Home is where we will be for the next while and if that is where we are going to be we might as well make the most of it. And with it being spring which is usually the season to spruce up our homes. There is no better time than now to inject happy and positive color and playful patterns into our homes. And not forgetting that we are on a bit of a tight budget we have a quick, affordable and easy way for you to brighten your living room and bedroom.
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Create An Accent Wall
We all know what it feels like when you feel boxed in and all you can see around you is four white walls. Aagh!! That alone will drive you bananas. So, the solution, create an accent wall. You can, of course, paint your accent wall but there are more fun and creative ways to make a statement. And here are two of my favorites that will create interest and add texture in your living room or bedroom.
Dress it with a piece of your favorite fabric. This works the same as hanging wallpaper and using fabric with a large floral pattern will add color and added texture to your room.
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You will need:
● Textile fabric
● Drop cloths
● Laundry starch
● Paint roller with low-nap roller cover
● Paint tray
● Wallpaper smoothing tool
● Metal straightedge
● Sharp utility knife
Prepare the Fabric and the Walls. Opt for fabric with a large pattern like floral's and make sure that you have enough fabric to cover your chosen wall. Make sure the fabric is clean and dry. If you want to be sustainable have a look through your old flatbed sheets.
Cut the lengths of fabric to fit the wall, allowing about 2 inches of extra fabric at the top and the bottom, and along wall edges. Wash the wall down and dry it before you begin, and remove everything from the wall.
Apply Starch - You can use starch to attach the fabric to the wall. This will not damage the wall or the fabric and will allow for easy removal Cover your wall to avoid too much mess.
Apply the starch to the wall using a paint roller as this is less messy and faster than using a brush or dipping the fabric into a container of starch. Make sure to cover all of the wall surfaces completely.
Hang the Fabric - This will take patience, but it is not difficult. Apply the fabric while the starch is still damp, beginning in one corner and moving across the wall. Get the kids to help to make sure that everything goes on straight. Have a helper stand back from the wall to ensure the pattern remains properly aligned and that they match at the edges. Use a wallpaper smoothing tool to flatten the fabric against the wall.
Now, roll more starch over the fabric and let it dry
Trim the Fabric - Trim off the excess when the starch and fabric are dry to the touch, use a straightedge and sharp utility knife. Just be careful with the sharp blade
You can keep it looking fresh clean by simply cleaning it with a sponge and some dish-washing detergent. When it comes time to remove the fabric, use a wet sponge and soak the corners until they come away from the walls. The fabric should peel right off.
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This is a brilliant idea for small spaces with boring white walls. Follow the step by step instruction Emily’s Blog Everything Emily Blog, on how to use black washi tape to create a repeat pattern.
An oldie but always a goodie is a Gallery wall. Gather all the old frames that you have laying around the house and fill it with new wall art.
Many businesses which have in the past worked out of large buildings, have realised that this way of working – where employees work from home, could be a way to reduce overheads and allow for more efficient business management in the future, once this lock down is all over!
With this in mind, Fashions Finest have some top tips, to help you get the most out of your time working from your home space, and help you to survive your isolation period while still working from home.
Get Up And Get Dressed:
Getting up and dressed every morning will help to put you in a good frame of mind for working! You may decide you wear the same formal wear you would wear to work, or just comfortable sportswear, whatever works best for you is fine. The point is that the start of your working day is marked by getting out of bed, getting dressed and mentally preparing for a day at work!
This also means going to bed early enough to ensure you are getting a good amount of sleep and setting your alarm clock for your usual waking time too.
Set Regular Working Hours:
Working to regular hours, helps you to get into good habits for your daily routine, and it times like this, setting good routines are a great way of ensuring your day doesn’t drag on endlessly, and follows a pattern, which is great for your state of mind too. That way you know what time you start work, when you take breaks and for how long, as well as what time you clock off for the day. This is especially useful when you have a family. They know what time you will be available to spend time with them, and when you are effectively ‘at work’.
Sit At A Desk Or Table:
Having a desk or table to sit at ensures you maintain a good posture while working and you can organise your work space for the hours you are at work. This might be a desk in the spare bedroom, or even the kitchen table. Either works well to ensure you don’t slouch too much, and injure your back or hips in the long term, and it also helps to set you in the ‘work’ frame of mind, and ensure you are potentially more productive than snuggling up on the sofa with the TV and the lap top on your knees.
Take Regular Breaks:
Regular breaks help you to remember to eat, and stay hydrated too. Plenty of snacks and hot and cold drinks throughout your work day will keep your mind alert and firing! Break times can also include time to play with your children, teach a ‘maths lesson’ or do some arts and crafts sessions, or take a walk, have a little home workout session, or have a conversation with whomever you share your household. Its about doing whatever works for you and your own personal circumstances.
Spruce Up Your Work space:
UK company, Cambridge Imprint make patterned paper, stationery and home-ware with a sophisticated palette, and their beautiful, yet practical storage and filing systems are the perfect way for you to create a stylish and homely and functional workspace in your home, while still ensuring the area as not out of keeping with your own home décor. Also, you never know, home working could become a bigger part of your new post Covid 19 daily routine, and with all these delights on offer, you will be able to hit the ground running!
