It’s that wonderful, magical time of year again where we can wrap up warmly against the cold, and drink mulled wine as often as we like, we can eat far too much, and forget the gym for a week…or month in favour of Christmas shopping, spending more money in a few weeks than we have all year, and celebrate by partying until we drop!
All of these festivities can seem great fun, and worth every penny until 2nd January, but spare a thought to 2020, getting through the January blues and having money left over to treat yourself in one of the most difficult months of the year too!
Being sensible and thrifty might not sound very exciting, but with a little bit of planning you can have a fantastic Christmas and new year, giving beautiful and useful gifts to your friends and family, and not spend a fortune doing it either.
Take a look at our Christmas must have list for 2019, and give gifts (or stock up yourself) on products we are sure will make every part of you feel great not only on Christmas day, but into the new year too. You don’t have to spend a lot to show you love and appreciate someone, and often, the small, thoughtful gifts mean the most.
This company began life making flip-flops in 1962 in Brazil. Their unique look and comfy soles, along with promises of never losing a strap, (we all know how annoying that can be with flip-flops!) and their trendy and vibrant look, helps them to stand out from the crowds.
Havaianas also promise that their brand works with the environment and a percentage of their revenue goes to fund the preservation of the Brazilian forest and ocean, developing projects to help preserve areas of natural beauty and importance such as the Amazonian Rain forests, and scientific research into conservation.
Flip-flops are great for summer time, and slipping on around the house in these colder climates, and Havaianas are soft and comfortable to wear, and come is some stunning designs too…but if you prefer something a little warmer for the winter months when you are venturing outdoors, and there are a lovely range of shoes available too.
The great news doesn’t end there, as there is currently 10% off, available on their website,(correct as of the date of publishing) so hurry on over to bag yourself a pair of stunning flip flops that won’t break the bank, and would be great as a unique and thoughtful gift for Christmas – especially if you know someone escaping for some winter sun in the new year!
Only Curls Hair Care
Only Curls, a London based brand was started by Lizzie Carter who wanted to cater for those with natural curls. The range is made in the UK, and is cruelty – free and vegan, and their packaging is 100% recyclable. No plastic is used to dispatch the range, so it ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people right from the start. With an increasing demand for eco-friendly beauty Only Curls has recently also launched their cute new packaging made from eco-friendly sugar cane.
If you have naturally curly hair, or if you need to buy a gift for a curly girl, then this range of products is for you. It has been specially formulated to encourage us to ditch the chemicals, forget the straighteners and love our natural curls!
Only Curls are championing the UK curl revolution with the launch of their brand new range of cleansing, conditioning, styling products and accessories.
From gentle shampoos and nourishing cremes to hair towels, combs and sleep turbans, each product in the Only Curls range has been tested on all curl types and are specially formulated and packed with natural nourishing ingredients that breathe life back in to curls and provide the very best care that fragile curly hair requires.
The range consistently receives 5-star reviews with some consumers saying it has solved “all of their hair problems”! It looks great, smells great, it’s Eco-friendly and can make your hair dreams come true – an all-round winner to pamper yourself (or someone else) this Christmas!
Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion
Restore a healthy glow to skin with Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Energizing Bath, Body & Massage Oil. Shea Moisture promises to energize dry, dull skin with their silky-smooth oil made of Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, which work in harmony to create an ultra-hydrating blend for your skin, replenishing high levels of moisture deep below the skin surface for a brighter, more even-looking tone.
A perfect way to pamper yourself (or someone you love) this Christmas and into the new year, Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion bath, body and massage oil helps to protect against the damaging effects of external aggressors, to leave skin re-energised, nourished and infused with a luminous radiance. The delicious scent of dragon fruit, lychee berry and green apple extracts combine to create a heady experience, and also help to nourish and recharge tired-looking skin, while Imbe Oil protects while Aloe promotes a healthy glow to your skin.
