Monday, for most, is the worst day of the week, right? First
day back at work, ruins a Sunday night with *the dread* and you have a whole 5
days until the weekend. Well Blue Monday is even worse and it’s upon us! Blue
Monday is considered the most depressing day of the year, party season is over,
new year’s resolutions are taking their toll, our bank balance is dwindling and
it’s pretty cold and miserable… sounds great!
The good news? We have some amazing tips to help boost your
mood and get you ready for the week ahead! After all, starting a week with a
positive attitude will have you bouncing through the week! Say goodbye to Blue
Sleep is essential for your mood and the
amount of quality sleep you get on a Sunday night can make a huge difference to
your week. If you don’t get enough sleep, you can wake up feeling grumpy and
irritable which is not a good start for the week ahead. Remove any distractions
from your bedroom and get an early night and you’ll have a much better chance
of waking up in a positive mood and feeling refreshed!
What you put into your body makes a massive
difference to your mood and how productive you are. Eating lots of fresh fruit
and vegetables works wonders for your brain as well as your health. Looking
after yourself gives your brain lots of positive endorphins which leave you
feeling happy and fulfilled, a perfect start to the week!
Compliment those around you
Compliment the people around you. Spreading
positivity not only makes other people feel great but it’s the best way to warm
your own heart too! On Blue Monday, make it your mission to compliment a hand
full of people before lunch time, you never know you might make their day!
Do something that makes you smile
The most depressing day of the year is the
perfect opportunity to focus on yourself and do something that makes you happy.
Whether that’s taking 5 minutes to yourself to meditate you going for a facial,
using the time will only benefit you mentally and help give you a boost for the
Stress has a negative effect on so many
different parts of the body and mind. It can accelerate ageing, mess up your
hormones and generally affect your mood in a negative way. Try to take as much
stress out of the beginning of the week as you can, meal prep, set out an
exercise plan for the week, schedule in some chill time. By doing as much
preparation as you can, it makes it much easier to stick to and takes the
stress out of the week.
Even if you pick just one of this tips to implement for Blue
Monday, you’re guaranteed to improve your mood and make the week that bit more
Every January marks the occasion of a new year and new
goals. What resolutions have you already set for yourself? No matter how big or
small, progress is progress and if you pair determination with passion you’re
bound to achieve them in no time. So, you’ve had a little think about it but have
you given any attention to the beauty department? Today, we’re pledging (with
you) to stand by the following New Year’s Beauty Resolutions to start the decade
living our best glamourous lives.
I will… learn more about ethical brands
A new year calls for a fresh focus on something new. When it comes to ethics in fashion and beauty, many of sustainable brands are often overlooked because not many people know much about the topic. Which, to be honest, is a little bit scary when you think about all the products you could potentially be using that have been tested on animals or may even contain animal products and you don’t even know it. It’s always a challenge to steer away from some of your favourite beauty products, but 2020 is not only a new year, it marks the start of a new decade. Make a change today!
January’s Brand Of The Month who kick-started 2020 is Love Beauty & Planet who are an incredible sustainability-led hair and skincare brand who create products with amazing cruelty-free and vegan formulas. In addition to this, their products are packaged in 100% recycled plastic bottles and jars, helping you to give a little bit of love back to the planet. They believe in the power of small acts of love to make both you and the planet more beautiful every day with phenomenal,ethically sourced ingredients. You can shop the range here at Fragrance Direct where you’ll also be able to take advantage of unbelievable discounts.
I will… invest in a skincare routine
We’ve all said it before but how many times last year did you get back in from an evening out and “accidentally” sleep in your makeup? If not to that extreme, there have most likely been a few occasions where you’ve gone to apply your mascara in the morning and noticed the brush doesn’t glide through as effortlessly because you’ve still got traces of yesterday’s on. Completely removing all traces of makeup isn’t difficult when you have an array of cleansing and hydrating skincare products to choose from.
I will… regularly clean my makeup brushes
Speaking of wanting to improve and take better care of our skin, the brushes and sponges we use to apply our makeup every day are just as important to look after. This is not only to keep them in good condition for optimal makeup results, it’s to keep them clean. All you need is a brush cleaner and a surface to lightly scrub them against (we’ve got trays too) and you’ll be good to go. A useful tip for whenever you run out or are waiting to stock up on supplies, a pea-sized amount of washing up liquid will do just the trick.
