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

Why Everyone’s Loving Yankee Candle Right Now

Why Everyone’s Loving Yankee Candle Right Now

Discover new fragrances today with Yankee Candle and their iconic, new square jars that are on everyone’s wish list this Christmas. Now, of course, you’ve heard of Yankee Candle before, but did you know about their newest range? Say hello to the Elevation Collection.

Whether you’re searching for Christmas gift ideas or just fancy treating yourself to something new this festive season, you can’t go wrong with Yankee Candle. Their newest range, the Elevation Collection is completely unique with new and improved features that make them perfect for turning any house into the cosiest home. Each candle features a distinctive lid that doubles up as a platform, giving them an added touch of sophistication.

In addition to this, the candles themselves are adorned in quality, thick-cut glass jars to showcase their sleek silhouettes. Yankee Candle are well and truly stepping up their game in the world of aromatherapy with extravagant fragrances that look as incredible as they smell. So, let’s take a look at some of their best new scents.

Holiday Pomegranate, £15.99 / RRP £23.99

A festive gathering of cherry, apple and pomegranate that practically bubbles a warming welcome. This is the perfect candle for creating that festive, spicy aroma in any room of the house. If you’ve got lots of guests coming over this Christmas for cosy evenings in and to celebrate the big day, why not mark the occasion with an elegant, standout candle like this one.

Frosted Fir, £15.99 / RRP £23.99

A winter walk on a frozen path beneath crisp pine needle, balsam, and a delightful hint of winter citrus. If you’re a lover of pine-scented anything, this candle will soon become a new favourite. It’s got that fresh-smelling essence that you get from a brisk walk outside on a crisp winter day. Once you inhale a refreshing breath of this gorgeous candle air, you’ll never look back.

Shore Breeze, £15.99 / RRP £23.99

A walk along the seafront with sweet and salty aromas. The initial scent is that of the salt sea, followed by coconut and bible leaf. The last nuance is amber and musk making this a truly iconic candle because it’s got the depth of winter but the memories of a sweet and fruity summer. How delicious!

Exotic Bergamot, £15.99 / RRP £23.99

A clean, clear mix of bergamot and gentle blossoms – lavender, jasmine and African orange. If you’re a fragrance-lover, you’ll soon fall in love with this beauty. Bergamot is a common note in stunning perfumes such as Gucci Bamboo and Jean Paul Gaultier Classique La Belle. Bergamot infuses an exquisite citrus element into any fragrance that is truly delectable.

Arctic Frost, £15.99 / RRP £23.99

Featuring fresh herbs mixed with cool mint and soft, sweet tones, this candle will take you away to a winter’s day. With crispness beneath your feet as you step into a winter wonderland, this fragrance will take you far far away up into the clouds with its heavenly scent. It’s bursting with top notes of crisp air, peppermint, bergamot, lavender, musk and vanilla. What a dreamy mixture!

Festive Christmas Party Makeup Inspiration

Festive Christmas Party Makeup Inspiration


Got a Christmas party coming up and need some makeup ideas to recreate that gorgeous glow you’ve been pining after all year? We’ve got you more than covered – covered head to toe in festive glam. From dreamy shimmer shadows to silky highlighters for your face and body, these products are must-haves this winter!

Joan Collins Good To Go Brush Caddy Complete Collection, £65.00
Before we dig into the cosmetics themselves, no makeup bag is complete without a luxurious set of brushes. This elegant set of Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Pencils and Brushes is a great set to invest in with brushers perfect for face powders, blushers, bronzers and eyeshadows.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Facial Primer, £29.99 / RRP £38.50
This glowy primer is perfect for adding a natural, dewy luminosity to your skin under your foundation – it’s the best place to start when it comes to achieving the ultimate Christmas party look. With the winter weather inevitably drawing closer each day, this is a great product to keep your skin looking and feeling nourished.

BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Foundation, £18.99 / RRP £31.00
If you’re a Bare Minerals newbie, this foundation is definitely one to try. With a new liquid mineral formula that cares while it covers, this foundation improves the appearance of skin texture over time while blurring pores and imperfections. Offering 24-hour coverage that is totally breathable too, this foundation is perfect for lasting all through the night of your Christmas party.

Stila Shimmer And Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, £13.99 / RRP £24.00
Achieve show-stopping, professional results with Stila’s Shimmer & Glow Eyeshadows available in a range of gorgeous, glam hues. This product a cult-favourite thanks to its pearly formulas and smooth applicator making them super easy to apply. It’s the perfect addition to have any eye look to give it that extra touch of party glamour.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Set, £21.99 / RRP £25.00
Featuring the Grand Entrance Mascara, All Gone Lip and Eye Makeup Remover along with the Precision Glide Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, this set will help you achieve a stunning dramatic lash effect with intense volume, length and lift. To make any eye look pop, a liner and mascara will always do just the trick.

