rose can never be a sunflower and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that's like women too.
The beauty of a woman is compared to a flower beautifully. It says that as each and every flower is distinctly pretty, so does each woman!
Everyone has their signature qualities which makes them unique. To celebrate the essence and spirit of a woman, Women's Day is celebrated and a flower for Women's Day would be the best gift. Because a flower is the only object in this whole world which does justice in explaining the beauty of a woman.
Not only as an object of beauty but, there are many more qualities in a flower. All the ravishing women can use these following flowers and enhance their beauty overnight.
The intensely strong fragrance of jasmine flowers reminds us of many memories. This flower can be used to prepare tea which releases depression or anxiety. You can soak these flowers in water and take a bath or use jasmine oil after your bath to feel rejuvenated.
If you keep jasmine flower plant in your lawn or garden, there would be no insomnia or sleeping disorder! If you have a dry skin or suffering from wrinkles, you can crush a few jasmine petals (after washing gently) and mix with a few drops of coconut oil and apply this pack on your face. You would glow in a few weeks if you apply it regularly.
This is perhaps the most widely noticed flower all over India. The yellow to orange colored flowers are attractive and bright. They have been cultivated over the years for many usages. Some beneficial medicinal oils are made from this flower.
Although this is not a soothingly fragrant flower but other qualities of this flower make it a great gift. You can brew three spoons of marigold petals in a vessel for 15 minutes and wash your face with this water daily if you want it to be acne and spot-free.
Quintessentially, a rose is the queen of the garden. You can gift a rose flower plant or a bouquet of roses to the charming ladies in your life. In case you want glowing lips like a red rose, you can use crushed rose petals with a few drops of honey which is a superb natural lip balm. The natural color of your lip would become pinkish red and that would make your appearance more attractive.
To tone your skin or to mitigate the harsh rays of the sun, you can take a half spoon of rosewater and half spoon of glycerin and keep this pack overnight. Wouldn't it be a great idea if you get a bouquet of roses and wish a Happy Women's Day along this vital information to the lady luck?
For a glowing skin and smooth hair, there is no competition to hibiscus. It represents delicate beauty, unity, and peace. In many Asian countries, this flower is mainly used to worship deities. You also must remember our biology classes and dissection of a hibiscus flower.
Well, this is an extremely amazing option when you want to replenish your skin and hair. Hibiscus oil and shampoo are easily available in the market that is targeted for women population. The ageing women population also love this flower for its anti-ageing properties.
This flower represents refinement, grace, and elegance. Lavender holds a sacred place in nature and the amazing look of this flower is something to be cherished for sure. This flower has good quantities of Vitamins and thus it is a lovely option to enhance the beauty of skin and hair. The anti-bacterial properties of lavender help in fighting acne problems. Lavender oil has been discovered as a wonderful aroma oil.
When you are very tensed and everything around you seems to be confusing, just have a bath with a few drops of lavender oil in water. Things would take its own time to normalize but this would help you remain calm in this kind of tricky situations. Get a bouquet of lavender as a special women's day flower for your lady luck.
Apart from these flowers, there are other flowers also like Chamomile, Carnation, or Tuberose that works wonder for a woman's skin. Thus, if you truly want a careful gift for the lovely ladies, you can get Women's Day flowers and share these trivia with them.
Written by Sophie Addison
The fashion world is always ahead of us, and there is a good reason for it. The spring and summer collections have been showcased during September and early October, and we're thankful for the early notice. It gives us plenty of time to summarize our impressions, narrow down our choices, and it gives fast fashion retailers plenty of time to provide their own interpretations of the predicted and dictated trends so they're available to a broader audience just in time for them to rock them.
So, here it is, the list of the best and most wearable trends for you to pick and choose from and welcome spring the way it's supposed to be done.
50 Shades Of Purple
Millennial pink has in the past couple of years been one of the most dominant hues out there, present in both couture gowns as well as athleisure pieces. While the presence of the gender-neutral hue was still strong on the runways, it has been slightly overshadowed by the presence of a variety of purples. So, this spring, take a cue from Carolina Herrera, and rock the dark and powerful purple, Ultra Violet - the official color of the year 2018, as well as lighter pastel hues such as lilac. The romantic and subtle lilac will make you look like walking spring, and you can wear it deep into summer, even be the ultimate resort style goddess.
If You Like It, Flaunt It
If you were saddened by the death of the logo, feel free to rejoice, because logomania is definitely back. It seems as if the logo wasn't dead so much as it was taking a nap while designers were preparing to make it bigger and more conspicuous. Every fashion powerhouse, from Gucci, Fendi to Versace did not hold back on splashing the logo all over tops, bags, dresses, so all you have to do is find your favorite brand and surely find at least one item with your beloved logo on it. When worn in an ensemble that's overall understated and low-key, the logo can look incredibly cool, chic even.
A Little Asymmetrical Party
Spotted at Altuzarra, Isabel Marant and numerous other designers, the asymmetrical neckline is definitely the most captivating trend. The fabric seems to be everywhere - the neck, the collarbone, the shoulders, and yet still leaving plenty of skin exposed for an additional dose of sensuality. Both tops and dresses with this neckline are already available, and Aussie girls have already snagged their asymmetrical party dresses in Australia, and they're rocking them while it's still summer, but northern hemisphere, worry not, your time to shine is just arriving.
The Shifty Times
As much as we anticipate the arrival of spring, we must bear in mind that the season can play tricks on us and bring sudden chills leaving us in dire need of great outerwear. The piece to own this season is an oldie but goldie - the mighty trench coat. If you already own one in a neutral camel hue, make sure it's dry-cleaned and ready for those chilly spring days. Those of you whose wardrobe is short of this item, better hop to it, and while you're browsing, you might want to check the upgraded 2018 version which can be embroidered, or even deconstructed as seen on the models walking for Alexander McQueen.
Power up, suit up - the point is the same. We already know that the power suit of the fall and winter of 2017 was either red or plaid, as these were the dominant color and pattern of the season, respectively. The plaid and red will still be worn during spring, make no mistake about it, but if you wish to be the epitome of spring power, your choice of suit will be a poignant white, complete with a wide-shoulder blazer as done by Tom Ford, because nothing says 'powerful' like shoulders that just don't quit.
Written by Sophia Smith
We don’t know about you, but the thought of new makeup makes us downright giddy. That feeling you get when you grab your brushes and start playing with colours is light-hearted and exciting, and once you add fashion to it and start creating complementary looks, the fun only increases. There’s something delightfully romantic and fresh about spring makeup trends, and this year promises to be a mix of sensual, chic, and bright.
Feeling eager yet? Then check out the trends that range from delicate to bold, and make sure to pick up a few ideas so you can be ready once springtime comes.
From Pat McGrath’s work on Tom Ford’s runway show, to Marc Jacobs’ models sporting an almost bare face with only inky, dramatic eyeliner, this trend is bold, unique, and certainly requires a steady hand! A more wearable version was seen on the Monse runway where the models had double wing liner, but we absolutely encourage you to have fun and go further – Pat McGrath drew thick eyeliner shapes, then added a touch of lip gloss on top to give it that wet, grungy, dangerous look.
When was the last time you saw bright yellow eyeshadow on anyone? Well, our impression from the Novis runway is that it’s a trend that’s absolutely got to gain traction. A dose of sunny yellow on your eyelids? Warmth, happiness, and blooming dandelions in spring! It’s very effective on its own so you won’t need anything more than a touch of mascara to make it work, and it can go beautifully with a simple, demure, white lace dress. You’ll practically be the impersonation of spring with this look.
Lips And Tips
The good old “match your lipstick to your nail polish” rule is coming back, but this time with dark colours in mind. Dramatic black lips on a natural-looking bare face paired with black polish is giving us some real supermodel vibes.
Big Eyes, Bigger Lashes
One of the biggest Australian trends in recent years, huge, dramatic eyelashes, is every Aussie girl’s dream. In the land of pretty much eternal summer and beach time, smudgy mascara is not exactly attractive, so it’s no wonder that ladies are getting eyelash extensions in Sydney, which is famous for its specialists. If you want to forgo mascara and have naturally gorgeous lashes even when you’re completely makeup-free, we recommend trying this out. Christian Siriano seems to love big, bold lashes as well, and most of his models were sporting a 60’s-inspired, clumpy-looking volume accomplished by pilling on a ton of mascara. With extensions, no need clumps!
Highlighter, Always More Highlighter
Miss Rihanna’s touch seems to turn everything to gold, so it’s no wonder her Fenty Beauty has gained such a huge following in a very short amount of time. Her famous Trophy Wife highlighter was seen on almost all models on the Puma runway and we still can’t get over the fact just how good it looks, especially on women of colour.
Messy, smokey, rosy bronze and burgundy eyeshadow might be one of the sultriest looks we’ve seen on the runways, the courtesy of Brock Spring 2018 collection. Instead of the old-school black and grey smoky eyes, we suggest this seductive alternative – it’s more natural-looking, sexy, and goes great with nude lipstick.
So, what’ll it be? Soft and natural, or dramatic and colorful? This year is giving us a ton of options, and we can’t wait to see how you’ll play with your makeup and what kind of looks will you create. We encourage experimenting with all of these and enjoying the varied creativity of 2018 spring trends!
Written by Sophia Smith
Our home is the place where we feel most comfortable and relaxed. Additionally, it speaks volumes about our personality and interests, and even small details like home accessories can reveal to our guests who we truly are. Therefore, it’s extremely important that we invest in our house and thus present ourselves in the best light. And, in order to help you find some fashionable home accessories that will match your innovative mind, but also stand the test of time, we’ve prepared a list of our favourite ones. Let’s take a look.Mirrors
Although the primary purpose of mirrors has nothing to do with home decoration at first sight, when you consider all the effects mirrors can have on the interior, you’re most likely to change your mind. Not only will your rooms look more spacious thanks to them, but they will add a touch of elegance to the decoration as well. Additionally, you can go for some interesting fashionable mirror frames which will show what a true fashionista you are and that you’re always up to date with all the latest trends.
Photo frames are definitely a great choice if you want to turn your home into a nice and warm place. Thanks to them you’ll have a chance to display your unforgettable memories and have all the dearest people always in sight. Additionally, you can find so many different frame designs and chose those which will go well with the colour pattern of your interior. Furthermore, handmade photo frames have been a true craze over the last few seasons, and their uniqueness will add that final touch to your home. Finally, vintage photo frames are a great way to create a contrast and make a perfect balance between modern and rustic decor.
Going green is absolutely a must this year, and aside from being considered extremely important for our environment, it has become a kind of fashion statement as well. Therefore, don’t even think about skipping potted flowers when decorating your home. They will purify the air making it much healthier, but also serve as great decor. For example, fashionable Wedgwood pots are uniquely designed and thus will catch the eye of all your guests. Finally, make sure to choose low-maintenance plants, since you don’t want to end up with all your flowers dead after a short vacation or a business trip.
Another evergreen house accessory is a rug. Not only do they make your house more comfortable and allow you to walk barefoot without freezing your feet off, but it can serve as a great piece of decoration as well. We advise you to go for a vintage Moroccan rug which is characterised by a minimalistic design and interesting patterns that will be easily combined with the rest of your decor, making your house look polished and elegant. Finally, these rugs are incredibly soft, so you’ll have a chance to enjoy lying on them while reading your favourite book.
