SPF Hacks We Can’t Live Without

SPF Hacks We Can’t Live Without

Love it or loathe it, sunscreen is an absolute must over the warmer months. While you might not rejoice at the thought of adding another product into your daily regime, sunscreen plays a key role in the health and overall appearance of your skin. As well as preventing sunburn, SPF also protects your skin from cellular damage, which can cause premature ageing, so it’s every bit as important as your serum or moisturiser.  

If you’re looking for hacks to make it easier to embrace sunscreen or just want to level up your skincare game, here are a few of our favourite ideas:

Keep Your Sunscreen On Ice

You probably already know the hack about keeping your aftersun lotion or aloe vera gel in the refrigerator to make it more soothing to apply. But did you know you can do the same with your sun protection?

Throw your sunscreen into the fridge a few hours before you need to apply it and enjoy the cooling sensation. Going for a day out? Throw your sunscreen into your coolbox with your packed lunch. It will help you remember to reapply and be a welcome relief from the heat. 

For Dry Skin, Try An SPF Oil

If you already have dry skin, the added effects of the sun, salt and chlorine can leave you itchy and irritated. Instead of using a regular sunscreen lotion, those with dry skin can benefit from using something a little more nourishing.

Dry oil moisturises and hydrates the skin while protecting it from sun damage. Lighter and more easily absorbed than many traditional sunscreen products, it’s also a great option for those who don’t like the tacky feel of lotion. And, as SPF oil can also be applied to your hair, it will keep your locks in fine form too.

Use A Stick For Staying Power

The backs of the hands are a commonly missed area when applying sunscreen. And, even if you do remember to coat your hands, that sticky feeling isn’t particularly pleasant. 

Stick sunscreen offers the same protection as lotion, with a consistency that’s better suited to being applied on your hands. And, thanks to the slightly tacky consistency of sunscreen sticks, they have a lot of other uses too. Apply as a lip primer under your favourite lipstick, or brush it into your brows to keep them in place. The versatility of SPF sticks make them a great tool in your suncare and beauty kit. 

Choose A Lip Balm With Added SPF 

The skin on our lips may be different to the rest of our body, but it needs protection just as much. In the warmer months, simply switch your regular lip balm for one that has added SPF protection as an easy, yet effective way to prevent sun damage. 

With a growing focus on suncare, many makeup brands are incorporating SPF into their lipsticks too, so you don’t have to choose between colour and protection. And, if your fave lipstick, prime your lips with SPF stick first, then apply as usual.

Replace Your Moisturiser With Sunscreen

If your skin isn’t hungry for hydration, why not ditch the moisturiser and replace it with sunscreen during the warmer months? This simple swap can make it much easier to integrate sunscreen into your daily skincare routine, without taking you a second longer to get ready in the morning.

Look for sunscreens that specify they’re for using on the face, as these will have a lighter consistency that absorbs easier than body lotions. 

Use An SPF Setting Spray 

One of the main reasons women don’t reapply sunscreen as often as possible is because of our makeup. If you cringe at the thought of lathering lotion over your face in the middle of the day, you’re not alone. And thankfully, you don’t have to.

Keep your makeup looking fierce and your skin protected to the fullest with a setting spray that includes SPF30. Spritz over your face every few hours to keep your skin in tip-top condition, whatever the day throws at you.

There we have it, six of the best SPF hacks to see you through summer. Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine, safe in the knowledge that your skin won’t pay for it down the line. 

Our Top Picks From Nuxe’s Sun Range

Our Top Picks From Nuxe’s Sun Range

Whether you’re jetting off to Cannes this summer or staying closer to home, stock up on all your favourite products from the darling of the French beauty world, Nuxe. Inspired by nature, the Nuxe brand is synonymous with legendary skincare products that quickly become daily staples for women globally. 

With a cult following, Huile Prodigieuse has long been the company’s best-seller, packed with seven botanical oils to nourish skin, body and hair. But it’s not just this versatile oil that’s a saving grace for skin – Nuxe has got all your summer skincare needs covered too. 

From tip to toe, here are our top picks of Nuxe Sun favourites you’re sure to love. 

1. Nuxe Sun SPF50 Light Face Fluid

We all love soaking up the sunshine in the warmer months, but too much of a good thing can spell trouble. Protect your skin from cellular damage, premature ageing and dark spots with Nuxe Sun SPF50 Light Face Fluid

With a super light texture and non-sticky formula, this face fluid packs the perfect amount of hydration for normal and combination skin types. And, with a high SPF and water-resistant formula, it’s a must-pack item for all your outdoor adventures. If you’re looking for the perfect high-protection sunscreen that can be worn under makeup or on its own, this is for you.

