Party Season Makeup Inspiration

Party Season Makeup Inspiration



As we get closer and closer to December it can only mean one thing’ Christmas Party Season! If you’re like us and love switching up your makeup looks and experimenting with different products and trends then you’re in luck, we’ve pulled together our full Pinterest board of our favourite festive makeup inspiration and how you can get the look!

Metallic- There’s so many metallic foil shadows out there that we just have to try out this trend over the festive season. Update a classic smoky eye with a foil shadow in either a copper brown or silvery shade to really complement your makeup. If you’re feeling really brave why not match a metallic lip too! Tip: spray some fixing spray onto your eyeshadow brush to really intensify the look! We love this W7 Yummy Eyes Baked Eyeshadow!


Matte Velvet- Velvet is huge in all the high street shops at the moment. If you’re not brave enough to go full velvet with your outfit why not add a classic velvet matte touch to your makeup? These matte textures are super flattering and you can go bold on your lips and eyes! This Nars Pure Matte Lipstick is perfect for creating that velvety look; try the shade Vesuvio for a deep plum. Also layering a matte liquid liner over a smoky will keep those lips looking classic!


Glitter- Well we can’t have a festive makeup look without a bit of glitter! Whether you want to go bold with a glitter lip, or subtle with a top coat of glitter mascara it just instantly makes you feel Christmassy! We’ve been seeing a lot of ‘glitter tears’ looks around and can’t wait to see who’ll be rocking those all over Instagram! This L’Oreal Million Lashes glitter topcoat is perfect to put that twinkle in your eye. We also have plenty of glitter eyeliners to get your hands on!


Frosted- Winter is all about icicles and snow so why not transform this into your makeup look. There are plenty of options to frost up your makeup from shimmery shadows to silvery gemstones and we’re just obsessed with it all! Try a frosty blue hue on the eyelids if you have browns eyes and this will really make your eyes stand out. Make sure you add a liquid illuminator to give your skin that extra sparkle! We love this Revlon Skin Lights Face Illuminator!


Iridescent- Sheer and shimmery products allow you to go as minimalist or bold as you like. If you want to keep it fresh but quite toned down why not add a clear gloss over nude lips and a nude wet look shadow on the eyes, this will keep your makeup super on trend but also soft. Try this Daniel Sandler Luxury Lip Gloss. If you want to go bold try an iridescent colour on the lids such as greens and purples to really make a statement! You can also add a frosted lip colour to complete the look, we also love this Daniel Sandler Lipshine Lipstick to give a sheen!


Tag us @fragrancedirect on Instagram with all your festive party makeup look!

New Brand: Crabtree & Evelyn

New Brand: Crabtree & Evelyn



Here at Fragrance Direct we’ve got a great new brand on site, Crabtree and Evelyn. We wanted to give you a quick run down on what they’re all about and why we’re so excited to welcome them to the FD family.

Crabtree and Evelyn are world renowned for quality fragrances, beautifully presented gifts and indulgent bath and body collections. Inspired by nature, the brand draws on its rich heritage and knowledge of plants to offer botanically inspired products, which enliven the senses and add a touch of luxury to everyday rituals.

A bit of history; founded in 1972, Crabtree and Evelyn was started as a small family business by Cyrus Harvey. He had a passion for travel and an inherent in all things natural. His inspiration came from the life of John Evelyn, who was one of the first naturalists and conservationists.
‘ Explore everything, keep the best’ was the motto of John Evelyn and to this day continues to be the guiding inspiration for Crabtree and Evelyn.

Today, more than 40 years since the company began, they continue to draw on the rich heritage and knowledge of plants and botanicals while embracing new discoveries. This is expressed in their product range of beautifully packaged body and hand care luxuries and home spa essentials. The Crabtree apple became the icon for the brand in the 1980’s and the brand began to become recognisable for its inimitable and uniquely crafted style and the first UK store opened on Kensington High Street.


