It’s time to prepare for your next Insta-perfect holiday spot, but you’d gladly skip the entire packing process, right? If only you could just teleport yourself to that honey-hued beach, snap your fingers for a cool cocktail to appear in your hand, and enjoy the sound of the crashing waves. Alas, we first need to get you there, preferably with all the right essentials to keep your skin, your style, and your sanity intact.
Once again, when you have such a conundrum, it’s best to turn to the ladies who have mastered the art of self-care, especially for these on-the-go moments. For this occasion, let’s see what some of the most ingenious fashion bloggers have to say to simplify and streamline your packing process, so that you’ll have everything you need for a stress-free vacation!
Think In Outfits By Lindsey
We’re all tempted to bring every single favorite tee that we own together with every breezy skirt that will give us the comfort we need. But there aren’t enough suitcases in the world to bring your entire wardrobe, and you should stay practical. Or, as Lindsey Holland would put it, pack in outfits! If you don’t, you risk bringing too many items you won’t wear and missing out on those you could actually put to good use.
Take some time to bring out some of your favorite clothes, and then try to combine them into outfits that will fit the purpose and the destination of your vacation. If you’re going to a tropical spot, there’s no need for that oversized coat, right? Pack layers and of course, pick color-coordinated outfits that you can mix and match.
Neutrals Are Your Friends By Cristin
Who knew that some day you’d actually look forward to packing a pair of beige sandals instead of those boho floral ones? However, if you want your outfits to have more combo power, then you need to use simple additions such as neutral shoes and bags to easily go with everything else that you pack in that suitcase.
The queen of all things effortless, Cristin Cooper, swears by this particular approach precisely because it gives you so much wiggle room to adapt to any situation, unplanned evening event, or simply give you plenty of comfort during the day. Of course, pack a dressy heel as well as those wedges and flats for everyday explorations, so that you can still stay true to your style!
Don’t Forget Your Beach Outfits By Sarah
If you’ve worked very hard during the year to ditch those carbs and sculpt that physique of yours, you definitely need to think carefully about what you’ll pack for the beach. Sarah Mikaela is all about authenticity and self-expression, so if you are confident, and you like enjoying that warm wind, why not match the outfit to your mood?
For starters, timeless triangle swimwear is a perfect foundation for that beach-perfect look, which you can then upgrade with the right accessories and hairstyle. A colorful swimsuit can look wonderfully with a long-sleeved linen shirt or a breezy dress, while Roman-style sandals and a statement piece of jewelry can speak volumes of your love for fashion. And please, don’t forget that sunscreen!
Cherish Your Skin On The Go By Adelina
Fashion-loving globetrotters always need to take special care of their pores. The stress of travel alone is enough to play havoc on your complexion, while skipping hydration can be disastrous enough that no concealer could ever help. Enter: Adelina-approved skincare for your travel adventures, perfectly simple, but equally purposeful to keep your skin radiant and healthy. After all, no selfie can be truly Insta-perfect if you’re trying to mask a massive zit.
As she points out, it’s key to prepare for the specific climate you’re traveling to, so as not to choose products that are either too light to help or too heavy to clog your pores. Moisturizers and serums are always a perfect go-to duo, but make sure to also pack specific items that will suit your pores.
Functional And Stunning Accessories By Rachel
Just like with that favorite hoodie or your most beloved cardigan, you cannot possibly bring your entire collection of baubles with you. This is why Rachel emphasizes the use of minimal jewelry that will be as practical as those neutral shoes and as easy to match as those outfits you’ve come up with.
If you mostly wear clean, simple clothes, then you can use your accessory box to add some vibrancy to your look and opt for a single statement piece and a few smaller, colorful items. However, also remember to pack sunglasses, a hat to keep you sun-safe and stylish, and a durable but beautiful bag for all those sightseeing hours. Combine function with form, and you’re good to go!
There’s no need to abandon your sense of fashion while you’re on the go. Use these fashion bloggers’ tips to make sure you’ve packed the right essentials, and every single photo you take will be a perfectly composed piece of art for your Instagram feed!
Hands up if you’re tired of stained hands after makeup application… Cue the Makeup Hand Palette, the new multi-tasking beauty tool that revolutionises how you apply, transfer and create bespoke products.
I know what you’re thinking, where’s this been all our lives?!
It’s been taking the beauty world by storm and fast becoming every makeup artist’s ‘must have’ product of the year. The Makeup Hand Palette £12 (patented design) with a pre-launch waiting list of over 6,000 is innovating the makeup scene, and the company behind it is celebrating selling thousands of this ingenious beauty tool – currently selling 1 every 20 minutes.
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, eyeshadows, oils, serums, self-tanning products and so much more.
Bespoke product tips:
- Self-tan mixed with a moisturiser as a gradual tan
- Self-tan mixed with a body shimmer – highlighter or dewy skin
- Lipstick mixed with a petroleum balm – lip tint
- Foundation mixed with a moisturiser – tinted moisturiser
- Foundation mixed with foundation – custom shade
- Foundation mixed with a shimmer eyeshadow – highlighter
- Moisturiser mixed with a facial oil – super hydrating moisturiser
The Makeup Hand Palette can be purchased from Makeupbox LDN www.makeupbox-ldn.co.uk
On first sight the ‘Tamiko’ is unassuming and the Jersey Grey colour makes it versatile enough for most outfits. The medium backpack doesn’t completely give away it’s well thought-out design and functionality straight away. This well-design item makes it a perfect everyday work companion for college or work, with its two buckle cinch straps fastening, laptop protection and a neat pocket for your mobile or e-Reader.
Carrying a lot of equipment on most occasions this bag perfectly accommodates for laptop, phone cables and even a change of clothes, bottled water and a spare pair of shoes. Multiple compartments and pockets allow me to keep things fairly organised. Padded back, and backpack straps make for a comfortable experience for back and shoulders when wearing the bag pack.
The beauty of the bag is while it is expandable and has quite a bit of depth to it, when you are carrying less tightening the straps ensures the bag remains aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t take up much room when standing or sitting on the busy tube during rush hour.
The waterproof interior ensures the back isn’t ruined in case of any spillages and also protects your clothing from any spillages in the bag. Ink, Drink, body oils, creams are all kept at bay and as someone who has experienced each of them it is a nice touch for those of us more inclined to experience those mishaps.
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Photograph - Melanie Jones
Photograph - Melanie Jones
Photograph by Melanie Jones
Photograph - Kipling
The Tamiko bag comes in colours, Jersey Grey, Brave Black, Brave Black C, Cool Moss C.
• Water resistant
• Lightweight at only 660g
• Top grab handle
• Zipped front compartment with
• Zipped pocket
• Two open top drop pockets
• Pen pocket
• Zipped rear compartment with:
• Padded laptop section for up to a 15” laptop
• Side zipped pocket on the back for phone or eReader
• Two cinch straps to secure the contents of the backpack
• Ergonomically padded back for comfort
• Adjustable, padded backpack straps
Material: 100% Polyamide
Volume: 21 litre
PC size: 15”
MAC size: 15”
Priced between £96,- to £116,- is on the dearer side for the cash-strapped student but on the more affordable spectrum with good value for money. There are other brands offering the same and more in terms of organisation at much lower price points whilst embracing tech and security a little more such as USB charging port and antitheft facilities.
