The Best Valentine’s Day Picks For 2021

The Best Valentine’s Day Picks For 2021

A divine realm of Valentine’s day gifts awaits, and the savings have never been sweeter. If this is the year you’re looking to be organised in advance (let’s be honest, we’ve got more than enough spare time on our hands) we’ve picked out some of our favourites to get you the inspiration flowing.

Gifts For Her

Valentino Born In Roma Donna 50ml, £66.99

If she’s a fan of haute-couture fashion brands, the likelihood is, she’ll love this one. The stunning, glass-studded bottle with the matte black cap adorning the beautiful pink juice, looks incredible and it’s the kind of perfume she’ll be keeping in her collection even when it runs out purely for the luxury feel and look to the bottle. Moving on to the notes, Valentino Born In Roma Donna is made up of 3 jasmine flowers and accords blended with bourbon vanilla. With a twist of pink pepper on top of a woody overdose, this perfume is a must-have.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette 50ml, £45.95

Charmingly simple with a signature quality, Marc Jacobs Daisy transports you to a whole other world full of optimism and beauty in its purest form. The scent embodies the essence of the daisy girl who wears it: timeless, yet young-at-heart. If she’s a lover of all things floral from scents to art and patterns, this classic, cult-favourite perfume will make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Glamglow Supermud Mask, £56.95

SUPERMUD is Glamglow’s most advanced clearing treatment and #1 best-selling mud mask, aka the perfect gift for a skincare fanatic. It fights problem skin and skin imperfections with charcoal, a blend of six acids, and K-17 clay. The activated-x charcoal helps lift dirt, toxins and excess oil from the deepest and toughest areas to purify pores. The SUPER 6 Acid Blend helps loosen dead skin cells to exfoliate and sweep them away, leaving fresh, smooth skin behind. Hollywood skin? What a great gift!

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum, £113.99

Another goodie for your loved who is a lover of luxurious skincare, Lancome’s Advanced Génifique would make a fabulous gift. This amazing product is now enriched with 7 prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts to strengthen the skin’s barrier and leave skin looking healthier and younger. Inspired by microbiome science, our iconic face serum’s formula is enriched with new complex of 7 prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts works in optimal affinity with skin. A higher price point, but the feel, the look and the results are so worth it!

Gifts For Him

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Parfum For Men 50ml, £48.99

Everyone knows it, Paco Rabanne is one of the ultimate go-to brands for fragrances when shopping around for special occasions. You can rely on their old classics along with their latest launches to always be a hit with whoever it is you’re gifting and one of our favourites for him is Paco Rabanne 1 Million Parfum, the latest, more intense edition of the much loved million legacy.

Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette 50ml, £48.95

Spicebomb is one of those scents that when he’s wearing it, you just can’t get enough. It’s a mixture of seductive freshness with an explosion of addictive spicyness. A weapon of mass seduction, Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb urges you to brace yourself for the strong spice, sensory contrasts and a woody trail. Be engulfed by fresh and zesty notes every time you’re near him and gift him this stunning aftershave this Valentine’s Day.

BARBER PRO Skin Revival Mask Set, £10.50

This fantastic grooming set for him contains 1 x gentlemen’s Sheet Mask, 1 x Under Eye Mask, 1 x Foaming Mask and 1 x Face Putty Peel-off Mask. Everything he could need for a fresh looking, clearer appearance with all of the product containing activated Charcoal to purify the face while Collagen brightens and rehydrates the skin. His & Her’s Pamper Session? Go for it!

Or, why not let our Gift Finder do the work for you?

We’ve got the perfect tool to make your life super easy! Our fragrance finder lets you choose options based on a variety of factors, taking the hassle and hesitation out of any gift buying!

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Everything You Need To Know About L’Oréal Paris

Everything You Need To Know About L’Oréal Paris

They’re one of the biggest beauty and cosmetics companies in the world offering just about every type of beauty product imaginable. From long-lasting makeup goodies to handy hair styling products and superpowered skincare, L’Oréal Paris products just keep on getting better with a true must-have royalty status.