Finally, wallpapers are an accessory that has been popular for years and it will certainly stand the test of time. The great thing about them is that there is an abundance of choices that you can go for. You can literally find whichever colour and pattern you like and opt for those that most precisely depict your feelings and personality. Furthermore, instead of covering all the walls, you can always choose an accent one and get bold coloured wallpapers for it. You’ll be surprised to see how such a detail can do wonders and make an entire room look much more interesting and fashionable.
As you can see, decorating your home in such a way that it maintains a modern look for a long time is not that hard after all. You just need to opt for some evergreen accessories and work out the best way to incorporate them into the rest of your house design. Finally, don’t shy away from experimenting and also adding your personal touch since your home should represent who you are, instead of copying the personality of a famous designer.
Written by Will Sandford a Sydney based designer and blogger
Most people in the world would tell you that they love travelling, but hate packing. Perhaps the only people fond of the packing process are Monica-types (Friends), although it’s highly doubtful there are many of these outside the fictitious realm. However, whether you’re an avid traveler who lives out of their suitcase, or even if you travel only for holidays, mastering the art of packing is essential for everyone.
Now, who better to take cues from in this department than fashion editors? Not only do they travel frequently, but they also know clothes and beauty inside out, which makes them THE people to turn to, so let’s.
Two Birds, One Stone
source / source
One of the most ingenious packing tricks is rolling. Yes, roll your clothes instead of folding them. This way, not only do you maximize the space in your suitcase, thus leaving plenty of room for your accessories and beauty supplies, but you also avoid the dreaded creasing and wrinkling. Whether you’re going away on business or on holiday, the last thing you need is a suitcase full of clothes that you have to either iron or go around looking like something from the clearance bin.
Save The Dust Cloth Bags
When you purchase a purse or a pair of shoes, they usually come with a dust cloth bag. Don’t dispose of these, as they will save your life and luggage. Place your bags and your chosen footwear in these before placing them in the suitcase so as to prevent them from coming into contact with your clothes. That helps keep everything neat and clean, plus, it helps the shoes and bags from being squished. Bring an extra one, it will come really handy for separating dirty laundry.
Pre-plan Is The Name Of The Game
There are two kinds of travelers – those who over-pack and end up not wearing the majority of items they carried and those who under-pack and end up missing pieces to create an outfit. In order to avoid either situation, always pre-plan your outfits. A perfect top won’t do you any good if there’s nothing you can pair it with, right? Always make sure to pack a couple of elegant designer dresses, as you never know when the opportunity to wear them will arise. Every trip comes with certain surprises, so always be prepared.
Now, if you’re staying somewhere for an extended period of time, there is little chance you’ll be able to pack a number of separate outfits to last you the entire trip. This is why it’s always a good idea to decide on a color scheme. This is one of the best tricks because non-clashing prints and color palettes go well together, so you’ll be able to mix and match and make outfits seem fresh even when they’re created using a limited number of elements.
All Those Jewels
With the clothes come accessories, but one of the biggest hassles is preventing necklaces from getting tangled. Your best bet is to pack them in plastic wraps. Press 'n Seal is the absolute best choice as this wrap sticks together when you press it, ensuring that necklaces don’t come anywhere near one another.
Beauty On The Go
Investing on lip palettes is always a great idea because it gives you plenty of lip color options without having to carry ten separate tubes. When it comes to the rest of your makeup, always bring your go-to foundation (you don’t want to take chances here), mascara, and your must-have eyeshadow palette. The best thing you can do is pack double-duty products such as bronzer and blush as these can serve as eyeshadow and save you from having to pack an entire palette.
Avoid anything that comes in a glass bottle because there’s always the danger of it leaking or breaking. Refillable plastic bottles are always a wonderful option if you don’t want to purchase travel size creams and skincare essentials. Finally, travel size shampoo, conditioner, lotion is a must, unless you’re comfortable with hotel toiletries.
Written by Sophia Smith
I am using SkinYoga’s Coffee body scrub to try and keep the stretch marks and cellulite at bay over the Christmas season. The caffeine in the product is meant to enhance fat metabolism and remove liquid and fat for your skin. The natural oil in it helps to nourish and give your skin an even glow. The scrub is also said to treat inflammation and protect your skin from the sun in the summer.
Take small handfuls of the Coffee scrub and apply onto wet skin in the shower. Scrub your entire body for 5-7 minutes. Follow with your usual shower routine.
Ingredients: Ground Coffee Beans, Pure Coconut Oil, Pure Sesame Oil.
SkinYoga is an Indian brand founded by three sisters Radhika Choudhary, Deepika Choudhary and Jagriti Choudhary. The Coffee scrub comes in a golden coloured packet and smells shockingly of coffee, it is a beautiful smell though. So beautiful in fact that I am scared that I may get it confused with my usual Coffee that I drink every morning.
After using the scrub for a few weeks I noticed that the dead skin cells on my body had gone and I now feel soft and smooth all over. I will continue using the body scrub, as I want to keep my skin and body in shape as I intend on making an absolute pig of myself over the Christmas holiday.
Get your body Christmas ready with SkinYoga Coffee Body Scrub. It retails at £32.00 online at Amazon.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
This season's accessories and beauty trends are to die for. As we explore the adventures of being a non- conformist. This editorial captures the very essence of being bold and free while baring all that lies beneath.
Photo Credit: Photography- Shola Ajisegbede | @sholaajisegbede for Sniper Ajix Photography | @sniper_ajix
Model- Blessing Obila | @mz_basilia
MakeUp- Temitope | @adella_makeup
HairStylist- Tony Aigbogun | @beautyace7
Styleing & accessorries - Maryanne Alabi | @mayreejay
Location- The Range, Lagos Nigeria
Written by Maryanne Alabi
From clothing that was seen as athlete-exclusive, to something your mom will wear on her busy days, and then finally a step further to something international celebrities will rock on the streets to show off their laid-back attitude, class, and healthy lifestyle. Activewear, or athleisure, is a trend that has been on the rise for quite some time now, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. We just can’t get enough of it. It’s comfort and style combined, it’s high fashion paired with practicality, so is it any wonder that we’re fully embracing this new direction?
This is the trend to follow right now, so let’s chat about how it was influenced, and what’s the most popular way to rock it today.
1. It Girls Sashy Down The Highstreet
From the moment she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Gigi Hadid became a relentless gym-goer and healthy lifestyle supporter. We saw her in everything from sexy little purple training bra paired with faux leather leggings, to downright graceful and delicate black ballet leotard paired with a lush grey coat and a big handbag. With some comfy footwear and sassy sunglasses on, she’s giving us life every time we see her leaving the gym.
Kendall Jenner doesn’t lag far behind her bestie either, and her look for the Milan Fashion Week this September was an incredibly successful mix of glamour and chic comfort. An oversized, shoulder-baring white sweater paired with an Adidas-like cropped pants? This girl is killing it with her fashion game. The perfect blend of slouchy and sleek gave her that cool vibe that we’re all longing for.
Take it from the A-lister ladies, this trend is the new version of effortless chic, and look at Gigi, Kendall, Selena Gomez, and even the Duchess of Cambridge for inspiration.
2. Queen Bey Comes To Rule The Gym
Look, if Beyoncé is loving a trend, then we’re all for it. With her last year’s launch of Ivy Park clothing line and the idea that athleisure is there to celebrate every woman’s body, we’re seeing a significant spike in activewear movement. Pretty little crop tops, simple black and white prints, and giant hoodies are Bey’s go-to ideas for her own line, and we’re loving the casual, soft feel of everything.
Pair slim leggings and a baggy crop top, put on a colorful headband, and you’ll be looking as fierce as our queen.
3. Rihanna Slays It With Puma
After her incredible success with Fenty Beauty, Rihanna seems to be fully embracing body-positivity, and activewear is definitely something that is meant to fit everyone. She paired up with Puma and the collection we’re seeing has this wonderfully retro feel that we’re absolutely loving at the moment. Velour tracksuits, varsity sweaters, turtleneck crop tops, and a bunch of biker shorts, French-cut racy swimsuits, scuba suits, and all of this in bright neon colors.
If you want crazy, if you want color, this is the thing for you, because it ties in fashion with fun, it’s bold, it’s unique, and definitely attention-grabbing.
4. How To Pull It Off Like A Celebrity
Whether you’re a busy lady with a million things to do in a day, or just someone who loves their fashion to be both high-class and comfortable, activewear is probably one of the easiest things to pull off. You just have to let yourself go there, you have to embrace the slouchy, sexy feel of effortless beauty. Gigi Hadid’s combo of all-pink tracksuit and a coat is perfect for a feminine lady who wants some romance in her outfit, and we’re definitely seeing a trend of blue and orange peeking out on the runways for the next year’s season.
Don’t be afraid to make it all more fun though, that’s the greatest thing about this trend. You take something simple, comfy, and then you can feel free to go crazy and get a watercolor splatter print, or something with jungle motives. Ombre looks and geometric designs are also really in.
Embrace the relaxed ease of this trend, ladies! While you’re stocking up on some cute athleisure, why not renew your gym membership and really start enjoying the whole lifestyle?
Written by Sophia Smith
In the world of skincare and makeup, things seem to be changing at the speed of light. It appears like every new day brings a new magical cream, an abundance of serums that promise to change our skin forever, along with numerous other topical innovations. They all boast an abundance of retinol, vitamins, collagen and antioxidants that guarantee a flawless complexion and plump, radiant skin. It was only a matter of time when something new will appear on the skincare market, and now it has. To our surprise, it wasn’t another skincare product, at least not one applied in a traditional matter.
Although the effectiveness of the new drinkable skincare trend is yet to transpire, every innovative step is bound to tickle and intrigue us. If it proves effective, it could change the way we view and practice skincare for good, but as the effectiveness of the new trend still await proof, all we can do is explore the topic with as many pieces of information we have, give it a go and see what happens.
What is drinkable skincare exactly? Given that it’s a ‘brand new thing’ in skincare, it’s difficult to put a finger on it. The rise of drinkable collagen or even a digestible SPF and probiotics in concoctions that promise to reduce dark spots and dull skin, fight aging and target numerous other skincare issues and concerns is, however, undeniable. The products in question vary from vitamin-rich juices to dry supplements that are supposed to be added to your regular beverages.
Besides, the ‘line’ of products goes as far as to introduce a collagen peptide, a drink whose effectiveness has been studied by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. According to their report, the consumption of this drink has increased skin hydration within an eight-week time span, as well as collagen density in the dermis. The study concludes that the oral supplementation has definitely proven effective in slowing down the aging process, and that is definitely food for thought.
Again, it’s difficult to state where the idea for this kind of skincare came from, but given the increasing popularity of fresh-pressed juices that were initially used as a means to detox and cleanse the body from the built-up toxins, this is a safe place to start. It’s hard not to notice that people have been investing in quality cold-press juicers, like the ones by reputable brands such as Kuvings for years now, as they wish to get all the best ingredients out of their fruits and other members of the superfoods family.
The term superfoods has been around for quite some time now. One of their trademark features is the fact that they do wonders for the skin. The holistic approach to skincare has always emphasized the inextricable bond between the gut and the skin, claiming that what we put inside our body is as important (if not more important) as what we put on it. For instance, according to the holistic approach, sedentary lifestyle, a sugar-based diet and food sensitivities don’t only affect our overall health, but inevitably reflect on our skin, and NYC-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD agrees. She states that “research has shown that the bacteria in your gut interact with your immune system, which leads to changes in your skin. Harmful bacteria in your gut can lead to inflammation—like redness, acne, and rosacea.”
