The Biggest Makeup Trends To Look Out For

The Biggest Makeup Trends To Look Out For

2022 is going to be a big year for beauty lovers, with tons of new and exciting trends to try out. While some you’ll have seen before (hello, nineties), others are very much unique takes on modern beauty. From colourful eye looks to the return of the gloss, there’s something for everyone in this line-up of makeup trends. 

#1. Tantouring

Tantouring is a new way to contour that is taking over the beauty world. A combination of tanning and contouring, tantouring uses self-tanner to create the illusion of sculpted cheekbones, a defined jawline, and a slimmer nose. This trend is perfect for those who want to achieve a natural-looking glow without the sun damage, not to mention those who want to wake up with flawless no-effort contour.

To get the perfect tantour, start by cleaning and priming your face with your favourite exfoliator to create a smooth canvas. Then, using a brush, apply your self-tanner in the same areas you would when contouring, along your jawline, under your cheekbones and to the sides of your nose. Blend out well, exactly as you would with contour products. Once the tanning solution has developed, enjoy your bronzed, defined look for up to a week.

#2. Statement Eyes

It’s all about statement eyes this season. Glitter and bright eye makeup are the looks du jour, spotted everywhere from Euphoria’s acclaimed show to the spring runway. What we love most about this trend is that you have full creative control over the final look – you can go as subtle or as bold as you want. 

For an easy look on your next evening out, try adding a rhinestone to the inner corners of your eyes to make them pop. This is a simple yet effective style you’ll be seeing everywhere over the coming months. Or, if you’re feeling daring, try out a bright, colourful eyeshadow look, complete with a vibrant liner

#3. Freckles

An extension of the no-makeup-makeup look that we’ve been loving over the last few years, faux freckles are a great way to add some playfulness and whimsy to your look. Adding freckles is also a great way to make full coverage foundation appear more natural, breaking up the solid wash of colour. 

The simplest way to create your own freckles is with a brown liner, dotting it lightly over the bridge of your nose and upper cheeks. However, 2022 is all about working smarter, not harder, so try combining two trends in one and adding freckles with self-tanner at the same time you do your tantouring. And, if you’re blessed with freckles naturally… embrace them. 

#4. High-Gloss Lips

Bye-bye matte-effect, this year we’re puckering up with luscious, glossy lips that look infinitely more fresh and youthful. Whether you’re going for a natural clear look or something brighter, the juicy, hydrated glass-looking lip is a must-wear trend for 2022.  

Invest in a quality lip gloss to wear on its own or layer it over your favourite lipstick for an added hint of colour. To achieve an even more high-gloss look, opt for a lip gloss with a glittery or metallic finish – va va voom! Enjoy the healthy, youthful appeal of a glossy, kissable pout regardless of which approach you choose.

#5. Bold Blush

Another hot makeup trend for 2022 is a pop of bold colour on your cheeks. Vibrant peach and pink shades are the go-to choices for the look; the bolder, the better. The key is that less is not more where this trend is concerned. Apply your blush generously to the cheeks, layering until you’re happy with the final effect.

For 2022, blush shouldn’t be applied to the apples of your cheeks, and instead, apply in a “C” shape from the highest point of your cheek to your eye crease. While you should concentrate the colour on the cheek, bringing a little of it up toward your temple lifts your face for a more youthful glow. 

#6. Bushy Brows

Thank you kindly, Miss Delevigne; the trend for full bushy brows is still going strong this year with no signs of stopping. This low-maintenance brow is ideal for a natural and effortless look, but you can still rock the trend even if you’re not blessed with dark, bushy brows. 

Brow lamination has become a common offering in salons throughout the UK, with one treatment giving you fuller brows for up to six weeks. For a simple solution at home, choose a brow mousse, powder, or pencil in a colour that matches your own, and experiment with using it to add shape and texture.

So there you have it, a collection of the biggest makeup trends to look out for in 2022. Give one a try today and find a new glam or everyday look you’re sure to love. 

New Fragrance Launches That Smell Amazing

New Fragrance Launches That Smell Amazing

If you’re a perfume aficionado, you’ll have been eagerly awaiting the release of a new collection of luxury perfumes, eager to try something fresh and exciting. Well, you’ll have to agree it’s been worth the wait when you cast your eye over this line-up of beauties. With new releases from all your favourite brands, including YSL, Chloe and Marc Jacobs, you’re sure to find a new obsession amongst this season’s fragrances.  

Free, Untamed, Nomad

Chloe Nomade Naturelle boasts an exotic blend of olfactory notes, including dates, mirabelle and Egyptian jasmine, celebrating the mingling of cultures and the poetry of encounters. The combination of stone fruits and white florals is layered over a vanilla, sandalwood and oakmoss base, creating a warm, addictive and effortlessly timeless fragrance.

