The Ultimate Guide To Sweat-Proof Makeup

The Ultimate Guide To Sweat-Proof Makeup


We can’t help but rejoice when the sun makes an appearance each day and blazes us with the heat – if we’re lucky – but with the sun some comes exactly that, heat, that triggers and transforms us into hot sweaty messes no matter how much deodorant we thought would get us through the day. The dreaded SULA (sweaty upper lip alert, didn’t you watch Wild Child?) soon makes its inevitable appearance and as our pores open up in an attempt to cool us down, our makeup disappears by the second. Not ideal. However, this doesn’t have to be reality. Today we’re showcasing some of our best sweat-proof products and techniques you can use to get through this summer flawlessly.

Dermalogica Calm Water Gel is an incredible weightless water-gel moisturiser that hydrates dry, sensitive skin. Its refreshing gel formula transforms into a skin-quenching fluid upon application, forming a weightless barrier against environmental factors such as the sun and pollution. This Dermalogica product has dual hyaluronic acid technology that works in different skin surface layers to increase and lock in moisture too. Indulge in this beauty and let its apple fruit, cactus pear and glycerine ingredients hydrate and support your skin with its water-binding properties.

Bare Minerals BarePro Performance Wear Foundation SPF20 is a great go-to sweat-proof foundation for the summer months. This liquid mineral foundation cares while it covers, improving the appearance of skin texture over time while blurring pores and imperfection. While also helping to increase the longevity of your makeup, this 24-hour full coverage foundation is breathable and powered by Bare Minerals’ Mineral Lock Long-Wear Technology that blends mineral pigments with lipids naturally found in the skin to lock in transfer-resistant colour. With a naturally matte, soft-focus finish, this is perfect for adding both coverage and SPF for a day in the sun.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Brow Kohl Liner is perfect is you’re a fan of adding that extra bit of texture to your brows and if you can’t live without a lick of eyeliner. This 24-hour wear liner is, of course, waterproof too. What could be better? This would also be a great product to take along with you on holiday if you fancy having a dip in the pool or are off swimming in the sea. There’s no need to worry about coming out of the ocean with an eyebrow missing when you’ve got this bad boy in your bag.

Keeping in theme with eye makeup, the Lord & Berry Scuba Pro Waterproof Black Mascara is long-wearing, length-defining and actually offers 100% protection against everyday pollutants. It perfectly resists water and humidity yet is extremely gentle on the lashes. With Lord & Berry’s Scuba Extreme, you don’t need to compromise intense colour or thickness – amazing, right?

Finally, to set all of your makeup in place and to give it the ultimate sweat-proof finishing touch, why not try out the W7 Matte Fixing Spray? If you’re hesitant about spritzing what may appear to be a tube of the unknown onto your face, you don’t need to worry. All you need to know is that like many other setting sprays, this one is like any other that you apply to your face once you’ve applied your makeup. Ultimately, it helps prevent smudging and sets your makeup in place for as many hours as you need. This particular spray has a matte finish which makes it even better suited to combat any sun-induced sweats too!

You can shop all of these products right now on our Fragrance Direct shopping site for remarkably discounted prices. Go ahead and take a look to find out how much you can save on some fantastic new makeup goodies to add to your collection.

Gift Sets: For Special Occasions, All Year Round!

Gift Sets: For Special Occasions, All Year Round!


Here at Fragrance Direct, we live by the mantra that a gift set is for life, not just for Christmas – it’s the only way. There’s no need to bulk by at the end of the year for upcoming birthdays and special occasions. Instead, you can trust us to supply you with the best bundles of makeup, skincare, hair and fragrance goodies all year round. Now you’re more than excited, you’re probably in need of some inspiration too. You’re in the right place, have a scroll and take a look at some amazing gift sets we have on offer right now.

High Definition Beauty Brow Essentials Foxy Gift Set would make the perfect present for any makeup-loving eyebrow fanatic. For the brow obsessed, this set includes 3 products: the award-winning Eye&Brow Palette, Brow Define and Brow Beater to help anyone create enviable arches in just a few easy steps. Available at a great discounted price, this would make a great gift whether you’re treating yourself or someone else.

FD Beauty Skincare Favourites Beauty Box is a brand-new collectors box containing a range of fantastic hand-picked products. These include Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, Decleor Prolangene Gel, REN Clean Skincare Vita Mineral Lip Balm, Elizabeth Arden EightHour Cream Skin Protectant, Yves Rocher Soothing Moisturising Cream and a Garnier Skin Active Juicy Peel Mask. There are so many brands in here to try that you’ll be tempted to buy an extra one just for yourself.

