New Years Eve Makeup Inspo To Make You Sparkle

New Years Eve Makeup Inspo To Make You Sparkle

Party season is looking a little different this year – your dazzling dress has taken a backseat and you’ve swapped out your high heels for silky-soft slippers. But with more free time than ever, there’s no better way to experiment with your makeup than now! 

We’ve gathered the most impressive looks we could find, just for you. So read on to recreate and earn all the compliments during your virtual New Years Eve party this year!

Go Bold Or Go Home

You might be under the impression that you can’t rock a bright and bold eye at the same time as a bold lip, but you’re wrong. Take it from Rihanna, nothing says NYE glam more than a sparkling OTT eye and a bright red lip. We recommend picking out colours that compliment each other and pack on the shadow using a fluffy blending brush. If you’re looking for the perfect palette then use La Roc’s Artistry Book Palette which includes every single shade you could ever need!  

Bushy Brows

Our feeds are flooded with them and they’re so on trend right now, I think it’s safe to say we’re all a fan of those big and bold bushy brows, but some of us just weren’t blessed by the brow gods and they need a little extra help. That’s why the Maybelline Tattoo Brow Pomade Pot should be first on your list for those beautifully bold brows. Use this product first to fill in the gaps where the hair isn’t so thick. After that, use the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara, this foolproof formula coats brows in rich colour, helping you achieve a sleek and structured look.

Gloss And Repeat

The 90s are officially back and glossy lips are in full force. Say goodbye to matte lipstick and hello to lip gloss! Here at FD we’re obsessing over Sosu’s Lip Gloss that comes in seven different shades, so if you’re feeling fun, you could even switch up your colours throughout the night. If you’re looking for more of a defined lip, then line your lips with a nude liner of your choice!

Colourful Liner

Colourful and outrageous eye liners having been trending all year now, so what better way to try it out than New Years Eve! This look by dmv.makeupartistry on Instagram pairs a neon green eyeliner with a toned down, natural look to really make the eyes stand out. If you’re someone that struggles with liner then position a piece of tape by your eye as a stencil, then carefully place the product along the tape, this trick will help you nail your look every single time! Rimmels Wonderswipe Liner in the shade My Bae is perfect for this look!

Warm Golds

There really is no better time to rock all things gold than NYE. Here Gigi Hadid teams a sleek black liner with a glowing blend of warm golden tones. Pair your lids with a shimmering highlighter to really make your skin pop. Here at FD we’re obsessed with Maybelline x Gigi Hadid’s West Coast Strobing Liquid, finish your look off by adding a small amount to your cheekbones and nose.

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Unmissable Winter Sale Fragrance & Beauty Bargains

Unmissable Winter Sale Fragrance & Beauty Bargains

How does an online hub full of beautiful bargains, outstanding offers and ravishing reductions sound? That’s right, our Winter Sale 2021 is here available to shop right now and has been hand-crafted to make sale shopping easier than ever. Featuring perfumes, aftershaves, gorgeous gift sets, sultry skincare and golden haircare goodness, you’re going to want to get your hands on these dazzling deals while you can before they’re gone!

Not sure where to start? We’ve pulled out some of our favourite picks across fragrances for him and her, makeup marvels on our wishlist along with skincare needs and more. Get scrolling and let us tempt you…

Elie Saab Le Parfum, SAVE £34

Described as a floral and woody scent, Elie Saab Le Parfum opens with top notes of orange blossom, fusing with a heart of jasmine absolute and patchouli, all of which is rounded off with a smooth base of cedar accord and honey rose. Elie Saab is one of our most popular brands of fragrances here at Fragrance Direct, and this Elie Saab Le Parfum eau de parfum spray for women is proving a firm favourite amongst our customers for its light and feminine aroma that is infused with a hint of designer glamour.

YSL Black Opium Neon, SAVE £26

Discover Black Opium Eau de Parfum Neon where Black Opium’s signature coffee note meets luminous dragon fruit. Addictive, unparalleled in provocation and deliberatively seductive this stunning fragrance is faced by YSL Beauty global make-up and fragrance ambassador Zoë Kravitz. The Black Opium legacy is a cult-favourite as YSL continues to re-invent its ever-epic perfume. Why not treat yourself to Black Opium Neon where adrenaline-rich coffee gives way to an orange blossom heart electrified by luminous dragon fruit accord, wrapped by cool vanilla and white musk for a NEW statement scent that is both couture and edgy?!