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the effects of a healthy diet featuring yogurts, and vitamin-packed juices will be easily visible. It’s even less surprising that someone came up with drinkable solutions for all our skin problems.
Predicting the future is a tricky feat, but if the study with collagen is any indication, it’s safe to assume that we’ll be seeing more and more of these types of skincare products. That being said, this is still a novelty, and one that could fade out just as fast as it came in, so don’t go clearing out your bathroom cabinets just yet. Of course, pressed juices are always welcome, as we know how important vitamin intake is for our health. As for skincare, yes, the connection between body and skin is strong, but whether drinkable skincare products will stand the test of time – well, only time will tell.
Wtitten by Sophia Smith
Lucky for you, we here at Fashions Finest, just love making your life easy, saving you from spending hours in the shopping malls trolling the beauty departments for the best gift.
We have put together our list of beauty gifts, from OMG eyeshadow sets, to the must-have skin-care staples, to much loved fragrance, these are the gifts that we will be giving to our friends and family this Christmas season.
Give the gift of Frankincense in the form of the Amber and Frankincense Diffuser, from Monsoon. Presented in a pretty decorated glass jar, this beautiful scent is a thoughtful gift for a work colleague or a teacher.
This stocking filler is the ultimate beauty gift for all the Glow Getters and jet setters, the Fake Bake Travel Survival Kit. The pack contains: Fake Bake® Papaya Exfoliation & Tan Removal Towelette 7ml, Fake Bake® Coconut Oil Free Moisturiser 10ml and Fake Bake® Flawless Tanning Towelette 8ml.
It is small but handy and Yes, girls loving the Pink ! The Twist & Spritz atomiser from The Fragrance Shop is the perfect companion to the Love Lily Fragrance From Accessorize From Accessorize. It is handy because now your friend, mom, sister or daughter can take her #fav fragrance with her wherever she goes. Fashions Finest fragrance experts love's the fresh feminine scent of Love Lily Also check out The Fragrance Shop's Monthy Subscription Box, if you are looking to give something a bit extra and special.
Looking for that extra piece to add to the ultimate Beauty Gift box that you been putting together since the summer for your #bff then the MakeUp Drop Silicone Sponge is it. This Silicone makeup applicator is designed to completely eliminate wasted makeup and skincare by soaking up large amounts of product it ensures flawless application. She will love it !!
Another two great stocking fillers are, Silver Chrome Nail Powder, from SensatioNail while you are at it treat yourself with one of there Polish-to-Gel kits. And the ferrari of tweezers,the Rubis tweezers are the best for precision eyebrow shaping.
Jaguar, we loved it for and on Him for Valentines, now JAGUAR PACE ACCELERATE – FEEL THE ADRENALINE, is a new addition to the range of this dynamic fragrance for the man full of confidence and charisma.
Nude by Nature, created in Australia and loved by all nature loving beauties. The Moonlight brush gift set, available at Debenhams. This is the ultimate 15 piece brush set, for makeup brush fanatics, and it comes in a elegant clutch case making it even more special. Who would not love this beauty, the KAT VON D MAKE UP PALETTE, available at Debenhams, is to die for, full of gorgeous colours that any colour crazy girl would love.
As far as fragrance goes, Ellie Saab is always a firm favourite and the Girl of Now gift set, available at House of Fraser, is a delight for the senses.
For the man that loves to take care of his skin there is the SHISEIDO MEN TOTAL REVITALIZER gift set. Available at Debenhams the set includes, Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Cream 50ml, Shiseido Men Cleansing Foam 30ml, Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate 10ml and Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Eye 3ml.
Delightful bath and body treats, from Oliver Bonas, Flora Bath and Body, a combination of fresh freesia, pear, floral desert lily and tropical fig to pamper and rejuvenate. The Soap Bubble, from Bronnley England, with its christmas scent of Apple and Cinnemon encased in a collectable tin bauble makes for a pretty nice stocking filler.
If you really want to treat yourself then the Omorovicza Gold Facial set from Liberty London, is just the thing. Eve Lom a cult beauty favourite has a fantastic range of Christmas set to spoil each and everyone this Christmas. Gift set includes a cleanser and a muslin cloth beautifully packaged in a Christmas bauble.
Because luxury skin care is always such a treat, the Ritual's Gift Boxes are a combination of all the best selling collections, Ritual of Dao, The Ritual of Sakura, The Ritual of Laughing Buddha, The Ritual of Samurai and The Ritual of Hammam. Gift Boxes are available in varying sizes and colours, all made to pamper your loved ones this festive season. Advent Calendar always makes for great gifts and the Ritual's Beauty Calendar's in the shape of a Christmas tree, are packed with treats to make you slow down and enjoy all the best moments of this season. Another great stocking filler, Bronnley's Orchid Hand and Nail Cream Cracker.
The giving and seeing that smile on their faces, sure makes the hassle of shopping for the perfect gift so much more enjoyable.
Everyone deserve a little luxury and it is the season for it ! Together with our Fashions Finest Designers we have compiled an array of lavish goodies for yourself or a friend.
Glitz starts with a gorgeous clutch. The Charlote Emerald Green clutch from The Naan Design, is just luxurious paired with a simple LBD it will just be a knock out at any Christmas or New Year's eve party.
A belt is not often something we would associate with luxury but the CÉLINE Geo Belt in Emerald Green, Gold and Black is just splendidy lavish and will be a nice touch to a jumpsuit to accentuate your curves.
Black is always sleek and sensuous, even in the little details like the MARION Clutch in Black and Gold paired with any color or day or night look this little piece of opulence will stand out.
Blue is a royal color so nothing is more extravagent then the aptly named KATE Saddle Bag Blue paired with a A-line dress for the evening or a pair of indigo jeans and a crisp white shirt for the day. The Kate saddle bag will surely be number one on my lux christmas gift list.
Is there any things as rich as the Giselle a Mutli -coloured fringed and sequined mini dress from designer Tahra Nketia. If you are looking for the flawless NYE party dress then this is it.
Jewelry is such a thoughtful gift and a sparkling pair of earrings will bring a touch of rich indulgence to the one that will recieve it. And this pair are just perfect from designer JADAU by Kanwal Toor. Beautifully designed the Kundan Flower & Pearl Drop Earrings is a treasure worth investing in.
After a long and hard year all we really want to do is just, to drop it like its hot, and have fun and the Unchained Two -piece from Tahra Nketia will help you do just that. Embellished with gold lace, this is a truly extravagant party piece.
Can we ever really get enough of gold jewelry, short answer NO !! These simple yet elegant pieces are from designer Alexandra Jacoumis. The Crown Ring with its intricate and delicate detail of the gold work is from hand sewing with cotton thread makes for a stunning gift.
The elegant Seven Circle Necklace is so dainty and exquisite a true treasure of golden beauty.
Diamonds are a girls best friend and the Black Diamond Shisha Line necklace is the perfect reward for yourself after a hard year of slaving away at work and home.
Love this very versatile Sandra Short jacket in a metallic Rose Gold, from designer label ByVarga. This is a statement piece that you will need in your closet. Because it will jazz-up any dull daytime outfit or just glam up a night time look
A fab pair of heels are just the thing to bring togerther a polished party look. And these heels from designer label Larrit, are sweet, sexy and just magnificent. Shimmer in the Sophia -gold with its sparkly detail and golden heel or be stately sophisticated in the Iyobo -black and gold or the life and soul of the party in the Rita or be all women on your last meeting of 2017 in the Tonto.
Stay warm in this luxurious jacket from desinger Helen Howe Atelier named Victory in Blue . This jacket is cut in stunning blue tweed with suede and decorative military buttons. A superb piece to layer over any party outfit.
A classic look with a beautiful wax print detail at the wrist of the dress- sleeves that gives it just that edge.
Or opt for the Betty Silk Blouse , from BYVARGA, with its beautiful bell sleeves a great piece to dress up a jeans for a relaxed yet lavish christmas lunch.
Make this season all about luxury and spoil yourself with one or even two pieces from our selected designers.
They say this is the season to be jolly, but it is not so jolly when it comes to deciding what gifts to get your love ones. It is tough getting just the right gift, that says I love you or Thank you or that says I appreciate you. But lucky for you, we hear you and we get the struggle of finding the perfect gift. Read on to see some of our Top Picks.
Now if you are more of a practical giver, that loves to give a gift that will be a benefit to your love ones then you will go crazy over our first pick. The BLUEAIR air filter.
These filters are state of the art , manufactured by Swedish firm, Blue Air , they are an ideal gift if your or a family member suffers from Asthma or just to have around the home as they;
¥ eradicates pet dander, all those pesky microscopic flecks of skin shed by animals with fur or feather, which can cause allergies
¥ removes dust mites
¥ eliminates tobacco smoke
¥ targets harmful odours &
¥ combats colds & viruses
Available throughout the UK and stylishly designed BLUEAIR air filter is a our Top choice #forthehome Christmas gift.
Keeping with practical stylish gifts for the #homemaker Then the FRENCH PRESS coffee maker is it. This magnificent coffee maker keeps your coffee piping hot and makes that firts, second and third cup taste like heaven. The gift that every busy #bossbabe home diva needs. It is sleek, beautiful and will complement any kitchen interior. And the best part of it, even if you give it to your sister, mom or friend You can be assured of a good quality cup of coffee everytime you visit. Our Fashions Finest crew of coffee lovers gave the FRENCH PRESS a double #thumbsup
We all love a beautiful home with well placed and stylish decor accessories so here is just a few more gift ideas for the chic and fashionable #decorlover.
The Jonathan Adler Versailles Maze Vase, from AMARA, with its bold geometric print in green and black, and white and gold striped edge and striking square shape with its narrow neck. This beauty is a true #statementpiece for your decor loving friend. For something small but still thoughtful the Marble Vase and Pearl Marble Bowl from Homesense are a pretty good pair of affordable yet glamorous gifts.
Marble is still a hot #decortrend and the Normann Copenhagen Pebble Black Chopping Board will add a touch of class to any kitchen. So this is the ultimate gift for your mom or any one that loves spending time cooking marvelous meals. For the fashion craze chef get the Kate Spade New York Recipe Book she will love it.
Something sweet and chewable always makes for a really thoughtful gift and are the perfect Thank You gift for a colleague or secret santa. Copperpot Originals has two new fantastic festive flavours of fudge, Apple & Cinnamon Butter Fudge and Christmas Spiced Butter Fudge. Delicious , each box of fudge is a festive burst of creamy butter, milk and golden syrup. These mouth-watering sweets has got us chewing all day long because once you pop one in you just can stop chewing them. #fashionsfinest sweetest Top Pick.
Our selection for the #gentlemen in your life is simple and uncomplicated. Our favourite is the Ted Baker - Jungle Print Hip Flask, from Amara, because we just love the #tropicaltheme and then there is the Skultuna - Crown cufflinks or the Kenneth Cole Semi-Precious Stone Cufflinks, House of Fraser, because every gentleman needs a pair of shiny cufflinks. And what man can resist the classic scent of Armanis Modern Leather EDP at House of Fraser , or a stylish Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant Pocket Square from Debenhams. Lastly a gentleman needs shiny shoes and the Ted Baker shoe shine kit from House of Fraser and a Bow tie, from Debenhams, to complete a sophisticated look. You do not need to get all these gift for your man but you can divide it up among all the gentlemen in your life.
