This week, we’ve been lucky enough to have a chat with the lovely Essie Button who has given us the lowdown on her most loved fragrances and beauty products, as well as sharing some of her favourite beauty destinations online.
Want to get to know one of YouTube’s top fashion and beauty bloggers?
Just read on’
What is the Essie-Button YouTube channel and blog all about?
The basis of all of my YouTube videos and blog posts is almost always beauty, but I do try to infuse as much of my personality in there as possible. Beauty is such a fun subject for me to talk about and it’s a place for me to share my beauty-experiences with my viewers.
Why did you start beauty blogging?
I started blogging a few months after I moved to England from Canada. I was a little bit lost and feeling kind of lonely, so discovering the online beauty community was the best thing that could have happened! I started blogging to meet new people and discover new things about makeup/skincare.
You have over 200,000 followers on YouTube ‘ How does that feel?
Sometimes it can be overwhelming-like right now when I’m forced to think about it. But for the most part it just feels normal! YouTube is such a huge part of my life and being involved in something so interactive is incredible!
Did you ever think your blog and YouTube channel would take off like it did?
When I started my blog and YouTube channel I didn’t really have an end goal in sight. I started because it was fun and I wasn’t really thinking about numbers and statistics. I think it’s the type of thing that is always growing and changing, so I can’t say I ever really thought about it, but I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given through YouTube.
Who are your favourite beauty bloggers?
Don’t make me choose! I’ve always loved my friend Gemma’s blog www.gemsmaquillage.com and I also love nouvelledaily.com for a little mix of everything
What’s your favourite fragrance and why?
My all-time favourite fragrance is ChloÃ‡Â¸ EDP because I think it’s so soft and feminine without being overpowering. It’s a very old-hollywood glamour scent that makes me feel a lot more chic than I actually am! I have so many lovely memories attached to this scent and I think it will be my number one for years to come!
What’s your favourite beauty trend for A/W 13?
I’m not sure if these are official trends, but I am loving either very nude nails or very dark nails. When I’ve had enough nude I go for a dark blood red shade and then go running back to a pale pink.
If you could only live with one make-up product, what would it be?
Just one? Probably a brow-pencil because good eyebrows completely transform the face.
What’s your holy grail beauty product?
I cannot live without a good lip balm. My favourite one is by Nuxe and it’s called Reve de Miel. It’s the moist hydrating product I’ve ever used and I apply it every night before bed.
What products are you currently loving?
I’m loving the YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, The NARS Creamy Concealer and cream blushes!
What’s on your Christmas wish list?
I have my eye on the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which has three gorgeous powders inside, so I hope Santa is reading this!
If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?
Most people who are familiar with my YouTube channel will already know that my answer is going to be BeyoncÃ‡Â¸! I adore BeyoncÃ‡Â¸ and I would love to soak up some of her fierce personality…and maybe pick up some dance moves.
Halloween is fast approaching and we bet you’re either dusting off your old costumes or getting ready to majorly scare someone this Hallow’s Eve.The popular TV series, ‘The Walking Dead’ is back this month with a new series, so we thought what better time to talk about all things Zombie! Here at Fragrance Direct, we decided to bring a little bit of glamour to one of the most popular Halloween make-up looks ‘ The Zombie. And how can we possibly add glamour to this frightening look? Read on to find out!
We asked beauty blogger Jayne, to show us how to create the Zombie make-up look using Fragrance Direct products that you can use and keep for when the Halloween festivities are over. With her blog takeover, she’ll be telling you how to recreate this popular Halloween look. When I started the Zombie make-up look, I thought I’d make it a little different and base it on a pin-up girl, so that we can still achieve the terrifying look while still being a little bit feminine!
When starting out on any on zombie make-up look you need a death-like pale base. Combining both Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation in the shade ‘Cameo’ with the Dainty Doll Concealer Pen in the shade ‘It’s A Kind Of Magic’. I was able to begin all of my designs on an even base of pale skin. I evenly blending these two products together and generously applied it all over my face to give me that ‘dead’ look. It’s best to do this with your fingers or a sponge, if you have one!
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Stick in the shade ‘Blackmail’ proved to be invaluable when it came to shading and adding depth to gaunt cheeks and eye-sockets. You don’t want to use this too heavily. Start off slowly and gently shade in areas under the eyes and along the cheek bones to really achieve that ‘dead’ look.
