The Best False Lashes to Top Off Your Halloween Look (and how to apply them!)

The Best False Lashes to Top Off Your Halloween Look (and how to apply them!)

False lashes can add a real “wow” factor to any outfit, in particular a Halloween look! There’s an incredible range of lashes available at Fragrance Direct with different styles and sizes to suit whatever look you’re going for! You can choose your falsies to complement or contrast with your costume, colour coordinate with the rest of your outfit or go for crazy lengths and shapes to make a memorable statement.

If you’re new to the false lash scene there’s a number of different types of lashes for you to try, from the original strip lashes that require adhesive to magnetic lashes that clip onto your own eyelashes. Individual lashes can also be a great option for those who want to add a bit of oomph and volume but don’t want them to be too dramatic. Applying false lashes is easier than you might think and with a few easy tips and a little practice you might just end up wanting to wear lashes every day!

How to apply false lashes:

1. Curl and apply mascara to your own natural lashes. This way you are creating some weight for the false lashes to sit on.
2. Next up, measure the false lash band against your eye and trim off any excess from the corners to make sure they fit your eyelid properly.
3. Trace a thin line of lash adhesive to the band and wait around 30 seconds. This allows the glue to get tacky and will stick more easily when you apply. If you apply when the glue is
still very wet it will just slip around the lid and be harder to hold in place.
4. Place the strip as close to the base of your lashes as you can. Start at the outer corners and work your way in, pressing the band down to make sure it is secured properly.
5. Squeeze the lash band with your natural lashes to make sure they look as seamless as possible. Cover any join lines with eyeshadow or liquid eyeliner and Voila!

So, these are our favourite lashes for any Halloween look, they’re also super affordable!

Ardell Double Up Demi Wispies £4.99 – These are super full volume lashes that will give you drama! Wispies are the most popular lashes from the brand Ardell and it’s easy to see why, they’re super fluffy and look beautiful on the eye. These doubled up version offer you the same fluffy texture with some added volume, perfect for a Halloween look!

Sosu by SJ 7 Deadly Sins False Lashes Pride £6.75 – These lashes are full bodied, stand out volume. If you’re looking for something to really top off the most dramatic of Halloween make up then these are for you. Full, long and super curly, they will definitely stand out!

Ardell Magnetic Lashes Natural Accents £8.99 – The magnetic lashes are the perfect pair if you’re looking for something to give you an extra bit of length and volume. They’re a natural style so they won’t be super dramatic and obvious. The magnets are placed strategically along the band and you just balance one along the top lash line and then apply the other underneath, so they lock together. There’s a magnet right on the edge so you can be sure they’ll stay flat throughout wear!

Eye Candy Strip Lash Volumise 006 £2.49 – If you don’t usually wear lashes and you’re looking for a cheap but effective pair then Eye Candy are the ones to go for. With 006 the style is super curly and flattering, layering fine and slightly thicker lashes together to give you the appearance of fullness without them being too dark. One of our favourite pairs for one-time use!

SOSU by SJ 3D Fibre Luxury Individual Lashes £6.99 – If you struggle to place a full strip and worry about the ends or the corners pinging up throughout the night, then individual lashes are for you! What’s best is that they can be placed wherever suits your eye shape, they’re also super lightweight so you won’t even feel them when they’re on!

Make sure you show us your spooktacular Halloween looks on social, tag @fragrancedirect !

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Tan Removal

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Tan Removal

Whether you’ve applied fake tan for a special occasion or you’re a year-round fanatic, understanding how to take it off properly is as important as knowing how to apply it.

Getting fake tan off can be tricky, but it’s necessary some of the time to avoid unsightly patchiness and colour build-up. Even the most perfectly applied tan can fade unevenly, and in those cases it’s usually best to strip it back down and start again.

There are several ways to remove fake tan at home, some of which take a little longer than others. If you’ve got time to spare, lucky you! If you’ve had a total tanning disaster and need to get the colour off asap, there are some things you can try to help hit the reset button.

Wondering how to remove fake tan? Read on for our tried-and-tested tips and tricks and get yourself glowing again in no time.

Removing Fake Tan Streaks

If your tan hasn’t developed into a full-blown disaster, you can deal with any unfortunate streaks by removing some of the colour in that area and smoothing over with a little more product – easy!

