The Blow Dry Of Dreams

The Blow Dry Of Dreams

When you’re halfway through the month and have still got quite the distance to go until payday, a trip to the salon is simply just not an option. Especially for luxury treatments like blow dries. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m sure you’ve been there where you’ve secretly envied that girl with the perfect bouncy, loosely curled hair that’s been styled to perfection. Am I wrong? Didn’t think so. Well, today we’re delivering you the ultimate guide on how to achieve the blow dry of your dreams and we even stock all of the products. Let’s dive in!

First up, when washing your hair, you’re going to want to use a super nourishing hair mask in preparation for the heat and styling coming your way. Exposure to high heat while unprotected can leave your hair feeling parched and looking visibly stressed so this step is a must in order to get that gorgeous shiny, healthy-looking finish. When applying, pay close attention to the ends of your hair and leave it on for five to ten minutes to truly work its magic.
FD Recommends: Wella Professionals SP Regenerating Hair Mask

When you’ve stepped out of the shower, whilst your hair is still damp, spray in a bunch of heat protector. It’s just part of the process. Any heat protection spray will do just the trick but we recommend this one from Label M as it features the latest innovation in heat protection technology.
FD Recommends: Label M Heat Protection Spray

Then to really lock in that heat protection and give the product something else to sink into your hair with, hair oil is a perfect match. It will also give your hair that gorgeous glossy shine you’ve been pining over for so long. The texture of your hair will depend on how absorbent it is, the general rule is the thicker or curlier your hair the more oil you add till it feels super nourished.
FD Recommends: Natural World Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment Oil

Now, this next step is super important to give your hair that classic blow dry ‘memory’. As you may have seen from the results of someone getting a professional blow dry at the hairdresser’s, the beautiful bouncy results normally last for a few days and even up to a week if well cared for every day and evening. To do this, you need a slightly thicker product in the form of a lotion. Therefore, once this product has been blow-dried into your hair, it will act as a mould for your hair once it’s been styled.
FD Recommends: Big Sexy Hair Total Body Blow Dry Bodifying Lotion

So you’ve got all the products in to give your hair that shiny, bouncy finesse but the trick to emphasising the style is lifted roots! To stop your hair from falling flat, creating height at the crown in vital. All you need is a little bit of specially made root lift spray followed up by a good blow dry technique which we’re just about to move on to.
FD Recommends: Goldwell Style Double Boost Root Lift Spray

When it comes to blow dry techniques you’ll be able to find a bunch of tutorials online that will show you just how exactly to do it. However, to really get the most lift and bounce to your blow dry, use a big barrelled brush and take small sections and blow dry your hair upwards from the root and out. You’ll need to repeat this all over your head and make sure you fully dry your hair as this will fully fuse the products together too.
FD Recommends: Tresemme Salon Volume Blow Dry Set

Finally, to finish off, take a small amount of a styling product to tame flyaways and add that final layer of gloss. It will also act as a barrier to help protect your hair from frizz and other environmental factors too.
FD Recommends: Fudge Blow Dry Putty

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!

Black Haircare: The Products, The Techniques, The Art

Black Haircare: The Products, The Techniques, The Art

Whether you’ve got textured afro-Caribbean hair yourself and are in need of some products that have been specially made to care for your curly locks from root to tip or you’re in need of some info for looking after your children’s hair, today’s blog post has got you fully covered. We’re supplying you with everything you need to know including the best brands to use, ingredients that actually work, the importance of co-washing and so much more. Let’s dive in!

Shea Moisture Superfruit 10-in-1 Shampoo – The true genie in a bottle. This 10-in-1 multi-benefit shampoo provides sulfate-free cleansing, anti-ageing action, colour protection, hydration, nourishment, rejuvenation, anti-stress, manageability and softness without build up. Its built-in superfruit complex is a life-saver. This is a great shampoo to use to give you that freshly washed, clean feeling without stripping it of its natural oils that us curly girls can’t afford to lose. Wondering why? Well, in comparison to people with straight hair whose natural oils slip right down the hair shaft leaving them with greasy hair after a few too many days, curly hair shafts stop moisture travelling any further than a centimeter or two which is why we need so many oils and nourishing hair products to keep our hair fully hydrated.

ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner – A fabulous conditioner to follow up with is this one by ORS. It’s a deep-penetrating conditioner that contains olive oil, marine proteins and sweet orange oil – what a combo? In the beauty industry, it’s pretty much a known fact that shampoo is for the roots and conditioner is for the mid-lengths and tips… scrap that. One of the most important parts of any black haircare routine is hydration. So, with that being said, conditioning all over is actually really great for thicker, textured hair. Another great technique is co-washing; this is when you wash your hair with conditioner rather than shampoo and massage your whole scalp just like you do when shampooing. The difference is: you won’t be stripping away naturally beneficial oils, instead you’ll be coating your whole head with a dreamy layer of nourishment.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Treatment Masque – One of the best routines to get in to is having a deep condition at least once a week and this mask by Shea Moisture is a favourite of many. Featuring raw shea butter, sea kelp and argan oil, this treatment works wonders. This would also be a great product to co-wash with too!

Natural World Coconut Milk Hair Oil – After using all of your washing products that are filled with incredible oils, you can go even further and give yourself an extra dosage. This coconut water infused with certified organic coconut extract provides thirst-quenching, lightweight hydration and luscious shine to the hair. This is a great product to use straight after washing before styling or putting in plaits for the evening topped with a silk headscarf. Giving your hair that extra boost of oil will leave your strands feeling beautifully hydrated, soft and shiny.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment – Made with Jamaican Black Castor Oil which is rich in essential fatty acids, this organic shea butter treatment provides deep, nourishing moisturisation to dry, damaged hair while other ingredients such as peppermint, invigorate the scalp and promote hair growth. If you’re still wondering what is it and when to use it, here’s how! It’s actually a gentle styling aid. So, it’s ultimately an ‘edge gel’ to hold on to your baby hairs and keep them smoothed down with the rest of your curls. The black haircare community would be lost without a product like this because it means we can play around with super sleek looks from half-ponytails to top-knot buns and not have to worry about frizzy-ness or curly flyaways.

Which of these products are you most intrigued by? Go ahead and treat your locks to something new by shopping all of the products above on our website right now!

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!

Hair Hacks For The Heat

Hair Hacks For The Heat

When the sun is out and blessing us with the pleasantly warm weather we’ve been waiting for all year, the first thing we think about is protecting our skin. However, our hair is just as exposed to the same harsh sun rays. Therefore, it’s important to give your strands that extra bit of TLC to keep them fully protected and hydrated. Today we’re sharing with you some of the best hacks to help keep your hair in the best condition possible whether you’re off on a summer holiday or heading to your nearest beach.

One of the first things you should aim to do is to wash your hair less often. So many of us are guilty of over washing our hair and what this means is that we’re stripping our hair of its natural oils too often. There are so many dry shampoos out there like the Tigi Rockaholic Livin The Dream Dry Shampoo which is great if you have fine, straight hair to give you that instant refresh and a little extra volume too. If you have thicker more textured hair and need to wash it for detangling purposes, why not try co-washing? This is when you wash your hair with conditioner only and massage it into your roots before washing out for a boost of moisture. A great product to do this with is the Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Cream Rinse Conditioner.

After washing your hair, instead of wrapping it in a towel to dry, why not use an old t-shirt? It’s a lot gentler on your strands as there is a lot less friction. Then a great tip for detangling any knots is to use a wide tooth comb. The Macadamia Natural Healing Oil Infused Comb is a life-changer! It’s part of an innovative new process that allows the macadamia oil treatment to give you hassle-free shine and smoothness. This would be a great tool to pack on holiday as because the comb is oil-infused you get all the benefits without the hassle of having excess oil on your hands afterwards.

