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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
- Don’t check your phone while
you’re still in bed. Get up, get ready, then enjoy your scroll – you’ve earnt
- Let more natural light get into
your bedroom by keeping the blinds open or with the help of a sunrise alarm
- 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:
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser
- 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
A natural-looking makeup routine for every
- Apply a sheer
foundation or tinted moisturiser with your hands. This step should only
take a couple of seconds
- Dab concealer
under your eyes and on any blemishes, working the product in with your fingers.
- Apply cream blush to your cheeks and lips, targeting two
birds with one stone!
- Add a swipe of mascara
- 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
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 –
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The skincare industry is evolving, and with
it, the types of products we’re seeing on shelves and in our rotation. Gone are
the days when a colourful package or a designer label were enough. We want more
from our products in every way. More science, more information, and more
Because it’s changing so quickly, the skincare
game is becoming increasingly difficult to understand. With more brands than
ever focusing on single proven ingredients to target our skin’s problems,
knowing how to choose the best ones for you is more important than ever.
Our choices are expanding, with more and more
products becoming available to target a range of niche skincare issues.
Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient we’re seeing a lot of, and it seems like
influencers are urging us to try hyaluronic miracle products at every scroll.
Of course, you have questions. What’s the big
deal? Is hyaluronic acid safe? What does it to? There’s plenty to know before
you start slathering it onto your skin, and we’re here with the answers. The
good news is, hyaluronic acid is just as great as they say, and it’s
What is hyaluronic acid?
First up, we know it doesn’t sound like
something you should put on your face. So many of our favourite skincare
products are about soothing, calming, creaminess, and that’s great. While
hyaluronic acid might sound scary, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
For many of us, hyaluronic acid is the secret to
smoother, better-hydrated skin. Skin produces it naturally to maintain a proper
moisture balance, but it can be hard to produce enough because of things like
ageing, weather, and other environmental factors. When hyaluronic acid lacks,
skin’s appearance can suffer.
Hyaluronic acid is important for the skin to
maintain a good level of hydration by holding moisture. When you apply it
straight onto your skin, it works like a magnet for moisture, helping your
cells hold as much as possible and making skin’s surface appear well-plumped and
How does hyaluronic acid work?
Another good question! A single drop of
hyaluronic acid can hold a much larger amount of water. This miracle product
(yes, we’re calling it that) can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in
water. It can also regulate the amount of moisture taken in by cells, which
means the ingredient won’t overhydrate your skin.
When you apply a drop of hyaluronic acid onto a
slightly damp face, you’re essentially locking that moisture into your skin to
absorb as necessary. Sounds good, right?
What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid?
There are plenty of reasons to be using
hyaluronic acid. The main benefits are as follows:
- Hydrated skin feels softer and
appears more radiant
- When skin is well-hydrated,
fine lines and wrinkles are less visible
- It works for any skin type!
Because it’s a natural ingredient, you can use it whether you have dry, oily,
or combination skin
Is hyaluronic acid safe?
Would we recommend it if it wasn’t? Hyaluronic
acid is totally safe, don’t be scared by the name. Like other types of acid, it
doesn’t strip anything away or cause damage to skin’s natural balance.
Hyaluronic acid simply hydrates.
Is hyaluronic acid right for my skin?
Honestly, hyaluronic acid is right for all skin.
No matter what your skin type or what you’re trying to achieve, adding
hyaluronic acid to your routine can work wonders.
If you’re concerned about the effects of ageing
on your skin, try hyaluronic acid to improve hydration and elasticity. If you
think your skin is dry or dehydrated, don’t hesitate! A drop of hyaluronic acid
a day can banish dullness and give your skin the plump appearance you’ve been
The best hyaluronic acid products to add to your routine
There are plenty of ways to add hyaluronic acid
to your skincare routine, whether you’d prefer a serum, a mask, or a
moisturiser. Choose the products that work for you and start making the most of
this wonder ingredient!
Hyaluronic acid face masks
Hyaluronic acid eye treatments
Hyaluronic acid creams and serums
Hyaluronic acid combines with white truffle oil,
an ingredient that’s known for its medicinal values. White truffle is made up
of 73% water, as well as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. This product
stimulates cell repair and helps fight signs of ageing.
This serum helps give dry, dull complexions a
boost. As well as hyaluronic acid, apple extract helps improve skin tone and
texture, while olive squalene accelerates cell growth.
This duo moisturiser combines hyaluronic acid
with vitamin c and avocado oil. It penetrates deep into the skin to hydrate and
improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This age-defying resurfacing cream is great for
use in the day or night, helping to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of
fine lines and wrinkles. With hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and sweet almond
oil, this cream helps hydrate and keeps skin feeling young and supple.