Choose your favourite method from below and focus on the streaky area, then reapply a small amount of product and rub it in. Evenly this time.

Take a bath

This is our one-hundred per cent favourite way to remove old or patchy fake tan. Run yourself a warm steamy bath and mix in some drops of your favourite bath oil or essential oil. Sink into the water with a cup of tea and a good book, or pop on an eye mask and use the time to meditate.

The oils and the hot water will work together to loosen up your tan, washing some of it away and making any that remains easy to remove with a towel when you get out. The longer you soak, the better the results should be (as if we needed a reason to stay in the bath all night!).

When you get out of the bath, dry yourself thoroughly by rubbing a towel over your skin in small circles. You can use the towel to scrub away any bits of tan that remain – you should find the colour comes away easily after you’ve soaked, and you’ll be left squeaky clean and ready to moisturise.

This technique works best if you have plenty of time to deal with your skin, and is the gentlest way to remove fake tan. If you’re in a hurry, choose one of our quicker but less luxurious options below.


Double the effects of your tan-removing bath or try this one in the shower for a quicker fix.

NOTE: You mustn’t panic-exfoliate the tan you want to remove, as you could end up irritating the area.

Choose an exfoliator that’s made with oils which will help to break down the product on your skin. Rub the exfoliator into your skin in small circles focusing on any particularly patchy areas and on hands, knees, and elbows, which are often the driest. When you’ve fully exfoliated, rinse the scrub away with warm water and dry yourself thoroughly – gone? We hope so!

Dry brush

If you don’t want to use a product to remove your tan, you can try exfoliating with a dry brush to buff away any patchy or residual colour. Dry body brushing is an important part of our weekly skincare routine, and the practice works wonders when it comes to removing leftover fake tan.

Dry body brushing is an easy and effective way to remove dead skin, which means it can help remove dry fake-tanned skin. Brush your body from your toes to your collarbone, using small upward circular motions, then hop in the bath or shower and let the water rinse away any old skin or tan.

We love dry brushing the most because it also primes skin to absorb products better post-shower, can help prevent any ingrown hairs, and can improve the overall appearance of skin. Need we say more?

Use lemon juice

Another easy way to get unwanted tan stains off is by using lemon juice. Lemon juice for fake tan removal is simple – just dab your skin with a soaked cotton wool ball or pad until the product lifts away.

To enhance the effects of lemon juice to remove fake tan, try mixing it with some sugar for a DIY body scrub. Work the scrub into your skin and let the sugar granules and lemon break down any built-up product, then rinse it away with warm water.

Rub with an oil

By now, you know how effective oil can be when it comes to removing fake tan. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to take a bath or even to exfoliate, try rubbing a little oil into your skin. Leave it to work for ten minutes, then rinse away or wipe off the excess with a towel. Not only will the oil help break down your self-tan, but you’ll also be left with super-soft feeling skin.

How to remove fake tan from clothes and sheets

We’ve all been there – fake tan stains on light clothes and sheets often look like they’re never going to come out, but in our experience, they do (most of the time).

Grab a stain remover and dab the fabric to start lifting out the colour. Then, put it in the washing machine and run it through a hot wash with any other stained or regular light-coloured clothing.

NOTE: Try to remove the stain as soon as you notice it.

Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog for more lifestyle, skincare, and beauty advice. Whether it’s everything you need to know about beauty sleep, tips for maintaining glowing summer skin, or the ultimate guide to facial cleansing, we have you covered over at FD HQ. Check back in next week for more!

Men’s Skincare: Tailored To You Just Like Your Suit

Men’s Skincare: Tailored To You Just Like Your Suit

The ultimate men’s skincare edit is finally here, just in time for autumn and the surge of icy cold and wet weather it brings with it. Looking after your skin is even more important at this time of year as even though the summer calls for layers of SPF, heading into winter calls for moisture, moisture and more moisture to inject a bit of life into your skin.

Clarins Men Active Face Wash, £17.99 / RRP £21.50
If your skin is slightly on the drier side, this Clarins Men Active Face Wash is a great cleanser that can be used day-to-day. It removes impurities to leave your skin feeling clean and fresh. While this non-drying refreshing gel is recommended for all skin types, it’s a great one to use if your skin is normally left feeling dull and tight after a hot shower or throughout the day. A boost of moisture is just what you need and Clarins is here to deliver.

