The Ultimate Facetime Date Beauty Checklist

The Ultimate Facetime Date Beauty Checklist

Finally started seeing someone new but self-isolation has put a bit of a pause on things? Or, you’re isolating in a separate place to your SO? Video call dating has become the new norm and today we’re delivering the ultimate Facetime date checklist full of all the beauty bargains you could need to achieve that natural glow at-home look… 

Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask, £19.50, Dermalogica

Step one: It’s face mask time

First up, is a little pamper time post-shower with a bit of self-care skincare. This unique mask’s active fizzing formula effectively cleans pores and helps target blackheads. The technology inside activates upon application, helping to open pores, decongest skin and facilitation blackhead extractions. Sulphur provides anti-microbial benefits to help keep skin clear, Kaolin Clay absorbs excess oil and purifies the skin while Apple Fruit Extract helps to maintain hydration.

Renewed Hope Water Cream, £29.95, Philosophy

Step two: A lick of moisture

The brand philosophy creates so many luscious skincare formulas and this lightweight water cream of theirs is a must-have in your collection. The fast-absorbing texture of this innovative cream replenishes parched skin by increasing hydration levels +86% and delivering a cool burst of 72-hour hydration. If after a soak in the bath or a nice hot shower, you find your cheeks just won’t cool down, this is the perfect product to ensure a lovely smooth, cooling base under your makeup before the big call.

BB Cream, £9.95, NOTE

Step three: One subtle and luminous base

I know, I know, when it comes to makeup while you’re stuck at home, you’d think that rarely anyone is making the effort to be looking even more beautiful than they naturally are but why not add a little something for the camera? After all, you’re going on a date via Facetime so why not feel and look your best? This BB Cream by NOTE cosmetics offers medium coverage with citrus and grape extracts to give your skin that added boost of rejuvenation.

PRO Sculpt and Glow Face Palette, £9.99, LaRoc

Step four: Add that out-in-the-garden glow

To add to that oh so sultry base, try this sculpt and glow palette formed of gorgeous golden bronzers, bright blushers and silky highlights. Featuring the buttery-est of formulas, this palette is a go-to and it will be great to whip out in summer when we’re all finally free! For now, it’s a great addition to top off your base ready for your Facetime date.

Brows Collection, £10.50, Viva La Diva

Step five: Frame your gorgeous face

Of course, let’s not forget the ultimate way to add that model-like structure to the face. It’s time for some brow powered action. This brow kit by Viva La Diva features a complete eyebrow collection of brown shades, light to dark with paler shadows to apply underneath to give your that lift you’ve been craving. It also comes with tweezers and an application brush too, how great!

So Kiss Me Lipstick & Liner Set, £9.95, SOSU by SJ

Step 6: A final touch of colour

Last but not least, lipstick. Adding a lip colour really makes a difference. When it comes to Facetime dates, I think it’s safe to say we’re all trying to build on that natural glow rather than go for that heavy-duty evening out look. Playing around with different shades of nudes is always your best bet to finally find that ‘my lip colour but better’ shade to let your subtle blusher pop and your highlight glow keeping the attention on your sultry, luminous base.

Which of these products do you fancy testing out now you’ve had a browse? Our Facetime Date Beauty Checklist is the best place to start.

Thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!

Self-Care Tips for Managing Social Distancing

Self-Care Tips for Managing Social Distancing

Self-care is having a real moment right now, with everything that is going on in the world it is vital that you look after your own mental health, body and relationships. With everyone staying at home at the moment it gives us so much more time to focus on ourselves and making some key improvements in our daily lives.

Keep reading for some top tips for introducing self-care into your routine and daily life…

  1. Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is super important even when you’re not leaving the house as much. Every function in your body requires water and when your body is properly hydrated, it performs so much more efficiently. When you’re at home it can be easy to lose track of how much water you’re drinking, try using a reusable bottle to keep track of your hydration levels and give yourself goals to hit throughout the day.

  • Make a menu for the week

Trying to keep some sort of routine is key when you’re spending a lot of time at home. It’s super easy to fall into getting up when you want, staying in PJ’s and grazing throughout the day. But keeping a routine with your meals is much healthier for you and will keep your body functioning as well as it can. Write out a menu for the week and try to stick to it.

  • Write a to do list for the day

When you wake up in the morning, write out a list of tasks and activities you’d like to achieve throughout the day. By doing this you give yourself a focus and purpose for things to focus on through the day. Try to prioritise in order of urgency so you get the most important things done first.

