The Ultimate Facetime Date Beauty Checklist

The Ultimate Facetime Date Beauty Checklist

Finally started seeing someone new but self-isolation has put a bit of a pause on things? Or, you’re isolating in a separate place to your SO? Video call dating has become the new norm and today we’re delivering the ultimate Facetime date checklist full of all the beauty bargains you could need to achieve that natural glow at-home look… 

Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask, £19.50, Dermalogica

Step one: It’s face mask time

First up, is a little pamper time post-shower with a bit of self-care skincare. This unique mask’s active fizzing formula effectively cleans pores and helps target blackheads. The technology inside activates upon application, helping to open pores, decongest skin and facilitation blackhead extractions. Sulphur provides anti-microbial benefits to help keep skin clear, Kaolin Clay absorbs excess oil and purifies the skin while Apple Fruit Extract helps to maintain hydration.

Renewed Hope Water Cream, £29.95, Philosophy

Step two: A lick of moisture

The brand philosophy creates so many luscious skincare formulas and this lightweight water cream of theirs is a must-have in your collection. The fast-absorbing texture of this innovative cream replenishes parched skin by increasing hydration levels +86% and delivering a cool burst of 72-hour hydration. If after a soak in the bath or a nice hot shower, you find your cheeks just won’t cool down, this is the perfect product to ensure a lovely smooth, cooling base under your makeup before the big call.

BB Cream, £9.95, NOTE

Step three: One subtle and luminous base

I know, I know, when it comes to makeup while you’re stuck at home, you’d think that rarely anyone is making the effort to be looking even more beautiful than they naturally are but why not add a little something for the camera? After all, you’re going on a date via Facetime so why not feel and look your best? This BB Cream by NOTE cosmetics offers medium coverage with citrus and grape extracts to give your skin that added boost of rejuvenation.

PRO Sculpt and Glow Face Palette, £9.99, LaRoc

Step four: Add that out-in-the-garden glow

To add to that oh so sultry base, try this sculpt and glow palette formed of gorgeous golden bronzers, bright blushers and silky highlights. Featuring the buttery-est of formulas, this palette is a go-to and it will be great to whip out in summer when we’re all finally free! For now, it’s a great addition to top off your base ready for your Facetime date.

Brows Collection, £10.50, Viva La Diva

Step five: Frame your gorgeous face

Of course, let’s not forget the ultimate way to add that model-like structure to the face. It’s time for some brow powered action. This brow kit by Viva La Diva features a complete eyebrow collection of brown shades, light to dark with paler shadows to apply underneath to give your that lift you’ve been craving. It also comes with tweezers and an application brush too, how great!

So Kiss Me Lipstick & Liner Set, £9.95, SOSU by SJ

Step 6: A final touch of colour

Last but not least, lipstick. Adding a lip colour really makes a difference. When it comes to Facetime dates, I think it’s safe to say we’re all trying to build on that natural glow rather than go for that heavy-duty evening out look. Playing around with different shades of nudes is always your best bet to finally find that ‘my lip colour but better’ shade to let your subtle blusher pop and your highlight glow keeping the attention on your sultry, luminous base.

Which of these products do you fancy testing out now you’ve had a browse? Our Facetime Date Beauty Checklist is the best place to start.

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Get To Know The Brand: Note Cosmetics

Get To Know The Brand: Note Cosmetics

Note Cosmetics is our Brand of the Month for April and we’re super excited to have them onboard. You may not have heard of the incredible cosmetics brand but lucky for us, Fragrance Direct are the only exclusive retailers in the UK!

So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to dive in and tell you a bit more about the brand Note Cosmetics and why we love them so much! Plus, we’ll give you a sneaky peak of all our favourite products…

Where it all started

Note was launched in 2014 by a group of leading European chemists who wanted to create a brand that was luxurious yet affordable. Their mission was to embrace the art of beauty and create clean, affordable, high quality makeup products inspired by the colours of life and rich notes of nature. From a dramatic smoky eye to a bright, bold lip, Note as all the products you need to create the beauty look of your dreams.

