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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
You saw that sexy figure hugging dress in the store, bought it, got home tried it on. Hmmm, as you stare at what you thought would be slim, sleek and sexy. But not, so sexy with those one or two areas that need a bit too much sucking in. Do not fret we got your back girl !! with a little help from the UK Lingerie/Shapeware. Because face it every now and then we all need a little bit of help to keep everything in check and in place.
Love their shapewear, the best kept secret of every body confident woman. Check out our favourite picks from the UK Lingerie Shapewear collection. Designed to give you a more slender look and shape your body close to perfection.
The Spanx Thinstincts Convertible Slip is absolutely the perfect under layer for any dress, no matter what the cut. Available in Black and Nude. The new revamped version fits better, is more breathable, with convertible straps that can be worn as a halterneck or a cross back.
Spanx Oncore Mid Thigh bodysuit , the total body transformer as it sculpts, smooths and shapes all those problem areas. With fully bonded front panels for a flat tummy. It is lightweight with bonded side panels for comfortable squeeze free slimming. Available in black and nude.
Spanx Thinstincts Convertible Cami, the newly re-engineered Convertible Cami comes with more straps, it can be worn as a halter neck or cross back. It is breathable leaving you feeling more comfortable and confident all day long. If you love a Cami, then this one is top quality. It is soft on the skin,slims you down and looks great in any fitted top or dress. Available in black and nude.
Spanx Oncore High Waisted Brief, this is another winner as it totally transforms your shape. It smooths, flattens and sculpts your tummy like nothing else. You will need this one if your problem area is your tummy. Available in black and nude.
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
The Dresses CFDA Awards 2017 Which is your favourite?
Janelle Monáe in a monochrome Christian Siriano look
Nicole Kidman wore an Oscar de la Renta gown
Adwoa Aboah in Coach
Joan Smalls wore a black Michael Kors gown
Gigi Hadid teamed her white The Row ensemble with Lorraine Schwartz jewellery and Stuart Weitzman sandals
Alek Wek in Balenciaga
Elsa Hosk wore a Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dress
Karlie Kloss in Diane von Furstenberg
All photos by Ghetty
Volunteers we need YOU!
If you are a fashion student, or simply have some spare time and would like to get involved in something different, Fashions Finest SS18 is fast approaching and we have some amazing opportunities. We are looking for reliable and energetic candidates to assist backstage with the styling team and others for front of house with the press and setup management team.
If you are interested you can EMAIL US: firstname.lastname@example.org
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU...
Make-up is a girl's best friend, we apply make-up to make us look even more beautiful than we already are. Lashings of mascara for fluttering lashes, eye shadows to contour and highlight our eye shape, but did you know that our extensive use of these wonder products can trigger and cause common eye conditions such as irritation, dry or red eyes?
I'm a Make-up Artist, I adore even worship make-up but as soon as I return home from work or an outing, the first thing I do is wipe away my make-up, targeting my eyes. They're sensitive, make-up irritates them so it's important for me to look after my eyes well.. how? with Murine Eyes.
Murine Eyes are lubricating eye drops. They help fight eye irritations caused by make-up by lubricating, moisturizing and refreshing the eye while also reducing irritation and redness.
I use Murine's Bright & Moist Eyes. It is the only brightening eye drop with two lubricants. The solution instantly alleviates my symptoms of dry, sore eyes from daily use of make-up while refreshing and brightening my eyes.
I would be lost without this product and at only £4.07 from all good beauty stores you cant go wrong.
Air-Lite Daily Lft For Legs
Daily Lift For Legs is designed to enhance your skin tone, hydration, and suppleness of your legs. Created by The Telegraph’s beauty editor Kate Shapland the product is designed to be used on legs once or twice a day applied using long massaging strokes which not only has great results but feels amazing after a long day. The website and video below gives some great tips on how to apply. My personal favourite was the 4 minutes every night after a long day, amazing after a busy day. The light, gel texture leaves your skin feeling and looking smooth, radiant and toned. After use, your legs are left ridded of any tired heavy dragged down feeling and given a new sense of light feeling life and left smelling divine thanks to the products fresh zesty “Capri Crush” scent.