Crabtree and Evelyn have travelled the world in search of inspiring, efficacious and unusual ingredients for their fragrances and products. They are dedicated to producing products that transform everyday rituals into extraordinary, pleasurable experiences and that create a moment of self-indulgence for the user.

The current ranges include:
Hand Care Collection
Fine Fragrance Collection
Botanical Collection
Men’s Grooming Collection

So whether you want to look good or feel better or both, allow Crabtree and Evelyn to take you on a journey of discovery to ‘Explore everything. Keep the best’.


FD Presents: How To Make Your Perfume Last Longer

FD Presents: How To Make Your Perfume Last Longer

Perfume can be expensive. Sigh. The luxurious scents we love can make a huge difference to everyday mood and self-confidence, but fueling the passion can feel like a chore when replacing each bottle means such a big knock to your bank balance.

Whether you wear your signature scent each day or you’re trying to make that special occasion bottle last longer, there are plenty of ways to make your perfume last longer from the moment you apply it to your skin. Make the most of your favourite scent with our tips and tricks for longer-lasting perfume and find some more exciting ways to spend the money you save each month!

Making perfume last longer

Here are our ten expert tips for making the most of your favourite perfume:

  1. Understand perfume types
  2. Choose a stronger scent
  3. Store it well
  4. Keep your skin hydrated
  5. Moisturise before application
  6. Apply to damp skin
  7. Spray it in the right places
  8. Don’t rub!
  9. Apply scent to your clothes
  10. Use every drop!

Understand perfume types

Knowing a little about the different types of perfume can help you make the best decisions at the start of your journey. Choosing a perfume with a long-lasting formula will mean more time between replacements, so you can save money and get the most out of your favourite scent.

From eau de toilette to parfum, from cologne to body spray, there are lots of different perfume types available, which means choosing the best formula can be difficult. What’s the difference? Eau de toilette, cologne, and body sprays have a lower concentration of fragrance oils, which means a more subtle scent that wears away quickly.

If you’re looking for a formula that promises to last, choose an eau de parfum, which will be more highly concentrated and will last longer on your skin. A lot of the time, just one or two sprays will be enough to last all day! Eau de parfum can be a little more expensive, but when you consider how long it will last you might find the option is much better value for money than a lower-cost alternative.

Choose a stronger scent

Choosing a stronger scent is another sure-fire way to enjoy the effects of your perfume for longer. Powerful fragrances, like musks, tend to make more of an impact and last longer than a fresher alternative. If you can’t decide between a rich scent and a lighter option, consider how long it might last when you’re making your decision.

Store it well

The way you store your perfume can make a big difference when it comes to its quality over time. Our favourite fragrances can’t last forever, but there are a few ways you can maximise your perfume’s life.

Keep your perfume away from direct sunlight. Heat and light from sun and daylight can cause the fragrance oils to break down sooner than they might otherwise. You should also be careful not to store your perfume anywhere that gets warm, like above a radiator or in a steamy bathroom. High temperatures can affect the top notes of your scent and even turn them sour!

The best place to store your perfume is in its original box, or at least on a dressing table away from extreme high and low temperatures.

Keep your skin hydrated

Before you apply perfume to your skin, make sure you’re well hydrated. Keeping your skin hydrated is a major bonus for just about every element of beauty, from hair and nails to skin and even eye brightness. What you might not have known, however, is that having hydrated skin can help your perfume last longer!

If your skin is dehydrated, it will drink up any liquid that’s applied in an attempt to rehydrate itself. Keep yourself healthy and hydrated, and you’ll find your perfume sits better and lasts for longer.

Moisturise before application

Moisturise your pulse-points before applying perfume for a longer-lasting and more intense fragrance effect. Use a non-scented moisturising lotion on your wrists and neck to create a barrier for your perfume to sit on.

Tip: use a body lotion that matches your perfume for even longer-lasting results.

