The Ultimate Guide To Sweat-Proof Makeup

The Ultimate Guide To Sweat-Proof Makeup

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.

Gift Sets: For Special Occasions, All Year Round!

Gift Sets: For Special Occasions, All Year Round!

Here at Fragrance Direct, we live by the mantra that a gift set is for life, not just for Christmas – it’s the only way. There’s no need to bulk by at the end of the year for upcoming birthdays and special occasions. Instead, you can trust us to supply you with the best bundles of makeup, skincare, hair and fragrance goodies all year round. Now you’re more than excited, you’re probably in need of some inspiration too. You’re in the right place, have a scroll and take a look at some amazing gift sets we have on offer right now.

High Definition Beauty Brow Essentials Foxy Gift Set would make the perfect present for any makeup-loving eyebrow fanatic. For the brow obsessed, this set includes 3 products: the award-winning Eye&Brow Palette, Brow Define and Brow Beater to help anyone create enviable arches in just a few easy steps. Available at a great discounted price, this would make a great gift whether you’re treating yourself or someone else.

FD Beauty Skincare Favourites Beauty Box is a brand-new collectors box containing a range of fantastic hand-picked products. These include Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, Decleor Prolangene Gel, REN Clean Skincare Vita Mineral Lip Balm, Elizabeth Arden EightHour Cream Skin Protectant, Yves Rocher Soothing Moisturising Cream and a Garnier Skin Active Juicy Peel Mask. There are so many brands in here to try that you’ll be tempted to buy an extra one just for yourself.

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Cocoon & Pamper Body Duo is made up of a luxurious shower gel and body lotion. Why not gift someone special a pampering bath time ritual with these beauty treats. Containing pomegranate, argan and grapeseed oil, this body duo will bring the bounty of Moroccan botanicals to any bathroom providing a nourishing and restoring skin treatment. With spicy notes of orange and ginger mixed with sweet fig and a sprinkling of black pepper, this is the perfect scent to wind down with in the evening. It’s the perfect gift for bath-lovers.

Fudge’s Blo Out Gift Set would make a great present for any friends and family you know that enjoy treating themselves with a trip to the salon every now and again between trims. This set contains Fudge’s Tri-Blo Blow Dry Spray which is a fine mist that is designed to protect the hair from heat damage and hold the style in place. It goes hand in hand with the other item in the duo, Light Hed-ed Hair Oil, a supercharged, lightweight dry oil mist to tame unruly frizzy, dry or damaged hair.

Elie Saab Le Parfum Gift Set consists of the original perfume in a large 90ml bottle and is accompanies by a 10ml mini spray which is perfect for travelling or throwing in the bottom of any handbag. This perfume is a trusted favourite and one you can rely on when gifting to your family and friends. With notes of sun-kissed radiant orange blossom, this fragrance is voluptuous and addictive.

Calvin Klein Eternity For Men is another holy grail fragrance perfect for any and every man. This great value set contains the classic 100ml Eau de Toilette, a 100ml Aftershave Balm, 100ml Shower Gel and a 20ml Travel Spray. It’s a timeless classic scent that will last for eternity. It combines luxury coolness with a warm and woody freshness leaving a quality and modern feeling scent.

Which of these gift sets has caught your attention? Pop on over to our FD Beauty site to shop around and find some of the best deals out there. You don’t need to wait until Christmas with our offers. Take a look!

Introducing The FD Beauty Box!

Introducing The FD Beauty Box!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift with a fantastic range of beauty bits or you fancy treating yourself to some new makeup goodies, our brand new FD Beauty Make Up Favourites Beauty Box is here to save the day. Everything in this limited-edition box has been hand-picked to spice up anyone’s makeup collection. Why spend hours researching around online and watching more YouTube videos than you can handle when all the work has been done for you? Find out what lies inside below.

Our new FD Beauty Box also welcomes a fellow newbie: an exclusive FD Beauty Blending Sponge to flawlessly apply your foundation. Now if that isn’t the perfect finishing touch to a set of makeup, what is? Sponges are great to apply cream and liquid products, whether it’s a foundation, some concealer or a couple of illuminating highlighter drops, you just can’t go wrong. For best results, dampen it. A great routine to get into is washing it with some soap before you use it. Not only will it increase the sponge in size and give it a softer feel, but it is also of course, more hygienic too!

