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Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:23

Mother's Day Gifting Suggestions

Mother's Day celebrations can be dated all the way back to the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. In both cultures, mother goddesses were worshipped during the springtime with various religious festivals. Evidence of a Roman festival celebrated in mid-March has been found, in order to honour the Roman goddess Magna Mater, or Great Mother. In later years, as Christianity spread throughout Europe, the celebration of the "Mother Church" replaced the pagan tradition of honouring mythological goddesses, and the fourth Sunday in Lent became known as Mothering Sunday, and was originally a celebration of the mother church, gradually moving towards showing appreciation for our 'earthly' mothers with gifts and flowers as time moved on. [Source Werdsmith.com]

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This Mother's Day marks a year of the UK being in the grip of Covid19, and although children will be back in school, the majority of the UK will still be in lockdown, and it may be difficult to meet up with our mothers again this year.

Fashions Finest has come up with a few online gift ideas, if you are unable to pop round with flowers or a bottle of wine, or invite your Mother, Aunt or Grandmother out for a meal. 

Something To Bling 

Irish Jewellery

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Blair & Co. Irish Jewellery Company has launched a limited edition Ó Necklace, a beautifully unique gift for families and friends to send a token of love and care to Irish family home or abroad.

This unique gift, perfect for any Irish lady, is a gold plated sterling silver pendant necklace in the shape of Ireland with a heart in the centre. Alongside the pendant is a moleskin pocket, elegant branded jewellery box and even free gift wrapping too.

Also included is a gift card with a very apt quote by famous Irish poet Michael Hartnett: “We moved along the scale, living our own lives, separate but never split.” For the right woman, this beautiful piece of Jewellery will strike just the right tone this Mother’s Day.

Available online for the price of 129 euros (Approx. £110) 

A Little Button

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The Handmade.co.uk offer these beautiful and cute necklaces she will love to receive this Mothers Day.

This little solid pure silver handmade button with an 18 inch sterling silver fine curb chain is pretty and dainty. These minimalist necklaces are boxed and presented with a quote saying; "Mums are like buttons, they hold everything together"

The necklace arrives beautifully packaged and ready for gifting, and are available to buy online for £44.00 

Something To Accessorize 

A Scarf

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If the superwoman you are gifting this year enjoys dressing for the occasion, 1 People have confidently handled slow fashion fit for every occasion. All their clothing and accessories are made from materials that are mindful of people and the planet. 

For something both special and also on-trend, 1 People have launched a limited edition range of stylish and chic scarves that pay homage to the empowering efforts of various women who have done so much for society over the years, including  Jane Goodall, RA Kartini,  Amelia Earhart, Maya Angelou, Rachel Carson and Wangari Maathai.

Paying close attention to detail each unique pattern boasts an array of flattering and feminine illustrations and tones. Perfect for adding flair to your bag handle, tying around ponytails and wrists, knotting lightly around your neck or covering your shoulders.

All collections are made with love, and super durable - 1 People offers a three-year warranty as well! What's more is for every product sold, 40% is donated to the charity Business for Planet.

Available online from £69.00

Tote Bag

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Red Bubble is an Australian company specialising in unique ways to give independent artists the ability to sell their creations. Here you can buy beautiful, quirky and uncommon art on different products.

The tote bags are beautifully designed with all kinds of images, paintings and quotes, printed on both sides of the bag. They would be a fab present for a lady of any age this Mother's Day.  

Red Bubble make the bags available to order in three sizes, and are made with various materials, from polyester to cotton. They are also machine washable for ease of use. 

Find your favourite design online with prices starting at £10.00 and shipping available all over the world.

Something To Eat

A Taste Of Heaven

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Lewis and Baker, Family bakery since 1890 offers this Large Mother's Day G&T Blondie

Gin and Tonic blondie, a delicious white chocolate blondie with a delicate lemon flavour and topped with a gin and tonic frosting, finished with white chocolate drops and rose petals. All wrapped up in a convenient traybake so that she can divide how she chooses. A real crowd pleaser, perfect for Mother's Day. Comes beautifully boxed and with and a personalised gift message.

Other flavours and sizes are available also. Available to order online for £19.99 

A Hug In A Hamper

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If you are wanting to give your loved one a big hug but can’t be with them this Mother's Day, this gift could be perfect for you. Send a delicious selection of indulgent sweet treats from Cartwright and Butler. The ‘Send a Hug Gift Set’ contains an array of wonderful indulgencies including Butter Oat Crumbles, Chocolate Wafer Crispies, Fudge, Fruity & sweet Honey with Strawberries, and a bottle of Bottega Rosé to complete the hug.

Presented in a stylish grey box complete with black ribbon and a pink sleeve featuring the words “with love”, the gift is the perfect gesture to show her that you care, even though you can't be with her this Mother's Day. 

