The Bargain Series: Less than £1

The Bargain Series: Less than £1

And now… for our final instalment of the bargain series. Today we’re showcasing a whole load of goodies that are all less than £1. Are you excited or are you excited? It’s items like these that are the perfect add-to-bag purchase to get your total up so you’re eligible for free delivery. Now, when you think of products for less than a singular pound, you might be thinking that they wouldn’t be the best quality, but little did you know, thanks to our amazing discounts we’re always serving up luxury for less. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Aussie Mini 3 Minute Miracle Treatment Colour – First up is this hair treatment that protects and strengthens your coloured strands. From the cult brand Aussie who is much-loved by the influencers of Instagram’s beauty world, this product is a favourite thanks to its rich Australian Wild Peach Extract that deeply conditions dry and damaged hair and replenishes your colour to give you vibrant, healthy and bouncy locks!

Nuage Argan Oil Cleansing Facial Wipes Twin Pack – Next we move on to a staple for any makeup-wearer and that is, of course, a packet of makeup wipes. But these aren’t just any old wipes. They’re immersed in nourishing exotic argan oil to provide you with a quick and easy makeup removal experience. Great for removing all traces of makeup, dirt and oil from throughout the day on your face, they’re a classic. For just 99p you can get hold a twin pack right now too. What more could you ask for?

Nuage Skin Energising Facial Scrub – Another incredible product from the brand Nuage is this beauty. After you’ve removed your makeup, why not go ahead and refresh your skin with this ginseng and ginger goody? Its unique scrub formula penetrates to remove even more dirt and oil from your pores to leave your face feeling fresh and purified whilst looking energised and the healthiest it’s ever been.

Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish – If you’re after a nail polish that isn’t going to break the bank, this range from Maybelline has totally and completely got you covered fingertips to toes – literally. It’s not every day that we can afford to whisk ourselves off to a beautician for a full set of gels or acrylics so on those days or evenings that you’d like something a little extra, this is the perfect polish range. We’re also currently stocking an absolutely stunning green glitter shade called Make A Scene that you just need to try out!

Cyclax Nature Pure Handwash Amber & Lemon Blossom – As we begin the transition into autumn it’s nice to transition scents around the home too. Now, we all know that hand wash isn’t the most exciting beauty product on the planet but an indulgent scent really does make a difference. So why not try out autumnal amber and lemon blossom? It’s a delicious scent that will leave your hands feeling well-cleansed, soft, supple and refreshed after each wash.

Royal Cosmetics Pink Duo Pencil Sharpener – Finally, we have this little gadget that is last on the list. We’ve all been there when our favourite lip liner or kohl pencil has gone blunt or is at that awkward angle where it half-applies correctly and half-scratches and pulls at your skin while you desperately try and get all of the pigment out of it you can. Therefore, this duo sharpener from Royal Cosmetics is the answer to all your blunt-ended problems.

Even though those are all the products we’re sharing with you today, you can still go ahead and visit our website for even more goodies that are all less than £1!

A Beauty Bar A Day Keeps The Dermatologist Away

A Beauty Bar A Day Keeps The Dermatologist Away

It sure does and that’s because they’re absolutely jam-packed with rich ingredients that are extremely beneficial for your skin. When it comes to bath and body, most products you own are most likely in liquid form, contained in one too many plastic bottles that are simply just taking up too much space. Whereas the benefit of having a super handy beauty bar is not only does it look cooler chilling on the side of your bathtub or on your shower rack but they’re sometimes even more effective! So, without further ado, we’ll introduce you to some of the best beauty bars that we’re stocking on our site right now.

Possibility Blueberry Pancakes Bath Fizzer – If you’re planning on getting your bar on, what better place to do it than lying down and relaxing in the bath? This beauty bar is from Possibility and it pretty much resembles a fizzy bath bomb. What’s better… it smells just like blueberry pancakes, how delicious?

Jack Black Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap – Beauty bars aren’t just for sumptuously smoothing, they can be rough and invigorating too! This body bar from Jack Black is an energising, deep-cleansing bar that scrubs away dirt and exfoliates the body for clean, smooth, healthy skin. This Turbo Wash is a classic and favourite of many featuring natural blue lotus and ginko biloba that helps to combat fatigue and stimulate the senses. It’s rich, luxurious and lathers beautifully with hydrating murumuru and shea butter to polish your skin leaving it feeling supple and smooth.

