Manface reviews Paco Rabanne.

Manface reviews Paco Rabanne.

Sometimes when we find a fragrance brand we love, we tend to stick to it and there’s nothing wrong with that! Our guest blogger, Thom from the talented Manface, loves the Paco Rabanne brand and has reviewed their best selling scents to tell you which fragrance suits which occasion!


Paco Rabanne 1 Million

When? – Evening/Night Out/Club


Despite having a citrus top, the most prominent notes are amber, leather and cinnamon, creating a deliciously prominent aura of sultry sexiness. It’s a gorgeous fragrance and my all-time guilty secret but a word to the wise, don’t douse yourself in it; I don’t want to taste your fragrance when I’m boogying away (that’s right, I boogie!).


Paco Rabanne Invictus

When? – Daytime/Apre-Sport


This has grown on me and I can really understand why it was one of the best selling fragrances of 2013. It’s sexy; really sexy. With fabulous oceanic notes, lemon and bay leaf, it’s fresh but still distinctively Paco Rabanne with a definite sweetness. After showering from a hard workout, Invictus energises and compliments the pump; leave the gym feeling confident and upbeat.


Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

When? – Daytime/Work


This has to be my favourite of the Paco Rabanne family. It’s reminiscent of a strong, sophisticated and mature mediterranean man. This fragrance means business. Launched in 1973, Paco Rabanne Pour Homme is loaded with Oakmoss, Lavender, Honey, Clary Sage and Geranium. I wear this for meetings and business lunches, it oozes sophistication, experience and if good business could be a fragrance ‘ this’d be it!


Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion

When? – Hot Date


This enticing, seductive and warming fragrance is the latest edition to the Pacco Rabanne family. With rum, cashmere wood, labdanum, wormwood and juniper, it almost sits in the Thierry Mugler ballpark, but less heady and booming. It’s a little sweet but unquestionably masculine and be sure to use only a little as it’s very long lasting and throws quite a distance. Wearing this for a date will be sure to make an impact and who knows, if she opts for the Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion for Her, maybe it’s meant to be?


Paco Rabanne Ultra Violet

When? – Whenever


This definitely breaks the mould as far as Paco Rabanne fragrances go, with bizarre and seductive grey amber as well as mint, oak moss, vetiver and vanilla. It’s probably a little heavy to wear first thing on a morning for work, but definitely on a day off, evening or special event; no one will recognise it straight away, I guarantee! I’ve been wearing this for travel and find it comforting and not too heady but distinctive enough to stand out.

By Thom Watson.

What is your favourite Paco Rabanne fragrance of all time? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

ManFace Reviews Ralph Lauren

ManFace Reviews Ralph Lauren

We’re extending a warm welcome back to Thom from the ultimate men’s grooming blog, to review one of our best selling men’s fragrances, Ralph Lauren Polo Red. As a qualified beauty industry insider, we trust him to give you the best in-depth review of this classic scent for men, so it’s over to you ManFace..

With red sage, red saffron and lavender, mounted on a base of red woods, amber and coffee beans, Polo Red by Ralph Lauren created by Olivier Gillotin is something rather fabulous and a welcome addition to the world of men’s fragrance.

Olivier Gillotin is renowned for fabulous men’s scents including one of my first and all time favourite scents, Be Delicious Men by DKNY. It strays away from the classic Ralph Lauren fragrances with those sweeter notes contrasted with a soft and prominent base. There’s a top of grapefruit, lemon and cranberry; a heart of saffron and lavender and a base of woods, amber and coffee beans.


Housed in a red-painted glass bottle, Polo Red is all about the daytime for me ‘ being easy to wear and accessible to all. It’s got a touch of Paco Robanne fragrances such as Invictus and 1 Million, and correct me if I’m wrong but maybe a teensy touch of Eros by Versace, the same mellow fruitiness (Eros has a top Lemon and Apple whilst Polo has Lemon and Cranberry).

It’s pretty long-lasting and if you decide to wear it for work say, you might want to give yourself a quick top-up around lunchtime. What’s fabulous about this is that as you’re ready to leave the office, for drinks or a hot date, you can throw on your favourite evening scent without fear of it becoming an unsavoury blend.

