Festive Christmas Party Makeup Inspiration

Festive Christmas Party Makeup Inspiration

Got a Christmas party coming up and need some makeup ideas to recreate that gorgeous glow you’ve been pining after all year? We’ve got you more than covered – covered head to toe in festive glam. From dreamy shimmer shadows to silky highlighters for your face and body, these products are must-haves this winter!

Joan Collins Good To Go Brush Caddy Complete Collection, £65.00
Before we dig into the cosmetics themselves, no makeup bag is complete without a luxurious set of brushes. This elegant set of Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Pencils and Brushes is a great set to invest in with brushers perfect for face powders, blushers, bronzers and eyeshadows.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Facial Primer, £29.99 / RRP £38.50
This glowy primer is perfect for adding a natural, dewy luminosity to your skin under your foundation – it’s the best place to start when it comes to achieving the ultimate Christmas party look. With the winter weather inevitably drawing closer each day, this is a great product to keep your skin looking and feeling nourished.

BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Foundation, £18.99 / RRP £31.00
If you’re a Bare Minerals newbie, this foundation is definitely one to try. With a new liquid mineral formula that cares while it covers, this foundation improves the appearance of skin texture over time while blurring pores and imperfections. Offering 24-hour coverage that is totally breathable too, this foundation is perfect for lasting all through the night of your Christmas party.

Stila Shimmer And Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, £13.99 / RRP £24.00
Achieve show-stopping, professional results with Stila’s Shimmer & Glow Eyeshadows available in a range of gorgeous, glam hues. This product a cult-favourite thanks to its pearly formulas and smooth applicator making them super easy to apply. It’s the perfect addition to have any eye look to give it that extra touch of party glamour.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara Set, £21.99 / RRP £25.00
Featuring the Grand Entrance Mascara, All Gone Lip and Eye Makeup Remover along with the Precision Glide Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, this set will help you achieve a stunning dramatic lash effect with intense volume, length and lift. To make any eye look pop, a liner and mascara will always do just the trick.

Huda Beauty Lip Contour Set Vixen, £28.99 / RRP £30.00
Huda Beauty makeup products are incredibly sought after and these lip kits are no exception. This set contains liquid matte minis in luscious dark brown and red hues with a defining lip liner so you can cloak your lips in a long-wearing, velvety-matte veil of conditioning colour for your Christmas party.

Lord & Berry Glow On The Glow Highlighter Kit, £29.99 / RRP £35.00
Featuring four shimmer finish highlighting powders, Glow On The Go is the ideal way to customize your festive glow. The unique, light-reflecting formula can be applied wet or dry for a luminous radiance. You can use the palette on your eyes as well as your face not forgetting your body too! For the ultimate luminescent look for your Christmas party, sweep some highlighter across your chest, shoulder and legs.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear, £0.99 / RRP £4.99
What could be better than a nail strengthening formula and a bit of colour – glitter too, is the answer. This nail polish in the shade ‘Flirt’ is incredible and a must-have in your polish collection. This irresistible copper colour compliments so many skin tones and will extend that festive flow to your fingertips and toes too.

BOSS The Scent Absolute For Her, £60.99 / RRP £76.00
Finally, to top off your Christmas party makeup up look, a spritz (or ten – guilty) all over your body will give you even more confidence. You’ll be sure to turn a few heads with a gorgeous glowy makeup look while leaving a trail of the sweetest most delicious scent behind you. This BOSS fragrance features notes of honeyed peach and coffee. How dreamy!

Sustainable Beauty – The Best Eco-Friendly Products

Sustainable Beauty – The Best Eco-Friendly Products

By now we’re all trying to reduce our footprint and live a life that’s a little eco-friendlier. Whether you’ve gone full vegan and plastic-free (we salute you) or you’re focusing on smaller changes to do your bit, there’s an eco-friendly beauty product out there that’s screaming to be added to your rotation.

