With lockdown 3.0 having arrived over the start of 2021, and no ideas as to when it may end, there’s never been a better time to overhaul your skincare regimes with ingredients that REALLY work.
As another lock down looms and all our shops close for the month of November, you may be forgiven for feeling like Christmas 2020 is going to be over before it begins. Don’t despair yet because we are here to help you shop your way through the lock down we are about to face!
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Fashions Finest has rallied the troops, and searched the internet for some great gifts you can buy online, without stepping into a shop at all! Our chosen selection includes gifts for men and women, and children alike, and our aim is to help you pack your Christmas buying list up, before December even hits us. Bring on the fun, reduce the stress and maximise the excitement for Christmas 2020 this lockdown.
Scroll down to see our list of delicious gift ideas to tempt your senses, and help you to spoil yourself and your loved ones this festive season.
Chocolate Advent Calendars £8 Each
The first thing to make sure you have ready for 1st December is an advent calendar! Hotel Chocolat have this great offering, with 24 festive 40% milk chocolates including penguins, Santa’s and snowmen, as well as a special one for Christmas Eve! Children's and adult advent calendars are all available to buy online from Hotel Chocolat.
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash and Body Lotion £10.99 Each
These two innocent looking bottles are actually two perfectly syncopated products, beautifully enriched with key ingredient Shea Butter to replenish essential moisture deep below the dermal level. Both the fragrant body wash and the lotion contain Frankincense and Myrrh extracts to not only smell divine, but also balance and brighten the skin tone. They work together in harmony to leave your skin feeling luxuriously soft and radiant. Fashions Finest loves this duo of perfection, and would recommend it as a wonderful gift for the lady in your life who loves to feel and smell great. Available online from Look Fantastic, grab yours today.
Hydra-Mask £22 is the perfect gift for someone who likes to give their skin a pampering. This cream mask is enriched with hyaluronic acid to plum the skin and natural sesame and sweet almond plant oils to give a radiant complexion. The mask also contains vitamins A, E and F to regenerate and support the skins barrier. Available online from Look Fantastic, Fashions Finest loves this cream. Not only does it smell great, but really has a positive impact on the complexion. A lovely gift for someone who likes to take care of their complexion.
Lait-Crème Concentrate £13 Is another great all rounder! This 5-in-1 product from the French pharmacy brand, Embryolisse is a moisturiser, primer, repair mask, after shave cream and makeup remover. Available online from Cult Beauty, Lait Crème Concentre is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins leaving dry skin smooth and silky-soft. Simply slather on, relax and reveal beautiful skin! Fashions Finest suggests this is a great gift for either him or her as it is such a fantastic, multitasking all-in-one gift, and really hydrates the skin – especially after shaving!
Asquith Pyjamas - Pants £59.00 Top £79.00
Asquith offers so many great, eco-friendly and deliciously comfortable clothing, that we at Fashions Finest had to put their new PJ’s on our Christmas list.
Who doesn’t love to snuggle up in a warm and soft pair of pyjamas when the evenings are cold, and this pair is no exception to Asquith’s long lasting commitment to providing the best clothing for both you and the environment. Made with soft bamboo fabric, these are made to last wash after wash, as well as containing no nasties to harm the environment. Fashions Finest suggests these PJ’s as a perfect gift for the woman who has everything, or a treat for you for Christmas Eve!
Geo Tumbler Glasses £18.95
The humble tumbler has been given a beautiful makeover! Fashions Finest loves these Geo Glasses from Root 7. Taking inspiration from modern terrariums, the Geo glasses have a unique angular shape, accentuated by beautiful metallic styled edges. They have a perfect weighty and sturdy feel to them and each one is unique due to the hand blown process, resulting in an all-round pleasurable drinking experience.
As they come in a gift box, these tumblers are perfect as a gift for the guy who enjoys a tipple at weekends, or equally for a family with children. They work just as well filled with fruit juice as alcohol! Even pot a small indoor plant in them, and they look great sitting on the table too.
Available to buy online from cuckooland.com in either black or gold.
