We are all experiencing drier skin right now thanks to the perfect storm of central heating, cold weather and more layers of clothing.
"Roses are red, Violets are blue. This Lockdown is rubbish! I’m so glad I have you!"
Almost a year after the Covid 19 pandemic began, we find ourselves still suffering the effects of social distancing and lockdown.
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Many of us are separated from some of our loved ones because of the place our world finds itself, and Fashions Finest wanted to inject a little love into your world in the run up to Valentine’s 2021.
In order to do this we decided to put together the ultimate gift guide for that special someone in your life, accompanied by some soppy love quotes…to help you get into the mood.
Read on in the spirit of this quote from Lao Tzu - “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." And together we can make it through anything life throws at us.
A beautiful new fragrance is always a lovely gift to receive on Valentine’s day, and Fashions Finest have found some truly fantastic contenders for that special lady you want to send gift to this valentines!
Elle Fleur Fragrance
Elle Fleur is a delightful, bright and floral spray scent for women, with a fruity and citrus hint to it. Having had a chance to get our hands on this perfume and try it out for ourselves, we love the long lasting, womanly, and long lasting scent. The reviews around this fragrance are all positive, and we at Fashions Finest all unanimously loved this fragrance too! A lovely gift for that special lady in your life, who likes a fresh, citrus and fruity fragrance on their skin.
A massive bonus is that Elle Fleur is now on sale at Superdrug, and you can get your hands on it for only £14.00 which is a massive 50% reduction from now until 23rd February, so another reason to get your hands on this fragrance now.
Bublé By Invitation, Rose Gold Fragrance
Launched in 2018, this fragrance is one of several by Michael Bublé. After hearing lots of great reviews, we couldn’t wait to test it out ourselves at Fashions Finest, and we weren’t disappointed. The scent is sweet and fragrant, as well as being light and fresh. The sweetness is not overpowering in the overall scent, and makes a lovely day time perfume choice. This may well be the perfect gift for that special lady in your life. A lovely fragrance for winter and moving into the spring, as it has a warm scent as it lingers on your skin.
You can get your hands on Michael Bublé - By Invitation Rose Gold Eau de Parfum 100ml for only £21.34 from Amazon today.
“In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy." - Theodor Reik
Object Shampoo Bar
Introducing Object. A brand new company which launched in December 2020 with their amazing shampoo and conditioner bars.
We couldn’t say no to this fab, pink Valentines shampoo bar. With zero waste and offering salon quality with every use, this moisturising shampoo bar is packed with goodness including coconut milk, moringa and ylang ylang.
Fashions Finest love this idea as a Valentines gift, because it is something every girl (and guy) uses on a daily basis, but it is also different – being a shampoo bar, great for the environment, ethical and handmade too.
With a subtle, clean and fresh fragrance, we found this shampoo bar lathered up quickly, and left hair feeling squeaky clean and moisturised. Not only that, but they last such a long time – as long as 3 regular sized shampoo bottle no less!
A great gift for both him and her because there are many different shampoo bars available from Object, and all for only £14.00 each. Take a look and choose your favourite now.
“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." - Victor Hugo
1 People - Danish Luxury Fashion
The Bespoke fashion brand 1 People are on a mission to give fashion meaning. All of their products are made with love and care and crafted with materials that are mindful of people and the planet. The collections are so durable - the brand offers a three-year warranty on all of their products!
Sustainable luxury is what 1 People are passionate about – and the good news is that comfort, style, sustainability and fair pricing do not have to be mutually exclusive. Fashions Finest loves the stylish and Parisian look of the brand and the fact that they use revolutionary sustainable and ethical materials to craft unique and memorable products of the highest quality, without any compromises.
What's more, for every 1 People product sold, 40% of the profits will be donated to the charity ‘Business For Planet’ which supports the education of the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
With second to non-quality, and oozing style, a gift from 1 People would be the perfect gift for the stylish woman. With so much choice available, we recommend these Vagas Las Ruby High Heels £89 paired with the Calabar Pearl slip dress £159 for a chic yet effortless evening look, or a pair of wide leg trousers £129, and a blouse for daytime luxury.
Sustainable fashion at affordable prices.
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller
Bagpad is handmade in the UK. Think soft and fluffy cushions made exclusively to fit your favourite handbag, and that is bagpad. Custom inserts designed with the aim of creating a long-term solution for keeping handbags in their original shape when not in use. The mission of Bagpad is to reduce the use of plastic and paper and hence provide a more sustainable and at the same time elegant solution.
Available in a wide range of fabrics and colours meaning that there is so much choice available. Fashions Finest love the luxury feel and look of every single one of the bagpad’s as well as the fact that they can also be personalised with monogramming means they make a fabulous gift for the handbag lover who has everything this Valentine’s day.
