February 2019

When you were a teenager, you put all sorts of perfumes to the test, in the spirit of experimentation. But, if you’re like most people, as you grew older, you probably selected one ‘signature scent’ and stuck to it for years on end.

Published in Beauty
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 13:32

Fashion Week Jewellery Trends You Can Copy

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Photo by Caique Silva. Unsplash

Like most fashion trends, jewellery styles come and go based on season and occasion. For the past several years, as far as jewellery is concerned, dainty pieces have favoured over the rest.

This year, designers at London Fashion Week flooded the British capital with fearless fashion for the Spring 2019 season and we saw the return of jewellery that is loud, colourful, and makes a statement. Here are some of the most popular jewellery trends everyone will be wearing this Spring, inspired by the runway.

Huge Hoops

Circles are commonly used to symbolise eternity, and if there is one trend with eternal appeal, it’s the hoop. The hoop earring goes back as far as human's themselves. It goes beyond just being a fashion trend and has been a powerful symbol in numerous cultures throughout history.

This season, the timeless style is taking on a bulkier and heavier shape adding a focal point to any outfit, as well as framing the face and complimenting your hairstyle. It appears that we are being encouraged to think outside the circle this year and select hoops that are boasting colour, fabric and spikes, as well as differentiating in shape.

Bohemian

As far as trends go, boho chic has proliferated in recent years and is particularly popular during festival season. Combining organic, colourful and detailed pieces with pieces of simplicity and minimalism creates a bohemian style that is perfect for the glamorous, the fashion-forward and the summer-lovin’ individual.

The boho style is devoted to nature, earth and its elements to its no wonder that many styles of the boho necklace are animal and nature inspired. The elephant is often used on boho accessories because of its symbolism of strength and wisdom, whilst the bird can commonly be found to symbolise free spirit and individualism.

There are many different ways of incorporating bohemian jewellery into your style and the 2019 catwalks embraced the trend with a presentation of diamond encrusted pendants that reflected elements of earth, space and nature. One particularly noticeable element was the flowers of all shapes and sizes that covered the models on the runways. Whether you opt for a delicate pendant or fancy making a bold bohemian statement, this is one ground-breaking trend you can have some fun with this year and the best bit about it is you can never wear too much.

Stacking

The world is finally catching on to Gucci’s more-is-more approach to fashion and jewellery. This season, runway model’s fingers were laden with rings and bracelets that were stacked high. This newest trend in jewellery is getting some major praise from women everywhere. Why? Because it gives you the opportunity to wear all your favourite jewellery at once!

Models were sent down the catwalk with stacks of Alexander McQueen bejewelled bangles adorning their arms and wrists.

Stacking an assortment of stunning statement pieces as well as some plain is the perfect way to create a truly personalised statement whilst incorporating all of your favourite pieces in one go.

Layering

Similar to the stacking of bracelets and rings, layering necklaces is a trend that doesn’t seem to be budging any time soon. Whatever the occasion or outfit, layered necklaces are the best way to effortlessly transform your outfit into something of high-fashion chic. As the catwalks demonstrated, this trend is perfect for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

The layering of necklaces is a great opportunity for personal expression and allows you to venture into the world of jewellery and to create fashion statements you may never have made before. The most popular and eye-catching way of layering your necklaces is by using chains of a varying length. Begin with a choker necklace and then add two longer necklaces that increase in length to create a timeless elegance with a contemporary twist.

The Year Of Aquamarine

Coloured gemstones are a huge trend for spring 2019, but a particular favourite is the glistening pale blue hues of aquamarine. From pendants to earrings, this pretty gemstone adorns all styles of jewellery elegantly and beautifully.

There is no better way to add some texture and point of interest to you outfit than by adding a beautifully curated stack of pendant necklaces. Artful details can add definition and vibrancy to a plain knit or roll neck. By styling different pendant heights you can create a fashion-forward aesthetic. Don’t be afraid to go OTT with you pendants by pairing a chunky pendant necklace with some contrasting pendant earrings.

Statement Pendant Earrings

Just like hoops, statement earrings are a great form of expression as well as holding the power to transform an outfit. The pendant earring remains a jewellery box staple, but this year it’s been maximised and extended to graze your shoulders.

