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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 08:58

Care For Your Mind Not Just Your Body

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Great Bean Bags

When you want to relax and take care of your mind you have to be comfortable. I relax by using my white beanbag slab from Great Bean Bags; I can only describe the experience as what I think floating on a cloud would be like. It is a great quality beanbag and I love it, so much so that my own children are not allowed to sit/lie on it. I may have to get them some for their birthdays. As the slab beanbag is for both indoors and out I can use it in the garden when we have that occasional nice British weather. It retails at £49.99 and looks amazing in any room that you chose to lounge in.

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Ingenuitea

The next step to getting my mind where it needs to be is being healthy and cutting out alcohol in my diet. I will be replacing it with Adegio tea. I have tried Green Rooibos Bonita, White Peach, White Tropics and Ti Kuan Yin. My favourite is White Tropics when I drink it the smell takes me back to when I was in Cancun. There could not be a more relaxing tea. I was sent an Ingenuitea teapot that I use as they are loose tealeaves, the pot makes two cups and I have a cute see through glass mug to sip from. The teapot is £18 and the glass mug is only £7. This tea really is a treat in the morning and through out my stressful day it calms me down.

The artisan herbals all come directly from farmers in South Africa, Egypt and Guatemala. This shows when you make your tea and you taste just how fresh and delicious it is.

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Blokes Beers & Burritos by Jo Blakeley

Last but never least, a good book helps to keep your mind in check. I finished this book in four weeks it would have taken me less time but the kids were off for the Summer holidays. As soon as I started it I did not want to put it down. It really spoke to me, I love a book that inspires you to be better and believe in yourself. It is exactly what every woman needs in her life.

The story is about a young woman's search for inner happiness while she is travelling in Central America. Whilst the book is funny and entertaining it teaches the reader life lessons, it is so easy to relate to the character. If you too want to stop repeating the same negative patterns in your life you must read this book. There are so many valuable life lessons that could turn your life around and give you peace of mind. The books retails at £9.99 from Amazon.

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Friday, 25 August 2017 16:11

Pillow Talk

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Pillow talk lipstick

So here are are my initial views on ‘Pillow Talk’ – a lipstick I recently purchased from the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges, London.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF PILLOW TALK 

So I had tried it on in store and was happy to note that it is a very wearable colour. There seems to be so much out there now that isn’t! Out of all of the colours I tried, this appeared to be the nicest one on me. It is a muted pink and the rose gold packaging is so pretty.

ON THE LIPS – PILLOW TALK

It is a matte revolution lipstick so is supposed to make lips look fuller without the need for lots of extra steps i.e. line with lipliner etc. The first thing I was pleased to note was that it wasn’t as matte as some can be. Matte Mac lipsticks I find can be very drying on the lips. This one was far from drying and didn’t feel uncomfortable at all.  I would say it wore well for around 6 hours but fades well and evenly. My lips did not feel like they need a scrub with lip scrub which is usually the case after wearing matte lipstick.

I feel was very muted and more brown-pink on my skintone; which is very fair. The lightest in any foundation.

CLAIMS – PILLOW TALK

It contains papaya and orchid which I believe gives it that soft texture. It also contains 3D glowing pigments. I can’t say I noticed this but I will continue to try this on and see how it fares over time. The lipstick is £24.00 which is standard for high-end lipsticks. They also threw in some CT samples which was nice of them! The staff are also willing to wipe the lipsticks for you to try and recommend products. Hoping to grab one of the eye palettes next.

Is slightly easier to put on as it has the angled bullet. Mine tend to get a slant to them eventually so I think this being the case does make it easier to get in to the corner of my lips.
What do you think?

Taking the photos of the precious moments during your wedding day is a given. However, why not make your wedding photo book a lot more interesting and special?

You can achieve this by focusing on detail shots from time to time. Mixing up the portraits and detail shots is a great way to create a truly memorable and stunning photo album that will remind you of every single aspect that made your wedding so amazing. Need some detail shot ideas? Check out the following suggestions then.

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Wedding Shoes

You can have so much fun when capturing your wedding shoes. After all, there are just so many ideas that you can try. Of course, you and your spouse-to-be can wear the shoes and take the detail shot as you keep your feet close. However, one new trend involves taking a shot of just the wedding shoes without you in them. The shoes can be turned to face each other, or they can face straight and have flowers in them. A really unique shot but also very cute and loveable.

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Wedding Dress

Of course, one cannot talk about wedding photos without taking the time to snap a photo of the wedding dress. However, taking a great picture of the wedding gown when the bride’s not wearing it can be a bit tricky.

Therefore, many professionals in wedding photography may agree that hanging the gown a bit higher - top of the window frame or wardrobe - is a great idea for a wedding shot. Also, make sure that there are not too many flashy and intricate details in the background.

Wedding Rings

Taking detail shots of wedding rings is nothing new in the wedding photography. There are already plenty of ideas that you can find online. Also, you have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to taking detail shots of your wedding rings. You can place them together wherever you like, take detail shots of the rings as you hold hands, and even hang them on a branch or wind chime to make a stunning effect.

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Wedding Bouquet

Picking the right flowers for your wedding bouquet is definitely one of the most interesting and relaxing tasks in your wedding prep. What’s more, a wedding bouquet plays an important role in the wedding ceremony. Therefore, it also deserves its own detail shot. Again, you can choose to place it somewhere nice and arrange the ribbons and lace around it to make the flowers pop even more. Or, If possible, you can ask your wedding photographer to snap a photo of the bouquet as it flies through the air at the end of the ceremony.

Mix Things Up

You can make truly interesting wedding detail shots even without separating the important details. Some of the most interesting photos that also make great postcards involve group shots of wedding shoes, a garter or a veil, wedding rings (on napkins, for example) and other jewellery pieces, a wedding invitation and some pretty flowers. Of course, you should do your best to arrange these details as effectively as possible.

Just like you organise your wedding day to celebrate the love that the two of you share, you can make your wedding shots as personal and unique as you want. Feel free to get creative with your detail shots as well, as these will definitely make the romantic wedding portraits even more striking.

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Written by Georgia Selih 

Thursday, 24 August 2017 13:08

The Grey Suit

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Grey is not really a colour that makes you sit-up and take notice especially when it comes to A/W. But this A/W we see the checked grey taking a front row seat in this seasons fashion runway.

This rather dim color combined with a checked design will be what every #bossbabe needs and want in her wardrobe.

If you like to mix things up, mixing formal with casual like this ensemble from Dorothy Perkins A/W 17 A/W 17 Collection. Pairing a Grey Shearling Aviator Jacket, White Victorian Blouse and Grey Check Peg Trouser makes for an ultra chic and cool bosslady.

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For the #bossbabe that is a bit more laidback but at the same time cool and chic. Pair your Check Jacket and trousers with a crisp white shirt and sneaky slogan t-shirt and bring it all together with millenial pink trainers. All available at George Asda

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For those of us that are not lovers of the whole suit ensemble but still want to stay on trend then the grey longline collared coat from New Look paired with a white shirt and denim and some poppink pink heels and your are set for casual friday at the office.

Be the cool girl in the office in these grey wide leg trousers and grey corduroy fur collard coat from Primark.

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If you like things slighty different then these sexy cropped trouser and blazer paired with white slingback heels from River Island will be right up your alley .

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The grey suit is a must have investement this season. So, whether you buy a whole suit , or just a coat or a jacket. Layer separate pieces with the power color of the season red, be it a shirt or chunky knits, heels or trainers for a fresh and new look.

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Grey check blazer, trainers , skirt @ NEW LOOK

Friday, 18 August 2017 10:33

Holiday Essentials this Summer

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Holiday packing have never been easy. There’s so much to remember and so little space to bring it all. I always end up either over packing, or under packing - the balance is so difficult to find!

To help you out, here are some 2017 holiday essentials that will help you when it comes to looking beach ready every day…

Scalloped Costume

Want to hear the secret to turning heads on holiday? Stand out poolside with a super sexy, striking women's scalloped swimsuits! Gently nodding to the 1950’s chic trend, scalloped swim styles are everywhere this season and it’s not hard to see why - they look FAB and are v.flattering.

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A Blingy Watch

This summer is all about big, flashy watches. Forget trying to cram in a whole host of jewellery picks this year, and stick to one accessory - your watch. If you can’t find a ladies watch that’s quite flashy enough, try brands like Raymond Weil Watches or Daniel Wellington that will certain sparkle in the sunshine and make your wrist to talk of the resort!

