Winterproof Your Skin & Hair

Winterproof Your Skin & Hair

It’s no secret that the winter months can wreak havoc on skin and hair. The seemingly constant wind, rain, and freezing cold temperatures do plenty to strip away essential natural oils, leaving hair dry and brittle and skin parched, flaky, and more prone to breakouts. Throw indoor heating into the mix, and you might find yourself in a pickle.

Why, oh, why? If you’re battling the elements this winter, there are a couple of saving graces that you might want to add to your beauty routine. Making use of the right restorative products can balance out the winter damage and help you maintain your shiny locks and smooth, baby-plump skin.

What does winter do to the skin?

There are plenty of reasons to love winter, from cosy nights beside the fire to mulled wine and sparkling lights. But there are some drawbacks to the dark, cold weather that we experience in the UK. Our least favourite of these is the effect that winter can have on our skin. Dry, flaky, sun-deprived skin isn’t something we strive for, and while there are some things you can do to fight the inevitable, you might have to accept it to a certain extent.

To reduce the effects of cold weather on your skin, you’ll need to get serious about your winter skincare routine.

How to keep skin healthy in winter

There are several things you can to minimise winter’s effect on your skin. With the right equipment and a little effort, there’s no reason you can’t cruise through the season with a glowing complexion.

Winterproof your home

You might be thinking about moisturisers, oils, and serums, and while those products do play a big part in winterproofing your skin, the best place to start is your home environment.

The drier the air around you, the drier your skin will be. Obviously, there’s nothing you can do about the outside air (we wish), but you can control the humidity inside your home. Consider buying a humidifier for your bedroom, or the room where you spend most of your time. Humidifiers increase the amount of moisture in the air, helping keep skin hydrated like it usually is in the balmy summer months.

Hydrate your skin through your diet

Diet plays an important role in the skin’s health and appearance, and foods containing healthy fats can help to improve the condition of dry skin. This means fuelling up on things like avocado, oily fish, nuts, chia seeds, and extra virgin olive oil. You should be drinking plenty of water, too, but we didn’t need to tell you that.

On the other end of the scale, things like alcohol, coffee, and caffeine can cause dehydration. While it can be hard staying away from the coffee during dark winter days, it’s recommended that you try to make the sacrifice if you’re concerned about your skin’s hydration.

Exfoliate

A little dry skin is inevitable in winter. Keep its effects to a minimum by buffing flakes away with a gentle exfoliator two to three times a week. Choose a product with a mild formula to keep sensitive skin happy and concentrate on areas prone to dryness like your nose and forehead.

Start using a heavier moisturiser

Light moisturisers have their place in summer, but when things start to dry out in the colder months, you’ll need a little more support from your product. This is one of the most important steps in treating dry skin, so don’t skip it!

Choose a heavy cream moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid. Use it morning and night to keep skin ultra-hydrated and peachy.

Perfect your bedtime routine

The key to healthy-looking, hydrated skin day after day is the perfect nighttime routine.

Hot showers are tempting in winter, but exposure to the warm water for more than a couple of minutes can add to your skin’s dehydration. Keep the temperature mild or limit your time in the water to help your skin maintain its natural oils. Switch your regular shower gel or soap for a gentle formula and apply a thick layer of moisturiser almost as soon as you step out.

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and slather on an eye cream, followed by your heavy winter moisturiser. You might also want to turn your attention to other parts of your body before you sleep too, applying hand cream and lip therapy before you go to sleep.

All this might seem like a lot, but when the reward is healthy, glowing skin, we think it’s worth the effort!

What does winter do to hair?

Like its effect on the skin, wintery weather and indoor heating can dry hair out by stripping away the natural oils we love. Thankfully, there are plenty of tricks and products that can help battle the cold and keep locks looking great through winter.

Be careful with scarves and layers

We’d never suggest you leave your favourite scarf behind on a chilly winter morning, but have you ever thought about what those woolly layers are doing to your hair? When you throw on a scarf or sweatshirt and don’t untuck your hair, leaving it trapped between your layers, it’s subjected to unnecessary friction which can cause dryness and damage.

Try tying your hair into a soft bun beneath your scarf, keeping it safe from the elements but also avoiding friction from your layers.