L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Foundation, £7.99

This cult-favourite product was L’Oréal’s first foundation to perfectly match the colour and texture of your skin. If you’re a lover of natural-looking, skin-true colour without tide-marks and with outstanding coverage without the caking, you’re going to want to try this one!

L’Oréal Stylista The Sleek Hair Styling Serum, £4.50

Gone are the days of fly-aways! Bring discipline to your hair with Stylista The Sleek Heat Protector Hair Styling Serum from L’Oréal Paris. Enriched with Acai Fruit Extract, this easy-to-use serum is perfect for straightening your hair with heat of up to 230C. If you’re a fan of sleek hairstyles in general too, from ponytails to poker-straight hair, this silicone-free formula instantly eliminates up to 95% frizz giving you up to 24-hour humidity protection.

L’Oréal Revitalift Anti Wrinkle Firming Day Cream, £7.99

As skin ages, facial tissues weaken, our skin loses its firmness and our wrinkles become more prominent. Enter: L’Oréal Revitalift Anti Wrinkle and Firming Day Cream containing pro-retinol A and fibre-elastyl to plump and nourish skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines! As a result of this advanced L’Oréal research facial contours become more defined and skin feels firmer, fuller and smoother. The luxuriously light texture is quickly absorbed without leaving any sticky residue and is ideal as a base under make up.

L’Oréal Paris Colorista Washout Semi-Permanent Hair Dye, £5.50

Switch up your hair colour whenever you want with L’Oréal Colorista Washout Semi-Permanent Hair Dye. It lasts for 5-15 shampoos so you can get experimenting without the commitment. With Chroma-Cream technology in a nourishing hair-mask base, it colours your hair while conditioning your strands at the same time which is perfect for keeping your hair in tip-top condition.

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L’Oréal Paris Infallible Loose Powder, £6.99

On the lookout for a new powder? This Magic Loose Powder helps to achieve a longer-lasting, flawless base to keep unwanted shine at bay. However, don’t be scared of the colour – it contains blue-toned brightening pigments for all-day radiance with a micro-fine texture for undetectable results leaving you with a soft, velvety finish. How dreamy!

L’Oréal Smooth Sugar Clear Kiwi Face And Lip Scrub, £7.95

Discover the first sugar scrub with treating actives in gentle textures for deep, yet gentle, exfoliation of the skin. This Smooth Sugar Clear Kiwi scrub for your face and lips is formulated with exfoliants of 100% natural origin also including lemongrass and peppermint essential oils. This product is great for tackling blackheads with 3 sugars working together to deliver visible results. White sugar melts onto the skin while gently buffing away impurities.

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!

Hay Fever-Proofing Your Makeup

Hay Fever-Proofing Your Makeup

For many of us, summer means all good things. Beautiful weather, our favourite clothes, and outside adventures with friends. What’s not to love? Unfortunately for around 13 million of us in the UK, hay fever comes around each year with different ideas.

You read that right; around 13 million Brits suffer from hay fever every summer, making it one of the most common allergies in the nation. At least you’re not alone!

If you’re familiar with the allergy, which sees sufferers react to pollen with cold-like symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, and itchy eyes, you’ll know how much of a pain it can be. While hay fever is not caused by a virus, which means you won’t feel unwell in any other way, the cold-like symptoms can be super inconvenient.

There’s no cure for hay fever currently. However, there are some ways to treat the allergy, which can make your favourite summer activities (we’re thinking picnics, hikes, and sunbathing in the countryside) a lot easier to manage.

The easiest ways to deal with hay fever

As recommended by the NHS:

  • Use Vaseline around your nose to trap pollen particles
  • Wear sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
  • Shower and wash clothes regularly to get the pollen off
  • Stay indoors
  • Keep windows and doors shut to avoid a pollinated house
  • Vacuum and dust with a damp cloth to keep pollen away
  • Buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car

Because no cure or treatment can prevent hay fever, if you’re stuck with the allergy, you’ll need to learn to deal with it. It can be a little uncomfortable and inconvenient, but that’s as bad as it gets!

