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Tuesday, 23 March 2021 21:10

Introducing Bioderma’s Daily Essentials

Bioderma is a brand built on respect for the skin's ecosystem and preserving skin health in a lasting way.

Hair removal is an important part of a woman’s routine. Not only is hair removal preferred for a beautiful look but it also has other benefits.

Sunday, 21 March 2021 19:52

Easter Chocolate Gifts Just For Adults

Easter is a time that heralds spring, new birth, and the promise of summer to come. The first thing we often think of when someone says ‘Easter’ is chocolate, and if you are a chocolate lover then this time of year is a taste sensation!

Sadly for adults, the celebration is mainly centred around buying chocolate eggs for children, but Fashions Finest thinks that we deserve some chocolatey goodness this year, so we have found some delicious treats…just for adults!

Have a look at our mouth-watering selections below for some inspiration before you buy your Eater gifts this year.

Hotel Chocolat Easter Sleekster £22.95

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This Easter chocolate box has something for every grown-up. The beautiful selection of little eggs are brimming with caramels, pralines and different tipples too. Hotel Chocolat has mixed their firm favourites with some more exciting additions for spring into this Easter Sleekster, so that whether you’re feeling daring or just looking for a comforting classic flavour, you’ll find it in this box.

With three eggs of each flavour in this sumptuous sleekster, this is the perfect gift for a couple, or even to take to an Easter party. With flavours like the smooth and nutty hazelnut praline under 50% cocoa milk chocolate, zingy raspberry cream lovingly wrapped in 65% supermilk chocolate, delicate french champagne and boozy simnel cake, champagne-infused whipped cream and amaretto flavours mixed with bright orange notes and warming cinnamon, everyone will be pleased with this gift.

The only question is - will 30 chocolates be enough? We’re not sure, but if you can find a place to hide them, you may be able to make them last the whole weekend!

Personalised Rocky Loaded Egg-£16.99

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If you know someone who is always disappointed by the hollow chocolate eggs available to buy this time of year, then this one is for you!

Getting Personal offer us this beautiful creation, personalised with a name or message, and loaded with rocky road instead of being hollow.

Made from Belgian milk chocolate, and featuring a Maltesers Bunny®, Cadbury’s Mini Eggs®, mini mallow bunnies, and golden sugar pearls this is an extra special easter gift for the grownup with a sweet tooth, and with a shelf life of 4 months if stored in original packaging, it doesn’t have to be eaten all at once! (if that is even possible)

Baileys Chocolate Liqueur From £12.00

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Baileys has found a solution for those of us who enjoy Chocolate so much we would happily drink it, and also love a spot of alcohol, by mixing the two. Marrying real chocolate with Irish whiskey for its Chocolate Liqueur, Baileys has been exciting chocolate enthusiasts the world-over.

A luxurious blend of Belgian chocolate, cream and Irish whiskey which apparently took years of tasting the finest chocolate from around the world to find the right one to develop. The outcome was designed to replicate the experience of drinking melted chocolate.

Perfect for indulgent relaxing over the Easter holiday, this is a dangerously drinkable liqueur which does not need an Easter egg pairing…unless you really want to go wild of course!

For a chocolate lover who already enjoys the taste of Baileys, this rich, luxurious, Baileys chocolate liqueur, crammed with Irish dairy cream, fine spirits including smooth Irish whiskey, tasty Belgian chocolate flavour and other ingredients and flavours might just be the perfect Easter gift.

Baileys Chocolat Luxe is a bottle of grown-up chocolate loveliness.

Cox & Co. Dark Chocolate Easter Egg From £10.00

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Some people prefer their chocolate dark, and Cox & Co. have beautiful, decadent and very grown-up chocolate eggs for adults this Easter.

Dark chocolate is full of rich source of antioxidants and minerals, and it generally contains less sugar than milk chocolate, making it a much healthier choice of sweet treats. Some research also suggests that dark chocolate may help lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation and improve brain function, so this dark chocolate might be just the gift for someone you know this Easter.