Advanced Nutrition Programme
The limited edition collection from the skin supplement brand Advanced Nutrition Programme is inspired by the ‘blue beauty movement’ in the industry, highlighting the importance of sustainability and environmental awareness, which is at the core of the brand. Fashions Finest loves how the sets fuse together skin specific solutions and sustainability too. They have got rid of excess packaging, and environmentally unfriendly finishes as well, however we think they still look sleek and cool. Both the packaging and ingredients will help future proof our skin, our oceans, and our planet. Whichever pack you choose as each one has been strategically formulated using the latest scientific research. The unique combinations of vitamins and mineral supplements they use will feed skin from within, helping us all to glow all the way to 2021 and beyond.
Advanced Nutrition products are available via a network of skin care professionals, salons and clinics nationwide as well as online at advancednutritionprogramme.com
Start to Glow £45 is the perfect festive set for anyone looking to support their overall skin health, Start To Glow combines the staple supplement Skin Vit A+ that helps with skin cell renewal and skin rejuvenation. These skin heroes are the ideal first step to improve the immunity, suppleness, and quality of your skin.
Did you know from the age of 20 you lose 1% of collagen per year? Meet Youthful Glow £80 the anti-ageing power couple your skin craves. The combination of hydration and smoothness boosting Skin Omegas+ and collagen production enhancing Skin Collagen Support is the ultimate super duo for anyone looking to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, enhance skin elasticity and promote glowing skin from head to toe.
Flawless Glow £84 is the perfect way to achieve clear, flawless skin naturally with the scientifically proven nutritional supplement duo perfect for problematic skin. Skin Accumax™ has transformed skin throughout the globe with its patented formula which combines vitamin A, C, E and phytonutrients in one clever capsule for complete skin health.
The best-selling and award winning Skin Ultimate £72 supplies you with a 28 day supply of beauty pods, housing a daily dose of the much loved Skin Vit A+, Skin Omegas+, Skin Antioxidant, Skin Asta-Boost and Skin Co-Q10+. Achieving a bright, even complexion, healthy, shiny hair and nourished nails has never been easier.
Scientific skincare brand Environ is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, they’ve launched limited edition Christmas gift sets, all inspired by the globally recognised ‘flower’ icon of the brand logo, taking it back to their South African roots. Fashions finest loves the beautiful packaging the products come in, and the claims they make really work to brighten and improve the complexion. Perfect as a gift for the lady who cares about youthful skin!
Multi-action Prime and Prep £57 helps you to achieve a clean, refreshed and beautifully hydrated complexion. The ultimate glowing boost to your skincare routine, the set includes Dual Action Pre-Cleansing Oil, Skin EssentiA® Hydrating Clay Masque and a complimentary jar of Focus Care Moisture+ Oil Capsules – the perfect mid-winter pick-me-up.
Youth Essentia® Ultimate £245.95 – £276.90 allows you to take your complexion to a new level with a scientifically formulated, highly effective combination of powerful vitamins, antioxidants and peptides to supercharge your skin health. The set includes Youth EssentiA® Hydra-Intense Cleansing Lotion, Vita-Peptide Toner, Antioxidant Defence Crème or Defence Crème Plus, Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum (of your choice) and a complimentary full sized Focus Care™ Moisture+ HA Intensive Hydrating Serum. Be prepared to experience your best skin complexion yet!
Travel Essentials ‘Stay Glowing’ £70 is the perfect introduction to the scientifically researched Environ® formulas. This collection offers the perfect discovery journey to help improve the skin’s youthful appearance, radiance, and resilience. Enjoy a hydrating and revitalising routine with Vita-Peptide Eye Gel (10ml), Tri BioBotanical Revival Masque (15ml), Vita-Enriched Antioxidant Gel (15ml) and Vita-Antioxidant Hydrating Oil Capsules. A great gift for someone who is new to Environ products.
