Your New Year’s Eve Makeup Checklist

Your New Year’s Eve Makeup Checklist

Will you be ending this year with a bang? Whether you’ve got a party to go to with friends or a cosy family gathering, this New Year’s Eve Makeup Checklist will have you covered in the beauty department to create a stunning look no matter how bold you’re aiming to go. What’s better is you’ll find every product on our site for some of the best prices around! Take a look…

FACE

SOSU by SJ Endless Summer Illuminating Bronzing Powder

If you’re all about getting that glow for NYE, this bronzing powder is perfect for layering underneath a highlighter. Simply dust and glow. It’s a tanning must-have if you’re going for that sun-kissed look all year round. If you’ve never tried a shimmery bronzer before, prepare to be amazed.

NARS Dual Intensity Blush

Formulated with Translucent Prismatic Technology, this dual intensity blush has a silky texture with a wet-dry formula that is made to be applied to a dampened brush for optimal glow. If you couldn’t tell already, the general theme for NYE makeup here at Fragrance Direct is radiance in every form.

EYES

LaRoc PRO Pyjama Party Eyeshadow Palette

Presenting a mixture of plush pink hues, dreamy chocolates and pigmented packed pressed metallics. This palette is sure to impress and make you the life of the party. This stunning palette is filled with luscious colours to recreate stunning warm-toned looks with an extra touch of sparkle.

SOSU by SJ Hot Fire Eyeshadow Palette

If you’re into your burnt oranges and shimmery golds, this hot fire eyeshadow palette is definitely one to try. The palette features 16 newly formulated matte and shimmer shades with intense pigmentation that are all super easy to apply and below.

SOSU by SJ Eye Voltage Brow Kit

Not forgetting the brows, this amazing kit is perfect for achieving the real golden arches. This trio features a brow pomade and powder compact to fill and define brows along with a dual-ended brow brush to apply product and a clear brow gel to shape and set the hairs. The great thing about kits like these with multiple products is you can try out new things and use as much or as little as you want.

LIPS

Huda Beauty Lip Contour Set Vixen

If you’re into your liquid lipsticks, the likelihood is, is that you’re already well aware of all things Huda Beauty. Featuring a full-size version of Huda’s multi-tasking-liner-meets-lipstick plus two of the brand’s liquid lacquers, this lip contour set is perfect for creating a gorgeous long-lasting lip.

NARS Audacious Lipstick

If you’re a bigger fan of a traditional formula lipstick, NARS is a great brand to try. Their audacious lipstick is available in multiple colourways at Fragrance Direct with powerful, single-stroke coverage that glides on like satin.

Pupa Made To Last Lip Duo

Power up your pout with the PUPA Made To Last Waterproof Lip Duo, a double-ended lip colour with serious shine-enhancing properties. This is a great product if you’re off out and have minimal space in your clutch when it comes to makeup touch-ups.

What products will you be trying out to create your New Year’s Look of 2019 to send the year out with a bang? Be sure to tag us @fragrancedirect on Instagram to show off any of your purchases!

Get Up & Get Out – How to Wake Up Early and Get Ready Quickly

Get Up & Get Out – How to Wake Up Early and Get Ready Quickly

If you dream of the day you’ll spring out of bed and breeze out of the house in twenty minutes, you’re in luck! In this guide, we’ll bring you tried-and-tested tips and tricks to help you get up and get out without the drama.

Does the sound of your alarm send a shiver down your spine? You’re not alone! Waking up is a lot of people’s least favourite part of the day, particularly throughout the winter months, when the mornings are colder, darker, and altogether unappealing. If you’re waking up in the mornings feeling extremely groggy and unenergetic, however, there are some things that you can do to improve the start of your day.

When you’ve got your wakeup nailed down, it’s time to streamline your routine. With a little thought and preparation, it’s super-easy to cut down the steps you take towards skincare and beauty in the morning. We’ll get to that later – first thing’s first, here’s how to make waking up easier.

