Get To Know The Brand: Note Cosmetics

Get To Know The Brand: Note Cosmetics

Note Cosmetics is our Brand of the Month for April and we’re super excited to have them onboard. You may not have heard of the incredible cosmetics brand but lucky for us, Fragrance Direct are the only exclusive retailers in the UK!

So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to dive in and tell you a bit more about the brand Note Cosmetics and why we love them so much! Plus, we’ll give you a sneaky peak of all our favourite products…

Where it all started

Note was launched in 2014 by a group of leading European chemists who wanted to create a brand that was luxurious yet affordable. Their mission was to embrace the art of beauty and create clean, affordable, high quality makeup products inspired by the colours of life and rich notes of nature. From a dramatic smoky eye to a bright, bold lip, Note as all the products you need to create the beauty look of your dreams.

Beauty with benefits

The expertise of top makeup artists and skincare professionals is at the core of Note Cosmetics. From the full coverage foundations and the long-lasting lip glosses, every product provides good for skin benefits using ingredients like vitamins, minerals and essential oils.

Excelled by nature

Note source ingredients from around the world to create products that are good for you and good for the environment. The pigmented, botanical infused formulas provide rich colours and superior coverage. Free of parabens and other nasties, Note products let you create a variety of beauty looks without harming your skin or the earth. All Note products are cruelty free and include no animal-derived ingredients.

Inclusive, diverse and respectful

Note pride themselves on celebrating that every person is different in their own beautiful and unique way and their makeup should be too! They believe in providing beauty products for everyone, no matter their skin type or colour and with a huge range of colours and textures you’ll be sure to find a product to match your complexion.

Now after that we’re sure you’ll be as excited as we were to try all the amazing products Note Cosmetics have to offer. Down below we have a small selection of some our favourite and bestselling products we recommend you pick up first!

Full Coverage Liquid Concealer

This is a concealer that has a medium to full coverage texture that helps to cover under eye circles and imperfections in an instant. The long-lasting formula stays comfortably on the skin all day long, making sure you look flawless at all times!

BB Cream  

This BB Cream is an amazing product that offers coverage as well as skincare benefits! The beauty balm formula offers protection from the sun, environmental aggressors as well as evening out the skin tone and give you light to medium coverage. Each shade blends seamless into the skin and gives you that gorgeous radiant glow.

Ultra-rich Colour Lipstick

These amazing lipsticks protect and nourish the lips with Argan Oil and Cocoa Butter whilst also packing a punch with pigmented colour! They have a gorgeous range of neutral colours that are perfect for everyday wear.

Mattifying Extreme Wear Foundation

If you struggle with shine and love a foundation that gives you full coverage and lasts all day, then this is the one for you! Recommended for those with oily skin, it provides a formula that helps balance sebum levels to maintain a healthy complexion. This buildable foundation is sure to be your next favourite product!

Terracotta Illuminating Powder

Terracotta Illuminating Powder glides over the skin for a flawless highlight every single time you use it. Macadamia oil helps the skin retain moisture with added anti-ageing benefits, what more could you want?!

Chubby Eyeshadow Pencil

The soft and silky texture of this Chubby Eyeshadow Pencil glides on easily for colour that doesn’t crease or smudge for up to 24 hours. If you struggle with applying eyeshadow and getting it to blend properly then this is the product for you, just swipe it over the lids and buff out the edges for the easiest eyeshadow look ever.

There you have it, all our favourite Note Cosmetics products along with some extra info about the brand itself. Keep your eyes out for any promotions and free gifts for our amazing Brand of the Month and don’t forget to give us a shout out on social and let us know what you think!  

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!

How to Do Your Makeup on a Bus, Tram, or Train

How to Do Your Makeup on a Bus, Tram, or Train

We’ve all been there. While applying makeup on the morning commute is far from ideal, sometimes there’s just no alternative. If you’ve overslept or had an early morning disaster, you might well find yourself bundling your makeup into your bag to be applied on the way into work.

Applying makeup on the bus, tram, or train can be a great way to spend the empty part of your day. Instead of staring out of a window or mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, you can get yourself sorted and feeling good for the day ahead.