Say goodbye to those tiny unwanted eyebrow hairs you just can’t get to – once and for all, as luxury Swiss brand, Rubis, maker of the tweezers of choice among make-up artists, including Bobbi Brown who called them ‘The Ferrari of Tweezers’ has announced the launch of their brand-new Christmas collection, so you can gift a beauty addict in your life perfect brows! (even if that addict happens to be you!)
Rubis is available from Cult Beauty and The Fragrance Counter, and each pair of Rubis Tweezers demonstrate Swiss precision and luxury at its finest They are individually crafted and finished by hand to ensure perfect tips, alignment and high precision in removing unwanted hair. Ergonomically designed, all tweezers are made of resilient, antacid, stainless steel.
Makeup Hand Palette
This handy little tool has been taking the beauty world by storm and fast becoming every makeup artist’s ‘must have’ product of the year, and would be great as a stocking filler for anyone who uses makeup!
The Makeup palette is a really well thought out idea, as we all want a perfect makeup finish but with so many brands on offer, the quest for a flawless look can be confusing, and we girls often resort to mixing and blending colours and brands of creams, foundations, eyeliners, lipsticks and even self-tanning products, getting very messy hands in the process, but not anymore!
The makeup hand palette is 100% Acrylic and is the perfect mixing palette allowing you to mix and transfer your beauty products hygienically, preventing cross contamination and unwanted stains on the back of your hand.
Slipping easily and comfortably onto the hand, it will allow you to create bespoke colours and formulas customised to your skin tone. It’s perfect for foundations, lipsticks, eye shadows, oils, serums, self-tanning products and so much more. The Makeup Hand Palette is available to buy from Amazon.
Too Cool For School's Lime Caviar Range
Introducing a new 'Lime' in skincare. Too Cool For School’s Lime Caviar skincare range was launched in Korea, and became a best seller within 24 hours as men and women rushed to grab this must-use range globally.
Don’t be fooled, this is caviar, but not like you know it. 100% vegan, this collection uses the citrus fruit, sometimes called the finger lime, which, when cut open, reveals tiny citrus jewels, resembling traditional caviar.
The moisture spheres inside the Caviar Lime fruit contain 9 types of Vitamin C - and the amount totals up to 44 times denser Vitamin C levels than blueberries! The 83% lime extract, purely sourced from Australia, and used in Too Cool For School’s Caviar Lime range contains 9 vitamins and 6 hyaluronic acid complexes to leave your skin more youthful, toned and glowing after one use. It also promises to improve dull skin by breaking down dead cells naturally, leaving skin soft and smooth. A great gift idea for those of us who want to turn back the clock a little, in favour of younger looking skin,as Too Cool For School’s range is full of moisturising properties and will boost skin luminosity in a natural and gentle way.
Cadbury Hero’s Anniversary Tin
What better way to tell your family and friends they are appreciated than to give them a box of Cadbury Hero’s chocolates to share. Can you believe that Cadbury Heroes are celebrating their 20 years’ anniversary? The much-loved mini chocolate selection burst onto supermarket shelves in 1999 and quickly became a staple in the home, making it the perfect choice for those family-sharing moments. From Twirl to Crème Egg Twisted, and the iconic Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury Heroes is still the perfect treat to share during those family nights in. After all, we know it’s the little things that bring a family together.
With this in mind, Cadbury Heroes sees the iconic Cadbury-purple tin get a striking new modern make-over, redesigned to look like a celebratory birthday cake. Giving the gift of Hero’s, not only are you giving hands down the BEST and tastiest Christmas chocolates, you are giving them a tub that they can keep and reuse for many years to come.
Why not grab a tin for yourself as well while you are at it! The tin is the perfect keep-sake to refill time and time again with your favourite sweet treats.
The anniversary tin is available from most good food retailers, including Waitrose.
AL!VE cleansing range has been created with a focus on active beauty under the three pillars of bath, shower and body. From Yoga to Snowboarding, Dance to Skydiving, or meditation mats to boxing rings, magnesium helps to ease and invigorate for any activity we take on.
