Friday, 15 January 2021 11:30

8 Sustainable Beauty Swaps

Sustainability doesn’t have to mean giving up the things that make you happy and keep you feeling beautiful.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:14

Cult Beauty appoints A New Chairperson

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.

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SheaMoisture have announced a £40,000 relief fund, aimed at helping black female salon owners navigate their way through Covid-19.
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Friday, 01 May 2020 14:58

Mix And Mask

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.

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 16:15

Diy Microdermabrasion System Beauty Tool

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.

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 18:03

Showcase beauty - An Eco-Friendly Destination

Introducing a new website which promises to be your one-stop, Eco-friendly destination for new, unique and trending beauty brands!
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Give no way to confident related issues anymore that stops you from leading a happier life and from embracing opportunities that come your way.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 16:26

Black Friday Beauty Deals just for you!

Black Friday is just a week away and we have some amazing offers available to you all.

Nature Republic

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.

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25th- 2nd December 2019, 
www.naturerepublicuk.com

·         Buy Ginseng Emulsion + Toner and grab a FREE Silk Foam Cleanser worth £27

·         20% off ALL Beauty tools

·         Buy 1 Love Me Bubble Body Lotion £19.50, Get 1 Free Love Me Bubble Body Gel £18.00

·         Hand & Nature Hand Cream, £7, Buy 2, get 2 FREE


Grab 30% - 40% off the Cell Power Collection:

·         Cell Power Day Cream WAS £43/ NOW £30

·         Cell power Watery Cream WAS £43/ NOW £30

·         Cell Power Night Cream WAS £43/ NOW £30

·         Cell power Eye Cream WAS £43/ NOW £25.80

·         Cell power Emulsion WAS £33/ NOW £23.10

·         Cell power Essential Toner WAS £30/ NOW £21.00

·         Cell Power Essence WAS £43/ NOW £25.80


Sensationail

 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.

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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

Sheamoisture

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.

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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.

Only Curls

The 5 star UK Curly Girl bestsellers offer a range of styling, washes and accessories to keep your curls in perfect condition.

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29th November – 2nd December 2019, www.onlycurls.com

15% off EVERYTHING including Hydrating Gel Crème, £16 Nourish your curls with this hydrating curl creme that smoothes curls and minimises frizz. Our special blend of Shea Butter, Marula Oil and Aloe naturally replenishes moisture and restores curls back to their original curl pattern.

TRR NUTRITION – The new advanced collagen supplement developed for Andy Murray

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29th November – 2nd December 2019, www.trrnutrition.com 

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 

Showcase Beauty

 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 setsIncluding 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

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Time flies, and whether we like it or not, we have to accept the fact that we're not getting any younger.

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