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hottest trends 2022

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love fashion. Its how we express ourselves and to many, its an extension of our personality. Style is, of course, a personal choice and everyone loves expressing themselves in different ways with the style that they feel most comfortable in. I love outfits that are classy, yet sexy. (I’m not entirely sure if that represents me or who id like to be when I grow up but here we are haha:)

So what inspired this post? Well I have people tell me on Instagram that they love my outfits and ask where a lot of them are from so I thought id do a post dedicated to the top fave outfits lately so you know where to find them too:) (Follow me on IG at beautyandbains ). Lets get into it!

Arita Bains

JUMPSUITS! There are not enough good things I can say about jumpsuits and how much I love them. I have a few of them, in all different styles, colours and for different occasions. This one pictured is one of my absolutes faves though. Its a bandage corset detail jumpsuit. I got mine in this gorgeous olive color (but it comes in black as well). The corset design at the top really cinches you in at the waist and then hugs at the hips giving a more hourglass shape. Its also ruched on the sides and if you make sure to get the correct size, it hugs the curves in all the right places leaving you looking and feeling fab. Shop the look now for only £59 (Sale currently on).

Jumpsuits

And on the subject of jumpsuits, here’s another one that’s been quite popular on IG and with friends. This Bandeau Mesh Insert Cup Detail Jumpsuit is elegant, sexy yet comfy all at once. I style this with a cute pair of heels and a clutch purse and im ready for cocktails. Its now on sale for £33. Shop for yours here.

jumpsuits

A good top is the difference between a good outfit and a Fab outfit. I love wearing a showstopper of a top with a sexy pair of jeans and heels. Thats where my next few fave mentions come in.

crop tops

Crop Tops are such a great way of dressing up an outfit without looking like you tried too hard:) I often put on a cute crop top, a pair of jeans and my favourite heels, and I’m set to go. I have a few cute, sexy crop tops that look fab with a pair of jeans, a cute skirt or even shorts. Iv added a few that have been your faves on my IG.

As you can tell I love wearing these with jeans (keep reading – my fave pair of jeans coming up). I love crops in black (but I am trying to incorporate other colours to my wardrobe haha:)) Get yours here.

Another great style that im loving recently are the corset tops. I love their form fitting design that cinches you in at the waist and makes you look and feel fabulous. I posted this one when I wore it for New Years Eve and I got so many people asking me where its from. So that is why this little green ( more lime) number makes the cut and features on my faves list.

As promised, I am adding more color to my wardrobe:-D I do love the vibrant color of this one, the soft material, sexy fit and how comfy it feels. Why not get one in your favourite color(s)? Click here to purchase.

Jeans Jeans Jeans!!!

Who doesn’t love a good pair of jeans, that fit perfectly, right? But i think we can all relate to the frustration of finding a pair that fits just right. They’re either too long, or too big or small, or fit right around the thighs but not at the waist and the list goes on. Through ALOT of trial and error, searching for jeans that are just right for my body shape, I have found a few stores /brands that always come through for me. The 2 that I have chosen to highlight are budget friendly options so everyone can afford them:) All pictures above are of jeans iv gotten from these 2 stores . Click to purchase here or if you are on a tight budget they have great options here.

And with the list complete, no reason we can’t go shopping right:-D ? I am totally obsessed with all these outfits, and I hope you love them just as much!

ps. my next post will be coming from /about our trip to Spain (im so excited). Keep an eye out for that.

Till then, adios mis amores X

arita bains
beauty, Uncategorized

Fab hair don’t care – the ultimate guide to the best hair care (products)

Arita Bains

Hi Hunnies X

Happy New Year! Heres hoping that 2022 marks the beginning of better things to come and the end to the very difficult 2 years that have gone by.

Okay, so on to todays post – Hair!! I have been on a quest to get my hair to the most healthy state it can possibly be. And while that journey is not complete, I have found some products that work fast(er) and the results are amazing. I have been styling and colouring my hair for a long time now, so taking extra care of it to prevent damage and maintain healthy, shiny hair, is all the more important.