Beauty with benefits

The expertise of top makeup artists and skincare professionals is at the core of Note Cosmetics. From the full coverage foundations and the long-lasting lip glosses, every product provides good for skin benefits using ingredients like vitamins, minerals and essential oils.

Excelled by nature

Note source ingredients from around the world to create products that are good for you and good for the environment. The pigmented, botanical infused formulas provide rich colours and superior coverage. Free of parabens and other nasties, Note products let you create a variety of beauty looks without harming your skin or the earth. All Note products are cruelty free and include no animal-derived ingredients.

Inclusive, diverse and respectful

Note pride themselves on celebrating that every person is different in their own beautiful and unique way and their makeup should be too! They believe in providing beauty products for everyone, no matter their skin type or colour and with a huge range of colours and textures you’ll be sure to find a product to match your complexion.

Now after that we’re sure you’ll be as excited as we were to try all the amazing products Note Cosmetics have to offer. Down below we have a small selection of some our favourite and bestselling products we recommend you pick up first!

Full Coverage Liquid Concealer

This is a concealer that has a medium to full coverage texture that helps to cover under eye circles and imperfections in an instant. The long-lasting formula stays comfortably on the skin all day long, making sure you look flawless at all times!

BB Cream  

This BB Cream is an amazing product that offers coverage as well as skincare benefits! The beauty balm formula offers protection from the sun, environmental aggressors as well as evening out the skin tone and give you light to medium coverage. Each shade blends seamless into the skin and gives you that gorgeous radiant glow.

Ultra-rich Colour Lipstick

These amazing lipsticks protect and nourish the lips with Argan Oil and Cocoa Butter whilst also packing a punch with pigmented colour! They have a gorgeous range of neutral colours that are perfect for everyday wear.

Mattifying Extreme Wear Foundation

If you struggle with shine and love a foundation that gives you full coverage and lasts all day, then this is the one for you! Recommended for those with oily skin, it provides a formula that helps balance sebum levels to maintain a healthy complexion. This buildable foundation is sure to be your next favourite product!

Terracotta Illuminating Powder

Terracotta Illuminating Powder glides over the skin for a flawless highlight every single time you use it. Macadamia oil helps the skin retain moisture with added anti-ageing benefits, what more could you want?!

Chubby Eyeshadow Pencil

The soft and silky texture of this Chubby Eyeshadow Pencil glides on easily for colour that doesn’t crease or smudge for up to 24 hours. If you struggle with applying eyeshadow and getting it to blend properly then this is the product for you, just swipe it over the lids and buff out the edges for the easiest eyeshadow look ever.

There you have it, all our favourite Note Cosmetics products along with some extra info about the brand itself. Keep your eyes out for any promotions and free gifts for our amazing Brand of the Month and don’t forget to give us a shout out on social and let us know what you think!  

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Staff Self-Isolation Skincare Routines

Staff Self-Isolation Skincare Routines

Coronavirus is keeping us all on lockdown in our homes, now rather than dwell on the fact we can’t go out and socialise, we think it’s the perfect time to home in on your skincare! Enforced solitude offers you the chance to trial a different skincare routine, add new products or treatments and give yourself a little extra pamper with all the extra time on your hands.

With that in mind, we wanted to find out how the staff at FD are coping working from home and what their skincare routine is looking like!

Lauren – Graphic Designer

I have been adding an extra couple of steps in my routine since working from home. Normally I do a quick cleanse in the morning and slap on some moisturiser before my makeup and then cleanse, tone and moisturise in the evening. But since staying at home, I’ve been using glycolic acid in the mornings to really give my skin a boost throughout the day, sloughing off all the dead skin cells. I’ve also not been wearing much makeup and am really enjoying giving myself a break in that way. Once I’ve logged off my computer for the day, I’ve been popping on a sheet mask for an extra little pamper. And then my normal cleanse, tone and moisturise in the evenings!

Products Lauren recommends: Love Beauty and Planet Hydration Infused Sheet Mask

Lucy – Product Marketing Exec

So, I’ve been using a chemical exfoliant cleanser in the morning, followed by hyaluronic acid and then an oil-free moisturiser to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day. I haven’t been using any makeup remover because I haven’t applied makeup up nearly two weeks! I’ve also cut down on the amount of lip balm I usually use. I’ve also been adding in a daily face mask and yesterday I did some at-home dermaplaning which is a treatment I usually have done in a salon!