Available online for £35.00 

However you decide to tell her you love her or miss her this Mother's Day, remember that the day is about honouringthe important role that women play in our lives. Even if you only have one or two people you may send a gift to, think about all of the women who have had a positive impact on your life so far and send a card or text to let them know why you appreciate them. It will be happily received, and help you to reflect on the positivity in your life as we begin to move out of lockdown, and back into more normality.

Enjoy your day.

Friday, 19 February 2021 11:47

Staying Fit And Healthy At Home

At the moment, many of us are stuck indoors, unable to go outside much because of the lockdown restrictions and also the weather.

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If you are looking at your expanding waistline, or your dull skin tone, wondering how you are ever going to look and feel good in your bikini when summer comes…Fashions Finest has put together some tips to help you feel good about yourself, and make some small but positive changes towards a healthier mind and body.

Tip 1 - Detox Your Body

Don’t be put off by this title. This is not as daunting as it sounds. There are many common misconceptions about detoxification, but the truth is, your body has a natural way of detoxifying itself constantly through your lymphatic system and your liver. All you need to do is give your body a helping hand to make its job a little easier. Follow these suggestions of how you can do this here.

Start by looking at how much alcohol you drink, and writing the amount down (this helps you to really see what you are drinking) You can help your liver to do it’s job so much more efficiently if you gradually reduce the amount over time. You can also drink more water throughout the day. Drinking more water may make you wee a lot more at first if your body isn’t used to it – but this will improve as your body adapts, and you will find your skin tone and texture improve, as well as more .

Try drinking a pint of water as soon as you get up in the morning (yes before your coffee!) and always having water or juice near you while you work (or home-school) this will help you to remember to drink plenty.

Tip 2 – Move More

This might sound simple – but it can be difficult to move much when you are stuck at home, and the weather is wet and cold outside. Try to plan movement breaks into your day – stick on some dance music and spend three minutes every hour boogying around your living room, or do star jumps for 1 minute every hour. You could walk up and down your hallway every time you have to talk to someone on the phone.

Try always using the farthest toilet from where you are (if you are lucky to have more than 1 in your house) or run up and down the stairs twice instead of once every time you go upstairs.

All of these things may sound small, but they will begin to get your heart working that little bit more, your body moving and adrenalin pumping too. You can work your way up to doing online workouts, or outdoor running over time. Start small but aim big!

Tip 3 – Use A Food Tracker

Aps which track your food will really help you to see what you are eating and make conscious food choices. You might think you only have a few biscuits with your cup of tea at the end of every day – but when you have to track it – you realise you actually eat half a pack at every sitting!

Find your chosen tracker and download onto your phone, then weigh your food (yes all of it) or some apps let you just scan bar codes from food packages for ease. It might be a little more time consuming at first, but the app will retain information and the next time you eat the same meal, or the same snack – it will already be accessible in the app.

You will be able to see the breakdown of nutrients in your food on a daily basis, and work out where you can make changes for the better, for example – adding more fibre by eating greens with your dinner, or choosing turkey rashers over bacon to lower the amount of fats you consume etc. There are plenty of tip and help on how to eat well online to help you.

Tip 4 – Plan Quality Time For Yourself

You may feel like you have nothing but time at the moment, and nothing to do with it all, but planning some quality time (even if it is only once a week) for yourself will help you to feel good about yourself. Have a good long bath. Read a magazine or book with candles lit. Listen to some of your favourite music, Write in your journal, Give yourself a facial or manicure. Exfoliate, paint your nails…or if you can - do all of these things.

Relaxing and having these positive experiences will help you to feel positive, sleep better, feel calmer and give you a purpose.

Feeling good about yourself means you will feel more energised and able to have a positive outlook. What’s happening on the inside of you will shine outward.

Tip 5 – Sleep More

Sleep is essential for us as humans, and having a good, regular sleep pattern can help you to feel better, and even look great too.

Plan in at least eight hours of sleep a night, and try to go to bed and get up at the same time every night in the week, to help your body get into a rhythm. Limit the use of tablets and phones an hour or so before bed if you struggle with falling asleep, and try to drink less caffeine in the late afternoons and evenings, as these will all keep you awake into the night.

Your body will thank you by feeling more ‘alive’ and energised during the day. Your brain will be more alert, and you may even be less likely to end up with some diseases like type 2 diabetes! 

Tip 6 – Get Some Help

If you are really stuck in a rut, and feel like you need some help with the way you are feeling, or how you look, then Fashions Finest says get the help you need.

Having a personal trainer to help you with your food choices and exercise can give your body and mind a much needed boost. There are personal trainers who work online, whereby you can get expert knowledge and advice online - whilst in the safety of your own home. It is also a great – pocket friendly option which is growing in popularity due to the current national lockdown. Using a PT for socially distanced 1:1’s can also be a great option, even when gyms are not open and accessible.