I will… be kinder to myself because I deserve it
Self-care is a topic we, as a society, are becoming more
and more open to talking about especially regarding mental health and its surrounding
topics. Implementing self-care practices is easy enough to do, it’s just about setting
aside some time to relax and take a break. One of the best ways to inject feel-good
vibes into your weekly routine is to indulge in a pamper session. Bath &
Body goodness is just waiting around the corner!
I will… aim to get more sleep each night
Beauty sleep is a thing. It’s actually defined as a night’s sleep filled with extra resting time aka the hours gained by catching z’s before midnight hits. So many of us are guilty of endlessly scrolling through our phones while in bed and it’s not that good for us. Instead, this year, why not light a candle and start that book you’ve been waiting to read or simply keep technology time downstairs before taking yourself up to bed. You should find that it makes a big difference. To take things up a notch, why not try out a sleeping spray too?
Which of these resolutions will you be making for yourself? Be sure to tag us your progress @fragrancedirect on social!
Is there anything better than a good night’s
sleep? We don’t think so. But drifting off quickly and comfortably and sleeping
peacefully through to the morning is something many people take for granted.
If you struggle to fall asleep or you often find
yourself tossing and turning through the night, you’ve come to the right place.
In this guide, we’ll explore the importance of sleep and how to improve your
sleep quality, so you can change the way you recover and improve your energy
levels during the day.
Is sleep important?
Yes! You already knew the answer. Sleep is
incredibly important for your mental and physical health. Not only is sleep
deprivation often linked to weight gain, but good sleep can also help improve
concentration and productivity throughout the day. Need more? A good night’s
sleep can also:
Enhance athletic performance
Reduce the risk of heart
disease and stroke
Strengthen the immune system
Improve ability to interact
Not to mention, a good night’s sleep can work
wonders for your skin! Nobody likes undereye bags and making sure you get
enough sleep is the best way to keep them at bay, so there’s another great
reason to be interested in sleep.
How much should I sleep?
The amount of sleep you need will change
throughout your life and will be influenced by your age, gender, health, and
daily activity. On average, adults need around seven to nine hours of sleep a
night. Teenagers need more sleep than adults to help support their development,
and as you age, the amount of sleep you need might change again.
To work out how much sleep you need, pay
attention to how you feel. There are several reasons you might not feel tired
at bedtime, and one of them could be that you’re getting too much sleep. The
same applies if you’re super-tired when you hit the sheets. Are you sleeping
Why can’t I sleep?
There are plenty of factors that can affect the
way you fall asleep, from things you’ve done in the day to how you act right
before bedtime. If you’re worried about falling asleep, your anxiety could make
the problem worse. Try not to stress. It might even help to remove the clock
from your bedroom so you can’t count down the hours of sleep you have left.
Other things that can cause problems falling
Drinking alcohol before bed
Drinking caffeine too close to
A big meal before bed
A snoring partner
Snoring yourself! You can visit
your doctor for advice
Stress and anxiety
An uncomfortable bed
An irregular sleep routine
That might seem like a lot of obstacles, but
most of them are easy enough to overcome. Getting your sleep routine back on
track will take a little thought and effort, but it’ll be worth it when you’re
springing out of bed each morning!
How to improve sleep quality
If you’re struggling with sleep, there are some
things you can try to improve your sleep quality and ensure you’re giving
yourself the best rest.
One of the most important things is to make sure
you’re following a good sleep routine. Try to go to bed at the same time every
night (with the odd exception!) and wake up between seven and nine hours later
every day. After a while, your body will start to recognise your sleep pattern.
Who knows? Maybe you can cut down to just one alarm.
To improve your sleep quality, you’ll need to
make sure your bedroom is a peaceful environment that you can relax in. Try to
remove any distractions from your room, like your phone (sorry), and any other
devices. You should also try to make sure your bedroom is dark enough at night
and quiet enough for you to fall asleep easily. If you can’t control these
things, try an eye mask or earphones!
