Chapped lips, also known as cheilitis, can be very uncomfortable, however they are a very common complaint by both men, women and children alike. Sore chapped lips are most often caused by extreme cold, extreme heat or windy weather, a dry environment, and also saliver or spicy foods. Sometimes chapped lips can be associated with certain health conditions also.

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The combination of having a very thin epidermis and no melanin, hair follicles or sebaceous glands makes the skin on the lips particularly vulnerable to dehydration and external aggressors. While dry and chapped lips are mostly harmless, they are usually very sore and painful, and it is really important to protect and hydrate them with the right treatment to prevent them from getting worse over time.

Fashions Finest have two important tips for keeping your lips silky smooth and hydrated throughout the year, come wind, snow or sun:

  • Avoid licking your lips if you can help it. We can often be tempted to lick our lips to reduce the feeling of dry lips, but saliva actually worsens the situation.
  • Pay attention to your lips. If they start to feel dry or itchy, apply a lip balm early to avoid the situation getting worse.

Here are our top tried and tested Lip Balms from our whole Fashions Finest  family straight to yours, in order to sooth, repair and even halt dry, sore, chapped lips:

Benny Hancock Men’s Lip Balm

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Men’s Grooming/Makeup Brand launched by Benny Hancock Pro Makeup artist have launched a luxurious velveteen Lip Balm, with a hint of peppermint and vanilla which helps to hydrate and soften dry lips whilst nourishing and strengthening the skin. The lip balm helps to create a barrier between the lips and the environment, which helps moisture from escaping keeping lips soft and smooth. Fashions Finest loves the scent, which is subtle and not overpowering at all. We love the fact that this lip balm is specifically made for men, as well as being totally Vegan friendly and cruelty Free. Priced at £12.00 and available online, this is a great lip balm option for the men in our family.

Q+A Skincare Liquorice Lip Oil

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Not quite a balm and not quite a gloss, this lip oil is the love child of both. Giving the finish of a gloss with the conditioning benefits of a balm, this little beauty does more than just moisturise. Blending liquorice root, apricot oil, prickly pear, peppermint and antioxidant pomegranate it has natural plumping properties to help your pout appear fuller, boosts hydration levels by up to 45% and also firms, heals and helps with cell renewal.

Fashions Finest loves the cooling metal roller-ball applicator inside this lip oil stick, which gives added oomph as it really massages the oil into the lip, while keeping your fingertips clean too. We also noted that on windy days, there are no sticky hair-trapping situations in sight. Win win! Definitely a great choice for the ladies looking for the best of all world’s here. A 100% natural formula, it’s cruelty free, vegan friendly, uses recyclable packaging and doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances either.

The Q+A Skincare Liquorice Lip Oil is priced at £6.50 and available online here, and also on the high street at Holland & Barrett, Sainsburys and selected Lloyds Pharmacies too.

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin

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This offering is a bit of a curve ball, as it is sold as nipple cream for nursing mothers, however, don’t be put off by that before you read on.

Lanolin is a naturally occurring oil derived from sheep’s skin, and 100% natural and hypoallergenic. Savvy mums have realised that not only is this a great tool for ending sore nipples, but it works just as well on lips to keep them soft, moisturised and smooth.

Fashions Finest love that this little tube of comfort can be smoothed onto babies and children’s lips, right from newborn when they are sore, with the thick consistency sticking to the lips even after being licked. This is also great for smearing over the lips of adults as an overnight soothing balm which stays put!

Available from many high street stores, and online here at £5.99.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

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Created 22 years ago, the Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm has become a best-seller for Nuxe.  A sheer honey-packed delight, this ultra-nourishing balm is the best ally for sublime lips thanks to its beneficial active ingredients including Acacia Honey, Shea Butter, Grapefruit Essence and Precious Botanical Oils.

The exclusive blend of ingredients has been proven to nourish, repair, soothe and protect lips that have become dry or damaged by external aggressions. Fashions Finest loves the fact that Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm has even passed the test of extreme weather conditions in Canada. The unique formula is perfect for winter and summer months too. We love the beautiful melting texture and fresh, zesty grapefruit scent.

Available online for £11.50 and with 90% natural ingredients, it is perfect for the whole family’s use.


Dr Sebagh Lip Balm

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Introducing the first ‘Ageing-Maintenance’ lip product to be created by Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh, world-renowned cosmetic doctor.

This multi-active Lip Balm does more than soften and smooth the lips. A single slick expertly delivers intense, essential hydration and nourishment thanks to a blend of shea butter and ‘green chemistry’ vegetal oils which also help to diminish fine lines and minimise the appearance of wrinkles.

Its soothing action helps calm any irritation (after wind or sun exposure, for example).

