When it comes to packing for a holiday, one of the first things we think of in the beauty department is sun cream, right? In fact, everyone seems to be pretty clued up on the stuff today with many taking an interest in SPF factors and debating whether or not 30 is the new 50. However, if we put as much time into investigating after sun products as we did our beloved sun creams, maybe we’d be coming back from our travels with skin that is a lot less flaky and a lot more moisturised. With that said, we’ve rounded up some of the dreamiest after sun care products out there right now – all available to shop on our FD Beauty site.
First up is the Garnier Ambre Solaire Aftersun Tissue Mask that will help to recharge your skin with a surge of hydration after lying around in the sun all day. It’s an ultra-thin tissue mask that is infused with witch hazel and hyaluronic acid that will leave your skin feeling soothed, revitalised and nourished. Just imagine coming back from your sunbathing sesh to freshen up for the evening and you have one of these beauties stashed away for an instant pamper – amazing!
Another incredible facial product is the Guinot Longue Vie Soleil Youth Face Cream which is actually a before and after sun treatment. It works in two ways to support the sun cream of your choice as well as soothing the skin after you’ve been exposed to the sun. If your skin is slightly more on the drier side too, this is a great product to use morning and night to top up that moisture.
Moving on to lotions, we have another fabulous product from the same brand, it’s the Guinot Youth Lotion After Sun for the body. This one is a moisturising treatment that works to re-hydrate your skin and enhance your tan. It’s incredibly calming with its reparative quantities and will help you to maintain a youthful, nourished look to your skin too.
If you prefer a gel formula that sinks in a little bit quicker, why not try the Ultrasun After Sun which is a favourite of many. What makes this one different from the others is its super lightweight formula that is perfect for cooling and soothing all over. Made in Switzerland, it has an ingredient called liposomal sodium ascorbate which activates the skin’s biological repair system. It also has an airless pump dispenser to prevent any contamination so it’s also a great product for sensitive skin too.
Finally, we have the Piz Buin After Sun Instant Relief Mist Spray which is perfect for a no-fuss application. It’s a gentle spray that provides instant 48-hour hydration while working to restore the natural moisture balance of the skin. If you’re a fan of a product that sinks in quickly too, this non-greasy, non-sticky formula will win you over in no time.
Treating yourself to great after sun products like these is always worth it because you’ll finally be able to wave goodbye to that dreaded peeling stage when you get back home. Instead, you can prepare for receiving tons of compliments on how lovely your tan is from head to toe!
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift with a fantastic range of beauty bits or you fancy treating yourself to some new makeup goodies, our brand new FD Beauty Make Up Favourites Beauty Box is here to save the day. Everything in this limited-edition box has been hand-picked to spice up anyone’s makeup collection. Why spend hours researching around online and watching more YouTube videos than you can handle when all the work has been done for you? Find out what lies inside below.
Our new FD Beauty Box also welcomes a fellow newbie: an exclusive FD Beauty Blending Sponge to flawlessly apply your foundation. Now if that isn’t the perfect finishing touch to a set of makeup, what is? Sponges are great to apply cream and liquid products, whether it’s a foundation, some concealer or a couple of illuminating highlighter drops, you just can’t go wrong. For best results, dampen it. A great routine to get into is washing it with some soap before you use it. Not only will it increase the sponge in size and give it a softer feel, but it is also of course, more hygienic too!
Another amazing product we’re welcoming into our first ever beauty box is Sleek’s Barekissed Illuminator. This gorgeous shimmery highlighting product is perfect for all skin types and tones because it blends out like a dream leaving behind glistening magic on your skin. Whether you’re a fan of using products like these under your foundation for an all-over glow or you prefer adding drops onto your cheekbones, you’ve got to try this one.
Next up in the FD Beauty Box is the Marco By Design Gel Bounce Eyeshadow Palette. With this, you can transform any look from day to night. Featuring five sparkling shades, you’ll be able to create casual summery looks as well as deep sultry ones for the evening time. Brunch with the girls? Date night with someone special? This palette will have you sorted in no time. Golden and chocolate neutrals look great with any eye colour, so this palette is a versatile one too.
After you’ve mastered that eyeshadow look you gained inspiration for on Pinterest, with our new FD Beauty Box, you can top it off with a lick or two of Maybelline’s Volum Express Turbo Boost Mascara. If volume and drama are on your checklist when it comes to the eye department, this product will be one of the most tempting ones of the collection. A great trick to further intensify any mascara you have is to apply one coat, let it dry and then comb over the back of your top lashes. Yes, it feels kind of strange at first but when you go back over normally for a final lengthening sesh, the results are incredible.
