Mother’s Day Gifts For All Budgets

Mother’s Day Gifts For All Budgets

Whether you’re celebrating your own mum this Mother’s Day, or preparing to show your partner or a friend how much they mean to their younger kids, choosing the right gift – however small – can make all the difference.

When it comes to finding a Mother’s Day present for the special lady in your life, don’t let your budget stop you from choosing something they’ll love. There’s no need to worry about buying an expensive gift if you don’t have the money to spare – chances are, your mum will adore anything you give her just because it’s from you!

To make things a little easier, we’ve put together some of our favourite Mother’s Day gift choices to suit all budgets:

1. Mother’s Day Gifts Under £10
If you have a low budget for Mother’s Day this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still choose a great gift to make her smile. Try one of these Mother’s Day gifts under £10 for an easy win. If you have little more time, choose a couple of Mother’s Day gifts for less than £5 and put them together in a hamper for your mum – nothing says ‘I love you’ like than a touch of thoughtfulness.

Taylor of London Tweed Eau de Toilette Gift Set
With a perfume, hand cream, soap, scented candle and two bath bombs, all for less than £10, this eau de toilette gift set is an excellent low-budget gift for Mother’s Day. It comes beautifully packed in a patterned box, so it’s also a pleasure to unwrap.

Muelhens 4711 Eau de Cologne Gift Set
This simple gift set by Muelhens contains a 50ml eau de cologne and a delicate cream soap bar. The fragrance is refreshing and citrus – the perfect pick-me-up for a hard-working mum this Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Gifts for Under £5
If you want to go down a different route with your Mother’s Day offering this year, why not pick up a selection of smaller bits and put together a hamper or goodie-bag? Our 3-for-£5 makeup is perfect for this! Throw in a card, a bottle of wine, or some of your mum’s favourite chocolate, and you have yourself a Mother’s Day gift she’s guaranteed to love.

Here are some of our favourite skincare gifts for less than £5, perfect for filling up your Mother’s Day hamper:
Bio Glow Apricot and Rosemary Face Scrub
Astor Soft Sensation Lipcolour Butter
Derma V10 Clay Mask Purifying
Balance Active Formula Dragons Blood Eye Serum
Balance Gold Collagen Serum

Now you know – the perfect Mother’s Day gift doesn’t need to cost the earth!

2. Mother’s Day Gifts Under £30

If you feel like spending a little more on your special lady this Mother’s Day, we have a fantastic selection of fragrance and skincare gifts to suit a £20-£30 budget. Here are some of our favourites:

Anna Sui Miniature Fragrance Gift Set
This Anna Sui minis set is an excellent Mother’s Day gift if your mum is difficult to buy for. With five fragrances included, your chances of introducing them to a new favourite are high!

Nina Ricci L’Air Du Temps Gift Set
Nina Ricci’s feminine fragrances are iconic, and L’Air Du Temps is the designer’s best-known scent. Timeless, sophisticated, and favoured by women around the world, this fresh fragrance makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Oil Set
A beauty must-have, Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream leaves skin feeling soft, fresh, and replenished. This gift set includes a bottle of Eight Hour Miracle Oil, an Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisture Hand Treatment, and an Eight Hour Skin Protectant – it’s the gift of beautiful skin!

3. Mother’s Day Gifts Under £50

Splash the cash this Mother’s Day with a luxury gift – you won’t believe what you can get your hands on for under £50! If you’re struggling, start by checking out some of our favourite Mother’s Day gifts for under £50.

Dermalogica AGE Smart Skin Kit
With a Skin Resurfacing Cleanser, Antioxidant Hydramist, Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, Dynamic Skin Recovery, and Multivitamin Power Firm, the AGE Smart Starter Kit by Dermalogica contains a full month’s regimen that your mum can use every day for firmer, smoother, healthier skin. Trust us – she’ll love it.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Gift Set
Daisy Dream is a variant of Marc Jacobs original and hugely popular Daisy fragrance. This gift set includes an eau de toilette spray, a shower gel and a body lotion. It comes beautifully packaged in a sweet blue box, so the only thing left for you to do is write out the card.

Gucci Bamboo Gift Set
Strong yet graceful, Gucci Bamboo has been designed to represent diversity in women. The Gucci Bamboo gift set, which includes an eau de toilette spray and a body lotion, is perfect for Mother’s Day, no matter who you’re buying for.

The Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day – Candles!

The Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day – Candles!

Everyone loves candles! Whether you use them for decoration, to scent your home or to create a cosy or relaxing atmosphere, everyone enjoys that feeling you get when you take your new candle of out the box and find a place for it in your home. So, we are going to run through some of our favourites that might be perfect for a Mother’s Day gift or if you are just treating yourself!

