Get Christmas Party Ready With Our Beauty Essentials

Get Christmas Party Ready With Our Beauty Essentials

Shower Goodness

First step, shower. Whether you’re prepping in the morning before work to change quickly after and head right to the venue or are lucky enough to have the time to nip home, great shower products that feel as good as they smell are essential. There’s nothing better than that fresh-out-the-shower feeling with skin just as soft and silky as you dreamed of.

FD Recommends:

Elemis Embrace Bath & Shower Elixir

Wash Those Locks

After treating yourself to a luxurious bath and body product or two, if you’re after that first-day squeaky clean hair ready to be dried and styled later on, here are some incredible products for different hair types that will soon become must-haves when you get a taste for how fabulous they are.

FD Recommends:

Label M Therapy Rejuvenating Shampoo & Conditioner

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner

Tan Those Legs

Is tanning on your to-do list for your Christmas party prep this year? If so, feast your eyes on these stunning products to give you that summer glow all through the winter. Yes, we could embrace the natural colour, but a subtle golden kiss wouldn’t hurt anyone now would it? If you’ll be wearing a Christmas party dress showing a fair amount of skin too, why not go for that gorgeous golden glow?

FD Recommends:

Gatineau Golden Glow Gradual Tan

An All Over Pamper

A classic mistake we tend to make if getting our nails done too far in advance, now that’s perfectly fine if you’ll be treating yourself to a salon trip but if it’s a DIY job then it’s worth planning it out. The last thing you want to do the night before your Christmas party is your nails and then scuff them from all the buffing and tanning the next day. So, after the shower, hair washing and glow up, now would be the best time to do them.

FD Recommends:

OPI Nail Lacquer

SOSU by SJ False Nails

Make Up Like Never Before

When it comes to Christmas party makeup, it’s usually safe to say that we’re all after that extra special glow. Whether it’s with a touch of shimmer or a vibrant lipstick, it’s nice to have that one guaranteed occasion every year when you know you can go all out and live your best glamourous life for the evening.

FD Recommends:

Stila Shimmer And Glow Liquid Eyeshadow

NARS Audacious Lipstick

Find Your Signature Scent

If you’re a fragrance fanatic it’s likely that you know just how important different scents are when it comes to making memories. Some say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and many agree. It’s a festive fun-filled season of indulging, treating your loved ones and celebrating together. Christmas parties are always some of the most memorable events with legendary stories that will live on forever especially in the workplace. So, why not mark the occasion and treat yourself to a new fragrance?

For Her:

YSL Libre Eau de Parfum Spray

For Him:

BOSS Bottled Absolute Limited Edition Eau de Parfum Spray

Your Guide To Luxury Christmas Shopping

Your Guide To Luxury Christmas Shopping

Christmas calls for all things luxury. What better gift to give someone than something with that extra special edge? Every year, there’s always that one present we just fall in love with and want to have on display for a good week for easy access and the beautiful view of course. When it comes to beauty, it doesn’t really get any better. Indulging in luxury beauty is a form of self-care and we’re all especially in need of that this Winter.

Luxury Fragrance

Luxury brands Gucci, Boss, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and many more are here to lend you a helping hand in the department of perfumes and aftershaves. These exquisite designer brands have incredible ranges of extravagant gift sets that smell just as magnificent as they look. The products themselves also feel luxurious thanks to their elegant embellishments and velvety finishing touches.

Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette For Her Gift Set 30ml – This Gucci gift set is a must-have for fans of the fragrance as well as bold, daring women who are looking to try out a new, sexy scent. The Gucci Guilty perfume is distinctive and playful, a wonderful evening fragrance which features top notes of pink pepper, mandarin orange and other stunning notes. Includes a 30ml Perfume and 50ml Body Lotion.

BOSS The Scent For Her Gift Set 100ml – Inspired by the art of seduction and the irresistible act of getting closer, BOSS The Scent for Her is designed to elicit a hidden seductive power that envelops the woman who wears it with a captivating allure. Includes a 100ml Perfume and 100ml Body Lotion.

Giorgio Armani Code Gift Set 50ml – Giorgio Armani Code is a stylish, bold and sexy fragrance for men which is perfect for evening wear. This award-winning fragrance features top notes of Lemon and Bergamot that smell truly divine. Include a 50ml Aftershave, 15ml Travel Spray and 75ml Shower Gel.

