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.
For more beauty and
skincare advice, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!
Whether you’re looking to treat your
girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife, choosing the perfect Christmas present
can be tough. If their interests in skincare, makeup, and beauty are alien to
you, the job becomes even more difficult.
This year, let us help make your Christmas
morning special, with our Christmas gift guide for husbands and boyfriends.
Choosing the perfect skincare gift
Any skincare enthusiast will tell you how
important their routine is. Adding or skipping a step can be the difference
between plump, glowing skin and a not-so-great complexion.
If you know your partner is into skincare,
taking the time to choose a great gift for them is a great way to show how much
you pay attention.
To get a little understanding of their unique
skincare preferences, try to sneak a look around their bathroom. Look out for
products for dry, oily, or combination, or any favourite beauty brands, and
you’ll get a feel for what they love.
Some skincare items work for a range of skin
types. If you’re really stuck, choose one of these to be in with a good chance:
gel from Dermalogica is super-gentle, so it’ll be suitable for your partner,
whether they have sensitive skin or not. With a gorgeous smell and
tried-and-tested formula, this cleanser is just a little too pricey for many
skincare fanatics to buy for themselves, making it the perfect Christmas
present from a considerate husband or boyfriend.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant
Arden’s Eight Hour Cream is a skincare icon. It soothes irritations and
rehydrates hands, lips, and anywhere else in need of little extra care. The
ultimate “how did you know!?” stocking filler, you can pick up a lip
treatment and hand
cream from the same range to really spoil them.
Choosing a makeup gift
The burden of many husbands’ and boyfriends’
Christmas? Choosing makeup gifts that’ll make them beam with gratitude. The
easiest way to nail it is to choose a palette instead of a one-shade product
that might not suit them.
If you choose a palette with a good range of
luxurious, neutral colours, there are sure to be a few winners included. These
are some of the best makeup palettes for Christmas:
Choosing a fragrance
Christmas gift, fragrance is a little luxury that can really show you care. If
you’re stuck for festive inspiration, use our Christmas fragrance gift finder to choose the perfect scent for them or have a
look at our other guide where you can find both luxury & more
affordable perfumes for Christmas for your other half.
For more Christmas gift
ideas, take a look around our Christmas offers and discover stocking fillers, luxury gifts,
and candles and diffusers to set the scene. There’s something for everyone, and
with great discounts at Fragrance Direct, you’re heading towards your happiest
You’ve found the perfect
outfit, your hair is washed and styled to perfection, and you have your makeup
routine down to an art. Good to go? Not so fast! There’s a part of the
getting-ready routine that’s all too easy to overlook, but it can make a huge
difference to your confidence throughout that special occasion – legs!
While the idea of leg makeup might seem
ridiculous, there are plenty of reasons you might consider giving it a go.
Whether you’re looking to add a little colour to your sun-starved pins, or you
have a scar or bruise that you’d like to cover up, if you’re wearing a mini
dress or a pair of cut-offs, applying a product to your legs can help you feel
How to cover leg blemishes
Varicose veins? Bruises? Acne scars? There are
plenty of types of leg blemish that you might want to cover up, and there’s
nothing wrong with that!
The best way to cover up veins, bruises, scars,
and stretch marks, is by following this simple routine:
The night before your event, apply a good fake tan
product to your legs (and to the rest of your body, if you feel like it!)
We don’t need to tell you how important it is to
moisturise after applying a fake tan. Not only will this help prevent an uneven
your legs will make them appear healthier and more evenly toned.
If you have a particularly noticeable bruise or
scar that you’d like to cover up, simply dab on a full-coverage
concealer. Dab at the area with concealer, blending out at the edges until
your happy with the coverage.
Tip: if you’ve applied a self-tan, you might
need to choose a concealer in a darker shade than you’d usually use to match up
- Cover larger areas with
If you’re looking to improve the tone of your
legs overall, apply a full-coverage
foundation using a makeup sponge or brush. Make sure you blend in the
product evenly for a seamless finish.
Tip: choose a foundation with a hint of
shimmer for beautiful shiny legs.
The best fake tan for legs
Tanned legs often look more toned, and we all
know how much confidence a little colour can give. Whether you’re preparing for
a special occasion or you’re looking to improve your weekly tanning game, these
are some of the best leg fake tans and leg makeup products you can buy:
Looking for more skincare and beauty tips?
Keep exploring our blog for all the latest in skincare, makeup, beauty, and
Bagging the perfect gift for that person in the office who
you’ve spoke to whilst waiting for the photocopier can be super difficult!
You’re not sure what they’re into or what they like and you have to find
something for under £10! Luckily for you we’ve got the best beauty gift ideas
that all come in under budget… everyone likes beauty products so you can’t go
This trial sized set includes the Ultimate
Smoothing Serum, Age Benefits Cream and Aquamemory High Hydration Mask. The
perfect set for travelling and gives them the opportunity to try a new skincare
Give them the gift of luxury with this
gorgeous body butter from Love Beauty and Planet. It provides the skin with
nourishment and reveals soft and glowing skin. Plus it also vegan and cruelty
Soft and comfortable brushes that are
perfect for creating all kinds of makeup looks. At £8.99 for 10 different brushes
they are a real bargain and great quality!
Candles are the perfect secret santa gift,
who doesn’t love a candle?! This one from Jelly Belly leaves the room smelling
like your favourite Jelly Belly sweets!
Bath bombs and fizzer are perfect for those
who love to pamper. Stick one in the bath and sit back and relax. For £1.99 you
can definitely impress with your secret santa this year!
Give someone the gift of super soft,
hydrated lips this year with these gorgeous lip glosses. It also comes in a
cute gift set that is bound to wow them!
This gorgeous gift set includes a champagne
bubble bath along with 3 heart bath fizzers! For £3.99 it comes well under
budget so why not top it up with some choccies!
If you’ve picked someone out who loves
perfume then this makes the ideal gift! Elizabeth Arden fragrances are super
popular, and the Sunlight Kiss edition is no different, they’re guaranteed to
This gift includes a reusable cup and some
pamper products too! Perfect for those who love to have their personal cup in
Beyonce Heat Wild Orchid is an enticing,
mouth watering fragrance that emits a fierce, feminine energy! For any Beyonce
fans, this is a clear winner!