Debate: Nails & Lips: Mix vs Match.

Debate: Nails & Lips: Mix vs Match.



A big trend for A/W 2013 is the matching nails and lips combo. Matchmaking has made its comeback and I’m not talking about dating. Lips and nails are having an affair and it’s about time we caught them out!

Start looking at duos in a whole new light because everything is about to start appearing in twos. But are you rating or slating this revamped beauty trend? Although you may think matching your lips and your nails is somewhat outdated, this classic trend has transformed back into a perfect pair.

Some of our favourite brands are releasing the perfect lips and nails combos so that you can easily combine your favourite colours and co-ordinate your look. Classic shades of red are making a comeback to create a strong vintage look while subtle shades of pink can add a touch of glamour to your nails and lips. Below are a few of the shades that we think make a perfect couple!

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Barbie Pink

No matter what the season, pink is a shade that instantly adds a touch of femininity to your look. Pink works well with so many different skin tones that it’s considered the touch stone of lipsticks. This Constance Carroll lipstick in the shade ‘Sexy Pink’ matches perfectly with this OPI nail polish in the colour ‘If You Moust, You Moust’, to give you a classic yet feminine beauty combination.

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Berry Nice

If there was ever a shade that was more A/W, then this is it. The berry lip shade is a great colour for the evenings but that doesn’t mean it can’t be worn during the day. This Pupa Brilliant Lipcolour in the shade ’04’ is a gorgeous tone of purple that you can build up through application. Start off light during the day and transform your look from day to night by adding a few extra layers of this sumptuous colour. Better yet, match it with your nails by applying Rimmel’s Lycra Pro nail polish in the shade ‘Chic Cherry’.

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The Clash

Clashing nails and lips can earn major cool points by contrasting and complimenting each other at the same time. Two of the most unlikely colours, that you think will never work, actually come together to create something eye-catching. This OPI nail lacquer in the shade ‘A Roll In The Hague’ is an intense shade of orange that may seem a little frightening at first, but when those dark winter months roll in, you’ll be crying for a pop of colour every day. Pair this shade with Rimmel’s Apocalips lip lacquer in the shade ‘102’. This is bright shade of pink that is going to clash perfectly with your orange nails.

What are your thoughts on mixing or matching your nails? Is this a trend you’ll be trying? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

The Boyfriend Buys

The Boyfriend Buys



Let’s throw our hands up and admit that buying presents is stressful. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of giving a loved one a present; it feels even better than receiving one! But the pressure to find that all important gift comes down heavy, especially around Christmas.

If you’re anything like me, shopping for your boyfriend is frightening. They don’t like to give hints, they say they don’t want ‘anything’ and if there is something they have their eye on, they buy it for themselves! So not only is this frightening, it’s somewhat infuriating too.

But we can’t stay mad for long. We just need to put our thinking caps on and go back to our roots for what we think might put a smile on their face. I don’t know about you, but I think treating your boyfriend to his favourite fragrance or a new Eau de Toilette is a more personal gift than you think.

You can never have too many fragrances. Although your boyfriend may already have his favourite, no one is ever really disappointed with a new addition to their collection. If he already has a favourite day scent then why not opt for an evening fragrance that will fit in with special occasions?

Beckham Classic

Beckham Classic Eau de Toilette

Classic is the newest fragrance from the Beckham collection. This is a stylish fragrance that was inspired by David’s love of all things clothing. We have to admit that the man does know how to dress and as a matter of fact, he knows how to make a darn good fragrance as well. This is a modern scent that entices the senses with its citrus and spicy base. Classic is more of a scent for the younger generation however, it isn’t overpowering and like the name suggests, it could easily become his ‘classic’ fragrance.

Davidoff The Game

Davidoff The Game Gift Set

Gift sets are great for this time of year because if you do happen to find his new favourite fragrance then having a few added extras can never go a miss. Davidoff The Game Gift Set contains the new fragrance from Davidoff complete with a hair and body wash, which are both lightly scented with The Game Eau de Toilette. This distinct scent contains notes of gin and juniper berry which create a fresh and sophisticated fragrance which can be adapted for day or night. Did I mention the packaging is majorly cool as well? Designed in the style of poker chips, your boyfriend can gamble big with this Davidoff The Game Gift Set.

Giorgio Armani Luxury Fragrance

Giorgio Armani Luxury Fragrance Collection For Men

What’s better than receiving a fragrance at Christmas? Try four of them. Giorgio Armani have released their luxury fragrance collection just in time for the festive season. Giorgio Armani fragrances are classic scents that are trusted by Armani fans around the globe. This set is perfect if your boyfriend wants to switch up his everyday scent. He can easily cater his fragrance to an occasion or event with these four scents which include Armani Sport Code, Acqua Di Gio, Armani Diamonds for Men and Armani Code. Small enough take on the go, this fragrance collection will see him well through the New Year.