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Cocoon & Pamper Body Duo is made up of a luxurious shower gel and body lotion. Why not gift someone special a pampering bath time ritual with these beauty treats. Containing pomegranate, argan and grapeseed oil, this body duo will bring the bounty of Moroccan botanicals to any bathroom providing a nourishing and restoring skin treatment. With spicy notes of orange and ginger mixed with sweet fig and a sprinkling of black pepper, this is the perfect scent to wind down with in the evening. It’s the perfect gift for bath-lovers.

Fudge’s Blo Out Gift Set would make a great present for any friends and family you know that enjoy treating themselves with a trip to the salon every now and again between trims. This set contains Fudge’s Tri-Blo Blow Dry Spray which is a fine mist that is designed to protect the hair from heat damage and hold the style in place. It goes hand in hand with the other item in the duo, Light Hed-ed Hair Oil, a supercharged, lightweight dry oil mist to tame unruly frizzy, dry or damaged hair.

Elie Saab Le Parfum Gift Set consists of the original perfume in a large 90ml bottle and is accompanies by a 10ml mini spray which is perfect for travelling or throwing in the bottom of any handbag. This perfume is a trusted favourite and one you can rely on when gifting to your family and friends. With notes of sun-kissed radiant orange blossom, this fragrance is voluptuous and addictive.

Calvin Klein Eternity For Men is another holy grail fragrance perfect for any and every man. This great value set contains the classic 100ml Eau de Toilette, a 100ml Aftershave Balm, 100ml Shower Gel and a 20ml Travel Spray. It’s a timeless classic scent that will last for eternity. It combines luxury coolness with a warm and woody freshness leaving a quality and modern feeling scent.

Which of these gift sets has caught your attention? Pop on over to our FD Beauty site to shop around and find some of the best deals out there. You don’t need to wait until Christmas with our offers. Take a look!

The Best Skincare and Beauty Products For Your Suitcase

The Best Skincare and Beauty Products For Your Suitcase


If you’re anything like us, you’ll find narrowing down your beauty products to take on holiday is the worst part of packing – how on earth is anyone supposed to survive without all their skincare for two weeks? Lucky for you, we’ve partnered with Fragrance Direct to put together a list of our absolute must-haves, so you know exactly what to take with you on your adventure.

Tanning

Gatineau Tan Accelerating Lotion
Benefits: Helps prevent premature skin-aging

If you’re planning to soak up those rays on a beach during your holiday, the Gatinaeu Tan Accelerating Lotion is your new best friend. This clever product deeply nourishes your skin, while encouraging your body’s natural defense system to help protect against harmful UV rays.

Skincare

Dermalogica Active Moisturiser
Benefits: Helps hydrate combination skin

The Dermalogica Active Moisturiser is your ticket to healthy, hydrated skin this summer. It’s formulated without any harmful artificial chemicals, so you can rest assured your skin will love it as much as we do! This luxurious product contains silk amino acids, as well as a unique combination of plant-based ingredients, to give you lots of lovely hydration – while working behind the scenes to combat problem skin.

If you’re over 40 and want to protect the delicate skin underneath your eyes, the Lancaster Total Age Correction Eye Cream is perfect. With a cooling massage tip to rejuvenate tired-looking eyes, just pop this in your beach bag to give your skin a little pick-me-up after a long day of soaking up the sun.

Hair Removal

Magnitone GoBare
Benefits: Removes hair quickly and effectively on the legs, underarms, and bikini line

To avoid any embarrassing mishaps on the beach this summer, be sure to pack the Magnitone GoBare in your suitcase. This super-cute shell-shaped shaver will leave you feeling fresh and smooth, and it’s gentle on your skin so you can even use it on your bikini line.

Sun Protection

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Sun Defense
Benefits: Help shield skin against UVA and UVB rays

To protect the delicate skin on your face from the sun, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Sun Defense is unrivalled. Simply apply it to your face, and any other areas of delicate skin, and this lightweight, oil-free lotion will hydrate and protect your skin for up to eight hours – perfect for a full day at the beach!

Ultrasun Protection Overnight Summer Skin Recovery Mask!
Benefits: Delivers a deep overnight hydrating treatment

If you’ve spent the day on a sun lounger, chances are your face is feeling a bit tight from all that sun exposure. Bring it back to life with the Ultrasun Protection Overnight Summer Skin Recovery Mask! This hydrating mask has been specially formulated to suit super-sensitive and dry skin types, but is a great choice for everyone.