Another amazing product we’re welcoming into our first ever beauty box is Sleek’s Barekissed Illuminator. This gorgeous shimmery highlighting product is perfect for all skin types and tones because it blends out like a dream leaving behind glistening magic on your skin. Whether you’re a fan of using products like these under your foundation for an all-over glow or you prefer adding drops onto your cheekbones, you’ve got to try this one.

Next up in the FD Beauty Box is the Marco By Design Gel Bounce Eyeshadow Palette. With this, you can transform any look from day to night. Featuring five sparkling shades, you’ll be able to create casual summery looks as well as deep sultry ones for the evening time. Brunch with the girls? Date night with someone special? This palette will have you sorted in no time. Golden and chocolate neutrals look great with any eye colour, so this palette is a versatile one too.

After you’ve mastered that eyeshadow look you gained inspiration for on Pinterest, with our new FD Beauty Box, you can top it off with a lick or two of Maybelline’s Volum Express Turbo Boost Mascara. If volume and drama are on your checklist when it comes to the eye department, this product will be one of the most tempting ones of the collection. A great trick to further intensify any mascara you have is to apply one coat, let it dry and then comb over the back of your top lashes. Yes, it feels kind of strange at first but when you go back over normally for a final lengthening sesh, the results are incredible.

For long-lasting colour, comfort and moisture, Rimmel’s The Only One Lipstick is one of the main attractions in our new FD Beauty Box. This beautiful pink colour complements the eyeshadow palette perfectly and is perfect for the summer season ahead. It’s so easy to get swept up into the matte neutral liquid lip trend but a nourishing pink lip is a staple. It’s easy to top up if you need to and it feels as soft as a lip balm. What could be better?

Our final addition to the FD Beauty Box is an Essie nail polish allowing you to get that fresh-from-the-beauty-salon look. Long-lasting? Chip-resistant? Suitable for every skin tone? Check, check, check. And that is everything! You can shop our new FD Beauty Box here and you’ll get all these goodies for just £15.99. Go on, I know you’re tempted…

Hand Luggage Heroes

Hand Luggage Heroes

Here at Fragrance Direct we love travelled size minis, so we decided to discuss some of our favourites. Mini’s are great for testing out a new product if you have never used it before, they are great if you have run out of your favourite product and you can’t make it till pay day or if you are going on holiday, fitting all your essentials in can be hard so these minis are perfect!

Today we are going to look at the essentials and recommendations for any products to try out. So, our first essentials perfect for any holidays or festivals you have planned this summer would be Dermalogica’s 15ml precleanse balm with applicator. This handy balm has a nourishing formula that cuts through make-up, sunscreen and oil- based debris. This affordable mini is a highly rated product which you can rely on to clean your skin.

Our next essential would be the Balance Me 10ml Radiance Face Oil which will give your skin all the nourishments it needs. Amazonian Buriti Nut Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, which help improve skins firmness, hydration and tone as well as having rosehip oil and chamomile oils which improves uneven skin tones and pigmentation and have anti-inflammatory and calming properties making this a handy product to have without whether you might be.

The Fudge hair products have had really good reviews and there 50ml selection is great value for money. The Fudge Clean Blonde Damage Rewind Violet Shampoo and the Fudge Cool Brunette Blue-Toning Shampoo effectively clean, refresh, repair and strengthen dyed hair.

L’Oreal’s 7ml False lash Wings Mascara is a great one to take with you, giving you that extra exaggeration on your eyelashes. This product works on volumizing them at the roots and adding to the lashes to give you a winged eye effect.

Clinique’s Pop Matte Lip Colour and Primer is a weightless, pigmented-saturated formula in a range of lovely colours perfect for summer. This product has a lasting creamy matte finish and with its built-in formula is helps smooths lips, a favourite would be the shade ‘Blushing Pop’.