Himalaya Herbals Intense Oil Lemon Face Wash, £3.49
However, if your skin is on the oily side this is a great one to try out. Now, don’t be fooled by the name. Its Intense Oil label stems from it being the perfect product for oily skin. Powered with white spice, lemon and Indian willow this face wash is perfect to fully clear and rejuvenate your skin. In addition to that, its active boost technology helps to fuse herbal activity for even better results.

Barber Pro Face Putty Black Peel-Off Mask, £4.00 / RRP £4.95
Have you ever tried an activated charcoal face mask? They went viral online not so long back with everyone uploading slow-mo videos of them peeling them off and showing the results of tiny little blackhead stems poking out. It all sounds pretty gross, but what’s worse is keeping all that built-up oil and dirt in your pores, so it’s time to get them out. If you suffer from blackheads or clogged pores, this is a great mask to try out to clear your skin.

Admiral Detoxifying Facial Scrub with Cucumber Extract, £4.50 / RRP £12.94
Facial scrubs are great to use if you don’t have the time for face masks or if you’re just after a daily dose of scrubbing action. This product can be worked into a lather that will deeply exfoliate, detoxify and cleanse your face while clearing away built-up dirt and excess oils. It’s filled with active ingredients that will help to reduce puffiness around the eyes and brighten dark circles too.

Elemis Men Daily Moisture Boost, £20.50 / RRP £25.00
This lightweight moisturiser recharges and hydrates the skin after shaving, defending it from harsh external pollutants. It has an incredible formula that immediately nourishes and hydrates your skin. This is a great all-round daily moisturiser to use morning and night to keep your skin topped up.

Elemis For Men Defence Eye Reviver, £25.99 / RRP £30.00
After you’ve given some much-needed TLC to your face, it’s time to turn your attention to the eyes. The skin around your eyes is so much more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your face so an eye cream is always a good way to go as it’s effective but doesn’t overload. This product has been clinically proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles by up to 37% and increase hydration by up to 82% in 28 days too!

BOSS The Scent Aftershave Balm, £20.99 / RRP £26.25
Finally, we’re finishing off this bundle of product recommendations for rejuvenating your skin with an incredible scented product. It’s a great one to incorporate into your routine after you’ve shaved and moisturised to leave a long-lasting scent. Reawaken the senses with the seductive power of Boss The Scent, the new fragrance for men from HUGO BOSS with exquisite notes of ginger, exotic and exclusive Maninka – powerful, rich and full-bodied.

After you’re done with your skincare, remember to top with one of your favourite aftershaves from the bestselling and classic brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Prada, Davidoff or Calvin Klein.

Autumn Nights Pamper Pack

Autumn Nights Pamper Pack

Icy cold autumn nights call for pamper evenings. Fact. One of the best ways to warm up is to run a bubble bath and get stuck right in. There isn’t much that beats a warm, cosy evening in to de-stress from a busy week at work in the lead up to Christmas. Today on the blog we’ve picked out the perfect products to set you up for the most tranquil autumnal evening you ever did have. Step 1 though, put the fire on and if you don’t have a fire there are plenty of YouTube videos – fake it till you make it they say.

WoodWick Honeysuckle Medium Jar Candle, £14.99 / RRP £18.99
Light up the room and set a sweet-smelling atmosphere with cascading branches of soft orange and yellow honeysuckle with gentle accents of jasmine. WoodWick’s highly fragranced jar candles feature a natural wooden wick to create the soothing sound of a crackling fire. The candle top even doubles as a heat resistant mat. Perfect for creating that warm and cosy atmosphere in any room especially the bathroom to begin the ultimate pamper session.

Rene Furterer Absolue Keratine Ultimate Renewal Mask, £40.00
This ultimate renewal mask restructures, renews deep down to restore the natural beauty of extremely damaged, brittle hair. After just one application, you’ll be able to feel that your hair feels stronger and restored. This is also great to use for detangling your hair and keeping it soft and shiny. Pop it on whilst you’re running a bath and by the time you’ve finished you can rinse it out or leave it on until your shower the morning after.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Riche Multi-Purpose Nourishing Oil, £32.00
After you’re all finished up in the bath, one coat of this oil massaged all over your body, face and in the tips of your hair will have you feeling nourished head to toe in no time. This oil combines intense nutrition and pleasure of using it. It also repairs and leaves a satin finish. In just one step, you’ll feel soothed to the max.

