The Best Of Beauty For Cocktail Lovers

The Best Of Beauty For Cocktail Lovers


When it comes to beauty products and the world of pampering, it’s all about scents. Do you have any favourite fragranced products? Why is it you like them so much? The likelihood is, is that it either reminds you of something or you’re just obsessed with that kind of smell. Worldwide, summertime = cocktail season. It’s that time of year where we opt for cheeky alcoholic beverages that are fruity and topped with ice to keep us feeling cool and refreshed day to evening. So, what better way to experience this scentsational fruity feeling every day than to indulge in cocktails themselves. Today, we’ve rounded up some of the best beauty products for all cocktail-lovers whether you’re partial to a G&T or a creamy colada.

If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, this is the perfect product for you. CB&Co Pina Colada Shimmer Hydrating Body Tonic is distinctive, fruity and just like summer in a bottle. This fruity blend of pineapple and coconut is perfect for those with a sweet tooth who like to smell sweet and fruity without that dreaded sticky feeling from super thick lotions. CB&CO’s body tonic will instantly transport you to warm sandy beaches and turquoise waters thanks to its lather-rich formula bursting with vitamin C. This powerful product contains ingredients known to hydrate, soften and fight skin damage to keep your skin looking youthful.

In case you didn’t know, summer candles are a thing and there are so many incredible scents to choose from. Baylis & Harding Fuzzy Duck Pink Gin Fiz Luxury Candles are perfect for the home all throughout the year. This exquisitely fragranced candle set is both delicate and light. They have a great burn time of up to 10 hours and sitting in their ultra-cute pink and gold polka dot jars, they look as incredible as they smell. So, the next time you’re cracking open that bottle of pink gin for the evening, why not light this stunning candle set too to fully indulge in the scent?

If you’re a lover of Mai Tai’s, you need to try the CB&CO Mai Tai Body Wash. What better place to bathe in a tiki-style cocktail than in the shower? This fun and vibrant blend of pineapple, lime and orange is appetisingly sweet and will give you that much-needed taste of a tropical paradise whenever you need it. This nourishing body wash lathers up to give your skin a reparative treat whilst its skin-firming and elasticity-boosting properties work their magic in your hands. This would be a great product to get your hands on if you’re in need of that extra dose of energy in the morning too. Within this range, they also offer full body wash sets in cosmopolitan and mojito scents too!

If we take a step into the makeup department, another product that smells just as incredible is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation made with an original vitamin-rich fruity therapy formula resulting in an even complexion with an anti-fatigue result – even better! This fresh, instant blending gel easily glides on to the skin for an even, natural finish. Imperfections are erased, signs of fatigue are all smoothed out and the skin’s radiance is boosted for up to 16 hours. With just a few drops of this fantastic fruity foundation containing litchi, goji berries and pomegranates you can have amazing coverage resulting in radiant summer skin.

Finally, we have a classic for you to try with just a little something extra. The Possibility Gin & Bramble Tonic 3 in 1 Body Wash & Bath Foam is a must-have for all cocktail lovers. Whether you prefer baths or showers, this product is a great all-rounder and would even be amazing to pour into a travel-sized bottle for any holidays you have coming up. As an added bonus, the recipe for the cocktail is on the front of the bottle. Can it really get any better than this? All you need is 50ml gin syrup, 4 fresh limes, 25ml black raspberry liqueur, 240ml water, 200g caster sugar, ice and the method is easy to follow. Check it out – with the incredible discounts you get here at Fragrance Direct, too, this body wash and bath foam bottle is now reduced to just 99p!

Get Involved With Summer Trends The Right Way

Get Involved With Summer Trends The Right Way


There have been so many trends so far this summer, but the key to acing them is all in the detail. Experimenting with new beauty products is always daunting especially if you’re trying something new so we’re here today to give you all the tips, tricks and products you need to get involved with the summer trends you’ve been seeing all over Instagram and only wishing you could pull off, whereas this type, you can and you will!