Made from the finest Colombian 85% dark chocolate, and containing roasted cocoa nibs, this lovely easter egg, suitable for Vegans, and packaged in entirely recyclable and compostable packaging, is sure to delight a grown-up you know this Easter.

DIY Make Your Own Chocolate Gift Set £53.63

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This beautiful gift from Pure Xocolate contains everything you need to get started at blending and creating your own chocolate right away!

The beautiful gift box is hand crafted with love, and contains all the ingredients you need to make your chocolate. In addition, you will find a high-quality stainless steel melting pot, as well as a kitchen thermometer, a wooden spatula and a chocolate silicone mould to set your creations. There are also three basic recipes for making dark, milk and white chocolate.

Give someone the gift of creativity this Easter, and watch their imagination run wild as they customize their own chocolate, adding flavours and toppings of their choice. Alternatively, buy the kit yourself, and in just a few steps, you can make your own unique chocolate gifts for friends, or keep them to enjoy yourself.

However you decide to treat yourself and those you love this Easter, remember that the places in the world where chocolate consumption is highest have the most Nobel Prize recipients…and don’t feel guilty about indulging to your heart’s content.

Happy Easter from the Fashions Finest Team.

It might seem like the summer, and warmer weather is still quite a way away, but the truth is, this weather and those lovely long summer days are closer than you may realise. 

Thursday, 18 March 2021 07:54

Tips to Prep-up Your Feet for the Summer

Most people ignore their feet throughout winters. Mostly layered up in warm socks, little attention is paid to foot care and hygiene. By the time summer comes, people struggle with cracked and flaky feet.

Pure Anada's new Shampoo and Conditioner Bars are formulated to be kind to your hair and kinder to the environment.

Fashions Finest recently discovered the website Everything 5 Pounds and we really loved what we found when we ordered some of their products!

Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:23

Mother's Day Gifting Suggestions

Mother's Day celebrations can be dated all the way back to the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. In both cultures, mother goddesses were worshipped during the springtime with various religious festivals. Evidence of a Roman festival celebrated in mid-March has been found, in order to honour the Roman goddess Magna Mater, or Great Mother. In later years, as Christianity spread throughout Europe, the celebration of the "Mother Church" replaced the pagan tradition of honouring mythological goddesses, and the fourth Sunday in Lent became known as Mothering Sunday, and was originally a celebration of the mother church, gradually moving towards showing appreciation for our 'earthly' mothers with gifts and flowers as time moved on. [Source]

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This Mother's Day marks a year of the UK being in the grip of Covid19, and although children will be back in school, the majority of the UK will still be in lockdown, and it may be difficult to meet up with our mothers again this year.

Fashions Finest has come up with a few online gift ideas, if you are unable to pop round with flowers or a bottle of wine, or invite your Mother, Aunt or Grandmother out for a meal. 

Something To Bling 

Irish Jewellery

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Blair & Co. Irish Jewellery Company has launched a limited edition Ó Necklace, a beautifully unique gift for families and friends to send a token of love and care to Irish family home or abroad.

This unique gift, perfect for any Irish lady, is a gold plated sterling silver pendant necklace in the shape of Ireland with a heart in the centre. Alongside the pendant is a moleskin pocket, elegant branded jewellery box and even free gift wrapping too.

Also included is a gift card with a very apt quote by famous Irish poet Michael Hartnett: “We moved along the scale, living our own lives, separate but never split.” For the right woman, this beautiful piece of Jewellery will strike just the right tone this Mother’s Day.

Available online for the price of 129 euros (Approx. £110) 

A Little Button

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The offer these beautiful and cute necklaces she will love to receive this Mothers Day.

