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!

Klorane – Hair In The City

Klorane – Hair In The City

Klorane introduces the first plant-based anti-hair pollution shampoo and conditioner for hair and scalp.

In the city, your hair – like your skin – is not at its best. The reason? One word: Pollution. For our bodies, pollution has become one of the major stresses of modern-day life: according to the World Health Organisation, over 90% of the Earth’s population breathe polluted air. And while we’re increasingly aware of the need to protect our skin from the negative effects of ozone, heavy metals, and more – we are only now becoming aware of the effects of pollution on your hair.

Klorane is set to change all this with its new Aquatic Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. Based on a wealth of scientific research, Klorane can reveal that pollution really can have an impact on scalp health. Faced with daily aggressions from increased oxidative stress, a weakened skin barrier and growing sensitivity, your scalp gets damaged and is no longer able to grow beautiful, healthy hair.

Aquatic Mint is the perfect antidote to the stress of city life: originally from southern Europe, it is a wetland plant that especially thrives near ponds, streams and rivers. It has an extremely high concentration of antioxidants. It works both short term, by cleansing and purifying the hair and scalp, and long term, by preventing the harmful effects of pollution.

And the Aquatic Mint is not just good for your hair, it’s good for the environment too! It’s grown on Klorane’s own land in accordance with the principles of organic farming and certified by Ecocert. Aquatic Mint is also known for its exceptional properties in depolluting water and inhibiting the development of toxic algae – meaning as you rinse it off your hair, you do not deposit further pollutants into the environment.

Wash with the Aquatic Mint Detox Shampoo to gently cleanse and detoxify your scalp. Follow with the Protective Conditioner, which will form a weightless shield to prevent your hair from pollution and detangle it more easily.

Anti–pollution tips to protect your hair in the city:

• Morning: Choose protective hairstyles
Tie up your hair when you’re on the go, especially if walking to work in heavy traffic – so that the pollution doesn’t sit on your hair and scalp all day.

• Night – Brush your hair well
Just as a good cleanser removes toxins accumulated on the skin during the day, a gentle but thorough brushing will ‘air’ your hair and remove some of the pollution that has settled on it throughout the day.

Buy the Klorane Aquatic Mint Shampoo and Conditioner at Fragrance Direct today.

The Secret To The Best Beachy Waves

The Secret To The Best Beachy Waves

Through the summer months many of us prefer a more natural, sun kissed look so opt for minimal make-up and effortlessly un-styled hair.

For some this make’s life easier but for a lot of us wearing a bare face and leaving our hair to dry naturally doesn’t always look the way we imagined. So, for those of you who rock natural beachy waves through summer we envy you, but today we are here to help anyone who needs a little more help creating those timeless summer beachy locks.

Achieving a beach wave is heavily reliant on preparation, making sure you don’t over condition your hair when washing it is key. Your hair will hold if it is lighter and not too clean.

Towel drying your hair will leave your hair damp then coat your hair in sea salt spray or mousse whichever you prefer. Don’t go too close to your roots especially if using mouse as you don’t want any signs of grease.

You can let your hair dry naturally but when tested if your hair is naturally straight or frizzy this won’t give you the result you are after. So, we would recommend letting your hair dry in braids, depending on the volume you are trying to achieve braid your hair into a couple of pieces or numerous pieces and let it dry. Beach waves often look better when they start further down your hair so don’t be too concerned about braiding your hair from your scalp.

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.

All the Products you will need to create this look you can find at Fragrance Direct, any bobbles or hair pins are all great value for money. Here are some of our recommendations;

Osmo Matt Sea Salt Spray – This mattifying textured spray comes in a 250 ml bottle and will give you the volume as well as giving you a gritty, rougher texture perfect for a long-lasting beach style finish.

The Sexy Hair Healthy Soy Renewal Beach Spray – This will also work to adding texture and nourishment to all hair types as it is enriched with argan oil this creates undone texture that looks like you’ve spent the day at the sea.

Giovanni Natural Mousse Styling Foam – This mousse a medium to firm hold and is designed to give hair maximum body, texture and thickness while not giving you any frizz.

How To Make Hair Grow Faster

How To Make Hair Grow Faster

From Rapunzel to Sofia Vergara – long hair has always been in style. But if you once decided to take the plunge and get a pixie cut, or you’ve been rocking the mid-length look for what feels like a lifetime, you might feel like long, luscious hair is a distant dream.