Glitter boobs are a thing and I can guarantee you’ll have spotted this trend at different festivals so far this summer. It’s fairly risky – but not if you do it the right way. Here’s how. Start with chunkier gems as these are the guys you’ll be building the rest of the look around. Using real glue over your skin isn’t the best idea for this area so use a brush and smoother your chest in hair gel, it may sound crazy, but it works! Next up is the fun part where you grab glitter tub of choice and paint it on all the places covered with gel. Finally, to lock it all in place, grab a can of hairspray and go wild.
FD Recommends: Prima Makeup Unicorn Poop Glitter Paste

To complete the full summer-mermaid vibe, another super cool trend to try out is wet-look hair. One of the easiest ways to do this is to prepare your hair the night before so that you don’t have to spend hours slaving away under a pair of curling tongs. All you need to do is wet your hair before bed with some water or any nourishing water-based hair spray and plait your hair. For loose waves, do two hair plaits or for tighter more textured waves split your hair into four or even six sections depending on how thick your hair is. In the morning when your hair has dried, if any sections need topping up, just plait that section again and apply a bit of heat to it whether that’s clamping the plait with straighteners or using your blow dryer with a spritz of heat-protectant beforehand of course. To top the look off add in a texturizing spray and any dry oils of your choice from root to tip.
FD Recommends: Fudge Bodifying Salt Enhanced Texture Spray

Have you been scrolling through Instagram and spotted anyone with a few more freckles than usual recently? That will be because of the faux freckle trend. It’s great to do whether you already have freckles or not because the likelihood is, is that when you opt for more coverage with a heavy-duty concealer or foundation for its sweat-proof powers, as well as evening out your skin tone, these products, of course, cover it up too. To bring back your freckles and beauty marks, all you need is a brown liner whether it’s for your lips or eyes. Then delicately pencil on, one dab at a time, until you get the desired effect. To add clusters of freckles around your nose, adding a touch of bronzer and blush beforehand will help to blend them in.
FD Recommends: High Definition Beauty Kajal – Rich Brown

Finally, we have a trend in products and it’s all about a little bit of firming action. Whatever your size and shape, we all struggle with stretch marks and cellulite no matter how curvy those areas may be. So great products to invest in to give you that extra boost of confidence if you need it are products with firming superpowers. Whether you’ve caught the tan of your dreams from your holiday already or you’ve been working all summer and haven’t been abroad, fake tan is here to save the day. It can give you the perfect top-up or an ideal glow when you need it and what’s better is that there are now a fair few formulas with firming creams in them!
FD Recommends: St Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming Lotion

Which of these summer trends will you be testing out for yourself! Head on over to our Instagram and be sure to tag us with #TagFD or #FDBeauty so we can see any of your recreations!

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!

Better Than Duty Free Prices!

Better Than Duty Free Prices!


No one can deny that they don’t love kicking off their holiday in duty free! Getting a great deal is our number one priority in an airport, so when you pay no VAT we all make sure we stock up on alcohol, perfume and make up for the year. Well why go so crazy right before your holiday when you can get 20% off the RRP on products at Fragrance Direct, here are some fragrance and beauty products where we beat duty free!

Our first pick for fragrance is the Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia in the 100ml which is the special edition fragrance from the range. This luxurious perfume features top notes of red berries and pear, middles notes of Frangipani and Gardenia and base notes of patchouli and brown sugar. This is a floral feminine scent perfect for your summer holidays.

This next is the men’s Versace Pour Homme EDT in the 30ml or 50ml which is a vibrant and stylish scent with a unique blends of top notes of bergamot, neroli and lemon, heart notes of geranium and cedar and base notes of amber and Tonka bean that create a warming finish to a fresh scent. This is a perfect one to grab before you go away because it is perfect for the day and evening.

Lastly for fragrance the New scent Moschino Toy2 in the 30ml is an absolute steel. With notes of jasmine, magnolia and apple this is a delicate floral scent with hints of fresh fruitiness. In the iconic teddy bear bottle this is an extremely desired scent for women this summer.