This little solid pure silver handmade button with an 18 inch sterling silver fine curb chain is pretty and dainty. These minimalist necklaces are boxed and presented with a quote saying; "Mums are like buttons, they hold everything together"

The necklace arrives beautifully packaged and ready for gifting, and are available to buy online for £44.00 

Something To Accessorize 

A Scarf

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If the superwoman you are gifting this year enjoys dressing for the occasion, 1 People have confidently handled slow fashion fit for every occasion. All their clothing and accessories are made from materials that are mindful of people and the planet. 

For something both special and also on-trend, 1 People have launched a limited edition range of stylish and chic scarves that pay homage to the empowering efforts of various women who have done so much for society over the years, including  Jane Goodall, RA Kartini,  Amelia Earhart, Maya Angelou, Rachel Carson and Wangari Maathai.

Paying close attention to detail each unique pattern boasts an array of flattering and feminine illustrations and tones. Perfect for adding flair to your bag handle, tying around ponytails and wrists, knotting lightly around your neck or covering your shoulders.

All collections are made with love, and super durable - 1 People offers a three-year warranty as well! What's more is for every product sold, 40% is donated to the charity Business for Planet.

Available online from £69.00

Tote Bag

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Red Bubble is an Australian company specialising in unique ways to give independent artists the ability to sell their creations. Here you can buy beautiful, quirky and uncommon art on different products.

The tote bags are beautifully designed with all kinds of images, paintings and quotes, printed on both sides of the bag. They would be a fab present for a lady of any age this Mother's Day.  

Red Bubble make the bags available to order in three sizes, and are made with various materials, from polyester to cotton. They are also machine washable for ease of use. 

Find your favourite design online with prices starting at £10.00 and shipping available all over the world.

Something To Eat

A Taste Of Heaven

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Lewis and Baker, Family bakery since 1890 offers this Large Mother's Day G&T Blondie

Gin and Tonic blondie, a delicious white chocolate blondie with a delicate lemon flavour and topped with a gin and tonic frosting, finished with white chocolate drops and rose petals. All wrapped up in a convenient traybake so that she can divide how she chooses. A real crowd pleaser, perfect for Mother's Day. Comes beautifully boxed and with and a personalised gift message.

Other flavours and sizes are available also. Available to order online for £19.99 

A Hug In A Hamper

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If you are wanting to give your loved one a big hug but can’t be with them this Mother's Day, this gift could be perfect for you. Send a delicious selection of indulgent sweet treats from Cartwright and Butler. The ‘Send a Hug Gift Set’ contains an array of wonderful indulgencies including Butter Oat Crumbles, Chocolate Wafer Crispies, Fudge, Fruity & sweet Honey with Strawberries, and a bottle of Bottega Rosé to complete the hug.

Presented in a stylish grey box complete with black ribbon and a pink sleeve featuring the words “with love”, the gift is the perfect gesture to show her that you care, even though you can't be with her this Mother's Day. 

Available online for £35.00 

However you decide to tell her you love her or miss her this Mother's Day, remember that the day is about honouringthe important role that women play in our lives. Even if you only have one or two people you may send a gift to, think about all of the women who have had a positive impact on your life so far and send a card or text to let them know why you appreciate them. It will be happily received, and help you to reflect on the positivity in your life as we begin to move out of lockdown, and back into more normality.

Enjoy your day.

Friday, 19 February 2021 11:47

Staying Fit And Healthy At Home

At the moment, many of us are stuck indoors, unable to go outside much because of the lockdown restrictions and also the weather.

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If you are looking at your expanding waistline, or your dull skin tone, wondering how you are ever going to look and feel good in your bikini when summer comes…Fashions Finest has put together some tips to help you feel good about yourself, and make some small but positive changes towards a healthier mind and body.

Tip 1 - Detox Your Body

Don’t be put off by this title. This is not as daunting as it sounds. There are many common misconceptions about detoxification, but the truth is, your body has a natural way of detoxifying itself constantly through your lymphatic system and your liver. All you need to do is give your body a helping hand to make its job a little easier. Follow these suggestions of how you can do this here.