Wave goodbye to unsustainable beauty creams, makeup, and hairstyling. There’s a whole host of lovely eco-friendly products out there that will work just as well – maybe better – than your old favourites. Rethink your beauty collection with some of the best eco-friendly makeup and sustainable beauty switches.

Plastic-free shampoo bars

Switch out your usual shampoo, which probably comes in a plastic container, for an eco-friendlier shampoo bar. Shampoo bars help cut back on waste packaging and can be much friendlier on your purse strings. Win-win!

Plastic-free soaps over shower gels

If you enjoy a lathering of shower gel as part of your daily routine, you might want to consider switching to a bar of soap if you’re concerned with the environment. Like liquid shampoos, shower gels come in plastic packaging like bottles, tubes, and tubs.

While a lot of this packaging is recyclable, you can’t always be sure of its fate when you drop it into your blue bin. It’s best not to go for plastic packaging at all to help reduce production of the single-use stuff we hate. Switch to a bar of soap and scrub up with peace of mind. Here are some of our favourite plastic-free soap bars:

Biodegradable face wipes

We’re sorry to say that face wipes are bad for the planet. Bad. They contribute over 90 per cent to the UK’s drain blockage, and they feature plastic binding that makes them super-robust and difficult to get rid of.

Try face wipes by Yes To if you’re looking to reduce your single-use plastic consumption. They’re made without plastic so they’re biodegradable, which means you can enjoy clean skin and a cleaner conscience. We love their cucumber wipes for ultra-freshness.

Choose reusable packaging!

Most makeup products come in plastic packaging (sigh) which can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Fight the single-use pileup by choosing makeup in re-usable packagings, like glass jars or metal containers.

We also recommend you use pencil makeup wherever possible. For example, pencil eyeliner is made from wood and will decompose, while liquid eyeliners often come in plastic tubes.

Looking for more beauty and lifestyle inspiration? Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog and discover our favourite products and step-by-step guides to creating new looks you’ll love!  

The Ultimate Black Friday Savers Guide

The Ultimate Black Friday Savers Guide

Black Friday might not be for another week, Friday 29th to be precise, but the Black Friday deals are rolling in thick and fast at Fragrance Direct. Expect BIG savings from us, and we’re here ready to keep you up to date on all the best savings! Get the scoop on all the best fragrance offers, makeup discounts and skincare deals for you to make the most of this Christmas (or just for yourself, because price drops are NOT to be missed in order to keep your collection well stocked #selfgifting)!

For this week only we’ve got a massive extra 10% off some of our top brands!

Calvin Klein

First up is Calvin Klein, you can get an extra 10% off everything Calvin Klein until Monday the 25th! The iconic CK One Eau de Toilette is a distinctive, fresh perfume that has been popular since its launch in the 90’s. Everyone knows CK One and how fresh and clean it smells. At Fragrance Direct we sell 200ml CK One for a bargain £25.99, that’s a massive £33 off the RRP and then this week you’ll save an extra 10%! It’s a no brainer, treat everyone from your mum to your cousin this Christmas with CK One!

Hugo Boss

Next up we have Hugo Boss! BOSS Bottled is one of our favourite men’s fragrances, we just can’t get enough of the distinctive apple and citrus notes. The BOSS Bottled 100ml gift set is an absolute winner for any of the men in your life this Christmas. It includes a 100ml bottle of the Eau de Toilette, 150ml deodorant spray and 100ml shower gel all for £54.99 but this week only you get an extra 10% off bringing it down to £49.50!

Yves Saint Laurent

YSL Libre is one of the best new launches from this year! Freedom in a bottle, with the gorgeous Dua Lipa as the face of the fragrance. The grand floral Eau de Parfum has an unequivocal YSL twist, with the burning sensuality of orange blossom flowers from Morocco. The 50ml bottle retails for £66.99 at Fragrance Direct which is a massive £11 off the RRP but you’ll get an extra 10% off this week! Get it snapped up asap!