Getting emotional support by speaking to a friend, someone anonymous or even your doctor about any negative feelings can help you to re-order your emotions, and gain a different perspective on life at the moment.

If you are worried about your mental health, there are plenty of places you can go for help quickly. Never suffer in silence.

Chapped lips, also known as cheilitis, can be very uncomfortable, however they are a very common complaint by both men, women and children alike. Sore chapped lips are most often caused by extreme cold, extreme heat or windy weather, a dry environment, and also saliver or spicy foods. Sometimes chapped lips can be associated with certain health conditions also.

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The combination of having a very thin epidermis and no melanin, hair follicles or sebaceous glands makes the skin on the lips particularly vulnerable to dehydration and external aggressors. While dry and chapped lips are mostly harmless, they are usually very sore and painful, and it is really important to protect and hydrate them with the right treatment to prevent them from getting worse over time.

Fashions Finest have two important tips for keeping your lips silky smooth and hydrated throughout the year, come wind, snow or sun:

  • Avoid licking your lips if you can help it. We can often be tempted to lick our lips to reduce the feeling of dry lips, but saliva actually worsens the situation.
  • Pay attention to your lips. If they start to feel dry or itchy, apply a lip balm early to avoid the situation getting worse.

Here are our top tried and tested Lip Balms from our whole Fashions Finest  family straight to yours, in order to sooth, repair and even halt dry, sore, chapped lips:

Benny Hancock Men’s Lip Balm

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Men’s Grooming/Makeup Brand launched by Benny Hancock Pro Makeup artist have launched a luxurious velveteen Lip Balm, with a hint of peppermint and vanilla which helps to hydrate and soften dry lips whilst nourishing and strengthening the skin. The lip balm helps to create a barrier between the lips and the environment, which helps moisture from escaping keeping lips soft and smooth. Fashions Finest loves the scent, which is subtle and not overpowering at all. We love the fact that this lip balm is specifically made for men, as well as being totally Vegan friendly and cruelty Free. Priced at £12.00 and available online, this is a great lip balm option for the men in our family.

Q+A Skincare Liquorice Lip Oil

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Not quite a balm and not quite a gloss, this lip oil is the love child of both. Giving the finish of a gloss with the conditioning benefits of a balm, this little beauty does more than just moisturise. Blending liquorice root, apricot oil, prickly pear, peppermint and antioxidant pomegranate it has natural plumping properties to help your pout appear fuller, boosts hydration levels by up to 45% and also firms, heals and helps with cell renewal.

Fashions Finest loves the cooling metal roller-ball applicator inside this lip oil stick, which gives added oomph as it really massages the oil into the lip, while keeping your fingertips clean too. We also noted that on windy days, there are no sticky hair-trapping situations in sight. Win win! Definitely a great choice for the ladies looking for the best of all world’s here. A 100% natural formula, it’s cruelty free, vegan friendly, uses recyclable packaging and doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances either.

The Q+A Skincare Liquorice Lip Oil is priced at £6.50 and available online here, and also on the high street at Holland & Barrett, Sainsburys and selected Lloyds Pharmacies too.

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin

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This offering is a bit of a curve ball, as it is sold as nipple cream for nursing mothers, however, don’t be put off by that before you read on.

Lanolin is a naturally occurring oil derived from sheep’s skin, and 100% natural and hypoallergenic. Savvy mums have realised that not only is this a great tool for ending sore nipples, but it works just as well on lips to keep them soft, moisturised and smooth.

Fashions Finest love that this little tube of comfort can be smoothed onto babies and children’s lips, right from newborn when they are sore, with the thick consistency sticking to the lips even after being licked. This is also great for smearing over the lips of adults as an overnight soothing balm which stays put!

Available from many high street stores, and online here at £5.99.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

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Created 22 years ago, the Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm has become a best-seller for Nuxe.  A sheer honey-packed delight, this ultra-nourishing balm is the best ally for sublime lips thanks to its beneficial active ingredients including Acacia Honey, Shea Butter, Grapefruit Essence and Precious Botanical Oils.

The exclusive blend of ingredients has been proven to nourish, repair, soothe and protect lips that have become dry or damaged by external aggressions. Fashions Finest loves the fact that Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm has even passed the test of extreme weather conditions in Canada. The unique formula is perfect for winter and summer months too. We love the beautiful melting texture and fresh, zesty grapefruit scent.

Available online for £11.50 and with 90% natural ingredients, it is perfect for the whole family’s use.


Dr Sebagh Lip Balm

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Introducing the first ‘Ageing-Maintenance’ lip product to be created by Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh, world-renowned cosmetic doctor.