After you’re all washed and dried, when you’re out and about in the sun, one of the first things you’ll most likely think of doing is applying sun cream, right? Here’s another tip for you… with the excess lotion left on your hands, run it through your hair. This will act as a protective SPF layer to prevent your hair from being frazzled in the sun and it’s also great to protect your scalp too. A popular favourite here at fragrance direct is the classic Piz Buin Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 15.

Finally, our last hair hack for the heat is to top up throughout the day with a moisturising hair spray. A great one to use is the Mane ‘N Tail Hair Strengthener which provides essential protection to help prevent split ends, protect from the heat and provide additional moisture. This would be the perfect kind of product to take away with you on any holidays you’re going on too. Just imagine how refreshing it would be when you come out of the swimming pool, hop on your sun lounger, and have a nourishing, cooling hair spray to spritz on that also smells lovely. Then, pair that with the excess sun cream trick and your hair will thank you for it later.

It’s just as important in the summer to look after your hair as well as your skin, so paying some extra attention to your lovely locks will be incredibly beneficial. If you’re able to practice even just a couple of these hacks, you should be able to feel the difference and lap up the benefits in no time!

Better Than Duty Free Prices!

Better Than Duty Free Prices!

No one can deny that they don’t love kicking off their holiday in duty free! Getting a great deal is our number one priority in an airport, so when you pay no VAT we all make sure we stock up on alcohol, perfume and make up for the year. Well why go so crazy right before your holiday when you can get 20% off the RRP on products at Fragrance Direct, here are some fragrance and beauty products where we beat duty free!

Our first pick for fragrance is the Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia in the 100ml which is the special edition fragrance from the range. This luxurious perfume features top notes of red berries and pear, middles notes of Frangipani and Gardenia and base notes of patchouli and brown sugar. This is a floral feminine scent perfect for your summer holidays.

This next is the men’s Versace Pour Homme EDT in the 30ml or 50ml which is a vibrant and stylish scent with a unique blends of top notes of bergamot, neroli and lemon, heart notes of geranium and cedar and base notes of amber and Tonka bean that create a warming finish to a fresh scent. This is a perfect one to grab before you go away because it is perfect for the day and evening.

Lastly for fragrance the New scent Moschino Toy2 in the 30ml is an absolute steel. With notes of jasmine, magnolia and apple this is a delicate floral scent with hints of fresh fruitiness. In the iconic teddy bear bottle this is an extremely desired scent for women this summer.

Moving onto skincare the Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Cleanser in the 295ml is the enhanced creamy formula that actively nourishes dry depleted skin. This emollient lipid- enriched formula cleanses skin while helping to minimize damage of vital proteins and lipids that defend against dryness. This is the perfect cleanser for leaving your skin cleaner, softer and replenished giving you that everyday glow!
Or alternatively once your hair has dried with it having a dryer texture from the sea salt spray use a wand loosely and tousle the hair out with your fingers this will give you an effortlessly wavy look.

The Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream for Normal/Dry this ultra-light cream perfect for your morning routine. The hyaluronic acid locks in essential moisture and with a blend of mandarin, neroli and petitgrain it helps instantly comfort leaving you hydration, balanced and silky soft.

The brand Lancaster is renowned for its tanning and sun protection products and the Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Touch Tan Cream is now 30% of PPR. This Radiant Tan SPF30 provides an ideal golden tan while maintaining firmness and elasticity, this is the perfect product to have handy in your wash bag for the summer months.

For your hair the Sexy Hair Healthy Shampoo Conditioner duo preserves and protects your hair against environmental damages. It penetrates hair leaving it moisturised, cleansed and protected and can be used daily for normal, combination or coloured treated hair. This duo will help you maintain your hair in the best condition.

Lastly the Daniel Sandler Luxury Matte Lipstick that comes in a range of gorgeous colours and contains lip pampering shea butter, illipe butter and hyaluronic acids. This formula will condition, apply smoothly, moisturise and protect your lips giving you an all-round great finish for any occasion!