Fuss Free Hairstyles To Try This Season

Fuss Free Hairstyles To Try This Season

We’ve shared the top haircuts for 2022, but if you’re not braving the big chop this year, there are still plenty of ways you can be on-trend. Hair in 2022 is all about low-maintenance, natural looks – embracing your natural texture and working with it instead of against it. Browse a selection of the top-trending fuss-free hairstyles and choose your favourite.

Undone Pony

This super simple update on the classic ponytail is a must-try for spring and summer. Instead of tying your hair at the nape of your neck, drop it down a couple of inches and then secure it. An effortless, breezy style that makes you look effortlessly glam in an instant, it’s best tried on long, non-layered hair to avoid too many loose tendrils. 

Not right for your hair type? Try the Bubble Pony.

Bubble Pony 

Another simple style, but suitable for layered hair too, the Bubble Pony is an elegant twist on your favourite daily style. You’ll feel like a Disney princess when you’re rocking this look, and achieving it couldn’t be easier. 

Pull your hair into a high pony, then add an elastic every 2-3 inches, pulling the hair on both sides to create a rounded effect. Voila, the perfect way to tame your locks on those bad-hair-days!

Metallic Claw Clip 

If you’re looking for a simple way to look fab with minimal effort this year, you can’t go wrong with a metallic claw clip. Spotted on numerous celebrity heads, the humble claw clip is a quick and easy way to sweep your hair off your face or create a messy updo in a flash. 

If you have cool skin colouring, pick a silver tone which will complement your complexion. Warmer skin types should try gold or bronze for best results. 

Dreamy, Bouncy Curls

Curly girls rejoice, the time has finally come to embrace your natural hair, flyaways and all. While you may have spent your life trying to tame those stubborn spirals, big, bouncy hair is the “in” look for 2022, thanks in no small part to the success of Euphoria. 

Zendaya isn’t only blessed with long, flowing tresses, but she’s a fan of brushing them out too – once considered an absolute no-no for curls. Create your own halo of hair by running a soft-bristled brush through your lengths. 

Explore more Euphoria-inspired makeup trends.

Ballet Bun 

A traditional bun is always a winner on those busy weekday mornings, but take yours up a notch with these handy tips. Apply a sufficient amount of hairspray to your roots before styling, which helps tame your hair for a sleek finish. Using a smoothing brush to gather your hair will also ensure each strand is perfectly in place..

Try L’Oreal Paris Elnett Normal Strength for light hold that won’t leave your hair crispy or stiff. 

Pinned Perfection

Hair just not playing ball? Growing out a lockdown fringe? You know we’ve got you, girl. Some days your hair needs more of a heavy hand than others – for those days, its all about the bobby pins.   

Pin those strays in place with as many pins as your hair requires, safe in the knowledge that your hair is still in style. Pins and clips of all sorts have been spotted on the runway this year, so use yours with abandon.

With so many fabulous options for taming your tresses this season, you’ll have more time in the morning for the things that bring you joy. Why not explore these top skincare products that will save you even more time.

Euphoria Inspired Makeup Looks We’re Obsessed With

Euphoria Inspired Makeup Looks We’re Obsessed With

A raw (often brutally so) portrayal of life as a teenager in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Euphoria is the gritty series winning both hearts and awards by the bucketful. Despite being set in another continent, the themes trigger something we can all identify with, the teenage experience of experimentation, love and heartbreak. 

Let’s Get Euphoric

Somehow, the cast of Euphoria, including the phenomenal Zendaya, manages to make even those of us who are *ahem* a decade or two out of our teen years reminisce about those wayward years where it was us vs the world. And while there are a lot of themes in the show we won’t be condoning, there is one aspect that has unexpectedly made fashionistas sit up and take notice – the phenomenal makeup looks. 

The cast of Euphoria sports some stunning palettes and quirky styles, in keeping with that period of experimentation your teen years are known for. So, jump on the trend, embrace the bold and try something new with one of our favourite Euphoria inspired makeup looks.  

Kat’s Green Lids

Bold, single-colour eye shadow looks are back in a big way, thanks to the show’s popularity. One of the most stunning examples is in Episode Four when Kat rocks a killer combination of edgy dog collar and bright green lids. 

