Spring Newness With Dermalogica

Spring Newness With Dermalogica

Sunshine, flowers blossoming, new launches… spring it on! Whether you’re all cooped up inside or you’re going out for daily walks to get your dose of fresh air, with the help of Dermalogica you can create your very own bootcamp too to keep yourself entertained and get your skin in to tip-top condition.

Dermalogica are an incredible skincare brand offering some of the most innovative beauty products in the market. With so much astonishing scientific research behind the brand too, their products really are Worthing investing in because they deliver real results.

Also, did you know that all of their products are actually unisex which makes them great to gift for special occasions too. Then, to top it all off, the formula of each product is cruelty-free and vegan – it doesn’t get any better than this! Today we’re showcasing some of Dermalogica’s finest skincare products that are the perfect place to start to build your collection.

Invisible Physical Defence SPF 30, £40.95

The latest and greatest launch of Dermalogica is this lightweight, physical sunscreen packed with ground-breaking ingredients to blow all other sunscreens out of the park. You can finally wave goodbye to thick, white sun creams that just won’t blend away no matter how hard you try. Key ingredients include antioxidant green tea to help fight damaging, UV induced free radicals and mushroom complex to disrupt the inflammation process and reduce UV-induced redness and dryness. It’s perfect for all skin types and is definitely a staple item to carry on you leading into summer.

BioLumin-C Eye Serum, £52.00

This supercharged Vitamin C eye serum outsmarts visible premature skin ageing caused by daily eye movements and environmental stress. It has a lightweight serum that delivers a highly-bioavailable Vitamin C complex to the skin around the eyes to dramatically brighten and visibly firm. If you tend to suffer from dark circles, or just feel like this area needs rejuvenating in general, this serum will become your new best friend in no time.

BioLumin-C Serum, £76.99

This product goes hand in hand with the previous one, focusing on the same key ingredient but for an all over treatment. If you’re all about brightening and firming action, this serum featuring Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 also helps to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too.

Daily Microfoliant, £42.95

Finally, we have their classic exfoliant that is a cult-favourite of many Dermalogica fans. This rice-based exfoliating powder activates upon contact with water to release Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells to leave the skin feeling smoother and brighter. It’s gentle enough to be used daily which is great especially if you suffer from texture from breakouts and clogged pores. Just pour out half a teaspoon into very wet hands to create a creamy paste and then just rub your hands together before massaging your face gently.

Celebrating Female Beauty Brand Founders

Celebrating Female Beauty Brand Founders

Women have been making waves in the beauty industry for decades, with plenty of creative and forward-thinking ladies sitting behind some of our favourite brands and products. International Women’s Day has inspired us, as always, to celebrate some of these magnificent founders and their influence on the industry we love.

Check out these leading ladies and their beauty brands. Every time you purchase from one of these brands, you’re supporting women in business as well as treating yourself to something special. Win-win!

Charlotte Tilbury, founder of Charlotte Tilbury

You’ve heard of the brand, but did you know the makeup and skincare brand shares the name of its founder? Charlotte has been interested in makeup since she was a girl growing up between London and Ibiza (dream!), meeting artists and creatives through her painter father. She went on to train at the Glauca Rossi School of Makeup, working as a MUA throughout the influential 90s.

Today, Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup and skincare ranges are readily available, providing women everywhere with easy-to-choose and easy-to-wear options for daily life and special occasions.

Sam Chapman and Nicola Haste, founders of Real Techniques

Sam and Nicola Chapman launched the first Real Techniques brush collection in 2011, but their story started years earlier. The British sisters grew up surrounded by makeup, with their aunt working as a top MUA in London and their mum also interested in following the latest trends.

After several years of hustle, training and working in the industry, the pair set up their YouTube channel Pixiwoo, which took off quickly thanks to the sister’s undeniable talent and natural charisma. Real Techniques came about as the answer to a demand for high-quality, professional standard makeup tools for the masses.

Supporting Real Techniques means the very best makeup brushes, sponges, and tools for you, and a sign of support to the English sisters who’ve overcome so much to create a brand for women. We salute you, Chapmans!

Clare and Rebecca Hopkins, founders of Balance Me

Another sister act, Clare and Rebecca Hopkins are the self-made founders of Balance Me, one of our favourite natural beauty brands. Balance Me is all about finding balance in your life. That’s work, wellness, relaxation, time with family and friends; you get the idea! Clare and Rebecca are big into yoga and wellness, which led them into creating an honest, natural skincare range that makes self-care a little easier for everyone.