This hyaluronic acid serum targets fine lines
and wrinkles, and plumps and hydrates skin to make it appear firmer and more
This anti-ageing moisturiser targets the eye
area. It’s formed with hyaluronic acid to hydrate deeply, while other
ingredients help improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone,
dullness, and weakened skin surface.
A hyaluronic acid lip serum? Yes, please! This
product is designed to plump and intensely nourish lips without feeling heavy
Thalgo Hyaluronic Cream rejuvenates the skin,
helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and fill in wrinkles.
Sold on hyaluronic acid? We thought so! Add this
ingredient to your skincare routine in one way or another and start reaping its
hydrating benefits. We’re sure you’ll be glad you did.
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It’s that time of year where desk prosecco and late nights
become the norm, combined with all the amazing Christmas food that’s
surrounding us constantly, our skin can take a bit of a battering!
You’ve had a great night, knocked back one too many glasses of
sauvignon and you’re definitely not alone… but now we can barely keep our eyes
open come 8am and falling asleep sat up.
We’ve decided to put together our top tips to make it LOOK
at though you’re feeling all bright and sparky when, in reality, you’re definitely
- Wash your face
Chances are you got home stupidly late last
night and didn’t run through your usual 3 step skincare routine. We’ve all been
there! But this is horrendous for your skin, to make up for it now, use a
really good quality cleanser to give your face a good wash. Getting rid of all
the makeup and grime is the perfect place to start to help make your skin look
a little fresher.
We love the Elemis
Superfood Facial Wash
We all know alcohol is super dehydrating,
it literally robs your skin of any moisture and in turn makes you look dull,
dry and tired. Make sure in the morning you’re getting as much water into your
body as possible, it’s also a great idea to include electrolytes. They are a
blend of sodium and minerals which help your body hold onto water. Coconut
water is full of natural electrolytes so that’s a great choice!
Get that big moisture hit straight into
your skin! Hydrating is the key component to recovering from a hangover so
using a thick, ultra-hydrating moisturiser on your face will help give your
skin a pick me up.
We love the AHAVA
Mineral Radiance Cream SPF15
Tired, puffy and red eyes are a huge
tell-tale sign of a hangover. Find yourself a fatigue busting eye cream that
has lots of vitamin c in it, this will help make your eyes look a bit brighter!
We love the Dermalogica
Intensive Eye Repair
- Use a primer before makeup
With a hangover you might want to slap on
some makeup before you leave the house to conceal any sins. Using a primer
before your foundation will help in the steps to hide any imperfection.
Particularly a hydrating primer will help keep your skin hydrated throughout
the day as well as giving you a smoother base.
We love the Sleek
- Concealer is your best friend
Concealer is the one product you can’t live
without when trying to hide a hangover. It works to hide any under eye bags,
cover pesky blemishes and colour correct dullness. Look for a creamy concealer
that is hydrating and brightening.
We love the Rimmel
Lasting Radiance Concealer
The best tip to hide a hangover is adding a
bold lip! Distraction is the best form of concealment!
We love the Bourjois
Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick
We hope these tips help get you through the
festive period, we’ll definitely be using them!
Our HUGE Winter Sale is here! As we head into 2020 it’s only
right, we start with some game changing discounts! This the perfect chance to
pick up anything you were desperate for this Christmas, but your partner didn’t
quite get the hint. The main bonus now is that they’ll all have amazing savings,
so you can forget the guilt factor!
Keep reading to check out some of our favourite sale picks
for you to grab asap!
Bottled Eau de Toilette Gift Set 100ml
If you love BOSS Bottled, then this gift set is the perfect
addition to your collection. You get so much added value with the 100ml
deodorant and the 100ml shower gel too! A fresh, fruity scent that is classic
Goldea The Roman Night Eau de Parfum 75ml
Goldea The Roman Night evokes the illuminating energy
emanating from a festive and starry night in the Eternal City: Rome. This
perfume is a truly magical potion which embraces and exalts the senses with
notes of chypre, night-blooming jasmine and tuberose blossoms.
Herrera 212 Sexy Men Eau de Toilette 100ml
212 Sexy Men is a bold, sexy aftershave that leaves a
lasting impression. A blend of bergamot, mandarin orange and green top notes
moving through to a warm base of amber, musk, sandalwood and vanilla.
Have a Little Happy Giftset 30ml
Clinique Happy is an iconic fragrance that instantly makes
you think of Clinique. A hint of citrus, a wealth of flowers and a mix of
emotions. Happy is a modern fragrance that is layered with florals and ruby
grapefruit, boysenberry bush flower and Hawaiian wedding flower. The gift set
comes with a 30ml fragrance and a 75ml body cream.