YSL L'Homme

YSL L’Homme Anti Fatigue Booster

This YSL L’Homme Anti Fatigue Booster is a great Christmas gift if your boyfriend cares about his skincare. I think there’s a common misconception that men don’t care about their skin but I don’t think we could be more wrong. Although he might not like to admit it, he’ll probably genuinely thank you for treating him to something he may not want to buy for himself. This YSL skin product works to refresh the face during application, leaving his skin feeling instantly invigorated.

Tigi bedhead player set

Tigi Bed Head Player Set

Give him the full treatment with this Tigi Bed Head Player Set which has everything he could need to nourish his hair. This set includes a shampoo, conditioner and a workable wax, meaning his hair is set to look immaculate for the foreseeable future! Technically he isn’t a player but he doesn’t need to be to rock a stylish head of hair.

What are you buying your boyfriend this Christmas? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Meet Rooney Mara

Meet Rooney Mara



If I’d have mentioned the name ‘Rooney Mara’ to you a few years ago, chances are you probably wouldn’t have a clue who I was talking about. Up until then, the only world wide known Rooney is that of the English Premier League footballer, Wayne Rooney.

Well, not only is Rooney Mara not a footballer; she’s a hugely talented actress who has starred in block buster films such as The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Starring alongside major movie hunks such as Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara has flourished as a head turning actress and red carpet beauty.

Born in New York in 1985, Rooney, who was christened Patricia Rooney Mara, made her stage debut at a very young age. Although growing up she had focused her studies on topics such as travelling and international social policy, Rooney Mara discovered her love of acting after she got involved with student films while studying at New York University.

Her first major film role was part of the cult horror classic remake, A Nightmare On Elm Street, which was re-shot and released in 2010. Although she starred in this film and other big screen movies, such as The Social Network, her crowning acting moment was playing the lead of Lisabeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This is when the mysterious Mara really began to catch the public’s eye.

Portraying the elusive and dangerous character of Lisabeth, who came alive in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books, Rooney Mara had a lot of pressure on her shoulders to deliver the character that avid readers had dreamt of. She was highly acclaimed for her performance in the film and struck a chord with viewers, who started to see her in a whole new light.

It wasn’t long before Mara’s acting achievements began to move her up the stardom ladder, allowing her to become the face of Calvin Klein’s latest fragrance, Downtown (scroll to the bottom to take a peek at their stylish advert for this fruity scent). Featuring a soundtrack from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rooney helps tell the story of the urban girl who treats the big city as her playground. Glamorous and quintessentially stylish, Rooney Mara fits perfectly into this advert, turning it into somewhat of her own small feature film. Rooney spoke of the advert, saying ‘It’s an honour to be part of a brand with such a legacy of breakthrough advertising. The Downtown fragrance holds true to the chic, confident and simple feeling of the Calvin Klein brand.’

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The Senior Vice President of Coty Prestige, Catherine Walsh, spoke of the Calvin Klein Downtown advert, saying ‘We were thrilled to work with Rooney Mara for this campaign; her individuality and formidable talent resonate with the incredible legacy of women who have been captured in Calvin Klein advertising over the years.’

Calvin Klein Downtown is an effortlessly sweet fragrance which is ideal for the younger generation. This addictive scent contains notes of green pear, watery plum and pink peppercorn; making it a stylish and vibrant fragrance for every day wear.

It isn’t hard to see why Calvin Klein wanted Mara as the face of their hottest new fragrance. During her regular red carpet appearances, Rooney Mara has managed to create that ‘wow’ factor that hundreds of fans adore. Her style has evolved into one of sophistication and elegance, with beautiful dresses that compliment her fair complexion.

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The 28-year-old actress often keeps her make-up look quite simple, with either a cat eye eyeliner flick or a deep lip colour, which always looks striking and bang on trend. Here at Fragrance Direct, our favourite Rooney Mara make-up look is her deep berry lip which she wore at a recent red carpet event. If you want to recreate this key A/W look for yourself, take a look at our YouTube tutorial video to learn how!

Rooney Mara is set to continue taking the celebrity world by storm with her upcoming film releases, including the next chapter of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, entitled The Girl Who Played with Fire. Frankly, we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Rooney Mara and what beauty looks and fashion trends we can hope to see from her.

Are you a fan of Rooney Mara? What do you think of the Calvin Klein Downtown advert? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Techniques Masterclass – Primer.

Techniques Masterclass – Primer.