For long-lasting colour, comfort and moisture, Rimmel’s The Only One Lipstick is one of the main attractions in our new FD Beauty Box. This beautiful pink colour complements the eyeshadow palette perfectly and is perfect for the summer season ahead. It’s so easy to get swept up into the matte neutral liquid lip trend but a nourishing pink lip is a staple. It’s easy to top up if you need to and it feels as soft as a lip balm. What could be better?
Our final addition to the FD Beauty Box is an Essie nail polish allowing you to get that fresh-from-the-beauty-salon look. Long-lasting? Chip-resistant? Suitable for every skin tone? Check, check, check. And that is everything! You can shop our new FD Beauty Box here and you’ll get all these goodies for just £15.99. Go on, I know you’re tempted…
Here at Fragrance Direct we love travelled size minis, so we decided to discuss some of our favourites. Mini’s are great for testing out a new product if you have never used it before, they are great if you have run out of your favourite product and you can’t make it till pay day or if you are going on holiday, fitting all your essentials in can be hard so these minis are perfect!
Today we are going to look at the essentials and recommendations for any products to try out. So, our first essentials perfect for any holidays or festivals you have planned this summer would be Dermalogica’s 15ml precleanse balm with applicator. This handy balm has a nourishing formula that cuts through make-up, sunscreen and oil- based debris. This affordable mini is a highly rated product which you can rely on to clean your skin.
Our next essential would be the Balance Me 10ml Radiance Face Oil which will give your skin all the nourishments it needs. Amazonian Buriti Nut Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, which help improve skins firmness, hydration and tone as well as having rosehip oil and chamomile oils which improves uneven skin tones and pigmentation and have anti-inflammatory and calming properties making this a handy product to have without whether you might be.
The Fudge hair products have had really good reviews and there 50ml selection is great value for money. The Fudge Clean Blonde Damage Rewind Violet Shampoo and the Fudge Cool Brunette Blue-Toning Shampoo effectively clean, refresh, repair and strengthen dyed hair.
L’Oreal’s 7ml False lash Wings Mascara is a great one to take with you, giving you that extra exaggeration on your eyelashes. This product works on volumizing them at the roots and adding to the lashes to give you a winged eye effect.
Clinique’s Pop Matte Lip Colour and Primer is a weightless, pigmented-saturated formula in a range of lovely colours perfect for summer. This product has a lasting creamy matte finish and with its built-in formula is helps smooths lips, a favourite would be the shade ‘Blushing Pop’.
Lastly if you were wanting a travel sized 30ml fragrance to take away with you which was the perfect summer scent the new launch from the YSL Black Opium Family, Exotic Illusion would be a great choice! With warming vanilla, jasmine and orange blossom scent this is a new favourite it’s a beautifully designed bottle.
In todays world the modern man takes pride in his appearance and with more products out there, life is made easier. Here is a men’s grooming guideline with top tips and product recommendations as it can be hard to know the good from the bad. This guide is perfect for anyone who needs a little extra guidance for finding what works best for them.
Firstly, for gents something that is always important is hair, no matter how much you have you! If you have thick hair it will be able to withhold pomades which are thicker, waxy, water-based products and for those who have a thinner head of hair we recommend using a spray for hold. American Crew Pomade is the perfect product for hair that can sometimes be a little wild, this styling product is a great formula excellent for taming curly or straight hair if you are wanting slick back or roughly textured hair. The alternative would be the firm hold spray with a medium shine finish by American Crew. This spray can be worked into damp or dry hair to give long lasting hold and is easily restyled throughout the day. American crew are renowned for their reliable, affordable men’s grooming products so you should check out their brand whatever products you are needing.
If you are keeping on trend with the long stubble, maintaining definition and tidiness is key – think Jake Gyllenhaal! This type of beard suits all face shapes, but needs trimmed meticulously to eliminate stray hairs, particularly those which grow on the cheek areas as well as on the Adam’s apple. Having good beard clippers is essential and cost effective as it saves you popping to the barbers every week, our recommendation would by the BaByliss for Men Ceramic Smooth Clipper which is a cordless or mains clipper, which gives a precise engineer ceramic cutting blades for smooth effortless cutting of the hairs. Finish up with a beard oil which will nourish your beard and soften up the tougher hairs, the Admiral Nourishing beard Oil with Olive extract is a favourite.
Everyman should have a signature scent, if you are wanting to be cost effective use a value one for every day and you’re favourite for weekends or evenings. A man’s fragrance should not be overpowering it should be a part of his presence, something people recognise him for. Run Wild the new scent from Davidoff is perfect for everyday as a light, fresh, unique blend of lavender, fir balsam and Tonka bean. This scent has just launched and is predicted to be very popular so grab yours now for summer. For a classic style for the evening or weekends we recommend the top new launch for men this year Giorgio Armani Code Absolu Eau de Parfum Spray. This is an oriental scent with a rum herb balanced with Tonka bean and vanilla notes and with the highest percentage of essential oils this is ensured to last all night long.
