FD Presents: No Makeup Makeup Look

FD Presents: No Makeup Makeup Look

No makeup makeup is all the rage this season. What is it you ask? Well, in short, it’s make up to make you look like you’re not wearing anything! Kind of like an au-naturals you, but a bit more polished. Better yet, it’s so so easy to recreate on yourself. Don’t believe us? Here’s how it’s done.

Start by applying a lightweight foundation or BB Cream. Steph here is using the L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation due to it’s water-like consistency and added SPF 18 benefits. When applying the foundation Steph opted to use her fingers to ensure the product was blended right into her skin, giving her a natural, flawless finish.

Next, Steph is using the Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer to help brighten any under eye circles, as well as disguise any blemishes or dark spots. The technique to creating a no makeup look is simple: less is more, especially when it comes to concealer. No one is born perfect, so it’s good to let a few imperfections shine through!

The next step is to add colour to the face to help give it some dimension. To do this, Steph is using a combination of both bronzer and blusher. First, she applies the MAC Bronzing Powder in ‘Matte Bronze’ to the contours of the cheeks, the neck, and the temples. A light dusting of this bronzer will help warm up the complexion as well as create natural shadows on the skin. For a pop of colour apply the Rimmel Stay Blushed cream blush in ‘Apricot Glow’ to the apples of the cheeks.
This step is optional, but for those that love a fuller looking brow, gently fill in any gaps using the W7 Super Brows Super Definition Eyebrow Pencil. Once you’re happy with the shape, brush them through for a natural effect.

What’s a makeup look with a bit of mascara? Again, to keep this all looking really natural, Steph is using the Maybelline Stretch & Define Mascara in brown, as it’s a lot less full on than black. Apply just one light coating of mascara to your top lashes to give a slight lift to the look.

And finally, finish off the look with a natural tinted lip balm. For this, Steph is using a Rodial Glamstick in the shade ‘Bite’. Not only do the Rodial Glamsticks look amazing, but they’re also great at adding moisture to the lips, which is perfect for those hot summer days!


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Review and Win Competition with Gucci Bamboo

Review and Win Competition with Gucci Bamboo

Fragrance Direct have teamed up with Gucci to offer 10 lucky followers the chance to be one of the first to try out and review the newest scent, Gucci Bamboo!

The Gucci Bamboo woman is said to be an alluring mix of many sides. The epitome of strength combined with feminine allure. Intriguingly beautiful, emerging star Gal Gadot is the face of Gucci Bamboo!

To enter the competition comment below with a 100+ word review of your favourite summer fragrance. We will select the top 10 reviews and send the winners a full size Gucci Bamboo fragrance for you to test, review and enjoy!


>> Competition ends 09.08.15 at Midnight. Winners will be selected 10.08.15 and asked to submit a 100+ word review 48 hours after receiving the Gucci Bamboo Parfum 50ml. Competition open to UK residents only. Winners will be contacted by email and have 7 days to reply. GOOD LUCK <<

Wedding Season! Spend or Save?

Wedding Season! Spend or Save?

It’s official wedding season is upon us! But are we really a nation of purse pinchers when it comes to weddings? It does seem that way!

Forget the notion of celebrating the happy couple, it seems the average Brit can’t see past what it’s going to cost them to attend the nuptials of their nearest and dearest.

Factoring in hen and stag parties, new outfits, travel, hotels and of course a meaningful gift, the average cost for guests attending weddings in the UK is now a pricey £377*. If you’re popular and shell this out for three engaged friends this Summer, you’re looking at an hefty £2,262 for you and your plus one ‘ more than the average monthly salary.

A new survey out today concludes that we’re watching the pennies so closely that we’ll go to great extremes to RSVP ‘no’ to those invitations coming through the post. So much so that one in five of those surveyed, openly admitted to avoiding weddings altogether ‘ some for up to four years – for fear of the dreaded cost of being someone’s wedding guest.

Almost 50 per cent of those asked added that they think all weddings should be local to the couple so that guests don’t have to travel at all ‘ a trend that’s luckily returning with 68 per cent of those surveyed saying they spent less than £50 getting to the last wedding they attended.

Shockingly, 57 per cent said they had spent less than £50 for an outfit for the last wedding they attended and 78 per cent had spent even less than that on hair and makeup.

Surprisingly however we’re a nation of perfume lovers, with 66 per cent purchasing a new fragrance especially for a wedding they would be attending.

If travelling, smelling great and getting ready for the big event weren’t costly enough for us bargain hunting Brits, 48 per cent of those asked said they ‘hated’ being told to buy from a registry as they’re limited by price and of these gift list loathers 30 per cent much prefer to just give cash in an envelope and literally count the pennies for their gift.

Worse still, of those surveyed more than half admitted to spending less than £25 on the wedding gift for the last ceremony they actually made the effort to attend ‘ straying from age old wedding etiquette that says guests should spend approximately the same amount on their gift for the couple as the couple spend on them at the wedding breakfast.

In an ideal world where money was no object, we would all attend the weddings of our friends and family in designer dresses and suits and would buy the most expensive item on the gift list ‘ and while we’re dreaming those surveyed voted that their perfect wedding dates are Gerard Butler – with David Beckham coming a close second. Coincidentally his wife Mrs. Beckham was rated as the least favourite lady to take as a date with Jennifer Anniston coming up top to have on your arm – newly married Michelle Keegan came a close second. Shockingly, Harry Styles came bottom of guys women would want as a date.

The poll of 2,487 adults was conducted last month across the country.

Let us know what you think in the comments below?