We all have atleast one #millenial in our lives so here is just some ideas to keep them #insta happy. They will be snapping away all their trinkest on the Rosanna Trinket Tray with its chic black anc gold design it is uber trendy. Nothing makes a boozy #dinnerparty more fancy then a cool booze decanter like the Rosanna Booze Decanter. Marble and vintage is so in vogue right now , and we are loving the Tatty Devine Vintage Lady Vanity Case and the Marble ring Stacker, all availble at John Lewis. These are all so cute and will be loved by the millenials in your life.
Beauty Lovers will say YES to a thoughtfully put together gift box full of YES TO- SKINCARE. This is skincare that is full of Love and Laughter, and who knows your friend might just invite you over for a Yes To pamper party to share in all the Love and Laughter. With a full range, all natural and organic products , for body, face, hair and lip. With this gift you will offer your friend the blessing of saying YES to every moment life offers her. Take your pick and compile your gift box at YES TO. Fashion Finest LOVES saying Yes To... stunning skin.
Because every beautiful moment starts with a hug and kiss, gift your friend with the most #kissable lips with one of our Top Beauty Picks. Packed with cocunut oil, beeswax, olive oil and chia seed, XO BALM has all the right ingredients to keep her lips kissable all year round.
In this modern age we can not escape technology and whether it is the husband, boyfriend or your son there is a techie geek in all of them. So here is our picks just for them.
Not really techie but it will give that technology lover in your life a bit more style , the Native Union Marble iPhone Dock, from Amara, will make there phone and desk look super glam. Guys and or girls will enjoy this piece of technology the DJI Mavic Pro Drone, from John Lewis, gets a 5 out of 5 in the gift department. Any water and gadget junky will love the Waterproof Camera from Debenhams.
We have a special gift just for you, because you are going to be thirsty after all that #christmasshopping
So spoil yourself with a Ion8 SLIM, exclusive to AMAZON, a gift for your from you. It is; 100% Leak proof BPA free and
¥ Flips open with one hand and can lock closed for safety
¥ Vented, smooth liquid flow for rapid hydration
¥ It has a soft feel for grip and carry strap
¥ Fits any cup holder or kid's backpack
¥ Drinks bottle is dishwasher safe and suitable for hot or cold drinks
Whether you’re looking for some sweetness in the form of a ruffled bikini or craving a bombshell-red sleek one-piece to make you stand out, there’s no doubt that a swimsuit is something very personal.
It speaks of style as much as our everyday fashion does, and it’s one of the most important wardrobe pieces to pack when you’re travelling. Imagine having to get through a vacation in an ill-fitting swimsuit that makes you look terrible. Shying away from the beach and trying to cover up at every chance is no fun at all.
So, to find your perfect piece, we introduce some of the coolest, most iconic swimwear brands that have graced the world, hoping it will inspire some nice shopping experiences.
Let’s start out with a Frenchman, because really, what is life without the French? Dull, that’s what it is. Launched in 1946 by a man named Louis Réard, it followed the end of Second World War and liberation of Europe. Réard, bless his fantastic French mind, is the man who invented the bikini and gave women a way to feel empowered, and to show off their body to their heart’s desire. For the sexy little Bond girl in you, this brand takes alluring and then kicks it up a notch to really make stunning pieces that are perfect for those moments when you want jaws to drop as you walk by.
Straight out of Pretty Women and into your closet, Hunza G is just the brand for some chic, sleek beauty. Worn by Julia Roberts on the set, this is where you’ll find sporty mixed with modern and feel like a fabulous rich Hollywood star as you lounge on the beach. Don’t forget to pair your gorgeous one-piece with a floppy hat and big sunglasses for that mysterious diva vibe.
No one knows beaches and sun-kissed beauty like Australians do, and this marvellous brand aims to bring unforgettable summer fun and classic beauty to women around the world. Founded in 1975, the company makes some of the most gorgeous ladies’ swimwear that’s internationally recognized.
The winners or several Marie Claire’s Reader’s Choice “Best Swimwear” Awards and Fashion Industry Awards, this is where you should turn to if you want quality coupled with trend-setting elegance. From Taylor Swift’s Cabana Rose bikini, to Katy Perry’s chartreuse bustier, and even Gigi Hadid’s beach style, celebrities love this brand’s distinctive style and you can often see it gracing the covers of famous magazines.
How do you capture that unique mix of sweet and naughty that Selena Gomez rocks so effortlessly? Let us tell you her secret: Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuits. The two-piece behind one of the most famous Instagram photos belongs to this fun, colourful brand. Feminine and sassy, it’s for the girl who longs for subtle and sexy swimwear to grace her figure.
Oh, the amount of stunning you can find with this brand. Definitely not for the faint of heart, these Brazilian swimwear makers give you edgy sportswear and groomed, lustrous elegance that will make you look like the statuesque goddess that you are. Not a very subtle brand by any means, but definitely good for when you want to look unique and bold.
Let’s turn to Aussies again, because we just can’t get enough of their bronzed tans and light-hearted fashion sense. High-class bohemian style is the signature of this brand, and their pieces can help you build a beautiful retro look. Why not live out your pin up fantasy by picking a structured one-piece, or high-waisted bottoms? Bright lipstick is a must.
Summer’s short, ladies. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun, do you? A sexy gal like you deserves the perfect piece that will accentuate the best features and make you feel like the star of the beach.
Written by Sophia Smith
A fashionable bag that can easily transform a plain outfit into a cute and trendy ensemble is every woman’s favourite accessory.
However, a stylish bag can do much more than just turn you into a trendsetter. The right choice of bag can visually change your body proportions and balance out your figure, making you look thinner or even taller. Therefore, if you want to create a fabulous outfit, it’s essential that you know which bag will flatter your figure the most.
Short And Petite
Proportion is everything when it comes to tiny ladies. If you are short and petite, you should always go for small bags that won’t hide your body. If you carry a large bag, it’ll only make you look shorter than you actually are. A small, stylish bag that goes over the shoulder or over the arm should be your number one choice. However, keep in mind that over the shoulder bags should sit above or at your hip, never below it. Avoid slouching, big bags, and choose a vertical-shaped bag, an oversized tote, or a clutch instead.
Tall And Slender
If you’re tall and thin, you’re in luck, because almost any bag will flatter your body type. From clutches, through shoulder bags to handbags, your figure will look amazing with any bag. However, you should be careful when choosing the perfect handbag. Stick to midsize or large handbags and avoid small ones, because you may appear too tall while carrying them. Bulky and floppy handbags are also a good choice, so feel free to invest in them as well.
If you have an athletic figure, never choose bags of rectangular shape - rectangular bags will add roughness to your body. Rather, you should go for bags that will balance out the angles. Plump, rounded bags such as backpacks are the perfect choice for you. Consider bags with embroidery or studs on the straps or handles.
Apple Shaped Figure And Big Bust
Women with large bust should try to draw attention away from their upper body. Therefore, consider investing in trendy Italian leather handbags with long handles, messenger bags, or even elegant bags that will look amazing over the arm. Tote bags and bowling purses are also great choices that will balance your figure out. Cross-body bags and clutches on the other hand won’t flatter your shape, so it would be best if you stayed away from them.
If you have a pear shaped figure, shifting the attention away from your hips should be your number one priority. Bags with adjustable straps are the perfect choice, because you’ll be able to set the right length for your body type. In case of pear shape, the bag should fall between your hips and waist. You can also add clutches that you can easily slip under the arm onto your list of perfect bag choices. In addition, consider shoulder bags and satchels - they’ll flatter your figure too.
Once again, proportion is crucial, so if you’re a plus size, you should only look for bags that won’t work against your body. Too small a bag will only make you appear even bigger, so invest in well-tailored bags that are proportional to your body and have short to medium straps. Consider large bags with bright prints and oversized clutches. A large satchel or bucket bag will also flatter a plus size figure.
Just as each body type requires different wardrobe to look amazing, they also need different sized bags that flatter their figure. Aside from complementing your outfit, a stylish bag can also help you balance out the proportions of your body, so choose wisely next time you go shopping for the perfect bag. Keep the previously mentioned tips in mind, and you’ll never have to worry about looking too short or too big because of a wrong handbag choice.
The Erdem x H&M collection is on trend and very wearable old English style with jacquard and frills, feminine dresses decorated flowers and Victorian white blouses and so much more.
Shop the collection soon on H&M
The stars of the latest shows in the capitals of the fashion universe haven’t dazzled us only with their bold strut and magnificent charm with which they wear those stunning collections, but they equally amaze us with their physiques! Now, we already know they practice self-discipline in their dietary habits off-season, that’s no secret, but what about their top choices during these fabulous fashion shows?
You may wonder if these gorgeous gals gulp on enormous amounts of coffee just to be able to survive the number of events that surrounds the fashion shows. Yet most of them, including lovely Kendall, focus on water and detox tea – even up to 12 cups per day! The first one being zero-calorie makes perfect sense, but going for tea also serves to keep their complexion pure, and bellies flat.
If in need of an energy boost, then a healthier caffeine option hides in green tea, and other herbal mixes that lower the levels of inflammation in the body, balance their pH levels and help them with their water intake. Now there’s a tasty way to stay hydrated!
Sometimes these ladies have no time for a complete meal, and their shows can deplete their energy levels in no time, so it becomes essential to keep their bodies fueled at all times. As a result, they resort to healthy snack options such as various types of raw nuts loved by Adriana Lima, but this may ring an alarm bell in your mind because they are filled with fats! Yes, they indeed are, but that is precisely what makes them so satiating, and nibbling on a handful can keep supermodels going for hours on end.
They also rely on hefty amounts of raw fruits and vegetables, such as berries which are packed with antioxidants (extremely important for their immune system and their skin health), and Danielle Copperman swears by coconut yoghurt. Brimming with healthy fats and protein, these snacks are ideal for a girl on the go!
But despite their best efforts and all of these dietary guidelines crafted by the world’s best experts in nutrition, supermodels sometimes need an additional boost to their daily meals. When the shows, parties and lack of sleep threaten to wreak havoc on their wellbeing and beauty, models such as Magdalena Frackowiak safeguard their health with the help of micronutrient-dense supplements.
A clear complexion, a strong immune system and flawless hair require a solid amount of vitamins and minerals, and when there’s no time to stick to a meal-plan, using Solgar vitamins and similar supplements to regular meals and snacks ensures all the essential daily needs.
When there’s time, these ladies will not shy away from a veggie-rich omelet, and Anastasia Ivanova even reaches for an occasional slice of bacon to keep her breakfast tasty. Don’t be surprised if you see them munching on an occasional burger, a slice of pizza or even the dreaded pastry such as croissants, because the need for a convenient energy source sometimes trumps your current dietary limitations.
Written by Sophia Smith
From the “full face using only highlighters” challenge, to the numerous ads promising to make you look like a glowing goddess, it’s clear that strobing is a trend that isn’t going anywhere. There’s something so deliciously inspiring about dabbing highlighter on your face, it’s this little step that instantly boosts your confidence and makes you want to admire yourself in the mirror. And when the sun hits your face? Unf, girl. Blinding radiance! Now, we all know how to get the perfect strobe with the help of the right product, but did you know you can also get it naturally? That sexy supermodel skin is entirely possible to accomplish, and we’re here to tell you how.