2. Nuxe Sun SPF50 High Protection Melting Lotion 

Do you want to simplify your summer skincare routine? Nuxe have you covered with SPF50 High Protection Melting Lotion. Not only is it suitable for both face and body, but the moisturising formulation feels exquisite on both, gliding over the skin with no sticky residue.

This lotion is packed with botanical ingredients, including rice, rosemary and Vitamin E extracts, and a dose of nourishing water hyacinth. And, when it comes to fragrance, there are no cloying artificial scents here. Instead, enjoy the comforting aroma of vanilla, sweet orange and Tiare flower, transporting you on a tropical getaway, wherever you are.       

3. Nuxe Sun Moisturising Protective Milky Oil For Hair

Throughout the summer months, we really put our hair through its paces – saltwater, chlorine damage, and not to mention constant UV exposure. All these harsh elements can strip your hair’s natural oils, leaving it dry, damaged and prone to knotting.

Enriched with sun and water flowers, Nuxe Sun Moisturising Protective Milky Oil For Hair gives your hair the TLC it craves. Each strand is repaired, nourished and protected against future damage, while the milky oil smoothes and beautifies your hair from scalp to ends.  

4. Nuxe Sun Fragrant Water

Finding your perfect sunny day scent is no easy feat. When you want a burst of fragrance without the heaviness of an Eau de Parfum, an Eau de Toilette or fragrance spray is the ideal substitute.

A light spritz of Nuxe Sun Fragrant Water envelops you in an exotic blend of tropical notes. Sweet orange and coconut are balanced with petitgrain and Tiare flower, over a musky vanilla base. The result is refreshing, comforting and utterly delicious. Designed to be worn in the height of summer, the fragrance is also non-photosensitising to prevent skin damage. Nuxe, they think of everything!

5. Nuxe Sun Refreshing After-Sun Lotion

A summer essential, every home needs a trusty bottle of after sun at the ready. Whether you’ve been caught out with no sun protection or just want to cool down after a scorching day, After Sun Lotion calms and comforts hot skin.  

Nuxe describes their Nuxe Sun Refreshing After-Sun Lotion as having a “sorbet texture”, and we couldn’t say it better ourselves. The butter-like lotion melts effortlessly, soothing your skin when you need it most. Store it in the refrigerator for the ultimate post-beach treatment. 

6. Nuxe Sun After-Sun Hair and Body Shampoo

If you’re spending your summer days poolside or swimming in the sea, this is a must-buy product to throw in beside your towel. Nuxe Sun After-Sun Hair and Body Shampoo is the perfect addition to your post-swim shower, rinsing away salt, chlorine and SPF. 

Not only will your skin and hair be left feeling cleansed and refreshed, but you’ll also enjoy the signature Nuxe Sun fragrance that the range is famous for.   

Shop the full range of Nuxe products at Fragrance Direct

Minimalist Makeup Finds With bareMinerals

Minimalist Makeup Finds With bareMinerals

Minimalist makeup, natural beauty or “clean girl beauty” – whatever you call it, the pared-back aesthetic is here to stay. Less is officially more, so let your natural beauty shine and embrace a lighter touch.  

As you’ll be reducing the number of products you use, it’s more important than ever to focus on quality over quantity, investing in makeup that is fit for purpose. And when it comes to minimalist makeup, there’s only one obvious choice…

bareMinerals, Your Skincare Partner

bareMinerals are a leading name in the world of mineral cosmetics. Boasting a range that is infused with a host of beneficial ingredients, bareMinerals takes clean beauty to a whole new level.

Magnesium and potassium support the skin’s hydration, while silica blurs fine lines, wrinkles and pores. And it’s not just the inclusion of minerals that sets bareMinerals apart; it’s the nasties that you won’t find among the ingredients. Every product is free of parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, mineral oils and more – clean without compromise. 

Here are the best minimalist makeup tools to add to your beauty kit, courtesy of bareMinerals. 

1. Tinted Gel Cream 

When it comes to coverage, summer is the season to ditch the heavy layers of foundation and opt for a sheer tint of colour instead. Minimalist makeup gives the go-ahead to embrace your freckles and natural complexion, so swap out your winter favourites for a tinted moisturiser. 

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream has a hydrating, oil-free formula that is particularly well-suited to dry skin. Available in a wide range of shades, the pigmented gel cream allows you to build just the right layer of coverage. And, with broad-spectrum SPF30 protection and 98% naturally derived ingredients, it’s kind to your skin and the planet.  

2. Blush

Rosy cheeks are a must for any minimalist makeup look, adding a touch of youthful radiance to your face. The key to achieving the look is to use a creamy blush that doesn’t cake or sit heavily on your face. Apply in a sweeping motion from the apples of your cheeks toward your temples for a natural flush with a little added lift. 