Products Lucy recommends: Dermalogica Calm Water Gel

Lauren – Marketing Manager

Now I’m working from home, I’m trying to wear less make up and focus more on giving my skin the care and attention it needs. Usually I only cleanse and moisturise, whereas now I’m spending more time making sure to spritz a toner, apply a serum and an eye cream. I’ve also been making time to do parts of my skincare routine that I usually neglect because I don’t have enough time, such as applying a face mask.

Products Lauren recommends: Nuxe Exfoliating and Unifying Insta-Masque

Mia – Social Media Executive

Since working from home, I thought I’d take the opportunity to give my skin a break from day after day makeup application for when I’m usually in the office. I’ve recently been struggling with constant breakouts (shoutout to my new pill) and so I’ve decided that whilst I can, I’ll be stripping back my routine so that I am just using a light cleanser when washing my face before applying a gel moisturiser in the evenings. Before this, I was applying two different serums before moisturising for the daytime and evening as well as exfoliating almost every day. I think it’s safe to say, my skin is enjoying some fresh air!

Products Mia recommends: Urban Veda Purifying Protecting Night Cream

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Self-Care Tips for Managing Social Distancing

Self-Care Tips for Managing Social Distancing

Self-care is having a real moment right now, with everything that is going on in the world it is vital that you look after your own mental health, body and relationships. With everyone staying at home at the moment it gives us so much more time to focus on ourselves and making some key improvements in our daily lives.

Keep reading for some top tips for introducing self-care into your routine and daily life…

  1. Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is super important even when you’re not leaving the house as much. Every function in your body requires water and when your body is properly hydrated, it performs so much more efficiently. When you’re at home it can be easy to lose track of how much water you’re drinking, try using a reusable bottle to keep track of your hydration levels and give yourself goals to hit throughout the day.

  • Make a menu for the week

Trying to keep some sort of routine is key when you’re spending a lot of time at home. It’s super easy to fall into getting up when you want, staying in PJ’s and grazing throughout the day. But keeping a routine with your meals is much healthier for you and will keep your body functioning as well as it can. Write out a menu for the week and try to stick to it.

  • Write a to do list for the day

When you wake up in the morning, write out a list of tasks and activities you’d like to achieve throughout the day. By doing this you give yourself a focus and purpose for things to focus on through the day. Try to prioritise in order of urgency so you get the most important things done first.

  • Try an online yoga class/guided meditation

If yoga and meditation is new to you, then now is the perfect time to give it a go. There are hundreds of online yoga classes that are super easy to follow. Introducing some mindfulness into your routine will help keep yourself positive and motivated throughout this time and trying a new hobby is always exciting!

  • Take time to decompress at the end of the day

It’s super important to take time to breathe, reflect and evaluate. Self-care doesn’t have to be super lavish or expensive facials; it’s about taking time to yourself and giving yourself a break. Put your phone down for 10 minutes at the end of the day and sit with your thoughts, try to focus on the positives from the day and what you have managed to achieve.

  • Move for at least 30 minutes a day

Get your body moving for at least 30 minutes per day. It is vital for keeping yourself in a good headspace, exercise releases positive endorphins which is exactly what we need at this time! Try a home workout, get out for a run or walk and get your heart pumping!

  • Sleep!

Sleep is another super important factor in self-care. Sleep has been a huge topic for the last few months, and it is even more important with us spending more time on our own. During sleep, your brain rids itself of toxins, consolidates memories and refreshes. So, you can literally sleep your way through self-care!

  • Confront any negativity

When dealing with any negative thoughts, it’s best to confront those head on. Write down what is troubling you and reflect back on this. Try to understand why you might be feeling this way and what you can do to alleviate any stress or upset and then add this factor into your daily to do list. Then every evening look back on any actions you’ve taken and if these have helped in a positive way.

