The Bargain Series: Less Than £5

The Bargain Series: Less Than £5

We’re back with another bargain series post! Last week we posted about all our favourite products under £10 and you guys loved it. So, we decided to carry it on and tell you all about the best products at Fragrance Direct for under £5!

So…? Sorbet Dream Eau de Parfum Spray £2.99

It’s true you can even get perfumes and aftershaves for under £5! This Eau de Parfum spray is super fun and vibrant, packed with pastel-hued notes of sugary marshmallow and raspberry open up the fragrance and moving through to notes of mimosa, pink praline and sweet vanilla.

Adidas Dynamic Pulse Eau de Toilette Spray £3.99

This Eau de Toilette is perfect for on the go, throw it in your gym back or briefcase and you can always freshen up whenever you’re out and about. Dynamic Pulse is aromatic with notes of menthe, star anise, mandarin, grapefruit, apple and mango. For £3.99 it’s an absolute bargain and you don’t need to worry about saving it for special occasions.

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation £4.99

The L’Oreal True Match Foundation is the first foundation that matches the colour and texture of your skin perfectly. The result is a beautiful, natural looking coverage without any streaks or caking. At £4.99 this foundation definitely rivals more expensive brands for the amazing wear and coverage it provides.

Sensationail Up To 2 Weeks Gel Colour £3.25

Don’t have the time or money to be going to gel manicures every 2 weeks then this Sensationail kit will keep your nails looking chip free for up to 2 weeks! It offers a super high gloss shine, no dry time and a professional looking finish. This kit offers up to 20 applications so for the £3.25 price tag it’s super affordable!

Garnier Active Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water £4.99

This micellar water is perfect for anyone with dry or sensitive skin. It’s a really easy way to remove even waterproof makeup to leave the skin feeling cleansed and nourished in one easy step. For £4.99 you’re getting a HUGE 400ml bottle that will last you 200 uses, an absolute bargain!

L’Oreal Pure Clay Purity Mask £4.99

You can get all the best skincare products on a budget; you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on products to get amazing skin. The L’Oreal Pure Clay mask is combined with eucalyptus extract, known for its purifying properties. The creamy texture works deep into the pores, leaving skin purified and matte-looking, without drying out the skin.

AA Skincare Lavendar & Tea Tree Cleansing Face Gel £4.95

This 100ml Face Gel is perfect for travelling and you will not want to be without it. A cleansing gel that is super gentle on the skin but also works for all skin types. This gel has particular benefits for those with congested and acne prone skin with naturally anti-inflammatory, soothing and repairing properties.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Colour Shampoo £1.15

This Schwarzkopf shampoo is perfect for colour and highlighted hair. The repair innovation with Liquid Keratin formula that specifically targets and repairs damaged areas on the surface and deep inside the hair. It will leave your hair looking super shiny, luscious and strong!

Systeme Pro Vitamin Dark Brown Root Concealer £1.99

Root regrown can be a nightmare and it’s so expensive to keep heading to the hairdressers every few weeks. This root touch up naturally blends with your existing shade and lasts until your next shampoo. It’s the perfect for solution for in between colour appointments!

The Bargain Series: Less Than £10

The Bargain Series: Less Than £10

At Fragrance Direct, indulging in luxury for less is pretty much our mantra. We’re all about getting the most for your money and with our fantastically low prices, you can stock up on as many beauty and fragrance goodies as you like without breaking the bank! Today’s post to kick off the bargain series is a bunch of product picks all below £10. So, without further ado, we’ll introduce you both…

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick is one to look out for! It’s a portable version of the brand’s renowned Eight Hour Cream with a subtle hint of colour. Intensely nourishing and protective, the lip formula is infused with emollients, sunscreen and antioxidant Vitamin E to keep the lips moisturised and safe.

Max Factor Face Finity All Day Primer SPF20 is the ultimate secret to long-wear foundation. Max Factor’s Face Finity will extend the wear of your favourite foundation to keep your make-up look in place preventing it from melting away. With the added help of SPF, it will act as an extra barrier against sun damage to the skin.

