Sophie’s Picks

Sophie’s Picks

Since I started working here back in June, we have had some absolutely amazing new releases at Fragrance Direct. My selection of products this month is a quick run-down of my 5 favourites of the recent new releases! I didn’t think it was fair to only base my choices on female fragrances as some of the new men’s fragrance releases have been equally as incredible as the women’s. Obviously the men’s fragrances are not for me personally, but they are definitely two products that I can strongly recommend for the man in your life!



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Marc Jacobs Honey

Marc Jacobs can do no wrong in my opinion, and this beautiful little summer number was one of this year’s most heavily anticipated new fragrance releases (along with ‘Our Moment’ the debut fragrance from One Direction.) It isn’t just me that is completely in love with it. Within two weeks of its release it became one of our best selling fragrances!



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BOSS Jour Pour Femme

Boss Jour Pour Femme is an instant classic. It is the perfect fragrance for the modern working woman! It is beautifully subtle, and smells stunning and luxurious from the very first instant you spray it on. Everything you want from your every day scent!



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Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum

Don’t get me wrong, this is not a new release in terms of the fragrance world, but it is a brand new product for our site! I was so, so happy when we finally got our hands on it! It is a stunning fragrance, and is realistically the only sort of Jimmy Choo I’ll be able to afford for a good few years yet!



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Gucci Made to Measure

Now I must admit that I am an absolute sucker when it comes to advertising, especially if it contains a celebrity that I have a slight obsession with. Last month Gucci made my year by using the beautiful Mr James Franco as the face of the campaign for this gorgeous new men’s fragrance, Made To Measure.



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Paco Rabanne Invictus

Invictus is the latest launch from the geniuses behind 1 Million and Lady Million. I must admit that I was quick to judge this fragrance based on its packaging ‘ however, I have got to hold my hands up and say that this is an excellent fragrance! If you like 1 million, then I am almost positive that you will love this too. Another champion scent from Paco Rabanne

Get Your Beauty Sleep!

Get Your Beauty Sleep!

Today’s post is written by our guest blogger Anushka F from MagicFreebiesUK¶ÿ – the one-stop site for free stuff, free samples, competitions and offers.

 

We all know those little extras, like a pre-shower skin brush and a weekly hair mask, do wonders for our skin and hair but sometimes there just isn’t time to dedicate to doing them.

 

Time is forever ticking and with the constant juggle of work (finding freebies can be tiring), socialising and family time, it’s often hard to maintain our usual beauty rituals. When we’re stretched for time it tends to be the ‘me time’ that falls to the wayside.

 

Here’s my secret free beauty tip: overnight products can really help! Night serums and conditioning hair treatments; they require minimal effort and, best of all, do all the hard work. So, when there’s not enough time in the day to pamper yourself, why not let these goodies work their magic while you sleep’

 

Oil Of Olay Regenerist Night Renewal Elixir

As you get older, your skin finds it more difficult to renew itself. Night time is the perfect time to give it an extra helping hand, so try swapping your regular night cream for a renewing serum and moisturiser in one. Olay’s Regenerist Night Renewal Elixir, £10.99, combines penta-peptides, glycolic acid and anti-oxidants which certainly pack a punch! Apply this light formula to your skin at night just before bed and wake up to smooth skin that feels facial-fresh. P.S At the moment you can try a free sample of Olay Regenerist at MagicFreebiesUK so make sure you snap one up!