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Profondo, SAVE £12

Discover Acqua di Giò Profondo, one of the newest masculine fragrances by Giorgio Armani. This scent is a contemporary and intense interpretation of Acqua di Giò, this time blending marine notes with aromatic essences and a woody marine accord, going back to the range’s origins: the sea. The refined navy-blue colour of the bottle pays tribute to Giorgio Armani’s most iconic colour. To sum up, this is one of the trendiest fragrances for him.

YSL Y Live Men Eau Intense, SAVE £26

Inspired by a man on the brink of discovery – a man on the edge of success, Y LIVE, much like the classic eau de toilette and Eau De Parfum before it, is a Fougère fragrance that sits between fresh and intense. Y LIVE is the olfactive embodiment of a man who is not afraid to take risks and to make life-changing decisions. This is a fragrance that encapsulates the sense of thrill before the performance, the man who lives for the adrenaline. With addictive notes of grapefruit and amber woods, this one is a must-have to wear all throughout 2021!

Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Colour, SAVE £8

On our makeup wishlist is Max Factor Lip Finity Lip Colour. It provides lasting impact with a fantastic staying power of up to 12 hours. There are so many shades to choose from which is always amazing when you’ve found yourself a new formula to fall in love with. With this lip colour you can achieve vibrant and moisturised lips thanks to the conditioning top layer too. Kiss Proof, Party Proof, Life Proof and Food Proof. What more could you ask for?

LaRoc Artistry Book Palette, SAVE £10

This one is for the eyeshadow-lovers! Discover your true masterpiece with this fantastic professional make up palette. The Artistry Book showcases a colour spectrum of 48 uniquely created professional makeup shades allowing you to experiment and explore colour. With 34 buttery mattes accompanied by 14 extra dimensional pressed foils, you can unleash your talent for makeup and create to your hearts content. This is the holy grail of professional make up palettes!

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra Rich 50ml, SAVE £20

Fan of all thing anti-aging? The anti-aging power of the best-selling multi award-winning Pro Collagen Marine Cream has now been combined with a rich base of amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and seaweeds to comfort and nourish dry or dehydrated skin. Specially formulated to provide instant and long-lasting hydration it is clinically proven to keep skin moisturised for up to 24 hours. Skin is left softer, smoother and firmer.

REN Clean Skincare Rose O12 Moisture Defence Oil, SAVE £14

This is one of our favourites for dry skin… a super-hydrating oil for dry and mature skin, designed to lock in moisture and protect from dryness. When skin is dry, it simply needs a boost, and this rich oil is just that. Targeting dull, tight skin, it helps to re-hydrate and re-energise, restoring softness and radiance!

Decleor Luxury Size Lavender Shower Gel, SAVE £8.00

Experience a calming cleanse with the DECLÉOR Luxury Size Lavender Shower Gel, a soothing body wash infused with Lavender Essential Oil. Tested on sensitive skin, the bath and shower gel effectively lifts away dirt and impurities while delicately scenting the skin with its relaxing Lavender aroma. It will soothe and caress the skin, softening and cleansing to leave the body feeling refreshed and comforted.

Baylis & Harding Jojoba, Vanilla & Almond Oil 5 Piece Set, SAVE £11

Last but not least, our Winter Sale is full of incredible gift sets. We’re love this one that provides everything you need to create the perfect pampering experience. The set includes 300ml Body Wash, 300ml Shower Crème, 150g Soap, 130ml Hand & Body Lotion and 100ml Body Butter. All of which are made with Baylis & Harding’s most indulgent fragrance: Jojoba, Vanilla & Almond – how dreamy?!

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5 Netflix & Beauty Combos To Indulge In This Winter

5 Netflix & Beauty Combos To Indulge In This Winter

Winter time calls for winter watching! And, what’s better than scrolling through Netflix to find your new favourite show? Pairing it with a gorgeous beauty product or two so you can get in a little bit of TLC for yourself too. From crime dramas to musical goodness, face masks to luscious lipsticks, the ultimate combo lies below. Carry on reading to find yours!

The Royal Watch

Show: The Crown

Beauty Pairing: For her: Alya Skin Pink Clay Mask & For him: L’Oreal Men Expert Pure Charcoal Face Mask

If you’re looking for a show perfect for a family watch, you won’t want to miss this one. This binge-worthy Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940’s to modern times. If you’re thinking, “I’m not too interested in the Royal Family”, trust us, you will be after just a few scandalous episodes revealing the ins and outs of their extravagant lives. What to pair this one with? His and hers face masks. For her, the beautiful Alya Skin Australian Clay detoxifying and brightening face mask and for him, the ultra cool black tissue L’Oreal mask enriched with charcoal and hydrating glycerin to moisturise and mattify.