Alive has harnessed the powerful active ingredient of Magnesium, proven to deliver therapeutic benefits to the body, as well as containing minerals & vitamins to boost the skin’s natural health.
AL!VE is formulated to help navigate users on their quest for better overall health and fitness, and is a perfect gift for those adrenalin junkies, fitness fanatics and workaholics among us who want their daily cleansing routine to work as hard as they do.
Al!ve products promise to help transform your bath or shower experience, and ease sore and overworked muscles, make your skin look and feel radiant, re-energise you and deeply cleanse and revive your entire body.
Know a man who is always in need of new socks? Then look no further than Society Socks, where you can set up a subscription and have them delivered to your door monthly! Not only that but for each pair they sell, they donate a pair to a homeless charity in the US and Canada.
Society Socks is all about fostering a community of people that care about each other’s well-being. Homeless charity’s only accept new socks, so they are the most needed, but least donated item for people living on the streets, and Society Socks aim to change that with your help, as you buy one pair of socks and donate the other! A gesture as small as donating one pair of socks to charity can lead the way to creating a better society, and a pair of socks is a small stepping stone towards greater change.
Society Socks are the ultimate blend of craftsmanship and style. They turn the traditional understanding of socks inside out and create products that help people express their individuality. A perfect gift for men who like to express their uniqueness on a daily basis, as Social Socks supports the notion that socks shouldn’t be dull and colourless, but bold and expressive!
David Watson Scarf
Who doesn’t love a beautiful scarf as the perfect accessory to your outfit! They can be worn in all manner of styles, and these delightful silk scarves from David Watson are divine to the touch, as well as appealing to the eyes.
Designed and made in the UK, the Luxury accessories brand David Watson works with British artists to create stunning 100% silk twill scarves with rolled hems. The founder and Creative Director Sam Petty has collaborated with a number of British artists including the Daily Mail cartoonist Jonathan Pugh and Lego artist Andy Morris. The latest collection brings to life the iconic prints of William Morris.
Asquith Clothing Range
Asquith Eco active-wear clothing brand say that their cloths are suitable for yoga, Pilates, sports, or just simply living in, and we know from experience that they are soft to the touch, super comfortable on your skin, flattering your body shape and they look stylish when you are wearing them as well.
Asquith only use the best quality, eco-friendly and organic cotton and bamboo materials to make their clothing and they are sustainably sourced, naturally wick away sweat and don't fade, bobble or stretch over time. What more can you ask for from your active-wear.
Asquith are all about providing comfort while you do yoga, Pilates or your workout session, and they sell a range of clothing including tops, t-shirts, leggings, pants and even jumpsuits! Their Pilates and yoga clothes have been designed to stay in place during practice and their yoga pants and leggings fit and flatter all shapes and leg lengths, taking you from street to studio effortlessly. Why not take a look at the Asquith range and choose a gift for yourself or someone you love, that tells them they are worth it.
Black Friday is just a week away and we have some amazing offers available to you all.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
The 5 star UK Curly Girl bestsellers offer a range of styling, washes and accessories to keep your curls in perfect condition.
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
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
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 sets, Including 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
We have put together a global shopping list of some of the world’s best-selling beauty products that are now available, not only via the internet, but also at many local stores through the UK. Included are products made with organic and natural ingredients, favourites of your top celebs and proven results from the beauty industry experts. There is a favourite for everyone…if you can pick only the one!