Line the lips with W7 Automatic Felt Eyeliner in the shade ‘Black’. I generously outlined my lips to make them stand out across the rest of the make-up look. I also used this to greatly fill in my eyebrows, making them look dark and exaggerated!
To fill in the lips, I used Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in the shade ‘Across The Universe’. I generously applied this all over the lips to double up as both glossy lips and oozing dripping blood. Be generous with this ‘ I even applied a bit on the neck, just to get the real Zombie effect!
And then it came to the ‘wounds’. For me, this is the most important part of any Zombie make-up look. For minor detailing and definition, I used the W7 Automatic Felt Eyeliner to begin drawing the fake wounds onto my face. Using the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer again, I filled in the wounds with this deep red shade to really make them look prominent. For a little bit of added fun, I used the W7 eyeliner to add a small beauty spot just under the eyes ‘ Who doesn’t love a ‘pretty’ zombie! The pin up zombie look also required a lot of TLC in order to look glamorously undead.
Maxfactor Masterpiece High Definition Mascara in the shade ‘Black’ worked perfectly to give the look that feminine charm it required, accentuating my lashes and giving them the ‘wide eyed’ look.
Using the Constance Carroll 9 Colour Eye Shadow Palette, I was able to shade my skin to different variations of green and blue. I did this by mixing shades together and then applying it over the foundation I applied earlier.
And there you have it ‘ The ‘Pin-up Zombie Look’. All in all the make-up which I used to create my zombie faces could double up perfectly on any night out as well as being used to transform you into the undead so even when Halloween has been and gone, you can use these products for your everyday make-up routine!
Will you be trying this hair raising look? What are you dressing as this Halloween? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
Today’s post is written by our guest blogger Anushka F from MagicFreebiesUKÂ¶Ã¿ – the one-stop site for free stuff, free samples, competitions and offers.
We all know those little extras, like a pre-shower skin brush and a weekly hair mask, do wonders for our skin and hair but sometimes there just isn’t time to dedicate to doing them.
Time is forever ticking and with the constant juggle of work (finding freebies can be tiring), socialising and family time, it’s often hard to maintain our usual beauty rituals. When we’re stretched for time it tends to be the ‘me time’ that falls to the wayside.
Here’s my secret free beauty tip: overnight products can really help! Night serums and conditioning hair treatments; they require minimal effort and, best of all, do all the hard work. So, when there’s not enough time in the day to pamper yourself, why not let these goodies work their magic while you sleep’
Oil Of Olay Regenerist Night Renewal Elixir
As you get older, your skin finds it more difficult to renew itself. Night time is the perfect time to give it an extra helping hand, so try swapping your regular night cream for a renewing serum and moisturiser in one. Olay’s Regenerist Night Renewal Elixir, £10.99, combines penta-peptides, glycolic acid and anti-oxidants which certainly pack a punch! Apply this light formula to your skin at night just before bed and wake up to smooth skin that feels facial-fresh. P.S At the moment you can try a free sample of Olay Regenerist at MagicFreebiesUK so make sure you snap one up!
Dove Regenerating Hand Cream
With skin-softening micro-pearls containing vitamin F, Dove Regenerating Hand Cream, £1.99 is a light lotion leaves hands softer and nails stronger and less prone to breaking. Apply overnight and this cream will intensively moisturise your hands leaving your hands looking young and supple come morning. It also has a comforting smell similar to fresh cotton sheets ‘ lovely!
Schwarzkopf BC Time Restore Night Treatment
If you’ve been mistreating your locks, then give frazzled or fragile hair some TLC with Schwarzkopf BC Time Restore Night Treatment, £4.99. Work it into roots, and the blend of potent ingredients ‘including Q10 Plus Complex and Hydrolysed Wheat Protein – will work to repair each strand from the inside and out. Just spray onto dry hair, comb through and in the morning your hair will feel stronger, thicker and shinier ‘ hair maintenance made easy.
Coryse Salome Restorative Night Cream
Coryse Salome Restorative Night Cream, £5.99 is a creamy moisturiser that helps repair your skin’s top layer and encourages the natural restorative process ‘ think of it as giving nature a helping hand. When applied sparingly, the combination of plant-based anti-aging ingredients smooth and plump the skin around the eyes, so you wake up fresh-faced and younger-looking.
Skin Doctors Zit Zapper
Do you wish spots would disappear overnight? Well, wish no more. Apply Skin Doctors Zit Zapper £7.99, to skin and the cocktail of skin-loving ingredients, including witch hazel and tea tree oil, will fight the infection overnight so by morning your angry red spots will look calmer and less noticeable.
