The human body is a complex mass of systems, and everything needs to be working at optimal levels in order for us to feel and look great every day. Sadly, many of our lifestyle choices, and work commitments can so easily disrupt these functions within our body, and leave us feeling decidedly less than our best.
Of all of these systems the lymphatic drainage system is a highly important part of the circulatory system which helps maintain fluid balance in the body by collecting excess fluid and particulate matter from tissues and depositing them in the bloodstream. It also helps defend the body against infection by supplying disease-fighting cells called lymphocytes. (Britanica.com)
The Lymphatic system is made up of a network of very fine capillaries, clusters of nodes and glands containing infection fighting antibodies. Activated by the muscle movements we make throughout the day, waste cells and other toxins flow through this system, to be removed from our bodies to keep us healthy. . Problems can begin to occur when we spend long periods of time in one position, such as sitting at work in front of a computer, spending long periods of time standing on our feet or even curled up on the sofa in front of the TV. These sedentary activities all prevent the lymphatic system from doing its job, and as a result we may need help in boosting the natural detoxification process in our body.
Body Ballancer is here to help with a versatile compression therapy system that provides a touch free lymphatic massage. When Fashions Finest heard about Body Ballancer, and had a chat with the founder Jules, we really wanted to find out more about this relatively unknown form of massage, and were lucky enough to have a two week loan of a system to try it out for ourselves.
Jules sent us the control unit with the accompanying pants, though a jacket is also available to target the upper part of the body too. Our first impression of the system when it arrived was how impressive it looked. With a little reading of the instruction manual, we found it was very easy to set up and use. Climbing into the pants, zipping it up to the chest and starting the first programme was exciting and a little nerve-wracking as we wondered what to expect. The system came pre-programmed with a few different treatments. After selecting your preferred programme, and pressing the start button the system comes to life, and inflates with air around the body from the feet up to the abdominal area. The best way we can describe the experience is it feels like your muscles are being gently squeezed then relaxed in ripples and waves, one at a time. The massage pressures vary from low to high and treatment times can be set from as little as 20 to as much as 90 minutes.
Deborah St. Louis, our Director said “After the very first treatment programme I found that my legs, thighs and abdomen felt so much lighter, and I felt so relaxed. I slept so well after using the Body Ballancer machine. Even without all of the health benefits that Body Ballancer offers, this wonderful ‘free’ feeling after a treatment, and subsequent good nights sleep was worth having the machine”
Looking at the health benefits Body Ballancer offers, the team at Fashions Finest were deeply impressed, and even though we only had the Body Ballancer at home with us for two weeks, we can already see how over time, and use 2 or 3 times per week, regular use of the system could improve sleep, recovery after a workout, skin tone and appearance, boost the immune system and promote weight loss too.
Naomi Jeffery - Editor said "This has done wonders for my back pain. After I got used to the wellness programme's intense pressure as it worked it's way up frm my toes to my tummy, and the big squeeze on my abdomen, and relaxed into it - my back felt so released and decompressed!"
Fashions Finest loves Body Ballancer, the complete massage system which offers a host of holistic health and beauty benefits and is one of the best ways to not only boost your immune system, but also reduce bloating and water retention, improve the appearance of cellulite, aid better digestion and aid faster muscle recovery to promote peak sports performance.
With prices starting from £6,900 (inc VAT) it is definitely a worthwhile long term investment to improve your life and the good news is finance is also available. Alternatively, Visit their website to find out where you can access this machine at spa and beauty salons around the UK.
As the UK’s fastest-growing beauty retailer, Cult Beauty, is delighted to announce the appointment of industry-leading entrepreneur and investor Carmen Busquets to the Board in the role of Non-Executive Chairperson.
Hair appointment cancelled. Facial and back massage rescheduled and as far as manicure and pedicure bookings… Yikes!
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Still having flashbacks for not attending that last appointment!! It is a constant recurring nightmare!! For those mere mortals shuddering at the prospect of overgrown nails and faded out highlights, I feel your pain. We are in this together!
Being on ‘Lockdown’ does not mean grooming standards should slip, we just need to improvise a little. There is no need to feel down hearted, help is at hand by the means of a do-it-yourself facial treatment in the comfort of your own home. So, here are some quick tricks and tips for concocting a variety of fun face masks, readily available in your cupboard or fridge to brighten your day! As for those with sensitive skin, recent cuts or bruises, fear not! You can still join in the fun by creating your own unique ‘Spicy Fruit Salad’.
The humble tomato is an antioxidant with a great source of vitamin C, potassium and vitamin K. It has also been known to be used as an astringent and brightener for oily skin. This amazing fruit sometimes referred to as a vegetable can also be used to sooth and hydrate sensitive or dehydrated skin.