The Concert-Lover Watch

Show: excuse me, i love you

Beauty Pairing: Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Bath Fizzers

Calling all Ariana Grande fans, it’s her brand-new concert film that follows her on-stage and behind the scenes during the Sweetener World Tour in 2019. Released on December 21st, this stunning show is a must-watch if you enjoy a good singalong. So, pop the candles on, hop in the bath, rest your laptop somewhere in view and grab one of these gorgeous bath fizzers smelling as sweet as the music and escape into the bubbles.

The True Crime Watch

Show: Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer

Beauty Pairing: Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Night Cream

So, you’re a fan of a fascinating true crime drama? You don’t need to look any further for Netflix inspiration when you’ve got this series (released January 13th). This limited docu-series tells the spellbinding true story of how one of the most notorious series killers in American history was hunted down and brought to justice. If you love sinking your teeth into a gritty show like this when you’re making your way up to bed, grab your laptop, grab your evening skincare and start applying while the plot thickens.

The Gripping Watch

Show: Tiny Pretty Things

Beauty Pairing: L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick

Think: Elite ballet school meets Gossip Girl with a twist of Pretty Little Liars. With a beloved element of fictional crime, this teen series follows elite ballerina, Neveah Stroyer, as she navigates the cutthroat competition at the Archer School of Ballet in Chicago. It’s been noted that it features some pretty raunchy scenes but that’s all part of the show! No matter what your plans are over the winter whether you’re able to go out for a meal or you’re just getting glam for a pick me up, a signature lipstick is always a must-have. From reds to nudes, the L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick will quickly become your new staple.

The Funny Musical Watch

Show: Prom

Beauty Pairing: FD Beauty Nailed It Beauty Box

Starring legends Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden and more, down-on-their-luck Broadway stars shake up a small Indiana town as they rally behind a teen who wants to go to the prom with her girlfriend. It’s the perfect uplifting watch for the winter, to get all cosy and hyped up watching while it’s not looking too bright outside. Paired with a gorgeous beauty box to dig into, why not give yourself a full manicure while you watch the film unravel? Featuring incredible brands Sally Hansen and Scottish Fine Soaps, you can give your nails the TLC they deserve!

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A Christmas Makeup Routine To Last All Day

A Christmas Makeup Routine To Last All Day

Christmas day might be the time of lounging for some, but for others, it’s a time to get their ultimate festive glam on, but with so many festivities happening throughout the day, it’s hard to get your makeup to stay! So, as a little Christmas treat from us, we’ve created the ultimate long-lasting makeup look to see you through your magical day. 

1. Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation £7.69

Christmas day is jam packed with all of your favourite festivities, that’s why you need a foundation that will lock in that glowing and radiant look, all day long! We recommend Rimmel’s Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation. With a shade selection for all and at a bargain price too, it’s a must-have this season!

Top Tip: To achieve a flawless complexion, apply a small amount to your face with our FD blending sponge.

2. LORD & BERRY Face Bronzer £15.75

Use an illuminating bronzer to give your skin that warm, Christmas glow. Lord & Berry’s face bronzer has a silky smooth formula that glides softly onto the skin, leaving a matte finish that won’t budge from AM to PM!

Top Tip: Apply the bronzer using the Real Techniques Custom Contour Brush to sleigh the perfect snatched contoured look.

3. Lily Lolo Eye Primer £8.50

Open fires, cooking in the kitchen and a little bit of Christmas chaos, it’s safe to say that your festive eye makeup may just smudge throughout the day, but don’t fear, the Lily Lolo Eye Primer is here! This natural and creamy eye primer helps conceal and correct discolouration and dark areas around the eyes, all whilst providing the perfect, lasting base for your eyeshadow.

Top Tip: Pop a small amount onto your eyelid before applying your eyeshadow. 

4. LaRoc PRO Circus Eye Palette £25.99

Did somebody say GLITTER? What better way to jazz up your festive look than to add a bit of glitz and glam to your lids. Here at Fragrance Direct, we love a gorgeous, gold eyeshadow but if you’re feeling more of a bold and bright colour scheme this Christmas then the LaRoc PRO Circus Eye Palette is the one for you. Featuring 35 wanderlust eyeshadows, this show stopping palette has you covered!

Top Tip: The LaRoc palette isn’t just for eyes… Make use of the two highlighters to give your skin the ultimate pop too!

5. Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara £9.99

Who doesn’t love long, dramatic lashes? We know we do! Max Factor’s False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara is the perfect way to achieve a dramatic effect that lasts all day long. With 50% more bristles, the formula ensures that your lashes are perfectly separated and  coated from root to tip too!

Top Tip: Be sure to apply to your top and bottom lashes for a brighter and bolder look. 