  • FaceTime friends and family

With social distancing and self-isolation being so prevalent right now, it is really easy to withdraw from friends and family who you normally see regularly. Make sure you stay in touch with the outside world by regularly reaching out to your friends and family and maintaining that line of contact. Organise a ‘FaceTime Wine Night’ or a ‘Family Virtual Quiz’ night that everyone can get involved with and look forward to.

  1. Step away from your laptop/work at the end of the day

With many of us now working from home when we don’t usually, it can become really easy to lose the normal structure of your workday. Try to keep to regular hours and step away from the emails once you hit 5pm! It is really important for self-care to maintain a good work/life balance, so make sure you’re still giving yourself time to relax!

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Beauty Detox – How to Detox Your Skin and Hair

Beauty Detox – How to Detox Your Skin and Hair

Detox makes us think of extreme regimes, juices cleanses and fasting but it doesn’t have to be that way for your skin and hair.

Living in the world right now where we’re encouraged to stay away from our friends and families and be at home as much as possible, it’s the perfect time to give your skin and hair a break. Constant application of makeup, walking round in polluted atmospheres and heat application has negative effects on our skin and hair. So, take this opportunity to have a break and reset!

Skin

Detoxing your skin allows you to remove all the impurities, toxins and pollutions from the surface and reveal fresh and revitalised skin cells. Dead skin cells leave your complexion looking dull, textured and just a little bit sad. Exfoliating regularly removes these cells from the surface to reveal brighter, more youthful skin.

Start with an at-home facial

Give yourself a pamper from the comfort of your own home! Dig out that cleansing brush you’ve had for ages but rarely use and give your skin a really good cleansing. Make sure you include a facial massage at the end to get the blood circulating effectively!

Cleanse twice a day

A skin detox requires cleansing morning and night, but you don’t necessarily have to use the same product for both. If you have dryer skin try using an oil based cleanser in the morning like Gatineau Transforming Cleansing Cream and then a mousse cleanser in the evening like Decleor Neroli Bigarade Cleansing Mousse. If you have oily skin try using a foaming cleanser to remove any surface sebum like the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  

Multi masking!

Staying at home all day is the perfect excuse to pop a face mask on and get on with any jobs on your to do list. Regularly using face masks allows your skin to truly absorb the potent skincare ingredients and helps them penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. We often think we don’t have enough time to sit down and put a face mask on for 20 minutes so now is the perfect opportunity! Make sure you choose one that tackles your skincare concerns whether that be ageing, acne or pigmentation.

Take makeup breaks

I’m sure this is something a lot of us will be doing when spending more time at home. No point wasting expensive makeup is there! Your skin is definitely going to thank you for a few weeks’ makeup free. It allows the skin to breathe, reset back to its natural rhythm and stay fresh. Makeup often clogs up the pores when it isn’t properly removed so just giving yourself a couple of weeks makeup free will really help the skin to detox.

Hydrate

Staying hydrated is always number one for keeping your skin in the best condition possible. Drinking lots of water eliminates toxins from the body and very few people drink as much water as they’re supposed to. With spending more time at home, try to focus on giving yourself targets e.g. two glass by 10am. Then you’re just setting your skin up to function as well as it can do and glow!

Hair

So, your hair could benefit hugely from a little detoxing! We put our hair through a lot on a regular basis with our normal routines of washing, drying and styling which can leave hair dry and damage.

Wash Less

If you’ve always thought about trying to wash your hair less but never got around to it with too many social occasions in the calendar, well now’s the time to give it a go! Washing your hair less allows the oils and minerals to stimulate the hair follicles properly and get into its own self-cleaning routine. We’re not saying to stop washing your hair completely but try cutting it down to twice a week to start with and see how you get on.

Have a break from heat styling

Heat is the number one thing that causes your hair damage. Constantly blow drying, straightening, curling and styling hair put stress on your locks and causes them to dry out, which then leads to weak and brittle hair. Staying at home means you don’t need to constantly be washing and styling your hair so just leave it to do its thing! It will thank you massively for it after a few weeks…

Give it some love

Apply a hair mask once a week to give your hair a boost of nutrients and minerals. A deeply nourishing mask will help restore moisture and deeply penetrate the hair follicles. We love the Macadamia Ultra Rich Moisture Mask

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