FD Presents: New Fragrance Review

FD Presents: New Fragrance Review

Autumn is the perfect time to start indulging in new scents for either yourself or your loved ones, so to help you out during this festive period we’ve chosen a few of our latest new releases and old favourites that are sure to suit just about anyone.

First up is the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium (£37.99) fragrance – perfect for anyone with a love for the original Opium scent, but also great for someone looking to branch into a deep, luxury perfume. Contains notes of coffee, pink pepper and and orange blossom with base notes of cedar and patchouli.

Next for the boys is Bvlgari Man In Black (£45.99) – a neo-oriental fragrance that boasts both masculine scents such as rum and cardamom as well as lighter floral notes, creating the perfect contrast and a unique fragrance.

Another FD favourite is Reveal by Calvin Klein (£44.99). This particular 50ml scent comes complete with a stylish pouch and sample size of body lotion that helps the perfume to last and last. The scent is light yet warming and is filled with notes such as salt and pink pepper.

Nuit D’Issey by Issey Miyake (£34.99) is a fantastic gift for any man, and is another product that comes complete with a free gift (a practical wash bag) when purchasing the 75ml bottle. This leathery, woody fragrance just lasts and lasts on the skin.

Another fragrance for the ladies is Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez (£32.99) which is a gorgeous, sophisticated powdery scent that would make the perfect gift for just about any woman. Plus, the bottle looks absolutely stunning!

A classic fragrance for men (and one that is celebrating 10 years) is Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss (£26.99). It’s loved by men of all ages due to it’s timeless citrus scent and is a perfect gift if you’re struggling for ideas this Christmas.

Finally for the girls is Stella by Stella McCartney (£33.99) that’s not only beautiful in appearance, but also in the way that it smells. The main focus of this fragrance is rose – a very current and popular scent for young adults. On first application the fragrance is light, and slowly transforms into a warm amber.

Lastly is another classic for men – Dolce & Gabbana The One (£38.99). This strong, masculine fragrance is one that is loved by both men and women, and never seems to go out of style. It’s a woody, oriental scent that has notes of tobacco, ginger and basil that makes it very unique to other amber-based scents. All in all, a perfect purchase for any man!

Let us know your favourite fragrances in the comments below!

Halloween How To’s

Halloween How To’s

As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, the witching hour of October 31st inches ever closer. Halloween is a huge day in the fancy dress calendar, but it no longer belongs to the half-hearted witch, ‘sexy’ cat or blood-soaked bat. That’s right ‘ women are doing Halloween with more enthusiasm than ever, but nowadays, it’s all about the glamour rather than the ghouls. Here at fragrance direct we are collaborated with Pauls Hair World to create some fabulous Halloween looks.
To create a look that incorporates Halloween trends while still remaining suitable for a night out, we’ve invited some fab beauty bloggers to try out 4 make-up tutorials that embody all things trick-or-treat. Easily achievable and high impact, these looks are a quick fix for all partygoers, whether you’re going for full costume or simple want to jazz up a normal outfit.
As shown by the bloggers we’ve chosen, these alter-egos are appropriate for all skin tones, making best use of everyday cosmetics over expensive fancy dress make-up. With a few simple items and our tips below, you’ll be a Hallo-queen in no time!

