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.

Veganuary | The Best Vegan Beauty Products 2020

Veganuary | The Best Vegan Beauty Products 2020

Veganism has grown in popularity over the past few years and January is the perfect time to kick start a new regime. Veganuary is where people attempt to eat completely Vegan for a month, reducing their meat consumption and helping towards environmental issues. When you talk about veganism, most people assume you mean your diet. But what about other aspects of your life, like clothing and beauty products?

Pinterest recently reported that the searches for Vegan beauty have increased by 281% since 2017, with more and more people interested in products that are vegan.

Whether it’s for health or happiness, we think giving Veganuary a go is a great idea. Making sustainable choices in your lifestyle can only benefit your health, wellbeing and the environment. If you’ve decided to give it a go, it can be quite daunting trying to work out what beauty products you can and can’t use. To make things a little easier, on our website we have an entire Vegan section. Keep reading to find out what our favourites are!

Dermalogica Biolumin – C Serum £71.99

If you’re looking for a brightening serum that is high performance, then the Dermalogica Biolumin C is perfect. Not only is it completely vegan, but it contains ultra-stable Vitamin C and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 that dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask – £11.25

Get beautifully clean, dewy skin in an instant with this mask full of mineral-rich Dead Sea mud. The rich formula gently extracts impurities from the skin and deeply moisturises for visibly clearer skin. All the AHAVA products are Vegan so you can stock up on a full skincare collection guilt free!

Fudge Clean Blonde Toning Shampoo – £18.99

If you have coloured blonde or platinum hair you can still use toning shampoos that are vegan! The Fudge Clean Blonde shampoo helps combat unwanted brassy and yellow tones in your colour-treated hair. The deeply cleansing shampoo effectively lifts away dirt and impurities while reviving the radiance of your blonde hair.

Dr Paw Paw Hot Pink Balm – £5.95

This balm is a multipurpose product that can instantly brighten your complexion with a shade that is guaranteed to suit all skin tones. The nourishing formula is enriched with an award-winning blend of Pawpaw (Papaya fruit), Aloe Vera and Olive Oil.

Elemental Herbology Bio Cellular Super Cleanse – £19.99

This is a luxurious milk cleanser that is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 and skin brightening botanicals which help to gently purify the skin and stimulate cell turnover. All the Elemental Herbology products are vegan and they have a beautiful collection of skincare products that are performance driven to give you the best results.

FD Beauty Mini Miracle Blending Sponges £4.50

That’s right, not all makeup tools are vegan! These FD Beauty sponges are great for getting in all the hard to reach areas. They’re perfect for applying product to the skin with a smooth and natural finish. Top tip: dampen your sponge slightly before application to stop it soaking up all your makeup.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Day Cream SPF30 – £49.99

Many of the Elemis skincare products are vegan and hallelujah because they are incredible! This is a daily moisturiser with SPF 30 that protects your skin throughout the day while also gently resurfacing the skin by stimulating the natural cell renewal cycle. This helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but also keeps you super hydrated throughout the day!

Get Up & Get Out – How to Wake Up Early and Get Ready Quickly

Get Up & Get Out – How to Wake Up Early and Get Ready Quickly

If you dream of the day you’ll spring out of bed and breeze out of the house in twenty minutes, you’re in luck! In this guide, we’ll bring you tried-and-tested tips and tricks to help you get up and get out without the drama.

Does the sound of your alarm send a shiver down your spine? You’re not alone! Waking up is a lot of people’s least favourite part of the day, particularly throughout the winter months, when the mornings are colder, darker, and altogether unappealing. If you’re waking up in the mornings feeling extremely groggy and unenergetic, however, there are some things that you can do to improve the start of your day.

When you’ve got your wakeup nailed down, it’s time to streamline your routine. With a little thought and preparation, it’s super-easy to cut down the steps you take towards skincare and beauty in the morning. We’ll get to that later – first thing’s first, here’s how to make waking up easier.

The benefits of waking up early

If you can start your day on a positive note, you’re more likely to have a great one. That’s why it’s so important that you can wake up and get ready without rushing around and getting stressed. Here are some of the benefits of waking up early:

  • You’re more likely to eat breakfast, which we all know is the most important meal of the day!
  • The morning is a great time to exercise when there aren’t any social commitments or excuses to get in the way. Your morning workout can help you feel energised all day long
  • When you wake up early, you have a chance to switch on before you get to work
  • You’ll have time to focus on tasks without interruptions, while the rest of the world is asleep
  • If you wake up early, you’ll be sleepier when bedtime comes around again

How to wake up early in the morning

Lifestyle is the key to feeling fresh and energised in the morning. If you’re used to drinking alcohol or eating unhealthily right up until bedtime, your sleep cycle is likely to suffer. Not only might you be depriving yourself of a deep, restorative sleep, but you’re also less likely to enjoy waking up than you might if you changed your habits.