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A BIG Hat

With your summer hat this season, it really is go big or go home. Think Audrey Hepburn, with a huge floppy sun-hat that will not only have you looking glamourous, but also has the added benefits of :
1. Protecting you from damaging sun rays
2. Hiding any humidity-angered locks!

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A BOHO Throw

Add an extra bit of sun protection with a lightweight boho inspired throw over this season. This summer-chic ponchos and coverups. Having sun-kissed skin is wonderful, but you need to protect yourself from burning and serious sun damage, so why not do it in a fashionable way?

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Summary

This summer is all about minimalism, with 4 or 5 statement pieces all you need to make sure you stand out on the shores. Instead of cramming your case, shop smart and invest in some statement items that will keep you cool as a cucumber and ensure you steal the style show this summer...

Written by Beth Pembrook

Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:59

90's Trends That Have Made a Comeback

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If you sneak a peek onto the catwalks of the latest fashion shows, and peruse though the wardrobes of some of our beloved Insta stars, you’ll easily find at least several style items that traveled in time from the infamous ‘90s. They are youthful, daring, rebellious and glam, and they are sure as hell here to stay!

Looking for something old and something new? For fashionistas among you who crave to add a retro touch to their collection, the following pieces and trends are your most likely candidates for a modern look inspired by the timeless touch of this vivid decade!

Chokers With A Classy Twist

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Whatever stirred up the style waters in the past decades did not manage to root out the one and only, the lovely, endlessly sexy and slightly intimidating – the choker. However, unlike the original version that was predominantly intended for the very rock ‘n’ roll Avril Lavigne fan, mixed with a black eyeliner, now we’re looking at collections of immense beauty suitable even for an evening look.

Take, for instance, Oscar La Renta and his fall collection of incredibly beautiful evening pieces combining black, red, lime outfits and glam makeup, with the perfect finishing touch of a sparkly choker. But you can still embellish your jewellery box with the good old black, simple and velvety choker of your choice.

The Immortal Platform Shoe

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Among so many ballet flats and high heels, the platform shoe has been slightly forgotten until this very year. The sheer volume of varieties will dazzle and make you dizzy, as they come in colours of every spectrum, and materials your feet can only dream of.

Balmain’s purple daze of animal-print or the evenly-distributed high soles of glitzy gold and flashy silver are just some examples of this shoe’s revival. There are also the pinup-inspired Dolce & Gabbana polka dots and snazzy reds, while the delicate bohemia remains dominant in Max Mara’s ethnic browns and florals.

Simple And Sleek With Satin

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It looks and feels like lingerie, yet it contains all the high-style glory of the evening gown, worn effortlessly with that “what do I care” attitude to either a dinner party, or just your all-night-long rave paired with an oversized denim jacket.

Look up to Kate Moss to tackle her ever-so-spotless slip on satin look, and you’ll be able to pull anything off after you manage to handle that one. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity – it speaks volumes of Kate’s innovative, daring spirit, and so it will of yours.

When in doubt, go goth

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Once upon a time, it was the alternative style of the loudest of rebels, and Amy Lee fans world-wide. Now it has become a powerful echo, a beautiful ghost that haunts even the pickiest of designers (think Miuccia Prada) of the fashion universe to become the staple of street looks everywhere.

Goth has once again made its presence known in every bit of beauty there is – from the choker, to the satin dress. But one piece is still the quintessence of all things goth, one item to rule them all. It’s the enchanting gothic corset with its lilacs, blacks and cobweb patterns that will breathe life into your ‘90s collection no matter the occasion.

Keep It Short With Crop Tops

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Show some skin with the comfy crop tops, designed for you to enjoy the summer breeze and break the spell of the seemingly conservative high-waisted jeans. The beauty of crop tops is in their endless versatility and simplicity.

You can pair them with your boho skirt, wear the off-shoulder, embellish them with quotes and neon shades, or simply mix them with your favourite pair of fancy pants. Alexander Wang played with the trend by adding an edgy cropped shirt element to his feminine combos with miniskirts and a minimal make-up free look.

Written by Mia Taylor a fashion and beauty enthusiast.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 09:46

Spring Summer Wardrobe Essentials

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The reasons we love Spring/Summer are endless. The longer days, bright evenings and sunshine - what’s not to love? Another fab aspect of the season changing is the excuse it gives us all to do a bit shopping! It’s finally time to bring our bikinis out of storage and pack away are jumpers, but what are the hottest trends for the coming summer months?

Well, if you’re planning on adding some fresh, spring/summer pieces to your wardrobe in the next few weeks, these following pieces are a fab place to start…

Pastel Heels

Finding the perfect pair of summer heels is a harder task than you might think! There’s often so much choice, that is can be tricky to know where to start. This year is all about pastel colours, moving well away from the standard black and tan, and toward some brighter, prettier varieties. The block heeled sandal is huge this season also, making these powder blues ones from KOI footwear bang on trend.

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Baby Blue Summer Sandals - www.koifootwear.com

Gingham Shirts

If we’re honest, Gingham is a bit of a marmite pattern - you either love it or you hate it. Whichever camp you sit in, this season it’s going to be everywhere. Pretty gingham shirts, mainly in bright reds and blues will feature heavily in most collections, so if you were ever going to try this picnic blanket inspired style, now is the time. The one pictured is from Asos and it incorporates another hot trend for the season - ruffles, so it’s a real winner.

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Gingham Blouse - www.asos.com

Embroidered Denim Skirt

Always a Spring/Summer essential, the denim skirt is a favourite year after year . The fresh twist we’re seeing across this staple this season is the addition of embroidery! While we saw tonnes of embroidered designs across our jeans and handbags in the winter months, this summer it’ll be all over the denim skirt. We love this simple one pictured from Topshop. Teamed with a simple blouse, this look will get you through SS17 in style.

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Rose Embroidered Skirt - www.topshop.com

A Chic Backpack

Gone are the days that backpack where considered uncool and nerdy - they’re now basically the most ‘trendy’ accessory you can own. Still super convenient, last year saw the fjallraven rucksack become the new ‘must-have’ bag among the hipster masses, but if this isn’t really your thing, try a more sleek and sophisticated style this year with a cute leather design. The one pictures in from Mango and, let’s be honest, it adorable.

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Leather Backpack - shop.mango.com

 Summary

This summer is all about bright designs and out there patterns. Clashing and mixing up different patterns will be big, as will vibrant colours. With these simple essentials, you’ll be able to mix and match your wardrobe to create some edgy, but super on trend looks.

Written by Beth Pembook

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 20:07

Curly Hair Festival

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Over the weekend, i had the pleasure of attending the Curly Hair Festival at the ILEC Conference Centre in London. I had previously attended a number of the Natural Hair Week events in London so I was excited to see what the founder of the iconic event Vinna Best had in store following the recent rebranding from Natural Hair Week to Curly Treats Festival rebranding.

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After years of attending hair events, i’m always astounded by the number of natural haired lovelies that attend and in this, i’m sure that they were not disappointed by the offering in this instance. Throughout the day guests were treated to hair and health workshops, demos and interactive discussions, a fashion show in celebration of Black Girl Magic and of course some of you favourite brands such as Cantu beauty, Creame of nature, Mixed chicks and Softn’ Free were in attendance as alongside some amazing independent brands. Popular influencers such as MahoganyCurls, Lekoia Lee and the girls from Curlcuture were also on deck taking part in workshops, discussions and meet and greets. I especially loved the fact that men were catered to with a dedicated afro men’s hub which offered free shape-ups, beard maintenance and skin care advice for the man in your life. For mini curlies, there was an empowHER lunch and a children’s corner which provided fun interactive activities and storytelling.

 

Thursday, 03 August 2017 13:15

Expert Wedding Planning Tips and Tricks

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“Planning my wedding was really simple and stress-free,” said no bride ever. Truly, this experience is a pit full of anxieties and panic attacks just lurking to get you. Did you know that it is quite possible to have a perfectly planned wedding with minimum stress? Of course, it is. There are people who do that for a living and since they have done it hundreds of times, they have all the right tips and tricks up their sleeves that will help you have a dream-like ceremony. Here are some of the top helpful hacks to make it happen.

Set The Budget First

Planning the finances is the most annoying part of the wedding organization, which is why you should deal with it before anything else. The first thing you should do is calculate an approximate budget you can afford. This will help you decide on the number of the guests, the venue and many other things. You should always add a little extra to the total sum, in case anything unpredictable happens. Pay upfront for everything that can be paid right away, and take advantage of the high cost of wedding organization by signing up for a credit card with a rewards program.