Skin Essentia® Healthy skin gift set £181-£188 enables your loved one to experience healthy-looking, beautiful skin with a complete skincare routine of powerhouse formulations, designed with essential vitamins and antioxidants to boost your skin health. The gift set includes Skin EssentiA® Mild Cleansing Lotion or Low Foam Cleansing Gel, Botanical Infused Moisturising Toner, Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser (of your choice) and Youth EssentiA® Vita-Peptide Eye Gel, plus a complimentary full size Intense C-Boost Mela Even Cream, Vita-Complex Super Moisturiser (5ml) and Tri-Peptide Complex Avance+ Elixir (5ml).
Vita –peptide eye gel £57 is a great way to surprise your loved one or treat yourself to the most spectacular Christmas tree ornament of all. The Vita-Peptide Eye Gel (10ml) is a worldwide best-seller for a reason. This quick absorbing eye gel contains essentials vitamins, antioxidants and peptides to assist in improving the hydration, firmness and skin tone around the eyes. Walk into 2021 with the clearest vision yet!
Clarity + Clear confidence set £101.95 is an innovative 3-phase system that helps to clean, control and clear your way to breakout-free, healthy-looking skin. The set includes Botanical Infused Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser, Hydroxy Acid Sebu-Lac Lotion and Vita-Botanical Sebu-ACE Oil, plus a complimentary Sebu-Clear Masque for a luxurious clarifying pamper.
Jane Iredale Celestial Lights Colection
The skincare make-up brand jane iredale have taken inspiration from the glowing night sky this festive season, creating sets that help to add glow and radiance to any look, whilst using highest grade minerals across all products to support your skin health. Fashions Finest love the idea of bringing the radiance of the skies home for a bright and joyful Christmas, all whilst enhancing your skin health using quality ingredients and the highest grade minerals available to ensure easy application, long lasting finishes, and perfect coverage too.
The jane iredale Celestial Lights Collection is available online from janeiredale.co.uk
Lip Poppers £25 Light up your festive look with one of these limited edition Lip Kits, each featuring two creamy, pigmented shades, packaged in a festive popper. The creamy and easy to blend crayons offer excellent colour payoff with precise application. Enjoy a hydrating formula with nourishing Castor Seed Oil soothing lips and Vitamin E delivering antioxidant protection. Shimmer Lip Kit includes Blissful Lip Crayon (shimmering sheer nude), Saucy Lip Crayon (creamy hot coral) and Jumbo Pencil Sharpener. Dazzle Lip Kit includes Naughty Lip Crayon (creamy brick red), Sunny Lip Crayon (vivid rosy pink) and Jumbo Pencil Sharpener.
Starry Eyes Mascara £40 lets you bring a conditioned and lifted twinkle to even the most sensitive eyes. This powerhouse lash duo is packed with clean, moisturising ingredients and hidden in a specially designed festive ornament to make it the perfect Christmas surprise for the ultimate beauty lover in your life. The set includes Black Ice Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara and PureLash® Lash Extender & Conditioner.
Celebrate the magic of the season with Illuminating Lights Face Palette £55, a decadent array of luxe, glowing shades to illuminate and elevate any festive look. The set includes two blushes in Gleam (shimmery light apricot) and Beam (shimmery guava), two highlighters in Twinkle (shimmery sheer peach) and Starlight (shimmery sheer guava) and a finish powder in Moonlight (soft yellow pearl) to take your healthy glow to a whole new dimension this Christmas.
Line and Define Brow Kits £47 will help you dazzle your way through the coming season and beyond with a 3-piece precision eyebrow kit. Expertly shape, sculpt and condition your brows with this face framing set, featuring a complimentary Eye Pencil. Available in three shades to find your perfect match, Light includes Blonde GreatShape™ Eyebrow Kit, Ash Blonde Retractable Brow Pencil and a complimentary Basic Brown Eye Pencil. Medium includes Ash Blonde GreatShape™ Eyebrow Kit, Brunette Retractable Brow Pencil and a complimentary Black/Brown Eye Pencil. Dark includes Brunette GreatShape™ Eyebrow Kit, Dark Brunette Retractable Brow Pencil and a complimentary Basic Black Eye Pencil.
Stand out from the crowd with the statement olive barrel bag £39.99, or the camel roll top backpack £49.99 from JIMBAG. Even though gyms are not open for a while, these bags are so on trend for 2021, and so versatile in their style and usage.
