Top 3 Beauty & Makeup Apps You Need To Try

Top 3 Beauty & Makeup Apps You Need To Try


These days, there’s an app for just about everything and the ever-current beauty industry has stepped up to the mark.

We’ve been seeing beauty and makeup apps springing up for a couple of years now, and we can’t get enough of them! With developments in facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence moving forwards in leaps and bounds, if you’re new to the world of beauty apps, there’s never been a better time to get involved.

Whether you want to try on virtual makeup looks, order a new collection or appoint a professional hairstylist or beauty therapist to your door, these apps have it all. Here are a few of our favourites.

1. YouCam
YouCam is one of the most popular makeup apps available and can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices.

By using facial detection, this smart beauty app gives you a true-to-life experience in real-time or on photos. There are hundreds of gorgeous makeup and beauty products to choose from, so you can mix and match until you find a combination that suits you!

The YouCam community is thriving – members can share and discover makeup tutorials, fashion news and tips. Some of our favourite features of this app include:
• One-touch skin analysis
• Beauty live streaming
• Real-time makeovers

This app has it all and is a great place to start if you’re new to the game.

2. Mary Kay Virtual Makeover
Mary Kay’s Virtual Makeover app is perfect for makeup lovers. You can try makeup and beauty products on your own face, or choose a model to try on, and share your designs with your friends on social media.

What we really love about this one is the one-click makeover feature. These makeup looks are created using perfectly matched seasonal colours and products. Users can try on timeless or modern makeup looks and discover what suits them best, without having to splash out on all the products before-hand.

This one is available on both iTunes and for Android.

3. Slapp
Finding the right shade of foundation, especially online, can seem impossible. There are so many makeup apps that promise to match your skin tone to your perfect shade of foundation, concealer or lipstick, and often they fall short of the mark.

Well, enter Slapp! This is one of the few skin-matching apps that really work, and we can’t get enough.

Available on iTunes and for Android, this free-to-use app works by analysing a picture of you, focusing on your cheeks, chin, and forehead, before bringing you a list of all the best products to suit your shade. You can filter products depending on your needs, and the app will serve up a whole selection of colour matches from all your favourite brands! Amazing, right?

So, it seems no matter what you’re in the market for, there’s a beauty app available to help. Did you know we have an app of our own? Download the Fragrance Direct app to browse and buy all your favourite products at the touch of a button! If you’re a little more old-school, stick to the Fragrance Direct blog for all your beauty and makeup tips, like how to clean your makeup brushes and sponges, or how to gym-proof your makeup.

How To Pack Light For Spring

How To Pack Light For Spring


Is your first holiday of the year nearly here? Whether you’re going on a city break or a week somewhere further away for some sunshine, you must start thinking about what to take. Packing light is something many of us struggle with! So today we are running through some skincare and make up essentials that won’t break the bank in case you need a last-minute fix;

Let’s assess your wash bag first; While our skin will benefit from some vitamin D, we tend to over indulge when on holiday. So, we need to make sure we are counteracting on any increases in alcohol or lack of sleep by maintaining a good skincare routine. The Ren Clean Skincare Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is a reliable cleanser than is sensitive to all skin types. It has jojoba wax beads which will purify and detox your skin by gently scrubbing away dead cells while the jojoba seed oil deeply hydrates and plumps leaving your new underneath skin looking its best.

When on holiday we all want to wear minimal make- up and let our skin breathe so taking a moisturizer than can allow your skin to stay hydrated and let you feel comfortable bare faced is a massive must. The Nivea Soft Cream is perfect for everyday and can be used on your face, hands and body. This formula also includes jojoba oil working well with your cleanser leaving your skin looking and feeling revitalised.

Sun cream as we all know should be worn no matter how much sunlight you are getting, Piz Buin is great for leaving your skin light and weightless without feeling oily and greasy. There is a huge selection on site with great savings but one to try if you are going on a city break and need one for on the go is the Piz Buin Ultra-Light Dry Touch Sun Fluid SPF15. This hydrating fluid spreads easily and leaves skin silky smooth and dry without any white marks.

One to consider while on holiday especially if you are going to be in the sea or a pool is a hair mask. Hair can often become dry and rough, looking damaged due to the oils being removed from factors such as chlorine. So, if you are wanting to create that perfect beach wave, put on the Osmo Hair Mask for 5 minutes and let the moringa oil and silk protein smooth and revitalised your hair.

Now let’s look at your make up bag; On holiday we tend to wear less make up as we develop a nice glow but if you want a natural look for a day out or in the evening then having a good foundation such as the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is key. This foundation is renowned for its 100% poreless coverage and light texture leaving you with a flawless natural finish.

The next essential is having a good powder to matte your complexion as the heat can often give us an unwanted shine. The Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powder blurs imperfections and mattifies your flawless finish providing a bare skin sensation. It includes a soft sponge perfect for touching up on the go.