To achieve this look at home, make sure to prime your eyelids first for even coverage. Next, follow with a base in a lighter shade, which will give the pigment in your green a better chance to shine. Apply your green shade liberally, pressing gently to help it stay in place. Make sure not to skimp on your mascara and liner for this look – balance is the key. 

Try a Max Factor Wild Shadow Pot for pigmented colour or the Technic 15 Pressed Pigment Eyeshadow in Vacay for a range of bold shades. 

Maddy’s Rhinestones

Another fab makeup style that’s gone straight from the screen to the streets is Maddy’s use of rhinestones to accentuate her eyes. A look usually reserved for festivals, we love that Euphoria is giving us the go-ahead to rock it any day of the week. 

Best of all, there’s no right or wrong here, so let your inner craftswoman take over and create a look that’s totally unique to you. If you’re feeling apprehensive, try simply placing three rhinestones under your lower lash line. Understated yet effective. 

Jules’ Bold Liner

Last but certainly not least among Euphorias head-turning makeup looks is Jules’ inventive use of eyeliner. If you thought a winged liner was daring, think again. From episode to episode, Jules takes everything you thought you knew about liner and turns it on its head. From triple-winged white liner to a bold pink sweep running parallel to the eye, Jules uses eyeliner as a tool to create a stunning range of artistic looks.   

The key to nailing Jules’ abstract liner without looking like you applied yours in a high-speed car chase is balance. Try to keep the final look symmetrical, and as always, if you have a lot happening around your eyes, keep your lips fairly neutral. You’ll be amazed at how many bright eyeliner shades are available right now, so grab a few exciting colours and start experimenting! 

Get started with Rimmel Wonder’Swipe in 012 Kha-Ching or 009 Mega Hottie.

Sketches: @donni.davy IG

Fresh Fragrances To Wear This Spring

Fresh Fragrances To Wear This Spring

As the daffodils start pushing up through the leaf litter and those crisp mornings become oh-so-slightly warmer, it’s safe to say that springtime is here. So, it’s time for a big seasonal shakeup. Retire those turtlenecks to the depths of your wardrobe, trade your trusty boots for chic sneaks, and switch up your favourite winter fragrance for something a little more fitting. 

Springtime scents are some of the easiest to wear, combining lighter floral or fruity notes with more substantial accents to see you through those occasional grey days. Whether you want to smell like a freshly plucked bouquet or the sun-kissed Italian coastline, this line-up has something for you.   

Romantic, Passionate, Intoxicating

Is there anything more synonymous with spring than blossoming magnolias? These cream-coloured flowers are the epitome of elegance and Estee Lauder Beautiful Magnolia Intense bottles that exquisite springtime bloom.

A new release for 2022, Beautiful Magnolia Intense combines magnolia, violet leaf and iris with cardamom, patchouli and mandarin orange, layered over a base of vanilla, cedar, musk and leather. The resulting fragrance is an intoxicating floral with hints of the earthy forest floor. Grab it quick; this one will become a staple signature scent for women everywhere.   

Easy, Breezy, Blue

The quintessential easy-wear fragrance for spring, Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue has been a firm favourite since its launch in 2001. Evoking the spirit of a Sicilian summer, Light Blue blends a dizzying array of notes into one refreshing citrus fragrance. 

Most noted for its unusual inclusion of bamboo, other notes include Sicilian lemon, green apple, cedar, bellflower, white rose and jasmine. But don’t be fooled; this isn’t the flower bomb you might expect. Instead, it’s an unmistakenly citrusy breath of fresh air – perfect for soaking up the sunshine whether you’re at home or abroad this spring. 

Sultry, Rich, Seductive

If you gravitate towards Amber scents during the colder months but want something a little better suitable for this season, Michael Kors Sexy Amber is a fantastic option. With just three notes; amber, sandalwood and white flowers; you could be fooled into thinking that this is a simple perfume – but nothing could be further from the truth.

The floral element of Sexy Amber balances the amber and sandalwood notes, uplifting the scent from animalistic to almost soapy. The result? A seductive fragrance that lets both your masculine and feminine sides show. 