KOREA: Too Cool For School
The name says it all, they really are “Too Cool For School”, selling out products globally with favourites including the Egg Mellow Cream that is flying off UK shelves at a rate of 1 every 30 seconds, whilst the favourite from the pumpkin range sells at an incredible 1 unit every 15 seconds. Too Cool For School is a K-beauty brand that brings the latest trends to the market with a range of fantastic ingredients to provide the very best skincare results. With an Egg range, Pumpkin range and Coconut range it’s no wonder their brand received over 9,000 requests to come to the UK. You can shop the range at your local Boots. GREECE: Korres
Korres is a Greek skincare brand with roots in Athens’ first ever Homeopathic Pharmacy. The first Korres product was an aromatic herbal syrup with honey and aniseed, a recipe inspired by "rakomelon", a warming spirit with honey, which George Korres' grandfather used to favour in his hometown on the island of Naxos. Set up in 1996 with the aim to utilize its extensive scientific resources for the development of clinically effective and safe products, Korres today offers a natural and certified organic range in all areas of beauty and skincare. Korres is so popular that one of their ranges became the best-selling body range in Waitrose, whilst their new Wild Rose range boasts of a Bi-Phase Booster that has the highest concentration of vitamin C in one product. With hair products, body products, sunscreen, soaps and makeup this really is the range for all of your beauty needs. You can shop Korres at Marks and Spencer's, Waitrose, Lookfantastic and Feel Unique.
Most renowned for its hero product Lait Crème Concentre, which sells a staggering 1 unit every 20 seconds, this range is in the hands of makeup artists the world over Embryolisse has also become a firm favourite amongst celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kourtney Kardashian, Karlie Kloss, Scarlett Johansson and many others. With a range that includes a Micellar Water, Eye Creams, Anti-Ageing Creams and many other essentials this has firmly put French beauty on the map. You can shop the range at Boots and Lookfantastic.
SensatioNAIL is a best-selling home gel manicure system that provides users with a salon quality finish at a fraction of the price making it the perfect product for those who don’t have the time or budget for regular trips to the salon. The unique gel formula and LED technology leaves users with an easily removable high-gloss, damage proof manicure in over 100 different shades. With all these benefits it’s no wonder this American-born brand sells over 800 units of their Starter Kits each week and with their best-selling shade selling over 200 units a day in the UK. You can shop SensatioNAIL at Boots
This family run company comes from the beautiful country of Ghana and was started by Sofi Tucker, who handcrafted shea butter soaps and other creations. After gaining a reputation for herself, the recipes were passed down to her grandson, who has since continued to grow this brand into the world phenomenon that it is today. The SheaMoisture range contains a variety of ingredients suitable for all hair and skin types including a Raw Shea Range, Fruit Fusion Range and an African Black Soap Range, which is renowned for its incredible healing properties and saw a 400% rise in sales during the Easter Week heatwave. You can shop SheaMoisture Hair & Body range at Boots
Rubis is one of the leading global manufacturers of cosmetic implements and tweezers. Each pair of Rubis tweezers demonstrate Swiss quality at its finest and is individually crafted and finished by hand to ensure perfect tip alignment and the highest precision possible. Ergonomically designed, all tweezers are made of resilient, antacid, stainless steel and can be sterilised in acid or boiling water. These tweezers have an established following in the beauty industry with Bobbi Brown calling them “the Ferrari of Tweezers” whilst makeup artists at Estee Lauder, Lancome and Mac also swearing by them. You can shop Rubis at Lookfantastic.co.uk
After launching in the UK at the end of 2018, Daytox has become a firm favourite with UK customers, with their Eye Wonder becoming a best-selling product in Waitrose during the Brexit debates. The brand focuses on detoxifying the skin gradually to help restore a fresh, more youthful appearance. Suitable for vegans, this range contains a combination of clinically tested substances, medicinal plants and precious oils that stimulate and support cell renewal. This unique ingredient formula uses a blend of aloe vera, broccoli and citrus known as BioDtox, which when combined stimulate the detoxification of the skin. You can hop Daytox at Ocado and Waitrose.