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum, £60.99 / RRP £70.00
Who says you can’t wear a fragrance in the evening. Marilyn Monroe did once say that the only thing she wears to bed is a perfume after all. You deserve to feel just as good and confident in the daytime as you do in the evening whether you’ve got company or not. This gorgeous Givenchy L’Interdit is a tribute to bold femininity that Features stunning notes of orange blossom, jasmine and patchouli.

Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsule, £43.99 / £55.00
Formulated with optimum levels of anti-oxidant power to improve the visible signs of ageing and counteract the damaging effects of everyday pollution, these capsules are pure magic. To use them, apply the contents of one pink rose capsule in the morning and one green lavender capsule at night after your pamper session. Just twist off the tip of the capsule, warm the oil between your palms and apply to a cleansed face and neck. How funky?

Yankee Candle Elevation Amaretto Apple Candle 552g, , large

Yankee Candle Elevation Amaretto Candle, £15.99 / £23.99

This Yankee candle is perfect for showcasing your style in any room, not to mention the beautiful, warm apple scented smell – perfect for these cold months.

And you’re all set! Which of these products do you fancy treating yourself to this autumn to transform those cold evenings into an ever-lasting warm and cosy paradise?

FD Staff’s Autumn Beauty Picks

FD Staff’s Autumn Beauty Picks

Your alarm goes off in the morning, you stretch your arm out to snooze (of course) your phone for another ten minutes and sink back under the covers knowing it’s only a matter of time. That is until you have to force yourself up out of bed into the Antarctic conditions that is the harsh reality of autumn in the UK. Pumpkin-spiced lattes – they’re alright I guess but the sudden change in weather is absolutely not…

However, one thing that definitely makes those cold mornings and evenings better is throwing on a cosy dressing gown and indulging in a little bit of beauty! Today we’re showcasing some of our favourite beauty products in the office right now that are all available from Fragrance Direct.

Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum, £73.99 / RRP £81.50
Who’s fave? Lauren, E-commerce Marketing Manager
“This product is great for Autumn and the changing weather as it helps to exfoliate your skin making it look fresh and more radiant by getting rid of all the dead cells that build up over time. It feels lovely and nourishing on the skin and smells amazing – I use it every night!” This Vitamin C serum works with the skin’s own defences to brighten and firm while dramatically reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pure magic.

Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation, £14.99 / RRP £17.25
Who’s fave? Beth, Product Marketing Executive
“This Stila foundation is perfect for those autumnal days. It’s super moisturising and its weightless coverage gives a flawless radiant finish that blends seamlessly with my skin. The natural glow makes me feel my best throughout the day!” With a wonderfully silk consistency that is suitable for all skin types, it’s the perfect foundation if you’re aiming for that stunning, airbrushed look.

Morphe Eyeshadow Palette Nature Glow 35O, £16.99 / RRP £23.00
Who’s fave? Olivia, Graphic Designer
“Love this because of the colours that are perfect for autumn. Great price and a great brand, what more could you ask for?” Draw attention to your eyes with the Morphe 35O Nature Glow Eyeshadow palette; a fusion of matte, satin and shimmery warm-toned eyeshadows in 35 earthy hues. From dark chocolate, neutral beiges and pearly nudes to rust terracotta and fiery burnt orange. They’re highly pigmented and super easy to apply!

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Conditioner, £9.99 / £12.99
Who’s fave? Mia, Social Media Intern
“For my curly hair, this is hands-down my favourite leave-in treatment. As soon as the autumnal season hits after summer each year, my hair needs every last inch of moisture it can get its tips on. I love that this has castor oil in it as for my 3C hair type – the more oil the better! The keratin ingredient is also great for repairing too.” Whether you regularly colour your hair or use heat on it, this is a must-have if you have curly or kinky textured hair as it really makes a difference!

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Libre 30ml, £47.99 / RRP £56.00
Who’s fave? Beth, Social Media & PR Manager
“This is definitely my favourite new fragrance for autumn! It smells incredible and I’ve been wearing it every day for the last couple of weeks, I’m obsessed with the orange blossom notes!” Dua Lipa is the face of this new fragrance signifying freedom. Lavender gives it that extra edge as it’s traditionally used in male perfumery so there is something intoxicating about this new androgynous YSL attitude.