We love bareMinerals Bounce Blur Blush Coral Cloud for its luminous colour and soft-focus effect that hides fine lines. The weightless cream to powder blush is super blendable and can be built up, allowing you to tailor the pigment to suit your complexion. Choose from a range of stunning shades that have finishes ranging from satin to shimmer.

3. Highlighter

If ever there was a time of year to embrace highlighter, it’s now. Applied to the top of your cheekbones and any area where the sun hits, a light sheen of highlighter gives your skin a dose of radiance and a subtle glow.

Rich in luminous minerals and with no artificial glitter in sight, bareMinerals Endless Glow Pressed Highlighter is the summer glow-getter you’ve been waiting for. The talc-free formula has been designed not to crease, crack, or cake, with a pore-blurring action to create a smooth, photo-ready finish. Bring on the summer selfies. 

4. Mascara

Minimalist makeup is all about flaunting what you’ve got. So, play up your natural beauty with a mascara that coats, lengthens and plumps your lashes. Avoid clumpy, flaky spider lashes, and instead, opt for thin coats of mascara that look naturally thick and full. 

With over 600 soft bristles in its wand, the bareMinerals Lashtopia Mega Volume Mineral-Based Mascara perfectly covers every strand. Lifting and fanning your lashes for up to 10x more volume, this mascara offers serious oomph. With nourishing ingredients and a mousse-like formula, the weightless mascara looks as good as it feels. Wear day or night for doe-eyed, fluttery lashes. 

5. Brow Pencil

Full brows are the look du jour, so invest in a brow pencil to take yours from drab to fab. By choosing a shade that closely matches your natural brows, you can subtly add volume, shape and definition where you need it most.  

The bareMinerals Brow Master Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil is a cleverly designed all-in-one tool that allows you to fill and sculpt your brows in a flash. Water and smudge resistant, it includes a retractable, oval tipped pencil on one end and a spoolie for wayward hairs on the other.

In the spirit of minimal makeup, why not also use it as your eyeliner? Not only will the chestnut or coffee shade be a softer, more natural tone for your skin, but the budge-proof formulation locks it in place for longer.

With so many fantastic products that help your skin look and feel great, there’s never been a better time to create your capsule makeup collection. Embrace the minimalist look today.

Simple Date Night Makeup Looks

Simple Date Night Makeup Looks

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to makeup, defaulting to a set few products for daywear or nights outs. But makeup should be about expressing yourself, getting creative and exploring new trends. 

If you’ve got a date night coming up, don’t throw on the same trusted lippy and liner combo – branch out and try a new look that makes you feel like the glamazon you are. Not feeling inspired? Browse a line-up of some of our favourite simple date night makeup looks.

#1. Sculpted Glow

This look is all about defining your face, accentuating your best features and adding a little bit of glow. Start by prepping your skin by double cleansing and moisturising; this will give you a fresh canvas to work with. Next, apply your favourite foundation or BB cream to even out your skin tone and give you a natural-looking base. Dot on a concealer to cover any blemishes or dark circles.

Once you’ve set your makeup with a light dusting of powder, it’s time to add some glow! Unlike contouring, which sculpts by creating shadow, you’ll use a liquid highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and in the inner corners of your eyes. This technique will give you a gorgeous, dewy finish and is such an easy look to achieve on a weekday date night. 

#2. Peach Punch

If you’re looking for a fresh and pretty date night look, this peachy keen look is perfect for you. This season, peach blush is a must-try look and adds a cute, flirty touch to a paired back makeup look. 

Use a peachy blush on the apples of your cheeks, then swipe the colour in a “C” shape up toward your temples. This application technique gives the impression of lift, elevating your blush to the next level. When choosing a lipstick,  opt for a similar shade, or keep it simple with a nude that complements your skin tone. Add some mascara to your top lashes, and you’re good to go!

#3. Smoky Eye

The smoky eye will always be a winner if you’re looking for a dramatic date night makeup look, but it’s not always easy to get right.

For flawless smoky eyes, start your shadow before the rest of your makeup to avoid the inevitable fallout of dark pigment on your cheeks. Apply the eyeshadow to your lids, working it into the crease of your eyelid and blending out, adding a lighter shade to the area under your brow to highlight and lift your eye. Next, use a black liner to create the perfect wing and finish with a generous coat of mascara

Is the smoky eye your go-to look? Want to try something a little different? Create the same look but use deep purple, bronze or grey tones for a new take on a classic.

#4. Metallic Accents

Who says metallic makeup is only for the festive season? Not the catwalks of 2022, that’s for sure. Metallic accents add a whole new dimension to any makeup look, giving you a glamorous, sexy look that will turn heads.

Whether you opt for full metallic eyeshadow to get the maximum impact or simply add a little metallic liner to your lower lash line, you’ll love how it elevates your date night look. 