Shampoo less

To help keep your hair hydrated and healthy, consider cutting back the frequency of washes. When you shampoo your hair, you clean away grease, dirt, and built-up oils from your scalp. Doing this too often, particularly in winter, can cause your hair and scalp to dry out unnecessarily.

Try to go an extra day between washes, wearing your hair in a neat up-do if you don’t feel good with it down. The weekends and days off can be perfect for this, and your hydrated hair will certainly thank you!

Deep condition once a week

Revitalise your hair with a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Choose a product that helps strengthen and moisturise. Simply sink into a warm bath, slather on your deep conditioner, and enjoy ten minutes of relaxation while the product does its work.

Use a nourishing oil

We love serums for summer, but when the days are long and cold, your hair will need a little more intense TLC. Choose a nourishing hair oil and apply a few drops straight after a wash. You can then dry and style your hair as normal. The oil will help minimise frizz and static, protect from heat damage, and keep your hair hydrated against the wind and rain. You can also finish off your look with a few drops of oil for extra silky softness.

Searching for more winter survival tips? Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog and discover the tips and tricks that’ll see you through the season.

2020 Changes to Your Makeup, Skincare & Beauty Routine

2020 Changes to Your Makeup, Skincare & Beauty Routine

A new year is here! To celebrate, we’re switching up our makeup and skincare routine. We’re in dire need of a little TLC after an over-indulgent festive period, and with January sales in full swing, there’s never been a better time to inject a little newness into the daily toil.

There are plenty of ways to update your routine, from makeup and beauty to your overall health and wellness, so focus on what’s going to work for you. If you already have a flawless nighttime arrangement, why change it?

For many of us, though, there are parts of the routine that could be just that little bit better. If you’re stuck in a rut and want to feel happier and more radiant throughout the day, try making one of these small changes and see how it affects you.

Diet

A good diet is one of the most important elements of any beauty routine, though it can be easy to ignore in favour of fancy lotions and potions. If you’ve fallen off the health wagon this winter, now’s the time to jump back on!

Make small changes to your diet that you’re likely to stick to. Whether it’s drinking more water each day to switching out caffeine for healthier herbal teas, there are plenty of options that’ll have you feeling great.

Skincare

Even the most perfect skincare routines can use an update from time to time. Refreshing your regular products helps them work to their full potential and allows you to really understand what’s best for you.

Try changing your daily moisturiser for a different formula, adding an exfoliator into your weekly routine, or applying facial oil before bed. Only you can know what your routine is lacking, so it’s up to you to identify any problems and fix them. Of course, if you have your routine down and your skin is flawless as a result, you might be better sticking with what you know.

Another way that we’re updating our skincare routine for 2020 is by leaning more towards sustainable and organic products. There are so many eco-friendly beauty products on the market, with many of them making use of brilliant new natural ingredients. See what you can find and feel good about looking good this year.

Makeup

This is the place to have fun. There are so many changes you can make to your makeup that will have a huge influence on your look, whether it’s day-to-day or for a special occasion.

Why not test a new eyeshadow colour? Experiment with winged eyeliner or switch your regular black mascara for a shade of brown. You can go natural or experiment with a bolder look. The possibilities are endless!

Searching for more new year new me inspiration? Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog for plenty of tips and tricks that’ll have you feeling like your best self in 2020.

Get Christmas Party Ready With Our Beauty Essentials

Get Christmas Party Ready With Our Beauty Essentials

Shower Goodness

First step, shower. Whether you’re prepping in the morning before work to change quickly after and head right to the venue or are lucky enough to have the time to nip home, great shower products that feel as good as they smell are essential. There’s nothing better than that fresh-out-the-shower feeling with skin just as soft and silky as you dreamed of.

FD Recommends:

Elemis Embrace Bath & Shower Elixir

Wash Those Locks

After treating yourself to a luxurious bath and body product or two, if you’re after that first-day squeaky clean hair ready to be dried and styled later on, here are some incredible products for different hair types that will soon become must-haves when you get a taste for how fabulous they are.

FD Recommends:

Label M Therapy Rejuvenating Shampoo & Conditioner

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner

Tan Those Legs

Is tanning on your to-do list for your Christmas party prep this year? If so, feast your eyes on these stunning products to give you that summer glow all through the winter. Yes, we could embrace the natural colour, but a subtle golden kiss wouldn’t hurt anyone now would it? If you’ll be wearing a Christmas party dress showing a fair amount of skin too, why not go for that gorgeous golden glow?

