What's better than emerging two completely different fashion worlds into one? In recent years more and more brands are experimenting and thinking outside of the box.
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Now more than ever major couture houses are seen collaborating on one-off collections with the aesthetically opposite brands. We have seen some great collections thanks to a variety of brands collaborating with each other, and that is the reason fashion is moving forward and keeping everyone on their toes.
Manolo Blahnik gives the iconic Birkenstock a makeover for this summer.
One of the most luxurious footwear brands in the world comes together with one of the world's most comfortable. It is for sure not the first time we see glamour and comfort to come together. Just in time for the warm seasons Manolo Blahnik and Birkenstock surprise us with an exciting collaboration. They want to showcase both their creativity and craftsmanship and introduce the Manolo woman to the world of comfort. Blahnik is known for partnering with various brands and celebrities but this is said to be one of his most memorable collaborations to date.
The Story Behind The Collection
One picture sparked the idea behind this new and exciting partnership. Manolo and Kristina Blahnik, his niece and chief executive of the brand, were invited to star in Birkenstocks 2020’ Spring/Summer Campaign. One thing led to another and now we are looking at the final results of the collaboration. The two brands seem to be the exact opposite but if you think about it they have more in common than we think - they are equally dedicated to high-quality craftsmanship and comfort. "We share many of the same brand and design values as Birkenstock and we are thrilled to bring this to life with the new Manolo Blahnik for Birkenstock collection", said Kristina Blahnik. “Our goal was to create timeless, high-quality, crafted to be cherished and enjoyed pieces and I am delighted with the results"
About The Collection
Manolo has been a Birkenstock fan ever since he can remember, wearing them most of his life. Without a doubt this collection is going to take the Manolo women and introduce her to the world of comfort. A take on the classic Birkenstock styles with a dash of Manolo’s elegant sophistication and signature elements. The first pieces are set to launch on the 24th of March. Everyone loves classics and it’s always a good start. The Birkenstock Arizona sandal and the Boston clog will be the focus of the first drop of the collection. Crafted in Manolo’s favourite material - velvet, as well as leather and embellished with crystal. A whole new addition to your outfits and a whole new experience for your feet. Following traditional Manolo Blahnik designs, all styles will be packaged in a polka-dot shoebox and special dust bag.
The collection will add some chic to your summer travel adventures. From walking around a tropical island to attending a fancy dinner party - the Manolo Blahnik for Birkenstock has you covered.
It might surprise you to know that men are just as interested in sustainability, as any other gender-identifying individual.
Kiyomila Cosmetics is a black owned botanical skincare and wellness brand which specialises in creating an array of natural, healthy, vegan products for individuals dealing with eczema, acne and hyperpigmentation.
Whether it has been a long day at work or a cosy day at home, you should always look after your skin. Having a favourite moisturiser or hair mask which becomes a staple in your bathroom, is going to make you feel better. So just relax, and debrief on your day as we go through some necessities.
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Our favourite items from The Body Shop are going to help your skin appear, smoother, younger and clearer. Pair them with our top tips to get the best out of your skin.
1. The Almond & Honey Body Butter
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A soothing and thick moisturiser that really does butter up your body as it gives the illusion of silky skin. The scent has nutty, creamy notes and it lingers on your body for days. What more could you want than a product which is going to help nourish your skin, as well as make you smell great for days on end? The same scent also defines other products like shower creams, exfoliators and soaps.
2. The Japanese Cherry Blossom Kiss EdT
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A beautiful spray edition for springtime. The fragrance is very light, which is perfect for warmer weather. It is a fruity scent infused with notes of strawberries, amber and peony. Smother your body in the matching shower gel or body lotion, and spray with the eau de toilette for a longer-lasting smell.
Links to products: Japanese Cherry Blossom Strawberry Kiss Eau De Toilette 50ML | Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel - The Body Shop®
3. Hand Creams
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Especially during a time when you are washing and sanitising your hands more than ever, you need to remember to take care of them. Hand sanitisers are known for drying out your skin and they can also cause blisters in some cases. Therefore, The Body Shop hand creams are going to be a lifesaver, making a perfect balance with soaps, gels and sanitisers. These hand creams come in various scents, so you have many options, whether to match with your existing scent or to try something new.
