How to get your fake tan application perfect – every single time!

How to get your fake tan application perfect – every single time!

We all know using fake instead of baking our skin in the sun is much better for us, but achieving that natural looking, streak free tan is no mean feat.

First up, there’s so many different types of fake tan to choose from that it can become a little overwhelming. There’s mousse, spray, lotion, masks and mists? Then there’s the technique to get your head around too, no one wants streaky or patchy tan!

If you’re a tanning novice, then luckily for you we’ve got all the best tips and tricks for how to apply fake tan flawlessly every time!

  • Body prep is key to achieving a beautiful steak-free glow

If you want your fake tan to go on as smooth as possible and stick around, then prepping your limbs is key. Exfoliating is essential before you apply a layer of fake tan. This gives you the best base for the product to stick to and will help reduce accelerating fading as dead skin cells naturally shed. Exfoliate your entire body the morning or night before you plan on tanning.

Use a product like Scrub Love Cacao Scrub to buff away any dead skin.

  • Moisturise any dry areas

If you have any particularly troublesome dry patches, then you need to make sure you moisturise these thoroughly after you’ve exfoliated and also just before tanning. Dry skin is devil for fake tan, as the product just clings and will look patchy. Try to focus on the elbows, knees and ankle with a light moisturiser as tan can over absorb in these areas.

Try using the Decleor Aroma Comfort Moisturising Body Milk

  • Use the right tools – not your hands!

Never use your bare hands to apply fake tan, your palms will be stained for days! For seamless application, get yourself a handy fake tan mitt which makes applying product so much easier. Using a mitt ensures a smooth and streak-free application. Try using sweeping motions to distribute the product evenly across the body, starting at the bottom and working your way up.

Our favourite fake tan mitt is the Sunkissed Double Sided Application Mitt

  • How to tan your hands and feet

Hands and feet are the main places you’ll give away tell-tale fake tan signs. Leave your hands and feet until last and try using the residue that is left on your mitt to gently buff over these areas. With less product it will be easier to blend out over your hands and feet without leaving any lines of smudges.

  • How to fake tan your back

There is no easy way to do this alone… if you can rope in a friend or partner, then do so! If that’s not possible, try turning the mitt over so the application side is on the back of your hand, this will give you more flexibility to reach round. Or try using a mist instead and spray over your shoulder.

We love the St Tropez Dark Self Tanning Bronzing Mist

  • How to fake tan your face

Fake tanning your face is essential if you’re regularly doing your body, no one wants to be walking round with your face not matching your body. One way to do it is to adjust the shade of your foundation to match up with your neck or there are plenty of face tanning products available that you can apply regularly. Face mists and tanning drops work really well alongside your regular skincare so you can add them into your normal routine to keep up a lovely glow to skin.

Why not try the SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold Wonder Water Face Tanning Mist

  • How to make your tan last longer

So now you’ve got that flawless, golden glow… how do we make sure it sticks around? Firstly, make sure you take care of your tan while it develops. Avoid tight clothing and leave it to air dry as long as you can to avoid moving the product around too much. No sweaty workouts or doing the dishes, basically avoid water at all costs! Then once your tan has fully developed and you’ve washed off any residue, make sure you apply a body lotion or moisturiser daily to make it last as long as possible. Keeping your skin hydrated will help to lessen the fade!

Make sure you have Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Body Lotion in your collection, not only does it keep skin soft and supple, it also smells incredible!

And there you have it, the easiest and most effective tips and tricks for applying fake tan for a gorgeous golden glow all year round!

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CK Everyone – The First Clean, Vegan, Gender-Free Fragrance!

CK Everyone – The First Clean, Vegan, Gender-Free Fragrance!

Calvin Klein introduces its first clean, gender-free and environmentally conscious fragrance, CK EVERYONE.

CK EVERYONE is formulated with naturally derived ingredients, naturally derived alcohol, is vegan, recyclable and is packaged with recycled materials.

