As another lock down looms and all our shops close for the month of November, you may be forgiven for feeling like Christmas 2020 is going to be over before it begins. Don’t despair yet because we are here to help you shop your way through the lock down we are about to face!
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Fashions Finest has rallied the troops, and searched the internet for some great gifts you can buy online, without stepping into a shop at all! Our chosen selection includes gifts for men and women, and children alike, and our aim is to help you pack your Christmas buying list up, before December even hits us. Bring on the fun, reduce the stress and maximise the excitement for Christmas 2020 this lockdown.
Scroll down to see our list of delicious gift ideas to tempt your senses, and help you to spoil yourself and your loved ones this festive season.
Chocolate Advent Calendars £8 Each
The first thing to make sure you have ready for 1st December is an advent calendar! Hotel Chocolat have this great offering, with 24 festive 40% milk chocolates including penguins, Santa’s and snowmen, as well as a special one for Christmas Eve! Children's and adult advent calendars are all available to buy online from Hotel Chocolat.
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash and Body Lotion £10.99 Each
These two innocent looking bottles are actually two perfectly syncopated products, beautifully enriched with key ingredient Shea Butter to replenish essential moisture deep below the dermal level. Both the fragrant body wash and the lotion contain Frankincense and Myrrh extracts to not only smell divine, but also balance and brighten the skin tone. They work together in harmony to leave your skin feeling luxuriously soft and radiant. Fashions Finest loves this duo of perfection, and would recommend it as a wonderful gift for the lady in your life who loves to feel and smell great. Available online from Look Fantastic, grab yours today.
Hydra-Mask £22 is the perfect gift for someone who likes to give their skin a pampering. This cream mask is enriched with hyaluronic acid to plum the skin and natural sesame and sweet almond plant oils to give a radiant complexion. The mask also contains vitamins A, E and F to regenerate and support the skins barrier. Available online from Look Fantastic, Fashions Finest loves this cream. Not only does it smell great, but really has a positive impact on the complexion. A lovely gift for someone who likes to take care of their complexion.
Lait-Crème Concentrate £13 Is another great all rounder! This 5-in-1 product from the French pharmacy brand, Embryolisse is a moisturiser, primer, repair mask, after shave cream and makeup remover. Available online from Cult Beauty, Lait Crème Concentre is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins leaving dry skin smooth and silky-soft. Simply slather on, relax and reveal beautiful skin! Fashions Finest suggests this is a great gift for either him or her as it is such a fantastic, multitasking all-in-one gift, and really hydrates the skin – especially after shaving!
Asquith Pyjamas - Pants £59.00 Top £79.00
Asquith offers so many great, eco-friendly and deliciously comfortable clothing, that we at Fashions Finest had to put their new PJ’s on our Christmas list.
Who doesn’t love to snuggle up in a warm and soft pair of pyjamas when the evenings are cold, and this pair is no exception to Asquith’s long lasting commitment to providing the best clothing for both you and the environment. Made with soft bamboo fabric, these are made to last wash after wash, as well as containing no nasties to harm the environment. Fashions Finest suggests these PJ’s as a perfect gift for the woman who has everything, or a treat for you for Christmas Eve!
Geo Tumbler Glasses £18.95
The humble tumbler has been given a beautiful makeover! Fashions Finest loves these Geo Glasses from Root 7. Taking inspiration from modern terrariums, the Geo glasses have a unique angular shape, accentuated by beautiful metallic styled edges. They have a perfect weighty and sturdy feel to them and each one is unique due to the hand blown process, resulting in an all-round pleasurable drinking experience.
As they come in a gift box, these tumblers are perfect as a gift for the guy who enjoys a tipple at weekends, or equally for a family with children. They work just as well filled with fruit juice as alcohol! Even pot a small indoor plant in them, and they look great sitting on the table too.
Available to buy online from cuckooland.com in either black or gold.
Advanced Nutrition Programme
The limited edition collection from the skin supplement brand Advanced Nutrition Programme is inspired by the ‘blue beauty movement’ in the industry, highlighting the importance of sustainability and environmental awareness, which is at the core of the brand. Fashions Finest loves how the sets fuse together skin specific solutions and sustainability too. They have got rid of excess packaging, and environmentally unfriendly finishes as well, however we think they still look sleek and cool. Both the packaging and ingredients will help future proof our skin, our oceans, and our planet. Whichever pack you choose as each one has been strategically formulated using the latest scientific research. The unique combinations of vitamins and mineral supplements they use will feed skin from within, helping us all to glow all the way to 2021 and beyond.
