How To Create The Ultimate At-Home Manicure

How To Create The Ultimate At-Home Manicure

Whether you’re trying to save money or going to the salon just isn’t an option, there’s no better time than now to master your very own manicure at home, so if you’re devoted to DIY nails then follow our easy guide to creating the ultimate manicure from the comfort of your own home…

Step 1: Prep

If you’re longing for those salon-worthy nails then it’s vital that you do as the pros do by spending as much time prepping your nails as you do polishing them. This means clipping your nails if necessary and filing and buffing. For a gorgeously smooth nail, gently move your file in one direction to ensure that your tips are either square, round or somewhere in between. The LaRoc 12 Piece Manicure Kit features a selection of nail tools, perfect for keeping your nail in tip-top condition!

Another crucial part of prepping is using a nail polish remover to make sure any excess polish has been removed. Sally Hansen’s Strengthening Nail Polish Remover quickly takes off all polish, whilst providing essential nutrients to help strengthen your nails and moisturise your cuticles too. Just run a cotton pad of remover over each nail to rid of any oils or dirt that could warp your polish. 

Step 2: Care 

To achieve a long-lasting nail look, it’s important that you take care of your nails with products that provide strengthening and growth ingredients. Sally Hansen’s Growth Maximum Nail Care ensures your nails growth process speeds up whilst protecting your nails, ensuring that they can grow to their fullest potential!

Who doesn’t love a delicate hand massage whilst having their nails done? We know we sure do! It’s important to moisturise before you polish to avoid smudging your almost-dry nails polish later. Dr PawPaw’s Age Renewal Hand Cream Orange & Mango offers a fresh scented moisture boost that provides a replenishing formula, feeding your skin with essential ingredients, whilst soothing palms and combatting signs of ageing.

Step 3: Polish

You’ve finally reached the fun part! Apply a coat of your colour of choice, making sure your brush reaches the bottom of the nail, right down to the cuticle and into the corners of your nail. Making sure that you apply maximum coverage on your first coat makes the second coat a breeze. If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate gel-nail dupe in a large shade range then try out Rimmel’s SuperGel, this polish provides gorgeous nails, from the comfort of your own home.

Before you finish, don’t forget to apply a second coat of polish and be sure to pop a top coat on too. Top coats are vital for protecting your manicure from chipping and adding a splash of shine to your nails. Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel is perfect for giving your nails a mirror-like gleam that you get from the salon!

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Feeling a little lazy and don’t want to shop around for individual nail products? Why not try our Nailed It Beauty Box! Packed with six vital perfect nail products, this set features everything you could need and more for ultimate at-home manicure, with two colour choices and some extras… We really have Nailed It.

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Feel-Good Fragrances To Boost Your Mood

Feel-Good Fragrances To Boost Your Mood

From stress relief to headache ease, a fresh new fragrance can work wonders for your well-being, that’s why we’ve collected six special scents to boost your mood! Discover our collection of feel good fragrance’ and read on to find the ultimate mood-boosting spritz to see you through the season…

Elie Saab Le Parfum Royal Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml £33.95

Bold, powerful, and ultra-feminine, Elie Saab Le Parfum Royal is the new scent of royalty. An ambery floral chypre fragrance fit for a queen of modern times. On top, her crown glitters with Mandarin Essence, shedding its light on a radiant accord. Her noble heart unveils two facets of the queen of flowers – Turkish Rose Absolute and Bulgarian Rose – with precious Lebanese Neroli. Her regal trail of Patchouli and Sandalwood Essence blends with Amber and Vanilla into a majestic, long-lasting silage. Gift yourself the perfect pick me up today!

Giorgio Armani SI Passione Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml £87.99

Sì Passione, the ultimate perfume for women by Giorgio Armani. A powerful reinvention of the signature Armani fragrance, Sì Passione adds a new dimension to Giorgio Armani’s feminine fragrance personality – in his own words, “an irresistible combination of grace, strength and independent spirit”. An intense, uncompromising scent for a confident woman who dares to say yes, go on treat yourself…

Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml £49.95

Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Parfum Spray is a feminine and sophisticated floral fragrance, designed as homage to the English rose in full bloom in a classic English garden. This fragrance starts with citrus top notes which are followed by English roses, finally finishing with a warm amber base. Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Parfum is a perfect evening fragrance perfect for those at-home date nights!