Huda Beauty Lip Contour Set Vixen, £28.99 / RRP £30.00
Huda Beauty makeup products are incredibly sought after and these lip kits are no exception. This set contains liquid matte minis in luscious dark brown and red hues with a defining lip liner so you can cloak your lips in a long-wearing, velvety-matte veil of conditioning colour for your Christmas party.

Lord & Berry Glow On The Glow Highlighter Kit, £29.99 / RRP £35.00
Featuring four shimmer finish highlighting powders, Glow On The Go is the ideal way to customize your festive glow. The unique, light-reflecting formula can be applied wet or dry for a luminous radiance. You can use the palette on your eyes as well as your face not forgetting your body too! For the ultimate luminescent look for your Christmas party, sweep some highlighter across your chest, shoulder and legs.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear, £0.99 / RRP £4.99
What could be better than a nail strengthening formula and a bit of colour – glitter too, is the answer. This nail polish in the shade ‘Flirt’ is incredible and a must-have in your polish collection. This irresistible copper colour compliments so many skin tones and will extend that festive flow to your fingertips and toes too.

BOSS The Scent Absolute For Her, £60.99 / RRP £76.00
Finally, to top off your Christmas party makeup up look, a spritz (or ten – guilty) all over your body will give you even more confidence. You’ll be sure to turn a few heads with a gorgeous glowy makeup look while leaving a trail of the sweetest most delicious scent behind you. This BOSS fragrance features notes of honeyed peach and coffee. How dreamy!

The Perfect Christmas Gift For Every Zodiac Sign

The Perfect Christmas Gift For Every Zodiac Sign


When your family and friends won’t give you a straight answer, you’ve got to take matters into your own hands one way or another. Buying Christmas presents can be a little bit stressful when you have no idea what to get. Not today. With our guide to Christmas gifting based on the magical wonders of zodiac signs, you’ll never be short of ideas again. So, let’s get stuck in.


Aries
20 March – 19 April
Aries enjoy a personal feel to their gifts because they like to be recognised as individuals although they’d appreciate almost any gift because they believe it’s the thought that counts. If you really want to blow an Aries away, treat them to something new that you know matches their style and tastes.
For Him: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male Gift Set 125ml
For Her: Gatineau Limited Edition Best-Sellers Collection


Taurus
20 April – 20 May
Tauruses are ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty. It’s likely that your Taurus friend has exquisite taste and would love to receive a luxurious gift. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to spend lots on them. The ideal gift for a Taurus is something personal with that extra special touch.
For Him: Proraso Vintage Refreshing Grooming Selection Tin
For Her: Clarins Instant Beauty Makers Collection


Gemini
21 May – 20 June
A Gemini’s interests are forever changing and they’re always getting into new things so it’s pretty hard to predict exactly what they’d want. However, you just can’t go wrong with individualisation. Geminis are the sign of communication and learning, so something hobby-related is always a safe bet or something for them to use to wind down and have a pamper would be perfect.
For Him: Bomb Hammer Time Toolbox Gift Pack
For Her: Dermalogica Smooth Skin Favourites Gift Set


Cancer
21 June – 22 July
Cancers love making memories and will always appreciate something based around that. Whether it’s a gift that relates to something you both love, have a joke about or memory of, they’ll love it. Perhaps you even have a scent-sational memory together. Here are a couple of iconic fragrances they may have tried and loved in this past but buying for a Cancer is truly down to you.
For Him: Calvin Klein Eternity Men Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml
For Her: BOSS Orange Women Gift Set 30ml


Leo
23 July – 22 August
Leo’s are lovers of anything and everything. Whether it’s art, beauty or fashion, their interests are limitless. A typical Leo pays lots of attention to their looks too, so something to indulge in could make the ideal present for a friend of this zodiac sign this Christmas.
For Him: Prada L’Homme Aftershave Balm 125ml
For Her: Elizabeth Arden Mini Lip Gloss Set


Virgo
23 August – 22 September
Virgos are typically obsessed with practicality and productivity. They’re all about purpose and so they’d find a gift that they can physically use useful and would be incredibly grateful. Perhaps they travel a lot and they’re in need of useful products to take with them on their journeys. That would be a great place to start looking!
For Him: Versace Eros Flame Eau de Parfum Spray (Travel size 30ml)
For Her: Giorgio Armani Si Fiori Eau de Parfum Spray (Travel size 30ml)