Start by looking at how much alcohol you drink, and writing the amount down (this helps you to really see what you are drinking) You can help your liver to do it’s job so much more efficiently if you gradually reduce the amount over time. You can also drink more water throughout the day. Drinking more water may make you wee a lot more at first if your body isn’t used to it – but this will improve as your body adapts, and you will find your skin tone and texture improve, as well as more .

Try drinking a pint of water as soon as you get up in the morning (yes before your coffee!) and always having water or juice near you while you work (or home-school) this will help you to remember to drink plenty.

Tip 2 – Move More

This might sound simple – but it can be difficult to move much when you are stuck at home, and the weather is wet and cold outside. Try to plan movement breaks into your day – stick on some dance music and spend three minutes every hour boogying around your living room, or do star jumps for 1 minute every hour. You could walk up and down your hallway every time you have to talk to someone on the phone.

Try always using the farthest toilet from where you are (if you are lucky to have more than 1 in your house) or run up and down the stairs twice instead of once every time you go upstairs.

All of these things may sound small, but they will begin to get your heart working that little bit more, your body moving and adrenalin pumping too. You can work your way up to doing online workouts, or outdoor running over time. Start small but aim big!

Tip 3 – Use A Food Tracker

Aps which track your food will really help you to see what you are eating and make conscious food choices. You might think you only have a few biscuits with your cup of tea at the end of every day – but when you have to track it – you realise you actually eat half a pack at every sitting!

Find your chosen tracker and download onto your phone, then weigh your food (yes all of it) or some apps let you just scan bar codes from food packages for ease. It might be a little more time consuming at first, but the app will retain information and the next time you eat the same meal, or the same snack – it will already be accessible in the app.

You will be able to see the breakdown of nutrients in your food on a daily basis, and work out where you can make changes for the better, for example – adding more fibre by eating greens with your dinner, or choosing turkey rashers over bacon to lower the amount of fats you consume etc. There are plenty of tip and help on how to eat well online to help you.

Tip 4 – Plan Quality Time For Yourself

You may feel like you have nothing but time at the moment, and nothing to do with it all, but planning some quality time (even if it is only once a week) for yourself will help you to feel good about yourself. Have a good long bath. Read a magazine or book with candles lit. Listen to some of your favourite music, Write in your journal, Give yourself a facial or manicure. Exfoliate, paint your nails…or if you can - do all of these things.

Relaxing and having these positive experiences will help you to feel positive, sleep better, feel calmer and give you a purpose.

Feeling good about yourself means you will feel more energised and able to have a positive outlook. What’s happening on the inside of you will shine outward.

Tip 5 – Sleep More

Sleep is essential for us as humans, and having a good, regular sleep pattern can help you to feel better, and even look great too.

Plan in at least eight hours of sleep a night, and try to go to bed and get up at the same time every night in the week, to help your body get into a rhythm. Limit the use of tablets and phones an hour or so before bed if you struggle with falling asleep, and try to drink less caffeine in the late afternoons and evenings, as these will all keep you awake into the night.

Your body will thank you by feeling more ‘alive’ and energised during the day. Your brain will be more alert, and you may even be less likely to end up with some diseases like type 2 diabetes! 

Tip 6 – Get Some Help

If you are really stuck in a rut, and feel like you need some help with the way you are feeling, or how you look, then Fashions Finest says get the help you need.

Having a personal trainer to help you with your food choices and exercise can give your body and mind a much needed boost. There are personal trainers who work online, whereby you can get expert knowledge and advice online - whilst in the safety of your own home. It is also a great – pocket friendly option which is growing in popularity due to the current national lockdown. Using a PT for socially distanced 1:1’s can also be a great option, even when gyms are not open and accessible.

Getting emotional support by speaking to a friend, someone anonymous or even your doctor about any negative feelings can help you to re-order your emotions, and gain a different perspective on life at the moment.

If you are worried about your mental health, there are plenty of places you can go for help quickly. Never suffer in silence.

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

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.