Primer – It promises to prep the skin in advance to you applying your make-up base. It can also replace your daily moisturiser, however, wearing primer isn’t essential. If you’re happy with your moisturiser, that’s perfectly fine. We’re here to tell you the benefits of using a primer and if it can make a difference to your current skincare routine.

If you have specific skin concerns, such as dry skin, for example, primer can be great for combating specialised areas. They’re also a great product for replacing multiple skin care products, such as a moisturiser, an SPF and a mattifying product.

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti Redness Primer

There are lots of different types of primers which also cater to areas such as skin colour correction. Especially during the winter months, are skin suffers from harsh environmental factors which can bring out unwanted redness and blotchiness. Primers such as L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets Anti Redness Primer. This product is good for counteracting any unwanted pigmentation in the skin.

Anti Shine Mattifying Primer

Problematic Skin

For skin that usually suffers from acne, you want to find a primer which contains healing and soothing ingredients such as salicylic acid. Salicylic acid works to gently clean the pores and remove any traces of dirt so that new spots won’t appear. Mattifying primers, like the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Anti Shine Mattifying primer, also help to perfectly smooth out the skin, diminishing the appearance of pores. These kind of primers help to create an air brushed affect make-up look.

99% of primers contain a smoothing ingredient known as silicone. Silicone helps to provide a smooth base for your foundation while also creating a flawless look. It also acts as a filler for those unwanted pores that sometimes, even the best make-up can’t hide. Acting as a barrier between your skin and your make-up, primer offers a base that your make-up can cling to so that it lasts throughout the day without having to reach into your make-up bag for a touch up.

L'Oreal mattifying and unifying primer

If you’re looking for a primer which counteracts oilness and smooths out the skin all via one application, L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets Mattifying and Unifying Primer is a product you may want to try. Like other priming products, this primer works to add longevity to your make-up base while creating a smoothing effect. It also helps to keep the skin feeling fresh all day.

W7 Eye Primer

Easy On The Eyes

Primer isn’t just for the face. It can also be used on the delicate eye area as well. Often, during the day, the eye shadow we spent a considerable amount of time applying in the morning, often creases right along the brow line; creating a messy and untamed eye look. Applying a primer before your shadow, whether it be a cream or powder shadow, can help eliminate the chances of this happening. W7’s Primer Magic Eye Primer is a great product for applying before your shadow. Apply a small dab of the product all along the lid, gently blending it in with your finger. This eye primer works by gripping on to the eye shadow product, therefore allowing it to last all day.

Do you use a Primer? What are your thoughts on this revolutionary product? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Get The Look – Bonfire Night Sparkle

Get The Look – Bonfire Night Sparkle



If winter is a time for anything, its metallic make-up looks and with Bonfire night approaching, there isn’t a better time to glisten up. Wrap up warm this Bonfire night and add an extra bit of sparkle to your make-up look with some of these recommended fiery make-up looks.

Eyeshadow

Smokey Eyes

The smokey eye look is great to wear for an occasion and especially on bonfire night. The great thing about the smokey eye look is that you can mix and match your eye shadow shades to create an entirely unique look each time. If you want to opt for the classic smokey eye look, the Bourjois Eye Pearls Quintet in ‘Creation’ contains characteristically smokey eye shades so that you can create the perfect look for Bonfire Night.

Rimmel Sun Shimmer

Go for Gold

Don’t let the fire be the only ember you see this Bonfire Night. Gold is a quintessentially festive eye shadow colour that helps to add a pop of colour to your winter wardrobe. Bronzers and highlighters with a touch of gold are also great for maintaining that summer glow that we can sometimes overlook during the cold mornings. Rimmel Sun Shimmer Duo Bronzing Powder in ‘Gold Princess’ adds a subtle shimmer to your skin and provides that natural golden glow.

Pupa Face Stick

Baby You’re a Firework

Put down the sparkler and be the sparkler with an eye catching make-up look. You can adopt a little bit of glitter and sparkle with your eyes, cheeks and lips. For a luminous, pearly effect, we recommend the Pupa Metallic Sheen Face Stick. A new brand here at Fragrance Direct, Pupa shine with this metallic face stick which adds a beautiful, natural sheen to the skin. Apply this product to the cheek and brow bones with your fingers.

Astor rouge lipstick

Fiery Lips

If you want to keep your face make-up quite natural, opt for a bold, seductive lip. The hottest shades around can vary from reds, to pinks to oranges, but for Bonfire Night, we love Astor Shine Delux Lipstick in the shade ‘Cheers’. This deep plum colour epitomises A/W and adds a touch of shine to the lips.

What looks will you be wearing this Bonfire Night?