Spring Scents

Spring Scents

Here at the Fragrance Direct headquarters we’re ready to jump into a new season of fragrance! We’ve rounded up our top 5 scents for spring. These fresh new fragrances are the perfect way to put an extra spring in your step with just a spritz every morning! Focusing on floral and aquatic scents this season’s launches are guaranteed to please!
Dolce & Gabbana | Dolce Floral Drops
First up on our short list is the newest scent from Dolce and Gabbana. This scent is drops of pure luxury in every spritz! This new addition to the Dolce Range is called Floral Drops and is a lighter version of the original eau de parfum. The composition retains the classic scent of white floral from the eau de parfum, with the addition of papaya flower and fresh neroli scents. The perfume opens with those new notes, then moves into a heart of water lily, naricissus and amaryllis. The fragrance then closes with base notes of sandalwood, cashmere and musk, replicating the scent of freshly picked flowers sprinkled with morning dew.
Elie Saab | Le Parfum Resort Collection
Next on the list has to be one of our absolute favourites, this new edition to the Elie Saab collection is inspired by the Elie Saab fashion Resort Collection. This new limited addition fragrance promises an escape to the Mediterranean, and it most certainly delivers! The aquatic composition opens with top note of a sweet Fig and a Mandarin zest that adds a delicious and fresh sensation. In the heart note, the white and luminous Bouquet of the original fragrance signature is enriched by a solar Frangipani Flower. Finally the fragrance closes with base note of Cedar and Amber which gives elegance and sensuality to the fragrance trail.
Marc Jacobs | Sorbet
One of our most eagerly anticipated fragrances for the spring season is the newest Marc Jacobs Daisy limited edition. Released yearly, the limited editions have a cult following to rival the classic scents. Daisy Sorbet is a fun floral fragrance that delivers a colourful and fresh new scent. The perfume opens with fruity notes of passion fruit, pink grapefruit and pear. The composition then moves into a floral heart of lily, jasmine and wisteria. Finally the fragrance ends with base notes of musk, cedar and violet. This is a perfect edition to the Daisy collection and the ideal scent for any Marc Jacobs fragrance lover!
Stella McCartney | Stella Eau de Toilette
Our last pick for the ladies is the new scent from Stella McCartney the STELLA Eau de Toilette. This new addition to the STELLA range is a softer, more floral version of the original eau de parfum. STELLA Eau de Toilette is inspired by the idea of a fresh, dewy rose captured in the morning sun. Underscored by sparkling green notes, this bright and bold composition creates a young, fresh fragrance. The perfume opens with notes of mandarin, freesia and iced lemon. The fragrance then moves to a heart of soft rose, finishing on a warm base note of amber.
Valentino | Uomo Edition Noire
Just launched, this collector’s edition fragrance has been re-housed in a stunning black opaque bottle, holding the original scent inside. The scent opens with top notes of bergamot and myrtle which lead into a warming heart of coffee, chocolate and hazelnut. The composition then finishes on masculine notes of leather and cedar. This fragrance is a must have scent for men and the collector’s edition is no exception!

What scent will you be wearing for spring?

FD Presents: Spring Makeup & Competition

FD Presents: Spring Makeup & Competition

Don’t miss your chance to win the makeup used by Steph in this video! Simply comment below with a beauty tip you learned from your Mum & you could win this beauty bundle – perfect for Mother’s Day!
>> Competition closes 12.03.15 at midnight. A winner will be selected at random and announced 13.03.15. The winner will be contacted by email and announced on the blog. GOOD LUCK! <<

The Steps…

Spring is here which means it’s time to say goodbye to the smokey eyes (at least for the time being) and get back on board with peachy cheeks and pink pouts. Lacking inspiration? Here’s our favourite go to look for the moment, and all it requires is six products!

Start creating your perfect base using the Fashionista Ready To Wear Luminous Foundation. Apply the product using your finger tips to ensure it meshes in well with your own natural skin – this will help to create a natural, dewy glow that’s perfect for every day. Looking for a little more coverage? Apply a second light coat of the product in trouble areas to give you a flawless finish.

Next it’s time to add powder to the skin to ensure your makeup stays all day. To mattify the skin, lightly dust MAC’s Select Sheer Pressed Powder all over your face, leaving your cheeks powder-free for a fresh luminosity. Finish up your face with a light dusting of L’Oreal Le Blush in Apricot on the apples of your cheeks to brighten up the look.

The next steps of the look are all about adding definition with a minimal amount of makeup. To define the brows naturally and keep them in place, brush them upwards using the Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper and carefully shape them as desired. Press the product into the brows to create a wet look finish.

Since the focus is all on the lips with this look, all that’s needed is a few lashings of Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Colour Maximum Volume mascara. Coat both the top and bottom lashes, leave them to dry, and apply another layer to create fuller looking doll-like lashes.

Finally it’s time for the real star of the show: L’Oreal’s Matte Lipstick in Glamour Fuchsia. Since this lipstick is matte, it’s also very long wearing, which means you don’t even need a lip liner for serious precision. Apply it straight from the bullet, press your lips together and you’re good to go!

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Mother’s Day Beauty Wishes, Granted!

Mother’s Day Beauty Wishes, Granted!

There’s no better way to treat your mum this Mother’s Day than with a delightful bit of indulgence. From gorgeous scents to the most sumptuous of face masks, having a pamper afternoon is something your mum will love, and you can take part in too.

For a really easy way to brighten, rejuvenate and refresh facial skin, this Decleor Life Radiance Flash Radiance Mask, £17.99 is the perfect way to see quick results. It works in just three minutes, meaning you can count down the seconds to reveal your beautifully smoothed skin. It’s also great for when your skin is looking a little tired, so treat Mum to a spot of me-time this March 15th.
Pamper treatments needn’t be limited to your face, this Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Hand Treatment, £8.99 will keep Mum’s busy hands feeling soft and lovely for longer, without leaving a greasy feeling behind.

One neat way to make sure make up is giving the results it should is to give those brushes a bit of a refresh. A new set of brushes is the ideal gift this Mother’s Day; that way Mum can make her makeup flawless in one simple stroke. This W7 Foundation Brush, £2.99 provides a nice even coverage, or how about a W7 Sponge Applicator, £2.75 for a more precise application.

Grant your Mum some precious relaxation time this March 15th with some luxurious bath products. These Rose & Co Patisserie De Ban Cupcake Bath Fancies, £6.99, will look just wonderful as a decorative item around the bath while waiting to be used, and the beautiful scent is sure to leave her feeling perfectly relaxed and calm too – what a treat!

Everyone has a favourite fragrance. Some scents bring back wonderful memories of happy times, while others help you start your day feeling full of confidence. Why not treat your Mum to her favourite scent this year? Whether that’s a Marc Jacobs Daisy Sorbet, a classic Armani Code, or something new, like Stella McCartney Stella EDT.

However you treat your Mum this year, we hope you have a lovely day!