Fashions Finest love both of these lightweight canvas bags, great for either men or women. Each one will see you through your 2021 gym session or your next weekend city break while oozing style. Carry your kit and accessories with ease and look out for the hidden zip compartments. Both bags are made with 100% cotton canvas, and are beautifully strong and durable.
Kent Brushes From £35 Each
Kent Brushes, one of the oldest hairbrush manufacturers in the world is doing their bit, and responding to rising demand for ethically sourced grooming products. Kent Brushes has launched a new high quality super-soft synthetic shaving brush range, to provide men with a traditional shave in the modern era.
Drawing on nearly 250 years of brush making experience, Kent’s new generation of shaving brushes are handcrafted in England and filled with innovative super-soft Silvertex bristles that are stiff enough to lather soaps and creams with ease, but also luxuriously soft to touch on the face and prevent irritation. In addition, the handle is an elegant shape that fits easily into the hand delivering a firm grip even when wet. The super-soft Silvertex synthetic bristles have been developed not only to mimic the attributes of silver tip badger bristle, but to improve on them and provide a superior performance and the finest quality shave ever.
Fashions Finest loves this new range from Kent available online, which showcases six different synthetic shaving brushes with an ivory white or black handle in dome sizes varying from medium to extra-large. Their fabulous range debuts Kent Brushes new minimalist packaging with a clean white luxurious design, making it a natural gift choice this Christmas for the modern man!
Venus Razor For Her £12.99
Fashions Finest think that this pretty razor from Venus is a perfect stocking filler for the ladies! Say hello to silky smooth skin with zero irritation. This razor features a new Skin Elixir lubricating gel, and we think it’s the most comfortable shave yet! It provides 3X more lubrication than Venus Smooth and when activated by water, the razor seamlessly glides over the skin to reduce friction (and shaving rash too!)Its beautiful, ergonomic rose gold metal handle design and durability make it the perfect bathroom accessory. Buy now online from Boots today, and bag yourself a bargin, as it is only £6.49 currently!
IKON Fragrances £60
Ikon are unveiling this brand new and exclusive range of premium, natural, responsible fragrances, available to buy online from The Fragrance Shop. Six Eaux De Parfum developed with a simple yet elegant and premium mindset. Fashions Finest loves this wide range of fragrances, manufactured locally, all fragrances are formulated with natural, vegan and responsibly sourced key ingredients and materials, with notes perfectly balanced for gender neutral tones. Visit the website to find the best fragrance for your loved one...or yourself maybe.
Fashions Finest also loves the look and feel of the packaging Ikon have chosen to use in this collection. Made from lighter, durable glass, the bottle is topped with a manchurian ash wood cap, reminding us that the most precious materials are often found in the most simple, natural environments. Nestled in a modest, yet elegant compostable cardboard box, Ikon products are both recycled and recyclable, so you can feel good about yourself as well as treating yourself or your loved one.
Temple Spa - Into The Woods Seasonal Collection
Spa-inspired collections offering high performance skincare and wellbeing for the skin, body and soul are available this Christmas from Temple Spa. The new for this season gift collection represents layers of knowledge and wisdom built over time, with the theme of ‘into the woods,’ the brand aims to capture the real beauty of trees on their packaging. Fashions Finest loves their take on this theme, with spectacular photography featured from Dr Gabriel Hemery; a renowned British author, tree photographer and forest scientist, the art work is full of inspiring and beautiful colours, shapes and textures. Fashions Finest has some top picks from the collection, however there is plenty to choose from on the Temple Spa website.
Read My Lips £19 makes dry flaky lips a thing of the past with this complete lip serving trio. SMOOTH TALK exfoliating lip scrub is a blend of shea butter, avocado, sunflower and grapeseed oil plus crystallised sugar that together gently polish dry, chapped lips leaving them super smooth and soft. Fashions Finest loves this set – perfect for the winter months, and lovely as a gift set. The beautifully packaged set includes a 15g exfoliating lip scrub, a 15g moisturising lip balm, and a 5ml moisturising lip tint to see our lips through the cold winter months with beautiful lips.