Advanced Nutrition products are available via a network of skin care professionals, salons and clinics nationwide as well as online at advancednutritionprogramme.com
Start to Glow £45 is the perfect festive set for anyone looking to support their overall skin health, Start To Glow combines the staple supplement Skin Vit A+ that helps with skin cell renewal and skin rejuvenation. These skin heroes are the ideal first step to improve the immunity, suppleness, and quality of your skin.
Did you know from the age of 20 you lose 1% of collagen per year? Meet Youthful Glow £80 the anti-ageing power couple your skin craves. The combination of hydration and smoothness boosting Skin Omegas+ and collagen production enhancing Skin Collagen Support is the ultimate super duo for anyone looking to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, enhance skin elasticity and promote glowing skin from head to toe.
Flawless Glow £84 is the perfect way to achieve clear, flawless skin naturally with the scientifically proven nutritional supplement duo perfect for problematic skin. Skin Accumax™ has transformed skin throughout the globe with its patented formula which combines vitamin A, C, E and phytonutrients in one clever capsule for complete skin health.
The best-selling and award winning Skin Ultimate £72 supplies you with a 28 day supply of beauty pods, housing a daily dose of the much loved Skin Vit A+, Skin Omegas+, Skin Antioxidant, Skin Asta-Boost and Skin Co-Q10+. Achieving a bright, even complexion, healthy, shiny hair and nourished nails has never been easier.
Scientific skincare brand Environ is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, they’ve launched limited edition Christmas gift sets, all inspired by the globally recognised ‘flower’ icon of the brand logo, taking it back to their South African roots. Fashions finest loves the beautiful packaging the products come in, and the claims they make really work to brighten and improve the complexion. Perfect as a gift for the lady who cares about youthful skin!
Multi-action Prime and Prep £57 helps you to achieve a clean, refreshed and beautifully hydrated complexion. The ultimate glowing boost to your skincare routine, the set includes Dual Action Pre-Cleansing Oil, Skin EssentiA® Hydrating Clay Masque and a complimentary jar of Focus Care Moisture+ Oil Capsules – the perfect mid-winter pick-me-up.
Youth Essentia® Ultimate £245.95 – £276.90 allows you to take your complexion to a new level with a scientifically formulated, highly effective combination of powerful vitamins, antioxidants and peptides to supercharge your skin health. The set includes Youth EssentiA® Hydra-Intense Cleansing Lotion, Vita-Peptide Toner, Antioxidant Defence Crème or Defence Crème Plus, Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum (of your choice) and a complimentary full sized Focus Care™ Moisture+ HA Intensive Hydrating Serum. Be prepared to experience your best skin complexion yet!
Travel Essentials ‘Stay Glowing’ £70 is the perfect introduction to the scientifically researched Environ® formulas. This collection offers the perfect discovery journey to help improve the skin’s youthful appearance, radiance, and resilience. Enjoy a hydrating and revitalising routine with Vita-Peptide Eye Gel (10ml), Tri BioBotanical Revival Masque (15ml), Vita-Enriched Antioxidant Gel (15ml) and Vita-Antioxidant Hydrating Oil Capsules. A great gift for someone who is new to Environ products.
Skin Essentia® Healthy skin gift set £181-£188 enables your loved one to experience healthy-looking, beautiful skin with a complete skincare routine of powerhouse formulations, designed with essential vitamins and antioxidants to boost your skin health. The gift set includes Skin EssentiA® Mild Cleansing Lotion or Low Foam Cleansing Gel, Botanical Infused Moisturising Toner, Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser (of your choice) and Youth EssentiA® Vita-Peptide Eye Gel, plus a complimentary full size Intense C-Boost Mela Even Cream, Vita-Complex Super Moisturiser (5ml) and Tri-Peptide Complex Avance+ Elixir (5ml).