K by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Toilette Gift Set 100ml – This fragrance perfectly reflects the Dolce & Gabbana man: charismatic and seductive, elegant and sophisticated, he loves taking care of himself. This spicy, oriental fragrance features top notes of grapefruit, coriander and basil. Includes 100ml Aftershave and 75ml Aftershave Balm.

Luxury Skincare

The Organic Pharmacy Expert Serums Gift Set – This is a great gift to buy that special someone you know who is super into their skincare routine. With this set, you can personalise your skincare with The Organic Pharmacy’s award-winning Corrective Serums formulated to deliver instant results for targeted concerns. The set includes a 30ml Hyaluronic Acid Serum, 30ml Four Acid Peel, 30ml Stabilised Vitamin C Serum and 30ml Retinol Night Serum.

Luxury Makeup

High Definition Beauty Brow Essentials Foxy Gift Set – When it comes to makeup gifts, it’s likely that the makeup-obsessed person on your Christmas list to buy for already has reams of lipsticks, highlighter sets and all the other go-to gifts, so why not treat them to something different? This Brow Essentials Gift Set includes 3 best-selling products: an Eye & Brow Palette, Brow Define and Brow Beater to create enviable arches in just three easy steps.

Luxury Bath & Body

Decleor Infinite Lift By Night Lavender Fine Gift Set – They say regular nights of blissful sleeping are pretty magical already but there’s potential for an even more heavenly night’s sleep with the help of Decleor’s lavender oil set including 4 staples for your anti-ageing night-time routine. This set features 250ml Lavender Fine Bath & Shower Gel, 50ml Aroma Cleanse 3 in 1 Hydra Radiance Smoothing & Cleansing Mousse, 15ml Lavender Fine Night Balm and 15ml Prolagene Lifting Lash Mask.

Luxury Home

Miller Harris Mossket Diffuser 100ml – Have someone on your list who’s moving to a new house or is a lover of all things interior? Why not treat them to a gorgeous new addition to their home with Miller Harris’ reed diffuser set. This particular scent is earthy and green to evoke sitting beneath a tree in a sun-dappled forest around a moist aroma of moss and energising greenness to reconnect with nature. How refreshing!

How far through your Christmas shopping list are you? If you were feeling a bit stuck with what to buy people for Christmas this year, you sure won’t be now with all of this luxury inspo!

Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gifts


Father’s Day is around the corner and with one payday left why not be prepared this year. For a little extra help, we have pulled out some great recommendations in this gift guide, anything from new launches to purse friendly picks just in case you are struggling for ideas.

The first recommendation would be the The Armani Code Absolu this is the newest addition to the classic Armani Code Range. The is an audacious rum heart with a balanced blend of tonka bean and vanilla, overall being quite an addictive spicy oriental fragrance. In a sleek bottle and packaging this would be a great gift for any man who is into their fragrances or simply a fan of Armani men’s range.

Our second recommendation would be Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss, this is an iconic player within the fragrance world with its continued popularity. The masculine tones of sandalwood, cedar and vetiver give this scent an elegant style that is perfect for everyday or a special occasion.

If you are working with budget in mind the Lacoste Pour Homme is a great steal. This is timeless blend of juniper berry, cardamom, pink peppercorn and cinnamon bark giving you a natural masculine scent that would make a wonderful gift. You can also take a look at other men’s perfumes by Lacoste which will also make a perfect gift – without spending your budget!

If you were looking to spend under £20 there are plenty to chose from, but one recommendation would be the Calvin Klein Eternity Now EDT. This is a light oriental scent with notes of ginger and coconut nectar which move into tones of patchouli and cedar wood. The bottle is a classic simple design making this a great one for any father this summer.

At fragrance direct we love gift sets; you get more for your money and they look fabulous. Our first top pick for Father’s Day would be the Hugo Boss The Scent gift set which includes the 100ml Eau de toilette spray, deodorant stick and shower gel. Boss the scent is a warm, masculine scent in a unique bottle design, this fragrance is adored by all ages with its exquisite notes of ginger, Maninka and virile leather.