4. The Tangle Taming, Nourishing Hair Mask
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A thumbs up from us. The formula will really help to calm down your wild hair, whilst making your locks glossy and smooth. The mask also comes in a banana scent, really incredible.
Links to the product: Banana Hair Mask- The Body Shop®
All Body Shop products are vegan friendly and made out of all-natural ingredients. They have also started to become a sustainable company by bringing out new ecological packaging to help save the world.
Before the shopping frenzy invades your thoughts on the run-up to Christmas Eve, we have a gift for you. Find the joy of giving with our sustainable Christmas gift ideas guide 2021 edition. For you, to make your life easier, and for the people who matter in your life.
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Fashions Finest team has been busy browsing the net for unmissable independent and sustainable Christmas gift ideas. Piled up under our virtual Christmas tree, you will find presents for your family, including kids, your loved ones and your cosy home.
From stocking fillers to gifts of love - or why not, self-love - have a look at our Christmas gift ideas until your lightbulb lits up!
Stocking Fillers Galore!
It is not a joke: why not fill a stocking with more socks?
Socks are probably the least given item yet they are everyday essentials. Society Socks was founded based on this simple fact and to provide socks to people in need. Every time you give a colourful pair of socks you are also making a gift for someone you do not know but needs warmth and love. Society Socks has fun socks for both men and women, bundles for men, customised socks and subscription boxes.
Discover Society Socks selection online.
These egg-shaped solid soaps and exfoliators are the next big thing in town. Pop a soap or an exfoliating bar in your friends' stockings. With their unisex formula, PROCOAL Cleansing Eggs will be a fun discovery. They are also cruelty-free, natural-based, 100% vegan and eco-friendly, so they will be very much appreciated by the eco-warrior on your Christmas list.
Find them online at procoal.co.uk. Price ranges from £8.99 to £9.99.
In just three steps, PROCOAL Get The Glow Collection gift set promises glowing skin under the Christmas tree. This skincare set contains three full-size products (70ml x3) to introduce you or a lucky one to a cruelty-free and gentle routine with a resurfacing Glycolic Face Wash, a double-action Exfoliating Face Scrub, and a brightening Pink Clay Mask.
Find it online at procoal.co.uk at the retail price of £24.99.
These days, the air is filled up with many festive fragrances: sweet, spicy, happy. Being a very cold time of the year, nothing beats a cosy evening under the blankets with a warm drink and a Christmas film. Make sure to add some teapigs seasonal teas and winter warmers to your Christmas gift list. A sip of glühwein tea creates the right atmosphere.
Find more online at teapigs.co.uk with gift ideas starting from £1.75.
Hairslydz Luxurious Soft Luxe by London hairstylist Andy Smith is an elegant kit that you would likely keep for yourself. We cannot blame you! Created by a hairdresser for his clients, this set consists of 7 hair accessories comprising scrunchies and a headband in pure black silk with a gift box.
Find this set online at £49.95 for a limited time only.
In her grandpa's apple farm in Essex, Sarah Jane - an aesthetician passionate about facials and massages - set up her 'beauty farm'. Farm Girl Retinol + Niacinamide Serum (£48) is a treatment with two of the most looked for ingredients in skincare. Rejuvenating, perfecting and strengthening, this serum can be your BFF's best friend. Do not forget, its formula is cruelty-free and vegan, and it has an adorable packaging.
Visit Farm Girl online.
What is the secret to 'me time'? No Secrets!
The 'Mini Home Spa' is the perfect gift for those who really need to unplug. The kit, a portable spa, contains two of the brands' award-winning bath jellies, a hand butter and a soy wax votive candle. All the products are suitable for vegans and naturally based. No Secrets Mini Home Spa comes in a delicate gift box and it is available in two scents: ‘One’, fresh & uplifting, and ‘Four’, sensual & calming.
Find it online at NoSecretsBeauty priced £23.
Save on wrapping with this adorable Polaar cracker. It is all done for you! Polaar Lapland Cracker is a ready-to-give and ready to crack open stocking filler with three hydrating products from the Nordic brand. Keep someone special's hand, face and lips protected from the chill with the anti-oxidant power of three Arctic berries found in The Genuine Lapland Cream (20ml), The Genuine Lapland Lip Balm (10ml) and The Genuine Lapland Hand Cream (25ml). Polaar is vegan and cruelty-free.