FD Recommends:

Gatineau Golden Glow Gradual Tan

An All Over Pamper

A classic mistake we tend to make if getting our nails done too far in advance, now that’s perfectly fine if you’ll be treating yourself to a salon trip but if it’s a DIY job then it’s worth planning it out. The last thing you want to do the night before your Christmas party is your nails and then scuff them from all the buffing and tanning the next day. So, after the shower, hair washing and glow up, now would be the best time to do them.

FD Recommends:

OPI Nail Lacquer

SOSU by SJ False Nails

Make Up Like Never Before

When it comes to Christmas party makeup, it’s usually safe to say that we’re all after that extra special glow. Whether it’s with a touch of shimmer or a vibrant lipstick, it’s nice to have that one guaranteed occasion every year when you know you can go all out and live your best glamourous life for the evening.

FD Recommends:

Stila Shimmer And Glow Liquid Eyeshadow

NARS Audacious Lipstick

Find Your Signature Scent

If you’re a fragrance fanatic it’s likely that you know just how important different scents are when it comes to making memories. Some say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and many agree. It’s a festive fun-filled season of indulging, treating your loved ones and celebrating together. Christmas parties are always some of the most memorable events with legendary stories that will live on forever especially in the workplace. So, why not mark the occasion and treat yourself to a new fragrance?

For Her:

YSL Libre Eau de Parfum Spray

For Him:

BOSS Bottled Absolute Limited Edition Eau de Parfum Spray

Festive Christmas Party Makeup Inspiration

Festive Christmas Party Makeup Inspiration


Got a Christmas party coming up and need some makeup ideas to recreate that gorgeous glow you’ve been pining after all year? We’ve got you more than covered – covered head to toe in festive glam. From dreamy shimmer shadows to silky highlighters for your face and body, these products are must-haves this winter!

Joan Collins Good To Go Brush Caddy Complete Collection, £65.00
Before we dig into the cosmetics themselves, no makeup bag is complete without a luxurious set of brushes. This elegant set of Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Pencils and Brushes is a great set to invest in with brushers perfect for face powders, blushers, bronzers and eyeshadows.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Facial Primer, £29.99 / RRP £38.50
This glowy primer is perfect for adding a natural, dewy luminosity to your skin under your foundation – it’s the best place to start when it comes to achieving the ultimate Christmas party look. With the winter weather inevitably drawing closer each day, this is a great product to keep your skin looking and feeling nourished.

BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Foundation, £18.99 / RRP £31.00
If you’re a Bare Minerals newbie, this foundation is definitely one to try. With a new liquid mineral formula that cares while it covers, this foundation improves the appearance of skin texture over time while blurring pores and imperfections. Offering 24-hour coverage that is totally breathable too, this foundation is perfect for lasting all through the night of your Christmas party.

Stila Shimmer And Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, £13.99 / RRP £24.00
Achieve show-stopping, professional results with Stila’s Shimmer & Glow Eyeshadows available in a range of gorgeous, glam hues. This product a cult-favourite thanks to its pearly formulas and smooth applicator making them super easy to apply. It’s the perfect addition to have any eye look to give it that extra touch of party glamour.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Set, £21.99 / RRP £25.00
Featuring the Grand Entrance Mascara, All Gone Lip and Eye Makeup Remover along with the Precision Glide Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, this set will help you achieve a stunning dramatic lash effect with intense volume, length and lift. To make any eye look pop, a liner and mascara will always do just the trick.

Huda Beauty Lip Contour Set Vixen, £28.99 / RRP £30.00
Huda Beauty makeup products are incredibly sought after and these lip kits are no exception. This set contains liquid matte minis in luscious dark brown and red hues with a defining lip liner so you can cloak your lips in a long-wearing, velvety-matte veil of conditioning colour for your Christmas party.