Sun-Lite Sheer Lingerie For Legs
Even though Air-Lite is amazing after a day of this hot weather we have had recently. Sun-Lite brings life to pale tired legs for last minute sunshine unplanned bare leg days, which have been happening a lot recently thanks to the joys of British weather. It takes legs from tired and dull to golden and pearlescent in the blink of an eye and sports the same “Capri Crush” summery citrus scent as the Air-Lite which is hands- down the perfect summer scent. Not only does this product make your legs look amazing when you apply, but also feels amazing and somewhat luxurious, like you’re almost on the Italian island of Capri where the product was developed. The texture of this tinted product is gel-like, but not at all sticky which would be horrendous on hot days, but light and airy which feels smooth on legs rather than tacky like some tinted products. Another bonus to this summer essential is that it is as easy to remove as it is to apply making it a fuss free, commitment free, one way ticket to perfect summer legs.
Written by Claire Morrison
This is a quick guide to help you pick some presents ready for Father’s Day.
I purchased a mug from Snapfish that I was able to personalise with pictures of the family. It really is a great gift, every time my Father has his morning coffee he will be thinking of us. They have numerous mugs for you to choose from. Porcelain mugs, magic mugs, travel mugs and more. There simple photo mug with an inside colour is the easiest to create – simply add your photo and hey presto. What’s is even better is the price, they start at £6.99
Bond and Knight
I chose the Mark 2 Billfold wallet for my Father. It measures 8x9cm and is the smallest wallet that will hold up to 6 cards with a full sized notes section. I had his initials put on the inside of the wallet along with a picture that he holds close to his heart. I love the fact that you can add any picture you like to make it more personal. It is a stylish design that holds your secret picture inside and will only cost you £60.
Boxers and Briefs
When I am shopping for the men in my life I always purchase an item or two from Boxers and Briefs. This time around I picked a Calvin Klein intense power swimwear rounded V-neck t-shirt in white which costs £31.45. Trying to keep my Father up to date with the latest fashions is a hard job but someone has to do it.
EasySMX Gaming Headset
If your Father is partial to playing the odd computer game then why not buy him the EasySMX gaming headset? An EasySMX gaming headset works perfectly with a PS4 and mobile phone and comes with a splitter cable for use with PC. It can be used for Xbox One via an adapter, which is not included in the box. The adjustable headband with cushion pad fit well with all head sizes and give a better gaming experience. The omnidirectional microphone picks up your voice clearly in gaming. It is one of the best gaming headsets on the market and will cost you £17.99.
The Personal Barber Monthly Box
With just about every man I know making sure that they keep their beards trim or to have a really smooth face this would be the ideal present. All new members get a free safety razor and shaving brush in their first box as well as step-by-step instructions that guide you so that you have the best shave of your life. It is easy enough to join and you can pay month-to-month, three monthly, six monthly or twelve monthly. The choice is yours and as they like to keep things interesting you can always expect to see new soaps, blades and post-shave products like oils, balms, colognes and alums in the other boxes you receive. No two months will be the same. Twelve monthly pre-pay is £20.95 per box.
Written by Hayley Sweeney #blogger
Less is more so bare it all with distinct and personal jewellery. Joshua James Jewellery, one of the UK's most popular and fastest growing independent retailers offers a stunning collection of fine jewellery from pendants that layer from your chin to your collarone to earings that sparkles in the glowing sunshine. With a huge selection of pendants, bracelets, watches, earings and rings. I was spoiled for choice but the Silver CZ Earring Jackets caught my eye and I was in love.
I am besotted with my sparkly, Silver CZ Earring Jackets , it draws just enough attention to make a statement and jazz up a plain white T-shirt and Jeans look. The perfect pair of earings to get a lot of mileage out of. It works for special occasion wear as well as every day wear.