It will improve your mental state if you plan in times of movement within your day. That might be a YouTube/home work out every morning, then a late afternoon walk around your area, or a park if you are lucky enough to live close to one. Alternatively you could try something different like yoga or a work out using the things you have all around your home already. If you want to spend some money, you could even find an online personal trainer to help you stay fit and healthy in these most strange of times too.
Most importantly of all, stay safe while you stay productive, and don't forget to keep washing those hands too!
Ok ladies it’s time to learn how to do your own manicure and polish while we are still under lockdown. This is a quick and simple Mini Egg design you can do on yourself with the kids, even the hubby in these unprecedented times. They seem to be joining in the fun!
Now you can do this design in either normal polish or gel and I really do not recommended playing with chemicals unless you are trained of course.
I do the design using Gel polish because that’s pretty much all I use these days.
Step 1: You need five different pastel shades as close to resembling mini eggs.
Step 2: Paint your nails in any colour formation and leave to dry. If using normal lacquer, I would leave to dry in between coats.
Step 3: After checking to see if they are dry again take a dark brown/black polish and use either a tooth pick or hair grip if you haven’t got a dotting tool to create, your desired speckled effect. Leave to Dry.
Step 4: Finally apply the topcoat and leave to dry.
Remember to regularly oil those cuticles even more so important as the isopropyl alcohol present in hand wash is stripping us all of our natural oils due to copious amounts of hand washing.
Remember to STAY IN AND STAY SAFE!
We at Fashions Finest love Joanna’s latest work, which depicts not only appearances but the distinct feeling you can almost taste the fruit for yourself! Joanna and Magda present delicious detail in each and every one of these beautiful images.
Photography: Joanna Mitroi Photography
Photography: Joanna Mitroi Photography
Photography: Joanna Mitroi Photography
Stylist, Creative Director & Retoucher: @joanna_mitroi Joanna Mitroi
Photography: Joanna Mitroi Photography
Makup Artist & Hair: Marie Sopik
Model: Magda Swider
Melody created her works while either listening to music in different music venues, or while conjuring up the memory of the listening experience, and the feelings the music evoked within her soul, in order to create her pieces of art.
Melody shares her feelings about her fashion illustrations with us:
“Music has created impetus and inspiration for this series of my fashion illustrations. I wished to produce a pure and transcendental art form and not just use a familiar image! I use music as an analogy or metaphor in my designs and artistic expression. By listening to music and emulating it in my work, I have discovered unconventional techniques in my pattern designs and art-making approach. Like music, my work was created from the depth of my inner self and the purest way to express this is letting the rhythm leads what I draw.”
You can find out more about Melody Hesaraky and her art illustations on her instagram site.
Hairdresser Hannah Wardman has been trying to get some ideas together for you guys to look after your hair whilst we’re on lockdown. Here are some suggestions and tips to help you get by.
If you already have salon Treatments in get these treatments on at least once a week.
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- To help these treatments be more intense, put a towel In The microwave for 30 seconds and wrap around the hair. The heat will make the treatment more intense.
- You can leave the treatments on for a minimum of 15 minutes but if you want to leave it on longer feel free.
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However, if you don’t already have treatments in, it’s now going to be hard for you to get your hands on as all salons are temporarily closed. So on to the next part, which may sound strange to a lot of you but it does actually work!
If your hair is feeling dry and brittle then a good temporary homemade treatment (temporary being the operative word) is egg whites. That’s correct you heard her right EGG WHITES. Egg whites are full of protein and protein is what our hair is lacking when it’s feeling dry and damaged, so this is a great way to get protein straight back into the hair! To do the egg white treatment what you will need to do is:
1. Rinse the hair
2. Separate the egg white from the yolk and use the egg whites only. Apply the egg whites evenly all over the hair. Leave on for a least 10minutes but you can always leave it on for longer!
3. Rinse the egg whites then shampoo your hair twice and condition your hair like normal giving your hair a good comb through with a tangle teaser with the conditioner on.
4. Rinse conditioner and the Treatment is done.
Do this treatment once a week to start with until the hair starts to feel better. Once the hair starts feeling better then reduce the amount of times you do the treatment, as you don’t want to put too much protein in your hair. Too much protein could result in going back to square one.
No EGGageration this works and it’s a good way to help your hair until salons are back open and products and treatments are available for you to buy!
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot we can do regards to colours whilst we’re on lockdown, but getting your hair in good condition will really help, so when we are all back up and running your colour will look even more fabulous if the conditioner feels amazing too!!
People who have silvery/ashy/grey tones in their hair you may feel these tones have faded out or gone brassy. If you have a silver/purple shampoo (preferably salon bought) rinse your hair well then apply this evenly all over your hair and leave in for at least 10minutes and this will act like a toner. This will help blonde hair get rid of any unnecessary brassy tones.
