When it comes to beauty products and the world of pampering, it’s all about scents. Do you have any favourite fragranced products? Why is it you like them so much? The likelihood is, is that it either reminds you of something or you’re just obsessed with that kind of smell. Worldwide, summertime = cocktail season. It’s that time of year where we opt for cheeky alcoholic beverages that are fruity and topped with ice to keep us feeling cool and refreshed day to evening. So, what better way to experience this scentsational fruity feeling every day than to indulge in cocktails themselves. Today, we’ve rounded up some of the best beauty products for all cocktail-lovers whether you’re partial to a G&T or a creamy colada.
If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, this is the perfect product for you. CB&Co Pina Colada Shimmer Hydrating Body Tonic is distinctive, fruity and just like summer in a bottle. This fruity blend of pineapple and coconut is perfect for those with a sweet tooth who like to smell sweet and fruity without that dreaded sticky feeling from super thick lotions. CB&CO’s body tonic will instantly transport you to warm sandy beaches and turquoise waters thanks to its lather-rich formula bursting with vitamin C. This powerful product contains ingredients known to hydrate, soften and fight skin damage to keep your skin looking youthful.
In case you didn’t know, summer candles are a thing and there are so many incredible scents to choose from. Baylis & Harding Fuzzy Duck Pink Gin Fiz Luxury Candles are perfect for the home all throughout the year. This exquisitely fragranced candle set is both delicate and light. They have a great burn time of up to 10 hours and sitting in their ultra-cute pink and gold polka dot jars, they look as incredible as they smell. So, the next time you’re cracking open that bottle of pink gin for the evening, why not light this stunning candle set too to fully indulge in the scent?
If you’re a lover of Mai Tai’s, you need to try the CB&CO Mai Tai Body Wash. What better place to bathe in a tiki-style cocktail than in the shower? This fun and vibrant blend of pineapple, lime and orange is appetisingly sweet and will give you that much-needed taste of a tropical paradise whenever you need it. This nourishing body wash lathers up to give your skin a reparative treat whilst its skin-firming and elasticity-boosting properties work their magic in your hands. This would be a great product to get your hands on if you’re in need of that extra dose of energy in the morning too. Within this range, they also offer full body wash sets in cosmopolitan and mojito scents too!
If we take a step into the makeup department, another product that smells just as incredible is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation made with an original vitamin-rich fruity therapy formula resulting in an even complexion with an anti-fatigue result – even better! This fresh, instant blending gel easily glides on to the skin for an even, natural finish. Imperfections are erased, signs of fatigue are all smoothed out and the skin’s radiance is boosted for up to 16 hours. With just a few drops of this fantastic fruity foundation containing litchi, goji berries and pomegranates you can have amazing coverage resulting in radiant summer skin.
Finally, we have a classic for you to try with just a little something extra. The Possibility Gin & Bramble Tonic 3 in 1 Body Wash & Bath Foam is a must-have for all cocktail lovers. Whether you prefer baths or showers, this product is a great all-rounder and would even be amazing to pour into a travel-sized bottle for any holidays you have coming up. As an added bonus, the recipe for the cocktail is on the front of the bottle. Can it really get any better than this? All you need is 50ml gin syrup, 4 fresh limes, 25ml black raspberry liqueur, 240ml water, 200g caster sugar, ice and the method is easy to follow. Check it out – with the incredible discounts you get here at Fragrance Direct, too, this body wash and bath foam bottle is now reduced to just 99p!
There have been so many trends so far this summer, but the key to acing them is all in the detail. Experimenting with new beauty products is always daunting especially if you’re trying something new so we’re here today to give you all the tips, tricks and products you need to get involved with the summer trends you’ve been seeing all over Instagram and only wishing you could pull off, whereas this type, you can and you will!
Glitter boobs are a thing and I can guarantee you’ll have spotted this trend at different festivals so far this summer. It’s fairly risky – but not if you do it the right way. Here’s how. Start with chunkier gems as these are the guys you’ll be building the rest of the look around. Using real glue over your skin isn’t the best idea for this area so use a brush and smoother your chest in hair gel, it may sound crazy, but it works! Next up is the fun part where you grab glitter tub of choice and paint it on all the places covered with gel. Finally, to lock it all in place, grab a can of hairspray and go wild.
FD Recommends: Prima Makeup Unicorn Poop Glitter Paste
To complete the full summer-mermaid vibe, another super cool trend to try out is wet-look hair. One of the easiest ways to do this is to prepare your hair the night before so that you don’t have to spend hours slaving away under a pair of curling tongs. All you need to do is wet your hair before bed with some water or any nourishing water-based hair spray and plait your hair. For loose waves, do two hair plaits or for tighter more textured waves split your hair into four or even six sections depending on how thick your hair is. In the morning when your hair has dried, if any sections need topping up, just plait that section again and apply a bit of heat to it whether that’s clamping the plait with straighteners or using your blow dryer with a spritz of heat-protectant beforehand of course. To top the look off add in a texturizing spray and any dry oils of your choice from root to tip.