A glowing complexion is a healthy complexion, and there’s really no amount of highlighter that will help you if you let bad habits and processed food ruin your face. Avoid sugar if you’re prone to breakouts, and eat veggies such as tomatoes, which contain lycopene and may lower acne-promoting hormones. Leafy green veggies, salmon, boiled eggs and blueberries will make your skin look great, and if you want a really healthy boost, add turmeric spice to your food. Here’s a recipe for a turmeric tea elixir that will transform you from the inside out.
If we don’t exfoliate our skin becomes textured, uneven and loses its lustre pretty quickly. So, grab a good scrub and slough away that dirt and you’ll be amazed at the velvety softness of your face. After you exfoliate, apply a face mask to nourish the skin.
Always Wear SPF
This is really important, because most of the signs of aging actually come from sun damage that gathers up over the years. All those wrinkles and brown spots appear if you don’t apply your sunscreen daily, so grab something that has an SPF of 30, and use it every single day, regardless of the season.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Consistent, everyday skincare routine is the key to success. Find a moisturiser that suits your skin type, and consider using a serum as well, especially if you want something with intense anti-aging properties. For very dry skin, hydrating misting sprays can offer instant relief, and you can carry them in your bag and spritz them whenever you feel like you need an extra dose of moisture. This also gives you such a lovely dewy glow that looks natural.
Don’t Neglect Your Neck And Chest
So many people forget to include their neck and chest in their routine. The skin there tends to show signs of aging really fast if we don’t pay attention, so simply extend everything you do with your face, onto your neck and chest area.
Strip Off Your Makeup Before Bed
No faster way to breakouts and dull, ugly skin than constantly forgetting to take your makeup off. Cleansing is important, so use some micellar water to take your makeup off, regardless of how minimal it was. This will ensure your skin keeps it natural, healthy shine.
Get Enough Sleep
Dark circles and puffy eyes hardly scream glowing goddess, so please, try to get enough sleep. The stress that comes from not getting your proper rest reflects very poorly on your skin, and you don’t want to wake up looking like a zombie every day. If you get your 7-8 hours of rest, you’ll have a beautiful brightness to your fact that will draw people in.
Feeling good in our own skin is a truly priceless feeling. There’s nothing like knowing that our skin is so soft and beautiful, that we can just leave the house with barely any makeup on and still look absolutely gorgeous. Remember to drink plenty of water to give it a hydration boost, follow these tips, and get your glow on.
Written by Georgia Selih
You will be crazy to miss out on these Star Buys and Beauty Deals from Superdrug. With a range of awesome discounts you will be spoiled for choice. Scroll down to see our favourites.
Save £2.50 on Rimmel Insta Contour Sticks
If you are not a contouring proffessional you will be one soon with the latest from Rimmel London. The Insta Duo Contour Stick with its simple double-ended format makes contouring quick and easy. This simple format helps you to shape your face beautifully and gives great definition. Now you can get that London Look in just one easy steps.
Half Price on selected Fragrance
Joop Homme is a timeless fragrance, with its Floral-woody scent, it is the definintion of masculine sensuality. Making it just the scent for the trendsetting yet complex male.
Free Travel Bag when you buy selected body mists
For more great deals visit Superdrug
Living in a urban jungle you got to move fast navigating your way through every nook and cranny of old or new places. And doing that in heels can sometimes be a bit tricky, unless you are wonder woman and can run a 10 mile race in a pair of scarlet red stilleto's.
But being no wonder woman, we all need to hop, skip and jump from one place to the next in comfort and style.
New fashion travel brand Aerska's new luxury sneaker is lightweight, versatile, and gorgeous making them the ultimate footwear essential for the busy explorer and career woman.
These cute sneakers, in Mint Choc Chip, Pink Glow, Cool White and Nero will take you seamlessly from day-to-night whether you are bar hopping, or running from one shop to the next searching for that perfect pair of jeans.
I loved the classic retro style of the runners and found the soft, high-quality leather easy to wear and amazingly comfortable even when exercising in them. My feet was well protected all the way through my vigorous exercise session and the color and style added that extra touch of chic to my workout wear.
So no matter what you are doing, rushing from meeting to meeting or exploring a new part of the city or making new memories on your travels Aerska sneakers offers your both comfort and durablity while keeping you looking elegant and stylish
The collection is exclusively available online at www.aerska.com retailing at £149
Regardless of the current makeup trends, lipstick will always complete the whole look perfectly. Therefore, it’s no wonder that choosing the best shade of lipstick is such an important task for many ladies. However, it’s not all about choosing your favorite colour or formula. Unfortunately, some lipstick shades can make your teeth appear more yellow. On the other hand, there are also lipstick shades that will make your teeth appear whiter. With that in mind, you may want to pay attention to the following shades when choosing your next lipstick.
The times they are a changing, but signature red lip will always be the queen among the lipstick colours. There’s nothing that can make your whole look as elegant and edgy as a vibrant red lip. However, you have to be very careful when choosing your perfect shade. If you want your teeth to appear whiter, stay clear from orange- and yellow-based red lipsticks. Instead, always opt for a red shade with blue undertones, since they will cancel out the yellow tones on your teeth.
Pinks are also trendy among all age groups. Moreover, pink feels a lot safer compared to red, which is why so many ladies opt for this gentle shade more than something bold and vibrant. However, precisely because there are so many possible variations with pink shades, you have to be very picky. Basically, avoid warm and coral shades of pink and stick to the cool-toned ones.
Elegant Berry Tones
If you like your pinks but also want to spice up your makeup look a little bit, slightly darker pink lipstick shades with berry tones are a perfect choice. Again, berry colours are cool-toned, with an obvious blue undertone that will make your smile brighter as well. However, purplish hues, in this case, may have a whitening effect that you want if you choose more moisturising lipstick formulas. In case of matte lipsticks, you may want to try them first, in order to see how they pair against your teeth when they dry completely.
Dark lipstick trend is definitely one of the favorite makeup looks for many makeup lovers throughout the world. However, unless your teeth are already perfectly white, you still have to be very careful when choosing your dark lip color. In general, brown shades, no matter how gorgeous and unique, still bring out the warmth (any staining) in your teeth as well. Therefore, it would be wise to stick with dark purples and reds with a strong blue undertone. Luckily, there are plenty of these types of shades in the market!
As one of the most popular and iconic lip shades, nude lipstick colours are bound to find their way to your makeup bag. After all, nude lips are perfect for every day and match beautifully well with darker, smokier eye looks. However, make sure that you avoid “concealer lips” at all costs. Your nude lipstick should have some cool pink tones if you want your teeth to appear whiter. Ditch yellow and beige tones unless you’re happy with how your teeth look. Moreover, glossy lipstick finishes are a much better choice than dry, matte formulas in this case.
What To Pay Attention To
Hopefully, the above-mentioned tips will help you choose your perfect lipstick shades for the most beautiful smile. Still, it’s worth mentioning that frosty shimmers and neons can also make your teeth look more yellow, so, if this is something that concerns you, steer clear from them as well. If you’re planning a teeth correction in the near future, you may want to check this Invisalign vs braces review but, in regards to wearing lipstick and rocking a gorgeous smile, nothing can beat the invisible Invisalign. Of course, don’t forget to take good care of your lips. If you apply a lipstick over chapped lips, it won’t be your teeth that are ruining the whole makeup look.
In the end, the most important thing is to feel confident and comfortable with the makeup you’re wearing. Be yourself and rock the looks that you find flattering – and take into account the mentioned advice when choosing your lipsticks.
Written by Diana Smith
The soft shade of millennial pink inspired us and brought on a cultural shift last year, but there seems to be a new sheriff in town – revolutionary red. While millennial pink changed the way we perceive gender and was universally considered to be the color of youth and playful quirkiness, red has been around for a long time, and we’ve always associated it with power. Whether it’s in form of sexual energy, or as a statement of capable skillfulness, we always use it to make a statement.
Want to know how the trend appeared and how to get the hottest new look from the runways? We’re here for you.
Red For Revolution
This colour is here both as a response and as a form of extension to what millennial pink meant. We used pink to signify new directions in fashion, to break the boundaries of our preconceived notions of gender. Male celebrities like John Legend, Ashton Kutcher, Pharrell and Bruno Mars have been rocking pink and looking gorgeous in it, and we’re slowly letting go of the idea that pink is frilly and girly. Androgyny has been ruling the runways, but now we’re getting back to red, and the excitement that it brings.
From Hillary Clinton’s pantsuit, to Sofia Vergara’s array of bodycon dresses, red is the colour of feminine power, it’s the colour of rebellion and protests. From the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, to designers like Max Mara, Fendi and Oscar de la Renta, red is used to signify something bold, something potent and dynamic.
Update your wardrobe
source / source / source / source
Regardless of whether you care much for social politics or not, red is still the perfect colour for the fall of 2017. Want to be a stunning beauty? Then take a look at Rihanna’s gorgeous dress from the premiere of Valerian. If you want to turn heads, a red dress is the quickest way to do it. Pick a sexy, off-the-shoulder little dress for a date, or bring that vigor to your everyday work outfit by wearing a form-fitting, knee-length red dress, and throwing a black blazer over it.
Blouses are also a beautiful way to rock this trend, but if you want to be really bold, then go for a pair of over-the-knee boots. Kendall Jenner’s classy red turtleneck paired with bright red lipstick can also be a good inspiration for some everyday elegance and sophistication.
Accessories can go a very long way in making a statement, and wearing pretty little details like the ones you can find here can really bring that oomph to your entire outfit. A big leather handbag can provide the perfect contrast to a red dress, or you could wear something that’s all-black and then offset it with a few pieces of vivid red. Just imagine a black sweater and a neat pencil skirt, and then red nail polish, a red brooch and little square scarf tied around your neck. You’ve just turned something that was practically invisible into something chic and stylish.
Red also works beautifully with metallics, so strappy gold sandals or a thin silvery belt can give you that nice dose of glam.
Red is modern now, yes, but it’s also timeless, and a fashion diva might wish to pay tribute to famous ladies from history who wore this color and made it so famously feminine. Take Marilyn Monroe’s famous dress from River of No Return if you want an inspiration for something jaw-droppingly sexy, or in case you want that refined, cultured fashion take Grace Kelly’s loveliness and elegance to really show the world your incredible style.
Wearing red is more than just following a trend. It’s not a color that can be worn by the meek, it’s something that grabs people’s attention and holds it. It represents the raw power of women, it enchants you and commands respect. So, be daring, and be confident. There’s no way you can’t look good in the perfect shade of revolutionary red.
Written by Sophia Smith
'Let's Talk Fashion Business' an interactive discussion including Q&A to offer help and advice for emerging brands to grow their business took place on 17th September at De Vere Grand Connaught Room, Holborn, London.
The event was received well by all attendees who listened attentively to the fashion industry panellists and then responded with questions relating to their own situations.
This season Fashions Finest also had the pleasure of delighting guests with an impromptu performance by boy band ‘The Fourth Kingdom’; Sebastian, Jaxon, Shane and Kyle who originally competed on The Voice Belgium together.Here are a few images from the evening.
Host: Cindy Hudson, Stylist, editor, presenter
Panel: Zazk Sartor, Shelly Pick, Bernard Connolly, Tracey Lea Sayer
Photograher Joanna Mitrio Photography
This season Virgin Active is treating our models to some goody bags making sure they remain in top shape. Virgin Active is a chain of Health Clubs, Gyms & Spas in South Africa, Namibia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
It’s like a perfectly chilled mango-infused cocktail with a delicate zesty finish – a perfect summer dress is the one and only, the quintessence of summer.