Zmile 45 Piece All You Need To Go Palette is a makeup must-have with a shade perfect for any occasion. With this 45-piece palette, you’ve got everything you need from eyeshadows to blushers, contours and highlights. This one would also make a great gift for anyone looking to build their makeup collection.

Sally Hansen Salon Chrome Kit contains a Chrome powder, Special Effect Top Coat and a sponge applicator. With this handy nail kit, you can get ready to snap up pictures of your new manicure in no time. Are you a fan of rose gold, midnight blue or gunmetal? If so, you’re in for a treat because we’re stocking all of those, and more!

Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess Shampoo helps to keep those rich caramel brown and spicy red hues as delicious as the day you put them in your hair with an ultimate aim to shield the hair from untimely colour loss. This sulphate free shampoo smoothes and shines while also helping to protect against UV damage.

Britney Spears Curious Eau de Parfum Spray represents the young woman who pushes boundaries and revels in adventure. This exhilarating white floral fragrance accented with Louisiana Magnolia is also wrapped in the sensuality of vanilla-infused musk. With notes of juicy pear and refreshing lotus, this fragrance is definitely one to try out for a unique twist on your usual fruity scent.

Beckham Homme Eau de Toilette Spray is a stylish and masculine fragrance, reflecting all the charisma and charm of a superstar. With woody and spicy elements, Beckham Homme is a distinctive fragrance which is made up of citrus, coriander and ginger top notes, heart notes of leather, cashmere wood and rosemary on top of a base of musk, patchouli and mahogany. Perfect for the modern man.

Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass Eau de Parfum Spray is a classic. It’s clean and fresh with bergamot, orange blossom, lily, spice and sandalwood notes – a stunning combination. This refreshing scent is an ideal everyday perfume that will be sure to awaken the senses and have you feeling energised in the mornings.

Shawn Mendes Signature Eau de Parfum Spray is the first scent released by the Canadian singer. With fruity notes of pineapple, red apple and lemon which melt in a sweet heart of maple sap, frangipani and rose. All of which sit on a base of dulce de leche, musk and cedar.

Yardley Elegant Iris Eau de Toilette is inspired by bountiful, beautiful and blossoming floral bouquets. With fresh and bright scents of daisy with crispy green leaves and red fruits, the elegant, contemporary woody floral fragrance bursts into a feminine heart combining iris, wild rose, freesia and jasmine resting on a warming, woody-ambery base.

We made a promise and we delivered! Which of these goodies for less than £10 will you be trying out for yourself? Make sure to tag your purchases on socials with #FDBeauty for the chance to appear on our story!

This Festival Survival Tips Checklist Will Have You Covered For Eternity

This Festival Survival Tips Checklist Will Have You Covered For Eternity

Come rain or shine, festival happenings are pretty unpredictable. Will it be the time of your life? Will it rain? Will the sun be unbearably hot and burn every last inch of skin on show? You’ve got to give it to English weather – you never know what you’re going to get. However, one thing you can do to take control of whatever situation is to be prepared. Beyond the essentials. Today we’re bringing you some of the best tips out there when it comes to surviving any music festival. Take a look.

Wipes, wipes, wipes

Baby wipes will be your saviour along with deodorant, of course. They’ll also be your shower. When you’re well into your third day of camping and there’s no bathroom in sight, a pack of refreshing wipes will keep you somewhat refreshed. You can even go as far as buying deodorant wipes too. Paired with a fresh fragrance, this combo will help to give you an extra boost of energy.
FD Recommends: Pacifica Coconut Milk & Kale Extract Deodorant Wipes