Once Upon a Time Anti-wrinkle Eye Contour Night Serum
Once Upon a Time Anti-wrinkle Eye Contour Night Serum, £14.95 is a makeover for your eyes! Apply at night to revitalises tired skin and reduce the appearance of eye bags. Instead of waking up bleary-eyed you’ll be bright-eyed and bushy tailed! It also boasts the natural nourishing properties of aran and jojoba oils, leaving your skin soft and ready for eye make-up.
Decleor Baume Slim Effect Draining Massage Balm
Decleor Baume Slim Effect Draining Massage Night Balm, £26.99 is an intensive skin-smoothing balm that helps reduce the look of those pesky lumps and bumps. The blend of essentials oils, including lemongrass and rosemary, work overnight to firm and tone skin by stimulating saturated skin tissue ‘ impressive! Use regularly to wake up to a smoother, sleeker body. It may be pricey, but trust me, it’s worth every penny.
Australian BodyCare Hand and Foot Cream
When time is of the essence reach for multi-tasking products! Australian BodyCare Hand and Foot Cream, £5.99 is a calming cream that leaves dry skin feeling soft and soothed. You can also use it to treat tired feet. It contains the finest Tea Tree Oil which works wonders for nourishing and relieving cracked heels.
Thanks for reading, now you have loads of free time, why not check out MagicFreebiesUK and all the free stuff we have, including loads of free beauty samples?
Marc Jacobs Honey arrived at Fragrance Direct a month ago and since then, it’s been a sure hit with our customers. Beauty bloggers and Youtubers have been raving about it before it even hit the virtual shelves. We predicted Honey would be a fragrance winner and we’ve been proven right!
Thankfully Honey is back in stock! With a fresh batch sitting ready for you to try, we thought we’d enlist the help of our elite blogging team to give you an insight into why it’s just that good. So, who’s first?
Avia from The Sparkelicious
Truth be told I have never been one of those women who has a classic signature scent. I love so many fragrances that I find it impossible to only pick one, and I’m a huge believer in your fragrance being season appropriate. I love sweet, heavy and slightly spicy fragrances in the winter, and fresh, light ones in summer time, so that’s what I’m here to talk to you about today.
I have been a fan of Marc Jacob’s fragrances for years, the first one I ever used was what my mother use to wear, I believe it was called Rain, and that was just what it smelt like, pure and fresh. Then I moved on to Lola and Daisy, and it didn’t hurt that the packaging on the last two was pretty amazing too, which brings me to the latest addition: Honey.
Honey is described as a fruity and floral fragrance with key notes of pear, orange blossom and honey and has that distinctive Marc Jacobs look. When I first tested this, I was surprised how fresh it smelt, and how little it actually had that sweet honey scent, which i’m not a fan of in the warmer months. Honey smells very light and fresh and I would say the most noticeable note in the fragrance is pear, which I adore as it’s so light and summery!
Once it settles on the skin it’s very subtle and feminine, and ever-so-slightly more grown-up than the likes of Lola and Daisy. I find it lasts longer on the skin too. In terms of the packaging, the box is a super cute bright yellow polka dot design that looks fun and young, and the bottle itself is a classic shape, that has that added MJ cuteness to it, in the form of the stripy flowers and gold hardware.
Julie from Raining Cake
As a fan of Marc Jacobs fragrances, you can imagine my excitement when they decided to release another scent to follow on from the success of the previous ones. All of them have a firm place in my heart for different reasons and Honey is definitely joining the group as a solid contender.
Housed in the most gorgeous polka dot bottle with a design that resembles bumble bee’s, it has a light, fruity edge, with a sweet and fresh scent. Honey is one of those perfumes that can be worn day or night, thanks to its ability to stay soft without being too overpowering. These days, I look for fragrances with versatility and Honey definitely fits the bill.
Will you be trying out Honey?
Ella from HelloEllaxo
I have always been a fan of perfumes by Marc Jacobs. I recently ran out of Oh Lola which was quite a fruity fragrance. The bottles are so well designed and easy on the eye (definitely the best looking perfumes!), with the bonus of being appropriate for any occasion.
Their latest perfume ‘Honey’ is my new favorite out of all the Marc Jacobs range, It’s very sunny and happy with the sweet scent that reminds me of summer! I sprayed it once on myself and now everywhere I go I can still smell it. It’s a real summer fragrance and really worth the price, again perfect for a gift.