Hay fever and makeup

This is the stuff we’re most interested in! How can you keep that perfect makeup looking its best throughout summer, when pollen is making your eyes itch and stream? Read on for our tips and tricks for hay fever-proofing your look this summer.

Skip eye makeup altogether

Hear us out. Summer is a perfect time to try out a fresh new look, which can mean skipping out on eyeshadow and liner and focusing on other parts of your face.

Less makeup works particularly well at this time of year. You’re more likely to have a peachy tan, which means your eyes will be popping naturally without the need to heavy mascara and liner to emphasise them. Skipping these steps can also be a great way to keep your makeup looking great when it’s super-hot outside; mascara and liner are two of the biggest culprits for sweating off, so leaving them out means no chance of panda eyes at your summer event.

Keep your eyes natural and pair back your makeup routine to suit the warm weather. A swipe of blush can emphasise your summer glow, while a bright lip is a playful way to wear makeup in the sun. Bright lipstick also looks great with minimal eye makeup, as French girls everywhere will tell you. Try out the look and wave au revoir to smudgy hay fever eyes forever!

Use waterproof formulas

If you aren’t willing to forgo the mascara, waterproof formulas are a great way to enhance your lashes in the face of hay fever. Choose the right product, and you’ll be able to dab and wipe your tears away without spoiling the look of your makeup.

There are plenty more waterproof makeup options available, including some great liquid liners! Perfect for a BBQ cat-eye or a flawless summer wedding look.

If you’re considering waterproof makeup this summer, why not switch your entire collection and ensure a picture-perfect look no matter how sweaty it gets. You can find plenty of waterproof eyeshadows, foundations, blushes, and lipsticks over on our shop site.

Enhance your eyes with a lash lift or tint

Our favourite way to beat hay fever is with a summertime lash lift and tint. Lash work has become super popular in recent years, with plenty of salons offering the service and lots of at-home kits available too. There are several different options available, so you can choose the lash treatment that suits you based on the look you want.

For subtly enhanced lashes, stick with a tint

An eyelash tint is a great way to enhance your eyes while still maintaining a natural look. Whether you go to a salon or choose an inexpensive yet effective at-home dye kit, your results will include darker lashes that look naturally thicker and longer. If you don’t have silky dark lashes, this is the simplest way to fake it.

Choose a lash lift for a semi-permanent mascara finish

If you’re a mascara diehard but suffering from hay fever eyes, a lash lift is a perfect solution. Most salons offer the service now, which involves lifting your natural lashes for a just-curled look that stays. Your therapist will usually then dye your lashes and apply a thickening treatment to make them appear more defined. Lash lifting is a favourite among the beauty elite, who love natural-looking results and the procedure’s several-week lifespan.

For a more glamorous look, try lash extensions

If you love stand-out eye makeup and you’ve never tried eyelash extensions, you don’t know what you’re missing! Lash extensions involve a professional beautician fixing tens of individual false lashes onto your own to create your desired finish. You can go a little more natural with a scattering of shorter lashes, or choose thick, long, false-lash-looking extensions for all-out glamour.

Eyelash extensions last for a few weeks and eliminate the need for any mascara, which means they’re perfect for summer and even better for hay fever sufferers!

Choosing hypoallergenic makeup in summer

If you have hay fever, you might also experience sensitive skin and reactions throughout the summer. Whether your skin reacts to grass, heat, or pollen in the air, there’s never been a better time to consider hypoallergenic skincare and makeup.

Hypoallergenic skincare, like face wash, moisturiser, and even SPF cream, is gentler on your skin than chemical options. Because they’re so gentle, these hypoallergenic skincare products are unlikely to cause or aggravate a reaction from something like hay fever or sun intolerance. Brands like Dermalogica and Simple are great for hypoallergenic and sensitive-skin-friendly products.

If you’re searching for hypoallergenic makeup for hay fever season, look to the likes of bareMinerals and Vichy, who are great at making beautiful makeup that won’t cause or worsen a reaction. Hypoallergenic makeup means you can still apply all your favourite products and keep your skin happy too – win-win! For more summer skincare advice or 2020 trend tips, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!