Bagpad has had plenty of proven success as a must buy product for all Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton handbag collectors, including celebrities and top female executives. With prices starting from only £25, maybe you know someone who’s wardrobe is just crying out for some bagpad’s too! With several sizes available, from small ones to fit into clutch bags, to large sizes for larger bags, visit Bagpad online today to personalise one for the one you love…even if that is yourself right now!
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line." - Lucille Ball
Kear skincare is the fabulous Greek, 100% natural, unisex skincare brand. Inspired by ancient Greek formulas of skincare, κέᾰρ® Face and Body balms harness the power of the first recorded cosmetic treasures, beeswax and olive oil. The multi-tasking skincare range is free from synthetic chemicals, toxic preservatives, artificial fragrances, parabens, silicon, petroleum and is never tested on animals. Produced exclusively in Greece, from locally sourced raw materials, Kear is an ideal gift for your loved one this Valentine’s season. With balms for the face and body prices starting from €42, Fashions Finest loves these sweet smelling, natural balms designed to combat the aging process. Full of vitamins, minerals to protect and moisturise the skin, with a creamy texture, we found it glides beautifully over the skin, leaving no sticky or greasy residue after application – simply silky, hydrated skin. You can guarantee soft, glowing and healthy looking skin with Kear.
“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.” - Richard Warren
At the moment we girls can’t just pop out to get our hair, nails or eyelashes done, but LashBase has one of these areas covered for us with their vegan-friendly strip lashes at only £8.99 each. Super fluffy, lightweight… and perfect for all of us who can't get to the lash tech right now due to lockdown. If you know someone who loves getting their eyelashes done – you have found the right gift for them right here. Fashions Finest loves the thickness which the lashes offer, without the weight, and with 15 styles to choose from, we also think that the choice and price is simply fabulous too.
In addition to strip lashes, LashBase also sells an Eyeliner Lash Adhesive at £15.99 which is honestly a complete game-changer when it comes to applying strip lashes. This 2 in 1 product applies like a liner but works like glue, allowing you to apply strip lashes easily and within seconds.
Fashions Finest loves how easy this eyeliner/glue works to fix the beautiful eyelashes into place, and we were really astounded at how even a novice could apply them straight away!
Treat that special person, who loves to bat their eyes at you, to Lash Base Eyeliner glue and lashes. A treat they will love you for this Valentine’s.
“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” - Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Cienna Rose Nail Varnish
Forget about wearing your heart on your sleeve this Valentine’s Day, paint it on your nails instead! From the perfect shade of red to pretty pinks, vegan and cruelty free London nail brand Cienna Rose have a great selection of nail polishes for thst special someone, at just £9.00 each.
Cienna Rose nail varnishes do not contain any of the 12 common nasties found in many nail polishes, and not only that, but they are also infused with vitamins, antioxidants and nourishing lemongrass oil to help take care of nails whilst also giving the perfect DIY paint job. Long lasting and chip resistant, nails are left with a professional looking, high shine - gel like finish.
Fashions Finest love how Cienna Rose goes that extra mile in caring for our nails, and also with caring for the environment. Nail polishes are cruelty free and vegan friendly; they do not contain any animal derived ingredients or parabens at all.
The varnishes themselves are easy and smooth to apply, dried quickly and left a vibrant and shiny colour – even after only one coat. We especially loved the Je T’aime red – in honour of Valentine’s day, and we think a bottle or two of Cienna Rose Nail Varnish, from the wide range they have available, would be a beautiful and thoughtful gift for the one you love this year. The only other thing you need to decide – is will you offer to paint their toes for them?
“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.” - Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember
Fashions Finest loves the So Eco brand, and we have featured products from them before. So Eco are working hard to combat the problems of excessive & plastic packaging, by offering 100% responsibly and ethically sourced options for their packaging and products. They are quickly becoming one of the faces of responsible beauty within the industry, and offering real alternatives to us as consumers.
So Eco Make-Up Brush Set:
This Ultimate Gift Set of make-up brushes £30 is a collection of 9 essential makeup tools which cover everything from your complexion to your brows and eye makeup. With stylish, highly sustainable bamboo handles, 100% cruelty-free synthetic taklon bristles and recycled aluminium ferrules, this gift set really is the full package. Not only does it look great as a gift, but we at Fashions Finest think that the brushes are strong and sturdy, and the bristles are soft and full bodied, but not floppy when they are being used to apply make-up. A wonderful gift for any make-up wearer who is environmentally conscious this Valentine’s.
