Top Packing Tips for Travelling Light

Top Packing Tips for Travelling Light

Choosing the right carry-on hand luggage is half the battle when it comes to short-haul or weekend travel. Most airlines have strict regulations around the size and weight of your bag, but getting it right and packing smart can not only save you money, but also save you valuable time in unpacking and finding everything quicker when you reach your destination.

We’ve teamed up with Storksak to share top tips on how to keep travelling as light and stress free as possible.

Choose The Right Bag

A soft bag or case allows you to squeeze in lots more than a harder case. If you’re travelling by plane, don’t forget to make sure that you adhere to your airline’s regulations by checking weight and dimensions in advance to ensure your luggage fits into the overhead compartments. Storksak’s Cabin Carry-On wheeled bag not only looks great with its unisex and contemporary design, but it also fits into most airline overhead compartments. The Storksak Travel collection has been designed to work cleverly together; the shoulder bag features a back slip pocket which conveniently slots over the frame of the Cabin bag.

Find the Cabin and matching Shoulder Bag here

Roll, Don’t Fold

Rolling your clothes can save space and prevent creases – it takes a bit more time, but allows you to pack more in. For added storage, place rolled socks, belts and smaller items inside your shoes and see how much space you can save.

The unique packing organiser system comes included in the Cabin and Duffle bags. Shop the Cabin and Duffle here.

Keep Organised

Using packing cubes are a great way to save space and stay organised; perfect for separating your clothes and smaller items, so that you can find everything quickly and easily. Storksak’s Cabin Carry-On bag comes with a unique smart fold-away hanging organiser system, complete with matching packing block. The organiser system allows you to pack your clothes into each compartment separated into underwear, clothes, toiletries.
You can even create your own bespoke compartments using the easy to adjust velcro shelves. Once you arrive at your destination, you just lift out the internal organiser system and hang inside a wardrobe or door. Simply pack, remove and hang up!

Shop the Cabin here

Scale It Down

Swap those heavy books for a kindle and keep all your entertainment on a tablet which take much less space and weight. Don’t forget to make sure all your electronic devices are charged – there’s nothing worse than realising you have low battery when travelling. It goes without saying that you need to pack the different chargers for each of your devices.
Make sure you keep all your cables neatly stored away in your bag’s pockets so they don’t get tangled and are easy to find when you’re on the move.

Shop the Storksak Travel Collection which has plenty of pockets to keep you organised.

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Spicy, Oriental Scents for Winter

Spicy, Oriental Scents for Winter

Seductive, spicy, mysterious… welcome to the world of oriental fragrances. For a scent that evokes mystery, exoticism and sensuality you need to open your eyes to a spicy or oriental perfume. Perfect for this time of year when you’re looking for something a little headier, warmer and longer lasting. Oriental perfumes can be quite intense, often featuring warm and spicy notes such as musk, vetiver or gourmand.

Oriental, spicy scents make great evening scents, so perfect for all those Christmas parties coming up! Keep reading to check out some of our favourite Oriental scents available at Fragrance Direct…

Hugo Boss BOSS The Scent Private Accord
BOSS The Scent Private Accord is the newest addition to The Scent range and it’s the most seductive yet! Infused with sophisticated mocha and magnetic cocoa absolute that vibrates at the heart of the fragrance. Exquisite spicy notes of ginger and exotic Maninka fruit enhance the addictive quality. An elegant, masculine fragrance that will seduce the senses!

Paco Rabanne Olympea Eau de Parfum
If you’re looking for something oriental but a little fresher then Paco Rabanne Olympea is the one for you… a crossroads between the sensual salty vanilla accord and the freshness of floral tones. Olympea starts with green mandarin, boosted by the floral and aquatic essences of ginger lily and hydroponic jasmine, awakening the senses.

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Assoluta
A unisex fragrance for both men and women, Assoluta is a fresh, vibrant and sensual oriental scent. Combining sparkling top notes of Sicilian bitter orange, bergamot and verbena with warm and spicy base notes of cardamom, pink pepper and pimento. A sophisticated composition.