UNITED KINGDOM: Only Curls
Started up by female entrepreneur Lizzie Carter, Only Curls has become the go-to brand for those with curly hair of all textures. Formulated without the harsh chemicals that are normally the go-to for those with curls, this brand is all about loving your natural curls. All the products are formulated with natural, nourishing ingredients that penetrate and hydrate the hair. Cruelty-free and suitable for vegans, this range contains a Shampoo, Conditioner, Hydrating Curl Crème and Enhancing Curl Gel, as well as a range of accessories including a silk pillowcase, silk turban, soft hair towel, combs and silk scrunchies. This range is so popular is continues to sell out across their website. You can shop the range at Onlycurls.com
Started by Dr Serrano, a renowned Spanish dermatologist this brand has its root firmly in the very latest and innovative technology to bring you the very best skincare results. With his range of medical expertise, Dr Serrano created Sesderma, a brand with unique formulations that provide effective treatment for a range of dermatological concerns. Sesderma’s hard work doesn’t stop there, they are constantly researching to create breakthrough formulas for various skincare needs. Since launching in the UK at the start of 2019, Sesderma has proved its popularity with its hero product Azelac Ru Liposomal Serum TRX selling 1 unit every 30 seconds globally. You can shop Sesderma at sesderma.co.uk
CANADA: Design.ME Hair
Offering a gluten, paraben and sulphate free formula, this Canadian hair range gives hair shine, oomph, volume and styling speed with top salon quality results and benefits. Used by hairstylists and consumers worldwide, housed in fun, colourful and fresh packaging guaranteed to liven-up your hair and your shelf, this range is so popular that it’s hero product, Puff.ME, out sells competitor products 2 to 1. The range includes an evolutionary three-hold hairspray, and a blow-drying spray that cuts your blow-dry time by 50%. You can shop the Design.ME Hair range at Sallybeauty.co.uk
We cant's stop raving about the SheaMoisture new bath and body range packed with healing frankincense and myrrh that hit the UK high street recently. And keeping to it's ethical approach it continues aiding in the development of the women’s co-ops in Ghana, ensuring elevated wages and opportunities for the female-only Shea Butter makers.
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You work hard! Don't let your health and beauty products let you down. Fashions Finest has some great health and beauty buys to tell you about, which we can guarantee will work as hard as you do. Read on to find out some of the things you can buy that pack a punch in the world of health and beauty. These are all tried and tested by us, and great as a gift to yourself, or a loved one this easter.
Envigorate Your Locks With Hair Growth Serum
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Formulated for visible results, and with science and innovation at their core, Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum, £30.00 and Hair Growth Serum intense £45.00, utilises natural active ingredients to provide the hair and scalp with the correct nutrients, nourishment and stimulation for optimum health and growth. They have even put their products to the ultimate test, with a 3-month user trial, yealding fantastic and visible results!
Key ingredients within their formulations are,Red Clover Flower Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Caffeine, Chinese Skullcap and Pea Sprout Extract – all natural, but with maximum efficacy at improving hair health. Trust Grow Gorgeous to re-invigorate your locks in no time at all with your choice of serum. Fashions Finest love the devine scent and overall great results this serum offers, working hard for your hair.
Maximise Recovery With Magnesium
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After a hard day at work, or a hard gym workout, putting your body through its paces, treat yourself to a nice relaxing bath to soothe your muscles. Try Daytox Mineral Salt Bath at £4.00 per sachet.
Each sachet, tipped and desolved in your bath provides your body with the essential mineral Magnesium. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin as you soak in the bath and helps to relax and regulate muscle and nerve function, easing soreness and stiffness. A great way to unwind at the end of a busy day!
Post Shower Frizz-free Curls
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The Only Curls Hair Towel at a cost of £15.00, is a manmade miracle for those of us with curly hair! The towel is made of microfibres which have been developed specifically for curly hair, offering a simple solution for frizz-free curls after washing.
Hair is most fragile when wet and the uneven surface of a regular cotton towel roughens up cuticles and absorbs moisture from only the surface of the hair. Uneven cuticles and imbalanced moisture distribution results in frizz! This towel is small and quite thin, so not too bulky to carry in your gym bag, or overnight bag either. The 100% microfibre smooth yarns leave cuticles intact and absorb just the right amount of moisture for perfect frizz free curls every time! Try it! You will love it. We did!
Roll-on Perfume To Pack A Punch
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For the ultimate quick-fix fragrance pack your Miss Guided 10ml Roll On Babe Power at only £8.00 a pop! This handy little spritzer fits easily into your gym bag, or handbag, so its there when you need it.