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Guests Before The Venue

Your budget will lead you to set the number of guests, and the number of the guests will lead you to the right choice of venue. Choose a wedding venue only after you’ve determined the exact number of guests to make sure there is enough space for everyone. You can follow a general guideline which recommends that the chosen space has about 25 square feet per guest.

Rely On Recommendations

Wedding planning is all about making choices. Sometimes the search for professionals, such as photographers, florists, and DJs can be very exhausting. To make the selection process easier and smoother, rely on warm recommendations of the other wedding professionals. You see, the photographers, florists, catering services, restaurants and others have all worked on many weddings and some of them have worked together. Your restaurant can recommend a photographer who worked on previous weddings there, and your photographer can give you a tip about a good florist, and so on.

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Picture A Theme And Let It Guide You

It is very difficult to plan a wedding as a series of single steps, and things can get really chaotic. If you want to have a cohesive ceremony, set the theme and the color scheme at the very beginning, and sync all the other wedding decorations with the dominant theme. Start with elegant wedding invitations and make the venue décor match their color palette. The invitations can also inspire some interesting dress details, and why not, the wedding menu.

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Wear What You Love

Being yourself on the biggest day of your life is the most important advice you can get. Forget what anyone tells you about an elegant ball gown for the bride and a tux for the groom. It is important to wear what you feel comfortable in because this day is all about you. And if you feel like wearing a white tux and a pair of red shoes, go for it. Or if you want to put on some sneakers so you can dance the night away, that is up to you, too. The same goes for hair and makeup.

One Step At A Time

Finally, wedding planning is a process, and you should organize by doing one task at a time. The optimal time frame for planning a wedding is one year. The most important thing is to set the date and budget at least twelve months ahead of the wedding. In the following couple of months, you should choose the dress and book the professional wedding services you will require. Three months before the wedding, it should all be about preparing the ceremony and after that, you’re left with the small details like dress fitting, seating plan, writing vows, etc.

These six tips should help you minimize the wedding planning stress and maximize the wedding success.

Written by Emma Lawson 

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 14:48

Shoe Wish List

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Okay ladies so you might have blown through your paycheck already , shopping for all the latest “must haves” and right now you are working our how you are going to get through the new month until payday.

And seeing that we are starting the new month soon, I have put together a Wish List of my top shoe picks that needs to be on your shopping list for pay day.

You will need these for that Swanky Day Time Affair, be it a #fashionable interview, where you want to get noticed or one of those boring events where you want to just show-off. So take your pick from any of my favourites and add it to shopping cart.

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Love, Love the sexy Dalmation V-cut heels from Dune London it is classy and stylish all in one and makes for a great attention grabber. Make a splash in the prism shaped heels, from Primark and they are popping pink no less. Can someone say LOOK AT ME !!

Paving the pavement is hard work and your feet needs to be comfortable while doing it and nothing says comfort like a cool pair of loafers. And yes they are pink suede, so you will step in luxury and comfort. Luckily if pink is not your thing they come in blue, blush, gold, rose gold, white, pewter, silver and multi-coloured. Available at Dune London. Take it to the wild west baby, with these western styled ankle booties, from Office, and they are super cute with embroider flowers. You will be hitting the pavement in style.

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Heels are made for Night time fun and frolics and your feet will adore these powder blue suede babies, so cute with the knot detail they are simply loveable. Available at Very. There is just something about studs that says, I am a hardcore, sexy chick and you can be that chick and even more in these Black studded shoe booties from Very.

Night time fun and frolicks

So whatever you fancy and whatever the occasion whether daytime or night time be sure to add at least one pair of these delightful, marvellous pairs of shoes to your next pay day shopping wish list. Because you know what they say, your shoes can make or break your outfit. #shoefanatic

Friday, 28 July 2017 11:31

I Like To Mule It

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Mules mules mules!

They are officially back! I remember when my mum reigned in her mules back in the 90s; one in almost every colour. They have officially become a millenial trend, a catwalk feature and a highstreet staple.

3 reasons why we love mules:

1. They are versatile; you can rock them with a cute pair of jeans, or a stylish frock.
2. They are comfortable; no need to change into flats while out, when you have a cute pair of mules!
3. Ofcourse, they ARE trendy, which means you should probably hop on them before they become a thing of the past -again.

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Visit Shopbop online for some stylish mules!

Friday, 14 July 2017 13:30

Summer Blues

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 Summer Blues

Nothing invigorates me more then a clear blue sky, that first peak in the morning at that blue sky puts a smile on my face. Because I know that it brings with it the promise of a magnificent day full of adventure, new possibilities and endless fun and pleasure. Blue in all its glorious shades are the perfect pick-me-up colour to re-energise your wardrobe.

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The lighter shade, Niagra Denim blue rocks you gently into a sweet state of relaxation. This soft blue shade, is versatile and a comfortable colour to wear whether it is for daytime fun or office wear, as it a can be easily matched with either bold, pastel or muted colours.

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Chambray Dress with Short Ruffled Sleeves @ La Redoute

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Strappy Double Layer Dress @ Oliver Bonas

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Blue Lace Shift Dress @ Dorothy Perkins

The darker more richer Lapis Blue is a much more stronger and confident shade. It is gorgeous in its depth of colour. Perfect for something a bit more formal like special occasion evening wear.

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Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress @ Simply Be

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The last shade of blue will transport you to your own Island Paradise, Aqua Blue. This shade is exhilarating with is green undertone. A beautiful colour on its own but it comes alive when paired with white or even a deep see green for a sophisticated look or with orange for a more playful look.

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Frill Trim Wrap Front Dress @ New Look

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Tie Dye Skirt @ East

Do stock up on your favourite shade of Blue it will perk you up on those not so clear blue sky days. Whether it is new dress, a pair of shoes or accessories. Big or small just as long as it is something Blue to transport you to a happy place.

Essential oils have been used since the ancient of times, having a wide range of benefits to offer, about a person’s health and well-being. It is a known fact that they can be used to strengthen the immune system, balance hormone levels and help with the elimination of toxins.

Essential oils have also been identified as having a positive effect on the mind, improving a person’s mood and reducing the risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental problems. In the following paragraphs, discover some of the best ways to use essential oils and energize your mind, saying goodbye to brain fog.

1. Diffusion

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When we find ourselves in the presence of a pleasant smell, certain areas in our brains are activated, and an emotional response is triggered. Diffusion is one of the most efficient ways to use essential oils, guaranteeing a highly dynamic energizing effect (dependent of course, on the actual type of essential oil you are using).

By using this method, you can energize your mind and quickly lift up your spirits. Essential oils can also stimulate the cognitive function, so you do not have to ask yourself how to improve memory. As for the actual devices, you can use cold air or water-based diffusers.

2. Inhalation

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Once again, essential oils are easily absorbed by our smell receptors, having a positive effect on the mind. If you do not have a diffuser but you would like to benefit from the energizing properties of certain essential oils, you should consider inhalation.

All you have to do is apply several drops of essential oils in your palms; then, make sure you cup your hands and take in several deep breaths. You will the invigorating effect of the chosen essential oil in an instant, enjoying yourself to the fullest.

3. Homemade Spray

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If you want to create an energizing atmosphere in your home, you can easily opt for another aromatic application. What you want to do is take a clean spray bottle and mix your favourite essential oil with water.
You can even mix and match several essential oils, but make sure that you are creating a combination that is both pleasant and energizing. Then, using the spray bottle, you can change the atmosphere in your house. You can apply the mixture on your furniture, carpets and even linens.

4. Laundry/Dryer

While this might not be your typical way to use essential oils, you should know that it is quite effective. The first thing that you want to decide upon is the type of essential oil you prefer (certain oils have a more energizing effect on the mind than others).
Then, all you have to do is add a small quantity of the chosen essential oil in the washing machine or dryer. When the clothes/sheets are dry, you will practically fall in love with the way they smell and feel energized at once. How great is that?

5. Addition to cleaning products

Cleaning products do not always have a pleasant smell or, often, they are rather neutral. If you want to energize your mind and enjoying the cleaning process at the same time, you might consider adding a little bit of your favourite essential oils to commonly-used cleaning products.

Make sure that you obtain a delightful combination and do not hesitate to use the product in question to clean different surfaces in your household. After this small change, you will surely not dread the cleaning of your home anymore, feeling all pumped with energy and ready to handle any challenge.

6. Massage

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A massage with your preferred essential oil can be one of the best ways to relax after a hard day at the office. Essential oils are easily absorbed at the level of the skin, having a beneficial effect on the mind at the same time.