So Eco Biodegradable Hair Set:
The So Eco Biodegradable Detangling Hair Set, £14.99 Set is fantastic for cultivating healthy hair. Made from fully compostable and bio-degradable material which is ethically sourced, compostable, recyclable and bio-degradable, this would be a fabulous gift for that special someone in your life who takes hair care seriously. The detangling comb has a wide-tooth design, minimising damage and breakage whilst effortlessly detangling wet or dry hair, and then the cushioned detangling brush guarantees a smooth and tangle free brushing on dry hair, or whilst styling.
Brushworks Rose Quartz Set:
This Rose Quartz Resin Massage set £14.99 is a must have addition to your skin care routine. Designed to soothe and cool the eye area whilst helping to reduce puffiness, eye bags and assist absorption of eye cream or serum into the skin, these tools work to give your face a youthful and radiant glow.
Ideal as a gift for yourself, or the one you love this Valentines, the Rose Quartz Resin Gua Sha is ideal for improving the skin’s elasticity, promoting cellular and skin rejuvenation. Alongside the Massage Tool, both products help to reduce puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles, which can cloud the face – especially for women of a certain age. Fashions Finest tried this and love the cool and relaxing feeling of the roller on the skin, as well as the afterglow and ease of tension, stress and anxiety, whilst using it.
“Where there is love there is life.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Lewis and Baker Vegan Biscuits
If you decide you want to go traditional this Valentines - with an edible treat, Fashions Finest can recommend this beautifully presented gift box with three delicious, oversized shortbread based vegan biscuits.
Each hand-dipped in the darkest of chocolates, with one topped with tangy dried raspberries, one with sprinkled almond nibs and one left just all chocolatey! What is not to love here.
Fashions Finest loves this idea – as it is a little bit different than buying just chocolates. We love that they are vegan biscuits, made unashamedly in Britain, from locally sourced ingredients, and to top it all off you can have a personalised gift message added, as well as a personalised gift card. All for only £8.99 a box.
The Shelf Life is 10-14 days unopened, which is plenty of time to keep biscuits as delicious looking as these! Buy a box for your loved one today at Lewis and Baker.
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” - Alfred Tennyson
Belle Regime Natural Soaps and Skincare
Belle Regime is a small, brand new British company run by Karlene Reid.
Originally from Jamaica, London based Karlene became more and more conscious about the quality of ingredients used in the skincare growing up, and the impact they had upon her skin health. During the pandemic, while working from home she began to look at handmade soaps, and found she became enthralled with the method of cold process soap making, and loved the fact that she now had total control of the ingredients that go into her products. She started to make soaps for family and friends, but the feedback was phenomenal and she quickly realised she had found something special. Belle Regime was officially launched in time for Christmas 2020.
Karlene specialises in a wide range of bath and body products with a luxury self-care focus which includes vegan plant-based organic ingredients and high quality essential oils. Belle Regime products include: Soaps, Bath Bombs, Body butter, Bubble Bars, Shower Steamers, Antibacterial Hand Wash (alcohol–free), Whipped Soap and Sugar Scrub.
Visit the Belle Regime website to choose from two Valentines gift boxes, priced from £18 - where you can choose soaps and body butters to have included, or just browse their selection and put together your own Valentines gift.
Fashions Finest love how divine the products look and smell. The aromatherapy shower steamers are just perfect, and turn shower time into a spa session in your own bathroom – especially in the winter time. Gorgeous!
“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Nuture Plant Based Skincare
The beautiful, new brand Nuture, with its range of highly effective, plant- based skincare products could just be the perfect gift for someone you know this Valentine’s Day.
Nuture products are designed to care for your loved one just as much as you do, and the whole range is designed for both men and women, caring for a whole number of skin care concerns including scars, stretch marks, post-blemish marks and dry skin.
For her this Valentine’s Day, you can show her that you care about the history written on her skin, whether that be C-section scars, stretch marks caused by pregnancy and bringing new life into the world, or even scars which are a part of her now. Nuture’s Facial Treatment Serum will help to visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots giving her a bright and beautiful complexion every day. Fashions Finest loves how the range also rehydrates the skin, keeping dryness away throughout the cold winter months.
For men, Nuture offers effective treatments to help care for sports injury scars and stretch marks that have appeared as a result of growth and weight training, as well as helping to nourish his dry skin throughout the colder months. Fashions Finest loves the lightweight texture of the creams, which are easily absorbed into the skin and improve tone and texture as well as replenishing hydration for improved elasticity to the skin. They also smell lovely when applying them to the skin too.
Products range in price from £8.99 for Nuture’s 50ml nourishing skin treatment oil, or go for the Facial Treatment Serum at £15.99.
Happy shopping for your loved ones in the run up to Valentine’s day, and whatever you do this year - Fashions Finest want to remind you of these words from Marilyn Monroe
“…keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” - Marilyn Monroe
Lock down won’t last forever. But until then - Look for the sunshine behind every cloud.