Vita –peptide eye gel £57 is a great way to surprise your loved one or treat yourself to the most spectacular Christmas tree ornament of all. The Vita-Peptide Eye Gel (10ml) is a worldwide best-seller for a reason. This quick absorbing eye gel contains essentials vitamins, antioxidants and peptides to assist in improving the hydration, firmness and skin tone around the eyes. Walk into 2021 with the clearest vision yet!
Clarity + Clear confidence set £101.95 is an innovative 3-phase system that helps to clean, control and clear your way to breakout-free, healthy-looking skin. The set includes Botanical Infused Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser, Hydroxy Acid Sebu-Lac Lotion and Vita-Botanical Sebu-ACE Oil, plus a complimentary Sebu-Clear Masque for a luxurious clarifying pamper.
Jane Iredale Celestial Lights Colection
The skincare make-up brand jane iredale have taken inspiration from the glowing night sky this festive season, creating sets that help to add glow and radiance to any look, whilst using highest grade minerals across all products to support your skin health. Fashions Finest love the idea of bringing the radiance of the skies home for a bright and joyful Christmas, all whilst enhancing your skin health using quality ingredients and the highest grade minerals available to ensure easy application, long lasting finishes, and perfect coverage too.
The jane iredale Celestial Lights Collection is available online from janeiredale.co.uk
Lip Poppers £25 Light up your festive look with one of these limited edition Lip Kits, each featuring two creamy, pigmented shades, packaged in a festive popper. The creamy and easy to blend crayons offer excellent colour payoff with precise application. Enjoy a hydrating formula with nourishing Castor Seed Oil soothing lips and Vitamin E delivering antioxidant protection. Shimmer Lip Kit includes Blissful Lip Crayon (shimmering sheer nude), Saucy Lip Crayon (creamy hot coral) and Jumbo Pencil Sharpener. Dazzle Lip Kit includes Naughty Lip Crayon (creamy brick red), Sunny Lip Crayon (vivid rosy pink) and Jumbo Pencil Sharpener.
Starry Eyes Mascara £40 lets you bring a conditioned and lifted twinkle to even the most sensitive eyes. This powerhouse lash duo is packed with clean, moisturising ingredients and hidden in a specially designed festive ornament to make it the perfect Christmas surprise for the ultimate beauty lover in your life. The set includes Black Ice Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara and PureLash® Lash Extender & Conditioner.
Celebrate the magic of the season with Illuminating Lights Face Palette £55, a decadent array of luxe, glowing shades to illuminate and elevate any festive look. The set includes two blushes in Gleam (shimmery light apricot) and Beam (shimmery guava), two highlighters in Twinkle (shimmery sheer peach) and Starlight (shimmery sheer guava) and a finish powder in Moonlight (soft yellow pearl) to take your healthy glow to a whole new dimension this Christmas.
Line and Define Brow Kits £47 will help you dazzle your way through the coming season and beyond with a 3-piece precision eyebrow kit. Expertly shape, sculpt and condition your brows with this face framing set, featuring a complimentary Eye Pencil. Available in three shades to find your perfect match, Light includes Blonde GreatShape™ Eyebrow Kit, Ash Blonde Retractable Brow Pencil and a complimentary Basic Brown Eye Pencil. Medium includes Ash Blonde GreatShape™ Eyebrow Kit, Brunette Retractable Brow Pencil and a complimentary Black/Brown Eye Pencil. Dark includes Brunette GreatShape™ Eyebrow Kit, Dark Brunette Retractable Brow Pencil and a complimentary Basic Black Eye Pencil.
Stand out from the crowd with the statement olive barrel bag £39.99, or the camel roll top backpack £49.99 from JIMBAG. Even though gyms are not open for a while, these bags are so on trend for 2021, and so versatile in their style and usage.
Fashions Finest love both of these lightweight canvas bags, great for either men or women. Each one will see you through your 2021 gym session or your next weekend city break while oozing style. Carry your kit and accessories with ease and look out for the hidden zip compartments. Both bags are made with 100% cotton canvas, and are beautifully strong and durable.
Kent Brushes From £35 Each
Kent Brushes, one of the oldest hairbrush manufacturers in the world is doing their bit, and responding to rising demand for ethically sourced grooming products. Kent Brushes has launched a new high quality super-soft synthetic shaving brush range, to provide men with a traditional shave in the modern era.