Well, if we want to get into the science side of it. Your hair grows by about a half-inch per month on average. This adds up to six inches of growth per year, but can vary according to age, hair type and your overall health. Six inches is actually a lot more than you might think – so long hair is not out of your grasp!

However, if you can’t wait that long for your princess hair, there are certain products, vitamins and tablets you can use to stimulate hair growth and help you get longer hair even faster.

1. Hair Growth Hair Care Products

Unfortunately, there’s no magic product that will help your hair grow inches overnight. You should keep your hair in tip-top condition to help it grow faster, which means keeping it moisturised, getting it trimmed regularly and cutting down on heat styling as much as possible.

The type of shampoo and conditioner you choose can influence the health of your hair, and therefore the speed of its growth. We’ve picked out some of the best products you can use in your day-to-day styling to help your hair grow as fast as possible. It’s perfect for both those looking to grow their hair long or those who have thin hair and want to get it looking more voluminous.

Watermans Grow Me Shampoo
This shampoo has been specifically created for those who want thick and strong hair, and can help you grow your hair faster than ever before! It revitalises hair growth by strengthening hair follicles and improves scalp circulation, increases hair density and repairs scalp damage.

Watermans Condition Me Conditioner
This conditioner softens and moisturises hair, whilst helping to protect, repair and revitalise. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the Watermans Shampoo and is one of our best-selling products!

Natural World Brazilian Keratin Shampoo
This shampoo is infused with intelligent bio-mimetic keratin, which mimics the proteins found in your hairs natural composition and provides targeted repair for your hair’s most damaged areas. This helps to stimulate growth and leaves you with dazzling softness and shine.

Tigi Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Twin
Both products in this twin set are designed to help all hair types become the best they can be. When used together, expect soft, shiny, bouncy hair and increased speed of growth!

2. Hair Growth Oil and Masks
Once you have your day-to-day styling down, to keep your hair in tip-top condition you also need to treat it to a hair growth oil or mask treatment at least once and week.

This will prevent the hair from breaking and protect it against any kind of environmental factors that might slow down growth.

Foltene Treatment for Hair and Scalp
Foltene Treatment for Hair and Scalp has been created with a special combination of stimulating nutrients, vitamins and natural extracts to help provide you with the best treatment for strong and healthy hair. The formula gentle and natural, and helps to promote hair growth and prevent hair from early ageing.

Label M Therapy Age Defying Recovery Mask
This mask will leave your hair looking strong, radiant and youthful. It restores, replenishes and rejuvenates your hair and helps hair growth if used regularly – just let the Rejuven-8 complex work it’s magic!

Natural World Macadamia Oil Nourishing Treatment Oil
Hair oil is the best treatment for you if you have dry, brittle hair that you want to grow as quickly as possible. Enriched with macadamia oil, this treatment is easily absorbed and will help to prevent breakage while nourishing the hair.

3. Hair Growth Vitamins & Supplements
It’s not just what you put on your hair that helps your hair grow faster, there are several vitamins and supplements that can help with hair growth.

Vitamin A, B- Vitamins, Iron, Zinc and Protein are all important factors in hair growth. You can get these from your diet, but sometimes you might need a little helping hand from multivitamins and supplements.

Nature’s Answer Vitamin B-12 Liquid Supplement
This B-12 supplement has a range of health benefits as it enhances delivery of nutrients to the body. This can help with long term hair growth.

JR Beauty Protein Styling Gel
This styling gel is infused with protein, so it not only keeps your hair in perfect shape, it also gives it some additional protein that can help with growth. This gel works best on very curly hair, and keeps it looking and feeling healthy.

Neocell Super Collagen +C
The collagen we produce naturally has a huge effect on the condition of our skin, nails, and hair. As we age, the amount of collagen we produce decreases. These tablets help with the intake of collagen and can therefore lead to stronger and longer hair.

4. Foods that Help Hair Growth
You might be use all the right products and looking after your hair perfectly, but your hair may still struggle to grow if your diet is not right. There are certain foods which contain the right nutrients, proteins and beneficial compounds for fast-growing hair:

• Eggs – packed with protein and biotin
• Fatty Fish – excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids
• Avocados – vitamin E
• Nuts – vitamin E
• Berries – beneficial compounds and vitamins

If you look after your hair, get your split ends trimmed regularly, eat a healthy and balanced diet and use the right kind of hair products, you should have hair that’s past your shoulders in no time! In the meantime, check out some cute and stylish heat-free hairstyles to help stay away from those straighteners, or find out what oils will work best for your hair if it needs a little extra TLC.