Polo Red by Ralph Lauren comes in three fabulous sizes, 125ml for £49.99, 75ml for £34.99 and 40ml for £25.99. There’s also a gorgeous hair and body wash that will allow you to layer the scent for a longer lasting fragrance, priced at £16.99 for 200ml.

By Thom Watson.

The #SelfEye

The #SelfEye

This week, we enlisted the help of the super talented Sarah Barton from Friday Is Forever to test our Top 10 Selling Mascara and measure the results! What she trialled and recorded is one not to be missed..

As a gal who usually feels a magnetic pull towards high end make up counters, I was intrigued when asked to put ten mascaras, all at an affordable £10 or under, to the test. Knowing full well that I love a jet black colour with tonnes of volume, length and definition, these bargain offerings admittedly had a lot to live up to. But, after approaching them with an open mind, I was pleasantly surprised, and I now have Fragrance Direct to thank for my future savings! I can firmly cut the cost of my mascara habits in half after finding a couple of definite favourites less than half the price (and then some), of my obviously overpriced usuals!


Calvin Klein True Lustre Mascara

If you’re after a super natural finish, this is the one for you. It actually took loads of layering to achieve any lengthening effect as shown here, which does put me off, alongside the super cheap scent. I do however quite like the subtle brown colour at the end of it all, and the clump free formula is fitting for average day to day use.


Elizabeth Arden Extreme Density Volume Mascara

One of my favourites of the lot, and one I’d probably repurchase. Adds an impressive amount of volume in just a couple of strokes, but would get more points from me if it bulked the lashes just a little bit more than expected with the word ‘density,’ but I’d probably just pair it up with another mascara designed just for that purpose. A lovely blacker than black colour, and although care needs to be taken with the bigger brush, its worth the extra fiddle.


Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Mascara

First off, I love the cone shape of this brush, making it easier to reach every little lash, especially bottom ones! Another natural looking finish, but with a lot less effort to apply! I don’t have much to say about the lengthening effect as I’ve only used this perhaps 2-3 times, but it doesn’t make my lashes feel ‘crispy’ like some mascaras do, thats got to be beneficial?


Bourjois Elastic Mascara

I’ve found a mascara that I really dislike, and I’m surprised to announce that the disappointment has come from Bourjois. The brush really scratches on application, and the wet formula takes a good while longer than your average mascara to dry, giving a bit of smudge-danger! If you like a plastic brush and a precise application, you might like this, and it does indeed darken the lashes with a true black colour, but it doesn’t separate and lengthen enough for my liking, and a rubbish brush is enough to make me want to throw a mascara away.


Maybelline Define-A-Lash

Another one of my favourites. The brush is made of dreaded plastic, but as its super flexible, I have actually got on alright with it, although that does mean theres a bit of a struggle to get the applicator back into the tube every time, and its not one to rush application with either! A lovely natural finish with absolutely no flaking or transferring throughout the day at all! My lashes are separated, lengthened and, exactly as the name describes – defined.


Maybelline Volum Express Lift Up

I found this mascara more thickening than the previous lengthening Maybelline mascara but still not quite as much as I’d hope for. I love the brush design, although I’m not sure it had any impact on curling my lashes. I actually found that this black mascara had more of a matte effect than any mascara I’ve tried, and I liked that, although it does flake a little if more than 1 layer is applied and does transfer to the skin under my eyes if I apply it to my bottom lashes!


Rimmel Lash Flirt

So many plastic brushes! This one has surprisingly long bristles which can be a bit annoying, but it does have a good finish with no clumps. This one doesn’t form a curl without curlers, and needs a few layers to get something decent, but once thats done, I’m pretty happy with the density it gives at the roots of the lashes, and the overall results really!


Bourjois Une All In One Mascara

After doing a little bit of research on Une, I’m not sure how my hopes were for the range. This mascara was the first Une product I’d tried, and with their super natural, organic philosophy, I’d convinced myself that it must all be rubbish to make up for it. I’ve been pleasantly corrected by this mascara which separates nicely and doesn’t flake or transfer. I’ve also been convinced that actually, a brown mascara can work for a natural, soft look, and maybe plastic brushes aren’t all my enemies. Good job, Une!