If your wanting a more silvery/grey affect leave the silver/purple shampoo on for longer. There’s no need to do this every time you wash your hair unless you feel necessary, as some people find the the purple/silver shampoo can dry their hair out. But if your doing treatments along-side this then your hair should be fine.
I know the colour will be the main thing to a lot of people but unfortunately there is not a lot we can do about that whilst lockdown goes on and I can only stress PLEASE DO NOT HOME DYE. Home dyes can potentially ruin your hair or will make the colour process a lot harder for us when you do come back to salon. This could mean that you won’t get the results your wanting or potentially having to spend even more money on your hair when salons are back open to correct your colour and get it back to how you want it! They contain totally different ingredients to our colour products, which can result in strange reactions when it comes to us colouring your hair again! And what it says on the packet IS NOT always how it turns out!
Whilst we’re on lockdown we’re not seeing people so let your hair be natural. If your one to straighten it all the time or always apply heat, then this is a time for our hair to be left in its natural state whilst we are stuck in! Along with the treatments, applying less heat will also help the condition of our hair. The condition of our hair is everything!! And if the condition is fabulous the colour WILL be fabulous when we are allowed to get our hands back on it!!!
The phrase behind this whole pandemic is BE KIND!! Let’s apply this to our hairs too and BE KIND...... Thank you for taking the time out to read this .... Love, Peace and Afro grease!!!
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This may feel like a dystopian world and one where normal celebrations like Easter don’t belong any more, but that doesn’t have to be the case. After all…who needs an excuse to eat chocolate?
We can all help ourselves to feel positive about our isolation through having a bit of fun, and what better time than Easter to play some fun games, have an Easter egg hunt, and eat lots of chocolate!
Very.co.uk has fabulous chocolate packs and gifts in stock, from Hotel Chocolate for you to order online, for yourself, as well as options you could send to friends and family, to let them know you are thinking of them this Easter, and even though you may not be with your friends and family this holiday season, you can still show you care about them by sending them a chocolaty gift to enjoy.
Don’t cancel Easter 2020, but enjoy this holiday in the best way you can, and share some love around, while staying safe, and keeping those you love safe too.
Inspired by the current situation in New York City, and indeed around the world to varying degrees, these illustrations are portraying how it feels to be quarantined, and isolated. Kept at a distance from our fellow human beings, and even separated from our close friends and family for our own good.
“Everything I have been reading lately starts with "Due to COVID-19.. IT IS CANCELLED...It is time to be sensible and inspire each other.”
Like many of her other illustrations, music was one of the leading forces for Melody Hesaraky while creating these illustrations, although this time it was music listened to while at home, and through a pair of headphones.
Melody wants to inspire viewers with her images, which she came up with in the solitude of isolation, but now wants to share with the world. She believes that even though we may be separated for a time, art can inspire us and bring us together, even in these most difficult of times.
You can find out more about Melody Hesaraky via her instagram site.
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For those who love the holiday season, the art and science of shopping for gifts for their loved ones is a treat and a pleasure. For others, however, the trouble of finding that perfect present might be more of a burden. You want to discover something unique, purposeful, something that the person for whom it is intended will love and genuinely use. Alas, the sheer volume of choices can be overwhelming, so you find yourself stuck with the typical selection of Christmas sweaters, a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, and a bottle of her favorite wine for Mother’s Day – a safe, albeit mundane choice.
Why not leave your gift-giving comfort zone and choose something that is in line with your mum’s values? If your mother loves a gift that will make a difference and bring more than material, but spiritual value into their life, you can aim for such a present for this year. Here are a few worthy options to keep in mind for the motherly figure in your household!
The Socks That Keep On Giving
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Did you know that socks are the least donated item to the homeless, hence one of the most items needed across the US and wider? It turns out that you don’t have to stick to traditional design if you want to make this particular purchase. You can go for brands such as Mitscoots that make and sell gorgeous socks and other gear, and then donate items in the same value to those who need them most.
Plus, they go above and beyond to aid the community by hiring the transitioning homeless people. Alternatively, Conscious Step has other versatile contributions such as using their profits to provide treatment for HIV-positive expectant mothers, schoolbooks through Room to Read, and meals for starving children.
Add Some Sparkle With Ethical Makeup
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Axiology makes natural organic lipstick that still pops, so the aesthetics of their products loses no luster to their ethical measures. Other brands offer an equally stunning range of beauty items, so take your pick and impress the mom in your home!
Haircare With A Green Twist
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For example, organic and natural hair wax by Zenz uses only certified organic ingredients that cause zero harm to the environment, and that will provide ample goodness for your mom’s locks without causing any damage. The founder herself had trouble with allergies caused by the chemicals in typical hair products, inspiring her to create a label that will help women style their hair in a natural way. With ingredients such as aloe vera, essential oils, and beeswax, your mom’s hair and scalp will love the treatment.
A Handmade Purse
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If your mom is a great supporter of recycling and upcycling, then you can give her a long-lasting gift this Mother’s Day that is made with those precise principles in mind. Crossbody purses by Dagne Dover are as beautiful as their ethical efforts, while Cult Gaia uses natural materials such as wood in their bag-making processes.