Lord & Berry Glow On The Glow Highlighter Kit, £29.99 / RRP £35.00
Featuring four shimmer finish highlighting powders, Glow On The Go is the ideal way to customize your festive glow. The unique, light-reflecting formula can be applied wet or dry for a luminous radiance. You can use the palette on your eyes as well as your face not forgetting your body too! For the ultimate luminescent look for your Christmas party, sweep some highlighter across your chest, shoulder and legs.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear, £0.99 / RRP £4.99
What could be better than a nail strengthening formula and a bit of colour – glitter too, is the answer. This nail polish in the shade ‘Flirt’ is incredible and a must-have in your polish collection. This irresistible copper colour compliments so many skin tones and will extend that festive flow to your fingertips and toes too.

BOSS The Scent Absolute For Her, £60.99 / RRP £76.00
Finally, to top off your Christmas party makeup up look, a spritz (or ten – guilty) all over your body will give you even more confidence. You’ll be sure to turn a few heads with a gorgeous glowy makeup look while leaving a trail of the sweetest most delicious scent behind you. This BOSS fragrance features notes of honeyed peach and coffee. How dreamy!

Sustainable Beauty – The Best Eco-Friendly Products

Sustainable Beauty – The Best Eco-Friendly Products

By now we’re all trying to reduce our footprint and live a life that’s a little eco-friendlier. Whether you’ve gone full vegan and plastic-free (we salute you) or you’re focusing on smaller changes to do your bit, there’s an eco-friendly beauty product out there that’s screaming to be added to your rotation.

Wave goodbye to unsustainable beauty creams, makeup, and hairstyling. There’s a whole host of lovely eco-friendly products out there that will work just as well – maybe better – than your old favourites. Rethink your beauty collection with some of the best eco-friendly makeup and sustainable beauty switches.

Plastic-free shampoo bars

Switch out your usual shampoo, which probably comes in a plastic container, for an eco-friendlier shampoo bar. Shampoo bars help cut back on waste packaging and can be much friendlier on your purse strings. Win-win!

Plastic-free soaps over shower gels

If you enjoy a lathering of shower gel as part of your daily routine, you might want to consider switching to a bar of soap if you’re concerned with the environment. Like liquid shampoos, shower gels come in plastic packaging like bottles, tubes, and tubs.

While a lot of this packaging is recyclable, you can’t always be sure of its fate when you drop it into your blue bin. It’s best not to go for plastic packaging at all to help reduce production of the single-use stuff we hate. Switch to a bar of soap and scrub up with peace of mind. Here are some of our favourite plastic-free soap bars:

Biodegradable face wipes

We’re sorry to say that face wipes are bad for the planet. Bad. They contribute over 90 per cent to the UK’s drain blockage, and they feature plastic binding that makes them super-robust and difficult to get rid of.

Try face wipes by Yes To if you’re looking to reduce your single-use plastic consumption. They’re made without plastic so they’re biodegradable, which means you can enjoy clean skin and a cleaner conscience. We love their cucumber wipes for ultra-freshness.

Choose reusable packaging!

Most makeup products come in plastic packaging (sigh) which can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Fight the single-use pileup by choosing makeup in re-usable packagings, like glass jars or metal containers.

We also recommend you use pencil makeup wherever possible. For example, pencil eyeliner is made from wood and will decompose, while liquid eyeliners often come in plastic tubes.

Looking for more beauty and lifestyle inspiration? Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog and discover our favourite products and step-by-step guides to creating new looks you’ll love!  

The Perfect Christmas Gift For Every Zodiac Sign

The Perfect Christmas Gift For Every Zodiac Sign


When your family and friends won’t give you a straight answer, you’ve got to take matters into your own hands one way or another. Buying Christmas presents can be a little bit stressful when you have no idea what to get. Not today. With our guide to Christmas gifting based on the magical wonders of zodiac signs, you’ll never be short of ideas again. So, let’s get stuck in.


Aries
20 March – 19 April
Aries enjoy a personal feel to their gifts because they like to be recognised as individuals although they’d appreciate almost any gift because they believe it’s the thought that counts. If you really want to blow an Aries away, treat them to something new that you know matches their style and tastes.
For Him: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male Gift Set 125ml
For Her: Gatineau Limited Edition Best-Sellers Collection


Taurus
20 April – 20 May
Tauruses are ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty. It’s likely that your Taurus friend has exquisite taste and would love to receive a luxurious gift. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to spend lots on them. The ideal gift for a Taurus is something personal with that extra special touch.
For Him: Proraso Vintage Refreshing Grooming Selection Tin
For Her: Clarins Instant Beauty Makers Collection