Bourjois Une Smart Length Mascara

So this little experiment has led me to discover that I’m a true lover of cone shaped wands, and here is another one, perfect for reaching corners and bottom lashes. A true black, and whilst I don’t think this mascara is anything amazing to shout about in terms of volume and density, its another awesome daytime mascara – It doesn’t transfer, smudge or flake at all.


W7 Big Lash

Now heres a case of when a brush has just been made bigger than necessary. Saying that, the mascara is creamy, and lasts a long time without flaking or clumping. Useless with one layer only, it really does take a good few layers to build up something impressive, which can get messy due to the big brush. However, if you use a business card to shield the eyelid, and get wiggling, this bargain offering rivals other big brands in terms of drama.

The best of the lot?

Maybelline Define-A-Lash and Elizabeth Arden Extreme Density Volume mascara, easily. Two entirely different mascaras in terms of wand, colour and formula. Define-A-Lash has surprised me with its plastic brush and subtle colour, as I usually prefer a bristle brush with a midnight black shade. This is a mascara that I’ve been picking up recently for day to day use, for subtle lengthening and definite separation with a natural finish. Extreme Density is a little like the mascaras I would usually go for, and whilst it’d need to be thicker to hit top points, its impressive lengthening can’t be denied – It actually seems to go beyond the lengths of my actual lashes, and it is fitting with my favourite blacker-than-black colour!

Have you tried any of these mascaras? Which is your favourite?

Check out our Top 10 Selling Mascaras right here.

Sophie’s Valentine’s Day Picks

Sophie’s Valentine’s Day Picks

Single or taken, Valentine’s Day is one of those social events that you simply can’t avoid! I’m not one for the over the top dramatic show of romance but if my partner wants to spoil me on the most romantic day of the year, who am I to say no, right?

Valentine’s Day shouldn’t just be about treating others but it should also be about treating yourself! So whether you’re buying for a boyfriend, girlfriend, family member or friend, remember to indulge yourself too because let’s face it, you’re pretty fabulous!

So without further ado, I’ve put together a short list of my best ‘picks’ for Valentine’s Day, including some new, exciting fragrance releases!

Nina Ricci La Tentation

Nina Ricci’s new release is called La Tentation de Nina. Before you even think about spritzing this scent, it’s hard not to notice the incredibly girly packaging. A bright pink apple with gold plated detailing? Yes please! This is a really sweet fragrance which contains notes of Raspberry and Almond so I would definitely recommend this perfume for the ultimate girly girl on Valentine’s Day.

JPG Le Male

If there’s one fragrance I’ll be buying my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day then it’s got to be Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier. This is quite an unusual scent that contains notes of Vanilla, Lavender and Mint which when put together, smell pretty perfect! Although JPG hasn’t been on site for long, Le Male is already one of our best selling fragrances for men and I think this is a great scent for men of all ages!

MJ Lola

When it comes to Marc Jacobs fragrances, you can never steer too far off the beaten track. Honey may have stolen the spotlight for most of 2013, but I’m showing some love for Marc Jacobs Lola. This is described as Daisy’s older sister, mainly because it’s much more of a warmer scent, with notes of Pear, Rose and Vanilla. I think this is a perfect scent for any age, especially if they’re a Marc Jacobs fan AND did I mention that the bottle design doubles up as a fragrance and a bouquet of flowers?! Double whammy.

Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion

This is Paco Rabanne’s newest fragrance which just landed on site this week! This is Paco Rabanne’s new take on the popular XS fragrance. This is a limited edition scent so it will feel like an extra special gift if you’re thinking of purchasing it for Valentine’s Day. It has quite an unusual composition with notes of Juniper Berry, Absinth and Cashmere Wood but I promise it smells uh-maz-ing! I would recommend this scent for the younger men in your life as it’s quite sweet and steers away from the conventional men’s fragrance route.

What will you be buying your other half this Valentine’s Day? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

ManFace Reviews Roberto Cavalli

ManFace Reviews Roberto Cavalli

Launched this year, Just Cavalli Men by Roberto Cavalli is an elegant fragrance that relies on three subtle yet powerful notes to give you, or the person you’re buying it for, an aura of sporty and classic masculinity.