Nomade Naturelle is incredibly unique in the world of modern perfumes in that it is a 100% natural origin fragrance and uses only naturally-derived alcohol and water. Nothing but the best – for you, and the planet.  

Oui, C’est Très Bien

If you thought that Lancome La Vie Est Belle couldn’t possibly be improved upon, you’re in for a treat with this new release. Lancome Oui La Vie Est Belle offers a fruitier, refreshing take on the more gourmand, woody notes of the original yet still perfectly encapsulates the La Vie Est Belle DNA. 

Rose, iris and ylang-ylang provide a strong floral heart to Oui La Vie Est Belle, while pink pepper, bergamot and patchouli bring depth. Finally, the piece de resistance, a burst of juicy, sweet raspberry, steals the show. 

A Fraiche Scent For Summer

Givenchy Irresistible Fraiche is a winning choice for a light, fresh scent that will carry you through summer. If you liked the original, you’ll be pleased to know that the heart and base notes of rose, iris, cedar and musk remain untouched; only the top notes have been given a refresh for this easy-wear daytime scent. 

While the original used opening notes of pear and musk mallow to create its fruity, musky appeal, Fraiche substitutes notes of orange and pink pepper in their place, creating a citrusy, bright fragrance, ideal for work or play.  

Nothing But Blue Skies Ahead

No perfume launch line-up is complete without a new addition to the Marc Jacobs Daisy collection, which now boasts more than 20 flanker fragrances. Whether you gather up each new release to add to your Daisy bouquet or have tried a few and haven’t found “the one”, Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Skies Edition is a must. 

Juicy notes of cloudberry and raspberry are joined by whipped cream to create the sweetness synonymous with the line, but in Daisy Love Skies, this is cut with an edgy addition of salt. Among the usual bottom notes of white woods and amber is oakmoss, giving the fragrance an earthier, greener base. A must-try for the season.

They’ll Be Green With Envy

The original YSL Opium will forever be one of the most renowned women’s fragrances created. But, like all good things, it’s improved with age, spurring a wide range of flankers, each with their own unique take on the original. The newest iteration? Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Illicit Green.

The Black Opium (2014) line is loved for its headline notes of vanilla and coffee beans, and Illicit Green stays true to these but adds a unique green accord with notes of fig and green mandarin. In this edition, you’ll also be treated to stronger coffee notes than previous versions, ideal for those who found the original too sweet. 

Blooming Beautiful

As a follow-up to the 2021 release of Beautiful Magnolia, Estee Lauder Beautiful Magnolia Intense is the perfect perfume for the turning of the seasons. While the original formulation was very much suited to bright, sunny days, the heavier, intense version includes subtle changes that make it more interesting and versatile. 

Every bit as elegant as a magnolia’s cream-coloured flowers, this perfume wonderfully translates that exquisite springtime bloom into an intoxicating floral fragrance with earthy undertones. The floral notes include magnolia, violet leaf and iris, layered over cardamom, patchouli and mandarin orange, with a base of vanilla, cedar, musk and leather. 

How To Protect Your Hair: The Best Hair Accessories & Tips

How To Protect Your Hair: The Best Hair Accessories & Tips

You know that glorious feeling when you leave the salon, and your hair looks and feels its best? Your confidence soars, and you feel like a whole new person. But then comes the hard part — keeping it looking fabulous. Your hair goes through a lot between horrible weather, sweating at the gym, and tossing and turning during sleep. It can be hard to keep your hair looking salon-styled for long. 

But, with a few simple adjustments, you can make sure your hair stays happy and healthy. These simple tips and accessories will help you protect your hair from (nearly) anything life throws at it. 

Use a Silk Pillowcase

Try as you might; you can’t control how you sleep. As you toss and turn throughout the night, your hair rubs against your pillowcase, causing friction which leads to breakage and frizz. A simple solution is to switch your pillowcase for a silk one. 

Compared to other fabrics, the smooth texture of silk allows your hair to move naturally, without getting caught up in coarse fibres. And, unlike cotton, silk doesn’t draw moisture out of your hair as you sleep. Not to mention that sleeping on a silk pillowcase is so luxurious that you’ll feel like a queen.  

Invest In Quality Hair Ties

If you have long hair, you know that having a hair tie readily available is crucial. One in your handbag, one in the glove compartment, a slightly dusty one in your office drawer, you might even have one on your wrist right now. But while cheap elastic bands are a dime a dozen, they might be causing more damage than you realise. 

Elastic hair bands pull and tug on your hair, damaging your hair in the process. Ditching the cheap bands for something gentler can do wonders for your hair. By opting for a cute scrunchie or spiral hair bobble, you can prevent damage and keep your locks under control. 