Available from Look Fantastic, All Beauty, Bath & Unwind and selected Fenwick store at £16.
Gifts For Him And Unisex
'Let's face it', men pay attention to their skin and not just to be picture-ready. To brighten your special one's face, Shakeup Cosmetics proposes it Let's Face It travellers set with three products from the brand's hybrid cosmetic range. You can build this kit yourself with any shade of Let’s Face It BB Tinted Moisturiser and of Eye Eye Captain Under Eye Concealer. Add the Lip Life To The Full volumising Lip Gel; receive the faux leather Toiletry Bag for free, and leave your gift under the Christmas tree.
Build your kit online at ShakeupCosmetics for only £57.
Iconic perfumes are a Christmas classic and they surely make a great impression. Why not try an alternative to high-end scents this year? IKON is the sustainable scented gift made socially and environmentally friendly. IKON EDP's natural elegance is in its minimal package topped with Manchurian ash wood caps and its gender-neutral blends of notes. Find a signature scent among the 6 Eau de parfum forming this exclusive vegan collection.
Sold exclusively at TheFragranceShop at £60 each.
Gifts For The Little Ones
It could be the first Christmas of your son, daughter, niece or nephew: make it special! Kids' clothing is a must and also a very welcome gift for the parents. Fashions Finest's next destination for all things kids is KIDLY, a store for those aged 0 to 5. KIDLY is a platform where you can find several brands and KIDLY's own label. The shop has been created by a fashion insider dad, James Hart, to provide parents with an effortless shopping experience. James and the KIDLY team listen to parents for precious feedback so you know you can trust your eyes. These three functional and stylish picks from the KIDLY label are made with organic cotton and a comfortable loose fit will be surely worn and loved to bits.
Find the whole KIDLY collection online (Click here for the bandana, the organic easy sweatshirt, and the organic easy joggers)
A Special Sign Of Love
Jewellery is another Christmas cult classic. You can fill it up with a special meaning, tell a story and say how much you love someone with a piece of jewellery. This time our eyes are all for AURUM by Guðbjörg. For her 34th collection, Basalt, the Icelandic jewellery designer has been inspired by the 'landscape of explosive energy' of her home country. Designed and produced in Reykjavik, AURUM uses only recycled gold and silver and ethically sourced gems. BASALT keeps with it the strength and drama of Icelandic nature where basalt pillar stones are thought to be trolls and moonstones are believed to help communicate with the spirits. Go for AURUM by Guðbjörg for ethical jewellery that speaks of faraway places and magical stories.
Discover AURUM online.
Gifts For Her: Beauty
If you are wishing for a beautifully radiant Christmas, here is a selection of skincare, makeup and well-being sets that just need to be wrapped.
Environ suggests its curated festive collections to pamper the skin and listen to its needs. We recommend these three kits for the body and face. Shall we start with Environ Body Essential Set, a luxurious selection that features the new Body EssentiA Tri-Complex Contouring Cream, bestselling Vitamin A, C and E Body Oil and an Alpha Hydroxy Derma-Lac Lotion.
The Healthy Skin Set delivers a complete skincare routine of powerhouse formulations with essential vitamins and antioxidants. In this kit you will find Skin EssentiA® Mild Cleansing Lotion or Low Foam Cleansing Gel, Botanical Infused Moisturising Toner, Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser and Youth EssentiA® Vita-Peptide Eye Gel, a complimentary Focus Care Youth+ Tri Biobotanical Revival Masque, and complimentary discovery sizes of Even More Sun Care+ RAD Shield Mineral Sunscreen and Focus Care Youth+ Tri-Peptide Complex Avance DFP312 Moisturiser.
The Skin Luxury Set is the right one to discover ENVIRON quality or to travel with your favourite treatments. The limited-edition travel bag includes full-sized Youth EssentiA Vita-Peptide Eye Gel, the bestseller, and Focus Care Radiance+ Intense C-Boost Mela-Even Cream, plus deluxe-sized Focus Care Youth+ Tri-Peptide Complex Avance DFP312 Moisturiser, Focus Care Youth+ Tri Biobotanical Revival Masque and Body EssentiA Vitamin A, C and E Body Oil.