You can be as adventurous as you wish, by using freshly sliced tomatoes, chopped tinned tomatoes or my favourite tomato puree paste. Apply all over the face or T-zone area, then leave for 5-10 minutes before removing and rinsing your entire face with lukewarm water. Finally, moisturise using your regular product. Repeat once or twice a week.
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Cheers to the tropical pineapple! Have you ever wondered what to do with those pineapple slices from your Pina Colada? Ponder no further. Making your very own face mask is the answer! Pineapples are packed full of nutrients such as proteins, vitamin C, A, B6, B5, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc to name a few. With all of this in mind, creating pineapple face masks does not seem like such a farfetched idea. Due to the high acidic and antioxidants content, this tropical fruit is the perfect exfoliant for dry, flaky, blemished or sallow skin. A word of warning, please avoid using on sensitive or broken skin as it will sting.
Blend a few pineapple chunks or slices into a blender, then apply to the face. Leave on for 5-10 minutes as before rinsing off with lukewarm water. For individuals with heal scars, slight pigmentations or blemishes, apply a small amount of pineapple juice using a cotton pad or bud to the areas of concern only. Leave for 3-5 minutes then rinse off thoroughly. Remember to moisturise your face afterwards. Repeat once or twice a week.
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Yogurt is great for the immune system because it is crammed with minerals and probiotics as well as vitamin D, B1, proteins, magnesium, calcium and many more.
Mixing spices such as turmeric into the yogurt mixture may help to alleviate certain skin conditions such as very dry skin, acne and psoriasis. An alternative blend worth trying is a combination of honey and plain yogurt. This fusion is ideal for mature, dry or sensitive skin.
Use a generous amount of your chosen yogurt mix. Leave on the skin for at least 10-15 minutes then rinse off properly. Do not forget to apply moisturiser afterwards. Repeat two to three times a week.
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Alternately try avocado instead of yogurt. This fruit contains over 20 vitamins and minerals giving the perfect nourishment for the skin.
Using olive oil mixed with turmeric makes an ideal combination for dry or mature skin. Olive oil contains antioxidants and vitamin E and K. The perfect blend to kick start and heal the skin.
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Please Note: These are just guidelines for creating fun facial masks. If you do feel any sensitivity or tingling at any point. Take off the mask immediately, rinse your face with cool water. Consult your GP if necessary.
The must-have kit for DIY facials at home by Silky Bae, have revealed that sales of their iconic BaeVac are up 609% week on week and the beauty tool is now selling 1 every 40 seconds.
Give no way to confident related issues anymore that stops you from leading a happier life and from embracing opportunities that come your way.
Black Friday is just a week away and we have some amazing offers available to you all.
The bestselling K-Beauty brand have just opened the first ever standalone K-Beauty store in the UK, welcoming huge discounts on your favourite beauty buys.
25th- 2nd December 2019, www.naturerepublicuk.com
· Buy Ginseng Emulsion + Toner and grab a FREE Silk Foam Cleanser worth £27
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· Buy 1 Love Me Bubble Body Lotion £19.50, Get 1 Free Love Me Bubble Body Gel £18.00
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Grab 30% - 40% off the Cell Power Collection:
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· Cell power Essential Toner WAS £30/ NOW £21.00
· Cell Power Essence WAS £43/ NOW £25.80
The UK’s #1 Selling LED Gel Polish brand offer salon worthy manis in the comfort of your own home, with up to two weeks of non-chip wear, no smudging and zero drying time.
22nd November – 2nd December 2019, www.boots.com
Better than half price! Grab the NEW Limited Edition All Star Rose Gold Starter Kit, was £79.99, now £39.00
Award winning and family owned US loved hair and body care brand used by millions, SheaMoisture offer beauty goods suited for everyone, minus animal testing or any nasties – a better way to be beautiful.
18th November – 2nd December 2019, www.feelunique.com
Save up to 1/3 off your SheaMoisture favourites across the range, including Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Blow Out Créme, £10.99 – which tames unruly frizz and flyaways, controls and improves manageability all whilst protecting against heat damage.
The 5 star UK Curly Girl bestsellers offer a range of styling, washes and accessories to keep your curls in perfect condition.
29th November – 2nd December 2019, www.onlycurls.com
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Offering an incredible 50% off with code TRR50 at checkout, picking up the product for £19.49, instead of the usual £38.99 for a 10-day supply
The Home of Undiscovered, Unique Beauty Brands delivering to Ireland, Showcase Beauty feature the latest and innovative independent beauty and grooming brands, with an eco-friendly/ethical approach.