Calvin Klein Euphoria for Women
Inspired by an orchid about to bloom, Calvin Klein Euphoria is a spicy/oriental scent with top notes of pomegranate, persimmon and a lush green accord. But the spicy notes come through in the dry down and this is when it gets really exciting, with strong notes of liquid amber, black violet, cream accord and mahogany wood. The perfect evening fragrance.

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum
Black Opium is inspired by the dark and mysterious side of the YSL brand. A gorgeous, heady scent that is perfect for evening wear. The fragrance opens with notes of coffee, complimented by accords of pink pepper, leading you through to a heart of vanilla, jasmine and orange blossom, drawing to a close with base notes of cedar and patchouli.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male is a classic fragrance that is popular with many, fresh and charismatic. The perfect fragrance for everyday casual wear as it is not too overpowering. Still with the oriental accords of wormwood, bergamot, cardamom, lavender and orange it is super wearable throughout the day.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl
Good Girl is a sensual, evocative fragrance born from beautiful contradictions, representing the duality of the modern woman. Both fresh and light and moodily dark, the innovative fragrance captures a woman’s complexity. The sweet, alluring qualities of jasmine, give Good Girl its brightness and femininity. The darker side of Good Girl is created with richly fragrance cocoa and intoxicating tonka.

Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men
The final fragrance in our oriental and spicy round up is the gorgeous Armani Diamonds for Men. Described as a fresh, daring scent it opens with top notes of bergamot and guaiac wood, blending with a heart of vetiver, cedar and Sichuan pepper, rounding off with a smooth base of cacao and amber.

Hair Masks For Dry and Damaged Hair

Hair Masks For Dry and Damaged Hair

We are all missing the summer months of longer days and warmer weather and now that the weather has turned, and temperatures have dropped, have you noticed a difference in your hair? We all struggle to maintain a good hair day when the weather is against us. Trying to get through your day without the wind giving you knots and the rain producing a head full of frizz, is a full-time job.

Dry hair can be caused by the cold weather, and exacerbated with the extreme difference in temperatures from outside to inside, hotter showers, and as the party season starts we increasingly use heat to style our looks.

Here are a few easy tips to help – Have your shower on a lower setting, a lukewarm temperature will help prevent drying hair out. Making sure you towel dry can make a big difference, as the less heat used on your hair the better.

Now we are in November add hair masks to your routine. There is a bit of a buzz around hair masks just now, so there are plenty to try. Giving your hair a good intensive condition regularly will protect it and keep it feeling soft and luxurious. What every girl wants! Oils such as moringa oil, coconut oil and black caster oil have become an essential addition to our hair care routines too, and running a few drops through your hair once towel dried will help to strengthen hair as well as delivering healthy shine.

We have put together a list of products we recommend, to get you through the festive season with fabulous locks!

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque -If you are looking for a complete hair solution this miracle maker reconstructs dry damaged hair. The combination of Macadamia and Argan oil interacts with tea tree, aloe and algae extracts to rebuild hair leaving it deeply nourished for improved elasticity and shine with lasting benefits.

Natural World Coconut Milk Hair Oil – This product provides thirst quenching, lightweight hydration and luscious shine to the hair leaving it soft and shiny. It absorbs instantly leaving no oily residue, so it is a quick and easy solution.

TIGI Catwalk – This shampoo and conditioner twin set is our personal favourite for revitalising hair. This duo contains oatmeal and honey and is comfort food for damaged hair.

Charles Worthington Colour Revive Mousse – no time to get to the salon before that big night out? Then this colour revive mousse from Charles Worthington is a must have. The new formula has been developed to help reduce colour fade, maintain your lustrous colour and enrich depth and tones.