Our first recommendation would be one from the Woodwick Collection, these candles come in a variety of sizes and scents, but we love them at fragrance Direct because they crackle when burnt. If you are buying for your mum, then there are some lovely scents such as Sea Salt Magnolia in the Artisan hourglass or Pomegranate in the clear with wooden lid, that would make a great present.

The next candle we love is the Plum & Ashby Honey and Amber scented candle. This candle has notes of zesty citrus and sweet vanilla, inspired by glorious afternoons in the British country side. Designed to give to ultimate relaxation in its simplistic and sophisticated packaging, this would be a create addition to anyone’s home.

One which would make a wonderful gift is the Ted Baker Fig and Olive Candle, our favourite scent of the collection. Warm and fresh in an elegant deep grey this floral scent would be perfect for anyone with style. Each candle is carefully crafted and housed in a weighted glass vessel and inspired by the exotic fragrances from Ted’s travels.

If you are wanting a traditional styled candle, one that would look nice on a coffee or dressing table the Heart and Home ones come in a sweet frosted jar with lid. Due to the time of year we would recommend the White Jasmine and Freesia scent as it is light and fresh for spring.

Lastly if you have a smaller budget, a brand we all know, and love Baylis and Harding do a good range of candles in a sleek and sophisticated glass bottle. At Fragrance Direct we love the Mandarin, Grapefruit and Lemon scent for its fresh yet subtle fusion.

If you prefer a diffuser then have a look at our huge range. One which we really love is the Orla Kiely Geranium Home is a fresh scent packaged in her signature, cheerful print this would be a wonderful feature in your home for spring or a thoughtful present.

Perfecting That Shelfie!

Perfecting That Shelfie!

We are all aware of the classic selfie but here at Fragrance Direct we have been working on our shelfie’s. For those that don’t know it is a trend on social media and it stands for a picture of your shelf. Displaying those gorgeous perfume bottles, positioned next to a candle, with some stunning make up products and a cactus in the background is something many of us are trying to create that ideal home image. So, here at Fragrance Direct we have been assessing what we would want in our shelfie and here’s what we came up with:

If you fall into a younger age bracket these products would be a great selection for you. Firstly, for a perfume the new Emporio Armani In Love with You Eau de Parfum is a favourite. This fruity fragrance has addictive notes of jasmine absolute and patchouli essence and represents a modern personality of fragrance. In this classic and stylish bottle, it definitely qualifies for our selection.

Now looking into skincare these products are some industry favourites; the Gatineau Tan Accelerator Lotion is a unique triple action that helps to prepare, boost and prolong tanning. If you like you get a natural glow through summer, this prepares your skin in the best way as it encourages your skins natural self-protection through advanced performance melanin productions activators.

Now to feed your face the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is a soap free gel that removes impurities without disturbing the skins natural moisture balance. The calming balm includes mint and lavender extracts that soothes the skin while removing toxins and debris leaving you with a super fresh face. Dermalogica products are always gentle and perfect for skin types that suffer with blemishes or dry skin. To finish off your face care you need a reliable moisturiser the Lancaster Aquamilk Day Cream 24 Hour Deep Moisture is perfect for skins that suffer with dryness, leaves your skin in the perfect condition for the day.

Now your shelf is full of some of the best brands one thing to add would be some hair care; the Toni&Guy Intense Softness shampoo and conditioners are known for helping with everyday vitality, keeping its natural softness and healthy-looking shine for you all the time, not just when you leave the hairdressers.

At Fragrance Direct we know when you get older what you want out of products changes so for our second shelfie these are the products we pulled out for an older age group; for fragrance the new Lancome La Vie Est Belle En Rose Eau de Toilette is the reinvented version from the original which was widely loved. It has notes of red fruits, peony accord and sandalwood oil and is in the bottle known as the crystal smile.

Looking at skincare if your aims are to tackle signs of aging then a recommended cleanser would be the Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser which is the new generation of anti-aging products that will reveal a youthful complexion. This cleanser will defend you against daily pollutants with skin protecting moringa seed peptide and great burdock which will help balance out the skin.

For a moisturizer the Gatineau Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream would be a great investment. It contains 2 avant-garde active ingredients; Gen-control blocks the expression of visible signs of aging and the fibro-repair helps promote skin elasticity which will get your skin feeling smoother, firmer and more radiant.

What we really love about this one is the one-click makeover feature. These makeup looks are created using perfectly matched seasonal colours and products. Users can try on timeless or modern makeup looks and discover what suits them best, without having to splash out on all the products before-hand.