Ella Bache Tomato Cleansing Cream Bar – Now, if you’re after something a little more gentle, this tomato cleansing cream bar is full of vitamin E that will do just the trick! It also features tomato seeds which have micro proteins in to depollute your skin with an anti-dehydration effect and omega 6 and 9 to nourish and protect your skin.

Heyland & Whittle Charcoal Bar – You won’t have been expecting this one… it’s a beard bar. That’s right, a beard bar! This amber oakmoss beard bar has a rich, woody, warm fragrance and is perfect for gents to nourish their face, especially the areas concerning their facial hair. I guess you could even go as far as to call it a beard soap as some of the main benefits include that it preserves natural oils, provides long-lasting hydration and also helps massively reduce that annoying itchy sensation.

Himalaya Herbals Neem & Turmeric Cleansing Bar – Finally we have this purifying, vegetable-oil based beauty. It’s Himalaya Herbals’ Neem & Turmeric Cleansing Bar that has been handcrafted using pure organic herbs with saponified emollient oils serving as a natural soap base. With this beauty bar, you’ll finally be able to reawaken your senses with a refreshing, clean start to each day and experience the true feeling of clarifying botanicals on your body.

Don’t they all just sound so incredible! Which of these beauty bars do you think you’ll be purchasing as a treat and trying out for yourself? That being said, they’d also make a lovely gift as part of a pamper bundle too. Happy Shopping!

The Anti-Pollution Beauty Edit

The Anti-Pollution Beauty Edit

There’s plenty of research that links pollution and toxic air with premature ageing and skin concerns. With pollution and global warming both huge environmental topics at the moment and it makes sense that we should be considering the impact that these are having on our skin.

Pollution is packed with DNA-damaging free radicals, these impact on your skin’s protective barrier which leads to redness, sensitivity and inflammation, while in the long term, these toxins lead to dullness, fine lines and a gradual decline in elasticity. Small particle matter can penetrate deep into the pores and cause oxidative stress and early ageing.

Thankfully, there’s a whole host of ways to protect your skin from pollution and many skincare products these days work super hard to remove damaging particles and keep your skin looking clear, glowy and youthful.

Anti-pollution skincare is made with a blend of potent antioxidants that help to counteract the free radicals in the air and shield your skin against their damaging effects. Products that are rich in SPF’s, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are the best anti-pollutants. Keep reading to check out our favourite products…

Decleor Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Cream

The Hydra Floral Hydrating Rich Cream is a gorgeous rich product that mimics a plant’s remarkable hydration process and ensure you stay fresh faced all day. This moisturiser works to keep the skin hydrated which helps to enable the skin to fight off damaging particles.

REN Clean Skincare Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist

This is a non-greasy mist that is infused with biosaccharide gum, zinc and manganese amino acids from wakame seaweed and designed to protect your skin from damage by free radicals and environmental aggressors. This can be used by all skin types, you just need to spritz is all over your skin after you’ve applied makeup and you can even top up throughout the day.

Skin Academy Indulge Anti-Pollution Serum Sheet Mask

This sheet mask helps you create a barrier against pollution and external factors by using a concentrated serum, enriched with green tea and tea tree. This mask deeply cleanses, soothes and protects the skin against environmental factors leaving your complexion looking brighter and refreshed!

Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming Serum

This dual-phase serum restores and preserves the nature of younger-looking skin by reducing the appearance of premature skin ageing. In the firming phase, biomimetic peptides help firm the skin and reinforce skin defences to counteract signs of free radical damage.

Clarins Anti-Pollution Cleansing Milk

This cleansing milk smooths away makeup and impurities with a spa-like efficiency. The blend of purifying plant extracts including Gentian, Hawthorn and Stage help to rebalance oily prone skin for optimum comfort and radiance. It leaves skin feeling soft, supple and perfectly refreshed whilst also protecting against free radicals.

Dermalogica Barrier Repair

This is a waterless moisturiser that helps fortify sensitised skin and damaged barriers. Use it after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress. It contains an UltraCalming Complex to interrupt inflammatory triggers that can lead to sensitive skin.

The Bargain Series: Less Than £5

The Bargain Series: Less Than £5

We’re back with another bargain series post! Last week we posted about all our favourite products under £10 and you guys loved it. So, we decided to carry it on and tell you all about the best products at Fragrance Direct for under £5!