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With winter drawing to a close, and the weather getting warmer every day remember that “spring cleaning” shouldn’t just apply to organising your home or office — it should also be a part of your spring skin care routine. The unfortunate truth is that while spring may beautify the outdoors, it tends to wreak havoc on skin. Environmental changes can irritate acne-prone skin, dry out or irritate, and tighten skin as well.

There’s quite a bit to consider when it comes to skin care in spring. Outside temperatures, environmental conditions, and how much time you spend indoors versus how much you spend outdoors can have a tremendous impact on your skin’s health. That’s why the changing seasons give you the perfect opportunity to switch up your spring skin care routine.

Remember To Moisturise!

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Photo by Charisse Kenion. Unsplash

With more sunlight, higher temperatures, and increasingly dry air outdoors, every trip outside could pose a threat to the state of your skin. Regardless of the season, moisturising should be an essential part of your skincare routine. If you find your winter moisturiser a little too heavy for spring, consider switching to a light lotion during the day and a gel formula in the evening. Keep items like lip balm and mini hand lotions on-hand, especially if you know you’ll find yourself outdoors frequently.

Prepare For Warmer Weather

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While it’s vital to stay moisturised, increased heat and humidity can cause skin to produce more sweat, and as a result, more oil. For those with acne-prone skin, warmer weather often means clogged pores, irritation, and inflammation. You can tackle this as part of your spring skin care routine by opting for oil-free cleansers, toners, and serums. Water-based serums definitely help, as do products with lighter, natural ingredients. Also, as the seasons change and you’re outdoors for longer stretches of time, don’t forget to use broad spectrum sunscreen! If you’re going to be more active or you’re headed to the beach, consider using a water-proof sunscreen as well.

Read Your Labels - Tips On Ingredients

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There are a number of natural, nourishing ingredients that can truly make the most of your spring skin care routine. However, skin care in spring is easy with products that address conditions like free radical damage and clogged pores.

In addition to natural antibacterial qualities, neem leaf extract contains bioflavonoids, potent antioxidants that can protect skin cells and prevent discoloration or signs of ageing. For warmer, sunnier conditions, shea butter protects skin’s natural barrier function, with lupeol blocking enzymes that degrade skin proteins. This helps reduce inflammation and absorbs UV radiation, maintaining skin’s firmness.

For an ingredient that combines powerful antioxidants with antimicrobial qualities, green tea extract can’t be beaten. While its antioxidants reduce free radical damage, green tea extract is also soothing, and can help reduce bacteria on the skin, preventing blemishes.

Make The Most Of Your Spring

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Spring is about renewal. It’s a time that encourages all of us to embrace the beauty of nature with each new day. It’s also an opportunity to make the most out of your spring skin care routine as you naturally become more active. So, be sure to choose soothing, natural products that enrich your journey through self-care.

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 14:27

Frank Wright's 'Finlay' Suede Derby Shoe

Frank Wright, British shoe makers since 1885 have come up with some fantastic new designs for their spring/summer 2019 collection, which ooze classic design, but with plenty of added modern styling.

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On the 24th of February designers, The Kemist and Hellavagirl were spotted at the Pro Hair Live Show in Manchester.

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 21:39

Lingerie Trends You Should Know About

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The thought and craftsmanship that’s put into making lingerie isn’t just to impress your significant other on Valentine’s Day or date night. In recent years, lingerie has moved from behind the curtains and beyond the confines of your home and towards a new expression of style. Here’s how you can wear your luxury lingerie sets, in and out of the home.

Wearing Lingerie As Outwear - The Bodysuit

This bodysuit is the most popular form of wearing lingerie as outwear and has taken the Instagram world by storm, particularly after the Kardashian’s were seen sporting this look. Bodysuits offer versatility and can be worn with almost anything to create a super chic look.

Pair your bodysuit with some light-wash blue mom jeans or skinny jeans and layer with a leather jacket and some heels for a super cute summer/autumnal fashion statement. As modelled by Kim Kardashian, go bold and pair your lace bodysuit with some tracksuit bottoms. Add a sporty bomber and some sneakers to create an athleisure vibe or pair with some heels for that true Kardashian look.

Go Sporty

Sport-inspired lingerie has made a huge comeback and is definitely here to stay this year. The revival of the 90s streetwear has taken the fashion world by storm and it doesn’t stop at lingerie. With the intention to encourage women into an era of confidence and comfort, the sport-inspired lingerie trend is made up of melange fabrics, logo embedded elastic bands and mesh detailing.