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs is always one of our favourite brands here at Fragrance Direct, we just can’t get enough of all the cute girly fragrances. Decadence has been a hugely popular fragrance ever since it launched, it’s super glam and luxurious. The bottle is so stand out and looks incredible on any dressing table. It’s the perfect present for Christmas as it just oozes indulgence… At Fragrance Direct Marc Jacobs Decadence 100ml retails for £53.95, a huge saving of £44 off the RRP! And then this week you get an extra 10% on top of that!

Giorgio Armani

If you’re into your oriental/spicy scents for men, then you’ll know all about Armani Code Profumo. A beautiful scent that mixes top notes of green mandarin, green apple and cardamom. The Armani Code Profumo gift set include the 60ml Eau de Toilette, a 15ml Travel Spray and a 75ml Shower Gel all for a bargain £59.99 which is a massive saving of £41 off the RRP, with your extra 10% off it brings it down to £54!

Carolina Herrera

Good Girl has returned with a shimmering celebration of its iconic fragrance in a limited-edition Glorious Gold! Housed in a golden redesign of the stiletto-shaped bottle, expertly crafted to radiate the Good Girl’s empowered beauty and warmth. You can save an extra 10% this week on the selling price bringing it down to £73.80! An absolute bargain for this limited-edition masterpiece.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique La Belle has been another one of our bestselling launches of this year and it’s easy to see why! The Eau de Parfum for women is the result of the fusion of addictive vanilla pod, fresh bergamot and stunning pear. An addictive, luminous trail for an ultra-feminine woman. Save £10 off the RRP at Fragrance Direct as we sell it for £59.99 for 50ml with an extra 10% off on top of that this week!


Stylish and artistic, Diesel fragrances always make for a great crowd-pleasing gift. Only The Brave Tattoo is inspired by the original Only The Brave fragrance with top notes of Granny Smith apple, sage and bourbon pepper. At £39.99 for 125ml this is an absolute bargain, and with your extra 10% off it comes to a miniscule £36!


La Vie Est Belle is the bestselling fragrance from Lancome, you can’t help but smile when you smell the beautiful sweet and elegant scent. The perfume perfectly encapsulates the essence of Magnolia Extract, inspired by the idea of natural and simple beauty. Here at Fragrance Direct 50ml retails for £65.99 but this week you get the extra 10%, we think this is one to add to your own collection!


Lacoste L12 12 Blanc is a pure, classic, woody fragrance that you can’t go wrong with. It really is the perfect fragrance for everyday with notes of grapefruit, cardamom, rosemary and cedar leaf. The 175ml bottle has a huge saving of £37 off the RRP and with your extra 10% off you can get it for a bargain £27!


For those of you who rather than a perfume would prefer something which would beautifully fragrance your home, Yankee Candles are a classic must-have, especially this season thanks to their new ranges such as Christmas, Elevation or Yankee Fruity available at discounted prices on our site.

And there you have it, all the best Black Friday deals on your favourite fragrance brands for one week only! Don’t hang around, make sure you snap them up before they’re gone! You can find even more deals and discounts on our Black Friday page here!

Thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!

The Perfect Christmas Gift For Every Zodiac Sign

The Perfect Christmas Gift For Every Zodiac Sign

When your family and friends won’t give you a straight answer, you’ve got to take matters into your own hands one way or another. Buying Christmas presents can be a little bit stressful when you have no idea what to get. Not today. With our guide to Christmas gifting based on the magical wonders of zodiac signs, you’ll never be short of ideas again. So, let’s get stuck in.