If you’re worried that getting ready on public transport is a controversial behaviour, you’d be right. 28% of people in the UK are offended by public makeup application, and a third of women have encountered a rude comment from another passenger while putting ok makeup. Why? Who knows! If you need to do your makeup on the commute, we say you do you and don’t let anyone else’s judgement get in the way!

Applying makeup on a bus, tram, or train

A public transport makeup routine can be a little trickier than at home, where you probably have a big mirror and plenty of space to work. If you’re thinking about putting on makeup on your way into work, you might need to make some tweaks to your daily steps to ensure everything sits right.

Choose the right products for on-the-go application

This is a biggie. If you think you’re going to be applying your makeup on the commute, it will be important that you choose products that can handle your on-the-go approach.

Whether you choose these products to be part of your everyday makeup collection or build a special makeup bag to take with you in the morning, choosing compact and functional products is a must.

Foundation

When it comes to foundation, try one in a creamy stick formula that you won’t need to pour out onto your hand. When you choose a stick foundation, there’s no risk of spills or mess, simply apply the product to your face then blend it out with a foundation brush – no fingers necessary! You might also like a compact cream or powder foundation, which can be lifted and applied with a brush. These compact options are great for on-the-go application because they often come with a mirror in the lid.

Blush

To colour your cheeks, choose a single shade blush in a small compact. There’s no need to bring your giant palette of shades along for the commute – the bulky container will only get in the way and make your application even more annoying to any prickly passengers nearby. There are plenty of great single shade blushes to choose from, and these small, light products will pop into your bag no dramas.

Eye colour

Eyeshadow? No problem. Choose a creamy eyeshadow stick or pot that can be easily applied and blended out with your finger. If you’re including this step in your on-the-go makeup routine, you might want to keep some tissues or wipes in your bag to clean off your finger afterwards.

Lashes and eyebrows

For lashes and brows, why not choose a brown mascara which can double up as a brow gel? For extra compact points, choose a mini travel mascara that won’t take up as much room in your bag. Choosing a small mascara instead of a full-sized product helps you stay in control of the want, too, which means you’re less likely to poke yourself in the eye. Praise!

Lipstick

A swipe of your usual lipstick or balm completes the look, and you’re ready for the day! Of course, you can add or remove steps to make sure your travel makeup routine suits you perfectly.

Quick hairstyles for the morning commute

If you don’t have time, don’t worry about straightening, curling, or fastening your hair into a fancy do. Some of the best hairstyles are the simplest, from a sleek ponytail to a sweet low bun, there are plenty of options which can easily be achieved on-the-go.

Here are some of our favourite easy hairstyles for those mornings when there just isn’t time:

  • Push it back with a headband
  • Twist it into a low bun
  • Line some clips along your fringe to keep it out of the way
  • Pull together a sleek ponytail
  • Weave a loose plait

Keep a comb or a compact brush in your on-the-go makeup bag for last-minute hairstyling and make sure you’re always looking sleek.

Searching for more makeup and hairstyling inspiration? Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog for everything you need to know about feeling great, even when you’ve overslept!

The Blush Edit: Finding The Perfect Formula

The Blush Edit: Finding The Perfect Formula

Step into Spring with a refreshing new look. How, you ask? With the addition of a radiant new blusher of course. From watercolour liquids to mineral powders and crème puff formulas, the choices are endless. Over the past few years in the beauty world, bronzer and contour have been getting all the attention and we believe that blusher is just as important. Here’s why…

Depending on your skin type and the occasion, you may prefer going for a dewy moisturised ‘barely there’ look, or if coverage is the ultimate goal, a matte look could be just the thing you need. What’s more, is that there are so many blushers out there with different finishes to help you achieve whichever look you desire. So, we’ve done the digging for you and today we’re showcasing some of the best options available at Fragrance Direct right now.

Watercolour

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush, £14.50 / RRP £16.50

This multi-award winning Watercolour fluid blusher contains Vitamin E and jojoba to enhance application and nourish the skin. This liquid formula is super simple to blend and build up colour on cheeks. It features a silicone-based oil-free formulation that doesn’t clog pores and suits every skin type. The silicone makes it water-resistant too, so this is a great product to take into the spring and summer seasons too.