FD Recommends: Fudge Bodifying Salt Enhanced Texture Spray
Have you been scrolling through Instagram and spotted anyone with a few more freckles than usual recently? That will be because of the faux freckle trend. It’s great to do whether you already have freckles or not because the likelihood is, is that when you opt for more coverage with a heavy-duty concealer or foundation for its sweat-proof powers, as well as evening out your skin tone, these products, of course, cover it up too. To bring back your freckles and beauty marks, all you need is a brown liner whether it’s for your lips or eyes. Then delicately pencil on, one dab at a time, until you get the desired effect. To add clusters of freckles around your nose, adding a touch of bronzer and blush beforehand will help to blend them in.
FD Recommends: High Definition Beauty Kajal – Rich Brown
Finally, we have a trend in products and it’s all about a little bit of firming action. Whatever your size and shape, we all struggle with stretch marks and cellulite no matter how curvy those areas may be. So great products to invest in to give you that extra boost of confidence if you need it are products with firming superpowers. Whether you’ve caught the tan of your dreams from your holiday already or you’ve been working all summer and haven’t been abroad, fake tan is here to save the day. It can give you the perfect top-up or an ideal glow when you need it and what’s better is that there are now a fair few formulas with firming creams in them!
FD Recommends: St Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming Lotion
Which of these summer trends will you be testing out for yourself! Head on over to our Instagram and be sure to tag us with #TagFD or #FDBeauty so we can see any of your recreations!
Whether you’re obsessed with a new fragrance and want to smell it all throughout your home not just on yourself or you’ve got a tiny bit left in a bottle that you want to make the most of, these DIY hacks will give you all kinds of ideas. From increasing a perfume’s longevity to repurposing a fragrance for things you never would have thought about before, prepare to have your mind blown. If you’re on the lookout for new fragrances too, we’ve recommended some that would be perfect for the summer!
It’s all about timing. The best time to spray your fragrance is as soon as you’ve stepped out of the shower. Your warm, damp skin will really help to lock in the scent and unlike spraying it when you’re fully dressed, this way you’ll be able to avoid staining delicate clothes and any costume jewellery. It’s easy enough to do! To remind yourself grab your favourite bottle and place it right next to your towel so you’re ready to go.
FD Recommends: Moschino Toy2
Petroleum jelly is a savour. As well as good old Vaseline being able to work wonders for dry skin and chapped lips, it’s great to use for throwing on perfume. Maybe you had your shower the night before, or you’ve come home to get changed quickly for evening plans and need a fragrance boost. Just apply a little bit of Vaseline to your pulse points such as your wrists, lower neck, behind the ears (and even your folds halfway down your arms and behind your knees) pre-spritzing and you’ll be good to go. The slight tackiness to the balm will hold the fragrance to your skin much longer than applying it to dry skin.
FD Recommends: Davidoff Run Wild
Don’t dab! We’re all guilty of spritzing our wrists and then rubbing them together as if we’re doing ourselves a favour but we really aren’t. The harsh wrist-to-wrist rubbing action actually forces the top notes to disappear faster than intended and as a result of that, you’ll find that the fragrance won’t last as long. Instead, spray from slightly further away to get a nice mist that will easily skin into your skin without leaving a wet feeling.
FD Recommends: Calvin Klein Eternity Flame
Two? Make it three. I’m not driving. If you have a tiny bit left of your favourite fragrance, add a few drops to any unscented lotion. You’ll be able to enjoy it for much longer because the moisture in the cream will really hold on to the fragrance. You can also add it to any scented creams or balms too, just choose which scents you think would compliment each other nicely.
FD Recommends: YSL Black Opium
Tissue paper in drawers
Something new. Ever thought of lining your draws with pretty tissue paper? It may sound unusual at first but paired with this next technique, it’s a great way to make your clothes and towels smelling amazing. All you need is some tissue paper, the prettier the better and your favourite fragrance to spray all over. This is a great routine to get into if you’re forgetful in the mornings and sometimes forget to have a quick spritz before you go out. This way, you’ll have lovely smelling clothes all of the time.
FD Recommends: Jimmy Choo Floral
Make your own diffuser. If you dream of lovely scents filling your home from top to bottom, this next DIY hack is the one for you. All you’ll need is a few wooden reeds. If you have a bottle with a removable head that stands upright, you could go ahead and just pop them in there. Alternatively, if you empty the contents of the perfume into a small jar or vase and add the reeds, you’ll get the same effect!
FD Recommends: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
Complement the longer Summer days by keeping your home fresh and bright with some gorgeous seasonal scents. Candles aren’t only for the dark winter days; you can still light a beautiful fresh candle to liven up your home in the warmer months.