These inspirational women are influencing the industry with their fresh approach to skincare, and we’re here to support them every step of the way.

Discover more of our favourite beauty brands as you keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog. From the underrated haircare brands you need to know about to finding the perfect blush formula, you can find everything you might need on our helpful blog.

Australian Bodycare: The Hand Sanitising Saviours

Australian Bodycare: The Hand Sanitising Saviours

Now, more than ever, we’re obsessing over hygiene but while everyone is hitting the shops panic buying and emptying the shelves, they’re all missing a trick. There is a rather well-known ingredient that often appears in a lot of blemish-tackling skincare products that can actually double up as a hand sanitiser!

Introducing Australian Bodycare…

Tea Tree Oil Body Wash, Australian Bodycare, £17.99

This incredible brand’s iconic body wash can actually also be used to substitute your regular hand wash. It’s super refreshing and effectively cleanses the skin by removing all bacteria and excess oil without causing dryness. The anti-bacterial Tea Tree Oil restores the skin’s natural protection while the glycerine adds moisture and helps the skin maintain a proper balance. What’s better is that you can use it all over!

Concentrated Tea Tree Oil, Australian Bodycare, £12.95

Tea Tree Oil is a high action antiseptic that can not only give a deep-down treatment to minor skin troubles such as blemishes, spots, insect bites and more, it can effectively fight against many bacteria. This natural anti-bacterial oil also has antiviral properties that will help to keep your skin hygienically clean whilst maintaining its natural PH balance too. Now isn’t that just a miracle in a bottle.

If you wanted to go a step further, you could also use it with other products to create your very own bottle of hand sanitiser by following this recipe from Healthline.

All you’ll need is:

  • ¾ cup of rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ cup of Aloe Vera (to counteract the harshness of alcohol)
  • 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil

Directions:

  • Pour all the ingredients into a bowl
  • Mix the solution with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitiser into a gel-like formula
  • Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitiser”
  • Keep it stored somewhere safe away from children

Intensive Repair Body Cream, Australian Bodycare, £8.99

This antiseptic cream is great especially if you suffer with dryness to keep your skin moisturised and sanitised. If you are going to be washing your hands more than normal and using sanitising products containing alcohol, it’s definitely worth keeping on top of using hand cream too.

Do you have any hygiene hacks? Will you be taking inspiration from Australian Bodycare’s iconic ingredient Tea Tree Oil? There’s no need to stress or worry about getting your hands on little tubs of hand sanitiser that are often very overpriced for what you get when you can take steps of your own to make your own sanitising solutions with the help of a powerful, ingenious oil!

Top Tips for Staying Productive When Working from Home

Top Tips for Staying Productive When Working from Home

WFH has become one of the most used phrases on the internet right now, with the outbreak of Coronavirus its super important to make sure we’re all being as safe as possible and limiting the spread of the virus as much as we can.

Working from home can be a bit of a novelty for a couple of days but when it gets down to it, we all still need to crack on with the to do lists and keep going. Working at home has many distractions for those of us who aren’t used to it so we thought it would be a good idea to share our top tips on how to be your most productive self!

  1. Wake up at your normal time

If you’re normally in the office at 9am, ensure that you wake up and get yourself ready as you would usually (by all means, if you commute then have that extra half an hour to yourself!). Sticking to a routine makes it much easier to carry on with your work, if you start taking long lie ins, you’ll end up working long into your evenings trying to get everything done!

  • Get dressed

Again, this about trying to stick to routine. If you stay sat in your PJ’s all day, it’s going to feel like Christmas. We’re not saying to need to sit in your jeans or a suit and tie but just make sure you get up, shower and get yourself dressed… loungewear is totally ok by the way!

  • Set up a work-space away from your living space

If you can, set up somewhere you can work away from where you normally relax. This can be difficult if you live in a flat or don’t have anywhere to create a ‘mini office’. But try to keep your work life as separate as you can. This will help to create some sense of normality of work time/free time.

  • Make a ‘to do’ list every day

Make sure you set yourself a list of tasks you want to get completed in the day. This will help you keep on track of where you’re up to and give you clear motivation for the day ahead. Ranking these in priority order will help to make sure you get urgent tasks done first and then if you don’t get to the bottom of the list, these can roll over to the next day. Much like you would do if you were in the office.