The benefits of waking up early

If you can start your day on a positive note, you’re more likely to have a great one. That’s why it’s so important that you can wake up and get ready without rushing around and getting stressed. Here are some of the benefits of waking up early:

  • You’re more likely to eat breakfast, which we all know is the most important meal of the day!
  • The morning is a great time to exercise when there aren’t any social commitments or excuses to get in the way. Your morning workout can help you feel energised all day long
  • When you wake up early, you have a chance to switch on before you get to work
  • You’ll have time to focus on tasks without interruptions, while the rest of the world is asleep
  • If you wake up early, you’ll be sleepier when bedtime comes around again

How to wake up early in the morning

Lifestyle is the key to feeling fresh and energised in the morning. If you’re used to drinking alcohol or eating unhealthily right up until bedtime, your sleep cycle is likely to suffer. Not only might you be depriving yourself of a deep, restorative sleep, but you’re also less likely to enjoy waking up than you might if you changed your habits.

Try some of these lifestyle changes for increased energy levels in the morning:

  • Stay hydrated – drink at least eight glasses of water a day to improve sleep quality and energy the next day
  • Stop eating a few hours before bedtime. Late dinners and snacking can disrupt sleep, and leave you feeling groggy in the morning
  • Avoid alcohol if you have an early morning ahead
  • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon
  • Stay away from your phone and laptop before bed. Blue light and over-stimulation can disrupt your sleep. Try reading or listening to a podcast instead

While some of these changes might not suit your lifestyle, making just a couple of them can work wonders for your sleep quality and how easy it is to wake up in the morning. Not to mention, these healthy lifestyle choices can improve your health and help you carry your morning energy right through the day.

Changing your lifestyle can make a huge difference when it comes to your sleep and overall energy levels. Still fighting to get out of bed? There’s more you can do if you live a clean life and you’re still struggling to wake up. Try out these techniques to make getting out of bed easier than ever:

  • Keep to a consistent sleep schedule, particularly through your working week. Try to stick to a rough bedtime and wake time every day, and your body will be less surprised when your alarm rings in the morning
  • Put out your clothes the night before to make the getting ready process easier
  • Never hit snooze! When you press the snooze button, your body is tricked into thinking it’s about to fall back into a deep sleep, making it even more difficult to wake up ten minutes later
  • Don’t check your phone while you’re still in bed. Get up, get ready, then enjoy your scroll – you’ve earnt it!
  • Let more natural light get into your bedroom by keeping the blinds open or with the help of a sunrise alarm clock
  • Find something that motivates you to get out of bed. Whether it’s an early workout, a walk with your dog or even just a breakfast you love, starting your day with something you enjoy can make all the difference

How to get ready quickly in the morning

You’re up, and you’ve made it to the bathroom. The hard part is over, now all that’s left to do is get ready for your day. Whether you’re pushed for time every morning or you’ve slept through your alarm and eaten into your getting-ready window, ensuring your morning routine is as stress-free and streamlined as possible can help make mornings happier.

Streamline your morning skincare routine

When it comes to cutting back your morning skincare routine, the key is the products you choose. Your morning routine should focus on cleansing and protection. Save your treatments, masks, and creams for evening, when you can really make the most of them. Keep it quick in the morning with these simple steps:

  1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser
  2. Apply a moisturiser with sunscreen (one product is better than two!)

That’s all you need! Ensuring your face is clean and protected before you move onto your makeup can help cut back the time you spend getting ready and keep your skin clear of excess product.

Remember to move quickly. There’s no need to mess around while you perform your morning skincare routine, just get in and get it done – the whole process shouldn’t take longer than five minutes.

Streamline your daily makeup routine

The part of our morning routine that can take the longest is, of course, makeup. Whether you’re trying to cover a breakout or working on perfecting your signature cat-eye, some parts of the makeup routine can eat up time without you realising.