With a spicy pimento top; a warm vetiver heart and a smooth, buttery-soft and decadent leather base. Just Cavalli Men is long lasting, being quite spicy and sharp to start with almost a minty edge, transforms into something a little sweeter and calmer through the day whilst still being distinctive and noticeable.

It’s a bit of a non-conformist in the world of men’s fragrance; you spray it for the first time and think you know what it’s going to turn out like, but you’re wrong! Those three notes have been blended expertly, cleverly and with great complexity; I find this far more inviting and sensorial than many big brand fragrances that boast endless notes that end up congealing into a bed of dying flowers.


Perfect for a special occasion but equally suitable for your daily signature scent for work and play, this is undoubtedly sexy. Just Cavalli Men is the kind of fragrance you’d want to snuggle up to.

The bottle is quite gorgeous with solid glass coated in metallic plastic; engraved through with the Just Cavalli Men logo. It feels solid, strong and powerful. Even the heavy cap is accented with the fragrances signature blue, snakeskin pattern with the top engraved with the Just Cavalli logo.

It’s a fab fragrance for old and young alike, being a youthful scent but not something you’d immediately pick out as just for someone in their teens/twenties; my step-dad has already taken quite a liking to it and he’s 70! So, there you go.

Just Cavalli Men comes in three different sizes: 30ml, 50ml and 90ml. There’s also a matching deodorant stick as well as a Just Cavalli Men gift set.

By Thom Watson

Sophie’s Sale Picks!

Sophie’s Sale Picks!

Wow, Christmas has come around so fast and as a merchandiser, I’m no longer thinking about what will be selling fast this Christmas. My thoughts are now fully focused on our sale which has lots of lovely bargains that I must admit; I’ve got my eye on. If you know me, you’ll know that I love a good saving so I’m going to share my best sale buys with you to hopefully give you a little bit of inspiration of what you should be snapping up quickly!



Calvin Klein Downtown Gift Set 50ml

CK Downtown
Downtown is the newest fragrance from Calvin Klein and I think it’s a really girly scent that would be great for any age range, so, when I seen that this 50ml gift set was reduced to £19.95, I couldn’t resist! In the gift set you get a 50ml bottle of the fragrance and a 100ml body lotion so if you don’t fancy treating yourself, this would make a really nice present for someone else.



Beckham Intimately Beckham Men Eau de Toilette Spray 50ml

Beckham Intimately Beckham Men

My boyfriend’s birthday is soon after Christmas so when I seen that Beckham’s Intimately Beckham Men’s fragrance was in the sale, I snapped this up quick. He’s quite tricky to buy for but I know that Intimately Beckham is quite a warm and wearable fragrance and more importantly, I like the smell of it so I’m sure he will too! This Beckham fragrance is now £8.50 and I think that’s pretty good going for a 50ml bottle!



Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Holidays Mascara in Electric Blu

Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Holidays Mascara
When it comes to mascara, I usually always go for the classic black shade. This Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Holidays Mascara is in our sale for £1.99 and it’s in the shade Electric Blu. Now usually I wouldn’t opt for such a striking mascara colour but this is a really nice change from my usual my make-up routine. The colour is really bright and looks really nice in the evening, especially with a smokey eye.




Alpure Detoxifying Toning Cleanser

Alpue Cleanser

I usually take care of my skin with a packet of face wipes but this New Year I’ve decided my resolution is to start taking better care of my skin. After all, it’s going to be with me for life! This Alpure cleanser is £19.99 in the sale and I know that probably seems pricy but for a luxury skincare product, it really isn’t too expensive. You can use this on the face, eyes and lips and because it’s a detoxifying product, it will be great to use the morning after all those Christmas and New Year parties!



Jasper Conran Woman Body Lotion

Jasper Conran Body Lotion

I’ve never tried a Jasper Conran fragrance so I thought the best way to test it was with this Jasper Conran Woman Body Lotion. It’s £2.95 in the sale for a 200ml bottle which is such a bargain in my opinion! It’s lightly scented with the Jasper Conran fragrance which contains notes of amber, patchouli and warm ginger. This is a really nice product for applying straight after your bath or shower.