This month, we’ve enlisted the help of one of our favourite male beauty bloggers, also known as Thom; writer and founder of the Manface blog. Manface is a blog dedicated to all things grooming and beauty, so that you can read honest product reviews and gain some beauty tips along the way! Read on to find out what Manface thinks of the new masculine scent from Gucci – Gucci by Gucci Made to Measure.
Made to Measure is a new fragrance from Gucci, released just in time for Christmas 2013.
Whereas many brands take something good and continually repackage and rebrand their creation, Made To Measure, the male counterpart to Gucci Premiere, is completely new. “Tailor-made like an expensive suit”, this solidly glass-housed and heavily metal-capped bottle delivers a fabulously accessible fragrance.
At first, I noted an overwhelming watering of apple, akin to one of my favourite launches of the year, Versace Eros. But it’s plum and bergamot you’ll actually find amidst the more noticeable notes of lavender, leather, cinnamon, amber and orange blossom.
It’s a safe fragrance that’s suitable at any time, being light enough to wear during the day but heavy enough for an evocative evening aroma. This is definitely something to be worn with clean pressed cotton, a freshly laundered shirt perhaps, or following Gucci’s advice, a Made to Measure suit. I think clean cotton brings out this fragrance’s delicate notes, whereas it might get lost on a jumper or something heavier.
Don’t be afraid of overpowering your date/friends/loved ones with this scent, as it stays gorgeously light but undoubtedly noticeable.
I’d say it’s the sporty man that’d enjoy this, a man who isn’t alien to carrying around a gym bag. It’s a zippy fragrance that exudes a gym-fit masculinity; a man that both plays and works hard.
So while thinking about Christmas, Fragrance Direct are stocking all possible incarnations of the fragrance, making some gorgeous gift ideas.
The 50ml Eau de Toilette is £39.95 and comes with a free, 50ml All Over Shampoo. Then there’s the stunning Gucci Made To Measure Travel Spray (30ml for £29.95), I really want this with its inspiration taken from the Made to Measure suit fabric. Finally, there are the two gift boxes featuring a 50ml or 90ml fragrance, aftershave lotion and all over shampoo.
Will you be trying Gucci by Gucci Made to Measure? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
This week, we’ve been lucky enough to have a chat with the lovely Essie Button who has given us the lowdown on her most loved fragrances and beauty products, as well as sharing some of her favourite beauty destinations online.
Want to get to know one of YouTube’s top fashion and beauty bloggers?
Just read on’
What is the Essie-Button YouTube channel and blog all about?
The basis of all of my YouTube videos and blog posts is almost always beauty, but I do try to infuse as much of my personality in there as possible. Beauty is such a fun subject for me to talk about and it’s a place for me to share my beauty-experiences with my viewers.
Why did you start beauty blogging?
I started blogging a few months after I moved to England from Canada. I was a little bit lost and feeling kind of lonely, so discovering the online beauty community was the best thing that could have happened! I started blogging to meet new people and discover new things about makeup/skincare.
You have over 200,000 followers on YouTube ‘ How does that feel?
Sometimes it can be overwhelming-like right now when I’m forced to think about it. But for the most part it just feels normal! YouTube is such a huge part of my life and being involved in something so interactive is incredible!
Did you ever think your blog and YouTube channel would take off like it did?
When I started my blog and YouTube channel I didn’t really have an end goal in sight. I started because it was fun and I wasn’t really thinking about numbers and statistics. I think it’s the type of thing that is always growing and changing, so I can’t say I ever really thought about it, but I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given through YouTube.
Who are your favourite beauty bloggers?
Don’t make me choose! I’ve always loved my friend Gemma’s blog www.gemsmaquillage.com and I also love nouvelledaily.com for a little mix of everything
What’s your favourite fragrance and why?
My all-time favourite fragrance is ChloÃ‡Â¸ EDP because I think it’s so soft and feminine without being overpowering. It’s a very old-hollywood glamour scent that makes me feel a lot more chic than I actually am! I have so many lovely memories attached to this scent and I think it will be my number one for years to come!
What’s your favourite beauty trend for A/W 13?