The best way to keep your morning makeup routine quick is to keep it simple. We love dramatic full coverage makeup as much as the next person, but when it comes to early mornings, we’d rather have an extra half-an-hour in bed than a perfectly blended eye. Try cutting your makeup routine back to these basics and see how much extra time you have in the mornings.

A natural-looking makeup routine for every day:

  1. Apply a sheer foundation or tinted moisturiser with your hands. This step should only take a couple of seconds
  2. Dab concealer under your eyes and on any blemishes, working the product in with your fingers.
  3. Apply cream blush to your cheeks and lips, targeting two birds with one stone!
  4. Add a swipe of mascara
  5. Comb through your eyebrows with a translucent or tinted gel

Of course, you might want to add or remove a couple of steps. The way you do your makeup is personal, we get it. This five-minute routine is just an example of how easy everyday makeup application can be!

Streamline your morning hairstyling routine

Hairstyling can be as quick or as lengthy as you want it to be. The trick is preparation and knowing what works and what doesn’t. If you know you’re going to want your curly hair smoothed down in the morning, consider styling it the night before. You can blow out your hair or run the straighteners over it before bed, then sleep with it in a soft, low bun or ponytail to hold the style.

Another great way to minimise your morning hairstyling is to nail a couple of easy styles that work for your hair. A quick bun, plait, or ponytail can disguise messy hair and should only take a couple of minutes with enough practice. It’s nice to style your hair properly sometimes, but keeping it simple means less heat damage and more relaxed mornings – win-win!

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Understanding Hyaluronic Acid in Skincare

Understanding Hyaluronic Acid in Skincare

The skincare industry is evolving, and with it, the types of products we’re seeing on shelves and in our rotation. Gone are the days when a colourful package or a designer label were enough. We want more from our products in every way. More science, more information, and more results!

Because it’s changing so quickly, the skincare game is becoming increasingly difficult to understand. With more brands than ever focusing on single proven ingredients to target our skin’s problems, knowing how to choose the best ones for you is more important than ever.

Our choices are expanding, with more and more products becoming available to target a range of niche skincare issues. Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient we’re seeing a lot of, and it seems like influencers are urging us to try hyaluronic miracle products at every scroll.

Of course, you have questions. What’s the big deal? Is hyaluronic acid safe? What does it to? There’s plenty to know before you start slathering it onto your skin, and we’re here with the answers. The good news is, hyaluronic acid is just as great as they say, and it’s super-affordable too!

What is hyaluronic acid?

First up, we know it doesn’t sound like something you should put on your face. So many of our favourite skincare products are about soothing, calming, creaminess, and that’s great. While hyaluronic acid might sound scary, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

For many of us, hyaluronic acid is the secret to smoother, better-hydrated skin. Skin produces it naturally to maintain a proper moisture balance, but it can be hard to produce enough because of things like ageing, weather, and other environmental factors. When hyaluronic acid lacks, skin’s appearance can suffer.

Hyaluronic acid is important for the skin to maintain a good level of hydration by holding moisture. When you apply it straight onto your skin, it works like a magnet for moisture, helping your cells hold as much as possible and making skin’s surface appear well-plumped and healthy.

How does hyaluronic acid work?

Another good question! A single drop of hyaluronic acid can hold a much larger amount of water. This miracle product (yes, we’re calling it that) can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. It can also regulate the amount of moisture taken in by cells, which means the ingredient won’t overhydrate your skin.

When you apply a drop of hyaluronic acid onto a slightly damp face, you’re essentially locking that moisture into your skin to absorb as necessary. Sounds good, right?

What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid?

There are plenty of reasons to be using hyaluronic acid. The main benefits are as follows:

  • Hydrated skin feels softer and appears more radiant
  • When skin is well-hydrated, fine lines and wrinkles are less visible
  • It works for any skin type! Because it’s a natural ingredient, you can use it whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin

Is hyaluronic acid safe?