SPF, don’t forget
When it comes to SPF, so many people reserve sun creams for only the sunny days. Don’t. To fully protect your skin, you should be wearing it every day. Many clinical trials have proven that one of the biggest environmental factors that contributes to skin ageing in exposure to the sun. Knowing that, why wouldn’t you choose to protect it if that means you can increase your chances of having youthful-looking skin for longer. When you’re at a festival, outside and dancing around all day, this is a prime time to wear it!
FD Recommends: Piz Buin 1 Day Long Lotion SPF30

Keep it clean
A little bit of hand sanitiser goes a long way. There’s no way to prepare yourself for the monstrosity that is the state of the portaloo when you need it most. So just go in, get it done, come out and have a pump (or ten) of your hand sanitiser and you’ll be good to go. By killing off any nasty bacteria on your hands too, this should mean that you’ll be a lot less likely to come home feeling under the weather too.
FD Recommends: Anatomicals Hand Sanitiser

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FD Staff Tell All On Their Scentsational Memories

FD Staff Tell All On Their Scentsational Memories

Scents are something to celebrate. Not only do they feed us positive energy that inspires us to feel confident and empowered when we walk into any room, but they also help us to capture important memories even if we don’t realise their significance at the time. Fragrances keep memories alive. Something may have happened, last month, last year, or even a decade ago and just one sensory overload of a particular scent will send those experiences rushing straight back to your head and heart in an instant. Today, the FD team are indulging in nostalgia as we look back on some of our favourite memories and the magical scents behind them!

Lucy, Product Marketing Executive
Anna Sui Dreams Eau De Toilette
My Scentsational Memory:
This fragrance was my best friend’s absolute favourite perfume when she was little – a relative had bought it for her as a gift one Christmas and she just fell in love with the scent. They discontinued the fragrance from high street shops a few years ago and she was so gutted until I found out that we stocked it! I bought it as a surprise for her birthday this year and her face was priceless. When she was that little blue handbag bottle, she was over the moon!

Liv, Graphic Designer
Chloe Love Story Eau Sensuelle
My Scentsational Memory:
This fragrance reminds me of coming out of a bad relationship but feeling great for it! I’d finally found a scent that suited me and always got me loads of compliments whenever I wore it. Whenever my friends smell it now, it reminds them of me too.

Emma, Junior Graphic Designer
Davidoff Cool Water Woman
My Scentsational Memory:
Ever since I was a child, I was transported into my mother’s hectic night out routine whenever there was the right occasion to do so. The night would start off with all of the classics of the past 50 years (yep, including ABBA), drinks flowing around the kitchen and every makeup and skincare product you could imagine sprawled out on every counter. Just before they left to go out, I would be overwhelmed with the scent of Cool Water Woman – her favourite fragrance. The scent lasted so long after they left the house you could still smell it hours later; evoking a lot of emotions over the years such as sadness as a child, happiness as a teenager and nostalgia as an adult.

Lauren, Ecommerce Marketing Manager
Armani Si Eau de Parfum Spray
My Scentsational Memory:
This fragrance takes me back to one of my favourite holidays – a week in Barcelona with my boyfriend. I wore this everyday I was there so now, every time I smell it, it takes me back to the sun, the sea and the sangria! I don’t tend to wear it very often so now whenever I do, it makes me smile and instantly reminds me of the amazing time I had in Barcelona and brings back all the best memories of that week away!

Beth, Product Marketing Executive
Boss Orange Eau de Toilette
My Scentsational Memory:
Boss Orange was bought for me as a gift when I was young – my first ever perfume! I remember feeling so grown up and so excited to have my own perfume that I wore it every day until it ran out. Years later, it was bought for me as a gift again as a going-away present when I moved away from home to go to university in Leeds. At that point, I smelt it and so many childhood memories came rushing back, I fell back in love with the scent and back into the routine of wearing it every day. Every time I smell it now, I am reminded of my freshers year – my friends at uni always say the scent reminds them of me too!