With year-round benefits, Lip Balm keeps lips nourished and soothed throughout spring and summer sun exposure and effectively combats the dehydrating effects of central heating and cold winds during autumn and winter.

Instantly stimulating with a cooling freshness, just one application of Lip Balm leaves lips feeling revitalised, rejuvenated and pillowy soft.

Fashions Finest loves the fact that this lip balm is the result of several years and multiple formulations to perfect, with samples trialled on all genders along the way. The main bulk of testing was undertaken on those who are reluctant to wear lip balm, and the universal agreement was thumbs up for Dr Sebagh’s formula. For this reason this lip balm would be fantastic for both children and adults who are not keen on wearing lip balms. It also has fantastic anti-aging properties so great for those of us who need to slow down the aging process.

We also loved the texture of this lip balm. It is so light, it is possible to forget you are wearing lip balm! You only need to use the tinniest smear to amply cover the lip area well.

Fashions Finest say this is well worth the slightly higher price tag of £35.00, because of the well researched formulation. (We also happen to know that if you opt for it to be posted to you unboxed, it comes with several free gifts and a smaller price tag too!)

Find the right product for you, or try a few to see which is your favourite. Take it from us - you won't be dissapointed in any of these top picks.

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 02 February 2021 15:56

Valentines Gift Guide 2021

"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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

κέᾰρ®  Skincare

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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

LashBase Eyelashes

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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

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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

So Eco

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 22 December 2020 13:59

Fashions Finest Loves GoBo

Meet GoBo. The naturally nurturing, a breath of fresh air for your underarms! Utilising the powerful properties of glycolic acid - already proving highly popular in deodorant products over in the USA - GoBo creates beautifully smooth and soft underarms that can sweat naturally without the inconvenience of embarrassing odour.

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We girls have tried GoBo here at Fashions Finest, and we can promise that it really does live up to it’s promises. For the two weeks we have been using this roll-on, we have experienced the subtle, pretty but not overpowering scent, and all day freshness it brings. This roll on deodorant is the UK's first AHA-formulated deodorant that effectively eliminates odours whilst allowing your body to perspire naturally.

Pesky bacteria is killed deep within the dermis while the top layer of skin is gently exfoliated, removing dead skin cells - both of which contribute to the dreaded B.O. The result is a natural 'deep-clean' which helps eliminate deep stubborn sweat and grime build-up - ideal to detox your underarms from years of heavy deodorant use in order to switch to a natural aluminium-free deodorant.

Naturally nurturing, GoBo can also be used between skin folds and under breasts to prevent or neutralise body odour. For excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis, GoBo can be used under an antiperspirant deodorant to prevent odour and then can be reapplied throughout the day if persistent body odour occurs.

Fashions Finest loves the natural active ingredients, which are actually good for your body, and not harmful, as many deodorant ingredients can be. Fragranced with natural floral waters, GoBo is aluminium-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free, essential oil-free and made in the UK.

GoBo's formulation also provides added benefits for healthy underarms, including helping to prevent in-growing hairs and painful blocked sweat glands and fading dark pigmentation caused by shaving

GoBo Deodorant is £9.99 and available from Lamonts and Co. Get online now, and do your skin a favour with GoBo Deodorant. We love it!

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 08 December 2020 14:52

Fashions Finest Loves This Men's Winter Coat

Fashions Finest has been amazed by the sheer number of different styles of Men’s winter coats which are available this season.

Published in Fashion
Thursday, 05 November 2020 15:24

Heavy Duty Lip Protection With Land Rover

Guard your lips against the colder weather with this heavy duty lip balm from Fat Face.

Published in Beauty
Thursday, 29 October 2020 13:30

Fashions Finest Loves Comfortable Style

The clocks have gone back, the nights are getting colder and darker and the weather is beginning to feel decidedly miserable...but don't despair! Now is the time to light up those candles in the evening, snuggle up in warm loungewear, and cosy blankets, and listen to the rain and wind outside while reading a good book, or watching a Christmas movie! (It's never too early in the year for a good Christmas movie)

A spot of retail therapy will go a long way to help to cheer you up as well, and Fashions Finest recommends this deliciously warm and cosy lounge set from Oliver Bonas.


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Oliver Bonas is an independent British Lifestyle Store, designing their own take on fashion. The brand are inspired by the alchemy of great design, fresh thinking and the belief that what we wear has the power to positively affect how we feel. Fashions Finest love this soft-touch knitted dark grey jumper with a cream-toned star trio on either arm. Ideal for keeping warm in cooler weather. You can pair this delicious jumper with the matching joggers to complete the set, and really look great while feeling comfortable and warm at the same time.

Go on! Treat yourself! We know you want to.