Pendants to layer, is the must have this season, with Celebs and It-girls alike layering dainty pendants to make a layered statement pieces. The Silver CZ Flower Pendant, closes with a spring ring clasp and can be adjusted to 3 different lengths. So the ideal piece to start layering.
Pair your flower pendant with the pretty Silver CZ V Pendant, to add extra sparkle or wear it on its own for an understated classic look.
Mix your gold and silver with by pairing your V-shaped pendant with a pair of the Delta Rose Gold & Clear Crystal Dual Earrings . The shimmering clear crystal will add a refined sparkle to any day or night look.
Bracelets whether you like it simple or statement worthy, they are all about adding extra glitz and personality to your style. The Silver Round CZ Bracelet will complete your look on its own or stacked with other pieces.
Studs are ideal for everyday wear, they might be small but they are in the direct line of vision of everyone you talk to through out the day. So the rigth pair can have a big impact like the pretty pair of Rose Gold Plated Openwork Stud Earrings.
Jewellery are the silver linings to any great outfit. So take your style from basic to brilliant with any piece from Joshua James Jewellery, as you deserve to shine.
I love to have a shower every day especially with the weather getting warmer, but I hate to spend what can seem like hours blow-drying my wet hair after.
I have found a way to make the whole process a lot quicker. My solution to this problem is a Save The Blow Dry Shower Cap. This shower cap has a water proof design with an internal layer of soft micro weave towelling which helps to keep your hair dry and bouncy instead of letting the humidity and condensation win the good hair fight.
The cap is also reversible so it can be used when your want to leave products in your hair without leaving a mess all over your clothes and house. After using it all you need to do is rinse it under the tap ready to use again next time. This shower cap actually works. My hair is not damp or wet after I have had a shower and the cap itself is comfy and does not make my head itch like other shower caps I have tried in the past.
Save The Blow Dry is only £14.95, which is a small price to pay to keep your hair looking dry and fabulous. The caps come in a blue and pink colour and are great for those of us who do not wash our hair every day. If you cannot deal with blow-drying your hair more than a few times a week this cap is for you.
Written by hayley Sweeney
Tried and tested these SS17 beauty and essential handbag must-haves, have our seal of approval. Yep! that's right we can't live without any of them.
Fakebake 60 Minutes Tanning Lotion
With the unpredictability of British weather, you never know if you'll be invited to a last-minute summer parties. Unlike traditional fake tans there is no need to tan in advance as this tan develops in an hour, an easy way to keep your tan topped up whatever the weather.
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream SPF50
As South Koreans triumph when it comes to sun protection, its only right to turn to them for sun cream. This lightweight cream leaves no sticky greasy residue like traditional sun creams for a lightweight invisible protection from the sun.
There is nothing worse than reaching into your bag on a hot day to find a warm drink. This is no longer a worry with the corkcicletumbler, it keeps your drinks chilled for up to nine hours.
What Skin Needs Balm
Perfect for getting that fresh glowysummer skin, with its skin renewal properties say goodbye to dry sad wintery skin.
Written by Claire Morrison
Skincare like our diets, in this modern age, can be confusing. Open a magazine, browse the internet or switch on your television, all it is telling you, is eat this, do that and use this. AH!!! it is a nightmare, all this information and there you are, still clueless as to what really works.
Women throughout the ages all wanted the same ideal as us modern day women, radiant and youthful skin. These ancient women used a variety of methods, some a bit bizarre but harmless and it worked for them.
The female Emperor Wu Zetian, of China used Fairy Powder. A powered made out of Chinese motherwort, a plant that is a part of the Mint family. She mixed this with cold water and in turn used that mixture to wash her face every morning. Surprisingly this worked for her as she was well know for her beautiful skin and appearance right into old age.
Then there was the use of Placenta , which have become trendy again. Women used human placenta to keep them looking and feeling youthful. Another ancient method that is trendy in modern day is the use of Snail Slime in creams, the wonder cure for anti-aging treatments and reducing of wrinkles, stretch marks, acne and scars.