Shop these sets exclusively at Harvey Nichols, priced respectively £82, £181, and £120
Advanced Nutrition Programme
Many times we hear that 'beauty starts from within'. This is so true that Advanced Nutrition Programme says ‘Your Future Skin Starts From Within™’ thanks to its science jam-packed supplements. For Christmas 2021, the brand has launched two festive skin duos featuring a new multivitamin called Skin Vitality, which delivers 28 smart nutrients in a one-a-day capsule for skin, hair, nail and body. We recommend Luminous Future Skin (£50) for skin that needs oomph and extra glow and Healthy Future Skin (£80) for very dry skin, particularly during this cold season.
Find more about Advance Nutrition Programme online.
Hung the mistletoe and get ready for kiss-giving with PROJECT LIP. This beauty brand from Manchester is an expert in lip plumping products that do work. Give yourself or your best friend a PROJECT LIP plumping lip colour, gloss or three-step kit for lips that will never fear the cold, the wind or an unexpected kiss.
Find PROJECT LIP products sold in kit or separately from £3.95 to £24.95 online.
Handy tools never go out of fashion. Soinvogue just put on its virtual shelves new gift sets and eco-friendly beauty tools from brands we trust like So Eco and BrushWorks.
Browse and shop your favourite at Soinvogue.
Bring back the glitz and glam with jane iredale Festive season 2021 Dazzle and Shine Collection. The skincare makeup brand launched its new vegan and cruelty-free sets for a glowy holiday look you can customise day to night. Do not miss the limited-edition and super versatile Dazzle and Shine Eye Shadow Kit, the Line & Define Brow Kits to complete the look and the Holiday Dazzle & Shine Mini Lip Trio. The latest is an exclusive preview of the next year's launch, the HydroPure Hyaluronic Acid Lip Glosses!
Available online priced respectively £45, £47, and £25.
Award-winning Dr Jackson's, nominated 'Eco Brand Of The Year', is a science-led skincare and tea brand that cares about the environment down to every ingredient. With one of Dr Jackson's kit, you are not only making a healthy and sustainable choice but also supporting the farmers' communities in Zimbabwe where the key ingredients, baobab and kigelia fruit, are harvested. The Day to Evening kit follow your skin 24 hours to protect and replenish it with the best Africa's nature offers us: kigelia, baobab, marula and shea butter to name a few.
Find the set online at Dr Jackson's Skincare, now at £60.
Where Chinese medicine meets skincare, there stands Dermatology M. The world leader in traditional Chinese medicine skin treatments awaits with its Christmas 2021 kits. The Illuminating Icons Set features two bestsellers from its range that fit nicely in anyone's winter skincare regime: the Rose Otto Rejuvenating Cream and the Zi Cao Run Chun Gao lip balm. You cannot go wrong with Dermatology M; its formulas are suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive and upset.
Find Dermatology M festive kits online. The Illuminating Icons Set is now at £70.
If you are looking for effective yet affordable skin solutions, then thebeautyworX is here to help. The brand raises the flag of 'Clean Beauty', so you can be sure your skincare gift is high-performing, gentle and natural-based. You can choose among the Essential Face Serum Collection, the 3 Step Skin Solution, and the Day And Night Duo. Every product has 90 to 95% of natural and ethically-sourced ingredients, mostly vegan. You can cut the price but never on quality!
Find the collections online with prices from £12.99 to £17.99.
Caviar is a very expensive festive delicacy you would instantly associate with grand balls and endless tables laden with exquisite taste. Caviar haircare is real and a true luxury. ALTERNA goes beyond ordinary haircare and celebrates the holiday season with exclusive gifts of self-care. The Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner comes in a ready-to-give box and is for every hair type. The duo will protect colour and give new vitality, strength and hydration to dull, dry hair.
Find the full catalogue and official retailers online.
You already told all your friends how you successfully switched to an eco-conscious life, now they can do that too! Indie., the beauty start-up, has a brilliant idea for Christmas, an introduction to sustainable living. The Starter Duo has everything one needs to get started and save with bottles for life, shampoo and conditioner of your choice. Once your friend runs out, he/she can buy a new Refill and keep the green ball rolling.
Buy online with prices from £15 to £25.