If you are interested in energizing your mind, then consider choosing essential oils with such properties, such as lemon, ginger, peppermint, rosemary, and pine. Keep in mind that sometimes carrier oil is required, to facilitate the absorption of the carrier oil into the skin.

7. Bath

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To increase your energy levels and uplift your spirits at the same time, it is highly recommended to try a bath with essential oils. Among the oils that you can use for such purposes, there are geranium, basil, angelica, lavender, and grapefruit.
What you want to do is take your favourite essential oils and add them to your bath; you can repeat the bath on a regular basis, enjoying its wonderful effects. As an alternative, you can add several drops to a cold/hot compress or mix your favourite essential oils with your lotion and moisturiser.

In conclusion, these are some of the best ways to use essential oils and improve your mood. As you have seen, these methods are not hard to follow and they have a lot of benefits to offer in return.

When it comes to topical applications with essential oils, it is always important to avoid certain sensitive areas, such as the skin around the eyes, the ears and any part of the skin that presents injuries or wounds. Keep in mind that certain essential oils can be used internally as well; these should be consumed only in small quantities, as they have genuine potent properties.

By Meighan Sembrano

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Monday, 10 July 2017 14:55

A Guide To Gorgeous Summer Ready Feet

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Sandal season is here and we are going to give you all the advice you need to prep and keep your feet in tip top condition so they sparkle all summer long.

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CoolActive Massager

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Not only does footner coolative massage moisturise your feet giving an all over hydrated look to them leaving your feet smooth and sandal ready, it also has an immediate cooling feeling which is perfect after a long hot day on your feet. A quick fix and a long-lasting effect in one product- amazing.

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Nourashing Heel Pad Sock

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Sick of fighting dehydrated broken heels with mad lotions and bizarre plasters? Those days are over these beautyfeet socks revive your sad heels that have been hidden away from the British cold and rain. Literally the simplest way to soft feet, simply wear the socks and after around a week you’ll be ready to confidently to stroll across the beach barefoot.

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Peel Off Nail Polish

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Not only does this sensationail polish come in the most gorgeous holiday ready shades, but with the easy to remove formula with no nail polish remover necessary, you can peel away from the cuticle ease from shade to shade in one stroke in minutes to match your choice of sandals that day. The lack of nail polish remover needed also makes it a holiday essential as you do not have to worry about packing additional products.

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Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil

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This nifty two in one nourishing cream is perfect for softening cuticles whilst keeping your nails strong. It also smells gorgeous which is also a bonus when dealing with feet. The brush on product also makes it simple to use and mess free which can sometimes be a problem when dealing with oils, it also leaves nails soft not greasy unlike some oils.

By Claire Morrison 

Monday, 10 July 2017 12:16

Fashions Finest SS18 Model Casting

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The sun was shining but it wasn't just hot outside as models turned up in force to attend the highly anticipated open casting for Fashions Finest SS18 during London Fashion Week, in Central London on Saturday 8th July.

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Models brought their fiercest walks and strongest poses as they took part in a dual casting and photoshoot. Hosted by the elite Fashions Finest team, casting directors, photographers, choreographers, influencers and PR ran a successful day, scouting some great new faces whilst also giving some great advice and tips to up and coming and experienced models. In true Fashions Finest style, the team even managed to find time to get up to some behind the scenes shenanigans including a dance-off and walk-off proving that not only do they work hard but they also play hard!

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The Team
Tanya Beresford - Casting Agent
Galye Thompson - Casting Agent
Melanie Jones - PR
Diane Jordan - Influencer
Robert Duberry
David Johnson
Evrin Bashak
Dayo Awe - Photographer
Mikey San - photographer

Thank you to all the models that came along...watch this space to see if you can spot the new faces in our upcoming shows!

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 06:00

Jockey Lounge and Sleepwear

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Jockey Loungewear and Nightwear
Now we do not advise it, but a sneaky “sick day”, is a well deserved break , especially if you had a week from hell or a weekend that was just to much fun or if your are in need for some TLC.

A day to lounge around in your PJ's binging on Prosecco and Netflix, is a must, and thanks to Jockey and their New Nightwear and Lounge collection you can now do it in style.

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Their Women‘s Nightwear and Lounge collection takes inspiration from the, vibrancy of a seasonably stormy day in the heart of New York City. With bold colors ranging from rich reds, blue's and the always chic gray's and blacks.

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Every piece comes in Lipstick Red, Canary Black, Tin Melage and Dark Iris, so you can get one in each color or just mix n match your mood. So if you are feeling flirty go for Lipstick Red and pair it with the Dark side of Gray to achieve the desire affect. Each piece is perfect for cooler or warmer weather.

Ditch the old t-shirt and sweatpants and swap it for the cute drawstring tappered sweatpants and pair it with a sexy tank top. It will do wonders for your “chilled out, I am sexy look”. Or if you are just too hot go for the Lounge shorts and the Everyday t-shirts it is saying enough without saying a word, especially if you are lounging with your #bae.

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Now if you are a couple and like to look good as a pair, even when you are lounging. Kit him out with some of these cute but manly pieces from the Jockey Men's Night and Loungewear. Love the cute Bermuda shorts and the Welcome to Miami T-shirts.

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 I think a sneaky “sick day” is in store to lounge and cuddle, thanks to Jockey!!

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You don’t really need to have a specific style philosophy in order to look stunning; the best tip you’ll get from anyone who understands the female body, style and ultimately fashion is that you should wear whatever works for YOU and you only.

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Everyone’s got a best feature – whether it’s their face, legs, buttocks, or shoulders, there is always something that stands out - and they should accentuate those features by choosing the right clothes and accessories. Play around with garnishes, styles, embellishments, edgy details and other fun additions and see where the experimenting takes you. Although, don’t do it like you’ve preened to within an inch of your life; there's nothing more repulsive than looking as if you’re trying too hard. Therefore, learning to manage your clothes and the range of accessories available to you is a key to always looking intriguing, exciting and fresh.

The talent behind accessorizing

If you don’t have it (the talent, we mean), you’ll learn it; the idea is to focus on a few timeless accessorizing tips that will work to your advantage every single time.

Follow the morphology of your body

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Size does matter but not in the way you think. Depending on your body size, you should look for accessories that work with your frame and emphasize your best features. Opting for accessories that are either too big or too small will just make things awkward. Petite girls are always advised to go with accessories that are smaller in size (clutches instead of baggy bags, bud earrings instead of statement hanging earrings, thin necklaces instead of chains, etc.) as there is no visual disproportion blocking the view. The same applies to girls that are fuller; if your frame is thick, go for accessories that compliment your body.

Embrace The Chameleon

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There’s nothing wrong about continually switching between styles and adjusting them to your mood, absolutely not! After all, fashion is all about a personal sentiment, and it is a way of expressing your strongest emotions through the pieces you wear. With that in mind, if your temperament dictates more than one style – embrace what you feel! Although, do not become too hectic because you want to avoid the “cheap” label.

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So, whenever you feel like pulling off a Hollywood 1950s diva style, wear accessories that speak class: silk, pears, diamond-stud earrings, clutches... For an outfit that oozes glam, rely on bib necklaces, chandelier earrings, large rings and oversized sunglasses... beautiful! On the days when you are feeling playful, trust headbands, hobo bags, chunky jewelry, fringe details, lace, ballet flats or gladiators and maxi dresses to ace your game. When the edge hits you (again), there’s nothing like a choker necklace, thick cuff bracelet, studded handbag and black leather booties to make things perfect! Speaking of edgy, what most of the “style shifter” girls complain about are their tattoos that tend to get in the way of their chameleon moments (or work!). However, with professionals offering quality and safe tattoo removal in Sydney, there’s nothing holding them back, really. As for workday accessories - choose a classic watch, delicate necklaces, kitten heels and shoulder bags.

Match your accessories with the context

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You probably have your favorite accessories sitting in the cabinet, just waiting to be worn (we all do) but not all accessories (no matter how much we love them) fit every occasion. While a myriad of bracelets hanging on the wrist and a statement, hand-made floral necklace would work for an engagement party, baby shower or a wedding even, such a combination won’t work for a business lunch (no matter how casual), the first time you meet your partner’s parents, a job interview or a funeral (you get the gist). It’s essential that you match your accessories to the context of your occasion because otherwise, you’ll just look plain odd. Also, when you are trying to emphasize the outfit – wear understated accessories. If, however, you are looking to upgrade your dull outfit and give it a twist – chose bold accessories that will catch the eye.