The Power Of Daylight Mood Lamps

The Power Of Daylight Mood Lamps

Just how powerful are they? Will they really give you the feeling of being at a beach all winter long? How and when are you supposed to use them? Today, we’re answering everything you’re wondering about those daylight mood lamps that are popping up more and more every day.

When you live somewhere where you experience all the seasons of the year, as excited as we all may get about the seasonal hot drinks in coffee shops and all the candles, blankets and cosy nights in, when it’s dark early in the morning and early evening, the days feel so much shorter and they’re a lot harder to wake up for let alone feel energised.

The changes that come with the winter season can actually cause people to feel depressed enough to hibernate inside for prolonged periods of time which tends to have a rather negative effect on mental health. This is also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which is marked by downshifts in mood and energy starting in the fall and lasting throughout winter. In rare cases, it can continue on into spring and summer too. After a quick google search on the topic, you’ll find that a commonly recommended treatment is light therapy. However, there is an alternative cure for treating your winter blues…

The Power Of Daylight Mood Lamps

Beurer TL100 2 In 1 Daylight And Moodlight, £124.99 / RRP £144.99

This 10,000 lux light is said to stimulate good well-being for the body and soul. It has a 2-in-1 bright light and moodlight too which is great for using in the winter months to balance out that lack of sunlight and energy we have. In addition to this, the moodlight feature is great for playing around with colours and setting a calming tone to relax or fall asleep too. You can even use this light with the Beurer LightUp app to control ten brightness levels and 256 colours.

Now that’s one funky piece of technology, right? The bright light in the ironically named ‘SAD’ lamp hits the retina and sends nerve signals to the brain to kickstart chemical and hormone levels which then helps improve your mood. It’s pretty crazy when you think about how just one lamp can have such a positive effect on our mood but it all makes sense why there’s an uplift in people’s mindsets for the day when the sun is out shining whether that’s co-workers going for a walk on their lunch break or children not completely dreading another day at school.

What are your thoughts on daylight mood lamps? If you tend to struggle with the shorter, darker days of the winter, why not invest in one and experiment? It could be totally life-changing. Or even if you don’t feel like you suffer as such, the fact this lamp can be controlled by a single app on your phone with over 250 colours to choose from is definitely something worth checking out.

Game-Changing Skincare Ingredients To Look Out For In 2020

Game-Changing Skincare Ingredients To Look Out For In 2020

Overworked skin is a thing and we all suffer from it. Dullness, sagginess, dryness and wrinkles are all signs of our skin’s lack of energy. Why? Because of the environment we live in. Pollution, staring at computer screens, rushing around, not getting enough sleep – we’re all guilty of it because it’s the lifestyle we’ve adjusted to living. However, incredible, innovative ingredients are being added to skincare formulas every day. Could they be our skin saviours? Let’s take a look.

The Science

When comparing healthy skin cells to overworked ones, results are known to show that the latter struggle to regenerate. This process normally happens at night time while our skin moves into repair mode. Anti-inflammatory and anti-stress hormones are released allowing us to effectively sleep our skin younger. However, all those late nights spent watching that extra episode on Netflix or scanning socials on our phones before we finally turn in often stop us from doing this.

If we were to aim to sleep longer, improve our organisation skills to decrease stress levels and generally slow down a little bit, this would lead to healthier skin in the long run that would produce more energy cell regeneration vitamins. However, to optimise this process, skincare comes in rather handy. More and more ground-breaking ingredients are coming to the surface every day.

Ingredients To Look Out For

Moonlight cactus –  Repairs skins radiance and is as efficient as melatonin, the chemical our body produces while we sleep. It has high levels of vitamin E which keeps the skin nourished by drawing in maximum moisture while boosting the fatty acid known as linoleic which encourages cell growth.

FD Recommends:

Pacifica Cactus and Kale Lotion, £10.80 / RRP £15.99

Marsh Mallow – The extract of this plant helps to soften skin, lower swelling and kill bacteria. It’s also known to treat sunburn and dry skin too.

Barbary Fig – Helps to support skin structure with its antioxidant-rich, light oil that provides intense hydration. This deeply moisturising ingredient easily penetrates the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin).