Use The Right Brush For Your Hair Type

It’s easy to think that all hairbrushes are made equal; they all do the same job – don’t they? In fact, brushes are designed to target different hair types and styling needs. Choose the right brush to protect your hair from damage and frizziness.

Identifying the best brush for specific hair types can’t be done in a paragraph, but here are a few things to consider. Do you want synthetic or natural bristles? Do you need the bristles to be close together, for thin hair, or farther apart for thicker hair? Are you using your brush while you dry your hair or when it’s wet? Consider these questions when choosing your perfect brush.

Avoid Heat Damage

Blow drying, straightening, and curling can wreak havoc on your hair, but you don’t have to give them up for healthier hair. Instead of avoiding the heat altogether, make sure to safeguard your hair with good quality heat protection. 

Protective products like Toni & Guy Heat Protect Mist and Milkshake Thermo Protector Spray help minimise the negative impacts that styling tools can have on your hair. 

Treat Your Hair To A Spa

Whether it’s damage, frizz, dryness, flakes, or greasiness, your hair needs regular nourishment to stay healthy and silky smooth. Adding a simple at-home treatment to your regular beauty routine can work wonders for dull, dry or lacklustre hair. 

You can even create your own treatment with products you already have around the house in a pinch. A simple one to combat dry hair is to use 1 tbsp of coconut oil on your hair before bed. Just melt the oil in the microwave, lather through your hair, slap on a shower cap and wash the following day. 

Get Timely Trims

Finally, one of the best things you can do to encourage long, luscious hair is to keep up with regular trims. Even with the best of care, breakage occurs naturally over time leading to split ends. 

But by opting in for regular trims, you can keep your ends in the best condition. How often depends on if you want to maintain or grow the length, but as a general rule of thumb, a trim every 12 weeks is best. 

Damage to your hair is part of life, but you can keep your hair looking picture-perfect for longer.

How The Change In Weather Can Affect Your Skin

How The Change In Weather Can Affect Your Skin

We often talk about how winter weather impacts our skin and the need to protect it from the harsh wind and cold, but many of us will notice that there can be just as many issues when the weather starts to warm up. 

In fact, the weather can affect our skin in a variety of ways, and because no two people are the same, some may find they struggle with more skin complaints in spring than they do in winter. 

This article will discuss some of the most common skin issues when transitioning from cold to warm weather and how to treat or prevent them. 

Shiny, Greasy Skin

During winter, when the air saps moisture from your skin, a rich cream moisturiser gives skin the added hydration it needs. However, as the weather warms up, this same formulation can sit heavily on the face, trapping in heat and resulting in greasy skin.  

Even during the summer months, it’s beneficial to wear a daily moisturiser but switch from rich, creamy options to a lighter formulation. A lightweight lotion or gel will give your skin the moisture boost it craves without weighing it down. 

For normal/dry skin types, try the At1 Hydrate and Nourish Day Cream. Or, for oily/combination skin, Fragrance Direct customers are raving about the bareMinerals PORELESS Oil-Free Moisturiser.

More Prone To Breakouts

Are you using the right moisturiser for your skin and the season but still experiencing breakouts? This is a common skin complaint during the warmer months, and there’s usually a very simple cause.

During summer, you spend more time outdoors and sweat a lot more frequently. Factor in your daily sun protection, which is designed to cling to the skin, and the combination is a recipe for clogged pores. 

Cleansing is more important than ever during the summer months, and a two-step cleansing routine is ideal for removing the remnants of SPF that can easily be left behind. Start with a balm cleanser, like the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, to remove make-up, sweat and sunscreen from your skin, then repeat with a water-based or milk cleanser, like this one from Super Facialist, to remove trace impurities.

Sun Damage and Burns

In the winter, a moisturiser with SPF protection is an excellent choice. It’s an easy way to protect your skin from the low-level UV rays and offers adequate protection on cloudy and overcast days. However, in summer, sunburn and skin damage are serious dangers.

Despite what you may have heard, sunburn is not part and parcel of getting a tan. In fact, sunburn is the visual result of the sun’s UVB rays damaging your skin cells and causing mutations in their DNA. The redness and inflammation are caused by your blood vessels dilating to bring immune cells to the skin in order to help undo the damage. However, mutated cells which escape can become cancerous in the future. 

When the sun is out and you’re spending more time outside, it’s best to keep your moisturiser and SPF separate. This ensures you get full coverage from your sunscreen and are able to top it up during the day.  Ideally, look for an SPF30+ to reduce the risk of burns.

Fine Lines And Wrinkles

We’ve discussed how UVB rays can cause your skin to burn in the sun, but there’s another negative impact of sun exposure that isn’t as immediately noticeable – fine lines and wrinkles. 