Our next top pick amongst the gift sets would be the YSL Y for Men, this includes the 60ml EDP with a shower gel and aftershave balm. This fresh authentic fragrance is perfect for the modern-day man with notes of bergamot and ginger combined with geranium and Tonka bean.

If you still haven’t found the perfect present then have a look at the grooming category, because there are some great brands such as Elemis and Hawkins & Brimble to have a look at. For any fathers that look after their beard the Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit includes a beard wash, beard oil, beard lube and beard comb making it very easy. If they don’t have beard but are really into their hair American Crew are a brilliant brand for all thing’s hair, their shampoo and conditioners are favourites but there selection of paste’s, clays and hair colour blends are great products, not one would be left disappointed.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her

That time of year is swinging around already. If you’re in a quandary, wondering what to buy your loved one this Valentine’s Day, look no further. Fragrances are the perfect, thoughtful, loved-up way to treat someone special. Finding the right one for your nearest and dearest comes down to a little bit of decision making. But fear not, this short guide will take you through our favourites, so you can pick a dreamy scent in moments.


Romantic perfumes

Nothing says romance better than a well-matched perfume. If you’re feeling brave, choose something you think she’ll smell gorgeous in. Plus, it shows you’ve given some thought to your gift. Delectable scents like Giorgio Armani’s Si Nacre Sparking Limited Edition EDP with it’s soft, feminine tones is one great option. Other classically sensual scents include Jean Paul Gaultier‘s juicy, sexy Scandal.

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Baggable aftershaves

If you’re looking to impress him, splash out on an aftershave of your choice. Not only will he then smell extra gorgeous to you, he’ll also feel appreciated. BOSS BOTTLED. NIGHT. is the ultimate, masculine power scent for youthful types. Another delicious pick is the fresh and bold Paco Rabanne Invictus For Men, ideal if you want your man to smell godly and feel confident.

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Beauty gifts for her

If you fancy adding another dimension to your Valentine’s present this year, have a look at beauty gifts. You can find pairings of fragrances and makeup or beauty treats, giving lucky ladies two presents in one neat package. Options include YSL’s Black Opium Floral Shock EDP Spray and Mascara, and Giorgio Armani’s Code Femme Gift Set complete with scent, shower gel and body lotion.

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Christmas Gifts For Him

Christmas Gifts For Him

If you need the perfect present for him this Christmas, look no further. This blog is packed with gifting inspiration. From delicious aftershaves to top-selling electricals, there’s something for even those hard-to-buy-for men.

Delectable gift sets

Give him everything he loves in one package with a gift set. Best-selling designer brands like Paco Rabanne, Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss are all there. To give you some handy ideas, sets include Paco Rabanne 1 Million 50ml gift set aftershave and shower gel duo. There’s also a Calvin Klein Euphoria Men combo, and Hugo Boss Bottled gift set.

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Swoon-worthy fragrances


Christmas is the best time for topping up a fragrance collection. Whether you’d like to surprise him with something new, or get a tried a tested favourite, all the big-hitters are there. You can even shop by budget, and work to a price to suit you. You can get your hands on all-time favourites likes Joop Homme, and Lacoste L12 12 Eau De Lacoste with just a quick browse.

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Shaving and grooming must-haves

A nice little alternative to fragrance gifts, shaving and grooming kits are just the thing for any stylish man. Pre-shave, post-shave, razors and blades, and beard care products give you a whole range of options, whatever his grooming regime. Some lovely present ideas include Edwin Jagger’s ebony and chrome fusion razor, and Jack Black’s bump fix razor bump and ingrown hair solution.

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Cool electricals


Fancy changing things up a bit this Christmas, and buying something he definitely won’t have already? You can choose from a full collection of fancy electrical items. Here you’ll find products like Remington Ceramic M&R Beard Trimmer, Beurer’s 2-in-1 mood light for a pick-me-up during those dull winter months, and Wahl’s ultimate lithium clipper kit.


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Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gifts

Are you guilty of presenting your dad with a shirt shaped present on Father’s Day? What about that pair of socks you know he’ll LOVE because, well, who wouldn’t love a pair of socks? Ladies and gentleman, it’s time to confess your Father’s Day sins and think outside of the box for this impending Father’s Day occasion.