You can also easily find brands that don’t use fur or support any other form of animal cruelty, while their creations are still lovely and up to par with the latest trends. It’s yet another wonderful way to express your appreciation of her style preferences, while you also treat her to something she likely wouldn’t buy on her own, and you can always easily check so as not to get the same one she already owns.
Responsible Apparel Brands
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Levi’s Water<Less Collection uses over 90% less water to make their jeans, making this a true leap forward in the industry. You can also look for other factors such as using organic cotton, recycled materials, and no harmful chemicals.
The phenomenon that we term ‘hard water’ is formed when particles from calcium and magnesium are deposited in water increasing the mineral levels. Hard water causes lime scale to form in showers and kettles, but what most people don’t know is that it can be the cause of skin irritation and dryness of hair. The same residue that we see on our kettle is also damaging to the natural layer that protects our skin. Basically, If you suffer with dry skin, and you’ve exhausted all possible causes of your dry, flaky and acne prone skin then hard water could be the cause!
Apart from the extreme act of moving to a soft water postcode or spending extortionate amounts of money on fitting filtering systems into your home, help is at hand with some effective hair and skincare treatments.
Use A Toner
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A toner will ensure that any residue left on the skin is taken off. The Funderm Clean Master Toner, £19.00, from funderm.com whisks away pore-clogging oil and flakes, helping to tighten your pores and reveal a clearer complexion. These ingredients work in harmony, so your skin looks beautiful, purified and balanced. This refreshing toner has an innovative and powerful prebiotic and probiotic complex with clinically proven active ingredients that will leave your skin feeling fresh and purified.
Apply A Lotion
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Hard water will dry out skin so by using a rich body moisturizer like the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Fluide, £28.00, from lookfantastic.com you can prevent dry flaky skin by replenishing moisture. This lotion utilises Shea Butter and Aloe Vera to nurture and nourish the skin. Quickly absorbed, it can be used as a body moisturiser, facial makeup remover, soothing after-sun, hydrating masque or after-shave care to leave all skin types soft and supple.
Purify Your Hair And Scalp
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Hard water can also cause damage and dry out the hair and scalp. Treat hair dryness and built up of dirt on the scalp by using the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Purification Masque, £12.99, from lookfantastic.com This shampoo gives your locks a deeply nourishing treatment. Working to inject moisture and hydration into every strand, the masque leaves your hair much softer and smoother than before with a healthy shine. Ingredients like Tea Tree Oil, African Black Soap, Willow Bark Extract and Bamboo Charcoal work together to sooth sensitivity and calm irritation. This treatment also balances your scalp, washing away impurities and build-ups to leave you feeling more comfortable.
Although finding the perfect details to finish off an outfit isn’t something most men tend to think about, the right accessory can truly be your best friend. Apart from providing you with subtle, stylish touches that easily tie your whole look together, accessories can also highlight your individuality and personal style, helping you stand out from the crowd. From headwear to jewellery and tasteful details, here is a complete guide to men’s accessories that will help you elevate your personal style:
Although there are a wide variety of different styles available today, a good hat can add elegance and flavour to any outfit, helping you look stylish and put-together effortlessly. For example, a trendy snapback can easily upgrade a casual t-shirt and jeans combo, a newsboy cap can add some interest to a business casual look, while a fedora paired with an elegant suit helps you achieve that classy gentleman vibe. No matter which style you opt for, make sure that the hat you choose complements your outfit beautifully, and ties the whole look together.
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Taking inspiration from some of the coolest Hollywood dads, the right pair of sunglasses is the ideal accessory to upgrade any outfit, no matter how plain, and make you look that much more stylish and refined. While finding the perfect sunglasses for you might be difficult with such a wide array of options, you can never go wrong with a classic style, such as aviators or clubmasters, in neutral colours like black and brown, as these shades can truly stand the test of time, helping you look incredibly fashionable with minimal effort.
Not only does a good watch make a powerful statement, but it is also the perfect way to elevate any outfit, and add some class and style to a man’s look. From dress watches that are ideal for formal occasions to casual watches you can complement your looks with every day, there a number of watches you can choose from to find the ideal one for you. But regardless of your personal style, the one thing every man should own are elegant Swiss watches, as their sleek look and timeless design make them suitable for any occasion, while always making you look polished and refined.
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Being the most noticeable piece of jewellery you can wear, the necklace you choose is incredibly important. Whether it’s a dainty metal chain with a sentimental pendant or something as classic as a dog tag, make sure your necklace is a reflection of your personality. Apart from bands representing special events, rings can also be a great way of expressing your style, whether you wear them individually or stacked for an impacting look. Although mostly worn by men with alternative styles, bracelets are perfect for complementing casual outfits as well, from small metal ones to eye-catching canvas and leather bands.