In all fairness, few summer dresses can be called anything less than perfect, but the following list contains those that will surely be your best summer allies on your quest for an authentic summer style!
1. The Not-your-average Midi
Anything but neutral, don’t be fooled by this dress’ medium length. They can be as business-like as a tailor-made suit and as dance-friendly as your full-circle mini skirt. Coquettish when worn with a retro look in polka dots and other pinup-perfect details, or very poised when worn with a smart purse and meeting-friendly heels.
2. Flirt With Flirty
Slightly see-through and tantalizingly smooth, the silk and chiffon-laden dresses have deserved their flirty reputation for more than one good reason. If you’re a fan of the latest street-style craze, this fun dress will go gorgeously with a pair of glam sneakers and a leather jacket!
3. Pure And Simple White
The little black dress’ twin sister, and its crisp summer sibling for just about every endeavor, the white dress will be your go-to for quick meetings, picnics in the park, and a romantic dinner as well. It can be embellished with belts, jewelry and other accessories, and it will ensure you an effortless look to die for.
4. Go Maxi
Free-flowing and endlessly versatile, the maxi dress is a perfect choice for any body type. It’s comfortable enough to run errands in it while wearing your flats, yet it can be elegant enough if you elevate it with a pair of classy evening sandals.
5. The Timeless LBD
Despite its dark nature, the little black dress deserves as much attention during summer as it does in autumn and winter. Long, short, off-shoulder, frilled, glam or cotton, you name it - the black dress can pull it off. It’s your best bet for a quick style-up for a conference after which you plan to hit the beach – that’s how free-spirited this dress is!
6. Delicate Florals
Your inner little girl will be forever in love with the boho summer spirit, but your all grown-up ladylike essence will equally appreciate a floral-laden resort wear in your summer arsenal. They can be subtly abstract, or completely immersed in flowery patterns, but designer dresses in florals are the proof that spring is meant to last forever, just like the bohemian chic style.
7. Mini, Yet Maxi
Yes, the queen of sexy party outfits and beach-friendly combos, your mini dress might lack the material of its maxi counterpart, but it surely doesn’t lack it’s spirit! Feisty, fearless and fiery, ethnic-inspired gypsy dresses are as vivid as those exotic beach bars you’ll eagerly wear them to. Also, they will flatter your figure if you pair them with the right leather sandals.
8. Oversized For A Supreme Effect
If you still have your doubts about introducing this one to your wardrobe, then you haven’t tried it yet. The oversized trend is not exclusive to dresses, but they are its most prominent representation. Divinely comfortable and easy to match with pretty much anything, your day at work and your coffee date will love them, no questions asked.
9. Shirts go dress
Perhaps you’ll think it’s just your regular shirt having an identity crisis, but it’s so much more than that. Just like we’ve stolen those boyish watches and lumberjack combos, the shirt-dress is inspired by our fashionable male counterpart’s wardrobe. Button it up and pair with a classy belt, and you have yourself the ideal outfit for an office presentation.
10. Thin Strap Dresses
You want that “I just threw this on” look ideal for the beach, a cocktail party and a night out with your besties? This comfortable, easy-to-wear dress with thin straps will steal the thunder of all your other, fancier items. You needn’t stick to a plain-colored one, too, as you can go as playful as possible and express your personality through its vivid charm!
Written by Samantha Braddy
2016 saw a decrease in cosmetic surgery procedures, for the first time in a decade as 40% less people opted for invasive treatments, according to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Coupled with that, it was reported that 7 million pounds was paid out in compensation for botched cosmetic surgery over the past decade. With less people opting to go under the knife, and with so many alternative, non-evasive enhancements on the market – we’ve rounded up the best.
Say No To...Dermal Fillers
A shot a day keeps needles at bay. LQ Skin, Hair & Nails (£24.99, Boots) is a daily 50ml liquid vitamin supplement that contains 7000 mg of marine collagen, resveratrol, Hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, silicon, selenium and vitamins. LQ Skin, Hair & Nails is scientifically formulated to help maintain and support healthy skin, hair and nails. It’s liquid formula hits the blood stream quickly, and leaves skin plump, revitalised and healthy.
Say No To...Restylane
Fake Bake Beauty Lip Inflate (£14.95, www.fakebakebeauty.co.uk) This 2-phase product allows you to prescribe your own pout. Mix either one, two or three drops of the Collagen Plumping Mixer with the Collagen Plumping Gloss. It contains an effective peptide that signals the lip to produce more collagen. Glycerin gives a plump, hydrated look while a clever copolymer creates the illusion of smoothness. Just mix, apply and maximise!
Say No To...Laser
RosehipPLUS® Rosehip Oil 50ml (£25, www.treatyourskin.com) contains naturally occurring bioflavonoids and essential fatty acids. Bioflavonoids act as potent antioxidants, helping to reduce free radical damage in the skin and reduce the appearance of imperfections and stretch marks. The essential fatty acids (Omega 3,6 and 9) in the oil help to keep the skin hydrated, moisturised and younger looking.
Say No To...Tattooed Brows
The universal Know Cosmetics No Bare Brows (£12.50, Lloyds Pharmacy) is a 4 in 1 eyebrow shaping kit that transforms your brows from bland to beautiful. With a universal brow colour at one end and invisible taming wax at the opposite end, No Bare BrowsTM/MC works for everyone. Caps with built-in sharpener and brush keep all brow tools conveniently together to create brows that wow factor – no needles needed.
Say No To.... Blepharoplasty
Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour Care (£24.99, Boots) targets wrinkles, circles and bags. It makes the eyes look rested and more youthful by soothing wrinkles and fine lines and by combating bags and circles under the eyes. This high performance eye care product combining hyaluronic acid, a powerful moisturiser, vitamins A and E, and a selection of soothing and regenerating active plant ingredients (sesame, cornflower and meristem). Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour has a light cream consistency which can be worn alone or layered under makeup and leaves the eyes looking more rested and youthful with the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles visibly diminished.
Say No To... Botox
This anti-ageing treatment from Skin D-Luxe (£10, www.fakebakebeauty.co.uk) is designed for targeted areas that show the tell tale signs of time. Fight fine lines around eyes, lips and forehead with this powerhouse product. A wonderful cocktail of anti-ageing retinol and soy fibre, combine with wrinkle-relaxing peptides and blurring agents for a smoother, softer and show-stoppingly gorgeous look.
Great Bean Bags
When you want to relax and take care of your mind you have to be comfortable. I relax by using my white beanbag slab from Great Bean Bags; I can only describe the experience as what I think floating on a cloud would be like. It is a great quality beanbag and I love it, so much so that my own children are not allowed to sit/lie on it. I may have to get them some for their birthdays. As the slab beanbag is for both indoors and out I can use it in the garden when we have that occasional nice British weather. It retails at £49.99 and looks amazing in any room that you chose to lounge in.
The next step to getting my mind where it needs to be is being healthy and cutting out alcohol in my diet. I will be replacing it with Adegio tea. I have tried Green Rooibos Bonita, White Peach, White Tropics and Ti Kuan Yin. My favourite is White Tropics when I drink it the smell takes me back to when I was in Cancun. There could not be a more relaxing tea. I was sent an Ingenuitea teapot that I use as they are loose tealeaves, the pot makes two cups and I have a cute see through glass mug to sip from. The teapot is £18 and the glass mug is only £7. This tea really is a treat in the morning and through out my stressful day it calms me down.
The artisan herbals all come directly from farmers in South Africa, Egypt and Guatemala. This shows when you make your tea and you taste just how fresh and delicious it is.
Blokes Beers & Burritos by Jo Blakeley
Last but never least, a good book helps to keep your mind in check. I finished this book in four weeks it would have taken me less time but the kids were off for the Summer holidays. As soon as I started it I did not want to put it down. It really spoke to me, I love a book that inspires you to be better and believe in yourself. It is exactly what every woman needs in her life.
The story is about a young woman's search for inner happiness while she is travelling in Central America. Whilst the book is funny and entertaining it teaches the reader life lessons, it is so easy to relate to the character. If you too want to stop repeating the same negative patterns in your life you must read this book. There are so many valuable life lessons that could turn your life around and give you peace of mind. The books retails at £9.99 from Amazon.
So here are are my initial views on ‘Pillow Talk’ – a lipstick I recently purchased from the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges, London.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF PILLOW TALK
So I had tried it on in store and was happy to note that it is a very wearable colour. There seems to be so much out there now that isn’t! Out of all of the colours I tried, this appeared to be the nicest one on me. It is a muted pink and the rose gold packaging is so pretty.
ON THE LIPS – PILLOW TALK
It is a matte revolution lipstick so is supposed to make lips look fuller without the need for lots of extra steps i.e. line with lipliner etc. The first thing I was pleased to note was that it wasn’t as matte as some can be. Matte Mac lipsticks I find can be very drying on the lips. This one was far from drying and didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. I would say it wore well for around 6 hours but fades well and evenly. My lips did not feel like they need a scrub with lip scrub which is usually the case after wearing matte lipstick.
I feel was very muted and more brown-pink on my skintone; which is very fair. The lightest in any foundation.
CLAIMS – PILLOW TALK
It contains papaya and orchid which I believe gives it that soft texture. It also contains 3D glowing pigments. I can’t say I noticed this but I will continue to try this on and see how it fares over time. The lipstick is £24.00 which is standard for high-end lipsticks. They also threw in some CT samples which was nice of them! The staff are also willing to wipe the lipsticks for you to try and recommend products. Hoping to grab one of the eye palettes next.
Is slightly easier to put on as it has the angled bullet. Mine tend to get a slant to them eventually so I think this being the case does make it easier to get in to the corner of my lips.
What do you think?
Taking the photos of the precious moments during your wedding day is a given. However, why not make your wedding photo book a lot more interesting and special?
You can achieve this by focusing on detail shots from time to time. Mixing up the portraits and detail shots is a great way to create a truly memorable and stunning photo album that will remind you of every single aspect that made your wedding so amazing. Need some detail shot ideas? Check out the following suggestions then.
You can have so much fun when capturing your wedding shoes. After all, there are just so many ideas that you can try. Of course, you and your spouse-to-be can wear the shoes and take the detail shot as you keep your feet close. However, one new trend involves taking a shot of just the wedding shoes without you in them. The shoes can be turned to face each other, or they can face straight and have flowers in them. A really unique shot but also very cute and loveable.
Of course, one cannot talk about wedding photos without taking the time to snap a photo of the wedding dress. However, taking a great picture of the wedding gown when the bride’s not wearing it can be a bit tricky.
Therefore, many professionals in wedding photography may agree that hanging the gown a bit higher - top of the window frame or wardrobe - is a great idea for a wedding shot. Also, make sure that there are not too many flashy and intricate details in the background.
Taking detail shots of wedding rings is nothing new in the wedding photography. There are already plenty of ideas that you can find online. Also, you have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to taking detail shots of your wedding rings. You can place them together wherever you like, take detail shots of the rings as you hold hands, and even hang them on a branch or wind chime to make a stunning effect.
Picking the right flowers for your wedding bouquet is definitely one of the most interesting and relaxing tasks in your wedding prep. What’s more, a wedding bouquet plays an important role in the wedding ceremony. Therefore, it also deserves its own detail shot. Again, you can choose to place it somewhere nice and arrange the ribbons and lace around it to make the flowers pop even more. Or, If possible, you can ask your wedding photographer to snap a photo of the bouquet as it flies through the air at the end of the ceremony.