#5. A Pop Of Colour

Add some fun to your next date night with a playful pop of colour, courtesy of a bold lip or eyeshadow. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to colour, so experiment with different options to find a combination that speaks to you. 

Bright, colourful shadow is the style du jour, thanks to the TV show, Euphoria, popularising a return to bold makeup. Or, if you prefer to keep your lids fairly simple, go wild with your lipstick – a pillar box red will never go out of style. 

The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence, so express yourself as only you know how, using the hues and shades that bring a smile to your face. 

And remember, ladies, date night is about making yourself feel amazing. So worry less about looking good for him (or her) and more about feeling fabulous.

Hydrating Hair Masks To Have On Your Radar

Hydrating Hair Masks To Have On Your Radar

Your hair puts up with a lot. From chemical dyes and heat styling to exposure to the sun and wind, it’s relentless. And while it may be a step too far to step away from the curling irons or straighteners, you can help reverse the signs of damage by investing a little TLC into your locks. 

This season, show your hair some love with a hydrating hair mask that brings the shine back to your crowning glory.  

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Charcoal Masque

Give your hair a deep cleanse and detox with Shea Moisture African Black Soap Charcoal Masque. Designed to provide extra support for textured and curly hair types, the Shea Moisture range uses a blend of ingredients from Africa and beyond to lock moisture and nourishment into every strand. 

The African Black Soap Charcoal Masque is enriched with bamboo charcoal, tea tree oil, willow bark extract and African black soap. Black soap blends coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa pod ash to create a moisturising balm that deeply hydrates hair. Together, the combination of ingredients absorbs excess oil from the scalp, removes product build-up, and boosts hair’s natural hydration. Hooray for Shea!

Biolage Hydrasource Dry Hair Deep Hydrating Mask

Revive dry, dehydrated hair with Biolage Hydrasource Dry Hair Deep Hydrating Mask. Among the lineup of nourishing ingredients is 10% aloe vera, a naturally moisturising humectant which attracts moisture to the hair and locks it in place – like hyaluronic acid for your hair. 

Cleansing, hydrating and protecting your hair without weighing it down, this conditioning mask gives each strand the nourishment it craves. Biolage Hydrasource is particularly well suited to those with fine hair, who will find that its lightweight, deeply hydrating solution caters perfectly to their needs. 

L’Oreal Professionnel Blondifier Mask

Are your blonde locks looking a little lacklustre? Brighten and intensify your colour with the Blondifier Mask from L’Oreal. The mask utilises the same polyphenols that can be found in the renowned superfood, Açai berry, creating a nourishing treatment to hydrate and add a boost of radiance to coloured hair. 

Tailored to the unique needs of blond hair, the Blondifier Mask resurfaces and smoothes each hair fibre, restoring shine and brilliance to even the dullest of hair. For gorgeous, golden locks, L’Oreal Professionell Blondifier Mask has you covered.

Joico Blonde Life Brightening Mask

Another fantastic solution for reviving blonde hair, Joico Blonde Life Brightening Mask is a quick-rinse treatment that neutralises the mineral buildup that can lead to dull and yellow hair. The brightening formulation includes exotic natural ingredients such as Tamanu and Manoi oils from Polynesia that soak deep into your locks, providing weightless hydration and shine. 

Finally, using a Bio-Advanced Peptide Complex, damaged hair is reinforced and strengthened for less breakage. Luscious locks, healthy halo, happy you.

Kerastase Specifique Masque Rehydratant Hair Mask

Repair, restore and rejuvenate tired hair with Kerastase Specifique Masque Rehydratant Hair Mask. Helping your strands feel softer, look shinier and have more bounce, this lightweight mask is infused with amino acids and ceramide to deeply hydrate dry or damaged hair. The lightweight texture of the gel-based formula won’t weigh hair down, making the Rehydratant Hair Mask ideal for all hair types. 

And, with results in as little as 5-10 minutes, this hair pick-me-up couldn’t be easier to add to your weekly hair regime. So, scan your socials and enjoy a well-deserved bit of downtime, while your new favourite mask does its thing.  

L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Gold Mask 

Struggling with hair that has been bleached and styled to its limits? For the ultimate in restoration, there’s no better choice than L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Gold Mask. Rich in proteins and extracts from the superfood quinoa, the gold repair mask has a luxurious silky texture that cocoons each strand in moisture. 

Results show that regular use leaves hair more manageable, with up to 77% less surface damage and up to 7X shinier. Unlock the power of strong, healthy hair with Absolut Repair. 

Whether your hair is damaged, faded or simply lacks oomph, there’s a mask with your name on it. Explore our full range of hair masks at Fragrance Direct today.