Your body temperature can also affect the way
you sleep. If you wake up in the night feeling cold, try warmer pyjamas or a
thicker duvet. If you’re too hot, open a window or sleep with a thinner
How to fall asleep naturally – Step by Step
Falling asleep is the part a lot of people
struggle with. Laying in bed, tossing and turning for hours after bedtime can
cause anxiety and take away from the amount of good sleep you get. In the next
sections, we’ll explore some natural sleep remedies to help you drift off
Essential oils and sleep
Essential oils can help promote relaxation and
good sleep, making them a good natural aid if you’re struggling to settle down.
With so many types of essential oils available, knowing where to start can be
Here are some of the best essential oils for
relaxation and sleep:
To make the most of essential oils for sleep,
try adding them to a warm bath just before bed, and soak in the steamy water
for at least ten minutes. Breathe deeply and let your essential oil do its
Aromatherapy and sleep
is a type of therapy which uses scent to help with physical and emotional
health. It’s a great way to enjoy all the benefits of your favourite essential
oils at home. There are so many different essential oils, which means there are
plenty of types of aromatherapy to try.
The easiest way to enjoy aromatherapy in your
home is through an essential oils scented
candle or reed diffuser. Here are some of our favourites for sleep:
Set up an essential oil diffuser in your bedroom
or light a candle before bed and read for a while before you sleep. The
soothing scents of your aromatherapy and the peaceful environment of your
bedroom should help get you feeling sleepy in no time.
Relaxation and meditation
New to meditation? The practice can help improve
the way you think and feel by giving you a new perspective. Meditation is a
skill, and it’s not always easy to start. Thankfully, there are loads of great
apps available to help.
Meditation and sleep go hand in hand. When you
meditate, you rest your body and focus your mind, creating the perfect
conditions for a dreamy night’s sleep. Set up your favourite aromatherapy and
settle in for ten minutes of meditation before bed. Not only can it help
improve the quality of your sleep, but meditation can also reduce anxiety
throughout the day and lead to better mental health overall.
Create a perfect bedtime routine
Your bedtime routine plays an important role in
the way you sleep. Of course, everyone’s bedtime will be different depending on
lifestyle and personality, but here’s an idea of what a great one looks like:
Take a warm bath with a few drops of essential oils in the water
Wash and moisturise your face
Brush your teeth
Get dressed into a set of clean, comfortable pyjamas
Light an essential oil candle to help relax
Make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet
A short period of meditation, unguided or using an app
Get into bed
Read a good book until you feel sleepy
Tweak and tailor your bedtime routine to suit
your lifestyle. You might want to have a little snack before bed or listen to
some soothing music to help yourself relax. Try some different things until you
find the sleep routine that suits you, then stick to it, completing each step
at roughly the same time every night.
Looking for more health and lifestyle
advice? Keep exploring our blog for all the latest, as well as the best in skincare,
makeup, beauty, and fragrance.
Whether you have stretch marks yourself or not, you’ll probably know how common they are. The completely harmless markings are often caused by sudden growth or weight gain and can appear in a variety of different colours, shapes, and textures, in several places on the body.
Despite their harmlessness,
many people are unhappy with their stretch marks and look for ways to reduce
their appearance or cover them up. There are a couple of ways you can try to
reduce or remove yours, but nothing has been proven to work completely. We’ll
get into ways to reduce their appearance later, but for now, let’s dive a
little deeper into what causes stretch marks.
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are visible
lines or streaks on the skin and can be pink, red, brown, black, silver, or
purple depending on your skin colour. They’re a type of scaring, and the result
of skin stretching faster than new skin can form. When the fibres in skin break
quickly, if you gain weight or grow suddenly, you might notice that stretch
marks are the result. They usually appear darker when they first arise and can
settle down naturally over time.
The most common places for
stretch marks to appear are the parts of the body which are prone to quick
growth, like the stomach, chest, upper arms, legs, bum and hips, or back. We
know, that’s a lot of body parts!
Who is more likely to get stretch marks?
Stretch marks aren’t fussy.
Anybody that undergoes quick growth or weight gain is at risk of developing
stretch marks, which is why we see them so often. While they are more common in
women, they also often affect both male and female teenagers and men.