The next necessity is having a fresh mascara to give those gorgeous long eyelashes. A few strokes of mascara go a long way even if we are wanting a natural look. The Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara would be a good choice to take.

The Sun kissed Hello Sunshine Matte Bronzer is something everyone should have packed. On holiday many of us apply bronzer everywhere! On our cheeks to make then glow, on our neck to blend our finish and on our shoulders so we look sun kissed. This velvety powder infused with minerals smooths easily over your skin.

Lastly taking a good gloss with you for your lip will finish off any day or evening looks you need. The Daniel Sandler Lip Gloss is a non-sticky formula that gives you a transparent shine. The glide on tube applicator is quick and easy and enriched with vitamin A, giving you a high impact shine! A personal favourite is the nude Super Bare shade.

Beauty and Fragrance Gifts for Mother’s Day

Beauty and Fragrance Gifts for Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day will be here before you know it and with it being on the 31st of March, the last day of the month it is best to be prepared while we still have the budget. We all want our mums to feel appreciated and loved every day of the year but on Mother’s Day we can make an extra special effort.

If you are struggling with idea’s here at Fragrance Direct, we have the answers so there is no excuse to grab some flowers and chocolates from the corner shop last minute. If you think this year your mum would like to try a new fragrance, then these three launches are ones to have a look at. The first is Issey Miyake Eau’ D’Issey Pure Petale De Nectar, which is a fresh light Eau de Toilette that has just launched and is perfect for spring summer. This is a great one for all mums out there with a feminine taste due to its sleek, delicate bottle design and sweet scents of pear, honey and rose.

The second recommendation for a fragrance would be the new Emporio Armani In Love with You. This new Eau de Parfum is a fruity, sweet, addictive scent with notes of black cherry, jasmine and vanilla and with its classic, simplistic bottle, this would make a great gift. Not only that the name of the fragrance would flatter any mum out there.

The final suggestion for a fragrance would be the Dolce and Gabbana The Only One 2, the second chapter of the story. This new launch is for the sophisticated, strong mums out there with its signature coffee and violet notes. With its red, empowering bottle it symbolises love and femininity.

If you are thinking of other options this Mother’s Day, there are some great gift sets that any mum would love to receive. The first is the Gatineau Pamper Collection 4 Piece Gift Set, this set includes the Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask, Defi Lift 3D Revoluming Lip Care, Vitmina Suractivee Hand Cream and the Professional Mask Brush all in a beautiful wash bag. For anyone who uses Gatineau and is new to the brand, this is an incredible brand and would be a real treat to whoever receives this set, another bonus is you would make a huge saving on these products.

The next idea we pulled out as a great present was the Crabtree and Evelyn Garden Hand Therapy Duo. This brand always does lovely hand cream sets in beautiful packaging, but this duo is a favourite. Both creams smell gorgeous especially the Gardeners moisturising therapy and are great for healing any cracks or dryness caused by the cold weather.

This set is for if your mum deserves a little pamper, this Soothing bath and body set by Urban Veda is a trusted brand that will harmonise delicate skin. It includes a body wash and full-size soothing body lotion full of calming botanical extracts that will de-stress and pamper this Mother’s Day.

The final recommendation from us here at Fragrance Direct would be for those mums who are into their beauty brands and products. The Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Set includes a full-size mascara, lip and eye make up remover and a precision glide eye pencil eye liner in black velvet. This is a highly recommended brand and these three products are essential in any lady’s make up bag making it a great gift this Mother’s Day.

We hope that this has been helpful and that you find the perfect gift for your mum this Mother’s Day! Make sure you take a look at the Mother’s Day category for more options.

Dermalogica Prisma Protect

Dermalogica Prisma Protect


It isn’t new to us that exposure to the sun’s UV rays can have a huge impact on our skin. We all know to apply some form of sun protection on really hot days, when we’re away on holiday and when we’re in direct sunlight, but did you know that even on a cloudy day, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can still pass through? And did you know that UVA rays can even pass through glass? Protecting our skin from the sun’s damaging rays is so important, and this means sun protection should be a part of everyone’s skincare routine no matter what time of year or what you’re doing on any given day. This is the only way to maintain healthy skin whilst preventing the visible signs of sun damage such as dryness, tightness, lack of elasticity and dark spots.

Introducing Dermalogica’s newest Moisturiser with SPF protection, Prisma Protect SPF30! This light-activated moisturiser provides broad spectrum defence whilst also preventing future signs of aging. Combining a hydrating moisturiser with protection from UV rays, free radical damage and pollution means this multi-tasking product has just made our skincare routine a lot easier. Simply apply after cleansing and toning for all-day hydration, visibly smooth skin and protection from damaging sun rays. No need for an extra layer on sun cream!

We caught up with Dermalogica’s Education Executive, Victoria Schofield, to find out more about this exciting new product and how it works.