20 March – 19 April
Aries enjoy a personal feel to their gifts because they like to be recognised as individuals although they’d appreciate almost any gift because they believe it’s the thought that counts. If you really want to blow an Aries away, treat them to something new that you know matches their style and tastes.
For Him: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male Gift Set 125ml
For Her: Gatineau Limited Edition Best-Sellers Collection

20 April – 20 May
Tauruses are ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty. It’s likely that your Taurus friend has exquisite taste and would love to receive a luxurious gift. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to spend lots on them. The ideal gift for a Taurus is something personal with that extra special touch.
For Him: Proraso Vintage Refreshing Grooming Selection Tin
For Her: Clarins Instant Beauty Makers Collection

21 May – 20 June
A Gemini’s interests are forever changing and they’re always getting into new things so it’s pretty hard to predict exactly what they’d want. However, you just can’t go wrong with individualisation. Geminis are the sign of communication and learning, so something hobby-related is always a safe bet or something for them to use to wind down and have a pamper would be perfect.
For Him: Bomb Hammer Time Toolbox Gift Pack
For Her: Dermalogica Smooth Skin Favourites Gift Set

21 June – 22 July
Cancers love making memories and will always appreciate something based around that. Whether it’s a gift that relates to something you both love, have a joke about or memory of, they’ll love it. Perhaps you even have a scent-sational memory together. Here are a couple of iconic fragrances they may have tried and loved in this past but buying for a Cancer is truly down to you.
For Him: Calvin Klein Eternity Men Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml
For Her: BOSS Orange Women Gift Set 30ml

23 July – 22 August
Leo’s are lovers of anything and everything. Whether it’s art, beauty or fashion, their interests are limitless. A typical Leo pays lots of attention to their looks too, so something to indulge in could make the ideal present for a friend of this zodiac sign this Christmas.
For Him: Prada L’Homme Aftershave Balm 125ml
For Her: Elizabeth Arden Mini Lip Gloss Set

23 August – 22 September
Virgos are typically obsessed with practicality and productivity. They’re all about purpose and so they’d find a gift that they can physically use useful and would be incredibly grateful. Perhaps they travel a lot and they’re in need of useful products to take with them on their journeys. That would be a great place to start looking!
For Him: Versace Eros Flame Eau de Parfum Spray (Travel size 30ml)
For Her: Giorgio Armani Si Fiori Eau de Parfum Spray (Travel size 30ml)

23 September – 22 October
Cosmetics and beauty supplies are the way to a Libra’s heart. They don’t keep up with trends – they set them. This sign is typically the most up-to-date with lots of things that are going on in the world – and the shops. Why not show a Libra close to you just how much they mean to you with a little bit of luxury this Christmas!
For Him: BOSS The Scent For Him Gift Set
For Her: SOSU By SJ You’re Making Me Brush Ultimate Collection

23 October – 21 November
Known for their complexity, Scorpio’s are one of the most difficult zodiac signs to buy for. They’ll sense a last-minute gift any day any time, so you’re best off putting a decent amount of thought into this one and really think about what they’re into. Anything sentimental is always a safe bet so get thinking, get shopping.
For Him: Armani Code Absolu Gift Set 60ml
For Her: YSL Libre Eau de Parfum Spray 90ml

22 November – 21 December
The adventurous ones. A typical Sagittarius loves to explore and travel. They’re the friend that’s probably already got their summer plans sorted filled with a holiday and a couple of road trips. Anything travel or sun-related would make a fabulous gift along with anything practical they can take on holidays with them would be perfect.
For Him: Man Stuff Ultimate 6 Pack Gift Set 150ml
For Her: Milkshake Sun & More Body Set

22 December – 19 January
Being an earth sign, a Capricorn enjoys a gift with purpose. People of this sign are often associated with status and achievement so a standout gift if your best bet. They’re not after the biggest, best, most expensive present just something they can connect with whether it’s one of their all-time favourite beauty products or something new to try out that you think they’d love.
For Him: Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette For Him 150ml
For Her: Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet Gift Set 50ml

20 January – 17 February
An Aquarius loves a gadget. They love technology and exploring new things. Something new and fun would be right up their street as it’s these kinds of spontaneous gifts that they love receiving the most!
For Him: Edwin Jagger Ebony 4 Piece Shaving Set
For Her: Beurer TL100 2 In 1 Daylight And Moodlight

18 February – 19 March
As water signs, Pisces love a gift with sentimental value and emotional meaning. Pisces are not naturally materialistic people, so a big, expensive gift isn’t likely to impress them as much as something that shows you know them really well. They’re always daydreaming so the more creative the gift, the better.
For Him: Ted Baker Ted’s Grooming Room Travel Trio Set
For Her: NUXE Aquabella Beauty Pouch

We hope you found this guide to Christmas gifting based on your recipient’s zodiac sign helpful!