This multi-active Lip Balm does more than soften and smooth the lips. A single slick expertly delivers intense, essential hydration and nourishment thanks to a blend of shea butter and ‘green chemistry’ vegetal oils which also help to diminish fine lines and minimise the appearance of wrinkles.

Its soothing action helps calm any irritation (after wind or sun exposure, for example).

With year-round benefits, Lip Balm keeps lips nourished and soothed throughout spring and summer sun exposure and effectively combats the dehydrating effects of central heating and cold winds during autumn and winter.

Instantly stimulating with a cooling freshness, just one application of Lip Balm leaves lips feeling revitalised, rejuvenated and pillowy soft.

Fashions Finest loves the fact that this lip balm is the result of several years and multiple formulations to perfect, with samples trialled on all genders along the way. The main bulk of testing was undertaken on those who are reluctant to wear lip balm, and the universal agreement was thumbs up for Dr Sebagh’s formula. For this reason this lip balm would be fantastic for both children and adults who are not keen on wearing lip balms. It also has fantastic anti-aging properties so great for those of us who need to slow down the aging process.

We also loved the texture of this lip balm. It is so light, it is possible to forget you are wearing lip balm! You only need to use the tinniest smear to amply cover the lip area well.

Fashions Finest say this is well worth the slightly higher price tag of £35.00, because of the well researched formulation. (We also happen to know that if you opt for it to be posted to you unboxed, it comes with several free gifts and a smaller price tag too!)

Find the right product for you, or try a few to see which is your favourite. Take it from us - you won't be dissapointed in any of these top picks.

Sunday, 14 February 2021 17:22

Say Hello To The Must-Have Life Planner!

These stunning personal life organisers from Martha Brook are designed to help you capture and organise your whole life on paper, as well as empower and inspire you on a daily basis.

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Martha Brook exists to create personalised stationery which isn’t just beautiful but genuinely helps people to live their life with greater intention. The stationary brand all began with Martha Keith, who founded the business in 2013 with the dream of starting her own stationery business. From small beginnings in Martha’s spare bedroom in Brook Green, the company has grown into the feel-good lifestyle brand they are today!

Available in three luxe limited-edition colours and designs, the Life Planners are priced at £37.95 each, the home of delightfully individual stationery designed to uplift, inspire and empower. The life planners come complete with weekly planning spreads to help with productivity and self-kindness, inspirational quotes and regular chances to pause and reflect.

A Martha Brook life planner will help you move forward through a whole year with a greater sense of clarity and purpose. They are also refillable with beautiful gold binding so you can add or remove as-you-go. There is also the option to be dated for 2021 or undated so you can start your organisational journey at any point throughout the year, making it wonderfully timeless and can be used for years to come.

Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:13

Chase Away Winter Blues With Teapigs

Now we do know that Tea can’t solve all of life’s troubles, but teapigs have some great products which will help brighten up these cold dark days of winter and give you that much needed boost.

Set up in the UK in 2006 by Nick and Louise who are on a mission to get the nation drinking real tea. The result is a range of the very best quality teas you’ll find. teapigs only use whole leaf teas; whole berries; and whole herbs and flowers. They come encased in plastic-free tea “temples” – roomy mesh bags which give the leaves lots of room to infuse.

From cold brew and feel-good teas, to a matcha masterclass and more – teapigs have something for everyone!

Caffeine Free Tea

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Trying to cut down on the caffeine this year? Well, you’re in luck! teapigs have a range of tasty, naturally caffeine-free teas. From invigorating peppermint, calming chamomile, and indulgent (but guilt free) chocolate & mint and more, there really is something for everyone.

Available at teapigs.co.uk | RRP £3.99 for a pack of 15 tea temples, £11.45 for a pack of 50 tea temples

Feel Good Range – Teas With Benefits

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Consumer demand for drinks with specific health benefits is growing year on year. The teapigs organic ‘feel good’ tea range not only tastes great, but each is blended with a functional ingredient which supports your wellbeing. For example, calm contains valerian which helps maintain a natural sleep and good cognitive function, the lavender in snooze aids sleep, and the hibiscus in up beet supports metabolism and gastrointestinal health. Just like the rest of the teapigs range, these blends only contain real, whole ingredients.

Available at teapigs.co.uk | RRP £3.99 for a pack of 15 tea temples

Matcha

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Matcha is a super hero amongst teas. teapigs matcha is premium grade, and uses 100% green tea leaves from Japan. Matcha has a wealth of benefits, for one, drinking matcha can be like drinking 10 cups of regular green tea for its nutrient value! It also contains L-theanine and natural caffeine which helps keep you alert and focused, as well as antioxidants to help maintain healthy skin and supports metabolism.