I’m not sure if these are official trends, but I am loving either very nude nails or very dark nails. When I’ve had enough nude I go for a dark blood red shade and then go running back to a pale pink.
If you could only live with one make-up product, what would it be?
Just one? Probably a brow-pencil because good eyebrows completely transform the face.
What’s your holy grail beauty product?
I cannot live without a good lip balm. My favourite one is by Nuxe and it’s called Reve de Miel. It’s the moist hydrating product I’ve ever used and I apply it every night before bed.
What products are you currently loving?
I’m loving the YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, The NARS Creamy Concealer and cream blushes!
What’s on your Christmas wish list?
I have my eye on the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which has three gorgeous powders inside, so I hope Santa is reading this!
If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
Most people who are familiar with my YouTube channel will already know that my answer is going to be BeyoncÃ‡Â¸! I adore BeyoncÃ‡Â¸ and I would love to soak up some of her fierce personality…and maybe pick up some dance moves.
Winter is very nearly here and with the temperatures dropping, there’s nothing more we want than to come home, put our feet up and relax. There’s also the added fun of including some luxury products in your evening to help you de-stress, relax and enjoy your night.
With our heavy work schedules and social commitments, it can be hard to find the time to dedicate to yourself. It’s important to remember that you need that bit of extra time to de-stress and get back to being ‘you’.
With that in mind, we wanted to bring you what we think are some of our perfect products for having a self indulgent evening.
Radox Bath Smoothies Soul Soother
Nothing could sound more tempting than a ‘soul soothing’ bath. I myself am more of a shower person but the Radox Bath Smoothies make the idea of a bath seem a lot more appealable! You just need to pour a drop in and then sink into the creamy bubbles. The addition of natural ingredients, such as cranberry, blackcurrant and chamomile, will help to soothe your skin and leave you smelling delicious.
Schwarzkopf BC Repair Rescue Treatment 200ml
While you’re soaking in the bath, why not apply a treatment to your hair? This Schwarzkopf Repair Rescue Treatment contains a deep penetrating formula which targets the dry areas of your hair. It also helps to fight split ends and protect your hair against breakage. It’s easy to apply and soaks into the hair, leaving it looking healthy and smelling delectable.
Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Slipper Set
Slip your feet into unbeatable comfort with the fur slippers included in this Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Slipper Set. Nothing beats the feel of new slippers and with this set, which contains foot soak crystals and foot lotion, so that you can give tired feet a good pampering. The body lotion and foot crystals are also scented with sweet mandarin & grapefruit so that your feet will not only look good, but smell good too.
Dove Body Silk Lotion
When you step out of your bath or shower, it’s always nice to moisturise your skin. When your skin is damp, products sink in easily. When skin is dry, moisutiser isn’t absorbed properly. Damp skin helps to trap water under the surface cells and keeps it from looking dry and patchy. We like Dove Body Silk Lotion because it works well with damp skin and blends in to give your skin that ‘dewy’ look, which is always nice! Keeping your skin well moisturised also supplies nutrients to the skin and helps improve its overall quality.
With our heavy work schedules and social commitments, it can be hard to find the time to dedicate to yourself.
W7 Cuticle & Nail Gel
Take some time to treat your nails. It’s important to take care of your nail cuticles and we like the W7 Cuticle and Nail Gel to achieve this properly. All you need to do is massage the gel over your nails, making sure to rub it generously over the cuticle area. The formula helps to revitalize and hydrate your nails, creating a great base for nail polish.
Laidbare In Safe Hands Sunflower Hand Cream
Treat your hard working hands to this Sunflower Hand Cream from Laidbare. It contains sunflower oil and organic shea butter to help sooth your hands and leave them feeling nourished and well looked after. Sunflower oil is a great ingredient that imparts antioxidants and fatty acids into your hands, which help them to look and feel healthier.