 

Published in Blog
The Fashion industry has been working hard to become a more sustainable industry for many years, especially since the late 1980’s, when governments began to highlight it as a major part of their agendas.
Published in Fashion
Thursday, 18 July 2019 17:02

Shannon Stapley

Born and raised in Bermuda, Shannon Stapley graduated this year from Manchester School of Art with a BA in Fashion, specialising in print and embroidery.

Her graduate collection was a satirical take on the misconceptions of the Bermuda Triangle, with a focus on 17th century clothing details, retro sci-fi films, and coral reefs.

Her aesthetic is bold and colourful, with a strong attention to detail, and her garments feature a variety of hand embroidery, including beading and gold-work.

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/shannonstapley_fashion

Published in Designers
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 14:50

Introducing - Colombian swimwear brand Maaji

Founded in 2002 by sisters Manuela and Amalia Sierra, the Maaji brand has grown exponentially, and today has a retail presence in more than 50 countries, with multiple retail partners.

Published in Fashion
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:02

How To Wear The Velvet Trend During Winter

After what felt like an endless summer, the autumn and winter fashion season is well underway. Velvet comes in and out of fashion each winter, but this year it is getting serious.

There are many reasons why you should be loving this classic winter fabric - it can be dressed up, styled down, looks great on accessories and is also perfect for the festive season.

Adding a splash of velvet to your look can instantly transform it and make it feel so much more romantic and glamorous without being too over the top.

For a more casual look, pair the velvet element with trainers, chunky, glamorous jewellery and statement bags.

The material is super cosy and warm, which is perfect for winter.

There are so many ways to style and shop velvet this season, from chic velvet sets to long robes.

Here are some simple ways you can wear the velvet trend this winter.

Rich Colours

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Velvet fashion is perhaps the most elegant and sophisticated when in rich jewel tones, but that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t find some lighter tones which are chic as well!

If you are ever in doubt when it comes to wearing velvet, stick to the deeper and darker shades. They are going to be your safest option if you don’t want to get it wrong.

Black velvet is a classic go-to, but don’t be afraid to play with the jewel tone department - think emerald greens, deep blues and bold reds.

Seek The Smooth Velvet

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It’s very easy to find pieces made from crushed velvet, but you should always be wary. It is easy for even the most expensive designs to look cheap if the velvet is crinkled and ruffled, so look for smooth velvet which speaks to you and your styles.

It is easy to differentiate when you are looking at different velvet designs as the right fabric will feel and look great. By pairing together the right jewel shades with smooth velvet pieces, you will create the perfect basis to start your search.

If you don’t want to add a velvet piece to the main bulk of your wardrobe, take a look at investing in some velvet shoes. They’re sure to add a splash of style to whatever you are wearing.

Add It To Your Professional Wardrobe

Suits or blazers made from plush fabric may sound a little strange, but it can make for a great look. If you opt for a velvet blazer paired with a silk top, then you’ll have two extremely luscious fabrics next to one another, giving a rich and luxurious style.

Velvet fashion is also wearable as other pieces of outerwear. Coats are a great piece to invest in if you don’t want to wear velvet throughout the day and it is one of the most luxurious and striking iterations of velvet you can add to your wardrobe. It’s easy to style, as you can wear it over pretty much any style of outfit without having to worry about it overpowering anything.

Wearing A Velvet Dress

You may find that a velvet dress is one thing you are missing from your wardrobe, especially during the winter.

Velvet dresses are seen at their most feminine when styled on the runway, as they can show just how versatile the fabric can be.

You can go playful and short with dresses which contain velvet ruffles or you can even go more luxurious with velvet making up the body of the dress. Either way, velvet adds so much to even the most standard of dresses which come in similar styles or designs.

If you do wear a velvet dress, let that be the main star of your look. You don’t need to worry too much about accessorising a velvet dress as the fabric speaks for itself. Simply add a pair of complementary shoes, a simple bag and maybe a piece of jewellery and you’re ready to go no matter the time of year.

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Whilst velvet chokers have been in style for a while now, this winter is the perfect time to add to your velvet accessory collection. Velvet scarfs look amazing with even the simplest of outfits, especially if you are looking for ways to stay warm and stylish this winter.

One of the best velvet accessories you will be able to find is a handbag. A lot of the top designers and fashion houses have recently focused a lot of work on velvet handbag designs and styles, so you’re sure to find your dream bag in no time if you have a browse around.

If you don’t want to go that bold, why not start off your velvet collection in the comfort of your own home? There are plenty of women's sleepwear sets that come with velvet styles, so you can see if you like the style and feel of the material before you invest in something a little more daring.

Plus, they’re warm to get cosy in over the winter!

It’s extremely easy to add velvet into your everyday looks, and you’ll find just how well even just a splash of velvet can completely transform your outfit from day to night.

Velvet is a winter trend which everyone should get behind.

Written by Natalie Wilson

Published in Blog
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