Drawing on nearly 250 years of brush making experience, Kent’s new generation of shaving brushes are handcrafted in England and filled with innovative super-soft Silvertex bristles that are stiff enough to lather soaps and creams with ease, but also luxuriously soft to touch on the face and prevent irritation. In addition, the handle is an elegant shape that fits easily into the hand delivering a firm grip even when wet. The super-soft Silvertex synthetic bristles have been developed not only to mimic the attributes of silver tip badger bristle, but to improve on them and provide a superior performance and the finest quality shave ever.
Fashions Finest loves this new range from Kent available online, which showcases six different synthetic shaving brushes with an ivory white or black handle in dome sizes varying from medium to extra-large. Their fabulous range debuts Kent Brushes new minimalist packaging with a clean white luxurious design, making it a natural gift choice this Christmas for the modern man!
Venus Razor For Her £12.99
Fashions Finest think that this pretty razor from Venus is a perfect stocking filler for the ladies! Say hello to silky smooth skin with zero irritation. This razor features a new Skin Elixir lubricating gel, and we think it’s the most comfortable shave yet! It provides 3X more lubrication than Venus Smooth and when activated by water, the razor seamlessly glides over the skin to reduce friction (and shaving rash too!)Its beautiful, ergonomic rose gold metal handle design and durability make it the perfect bathroom accessory. Buy now online from Boots today, and bag yourself a bargin, as it is only £6.49 currently!
IKON Fragrances £60
Ikon are unveiling this brand new and exclusive range of premium, natural, responsible fragrances, available to buy online from The Fragrance Shop. Six Eaux De Parfum developed with a simple yet elegant and premium mindset. Fashions Finest loves this wide range of fragrances, manufactured locally, all fragrances are formulated with natural, vegan and responsibly sourced key ingredients and materials, with notes perfectly balanced for gender neutral tones. Visit the website to find the best fragrance for your loved one...or yourself maybe.
Fashions Finest also loves the look and feel of the packaging Ikon have chosen to use in this collection. Made from lighter, durable glass, the bottle is topped with a manchurian ash wood cap, reminding us that the most precious materials are often found in the most simple, natural environments. Nestled in a modest, yet elegant compostable cardboard box, Ikon products are both recycled and recyclable, so you can feel good about yourself as well as treating yourself or your loved one.
Temple Spa - Into The Woods Seasonal Collection
Spa-inspired collections offering high performance skincare and wellbeing for the skin, body and soul are available this Christmas from Temple Spa. The new for this season gift collection represents layers of knowledge and wisdom built over time, with the theme of ‘into the woods,’ the brand aims to capture the real beauty of trees on their packaging. Fashions Finest loves their take on this theme, with spectacular photography featured from Dr Gabriel Hemery; a renowned British author, tree photographer and forest scientist, the art work is full of inspiring and beautiful colours, shapes and textures. Fashions Finest has some top picks from the collection, however there is plenty to choose from on the Temple Spa website.
Read My Lips £19 makes dry flaky lips a thing of the past with this complete lip serving trio. SMOOTH TALK exfoliating lip scrub is a blend of shea butter, avocado, sunflower and grapeseed oil plus crystallised sugar that together gently polish dry, chapped lips leaving them super smooth and soft. Fashions Finest loves this set – perfect for the winter months, and lovely as a gift set. The beautifully packaged set includes a 15g exfoliating lip scrub, a 15g moisturising lip balm, and a 5ml moisturising lip tint to see our lips through the cold winter months with beautiful lips.
Do Not Disturb Peace And Relaxation Collection £45 is a fantastic gift of ‘me-time’ or perhaps just some well- earned peace & quiet. Fashions Finest loves this gift set, which is full of a mélange of calming aromas, cashmere textures and botanicals borrowed from the Mediterranean garden that used together can help you to relax, restore and repose. Just what many need after this rollercoaster of a year! The set contains a chill out & sleep well mist 50ml, a relaxing bathing & massage oil 50ml, a soothing face mask 30ml, aromatherapy resting cream 15ml and comforting body cream 45ml. We think this pack is a steal at this price as well, as it is worth £70, so bag a bargain online at Temple Spa today.