Mix Things Up
You can make truly interesting wedding detail shots even without separating the important details. Some of the most interesting photos that also make great postcards involve group shots of wedding shoes, a garter or a veil, wedding rings (on napkins, for example) and other jewellery pieces, a wedding invitation and some pretty flowers. Of course, you should do your best to arrange these details as effectively as possible.
Just like you organise your wedding day to celebrate the love that the two of you share, you can make your wedding shots as personal and unique as you want. Feel free to get creative with your detail shots as well, as these will definitely make the romantic wedding portraits even more striking.
Photo source: Unsplash
Written by Georgia Selih
Holiday packing have never been easy. There’s so much to remember and so little space to bring it all. I always end up either over packing, or under packing - the balance is so difficult to find!
To help you out, here are some 2017 holiday essentials that will help you when it comes to looking beach ready every day…
Want to hear the secret to turning heads on holiday? Stand out poolside with a super sexy, striking women's scalloped swimsuits! Gently nodding to the 1950’s chic trend, scalloped swim styles are everywhere this season and it’s not hard to see why - they look FAB and are v.flattering.
A Blingy Watch
This summer is all about big, flashy watches. Forget trying to cram in a whole host of jewellery picks this year, and stick to one accessory - your watch. If you can’t find a ladies watch that’s quite flashy enough, try brands like Raymond Weil Watches or Daniel Wellington that will certain sparkle in the sunshine and make your wrist to talk of the resort!
A BIG Hat
With your summer hat this season, it really is go big or go home. Think Audrey Hepburn, with a huge floppy sun-hat that will not only have you looking glamourous, but also has the added benefits of :
1. Protecting you from damaging sun rays
2. Hiding any humidity-angered locks!
A BOHO Throw
Add an extra bit of sun protection with a lightweight boho inspired throw over this season. This summer-chic ponchos and coverups. Having sun-kissed skin is wonderful, but you need to protect yourself from burning and serious sun damage, so why not do it in a fashionable way?
This summer is all about minimalism, with 4 or 5 statement pieces all you need to make sure you stand out on the shores. Instead of cramming your case, shop smart and invest in some statement items that will keep you cool as a cucumber and ensure you steal the style show this summer...
Written by Beth Pembrook
If you sneak a peek onto the catwalks of the latest fashion shows, and peruse though the wardrobes of some of our beloved Insta stars, you’ll easily find at least several style items that traveled in time from the infamous ‘90s. They are youthful, daring, rebellious and glam, and they are sure as hell here to stay!
Looking for something old and something new? For fashionistas among you who crave to add a retro touch to their collection, the following pieces and trends are your most likely candidates for a modern look inspired by the timeless touch of this vivid decade!
Chokers With A Classy Twist
Whatever stirred up the style waters in the past decades did not manage to root out the one and only, the lovely, endlessly sexy and slightly intimidating – the choker. However, unlike the original version that was predominantly intended for the very rock ‘n’ roll Avril Lavigne fan, mixed with a black eyeliner, now we’re looking at collections of immense beauty suitable even for an evening look.
Take, for instance, Oscar La Renta and his fall collection of incredibly beautiful evening pieces combining black, red, lime outfits and glam makeup, with the perfect finishing touch of a sparkly choker. But you can still embellish your jewellery box with the good old black, simple and velvety choker of your choice.
The Immortal Platform Shoe
Image Source: Pintrest
Among so many ballet flats and high heels, the platform shoe has been slightly forgotten until this very year. The sheer volume of varieties will dazzle and make you dizzy, as they come in colours of every spectrum, and materials your feet can only dream of.
Balmain’s purple daze of animal-print or the evenly-distributed high soles of glitzy gold and flashy silver are just some examples of this shoe’s revival. There are also the pinup-inspired Dolce & Gabbana polka dots and snazzy reds, while the delicate bohemia remains dominant in Max Mara’s ethnic browns and florals.
Simple And Sleek With Satin
It looks and feels like lingerie, yet it contains all the high-style glory of the evening gown, worn effortlessly with that “what do I care” attitude to either a dinner party, or just your all-night-long rave paired with an oversized denim jacket.
Look up to Kate Moss to tackle her ever-so-spotless slip on satin look, and you’ll be able to pull anything off after you manage to handle that one. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity – it speaks volumes of Kate’s innovative, daring spirit, and so it will of yours.
When in doubt, go goth
Image Source: The Guardian
Once upon a time, it was the alternative style of the loudest of rebels, and Amy Lee fans world-wide. Now it has become a powerful echo, a beautiful ghost that haunts even the pickiest of designers (think Miuccia Prada) of the fashion universe to become the staple of street looks everywhere.
Goth has once again made its presence known in every bit of beauty there is – from the choker, to the satin dress. But one piece is still the quintessence of all things goth, one item to rule them all. It’s the enchanting gothic corset with its lilacs, blacks and cobweb patterns that will breathe life into your ‘90s collection no matter the occasion.
Keep It Short With Crop Tops
Image Source: Unspash
Show some skin with the comfy crop tops, designed for you to enjoy the summer breeze and break the spell of the seemingly conservative high-waisted jeans. The beauty of crop tops is in their endless versatility and simplicity.
You can pair them with your boho skirt, wear the off-shoulder, embellish them with quotes and neon shades, or simply mix them with your favourite pair of fancy pants. Alexander Wang played with the trend by adding an edgy cropped shirt element to his feminine combos with miniskirts and a minimal make-up free look.
Written by Mia Taylor a fashion and beauty enthusiast.
The reasons we love Spring/Summer are endless. The longer days, bright evenings and sunshine - what’s not to love? Another fab aspect of the season changing is the excuse it gives us all to do a bit shopping! It’s finally time to bring our bikinis out of storage and pack away are jumpers, but what are the hottest trends for the coming summer months?
Well, if you’re planning on adding some fresh, spring/summer pieces to your wardrobe in the next few weeks, these following pieces are a fab place to start…
Finding the perfect pair of summer heels is a harder task than you might think! There’s often so much choice, that is can be tricky to know where to start. This year is all about pastel colours, moving well away from the standard black and tan, and toward some brighter, prettier varieties. The block heeled sandal is huge this season also, making these powder blues ones from KOI footwear bang on trend.
Baby Blue Summer Sandals - www.koifootwear.com
If we’re honest, Gingham is a bit of a marmite pattern - you either love it or you hate it. Whichever camp you sit in, this season it’s going to be everywhere. Pretty gingham shirts, mainly in bright reds and blues will feature heavily in most collections, so if you were ever going to try this picnic blanket inspired style, now is the time. The one pictured is from Asos and it incorporates another hot trend for the season - ruffles, so it’s a real winner.
Gingham Blouse - www.asos.com
Embroidered Denim Skirt
Always a Spring/Summer essential, the denim skirt is a favourite year after year . The fresh twist we’re seeing across this staple this season is the addition of embroidery! While we saw tonnes of embroidered designs across our jeans and handbags in the winter months, this summer it’ll be all over the denim skirt. We love this simple one pictured from Topshop. Teamed with a simple blouse, this look will get you through SS17 in style.
Rose Embroidered Skirt - www.topshop.com
A Chic Backpack
Gone are the days that backpack where considered uncool and nerdy - they’re now basically the most ‘trendy’ accessory you can own. Still super convenient, last year saw the fjallraven rucksack become the new ‘must-have’ bag among the hipster masses, but if this isn’t really your thing, try a more sleek and sophisticated style this year with a cute leather design. The one pictures in from Mango and, let’s be honest, it adorable.
Leather Backpack - shop.mango.com
This summer is all about bright designs and out there patterns. Clashing and mixing up different patterns will be big, as will vibrant colours. With these simple essentials, you’ll be able to mix and match your wardrobe to create some edgy, but super on trend looks.
Written by Beth Pembook
“Planning my wedding was really simple and stress-free,” said no bride ever. Truly, this experience is a pit full of anxieties and panic attacks just lurking to get you. Did you know that it is quite possible to have a perfectly planned wedding with minimum stress? Of course, it is. There are people who do that for a living and since they have done it hundreds of times, they have all the right tips and tricks up their sleeves that will help you have a dream-like ceremony. Here are some of the top helpful hacks to make it happen.
Set The Budget First
Planning the finances is the most annoying part of the wedding organization, which is why you should deal with it before anything else. The first thing you should do is calculate an approximate budget you can afford. This will help you decide on the number of the guests, the venue and many other things. You should always add a little extra to the total sum, in case anything unpredictable happens. Pay upfront for everything that can be paid right away, and take advantage of the high cost of wedding organization by signing up for a credit card with a rewards program.
Guests Before The Venue
Your budget will lead you to set the number of guests, and the number of the guests will lead you to the right choice of venue. Choose a wedding venue only after you’ve determined the exact number of guests to make sure there is enough space for everyone. You can follow a general guideline which recommends that the chosen space has about 25 square feet per guest.
Rely On Recommendations
Wedding planning is all about making choices. Sometimes the search for professionals, such as photographers, florists, and DJs can be very exhausting. To make the selection process easier and smoother, rely on warm recommendations of the other wedding professionals. You see, the photographers, florists, catering services, restaurants and others have all worked on many weddings and some of them have worked together. Your restaurant can recommend a photographer who worked on previous weddings there, and your photographer can give you a tip about a good florist, and so on.
Picture A Theme And Let It Guide You
It is very difficult to plan a wedding as a series of single steps, and things can get really chaotic. If you want to have a cohesive ceremony, set the theme and the color scheme at the very beginning, and sync all the other wedding decorations with the dominant theme. Start with elegant wedding invitations and make the venue décor match their color palette. The invitations can also inspire some interesting dress details, and why not, the wedding menu.
Wear What You Love
Being yourself on the biggest day of your life is the most important advice you can get. Forget what anyone tells you about an elegant ball gown for the bride and a tux for the groom. It is important to wear what you feel comfortable in because this day is all about you. And if you feel like wearing a white tux and a pair of red shoes, go for it. Or if you want to put on some sneakers so you can dance the night away, that is up to you, too. The same goes for hair and makeup.
One Step At A Time
Finally, wedding planning is a process, and you should organize by doing one task at a time. The optimal time frame for planning a wedding is one year. The most important thing is to set the date and budget at least twelve months ahead of the wedding. In the following couple of months, you should choose the dress and book the professional wedding services you will require. Three months before the wedding, it should all be about preparing the ceremony and after that, you’re left with the small details like dress fitting, seating plan, writing vows, etc.
These six tips should help you minimize the wedding planning stress and maximize the wedding success.
Written by Emma Lawson
Essential oils have been used since the ancient of times, having a wide range of benefits to offer, about a person’s health and well-being. It is a known fact that they can be used to strengthen the immune system, balance hormone levels and help with the elimination of toxins.
Essential oils have also been identified as having a positive effect on the mind, improving a person’s mood and reducing the risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental problems. In the following paragraphs, discover some of the best ways to use essential oils and energize your mind, saying goodbye to brain fog.
When we find ourselves in the presence of a pleasant smell, certain areas in our brains are activated, and an emotional response is triggered. Diffusion is one of the most efficient ways to use essential oils, guaranteeing a highly dynamic energizing effect (dependent of course, on the actual type of essential oil you are using).
By using this method, you can energize your mind and quickly lift up your spirits. Essential oils can also stimulate the cognitive function, so you do not have to ask yourself how to improve memory. As for the actual devices, you can use cold air or water-based diffusers.