Moving onto skincare the Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Cleanser in the 295ml is the enhanced creamy formula that actively nourishes dry depleted skin. This emollient lipid- enriched formula cleanses skin while helping to minimize damage of vital proteins and lipids that defend against dryness. This is the perfect cleanser for leaving your skin cleaner, softer and replenished giving you that everyday glow!
Or alternatively once your hair has dried with it having a dryer texture from the sea salt spray use a wand loosely and tousle the hair out with your fingers this will give you an effortlessly wavy look.

The Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream for Normal/Dry this ultra-light cream perfect for your morning routine. The hyaluronic acid locks in essential moisture and with a blend of mandarin, neroli and petitgrain it helps instantly comfort leaving you hydration, balanced and silky soft.

The brand Lancaster is renowned for its tanning and sun protection products and the Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Touch Tan Cream is now 30% of PPR. This Radiant Tan SPF30 provides an ideal golden tan while maintaining firmness and elasticity, this is the perfect product to have handy in your wash bag for the summer months.

For your hair the Sexy Hair Healthy Shampoo Conditioner duo preserves and protects your hair against environmental damages. It penetrates hair leaving it moisturised, cleansed and protected and can be used daily for normal, combination or coloured treated hair. This duo will help you maintain your hair in the best condition.

Lastly the Daniel Sandler Luxury Matte Lipstick that comes in a range of gorgeous colours and contains lip pampering shea butter, illipe butter and hyaluronic acids. This formula will condition, apply smoothly, moisturise and protect your lips giving you an all-round great finish for any occasion!

Our Favourite New Launches

Our Favourite New Launches

There are plenty of new fragrances to keep you happy this season. So, if you need a new perfume to give you a boost, read on. Here’s the lowdown on our favourites from top designers across the globe.

Marc Jacobs Daisy White
Delicate and perfectly feminine, the Daisy collection ticks all the boxes if you want romance. This brand-new addition is just as alluring as every Daisy scent. Youthful, fun and radiant, we love it for its soft jasmine, white berries and floral hints. It’s exactly the thing to brighten up any rainy day.

CK All and CK Obsessed
There aren’t many fragrances as iconic as those by Calvin Klein. The newly launched CK All takes its inspiration from the trend-breaking CK One. Daring, energetic, young-at-heart and made for men and women, it’s a feel-good scent that will take you through from day to night. And if that gets you excited, check out the new CK Obsessed. A reinvention on the originals, these scents for men and women ooze love, sensuality and desire.

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Armani Because of you and Stronger with You
A beautiful power-play of fragrances for her and him, Because of You and Stronger with You slot neatly into Armani’s fragrance collection. Charismatic, dominant and empowering, these scents are the ultimate confidence boost.

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Nina Ricci Luna and Nina Limited Edition
Nina Ricci bring us not one, but two new fragrances. Luna Le Belles is mysterious, enthralling and addictive, and we can’t get enough of this mood-lifting oriental fragrance. And Nina La Tentation De Nina Limited Edition makes us feel spoilt for choice, with its ultra-modern, sugary sweet perfume.

Elie Saab Girl of Now
For a true taste of summer during those darker months, Elie Saab Girl of Now is just what you need. Mixing oriental flavours with smooth Tonka bean and almond milk, it’s sunny, feel-good, easy-to-wear and utterly delicious.

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Paco Rabanne Pure XS
Indulgent, sexy and sure, we’re big fans of everything by Paco Rabanne. This new aftershave is a true celebration of wealth, power and excess. Sensual and manly, it’s a power scent for those true masculine types out there.

YSL Black Opium Pure Illusion
Devilishly good, seductive and vivacious, this reinvention of YSL’s original scent leaves us feeling 100% great. Perfect for a big party night, it’s rich, sparkling tones mix coffee beans with sensual musk and flowers.

Diesel Bad Intense
Rebellious and daring, this fresh take on the Diesel Bad aftershave is filled with warmth and spice. Herbaceous and woody, it will add a bit of fire to your life when the dark nights set in.