A smile goes a long way so looking after your teeth is important. An electric toothbrush is proven to be more effective at moving plague and maintaining gum health in comparison to a manual toothbrush because of the rotating motion. At fragrance direct there is a range of great rechargeable toothbrushes such as the Oral B Vitality Cross Action Rechargeable toothbrush, this is currently great value and offers superior cleaning motion.
For your skincare routine look for a facial wash that is going to keep your skin clear of any outbreaks or blackheads and if you have had a heavy week use one that is micro-bead free because it is more abrasive and will remove any dirt of bacteria you have built up! The award-winning Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm from Balance Me has Virgin Coconut Oil and May Change which have impressive anti-bacterial properties, leaving your skin plump and nourished, protected and hydrated!
We all try to hide signs of aging whether we are male or female a good eye cream allows you to reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles the Total Eye Care by Dermalogica is formulated without artificial fragrances and colours. It is a bonus that this cream is SPF 15 considering your eyes are a sensitive area.
Lastly any grooming tools such as tweezers and clippers you need for keeping on top of nails or eyebrows you can shop all on the fragrance direct website for great value. Keeping on top of if will be cost effective and easy to do, so we hope you found this helpful.
Festival season is underway, and who isn’t excited about long weekends filled with music, booze, and (hopefully) sunshine?
Festival fashion is always an exciting part of going to a festival, whether that’s wearing wellies all weekend, excessive amounts of glitter, or our personal favourite – florals! Flower crowns and other headpieces are a staple of festival attire, so we’ve teamed up with online florist Blossoming Gifts,who are sharing their top tips on making one that stands out from the crowd.
What You’ll Need
● Flowers and greenery
● Floral Wire
● Floral tape, or green tape
Although you’ll often see flower crowns made from artificial flowers, if you really want to make an impact fresh flowers are the way to go. They are more vibrant, and nothing beats their fresh floral scent.The fragrance will be especially appreciated after a few days.
The only downside is that you’ll have to arrange your crown just before the festival, to ensure that the flowers don’t wilt too quickly.
The flowers you choose will depend on the look you’re going for. You will need a mixture of the following:
● Foliage and greenery
● A statement stem, such as garden roses, peonies, or sunflowers
● Filler flowers such as spray roses, stocks, and hypericum berries
For a more bohemian and wild look, choose flowers in different varieties, sizes, and colours. On the other hand, if you are looking for something more chic and understated, choose smaller blooms in neutral or soft pastel colours. Of course for festivals bigger is probably better, so we would recommend eye catching summery blooms like sunflowers and peonies.
Preparing Your Flowers
To ensure your flowers last, you will want to trim an inch off each stem using a sharp knife or secateurs. You should then put them in a vase of fresh water for at least an hour to give them time to hydrate and perk up.
Once your flowers have had some time to soak, you can cut away more of the stems. You will only need ½ inch to 2 inches of stem underneath the flower head to attach it to your crown.
Creating the Base
Floral wire is essential for creating your crown. This is a strong wire that is easy to shape, and will secure your flowers in place.
For the base, you will want to wrap a piece of floral wire around your head, and cut it at the correct length. Make sure you have your hair in a similar style to how you are planning to wear it on the day, as this can affect the way the crown fits. Try to leave a quarter inch of excess to give you some wiggle room.
Twist the ends together to create a circle. Then, wrap floristry tape around the ends several times to protect you from any sharp bits and to secure the wire in place.
Greenery should be added to the base first. This will help to disguise the wire, as well as provide structure for the rest of the flowers. Eucalyptus and similar leaves both look great and are easy to work with.
Simply wrap your foliage around the wire and secure it in place with floral tape.
Attach Your Flowers
Attach your larger statement flowers first. It’s up to you how you arrange these – you could create a symmetrical crown where larger blooms are evenly spaced, or for a more rustic feel they can be arranged more randomly.
Wrap thin florist’s wire around the stem and your base to secure the blooms in place. For a festival, we would definitely recommend adding a couple of layers of wire to prevent the flowers falling off whilst you’re enjoying the revelries.
Once the bigger flowers are in place, you can fill in the gaps with smaller blooms and other elements such as branches and berries. In some cases, it may be easier to arrange the filler flowers into mini bouquets, and then attach that to the wire. This can make it easier to achieve the overall look you are aiming for.
Keep going until your flower crown is finished, then enjoy partying the weekend away with your beautiful floral creation! You can check out our fragrances here to find yourself a scent that will keep you smelling fresh throughout the festival season.