Burberry Brit Rhythm Men Eau de Toilette Spray 50ml £16.95

This Burberry Brit Rhythm Men Eau de Toilette Spray in 50ml is a stand-out fragrance, perfect for stylish men of any age. A leather-noted version of the iconic Burberry Brit, Burberry Brit Rhythm Men makes an ideal gift or a new addition to your collection. In a sleek black bottle finished with the signature Burberry Check, this 50ml Burberry Brit Rhythm Men features striking notes of basil, leather, and Tonka bean. This easy-to-wear Burberry aftershave will take you from day to night, no problem. Grab the ultimate fragrance boost now!

BOSS The Scent For Him Private Accord EDT Spray 100ml £39.95 

Boss The Scent Private Accord fragrance tempts you to reveal your secret desires bringing unique taste to new levels of sensation.In a brilliance of perfume impressions the classic Hugo Boss masculine Boss The Scent first made its appearance in 2015 and soon after was matched with a female edition Boss The Scent for her. The range has expanded with other seasonal launches including Boss The Scent Intense and Boss The Scent Parfum Edition diversifying the pallet of options to dive your senses into. Priced at £39.95 for a huge 100ml, this scent will definitely lift your spirits this season! 

Lacoste Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc EDT Spray 175ml £31.95

Lacoste L.12.12. Blanc is a pure classic floral woody fragrance. Top notes feature irresistible grapefruit, cardamom, rosemary and cedar leaf, mixed with the core of Mexican tuberose and ylang-ylang. Sensual notes of leather, suede and cedar form the base. Lacoste White is the perfect fragrance for everyday. If you’re feeling a little low and you’re on the go then give this scent a try today!

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At-Home Date Night Ideas

At-Home Date Night Ideas

Trips to your favourite bars, restaurants and shops are off the cards so why not give an at-home date night a go? While there is no denying that your time together at home is a little different, there’s no reason why you still can’t have fun with your loved one. Just set some time aside with your partner and follow our complete guide of at-home date nights ideas, just for you… 

1. Facial

Glamglow Supermud Glam-To-Go £14.95

It’s time to transform your skin and get your glow on this date night with Glamglow’s Supermud Glam-To-Go face mask. Matching face masks are a great way to add some fun into your date whilst getting amazing skin too. This advanced clearing treatment and #1 best-selling mud mask, fights skin and skin imperfections with charcoal, a blend of six acids, and K-17 clay. Just watch the solution lift dirt, toxins and excess oil from the deepest and roughest areas to purify your pores. The acid blend helps loosen dead skin cells to exfoliate and sweep them away, leaving fresh, smooth skin behind. Just pop on a small layer of product with your partner and you’re good to go!

2. Exfoliate

Alya Skin Pomegranate Exfoliator Facial Scrub £15.95

What better way to spend the night than exfoliating all your toxins away. Make a fresh start with your partner with Alya Skin’s Pomegranate Exfoliator Facial Scrub, that’s designed for eczema and acne-prone skin. Developed with a nourishing blend of antioxidants, this facial scrub is ideal for aiding the removal of pimples and blemishes from the skin and smoothing any lumps and bumps your skin has. This anti-inflammatory formula is infused with pomegranate seed powder which deeply exfoliates and extracts impurities, tightening pores and revealing a soft, healthier-looking complexion! 

3. Massage

Urban Veda Radiance Body Oil £29.95

With the spas shut and everywhere else in tow, it’s only right that you give an at-home massage a go! Discover Urban Veda’s Radiance Body Oil this date night, an uplifting blend of fresh, minty plant oils to rid the mind and the body of stagnant energy. Embrace self-massage to detoxify and awaken the entire being with a host of fresh botanicals and purifying spearmint to condition and care for the skin. 

4. Candle

WoodWick Warm Wool Large Jar Candle £22.95

Nothing sets the tone for the night quite like a warm, cosy scent. Light WoodWick’s Warm Wool Large Jar Candle this date night and transform you and your partners surroundings to a place of solace and comfort with this unique scent, perfect for your home. This dreamy blend of soft wool and wild flowers invites you to take a deep breath, relax and take a break. This highly fragranced jar features a natural wooden wick to create the soothing sound of a crackling fire. Try out this high quality blend of soy wax that has a burn time of up to 175 hours so you can use it time and time again! 

5. Pedicure

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Jelly Beans Collection £4.19 

Finally, end the night with a couples pedicure using Jelly Belly’s Insta Dri Jelly Beans varnishes. With a choice of 11 new shades, this polish is formulated with a base and a top coat for extended wear and a stunning sine all in one coat. Featuring a unique perfectionist brush that contours the nail for a smooth, easy nail polish application, this fash-dry nail polish formula contains an exclusive flexiglass complex for the ultimate glossy finish!