Menopause Skin and Haircare – The Best Products for Menopausal Skin and Hair

Menopause Skin and Haircare – The Best Products for Menopausal Skin and Hair

Menopause affects every woman, and what’s more, it affects every woman differently. The transition can be simple enough, but for some women it’s tough, with uncomfortable symptoms and changes threatening to last for years.

Menopause affects every woman, and what’s more, it affects every woman differently. The transition can be simple enough, but for some women it’s tough, with uncomfortable symptoms and changes threatening to last for years.

What is menopause?

The menopause is the name for the changes that women go through as they stop having periods. Periods can become less frequent over some months or years before they stop altogether, at which point women stop being able to get pregnant naturally.

It’s a natural part of ageing, and not something you should be worried about. Because it happens to every woman, you should be able to ask anyone older for help and advice if you’re approaching that time. Enter experienced friends and relatives!

When does menopause start?

Menopause usually kicks off when women are between 45 and 55 years old, which is the age that oestrogen levels start to decline. The UK average age for menopause is 51, though it’s not unheard of for women to experience their menopause earlier, with around one per cent of women seeing the first symptoms before they reach the age of 40. This is known as premature menopause because it’s earlier than expected.

What happens during menopause?

If you’re wondering what the early signs of menopause are, and what will happen throughout your transition, you might be disappointed. Because every woman’s menopause is different, it’s impossible to predict what exactly it’s going to be like for you.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of menopause:

• Hot flushes
• Night sweats
• Vaginal dryness
• Sleeplessness
• Irritated skin
• Reduction of skin elasticity
• Low mood
• Anxiety
• Reduced sex drive
• Lack of concentration
• Memory problems

The menopause is a personal experience for every woman, not just a medical condition. Once your menopause is over, you won’t be able to get pregnant naturally anymore. This can be upsetting for some women, while others have more problems with the symptoms and effects on the body.

How long does menopause last?

Menopause symptoms can start months or years before your period ends, which means you’ll need to endure them for the whole transition time, and for up to four years after your last period. Some women’s menopause lasts for much longer, and it can also happen more quickly.

Making the menopause easier at home

Hopefully, all this talk of hot flushes and vaginal dryness hasn’t got you too worried. As we keep saying, menopause is perfectly normal, and all women over a certain age must go through it.

There are, however, some things you can do at home to help make your menopause as easy and fuss-free as possible and to keep yourself feeling good while the transition takes place.

Eat well throughout the menopause

Maintaining a healthy weight and eating well to stay strong and nourished can help improve some of the symptoms of menopause. For example, avoiding stimulants like coffee and spicy foods can help to reduce hot flushes, while avoiding sugary foods can help to increase your energy levels throughout the day and let you sleep better at night.

Exercise to ease symptoms

Keep your body working at its best by exercising and stretching throughout your menopause. Regular exercise can help you stay on top of mood swings and anxiety. Try to find workouts that you enjoy so you’re more likely to keep it up.

Stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption

Smoking doesn’t help with any health condition, and menopause is no different. Smoking has been linked to early menopause, with heavy smokers experiencing symptoms one to two years earlier than non-smokers on average.

Alcohol can also influence menopause symptoms, and while we aren’t suggesting you stop drinking altogether, you should try to cut back your intake in favour of your health and wellbeing.

Try to stay positive!

Easier said than done, we know. The menopause leads to a hormone imbalance which can cause stress, anxiety, and even depression. If you feel yourself heading that way, try to introduce relaxation techniques into your routine, and don’t feel bad about making time for yourself. It might also help to seek counselling.

