FD Presents: Summer Skincare

FD Presents: Summer Skincare

It’s always important to look after your skin, regardless of the weather. But since the sun is shining it’s even more vital to protect your skin from the elements. Today, Steph is talking us through her summer skincare routine, and different ways you can improve your own!

It’s always important to cleanse the skin to remove both makeup and general dirt that builds up throughout the course of the day. One of the best cleansers on the market right now is the Decleor Cleansing Oil, as it gets rid of all traces of makeup in an instant, and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.

Suffering from spots? The Elemis Tea Tree SOS Spray is here to do just that – Save Our Spots (get it?). Steph likes to apply it to the skin using a wet cotton pad, almost like a toner. The tea tree will help to reduce redness as well as get rid of any infection.

For dry skin sufferers it’s always a good idea to use an exfoliator once or twice a week to get rid of any dead skin cells. The Coryse Salome Exfoliating Cream is perfect for doing just that, without irritating the skin!

Eye creams are a seriously important part of anyone’s regime, and Steph’s favourite right now has to be the Barielle Intensive Eye Zone Repair. It’s a great budget alternative to any high-end cream and works amazingly well at reducing the look of fine lines.

Another really important step is moisturising the skin. For summer, it’s always a good idea to layer on the sun protection, and one moisturiser that ticks both boxes is the Garnier Vital Restore Revitalising Day Cream with SPF. Steph like to apply it before her makeup to act as a great makeup base!

Already up to speed with SPF? Another great day cream is the Olay Total Effects Wake up Wonder Moisturiser, that includes 7 skin perfecting steps, including pre minimising technology and anti-fatigue ingredients. It’s another greg makeup primer, but without the flashback.

Finally, once you’ve cleansed your skin thoroughly it’s time to apply a treatment. This step is optional, but one sure fire way to leave your skin radiant is to apply the Elizabeth Arden Intervene Skin Tone Perfecting Capsules. They do exactly what they say on the tin, and make for a perfect quick overnight fix.

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Let us know your skincare secrets in the comments section below!

FD Presents: What’s In My Bag

FD Presents: What’s In My Bag

There’s nothing more satisfying than taking a little look through someone’s bag, so today Steph is letting us go wild through some of the beauty products she carries around each day…

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler | £9.99
Tangle Teezers are one of the most hyped up hair helpers around, so they really are a must in any girl (or guys) hand bag. Better yet? This one comes with a compact casing that keeps every protected.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream | £14.99
If there’s one multi-purpose cream on the market, it’s the Elizabeth Arden Skin Protectant. Not only does it work perfectly as an every day moisturiser, but it’s also great as a dewy skin highlight, and even a hair tamer!

Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray | £6.99
Cakey makeup is one big no-no in our books, so after applying powder we always like to freshen up our faces with a simple facial spray. This Evian offering is perfect for anyone, regardless of their skin!

MAC Select Pressed Powder | £19.50
Hot weather can sometimes result in shiny skin, so if you’re not going for that particular look we’d recommend a light dusting of the MAC Select Pressed Powder to keep the complexion looking flawless.

EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Brush | £11.99
When applying the powder, we like to use the EcoTools Retractable Kabuki because – not only is it is a great quality brush – it’s compact, hygienic, and seriously sleek.

Carmex Moisture Plus | £3.99
How could anyone survive spring and summer without a little pop of colour on their lips? The Carmex Moisture Plus lip balm comes in a variety of colours, tastes amazing and adds a subtle but utterly gorgeous to glow to perfect anyone’s pout.

Kenzo Flower Perfumed Deodorant Spray | £20.99
Times can get a little sticky in the summer, so to stay safe we like to carry around the Kenzo Flower Perfumed Deodorant Spray. Not only does it smell great, but it’s also perfect for applying public. No aerosol in sight!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Purse Spray | £24.99
Marc Jacobs perfumes are some of our favourite on the market, and not just because they come in a cute, compact travel size. The Eau So Fresh scent is great for topping up on the go.

Nip + Fab Dry Hands Fix | £4.99
Hands are one of the most neglected parts of the body in terms of moisturising, so to encourage us to keep our paws perfected we like to carry around the Nip + Fab Dry Hands Fix hand cream. Summer smelling hands? Yes please!

Let us know your must have handbag essentials in the comments section below!

Summer Editions Edit

Summer Editions Edit

Fragrance Direct have rounded up our edit of the summer season’s best limited edition fragrances. We’ve got it all from fresh marine scents to flirty florals to see you through the summer months!
Escada Turquoise Summer
Top of our list is the new scent from Escada for 2015. This fragrance is the annual limited edition designed around a serene summer atmosphere filled with blossoming orchards and butterflies.
It is a scent bursting with fruit notes, and complimented with uplifting floral notes. The fragrance opens with notes of pineapple and strawberry, followed with a floral heart that is drawn to a close as the scent moves into notes of blackcurrant and vanilla.
Calvin Klein Eternity Summer 2015
Next on our list is the traditional limited edition summer fragrance from Calvin Klein. Eternity Summer 2015 for Her and for Him. These fruit scents manage to be fresh and warm at the same time. These scents feature juicy top notes of pear, floral heart notes of peony and base notes of creamy sandalwood.

