We can’t help but rejoice when the sun makes an appearance each day and blazes us with the heat – if we’re lucky – but with the sun some comes exactly that, heat, that triggers and transforms us into hot sweaty messes no matter how much deodorant we thought would get us through the day. The dreaded SULA (sweaty upper lip alert, didn’t you watch Wild Child?) soon makes its inevitable appearance and as our pores open up in an attempt to cool us down, our makeup disappears by the second. Not ideal. However, this doesn’t have to be reality. Today we’re showcasing some of our best sweat-proof products and techniques you can use to get through this summer flawlessly.
Dermalogica Calm Water Gel is an incredible weightless water-gel moisturiser that hydrates dry, sensitive skin. Its refreshing gel formula transforms into a skin-quenching fluid upon application, forming a weightless barrier against environmental factors such as the sun and pollution. This Dermalogica product has dual hyaluronic acid technology that works in different skin surface layers to increase and lock in moisture too. Indulge in this beauty and let its apple fruit, cactus pear and glycerine ingredients hydrate and support your skin with its water-binding properties.
Bare Minerals BarePro Performance Wear Foundation SPF20 is a great go-to sweat-proof foundation for the summer months. This liquid mineral foundation cares while it covers, improving the appearance of skin texture over time while blurring pores and imperfection. While also helping to increase the longevity of your makeup, this 24-hour full coverage foundation is breathable and powered by Bare Minerals’ Mineral Lock Long-Wear Technology that blends mineral pigments with lipids naturally found in the skin to lock in transfer-resistant colour. With a naturally matte, soft-focus finish, this is perfect for adding both coverage and SPF for a day in the sun.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Brow Kohl Liner is perfect is you’re a fan of adding that extra bit of texture to your brows and if you can’t live without a lick of eyeliner. This 24-hour wear liner is, of course, waterproof too. What could be better? This would also be a great product to take along with you on holiday if you fancy having a dip in the pool or are off swimming in the sea. There’s no need to worry about coming out of the ocean with an eyebrow missing when you’ve got this bad boy in your bag.
Keeping in theme with eye makeup, the Lord & Berry Scuba Pro Waterproof Black Mascara is long-wearing, length-defining and actually offers 100% protection against everyday pollutants. It perfectly resists water and humidity yet is extremely gentle on the lashes. With Lord & Berry’s Scuba Extreme, you don’t need to compromise intense colour or thickness – amazing, right?
Finally, to set all of your makeup in place and to give it the ultimate sweat-proof finishing touch, why not try out the W7 Matte Fixing Spray? If you’re hesitant about spritzing what may appear to be a tube of the unknown onto your face, you don’t need to worry. All you need to know is that like many other setting sprays, this one is like any other that you apply to your face once you’ve applied your makeup. Ultimately, it helps prevent smudging and sets your makeup in place for as many hours as you need. This particular spray has a matte finish which makes it even better suited to combat any sun-induced sweats too!
You can shop all of these products right now on our Fragrance Direct shopping site for remarkably discounted prices. Go ahead and take a look to find out how much you can save on some fantastic new makeup goodies to add to your collection.
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!
If you’re anything like us, you’ll find narrowing down your beauty products to take on holiday is the worst part of packing – how on earth is anyone supposed to survive without all their skincare for two weeks? Lucky for you, we’ve partnered with Fragrance Direct to put together a list of our absolute must-haves, so you know exactly what to take with you on your adventure.
Gatineau Tan Accelerating Lotion
Benefits: Helps prevent premature skin-aging
If you’re planning to soak up those rays on a beach during your holiday, the Gatinaeu Tan Accelerating Lotion is your new best friend. This clever product deeply nourishes your skin, while encouraging your body’s natural defense system to help protect against harmful UV rays.
Dermalogica Active Moisturiser
Benefits: Helps hydrate combination skin
The Dermalogica Active Moisturiser is your ticket to healthy, hydrated skin this summer. It’s formulated without any harmful artificial chemicals, so you can rest assured your skin will love it as much as we do! This luxurious product contains silk amino acids, as well as a unique combination of plant-based ingredients, to give you lots of lovely hydration – while working behind the scenes to combat problem skin.
If you’re over 40 and want to protect the delicate skin underneath your eyes, the Lancaster Total Age Correction Eye Cream is perfect. With a cooling massage tip to rejuvenate tired-looking eyes, just pop this in your beach bag to give your skin a little pick-me-up after a long day of soaking up the sun.