Matching your belt with the colour of your shoes is an essential rule that shouldn’t be broken when it comes to professional and formal attire. But apart from a sleek black or brown leather belt that is most appropriate for these types of occasions, casual outfits can give you much more options to express your personal taste and style. Whether you opt for a leather or a canvas belt, you can easily add a bit more interest and dynamic to your everyday looks by choosing a colour that perfectly complements the colour palette of your outfit.
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Although it might not be the first accessory that comes to mind, socks are a great way to express your personal style, and they have even become a prominent fashion trend in the last few years. If you have a more minimalist aesthetic, you can always choose a solid, neutral pair, but don’t be afraid to experiment with a bit of colour and print every once in a while. Simply pairing a plain, casual outfit with socks in bright colours or funky patterns, such as stripes and polka dots, can add some fun and interest to your everyday looks.
Regardless of which accessories you opt for, keep in mind that less is always more. Stick to one or two statement pieces to elevate your outfits, and you will always look like a chic, fashionable and refined man.
A British Filipino illustrator, heavily influenced by fashion and cultural themes, Marianne is currently in her final year of BA illustration at UCA Farnham. Marianne has loved drawing since she was a child, and built up her skills through an education in Fine Art and Textiles while at school. She has a love of digital illustration, and is currently exploring and developing her style through this medium. Marianne hopes to create a name for herself within the creative industry, where she can combine her love of traditional and graphic styles.
Find more of Marianne's work on Instagram: www.instagram.com/marianneh.art
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A third-year illustration student at UCA, Molly’s current work centres on femininity, and she continues to endeavour to portray the finding of comfort within the strict confines of what is perceived as womanhood. Molly specialises in digital artwork and portraiture.
Find more of Molly's work on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/molly.illustration/
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A full time BA student studying Illustration, and in her last year of university, Nika’s illustrative works are influenced by the everyday routine, specifically the small things we do that are easy to miss, as well as those things we should be doing in order to look after ourselves on a daily basis.
Find more of Nika's work on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nm_illustrations_/
Whether you are trying to protect a sleek blowout, maintain healthy and defined curls, or simply aiming to nourish and repair damaged hair, preserving your hairstyle while you sleep is easier that it might initially seem. With just a bit of preparation before heading to bed, you can easily wake up with sleek, smooth and absolutely gorgeous locks. So, here are some simple ways you can make your hairstyle stay looking good during the night:
Don’t Go To Bed With Wet Hair
Regardless of the texture of your hair, going to bet with wet or even damp hair is never a good idea. Apart from ruining the hairstyle you put so much effort into making overnight, continuing this practice of sleeping with wet hair will ultimately lead to hair damage, breakage and split ends. So, it might be a good idea to consider changing your routine, whether that means washing your hair a few hours earlier, or even when you wake up in the morning. If you still want to take a shower right before bed, then remember to put on a heat protectant, and thoroughly blow-dry your hair before going to sleep.
Brush Your Hair Before Going To Sleep
If you have straight or even slightly wavy hair, combing through your strands before going to bed is another simple way of ensuring you wake up with a smooth and silky hairstyle. Apart from de-tangling any knots you might have, brushing your hair every night will also help you evenly distribute the natural oils from your scalp throughout your hair, helping you avoid grease and build-up on the scalp. Whether you opt for a wide tooth comb or a paddle brush, make sure not to brush your hair too much or comb it when it’s wet; a gentle, quick, all-over brushing is all you need to have gorgeous hair in the morning.
Invest In A Silk Sleep Bonnet
Whether you want to preserve your beautiful blowout overnight or wake up with perfectly bouncy curls, one of the best things you can do to your hair is to protect it with a silk hair wrap for sleeping during the night. Helping you avoid breakage, frizz and flyaway strands by preventing your hair from rubbing up against your harsh pillowcase, not only will silk sleep caps keep your hairstyle intact while you sleep, but they will also allow you to wake up with smooth, shiny and luscious hair. As silk is one of the softest and gentlest materials for your hair, it’s ideal for maintaining any hair texture or preserving any hairstyle, whether it’s a loose bun or perfectly formed curls.
Braid Your Hair Before Bed
Putting your hair in braids before you head to sleep is a simple yet effective way of waking up with a beautiful texture, whether you want to preserve the beachy waves you made with a curling iron, or you’re simply looking for a quick trick for an effortless overnight hairstyle. What’s more, loose braids are also one of the most protective hairstyles you can sleep in, as long as you don’t pull them tight. All you need to do is put your hair into one or more braids (depending on the type of waves you want to achieve) while your hair is still damp, and you’ll wake up with gorgeous beachy hair in the morning.
Apply A Hydrating Hair Serum
As an additional step to help prevent frizz and flyaway strands, it might be a good idea to apply a hydrating, oil-based serum on your hair before going to bed. Besides helping your hairstyle stay in place, a good hair serum will also give you a luminous shine and a silky finish, allowing you to wake up with moisturized, soft and healthy locks. However, keep in mind that moderation is key when it comes to applying hair serums, as only a couple of pumps saturated throughout the bottom half of your hair are enough to nourish and replenish your strands with the hydration they need to look their absolute best.