Osmo Blowdry Potion – This product is your best friend, trust me you need it for those plans this Christmas! It’s a specifically formulated styling lotion designed to thicken and hold all styles. Enjoy an effortless blow-drying experience while reducing friction and breakages caused by heat styling. Leaving your hair full, static free and healthy!

If you want more advice on perfecting your autumn/winter look take a look our make up tutorial!

Black Friday Deals Start Here!

Black Friday Deals Start Here!

The Black Friday offers have already started rolling in here at Fragrance Direct. Each week throughout November we’re going to be offering new deals and discounts for you to get your hands on! For week one we’ve had lots of amazing price reductions on top products and brands, keep reading to see which are our top picks!

Emporio Armani Diamonds Eau de Parfum 100ml
Diamonds is one of our bestselling women’s fragrances and during our Black Friday week one deals it has a huge £29.05 off the RRP! A gorgeous perfume that is described as a gourmand-floral scent featuring floral and fruity notes with aspects of rose. A gorgeous feminine and stylish fragrance that is perfect for day and night!

Calvin Klein In2U Him Eau de Toilette 150ml
From start to finish this suggestive cool musks linger throughout the day, a charismatic and uninhibited aftershave. With a huge saving of £31.05 off the RRP, this fragrance is an absolute bargain and the perfect stocking filler for Christmas!

Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum 50ml
Marc Jacobs fragrances are always popular and a great gift at Christmas time. One of our favourites is the Decadence Eau de Parfum perfume, glamorously luxurious and impulsively indulgent. With a saving of £30.05 for one week only you better be quick before they all get snapped up! Decadence is an indulgent, sensual woody scent. It captivates with a sultry top of succulent Italian plum, golden saffron and velvety iris, moving through to a heady vetiver and warm papyrus woods as a dry down.

Diesel Only The Brave Eau de Toilette 50ml
Designed for men who choose to be heroes, Diesel Only The Brave is a classic scent for men. An intense, masculine fragrance that is fashionable, sexy and cool. Featuring top notes of Amalfi Lemon and Mandarin, heart notes of Cedar, Coriander and Violet and base notes of Benzoin and Leather. With a huge saving of £17.55 off the RRP you can’t go wrong!

Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum 75ml
Gucci Bamboo is a strong yet graceful scent that is based on one of Gucci’s most recognisable designs. The modern Gucci woman share’s bamboo’s characteristics of strength and confidence with her innate femininity and poise. Sound like someone you know? Then it will make the perfect gift this Christmas! Shop today with a massive £41.05 off the RRP!

Hugo Boss Hugo Red Eau de Toilette 125ml
A spicy scent with a touch of oriental. A fragrance for the daring and bold, it features top notes of metal, grapefruit, pink pepper and galbanum, heart notes of rubarb, cedar and pineapple and base notes of amber and tonka beans. If you buy this week you’ll make a huge saving of £28.05! A great aftershave that is suitable for every day and evening use.

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique for Women Gift Set 50ml
A fresh, charismatic fragrance that will seduce with its beautiful contrasts. With top notes of rose, star anise, orange and pear liqueur moving seamlessly through to a base of musk, vanilla and woody amber. In this gorgeous gift set you’ll get a 50ml Eau de Toilette and a 75ml body lotion with a huge saving of £23.55 off the RRP!

Shop our first week of deals this week, they end at 9am on Monday. And then keep checking back to see what we have coming up!

Heat Free Hairstyles

Heat Free Hairstyles

Our hair can often get a little damaged after the heat of the summer sun (not to mention any damage done if you’ve been lucky enough to swim in the sea or the pool). It can also be extra vulnerable to heating tools in the winter, meaning that staying away from heat styling is the best way to keep your locks looking healthy, soft and shiny in the colder months.

From braids to buns and ponytails to up-dos, whether you have short, long, or medium length hair, we’ve put together a guide on the best heat-free hairstyles to keep your locks looking amazing throughout the winter.