Stick

Mii Blossoming Cheek Colour, £11.45 / RRP £18.00

If you’re into wearing a shearer layer of makeup, this lightweight cream blush stick is great for blending over a lightweight base and adding that subtle touch of colour to your cheeks. Products like this are great for minimal makeup looks to give you that healthy glow all year round.

Crème Powder

Max Factor Crème Puff Blush, £4.99 / RRP £9.99

Blend, sweep and sculpt for an effortless flush of colour. Whether you’re looking for a soft, natural-looking finish or a more structured look, you can achieve the perfect cheek colour with this product. This creamy powder is swirled with multi-tonal pigments that are finely milled to flatter your skin tone in every way.

Mineral Powder

Lilly Lolo Mineral Blush, £5.40 / RRP £9.00

If you’re a lover of an all-matte finish, this could be the perfect blush option for you. Lilly Lolo’s Mineral Blush allows buildable coverage for a truly customisable colour. Their soft and silky formula is available in a matte formula to help control oils and sink into your matte foundation. They also offer subtle shimmer finishes if you’re after a little sparkle too.

Classic Blush

LORD & BERRY Blush, £15.95 / RRP £18.00

This pressed powder blush is stunning for a subtle, sheer makeup look. This classic blush formula provides a healthy glow to flatter any skin tone and with its silky, sheer qualities, it instantly gives the cheeks a fresh, natural-looking pop of colour.

Which blush formula do you think is most suited to you and your skin type? Maybe you’ve been using one and now know that there is a better formula out there for you. Either way, why not try something new and welcome in a new favourite to your makeup collection?

How To Determine Your Skin Undertone & Match Your Makeup

How To Determine Your Skin Undertone & Match Your Makeup

Today, all that foundation and concealer jargon will finally become so much clearer. After reading this, we promise that you’ll never struggle again when it comes to knowing which shade of foundation is Mr Right for you. So, have a scroll and find out.

You’ve just ran out of your holy grail foundation, so you pop up to the shops and walk over to the makeup aisles only to find yourself feeling massively overwhelmed. You want to try something new but have no idea where to start. Do you stick to the norm or be a little bit more adventurous? You know you’ll be searching online anyway to get the best price around (cough cough, have you used our barcode feature available on the FD App yet) but still, it’s quite the challenge.

When it comes to finding a new concealer, the makeup science is a little bit easier. We know that a pink tone is good for covering up dark circles and the yellower the colour the better it is to cover up red blemishes. However, it’s the foundation that makes pull the whole base together that tends to be the trickiest, so let’s dive into the nitty gritty.

Determining Your Undertone

Check out your jewellery

If you haven’t noticed already, you probably already sway to either gold or silver jewellery because you prefer how it looks against your skin. If you tend to like gold jewellery you’re more likely to have a warm undertone or you find it’s enhances your tan (fake or not). Silver and platinum tend to flatter cooler undertones.

Look at your veins

If you examine your wrist – yes, it sounds odd but trust us – if your veins have a green tinge you’re likely to be on the warmer side and if they’re blue or purplish-looking, you’ll be on the cooler side.

What is your preferred hair colour?

Whether you play around with different hair colours or not, this could also help indicate what you skin undertone is. Platinum and ashy blondes tend to complement the cooler side and colours enriched with mahogany and gold really suit the warmer side.

How To Match Your Makeup

If you have a warm undertone…

Foundations that look slightly more yellow and rich in the bottle are likely to suit your skin best. Warmth compliments warmth, it’s only natural.

If you have a cool undertone…

The perfect shade for you will have a slight pink tone to it and will look the most natural. You should definitely avoid yellowish foundations unless you’re looking for a shade to match your fake tan. If you have luscious darker skin, lookout for the rich redder tones.

If you have an olive undertone…

If you’re lucky enough to have gorgeous, olive skin, you’re best off looking for shades that aren’t too yellow as you can pretty much let your natural skin colour do the work for you.

If you’re all neutral…

Of course, not everyone is one or the other. People with neutral undertones tend to look better in foundations with a peachy shade that’s just in between. It’s probably best to test out three shades in a row as they often alternate between cool, neutral and warm.

Are you feeling like this has definitely helped get your head around all the different shades a little bit more? It only makes sense to head on over to our shopping site to go after your perfect foundation match, right?

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.