Aside from a trip down to the pub and bottle of his favourite fine wine, why not treat him an aftershave gift set or maybe one of our best selling men’s fragrances? Choosing a fragrance will show him how much you care and that you’ve put a lot of personal thought into this year’s Father’s Day gift. Read on to discover all our favourite Father’s Day gifts’

First up we have the legendary and iconic Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled. This masculine scent is perfect for Father’s Day as it’s simplistic, unaffected and distinctly male. Your dad is bound to love this scent and it’s everything you’d expect from a Hugo Boss scent. This must-have fragrance combines fresh and zingy notes with more musky flavours to create a beautiful aftershave. A well rounded fragrance that’s perfect for the modern man!

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Dolce and Gabbana The One for Men is true classic. Since its launch in 2008 this aftershave has been a staple in every man’s fragrance collection, the type of scent that never gets old. It is a woody, oriental fragrance with top notes of grapefruit, basil and coriander leading through to a base of amber, cedar and tobacco. This scent is sure to make a lasting impression and one your dad will cherish for years to come!

Next up we have Paco Rabanne Invictus. The Invictus aftershave range is both fresh and powerful, designed for the dynamin, confident man. Make your dad feel like a champion this year with blends of marine top notes guaiac wood, pepper, grapefruit zest and violet leaves. Each product in the Invictus range plays with the same energising scents so why not go the extra mile and pick up the Invictus gift set.

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Gucci Guilty is the perfect signature scent to inspire total confidence to whatever the day brings. The Gucci Guilty aftershave has masculine notes of lemon, orange blossom, cedar wood and patchouli. It is a luxurious scent that will be a real treat for your Dad this Father’s Day. Gucci Guilty Pour Homme comes housed in a sleek slate bottle which looks super stylish.

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We also have Carolina Herrera 212 Men is the perfect fragrance for the modern man, brimming with masculine poise and total confidence. The modern-day classic has been a huge hit since it was released in 1999, blending unmistakeably manly fragrances with a crisp, fresh undertone for a truly dynamic, powerful aftershave. 212 Men combines zingy green apples, spices and grapefruit with heady hits of ginger, sage and violet. A gorgeous everyday scent for your dad this Father’s Day!

Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau de Toilette
Invictus is the hugely popular scent from the legendary Paco Rabanne. Championing masculinity and strength it is bound to be a winner for your Dad! It is fresh and has an invigorating mix of marine accord, grapefruit zest, bay leaf and patchouli. The trophy packaging is godly and will be sure to make your dad feel extra special.



Joop! Homme Eau de Toilette
Joop! Homme is a strong and masculine fragrance that features oriental notes that create a sensual and bold scent. The pink bottle is for the daring and confident Dad who is not afraid to be outspoken. A combination of orange blossom, bergamot and Amalfi lemon make up this intriguing scent. At £21.95 you’ll be making a massive saving!



Carolina Herrera 212 Men Eau de Toilette
212 Men from Carolina Herrera is a contemporary scent for men, it is a confident masculine scent that is perfect for the modern Dad. With top notes of green apple, spices and grapefruit and base notes of musk, cedar, incense and sandalwood this is a great scent for those who like a woody floral musk.



Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau de Toilette
Le Male from Jean Paul Gaultier is a true classic. A fresh charismatic fragrance that is perfect for casual or formal wear, perfect for those Dads who like a signature scent! The packaging of the bottle and the tin make it even more perfect to give as a Father’s Day gift. This scent includes notes of wormwood, bergamot, cardamom, lavender and orange.



Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Unlimited
The new fragrance from Hugo Boss is a must have scent for men! Boss Bottled Unlimited is an energetic and masculine fragrance that will be sure to suit your Dad. It is fresh and inviting with notes of mint, iced violet leaves and grapefruit which creates a wearable fragrance for every day. Perfect for the Dad who is always on the go!



Diesel Only The Brave Extreme
Only the Brave Extreme is the perfect choice for all those Fathers who are just heroes! Only the Brave Extreme is the new launch from Diesel and we just can’t get enough of it. The packaging is unique and masculine and sure to be a hit with your Dad!
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Well those are our top 6 but you can check out more of our Father’s Day picks here!