Good luck accessorizing, girls!

By Emma Lawson

Monday, 26 June 2017 11:49

My 7 Day Detox with Easy Detox

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I was given the opportunity to try out Easy Detox 7 day plan i accepted as I was curious as I had never done anything like that before. When i told my friends and colleagues I was doing a 7-day detox most of them remarked ‘are you crazy?’, ‘You don’t need to lose weight’, ‘why?’ ‘Don’t you eat healthily anyway?’ and more.

Although i do eat healthily and don’t have ‘I can’t live without’ foods it was the thought of giving up the few foods I like to eat on a weekly basis, that was a struggle in my mind.

The process for the detox was to take 1 sachet of powder 3 times a day, morning afternoon and evening with coconut water, smoothies or sugar free juice. Depending on what you are trying to achieve you can stick to just that or find light healthy balanced meals on the Easy Detox website. I had read in some previous reviews that people had lost weight in 3 days, sounds amazing but I was not looking to lose weight, just to cleanse my body of any toxins and see what difference it made.

Foods I had to avoid

Salt, sugar, sweeteners, meat, dairy, gluten, alcohol, caffeine, fried foods

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The Detox

Day 1 - I mixed up the powder as suggested and ate a mainly bean or salad diet which I will give you at the end and drank lots and lots of water and exercise which is recommended.

Day 2 – I repeated the process with a similar diet with lots and lots of water and exercise and again no noticeable change.

Day 3 - I repeated the process and noticed my stomach was beginning to bloat and i was starting to feel very uncomfortable.

Day 4 - I repeated the process, my stomach was still bloated bloat even more and that uncomfortable feeling was getting worse.

At this stage i was wondering if I should stop as knowing my body well I know that it reacts in a negative way to any change slight change in diet or environment. So, i deliberated whether i should continue or not and how long would the bloating last and could i cope with this feeling any longer. However, i’m not a quitter so I decided to continue.

Day 5 – My body was beginning to get used to the change in diet and the detox but i was not feeling good at all and although the bloating was going down it was not as quickly as I had hoped but as i only had 2 days to go i struggled on.

Day 6 - by day 6  was feeling a little better and quite happy as i knew i only had one day to go.

Day 7 – To be honest this day could not have come quick enough for me. I was quite happy knowing I would not have to repeat the process again.

The Diet

It can be difficult to know what to eat but on th esite their are recipies to help create some healthy alternative meals. I decided to opt for a variety of Beans, pulses, vegetables, roasted veg, salad, potatoes, quorn, natural yogurt, smoothies (as most fruit in its natural state makes me feel sick), coconut water, water.

Pros: no obvious side effect from cutting out things in my diet and this was because of the natural ingredients included in the detox to counteract that. The detox was pleasant. My water intake increased and i am still drinking lots of it.

Two week on, my skin is not as dry and flaky as it is normally and feels quite smooth.

Cons: uncomfortable bloated stomach, unable to go to the toilet regularly and bouts of nausea which lasted another week, after i had finished the detox.

Would I do another detox like this? NO! I decided that although the detox was tasty and there were some noticeable it was not for me. I am a fairly healthy person, i exercise as and when i need to and have no excessive eating habits or addictions to caffeine, sugar or other so that may be the reason it did not work for me and i did not see much change.

For anyone wanting to try this and who is a newbie to detoxes and diets like me I would suggest maybe the three day detox first to see how your body reacts.

Thank you Easy Detox for the experience. 

By Deborah St. Louis - Fashions Finest (CEO)

Monday, 26 June 2017 09:26

Winding Down After A Long Week

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As you get older I bet you find it harder and harder to sleep at night no matter how tired you are? If this rings true to you these are a few steps I take to make sure that I get good nights sleep at the end of a long week.

1. I make sure my bedroom is clean and I have fresh bed sheets.

2. Large Reed Diffuser- I have to make sure that my bedroom not only looks beautiful but smells beautiful too. To achieve this I use a large reed diffuser tower from Pairfum, my favourite is the Spa fragrance. It smells as if you really are in a Spa, it is so fresh. If you would not like your bedroom smelling like a Spa as I do then they have many other wonderful scents for you to choose from. They last 5-8 months and cost only £35.

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3. Trufflesque- I have just discovered a luxury masque called Trufflesque by TEMPLESPA. It gives you an instant youthfulness in the skin. It is made with black summer truffles, gold and silk peptides and a fruit and amino acid cocktail that leave your skin feeling plumper, hydrated, lifted and silky smooth.

When I have applied the masque I honestly feel glamorous because of the sparkly golden colour it is and when taking it off I am always pleased with the results. What I love most about this product is the cute brush it comes with for you to paint the masque on your face. Use this masque once a week and I promise that your face would have never felt better. To feel this good it will cost you £50 for a 75ml pot.

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4. Snoreeze- Last of all a few people have mentioned that I have a slight snoring problem (I apparently wake the whole house). This is bad because I even wake myself up snoring. I had to put a stop to this, not just for me but for the rest of my family. I have just started to use Snoreeze I have tried both the oral strips and the throat spray.

They both stop snoring for up to 8 hours and as my family have not complained about my snoring for the past two weeks so they must work. I prefer the oral strips; you just place one on the roof of your mouth and allow it to dissolve. They are £8.50 for a pack of 28. For many people snoring can cause problems in relationships, loud snores in the night and being tired throughout the day is not good for anyone

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Use all these steps to guarantee you a good nights sleep after you have had a long week. It does wonders for me and can for you too.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:15

How I Have Been Preparing For Summer

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Pinx Gym

This week I am heading to Pinx's gym in Leamington Spa to join up. The gym has top of the range Life Fitness equipment which will address all my fitness needs from cardiovascular machines, resistance equipment, a dedicated abs area, free weights and bars, benches, steps, boxing gloves and pads and medicine and fitballs. They also have treadmills, cross trainers, exercise bikes and a rower. You have numerous classes that are included in your membership like Boxercise and Pilates. A monthly by standing order for six months is £27 and £23 if you are a student.

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I have prepared for my fitness journey by looking online at DW Sports. I find that having the right equipment helps me to prepare mentally for the journey that I am about to embark on, that and I want to look cute doing it! I was gifted an Essentials Logo Sleeves Adidas T-shirt and a Puma Studio Hobo bag. I have noticed that they have a few pairs of trainers that I would love to wear so I will be treating myself to some this week. If you too want to be gym ready then take a look for yourself.

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Prana Mat ECO Natural and Lavender

The Prana Mat is what I use for yoga. It can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite and helps to promote a good nights sleep. It helps to relieve muscle pains and tensions. It gives extra energy and increases your skin’s elasticity. It will cost you £100 and you will be the envy of all your yoga buddies with this mat.

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The Diet Plate

The Diet Plate Is a weight management system that they say is like having your own personal dietitian. Every week a new intake target is calculated jut for you. This way you are more likely to move towards your target weight. Your ideal weight is estimated for you but your goal weight is your choice. Nothing is off the menu, all you need to do is use The Diet Plate’s calorie counting portion controlled plates and bowls. I have been using it for two weeks now and have already lost six pounds.

These are available for men, women and children. Each week you will see a steady weight loss of 1-4 pounds. All you need to do is serve your meal within the designated sections of your plate to get the right potion size. The set for women is £31.99p.

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Hello Day Box

Hello Day Summer box contains a carefully selected range of proven food supplements to help you with seasonal symptoms and to help you manage your health throughout the season. There is a box for every season so you will always be protected. £69 is what a box will cost you but is worth every penny to help you fight off what each season has to throw at you. It got me through Spring now I just need one to get me through the Summer.

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Beverly Hills Formula Toothpaste

Last but not least I have to keep my pearly whites in check. That is where Beverly Hills Formula toothpaste comes in. I brush my teeth with it at least twice a day and that way I not only have a great smile but also I keep my dentist happy. Not only does this toothpaste keep your teeth white but Beverly Hills have gone above and beyond and are giving you the chance to win a VIP trip for two to Miami for an exclusive Baywatch experience as they have partnered with Paramount Pictures to celebrate the release of the new Baywatch film.

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The exclusive Baywatch prize includes four-nights luxury accommodation in Miami for two people, a private speed boat experience, jet-ski tour of the Miami coastline and an exclusive Baywatch-style lifeguard training experience. With dinner and drinks at the coolest beach club and exclusive roof-top bar in Miami. (Terms and conditions apply, see Beverly Hills Formula website for details).