This week we’re giving you the chance to win a bottle of J.Lo Miami Glow, one of J.Lo’s most popular fragrances. Designed to represent the heat and excitement of Miami after dark, Miami Glow is a sexy, feminine fragrance that greets you with top notes of coconut water, pink grapefruit, passion fruit and blackcurrant, which effortlessly blend into a heart of sand, orange flower, cyclamen and heliotrope. Rounding off this unique fragrance is a base of musk, vanilla orchid and musk woods; making J.Lo Miami Glow an effortlessly girly and memorable fragrance.
Miami Glow was designed with young women in mind, however, the playful notes and sweet accords within the fragrance, make it a perfume that any woman can wear. The bottle is modern and sophisticated. Draped around the bottle neck is a small, colourful band which houses a tiny flip flop charm which can also double up as either a necklace or a bracelet, making J.Lo Miami Glow a stylish and fashionable scent.
If you want to be in with a chance of winning a 100ml bottle of J.Lo Miami Glow, all you have to do is enter your details and answer a few quick questions via the app below! The competition ends at 11:59pm on Sunday the 20th of October. Will you be entering our competition? Have you tried Miami Glow before? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Good luck!
Halloween is fast approaching and we bet you’re either dusting off your old costumes or getting ready to majorly scare someone this Hallow’s Eve.The popular TV series, ‘The Walking Dead’ is back this month with a new series, so we thought what better time to talk about all things Zombie! Here at Fragrance Direct, we decided to bring a little bit of glamour to one of the most popular Halloween make-up looks ‘ The Zombie. And how can we possibly add glamour to this frightening look? Read on to find out!
We asked beauty blogger Jayne, to show us how to create the Zombie make-up look using Fragrance Direct products that you can use and keep for when the Halloween festivities are over. With her blog takeover, she’ll be telling you how to recreate this popular Halloween look. When I started the Zombie make-up look, I thought I’d make it a little different and base it on a pin-up girl, so that we can still achieve the terrifying look while still being a little bit feminine!
When starting out on any on zombie make-up look you need a death-like pale base. Combining both Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation in the shade ‘Cameo’ with the Dainty Doll Concealer Pen in the shade ‘It’s A Kind Of Magic’. I was able to begin all of my designs on an even base of pale skin. I evenly blending these two products together and generously applied it all over my face to give me that ‘dead’ look. It’s best to do this with your fingers or a sponge, if you have one!
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Stick in the shade ‘Blackmail’ proved to be invaluable when it came to shading and adding depth to gaunt cheeks and eye-sockets. You don’t want to use this too heavily. Start off slowly and gently shade in areas under the eyes and along the cheek bones to really achieve that ‘dead’ look.
Line the lips with W7 Automatic Felt Eyeliner in the shade ‘Black’. I generously outlined my lips to make them stand out across the rest of the make-up look. I also used this to greatly fill in my eyebrows, making them look dark and exaggerated!
To fill in the lips, I used Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in the shade ‘Across The Universe’. I generously applied this all over the lips to double up as both glossy lips and oozing dripping blood. Be generous with this ‘ I even applied a bit on the neck, just to get the real Zombie effect!
And then it came to the ‘wounds’. For me, this is the most important part of any Zombie make-up look. For minor detailing and definition, I used the W7 Automatic Felt Eyeliner to begin drawing the fake wounds onto my face. Using the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer again, I filled in the wounds with this deep red shade to really make them look prominent. For a little bit of added fun, I used the W7 eyeliner to add a small beauty spot just under the eyes ‘ Who doesn’t love a ‘pretty’ zombie! The pin up zombie look also required a lot of TLC in order to look glamorously undead.
Maxfactor Masterpiece High Definition Mascara in the shade ‘Black’ worked perfectly to give the look that feminine charm it required, accentuating my lashes and giving them the ‘wide eyed’ look.
Using the Constance Carroll 9 Colour Eye Shadow Palette, I was able to shade my skin to different variations of green and blue. I did this by mixing shades together and then applying it over the foundation I applied earlier.
And there you have it ‘ The ‘Pin-up Zombie Look’. All in all the make-up which I used to create my zombie faces could double up perfectly on any night out as well as being used to transform you into the undead so even when Halloween has been and gone, you can use these products for your everyday make-up routine!
Will you be trying this hair raising look? What are you dressing as this Halloween? Let us know by leaving a comment below!