Benefits: Removes hair quickly and effectively on the legs, underarms, and bikini line
To avoid any embarrassing mishaps on the beach this summer, be sure to pack the Magnitone GoBare in your suitcase. This super-cute shell-shaped shaver will leave you feeling fresh and smooth, and it’s gentle on your skin so you can even use it on your bikini line.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Sun Defense
Benefits: Help shield skin against UVA and UVB rays
To protect the delicate skin on your face from the sun, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Sun Defense is unrivalled. Simply apply it to your face, and any other areas of delicate skin, and this lightweight, oil-free lotion will hydrate and protect your skin for up to eight hours – perfect for a full day at the beach!
Ultrasun Protection Overnight Summer Skin Recovery Mask!
Benefits: Delivers a deep overnight hydrating treatment
If you’ve spent the day on a sun lounger, chances are your face is feeling a bit tight from all that sun exposure. Bring it back to life with the Ultrasun Protection Overnight Summer Skin Recovery Mask! This hydrating mask has been specially formulated to suit super-sensitive and dry skin types, but is a great choice for everyone.
Lancaster Sun Control Ultra-Nourishing After Sun Balm
Benefits: Optimal comfort and deep repairing action after sun exposure
To sooth your skin after a long day in the sun, the Lancaster Sun Control Ultra-Nourishing After Sun Balm has both hydrating and repairing qualities. Use generously after your shower in the evening for soft, supple post-beach skin.
Elemis Skin Buff
Benefits: Removes dead skin cells, leaving the complexion brighter and better able to breathe
Everyone knows that dry, flaky skin doesn’t tan well. That’s where the Elemis Skin Buff is your saviour! Use this gorgeous-smelling product once or twice a week to scrub off any flakes, and leave your skin feeling smooth and sexy this summer.
We aren’t here to tell you it’s time to start thinking about hair removal – we’re all for letting it grow if that’s what feels good. Body hair, who cares – right?
If, however, you have decided it’s time to start shaving, plucking, and buffing your way to smoother days, we have some good news for you! There are loads of easy-to-use home hair removal products available, so you can avoid costly trips to the salon.
The best hair removal technique for you
Waxing and epilation involve pulling hairs out from the root – ouch! Most people who choose these methods will tell you the pain gets better with time, but it still isn’t for everyone. Read our hair removal tips and decide how you want to take on the job – whether you go for wax, epilation, or shaving, the immediate results will be the same.
Electrical Hair Removal
If you’ve chosen electrical hair removal – good for you! Electric body shavers and epilators can be more expensive than one quick trip to the salon, but you’ll be able to use them again and again and maintain your silky skin without damaging your bank balance in future.
Before you get stuck in, make sure you’ve exfoliated the part of your body you’re going to shave or epilate.
Here are some of our favourite body shavers that you can use at home:
Braun Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator
Braun know about hair removal, and this Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator comes with six extra heads, giving you complete control over the areas you target. With the ability to remove hairs that are as fine as a grain as sand (you know the ones), this epilator also features massaging beads around the cap, which help to make it one of the least painful electrical hair removers out there – win-win!
This handy little epilator works wet or dry, so you can take it into the shower or bath with you and let warm water and soft bubbles distract you from the plucking. Use it on your legs, bikini, underarms, and anywhere else you like for up to four weeks of smoothness.
Remington Ultimate Bikini Kit
Prepping for a beach holiday or just keeping things tidy, the Remington Ultimate Bikini Kit is the answer to all your bikini-line woes.
Why do we love it so much? Firstly, it’s a shaver, which means no painful plucking – yay! This dinky bikini shaver comes with an exfoliating brush to help you prep and fend off any ingrown hairs, a mini screen shaver attachment, a cleaning brush, and even a little storage pouch. It’s showerproof, too, so you can get the job done while you’re waiting for your conditioner to work its magic.
Magnitone GoBare! Rechargeable Lady Shaver
This cute compact tool from Magnitone is one of the best lady shavers we’ve tried. It gets rid of unwanted leg, bikini, and underarm hair in a flash, and the process is totally pain free, which is always a bonus.
The GoBare! shaver works in wet or dry conditions, so you can shave before or during your shower or bath. And, because the razors are guarded, your shave won’t cause any irritation or redness – perfect for sensitive or sunburnt skin.
For more hair removal tips, or makeup, skincare, or lifestyle advice, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!
Festival season is underway, and who isn’t excited about long weekends filled with music, booze, and (hopefully) sunshine?
Festival fashion is always an exciting part of going to a festival, whether that’s wearing wellies all weekend, excessive amounts of glitter, or our personal favourite – florals! Flower crowns and other headpieces are a staple of festival attire, so we’ve teamed up with online florist Blossoming Gifts,who are sharing their top tips on making one that stands out from the crowd.
What You’ll Need
● Flowers and greenery
● Floral Wire
● Floral tape, or green tape
Although you’ll often see flower crowns made from artificial flowers, if you really want to make an impact fresh flowers are the way to go. They are more vibrant, and nothing beats their fresh floral scent.The fragrance will be especially appreciated after a few days.