Available at teapigs.co.uk | RRP £15 for a 30g tin (30 servings)

Cold Brew Tea

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We all know just how important it is to drink water, but sometimes it can…get a little bit boring. That’s where cold brew swoops in to the rescue! Specially designed to brew quickly in cold water, teapigs cold brew is an all-natural way to pep up your water and make glugging your way through 2 litres a day a breeze. Naturally caffeine-free and available in three refreshing flavours; lychee & rose, cucumber & apple and peach & mango, simply pop one in your water bottle or glass and, well, that’s it! The teapigs cold brew starter kit includes a Joseph Joseph ‘dot’ bottle to track your water intake, as well as a sample of each cold brew flavour.

Available at teapigs.co.uk | RRP £3.99 for a pack of 10 tea temples. Bottle kit £12 and also available on Amazon

Thursday, 04 February 2021 11:48

4 Benefits of Growing a Beard

Growing a beard is desirable among men because it adds to their character, speeds up their morning routine because they can skip that razor, and several other reasons as well.

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 15:56

Valentines Gift Guide 2021

"Roses are red, Violets are blue. This Lockdown is rubbish! I’m so glad I have you!" 

Almost a year after the Covid 19 pandemic began, we find ourselves still suffering the effects of social distancing and lockdown.

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Many of us are separated from some of our loved ones because of the place our world finds itself, and Fashions Finest wanted to inject a little love into your world in the run up to Valentine’s 2021.

In order to do this we decided to put together the ultimate gift guide for that special someone in your life, accompanied by some soppy love quotes…to help you get into the mood.

Read on in the spirit of this quote from Lao Tzu - “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." And together we can make it through anything life throws at us.

A beautiful new fragrance is always a lovely gift to receive on Valentine’s day, and Fashions Finest have found some truly fantastic contenders for that special lady you want to send  gift to this valentines!

Elle Fleur Fragrance

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Elle Fleur is a delightful, bright and floral spray scent for women, with a fruity and citrus hint to it. Having had a chance to get our hands on this perfume and try it out for ourselves, we love the long lasting, womanly, and long lasting scent. The reviews around this fragrance are all positive, and we at Fashions Finest all unanimously loved this fragrance too! A lovely gift for that special lady in your life, who likes a fresh, citrus and fruity fragrance on their skin. 

A massive bonus is that Elle Fleur is now on sale at Superdrug, and you can get your hands on it for only £14.00 which is a massive 50% reduction from now until 23rd February, so another reason to get your hands on this fragrance now.

Bublé By Invitation, Rose Gold Fragrance

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Launched in 2018, this fragrance is one of several by Michael Bublé. After hearing lots of great reviews, we couldn’t wait to test it out ourselves at Fashions Finest, and we weren’t disappointed. The scent is sweet and fragrant, as well as being light and fresh. The sweetness is not overpowering in the overall scent, and makes a lovely day time perfume choice. This may well be the perfect gift for that special lady in your life. A lovely fragrance for winter and moving into the spring, as it has a warm scent as it lingers on your skin.

 You can get your hands on Michael Bublé - By Invitation Rose Gold Eau de Parfum 100ml for only £21.34 from Amazon today.

“In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy." - Theodor Reik

Object Shampoo Bar

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Introducing Object. A brand new company which launched in December 2020 with their amazing shampoo and conditioner bars.

We couldn’t say no to this fab, pink Valentines shampoo bar. With zero waste and offering salon quality with every use, this moisturising shampoo bar is packed with goodness including coconut milk, moringa and ylang ylang.

Fashions Finest love this idea as a Valentines gift, because it is something every girl (and guy) uses on a daily basis, but it is also different – being a shampoo bar, great for the environment, ethical and handmade too.

With a subtle, clean and fresh fragrance, we found this shampoo bar lathered up quickly, and left hair feeling squeaky clean and moisturised. Not only that, but they last such a long time – as long as 3 regular sized shampoo bottle no less!

A great gift for both him and her because there are many different shampoo bars available from Object, and all for only £14.00 each. Take a look and choose your favourite now.

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." - Victor Hugo

1 People - Danish Luxury Fashion

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The Bespoke fashion brand 1 People are on a mission to give fashion meaning.  All of their products are made with love and care and crafted with materials that are mindful of people and the planet. The collections are so durable - the brand offers a three-year warranty on all of their products!

Sustainable luxury is what 1 People are passionate about – and the good news is that comfort, style, sustainability and fair pricing do not have to be mutually exclusive. Fashions Finest loves the stylish and Parisian look of the brand and the fact that they use revolutionary sustainable and ethical materials to craft unique and memorable products of the highest quality, without any compromises.

What's more, for every 1 People product sold, 40% of the profits will be donated to the charity ‘Business For Planet’ which supports the education of the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

With second to non-quality, and oozing style, a gift from 1 People would be the perfect gift for the stylish woman. With so much choice available, we recommend these Vagas Las Ruby High Heels £89 paired with the Calabar Pearl slip dress £159 for a chic yet effortless evening look,  or a pair of wide leg trousers  £129, and a blouse for daytime luxury.