The Great Defender £30 is a complete daily routine for glowing, healthy-looking skin. This clever protecting double act is your best defence against the environment, sun, wind, pollution, air-conditioning, heating & digital blue light overload. Fashions Finest loves the feather-light moisturiser that provides a skin filter for your face whilst the lip defence gives you a soft veil of lip protection at the same time, while offering broad-spectrum SPF30 and a powerful cocktail of antioxidants, vitamins, ginseng root extract and sodium hyaluronate to protect against free Radicals. These beauties are the perfect size to drop in your handbag so you can re-apply when needed and make sure you’re covered all day!
Enjoy the coming festive season, with Fashions Finest best wishes, and have a happy shop!
Fashions Finest has come up with some great products which will ensure your nose, mouth, chin and cheeks stay beautiful throughout the mask wearing months to come, as well as the heat waves we are willing our way in the late summer. (We can but hope!)
Upgrade Your Cleansing Programme
The daily, or even twice daily routine of cleansing and moisturising your skin is the first step in ensuring it stays clean, smooth and healthy looking. Especially with the extra heat and discomfort of mask wearing. Take a look at the range of oil based facial cleansers available, and choose the best for you and your lifestyle. Regardless of whether your skin type is dry, oily or a combination, using an oil based cleanser can help to hydrate your skin as well as remove impurities, and cleanse. A great addition to boost your current cleansing routine.
Make The Most Of Your Eyes
Marks and Spencer
Since your eyes are what you are using to communicate most with, now the rest of your face is hidden with a mask for much of the time, consider accentuating and highlighting your peepers with the Autograph range from Marks and Spencer. These stunning eye shadow palette's will add sparkle and glamour to your brows, and each palette comes with four stunning complementary colours that work together to create a glamorous look. Simply wear your favourite shade on its own, or combine using the lighter colours to highlight and the darker ones to add depth and definition to your eyes.
Less Is More
The saying ‘less is more’ could well be true when it comes to protecting your face from breakouts! Consider wearing tinted moisturiser, BB cream or CC cream depending on what works best for your skin. These products are often more nourishing and much lighter on the skin than makeup.
Boots No 7 city lights tinted moisturiser comes in a myriad of colours to suit your skin, and they contain SPF 15 to protect your skin from sun damage as well. This great – tried and tested product is fantastic to mix, so you can buy two shades, and mix them dependant on the season, and how dark your skin is at that time, or you can also mix them with any other creams and foundations to find your perfect coverage!
Try using a lipstick that is both hydrating and long lasting, like this Stila stay all day® liquid lipstick available from look fantastic. Enriched with Vitamin E and Avocado Oil, this lipstick deeply nourishes and hydrates lips, whilst delivering bold colour that won't bleed or transfer for over 6 hours of wear. Lips are left silky smooth and bursting with moisture. If you want to add an extra ‘pop’ to your lips when you take your mask off, carry a tube of clear lip gloss, and apply that to your lips. It’s easy, quick and doesn’t require a mirror either.
We are expecting much more warmth and sun to come our way before the summer ends, however, if you want a great, natural looking and even tan from your hair line to your toe nails, Fashions Finest recommends a fake bake.
St Moriz 5 in 1 tanning mousse from Superdrug promises to deliver a natural looking healthy glow to your whole body, which develops over time. It's specialist multi-tasking formulation will provide extra moisture, a luxurious luminous finish and a longer lasting golden tan, and a boost of radiance. With an instant guide colour, it ensures ease of application and full coverage, even for a beginner.
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.
Hello November! Here are some products we know you will love...
1. LQ Joint Care, £24.99 Holland and Barratt A daily collagen shot which helps maintain joints and connective tissues. Containing Glucosamine, Ginger, Lychee, Copper and many more vitamins- this is perfect for those who love exercise.
2. Monsoon Rose Gold, £35.00 www.monsoon.co.uk A feminine yet fruity fragrance that contains notes of sparkling lemon, rose, vanilla and musky scents. This fragrance is perfect for all year round.
3. Rubis Tweezers, £21.50 www.lookfantastic.co.uk and Fenwicks. Dubbed the Ferrari of tweezers by Bobbi Brown herself. These high quality tweezers are made of stainless steel making them easy to sterilize as well as create the hottest brows around town.