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Pro:Voke, the award-winning creator of UK’s #1 Purple Shampoo “Touch of Silver”, is introducing its new Highlight Boost range.

Christmas is on the horizon and it won’t be long until the festivities are in full swing, from enjoying a mulled wine or two at a festive market to whizzing around an ice rink.

Luxury textile designer, Araminta Campbell, a leader in her field launches her alpaca line as part of the Heritage collection, showcasing how luxury can be both stylish and sustainable at the same time.

Hair Growth & Density Treatment by Freshly Cosmetics is a hormone-free product, so it improves hair loss caused by hormonal, nutritional and inflammatory causes, without hormones or rebound effects!

This hair treatment is made with 99% natural ingredients, so when you stop using it your hair will not fall out or loose density.

 

 Hair Growth and density treatment

The Hair Growth treatment is a 360º serum that combines 10 potent, natural actives that have been proven to improve hair loss. Its pioneering technology is encapsulated in a vegetable delivery system which acts as a vehicle for the active ingredients to reach the hair follicle, increasing growth by 10%. It packs a big punch, delivering an evidence-based injection of vitality, volume, density, and shine to lacklustre locks, and fine hair textures. 
 
The serum improves hair growth from the root and reduces hair loss in a powerful yet gentle way, without side effects, thanks to its high-quality plant active ingredients. The formula delivers antioxidants to strands, regenerating overall hair health. It is perfect for all hair types, including curly boys and girls. It is also suitable for sensitive skin and is pregnancy-safe. As with all Freshly Cosmetics formulations, it is also vegan and cruelty-free.

Hair Growth & Density Treatment is effective, vegan and sustainable and highly recommended.

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The Benefits

• Increases scalp circulation
• Reduces hair loss by 53% in 45 days and by 75% after 90 days
• Provides energy and strength so that hair grows healthier, stronger and thicker
• Smart Growth Activator combines the action of two active ingredients, turmeric peptide and Scutellaria
• Increases hair density and volume by 69% after 90 days and by up to 88% after 120 days thanks to the active ingredient Azuki Sprout
• Increases hair resistance by 31% thanks to the active ingredients Amla and maca proteins
• Increases the number of hairs in the growth phase (anagen phase) by 49% after 150 days, and by69% in 90 days of continuous application • Increases shine by 29% and reduces grey hair by 8%
• Longer, stronger and shinier hair thanks to the action of the active ingredients azuki sprout, microbiota modulator and hair anti-ageing complex

Hair Growth & Density Treatment, £29, Freshly Cosmetics® | The best natural and healthy cosmetics

C’RIBBE (read [ker-rib-be]) is the creation of James Douglas, the founder. The name is inspired by the Caribbean which is at the very core of the brand.

Friday, 15 October 2021 16:27

24 Days Of teapigs

The temperature is dropping, winter is coming and Christmas around the corner.

This can only mean one thing, tea, tea and…yup, you guessed it, more tea!

teapigs is pleased to be bringing back it’s Advent calendar with some much-loved winter favourites, as well as some very exciting new products which are perfect for everyone – from brew connoisseurs to those who simply like to catch up over a cuppa. Let’s take a look…

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24 Days Of Teapigs

It’s back! And with a fab refreshed look for 2021.

24 days of teapigs allows tea lovers to don their tea tasting hat and slurp their way through a new blend every morning in the run up to the big day. This year the calendar includes some limited edition wintry blends and cold brew teas, too.

With much-loved flavours such as spiced winter red, glühwein, spiced pear and gingerbread and they are joined by brand new sweet spearmint, too!

An indulgent, but guilt-free, way to feel festive.

The added bonus is that teapigs teas, are made from all-natural ingredients and have no artificial ingredients, sugars, or sweeteners. Oh we love to hear this!

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We can't wait to try out these wonderful teapig teas and if previous years are anything to go by, these won't hang around for long so get yours now!

Available at teapigs.co.uk | RRP £29.99

The British Fashion Council (BFC) announces today the recipients of its 2021/2022 BFC Foundation MA Scholarship schemes.

October is an important month for us as we celebrate Black History Month. Fashions Finest salutes this month by celebrating big and small realities in the beauty and fashion industry with you all.

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The contribution of the Black communities in the UK has been underrated or simply unseen for too long. Yet Black Britons have enriched our cultural landscape and economy with vibes and stories coming from afar. Fashions Finest wants to celebrate black innovators and strong business women who make our life more beautiful.

Every month tinges with different colours and surges as the flag for a cause. Fashions Finest's Black History Month is a journey across people and ideas fueled by a courageous entrepreneur spirit and passion.


Meet Tiph'arah

Tiph'arah natural haircare, black-owned business. Black History Month

Tiph'arah is a UK-based haircare company born in Coventry, Midlands. The brand moved its first steps in the intimacy of a house - to be more precise - a kitchen. Jessica Oduro, the founder, was looking for intensive and natural options that could keep her Afro hair nourished and hydrated for longer. Failed to do so, she started to experiment with natural and organic ingredients at home until she found the right formulation for glorious hair. 'Tiph'arah means 'glory' in Hebrews, in fact! Tiph'arah's hair butters aim to strengthen the hair strands, hydrate and promote healthy growth. The product range, consisting of three types of hair butter (Shea Cocoa Mango, Paw Carrot and Shea-Mang AVO'), is made with 90% of pure and organic ingredients from Ghana and the remaining sourced in Europe at high standards.