Sustainable fashion at affordable prices.  

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

BagPad

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Bagpad is handmade in the UK. Think soft and fluffy cushions made exclusively to fit your favourite handbag, and that is bagpad.  Custom inserts designed with the aim of creating a long-term solution for keeping handbags in their original shape when not in use. The mission of Bagpad is to reduce the use of plastic and paper and hence provide a more sustainable and at the same time elegant solution.

Available in a wide range of fabrics and colours meaning that there is so much choice available. Fashions Finest love the luxury feel and look of every single one of the bagpad’s as well as the fact that they can also be personalised with monogramming means they make a fabulous gift for the handbag lover who has everything this Valentine’s day.

Bagpad has had plenty of proven success as a must buy product for all Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton handbag collectors, including celebrities and top female executives. With prices starting from only £25, maybe you know someone who’s wardrobe is just crying out for some bagpad’s too! With several sizes available, from small ones to fit into clutch bags, to large sizes for larger bags, visit Bagpad online today to personalise one for the one you love…even if that is yourself right now!

 “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line." - Lucille Ball

κέᾰρ®  Skincare

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Kear skincare is the fabulous Greek, 100% natural, unisex skincare brand. Inspired by ancient Greek formulas of skincare, κέᾰρ® Face and Body balms harness the power of the first recorded cosmetic treasures, beeswax and olive oil. The multi-tasking skincare range is free from synthetic chemicals, toxic preservatives, artificial fragrances, parabens, silicon, petroleum and is never tested on animals. Produced exclusively in Greece, from locally sourced raw materials, Kear is an ideal gift for your loved one this Valentine’s season. With balms for the face and body prices starting from €42, Fashions Finest loves these sweet smelling, natural balms designed to combat the aging process. Full of vitamins, minerals to protect and moisturise the skin, with a creamy texture, we found it glides beautifully over the skin, leaving no sticky or greasy residue after application – simply silky, hydrated skin. You can guarantee soft, glowing and healthy looking skin with Kear.

“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.” - Richard Warren

LashBase Eyelashes

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At the moment we girls can’t just pop out to get our hair, nails or eyelashes done, but LashBase has one of these areas covered for us with their vegan-friendly strip lashes at only £8.99 each. Super fluffy, lightweight… and perfect for all of us who can't get to the lash tech right now due to lockdown. If you know someone who loves getting their eyelashes done – you have found the right gift for them right here.  Fashions Finest loves the thickness which the lashes offer, without the weight, and with 15 styles to choose from, we also think that the choice and price is simply fabulous too.

In addition to strip lashes, LashBase also sells an Eyeliner Lash Adhesive at £15.99 which is honestly a complete game-changer when it comes to applying strip lashes. This 2 in 1 product applies like a liner but works like glue, allowing you to apply strip lashes easily and within seconds.

Fashions Finest loves how easy this eyeliner/glue works to fix the beautiful eyelashes into place, and we were really astounded at how even a novice could apply them straight away!

Treat that special person, who loves to bat their eyes at you, to Lash Base Eyeliner glue and lashes. A treat they will love you for this Valentine’s.

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” - Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Cienna Rose Nail Varnish

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Forget about wearing your heart on your sleeve this Valentine’s Day, paint it on your nails instead! From the perfect shade of red to pretty pinks, vegan and cruelty free London nail brand Cienna Rose have a great selection of nail polishes for thst special someone, at just £9.00 each.

Cienna Rose nail varnishes do not contain any of the 12 common nasties found in many nail polishes, and not only that, but they are also infused with vitamins, antioxidants and nourishing lemongrass oil to help take care of nails whilst also giving the perfect DIY paint job. Long lasting and chip resistant, nails are left with a professional looking, high shine - gel like finish.

Fashions Finest love how Cienna Rose goes that extra mile in caring for our nails, and also with caring for the environment. Nail polishes are cruelty free and vegan friendly; they do not contain any animal derived ingredients or parabens at all.

The varnishes themselves are easy and smooth to apply, dried quickly and left a vibrant and shiny colour – even after only one coat. We especially loved the Je T’aime red – in honour of Valentine’s  day, and we think a bottle or two of Cienna Rose Nail Varnish, from the wide range they have available, would be a beautiful and thoughtful gift for the one you love this year. The only other thing you need to decide – is will you offer to paint their toes for them?

“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.” - Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

So Eco

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Fashions Finest loves the So Eco brand, and we have featured products from them before. So Eco are working hard to combat the problems of excessive & plastic packaging, by offering 100% responsibly and ethically sourced options for their packaging and products. They are quickly becoming one of the faces of responsible beauty within the industry, and offering real alternatives to us as consumers.