Although they are less intense than UVB rays, the sun’s UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers, where most cancers occur. The skin tries to protect itself from further damage by increasing its melanin, making your skin darker. And while UVA rays trigger the tanning response, they also generate free radicals, which contribute to premature ageing. 

Antioxidants fight free radicals, neutralising them before they can cause further damage to your skin cells. For this reason, we highly recommend using antioxidant-rich skincare year-round for fine lines and wrinkles, such as Clarins Multi Active Antioxidant Day Emulsion.

So, when you head out into the sunshine this season, make sure you’re enjoying today but planning for tomorrow with these simple steps for protecting your skin.

  • Tailor your moisturiser to your skin’s current needs
  • Double-cleanse to stay free from breakouts
  • Guard against UVA and UVB rays with SPF30+
  • Prevent premature ageing with antioxidants

Now get out there and enjoy a fabulous summer. 

Top Bath Products For A Relaxing Soak

Top Bath Products For A Relaxing Soak

At the end of a hard day, nothing quite compares to the feeling of sinking into a hot bath. Up to your chin in bubbles, the combination of warmth, steam and fragrance helps release the tension you didn’t even realise you were carrying. 

Who doesn’t love a relaxing soak in the tub? Whether it’s your nightly ritual or a rare treat, make your next bath night a treat for the senses with the addition of these indulgent bath products. 

Yardley London English Lavender Bath & Body Set

The epitome of luxury, Yardley London has been creating bath and cosmetic products since 1770. Inspired by fields of fragrant spring flowers, the English Lavender Bath & Body Set is sure to add a touch of elegance to your next bath experience.  

The set includes: Yardley Body Wash 100ml, Yardley Body Lotion 100ml, Yardley Hand Cream 50ml, and, to top it all off, a pair of Yardley branded slippers. Crafted with up to 95% naturally derived ingredients, each skincare product boasts the same exquisite floral fragrance, so you’ll radiate the calming scent of lavender from dusk to dawn.

Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash

While you’re soaking your troubles away, why not give your skin an added boost of moisture with an at-home facial? Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash has the resurfacing properties of an exfoliator yet is gentle enough on the skin to use daily. 

The microdermabrasion impact of this Philosophy face wash leaves your skin polished and smooth, while antioxidants, hydrating fatty acids and botanical oils help retain its moisture levels.  Incorporating an exfoliating facial into your bath is so easy that you’ll kick yourself for not doing it sooner. 

AromaWorks AromaBomb Signature Quad

Bath bombs are the ultimate addition to your soak, but it can be challenging to find quality products that don’t dry out your skin. AromaWorks is an award-winning natural skincare company renowned for its gentle yet effective products. 

The AromaBomb Signature Quad uses only the finest ingredients, blending detoxifying Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and soothing Calamine powder with 100% Pure Essential Oils to create fragrant, skin-friendly bath bombs. The set includes Nurture: May Chang & Sandalwood; Serenity: Lemongrass & Geranium; Inspire: Bergamot & Black Pepper; and Soulful: Juniper Berry & Frankincense. 

Baylis & Harding The Fuzzy Duck Cotswold Floral 4 Piece Set

A set that you can enjoy as much during a short shower as you can during a long bath, the Baylis & Harding The Fuzzy Duck set contains four luxurious products inspired by the Cotswold countryside. The collection includes Wild Flower Meadow Body Wash 250ml, Woodland Bluebell Shower Crème 250ml, Woodland Bluebell Hand Cream 30ml and Wild Flower Meadow Scented Candle. 

In a presentation box ready for gifting, it’s a great set to keep on hand for emergencies as a gift that anyone is sure to love. But order two; you’ll want to keep one for yourself. 

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream 

Despite being great for relaxation and wellbeing, hot water can sap moisture from the skin, leaving it dry and itchy. So, follow a long soak with plenty of hydration, courtesy of a quality moisturiser. Super moisturising and super-sized, the Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream by Elizabeth Arden is ideal for a post-bath treat. 

The 500ml body cream includes a range of beneficial ingredients, including natural honey and green tea extract, which help to nourish, condition and calm dry skin. Beautifully fragrant, with notes of rhubarb, bergamot, peppermint and musk, it’s the ultimate way to end your home-spa experience. 

Sassy Shop Wax Bedtime Baby Whipped Soap

If you’re a fan of Sassy Shop Wax Melts, you’ll adore the brand’s bath and body range. The indulgent foamy texture feels heavenly against your skin and provides a luscious dose of moisture. Lather it before shaving for silky smooth legs, or simply use it to create a scented bath experience like no other. 

The soothing Bedtime Baby blend includes fragrances of mandarin, lavender, chamomile, neroli and lily of the valley over base notes of hay and musk. A gentle, floral scent that will help lull you into a blissful beauty sleep. 

Take back time for self-care and upgrade your bathing experience with these and many more indulgent products from FragranceDirect.