Would we recommend it if it wasn’t? Hyaluronic acid is totally safe, don’t be scared by the name. Like other types of acid, it doesn’t strip anything away or cause damage to skin’s natural balance. Hyaluronic acid simply hydrates.

Is hyaluronic acid right for my skin?

Honestly, hyaluronic acid is right for all skin. No matter what your skin type or what you’re trying to achieve, adding hyaluronic acid to your routine can work wonders.

If you’re concerned about the effects of ageing on your skin, try hyaluronic acid to improve hydration and elasticity. If you think your skin is dry or dehydrated, don’t hesitate! A drop of hyaluronic acid a day can banish dullness and give your skin the plump appearance you’ve been dreaming of.

The best hyaluronic acid products to add to your routine

There are plenty of ways to add hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine, whether you’d prefer a serum, a mask, or a moisturiser. Choose the products that work for you and start making the most of this wonder ingredient!

Hyaluronic acid face masks

Hyaluronic acid eye treatments

Hyaluronic acid creams and serums

Hyaluronic acid combines with white truffle oil, an ingredient that’s known for its medicinal values. White truffle is made up of 73% water, as well as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. This product stimulates cell repair and helps fight signs of ageing.

This serum helps give dry, dull complexions a boost. As well as hyaluronic acid, apple extract helps improve skin tone and texture, while olive squalene accelerates cell growth.

This duo moisturiser combines hyaluronic acid with vitamin c and avocado oil. It penetrates deep into the skin to hydrate and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

This age-defying resurfacing cream is great for use in the day or night, helping to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and sweet almond oil, this cream helps hydrate and keeps skin feeling young and supple.

This hyaluronic acid serum targets fine lines and wrinkles, and plumps and hydrates skin to make it appear firmer and more elastic.

This anti-ageing moisturiser targets the eye area. It’s formed with hyaluronic acid to hydrate deeply, while other ingredients help improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, dullness, and weakened skin surface.

A hyaluronic acid lip serum? Yes, please! This product is designed to plump and intensely nourish lips without feeling heavy or sticky.

Thalgo Hyaluronic Cream rejuvenates the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and fill in wrinkles.

Sold on hyaluronic acid? We thought so! Add this ingredient to your skincare routine in one way or another and start reaping its hydrating benefits. We’re sure you’ll be glad you did.

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How to Hide a Hangover

How to Hide a Hangover

It’s that time of year where desk prosecco and late nights become the norm, combined with all the amazing Christmas food that’s surrounding us constantly, our skin can take a bit of a battering!

You’ve had a great night, knocked back one too many glasses of sauvignon and you’re definitely not alone… but now we can barely keep our eyes open come 8am and falling asleep sat up.

We’ve decided to put together our top tips to make it LOOK at though you’re feeling all bright and sparky when, in reality, you’re definitely not…

  1. Wash your face

Chances are you got home stupidly late last night and didn’t run through your usual 3 step skincare routine. We’ve all been there! But this is horrendous for your skin, to make up for it now, use a really good quality cleanser to give your face a good wash. Getting rid of all the makeup and grime is the perfect place to start to help make your skin look a little fresher.

We love the Elemis Superfood Facial Wash

  • Rehydrate

We all know alcohol is super dehydrating, it literally robs your skin of any moisture and in turn makes you look dull, dry and tired. Make sure in the morning you’re getting as much water into your body as possible, it’s also a great idea to include electrolytes. They are a blend of sodium and minerals which help your body hold onto water. Coconut water is full of natural electrolytes so that’s a great choice!

  • Moisturise

Get that big moisture hit straight into your skin! Hydrating is the key component to recovering from a hangover so using a thick, ultra-hydrating moisturiser on your face will help give your skin a pick me up.

We love the AHAVA Mineral Radiance Cream SPF15

  • Eye Treatment

Tired, puffy and red eyes are a huge tell-tale sign of a hangover. Find yourself a fatigue busting eye cream that has lots of vitamin c in it, this will help make your eyes look a bit brighter!