Key fragrance notes include a vibrant splash of grapefruit zest and sour cherry, sharpened with crisp apple and pink pepper. It may be small, but this fragrance packs a punch, and one application lingers all day - leaving a provocative lasting impression. The sign of quality when it comes to perfumes in our book.
Make The Most Of A Massage
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A massage can support your wellbeing, as well as help to reduce muscle soreness and inflamation, relax your body, and make you feel great! If you don't have the time to get a massage, or are watching the pennies, you can still work wonders by giving yourself a massage with SheaMoisture African Watermint and Ginger Detox Bath, Body & Massage Oil at a cost of £11.99 a bottle. This refreshing oil combines certified organic Shea Butter with African Water Mint & Ginger to rejuvenate and refresh your skin and tired muscles. The scent is deliciously invigorating, and it's also fair trade, so you can feel great about using it too!
This beautiful massage oil can be used in more than one way too! Pour into a warm bath to create a fragrant spa bath, Gently rub it into your skin after a shower or bath to restore moisture, or you can warm in your hands to use as therapeutic massage oil.
Korres Wild Rose Collection
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Excitingly, Korres are launching a new collection of products, which is set to make its debut this month. The Wild Rose Collection packs a lot of goodness into all it's products, activating radiance with the power of Super Vitamin C and Wild Rose oil. Take the Korres challenge, and transform your skin, with reduced appearance of dark spots, wrinkles and skin fatigue after just one week. Your skin will see dramatically increased radiance and intensive brightening, giving you smoother and younger looking skin. All this wrapped in a new, and ultra- fresh scent.
Enjoy discovering products which work as hard as you do every day, and love reaping the rewards with your beautiful and healthy skin, hair and body.
Finally, the softer, firmer, pampered skin you always wished you had, can be yours! Beauty aficionados can turn that precious dream of perfect skin, into something real with the launch of the long-awaited Bath and Body collection from the US award winning haircare brand SheaMoisture.
Jason Collier Celebrity hairstylist talks with Sparkle PR about hair trends, aw18, anti-ageing your locks, creating a look in 5 mins, banishing grease, celebrity style and the question you should always ask your stylist, and much more.
It was great to catch up with CEO Vinna Best for Fashions Finest as one of the things that aided and encouraged my natural hair journey definably has to be natural hair events.
Incorporating decades of hair care philosophy with ethically sourced (and gorgeous smelling!) ingredients has helped create an inclusive and award-winning product line for SheaMoisture. The brand mantra that ‘the best ingredients come from nature’ is proven with each of the nourishing masks, sprays, shampoos and conditioners.
You will not find any nasties commonly found in many other hair care solutions in SheaMoisture, the brand stays clear of: Parabens, Sulphates, Phthalates, Paraffin, Formnaldehyde, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, DEA, artificial colour or synthetic fragrance and SheaMoisture never test on animals.
Diane C.Bailey, celebrity stylist and SheaMoisture brand ambassador shares exclusive tips on the curl wrenching mistakes many of us are making, creating curls for specific hair-type, insider tips and much more, ensuring that we have the low-down when it comes to curl world.
From styling Beyoncè to creating trend-setting looks for the runway, Diane’s expertise and passion allows all SheaMoisture customers to expertly pick the right products for their individual hair types.
Mistakes People With Curls Make
Diane explains the most popular mistakes that she sees often are that: “Many of my clients with curly hair or type 3 hair types want frizz-free curl definition. For full head curly girls, I recommend “less is more” – use products with a light touch. Many curly girls use heavy oily products to smooth the cuticle to reduce frizz, weighing down the hair. Light hydrating oils with anti–frizz benefits are the best solution. For voluminous curls minus the weight, I use SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray and the Coconut & Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie.”
SheaMoisture, Coconut &Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie £10.99, Boots
Red Carpet Tip
“A lightweight mousse and light hydrating spray are ideal for type 3a to redefine fine to medium “S” shape wavy/curls on either wet or dry hair. I use the moisture mist on the red carpet as style refresher, to bring out shine and bust frizz.”
SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Texture Spray, £10.99, Boots
Frizz Free Curls
Hair type 3c has a tighter curl pattern with more density and a coarser feel. To create frizz-free curls Diane recommends these three top tips:
“Use the “LOC” method with your favourite leave-in, oil and cream, selecting products that work for your hair’s texture, thickness, porosity, etc. This works well to nourish, moisturize and reduce frizz, while creating lasting styles. On freshly shampooed damp hair, moisturize hair with a small amount your favorite leave-in. I use SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Leave-in Conditioner, applying it sparingly to hair, avoiding the roots. To define curls follow with your favourite styling cream. My go-to is Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Finger coil to define and set curls. Finish with several drops of oil to seal in moisturize and bring out shine. Apply lightly throughout hair.”
SheaMoisture, Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strenghten & Grow Leave-in conditioner £10.99, Boots
SheaMoisture, Coconut & Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie £10.99, Boots
How To Define Your Style
Applying a product such as SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler helps to smooth dry, damaged hair and restore body. Diane recommends to “run the detangler through wet hair to achieve the best look and apply large pin curls. Begin to curl hair from the ends, working your way up to the roots, once you have curled one section secure in place with bobby pins. Blow dry hair with a diffuser which will set curls. Once dry, finger comb and style.
Learn How To Blend Textures
“To blend multiple textures, section damp hair, sparingly apply styling cream and braid hair section. Blow dry with a diffuser or let hair air dry, take down braids, carefully separate and apply a lightweight oil or serum to add shine and minimize frizz.”
SheaMoisture, Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler £10.99, Boots
Creating Perfect Curls
Trying to tame and perfect curls can be tricky, Diane advises that you should:
“Avoid heavy oily products that just lacquer. Find products that hydrate, without leaving a flaking, heavy, sticky finish.”
Prep work is essential too – “If you have a special event, shampoo your hair several days before. Curl memory takes a few days to find its moisture and curl balance.”
Remember to keep with what works for your hair type and your budget. Diane says: “Quiet your inner product junkie. If it works for your strands and supports your hair’s health, stick with it.”
In the world of Fashion and Beauty some things come across pretty standardised and impersonal. So it's always good to know that there are brands out there that carry alot of personality , and truly do have their end-consumer in mind. The last 5-10 years have witnessed this growing trend of sustainability and social responsibility. Brands that tell a story, one personal to the creator, are definitely winning in my books. These are brands made with love.
So in no particular order -
1. Keji Victoria Designs - a bespoke and Ready-to-wear collection by yours truly, is inspired by my cross-cultural journey between Africa and the West. The latest collection, #madewithlovebykv draws inspiration from the names of locals in Northern Nigeria; as well as pays homage and solidarity to local businesses in that area.
2. Shea Moisture - a hair and beauty brand that has a family history and African heritage: shea butter, a rich home-grown plant is the selling point of this kind-to-the-hair brand.
Sofi Tucker was the forerunner to selling shea butter (that inspired Shea Moisture); and the grandmother to one of the brand's co-founders.
3. The Honest Company, founded by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan, makes pure and harm-free baby products their priority. Once again, the most cherished brands are ones who the owners are also proud consumers of the goods.
4. Alex and Ani - an eco-conscious accessory brand that exists to give back to the planet. What I love about this brand is the recycle qualities in its manufacturing processes. The accessories are made with some recyclable elements, and the aesthetics are not compromised.
5. Studio 189 is a fashion social enterprise founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. The Ghana and New York based platform works with award-winning artisans in Africa. 'Fashion Rising' has been notable campaign of the brand, which uses fashion to create more opportunities and empowerment for communities particularly in Africa.
6. Two-Thirds clothing brand - takes its brand inspiration from the ocean, which is known to take up two-thirds of the planet. Every collection is designed with lovable sea creatures and donations are made towards keeping our blue seas clean and safe. How lovely!
Can you share any brands in the industry that exist to help their community and make a difference?