We’d like to introduce our bloggers…
Miss Budget Beauty
@msbudgetbeauty’s Mikhila is on a mission to prove that cosmetics don’t have to cost the earth. As well as her blog, she runs three different YouTube channels and co-edits lifestyle blog Style On Toast. This girl knows her lipsticks!
The Camera’s Lying
Started in 2011, @heyamyjane’s love of photography, films and reading blends with her passion for beauty products on The Camera’s Lying. Partial to a Netflix documentary with a good cup of tea, Amy is currently a philosophy student.
The Black Pearl Blog
When not looking after her son Zachary, Glasgow blogger Sandra (@TheBlackPearlB) is writing about skincare, DIY and make-up for The Black Pearl Blog. A certified face-cream addict, her passion for writing is clearly embodied in her glamorous run-downs of all things pretty.
She Might Be Loved
Georgina is a nearly 20-year-old, self-taught make-up artist that created She Might Be Loved, a blog for all things beauty and plus-size Fashion. She loves nothing more than making herself look unrecognisable with makeup. She’s also a big social media user ‘ follow her make-up creations on pinterest.com/georginarogan.
Of Beauty and Nothingness
Prolific scribbler Heather blogs about beauty, fashion and lifestyle for Of Beauty and Nothingness. She also writes for Bitchy Online, Hype, Sewlomax and Popbasic. Amazingly, she also finds time to tweet ‘ say hello at @ofbeautyand.
Amelia is a ‘glass half full’ girl from the heart of England, with an eclectic lifestyle blog and Youtube channel. She has a penchant for beauty, good food, crafty bits and a nice glass of fizz, living life’s little adventures’ one day at a time!
Ginger Girl Says
Ginger Girl Says is where the loves, loathes and purchases of @misscharl come together with a side of sass and a dose of laughter. If the UK did a budget version of Carrie Bradshaw, this is where you’d find her (but with better hair and less shoes).
Of Beauty and Nothingness
Prolific scribbler Heather blogs about beauty, fashion and lifestyle for Of Beauty and Nothingness. She also writes for Bitchy Online, Hype, Sewlomax and Popbasic. Amazingly, she also finds time to tweet ‘ say hello at @ofbeautyand.

A fancy-dress classic, the vampire has been rolled out time and time again, the go-to option for those who lack inspiration. But this year we’re not talking Twilight or True Blood; this is vampires re-vamped, oozing with sex appeal and ready to bite. Modelled by Amy of The Camera’s Lying and Heather from Of Beauty and Nothingness, Lady Vamp is a timeless look that will require very few touch ups throughout the night. Here are some recommendations to keep in mind when attempting the look for yourself:
No vampire look is complete without a blood drained face, so rid the glow from yours with a pale foundation and/or blended powder. Charles of the Ritz Powder in ‘Soft Pink’ or ‘Pink Sand’ is the perfect way to achieve a truly freshly-out-of-the-coffin look. Keep eyes sultry but severe with smoky tones, heavily applied under perfectly groomed brows.

Colorsport’s Eyes and Brow Kit will ensure that your arches are firmly in place, adding a much needed ‘hardness’ to the look. To balance out the rest of the face, Calvin Klein’s Delicious Luxury Creme Lipstick is a must ‘ choose between ‘Eros’, ‘Victorious’ and ‘Dangerous’ to add a touch of femininity to your otherwise colourless pallor.


Sassy and stylish, the Urban Witch is a hip and modern take on the long-established tradition of straggly locks, warts and pointed hats. Easily worn from day to night, the best part of this look is that it accommodates any colour scheme, so go wild with your make up drawer! Our broomsticked blogger Mikhila of Miss Budget Beauty went for beautiful purple shades with her look, but don’t be afraid to experiment with colours that flatter your skin tone. To see your own Urban Witch blossom in front of the mirror, follow our handy hints:
To allow the colour to come into its own, the Urban Witch needs a stark base. We’d recommend a porcelain foundation or cream power, applied and blended generously. Maxfactor Panstick comes in plenty of shades to achieve a suitable strong finish.

Next it’s time to work in the colour. The Urban Witch look is meant to be fun, so blend your shades until you have a two (or even three) tone-effect. Experiment with different swirls and patterns until you’re happy, but make sure to focus on deep shades that are befitting of the darkness of Halloween. Glo Minerals’ Alloy Eyes Collection or NYC’s Sparkle Dust are the perfect hues for aspiring witches. Finish off with a dark lip liner, shocking red lip and some quirky nails’ you’ll be ready to master some serious spell work in no time.



Much like her Marvel namesake, Poison Ivy is all about power, strength and a bold attitude. To avoid looking sickly, flatter the traditional greens associated with ivy with bright pops of pink, blue and purple, transforming the creepy into a couture-worth look. Bloggers Amelia and She Might Be Loved’s Georgina gave her own interpretation some serious shimmer, which you can channel for yourself with these guidelines:

As with the previous looks, start with a white base. L’Oreal’s White Perfect Pearl Foundation or Maxfactor Panstick will provide a ghostly, sheer coverage that will withstand the application of colour.

