Fiona – Social Media Executive
To celebrate the launch of Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion, we want to give you the chance to win Black XS Potion for Him and for Her ‘ the ultimate fragrance duo for Valentine’s Day!
Our Valentine’s Day competition has now ENDED. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to Julieanne Reilly who’s hilarious story about being locked out of her V Day hotel room in just her undies, got our winning vote!
My boyfriend surprised me with a bouquet of edible cupcake roses! I thought it was so sweet until I realised he’d written ‘Now do the washing up’ in also edible writing just below my tray of carbs!
Sophie – Merchandiser
My other half had planned a romantic meal for just us two, complete with a very expensive bottle of wine & homemade spaghetti. It was all very lovely until his flat mate decided to join us and put the football on. One word ‘ awkward.
Anna – Graphic Designer
Not only did my boyfriend clean the entire house top to bottom (I find that romantic!), I found out he HAD to because he’d bought me a puppy that had decided to use our entire hall and living room as a toilet!
Johnny – Photographer
I took a girl I really liked on a date for Valentine’s Day. I thought picking her up would be a nice way of showing off my fancy new car until it ran out of water and the engine blew up in smoke..
Just leave a comment below this post telling us your Valentine’s Day story! Our expert panel of Fragrance Direct judges will pick a winner based on the best story and they will be announced on Thursday the 13th of February ‘ Just in time for Valentine’s Day!
It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with the rules regarding lip liner. Thankfully, I was blessed with your average pair of lips, meaning they’re not too small, they’re not too big, they’re just right! (Just call me Goldilips). But when I started working at Fragrance Direct, I noticed that all the girls in the office had lip liner filled make-up bags so was this a memo I missed?!
I have always associated lip liner with those terrifying 90s photographs were a brown lip pencil was a girl’s best friend (How ironic that this look is now back in style!). But with a tonne of new formulas, shades and brands that are all offering us a piece of the lip liner cake, we’re ready to indulge in some serious lip envy calories!
I started my lip liner journey with my trusty Carmex Moisture Plus Balm. There’s nothing worse than applying lip liner to chapped, dry lips (I found out the hard way), so apply a generous amount of your favourite lip balm, get to doing the rest of your make-up and by the time you’re ready to get lining, your pout will be perfectly prepared!
You can of course match your lip liner to every shade of lipstick you own but that’s going to take a lot of time, effort and pennies, so try taking a leaf out of my book and find three lip pencil shades that you can adapt with a range of lip colours.
First up is Pupa’s Lip Pencil in the shade 113. I love a deep berry lip, especially during the winter months. I like to apply this lip pencil by very gently shading the outer corners of my lips and then filling in the entire lip with the same colour. Although I’ll be applying a lipstick over the top, using a lip liner first will intensify and lock in the colour for longer.
So remember when I mentioned the risquÃ‡Â¸ brown lip liner shades above? Well you may want to stock up on a few of this season’s hottest shades of chocolate when it comes to your S/S beauty regime (definitely don’t hunt out your lip liner from the 90s, that’s just gross!). Think Kate Moss, cirque 1995 when a deep, sumptuous brown lip brought out all those lovely bronzed tones in your face, perfect for Spring/Summer.
L’Oreal Studio Secrets Lipliner in 062 Brown is almost a mauve shade of brown that works really well with skin/flesh coloured shades of lipstick. Of course you can go all Jesy Nelson aka Little Mix on us and line your lips with this shade and then opt for a lighter tone of lipstick to really pronounce your lips and make the lip liner noticeable. But if you’d rather keep things low key, stick with a similar colour and enjoy fuller, plumper lips.
No make-up bag would be complete without a red lip liner, am I right? When I want to go all out for a big night out, I instantly reach for a trusty red lip, so when I realised that a red lip liner can only intensify the look, I instantly went on the hunt for the perfect one.
That’s when I found Astor Rouge Couture Lip Liner in the shade Bois de Rose. Deeply red and beautifully vintage, I immediately got to pairing this with my favourite red lipstick (which is in fact Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury CrÃ‡Ã¹me Lipstick in the shade Clear Rose, just in case you’re interested!). Not only does my lip colour last all night, I can enjoy those few glasses of wine without having to check that my lipstick hasn’t smeared all over my face!
So lip liner has officially changed my beauty life. Am I late to the party or lip liner a revolution? Let me know by leaving a comment below!