Something a bit bizarre, to me at least is the Anti-Sagging Lips as Face Slimmer. An invention by Japanese cosmetic company Glim. Now this is a rubbery looking mouthpiece, that keeps the muscles of the lower part of the face pert by stretching it.
Many of us will love this one, Wine baths. Queen Mary the sixteenth century Queen of Scots and bathed regularly in white wine to keep her skin young, smooth and beautiful. And yes it worked for her as she was admired for her looks.
Just like the above methods there are many like them all with the promise of younger, radiant and blemish free skin. As fast moving modern women, we life in a world where we need to keep up with changes happening daily in our lives. Yes, the tried and tested ancient ways have worked and some are still working but we want new and not old ways.
New ways like Ellipse a clinically proven, safe and effective laser based skin treatment. Their treatments have been proven to be effective for sun damaged skin, leg veins acne, hair removal, wrinkle reduction, onychomycosis and the removal of pigmented and vascular lesions.
Every Ellipse product is developed in close cooperation with leading dermatologists making it safe and effective.
Some treatments that we recommend:
1) Intense Age Defence anti-ageing/wrinkle reduction
The innovative Intense Age Defence anti-ageing/wrinkle reduction programme from Ellipse is a painless, two-step procedure where Intense by Ellipse Photo Spray enhances the well-established Ellipse I²PL light procedure. Ellipse delivers Anti-Ageing, Wrinkle Reduction treatments.
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IPL Acne Therapy is an effective new light-based therapeutic therapy which is now revolutionising the treatment of acne. Ellipse has one of the safest and proven unique technology to be extremely effective on moderate to severe inflammatory acne.
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What better time than the weekend to relax and check out these starbuy's from Superdrug. We know you’re going to love them because we do!
Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette Spray 30ml Save £18 Was £39.00 Now £21.00 Valid from: 10th may - 16th May
You can Save Up To 1/3 on Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set valid from: 10th may - 16th May
Versace The Dreamer Eau de Toilette the perfect gift for men and boys. 100ml Valid from: 11th May - 15th May
BOSS Orange Woman Eau de Parfum 50ml Valid from: 11th May - 15th May
Happy shopping with Superdrug!
Onepiece, the original creators of the onesie, is the premium #streetwear fashion brand. The brand has become a global phenomenon since hitting the streets in 2007. With the chicest of urban #fashionroyalty, Beyonce, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne and the MIC crew, donning it with such ease and nonchalant flair.
This season they are kicking it up a gear and taking You the #fashiondiva to the front of the queue, with their new collection of jumpsuits, joggers, t shirts and jackets. We had a looksie into their SS17 lookbook and picked our favs and we are loving it. Read on for our Top picks.
Become the leader of the #streetfashion pack and in the words of Paris Hilton, “Don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. The only rule is not to blend in.”
Bay Jumpsuit Black SHOP YOURS HERE
Nothing says, I am hot and I know it, like the perfect festival look. The Pacific Rain Mermaid Jumpsuit oozes just enough allure of a dreamy bod under that cover. It is playful and effortless the perfect cover on those days when not even the summer down pour will ruin your #glam.
Pacific Rain Jumpsuit Mermaid SHOP YOURS HERE
Ditched the puffer jacket for the Sphere Jacket, this lightweight nylon jacket is wind and water resistant. Totally on #vogue this Muted Clay colored jacket is a must for the jet setter style aficionado flying high this Spring/Summer, especially on those days when you are faced with all 4 seasons in one day.
Sphere Jacket, Muted Clay SHOP YOURS HERE
These pieces are perfect for the confident #fashionista that is effortless and comfortable in her #streetstyle. Onepiece is Fashions Finest endorsed and we dare you ditched the norm and go Onepiece for added flare whether you are off-duty or need to set the streets on fire.
Nothing expresses our personality quite like the embellishments we choose to adorn our every day ensemble with. Those special jewellery pieces that can completely transform any outfit.
If you are looking for one of those special pieces that are enticing and exquisite, then read, on you might just find that “IT ” jewellery piece to personalise your wardrobe like the Lioness Cuff Bangle in 18 Carat Gold Plate from Bespoke Jewellers Veritas.