So Eco Make-Up Brush Set:

This Ultimate Gift Set of make-up brushes £30 is a collection of 9 essential makeup tools which cover everything from your complexion to your brows and eye makeup. With stylish, highly sustainable bamboo handles, 100% cruelty-free synthetic taklon bristles and recycled aluminium ferrules, this gift set really is the full package. Not only does it look great as a gift, but we at Fashions Finest think that the brushes are strong and sturdy, and the bristles are soft and full bodied, but not floppy when they are being used to apply make-up. A wonderful gift for any make-up wearer who is environmentally conscious this Valentine’s.

So Eco Biodegradable Hair Set:

The So Eco Biodegradable Detangling Hair Set,  £14.99 Set is fantastic for cultivating healthy hair. Made from fully compostable and bio-degradable material which is ethically sourced, compostable, recyclable and bio-degradable, this would be a fabulous gift for that special someone in your life who takes hair care seriously. The detangling comb has a wide-tooth design, minimising damage and breakage whilst effortlessly detangling wet or dry hair, and then the cushioned detangling brush guarantees a smooth and tangle free brushing on dry hair, or whilst styling.

Brushworks Rose Quartz Set:

This Rose Quartz Resin Massage set £14.99 is a must have addition to your skin care routine. Designed to soothe and cool the eye area whilst helping to reduce puffiness, eye bags and assist absorption of eye cream or serum into the skin, these tools work to give your face a youthful and radiant glow.

Ideal as a gift for yourself, or the one you love this Valentines, the Rose Quartz Resin Gua Sha is ideal for improving the skin’s elasticity, promoting cellular and skin rejuvenation. Alongside the Massage Tool, both products help to reduce puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles, which can cloud the face – especially for women of a certain age. Fashions Finest tried this and love the cool and relaxing feeling of the roller on the skin, as well as the afterglow and ease of tension, stress and anxiety, whilst using it.

“Where there is love there is life.” - Mahatma Gandhi

 Lewis and Baker Vegan Biscuits

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If you decide you want to go traditional this Valentines  - with an edible treat, Fashions Finest can recommend this beautifully presented gift box with three delicious, oversized shortbread based vegan biscuits. 

Each hand-dipped in the darkest of chocolates, with one topped with tangy dried raspberries, one with sprinkled almond nibs and one left just all chocolatey! What is not to love here. 

Fashions Finest loves this idea – as it is a little bit different than buying just chocolates. We love that they are vegan biscuits, made unashamedly in Britain, from locally sourced ingredients, and to top it all off you can have a personalised gift message added, as well as a personalised gift card. All for only £8.99 a box.

The Shelf Life is 10-14 days unopened, which is plenty of time to keep biscuits as delicious looking as these! Buy a box for your loved one today at Lewis and Baker.

 “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” - Alfred Tennyson

Belle Regime Natural Soaps and Skincare

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Belle Regime is a small, brand new British company run by Karlene Reid.

Originally from Jamaica, London based Karlene became more and more conscious about the quality of ingredients used in the skincare growing up, and the impact they had upon her skin health. During the pandemic, while working from home she began to look at handmade soaps, and found she became enthralled with the method of cold process soap making, and loved the fact that she now had total control of the ingredients that go into her products. She started to make soaps for family and friends, but the feedback was phenomenal and she quickly realised she had found something special. Belle Regime was officially launched in time for Christmas 2020.

Karlene specialises in a wide range of bath and body products with a luxury self-care focus which includes vegan plant-based organic ingredients and high quality essential oils. Belle Regime products include: Soaps, Bath Bombs, Body butter, Bubble Bars, Shower Steamers, Antibacterial Hand Wash (alcohol–free), Whipped Soap and Sugar Scrub.

Visit the Belle Regime website to choose from two Valentines gift boxes, priced from £18 - where you can choose soaps and body butters to have included, or just browse their selection and put together your own Valentines gift.

Fashions Finest love how divine the products look and smell. The aromatherapy shower steamers are just perfect, and turn shower time into a spa session in your own bathroom – especially in the winter time. Gorgeous!

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Nuture Plant Based Skincare

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The beautiful, new brand Nuture, with its range of highly effective, plant- based skincare products could just be the perfect gift for someone you know this Valentine’s Day.

Nuture products are designed to care for your loved one just as much as you do, and the whole range is designed for both men and women, caring for a whole number of skin care concerns including scars, stretch marks, post-blemish marks and dry skin.

For her this Valentine’s Day, you can show her that you care about the history written on her skin, whether that be C-section scars, stretch marks caused by pregnancy and bringing new life into the world, or even scars which are a part of her now. Nuture’s Facial Treatment Serum will help to visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots giving her a bright and beautiful complexion every day. Fashions Finest loves how the range also rehydrates the skin, keeping dryness away throughout the cold winter months.