Fruity, Juicy, Clean

If you loved the original Donna Born In Roma, this next perfume is a must-try for spring. With the original’s jasmine and rose notes, Valentino Donna Born In Roma Coral Fantasy adds a fruity twist that lands this fragrance firmly in our lineup of the best perfumes for Spring 2022.  

What makes Coral Fantasy sing are its two fruity notes – kiwifruit and Brazilian orange. Zesty, juicy and vibrant, the fruity addition to this flanker has made it arguably more popular than the original (and perfectly suited to spring). You might even detect a little strawberry in this one, although it’s not listed in the official notes. Finally, to give it that little extra oomph for those hot, sunny days, cedar and white musk round of the fragrance as its’ clean, soapy base notes. Perfection.

Playful, Powerful, Perfect

Mugler Alien Goddess is a must-try if you don’t usually gravitate towards fruity, sweet springtime fragrances but want to wear something fit for the season. At first waft, you’re met with a traditional, powdery perfume, with notes of jasmine, vanilla and cashmeran. But that’s not all this fragrance offers, oh no. Next, you’ll get refreshing bergamot, a waft of coconut and just the subtlest touch of bourbon. 
Alien Goddess is refined yet playful, safe yet mysterious. Try it for yourself and unleash your inner goddess.

A Closer Look At The Givenchy Irresistible Range

A Closer Look At The Givenchy Irresistible Range

Parfums Givenchy was founded in 1957 by couturier Hubert de Givenchy. The Maison is driven by an avant garde vision and creative spirit that dares women and men to set their unique elegance free. Givenchy Fragrances are timeless products enhancing a person’s unique style. Each creation offers a distinctive olfactory signature that ensures its wearer is never forgotten. Today we’re delving into the world of the Givenchy Irresistible range, let’s take a closer look… 

GIVENCHY Irresistible Eau de Toilette 

Irresistible: a perfume that compels you to let go. This scent jubilates with feminine charm, combining a radiant rose with the tenderest of musky woods. Paired with Orris and an exceptional blackcurrant bud, this irresistible rose is fruity, light and airy. Explore base notes of Virginia cedar and white musk which emphasise the audacious femininity of Givenchy’s luxurious perfume. This Eau de Toilette continues to revel in the exhilarating dance of being impulsively ourselves. The truly IRRESISTIBLE woman perfectly embodies the fresh, illuminating notes of this new Eau de Toilette: lively, vivacious, irresistibly authentic. In a spirit of total freedom, this fragrance beckons to let go, reach out and link up. A true concentrate of pure seduction, a fragrance that captivates and connects. Bubbling over with freshness, this floral-woody-musky scent energizes the soul and offers free-spirits a moment of pure, shared bliss. What more could you want?

GIVENCHY Irresistible Eau de Parfum 

Irresistible Givenchy, a fragrance that definitely invites you to let go. A floral-woody and fruity fragrance that plays with the contrast between two opposite accords of luscious rose and radiant blond wood. This effervescent rose reflects the fragrance of a naturally irresistible woman with strong magnetic charm, so electrifying that we only want to follow her. She is radiant and draws you into a release dance with liberating vibes. An invitation to let go and reveal who you are. Why not treat yourself or someone special this season to the ultimate fragrance gift!

Givenchy Irresistible Fraiche Eau de Toilette Spray

The newest of the Irresistible collection has officially landed at Fragrance Direct. Discover a captivating contrast between fresh rose and vibrant spices. Liberate your energy and express yourself freely with Irresistible Eau de Toilette Fraiche. A fusion of sheer spontaneity and exhilarating vitality. Harvested at first light of day in Isparta Mountains in Turkey, at an altitude of 1300m, this floral spicy musky women fragrance captures the sparkling intensity of a fresh rose through an innovative rose water upcycling process. Combined with bright pink pepper and radiant musk, the olfactory strength and freshness of each rose petal shines through. Irresistible Givenchy, Eau de toilette fraiche for women, a fragrance that invites you to let go and be yourself…

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Mother’s Day Gifts For Every Budget

Mother’s Day Gifts For Every Budget

Every year it comes around; every year, it catches you off guard. Mother’s Day will soon be here, so take the stress out of this year’s celebration by picking out the perfect gift today. Whether she shares your love of fragrance or is a little trickier to buy for, we have every base covered, with something for all budgets.