Jimmy Choo Exotic 2015
Jimmy Choo Exotic is described best as a summery, exotic and colourful interpretation of the original Chimmy Choo perfume that was first launched in 2011. It offers up a mix of Black Currant Sorbet and Fresh Pink Grapefruit opening notes, with a heart of Tiger Orchid and passion fruit settled on a base of Raspberries and Patchouli.
Calvin Klein CK One Summer 2015
Next the ultimate in unisex scents, Fragrance Direct presents Calvin Klein CK One with its limited edition summer fragrance entitled CK One Summer 2015. This unisex fragrance reflects the relaxing moments spent basking in the summer sun. This is a refreshing and energetic fragrance bursting with citrus aromas. The composition opens with notes of watermelon, gin and iced lemon. The scent then blends into a heart of cool cucumber, star anise and ginger. Finally the scent closes with amber, white musk and wood notes. This is an indulgent fresh scent for either men or women, perfect for the summer season.

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique and Le Male Summer Edition 2015
Last up is the 2015 summer edition of the Jean Paul Gaultier Classique and Le Male Limited Editions. The women’s fragrance is inspired by the wild Indian summer and housed in a new brightly coloured limited addition bottle covered with iconic images of India. The fragrance offers the wearer an exotic escape into a striking floral and fruity abyss. The composition opens with citrus notes of lemon, clementine and mandarin orange. Then the fragrance moves into a fresh heart of iris, ylang ylang and jasmine. Finally it comes to a close with base notes of musk, vanilla and amber. Jean Paul Gaultier Classique and Le Male Summer Edition 2015
The male scent is inspired by India and housed in a new brightly coloured limited addition bottle. The composition opens with fresh notes of lavender, mint and cardamom. Then the fragrance moves into a heart of green leaves and grass giving a fresh crisp mid note to the scent. Finally it comes to a close with base notes of musk, vanilla and creamy sandalwood.

Will you be trying any of these summer scents?

FD Presents: Top 10 Tanning Products

FD Presents: Top 10 Tanning Products

Summer doesn’t always mean sun, so to get you and your beach body ready for the days when the sun does decide to come out we’ve chosen to pick out ten of our favourite tanning products from our website. Some super luxe, some seriously budget friendly, but all sure to have you looking your best!

The first product is the Fake Bake Tanning Body Butter, which is specifically formulated to combat dry skin. This tanner is perfect for beginners as it’s so easy to apply due to it’s moisturiser consistency. As with all self-tanners, our advice is to exfoliate prior to any form of bronzing, just to be sure you get an even coverage!

Next up is the St Moritz Instant Self Tanning Mousse, which just so happens to be the cheapest out of this entire bundle. The mousse texture sinks into the skin almost instantly, and dries in a flash. We recommend applying this the night before you want your lovely tan. Be sure to shower off the excess product before you leave the house!

Another cheap and cheerful tanner comes in the form of Rimmel’s Instant Tan in Medium Matte, which lasts for up to 24 hours. We think this product is perfect for any quick fixes before a night out. Massage it into your skin and you’re good to go!

Next we have another Fake Bake product – this time in the form of the Flawless Self Tanning Liquid. Fake Bake is famous for their amazing bronzing products, but this has to be one of our most favourite of the bunch. It’s seriously easy to apply and – better yet – it doesn’t give off any of those tell-tale tan smells!

For a natural glow we absolutely love the Lancaster Fast Dry Bronze Water Spray. It does exactly what it says on the tin and is great for someone a little wary of self-tanning. We like to double up on our doses of this to add a bit more oomph to our skin.

The next product is another budget-friendly option. The Studio 35 Bare Legs Only Better spray is essentially great legs in a bottle. One application and any imperfections will be visibly reduce, without any streaks. It’s another great option if you’re running low on time but need a quick complexion pick me up.

Another great tanning product is the Crazy Angel Self Tanning Lotion, which – much like the Fake Bake Tanning Butter – is great for anyone suffering with dry post-winter skin. The bottle comes with a pump which makes for a really easy application, but it’s the colour guide that we love so much, as you can actually see where you’re applying the product!

Our most luxurious pick of all has to be the St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil. As with all St Tropez products, the colour pay off is absolutely amazing, and the tan really does last on the skin, but our favourite part about this oil is the finish it gives. Ever wondered how to get Victoria’s Secret legs? This is it.

Of course most tanning products are suitable for the face, but our next favourite is one that is fully formulated for just that purpose. Complete with anti-pore blocking technology this little tube is a must have for anyone that struggles with break outs, or just wants a little extra glow in the morning!

Finally is the Shiseido Daily Bronze Moisturising Emulsion, which is another great option for beginners. The product comes out looking exactly like a standard lotion, but once applied it starts to work its magic and creates a healthy touch of colour. It also helps to moisturise the skin both during and after application, so it’s a win win!