Simply by incorporating a few extra steps into your hair care routine every night, you can ensure your hair will stay healthy, shiny and frizz-free, and you can rise and shine to another great hair day.
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
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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.
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CBD Infused Fruit Tea
CBD Cuticle Oil
The Plant-Based Cuticle Oil of the Century! Containing Lavender, Rosemary, and Clary Sage Essential Oils, Infused with CBD. A game-changing Skin-soothing Remedy for Nails, Hands and Feet.
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The shops have been cleared of Christmas. The January sales are drawing to an end. The next big seasonal event of the year is heading our way. Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us.
It can often be a struggle to select the right gift for a partner on Valentine’s Day. It requires a careful consideration of a number of things. How long have you been together? What sorts of things do they like? How romantic is too romantic? Making sure you get the right gift can be a stressful decision.
Men have got the classic, if a little cliched, fall back gifts. Flowers, chocolates, lingerie, jewellery, or a nice bottle of wine will probably be well received. Some blokes might even get brownie points for just remembering at all!
For women, there may be a little more of a struggle. Well ladies, if your man is a bearded chap, good news! We have just the thing…
Show your partner that you care for both him and his beard with a range of beard care products from Beard Buys.
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Beard Buys stock a large range of beard products from many independent brands who handcraft their products using natural ingredients. Beard oils and balms are designed to moisturise the beard and the skin and provide much needed nutrients to help a beard grow thick and strong. As well as preventing dried skin and the dreaded beard itch, oils and balms are scented so they also smell great!
A beard care gift set containing a matching oil and balm is the perfect, personal gift for a bearded bloke and it will truly show him that you care. Plus, you will get to choose your favourite scent from a wide range!
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If you want to have a hairstyle that is timeless and stylish, but is also easy for maintenance, you should go for a fashionable bob or lob. That, of course, includes a considerable chop to your hair, but you will see that taking a few inches off is going to pay off. You can go for a shorter version of this haircut like the Bohemian Rhapsody star, the stunning Lucy Boynton has opted for, and have your hair reach just in-between your chin and your jawbone.
2. The Secret Lies In The Hair Extensions
If you have watched at least one red carpet event, you must have noticed that many of the famous ladies opt to wear their hair in beautiful and striking ponytails or buns. But have you ever thought that the greater number of those exquisite hairstyles includes hair extensions? Most likely not, because the majority of the celebrities have their hair done so that it looks as if all of it were their own lavish hair. However, the secret is in luxurious long clip in hair extensions, which you can easily get for yourself and rock a spectacular ponytail or bun any day. Just make sure that your extensions match your hair color so that everything looks completely natural. Now you can grab a hair tie and a few pins and get your hair in an amazing up-do. To finish off the look, apply a bit of hair wax (not cream) to sleek any flyaways and to add some shine to the hair.
We can spend hours in front of the mirror trying to get those voluptuous and chic waves, and still not be happy with the final result. That can easily be changed and the key is in hairspray. As simple as it sounds, hairspray is your best friend when it comes to curling your hair. Celebrity hairstylists use hairspray before curling their clients’ hair in order for the hair to be more flexible and thus catch on better to the shape that the curling iron gives it. They part the hair into sections, spray each section and then curl them. You can repeat this process in your own bathroom and after you get those irresistible waves, you can spray your whole head once more with hairspray, in order for the hairstyle to last longer.
Two more weeks until the big man comes down the chimney with all the gifts we have asked for! (If only it were that easy) There is still time to grab great stocking fillers or gift for the person who has everything, and Fashions Finest are here to help once again, with The Power Styler.
Power Styler is an easy to use attachment for your hairdryer, which allows you to cut your blow dry time in half, and not only that, it allows you to blow-dry and style hair simultaneously- saving you time and electricity, while achieving beautifully smooth blow-dries that will make you look like you have just stepped out of the salon.
The Power Styler consists of two high-quality, ceramic-coated plates that smooth the hair cuticle as the hair dryer works, leaving hair looking healthy and shiny. Simple to attach, the Power Styler can be fitted onto almost all straight-edged hairdryer nozzles and will help set any style you choose to sport-from straight to curly, for much longer than the traditional at home blow-dry.
Grab your short cut to great hair at Darco or Amazon today, to ensure it arrives before Christmas, and to avoid disappointment!
It’s that wonderful, magical time of year again where we can wrap up warmly against the cold, and drink mulled wine as often as we like, we can eat far too much, and forget the gym for a week…or month in favour of Christmas shopping, spending more money in a few weeks than we have all year, and celebrate by partying until we drop!
All of these festivities can seem great fun, and worth every penny until 2nd January, but spare a thought to 2020, getting through the January blues and having money left over to treat yourself in one of the most difficult months of the year too!
Being sensible and thrifty might not sound very exciting, but with a little bit of planning you can have a fantastic Christmas and new year, giving beautiful and useful gifts to your friends and family, and not spend a fortune doing it either.