Apply to damp skin

Surprising, but a great tip! Spray on your perfume just after you get out of the shower to reap the benefits of your favourite scent. Make sure you dry off a little, so you aren’t applying perfume onto dripping wet skin, but keep your wrists and neck a little damp to help lock in the fragrance oils for longer-lasting results.

If you’re applying your perfume to shower-fresh skin, be sure to let it dry for a few minutes before you get dressed.

Spray it in the right places

Where you spray your perfume can make a pretty big difference when it comes to its effect and how long it will last. Aim for parts of your body which are naturally warmer, like your wrists and neck, for the best results.

Don’t rub!

So many perfume wearers apply a spritz onto each wrist and then rub them together, without realising that the friction created causes fragrance oils to fade faster. Rubbing perfume also impacts the natural development of the scent and can make it smell different. Instead, apply a spray and let the liquid dry naturally on top of your skin.

Apply scent to your clothes

There are lots of places you might like to spray your favourite perfume for longer-lasting results. Try a little on your clothes to intensify the scent and make it last longer than the one day between showers.

Tip: never spray perfume directly onto your clothes, as some formulas can stain.

Use every drop!

To make the most of every drop, open up your nearly empty perfume bottle and pour what’s remaining into a scent-free body lotion. Rub on a little lotion into your regular perfume spots to get more from your favourite product.

Use these simple tips and tricks to get the most out of your perfume and enjoy the sweet smell all day long. For more beauty and wellness advice, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog!

5 Minutes with Jean Paul Gaultier

5 Minutes with Jean Paul Gaultier



The new John Paul Gaultier Essence De Parfum has just launched, with updated scents for the ever popular Classique and Le Male. We wanted to see what the inspiration was behind the brand and what perfume means to the man himself; Jean Paul Gaultier.

1. What is Perfumery for you? What does its universe embody?
Parfumerie is a bit like Aladdin’s cave for me. There are so many elements, discoveries’ I have been experimenting with new fragrances for more than 20 years now, pushing the limits in this fascinating field. There are endless possibilities.

2. Is there a link between Haute Couture and Perfume?
Of course. Perfume is the first article of clothing it sets the pace of a look. And there is a vast savoir-faire in both fields. On both sides, there is a continual search for new shapes and new scent. And it is in this savoir-faire that both couture and perfume find their fulfilment.

3. What is most difficult when launching a perfume brand?
The most difficult thing is probably staying true to one’s own universe and to oneself. And to succeed in translating one’s values and obsessions into perfume. It is only by being in this state of mind, and thanks to savoir-faire, that one can reconcile both universes.

4. Not all fashion houses have a savoir-faire in perfumery, why did you choose to embrace this domain?
My DNA is to innovate and to be at odds with conventional ideal of beauty ‘ I always wanted to show more than one side of beauty. In my perfumes, I want to keep this irreverence and keep looking for a divergent beauty.

5. Once scent you like on other people?
The smell of freshness.

6. One scent you do not like on yourself?
A scent that would be too invasive.

7. An olfactory memory that transports you?
The smell of rice powder in theatres. It reminds me of the magical world I discovered at 6, when my grandmother took me to a show at the Theatre du Chatelet. It was like breaking through an all-new world, full of magic and poetry.

8. A childhood smell?
My grandmother’s boudoir.

9. What are the necessary qualities to appreciate a perfume?
A sense of surprise, an olfactive memory, like an image that appears in your head when you smell the perfume. I am a very visual person and scents trigger images in my head.

10. Do you think that women are more faithful to their men or to their perfume?
It is a good thing to be faithful, but it is also good to change. To each their own.

11. One word to describe JPG Perfumes?
Innovating, surprising, savoir-faire and punk attitude.

12. To whom is this beautifully designed body perfume addressed to?
Bodies evolve and so do perfumes. After more than 20 years of existence, they needed a new body and new look.

13. Your favourite quote about perfume?
‘When we talk about Belle Parfumerie, it does not always mean natural and raw materials’

You can get the new John Paul Gaultier Essence De Parfum here.