Treat Her Like Royalty

Just because you’re on a tight budget needn’t mean you have to scrimp this Mother’s Day. Chocolates come and go, flowers fade away, but fragrance is the gift that keeps on giving. 

Fit for royalty, Vera Wang Princess Eau de Toilette makes a perfect gift for mums of all ages. A bright, happy perfume, Princess opens with fresh notes of apple, mandarin and apricot then gives way to a deeper sweetness courtesy of vanilla, dark chocolate and pink frosting – all of her favourite desserts wrapped into one. 

As an Eau de Toilette, Princess is a light, easy-to-wear scent that she’s sure to reach for again and again. And, at less than £15 for 50ml, it’s a great gift that won’t break the bank.

Three Times The Fun

If your mum is one of those “Oh, I don’t need anything” types, it can make shopping for Mother’s Day so much more difficult. She might say she doesn’t want a gift, but through experience, you know better. So, what do you get someone who won’t give you any clues? The answer is the Michael Kors House Of MK Gift Set.

A well-known brand that speaks of quality, Michael Kors fragrances are universally popular, and this set includes three different scents for her to mix and match. Wonderlust, Sparkling Blush and Gorgeous are miniatures of their originals, complete with iconic glass bottles and packaged in a giftable gold box – all for less than £20.

At that price, you may want to pick one up for yourself while you’re at it.

Something For The Home

Is your mum set in her ways when it comes to perfume? Why not get her something to brighten up her home instead? Spring is in the air, so replace the festive candle she’s loved all winter with something a little more appropriate for the season. 

The WoodWick Lemongrass and Lily Ellipse Candle is the epitome of luxury in its iconic elliptical jar, without the matching price tag. The scented candle combines refreshing lemon and grapefruit accords with green floral notes to create a vibrant, uplifting fragrance. With the unique Hearthwick flame that sounds like a roaring fire, as well as 80 hours of burn time, she’ll enjoy the sensory experience for weeks to come. 

Fragrance For Every Room  

Are 80 hours not quite enough for your candle-loving mum? Or perhaps she likes to experiment with new fragrances, choosing a scent to suit her mood? The Yankee Candle Sakura Blossom WOW Giftset has you covered. 

This gift set includes enough to keep her fire burning well into summer, containing one medium jar candle, two small jar candles, two votive candles, and a dozen tealight candles. Among the gorgeous selection of seasonal fragrances are Sunny Daydream, Sweet Plum Sake, and of course, the enchanting scent of Sakura Blossom.

Save over 50% on the RRP, just £26.99, while stocks last.

A Bouquet, But Better

Whether she’s an avid gardener or rarely stops to smell the roses, every mum deserves to have her senses delighted by the fragrance of a blooming bouquet. But don’t rush out to the florist; choose something she can enjoy time and time again, like the exquisite scent of Lancome La Vie Est Belle En Rose Eau.

Top notes of red fruit bring sweetness to this updated take on La Vie Est Belle, with peonies and rose essence rounding out the fragrance. Like a soft breeze through the garden on a summer day, this scent is happiness bottled – a gift she’s sure to love.  

Add To Her Collection

The most challenging aspect of buying a fragrance for a woman who adores perfume is that she’s probably already beat you to it. If your mum is the type of woman who loves treating herself to new fragrances, here’s a word of wisdom – get out ahead of her. With wonderful new perfumes being released regularly, if you get in quick, you can buy her the perfect gift before she’s even aware it exists.

The latest edition in the Daisy collection, and the newest release by Marc Jacobs, Daisy Eau So Fresh Skies, is a citrusy, aromatic take on the original with notes of chamomile, violet and tea tree oil. But don’t dilly-dally; this one will find its way into her basket in no time. 

Explore more great gifts for Mother’s Day, with fast delivery and gift-wrapping options at Fragrance Direct.