As with most purchases the buyers preferences regarding aesthetics, level of organisation, quality, functionality, and space required or desired, perceived value and their emotional connection to the brand may be a bigger deciding factor than budget alone.
It’s a good bag pack practical enough for working and outside of working hours. Personally, if I considered using it for work alone my preferences would include better facilitation of tech that we all use on the move and higher level of organisation and security. But an overall it’s a great bag that I will use frequently.
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Looking forward to a trip doesn't necessarily mean we look forward to packing as well. In fact, in most cases, that is the part we dread the most. Not knowing what to bring, how much to pack, and of course when to stop when it comes to makeup and skincare products. Since we often bring everything that we own but end up using just a few products here are some tips on how to pack skincare for traveling.
Pack Only Travel-size Bottles
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Packing for a trip is a great time to use all those small, empty bottles you have laying around the bathroom. Everything you need you can put in those since it is easier to pack and you won’t bring more liquid than allowed. If you don’t have it at home, every store offers travel sizes of your favorite products you use every day. Another good tip is to save all the skincare samples you have for when you travel. If your trip lasts two weeks, for example, you’ll have more than enough. However, if you plan on staying longer, a good idea is to research the prices and get some things you need once you get there.
Take Extra Care Of Your Skin When Traveling
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Our skin has to deal with a lot on an everyday basis, and we should provide it with adequate skin care. When traveling, we subject our skin to a different climate, water, humidity, and much more. That is why it needs lots of hydration and care. It is best to stick to the products you use every day because that way you will avoid any irritation, redness, or breakouts if the new product doesn't suit your skin. However, what you should consider is picking products from the line and brand you are using, that provide extra hydration. This will make your skin look fresh throughout your trip. Many brands today offer sheet masks as a part of the anti-jet-lag routine so you can try out those too.
Don’t forget your under-eye cream because that will lessen the dark circles and puffiness you can get from flying. If you are going to a place with a lot of sun exposure, don’t forget to pack a face cream with SPF. Another mandatory part of your skin care routine when traveling should be to drink a lot of water and bring your minerals and vitamins, which will make you glow from the inside.
The Importance Of Taking Care Of Your Body As Well
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When traveling, our body feels sudden changes too. We are often tired, sleepy and don’t feel really fresh. Contrary to popular belief, working out, for example, is not going to make you feel more tired. It will increase the blood flow and improve your circulation making you feel more awake.
Another good way to help your body while traveling is to have a relaxing professional massage which can help relieve soreness, and relax you from the journey which can be uncomfortable. This way you will be able to fully enjoy your stay and endure all the daily activities and sightseeing you have planned. A relaxing massage can add to the experience of the trip, and through it, you get to learn about oils and products they use. Why shouldn't you enjoy to the max when traveling somewhere?
Advice From Beauty Bloggers You Should Follow
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If you are not sure what are the best products and how you should use them, you can always follow advice from famous beauty bloggers or YouTubers. One of them is Chloe Morello, who has offered some tips and tricks on how to take care of your skin, especially when traveling. Much of the products she uses are natural ones that make your face glow and hydrate your skin, reducing signs of tiredness and lack of sleep. She also emphasizes the importance of masks when traveling even gel under eye patches that you can keep in the fridge to get the effect of cooling. Additional advice she gives is how to do your make-up to hide signs of travel from your face.
Every trip is a beautiful experience, but it can sometimes be stressful if our body and face don’t cooperate. That is why it is important to pack all the right skin care to avoid any possible problems. Just keep in mind that hydration is the most important part, and for the rest, listen to your skin and body and choose the products accordingly.
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We’re all ready for a holiday escape, right? When it comes to your mindset and the level of stress that everyday life tends to impose on you, you can probably land immediately into a luxurious beach chair with a mojito in your hand. You don’t really need to prep for that, you’ve been bracing yourself for that very moment of bliss for months now! However, when it comes to your skin, your nails, and your lovely locks, you could do them a favor by taking a few days to get ready for that upcoming lounging.
Now, before you say that all it takes is a single afternoon to achieve all of your holiday beauty goals, give this guide a chance. After all, you don’t want to find yourself rushing to get your nails done, get a decent haircut, and to get rid of all that unwanted hair – all the hassle might cause you to forget a crucial part of your prep! This way, you can start your holiday in style: cool and relaxed, and above all, stunning!
We’ve been preparing for the Met Gala all year round. Some of the famous faces we know and love will take to the iconic staircase, but before they enter the venue, our eager eyes will be watching. At the Met, occasion dresses have the power to break the internet, and the biggest statements made are the ones we remember most.
We do love a bit of outrage hough, maxi dresses retailer QUIZ’s select a few celebrities who have shaken proceedings up with their outfit choices.
The Style of Marc Jacobs
This guy started out in the fashion industry when he was just a teen and hasn’t looked back since. Known as the ‘boy wonder’, he led the grunge era which decorated the pages of all major glossy magazines throughout the 1990s. Often, Marc Jacobs has spoken about the influence that his grandmother had on him, encouraging him to grow his hair long and learn to knit. He commends her for allowing him to pursue all avenues of self-exploration, and he once said ‘’No one ever said you can’t be a fashion designer […] No one ever said, ‘You’re a boy and you can’t have long hair’”, and Jacobs has continued to live by this sense of freedom. Unknown to many, Marc Jacobs is also the creative director at Louis Vuitton, achieving a gross revenue of $5 billion, by branching out into luggage, accessories and a new clothing range.
In 2012, he attended the Met Gala wearing just a black lace dress and white boxer shorts! He stated that his outfit choice was made in order to avoid being boring, and the Comme Des Garçons dress was far from lacklustre. Jacobs may have downplayed the statement himself, but the dress threw convention out of the window.
The Style of Rihanna
This girl wins at everything — from fashion to music awards. Rihanna was discovered by Jay-Z during his time as president of Def Jam Records, and offered an on-the spot contract by the music mogul. After being crowned the winner of Gilette’s Venus Breeze competition in 2007. She insured her legs for $1 billion, showing Rihanna’s tendency to never do anything in small measures.
.Her outfit at the 2017 Met Gala was a Comme Des Garçons creation, designed by Rei Kawakubo who was part of the inspiration for the overall event, ‘Art of the In-between’, paired with thigh-high tie up stilettos. No one does avant-garde like ‘Bad Gal RiRi’, and she followed in her own outrages footsteps from the years gone by: in 2015 she wore a canary yellow cape and exquisite headdress, celebrating the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ dress code. Bold is brilliant in the eyes of the unstoppable hit maker.
The Style of Madonna
Everyone is obsessed with Madonna, with an untouchable song catalogue and many iconic fashion choices. Her rise to stardom was unprecedented, inspiring young women to express themselves with her empowering anthems and tongue-in cheek lyrics.
She likes to be the topic of conversation too, always stirring controversary around her career. Madonna has embraced scandal throughout her career, and she continues to turn heads. She took the 2018 Met Gala by surprise with a shock performance, wearing antiquity inspired clothing to channel the divinity of the theme of the event, ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’. However, her figure-hugging black lace ensemble back at the 2016 Met Gala was dismissed by many, but she used it as an opportunity to deliver a message to her critics. She repurposed fashion, making her statement about more than just clothes, with true Queen of Pop conviction. In an era where popstars emerge all of the time, Madonna continues to reign above the one-hit wonders.