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Dove Regenerating Hand Cream

With skin-softening micro-pearls containing vitamin F, Dove Regenerating Hand Cream, £1.99 is a light lotion leaves hands softer and nails stronger and less prone to breaking. Apply overnight and this cream will intensively moisturise your hands leaving your hands looking young and supple come morning. It also has a comforting smell similar to fresh cotton sheets ‘ lovely!
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Schwarzkopf BC Time Restore Night Treatment

If you’ve been mistreating your locks, then give frazzled or fragile hair some TLC with Schwarzkopf BC Time Restore Night Treatment, £4.99. Work it into roots, and the blend of potent ingredients ‘including Q10 Plus Complex and Hydrolysed Wheat Protein – will work to repair each strand from the inside and out. Just spray onto dry hair, comb through and in the morning your hair will feel stronger, thicker and shinier ‘ hair maintenance made easy.
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Coryse Salome Restorative Night Cream

Coryse Salome Restorative Night Cream, £5.99 is a creamy moisturiser that helps repair your skin’s top layer and encourages the natural restorative process ‘ think of it as giving nature a helping hand. When applied sparingly, the combination of plant-based anti-aging ingredients smooth and plump the skin around the eyes, so you wake up fresh-faced and younger-looking.
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Skin Doctors Zit Zapper

Do you wish spots would disappear overnight? Well, wish no more. Apply Skin Doctors Zit Zapper £7.99, to skin and the cocktail of skin-loving ingredients, including witch hazel and tea tree oil, will fight the infection overnight so by morning your angry red spots will look calmer and less noticeable.

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Once Upon a Time Anti-wrinkle Eye Contour Night Serum

Once Upon a Time Anti-wrinkle Eye Contour Night Serum, £14.95 is a makeover for your eyes! Apply at night to revitalises tired skin and reduce the appearance of eye bags. Instead of waking up bleary-eyed you’ll be bright-eyed and bushy tailed! It also boasts the natural nourishing properties of aran and jojoba oils, leaving your skin soft and ready for eye make-up.

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Decleor Baume Slim Effect Draining Massage Balm

Decleor Baume Slim Effect Draining Massage Night Balm, £26.99 is an intensive skin-smoothing balm that helps reduce the look of those pesky lumps and bumps. The blend of essentials oils, including lemongrass and rosemary, work overnight to firm and tone skin by stimulating saturated skin tissue ‘ impressive! Use regularly to wake up to a smoother, sleeker body. It may be pricey, but trust me, it’s worth every penny.

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Australian BodyCare Hand and Foot Cream

When time is of the essence reach for multi-tasking products! Australian BodyCare Hand and Foot Cream, £5.99 is a calming cream that leaves dry skin feeling soft and soothed. You can also use it to treat tired feet. It contains the finest Tea Tree Oil which works wonders for nourishing and relieving cracked heels.

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Thanks for reading, now you have loads of free time, why not check out MagicFreebiesUK and all the free stuff we have, including loads of free beauty samples?

Anushka x

The Fragrance Factor

The Fragrance Factor

Love it or hate it, The X Factor made a triumphant return to our Saturday night television screens over the weekend and even if we’re pretending not to watch it, we know it’s there. You may only be in it to see the initial few clichǸ performances, also known as Michael Jackson tributes and far from pitch perfect Tina Turner renditions. But amongst all the screeches, mediocre and outstanding performances, there’s got to be a winner. Whether you spot them early or only pinpoint them in the final stages, they’re there.

So with that in mind, we thought we’d do our own little take on The X Factor and so, we’re introducing.. The Fragrance Factor! (queue Peter Dickson and his booming tones which are known to millions).

The Fragrance Factor is tough, it’s ruthless and above all, it’s competitive. Just because you have a pretty bottle won’t mean you’re guaranteed a place in the next round and having top notes of vanilla and lemon may not necessarily categorise you into the favourites pile. As always, the final decisions are left up to the judges and you, the public. And so, we’ve selected some fragrances which have made it into the first round of The Fragrance Factor, but which ones will proceed to the boot camp stages of the competition? You decide!



The Olly Murs

This is the fragrance you can’t help but love. The cheeky favourite whose ‘smile’ (ahem, smell) captures your heart and you can’t help but fall at their feet. Whatever they sing, whatever they wear, they are the clear favourites, so that even if they miss out on being crowned the winner, they’ll be forever popular. And the ‘Olly Murs’ title goes to Paco Rabanne Invictus; a fresh and invigorating scent that pushes men to work hard and succeed. Well, Olly has already done this in the form of three number one singles and over 10 million records sold worldwide. When wearing Invictus, you’ll strive for success in any challenge you face!