Treatments for the symptoms of menopause

If your menopausal symptoms are causing you trouble, visit your doctor to discuss your options. There are several treatments that you can go for if you have severe symptoms that are getting in the way of your day-to-day.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

HRT can include taking tablets, using skin patches and gels, or receiving implants that replace oestrogen, which is lost during the menopause.

Vaginal oestrogen creams or moisturisers

Vaginal dryness can be one of the most uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Using a vaginal oestrogen cream, lubricant, or moisturiser can help to relieve symptoms day-to-day and can also make having sex more comfortable and enjoyable.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT is a type of therapy that can help with mood and anxiety and involves talking things through with a therapist to change the way you think, react, and behave.

Menopause and skincare

Our skin changes throughout our lives, and just like you’ll require a different type of care when you’re 30 than you did when you were 13, you’ll need to switch up your routine when the menopause hits.

The menopause can have a big impact on your skin, and one of the most common problems that women face is increased dryness. Drier skin is the result of your body’s oestrogen drop, which reduces skin’s ability to hold moisture, leading to a dry complexion.

Menopause and itchy skin

Many women experience itchy skin throughout their menopause, which is caused by pesky hormonal changes. The problem should ease up by itself over time, but to help alleviate the itching you can hold something cool on your skin or take cool showers and wear loose cotton clothing that lets your skin breathe.

The best skin care for menopause

To keep your skin looking plump and youthful throughout the menopause, choose the best anti-ageing moisturising products and apply them as part of a regular routine.

Here are some of the best skincare products for menopause:

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream
Dermalogica AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50
Dermalogica AGE Smart Super Rich Repair
Guinot Age Logic Cellulaire Youth Renewing Skin Cream
REN Clean Skincare Firming & Smoothing Serum
Retinol Facial Oil
Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Moisturising Cream
Thalgo Hyaluronic Filler
Thalgo Hyaluronic Cream
Natio Ageless Organic Rosehip Oil

Look out for products with intense moisturising properties and ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which retains moisture and can help keep menopausal skin plump and hydrated.

Menopause and haircare

It can be worrying to think about menopause changing the condition and thickness of your hair, but unfortunately, hair loss is a common symptom of the transition.

Menopause and hair loss

Menopause can cause the condition and thickness of the hair to worsen as hormone levels change. Is there anything you can do to protect hair from the menopause? You might want to start by switching up the products you use to some which have been formulated for ageing hair.

If you’re noticing your hair is thinning, you might want to try reducing the amount of heat you use on it to help maintain the healthiest condition possible. Comb through your hair while it has conditioner in, and try to avoid brushing wet hair when you get out of the bath or shower, as this can cause increased breakage.

The best shampoo for menopausal hair

The best shampoos for menopausal hair include:

Foltene Shampoo for Thinning Hair
Jason Thin to Thick Extra Volume Shampoo
Biolage Full Density Shampoo
L’Oreal Elvive Thickening Shampoo
Biolage Full Density Shampoo

Switch one of these thickening shampoos into your weekly routine and see if you notice any improvement in the feel of your hair!

The best conditioner for menopausal hair

So, you’ve changed your shampoo to treat your menopausal hair better. It makes sense to swap out your conditioner for a thickening option while you’re at it to try and get the most out of your locks.

NOTE: If your shampoo offers a partner conditioner, use that to compliment the ingredients and get more from your product.

Here are our favourite thickening conditioners for menopausal hair:

Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner
Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner
La Brasiliana Due Keratin and Collagen Conditioner
Biolage Volumebloom Conditioner
Tresemme 24 Hour Body Conditioner

Using a thickening conditioner can work wonders on the appearance of your hair, and help you feel like it’s fuller and more voluminous throughout your menopause.

For more of our health and beauty guides, keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog. You can discover our favourite brands, including Organic Pharmacy, Dermalogica, and Natura, and learn more about skin and hair conditions and how to treat them. Browse our blog and tackle any skincare or beauty problem with ease.