The Style of Donatella Versace
This lady has had some astounding looks over the years. The artistic director and vice president of the fashion powerhouse which bears her own namesake is also a mother, model and muse. Madame Versace is a walking embodiment of couture, and she has carved her impressive career despite having no formal fashion education. In fact, Donatella had set her sights on becoming a teacher prior to becoming heavily involved with her late brother Gianni Versace’s thriving business.
She’s known to push fashion to the limit too. So much so that after the iconic Jenifer Lopez 2000 Grammy’s appearance, Google were prompted to create their image search feature, to deal with the demand for people looking to set their eyes upon the dress Donatella designed. Her garments have graced red carpets across the world worn by a whole host of famous faces, including Rosie Huntigdon-Whiteley, Serena Williams, Gisele Bundchen and Blake Lively. Despite this, Donatella can’t sew, and she has never produced a piece herself. Yet her breath-taking portfolio boats unrivalled extravagance, and it has secured her place as a leading force in the world of fashion.
The Style of Helen Lasichanh
Despite her preference to lead a private life, she has shone in the spotlight from time to time, wearing some vibrant pieces to express her unique style. She and her husband are quite the duo, their choice to wear coordinating plaid pieces to their own wedding in 2013 set a daring, experimental tone in their attitudes towards fashion. She and her husband are known to have twin wardrobes, with a shared love for UGG boots and Sacai duffle coats. Alongside setting trends, Helen Lasichanh is a mother of four, showing us all that you can do both.
With her 2017 Met Gala look, she became the topic of conversation on social media. Her Kawakubo garment was designed so that she couldn’t use her hands while wearing it, but she certainly captured the theme of the evening. The outfit blurred the lines of fashion as we know it, abandoning the classic silhouette in favour of an abstract, post-modern inspired figure.
What you need to know about the Met
Everyone pushes their limits when it comes to the biggest night in fashion. It is a regular feature in the calendar of all famous faces, and every arrival onto the red carpet is a spectacle in its own right. The media waited four hours to get a picture of Jay-Z and Beyoncé in 2015, taking to the grand staircase more than fashionably late. Outfits go beyond clothes at the Met, as proven by Cara Delevigne’s 11 hours’ worth of body art which she sported at the event in the same year.
Also, do you remember that iconic bathroom selfie? Instagram queen turned entrepreneur Kylie Jenner captured seventeen guests in the infamous shot in 2017. Anna Wintour’s efforts to enforce a social media and photography ban flopped, and Kylie and the gang broke the rule in style. With an approved list of 600 guests, how could the Met Gala not be outrageous? The evening is filled with fashion statements and bold characters expressing themselves, but controversy will never not be glamourous, and we can’t wait for this years’ instalment!
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As the days grow longer and the weather grows warmer, swimwear trends are slowly edging their way to the forefront of the fashion scene. Like any other in-vogue fashion trend, popular swimsuit design changes from year to year. You can root through your closet for last year’s classic style, but if you want to fill your summer wardrobe with eye-catching bikinis and chic one-pieces, you have to keep up with the current cuts and styles.
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Thankfully, swimwear fashion debuts early. In fact, Miami Swim Week premiered some of the top runway trends in swimsuit fashion that will be all over the beach this year. Here are some of the best styles you should be looking out for, inspired by runway designs.
Although high-cut legs are not a new trend in swimwear fashion, they are a particularly flattering one. Falling higher on the hips, this style elongates your legs and lengthens your entire figure. They can appear in high-waisted or low-rise bottoms, but either way, they are particularly complimentary on almost any body type.
This season, high-cut legs will become especially prominent. You’ll see them paired with a high-rise waistband and a skimpy cut, creating a look that extends your figure while simultaneously drawing attention to your backside.
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Trends are nothing if not cyclical, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that retro styles continuously work their way in and out of popular fashion. This season, retro is back again, primarily featuring styles that evoke 80’s and 90’s fashion. Sporty tankinis, ruching along the bodice, and vivid prints and neon colours will be prominent by the seaside. Polka dots and zippered details will be especially popular, along with suits that feature a little more coverage. Accessorized correctly, you could even pull off many of these timeless styles as a trendy streetwear outfit., you could even pull off many of these timeless styles as a trendy streetwear outfit.
Animal prints have been bringing their wild but neutral look to the runway for several seasons, and it doesn’t appear that they’ll be stopping any time soon. At the same time, animal rights are of the utmost importance in the current climate, so faux fabrics are the new norm. Thankfully, genuine animal skin isn’t a concern when it comes to your swimwear, allowing you to embrace this stylish look without a hint of guilt.
Classic leopard print and sleek snake print will be popular choices for trendy bikinis and one-pieces as a way of bringing flashy, animalistic flair to your day at the beach. A printed top or bottom can be paired with an article in a solid colour for a wholly sophisticated look.
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Basic women’s designer swimwear doesn’t cut it anymore this season. While a sleek, no-frills look used to the height of fashion, swimwear trends are moving towards more intricate designs. Knotted details and elaborate ties are taking over the swimwear scene. Minimalism is out, embellishments that allow the suit to double as a top are in.
Stringy ties that wrap around your body multiple times are a particularly popular way to embrace this trend. If you still veer towards a simpler style, knotted waistbands and decorative ties can also allow you to add this style to your wardrobe. Either way, this season’s trends are moving towards showy adornments, rather than the austere style that was so prevalent in the past.
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Embrace the swimwear trend that resonates with your everyday sense of style, find a cut that hugs your body shape perfectly, and go out and rock it confidently!
Just like the very flavour of summer - blended in a drink altogether, the fashion for summer of 2019 is a perfect mixture of brights, pastels, ease, glams and comfort! The summer fashion trends for women include the classic and elegant fashion styles of trousers and blazers, maxi dresses, slip dresses, structured shirts, pleated skirts and milkmaid tops, with minimalistic styles when it comes to bags and ease and comfort for shoes. The effortless path to exploring the best complimenting shoes for the attires stops at the vast category of sandals, sliders, mules and clogs. The bags as to be considered the value-added accessories are in fashion with shades of blue and beige in clutch bags and tote bags whereas the chic shade of black in the classic backpacks!
Easy Sneakers And Backpacks
Trainers and backpack paired with denim shorts or jeans is the ultimate king of comfort and classic summer appeal. The trainers have been in trend since last year and haven’t really gone out. Trainers in white and beige are perfect summer attire with ease and comfort fused with style, and the glam of prints. The graphic details added, is the millennial twist to the modern yet chic trainer design. When paired with milkmaid tops of bright shades and denim shorts or jeans or a summer dress, trainers can be encorporated into a casual outfit for the beach or even a day out shopping!
Sandals And Clutch Bags
Sandals are the ultimate all-rounder for fashion trends in shoes, with heeled sandals and strappy sandals in black, glimmers of metallic and jewels are perfect alternatives for the less comfortable stilettos and high heels! Small heeled sandals in black are perfect for formal as well as semi-formal party settings, and the flat strap sandals in gold and silver, glammed with jewels are perfect for a relaxed party attire, paired with playsuits or maxi dresses. The strappy heeled sandals in metallic shades also offer a complimenting look to midi dresses or split skirts and dresses as well. Sandals paired with a clutch bag is a multi-purpose duo for many settings!