Black Friday www.showcasebeauty.com
NEOM: Free 1 wick candle (worth £32) when you spend over £30 on Neom
Madara: 40% off range
MEMI: 30% off the full range + free lip gloss on orders over £25
Elizabeth's Daughter: Buy one get one free
Lumity: Free Mini cleanser with every supplement ordered
Albus & Flora: 20% off tinted lip balms
Cle Cosmetics: Free Apricot Tinge cushion when you buy 2 lip melts
31st State: Free Face Wash when you buy any 2 products
Evolve Beauty: 15% off
Heath London: 25% off range
The Fragrance Shop
The UK’s largest independent fragrance retailer offer hundreds of your classic scents and new time favourites, all at amazing prices
Pre Black Friday 22nd-28th November, Black Friday 28th November – 3rd December 2019, www.thefragranceshop.com
· Offering 20% when you spend £60 or more
· 15% off beauty – £60 min spend
· 15% off gift sets, Including Gucci Bamboo Gift Set 30ml EDP, £48.50 A woody and floral fragrance, Gucci Bamboo is soft and intense at once, blooming with notes of exotic Casablanca Lily and Tahitian Vanilla. Sandalwood and Grey Amber balance the fragrance’s femininity with a resonating woody contrast
· Also offering 70% off pre-Black Friday on scents such as Marc Jacobs Dot EDP 50ml, £52 to £30
Time flies, and whether we like it or not, we have to accept the fact that we're not getting any younger.
Makeup is an integral part of almost every woman’s life, no matter how much she says that she hates it. It’s used to cover blemishes and other imperfections, and also to enhance all the good features. But to do during hot summer days when wearing too much makeup cause clogged pores and other skin issues? Or if you’re simply into a more natural look? Well, in that case, there are other ways that will help you look radiant without wearing layers of foundation, so if you’re planning to ditch all the unnecessary makeup, here are some tips to still look great with little to no makeup:
1. BB cream is your friend
Everyone knows the importance of covering skin imperfections, and many also turn to heavy foundation for help. But, in fact, using the BB cream will make your skin look even, soft and covered, while also being nourishing. This is especially important if you have acne-prone skin, since in that case, using foundation can clog your pores and make your skin look worse. What’s even better, many BB creams also contain some level of SPF which is great if you spend your days outside. The only downside to BB creams is lack of diversity, considering that foundations often come in many tones.
2. Take care of your skin
If you truly want to rock minimal makeup look, you need to make sure that your skin is clean and moisturized. That’s why it’s important to remove all traces of makeup before going to bed and use a night cream or oil, so your skin will have a chance to rest and get nourished during the night. Similarly, removing all traces of night cream and sweat in the morning is a great way to prep your face for the day ahead. Keeping your skin in good condition is the only real prerequisite if you want to wear little to no makeup.
3. Use highlighter for more glamorous look
Highlighter can freely be considered a godsend among all makeup products, since it is the main product responsible for adding glow to the face. It is mostly applied on cheekbones, but some women also prefer to wear it on the bridge of the nose, centre of the forehead and above the cupid’s bow. So, if your skin is light to fair, then it’s better to choose icy silver or champagne those, and in case your skin tone is medium to olive, then it’s advisable to stick to golden-bronze shades. And for deeply dark skin tones, it’s much more recommended to use rose gold or bronze since pearly tones can make the skin look dull.
4. Apply some bronzer for the sun-kissed glow
As you probably know, bronzer is one of the go-to products if you want to achieve sun-kissed summery look. Now, considering that contouring has become popular, many are still confused by bronzer, so it’s often used it for the wrong reasons. That’s why it’s important to choose the bronzer that will make you look like you’ve spent the whole day lying in the sun. Australian women know it best, so that’s why they choose creamy bronzers as their go-to product whenever they want to add a bit of shimmer to their face. Therefore, it’s no surprise that there are many various bronzer shades and brands so any woman ordering makeup online from Australia can easily find her favourite bronzer and other related products.
5. Opt for natural tones
Any makeup guru will tell you that, if you want to master no makeup look, you need to stick to natural colours similar to your original skin tone. That way your whole face will look even and radiant, and you won’t need to experiment with various colours. Instead, stick with what looks natural on your face, almost like you have no makeup at all. Light pink, sand and peach colours are all great choices for natural look, and try to steer away from too much mascara, especially if you already have long and thick eyelashes.
In conclusion, wearing little to no makeup is achievable, but before you opt for this look, you need to take care and nurture your skin. Also, always remember that less is more, so instead of using every makeup product, just use those that will help you cover your imperfections and accentuate the positives.