So…? Sorbet Dream Eau de Parfum Spray £2.99

It’s true you can even get perfumes and aftershaves for under £5! This Eau de Parfum spray is super fun and vibrant, packed with pastel-hued notes of sugary marshmallow and raspberry open up the fragrance and moving through to notes of mimosa, pink praline and sweet vanilla.

Adidas Dynamic Pulse Eau de Toilette Spray £3.99

This Eau de Toilette is perfect for on the go, throw it in your gym back or briefcase and you can always freshen up whenever you’re out and about. Dynamic Pulse is aromatic with notes of menthe, star anise, mandarin, grapefruit, apple and mango. For £3.99 it’s an absolute bargain and you don’t need to worry about saving it for special occasions.

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation £4.99

The L’Oreal True Match Foundation is the first foundation that matches the colour and texture of your skin perfectly. The result is a beautiful, natural looking coverage without any streaks or caking. At £4.99 this foundation definitely rivals more expensive brands for the amazing wear and coverage it provides.

Sensationail Up To 2 Weeks Gel Colour £3.25

Don’t have the time or money to be going to gel manicures every 2 weeks then this Sensationail kit will keep your nails looking chip free for up to 2 weeks! It offers a super high gloss shine, no dry time and a professional looking finish. This kit offers up to 20 applications so for the £3.25 price tag it’s super affordable!

Garnier Active Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water £4.99

This micellar water is perfect for anyone with dry or sensitive skin. It’s a really easy way to remove even waterproof makeup to leave the skin feeling cleansed and nourished in one easy step. For £4.99 you’re getting a HUGE 400ml bottle that will last you 200 uses, an absolute bargain!

L’Oreal Pure Clay Purity Mask £4.99

You can get all the best skincare products on a budget; you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on products to get amazing skin. The L’Oreal Pure Clay mask is combined with eucalyptus extract, known for its purifying properties. The creamy texture works deep into the pores, leaving skin purified and matte-looking, without drying out the skin.

AA Skincare Lavendar & Tea Tree Cleansing Face Gel £4.95

This 100ml Face Gel is perfect for travelling and you will not want to be without it. A cleansing gel that is super gentle on the skin but also works for all skin types. This gel has particular benefits for those with congested and acne prone skin with naturally anti-inflammatory, soothing and repairing properties.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Colour Shampoo £1.15

This Schwarzkopf shampoo is perfect for colour and highlighted hair. The repair innovation with Liquid Keratin formula that specifically targets and repairs damaged areas on the surface and deep inside the hair. It will leave your hair looking super shiny, luscious and strong!

Systeme Pro Vitamin Dark Brown Root Concealer £1.99

Root regrown can be a nightmare and it’s so expensive to keep heading to the hairdressers every few weeks. This root touch up naturally blends with your existing shade and lasts until your next shampoo. It’s the perfect for solution for in between colour appointments!

The Summer to Autumn Skincare Transition

The Summer to Autumn Skincare Transition

Summer skincare is all about the lightweight gel creams, tinted moisturisers and sweat proof primers, however as we head into the Autumn months you might want to reach for a few richer options. Autumn brings about cooler weather and a drop in humidity, which makes for drier air and consequently drier skin!

As soon as the temperature drops, our skin lets us know about it! Skin tightness, breakouts and dryness are common complaints in the colder months as the skin tries to regulate itself against harsh weather, central heating and dry air. Fear not, we’re here with some top transitional tips to help thwart autumnal skin-related problems!

1. Don’t skip exfoliating!

After the hotter Summer months of tanning and lazing around in the sun, uneven skin tone can be a problem for a lot of people. Use an at home exfoliating product once or twice a week to buff off the dead skin cells that sit on top of your skin. By effectively resurfacing the skin it leaves you with a radiant glow and a much more even tone.
FD recommends: Elemis Superfood Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator

2. Opt for a richer moisturiser

Say goodbye to the lightweight gel creams you’ve been using throughout the Summer months. It’s time to reach for a heavier cream that is made with ceramides, these are essential and fatty acids that occur naturally in the skin but need a bit of a boost in the colder months. Upgrading to a more hydrating formula will help the skin to retain as much water as possible and keep the skin nourished throughout the colder months. Another ingredient to look out for is hyaluronic acid, this helps draw as much water to the skin as possible.
FD recommends: Avant Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Face and Eye Cream