We love the Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair

  • Use a primer before makeup

With a hangover you might want to slap on some makeup before you leave the house to conceal any sins. Using a primer before your foundation will help in the steps to hide any imperfection. Particularly a hydrating primer will help keep your skin hydrated throughout the day as well as giving you a smoother base.

We love the Sleek Hydrating Primer

  • Concealer is your best friend

Concealer is the one product you can’t live without when trying to hide a hangover. It works to hide any under eye bags, cover pesky blemishes and colour correct dullness. Look for a creamy concealer that is hydrating and brightening.

We love the Rimmel Lasting Radiance Concealer

  • Choose a bold lip

The best tip to hide a hangover is adding a bold lip! Distraction is the best form of concealment!

We love the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick

We hope these tips help get you through the festive period, we’ll definitely be using them!

How To Make Your Christmas Day Makeup Last

How To Make Your Christmas Day Makeup Last

Before we even jump into how to make your Christmas day makeup last all day and night long, first, let’s address the all-important question of when do you put it on? Are you the excited type who wants to open presents first then get ready for the day or are you ultra-organised and want to be all showered and ready to start the day the right way? Either way, here are all the tips you need to keep your makeup looking top-notch!

Moisturise

An ultra-light day cream makes the perfect base for any makeup look no matter how long you’re aiming for it to last. Picking one with continuous hydration is a must-have for durability in your makeup so your moisturised skin gives the products something to hold on to. Another great quality to look out for in your moisturiser is its ability to regulate oil production as they will massively help to stop certain makeup products sliding around during the day.

FD Recommends: Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream

Prime

After moisturising, a step that is massively underrated is priming. To further enhance the skin after moisturising, a high-quality serum is one of the best products to create the perfect base ready to for a flawless makeup application.

FD Recommends: REN Clean Skincare V-Cense Perfect Canvas Skin Serum

Work in light layers

Working in light layers is a great technique to control how natural or glam you’d like your look to go. If you’re ultimately aiming for higher coverage, starting with a foundation that has a breathable, light-weight quality to it would be perfect. These formulas are often enriched with additional moisture too which will help to keep your skin looking like skin even after you’ve powdered to set everything in place.

FD Recommends: Rimmel Lasting Finish 25H Breathable Foundation Bottle

Go waterproof

Move over diamonds, waterproof formulas are a girl’s best friend – especially at Christmas. Whether you’re an emotional present-opener or not, waterproof mascara is perfect for ensuring optimal, long-lasting fluttery-ness from day to evening. It’s also an ideal product to add to your collection to last you through to fighting summer’s humidity too.

FD Recommends: LORD & BERRY Scuba Pro Mascara Waterproof Black

Liquid lipsticks all day long

Finding a lipstick with super staying power should definitely be on your to-buy list for special occasion makeup. Matte liquid lipsticks are great because once applied, they tend to last for hours on end through drinking, eating and kissing – speaking of, have you got the mistletoe ready? These formulas will apply wet then within just a few minutes will dry and you won’t even be able to feel that it’s there. It’s like magic, really.

FD Recommends: Prima Makeup Power Pout Liquid Matte Lip

Spray it, set it

Finally, the last step is to set your face so you don’t undo any of the previous work you put into creating the perfect base. A setting spray also comes in super handy if you’re a fan of using a decent amount of powder to set your face makeup. However, even though powder is great to get rid of that tacky feeling, it tends to look more on the unnatural side if there is no dewiness to you skin. And that’s where setting spray comes in!

FD Recommends: Technic Magic Mist Illuminating Setting Spray

By following all of the steps above, you’ll be able to prolong your Christmas day makeup and take the same tips with you into the new year. In addition to this, for any special occasions where mini photo shoots (aka trying to take the perfect pictures with family and friends) are likely to happen, go one step further and avoid using multiple products with SPF to limit the amount of flashback!