  • Try an online yoga class/guided meditation

If yoga and meditation is new to you, then now is the perfect time to give it a go. There are hundreds of online yoga classes that are super easy to follow. Introducing some mindfulness into your routine will help keep yourself positive and motivated throughout this time and trying a new hobby is always exciting!

  • Take time to decompress at the end of the day

It’s super important to take time to breathe, reflect and evaluate. Self-care doesn’t have to be super lavish or expensive facials; it’s about taking time to yourself and giving yourself a break. Put your phone down for 10 minutes at the end of the day and sit with your thoughts, try to focus on the positives from the day and what you have managed to achieve.

  • Move for at least 30 minutes a day

Get your body moving for at least 30 minutes per day. It is vital for keeping yourself in a good headspace, exercise releases positive endorphins which is exactly what we need at this time! Try a home workout, get out for a run or walk and get your heart pumping!

  • Sleep!

Sleep is another super important factor in self-care. Sleep has been a huge topic for the last few months, and it is even more important with us spending more time on our own. During sleep, your brain rids itself of toxins, consolidates memories and refreshes. So, you can literally sleep your way through self-care!

  • Confront any negativity

When dealing with any negative thoughts, it’s best to confront those head on. Write down what is troubling you and reflect back on this. Try to understand why you might be feeling this way and what you can do to alleviate any stress or upset and then add this factor into your daily to do list. Then every evening look back on any actions you’ve taken and if these have helped in a positive way.

  • FaceTime friends and family

With social distancing and self-isolation being so prevalent right now, it is really easy to withdraw from friends and family who you normally see regularly. Make sure you stay in touch with the outside world by regularly reaching out to your friends and family and maintaining that line of contact. Organise a ‘FaceTime Wine Night’ or a ‘Family Virtual Quiz’ night that everyone can get involved with and look forward to.

  1. Step away from your laptop/work at the end of the day

With many of us now working from home when we don’t usually, it can become really easy to lose the normal structure of your workday. Try to keep to regular hours and step away from the emails once you hit 5pm! It is really important for self-care to maintain a good work/life balance, so make sure you’re still giving yourself time to relax!

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Yankee Candle – Is It Worth The Hype?

Yankee Candle – Is It Worth The Hype?

If you’re into home comforts, you’ve probably owned or considered a Yankee Candle during a mooch around a department store. If you love a Yankee, but a cheaper alternative is tempting you, think twice!

These pretty scented candles are slick and stylish, with some unusual and tempting options to choose from. It’s always a good idea to be careful of fads and brands which might not be worth the hype. Sometimes price and quality don’t go hand in hand, we get it. So, when it comes to Yankee Candle, are the colourful candles worth spending a little more on?

What are Yankee Candles?

The family brand started out in 1977 when 16-year-old student Mike Kittredge made a candle at home for his mum’s Christmas present. A neighbour liked the candle and offered to buy it, leaving Mike with enough money to make two more, one for his mum, and one more to sell. The sweet story of Yankee Candle’s startup led to worldwide expansion and the start of a new household name.

What scents are available?

As demand for Yankee’s scented candles grew, so did the brand’s portfolio of scents. From their iconic jar candles to glass pillars, sweet tumblers, and square options, there are plenty of styles to choose from. When it comes to choosing a scent, you might find yourself spoilt for choice.

These some of the bestselling Yankee Candle scents:

  • Clean Cotton
  • Pink Sands
  • Baby Powder
  • Midnight Jasmine
  • Fluffy Towels
  • Vanilla Cupcake
  • Warm Desert Wind
  • Lemon Lavender
  • Dreamy Summer Nights
  • Sea Air

Why do Yankee Candles cost more than some alternatives?

There are a couple of reasons why Yankee Candles are a little more expensive than unbranded options, and most of them come down to quality. First off, Yankees are unique in that they burn down evenly. That’s right, no annoying trail of wasted wax stuck up the side of the glass. When you choose Yankee Candle, every bit of scented goodness gets released into your home. And thanks to their crazily long burn time, you can enjoy your splurge for even longer.

Another reason for the higher price tag is their all-natural ingredients. Suitable for vegans, free from animal testing, and made with paraffin wax, Yankee Candles are a natural alternative to some animal-derived options with chemical scents.

Finally, their smell and the choice of fragrances available makes Yankee Candles a little costlier. Few other candle companies can boast such a vast portfolio of gorgeous scents, even less which are all-natural and of such high quality. And, with new varieties added to the list each year, there’s always something new to discover.

Are they worth the hype?