Libra
23 September – 22 October
Cosmetics and beauty supplies are the way to a Libra’s heart. They don’t keep up with trends – they set them. This sign is typically the most up-to-date with lots of things that are going on in the world – and the shops. Why not show a Libra close to you just how much they mean to you with a little bit of luxury this Christmas!
For Him: BOSS The Scent For Him Gift Set
For Her: SOSU By SJ You’re Making Me Brush Ultimate Collection


Scorpio
23 October – 21 November
Known for their complexity, Scorpio’s are one of the most difficult zodiac signs to buy for. They’ll sense a last-minute gift any day any time, so you’re best off putting a decent amount of thought into this one and really think about what they’re into. Anything sentimental is always a safe bet so get thinking, get shopping.
For Him: Armani Code Absolu Gift Set 60ml
For Her: YSL Libre Eau de Parfum Spray 90ml


Sagittarius
22 November – 21 December
The adventurous ones. A typical Sagittarius loves to explore and travel. They’re the friend that’s probably already got their summer plans sorted filled with a holiday and a couple of road trips. Anything travel or sun-related would make a fabulous gift along with anything practical they can take on holidays with them would be perfect.
For Him: Man Stuff Ultimate 6 Pack Gift Set 150ml
For Her: Milkshake Sun & More Body Set


Capricorn
22 December – 19 January
Being an earth sign, a Capricorn enjoys a gift with purpose. People of this sign are often associated with status and achievement so a standout gift if your best bet. They’re not after the biggest, best, most expensive present just something they can connect with whether it’s one of their all-time favourite beauty products or something new to try out that you think they’d love.
For Him: Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette For Him 150ml
For Her: Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet Gift Set 50ml


Aquarius
20 January – 17 February
An Aquarius loves a gadget. They love technology and exploring new things. Something new and fun would be right up their street as it’s these kinds of spontaneous gifts that they love receiving the most!
For Him: Edwin Jagger Ebony 4 Piece Shaving Set
For Her: Beurer TL100 2 In 1 Daylight And Moodlight


Pisces
18 February – 19 March
As water signs, Pisces love a gift with sentimental value and emotional meaning. Pisces are not naturally materialistic people, so a big, expensive gift isn’t likely to impress them as much as something that shows you know them really well. They’re always daydreaming so the more creative the gift, the better.
For Him: Ted Baker Ted’s Grooming Room Travel Trio Set
For Her: NUXE Aquabella Beauty Pouch

We hope you found this guide to Christmas gifting based on your recipient’s zodiac sign helpful!

FD Beauty Gifts For Every Personality

FD Beauty Gifts For Every Personality


Buying gifts should be exciting and something you enjoy doing as it’s a great way to treat someone special. However, we’ve all been there when you just don’t have a clue what to buy for that one person you feel like you always give the same stuff each year. Not today. We’ve uncovered a super interesting study on ‘The Big Five Personality Traits’ and have matched each type to one of our FD Beauty Gift Sets. Once you’ve had a little read of this, you’ll never be stuck again. Are you ready?

According to ‘The Big Five Personality Traits’ study (medically reviewed by Steven Gans, MD), personality psychologists believe that there are five basic dimensions of personality. There are other theories out there such as Raymond Cattel’s popular ‘16 Personality Factors’ however many of these are deemed a little too complex. ‘The Big Five Personality Traits’ includes openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. So let’s take a look!

Openness
This trait features characteristics such as imagination and insight. People who are high in this trait also tend to have a broad range of interests. They are curious about the world and other people and eager to learn new things and enjoy new experiences. People who are ‘high’ in this trait tend to be more adventurous and creative. To fuel all this creative energy, one of the most important things is sleep. For that imaginative soul in your life, why not treat them to a luxurious and relaxing gift to use in the evenings!
FD Beauty Gift: Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Night Routine Set

Conscientiousness
Standard features of this dimension include high levels of thoughtfulness, good impulse control, and goal-directed behaviours. High conscientious people tend to be organised and mindful of details. They plan ahead, think about how their behaviour affects others, and are mindful of deadlines. If you’ve got someone in your life with this personality type, the likelihood is that they’re a hard-worker and high achiever when it comes to their career. The perfect gift for her could be a luxurious makeup set featuring a killer lipstick to rule the office and for him a refreshing, powerful new fragrance!
FD Beauty Gift: Elizabeth Arden Holiday Blockbuster / Prada Luna Rossa Homme Carbon Gift Set

Extroversion
Extroversion is characterised by excitability, sociability, talkativeness, assertiveness, and high amounts of emotional expressiveness. People who are high in extroversion are outgoing and tend to gain energy in social situations. Being around other people helps them feel energised and excited. A great gift to get someone special with this personality type would be an explosive, new fragrance to take with them on their adventures in life. We always associate memories with scents. Even after years of doing something and wearing a particular fragrance at the time, in just one second, it can all come back in an instant!
FD Beauty Gift: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Gift Set / Jean Paul Gaultier La Belle Gift Set