To be in with a chance to win the exclusive Baywatch prize go to; www.beverlyhillsformula.com for more details. Closing date 31 July 2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:06

Throw On And Go Summer Dresses

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Take on the rising temperatures with these effortless throw-on-and go summer dresses for any sunny escapade.

The perfectly understated, Mattie Dress , from Oliver Bonas, is the answer to all those warm days with its cold shoulder detail, large side pockets and button -through front, and bright stripe. With light apricot and black stripes this midi length sundress gives the body give a tailored fit and A-line silhouette, while at the same time creating a feminine shape at the waist. And the deep V-neck and cold sholders showing some skin. show a little skin.

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This Light Blue denim cut out midi dress from River Island is a daytime must have, with its cute bow detail and scoop-out neckline makes it the quintessential throw-on-and-go dress. Whether you are just doing some light shopping or lunch with the girls.

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The tropical print Bardot dress from Simply B is daytime perfection. definitely a dress you will wear all season long wear.

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The soft and feminine, Figure Checked Midi Dress, from Oliver Bonas, with its low open back and bow detail it is both effortless and chic. (Available In-store and online July)

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Everybody loves a good doodle, and the Doodle Floral High Neck Dress does not dissapoint, it is playful and sexy. With its short kimono sleeves, and elegant high neck, and fabric tie at the waist, it will work well for holiday daytime frollicks or office wear. It will quickly become your most treasured throw-on-and-go summer dress.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 17:51

Summer Free Styles

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If summer had synonyms this season, it would be light, minimal and free. I'm in love with these minimal,  A-line styles. We no longer see them solely on the catwalks but highstreet stores have made it accessible, affordable and super stylish.
 
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 A classic linen dress in dusty mustard, by Camelliatune Craftsman. 
 
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 A-line stripped linen dress, from the Whit Spring 2017 collection.
 
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 Light Summer dress with a strong influence from simplicity and fluidity, by Roxane Baines (SS2017 collection)
 
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 A lightweight strappy dress in linen and cotton, by Edit.
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:48

Missguided Peace & Love

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We all need some Love + Peace especially with our current state of affairs and what gives us fashionistas Love+Peace, Fashion. It transcends each and every boundry and allows us to share our common love of all this beautiful, chic and fashionable.

And right now we are finding some much needed Love + Peace in the 2017 Missguided Love + Peace collection. Each piece is luxurious and timeless.

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Exclusively designed for the confident and strong female with opulent fabrics, stand-out detailing and intricate hand embellishment.

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Each piece evokes a sense of sensuality, it is bold and confindent and is a must-have, to bring that much needed pzazz to your wardrobe.

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This new collection is the quintessential capsule collection for the Peace-Loving trendsetter. She works hard, live fast and parties even harder and never comprises on style.

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Peace +Love the next level in ready -to- wear premium party and occassion wear.

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 13:44

The Looks From The CFDA Awards 2017

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The Dresses CFDA Awards 2017 Which is your favourite? 

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Janelle Monáe in a monochrome Christian Siriano look

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Nicole Kidman wore an Oscar de la Renta gown

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Adwoa Aboah in Coach

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Joan Smalls wore a black Michael Kors gown

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Gigi Hadid teamed her white The Row ensemble with Lorraine Schwartz jewellery and Stuart Weitzman sandals

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Alek Wek in Balenciaga

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Elsa Hosk wore a Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dress

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Karlie Kloss in Diane von Furstenberg

All photos by Ghetty

Volunteers we need YOU!

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If you are a fashion student, or simply have some spare time and would like to get involved in something different, Fashions Finest SS18 is fast approaching and we have some amazing opportunities. We are looking for reliable and energetic candidates to assist backstage with the styling team and others for front of house with the press and setup management team.

If you are interested you can EMAIL US: info@fashionsfinest.com

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU...

Saturday, 03 June 2017 13:28

Murine Eyes

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Make-up is a girl's best friend, we apply make-up to make us look even more beautiful than we already are. Lashings of mascara for fluttering lashes, eye shadows to contour and highlight our eye shape, but did you know that our extensive use of these wonder products can trigger and cause common eye conditions such as irritation, dry or red eyes?

I'm a Make-up Artist, I adore even worship make-up but as soon as I return home from work or an outing, the first thing I do is wipe away my make-up, targeting my eyes. They're sensitive, make-up irritates them so it's important for me to look after my eyes well.. how? with Murine Eyes.

Murine Eyes are lubricating eye drops. They help fight eye irritations caused by make-up by lubricating, moisturizing and refreshing the eye while also reducing irritation and redness.

I use Murine's Bright & Moist Eyes. It is the only brightening eye drop with two lubricants. The solution instantly alleviates my symptoms of dry, sore eyes from daily use of make-up while refreshing and brightening my eyes.

I would be lost without this product and at only £4.07 from all good beauty stores you cant go wrong.

Thursday, 01 June 2017 19:57

lEGOLOGY: The Science Behind Great Legs

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Air-Lite Daily Lft For Legs

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Daily Lift For Legs is designed to enhance your skin tone, hydration, and suppleness of your legs. Created by The Telegraph’s beauty editor Kate Shapland the product is designed to be used on legs once or twice a day applied using long massaging strokes which not only has great results but feels amazing after a long day. The website and video below gives some great tips on how to apply. My personal favourite was the 4 minutes every night after a long day, amazing after a busy day. The light, gel texture leaves your skin feeling and looking smooth, radiant and toned. After use, your legs are left ridded of any tired heavy dragged down feeling and given a new sense of light feeling life and left smelling divine thanks to the products fresh zesty “Capri Crush” scent.

Sun-Lite Sheer Lingerie For Legs

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Even though Air-Lite is amazing after a day of this hot weather we have had recently. Sun-Lite brings life to pale tired legs for last minute sunshine unplanned bare leg days, which have been happening a lot recently thanks to the joys of British weather. It takes legs from tired and dull to golden and pearlescent in the blink of an eye and sports the same “Capri Crush” summery citrus scent as the Air-Lite which is hands- down the perfect summer scent. Not only does this product make your legs look amazing when you apply, but also feels amazing and somewhat luxurious, like you’re almost on the Italian island of Capri where the product was developed. The texture of this tinted product is gel-like, but not at all sticky which would be horrendous on hot days, but light and airy which feels smooth on legs rather than tacky like some tinted products. Another bonus to this summer essential is that it is as easy to remove as it is to apply making it a fuss free, commitment free, one way ticket to perfect summer legs.

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 15:18

Beach Holiday Swimsuit Edition

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BEACH HOLIDAY SWIMSUIT EDITION

Hell Yeah, beach holiday time !!! we have all been working hard on getting our beach bodies in shape. So that we can strut our stuff down that sandy beach runway or lounge leisurely next to the pool. But to do that we will need just the right array of sexy and fun swimwear. Here is my pick of the hottest must have swimsuits.

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Attention grabber, the eye-catching abstract print, laguna bandeau bikini top and classic briefs are perfect for your firts day on the beach or poolside. For extra support and a cleavage boost, is the padded underwire cups, and it also comes with an extra detachable shoulder straps. Cover up after your swim with the bright printed fuschia anjuna maxi dress

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Stay true to the seasons trends with the halter nautical embroidered triangle bikini top and briefs The embroidered floral motif adds just a bit of naughty to the nautical stripes. A must for any sun seeking island girl. For added laidback holiday chic pair it with the freya swim sundance cross over dress with its flattering V neckline and cool crochet design. To complete the look accesorize with a straw sun hat with its cute beach shell detail detail.

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Love the versatility of the seafolly castaway stripe bandeau maillot because it will look equaly stylish outside the water paired with a maxi skirt or a pair of palazzo pants. With its underwired, moulded cups for added support and the cute ribbon to define the waist. This monocramatic piece is super sexy and chic. For a simple daytime look pair this sexy number with a pair of black chunky sandals and the black lacy Freya Sundance cross over dress.

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With a mix of vivid floral and cool crochet trims the frida underwired high neck bikini top and high waist tummy control briefs are perfect for any holiday adventures on the sand and in the water. Keep all your bits and bobs in the multi-colored striped beach bags and your feet comfy in these white and silver sandals from Bon Prix

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:15

AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE 2017

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Over the weekend I attended AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE 2017, at the Business Design Centre in Islington which in its 36th year still managed to draw a large crowd.

You don’t know anything about it, AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE is an annual hair & beauty event in London which hosts stalls of many different products for all types’ textures and even some body products. They also host a variety of workshops live demos and fashion shows.