So there you have it! Honey is gathering up quite a large fan base. If you’re a Marc Jacobs fan and want to try the new Honey scent, you can find it here!
The lovely, Becca, from Voussontbeauetbelle is back to give us a review on her favourite Fragrance Direct products. The colossal fashion and beauty blogger (who also has a very impressive Youtube channel) is constantly on our radar for finding out all the best beauty and fashion picks! If, like us, you like to keep up to speed with what she’s loving, keep reading to see her reviews on some of her most lusted after beauty buys!
Dainty Doll Concealer Pen 001Â¶Ã¿
I’ve always wanted to try an actual face product from this range – and seeing as I don’t wear foundation (plus I’m a huuuge concealerÂ¶Ã¿junkie!) I thought I’d try this. It’s in the lightest colour available, and it’s absolutely perfect for us Snow Whites! Your concealer is supposed to be a shade lighter then your skin, which has proven absolutely impossible with the lightest concealer I’ve used (Collection 2000) just about my skin colour – until now! This concealer pen is off white, easily blendable and fairly sheer, so it will match your pale shade to a ‘T’! Though somewhat sheer, dark circles can be completely banished – WIN! It’s so easy to apply also, just clickety click and apply using the brush – DOUBLE WIN! I can’t wait to try more Dainty Doll products, and especially on Fragrance Direct – discount heaven! (RRP £12.50, FD £1.99!)
Tigi Bed Head Control Freak Hair Serum
I’m Becca, and I’m a serum-holic! (No?) I decided to finally purchase this as I found it on Fragrance Direct for a tenner! I have tried so many serums and oils in my time, so why not try Bed Head? I have naturally VERY thick wavy hair, and I rarelyÂ¶Ã¿use heat on it – what you see is au naturale! Any wavy/curly haired girlies, you will know, without heat, our hair can be hard to control/manage! Enter hair serum! This serum didn’t weigh down my hair at all, and a little goes a long way.
It didn’t make my hair sticky, nor greasy – but soft, silky, under control and managed my ickle flyaways! So far, I’m really liking this product, but will it replace my L’oreal serum? I don’t THINK so… but look how sparkly!
Lolita Lempicka L’Eau en Blanc Eau de Parfum Spray
I tried a sample of this many moons ago (or sometime last year) and I loved it, it was such a romantic, flirty fragrance giving off floral notes with a somewhat dreamy aroma – just all round girly! This perfume features Iris and Violet Leaf top notes, middle notes of Raspberry, Violet, Sour Cherry and Licorice, with base notes of Musk, Vetiver, Tonka Bean and Heliotrope – though in our terms, a young, sweet fragrance! Perfect for both day and evening wear. Plus, look how cute the bottle is!
The rest of the items I purchased are nail polishes from two of my fave brands – Essie and OPI -Â¶Ã¿both hugely discounted on Fragrance Direct; Essie’s RRP is £7.99, but here it’s £1.99 only! *Dances*
What’s your favourite beauty brand? Next time you’re ordering it or buying in your local Boots or Superdrug (or similar!), DON’T!
Make Fragrance DirectÂ¶Ã¿your first destination JUST to check – you can save yourself some serious money! Your favourite brands at discounted/cheap prices – why would you NOT?!
Thank you for having me, Fragrance Direct!
We couldn’t be more excited to tell you that we have a very special guest featuring on our blog this week. Becca from the amazing Voussontbeauetbelle blog and Youtube channel is here to tell us all about how she began her blog and Youtube accounts which now collectively boast over 100k subscribers! A beauty lover, just like ourselves, Becca makes inspiring videos which make us want to delve into the world of this make-up master and find out what her beauty essentials are and just why blogging isÂ¶Ã¿thatÂ¶Ã¿good.
Becca | 18 | Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Youtuber and Blogger
When and why did you start fashion and beauty blogging/vlogging?
When I was diagnosed with M.E and epilepsy (pull out your violins!) I was essentially housebound – I’ve recovered from both now though – therefore I became extremely bored and lonely. I began watching Youtube videos on fashion/beauty channels, not realizing it was actually a thing and I thought it looked fabulous. It inspired me to start filming things, such as what I’d purchased, but not for Youtube, for my own personal viewing! Along with M.E, memory loss occurs, and my short term memory was non existent – so in order to remember things I’d bought, I’d film it! I did that for a little while, but longed to be a member of the Youtube community. As I was housebound, human contact was somewhat rare! I uploaded my first video about two years ago now, wowzers! I still love uploading videos to this day, my content is well received and I just love talking to my viewers! Speaking of viewers, when I gained 15 subscribers, I ran around my house like an excited toddler, so you can imagine how I feel now with my 115,000+ subscribers! I mainly stick to uploading videos about passions of mine – fashion, lifestyle, self esteem, body image, beauty and sometimes videos of my everyday life. Though it is my ‘job’, I never, ever take myself seriously – I laugh at myself, and make up words when I can’t think of the right one – I’m a normal 18 year old girl, keepin’ it real! Making videos definitely has it’s ups and downs, it doesn’t come with troll/hate warnings unfortunately!