A while back, I was at my salon getting my hair done and my stylist had a line of hair products in the salon and she asked me to take a few samples and try them and see if I found any difference after using them. I sceptically took them home and after keeping them aside in the bathroom for a couple of weeks, I decided to give them a go. I did see a huge difference almost immediately and then purchased 3 of the products that, when used together, will change your hair game forever. Iv been using them for a few months now, and I really have noticed a big difference in how healthy my hair looks. Theres a shine, less brittle, breaking hair, less visible split ends, more volume and bounce to my hair. Overall, its really repairing each strand of hair and making it healthier and stronger than ever. (which is actually what its formulated to do).

Lets get to the actual products. The product I still use (and am not going to get into as I have done previous posts about it already), is the must have Olaplex. Olaplex No.3 is an at-home treatment, formulated to repair damaged hair. I honestly couldn’t say enough good things about Olaplex. If you can only get one of the products today, I would say get this – as its more budget friendly (£26) (because it lasts longer than the others) and it works brilliantly on its own, while the others work better when used together. Click on the link Olaplex and get it right now! (its so worth it, I promise;).

Now for the newbies to debut…

Caviar Baby

Alterna Caviar Products

The Alterna Caviar range is an exclusive luxury haircare brand/range designed with powerful ingredients for people who want to take their haircare to the next level. It features Alterna’s exclusive Caviar Bond Enforcing Technology to repair and protect hair, reduce breakage by more than 99%, and add strength. Caviar Bond Enforcing Technology is a proprietary technology specifically engineered to seal hair cuticles that have been damaged through chemical processes or physical stress.

Alterna Caviar Shampoo/Conditioner

Alterna Bond Repair Shampoo/Conditioner

This is the starting point to beautiful, healthy locks. The bond repair shampoo and conditioner is enriched with active botanical ingredients and free of added parabens, SLS/SLES sulfates and synthetic color, these luxurious products address all three categories of hair aging. These are proven to visibly transform strands after just one wash. Alterna is formulated to : reduce breakage by up to 99%

Repairs damaged hair and mends split ends

Makes hair 28% smoother and softer

I have noticed an improvement with all 3 above. My hair is definitely breaking less. I have less split ends and my hair is so much softer and more shiny. If you have been searching for products that will transform your hair, your search could be over. Ask your salon if they stock these or you can buy them online here. They are a bit on the pricier side but you only need a little at a time and it does start working immediately on your hair. They retail for about £30 for each item (£60 for shampoo and conditioner).

Tip: If you can find a salon that will give you the samples to try, that would be amazing as you can see just how it works specifically for you.

Alterna Bond Repair 3-in-1 Serum

Alterna caviar 3-in-1 serum

This is the third much needed product in this magic trifecta. This serum really brings it all together and takes your hair to the next level. This is a a triple-action, triple-function concentrated serum that instantly repairs, protects and seals damaged hair strands and split ends in a single step. It is truly transformational. Also on the pricier end of the spectrum, £30, this can be purchased at your salon or here. To use, I towel dry my hair and then apply the serum. (this serum is really thick and you only need a little or your hair will feel sticky). I then brush my hair and blow-dry as normal. What a brilliant product and the 3 caviar products used together are sensational.

Now that we got the health of our hair sorted, lets go to aesthetics. We want it to look like the gloss like manes of the kardashians, Olivia Munn and Gina Rodriguez. For this I go to my arsenal of Wow products.

Color Wow Dream Coat Spray

Color Wow Dream Coat Spray

This spray is a must-have for protecting porous, colour-treated hair. Color Wow’s Dream Coat Supernatural Spray seals each strand with an invisible waterproofing mask, making it perfect for fighting that frizz. The spray is heat activated and works through about 4 washes to tighten and seal the hair strands giving that extra glossy, frizz free, smooth look to the hair. Use this after every 3-4 washes. spray on towel dried hair and blow dry. You can easily purchase (£26) from Cult Beauty.