Ditch the solid green usually associated with poison ivy in favour of a mix of powerful brights. To get the most for your money, we’d recommend purchasing a multi-coloured palette: Evie Mai’s Silk Collection or Manhattan’s Super Nova Shadow blend well and help personalise the look.
When it comes to lips, the choice is yours. Pack a punch with Ultra Glow’s Magic Lips Illusion, or plump for a pretty pastel like L’Oreal’s Glam Shine Lip Gloss. Both colours will turn heads, but a more subtle shade will help make the eyes look extra-dramatic. If you’ve gone to town on your peepers, consider opting for the lower-key lip to avoid looking too cartoonish. For your hair, try a fabulous Long Red Halloween Wig and you’ll soon be ready to entice party-goers into your dangerous clutches. To go that extra mile we love the addition of Mesmereyz 1 Day Contact Lenses for a sexy spooky addition to the Poison Ivy look.



Natalie Portman’s cinematic depiction of the Black Swan was one of the most chilling looks of 2010, but it still manages to retain an air of striking elegance four years later. Sandra of The Black Pearl Blog and Charl from Ginger Girl Says channel this look brilliantly, making sure to focus on the stark contrast between a white base and the bold, flick-eyes. Here’s how you can steal their style for yourself:

Apply a bright white base to ensure that all your other make-up stands out. A great starting point is L’Oreal’s White Perfect Pearl Foundation, in the shade ‘Apricot Ivory’. A full pale face will ensure that those famous Black Swan eyes pop. To achieve them, mix shades of grey and black eyeshadow, accompanied by a strong black eyeliner to create the characteristic flick-eyed look. Used sparingly, a white eyeliner will act as a contrast, picking out details around the eyes.

To complete the look, make sure to keep lips bold and dark. A rich, deep plum or Blackberry shade will keep the look strong whilst still adding a pop of colour. All six shades of Bobbi Brown lip colour would work well, but our favourite is Blackberry. Then finally tame your locks into a tight top knot and brush through with Gold Glitter Hairspray for some added glamour. Don your best tutu, and you’re ready to dance!

Mastered your make-up in time for Halloween? We want to see your best interpretation of these four looks. Tweet us at @FragranceDirect and use the hashtag #FDHalloween.

FD Presents: Smokey Eye Tutorial

FD Presents: Smokey Eye Tutorial

Fragrance Direct have teamed up with Stephanie Toms creator of Cocochic and Beauty Talk Daily to bring you a new YouTube Series. Today we’re showing you how to go from bare-faced to a smokey-eyed goddess in just a few steps so that you’re ready for those autumnal evenings and festive parties.


First, start by applying the Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation with a large stippling brush – this will make sure you distribute the product evenly. For a natural finish, pat in with fingertips.

Now it’s time to apply the concealer – you know how this one goes. Apply the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer to the under eyes and any areas that might need a little extra coverage. Again, blend with fingers to ensure your skin looks dewy and natural – we want to keep the base free as we’re going for a full eye look.

To contour, lightly dust the Fake Bake Beyond Bronze Bronzer in the hollows of the cheeks – the brush included is perfect for a precise application. Then simply buff in.
Now onto brows – this step is optional, but we like to pair a strong eye with a strong brow. Today we’re using the Colorsport Smokey Eyes and Perfect Brow Kit because of the array of colours it has. Use them alone, or mix them up!

Onto the eyes. Using the W7 10 Out of 10 palette, start by defining the eyes with a matte brown shadow in the crease – as always, blend out to ensure everything looks fresh. Next, apply a deep purple shade (or any darker colour of your choice) to the centre of the lid for a slight pop of colour. Blend blend blend! To finish, add a touch of matte black to the outer corners to give it that real smokey finish.


Then, using the W7 Automatic Liner Pencil in Black, tight line the eyes for a more sultry finish. You don’t have to be precise with this one as we’re looking for that ‘bedroom eyes’ look. Finish the eyes with lots of mascara on both the top and bottom lashes (we’re using the Borjois Elastic Mascara due to it’s lengthening properties).

For the lips, apply the Glo Minerals Lipstick in Blush straight from the bullet for a fuller coverage. The nude lip will help to put emphasis on the smokey eyes we created before.

Want more drama? Apply the Jemma Kidd Creamy Shadow in Velvet to the outer corners of the eye. The creamy metallic texture will help the eyes pop and add a little extra glamour for a night out on the town (or if you just fancy a bit more sparkle). And you’re ready!