Once again, essential oils are easily absorbed by our smell receptors, having a positive effect on the mind. If you do not have a diffuser but you would like to benefit from the energizing properties of certain essential oils, you should consider inhalation.
All you have to do is apply several drops of essential oils in your palms; then, make sure you cup your hands and take in several deep breaths. You will the invigorating effect of the chosen essential oil in an instant, enjoying yourself to the fullest.
3. Homemade Spray
If you want to create an energizing atmosphere in your home, you can easily opt for another aromatic application. What you want to do is take a clean spray bottle and mix your favourite essential oil with water.
You can even mix and match several essential oils, but make sure that you are creating a combination that is both pleasant and energizing. Then, using the spray bottle, you can change the atmosphere in your house. You can apply the mixture on your furniture, carpets and even linens.
While this might not be your typical way to use essential oils, you should know that it is quite effective. The first thing that you want to decide upon is the type of essential oil you prefer (certain oils have a more energizing effect on the mind than others).
Then, all you have to do is add a small quantity of the chosen essential oil in the washing machine or dryer. When the clothes/sheets are dry, you will practically fall in love with the way they smell and feel energized at once. How great is that?
5. Addition to cleaning products
Cleaning products do not always have a pleasant smell or, often, they are rather neutral. If you want to energize your mind and enjoying the cleaning process at the same time, you might consider adding a little bit of your favourite essential oils to commonly-used cleaning products.
Make sure that you obtain a delightful combination and do not hesitate to use the product in question to clean different surfaces in your household. After this small change, you will surely not dread the cleaning of your home anymore, feeling all pumped with energy and ready to handle any challenge.
A massage with your preferred essential oil can be one of the best ways to relax after a hard day at the office. Essential oils are easily absorbed at the level of the skin, having a beneficial effect on the mind at the same time.
If you are interested in energizing your mind, then consider choosing essential oils with such properties, such as lemon, ginger, peppermint, rosemary, and pine. Keep in mind that sometimes carrier oil is required, to facilitate the absorption of the carrier oil into the skin.
To increase your energy levels and uplift your spirits at the same time, it is highly recommended to try a bath with essential oils. Among the oils that you can use for such purposes, there are geranium, basil, angelica, lavender, and grapefruit.
What you want to do is take your favourite essential oils and add them to your bath; you can repeat the bath on a regular basis, enjoying its wonderful effects. As an alternative, you can add several drops to a cold/hot compress or mix your favourite essential oils with your lotion and moisturiser.
In conclusion, these are some of the best ways to use essential oils and improve your mood. As you have seen, these methods are not hard to follow and they have a lot of benefits to offer in return.
When it comes to topical applications with essential oils, it is always important to avoid certain sensitive areas, such as the skin around the eyes, the ears and any part of the skin that presents injuries or wounds. Keep in mind that certain essential oils can be used internally as well; these should be consumed only in small quantities, as they have genuine potent properties.
By Meighan Sembrano
Sandal season is here and we are going to give you all the advice you need to prep and keep your feet in tip top condition so they sparkle all summer long.
Not only does footner coolative massage moisturise your feet giving an all over hydrated look to them leaving your feet smooth and sandal ready, it also has an immediate cooling feeling which is perfect after a long hot day on your feet. A quick fix and a long-lasting effect in one product- amazing.
Beautyfet BY Sockshop
Nourashing Heel Pad Sock
Sick of fighting dehydrated broken heels with mad lotions and bizarre plasters? Those days are over these beautyfeet socks revive your sad heels that have been hidden away from the British cold and rain. Literally the simplest way to soft feet, simply wear the socks and after around a week you’ll be ready to confidently to stroll across the beach barefoot.
Peel Off Nail Polish
Not only does this sensationail polish come in the most gorgeous holiday ready shades, but with the easy to remove formula with no nail polish remover necessary, you can peel away from the cuticle ease from shade to shade in one stroke in minutes to match your choice of sandals that day. The lack of nail polish remover needed also makes it a holiday essential as you do not have to worry about packing additional products.
Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil
This nifty two in one nourishing cream is perfect for softening cuticles whilst keeping your nails strong. It also smells gorgeous which is also a bonus when dealing with feet. The brush on product also makes it simple to use and mess free which can sometimes be a problem when dealing with oils, it also leaves nails soft not greasy unlike some oils.
By Claire Morrison
The sun was shining but it wasn't just hot outside as models turned up in force to attend the highly anticipated open casting for Fashions Finest SS18 during London Fashion Week, in Central London on Saturday 8th July.
Models brought their fiercest walks and strongest poses as they took part in a dual casting and photoshoot. Hosted by the elite Fashions Finest team, casting directors, photographers, choreographers, influencers and PR ran a successful day, scouting some great new faces whilst also giving some great advice and tips to up and coming and experienced models. In true Fashions Finest style, the team even managed to find time to get up to some behind the scenes shenanigans including a dance-off and walk-off proving that not only do they work hard but they also play hard!
Tanya Beresford - Casting Agent
Galye Thompson - Casting Agent
Melanie Jones - PR
Diane Jordan - Influencer
Dayo Awe - Photographer
Mikey San - photographer
Thank you to all the models that came along...watch this space to see if you can spot the new faces in our upcoming shows!
Now we do not advise it, but a sneaky “sick day”, is a well deserved break , especially if you had a week from hell or a weekend that was just to much fun or if your are in need for some TLC.
A day to lounge around in your PJ's binging on Prosecco and Netflix, is a must, and thanks to Jockey and their New Nightwear and Lounge collection you can now do it in style.
Their Women‘s Nightwear and Lounge collection takes inspiration from the, vibrancy of a seasonably stormy day in the heart of New York City. With bold colors ranging from rich reds, blue's and the always chic gray's and blacks.
Every piece comes in Lipstick Red, Canary Black, Tin Melage and Dark Iris, so you can get one in each color or just mix n match your mood. So if you are feeling flirty go for Lipstick Red and pair it with the Dark side of Gray to achieve the desire affect. Each piece is perfect for cooler or warmer weather.
Ditch the old t-shirt and sweatpants and swap it for the cute drawstring tappered sweatpants and pair it with a sexy tank top. It will do wonders for your “chilled out, I am sexy look”. Or if you are just too hot go for the Lounge shorts and the Everyday t-shirts it is saying enough without saying a word, especially if you are lounging with your #bae.
Now if you are a couple and like to look good as a pair, even when you are lounging. Kit him out with some of these cute but manly pieces from the Jockey Men's Night and Loungewear. Love the cute Bermuda shorts and the Welcome to Miami T-shirts.
I think a sneaky “sick day” is in store to lounge and cuddle, thanks to Jockey!!
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)
As you get older I bet you find it harder and harder to sleep at night no matter how tired you are? If this rings true to you these are a few steps I take to make sure that I get good nights sleep at the end of a long week.
1. I make sure my bedroom is clean and I have fresh bed sheets.
2. Large Reed Diffuser- I have to make sure that my bedroom not only looks beautiful but smells beautiful too. To achieve this I use a large reed diffuser tower from Pairfum, my favourite is the Spa fragrance. It smells as if you really are in a Spa, it is so fresh. If you would not like your bedroom smelling like a Spa as I do then they have many other wonderful scents for you to choose from. They last 5-8 months and cost only £35.
3. Trufflesque- I have just discovered a luxury masque called Trufflesque by TEMPLESPA. It gives you an instant youthfulness in the skin. It is made with black summer truffles, gold and silk peptides and a fruit and amino acid cocktail that leave your skin feeling plumper, hydrated, lifted and silky smooth.
When I have applied the masque I honestly feel glamorous because of the sparkly golden colour it is and when taking it off I am always pleased with the results. What I love most about this product is the cute brush it comes with for you to paint the masque on your face. Use this masque once a week and I promise that your face would have never felt better. To feel this good it will cost you £50 for a 75ml pot.
4. Snoreeze- Last of all a few people have mentioned that I have a slight snoring problem (I apparently wake the whole house). This is bad because I even wake myself up snoring. I had to put a stop to this, not just for me but for the rest of my family. I have just started to use Snoreeze I have tried both the oral strips and the throat spray.
They both stop snoring for up to 8 hours and as my family have not complained about my snoring for the past two weeks so they must work. I prefer the oral strips; you just place one on the roof of your mouth and allow it to dissolve. They are £8.50 for a pack of 28. For many people snoring can cause problems in relationships, loud snores in the night and being tired throughout the day is not good for anyone
Use all these steps to guarantee you a good nights sleep after you have had a long week. It does wonders for me and can for you too.
This week I am heading to Pinx's gym in Leamington Spa to join up. The gym has top of the range Life Fitness equipment which will address all my fitness needs from cardiovascular machines, resistance equipment, a dedicated abs area, free weights and bars, benches, steps, boxing gloves and pads and medicine and fitballs. They also have treadmills, cross trainers, exercise bikes and a rower. You have numerous classes that are included in your membership like Boxercise and Pilates. A monthly by standing order for six months is £27 and £23 if you are a student.
I have prepared for my fitness journey by looking online at DW Sports. I find that having the right equipment helps me to prepare mentally for the journey that I am about to embark on, that and I want to look cute doing it! I was gifted an Essentials Logo Sleeves Adidas T-shirt and a Puma Studio Hobo bag. I have noticed that they have a few pairs of trainers that I would love to wear so I will be treating myself to some this week. If you too want to be gym ready then take a look for yourself.
Prana Mat ECO Natural and Lavender
The Prana Mat is what I use for yoga. It can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite and helps to promote a good nights sleep. It helps to relieve muscle pains and tensions. It gives extra energy and increases your skin’s elasticity. It will cost you £100 and you will be the envy of all your yoga buddies with this mat.
The Diet Plate
The Diet Plate Is a weight management system that they say is like having your own personal dietitian. Every week a new intake target is calculated jut for you. This way you are more likely to move towards your target weight. Your ideal weight is estimated for you but your goal weight is your choice. Nothing is off the menu, all you need to do is use The Diet Plate’s calorie counting portion controlled plates and bowls. I have been using it for two weeks now and have already lost six pounds.
These are available for men, women and children. Each week you will see a steady weight loss of 1-4 pounds. All you need to do is serve your meal within the designated sections of your plate to get the right potion size. The set for women is £31.99p.
Hello Day Box
Hello Day Summer box contains a carefully selected range of proven food supplements to help you with seasonal symptoms and to help you manage your health throughout the season. There is a box for every season so you will always be protected. £69 is what a box will cost you but is worth every penny to help you fight off what each season has to throw at you. It got me through Spring now I just need one to get me through the Summer.
Beverly Hills Formula Toothpaste
Last but not least I have to keep my pearly whites in check. That is where Beverly Hills Formula toothpaste comes in. I brush my teeth with it at least twice a day and that way I not only have a great smile but also I keep my dentist happy. Not only does this toothpaste keep your teeth white but Beverly Hills have gone above and beyond and are giving you the chance to win a VIP trip for two to Miami for an exclusive Baywatch experience as they have partnered with Paramount Pictures to celebrate the release of the new Baywatch film.
The exclusive Baywatch prize includes four-nights luxury accommodation in Miami for two people, a private speed boat experience, jet-ski tour of the Miami coastline and an exclusive Baywatch-style lifeguard training experience. With dinner and drinks at the coolest beach club and exclusive roof-top bar in Miami. (Terms and conditions apply, see Beverly Hills Formula website for details).
To be in with a chance to win the exclusive Baywatch prize go to; www.beverlyhillsformula.com for more details. Closing date 31 July 2017