There’s plenty of lighter candles that can bring the beach into your home and it’s the perfect time to introduce some scents you wouldn’t usually choose.
Our summery picks are a delicious combination of zesty and refreshing, warm and breezy, sensual and adventurous. So keep reading to check out our top picks and here’s our favourite little tip… make sure you burn your candles for at least two hours to really allow the aroma to release, this also helps them burn evenly rather than pooling and leaving wax up the sides of your candle jar.
Woodwick Sea Salt Vanilla Large Candle
Soft Vanilla blossoms swirled with notes of Sea Salt and Jasmine, the natural wooden wick creates a soothing sound of a crackling fire to take you back to those bonfires on the beach… Woodwick candles have some of the longest burn times in the industry and fragrance your entire room with an inviting scent.
Candlelight Large Ring Pull Gin & Tonic Scented Candle
This candle is guaranteed to take you straight back to that exotic cocktail bar. With a gorgeous, fresh scent of gin & tonic, this candle will definitely get you in the mood for Summer.
Shearer Candles Vanilla & Coconut Large Candle Tin
A heavenly scent of warm baked coconut infused hints of vanilla pod. This gorgeous tin candle is super portable so you can take it anywhere with you to use at a moment’s notice. The beautiful coconut scent will transport you back to those lazy holiday days…
Heart & Home Ellipse Candle Jar White Jasmine & Freesia
This gorgeous 4 wick candle will fill your home with evocative scents that will last all day long. White Jasmine and Freesia is a beautifully fresh scent that leaves you dreaming of warm summer days spent with picnics in meadows.
Shearer Candles Lemon Zest Tin Candle
With a burn time of 20 hours you can be sure that this cute tin candle will keep your home smelling fresh throughout the summer months. A fresh, juicy lemon fragrance that is enhanced by sparkling verbena and lemongrass.
Orla Kiely Fig Tree Scented Candle
This gorgeous candle is fragranced with a Mediterranean blend of balsamic base notes with leafy fig and lavender, finishing with fresh citrus notes. A super fresh, light and summery candle that will transport you off to those Italian gardens in no time.
Candlelight Two Wick India Kashmir and Fig Candle
This beautifully scented candle is Indian-inspired with Pear and Fig, housed in a striking jar that’s decorated with Eastern-influenced motifs in hues of pink, orange and pink. If you’re looking for Asian aromas in your home then this is the candle for you.
Still not inspired? Take a look at the amazing collection of Yankee Candles!
Sheet Masks may look frightening but the nourishment and benefits you can get from them is second to none, not to mention the time, effort and mess they save! When your skin needs little pick me up, simply smooth one over your face, let it work its magic while you get on with endless to do list.
Sheet masks are usually made of paper or cloth, they are then saturated in a solution that’s packed full of skin loving ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid or hyaluronic acid. Each come with their individual sachet so they’re super easy to carry round with you or travel with. Super portable!
Sheet masks have plenty of benefits but the number one being that they act a barrier to seal in the ingredients so that your skin can soak them up, rather than evaporating from the surface. The once, you’re done you massage in any excess serum into your face and your complexion is guaranteed to look instantly better.
They are filled with various vitamins and minerals and won’t dry out the skin compared to the paste-type face mask.
Hydration is one of the key benefits of a sheet mask, your skin will gain a big boost of moisture! Your skin looks at its healthiest when its super moisturised, sheet masks will give your skin a gorgeous healthy and radiant look.
There is no limit to how often you can use a sheet masks, hallelujah! They’re not like a detoxifying or exfoliating treatment as they just feed skin nourishing ingredients into your skin. Some Korean women say they use a sheet mask every single evening to keep their skin looking even and smooth.
Our Favourite Sheet Masks
BeautyPro Nourishing Collagen Sheet Mask with Olive – this nourishing mask is enriched with natural olive extracts. Dehydrated skin gets a super shot of moisture to refresh while antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits soothe the skin. This mask uses marine collagen to fight signs of ageing and boost skin elasticity.
Simple Kind to Skin Pollution Protect Sheet Mask – this mask is the perfect antidote to pollution. It is made of natural fibres and it contours to the face like a second skin. Infused with antioxidant Vitamin E, Vitamin B3 and Agave Americana, it infuses into the skin to minimise the drying effects of pollution.
Natura Tumeric Infused Sheet Mask – turmeric is a multi-tasking superfood with anti-ageing benefits that re-energise the skin. It encourages cell renewal and act as a powerful antioxidant to protect the skin. It leaves the skin looking radiant and deeply hydrated.
Purederm Deep Purifying O2 Bubble Sheet Mask – this is a crazy looking bubble mask that generates o2 bubbles to remove toxins, dead skin cells and sebum to brighten your skin tone and cleanse your skin. The charcoal powder cleanses and purifies your skin together with Orange and Lemon Extract by helping to absorb toxins.