6. SOSU by SJ So Kiss Me Lipstick & Liner Set £9.50 

As much as we cherish our neutral shades of lipstick for everyday wear, there really is  nothing quite like a festive red lip to fully get yourself into the warm, wintery season. To complete your finished look, try out SOSU by SJ’s So Kiss Me Lipstick & Liner Set. Whilst we love a bold red, this delightful duo comes in eight different shades to suit everyone’s preference!

Top Tip: Make sure you don’t forget the liner, it helps to add shape and dimension.

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Seasonal Fragrances for Feeling Fancy

Seasonal Fragrances for Feeling Fancy

Christmastime is all about great gifts, great food, and great fragrances. With the big day just around the corner, it’s time to start dusting off those festive jumpers and choosing the perfect seasonal scents to help you feel your very best. Whatever your plans are, the right perfume can elevate your outfit and put you in the Christmas mood in no time. 

Our top seasonal fragrances are:

  • Michael Kors Wonderlust
  • Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme Intense
  • Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto
  • Estee Lauder Knowing
  • Calvin Klein Eternity
  • Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal
  • NUXE Le Soir des Possibles

In this blog, we’ll talk you through the benefits of choosing the right seasonal fragrance this year. We’ll also give you a rundown of our black-tie cologne picks for feeling fancy on chilly winter evenings.

What are the benefits of wearing a festive fragrance?

A quick spritz of your favourite perfume before you head out the door will not only leave you smelling great, but feeling positive and uplifted, too. Fragrances that remind you of everything you love about Christmas will get you into the festive spirit in no time. Check out our top winter picks for some inspiration.

Michael Kors Wonderlust

This fabulous perfume by Michael Kors is oriental, exotic, and the perfect product for Christmastime. With sparks of pink pepper mixed with almond milk, the lovely floral scent is enriched by cashmere wood and sandalwood. The luxurious gold packaging reflects the sparkle and magic of this time of year to a tee, too. We also offer a holiday gift set if you’re thinking about giving this perfume as a present.

Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme Intense

As the name suggests, this perfume features an intense explosion of scents – the ideal nighttime cologne. With a strong floral aroma, it opens with top notes of green mandarin and neroli, and is enhanced by middle notes of tuberose and orange blossom for a lovely feminine fragrance. Base notes of sandalwood and musk offer the perfect finishing touches.

Estee Lauder Knowing

This staple perfume by Estee Lauder features an elegant, warming woodsy scent, perfect for any black-tie Christmas event. With top notes of rose, melon and plum, the fruity-floral combination really shines through. Base notes of musk, amber, sandalwood and spices give it a subtle festive feel. The bottle also has a very elegant design and will look great displayed on your dressing table.

Calvin Klein Eternity

This classic from Calvin Klein captures a luxurious essence of soft woods, flowers and citrus. Featuring top notes of mandarin and freesia and bottom notes of musk, sandalwood and amber, it’s a lovely day-to-night option this December.

Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto

Manifesto by Yves Saint Laurent is a sophisticated, feminine fragrance that will see you through the cold winter months. Intertwined with its distinct floral scent are heavier woody notes that’ll make a lasting impact. A bouquet of jasmine enhanced by touches of vanilla, wood and tonka beans make for a go-to cologne perfect for any occasion.

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal

This elegant perfume by Jean Paul Gaultier packs a sweet punch. Featuring a delicious scent of fresh honey blended with the oily fragrance of patchouli and musk for real depth and texture, it’s the ultimate treat for the senses.

Eco-friendly fragrances  

A good perfume can help you feel totally amazing, but did you know that you can find lots of exciting picks that are beneficial for the environment, too? If you’re making a conscious effort to incorporate more sustainable products into your routine, you can find lots of brands which offer great perfumes while helping to take care of our planet.

NUXE is one of these brands. For over thirty years, NUXE has been developing unique skincare, bodycare and fragrance products, using a combination of essential oils and plant-based ingredients for effective, organic results. Check out the NUXE page on our website to discover lots of sustainable goodies for yourself.

NUXE’s products are vegan and do not contain any ingredients of animal origin. Their commitment to helping the environment also extends to the packaging of their products, as their eco-design jars are made from purely recycled materials.

NUXE Le Soir des Possibles

The Le Soir des Possibles perfume, meaning the evening of possibilities, will have you feeling fancy in no time. With notes of jasmine sambac, blackcurrant sorbet and patchouli, it emits a strong, bold scent.

You can read more about the NUXE brand and our top picks here. Don’t forget to check out our healthy living page for a great selection of vegan products offering wonderful scents to treat yourself to this holiday season. From bath and body goodies to organic aromatherapy and relaxation items, you can find it all here.

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