Mia, Social Media Intern
Diesel Loverdose Eau De Parfum
My Scentsational Memory:
This fragrance will always be a favourite of mine as the smell of it instantly reminds me of my favourite teenage years. I think my dad had bought it for me as a Christmas present one year and I instantly fell in love with how it smelt and looked. It felt like my very own signature scent as well as reminding me of my mum’s favourite, Thierry Mugler Alien, that she used to spray on my Me To You Tatty Teddy bear that I’d take with me to sleepovers all throughout my even younger years before this. Smelling Loverdose instantly reminds me of being blissfully happy in my first ever relationship and going on hilarious road trips with my friends when we finally passed our driving tests! Whenever I finish a bottle, I give them to my Nan who collects them so I’m instantly thrown back to different memories of mine whenever I visit her and see them displayed on her vanity too.

Have any of these stories reminded you of certain fragrances you associate with your family and friends? Head on over to our socials and let us know by tagging @fragrancedirect in your posts or stories for a chance to tell your story on our page!

Get The Most Out Of Your Perfume With These DIY Hacks

Get The Most Out Of Your Perfume With These DIY Hacks

Whether you’re obsessed with a new fragrance and want to smell it all throughout your home not just on yourself or you’ve got a tiny bit left in a bottle that you want to make the most of, these DIY hacks will give you all kinds of ideas. From increasing a perfume’s longevity to repurposing a fragrance for things you never would have thought about before, prepare to have your mind blown. If you’re on the lookout for new fragrances too, we’ve recommended some that would be perfect for the summer!

It’s all about timing. The best time to spray your fragrance is as soon as you’ve stepped out of the shower. Your warm, damp skin will really help to lock in the scent and unlike spraying it when you’re fully dressed, this way you’ll be able to avoid staining delicate clothes and any costume jewellery. It’s easy enough to do! To remind yourself grab your favourite bottle and place it right next to your towel so you’re ready to go.
FD Recommends: Moschino Toy2

Petroleum jelly is a savour. As well as good old Vaseline being able to work wonders for dry skin and chapped lips, it’s great to use for throwing on perfume. Maybe you had your shower the night before, or you’ve come home to get changed quickly for evening plans and need a fragrance boost. Just apply a little bit of Vaseline to your pulse points such as your wrists, lower neck, behind the ears (and even your folds halfway down your arms and behind your knees) pre-spritzing and you’ll be good to go. The slight tackiness to the balm will hold the fragrance to your skin much longer than applying it to dry skin.
FD Recommends: Davidoff Run Wild

Don’t dab! We’re all guilty of spritzing our wrists and then rubbing them together as if we’re doing ourselves a favour but we really aren’t. The harsh wrist-to-wrist rubbing action actually forces the top notes to disappear faster than intended and as a result of that, you’ll find that the fragrance won’t last as long. Instead, spray from slightly further away to get a nice mist that will easily skin into your skin without leaving a wet feeling.
FD Recommends: Calvin Klein Eternity Flame

Two? Make it three. I’m not driving. If you have a tiny bit left of your favourite fragrance, add a few drops to any unscented lotion. You’ll be able to enjoy it for much longer because the moisture in the cream will really hold on to the fragrance. You can also add it to any scented creams or balms too, just choose which scents you think would compliment each other nicely.
FD Recommends: YSL Black Opium

Tissue paper in drawers
Something new. Ever thought of lining your draws with pretty tissue paper? It may sound unusual at first but paired with this next technique, it’s a great way to make your clothes and towels smelling amazing. All you need is some tissue paper, the prettier the better and your favourite fragrance to spray all over. This is a great routine to get into if you’re forgetful in the mornings and sometimes forget to have a quick spritz before you go out. This way, you’ll have lovely smelling clothes all of the time.
FD Recommends: Jimmy Choo Floral

Make your own diffuser. If you dream of lovely scents filling your home from top to bottom, this next DIY hack is the one for you. All you’ll need is a few wooden reeds. If you have a bottle with a removable head that stands upright, you could go ahead and just pop them in there. Alternatively, if you empty the contents of the perfume into a small jar or vase and add the reeds, you’ll get the same effect!
FD Recommends: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

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!