I have religiously attended the show for the last few years so I knew what to expect and was excited to discover some new hair products.

Despite my planning to get there early to avoid the rush ... Let’s be honest that never happens it was lovey to see so many eager faces and try out so many products.

This year AFRO HAIR & Beauty LIVE welcomed Afro Man, which catered to the grooming, hair and lifestyle needs of the man in your life which included skincare by Bump Patrol and S-Curls beard grooming range by Lusters.

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 14:06

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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This is a quick guide to help you pick some presents ready for Father’s Day.

Snapfish

I purchased a mug from Snapfish that I was able to personalise with pictures of the family. It really is a great gift, every time my Father has his morning coffee he will be thinking of us. They have numerous mugs for you to choose from. Porcelain mugs, magic mugs, travel mugs and more. There simple photo mug with an inside colour is the easiest to create – simply add your photo and hey presto. What’s is even better is the price, they start at £6.99

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I chose the Mark 2 Billfold wallet for my Father. It measures 8x9cm and is the smallest wallet that will hold up to 6 cards with a full sized notes section. I had his initials put on the inside of the wallet along with a picture that he holds close to his heart. I love the fact that you can add any picture you like to make it more personal. It is a stylish design that holds your secret picture inside and will only cost you £60.

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Boxers and Briefs

When I am shopping for the men in my life I always purchase an item or two from Boxers and Briefs. This time around I picked a Calvin Klein intense power swimwear rounded V-neck t-shirt in white which costs £31.45. Trying to keep my Father up to date with the latest fashions is a hard job but someone has to do it.

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EasySMX Gaming Headset

If your Father is partial to playing the odd computer game then why not buy him the EasySMX gaming headset? An EasySMX gaming headset works perfectly with a PS4 and mobile phone and comes with a splitter cable for use with PC. It can be used for Xbox One via an adapter, which is not included in the box. The adjustable headband with cushion pad fit well with all head sizes and give a better gaming experience. The omnidirectional microphone picks up your voice clearly in gaming. It is one of the best gaming headsets on the market and will cost you £17.99.

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The Personal Barber Monthly Box

With just about every man I know making sure that they keep their beards trim or to have a really smooth face this would be the ideal present. All new members get a free safety razor and shaving brush in their first box as well as step-by-step instructions that guide you so that you have the best shave of your life. It is easy enough to join and you can pay month-to-month, three monthly, six monthly or twelve monthly. The choice is yours and as they like to keep things interesting you can always expect to see new soaps, blades and post-shave products like oils, balms, colognes and alums in the other boxes you receive. No two months will be the same. Twelve monthly pre-pay is £20.95 per box.

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Written by Hayley Sweeney #blogger

Monday, 22 May 2017 12:36

Less Is More: Joshua James Jewellery

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Jewellery Joshua James

Less is more so bare it all with distinct and personal jewellery. Joshua James Jewellery, one of the UK's most popular and fastest growing independent retailers offers a stunning collection of fine jewellery from pendants that layer from your chin to your collarone to earings that sparkles in the glowing sunshine. With a huge selection of pendants, bracelets, watches, earings and rings. I was spoiled for choice but the Silver CZ Earring Jackets  caught my eye and I was in love.

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I am besotted with my sparkly, Silver CZ Earring Jackets , it draws just enough attention to make a statement and jazz up a plain white T-shirt and Jeans look. The perfect pair of earings to get a lot of mileage out of. It works for special occasion wear as well as every day wear.

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Pendants to layer, is the must have this season, with Celebs and It-girls alike layering dainty pendants to make a layered statement pieces. The Silver CZ Flower Pendant, closes with a spring ring clasp and can be adjusted to 3 different lengths. So the ideal piece to start layering.

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Pair your flower pendant with the pretty Silver CZ V Pendant, to add extra sparkle or wear it on its own for an understated classic look.

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Mix your gold and silver with by pairing your V-shaped pendant with a pair of the Delta Rose Gold & Clear Crystal Dual Earrings . The shimmering clear crystal will add a refined sparkle to any day or night look.

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Bracelets whether you like it simple or statement worthy, they are all about adding extra glitz and personality to your style. The Silver Round CZ Bracelet will complete your look on its own or stacked with other pieces.

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Studs are ideal for everyday wear, they might be small but they are in the direct line of vision of everyone you talk to through out the day. So the rigth pair can have a big impact like the pretty pair of Rose Gold Plated Openwork Stud Earrings.

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Jewellery are the silver linings to any great outfit. So take your style from basic to brilliant with any piece from Joshua James Jewellery, as you deserve to shine.

Monday, 22 May 2017 11:58

As Seen In Vogue

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Shop this seasons must have pieces, As seen in Vogue and receive 15% off your first order with the code STYLE1.

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Romantic and subtly sexy ,Chloé's tri-coloured blouse, crafted in lightweight silk crépon frabric. You will be floating in the pretty piece with its exaggerated, tiered bell sleeves. A must have summer statement piece.

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Fall in love with this multicoloured Valentino gown, the closing pieces at the Valentino SS17 runway show With its beautiful lace detail and block colores for a contemporary romantic look.

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Say it loud in this limited- edition slogan T-shirt emblazoned with the words Canned Candies,after the London exhibition of erotic photographs by 1960s photographer Jean Clemmer featuring Rabanne’s futuristic chain-mail designs.

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Sweater dressing just got seriously sexy and you will look the part in this Esteban Cortázar’s asymmetric, split hem knit dress with a white ruffle trim and one-shoulder.

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Boho flair at its best, is the Valentino's black leather fringed shoulder bag with its multi-stand twisted strap and rockstud and turquoise cabochon embellishment.

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Get your hands on one of the jewellery pieces from the Christopher Kane’s SS17 runway show.

The bejeweled beetle necklace set in resin alongside sparkling stones. The perfect accent for all your summer prints.

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 12:06

Travelling In Style - Summer Essentials

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Eva Fydrych wearing Bôhten sunglasses (Cefalu, Italy)

Stylish Sunglasses

Sunglasses, an essential summer accessory, are an important element of a trendy outfit. This season, the bigger and brighter, the better!

Founded in 2012, Bôhten manufactures and designs eco luxury glasses made from reclaimed material sourced from West Africa. All frames are super light and go well with various outfits. Perfect for travelling!

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Bohten sunglasses (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Ripped Denim

Be it skinny, boyfriend, flared or cropped, ripped jeans is one denim trend that is still going strong.

Whether you pair it with a floaty blouse and sneakers for a daytime look, or a silky camisole and killer heels for a night out in town, ripped jeans add a definite edge to your outfit.

For more styling ideas, click here 

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Photos courtesy of Pinterest, Vogue, and Pull & Bear

Slip Dress

This is arguably one of the most versatile piece of clothing you can bring. A slip dress can be worn various ways. Throw it on and pair with comfy sandals for a day of sightseeing, with a sweater for a lovely dinner, or even over your swimsuit for some cover up for an evening stroll on the beach.

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Photos courtesy of Pinterest and French Connection

While the floral print trend has been in full bloom for as long as we can remember, it is still one of the best ways to freshen up your wardrobe and get ready for the summer season. Fabulous florals combined with simple, minimalist accessories, will never go out of style.

If you are looking for a more edgy look, try mixing florals with other prints and adding bold accessories such as statement jewellery or oversized sunglasses.

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Duro Olowu Spring/Summer 2017 (Photo courtesy of the designer)

For more travel essentials, click here Happy Summer!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:42

ASOS SS17 Occasion Wear

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Occassion wear Asos

Here is just a snippet of what caught our eyes but there is plenty more when you click Shop Here.

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So what ever the occasion or if you just want to show off ASOS has you covered with 20% OFF OCCASION WEAR

You won't even make a dent in your bank balance.

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So all you need to do is Shop, Shop and Shop, some more !!!

Monday, 15 May 2017 16:39

Save The Blow Dry

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I love to have a shower every day especially with the weather getting warmer, but I hate to spend what can seem like hours blow-drying my wet hair after.

I have found a way to make the whole process a lot quicker. My solution to this problem is a Save The Blow Dry Shower Cap. This shower cap has a water proof design with an internal layer of soft micro weave towelling which helps to keep your hair dry and bouncy instead of letting the humidity and condensation win the good hair fight.

The cap is also reversible so it can be used when your want to leave products in your hair without leaving a mess all over your clothes and house. After using it all you need to do is rinse it under the tap ready to use again next time. This shower cap actually works. My hair is not damp or wet after I have had a shower and the cap itself is comfy and does not make my head itch like other shower caps I have tried in the past.