Aftersun

Lancaster Sun Control Ultra-Nourishing After Sun Balm
Benefits: Optimal comfort and deep repairing action after sun exposure

To sooth your skin after a long day in the sun, the Lancaster Sun Control Ultra-Nourishing After Sun Balm has both hydrating and repairing qualities. Use generously after your shower in the evening for soft, supple post-beach skin.

Exfoliation

Elemis Skin Buff
Benefits: Removes dead skin cells, leaving the complexion brighter and better able to breathe

Everyone knows that dry, flaky skin doesn’t tan well. That’s where the Elemis Skin Buff is your saviour! Use this gorgeous-smelling product once or twice a week to scrub off any flakes, and leave your skin feeling smooth and sexy this summer.

The Best Shavers & Epilators for Home Hair Removal

The Best Shavers & Epilators for Home Hair Removal


We aren’t here to tell you it’s time to start thinking about hair removal – we’re all for letting it grow if that’s what feels good. Body hair, who cares – right?

If, however, you have decided it’s time to start shaving, plucking, and buffing your way to smoother days, we have some good news for you! There are loads of easy-to-use home hair removal products available, so you can avoid costly trips to the salon.

The best hair removal technique for you

Waxing and epilation involve pulling hairs out from the root – ouch! Most people who choose these methods will tell you the pain gets better with time, but it still isn’t for everyone. Read our hair removal tips and decide how you want to take on the job – whether you go for wax, epilation, or shaving, the immediate results will be the same.

Electrical Hair Removal

If you’ve chosen electrical hair removal – good for you! Electric body shavers and epilators can be more expensive than one quick trip to the salon, but you’ll be able to use them again and again and maintain your silky skin without damaging your bank balance in future.

Before you get stuck in, make sure you’ve exfoliated the part of your body you’re going to shave or epilate.

Here are some of our favourite body shavers that you can use at home:

Braun Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator

Braun know about hair removal, and this Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator comes with six extra heads, giving you complete control over the areas you target. With the ability to remove hairs that are as fine as a grain as sand (you know the ones), this epilator also features massaging beads around the cap, which help to make it one of the least painful electrical hair removers out there – win-win!

This handy little epilator works wet or dry, so you can take it into the shower or bath with you and let warm water and soft bubbles distract you from the plucking. Use it on your legs, bikini, underarms, and anywhere else you like for up to four weeks of smoothness.

Remington Ultimate Bikini Kit

Prepping for a beach holiday or just keeping things tidy, the Remington Ultimate Bikini Kit is the answer to all your bikini-line woes.

Why do we love it so much? Firstly, it’s a shaver, which means no painful plucking – yay! This dinky bikini shaver comes with an exfoliating brush to help you prep and fend off any ingrown hairs, a mini screen shaver attachment, a cleaning brush, and even a little storage pouch. It’s showerproof, too, so you can get the job done while you’re waiting for your conditioner to work its magic.

Magnitone GoBare! Rechargeable Lady Shaver

This cute compact tool from Magnitone is one of the best lady shavers we’ve tried. It gets rid of unwanted leg, bikini, and underarm hair in a flash, and the process is totally pain free, which is always a bonus.

The GoBare! shaver works in wet or dry conditions, so you can shave before or during your shower or bath. And, because the razors are guarded, your shave won’t cause any irritation or redness – perfect for sensitive or sunburnt skin.

For more hair removal tips, or makeup, skincare, or lifestyle advice, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!

The Organic Pharmacy – Get To Know The Brand

The Organic Pharmacy – Get To Know The Brand


The Organic Pharmacy is this month’s Brand of the Month at Fragrance Direct, so we thought we’d share a little bit more about where it all started…

The Organic Pharmacy was started by Margo Marrone who worked a Saturday job in a local pharmacy. Fascinated by the rows and rows of amber bottles, she was instantly enthralled as each person came in with a different ailment. She went on to study pharmacy and specialised in herbal medicine, nutrition and a focus on natural and alternate medicines. It was a few years later that she then discovered homeopathy, a form of medicine that completely changed her life.

Whilst studying homeopathy, Margo became aware of Organic and what it meant. She decided to use her herbal, homeopathic and pharmaceutical knowledge to create a shopping haven free from chemicals, where expert knowledge on wellbeing, herbs and homeopathic remedies were available.

The principles of The Organic Pharmacy are very simple… the best organic ingredients, honest expert advice and incredibly effective products.