Do Not Disturb Peace And Relaxation Collection £45 is a fantastic gift of ‘me-time’ or perhaps just some well- earned peace & quiet. Fashions Finest loves this gift set, which is full of a mélange of calming aromas, cashmere textures and botanicals borrowed from the Mediterranean garden that used together can help you to relax, restore and repose. Just what many need after this rollercoaster of a year! The set contains a chill out & sleep well mist 50ml, a relaxing bathing & massage oil 50ml, a soothing face mask 30ml, aromatherapy resting cream 15ml and comforting body cream 45ml. We think this pack is a steal at this price as well, as it is worth £70, so bag a bargain online at Temple Spa today.
The Great Defender £30 is a complete daily routine for glowing, healthy-looking skin. This clever protecting double act is your best defence against the environment, sun, wind, pollution, air-conditioning, heating & digital blue light overload. Fashions Finest loves the feather-light moisturiser that provides a skin filter for your face whilst the lip defence gives you a soft veil of lip protection at the same time, while offering broad-spectrum SPF30 and a powerful cocktail of antioxidants, vitamins, ginseng root extract and sodium hyaluronate to protect against free Radicals. These beauties are the perfect size to drop in your handbag so you can re-apply when needed and make sure you’re covered all day!
Enjoy the coming festive season, with Fashions Finest best wishes, and have a happy shop!
Sometimes it’s great to think outside of the box a little when it comes to Valentine’s Day. If your loved one is expecting the traditional gift of a card, flowers, chocolates or a cute cuddly something, surprise them with a gift equally as lovely, but with a little twist on the traditional theme.
A Personalised Book
Buy the book (with free next day delivery for Prime members) and fill in the pages as you are prompted by the printed text. A great way to tell your loved one just why they are so special to you, without worrying about ‘finding the right words’ as you will get plenty of help as you complete the book. A lovely twist on the Valentine’s Day card theme.
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There are several places who offer chocolate making and tasting sessions, including Red Letter Days, available all over the UK, a must buy if this is something you know your loved one would adore!
Instead of investing in a cuddly toy to express your love, why not go shopping for a silky number she will love!
ASOS have a wide selection of PJ’s to choose from, and they are great for both summer and winter nightwear, as well as small and lightweight for traveling with. Nothing says sensuous and luxurious like silk!
A Nordgreen Watch
Image Credits: Nordgreen
A watch is also a remarkable Valentine’s gift. Why not surprise your partner with a minimalist watch from Nordgreen?
They’re a Danish brand that has both women and men’s watches and they work directly with Jakob Wagner, a very well-known designer in Scandinavia.
Apart from an exceptional design, they offer a ‘Giving Back’ program. Meaning that buying one of their watches you donate a percentage of the watch’s price to one of their 3 partner NGOs.
From £144 you can get a bundle which includes a watch with two extra interchangeable straps of your choice. Buy them online here for men and for women!
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Romantic Night In Gift Set
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You could make a romantic night in gift box yourself, and fill it with things you and your partner will enjoy, or you can buy a pre-made box like this selection from Aromabar and available on Amason at under £15 each. Either way, your significant other will appreciate the thought that goes into accommodating both parties on Valentines Day.
A Gift For Yourself
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It’s important to remind yourself how special you are at this time of year too, and remember never to neglect your own health and beauty.
Love yourself always, and invest in you with a new range of hair care from Shea Moisture, containing charcoal that will keep your hair and scalp feeling fresh and full of life. With shampoo, conditioner and hair masque available, build-ups, dirt and unwanted oils will be washed away while leaving your natural barriers intact to allow long-lasting comfort. Ingredients like Tea Tree Oil, Bamboo Charcoal, African Black Soap and Willow Bark Extract feel soothing on your skin, making the shampoo perfect for those with itchy or irritated scalps.
Your skin can also receive a boost of vitality with Embryolisse Anti-Aging Firming Cream. This cream deals with every aspect of ageing; containing dermatological active ingredients, collagen and hyaluronic acid this cream gives the skin more substance, by plumping and smoothing the skin. Your skin will become more elastic and toned, moisturized and nourished giving it that much desired youthful glow.