Happy Valentines Day from all of us at Fashions Finest.
Fashions Finest love Bellápierre Cosmetics! They have evolved from being a 100% minerally based cosmetics company, to being one of the hottest products on the market today. Their core values are Purity, Variety, Simplicity, and Quality. They work hard to make things easier for their customers, while still offering the best products available.
Their recent 'Get Started Kits' are no exception, and all we have to do is choose the right shade for our complexion, and there is everything inside the box we need to have flawless, perfect skin with every time. Complete with instructions on how to use the products too!
Bellápierre, the next generation of mineral make up, have created Get Started, the ultimate kit to help women achieve exactly what they want out of mineral make-up. The Get Started Kit is designed to educate women about the advantages of mineral make-up and to give them the confidence to achieve the flawless, natural look they desire with bellápierre. The kit contains all the essential products needed to get started with the bellápierre range, including foundation, blush and bronzer, and all the brushes you will need too.
With Free shipping over £40 at bellapierre.com/uk Fashions Finest loves this fabulous and easy to use foundation pack. No more getting confused about which brushes should be used with each powder, or how much makeup to apply and how - as this one box gives you everything for only £68.00. Grab yours from their website now.
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The brand, is the established flagship brand of CiiTECH, a cannabis biotech company invested in research and product development for the UK and global markets. Provacan entered the CBD sector in early 2017 and has successfully established award winning CBD oils to hundreds of thousands of customers across the UK. As a consumer led company, Provacan leverages a combination of scientific partnerships and customer feedback to continually develop new products. The introduction of cosmetic skincare products is a welcome addition to the Provacan topical range already in high demand since its introduction.
The new Provacan skincare range delivers pure CBD Isolate; ideal for achieving cosmetic certification CBD as a topical super ingredient is not always needed for use by itself in high mg for “problem skin”, it’s the blend of CBD with other ingredients that make it work within cosmetic products, just like Aloe Vera and other plant based extracts.
You can find all the products in the range, on their website here.
Keep your skin safe and healthy in the sun, whilest protecting and supporting against damaging UV rays . Sun Cream SPF30 is also enriched with 100mg pure Cannabidiol Isolate to provide added support for your skin alongside the UV-blocking function of traditional high quality SPF sun cream.
Provacan Age Control Eye Cream With 100mg CBD
Keep youth on your side with eye cream infused with Aloe Vera and the anti-wrinkle support and promotion of natural collagen. Also enriched with 100mg pure Cannabidiol Isolate. Free from Paraben, Sulphate and Alcohol.
Provacan Blemish Control Gel With 100mg CBD
Keep blemishes under control and enjoy a smooth complexion with a naturally derived advanced formula, which combines a natural based blend of Aloe Vera, Sea Buckthorn and Tea Tree Oil for antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Also enriched with 100mg Pure Cannabidiol Isolate.
Provacan After Sun Gel With 50mg CBD
Soothe your skin after time spent in the sun. After Sun Gel provides a cooling sensation infused with aloe vera for instant hydration and nourishment post-sun. Also enriched with 50mg Cannabidiol Isolate for extra care.
The Kandy Pot CBD Gummies
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Supporting wellness, convenience and a better you, the Kandy Pot introduce NEW Kandy Pot CBD Gummies delivering a vegan and cruelty free natural and ‘convenient’ CBD supplement.
From 3 assorted flavours strawberry, apple and mango each gummie contains 10mg of high spectrum CBD organically grown in the USA.
The Kandy Pot Founder Tim Johnson says “I was looking for a way to simplify the use of CBD and gummies are a convenient way of introducing CBD into existing wellness and lifestyle experiences without the intimidation of CBD drops as well as a fun way of introducing CBD to those who are new to it. We use Broad Spectrum CBD hemp oil derived from USA compliant hemp strains with non-detectable THC levels in our products as well as being Cruelty Free and Vegan Friendly”.
The Kandy Pot CBD gummies are available from their website here.
Benefits of CBD Gummies Include:
● Resetting and recharging your lifestyle on-the-go
● 10mg of CBD per gummy infused to help promote focus
● No bitter aftertaste
● Less than 30kcals per gummie
● UK Made
● All Natural Ingredients
● Lab Tested
● NON - GMO
● CO2 Extracted CBD
● Vegan Friendly
How Does It Work?
The Kandy Pot recommends taking between 2-4 gummies throughout the day as and when needed. Create your own CBD schedule and find the best times of day. The Kandy Pot works for you.
Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Water, Pectin, Lactic Acid, CBD Distillate Flavourings, Colours: Chlorophyllins, Lutein, Beetroot Red. Contains approximately 5mg Phytocannabinoids per Gummie, Glucose Syrup from Wheat.
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.
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.
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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.