The new fragrance has just achieved a Material Health Certificate at the Silver Level from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute for Calvin Klein’s first clean and environmentally conscious fragrance, CK Everyone Eau de Toilette.


1 CK EVERYONE CONTAINS INGREDIENTS FROM NATURAL ORIGIN: 79% of the ingredients are naturally derived. The other 21% are synthetic and added to the formula to enhance the scent and stability. It is distilled with alcohol from plant sources.

2 CK EVERYONE IS VEGAN: It is developed without any ingredients that are animal derived or identified as an animal by-product. Coty does not test on animals anywhere in the world, unless required by law.


  • Bottle: 10% of the glass is from recycled materials. The cap, elastic band and the pump are not recyclable but can be removed and reused for a second life.
  • Outer pack: 30% of the box is from recycled materials. The current cello-wrap will be removed from our production line as of Spring 2020 while ensuring full product integrity and safety. Important to note that the cello wrap can be recycled but requires a channel to collect it and a process to transform it (according to your local council).

4 CK EVERYONE HAS A CLEAN SCENT: Master perfumer and creator of the original CK One, Alberto Morillas, has combined patchouli and organic orange essential oil for a new gender-free, clean and fresh fragrance.

Five icons are printed on the outer pack, these are self-certifications which are supported by scientific rationale.


Get To Know The Brand: Note Cosmetics

Get To Know The Brand: Note Cosmetics

Note Cosmetics is our Brand of the Month for April and we’re super excited to have them onboard. You may not have heard of the incredible cosmetics brand but lucky for us, Fragrance Direct are the only exclusive retailers in the UK!

So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to dive in and tell you a bit more about the brand Note Cosmetics and why we love them so much! Plus, we’ll give you a sneaky peak of all our favourite products…

Where it all started

Note was launched in 2014 by a group of leading European chemists who wanted to create a brand that was luxurious yet affordable. Their mission was to embrace the art of beauty and create clean, affordable, high quality makeup products inspired by the colours of life and rich notes of nature. From a dramatic smoky eye to a bright, bold lip, Note as all the products you need to create the beauty look of your dreams.

Beauty with benefits

The expertise of top makeup artists and skincare professionals is at the core of Note Cosmetics. From the full coverage foundations and the long-lasting lip glosses, every product provides good for skin benefits using ingredients like vitamins, minerals and essential oils.

Excelled by nature

Note source ingredients from around the world to create products that are good for you and good for the environment. The pigmented, botanical infused formulas provide rich colours and superior coverage. Free of parabens and other nasties, Note products let you create a variety of beauty looks without harming your skin or the earth. All Note products are cruelty free and include no animal-derived ingredients.

Inclusive, diverse and respectful

Note pride themselves on celebrating that every person is different in their own beautiful and unique way and their makeup should be too! They believe in providing beauty products for everyone, no matter their skin type or colour and with a huge range of colours and textures you’ll be sure to find a product to match your complexion.

Now after that we’re sure you’ll be as excited as we were to try all the amazing products Note Cosmetics have to offer. Down below we have a small selection of some our favourite and bestselling products we recommend you pick up first!

Full Coverage Liquid Concealer

This is a concealer that has a medium to full coverage texture that helps to cover under eye circles and imperfections in an instant. The long-lasting formula stays comfortably on the skin all day long, making sure you look flawless at all times!

BB Cream  

This BB Cream is an amazing product that offers coverage as well as skincare benefits! The beauty balm formula offers protection from the sun, environmental aggressors as well as evening out the skin tone and give you light to medium coverage. Each shade blends seamless into the skin and gives you that gorgeous radiant glow.

Ultra-rich Colour Lipstick

These amazing lipsticks protect and nourish the lips with Argan Oil and Cocoa Butter whilst also packing a punch with pigmented colour! They have a gorgeous range of neutral colours that are perfect for everyday wear.