Agreeableness
This personality dimension includes attributes such as trust, altruism, kindness, affection, and other prosocial behaviours. People who are high in agreeableness tend to be more cooperative, a team-player and incredibly understanding. If you have someone of this personality type in your life, count yourself lucky. These are some of the best people out there who are always doing selfless good deeds. A box of beauty goodies would be the perfect gift to treat them to!
FD Beauty Gift: Therapie Roques Oneil Discover Me Kit

Neuroticism
Neuroticism is a trait characterised by sadness, moodiness, and emotional instability. Individuals who are high in this trait tend to experience mood swings, anxiety, irritability, and sadness. People high in this trait are definitely in need of lots of love and support from family and friends and that’s where you come in. Of course, not everyone feels great all day every day and it’s likely that you have someone in your life who struggles with mental health so the perfect gift for this person is something to show them just how special they are and how much they mean to you! Pampering and self-care is definitely the best way to go.
FD Beauty Gift: Decleor Infinite Youth White Magnolia Gift Set

What did you think of these FD Beauty Gifts for ‘The Big Five Personality Traits’? We hope you found it helpful and perhaps you’ll finally be able to wave goodbye to feeling stuck on what to get that special someone each year!

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Ideas


Christmas is just around the corner and panic is starting to creep in as there are people still on the list to buy for. The problem is the people you have left on our list to buy presents for are the ones we haven’t got a clue what to buy! With ram packed December diary’s and emails with the last delivery dates coming through stress levels are rising. Never the less like every year we manage to pull it off, so we are here if you need some last-minute present inspiration for family members, friends or that work colleague you’ve exchanged two words with…

For the men in your life whether it’s your dad, brother, boyfriend or colleague here are 5 products we recommend you take a look at.

1. The American Crew Essential Grooming Kit. American Crew is a leading brand created specifically for men and the stylists they trust; their products are one of the best with a sleek masculine style. This gift set includes a fiber cream, 3 in 1 shampoo, shaving gel and finishing spray all in a smart washbag.

2. The Dolce and Gabbana the one Grey for Men Gift Set. This intense fusion of opposites grounding aromatic cardamom with an earthy vetiver combined with a smart bottle and luxury packaging is a great gift for a certain gentleman in your life this Christmas.

3. The Barber Pro Skin Revival Mask Set. The set contains a selection of a sheet, foaming, under eye mask and putty peel off masks. Everything someone needs for a fresh looking and clear appearance. Especially after the hard months of excessive food and drink.

4. The Mens Society Beard Grooming Gift Set. This is for those gentlemen who love their facial hair. This is a sophisticated beard cologne and Moisturising Oil with a Wax comb and leather sheath. Portland England’s Beard Grooming Set contains everything a gent will need to cultivate, preen and protect his beard.

5. The Lacoste L’Homme Gift Set. This set is an essence of modern style masculine and simplistic design. Its woody spicy scent with top notes of mandarin and sweet orange make it a warm and sensuous fragrance. This is a great gift for anyone who is shopping on a budget.

For those tricky ladies such as your mother in law, sister and girlfriend here are some ideas that are gifts that we think anyone would appreciate.

1. The Clarins Weekend Treats Gift Set. This brand has an innovate approach to beauty making it completely unique and recognised for their approach to well-being, balance and happiness. The set includes flash balm, hand and nail treatment, light up perfector, rich body lotion, hydra essential cream and eye contour gel. A great recommendation if you really want to treat someone.

2. The Nuxe Crème Friche de beaute set for Normal Skin. This set includes a light hydrating cream and a face, body and hair dry oil. These two products are perfect for soothing and revitalising your skin which may have taken a hard month or so. These products and packaging are perfect for a present for someone who does use or hasn’t yet tried the brand as they are so highly recommended.

3. The Yves Saint Laurent YSL Mon Paris Gift Set. Introducing a new expression of love and passion this feminine bottle and set feels like such a treat when you open it. The floral scents turn a traditional model upside down meaning it appeals to all ages you might be buying for.

4. The Decleor Time To Glow Gift Set. Decleor continues to lead with its trusted expertise in aromatherapy skincare. Using natural and potent active ingredients they continue to visibly enhance health and radiance. So, for anyone who you think deserves a little boost this is a lovely gift to give someone this Christmas. The set includes a hydrating oil serum, exfoliating cream and Intense glow awakening cream.

5. The Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Gift Set. This set is an unexpected, off-beat and fun design and scent, making it the perfect for sisters and girlfriends that you are struggling to buy for. The signature honey paired with intoxicating tuberose, tonka bean and sandalwood makes this scent so addictive to anyone who tries it making it the perfect gift.