Sliders And Mules
Sliders and mules are the ultimate casual attire when it comes to dressing for the summer season. The sliders in tan shades offer a perfect compliment to the classic pleated skirt-structured shirt duo this summer. Mules in black with kitten heels, provide comfort and stylish design to the vintage checked blazer-suit outfit for professional as well as casual days-out. Alternatively, brightly coloured mules worn with a simple dress, or coupled with baggy jeans and a thin knit top, offer that vintage look. Sliders and mules are perfect example of summer fashion which is easy and comfortable, yet still having high-end fashion appeal.
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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.
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Spring has sprung. It is time for a well-known spring cleaning. As well as your flat, you also deserve a makeover. Every woman should treat herself with a couple of indulging treatments in order to get ready for the summer. Let’s check out some of the most popular cosmetic treatments that you should try this year.
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Various alternatives to traditional treatments have emerged. That is also the case with lip fillers. Lip Threading is a brand new way to make your lips look plump. It is a new procedure where threads, composed of poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA, a biocompatible synthetic substance, are placed into the lip to stimulate collagen production. Both the shape and the size of the lip are changed. This is different from traditional lip fillers, where hyaluronic acid is injected. Unfortunately, lip threading is said to be more uncomfortable.
So, why do women like it? Well, the trend of looking as if you are not wearing much or any makeup is continuing in 2019 and threaded lips look more natural than lips with fillers. Nothing fake is added here, it is just an improvement to your lips.
As it is said above, the “no makeup-makeup” trend dominates in 2019. When it comes to permanent makeup trends, microblading is more popular than ever. It will give your eyebrows flawless look and shape. In addition, your brows won’t come off after swimming or sweating. Your brows will look perfect even at the beach!
Microblading is a treatment that imitates hair strokes, thus making your brows look feathery and full. You no longer have to waste time on filling those gaps with a brow pencil or mascara and make your brows visible and thick. This procedure is neither complicated nor painful. However, be careful when you choose your microblading artist. Make sure your artist has completed reputable microblading training and gained a certificate and a license. Also, you want someone who is experienced and has a lot of recommendation.
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Mesotherapy has been here for quite some time. It seems like women will not give it up in 2019. Why would they? This procedure that involves the injection of a mixture of vitamins, enzymes, hormones and plant extracts has given great results in skin rejuvenating. It will iron your face, making it soft and clean.
Mesotherapy can be used for other body parts as well. Also, a no-needle mesotherapy is becoming more popular, thus making this procedure more approachable to those who are afraid of needles.
Non-surgical Nose Job
Non-surgical operations are more and more popular. A nose job done without an actual surgery is a new trend. It is also known as liquid rhinoplasty and includes the injection of hyaluronic acid. The nose is shaped to look more attractive and the small imperfections are hidden. It lasts one to two years, after which a touchup is required. However, it is easily reversed if you are not satisfied with the results. Another perk is that it is much faster and less painful than the traditional nose job.
Even though it does not include an actual surgery, a liquid rhinoplasty carries some risks. Therefore, you need to be cautious and choose a licensed esthetician do perform the procedure. Otherwise, some complications might come up.
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You have to start preparing your beach body on time. Hitting the gym or going for a run will definitely give the best results. Also, cut down on sweets and watch what you eat. However, cellulite is very persistent and it takes a lot to get rid of it. It seems like nothing eliminates it completely. Fortunately, there are treatments to reduce the amount of it.
Body contouring is also a non-surgical procedure. There are different ways of fat reduction. Basically, fat cells are targeted and destroyed and the certain body part is reshaped. It can be done in different ways such as laser energy, controlled heating and ultrasound technology, injectable deoxycholic acid or freezing temperatures to target and destroy fat cells. This is an excellent treatment that will help you get an attractive bikini body.
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One of the best investments for personal care is hair extensions. Changing the way you wear your crowning glory is a big help for creating an illusion. Apart from playing with exciting appearances, it is a game changer for people who struggle with hair loss. Quit heavily manipulating your hair. Wear hair extensions to achieve your dream look!
Are you still deciding about getting your hair done? Be exposed to the greatness of hair extensions! Here are the reasons why hair extensions should be in your radar:
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Promoting instant gratification is what you get from switching to hair extensions. They will make you feel and be beautiful in just a snap. Wearing them is the perfect time to customize your look every now and then. You can achieve the long hair looks with hair extensions.
Most women are not fans of delayed gratification. Did you cut your hair short and regret it? You don’t have to wait for months for it to grow back. Hair extensions will do their magic!
Are you dreaming of commercial-look hair? Fear of hair damage is the boundary from reaching your dream look. Sometimes, you just want to leave your hair the way it is with all these skeptical hair products. Think outside of the box and engage in hair extensions!
Play With Hair Color
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Have you ever wondered how your hair would look with a different color? Most women fear the stress and tension it could put to their scalp promoting hair damage. In some cases, it can lead to hair loss or hair thinning. We wouldn’t want to go this far, would we?
With hair extensions, you can play with different colors without causing hair damage. Wearing them will make hair care enjoyable. By adding hair color, it will enhance the look of your crowning glory.
Are you itching to get those caramel highlights? Worry less. Hair extensions will do it for you without having your hair’s health compromised. Step out of your comfort zone. With your hair color, walk in the room with people’s eyes on you.
Increased Hair Volume
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Instant hair volume is what most women are rooting for when wearing hair extensions. The volume of your hair provides ease in styling them and making it look natural. Increased hair volume adds an extra “wow” to your look. As you walk, your hair bounces making it look like a runway show. You don’t have to settle with your dull hair when hair extensions can give you the hair you’ve been dreaming of.
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Are you frustrated with the length of your hair? No matter how patient you are waiting for your hair to grow back, it’s just not enough. Hair extensions are the perfect solution.
Switch your short hair to long hair in a matter of minutes with hair extensions. Additional length to your hair makes it flexible for different hairstyles. No matter what the occasion, you’ll always have a suitable hairstyle when wearing hair extensions.
The use of hair extensions is to add length and volume without manipulating your natural hair with commercial treatments. Why wait for months for it to grow back when hair extensions provide instant length? If you are into something quick and easy, wearing them is the best way to customize your look.
Natural Hair Protected
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One of the best things about using hair extensions is protecting your natural hair from damage. Hair extensions like clip-ins are ensured to protect your hair from chemical-containing adhesives.
Maintaining the health of your natural hair can be tricky especially if you nourish it with chemical-containing hair products. We all have that one goal, to achieve amazing hair results. Wearing them instead of undergoing treatments alleviates the stress and pressure on your hair roots. Keep your hair protected with hair extensions!
Customize Your Hairstyle
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We all have our problems with the styling of our hair. Is it lacking length, color, or volume?
With hair extensions, it leaves no boundaries about how you want to style them. There are easy hairstyles you can wear with hair extensions.
With the right length and volume, it is easier to experiment with different hairstyles. Hair extensions instantly make your look interesting and beautiful. Whenever you want to try a new hairstyle, using them makes it easier to see if it suits you.
