How to Hide a Hangover

How to Hide a Hangover

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 not…

  1. 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

  • Rehydrate

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!

  • Moisturise

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

  • Eye Treatment

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 Hydrating Primer

  • 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

  • Choose a bold lip

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!

Top Winter Sale Picks!

Top Winter Sale Picks!

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!

Fragrance

BOSS 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 and distinctive!

Bulgari 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.

Carolina 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.

Clinique 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.

Skincare

Clarins 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!  

Cowshed 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.

Decleor 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.  

Dermalogica 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.  

Hair

Fudge 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.  

Goldwell 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!

J.Maki Look Up Shampoo

 Look Up professional shampoo is perfect for everyday use as it is super mild on the scalp and doesn’t cause any irritation.

Makeup

L’Oreal 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.

Love & 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.

Q 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!

A Guide to Eyelash Extensions

A Guide to Eyelash Extensions

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 appointment

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 extensions last?

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 salon.

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 they start.

Making changes to your skincare routine

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 otherwise might.

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!

A Guide to Christmas Shopping for Husbands and Boyfriends

A Guide to Christmas Shopping for Husbands and Boyfriends

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:

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

This cleansing 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 Cream

Elizabeth 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 gift

A tried-and-tested 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 Christmas ever.

Step-by-Step Leg Makeup for Special Occasions

Step-by-Step Leg Makeup for Special Occasions

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 great.

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:

  1. Tan!

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!)

  • Moisturise

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 fade, moisturising your legs will make them appear healthier and more evenly toned.

  • Conceal key areas

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 the colour.

  • Cover larger areas with foundation

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 fragrance.

Secret Santa Gift ideas

Secret Santa Gift ideas

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 wrong!

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 brand!

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 free!

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 love it!

This gift includes a reusable cup and some pamper products too! Perfect for those who love to have their personal cup in the office!

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!