The Master Multi-Tasker
If you’re looking for a moisturiser to fit in with your busy lifestyle, Prisma Protect SPF30 could be the multi-tasking moisturiser you need in your life! It defends against environmental aggressors, delivers long-lasting hydrating and boosts your skin’s natural luminosity. Ideal for those in their 20’s and 30’s, looking to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin damage, Prisma Protect Sp30 is suitable for all skin conditions and is packed with smart technology and traditional ingredients for your healthiest skin yet!

Light Activated Skin Defence
1. Defend. In the quest for youthful looking skin and minimising skin damage, you need a moisturiser that defends against our hostile environment. Prisma Protect SPF30 contains best-in-class sunscreens that defend against visible light and offers superior protection from both UVA, the ‘ageing ray’, as well as UVB, the ‘burning ray’. It also contains Japanese Matcha Tea, which is 100x more powerful than Green Tea providing potent antioxidants to defend against free radicals and pollution particles that ravage our skin. In fact, it blocks out 85% of pollutants that may otherwise enter our skin causing symptoms such as dehydration, sensitivity and pigmentation.

2. Hydrate. Keeping skin hydrated throughout the day poses us a real challenge because so much in our environment and lifestyle saps the moisture from our skin. Prisma Protect SPF30 contains Advanced Moisture Magnets that we derive from plants that binds water to the skin like a magnet. This provides a reservoir of moisture, keeping skin hydrated and smooth all day.

3. Boost. Dermalogica have created some exciting new technology to boost your skins natural luminosity. Using light-activated drone technology allows us to target specific cells in the skin with actives that boost your skin’s luminosity and inner glow. These ‘cosmetic drones’ are programmed to deliver their contents to your collagen producing cells where they release light-activated Chlorella, an algae extract. So, once you’ve applied your Prisma Protect SPF30 and you’re out and about, this ingredient gets to work deep in your skin boosting radiance.

To get the most out of this innovative product, first you should clean your skin with a Dermalogica Double Cleanse to ensure all make-up, dirt and pollutants are off your skin. Then, spritz your face with your favourite toner to layer hydration. Finally, apply a generous amount of Prisma Protect SP30, which should feel silky and light and dries down for a sheer coverage.

To find out more about how to work with your skin’s natural defence and repair modes, and advice on what products you should use and when, visit www.myskinclock.com.

Future proof your skin health and get your life-activated skin defence on!


Thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!

Controlling Acne Through The Changing Season

Controlling Acne Through The Changing Season


With March marking the beginning of Spring, most of us will be looking forward to our skin returning to its glorious hydrated state. However, the initial change in weather can cause a riff in our skincare routine and for anyone who suffers with acne, monitoring your skin is key because you may suffer with breakouts. They say spring is the perfect time to scrub your skin and free your pores of any dirt, even though we are constantly advised on consistency, this is the time to experiment with new products that you may benefit from.

As the weather gets warmer and humidity heightens oil and grease can get trapped feeling heavy, clogging your pores. Acne breakouts happen when the sweat mixes with bacteria, so you must find oil- free products and ones with ingredients that are going to help you tackle it. Firstly, try switching to an oil- free or water-based product this will help control excess sebum;

Dermalogica Active Moist is a lightweight, oil- free moisturiser that contains silk amino acids and plant extracts that will improve texture as well as tackling dehydration without aggravating your skin or blemishes. It’s a soft, easy to apply formula and a great one to try out.

Clinique Acne- Blemish Solution Correcting Serum is a gentle oil-free formula which is designed for adult skin types that are experiencing breakouts along with lines and wrinkles. This serum clears skin leaving it hydrated and fresh for the day.

Secondly for a deeper clean and treatment of acne look for products that contain Salicylic Acid;

Alba Botanica Acne Oil Control Lotion; Is a mattifying oil- free lotion with max strength 2% salicylic acid. This gives you visibly clearer complexion leaving your skin smooth, fresh, oil-free and plump.

Burt’s Bees Anti- Blemish Purifying Daily Cleanser contains salicylic acid which is scientifically proven to penetrate pores, clearing bacteria which can cause outbreaks and any excess oil without drying out your skin or leaving it irritated.

Lastly an ingredient that would be to look for glycolic acid;

The Ren Skincare Radiance Micro Polish Cleanse; Is a gentle two-in-one foaming cream cleanser which washes away dirt and makeup while micro beads of Amber Powder buff away dead skin cells and polish your skins surface leaving it brighter and healthier.

Elemental Herbology Vital Glow Overnight Resurfacing Cream is an awarding winning restorative cream, containing Malic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid it dramatically helps cell turnover, reduction in blemishes, pigmentation and imperfections. This product will deliver a healthy and radiant glow if you feel your skin is needing a boost.

Hopefully this has been helpful, some tips to remember if you aren’t already; cleanse at least twice a day, don’t scrub your skin as it can cause irritation and treat yourself to some skin friendly foods such as blueberries, tomatoes and fatty fish’s and then your skin will be flawless for summer!