Different hair extensions are offered in the market. You can rock a variety of hairstyles from beach waves to traditional curls!
These reasons why you should love wearing hair extensions are just some that make up the list. People wear hair extensions to feel and look confident with their hair. They play a vital part in hair evolution. Moreover, hair extensions help in achieving the hair that you desire without damaging your natural hair. Have the best of both worlds with hair extensions. Rock both short and long hair!
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Playsuits are a versatile, chic and effortless way to show your style for many casual and more dressy occasions. From more laid-back looks to amped-up night out ensembles, playsuit outfits allow you to be creative and have fun with your wardrobe. Here are some ideas to help you find the perfect inspiration for your next playsuit ensemble:
Style With Statement Jewellery
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Playsuits have an effortless chicness about them, and when you’re looking for ways to style it, sometimes you need to look no further than your jewellery collection.
Find your favourite pair of standout earrings or a statement necklace and just like that, you’re ready for the day! We love the idea of using dazzling jewellery to amp up the fun of an otherwise more understated playsuit, or helping to bring out some of the accent colours and prints, with carefully selected bangles, earrings, or a sweet necklace.
SHE’S ON THE WEDGE OF GLORY
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What’s fantastic about a go-to playsuit is that it pairs as beautifully with casual sandals as any other kind of footwear you have in your closet. Figuring out how to wear a playsuit for a night-time engagement can be as easy as trading your flats for a pair of comfortable wedges.
We love the pairing of sophistication and dressiness with the 'comfortability' and ease of wedges. Not to mention, they’ll make your legs look endless in your favourite playsuit!
Show Your Stripes
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The versatility of stripes in today’s stylish patterns is spectacular, and we love to take full advantage of how they give a jump suit a little something extra for any occasion. Stripes sometimes have a reputation for being tricky to tackle, but figuring out how to wear a striped suit is super fun and can be an ultra-flattering and fabulous look!
From understated diagonal stripes to bold horizontal patterns, stripes are a classic and an essential part of our wardrobes all year long. It doesn’t take much to accessorise a striped playsuit for daytime and when you’re ready to head out for the evening, simply add some dazzling jewellery and throw on a moto jacket or breezy kimono to up your look’s sophistication.
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Our hats are off to any stylish trendsetter who loves to wear a fabulous oversized hat. These are an especially great accessory for an eccentric outfit that reads trendy and beautiful.
Leave your hair down with some loose waves and keep your other accessories to a minimum when you opt for a fun floppy or a more structured hat. Between your cute playsuit and lovely hat, you’ll be stealing the spotlight wherever you go!
Belt It Up
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Sometimes, adding some unexpected structure can give a flowy or long jumpsuit a more flattering and chic look. We love the idea of taking a beachside outfit to a dressed up, office-appropriate look by just adding a blazer and a simple belt.
If you’ve been wondering how to get away with wearing a playsuit to the office, consider a longer jumpsuit or more chic and tailored option with a belt, and you’re all set. For a daytime boho chic look, an unexpected tassel at the waist can give your look an effortless feel.
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How do you usually like to style your playsuits? Let us know in the comments!
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Fast fashion is easy for consumers because it’s just that: fast and inexpensive. But in case you didn’t get the memo, our planet is breaking and while the words of ‘sustainable fashion’ may not appeal to the majority, it is actually an important answer to a very real problem. As Megan Markle put it when she spoke at the British Fashion Awards, "2019 is the year where it is ‘cool to be kind’".
Here’s a list of brands that make shopping an ethical and affordable experience as well as it making you look and feel good.
How Sustainable Are Fashion Brands?
There are many different ways a brand can comply with sustainability. The sustainable fashion movement works together to tackle issues such as:
-protecting animal rights
-defending fair pay and working conditions to adhere to workers’ rights
-cutting down on water waste
-counteracting the effects of cheap and fast fashion consumption
-addressing the use of toxic and harmful pesticides and working to develop eco-friendly and recycled materials and fabrics.
With more brands becoming focused on providing a sustainability, there are now more choices for fashion consumers, both online and on the high street.
Since launching her label in 2001, Stella McCartney has proved that it is possible to create ethical, sustainable and fashion-forward collections without damaging our planet. The company is always looking for new ways to be more sustainable as it feels responsible for the resources it uses and the impact its activities has on our planet. All Stella McCartney stores, offices and studios in the UK are powered by wind energy and abroad, they use renewable energy. Recycling is one of the key points of this brands philosophy.
Among the McCartney eco-friendly products, we can find a sustainable eyewear collection made from over 50% natural and renewable resources and raw materials from natural origins such as castor-oil seeds and critic acid. These are just a small portion of all the activities and initiatives undertaken by Stella McCartney.
Thanks to its distinctive and style ‘V’, you have probably already come across this brand which specialises in trainers to die for. Since 2005, Veja has been making fashionable trainers like no other brand, infusing each stage of production with a positive impact. Yes, every single component of Veja footwear has a story.
The cotton originates from an organic farm in Brazil where workers don’t have to worry about the harmful pesticides poisoning their villages, while the rubber is natural and sustainable, tapped by people in the Amazon using traditional techniques. One out of four trainers that Veja make are 100% vegan and they have even created a mesh fabric made entirely out of recycled polyester.
Sports and athletic wear are at the forefront of fashion thanks to the likes of Instagram. However, sportswear may not be at the forefront of your mind when you think of sustainable fashion.
Originating from Sydney, Australia, Horizon Athletic is the brainchild of professional athlete Marlena Gabriel who was in search of the perfect sports garments. Horizons ethics reflect their respect for the surrounding environment, and they hope to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste which is currently polluting our beautiful oceans.
To make their active-wear and sporty swimsuits, Horizon use a material called Econyl, which is a recycled fibre made from consumer waste and abandoned fishing nets. This fabric is 5 time more durable than other leading fabrics when exposed to UV rays, salt water, chlorine and sun cream.
In 2018, Adidas took a huge step towards a sustainable future. Teaming up with a non-profit organisation, Parley, Adidas sold more than one million pairs of shoes made from recycled ocean plastic last year, with each shoe preventing around eleven plastic bottles from entering our oceans. Following on from this success, the brand has pledged to be more sustainable promising to only use recycled plastic by 2024. The brand has also promised to become more sustainable in its offices, warehouses, retail outlets and distribution centres with the goal to save an estimated 40 tonnes of plastic per year in total.
After launching their first product in 2003, Finisterre has worked tirelessly to create a collection of clothing which is stylish and built to last. Their recycled insulation jackets were pioneering development in fashion and led the way to create more sustainable practices.
Finisterre has developed their own blend of Merino wool, which took years to perfect and has many benefits. As well as it being sustainable and 100% biodegradable, Merino wool is antibacterial, moisture wicking, soft, breathable and warm; making it the perfect winter knit. Each batch of wool can be traced back to their farms which are found across New Zealand and must comply with Finisterre welfare rules to provide animals with freedom. Each animal must be free from hunger and thirst, have access to shelter and comfort in all weather conditions and they must be able to display their natural behavioural patterns.
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Mothering Sunday in the UK is observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally, it was a day when children who had left home to work were given a day off to visit their home town or village, and spend some time with their family.