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The 7 Best Mascaras For Long, Luscious Lashes

The 7 Best Mascaras For Long, Luscious Lashes

How do you find the right mascara? With so many products and so many launches, it’s hard to find the perfect mascara for you! From long-lasting mascaras to waterproof ones too, the choice is endless, so why not give our guide a go? Read on to find the 7 best mascaras for long, luscious lashes…

L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara £8.99

It’s time to transform your lashes with L’Oreal Paris’s Telescopic Mascara  This black high-precision mascara gives you intense, longer looking lashes in a flash of a stroke! Discover your 60% longer looking lashes today with this high-precision flexible multi-comb that helps to give a precise application. If you’re shopping for beauty on a budget then grab this fab new mascara today at the small price of £8.99!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Wow Mascara £6.89

Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Wow Mascara instantly amplifies lash length while preventing clumping, flaking and smudging. Why not leave your lashes looking full and voluptuous with this dramatic Wow Mascara? This buildable formula provides flawless coverage from root to tip and stays put without smudges for an extended period of time! 

Lily Lolo Big Lash Mascara £11.95

Experience your fullest, longest, biggest lashes yet with Lily Lolo’s Big Lash Mascara. Transform your makeup look with this black tinted formula that provides the longest, fullest lashes you’ve ever seen! Priced at £11.95, this beauty bargain is one not to be missed!

Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara £9.99

Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara is your best way to achieve long and full lashes without the hassle of wearing false ones. Formula Max Factor’s special brush with 50% more bristles perfectly separates the lashes. It enables their patented Liquid Lash formula to give long-lasting volume by coating every single lash from root to tip. It even doubles the lash size appearance so that you can get the effect of false lashes for a glamorous look! 

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara £7.50 

Discover Maybelline’s Total Temptation Mascara, featuring a creamy whipped formula that ensures your lashes feel soft and conditioned, this makeup must-have is not to be missed! Perfect for super sensitive eyes, this mascara will see you through the season for every one of your magical makeup looks…

LORD & BERRY Eyes Prodigious Black Mascara £11.95 

Lord & Berry Prodigious is a high impact mascara that curls and adds volume to your eyelashes. This revolutionary formula glides on thanks to the curved brush which delivers an exceptional curling power and styles lashes from root to tip providing a bold false lash look. Shop with us today at Fragrance Direct and discover your new lash look now!

The Organic Pharmacy Volumising Mascara £21.95 

Mmm… A silky formula infused with Blue Cornflower and Hyaluronic Acid that delivers ultimate long lashes with intense colour and a long-lasting performance. From morning until night, your lashes will stay luscious and long no matter what your makeup looks like! Give The Organic Pharmacy’s Volumising Mascara a go today!  

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas To Make Her Smile

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas To Make Her Smile

Beautiful gifts await in our roundup of Mother’s Day gifting ideas that are guaranteed to put a smile on her face. To give you all the inspiration you need this Mother’s Day, we’ve got extravagant new fragrances, classic cult-favourite scents, luxurious skincare goodies, home scents and more to spark the perfect gift idea!

1) A New Fragrance

BOSS Alive For Her Eau de Parfum 50ml, £57.95

What makes you feel ALIVE? Every woman has her own answer. Inspired by living life to the fullest and finding your own way, BOSS ALIVE from HUGO BOSS empowers women on their path to success. Contemporary and confident, blending soft and bold notes, the BOSS ALIVE perfume fragrance leaves a trail of positive energy. Sparkling apple and plum top notes exude optimism, while a powerful floral heart of jasmine sambac reveals radiant femininity. The contrasting base fuses woody notes with a magnetic vanilla absolute, bringing comfort and confidence. A golden ornament surrounds the glass bottle like a piece of jewellery, while the nude pink juice captures the light, reflecting the aspirational, life-affirming nature of ALIVE.

Giorgio Armani My Way Eau de Parfum 50ml, £65.99

Stella Smart Beauty award winner 2020 INTRODUCING MY WAY; THE NEW FEMININE FRAGRANCE BY GIORGIO ARMANI Giorgio Armani, designer of timeless fragrances, unveils its new fragrance; MY WAY. Through new experiences and meaningful connections to others, one finds the path to the truest version of oneself. I AM WHAT I LIVE MY WAY is inspired by the genuine search for meaning and authenticity that lies outside oneself, ultimately creating a more profound way of being. Through the influence of serendipitous encounters and new experiences, one discovers one’s own multifaceted depths. Intimate yet universal, “I am what I live” encapsulates this ethos.