We say, yes. When it comes to quality and a scented candle that lasts, you can’t beat Yankee!

How to get Yankee Candles for less

If you want all the luxury of a Yankee Candle in your home but can’t quite face the price tag, shop at Fragrance Direct and pick up your favourite for less.

You can save £5 on large jar candles, and there are plenty of great scent options to choose from. From Vanilla Cupcake and Fluffy Towels to Cinnamon Stick and Tropical Jungle, we have a huge choice of Yankees with £5 off. You can also shop Yankee Candle oils and diffusers for less when you come to Fragrance Direct.

For more brand reviews and home ideas, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!

Celebrating Female Beauty Brand Founders

Celebrating Female Beauty Brand Founders

Women have been making waves in the beauty industry for decades, with plenty of creative and forward-thinking ladies sitting behind some of our favourite brands and products. International Women’s Day has inspired us, as always, to celebrate some of these magnificent founders and their influence on the industry we love.

Check out these leading ladies and their beauty brands. Every time you purchase from one of these brands, you’re supporting women in business as well as treating yourself to something special. Win-win!

Charlotte Tilbury, founder of Charlotte Tilbury

You’ve heard of the brand, but did you know the makeup and skincare brand shares the name of its founder? Charlotte has been interested in makeup since she was a girl growing up between London and Ibiza (dream!), meeting artists and creatives through her painter father. She went on to train at the Glauca Rossi School of Makeup, working as a MUA throughout the influential 90s.

Today, Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup and skincare ranges are readily available, providing women everywhere with easy-to-choose and easy-to-wear options for daily life and special occasions.

Sam Chapman and Nicola Haste, founders of Real Techniques

Sam and Nicola Chapman launched the first Real Techniques brush collection in 2011, but their story started years earlier. The British sisters grew up surrounded by makeup, with their aunt working as a top MUA in London and their mum also interested in following the latest trends.

After several years of hustle, training and working in the industry, the pair set up their YouTube channel Pixiwoo, which took off quickly thanks to the sister’s undeniable talent and natural charisma. Real Techniques came about as the answer to a demand for high-quality, professional standard makeup tools for the masses.

Supporting Real Techniques means the very best makeup brushes, sponges, and tools for you, and a sign of support to the English sisters who’ve overcome so much to create a brand for women. We salute you, Chapmans!

Clare and Rebecca Hopkins, founders of Balance Me

Another sister act, Clare and Rebecca Hopkins are the self-made founders of Balance Me, one of our favourite natural beauty brands. Balance Me is all about finding balance in your life. That’s work, wellness, relaxation, time with family and friends; you get the idea! Clare and Rebecca are big into yoga and wellness, which led them into creating an honest, natural skincare range that makes self-care a little easier for everyone.

These inspirational women are influencing the industry with their fresh approach to skincare, and we’re here to support them every step of the way.

Discover more of our favourite beauty brands as you keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog. From the underrated haircare brands you need to know about to finding the perfect blush formula, you can find everything you might need on our helpful blog.

Top Tips for Staying Productive When Working from Home

Top Tips for Staying Productive When Working from Home

WFH has become one of the most used phrases on the internet right now, with the outbreak of Coronavirus its super important to make sure we’re all being as safe as possible and limiting the spread of the virus as much as we can.

Working from home can be a bit of a novelty for a couple of days but when it gets down to it, we all still need to crack on with the to do lists and keep going. Working at home has many distractions for those of us who aren’t used to it so we thought it would be a good idea to share our top tips on how to be your most productive self!

  1. Wake up at your normal time

If you’re normally in the office at 9am, ensure that you wake up and get yourself ready as you would usually (by all means, if you commute then have that extra half an hour to yourself!). Sticking to a routine makes it much easier to carry on with your work, if you start taking long lie ins, you’ll end up working long into your evenings trying to get everything done!

  • Get dressed

Again, this about trying to stick to routine. If you stay sat in your PJ’s all day, it’s going to feel like Christmas. We’re not saying to need to sit in your jeans or a suit and tie but just make sure you get up, shower and get yourself dressed… loungewear is totally ok by the way!

  • Set up a work-space away from your living space

If you can, set up somewhere you can work away from where you normally relax. This can be difficult if you live in a flat or don’t have anywhere to create a ‘mini office’. But try to keep your work life as separate as you can. This will help to create some sense of normality of work time/free time.

  • Make a ‘to do’ list every day

Make sure you set yourself a list of tasks you want to get completed in the day. This will help you keep on track of where you’re up to and give you clear motivation for the day ahead. Ranking these in priority order will help to make sure you get urgent tasks done first and then if you don’t get to the bottom of the list, these can roll over to the next day. Much like you would do if you were in the office.