Hairstyles for short hair

The Red-Carpet Sidepart
Short hair parted to one side is a timelessly feminine and glamorous look – think Claire Foy on the red carpet. What’s more, it’s super easy and quick to do.
Use a thin-toothed comb to part your hair to one slide. Then, use a gel, like Wella Shockwaves Extra Strong Hold Gel to slick your hair in place without any stiffness. Quick, easy and super glam.

The Half Bun
This style is a life saver for the girl on the go. It’s quick, easy and always looks cute (even if you’ve not washed your hair for a week).
Brush your hair with a wide-toothed comb and add some Salt Spray, like Osmo Matt Sea Salt Spray for texture. Now, gather half your hair (between your left and right temples) into a ponytail and tie it with a hair elastic. Then, divide your half ponytail into three equal sections and twirl and roll up each section, clipping them to the top of your head. Have a little play around with the style until you find the perfect balance of smart and messy.
Finishing this look with some light hold hairspray will ensure it stays looking cool all day.

The Side Braid
The side braid is a look that can be worn to work, on a night out or even on holiday and is perfect if you’ve gone a few days without washing your hair.
All you need is a comb, some hairpins and an elastic hair tie. Comb your hair and tie it up while leaving a section at the front out of the ponytail. Then, braid this section in a Dutch braid until the end and secure it with an elastic band. Pull on the braid a little bit to make it bigger and more voluminous, and then pin it to the side of your head.
To go for the full “pin-up” look, you can wrap a scarf around the back of the braid and secure the front with a little hairspray.

Medium Length Hair

The Double French Braid
Kim Kardashian rocks it, and now you can too. The double French braid is perfect for keeping your medium length hair out of your face, ideal to help you stay looking glam at the gym or while playing sports.
This one is a little complicated to explain (but very easy to do), so we recommend checking out a tutorial on YouTube such as this one. Try it a couple of different ways and you’ll find a technique that you love.

Side-Swept Ponytail
Ponytails are a classic look whatever your hair type, and the side-swept ponytail will add an extra level of glamour to your day-to-day look.
Use a small amount of hair mousse such as Aussie Miracle Styling Mousse Volume & Conditioning on damp hair and make sure it’s covered from root to tip. Then, once your hair is completely dry, create a deep side part in your hair with a fine-toothed comb, and brush your hair over to the opposite side.
Gather your hair into a low ponytail at the side of your neck and secure with an elastic hair tie. Try spreading your hair over your shoulder for a more sophisticated look.

The Simple Messy Bun
The simple messy bun is a great way to look cool and carefree, and has just enough glamour to take you from day to night. It’s also super quick and simple to do – perfect for those mornings you might have slept through your alarm!
Simply tie your hair into a high ponytail, then grab the ends and twist. Wrap the twist around your ponytail and secure it with an elastic hair tie. Once the bun is secure, pull out small strands from both the top and the bottom to create a messy look.
To secure the bun spray some firm hold hairspray like Charles Worthington Style Setter Strong Hold Hairspray to keep the strands in place.

Hairstyles for long hair

The Tuck and Cover French Braid
This style is simple and elegant, and works best when you use a headband to wrap your hair around.
Grab the front section of your hair, and braid a French braid over the top of the headband, down towards the left ear. Then, wrap the back section of your hair around the headband in three parts. If there is any hair in the hairband, make sure to tuck it in tight.
Secure it with some hairspray and you should be good to go!

The Party Ponytail
This is an amazing style for those blessed with long hair, especially if you have an event where you can wear a backless dress!
Start by teasing out your hair with your fingers, leaving it soft and tangle-free. Then, use a comb to backcomb under the crown of your hair for fullness. Starting from behind your ears, section off your hair and pull the back section into a ponytail. Twist the right side of your hair over the hair-tie and then repeat with the left slide.
You’ll look amazing with minimum effort, leaving you more time to party!