Gemini
21 May – 20 June
A Gemini’s interests are forever changing and they’re always getting into new things so it’s pretty hard to predict exactly what they’d want. However, you just can’t go wrong with individualisation. Geminis are the sign of communication and learning, so something hobby-related is always a safe bet or something for them to use to wind down and have a pamper would be perfect.
For Him: Bomb Hammer Time Toolbox Gift Pack
For Her: Dermalogica Smooth Skin Favourites Gift Set


Cancer
21 June – 22 July
Cancers love making memories and will always appreciate something based around that. Whether it’s a gift that relates to something you both love, have a joke about or memory of, they’ll love it. Perhaps you even have a scent-sational memory together. Here are a couple of iconic fragrances they may have tried and loved in this past but buying for a Cancer is truly down to you.
For Him: Calvin Klein Eternity Men Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml
For Her: BOSS Orange Women Gift Set 30ml


Leo
23 July – 22 August
Leo’s are lovers of anything and everything. Whether it’s art, beauty or fashion, their interests are limitless. A typical Leo pays lots of attention to their looks too, so something to indulge in could make the ideal present for a friend of this zodiac sign this Christmas.
For Him: Prada L’Homme Aftershave Balm 125ml
For Her: Elizabeth Arden Mini Lip Gloss Set


Virgo
23 August – 22 September
Virgos are typically obsessed with practicality and productivity. They’re all about purpose and so they’d find a gift that they can physically use useful and would be incredibly grateful. Perhaps they travel a lot and they’re in need of useful products to take with them on their journeys. That would be a great place to start looking!
For Him: Versace Eros Flame Eau de Parfum Spray (Travel size 30ml)
For Her: Giorgio Armani Si Fiori Eau de Parfum Spray (Travel size 30ml)


Libra
23 September – 22 October
Cosmetics and beauty supplies are the way to a Libra’s heart. They don’t keep up with trends – they set them. This sign is typically the most up-to-date with lots of things that are going on in the world – and the shops. Why not show a Libra close to you just how much they mean to you with a little bit of luxury this Christmas!
For Him: BOSS The Scent For Him Gift Set
For Her: SOSU By SJ You’re Making Me Brush Ultimate Collection


Scorpio
23 October – 21 November
Known for their complexity, Scorpio’s are one of the most difficult zodiac signs to buy for. They’ll sense a last-minute gift any day any time, so you’re best off putting a decent amount of thought into this one and really think about what they’re into. Anything sentimental is always a safe bet so get thinking, get shopping.
For Him: Armani Code Absolu Gift Set 60ml
For Her: YSL Libre Eau de Parfum Spray 90ml


Sagittarius
22 November – 21 December
The adventurous ones. A typical Sagittarius loves to explore and travel. They’re the friend that’s probably already got their summer plans sorted filled with a holiday and a couple of road trips. Anything travel or sun-related would make a fabulous gift along with anything practical they can take on holidays with them would be perfect.
For Him: Man Stuff Ultimate 6 Pack Gift Set 150ml
For Her: Milkshake Sun & More Body Set


Capricorn
22 December – 19 January
Being an earth sign, a Capricorn enjoys a gift with purpose. People of this sign are often associated with status and achievement so a standout gift if your best bet. They’re not after the biggest, best, most expensive present just something they can connect with whether it’s one of their all-time favourite beauty products or something new to try out that you think they’d love.
For Him: Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette For Him 150ml
For Her: Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet Gift Set 50ml


Aquarius
20 January – 17 February
An Aquarius loves a gadget. They love technology and exploring new things. Something new and fun would be right up their street as it’s these kinds of spontaneous gifts that they love receiving the most!
For Him: Edwin Jagger Ebony 4 Piece Shaving Set
For Her: Beurer TL100 2 In 1 Daylight And Moodlight


Pisces
18 February – 19 March
As water signs, Pisces love a gift with sentimental value and emotional meaning. Pisces are not naturally materialistic people, so a big, expensive gift isn’t likely to impress them as much as something that shows you know them really well. They’re always daydreaming so the more creative the gift, the better.
For Him: Ted Baker Ted’s Grooming Room Travel Trio Set
For Her: NUXE Aquabella Beauty Pouch

We hope you found this guide to Christmas gifting based on your recipient’s zodiac sign helpful!