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The Jedward

We couldn’t think of a better fragrance to represent Jedward than Sean John Unforgiveable. We still remember The X Factor series when Jedward jumped onto our TV screens and we had the distinct feeling then that we wouldn’t be seeing the last of them. Fast forward three years and this ‘popstar’ duo have performed for the likes of Barack Obama and also have a top 20 album. Although they’ve slipped off the radar (for now), there’s no doubt that they gave one of the most hair-raising, quiff talked about performances of the whole X Factor series.

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The JLS

If you didn’t know already, JLS have a fragrance! So we thought, what better way to sum them up than with JLS Kiss Eau de Toilette Spray. Sadly, the four piece boy band has announced that they are going to split sometime in the next year, but we still have a lot of JLS love to give! Despite their inevitable end, they’ve had a hugely successful career which has seen their music go from strength to strength. With top ten singles including ‘Beat Again’ and ‘Everybody In Love’, millions of hearts will be breaking around the globe when these golden boys separate. Kiss is their first and only fragrance which includes four unique top notes; each one selected by one of the band members. With a fruity floral scent and a stylish bottle, JLS Kiss is the perfect memorabilia to collect before they’re gone for good (tears, please).

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The Mischa B

This is the diva of the competition, the one to watch out for. Mischa B caused quite the stir during her time on The X Factor, often described as somewhat of a diva. She had the biggest and most risquǸ outfits commanded attention from the room and was a little bit intimidating, if we’re being honest! Nevertheless, she has an amazing voice and she’s hard to forget, so on that note, we think Vivienne Westwood Let It Rock screams Mischa B, right down to the graffiti style print of the bottle. It’s loud, it’s brassy and it’s memorable. Despite her somewhat unpopular status, Mischa B managed to hang on in there for quite a while, but can we say the same for her in The Fragrance Factor?

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The Frankie Cocozza

He was The X Factor wild child with the unmanageable and untamed hairstyle that drove the ladies crazy. He was late for rehearsals and got into a few tiffs with the judges, but Frankie Cocozza was the contestant who kept us tuning in every weekend, just to see what his next antics would be! We think CK One Shock Street Edition for him is the ideal fragrance to sum up this X Factor bad boy. It’s loud and eye catching design reminds us of the controversial outfits that Frankie wore during his time on the show. This fragrance is a burst of cucumber and citrus which is then blended with chocolate tonka and creamy toffee. This unlikely combination, although odd, works! Much like Frankie Cocozza’s big hair and skinny jeans.

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The Stacey Solomon

This English rose, turned singer, turned television presenter, turned reality TV star, burst onto The X Factor scene during the sixth series of the competition. Her infectious laugh and heart warming personality secured her third place in the final and her success has resulted in various deals, not to mention her fragrance. Which leads us onto our next point! The perfume which will no doubt represent her in The Fragrance Factor is her very own scent, entitled ‘Smile‘. The packaging suits the London born lass right down to the pretty pink bow on the packaging and we couldn’t think of a better fragrance title than ‘Smile’ to sum up how likeable and carefree she is. Smile is a blend of mandarin, lemon and vanilla orchid. It has a lovely, fresh scent which instantly lifts the mood, much like Stacey’s personality!

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The Little Mix

They were the first group to ever be crowned the winners throughout the history of The X Factor UK (even beating One Direction to the title!). They have gone on to have huge success and have even broken America in their plan for world domination. Their unique looks and quirky outfits have made them stand out from the crowd and so, we thought the Ralph Lauren Big Pony Collection was perfect for summing up this feisty foursome. Each bottle has a different design and different scent to reflect the many faces of a woman’s personality. Each fragrance is playful and different in its own way, quite like The Little Mix ladies.

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Which fragrances would you pick to make it through to the next round? Will you be watching this season’s X Factor? Let us know!