Centuries ago, in a very religious United Kingdom, it was considered important for people to return to their home or 'mother' church once a year. So each year everyone would visit the main church or cathedral of the area where they were born or brought up. For this reason, most historians think that it was the return to the 'Mother' church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants and apprentices and living away from home, being given the day off to visit their mother and family. It became usual to pick wild flowers along their journey to present to their mother, or at the church.
These old religious ideas have contributed to our current tradition of spending time with, and giving gifts to mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters – those who have had a caring role in our lives as we have grown up.
As is common at every gift giving time of year, the question of what to buy is uppermost in everyone’s minds – and not least here at Fashions Finest Headquarters! As usual we have searched for some beautiful, creative and interesting gifts and ideas for Mothers and care givers everywhere to enjoy and cherish.
Say It With Silk:
A beautiful silk scarf is a thoughtful, and timeless gift, for any age woman. There are so many styles to choose from, and you can easily find something in her favourite colours.
John Lewis has a great many styles of silk scarves to choose from in their collection, with prices varying.
The Gift Of The Glow:
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Help your mother achieve her glow goals with this exclusive collection of Mio's bodycare essentials. Mio’s body glow kit will amplify her natural radiance, enhance the health and vitality of her skin, and give her skin what it needs to be as strong as she is.
The beautifully presented pack contains four Mio minis and a full size Body Brush for £32.00 with free delivery available.
Missguided’s fragrance Babe Dreams is the delicate and ‘dreamy’ feminine scent of sweet chypre scent, cushioned by a base of patchouli, rich amber and vanilla. The heart is an infusion of velvety rose with orris and violet whilst the top notes compliment with bergamot, pink pepper and red fruity accords.
A great gift for her in spring and summer, because of it’s lightness and slightly sweet scent.
Available From The Fragrance Shop from £8.00
Design.Me has come up with a complete hair care and styling range to ensure she has no more bad hair days…ever!
From sprays that allow her to blow-dry in half the time, and afford super volume, to treatments that will keep her luscious locks conditioned and shiny, she will love the gift of enhancing her hair care routine!
Available at Sally Beauty from £9.95
Give her the gift of radiance! J.ONE HANA skin cream, from South Korea is perfectly portioned in spherical capsules for ease of use, and formulated with the super-powered antioxidant - Nobel Prize-winning ingredient ‘fullerene’.
The cream works to help neutralise skin-damaging free radical activity while nourishing with a blend of macadamia and sunflower oils. Fullerene acts to visually plump and brighten the appearance of skin, while concentrated peptides work to visibly firm the skin for a toned, glowing appearance.
Available from Boots online or instore, with prices starting at £22.00
DAYTOX is a great gift to keep her skin looking and feeling as youthful as she does, and Daytox gradually helps to detoxify the skin and restore its fresh appearance. This is thanks to a combination of clinically tested active detoxifying substances, medicinal plants and precious oils that stimulate and support cell renewal.
Available from Amazon £18.00
Bags Of Love:
Help her to refresh her accessories with this stylish grab bag, available to buy from Debenhams department stores or online, at £39.00.
Finished in grained faux leather, it features multiple compartments for all her essentials and adjustable grab handles too. With this beautiful tan - brown leather material, this type of gift will stand the test of time.
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A bunch of flowers say I love you just as well as any gift, and even the humble daffodil can brighten up a room with its bright and sunny colour and mellow scents.
If you want to splash out on flowers, then online companies such as interflora can do same day deliveries for Mother’s day, and offer some stunning bouquets!
Give the gift of a personalised bottle of bubbly for mother’s day, and help that hard working lady to relax and unwind with a glass of something special. You can make the message as sweet or as funny as you like, and it’s a great way of showing you have put a lot of thought into her gift.
Available from gettingpersonal.co.uk for £34.99, with next day delivery available!
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Like most fashion trends, jewellery styles come and go based on season and occasion. For the past several years, as far as jewellery is concerned, dainty pieces have favoured over the rest.
This year, designers at London Fashion Week flooded the British capital with fearless fashion for the Spring 2019 season and we saw the return of jewellery that is loud, colourful, and makes a statement. Here are some of the most popular jewellery trends everyone will be wearing this Spring, inspired by the runway.
Circles are commonly used to symbolise eternity, and if there is one trend with eternal appeal, it’s the hoop. The hoop earring goes back as far as human's themselves. It goes beyond just being a fashion trend and has been a powerful symbol in numerous cultures throughout history.
This season, the timeless style is taking on a bulkier and heavier shape adding a focal point to any outfit, as well as framing the face and complimenting your hairstyle. It appears that we are being encouraged to think outside the circle this year and select hoops that are boasting colour, fabric and spikes, as well as differentiating in shape.
As far as trends go, boho chic has proliferated in recent years and is particularly popular during festival season. Combining organic, colourful and detailed pieces with pieces of simplicity and minimalism creates a bohemian style that is perfect for the glamorous, the fashion-forward and the summer-lovin’ individual.
The boho style is devoted to nature, earth and its elements to its no wonder that many styles of the boho necklace are animal and nature inspired. The elephant is often used on boho accessories because of its symbolism of strength and wisdom, whilst the bird can commonly be found to symbolise free spirit and individualism.
There are many different ways of incorporating bohemian jewellery into your style and the 2019 catwalks embraced the trend with a presentation of diamond encrusted pendants that reflected elements of earth, space and nature. One particularly noticeable element was the flowers of all shapes and sizes that covered the models on the runways. Whether you opt for a delicate pendant or fancy making a bold bohemian statement, this is one ground-breaking trend you can have some fun with this year and the best bit about it is you can never wear too much.
The world is finally catching on to Gucci’s more-is-more approach to fashion and jewellery. This season, runway model’s fingers were laden with rings and bracelets that were stacked high. This newest trend in jewellery is getting some major praise from women everywhere. Why? Because it gives you the opportunity to wear all your favourite jewellery at once!
Models were sent down the catwalk with stacks of Alexander McQueen bejewelled bangles adorning their arms and wrists.
Stacking an assortment of stunning statement pieces as well as some plain is the perfect way to create a truly personalised statement whilst incorporating all of your favourite pieces in one go.
Similar to the stacking of bracelets and rings, layering necklaces is a trend that doesn’t seem to be budging any time soon. Whatever the occasion or outfit, layered necklaces are the best way to effortlessly transform your outfit into something of high-fashion chic. As the catwalks demonstrated, this trend is perfect for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.
The layering of necklaces is a great opportunity for personal expression and allows you to venture into the world of jewellery and to create fashion statements you may never have made before. The most popular and eye-catching way of layering your necklaces is by using chains of a varying length. Begin with a choker necklace and then add two longer necklaces that increase in length to create a timeless elegance with a contemporary twist.
The Year Of Aquamarine
Coloured gemstones are a huge trend for spring 2019, but a particular favourite is the glistening pale blue hues of aquamarine. From pendants to earrings, this pretty gemstone adorns all styles of jewellery elegantly and beautifully.
There is no better way to add some texture and point of interest to you outfit than by adding a beautifully curated stack of pendant necklaces. Artful details can add definition and vibrancy to a plain knit or roll neck. By styling different pendant heights you can create a fashion-forward aesthetic. Don’t be afraid to go OTT with you pendants by pairing a chunky pendant necklace with some contrasting pendant earrings.