Though all in all, it’s improved my confidence phenomenally, has been an amazing ongoing experience, and has given me some of the best friends, that without Youtube, I’d never of had the chance to meet!
The day I had those 15 subscribers, never could I have ever imagined what was to come – and I’m lucky enough to say that Youtube is my job, and has provided me with some amazing opportunities such as working with many brands. It really is amazing.
I’ve actually done things fairly backwards. Normally, blogging comes first and then creating a Youtube channel follows. However, I take different paths to most people in all things – online and in real life! I’ve actually only been blogging for a month, and I LOVE it! Why didn’t I do this before!? I’m very into the layout and design of magazines, and I hope my blog shows that. It consists of similar topics to my Youtube channel, though mainly focuses on fashion. I started blogging to simply grow and expand my Youtube channel, and it’s already got a rather tasty following. I’m so grateful to each and every one of my viewers/readers, they make this all possible and I feel very blessed to have them all in my life!
What’s the best thing about blogging?
Expressing myself and interacting with my viewers! Fashion is a hard industry to get into and I think I’ve had enough stress to last a lifetime, Â¶Ã¿so it’s an amazing way to express your love of fashion without the commitment. I’m my own boss!
Another extreme plus of making videos is the many, many amazing messages and letters I get from viewers. Knowing that I brightened someone’s day brightens MY day – it’s very humbling. A quote I’ve always loved is ‘Attitudes are contagious, make yours worth catching’Â¶Ã¿- therefore due to me being quite an animated, smiley person, getting told that I am the reason for THEIR smile is out of this world.
As a student, I don’t have a lot of free time, but when I do, blogging and vlogging completely free my mind of the hardships of education and as a mental health and psychiatry student, it can be very draining! Uploading three times a week can be hard at times, but I’m pleased to say that my viewers are very understanding when I can’t upload. They’re all good eggs!
What’s your all time favourite fragrance?
Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’ – yummers! It’s been the only scent I’ve worn for over a year now, I’m sure it’s turned into my natural scent! (IfÂ¶Ã¿only!) It’s the perfect summer fragrance, yet it’s not an overpowering floral smell, so for me, it’s an all year round perfume! Plus, how delish is the bottle? I was actually introduced to Daisy by my mum, what a keeper!
What beauty essentials can you not live without?
Rimmel Glam Eyes Day to Night Mascara and any form of eyebrow gel! I’m lovingÂ¶Ã¿those big brows. I’m pretty laid back about beauty as I’ve been blessed with my mum’s skin and would happily go out without makeup, and rarely wear it at home! Although without my mascara and brows, I’d be a bit lost on an important outing! I also HAVE to have my nails painted somehow, we can’t have naked hands now can we?
What’s your favourite nail polish brand?
I’d have to say Essie! Although my collection used to be a rather small one (due to the price, usually £7.99 each – eek!), now, it’s rather large!
Fragrance Direct has rekindled my love for the brand – £1.99 for a full size Essie polish? I’m IN!
If you could only use one make-up product, what would it be?
Last but not least, can you finish this sentence? “I love Fragrance Direct because..”
Thank you for having me on your site – I feel honored! I love Fragrance Direct simply because of the insane discounts! Why would you NOT check on FD for a product that you’re willing to pay full price for, when you could save mega £££! When my chummy Charlie – another FD lover! – (she has a beauty & fashion channel too! Find her here) and I were talking about Essie, I was expressing my lust for the brand, but heartbreak due to the price. She replied with ‘GO ON FRAGRANCE DIRECT, they’re like, £1.99’ and I was in disbelief! She was right! I purchased four Essie polishes right away, which at RRP would have set me back £32 (and at that price I’d rather have a dress!). Instead, it cost me just £8! The same price as one! And it’s the same for all your other favourite brands of makeup, hair products, nail products, perfumes and so much more – now every time I’m wanting to buy a beauty product, Fragrance Direct is my first destination!