You’re more likely to
develop stretch marks if:
going through puberty
lost or gained weight quickly
gained muscle quickly
some kinds of steroid creams
stretch marks in your family
If you’re pregnant
Not all pregnant women
develop stretch marks, but because of the quick weight gain and body changes
that come with pregnancy, the chances of skin breaking into marks is quite high.
In fact, as many as eight out of ten pregnant women see stretch marks appear.
Your likelihood of developing
stretch marks in pregnancy can depend on genetics, as well as how big your bump
grows. Pregnancy stretch marks most commonly appear on the stomach, upper
thighs, and breasts, and are celebrated by many women as a sign of strength and
If you’re going through puberty
Adolescent guys and girls
are also prone to develop stretch marks. For females, the marks usually appear
on breasts, bums, inner thighs and hips as these body parts grow and change
Teenage males are more
likely to notice stretch marks on their backs or sides as their body grows
quickly in these areas.
If you’ve gained muscle quickly
Bodybuilder? If you’re
training the muscle and seeing good results, you might also start to notice
stretch marks as your skin stretches to accommodate your new gains. You can
expect to see stretch marks on your biceps and thighs if you’re working on
bulking up over a short period.
By now you get it – stretch
marks can happen to anyone and are most likely to develop in areas that undergo
quick growth or change. Puberty, one of the body changes that can cause stretch
marks, is unavoidable, which is part of why they’re so common. Because of this,
there isn’t much that you can do to prevent them. We’ll look into the ways you
can try in the second part of this guide.
How to prevent stretch marks
When it comes to preventing stretch marks, all you can do is try. There are no guaranteed ways to avoid the markings developing on your skin, though there are a couple of things you can do to try and keep them from appearing unnecessarily.
1. Maintain a healthy weight
Stretch marks are often the
result of rapid weight gain or loss. While sometimes (like during pregnancy)
you can’t help gaining weight, maintaining a regular and healthy weight the
rest of the time can help you to avoid developing stretch marks.
We hate to preach, but here goes; making sure you maintain a good diet and exercise routine can work wonders, reducing the likelihood of stretch marks and helping to keep your body feeling strong and healthy inside and out!
2. Keep skin hydrated
Keeping your skin hydrated
by drinking plenty of water and using good moisturising products may help
reduce the likelihood of stretch marks developing. While hydrated skin can’t
heal existing stretch marks, making sure you keep it supple throughout your life
might help prevent minor ones from appearing.
Of course, you can do both
these things and still see stretch marks develop – we told you, there’s no
sure-fire way to avoid skin stretching! If you have existing stretch marks and
you’re looking for ways to reduce their appearance, there are some things you
How to get rid of stretch marks
While there’s no guaranteed
treatment for stretch mark removal, there are plenty of creams on the market
which promise to help reduce their appearance. There are also some medical
treatments which can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but these
cost a little more and, because they’re cosmetic, won’t be available on the
The best stretch mark removal creams
Here are some of our
favourite stretch mark removal creams:
Try rubbing one of these creams onto your stretch mark areas after a shower and see if you notice a difference.
If you’re looking for a more heavy-duty stretch mark treatment, explore one of these medical options. Remember, because stretch marks are so common and are completely harmless, these treatments aren’t available on the NHS.
Retinoid creams or hyaluronic acid (not to be used when pregnant)
A final note on stretch marks
Before you start scrubbing
and rubbing or spend a lot of money on trying to remove your stretch marks,
consider how common and harmless they are. Because no treatment can guarantee
that it will remove your stretch marks, you might end up no better off than you
Stretch marks will usually
fade away over time, from red or purple marks to thinner white or silver lines.
Some stretch marks might even disappear altogether, so it might be best to try
and forget about them.
If your stretch marks are
causing you real distress, you can book an appointment with a dermatologist and
discuss possible treatments. If you catch the issue in the early stages, you
have a higher chance of being able to remove it.
For more skincare advice, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog and take a look at some of our guides. Whether you’re looking for tips for treating acne, the best ways to banish brassy hair, or a guide to understanding and getting rid of dandruff, you’ll find everything you need on our blog.