The only downside is that you’ll have to arrange your crown just before the festival, to ensure that the flowers don’t wilt too quickly.
The flowers you choose will depend on the look you’re going for. You will need a mixture of the following:
● Foliage and greenery
● A statement stem, such as garden roses, peonies, or sunflowers
● Filler flowers such as spray roses, stocks, and hypericum berries
For a more bohemian and wild look, choose flowers in different varieties, sizes, and colours. On the other hand, if you are looking for something more chic and understated, choose smaller blooms in neutral or soft pastel colours. Of course for festivals bigger is probably better, so we would recommend eye catching summery blooms like sunflowers and peonies.
Preparing Your Flowers
To ensure your flowers last, you will want to trim an inch off each stem using a sharp knife or secateurs. You should then put them in a vase of fresh water for at least an hour to give them time to hydrate and perk up.
Once your flowers have had some time to soak, you can cut away more of the stems. You will only need ½ inch to 2 inches of stem underneath the flower head to attach it to your crown.
Creating the Base
Floral wire is essential for creating your crown. This is a strong wire that is easy to shape, and will secure your flowers in place.
For the base, you will want to wrap a piece of floral wire around your head, and cut it at the correct length. Make sure you have your hair in a similar style to how you are planning to wear it on the day, as this can affect the way the crown fits. Try to leave a quarter inch of excess to give you some wiggle room.
Twist the ends together to create a circle. Then, wrap floristry tape around the ends several times to protect you from any sharp bits and to secure the wire in place.
Greenery should be added to the base first. This will help to disguise the wire, as well as provide structure for the rest of the flowers. Eucalyptus and similar leaves both look great and are easy to work with.
Simply wrap your foliage around the wire and secure it in place with floral tape.
Attach Your Flowers
Attach your larger statement flowers first. It’s up to you how you arrange these – you could create a symmetrical crown where larger blooms are evenly spaced, or for a more rustic feel they can be arranged more randomly.
Wrap thin florist’s wire around the stem and your base to secure the blooms in place. For a festival, we would definitely recommend adding a couple of layers of wire to prevent the flowers falling off whilst you’re enjoying the revelries.
Once the bigger flowers are in place, you can fill in the gaps with smaller blooms and other elements such as branches and berries. In some cases, it may be easier to arrange the filler flowers into mini bouquets, and then attach that to the wire. This can make it easier to achieve the overall look you are aiming for.
Keep going until your flower crown is finished, then enjoy partying the weekend away with your beautiful floral creation! You can check out our fragrances here to find yourself a scent that will keep you smelling fresh throughout the festival season.
Its officially here – festival season! Whatever festival you are attending you want to feel your best if you’re look is totally extra or you’re keeping it minimal in your doc martins. We are here to help you complete the look with the perfect tan, make -up, hair and finishing accessories. Here is your very own check list!
The St Moriz Professional Tanning Mousse is brilliant at giving you enough colour without being orange. We recommend you use a mitt when applying, the Sosu Luxury Velvet Tanning Mitt is a great buy because it makes self-tanning easier getting the trickier areas. You will need to allow time for the tan to develop so we would recommend you apply evenly the evening before then rinse away any access that may be causing streaks. This will leave you with a natural, golden looking tan perfect for a festival!
Your hair can be the hard one because as you know in Britain there is no predicting the weather, so if you are attending a day festival a good hairspray is key for holding your style. The recommended Schwarzkopf Silhouette Super Hold Hairspray gives you a super hold without burdening the hair. If you are attending a camping festival, dry shampoo is a necessity so be sure to take a trusty Charles Worthington Style Setter Dry Shampoo that will prolong your hairs appearance with body and texture. Perfect for camping as no water is needed.
The C.A.K.E Cosmetics Sheer Glow Highlighter is an easy to apply highlight for your face or if you want to enhance your colour bones. This product is a strong highlighter with a high pigment perfect for a festival ready glow.
If you are wanting to add a little sparkle, we would recommend chunkier glitter instead of fine glitter because it gives you a better effect. The Prima Makeup Chameleon Collection Glitter Paste is singular pieces of glitter that you can apply around your eye or in the areas you want it. This product comes 8 colours to choose from, we love the prosecco princess.
Lastly if you want the full effect look check out our face jewels selection these stick on face gems are easy to apply stickers that are perfect for adding detail and giving you an exaggerated festival vibe! We particularly love the Prima Makeup Body Gem Crystal which has holographic coloured gems in a variety of shapes and the Makeup Ariel Face Gem which have an intricate design which sits across your forehead.