Take a look at our Christmas must have list for 2019, and give gifts (or stock up yourself) on products we are sure will make every part of you feel great not only on Christmas day, but into the new year too. You don’t have to spend a lot to show you love and appreciate someone, and often, the small, thoughtful gifts mean the most.
This company began life making flip-flops in 1962 in Brazil. Their unique look and comfy soles, along with promises of never losing a strap, (we all know how annoying that can be with flip-flops!) and their trendy and vibrant look, helps them to stand out from the crowds.
Havaianas also promise that their brand works with the environment and a percentage of their revenue goes to fund the preservation of the Brazilian forest and ocean, developing projects to help preserve areas of natural beauty and importance such as the Amazonian Rain forests, and scientific research into conservation.
Flip-flops are great for summer time, and slipping on around the house in these colder climates, and Havaianas are soft and comfortable to wear, and come is some stunning designs too…but if you prefer something a little warmer for the winter months when you are venturing outdoors, and there are a lovely range of shoes available too.
The great news doesn’t end there, as there is currently 10% off, available on their website,(correct as of the date of publishing) so hurry on over to bag yourself a pair of stunning flip flops that won’t break the bank, and would be great as a unique and thoughtful gift for Christmas – especially if you know someone escaping for some winter sun in the new year!
Only Curls Hair Care
Only Curls, a London based brand was started by Lizzie Carter who wanted to cater for those with natural curls. The range is made in the UK, and is cruelty – free and vegan, and their packaging is 100% recyclable. No plastic is used to dispatch the range, so it ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people right from the start. With an increasing demand for eco-friendly beauty Only Curls has recently also launched their cute new packaging made from eco-friendly sugar cane.
If you have naturally curly hair, or if you need to buy a gift for a curly girl, then this range of products is for you. It has been specially formulated to encourage us to ditch the chemicals, forget the straighteners and love our natural curls!
Only Curls are championing the UK curl revolution with the launch of their brand new range of cleansing, conditioning, styling products and accessories.
From gentle shampoos and nourishing cremes to hair towels, combs and sleep turbans, each product in the Only Curls range has been tested on all curl types and are specially formulated and packed with natural nourishing ingredients that breathe life back in to curls and provide the very best care that fragile curly hair requires.
The range consistently receives 5-star reviews with some consumers saying it has solved “all of their hair problems”! It looks great, smells great, it’s Eco-friendly and can make your hair dreams come true – an all-round winner to pamper yourself (or someone else) this Christmas!
Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion
Restore a healthy glow to skin with Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Energizing Bath, Body & Massage Oil. Shea Moisture promises to energize dry, dull skin with their silky-smooth oil made of Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, which work in harmony to create an ultra-hydrating blend for your skin, replenishing high levels of moisture deep below the skin surface for a brighter, more even-looking tone.
A perfect way to pamper yourself (or someone you love) this Christmas and into the new year, Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion bath, body and massage oil helps to protect against the damaging effects of external aggressors, to leave skin re-energised, nourished and infused with a luminous radiance. The delicious scent of dragon fruit, lychee berry and green apple extracts combine to create a heady experience, and also help to nourish and recharge tired-looking skin, while Imbe Oil protects while Aloe promotes a healthy glow to your skin.
Say goodbye to those tiny unwanted eyebrow hairs you just can’t get to – once and for all, as luxury Swiss brand, Rubis, maker of the tweezers of choice among make-up artists, including Bobbi Brown who called them ‘The Ferrari of Tweezers’ has announced the launch of their brand-new Christmas collection, so you can gift a beauty addict in your life perfect brows! (even if that addict happens to be you!)
Rubis is available from Cult Beauty and The Fragrance Counter, and each pair of Rubis Tweezers demonstrate Swiss precision and luxury at its finest They are individually crafted and finished by hand to ensure perfect tips, alignment and high precision in removing unwanted hair. Ergonomically designed, all tweezers are made of resilient, antacid, stainless steel.
Makeup Hand Palette
This handy little tool has been taking the beauty world by storm and fast becoming every makeup artist’s ‘must have’ product of the year, and would be great as a stocking filler for anyone who uses makeup!
The Makeup palette is a really well thought out idea, as we all want a perfect makeup finish but with so many brands on offer, the quest for a flawless look can be confusing, and we girls often resort to mixing and blending colours and brands of creams, foundations, eyeliners, lipsticks and even self-tanning products, getting very messy hands in the process, but not anymore!
The makeup hand palette is 100% Acrylic and is the perfect mixing palette allowing you to mix and transfer your beauty products hygienically, preventing cross contamination and unwanted stains on the back of your hand.
Slipping easily and comfortably onto the hand, it will allow you to create bespoke colours and formulas customised to your skin tone. It’s perfect for foundations, lipsticks, eye shadows, oils, serums, self-tanning products and so much more. The Makeup Hand Palette is available to buy from Amazon.
Too Cool For School's Lime Caviar Range
Introducing a new 'Lime' in skincare. Too Cool For School’s Lime Caviar skincare range was launched in Korea, and became a best seller within 24 hours as men and women rushed to grab this must-use range globally.