Each unique piece created by Veritas are timeless, sentimental, playful and wearable. Crafted from beautiful material with each piece commanding attention.
Each piece is a skillful mix of contemporary chic, elegance and playfulness. Expertly designed pieces crafted with a deep appreciation for craftsmanship.
Veritas supply some of the worlds best known brands, companies and stores with custom made, unique jewellery for either corporate gifting or retail purposes.
Head on over to www.veritasgifts.co.uk to take your pick of one of their unique SS17 pieces or to let them help you develop your own custom made jewellery.
I was sent a few products from CB12 to try. The package contained three mouthwashes, which were the CB12 mild, CB12 white and CB12 original. I was also sent the CB12 spray for pleasant breath on the go and the CB12 chewing gum. The CB12 original has a fresh taste to it and leaves your breath smelling fresh for hours while the CB12 mild has a mild mint taste to it and keeps your breath fresh throughout the day.
The CB12 white has a peppermint taste, which is strong and long lasting. The CB12 white whitens your teeth after you have been using it for two weeks. It removes all the stains that have been caused by coffee, tea, red wine and nicotine.
As I happen to be a smoker at the moment it is a great help, so until I quit which will be in the near future I will continue to use CB12 white. The CB12 spray and gum is great for when you are out and about and need to freshen your breath. I take my spray everywhere with me.
A CB12 product gives you12 hours of protection. That is 12 hours of fresh breath, you can speak to anyone with confidence once you have used CB12. Studies have shown that CB12 is more efficient than other mouthwashes.
If you have not tried it I suggest you give it a go and get fresh breath in time for Summer. It will be a good investment. Prices range from £2-£30 and I would say that every product is worth the money if you too want to have fresh breath. Do not be a person that has to cover their mouths while having a conversation.
Written by Hayley Sweeney
Last week I had the great pleasure of meeting and working with Geordie Shore and CBB star Chloe Ferry. Chloe was being interviewed about her cosmetics range, By Chloe Ferry Cosmetics.
Being a Make-up Artist I was super excited to see the line up close and personal and was very lucky to be gifted some of Chloe’s matte lip glosses. Thanks Chloe.
So yesterday I thought I would give these lip products a test. The most impressive thing I noticed is the pigment.. it's super strong…the product stayed put on my lips all day... the pigment in this product is so good that I promise you if you pop one of these stunning matte lip gloss on in the morning you will still see the colour later that day.What more can a girl want?!
With 12 shades to choose from all personally selected by Chloe there's a colour to match every skin tone and occasion.
I was intrigued to know a little more about Chloe’s line and where her inspiration came from in creating this stunning line of cosmetics. Here’s what I was told...
“ Chloe Ferry launched her By Chloe Ferry Cosmetics line in 2016 to massive success. Since then she has quadrupled her range and has massive expansion plans for 2017.
Following in the footsteps of her idol Kylie Jenner, Chloe has brought out her own Matte Lip Gloss range to market costing £14.99 - an affordable yet premium product range.
Chloe’s By Chloe Ferry Cosmetics company employs 6 people currently at their offices and this looks set to grow.
Further expansion plans include full makeup range kits, lip liner, more lip gloss products and eyeshadow in the cosmetics sector. Chloe will also be releasing a fake tan in 2017 via www.bychloeferry.com.
Matte Lip Gloss Range: 12 colours to choose from personally selected by Chloe based on feedback from her fans and friends on what they like and want to see: £14.99 each.
Lip Plumpers: Various sizes and prices.”
Credit: By Chloe Ferry Cosmetics
So it Sounds like there's many exciting things in the pipeline for Chloe Ferry Cosmetics, with much excitement to her millions of fans and her new fan me, I cannot wait to see the next products Chloe brings out. But for now, her full range of matte lip glosses are going straight into by pro kit. Well done Chloe.
Chloe Ferry Cosmetics can be purchased exclusively from www.bychloeferry.com