Mattifying Extreme Wear Foundation

If you struggle with shine and love a foundation that gives you full coverage and lasts all day, then this is the one for you! Recommended for those with oily skin, it provides a formula that helps balance sebum levels to maintain a healthy complexion. This buildable foundation is sure to be your next favourite product!

Terracotta Illuminating Powder

Terracotta Illuminating Powder glides over the skin for a flawless highlight every single time you use it. Macadamia oil helps the skin retain moisture with added anti-ageing benefits, what more could you want?!

Chubby Eyeshadow Pencil

The soft and silky texture of this Chubby Eyeshadow Pencil glides on easily for colour that doesn’t crease or smudge for up to 24 hours. If you struggle with applying eyeshadow and getting it to blend properly then this is the product for you, just swipe it over the lids and buff out the edges for the easiest eyeshadow look ever.

There you have it, all our favourite Note Cosmetics products along with some extra info about the brand itself. Keep your eyes out for any promotions and free gifts for our amazing Brand of the Month and don’t forget to give us a shout out on social and let us know what you think!  

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Self-Care Tips for Managing Social Distancing

Self-Care Tips for Managing Social Distancing

Self-care is having a real moment right now, with everything that is going on in the world it is vital that you look after your own mental health, body and relationships. With everyone staying at home at the moment it gives us so much more time to focus on ourselves and making some key improvements in our daily lives.

Keep reading for some top tips for introducing self-care into your routine and daily life…

  1. Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is super important even when you’re not leaving the house as much. Every function in your body requires water and when your body is properly hydrated, it performs so much more efficiently. When you’re at home it can be easy to lose track of how much water you’re drinking, try using a reusable bottle to keep track of your hydration levels and give yourself goals to hit throughout the day.

  • Make a menu for the week

Trying to keep some sort of routine is key when you’re spending a lot of time at home. It’s super easy to fall into getting up when you want, staying in PJ’s and grazing throughout the day. But keeping a routine with your meals is much healthier for you and will keep your body functioning as well as it can. Write out a menu for the week and try to stick to it.

  • Write a to do list for the day

When you wake up in the morning, write out a list of tasks and activities you’d like to achieve throughout the day. By doing this you give yourself a focus and purpose for things to focus on through the day. Try to prioritise in order of urgency so you get the most important things done first.

  • Try an online yoga class/guided meditation

If yoga and meditation is new to you, then now is the perfect time to give it a go. There are hundreds of online yoga classes that are super easy to follow. Introducing some mindfulness into your routine will help keep yourself positive and motivated throughout this time and trying a new hobby is always exciting!

  • Take time to decompress at the end of the day

It’s super important to take time to breathe, reflect and evaluate. Self-care doesn’t have to be super lavish or expensive facials; it’s about taking time to yourself and giving yourself a break. Put your phone down for 10 minutes at the end of the day and sit with your thoughts, try to focus on the positives from the day and what you have managed to achieve.

  • Move for at least 30 minutes a day

Get your body moving for at least 30 minutes per day. It is vital for keeping yourself in a good headspace, exercise releases positive endorphins which is exactly what we need at this time! Try a home workout, get out for a run or walk and get your heart pumping!

  • Sleep!

Sleep is another super important factor in self-care. Sleep has been a huge topic for the last few months, and it is even more important with us spending more time on our own. During sleep, your brain rids itself of toxins, consolidates memories and refreshes. So, you can literally sleep your way through self-care!

  • Confront any negativity

When dealing with any negative thoughts, it’s best to confront those head on. Write down what is troubling you and reflect back on this. Try to understand why you might be feeling this way and what you can do to alleviate any stress or upset and then add this factor into your daily to do list. Then every evening look back on any actions you’ve taken and if these have helped in a positive way.

  • FaceTime friends and family

With social distancing and self-isolation being so prevalent right now, it is really easy to withdraw from friends and family who you normally see regularly. Make sure you stay in touch with the outside world by regularly reaching out to your friends and family and maintaining that line of contact. Organise a ‘FaceTime Wine Night’ or a ‘Family Virtual Quiz’ night that everyone can get involved with and look forward to.