  • Use technology to stay connected to your colleagues

Working from home can make you feel a bit cut off from the world and particularly if you’re not used to it. There’s so much technology that makes it super easy to stay connected with your colleagues so make sure you use it. Instant messaging and video calls are essential to check back in with your co workers and keep on top of the tasks you’re doing.

  • Communicate expectations with anyone else in the house

It’s a very weird time we’re experiencing at the moment and now with school closures to add to the mix, there might be a lot more people in the house than usual. Make sure you communicate to everyone else that you might be at home, but you are ‘working’ and that they need to respect that.

  • Take regular breaks

It’s essential that you take regular breaks from your work otherwise you’ll end up getting constantly distracted. When you’re in the office we all often take breaks by having a chat with colleagues, making hot drinks etc. so you still need to make sure you plan these in at home to ensure when you can come back and get on with a task productively.

  • Do some exercise

Moving your body and switching off from work is essential for productivity. Take a walk round the park, do a YouTube home workout or stretch out on your yoga mat. Just take some time to switch off and move your body throughout the day.

  • LOG OFF!

Try to maintain as much routine as possible, like you would normally in the office. If you usually finish work at 5pm, log off and switch your computer off for the night! It can be easy when you’re working from home to lose the sense of routine but what you need to remember is that this is essential for making sure you carry on as productively as you can!

Candle Must-Haves: Scents You’ll Fall In Love With This Season

Candle Must-Haves: Scents You’ll Fall In Love With This Season

Candle-lovers, this one is for you. If you’re on the lookout for new fragrances to scent your home, you’ll find all the inspiration you could ever need right here. Through this transition period into the last of winter and the very start of spring, these must-have stunning scents will have you adding them to your basket like there’s no tomorrow.

A Calm and Quiet Place, Yankee Candle, £18.99

A meditative fragrance balanced with gentle jasmine, a whisper of patchouli and warm amber musk with top notes of mandarin leaf. A Calm and Quiet Place is the perfect candle to give you that wrapped up in blankets, cosy feeling all year round. It’s especially great for this time of year with all the frosty days and nights.

Golden Milk Ellipse, WoodWick, £20.99

Sweet milk mixed with exotic spices swirled with floral notes of frangipani, gardenia and tuberose, what a dreamy combination! Featuring The Hearthwick Flame, you can experience the cosy comfort of a glowing fireplace anywhere in your home with the soothing sound of a calming, crackling fire.

Delicious Rhubarb & Rose, Molton Brown, £33.99

A vivacious tempting blend in an elegant rhubarb and rose-scented candle featuring a fruity melody of bitter rhubarb, zesty grapefruit and yuzu to envelope the home in tantalising, sweet aromas. This stunning minimalistic candle smells amazing and is the perfect pick me up scent for this time of year.

Honeysuckle Apothecary, Barr-Co, £24.99

This candle from Barr-Co is scented with their original, signature oatmeal, milk and vetiver scent. It’s long-burning and even capable of lasting up to 120 hours. Something super cool about this one too is that the range is made from 100% vegetable wax sourced from American farmers!

Black Poppy Jelly Candle, Bomb Cosmetics, £15.99

This quirky Black Poppy jelly candle leads with notes of pretty poppies, jasmine and subtle pink pepper with base notes of vanilla and warm musk scents. This candle features the cult-favourite scent, Bergamot, which is so warming and refreshing for the winter to spring transition.

Red Berry & Fir, Crabtree & Evelyn, £26.99

This stunning Crabtree & Evelyn candle features mulling spice essences of cardamom, mid-winter mimosa and sweet iced notes of vanilla. This is the perfect candle for lovers of festive scents to get that Christmassy smell going all year round too.

Frangipani & Orange Blossom, Abahna, £23.99

With a fantastic burn time of up to 50 hours, this stunning 3 wick candle is stylish and eye-catching while bringing warmth and a cosy atmosphere to any room. Whether you’re enjoying a spa-style experience, entertaining friends or just relaxing for the evening, this glowing candle is perfect for some many occasions.

Cinnamon Spice, Shearer Candles, £7.99 Finally we have this stunning Shearer Candle that gives of a truly delicious aroma of cinnamon, clove and spiced apple. This one is another festive-feeling candle for those who love spicy, warm scents. It’s these kinds of candles that make a house feel like a home and with this one’s gorgeous navy patterned design, it’s irresistible.