Body Treatment Oil Relaxing Soothing
This relaxing body treatment oil has pure plant extracts
including geranium, petit grain, camomile and basil that help to relieve stress
and fatigue for a total feeling of wellbeing. The perfect product to relieve
that post-Christmas stress!
Spearmint Exfoliating Sea Salt Scrub
Treat yourself to a home pampering session with the Cowshed
Exfoliating Sea Salt Scrub. Your skin will be buffed and polished to perfection
thanks to the sea salt crystals suspended in nourishing Macada.
Green Mandarin Night Balm
This night balm is 100% natural origin with bees and
carnauba waxes that contain a blend of Citrus essential oils. These essential
oils provide an energy-boosting care to the skin throughout the night so you
wake up feeling refreshed, with super soft skin.
UltraCalming Treatment Kit
This is a great introduction to the solution led skincare
brand. The Treatment Kit works perfectly to make sure your skin is feeling
cool, calmed and on the healthy skin track! It contains 4 products you get you
started on the right skincare regime for you.
Make a Mends Shampoo
This shampoo is ideal for hair that needs to be repaired.
Specially designed to reduce fly away hair and enhance your natural gloss, it
promotes smoothness and shine, providing protection against thermal styling, UV
and environmental damage.
Style Sign Naturally Full Bodifying Spray
Give your locks a boost of volume and texture with this
bodifying spray that works to give you endless styling options. Formulated with
the lightness of a fluid but the unbeatable control of a stronger paste. You
just need to work a pea sized amount into towel dried hair, it’s that simple!
Look Up Shampoo
professional shampoo is perfect for everyday use as it is super mild on the
scalp and doesn’t cause any irritation.
Infallible Total Cover Foundation
Infallible Total Cover Foundation offers a flawless, full
coverage base that lasts up to 24 hours. The zero-compromise formula covers
everything from blemishes, redness and tattoos without overloading the skin.
& Kisses Makeup Brush Set
This gorgeous makeup brush set is all you need for a quick
and easy makeup brush application. Containing 4 brushes, two for the face and
two for your eye makeup.
KI Carnival Colour Nail Polish Gift Set
This nail polish set contains 8 beautiful nail polish
colours that are super bright and perfect for making a statement!
Make sure you check out everything in our sale category to
find all the best bargains!
Ready to dive into the
world of eyelash extensions? Semi-permanent lashes are a great way to cut back
the time it takes you to apply a full face of makeup and can help make your
eyes really pop!
It’ll be super-important
that you know how to look after your lashes properly if you’re going to get the
most out of them. So, before you take the plunge, read our guide to lash
extensions and get familiar with the procedure and maintenance.
Before you make the
Before you book into your
local salon, do a little research and figure out the best place to go. It might
be worth travelling further for more professional treatment.
Look for a salon that is experienced in the application of individual lashes.
Individual lashes often look more natural than strip lashes, as they can be
applied to suit your unique eye shape and size. Applying individual lashes
takes skill, which is why it’s so important you find a therapist you trust.
How long do eyelash
Six to eight weeks on
average, but you’ll need to care for your lash extensions properly to get the
most out of them!
Choosing lashes you love
Everyone’s eyes are
different, which means some people can take full, thick sets of eyelash
extensions and others might feel better with a more subtle finish. The lash
style you choose will depend on your personal preference and style as much as
on your eye shape, and it’ll help to make the decision before you reach the
To see how different
thicknesses and lengths will make you feel, try on a selection of false eyelashes before your appointment. If you’re nervous or
new to the world of semi-permanent eyelash extensions, we recommend you start
with less. Even just a few individual lashes can make a huge difference to the
way you look!
You’ll also want to
consider the type of eyelashes you choose. There’s plenty out there, from
natural-looking silk to more dramatic synthetic mink. If you’ve chosen the
right salon, you’ll be able to decide what’s best with your therapist before
Making changes to your
If you usually use an
oil-based makeup remover, mask, or moisturiser, you’ll need to rethink
your skincare routine once you have your eyelash extensions applied. Oil in skincare will break down the glue that holds your
extensions in place, so can make them come away more quickly than they
You’ll also need to be
careful not to damage your lashes when you’re removing eye makeup. We recommend
using a gentle cleanser and a cotton pad to remove your eyeshadow and mascara and remember to move in small outward strokes
to avoid messing up your extensions.
How to get eyelash
extensions off without damage
If you want to take your
eyelash extensions off at home, there are a couple of ways you can.
Pick up an eyelash
extension remover online or from your salon and brush the formula into your
lashes. Wait for a few minutes, then brush the product through again. Repeat
this until all your extensions have slipped off, then clean the eye area with a
gentle eye makeup remover.
You can use coconut oil
instead of a professional product. Simply brush or soak your lashes using a
cotton pad and wait for the extensions to slide off.
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skincare advice, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!