  1. Step away from your laptop/work at the end of the day

With many of us now working from home when we don’t usually, it can become really easy to lose the normal structure of your workday. Try to keep to regular hours and step away from the emails once you hit 5pm! It is really important for self-care to maintain a good work/life balance, so make sure you’re still giving yourself time to relax!

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Beauty Detox – How to Detox Your Skin and Hair

Beauty Detox – How to Detox Your Skin and Hair

Detox makes us think of extreme regimes, juices cleanses and fasting but it doesn’t have to be that way for your skin and hair.

Living in the world right now where we’re encouraged to stay away from our friends and families and be at home as much as possible, it’s the perfect time to give your skin and hair a break. Constant application of makeup, walking round in polluted atmospheres and heat application has negative effects on our skin and hair. So, take this opportunity to have a break and reset!


Detoxing your skin allows you to remove all the impurities, toxins and pollutions from the surface and reveal fresh and revitalised skin cells. Dead skin cells leave your complexion looking dull, textured and just a little bit sad. Exfoliating regularly removes these cells from the surface to reveal brighter, more youthful skin.

Start with an at-home facial

Give yourself a pamper from the comfort of your own home! Dig out that cleansing brush you’ve had for ages but rarely use and give your skin a really good cleansing. Make sure you include a facial massage at the end to get the blood circulating effectively!

Cleanse twice a day

A skin detox requires cleansing morning and night, but you don’t necessarily have to use the same product for both. If you have dryer skin try using an oil based cleanser in the morning like Gatineau Transforming Cleansing Cream and then a mousse cleanser in the evening like Decleor Neroli Bigarade Cleansing Mousse. If you have oily skin try using a foaming cleanser to remove any surface sebum like the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  

Multi masking!

Staying at home all day is the perfect excuse to pop a face mask on and get on with any jobs on your to do list. Regularly using face masks allows your skin to truly absorb the potent skincare ingredients and helps them penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. We often think we don’t have enough time to sit down and put a face mask on for 20 minutes so now is the perfect opportunity! Make sure you choose one that tackles your skincare concerns whether that be ageing, acne or pigmentation.

Take makeup breaks

I’m sure this is something a lot of us will be doing when spending more time at home. No point wasting expensive makeup is there! Your skin is definitely going to thank you for a few weeks’ makeup free. It allows the skin to breathe, reset back to its natural rhythm and stay fresh. Makeup often clogs up the pores when it isn’t properly removed so just giving yourself a couple of weeks makeup free will really help the skin to detox.


Staying hydrated is always number one for keeping your skin in the best condition possible. Drinking lots of water eliminates toxins from the body and very few people drink as much water as they’re supposed to. With spending more time at home, try to focus on giving yourself targets e.g. two glass by 10am. Then you’re just setting your skin up to function as well as it can do and glow!


So, your hair could benefit hugely from a little detoxing! We put our hair through a lot on a regular basis with our normal routines of washing, drying and styling which can leave hair dry and damage.

Wash Less

If you’ve always thought about trying to wash your hair less but never got around to it with too many social occasions in the calendar, well now’s the time to give it a go! Washing your hair less allows the oils and minerals to stimulate the hair follicles properly and get into its own self-cleaning routine. We’re not saying to stop washing your hair completely but try cutting it down to twice a week to start with and see how you get on.

Have a break from heat styling

Heat is the number one thing that causes your hair damage. Constantly blow drying, straightening, curling and styling hair put stress on your locks and causes them to dry out, which then leads to weak and brittle hair. Staying at home means you don’t need to constantly be washing and styling your hair so just leave it to do its thing! It will thank you massively for it after a few weeks…

Give it some love

Apply a hair mask once a week to give your hair a boost of nutrients and minerals. A deeply nourishing mask will help restore moisture and deeply penetrate the hair follicles. We love the Macadamia Ultra Rich Moisture Mask

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