3. Try a skincare booster in your routine

Give your skin some extra TLC by adding a skincare booster into your regime. If you don’t usually use a serum or treatment, then the changing season is a great time to offer your skin something extra. Think of it as an additional skincare step that will really support your skin through the changing seasons. A hydrating serum will increase your skin’s water levels and make your moisturiser work even harder for you!
FD recommends: Gatineau Aquamemory Moisture Replenish Concentrate

4. Swap your cleanser

As the temperatures plummet, so do the humidity levels and our skin loses moisture to the dry air. Make sure you counteract this by switching to a more hydrating cleanser. A micellar cleansing water can help hydrate the skin and support the skin’s barriers from the damaging effects of the weather. Try to look for a non-foaming cleanser as these can often dry out the skin even more.
FD recommends: REN Clean Skincare Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

5. Breakouts are pretty much guaranteed

Unless you have super clear skin all year round (lucky you!) then breakouts are pretty much guaranteed to pop up over the course of the changing seasons. But don’t panic, treat your skin to a mask that helps to draw out impurities, calm breakouts and exfoliate the skin too. Tailor which mask you use depending on your skin type and this extra step will help to keep any breakouts and inflammation at bay.
FD recommends: L’Oreal Multi Masking Pure Clay Kit

6. Don’t forget SPF!

Although the weather might be cooling down as we head into Autumn, never forget to use SPF! UVA and UVB rays are damaging to the skin all year round and even in the winter you need to make sure you use an SPF to keep your skin protected.
FD recommends: Ultrasun Tinted Sun Protection SPF 30

Your skin naturally changes throughout the changing seasons and you just need to adjust your skincare regime slightly to make sure it’s as happy as it can be. Try this small changes to give your skin the best chance throughout the cooler months!

The Cruelty Free Beauty Edit

The Cruelty Free Beauty Edit

It feels good to do good. So, why not start building up a collection of cruelty-free makeup and beauty goodies? For so long we’ve been buying into our favourite brands just because they’re the ones we know and love, but the truth is, some of the smaller brands who put ethics at the heart of their creations are the ones who are really delivering the goods. Our mission today is to introduce you to some new brands and products that you may not have even come across before to get you acquainted with some amazing new products!

Dr PawPaw Shea Butter Balm is the first product featuring in today’s cruelty-free beauty edit. This amazing 100% natural shea butter formula soothes, dry cracked skin while providing relief for sensitive skin too. It’s an incredible all-in-one product that moisturises dry chapped lips, cuticles, and even your hair! You could say it’s magic in a bottle.

Natura Avocado Infused Sheet Mask is a staple. It’s enriched with the natural oils of avocado that penetrates deep into the skin, hydrates and repairs while smoothing out wrinkles. It’s deeply nourishing, great for anti-ageing (preventative ageing is also a thing) and even vegan.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge will give you the pixel perfect, flawless base you have always dreamed of. The sponge is completely unique, giving you 3 ways to apply liquid foundation; it has rounded sides to blend large areas of the face with a repeated dabbing or stippling motion. If you don’t have one of these in your makeup bag, you are massively missing out. For the best application, before each use give it a quick wash with a drop of shampoo and it will practically double in size to give you the softest sponge, perfect for applying your foundation, concealer and any other cream products.

BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Foundation is a high-performance pressed mineral powder foundation that’s clinically shown to stay right where you apply it for a whopping 12 hours. This breathable foundation formula delivers an ultra-smooth, silky texture that glides effortlessly for superior customisable coverage. This cruelty-free foundation has even been clinically proven to show overall improvements in skin clarity, the reduction of pore size appearance and control shine!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture is an incredible eyeshadow palette perfect for the transition into autumn. Featuring 14 edgy, full-pigment shades ranging from grungy ultra-mattes and duo chromes to bold metallics to give your eyeshadow looks an underground vibe. The shades are all super easy to blend and this palette does indeed have a large mirror inside which makes it perfect for travelling too.

Fudge Cool Brunette Blue-Toning Shampoo is a miracle-worker. So, you’ve heard of purple shampoos for blonde hair but did you know you can tone your brunette hair too? This one is perfect for brunette hair suffering from red and orange tones. This special shampoo uses a repairing opti-plex technology to erase unwanted colour. It’s blue pigment also helps to cleanse and refresh brunette hair leaving it with an even healthier shade.

And there you have it! A bunch of products you can shop right now on our site and they’re all cruelty-free. We’re big fans of these brands for putting ethics at the heart of all of these creations and can’t wait to see more from them. Which of these products will you be trying out for yourself?