Half Up Half Down
This style has a lovely feminine look to it, and if you’re feeling particularly girly, you can accessorise with a bow at the back!
Using a comb, tease the crown of your hair to add volume. Then, smooth over the top layer of your crown without combing out the teasing. Gather small sections of your hair in the middle of your head (just under the section you teased) and secure with bobby pins. Gather the sections of hair around your face and tie them together with a small rubber band just above where your bobby pins are located. Then you can add the bow if you want!
Whatever type or length of hair you have, there are many heat free, DIY hairstyles that will get you through the colder months. It’s the perfect time to give your hair a rest while still looking chic and stylish.

For more info on keeping your hair healthy and strong, check out the best oils available for each different type of hair.

Best Candles For Relaxation

Best Candles For Relaxation

It’s usual for us to feel a little bit mopey during this time of year. The nights are getting colder and the chill of winter is setting in. It also seems far easier to become stressed, and why wouldn’t it? Christmas is fast approaching and nothing is prepared, car doors are frozen shut and the heating bills have started to creep up…

Well, winter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom; the colder months are great for so many things! Wrapping up in soft jumpers, buying Christmas presents for friends and family and taking long, hot, relaxing baths are some of our favourite perks of winter. And just in time for all that loveliness, we bring you the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing and rejuvenating bath – scented candles.

The right scented candle isn’t only perfect for relaxation, it can make your entire home smell wonderful and provide you with the perfect finishing touch to your décor. What’s more, they make great presents! Obviously, we recommend buying them for yourself first so you can trial them and figure out which brands and scents you love (gift-giving is better the more relaxed you are).

We’ve put together a list of the best candles that will keep you relaxed and feeling good all winter:

WoodWick Exotic Spices Trilogy Large Candle
If you’re looking to evoke all the lovely feelings of winter – crackling fires, woody scents and hot mulled wine – this candle is perfect for you.

WoodWick candles are famous for the soothing sound of crackling log fire that they make when burning, so this spicy number is a great way to create a cosy, wintry mood in your home. With three exotic scents in the mix, Cinnamon Chai, Ground Cinnamon and Spiced Rum, this candle will transport you to exotic climates for as long as it burns – hopefully all winter.

Heart & Home Votive Candle Pink Blossom
Your favourite flowers may not be in bloom this season, but that doesn’t mean you should be without the smell of beautiful bouquets in your home. This pink blossom candle layers dahlia and cherry blossom with deep but subtle hints of molten amber, and burns for a full 15 hours. It also looks very pretty, which makes it a great addition to any room.

Shearer Candles Triple Wick Neroli Jar Candle
If minimalism is your style, the Shearer Neroli candle will make a great addition to your home. Not only does it emit a sweet, relaxing citrus scent, but it comes in a beautifully minimalistic Molton silver glass. It looks good, it smells good, and it will definitely help you to de-stress after a long day.

Village Candle Coffee Bean Jar
Is there any smell that’s quite so universally loved as freshly brewed coffee? Well, now you don’t have to walk to your local coffee-shop to get your morning hit. Light this Village Coffee Bean Jar, sit back and breathe in the empowering aromas from your own home.
With its mix of roasted espresso beans, nutty pecans and the vanilla undertone of rich Tonka beans, this sweet candle is sure to impress anyone who’s lucky enough to catch a whiff.

Llewelyn Bowen Dusk Candle
This candle is a fantastic room decoration – its gorgeous violet tones and elegant patterns come from top designer Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen, evoking luxury and glamour. With its captivating scent mix of light, subtle spices, underlaid with a deep base of Cedarwood, Amber and Musk, this scented sensation transforms any room into a relaxing and sensual haven.
What’s even better about this candle is that it’s the perfect gift for a loved one, even the box is decadently designed. If you’re all about the me-time, don’t worry! Nobody can blame you for wanting to spoil yourself with this luxurious treat after a hard day.

If you’re looking for more ways to relax, why not take a look at our guide on how to do a perfect DIY facial at home? For even more pampering tips, take a look at our Girl’s Night In Pampering Kit.