For men, Nuture offers effective treatments to help care for sports injury scars and stretch marks that have appeared as a result of growth and weight training, as well as helping to nourish his dry skin throughout the colder months. Fashions Finest loves the lightweight texture of the creams, which are easily absorbed into the skin and improve tone and texture as well as replenishing hydration for improved elasticity to the skin. They also smell lovely when applying them to the skin too.

Products range in price from £8.99 for Nuture’s 50ml nourishing skin treatment oil, or go for the Facial Treatment Serum at £15.99.

Happy shopping for your loved ones in the run up to Valentine’s day, and whatever you do this year -  Fashions Finest want to remind you of these words from Marilyn Monroe

“…keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.” - Marilyn Monroe

Lock down won’t last forever. But until then - Look for the sunshine behind every cloud.

Happy Valentines Day from all of us at Fashions Finest.

Monday, 11 January 2021 15:04

Overhaul Your Current Skin Care Products

With lockdown 3.0 having arrived over the start of 2021, and no ideas as to when it may end, there’s never been a better time to overhaul your skincare regimes with ingredients that REALLY work.

The human body is a complex mass of systems, and everything needs to be working at optimal levels in order for us to feel and look great every day. Sadly, many of our lifestyle choices, and work commitments can so easily disrupt these functions within our body, and leave us feeling decidedly less than our best.

Of all of these systems the lymphatic drainage system is a highly important part of the circulatory system which helps maintain fluid balance in the body by collecting excess fluid and particulate matter from tissues and depositing them in the bloodstream. It also helps defend the body against infection by supplying disease-fighting cells called lymphocytes. (Britanica.com)

The Lymphatic system is made up of a network of very fine capillaries, clusters of nodes and glands containing infection fighting antibodies. Activated by the muscle movements we make throughout the day, waste cells and other toxins flow through this system, to be removed from our bodies to keep us healthy.  . Problems can begin to occur when we spend long periods of time in one position, such as sitting at work in front of a computer, spending long periods of time standing on our feet or even curled up on the sofa in front of the TV. These sedentary activities all prevent the lymphatic system from doing its job, and as a result we may need help in boosting the natural detoxification process in our body.

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Body Ballancer is here to help with a versatile compression therapy system that provides a touch free lymphatic massage.  When Fashions Finest heard about Body Ballancer, and had a chat with the founder Jules, we really wanted to find out more about this relatively unknown form of massage, and were lucky enough to have a two week loan of a system to try it out for ourselves.

Jules sent us the control unit with the accompanying pants, though a jacket is also available to target the upper part of the body too.  Our first impression of the system when it arrived was how impressive it looked.  With a little reading of the instruction manual, we found it was very easy to set up and use. Climbing into the pants, zipping it up to the chest and starting the first programme was exciting and a little nerve-wracking as we wondered what to expect. The system came pre-programmed with a few different treatments.  After selecting your  preferred programme, and pressing the start button the system comes to life, and inflates with air around the body from the feet up to the abdominal area.  The best way we can describe the experience is it feels like your muscles are being gently squeezed then relaxed in ripples and waves, one at a time.  The massage pressures vary from low to high and treatment times can be set from as little as 20 to as much as 90 minutes.

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Deborah St. Louis, our Director said “After the very first treatment programme I found that my legs, thighs and abdomen felt so much lighter, and I felt so relaxed. I slept so well after using the Body Ballancer machine. Even without all of the health benefits that Body Ballancer offers, this wonderful ‘free’ feeling after a treatment, and subsequent good nights sleep was worth having the machine”

Looking at the health benefits Body Ballancer offers, the team at Fashions Finest were deeply impressed, and even though we only had the Body Ballancer at home with us for two weeks, we can already see how over time, and use 2 or 3 times per week, regular use of the system could improve sleep, recovery after a workout, skin tone and appearance, boost the immune system and promote weight loss too.

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Naomi Jeffery - Editor said "This has done wonders for my back pain. After I got used to the wellness programme's intense pressure as it worked it's way up frm my toes to my tummy, and the big squeeze on my abdomen, and relaxed into it - my back felt so released and decompressed!"

Fashions Finest loves Body Ballancer
, the complete massage system which offers a host of holistic health and beauty benefits and is one of the best ways to not only boost your immune system, but also reduce bloating and water retention, improve the appearance of cellulite, aid better digestion and aid faster muscle recovery to promote peak sports performance.

With prices starting from £6,900 (inc VAT) it is definitely a worthwhile long term investment to improve your life and the good news is finance is also available.  Alternatively, Visit their website to find out where you can access this machine at spa and beauty salons around the UK.

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