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Hugo Boss The Scent Intense and Intense for Her
Coupling up an aftershave and perfume for lovers everywhere, these gorgeous scents are powerfully seductive. The Scent Intense is as masculine and refined as Intense for Her is womanly and sophisticated. And because they use a higher concentration of oils, they’re sure to stay with you all night long.

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KENZO WORLD

KENZO WORLD

KENZO WORLD the newest and most exciting launch from the brand! KENZO’s artistic directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon breathe their vision of fashion into their first fragrance’

A world in their image: bold, spontaneous, surprising, fun and colourful’ A world that celebrates freedom of expression, diversity and creativity. A playful and dynamic fragrance’ true to the KENZO spirit.

For the 2013 fall-winter collection, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon made the eye the iconic motif of the KENZO world: ‘The all-seeing eye is a major imprint of the collection and alludes to the force of the third eye and to spiritual protection from above’ they explain. ‘We loved this interpretation of the eye really informing your world and being able to personalise your world.’ Carol Lim.

As one of the most recognisable fashion icons of the KENZO collection, the eye now transcends into the universe of fragrance. The striking bottle features black rubber, pink gold and opaline, recalling the mix-and-match of KENZO fashion. Mysterious and fascinating when see from the front or above, the eye reveals itself from every angle. A stylized metaphor of the eye and its power, the box invites you to experience its magic. Embossed on the paper, concentric circles gravitate around the eye, in an optical mise en abyme of its captivating seduction. A world of endless exploration.

KENZO WORLD’S FLORAL BURST
The KENZO WORLD flight opens with a surge of flowers by the armful, from petals to bouquets, with bursts of sweetness’ it’s a brilliant fragrance, with a lively sparkling trail, a crazy rock nectar with an intoxicating scent that titillates the nose. A shot of energy that benefits the soul. A stylish lingering aura. Francis Kurkdjian created this fragrance like a real flower explosion, where each flower reveals a new facet. Like a dreamlike bouquet, the Peony is a sublimated to accompany the ‘red berry’ facets of Egyptian Jasmine. Bewitching Ambroxan sustains the note and add voluptuousness an sensuality to a fragrance that transgresses stereotyped femininity.

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THE CAMPAIGN

‘My Mutant Brain’ by Spike Jonze
‘For us, the KENZO woman is relatable. She’s inspirational yet understandable. She’s doing things, right? She’s got things happening in her life. She’s going to school or she’s dating. She’s an activist. She’s a doer. What we wanted to convey was that yes, she possesses this extra layer. We also want her to be someone you attain to be, like the best version of yourself.’ Carol Lim.

Jonze has certainly transcended the genre, creating a madcap musical stomp that blends choreography and performance. Without pausing, he drops us into the midst of frantic life, invites us to run as far as the eye can see, with renewed energy, never of out breath, to pursue our dreams and desires.
Casting required a girl who could not only dance (mechanically and masterfully) but embody the irreverent chic and quirkiness of KENZO, not to mention the spirits of whatever was possessing her or whatever personality she was exhibiting. Upon meeting Margaret Qualley, an actress and former dancer, it was obvious they had found the perfect sylph for such a demanding role.

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Margaret Qualley exudes elegance while moving to a diabolical tempo in a flamboyant green dress created by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. She aims for the moon and dives headfirst into her dreams. With a cavalcade of back flips through a series of corridors, she gives a bold performance that captivates with each move, exuding raw, provocative energy. In her wake, she pulls everything that moves along with her; she sees the world the way she wants to see it. On a par with her excessiveness. Her run finishes with a breath ¶ªtaking swan dive that tells conventionalism where to get off.

‘The KENZO girl inhabits the present, like right now. She’s not nostalgic at all. She likes movement and speed and the way things shift and slide and collide in real time. She’s never blasǸ, always enthusiastic. She stands out from the crowd.’ Carol Lim and Humberto Leon

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