FD Recommends:

Di Palomo Wild Fig & Grape Body Wash, £7.99 / RRP £10.00

Orange Blossom – Renowned for its many uses and benefits, orange blossom extract naturally contains anti-microbial properties to provide the skin with a fresh feel, while removing excess dirt and oil that clogs pores resulting in supple, nourished skin.

FD Recommends:

The Naked Bee Orange Blossom Honey Moisturiser, £11.99 / RRP £15.99

Glycolic Acid – Known as the holy grail for exfoliation, this acid effectively removes the outermost layer of dead cells to reveal brighter, fresher skin. It’s great for treating scars, discolouration, ageing, fine lines and wrinkles.

FD Recommends:

Avant Skincare Glycolic Acid Rejuvenating Exfoliator, £82.00 / RRP £92.00

Ribose – Increases skin hydration, reduces the surfaces of wrinkles, boosts plumpness and smooths skin. It’s actually the only known cosmetic ingredient used by skin cells to control energy restoration and effectively give new energy to tired, overworked skin.

Peptides – Short chains of amino acids that act as building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. All of which are proteins that make up the foundations of your skin and are responsible for texture, strength and resilience.

FD Recommends:

Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Triple Peptide Eye Cream, £41.24 / RRP £65.60

Vitamin C – Evens out your skin tone, shields skin from visible impacts of pollution, significantly improves hydration and keeps your skin looking younger for longer.

FD Recommends:

Philosophy Microdelivery Vitamin C Peel Kit, £52.99 / RRP £59.50

The Mystery Of Scalp Care Explained

The Mystery Of Scalp Care Explained

It’s just as important as skincare but why don’t we hear about it? Maybe it’s because it doesn’t have that luxurious ring to it, ‘scalp care’ – it sounds a little bit raw, right? We put so much effort into looking after our skin and investing in the best products around to get the gorgeous healthy locks that we desire but what’s missing is the thing that connects the two, quite literally.

So, you’re thinking: “why do I need to know about it, my scalp feels pretty fine to me?”. Well, even though it might not be at the top of your hierarchy of beauty needs, you’d be surprised just how much dirt and grime finds its way to the top of our heads from being exposed to polluted environments. Or maybe, you do suffer from issues relating to it such as dandruff or itchiness, either way, we’re here to give you a little bit more info on the topic.

Why is it so important?

Treating your scalp with extra TLC will only benefit you as your strands will soon be thanking you in no time for the added silk and hydration. Signs of an unhealthy scalp include excessive oiliness, hair loss, dryness, itching and peeling. However, if you choose your hair products well, you can easily begin to combat these issues.

What do I avoid?

Don’t take super-hot showers. The high heat of the water will only dry out your skin even more by irritating it. When brushing through your hair, comb it gently while being extra careful near the roots. Something you probably didn’t know is that excessive brushing with some force to detangle can actually bruise your scalp – that’ll probably ring some bells for those of you who were lucky enough to have your dad scrape your back into a ponytail when you were younger.

Ingredient Don’ts: sulphates, parabens, silicones, chlorides, mineral oils, petroleum

Where do I start?

Depending on how dry you feel your skin and scalp get, this will determine the amount of product you can use and how oily you can go with the formula. For example, thicker more textured curly hair can handle heaps of oil because it almost soaks it up in an instant. This is due to curly hair shafts that don’t allow natural oils our heads already produce to get very far. However, straighter, finer hair will need much lighter formulations and finer shampoos and conditioners so that the hair isn’t left feeling weighed down or too oily.

Ingredient Do’s: coconut oil, jojoba, aloe vera, shea butter, castor seed oil, honey

Brands To Try

Shea Moisture

Naturally sourced and sustainably produced goodness. Made with love, Shea Moisture strives to create incredible formulas that are free of harmful ingredients – and they smell amazing!

Love Beauty And Planet

Featuring ingredients such as Amazonian Muru Muru butter, ylang ylang, sandalwood oil and many more, this vegan and cruelty-free brand are at the top of their game.