Color Wow Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray

Color Wow Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray

This is a mane changing spray that harnesses the light refracting power of one of its most powerful ingredients mullein. Its brilliant to revive lost lustre or to take things up a notch for a special night out. You can use it in various ways – spray evenly for an all over shine, rub through with your fingertips on the ends of your hair to add shine and moisture or spray before you blow-dry for a really intense glossy look (heat activates the product best). Also £26, you can get yours from Cult Beauty.

And that’s a wrap! These are my Gold Standard, must have, holy grail of hair products. I hope you try all or some of them and please do let me know how it works for you.

Chat soon guys

Lots of Luv…

Arita Xx

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beauty, makeup tutorial, skincare, Uncategorized

Baking isn’t just for cupcakes – Bake your face flawless!!!

Let me start off by saying that I love a dewy makeup look! Its great for the daytime, looks more natural and I love the glow it gives my skin. It also gives the skin a better chance to breathe and gives it a healthier appearance. In saying this though, for night time glam looks, I like a bit more you know? More makeup, more glam, more lashes..just more of everything! And that’s where the BAKING comes in. I finally tried the technique for myself after watching a tutorial on Youtube and I thought why not see what the hype is about. And iv gotta say I LOVE it! Baking your makeup for night looks, really does take your face to a new level of FLAWLESS. You never have to worry about looking oily or touching up as it leaves a matte finish but with a glow so there are no dry, patchy spots. So what do you need to bake your face flawless? Lets get to it!

start of with a clean face and add your base makeup

You will need your usual makeup including foundation and contouring sticks etc, baking is merely taking these up a notch and setting this onto your skin. It almost looks like the makeup has merged with your natural skin creating that flawless look. First I do my makeup as normal including my eye makeup. I then contour as normal. Then comes the concealer. First I use a pink concealer (I use the Sheglam one from http://www.shein.co.uk). Use this under your eyes, the middle of your forehead, a thin line down the centre of your nose and on your chin. Then directly over the pink concealer, I apply the yellow concealer (also Sheglam from http://www.shein.co.uk). Then you need to use a brush to thin the concealer out in all these areas. Bring the concealer from under the eyes down to your cheeks, almost in a “V” shape. And take the concealer from the centre of your chin all the way up the sides of your jaws. After this, I use a makeup sponge to lightly dab on the concealer areas (its important to dab and not rub the concealer so it almost melts into the skin).

contour and concealer

Now we set! Take translucent powder, pat onto a makeup sponge and tap the powder on all the areas with the concealer. Use a thin brush to add powder down the centre of your nose.

Now lets start baking babaaay!

Using a thin brush and the translucent powder, add a thick layer of powder down the centre of your nose. (tip: if at any stage during the process of adding concealer or powder, the contour on your nose gets smudged or lighter, feel free to go over the contour lines with your contour brush again, to redefine them.

Now use a darker setting powder (I use “sand” from the Sheglam collection), and again using a makeup sponge I tap the powder lightly on all the areas that we added contour to. Using a thin brush, add the darker setting powder on the sides of your nose as well. This helps set and define those contour lines.

Now we take the translucent powder and makeup sponge and add a thick layer to all the concealer areas, including under eyes, centre of forehead, centre of the chin and on the sides of the jaws. All of these areas will now look very white (you will look a bit crazy at this point but don’t worry its part of the process).

Bake you makeup for 15 minutes

You now need to let this set for 15 minutes (if you have extra oily skin, I would leave for 20-25 minutes). Once this time has passed, your makeup is done baking and your face will be beat! Before brushing away the excess powder, add a little blush to your cheeks. Now take a makeup sponge and gently wipe away the excess translucent powder from those areas.

baking your makeup

I then apply my highlighter, lipstick, lashes etc after this to finish the look.

And that, my dear friends, is how you bake your makeup flawless and beat your face (even more) beautiful!

Try it and let me know how you get on with it. Happy Baking Hunnies!