Statement Pendant Earrings
Just like hoops, statement earrings are a great form of expression as well as holding the power to transform an outfit. The pendant earring remains a jewellery box staple, but this year it’s been maximised and extended to graze your shoulders.
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With winter drawing to a close, and the weather getting warmer every day remember that “spring cleaning” shouldn’t just apply to organising your home or office — it should also be a part of your spring skin care routine. The unfortunate truth is that while spring may beautify the outdoors, it tends to wreak havoc on skin. Environmental changes can irritate acne-prone skin, dry out or irritate, and tighten skin as well.
There’s quite a bit to consider when it comes to skin care in spring. Outside temperatures, environmental conditions, and how much time you spend indoors versus how much you spend outdoors can have a tremendous impact on your skin’s health. That’s why the changing seasons give you the perfect opportunity to switch up your spring skin care routine.
Remember To Moisturise!
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With more sunlight, higher temperatures, and increasingly dry air outdoors, every trip outside could pose a threat to the state of your skin. Regardless of the season, moisturising should be an essential part of your skincare routine. If you find your winter moisturiser a little too heavy for spring, consider switching to a light lotion during the day and a gel formula in the evening. Keep items like lip balm and mini hand lotions on-hand, especially if you know you’ll find yourself outdoors frequently.
Prepare For Warmer Weather
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While it’s vital to stay moisturised, increased heat and humidity can cause skin to produce more sweat, and as a result, more oil. For those with acne-prone skin, warmer weather often means clogged pores, irritation, and inflammation. You can tackle this as part of your spring skin care routine by opting for oil-free cleansers, toners, and serums. Water-based serums definitely help, as do products with lighter, natural ingredients. Also, as the seasons change and you’re outdoors for longer stretches of time, don’t forget to use broad spectrum sunscreen! If you’re going to be more active or you’re headed to the beach, consider using a water-proof sunscreen as well.
Read Your Labels - Tips On Ingredients
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There are a number of natural, nourishing ingredients that can truly make the most of your spring skin care routine. However, skin care in spring is easy with products that address conditions like free radical damage and clogged pores.
In addition to natural antibacterial qualities, neem leaf extract contains bioflavonoids, potent antioxidants that can protect skin cells and prevent discoloration or signs of ageing. For warmer, sunnier conditions, shea butter protects skin’s natural barrier function, with lupeol blocking enzymes that degrade skin proteins. This helps reduce inflammation and absorbs UV radiation, maintaining skin’s firmness.
For an ingredient that combines powerful antioxidants with antimicrobial qualities, green tea extract can’t be beaten. While its antioxidants reduce free radical damage, green tea extract is also soothing, and can help reduce bacteria on the skin, preventing blemishes.
Make The Most Of Your Spring
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Spring is about renewal. It’s a time that encourages all of us to embrace the beauty of nature with each new day. It’s also an opportunity to make the most out of your spring skin care routine as you naturally become more active. So, be sure to choose soothing, natural products that enrich your journey through self-care.
The thought and craftsmanship that’s put into making lingerie isn’t just to impress your significant other on Valentine’s Day or date night. In recent years, lingerie has moved from behind the curtains and beyond the confines of your home and towards a new expression of style. Here’s how you can wear your luxury lingerie sets, in and out of the home.
Wearing Lingerie As Outwear - The Bodysuit
This bodysuit is the most popular form of wearing lingerie as outwear and has taken the Instagram world by storm, particularly after the Kardashian’s were seen sporting this look. Bodysuits offer versatility and can be worn with almost anything to create a super chic look.
Pair your bodysuit with some light-wash blue mom jeans or skinny jeans and layer with a leather jacket and some heels for a super cute summer/autumnal fashion statement. As modelled by Kim Kardashian, go bold and pair your lace bodysuit with some tracksuit bottoms. Add a sporty bomber and some sneakers to create an athleisure vibe or pair with some heels for that true Kardashian look.
Sport-inspired lingerie has made a huge comeback and is definitely here to stay this year. The revival of the 90s streetwear has taken the fashion world by storm and it doesn’t stop at lingerie. With the intention to encourage women into an era of confidence and comfort, the sport-inspired lingerie trend is made up of melange fabrics, logo embedded elastic bands and mesh detailing.
Velvet has made a huge (and surprising) comeback in our wardrobes and so it should come as no surprise that it is going to make its way back into our underwear drawers this year. Plush velvet and velour lingerie sets are the epitome of luxury particularly the feel of soft velvet against your skin. Velvet lingerie typically comes in a pallet of dusky pinks and grey or rich and intense with emerald greens and peacock blues. The great thing about this trend is, just like the bodysuit, it isn’t restricted to the bedroom and can be worn on a night out or even better, on holiday.
Dare To Wear Red
Red is often the colour that springs to mind when you think of sexy luxury lingerie. The colour has been proven to stimulate emotions of passion and sensuality. Like a bull fighter, red attracts a variety of attention stemming from love to anger.
When it comes to women's lingerie collections, red is a staple colour and enables women to feel empowered and sexy. It is a strong trend in fashion and has been a large focal point of new season trends.
As the evenings begin to get lighter and we move closer to spring, the boho trend will begin to emerge. With beautiful rustic colours and earthy tones, the boho prints are inspired by festival fashion with an abundance of Aztec prints, embroidery stitches, ribbons and beading. It has a playful yet sexy feel to it and is the perfect companion for summer. Pair you bohemian bralette with some ripped denim shorts and Dr Martens.
Since the 16th century, the corset has come a long way. Commonly seen on New York’s fashion catwalks, wear your corset over an oversized shirt and some thigh high boots for a super high-fashion look. For a super chic festival look, wear a corset over a loosely fitted dress and some cowboy or biker boots.
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Jess Glynne showcased a classic red lip on the carpet at the Brit Awards. The A-List staple can be taken straight from the red carpet and recreated at home with Illamasqua’s Lipstick Collection at a cost of £20.00 Available to buy here.
Smokey And Seductive
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Maya Jama’s smokey and seductive eyes can be perfected with Illamasqua’s Elemental Pallete, at a cost of £38.00. Effortlessly transform your look with these highly pigmented shades that work for both day and night time looks. Available to buy here.
Framing The Soul
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If eyes are the window to the soul, then eyebrows are the frame! Eyeco’s creamy brow powder in one end, with an angled brush on the other end define, shape and fill-in your brows effortlessly, for maximum impact, with minimum input. Available from here at a cost of £18.00
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Dua Lipa took her eye makeup to the next level at this year’s Britt Awards, stealing the show on the red carpet. To achieve her look use the EYECO lash alert, at a cost of £19.00. A botanical fuelled energising formula, infused with caffeine and a double dose of fibres to lift the sleepiest of ‘bed lashes’ for perkier volume, curl and care all day. Lash alert will improve long term elasticity and resilience for naturally thicker lashes around the clock. Available to buy here.
There’s something very gentle and loving about giving someone a gift. The way you show your affection through the act can truly light up your day and make both of you feel connected, and oftentimes the person who’s giving the gift is just as happy as the person who’s receiving it. Of course, this is only true for those mindful presents that you took your time with—you have to think about it carefully, and you have to allow the energy of your emotion to become obvious. The whole process is important, from the moment you pick something out to the way you present it to your loved one.