Don’t be fooled, this is caviar, but not like you know it. 100% vegan, this collection uses the citrus fruit, sometimes called the finger lime, which, when cut open, reveals tiny citrus jewels, resembling traditional caviar.
The moisture spheres inside the Caviar Lime fruit contain 9 types of Vitamin C - and the amount totals up to 44 times denser Vitamin C levels than blueberries! The 83% lime extract, purely sourced from Australia, and used in Too Cool For School’s Caviar Lime range contains 9 vitamins and 6 hyaluronic acid complexes to leave your skin more youthful, toned and glowing after one use. It also promises to improve dull skin by breaking down dead cells naturally, leaving skin soft and smooth. A great gift idea for those of us who want to turn back the clock a little, in favour of younger looking skin,as Too Cool For School’s range is full of moisturising properties and will boost skin luminosity in a natural and gentle way.
Cadbury Hero’s Anniversary Tin
What better way to tell your family and friends they are appreciated than to give them a box of Cadbury Hero’s chocolates to share. Can you believe that Cadbury Heroes are celebrating their 20 years’ anniversary? The much-loved mini chocolate selection burst onto supermarket shelves in 1999 and quickly became a staple in the home, making it the perfect choice for those family-sharing moments. From Twirl to Crème Egg Twisted, and the iconic Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury Heroes is still the perfect treat to share during those family nights in. After all, we know it’s the little things that bring a family together.
With this in mind, Cadbury Heroes sees the iconic Cadbury-purple tin get a striking new modern make-over, redesigned to look like a celebratory birthday cake. Giving the gift of Hero’s, not only are you giving hands down the BEST and tastiest Christmas chocolates, you are giving them a tub that they can keep and reuse for many years to come.
Why not grab a tin for yourself as well while you are at it! The tin is the perfect keep-sake to refill time and time again with your favourite sweet treats.
The anniversary tin is available from most good food retailers, including Waitrose.
AL!VE cleansing range has been created with a focus on active beauty under the three pillars of bath, shower and body. From Yoga to Snowboarding, Dance to Skydiving, or meditation mats to boxing rings, magnesium helps to ease and invigorate for any activity we take on.
Alive has harnessed the powerful active ingredient of Magnesium, proven to deliver therapeutic benefits to the body, as well as containing minerals & vitamins to boost the skin’s natural health.
AL!VE is formulated to help navigate users on their quest for better overall health and fitness, and is a perfect gift for those adrenalin junkies, fitness fanatics and workaholics among us who want their daily cleansing routine to work as hard as they do.
Al!ve products promise to help transform your bath or shower experience, and ease sore and overworked muscles, make your skin look and feel radiant, re-energise you and deeply cleanse and revive your entire body.
Know a man who is always in need of new socks? Then look no further than Society Socks, where you can set up a subscription and have them delivered to your door monthly! Not only that but for each pair they sell, they donate a pair to a homeless charity in the US and Canada.
Society Socks is all about fostering a community of people that care about each other’s well-being. Homeless charity’s only accept new socks, so they are the most needed, but least donated item for people living on the streets, and Society Socks aim to change that with your help, as you buy one pair of socks and donate the other! A gesture as small as donating one pair of socks to charity can lead the way to creating a better society, and a pair of socks is a small stepping stone towards greater change.
Society Socks are the ultimate blend of craftsmanship and style. They turn the traditional understanding of socks inside out and create products that help people express their individuality. A perfect gift for men who like to express their uniqueness on a daily basis, as Social Socks supports the notion that socks shouldn’t be dull and colourless, but bold and expressive!
David Watson Scarf
Who doesn’t love a beautiful scarf as the perfect accessory to your outfit! They can be worn in all manner of styles, and these delightful silk scarves from David Watson are divine to the touch, as well as appealing to the eyes.
Designed and made in the UK, the Luxury accessories brand David Watson works with British artists to create stunning 100% silk twill scarves with rolled hems. The founder and Creative Director Sam Petty has collaborated with a number of British artists including the Daily Mail cartoonist Jonathan Pugh and Lego artist Andy Morris. The latest collection brings to life the iconic prints of William Morris.
Asquith Clothing Range
Asquith Eco active-wear clothing brand say that their cloths are suitable for yoga, Pilates, sports, or just simply living in, and we know from experience that they are soft to the touch, super comfortable on your skin, flattering your body shape and they look stylish when you are wearing them as well.
Asquith only use the best quality, eco-friendly and organic cotton and bamboo materials to make their clothing and they are sustainably sourced, naturally wick away sweat and don't fade, bobble or stretch over time. What more can you ask for from your active-wear.
Asquith are all about providing comfort while you do yoga, Pilates or your workout session, and they sell a range of clothing including tops, t-shirts, leggings, pants and even jumpsuits! Their Pilates and yoga clothes have been designed to stay in place during practice and their yoga pants and leggings fit and flatter all shapes and leg lengths, taking you from street to studio effortlessly. Why not take a look at the Asquith range and choose a gift for yourself or someone you love, that tells them they are worth it.