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Save The Blow Dry is only £14.95, which is a small price to pay to keep your hair looking dry and fabulous. The caps come in a blue and pink colour and are great for those of us who do not wash our hair every day. If you cannot deal with blow-drying your hair more than a few times a week this cap is for you.

Written by hayley Sweeney

Monday, 15 May 2017 14:26

Spring summer 17 Must-haves

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Tried and tested these SS17 beauty and essential handbag must-haves, have our seal of approval. Yep! that's right we can't live without any of them.

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Fakebake 60 Minutes Tanning Lotion

With the unpredictability of British weather, you never know if you'll be invited to a last-minute summer parties. Unlike traditional fake tans there is no need to tan in advance as this tan develops in an hour, an easy way to keep your tan topped up whatever the weather.

Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self Tan Liquid 236ml amp Professional Mitt 1478595902

www.fakebake.co.uk

Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream SPF50

As South Koreans triumph when it comes to sun protection, its only right to turn to them for sun cream. This lightweight cream leaves no sticky greasy residue like traditional sun creams for a lightweight invisible protection from the sun.

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www.tyf.co.kr

Corkcicle Tumbler

There is nothing worse than reaching into your bag on a hot day to find a warm drink. This is no longer a worry with the corkcicletumbler, it keeps your drinks chilled for up to nine hours.

Corkcicle

www.root7.com

What Skin Needs Balm

Perfect for getting that fresh glowysummer skin, with its skin renewal properties say goodbye to dry sad wintery skin. 

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www.whatskinneeds.co.uk

Topshop Summer Cateye Sunglasses

A timeless sunglasses shape, with a modern on trend twist that brings out any eye colour adding a hint of summer colour spirit to any outfit.

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www.topshop.com

Happy shopping!

Written by Claire Morrison

Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:55

Skincare Ancient And Modern

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skincare ancient and modern

Skincare like our diets, in this modern age, can be confusing. Open a magazine, browse the internet or switch on your television, all it is telling you, is eat this, do that and use this. AH!!! it is a nightmare, all this information and there you are, still clueless as to what really works.

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Women throughout the ages all wanted the same ideal as us modern day women, radiant and youthful skin. These ancient women used a variety of methods, some a bit bizarre but harmless and it worked for them.

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The female Emperor Wu Zetian, of China used Fairy Powder. A powered made out of Chinese motherwort, a plant that is a part of the Mint family. She mixed this with cold water and in turn used that mixture to wash her face every morning. Surprisingly this worked for her as she was well know for her beautiful skin and appearance right into old age.

Then there was the use of Placenta , which have become trendy again. Women used human placenta to keep them looking and feeling youthful. Another ancient method that is trendy in modern day is the use of Snail Slime in creams, the wonder cure for anti-aging treatments and reducing of wrinkles, stretch marks, acne and scars.

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Something a bit bizarre, to me at least is the Anti-Sagging Lips as Face Slimmer. An invention by Japanese cosmetic company Glim. Now this is a rubbery looking mouthpiece, that keeps the muscles of the lower part of the face pert by stretching it.

Many of us will love this one, Wine baths. Queen Mary the sixteenth century Queen of Scots and bathed regularly in white wine to keep her skin young, smooth and beautiful. And yes it worked for her as she was admired for her looks.

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Just like the above methods there are many like them all with the promise of younger, radiant and blemish free skin. As fast moving modern women, we life in a world where we need to keep up with changes happening daily in our lives. Yes, the tried and tested ancient ways have worked and some are still working but we want new and not old ways.

New ways like Ellipse a clinically proven, safe and effective laser based skin treatment. Their treatments have been proven to be effective for sun damaged skin, leg veins acne, hair removal, wrinkle reduction, onychomycosis and the removal of pigmented and vascular lesions.

Every Ellipse product is developed in close cooperation with leading dermatologists making it safe and effective.

Some treatments that we recommend:

1) Intense Age Defence anti-ageing/wrinkle reduction
The innovative Intense Age Defence anti-ageing/wrinkle reduction programme from Ellipse is a painless, two-step procedure where Intense by Ellipse Photo Spray enhances the well-established Ellipse I²PL light procedure. Ellipse delivers Anti-Ageing, Wrinkle Reduction treatments.

2) Acne Laser treatment

IPL Acne Therapy is an effective new light-based therapeutic therapy which is now revolutionising the treatment of acne. Ellipse has one of the safest and proven unique technology to be extremely effective on moderate to severe inflammatory acne.

Need more then CLICK HERE

Friday, 12 May 2017 16:10

Star Buy's From Superdrug

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What better time than the weekend to relax and check out these starbuy's from Superdrug. We know you’re going to love them because we do!

Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette Spray 30ml Save £18 Was £39.00 Now £21.00 Valid from: 10th may - 16th May

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You can Save Up To 1/3 on Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set valid from: 10th may - 16th May

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Versace The Dreamer Eau de Toilette the perfect gift for men and boys. 100ml Valid from: 11th May - 15th May

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BOSS Orange Woman Eau de Parfum 50ml Valid from: 11th May - 15th May


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Happy shopping with Superdrug!

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Monday to Friday means sitting at a desk staring at a computer screen, which often, for me atleast, leads to an excotic daydream. Fantasizing about sipping champange on a yacth, or sipping cocktails on a beach in Ibiza. Then only to wake from my daydream, because what will I pack to wear on this excotic holiday.

But then like magic the post man drops me this little package and my daydream is restored, sun, sea and sand here I come.

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Jules B have been dressing stylish men and women for over 30 years and now it is mine and your turn to experience their style.

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Beautifully packaged and presented I could not wait to see the gift inside.

My gift is their gorgeous Deep V- Neck Leopard Print Kaftan

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A semi- sheer chiffon kaftan adorn with beautiful tropical print and bead detail with a seductive deep V-neckline, side slits and three-quarter sleeves. I love the colour because it just brightened up my pale untanned winter skin. The fit was gorgeous sitting nice and loose on my body in light breathable fabric. Cool and loose for those hot days on that tropical island in the shimmering heat, and at the same time chic and original. Perfect to be worn all day and night.

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Kaftan's has become a high fashion item, a simple yet stylish piece of attire that can take you to daytime poolside or evening drinks on that fancy yatch. Uncomplicated and fuss free, easy to slip-in and easy to slip-off.

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Just like my day dream slipping on a Jules B kaftan, evokes exotic glamour of a beautiful woman poolside looking effortlessly chic and sophisticated.

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SHOP Your JULES B Kaftan – CLICK HERE

OnePiece Top picks SS17 Creators of the Onesie

The streets have become the new runway and we #urban chicks know, that if we we are “gonna bring it” we need to have the right arsenal to bring the streets to its knees.

Onepiece, the original creators of the onesie, is the premium #streetwear fashion brand. The brand has become a global phenomenon since hitting the streets in 2007. With the chicest of urban #fashionroyalty, Beyonce, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne and the MIC crew, donning it with such ease and nonchalant flair.

This season they are kicking it up a gear and taking You the #fashiondiva to the front of the queue, with their new collection of jumpsuits, joggers, t shirts and jackets. We had a looksie into their SS17 lookbook and picked our favs and we are loving it. Read on for our Top picks.

Become the leader of the #streetfashion pack and in the words of Paris Hilton, “Don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. The only rule is not to blend in.”

Swoosh the streets in the Black Bay Jump suit, we love it!! because it is totally, out of bed sexy, showing just enough flesh to tease, WOW !!! it got us hot and bothered.

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Bay Jumpsuit Black SHOP YOURS HERE

Nothing says, I am hot and I know it, like the perfect festival look. The Pacific Rain Mermaid Jumpsuit oozes just enough allure of a dreamy bod under that cover. It is playful and effortless the perfect cover on those days when not even the summer down pour will ruin your #glam.

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Pacific Rain Jumpsuit Mermaid SHOP YOURS HERE

Ditched the puffer jacket for the Sphere Jacket, this lightweight nylon jacket is wind and water resistant. Totally on #vogue this Muted Clay colored jacket is a must for the jet setter style aficionado flying high this Spring/Summer, especially on those days when you are faced with all 4 seasons in one day.

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Sphere Jacket, Muted Clay SHOP YOURS HERE

These pieces are perfect for the confident #fashionista that is effortless and comfortable in her #streetstyle. Onepiece is Fashions Finest endorsed and we dare you ditched the norm and go Onepiece for added flare whether you are off-duty or need to set the streets on fire.

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