Lastly if you were wanting a travel sized 30ml fragrance to take away with you which was the perfect summer scent the new launch from the YSL Black Opium Family, Exotic Illusion would be a great choice! With warming vanilla, jasmine and orange blossom scent this is a new favourite it’s a beautifully designed bottle.

The Festival Edit

The Festival Edit

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.

Wedding Makeup Inspiration

Wedding Makeup Inspiration

This time of year, often brings a surge of wedding invitations through the letterbox. As it is such as exciting occasion it often comes with the added stress of what to wear. For a wedding we often try to be the most sophisticated version of ourselves and today we have pulled together all the greatest make up looks perfect for attending someone’s special day.

The first look is the ‘au natural’ this is inspired by the current trend ‘no makeup, make up’ look. You want to keep your foundation shade a complete match to your complexion or work a concealer into the skin with only a touch of bronzer on the cheekbones. Your eyebrow should be sculpted framing your face, completed with a fluffy eyelash. For your lip use a neutral tone with a balm to give you a healthy plump look.

Product tip: The Guerlain Ecrin Sourcils Eye Brow Kit – Comes with three powders, a highlight and a double applicator. The highlight for under your brow will give you that light but the little brushes are good for giving you the shape and creating a sharper edge.

Our second look is the ‘Sophisticated Sparkle’, this is a hint of silvery shimmer to your eye lids complete with mascara. Using a blusher brush dust lightly a pink tone onto the cheeks to highlight your smile with a light touch of highlighter on your cheek bone. This will give you a summery glow perfect for fairer complexions.

Product Tip: The Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush in Pink Rose is a soft textured blush that will applying evenly to your face giving you a natural sheer finish.

Our next inspiration that we really love would be the ‘Cat Eye’, this is a timeless to go look that is easy to create with the right eyeliner and brush. Your eyeliner should follow the shape of lid and add a flick on the end elongating the shape of your eye. This look compliments any complexion you are just remembered to keep your eye bows light and fluffy – nothing to heavy.

Our next look would be a ‘golden goddess’ vibe, using your cat eyeliner skills from the previous inspiration work a line onto your eye to give definition. Some people like to use a foundation a shade darker than your normal complexion to give you a sun kissed look, nothing too drastic if you are already glowing don’t over do it. For this look a dewy complexion works well, using a bronzer add shape to your face and highlighter to give you a glow on areas such as your cupids bow. Finishing off the look use a nude pink undertone on the lip, don’t go to dark with a brown undertone as this is a glowy look.

The ‘Smoked Eye’ is a look we often fall back on, but for a wedding we don’t want anything to dark or over powering. Work a gold shimmer onto the lid to brighten up your face but continue to work the smokey shade under your eye giving you that warmth. Due to your eyes being centre of attention keep everything else fairly neutral.

Product tip: The Daniel Sandler Beyond Sunset Eye Shadow Palette comes with four shades and will allow you to complete all these looks. Complete with a pigmented silver and gold shade it also has a warmer matte beige and brown to blend with.

The ‘Peach Glow’ is a stunning look, use a foundation that is going to give yourself a dewy complexion, giving you a fresh-faced appearance. With a natural and eye and brow, use a peach blush to subtly give you definition. Then to finish the look use a gorgeous peach, pink lipstick to pull the look together with a gloss over the top.

Product Tip: Bourjois Rouge Laque Shiny Finish Lipstick in Self peach. This is a bright shade of peach if you are wanting a intense look, it is a long-lasting product with a glossy formula which will flawlessly apply to your lip, with this product it is a wand applicator so there is no need for a lip liner.

If you don’t feel peach is your colour opt for the ‘Copper Queen’ and using a bronzey, copper shade work it into your crease. This look works well with a matte complexion, so working your powder into your T-zone to take away any shine then work your bronzer into your cheekbones. A glossy lip again will add a warm glamour to complete your look.

Lastly this iconic look is often reworked for night or day, ‘Iconic Red’ is a look relies on a matte flawless complexion, no harsh contouring or bright coloured eye tones. Keeping everything neutral on your face then using a red lipliner outliner perfectly outline your lips and fill in with a bright red lipstick. Anything to dark with purple undertones is more appropriate for an evening do, you want to keep it bright and uplifting – nothing to seductive.