For a body lotion the bestselling Ahava Mineral Body Lotion Sea Kissed is a shelf worthy product, its light, luxurious and includes ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel. This allows it to absorb quickly without leaving any stickiness or grease.

Now for your hair the Goldwell range is one to try, they are professional hair care brand known for their colour care or smoothing treatments. If you suffer with frizzy hair the Goldwell Dual Senses Just Smooth gentle-as-water shampoo has ingredients such as Kukui Nut Oil which nourishes and rinses away any impurities smoothing your frizz-prone hair.

Two fabulous shelfie’s if we don’t say so our self! We know you want to make sure the products on your shelf the best in class, so you see the best results and they don’t just sit in your cupboard. We hope this helps!

Top 3 Beauty & Makeup Apps You Need To Try

Top 3 Beauty & Makeup Apps You Need To Try

These days, there’s an app for just about everything and the ever-current beauty industry has stepped up to the mark.

We’ve been seeing beauty and makeup apps springing up for a couple of years now, and we can’t get enough of them! With developments in facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence moving forwards in leaps and bounds, if you’re new to the world of beauty apps, there’s never been a better time to get involved.

Whether you want to try on virtual makeup looks, order a new collection or appoint a professional hairstylist or beauty therapist to your door, these apps have it all. Here are a few of our favourites.

1. YouCam
YouCam is one of the most popular makeup apps available and can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices.

By using facial detection, this smart beauty app gives you a true-to-life experience in real-time or on photos. There are hundreds of gorgeous makeup and beauty products to choose from, so you can mix and match until you find a combination that suits you!

The YouCam community is thriving – members can share and discover makeup tutorials, fashion news and tips. Some of our favourite features of this app include:
• One-touch skin analysis
• Beauty live streaming
• Real-time makeovers

This app has it all and is a great place to start if you’re new to the game.

2. Mary Kay Virtual Makeover
Mary Kay’s Virtual Makeover app is perfect for makeup lovers. You can try makeup and beauty products on your own face, or choose a model to try on, and share your designs with your friends on social media.

What we really love about this one is the one-click makeover feature. These makeup looks are created using perfectly matched seasonal colours and products. Users can try on timeless or modern makeup looks and discover what suits them best, without having to splash out on all the products before-hand.

This one is available on both iTunes and for Android.

3. Slapp
Finding the right shade of foundation, especially online, can seem impossible. There are so many makeup apps that promise to match your skin tone to your perfect shade of foundation, concealer or lipstick, and often they fall short of the mark.

Well, enter Slapp! This is one of the few skin-matching apps that really work, and we can’t get enough.

Available on iTunes and for Android, this free-to-use app works by analysing a picture of you, focusing on your cheeks, chin, and forehead, before bringing you a list of all the best products to suit your shade. You can filter products depending on your needs, and the app will serve up a whole selection of colour matches from all your favourite brands! Amazing, right?

So, it seems no matter what you’re in the market for, there’s a beauty app available to help. Did you know we have an app of our own? Download the Fragrance Direct app to browse and buy all your favourite products at the touch of a button! If you’re a little more old-school, stick to the Fragrance Direct blog for all your beauty and makeup tips, like how to clean your makeup brushes and sponges, or how to gym-proof your makeup.

How To Pack Light For Spring

How To Pack Light For Spring

Is your first holiday of the year nearly here? Whether you’re going on a city break or a week somewhere further away for some sunshine, you must start thinking about what to take. Packing light is something many of us struggle with! So today we are running through some skincare and make up essentials that won’t break the bank in case you need a last-minute fix;

Let’s assess your wash bag first; While our skin will benefit from some vitamin D, we tend to over indulge when on holiday. So, we need to make sure we are counteracting on any increases in alcohol or lack of sleep by maintaining a good skincare routine. The Ren Clean Skincare Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is a reliable cleanser than is sensitive to all skin types. It has jojoba wax beads which will purify and detox your skin by gently scrubbing away dead cells while the jojoba seed oil deeply hydrates and plumps leaving your new underneath skin looking its best.

When on holiday we all want to wear minimal make- up and let our skin breathe so taking a moisturizer than can allow your skin to stay hydrated and let you feel comfortable bare faced is a massive must. The Nivea Soft Cream is perfect for everyday and can be used on your face, hands and body. This formula also includes jojoba oil working well with your cleanser leaving your skin looking and feeling revitalised.

Sun cream as we all know should be worn no matter how much sunlight you are getting, Piz Buin is great for leaving your skin light and weightless without feeling oily and greasy. There is a huge selection on site with great savings but one to try if you are going on a city break and need one for on the go is the Piz Buin Ultra-Light Dry Touch Sun Fluid SPF15. This hydrating fluid spreads easily and leaves skin silky smooth and dry without any white marks.