Velvet

Velvet has made a huge (and surprising) comeback in our wardrobes and so it should come as no surprise that it is going to make its way back into our underwear drawers this year. Plush velvet and velour lingerie sets are the epitome of luxury particularly the feel of soft velvet against your skin. Velvet lingerie typically comes in a pallet of dusky pinks and grey or rich and intense with emerald greens and peacock blues. The great thing about this trend is, just like the bodysuit, it isn’t restricted to the bedroom and can be worn on a night out or even better, on holiday.

Dare To Wear Red

Red is often the colour that springs to mind when you think of sexy luxury lingerie. The colour has been proven to stimulate emotions of passion and sensuality. Like a bull fighter, red attracts a variety of attention stemming from love to anger.

When it comes to women's lingerie collections, red is a staple colour and enables women to feel empowered and sexy. It is a strong trend in fashion and has been a large focal point of new season trends.

Bohemian

As the evenings begin to get lighter and we move closer to spring, the boho trend will begin to emerge. With beautiful rustic colours and earthy tones, the boho prints are inspired by festival fashion with an abundance of Aztec prints, embroidery stitches, ribbons and beading. It has a playful yet sexy feel to it and is the perfect companion for summer. Pair you bohemian bralette with some ripped denim shorts and Dr Martens.

Corsets

Since the 16th century, the corset has come a long way. Commonly seen on New York’s fashion catwalks, wear your corset over an oversized shirt and some thigh high boots for a super high-fashion look. For a super chic festival look, wear a corset over a loosely fitted dress and some cowboy or biker boots.

Published in Blog
Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:39

Get The Brit Awards Makeup Look

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Here’s the low down on the best red carpet looks from the Brit Awards last night. Showcasing the best celebrity makeup looks with Illamasqua and Eyeko.

The Classic Red

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Jess Glynne showcased a classic red lip on the carpet at the Brit Awards. The A-List staple can be taken straight from the red carpet and recreated at home with Illamasqua’s Lipstick Collection at a cost of £20.00 Available to buy here.

Smokey And Seductive
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Maya Jama’s smokey and seductive eyes can be perfected with Illamasqua’s Elemental Pallete, at a cost of £38.00. Effortlessly transform your look with these highly pigmented shades that work for both day and night time looks. Available to buy here.

Framing The Soul

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If eyes are the window to the soul, then eyebrows are the frame! Eyeco’s creamy brow powder in one end, with an angled brush on the other end define, shape and fill-in your brows effortlessly, for maximum impact, with minimum input. Available from here at a cost of £18.00

Thicker Lashes

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Dua Lipa took her eye makeup to the next level at this year’s Britt Awards, stealing the show on the red carpet. To achieve her look use the EYECO lash alert, at a cost of £19.00. A botanical fuelled energising formula, infused with caffeine and a double dose of fibres to lift the sleepiest of ‘bed lashes’ for perkier volume, curl and care all day. Lash alert will improve long term elasticity and resilience for naturally thicker lashes around the clock. Available to buy here.

Published in Blog
Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:16

Britain’s Top Designer S7: The Winner

Britain’s Top Designer Award the finale the Congress Centre in London on Saturday 16h February.

Judges on the night were Head judge Bernard Connolly, Nicky Hambleton-Jones, Joe Alvarez & Sarah Mulidwa you can read more about the judges here >

The contestants were as follows and you can read more about them over on www.britainstopdesigner.comstopdesigner.com:

April Banbury
Joyce Pilarsky
Misora Nakorami
Helen Kaye
Tuncer Tonun
Giebultowski
Mary Dickow
Kepaza
Louisa Moody

It was a difficult decision as always for our judges however, Britains Top Designer Season 7 winning designer and design on the night was awarded to Tuncer Tonun. 1st runner up was Joyce Pilarsky and 2nd Runner up Misora Nakorami.

Fashions Finest wishes to congratulate Tuncer on his win and wishes him every success in the future.

We also wish all participating designers good luck and hope our judges were able to inspire and offer some valuable advice which they will be able to take on board and move forward.

Published in Gallery
Thursday, 21 February 2019 16:57

Britain’s Top Designer Award S7: The contest

Britain’s Top Designer Award took place at the Congress Centre in London on Saturday 16h February.

Published in Gallery
Thursday, 21 February 2019 11:18

Mary Katrantzou - best LFW brand at Instagram

Instagram is a key promotional channel for fashion brands of all sizes.

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