Meet Aviela

Aviela, shea butter skincare. Black-owned business. Black History Month

Aviela (read [a-vee-el-ah]) is a word used in Northern Ghana for 'good', 'nice' or even 'beautiful'. This word conveys very positive vibes. Aviela is the child of Patricia Monney who, during a family holiday in Ghana in 2007, was introduced to the power of raw, unrefined shea butter to heal her little daughter's ankle. Patricia learnt about shea butter anti-inflammatories properties and, once back home in the UK, she focused on expanding her knowledge on shea butter. She found a way to work the natural ingredient without compromising the natural properties and qualities of shea butter. The solution was her kitchen helper which gives Aviela products that superb weightless whipped consistency. Aviela offers a range of skincare and body care for all skin types with 100% pure, unrefined shea butter. Patricia sources her shea butter ethically from a cooperative of 25 women from the village of Gurugu in the Northern region of Ghana.

Meet Pamoja

Pamoja, skincare black-owned business. Black History Month

Pamoja (read [pam-oh-jah]) is a Swahili word meaning 'together' and is inspired by formulator and founder Sarah Taylor's Tanzanian/British heritage as well her skin journey. During pregnancy, she experienced severe sensitivity and succeeded in finding the solution by herself. She worked on her own products and formulations gaining also some spotlights in national magazines.

Sarah Taylor, founder formulator of Pamoja. Black History Month

This independent, black-owned company offers natural skincare with high performance and quality standards. Cruelty-free and environmentally friendly, Pamoja takes equal care of sensitive skin and the environment with sustainable packaging, ethically sourced botanical ingredients and zero palm oil. Sarah thinks that 'everyone deserves to feel good and that when you are kinder to yourself, it will help you be your very best.' For Sarah 'Black History Month is an opportunity to be more inclusive, to shine a spotlight on the contributions and the challenges we face so that we can better understand our collective history every single month of the year.'

Meet Wax + Wraps

Wax+Wraps, ethical subscription box African fabrics. Black-owned business

For many of us, the pandemic represented a forced stop; however, this suspended time allowed us to reset priorities and rebuild ourselves. This happened to Jaqueline Shaw with Wax + Wraps. The fashion expert and entrepreneur overcame the COVID-19 backlash thanks to her acumen and love for fashion design. She realised how many people get interested in handmade and sewing during the pandemic and she also noticed how popular were and are still crafting subscription boxes.

Jacqueline Shaw Wax + Wraps founder. Black entrepreneur and fashion expert. Black Histoy Month

Jaqueline, who has an MA in Ethical Fashion, is passionate about Africa and traditional fabrics. She put this personal love in her own subscription box by sourcing unique textiles printed, woven or knitted by hand in African states and regions. 'Other sewing boxes do the job but they are all very similar and I felt that they don’t inspire me to learn more about the people or even to source responsible fabrics and textiles too. My Master's degree in Ethical Fashion from the UCA Epsom, taught me that in this fashion industry, WE the consumers are the change we want to see. We are responsible for the impact of the industry on our planet and our purchasing decisions can build or break the industry. And its environment impact.'
Jaqueline thinks that 'Africa is Fashion's Future' and has been spreading awareness at previous London Fashion Weeks and events in Africa and the States. We could not but totally agree on that. Her sewing box does not just quench our thirst for crafts but also disclose stories from beautiful lands and people as no other service does.

Saka Luxe Beauty

Saka Luxe Beauty multi-blend scalp oil. Black-founded brand
Many feels puzzled by the length and complexity of cosmetic labels. This exact reaction is behind Saka Luxe Beauty, a UK natural hair and skincare company founded in Bristol in 2020. Available on Etsy, eponymous of everything handcrafted, the brand's ethos is based on creating simple and affordable products to moisturise and nourish hair, beard and body. Every jar of butter, every bottle of oil is handmade in small batches to ensure a caring and luxurious feel.

Jessica, Patricia, Sarah and Jacqueline are just four of the many black businesswomen that turn their creative verve or necessity to express themselves and made a living from their passion. Black History Month is important to us because the majority of the black-owned businesses are too small to gain the deserved visibility on the media and still struggle in this overcrowded industry.

We invite you to have a look around and discover the authenticity of these companies and that of many similar ones. As you and we shop independent and black-owned, we can support these individuals and make a little but significant change in their lives, ours, and the way we shop.

Fashions Finest is happy to bring you these personal stories and call all the black-founded companies to get in touch to join us and build together a network of creators beyond Black History Month.

Depending on which side of the political spectrum you sit, the recent fuel shortages and supply chain issues on these shores are either driven primarily by Brexit or have little to do with the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Friday, 08 October 2021 13:38

Lemuel MC, the sustainable beauty of linen

A cool breeze on bare skin in summer, a warm hug in winter. Linen is the fabric chosen by Marta Cernovskaja for her brand Lemuel MC with sustainability and transparency at its core.

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