Love, Arita X

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beauty, fitness and travel, skincare, Uncategorized

How to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks

We all know the feeling of dieting and working out trying to get bikini ready, in time for summer or that long awaited vacation. We aim to eat better and tone those muscles so that those tiger stripes on our thighs and buttocks magically disappear. Unfortunately though, that’s not how it works and there are a few necessary requirements/tips to feeling better about stretch marks and cellulite.

Now I know that most of us (including myself), are constantly in search for that miracle cream or procedure that will banish our cellulite /stripes forever. Theres good and bad news with this. Lets get the bad news out of the way. There is no permanent or quick solution! Be it due to genetics, weight loss/gain or simply the fact that its perfectly normal to have them (its a part of being human, and beautiful humans at that), stretchies and cellulite are here to stay and we do have to realise that we are beautiful with or without them.

Having said that (and I do believe its so important to take that on board), if you feel more confident in your bikini with a little help from a cream or a squat, then I’m here for it too. Just as makeup makes us feel a tad more confident as it accentuates the beauty that we all already have, so too do these products /tricks i’m sharing with you now.

Ok lets get into it!

  1. Moisturising

Starting/maintaining a good skincare routine is key anyway but keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised is very important to the overall look of it. I stumbled upon Nivea Skin Firming lotion a few months ago and (in conjunction with a few other things (coming below)), I really have noticed a difference to my skin with cellulite. I love the rich texture of the lotion and my skin really feels soft and moisturised afterwards and while im not sure if I noticed a significant difference in 2 weeks (as per the bottle), I have noticed a difference after a few weeks. Its packed with Vitamin C and Q10 which is brilliant for skin brightening and anti wrinkle treatment. They do have one that gradually adds a tan to your skin but I did not love it to be honest. the color is too yellow for me and it leaves awful streaks when its wearing off. (im still washing off the streaks so I would avoid the tan option).

Nivea Firming Lotion

2. The Cream

I also came across, and use religiously everyday, the Nivea Firming and Goodbye Cellulite cream/lotion. This promised to “firm and reduce the appearance of cellulite” in 3 weeks. I use this twice a day, and have been for about 3 months now and iv got to say, while I can’t say for sure if it did anything in exactly 3 weeks, it has definitely made my cellulite look slightly better, my skin does appear slightly lifted and more firm in the thigh/bum area so I am really loving this.

Nivea Firming + Goodbye Cellulite

I must also mention that I do also use a combo of Rosehip and Marula oil to these areas as well and I think all these together have changed the appearance of my skin.

3. The Fit

Most of us don’t really think about it but the fit of a bikini is so important to how we look and feel in it. A well fitted bikini can provide that slight lift that we need. I have found that getting a bikini bottom that fits just right, will give you an instant butt lift which will not only make your bum look great but it will also lessen the appearance of cellulite which you may have, because as it gently lifts the skin, it will look smoother. For me, finding the perfect bikini bottoms has been a bit of trial and error. But once you’ve found the styles you like, you will find it much easier to go shopping for bikinis and have fun while doing it:)

How to reduce cellulite and stretch marks

4. The Cover-Up

Foundation covers a few things right? Before using this product that im about share, I used a bit of foundation over my stretch marks but they’re not really waterproof or work as well. Dermablend Professional Leg and Body Makeup is really great at covering up “imperfections”. It is a bit thick, so a little really does go a long way but that really helps to create a smooth effect to the skin and even out skin as well. Its used by professionals for those “airbrushed” photoshoots etc so you can believe this stuff works!

Dermablend Body Makeup

Those are my top tricks for “getting bikini ready”. I have scaled back on using the makeup as often when im on vacay etc, only because I really do believe that confidence does come from within and we all do need to love the skin we’re in and be comfortable in it. So while I love using these, and they are amazing, remember it all starts on the inside and no amount of makeup will “make up” for any inadequacies we feel deep down. Work on the inside as much (if not more), as you do the outside:)

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Lots of love

Arita X

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