Discover new fragrances today with Yankee Candle and their iconic, new square jars that are on everyone’s wish list this Christmas. Now, of course, you’ve heard of Yankee Candle before, but did you know about their newest range? Say hello to the Elevation Collection.
Whether you’re searching for Christmas gift ideas or just
fancy treating yourself to something new this festive season, you can’t go
wrong with Yankee Candle. Their newest range, the Elevation Collection is
completely unique with new and improved features that make them perfect for
turning any house into the cosiest home. Each candle features a distinctive lid
that doubles up as a platform, giving them an added touch of sophistication.
In addition to this, the candles themselves are adorned
in quality, thick-cut glass jars to showcase their sleek silhouettes. Yankee
Candle are well and truly stepping up their game in the world of aromatherapy
with extravagant fragrances that look as incredible as they smell. So, let’s take
a look at some of their best new scents.
A festive gathering of cherry, apple and pomegranate that
practically bubbles a warming welcome. This is the perfect candle for creating that
festive, spicy aroma in any room of the house. If you’ve got lots of guests
coming over this Christmas for cosy evenings in and to celebrate the big day,
why not mark the occasion with an elegant, standout candle like this one.
A winter walk on a frozen path beneath crisp pine needle,
balsam, and a delightful hint of winter citrus. If you’re a lover of
pine-scented anything, this candle will soon become a new favourite. It’s got
that fresh-smelling essence that you get from a brisk walk outside on a crisp
winter day. Once you inhale a refreshing breath of this gorgeous candle air,
you’ll never look back.
A walk along the seafront with sweet and salty aromas.
The initial scent is that of the salt sea, followed by coconut and bible leaf.
The last nuance is amber and musk making this a truly iconic candle because it’s
got the depth of winter but the memories of a sweet and fruity summer. How delicious!
A clean, clear mix of bergamot and gentle blossoms – lavender,
jasmine and African orange. If you’re a fragrance-lover, you’ll soon fall in
love with this beauty. Bergamot is a common note in stunning perfumes such as
Gucci Bamboo and Jean Paul Gaultier Classique La Belle. Bergamot infuses an exquisite
citrus element into any fragrance that is truly delectable.
Featuring fresh herbs mixed with cool mint and soft, sweet tones, this candle will take you away to a winter’s day. With crispness beneath your feet as you step into a winter wonderland, this fragrance will take you far far away up into the clouds with its heavenly scent. It’s bursting with top notes of crisp air, peppermint, bergamot, lavender, musk and vanilla. What a dreamy mixture!
The big BF can be a little bit overwhelming when you’re being pulled in every direction to snap up the best deals around. However, when it comes to beauty, there really is no better place to be than Fragrance Direct. Not only do we guarantee incredible prices all year round, this year we’re offering Black Friday deals like you’ve never seen before everyday in the lead up to Friday the 29th.
So, sit back, relax and get surfing our site to find all
the beauty bargains you’ve been searching for this festive season!
From top designer brands to new fragrances and your
favourite classics, our stunning collection of fragrance gift sets are some of
the best Black Friday buys around. Featuring iconic brands including Paco
Rabanne, Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier and Hugo Boss, we can guarantee you’ll
find all the gifts you’re searching for right here for phenomenal prices.
In our Black Friday makeup category, we have a huge range
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Check out all our skincare products that are on offer
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In our Black Friday Bath & Body category you can find
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you can treat yourself or others whatever your budget! Take a look at our huge
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Shop from our huge range of haircare products that are all on offer for the Black Friday period! Bringing you top products at amazing discounts you can be sure to find the products that will keep your locks looking luscious. Our huge haircare range includes premium salon brands for both men and women so we have something to suit everyone. Looking for the perfect gift for a hair fanatic? Shop our great range of haircare gift sets at great discounts too!
What’s more inviting than a home that smells gorgeous and feels cosy? Get your hands on some of our bestselling candles, diffusers and home fragrance products all with huge discounts off the RRP for Black Friday! Bag your favourite scents from big name brands such as Yankee or Woodwick at a fraction of the usual price, make sure you snap them up before Black Friday is over!