Marc Jacobs Perfect Eau de Parfum 50ml, £58.95

The playful and unexpected new women’s perfume, Perfect Marc Jacobs Eau de Parfum for her, is a comforting floral scent that celebrates optimism, self-acceptance and originality. The perfume was inspired by Marc Jacobs’ mantra: “I am perfect as I am,” which is symbolised by a tattoo of the word “perfect” on his wrist. Like his tattoo, Perfect Marc Jacobs is about embracing and expressing one’s true self. Modern, bright, and feminine, Perfect is an unconventional yet harmonious clash of fresh floral and calming smooth notes. The fragrance opens with juicy notes of rhubarb and bright daffodil that reveal a comforting heart of almond milk. The fragrance finishes with a soft dry down of cedarwood and cashmeran. Perfect is nothing you would expect and everything it needs to be. #MJPerfect #PerfectAsIAm Perfect as a gift for a friend or daughter to show them how much you care for them or even as a treat to yourself.

2) A Fragrance Classic

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum 50ml, £67.99

Black Opium in the new fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent. This new scent is inspired by the dark and mysterious side of the brand. The latest in the Opium collection this fragrance opens with notes of coffee, complimented by accords of pink pepper, which lead you to the heart of vanilla, jasmine and orange blossom, drawing to a close with base notes of cedar and patchouli.

Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum 50ml, £67.95

Are you ready for a floral explosion? Discover a floral explosion with Flowerbomb, the original floral perfume from Viktor&Rolf. Transport yourself or a loved one to a world of floral fantasy. Be engulfed by the addictive floral notes and immerse your senses with the warm woody undertones as the diamond grenade bottle erupts into a whirlwind of sweet sensations, transporting you to a world of floral fantasy. Experience the sparkling top notes of Tea, Bergamot, and Freesia; be enveloped in the floral heart of Sambac Jasmine, Cattleya Orchid and Centifolia Rose; and immerse in woody base notes of Amber and Patchouli. A captivating perfume for women: prepare for a floral fascination.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum, £67.99

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum is Lancôme’s bestselling feminine fragrance that is a sweet and elegant perfume capturing the essence of Magnolia Extract. Inspired by the idea of natural and simple beauty and taking pleasure in the small things in life. Opening with top notes of iris, a key ingredient of this beautiful floral fragrance, flowing into a heart of patchouli accords which is all finally rounded off with a smooth base of gourmand. A unique olfactory signature perfume created by three of France’s leading perfumers. The elegant signature bottle is entitled “le sourire de cristal” meaning “the crystal smile” evoking the rounded imprint of a smile at the heart of the crystal square. The finishing touch is a pearlescent grey ribbon that is tied round the neck, forming twin wings of freedom.

3) Luxurious Skincare Goodies

Lancôme Miel-En-Mouse Cleansing Makeup Remover 200ml, £21.99

Start your cleansing routine with Miel-En-Mousse Foaming Cleansing Makeup Remover. Dissolve make up and gently cleanse skin to leave it feeling clean, soft and comfortable. A foaming cleansing makeup remover with a rinse-off formula.

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum 30ml, £52.99

Advanced Génifique, is now enriched with 7 prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts to strengthen the skin’s barrier and leave skin looking healthier and younger. Inspired by microbiome science, our iconic face serum’s formula is enriched with new complex of 7 prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts works in optimal affinity with skin.

Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream 50ml, £37.99

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Rich Cream treats dry skin with an intense boost of hydration. Lancôme’s moisturising and soothing skincare cream with Hyaluronic Acid. Soothes sensitive skin and protects from the effects of environmental stress. Enjoy softer, smoother feeling skin with a radiant complexion.

4) A Sweet Home Addition

Yankee Candle Midnight Jasmine Large Jar Candle, £21.50

Yankee Candle Midnight Jasmine Large Jar Candle is a classic, easy-to-use jar candle, with pure natural fruit extracts and a seductively lush fragrance. The initial scent, blending Neroli, Orantique, Mandarin Blossom and Yellow Grapefruit, gives way to the main body fragrance of Grapefruit. This culminates in a lingering impression of Musk with Powdery Notes. Comprising of premium-grade Paraffin Wax and the finest quality ingredients from around the world, this large-sized candle with its 100% natural, lead-free wick offers a clean, consistent burn.

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