When it comes to fashion lovers, then the most mindful kind of present is going to be sustainable, beautiful, and above all thoughtful, and as long as you pick something with your heart, it’s going to thrill the person receiving it.
Are you eager to find the right item? Then take a look at some of our top choices.
Backpacks are trendy, they’re practical, and they serve as perfect accessories for everyday outfits. It’s great to get a cute piece that lets you look stylish while carrying all your favourite essentials, and any fashion lover would appreciate something that’s both useful and beautiful.
If you want to make it sustainable you can check out companies such as Rareform, who make their things out of recycled billboards (yes, you read that right). In general, a backpack is a sustainable gift on its own because it allows you to minimise plastic waste—if you have a big handy rucksack where you can carry things, you don’t have to reach for plastic bags at all.
If you want a truly eco-friendly, mindful gift that will impress your friend, then consider giving them sustainable garments. Clothes made of materials such as organic cotton, Tencel, hemp, linen, and especially bamboo are incredibly cosy, light, and breathable, so pick something nice and you won’t regret it.
If you’re shopping for a close female friend or sister, consider getting them good underwear. Our intimate hygiene and the health of our reproductive organs are very much influenced by the kind of undies we wear, and finding something hypoallergenic and soft is definitely a good idea. If you want to make it both fun and practical, get them a delicate g string that will both look sexy and be entirely invisible underneath clothing. There’s nothing a woman appreciates more than good underwear, and this is a good way to help your friend grow her collection of sustainable fashion.
As you probably know, there’s no better feeling than walking out of a salon with the perfect hairdo gracing your head. Your loved one is bound to appreciate the opportunity to have a professional manage their mane for them, and the best part about this gift is that you’re giving someone a relaxing, yet practical experience. They get to sit down, get pampered, and leave the salon looking great, and they’re bound to notice the sheer thoughtfulness of that.
You don’t have to be short on cash to “resort” to DIY crafts. Making something with your own hands is one of the most thoughtful things you can do, and jewellery is a good choice if you’re trying to find something cute and wearable. Take a look at these handy tutorials and start a project if you want to give your loved on a very unique gift.
Stylish Phone Case
Our phone contains a tiny digital world in itself, and most of us can’t live without it. For a fashionista, it’s another opportunity to accessorise, and if you want an easy gift that can appeal to anyone, then pick this. Find a phone case with a stylish design made out of sturdy material, and make sure it will fit the phone model your friend is carrying.
If your friend is into leisure, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle, then a trendy reusable bottle is a great gift. Get her something pink and flashy that she can show off at the gym and make sure it’s compact enough for her to wear it in her sports bag.
This is also a sustainable gift that’s simply very practical, so it’s hard to go wrong with it. If you like, you can also include a few other stylish accessories to go with it—for example, a cute scrunchie would fit the sporty theme and it’s bound to be appreciated by any long-haired gal.
Don’t let this occasion go by without thoughtfulness! Pick a gift that screams your friend’s name, wrap it carefully to show them how much they mean to you, and they’re bound to love it.
Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and the day we celebrate our love for that special someone in our lives has come again.
If, for some reason you have not been spending many hours agonising over the perfect gift for your loved one, and you have now realised you don’t have many days left to find something, Fashions, Finest has come to your aid, and trawled the internet looking for the fun, the sweet and the downright different gifts, so that you don’t have to!
Gifts For Him Or Her:
Chocolate sounds like the obvious choice to give as a gift this valentine’s day, however, hear us out - Pundits is no ordinary chocolate bar!
Made in the UK by a small family run company, they pride themselves on making delicious and tasty chocolate, that is almost good for you! Low in carbohydrates and sugar free, they all look and taste great! The perfect little treat when you are trying to 'be good' but need something nice!
With a commitment to the environment, and boasting a very ethical supply chain, a bar or two of pundits chocolate would guarantee to win your loved ones heart all over again.
Buy online at £3.49 per bar
With over 2,000 experiences to choose from, John Lewis is offering this great little gift for you to enjoy as a couple. A great idea for those harder to please people, because they can choose the activity themselves, or you can spend time choosing together!
At only £39.99, and available online, this gift can work for all tastes.
Photo-Book Of Love!
Make your own photo book of love, by putting together pictures and words of your choice, and developing a personalised love book for your significant other.
Made in the UK, with handy next day delivery available, its a sweet and unique way to spread a little, or a lot, of love.
From £16 and available online here.
For The Traveler
A personalised rail card key-ring could be just the ticket to remind your love one how special they are. This charming personalised key-ring features the instantly recognisable image of a National Rail train ticket, and you can personalise every aspect of the wording to make it unique to your loved one.
For £12.50 each, you can get your own here
Gifts For Him:
Sole Mate Trainer Kit
If he enjoys his trainers, and loves to keep them clean, then this is a cute gift he will be able to cherish and use.
This gift set comes with two bottles of ultra-effective cleaning fluid, and at £20 each, you can say 'I love you' in a truly unique way. Buy it online now.
The Definition Of...
A personalised gift always shows how much care you have put into choosing a present and this Square Slate Keepsake or coaster is no different. Made by Laser engraving into slate, this gift can be personalised with a dictionary definition style name and descriptions of your choice. You can be as naughty or as nice as you like. The choice is yours!
£12.99 each and available to buy here
Fit For A King.
An amazing mix of red wine with sweet and savoury classic snacks all presented in a beautifully dark, woven basket.
If the way to your mans heart is indeed through his belly, then you need look no further than here!
With many other hampers to choose from, even if this one is not ideal, you are sure to find something to his taste!
Available here at £34.95 each
Gifts For Her:
Soap And Glory Scent-Sational Bunch
Who doesn't love a bit of soap and glory in their life!
This great gift tin comes bursting with goodies which will leave her looking and smelling delicious, and feeling very happy too!
Available from Boots at only £20.00 each, why not pamper your lady with this great kit.
Butter London Lacquer
With it's 10-In-1 Formula, and plenty of pretty, sophisticated and long-wearing shades available. As well as loaded with ingredients proven to promote brighter, stronger, healthier nails, you need not look any further than butter LONDON's Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquers to make her feel spoilt this valentines day.
Available from Feel Unique at £15.00 each, she will love the quality, cover and colours of this Nail Lacquer.
Korres Lip Butter
Korres natural pomegranate lip butter in a beautiful burnt pink shade, which will leave a subtle shiny tint on her lips, whilst conditioning and protecting them from the elements, leaving her with perfectly soft and conditioned lips that are good enough to kiss!
At £8.00 and available from Look Fantastic, get yours here!
Shake up her valentines with the instax mini 9 - a compact instant camera with a cute and iconic design. Delivering instant credit card-sized prints - and great for selfies too, she will love using it to capture one-off moments at parties, festivals and fun days out.
At £59.00 each, this gift is available from Amazon
Jewellery Making Workshop Class
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Available all over the country, a Jewellery making workshop would be a beautiful way to treat her this valentines.
Book a session in a workshop near you, and spend some time together designing and making your own piece of bespoke jewellery for each other. What better way to say I love you from the heart.
Prices vary. Find out more here