  • Use technology to stay connected to your colleagues

Working from home can make you feel a bit cut off from the world and particularly if you’re not used to it. There’s so much technology that makes it super easy to stay connected with your colleagues so make sure you use it. Instant messaging and video calls are essential to check back in with your co workers and keep on top of the tasks you’re doing.

  • Communicate expectations with anyone else in the house

It’s a very weird time we’re experiencing at the moment and now with school closures to add to the mix, there might be a lot more people in the house than usual. Make sure you communicate to everyone else that you might be at home, but you are ‘working’ and that they need to respect that.

  • Take regular breaks

It’s essential that you take regular breaks from your work otherwise you’ll end up getting constantly distracted. When you’re in the office we all often take breaks by having a chat with colleagues, making hot drinks etc. so you still need to make sure you plan these in at home to ensure when you can come back and get on with a task productively.

  • Do some exercise

Moving your body and switching off from work is essential for productivity. Take a walk round the park, do a YouTube home workout or stretch out on your yoga mat. Just take some time to switch off and move your body throughout the day.

  • LOG OFF!

Try to maintain as much routine as possible, like you would normally in the office. If you usually finish work at 5pm, log off and switch your computer off for the night! It can be easy when you’re working from home to lose the sense of routine but what you need to remember is that this is essential for making sure you carry on as productively as you can!

When Working From Home Met Beauty

When Working From Home Met Beauty

Self-isolation calls for a spot of self-care and what better way to do that than to indulge in pamper and beauty goodies? There’s no need to start panicking or counting down the time until cabin fever sets in when you’ve finally got the chance to pamper and be productive. Let’s make the most of it and what’s more, they’re all super affordable too!

Skincare Saviours

Morning To Evening 14 Day Trial Kit, Gatineau, £6.99

Look at that, a 14 day trial kit just in time for those first couple of weeks working in your new (albeit make-shift) home office. This stunning collection from Gatineau features their Radiance Enhancing Gommage Peeling Expert Exfoliator, Melatogenine AOX Serum and Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream. Now that’s going to be one sumptuous wake up call.

Soothing Body Ritual Set, Urban Veda, £17.99

While you’re all cooped up indoors, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get that fresh air feeling every morning. With this set by Urban Veda, you can drift away to a pamper paradise morning or evening with luscious products to soothe your and calm your skin. Featuring their Soothing Body Wash, Soothing Body Scrub and Soothing Body Lotion in a quaint drawstring cotton bag, this set is worth every penny.

Spot Stick With Tea Tree Oil, Australian Bodycare, £6.99

If you suffer with problematic skin and feel like you’re constantly battling off one spot after another, we’ve got the perfect solution in store for you to give your skin that extra little bit of TLC while you’re WFH. This spot stick is made with soothing tea tree oil in a non-greasy, anti-bacterial formula with a touch of witch hazel to sink into your skin and help fight the breakouts. You can apply this to any problem area, 3 to 4 times a day – good job we’re all at home, makeup-less with more than enough time to do so!

Makeup Marvels

BB Cream, NOTE, £9.95

While we’re all sat at home working each day, it’s probably fair to say that not too many of us will be putting on a full face of makeup everyday because, well, what better time to let our skin breathe? However, if you’re still after a little something in the form of a nice glow, this BB cream from NOTE has got you covered. It features citrus and grape extracts to help diminish dark spots along with vitamin E to rejuvenate your skin. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free which is a bonus of course!

Dripping Gold Wonder Water Tanning Face Mist, SOSU by SJ, £10.25

There’s no need to worry about not getting enough sun when you’ve got the help of SOSU by SJ’s tanning face mist. Infused with vitamin E, this super-hydrating face mist develops in 4-8 hours to give you a gorgeous golden glow that looks just as good as your favourite IG filter.

Cosmetic Organsier, LaRoc, £10.95

Finally, a little something random that you probably haven’t thought much about… While you’re WFH, why not finally sort out all your makeup bits and bobs? Of course, you’ll keep your trusty bag for travel but what’s to stop you from organising your palettes and special occasion lipsticks? This tidy white cosmetic organiser by LaRoc is the perfect place to start – especially if you have a vanity desk to accessorise.