The Organic Pharmacy skincare range is based on homeopathic and herbal medicine with the principles that the quality of the ingredients and the purity of the formulation is paramount. One of the things that makes them different is the science that they put into their formulations. The high-tech natural extracts, the pharmaceutical grade ingredients and their dosage in the products, mean serious results for healthy glowing skin.

The quality of the products is paramount, they are hand blended in their own factory to ensure superior quality and exquisite texture.

The first store was opened in 2002 in London on Kings Road, they now have stores and distribution all over the world.

Keep reading for a round up of our favourite products from the brand!

Carrot Butter Cleanser
This gorgeous cleanser is a balm that melts on contact with the skin. Effortlessly removing grime, dirt, dead skin and makeup in one easy step. Enriched with carrot extract it buffs all impurities from the skin so that your skincare products can penetrate deep into the layers of the skin.

Antioxidant face Firming Serum
The Antioxidant Face Serum acts like a non-invasive facelift and immediately tightens facial contours. Developed using the latest cutting-edge research, it tones, repairs and regenerates the skin.

Herbal Toner
The bestselling Herbal Toner is infused with 18 organic herbal extracts such as Aloe, Marshmallow, Marigold and Eucalyptus to revitalise and moisturise the skin. It helps to minimise the pores, lift and tone the skin.

Honey & Jasmine Mask
This Honey & Jasmine mask is enriched with Evening Primrose, Rosehip and Jasmine. A beautiful combination of ingredients which help to restore elasticity and deeply nourish dry, dehydrated skin.

Travel-Size Perfumes to Stay Fresh on Holiday

Travel-Size Perfumes to Stay Fresh on Holiday


The summer is finally here, which means that travel season is upon us. As you jet off to your warm, sunny destination of choice – and escape grey and rainy England – one beauty necessity is a summer fragrance.

A travel-size perfume is the holiday essential that will keep you fresh in the heat but won’t take up that much-needed room in your suitcase. Here are some of our favourite mini perfumes to help you choose the perfect travel fragrance for those hand-luggage-only holidays.

1. Gucci Bamboo Eau De Parfum Spray

Our first pick is a luxurious summer fragrance, available in 30ml or 50ml. Gucci’s Bamboo is soft but intense, with sandalwood, Tahitian vanilla and amber fragrances contrasting exotic notes of feminine orange blossom, ylang ylang and Casablanca lily. The addition of floral notes makes this delightful perfume a perfect scent for the summer.

2. Dior Miss Dior Eau De Parfum Spray

Dior’s Miss Dior perfume is a classic fragrance, and wonderfully light, making it excellent for the summer. The signature Dior fragrance has refreshing floral tones – including touches of Grasse rose and lily of the valley – along with sparkling top notes of blood orange and mandarin. This fresh, bright, and delicate perfume is a great choice for your holiday perfume and comes in travel-ready sizes of 30ml and 50ml.

3. Prada Candy Sugar Pop Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml

Our next pick is a divine oriental fragrance from Prada. This fun and flirty fragarance is awash with fruity and floral tones, with citrus and white peach accords over a smooth vanilla base. This sophisticated, small perfume bottle is perfect for travelling and promises to be as bold as your holiday adventures.

4. Vera Wang Princess Eau de Toilette Spray

Another of our favourite summer picks is this Vera Wang travel size perfume, avaliable in 30ml or 50ml. This rich, fruity aroma combines fresh mandarin, apricot, and apple top notes over a deep base of amber, vanilla and woody tones. Its soft, earthy quality brings a harmonious nature to Vera Wang’s Princess fragrance and as such is a calm and refreshing addition to any summer beauty routine.

5. Ghost Eau de Toilette Spray

The Ghost collection is one of the most popular fragrance collections, and the fresh, feminine bouquet of this perfume explains why. Hibiscus, rose petal, and jasmine are delightfully blended with sandalwood and frankincense tones to create this full but subtle scent, making for an ideal summery scent. Ghost Eau de Toilette is available in 30ml and 50ml.

Travel Perfume Atomiser

If you’ve already found your desired holiday perfume, but it’s too big to fit into your carry-on, don’t worry! We have a selection of Travel Perfume Atomisers to decant your existing fragrance into. Whether you want a simple or sophisticated design, get your favourite perfume travel-ready with our Perfume Atomisers.

If you want to keep on searching for great summer fragrances, take a look wide selection of perfumes for under £20 and under £10, and prepare for your trip without breaking the bank!