One to consider while on holiday especially if you are going to be in the sea or a pool is a hair mask. Hair can often become dry and rough, looking damaged due to the oils being removed from factors such as chlorine. So, if you are wanting to create that perfect beach wave, put on the Osmo Hair Mask for 5 minutes and let the moringa oil and silk protein smooth and revitalised your hair.

Now let’s look at your make up bag; On holiday we tend to wear less make up as we develop a nice glow but if you want a natural look for a day out or in the evening then having a good foundation such as the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is key. This foundation is renowned for its 100% poreless coverage and light texture leaving you with a flawless natural finish.

The next essential is having a good powder to matte your complexion as the heat can often give us an unwanted shine. The Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powder blurs imperfections and mattifies your flawless finish providing a bare skin sensation. It includes a soft sponge perfect for touching up on the go.

The next necessity is having a fresh mascara to give those gorgeous long eyelashes. A few strokes of mascara go a long way even if we are wanting a natural look. The Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara would be a good choice to take.

The Sun kissed Hello Sunshine Matte Bronzer is something everyone should have packed. On holiday many of us apply bronzer everywhere! On our cheeks to make then glow, on our neck to blend our finish and on our shoulders so we look sun kissed. This velvety powder infused with minerals smooths easily over your skin.

Lastly taking a good gloss with you for your lip will finish off any day or evening looks you need. The Daniel Sandler Lip Gloss is a non-sticky formula that gives you a transparent shine. The glide on tube applicator is quick and easy and enriched with vitamin A, giving you a high impact shine! A personal favourite is the nude Super Bare shade.

Beauty and Fragrance Gifts for Mother’s Day

Beauty and Fragrance Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day will be here before you know it and with it being on the 31st of March, the last day of the month it is best to be prepared while we still have the budget. We all want our mums to feel appreciated and loved every day of the year but on Mother’s Day we can make an extra special effort.

If you are struggling with idea’s here at Fragrance Direct, we have the answers so there is no excuse to grab some flowers and chocolates from the corner shop last minute. If you think this year your mum would like to try a new fragrance, then these three launches are ones to have a look at. The first is Issey Miyake Eau’ D’Issey Pure Petale De Nectar, which is a fresh light Eau de Toilette that has just launched and is perfect for spring summer. This is a great one for all mums out there with a feminine taste due to its sleek, delicate bottle design and sweet scents of pear, honey and rose.

The second recommendation for a fragrance would be the new Emporio Armani In Love with You. This new Eau de Parfum is a fruity, sweet, addictive scent with notes of black cherry, jasmine and vanilla and with its classic, simplistic bottle, this would make a great gift. Not only that the name of the fragrance would flatter any mum out there.

The final suggestion for a fragrance would be the Dolce and Gabbana The Only One 2, the second chapter of the story. This new launch is for the sophisticated, strong mums out there with its signature coffee and violet notes. With its red, empowering bottle it symbolises love and femininity.

If you are thinking of other options this Mother’s Day, there are some great gift sets that any mum would love to receive. The first is the Gatineau Pamper Collection 4 Piece Gift Set, this set includes the Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask, Defi Lift 3D Revoluming Lip Care, Vitmina Suractivee Hand Cream and the Professional Mask Brush all in a beautiful wash bag. For anyone who uses Gatineau and is new to the brand, this is an incredible brand and would be a real treat to whoever receives this set, another bonus is you would make a huge saving on these products.

The next idea we pulled out as a great present was the Crabtree and Evelyn Garden Hand Therapy Duo. This brand always does lovely hand cream sets in beautiful packaging, but this duo is a favourite. Both creams smell gorgeous especially the Gardeners moisturising therapy and are great for healing any cracks or dryness caused by the cold weather.

This set is for if your mum deserves a little pamper, this Soothing bath and body set by Urban Veda is a trusted brand that will harmonise delicate skin. It includes a body wash and full-size soothing body lotion full of calming botanical extracts that will de-stress and pamper this Mother’s Day.

The final recommendation from us here at Fragrance Direct would be for those mums who are into their beauty brands and products. The Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Set includes a full-size mascara, lip and eye make up remover and a precision glide eye pencil eye liner in black velvet. This is a highly recommended brand and these three products are essential in any lady’s make up bag making it a great gift this Mother’s Day.

We hope that this has been helpful and that you find the perfect gift for your mum this Mother’s Day! Make sure you take a look at the Mother’s Day category for more options.