With the weeks ahead looking seriously toasty, the glorious British summer is about to finally begin.
It’s time to unleash your inner Gallic goddess this winter, as cult French pharmacy brand launch their bestselling Lait-Crème Concentre in an exclusive Paris edition.
2016 saw a decrease in cosmetic surgery procedures, for the first time in a decade as 40% less people opted for invasive treatments, according to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Coupled with that, it was reported that 7 million pounds was paid out in compensation for botched cosmetic surgery over the past decade. With less people opting to go under the knife, and with so many alternative, non-evasive enhancements on the market – we’ve rounded up the best.
Say No To...Dermal Fillers
A shot a day keeps needles at bay. LQ Skin, Hair & Nails (£24.99, Boots) is a daily 50ml liquid vitamin supplement that contains 7000 mg of marine collagen, resveratrol, Hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, silicon, selenium and vitamins. LQ Skin, Hair & Nails is scientifically formulated to help maintain and support healthy skin, hair and nails. It’s liquid formula hits the blood stream quickly, and leaves skin plump, revitalised and healthy.
Say No To...Restylane
Fake Bake Beauty Lip Inflate (£14.95, www.fakebakebeauty.co.uk) This 2-phase product allows you to prescribe your own pout. Mix either one, two or three drops of the Collagen Plumping Mixer with the Collagen Plumping Gloss. It contains an effective peptide that signals the lip to produce more collagen. Glycerin gives a plump, hydrated look while a clever copolymer creates the illusion of smoothness. Just mix, apply and maximise!
Say No To...Laser
RosehipPLUS® Rosehip Oil 50ml (£25, www.treatyourskin.com) contains naturally occurring bioflavonoids and essential fatty acids. Bioflavonoids act as potent antioxidants, helping to reduce free radical damage in the skin and reduce the appearance of imperfections and stretch marks. The essential fatty acids (Omega 3,6 and 9) in the oil help to keep the skin hydrated, moisturised and younger looking.
Say No To...Tattooed Brows
The universal Know Cosmetics No Bare Brows (£12.50, Lloyds Pharmacy) is a 4 in 1 eyebrow shaping kit that transforms your brows from bland to beautiful. With a universal brow colour at one end and invisible taming wax at the opposite end, No Bare BrowsTM/MC works for everyone. Caps with built-in sharpener and brush keep all brow tools conveniently together to create brows that wow factor – no needles needed.
Say No To.... Blepharoplasty
Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour Care (£24.99, Boots) targets wrinkles, circles and bags. It makes the eyes look rested and more youthful by soothing wrinkles and fine lines and by combating bags and circles under the eyes. This high performance eye care product combining hyaluronic acid, a powerful moisturiser, vitamins A and E, and a selection of soothing and regenerating active plant ingredients (sesame, cornflower and meristem). Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour has a light cream consistency which can be worn alone or layered under makeup and leaves the eyes looking more rested and youthful with the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles visibly diminished.
Say No To... Botox
This anti-ageing treatment from Skin D-Luxe (£10, www.fakebakebeauty.co.uk) is designed for targeted areas that show the tell tale signs of time. Fight fine lines around eyes, lips and forehead with this powerhouse product. A wonderful cocktail of anti-ageing retinol and soy fibre, combine with wrinkle-relaxing peptides and blurring agents for a smoother, softer and show-stoppingly gorgeous look.
If you’re looking to improve your skin and have soft, supple glowing complexion like many A-listers including Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Keegan, Karlie Kloss and Ariana Grande then reach for the new Foaming Cleanser from Embryolisse - the legendary skincare brand developed in Paris by French Dermatologists.
Embryolisse previously only available in specialist French pharmacies and niche beauty stores, Embryolisse was the word on everyone’s lips when it comes to cult skin care.
When it comes to skincare routines, it can be a little hard to decide on the best routine to undertake as we’re daily fed with so many different ‘tips and tricks’ to getting the best skin.