Gifts For Her: Fashion
Picture Organic Clothing
Back in 2008, a group of three French friends joined forces and creativity for the environment. Knowing that the textile industry is responsible for around 8% of carbon emissions, they built a sustainable label using organic cotton, linen, recycled textiles and bio-polyester made from... cane sugar! More than half of its outwear is made with this natural sweetness. To stay warm and stylish, we found out that the MURAX JKT is a very flattering jacket to give this Christmas. Plus, it can be worn alone or under another coat for extra protection.
Find more eco-friendly outwear and sportswear online.
Active and loungewear make great gifts for your BFF. Look for Asquith, the ethical fashion brand based in London which uses 100% of upcycled material. We have created a comfortable outfit with the Be Calm Sweatshirt (now £42) and the complimentary joggers as a reminder to stay focused, relaxed and happy. Comfort and quality are not optional! These two pieces are made with organic cotton and elastane.
Browse Asquith catalogue online.
We like presents with meaning and real purpose, with quality that lasts longer than the festive season. If you are like us, your lightbulb is now fully switched and you are for gift-giving and shopping. Get ready with pens, cards, ribbons and wraps to spread joy and your love this year again.
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Can you believe November is already around the corner? The very start of this month is not like any other day, it is World Vegan Day. To celebrate the day and make the first step towards veganism, we have collected some of our vegan favourites beauty alternative
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World Vegan Day falls every year on the 1st of November all around the globe and celebrates the benefits of veganism for both people and the environment. Even if you are not planning to switch to full veganism, making some changes in your everyday routine will make a big difference for the planet.
Your New Vegan Routine From Head To Toes
Here is a collection of tried & approved vegan products to embrace the meaning of World Vegan Day and inaugurate your conscious beauty journey.
Only Curls Curl Cleansing Shampoo Bar (£12)
We all agree on the fact that solid products cut wastage, hence are good for the planet. Only Curls shampoo bar is specifically for curly hair, and its balance of natural oils, emollients and gentle sulfate-free surfactant makes it moisturising and effectively cleansing at the same time. Available online.
SOS Cleanse (from £5)
SOS Serum is a guarantee particularly for sensitive skin, this is why you might have seen it many times on Fashions Finest.
SOS Cleanse is a gentle soothing face cleanser that clears the pores, dissolves makeup and gets rid of pollutants. It has a soft gel-like texture that is kind to the skin because free from alcohol and acidic ingredients.
Sugar Coated Full Body Hair Removal Kit (£14,99)
Hair removal can be sweeter with Sugar Coated, an ethical approach to total body and face waxing all year-round.
Sugar Coated Full Body Hair Removal Kit is 100% vegan and natural; it is simply made of water and sugar. Sugar! It explains the name. Waxing can be a sticky mess but Sugar Coated formula is water-soluble and biodegradable ensuring that it is easier to wash off from home surfaces. The kit comes completed with washable and reusable strips so that your waxing experience at home is fully sustainable.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (£13)
A brilliant multi-tasker, a 5-in-1 product that ave plenty of use in your skincare regime. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré turns into a moisturiser, a primer, a makeup remover and a face mask. Embryolisse's formula with fatty acids is made to restore skin balance. It nourishes dry areas and protects your skin from environmental stress for fresh, plumped and dewy skin every day. Available online.
SOS H2O Day Cream With SPF 30 (from 5£)
You can ensure you are protecting your delicate skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays while caring about the environment with SOS H2O Day Cream with SPF 30. A lightweight and non-greasy cream with a sophisticated formula enriched with grape stem cells, white truffle and low-density hyaluronic acid. It protects your skin from sun rays, fights premature ageing and intensively hydrates the skin. As we love multi-purpose products, we cannot skip this face cream. It can be used overnight when you run out of your night treatments.
IKON Eau de Parfum (£60, The Fragrance Shop)
Aftershaves and perfumes are personal signatures but for a piece of luxury is not worth leaving a permanent mark on the planet. IKON, available at The Fragrance Shop, is built upon the idea of a scented holistic experience with sustainable packaging and ingredients. Simplicity and purity transpire from the numbered nomenclature and minimal glass bottle.
Take IKON 906, an intriguing and intoxicating Eau de parfum with warming nutmeg and pepper on the top of a heart of sensual ylang-ylang, vanilla and surprising tobacco.
Get ready to start your vegan journey on 1st November or earlier. Shop Fashions Finest's favourite and find more alternatives in our vegan beauty section.
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