Try some of these lifestyle changes for increased energy levels in the morning:

  • Stay hydrated – drink at least eight glasses of water a day to improve sleep quality and energy the next day
  • Stop eating a few hours before bedtime. Late dinners and snacking can disrupt sleep, and leave you feeling groggy in the morning
  • Avoid alcohol if you have an early morning ahead
  • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon
  • Stay away from your phone and laptop before bed. Blue light and over-stimulation can disrupt your sleep. Try reading or listening to a podcast instead

While some of these changes might not suit your lifestyle, making just a couple of them can work wonders for your sleep quality and how easy it is to wake up in the morning. Not to mention, these healthy lifestyle choices can improve your health and help you carry your morning energy right through the day.

Changing your lifestyle can make a huge difference when it comes to your sleep and overall energy levels. Still fighting to get out of bed? There’s more you can do if you live a clean life and you’re still struggling to wake up. Try out these techniques to make getting out of bed easier than ever:

  • Keep to a consistent sleep schedule, particularly through your working week. Try to stick to a rough bedtime and wake time every day, and your body will be less surprised when your alarm rings in the morning
  • Put out your clothes the night before to make the getting ready process easier
  • Never hit snooze! When you press the snooze button, your body is tricked into thinking it’s about to fall back into a deep sleep, making it even more difficult to wake up ten minutes later
  • Don’t check your phone while you’re still in bed. Get up, get ready, then enjoy your scroll – you’ve earnt it!
  • Let more natural light get into your bedroom by keeping the blinds open or with the help of a sunrise alarm clock
  • Find something that motivates you to get out of bed. Whether it’s an early workout, a walk with your dog or even just a breakfast you love, starting your day with something you enjoy can make all the difference

How to get ready quickly in the morning

You’re up, and you’ve made it to the bathroom. The hard part is over, now all that’s left to do is get ready for your day. Whether you’re pushed for time every morning or you’ve slept through your alarm and eaten into your getting-ready window, ensuring your morning routine is as stress-free and streamlined as possible can help make mornings happier.

Streamline your morning skincare routine

When it comes to cutting back your morning skincare routine, the key is the products you choose. Your morning routine should focus on cleansing and protection. Save your treatments, masks, and creams for evening, when you can really make the most of them. Keep it quick in the morning with these simple steps:

  1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser
  2. Apply a moisturiser with sunscreen (one product is better than two!)

That’s all you need! Ensuring your face is clean and protected before you move onto your makeup can help cut back the time you spend getting ready and keep your skin clear of excess product.

Remember to move quickly. There’s no need to mess around while you perform your morning skincare routine, just get in and get it done – the whole process shouldn’t take longer than five minutes.

Streamline your daily makeup routine

The part of our morning routine that can take the longest is, of course, makeup. Whether you’re trying to cover a breakout or working on perfecting your signature cat-eye, some parts of the makeup routine can eat up time without you realising.

The best way to keep your morning makeup routine quick is to keep it simple. We love dramatic full coverage makeup as much as the next person, but when it comes to early mornings, we’d rather have an extra half-an-hour in bed than a perfectly blended eye. Try cutting your makeup routine back to these basics and see how much extra time you have in the mornings.

A natural-looking makeup routine for every day:

  1. Apply a sheer foundation or tinted moisturiser with your hands. This step should only take a couple of seconds
  2. Dab concealer under your eyes and on any blemishes, working the product in with your fingers.
  3. Apply cream blush to your cheeks and lips, targeting two birds with one stone!
  4. Add a swipe of mascara
  5. Comb through your eyebrows with a translucent or tinted gel

Of course, you might want to add or remove a couple of steps. The way you do your makeup is personal, we get it. This five-minute routine is just an example of how easy everyday makeup application can be!

Streamline your morning hairstyling routine

Hairstyling can be as quick or as lengthy as you want it to be. The trick is preparation and knowing what works and what doesn’t. If you know you’re going to want your curly hair smoothed down in the morning, consider styling it the night before. You can blow out your hair or run the straighteners over it before bed, then sleep with it in a soft, low bun or ponytail to hold the style.

Another great way to minimise your morning hairstyling is to nail a couple of easy styles that work for your hair. A quick bun, plait, or ponytail can disguise messy hair and should only take a couple of minutes with enough practice. It’s nice to style your hair properly sometimes, but keeping it simple means less heat damage and more relaxed mornings – win-win!

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