Winter time calls for winter watching! And, what’s better than scrolling through Netflix to find your new favourite show? Pairing it with a gorgeous beauty product or two so you can get in a little bit of TLC for yourself too. From crime dramas to musical goodness, face masks to luscious lipsticks, the ultimate combo lies below. Carry on reading to find yours!
If you’re looking for a show perfect for a family watch, you won’t want to miss this one. This binge-worthy Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940’s to modern times. If you’re thinking, “I’m not too interested in the Royal Family”, trust us, you will be after just a few scandalous episodes revealing the ins and outs of their extravagant lives. What to pair this one with? His and hers face masks. For her, the beautiful Alya Skin Australian Clay detoxifying and brightening face mask and for him, the ultra cool black tissue L’Oreal mask enriched with charcoal and hydrating glycerin to moisturise and mattify.
Calling all Ariana Grande fans, it’s her brand-new concert film that follows her on-stage and behind the scenes during the Sweetener World Tour in 2019. Released on December 21st, this stunning show is a must-watch if you enjoy a good singalong. So, pop the candles on, hop in the bath, rest your laptop somewhere in view and grab one of these gorgeous bath fizzers smelling as sweet as the music and escape into the bubbles.
So, you’re a fan of a fascinating true crime drama? You don’t need to look any further for Netflix inspiration when you’ve got this series (released January 13th). This limited docu-series tells the spellbinding true story of how one of the most notorious series killers in American history was hunted down and brought to justice. If you love sinking your teeth into a gritty show like this when you’re making your way up to bed, grab your laptop, grab your evening skincare and start applying while the plot thickens.
Think: Elite ballet school meets Gossip Girl with a twist of Pretty Little Liars. With a beloved element of fictional crime, this teen series follows elite ballerina, Neveah Stroyer, as she navigates the cutthroat competition at the Archer School of Ballet in Chicago. It’s been noted that it features some pretty raunchy scenes but that’s all part of the show! No matter what your plans are over the winter whether you’re able to go out for a meal or you’re just getting glam for a pick me up, a signature lipstick is always a must-have. From reds to nudes, the L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick will quickly become your new staple.
Starring legends Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden and more, down-on-their-luck Broadway stars shake up a small Indiana town as they rally behind a teen who wants to go to the prom with her girlfriend. It’s the perfect uplifting watch for the winter, to get all cosy and hyped up watching while it’s not looking too bright outside. Paired with a gorgeous beauty box to dig into, why not give yourself a full manicure while you watch the film unravel? Featuring incredible brands Sally Hansen and Scottish Fine Soaps, you can give your nails the TLC they deserve!
Christmas day might be the time of lounging for some, but for others, it’s a time to get their ultimate festive glam on, but with so many festivities happening throughout the day, it’s hard to get your makeup to stay! So, as a little Christmas treat from us, we’ve created the ultimate long-lasting makeup look to see you through your magical day.
Christmas day is jam packed with all of your favourite festivities, that’s why you need a foundation that will lock in that glowing and radiant look, all day long! We recommend Rimmel’s Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation. With a shade selection for all and at a bargain price too, it’s a must-have this season!
Top Tip: To achieve a flawless complexion, apply a small amount to your face with our FD blending sponge.
Use an illuminating bronzer to give your skin that warm, Christmas glow. Lord & Berry’s face bronzer has a silky smooth formula that glides softly onto the skin, leaving a matte finish that won’t budge from AM to PM!
Open fires, cooking in the kitchen and a little bit of Christmas chaos, it’s safe to say that your festive eye makeup may just smudge throughout the day, but don’t fear, the Lily Lolo Eye Primer is here! This natural and creamy eye primer helps conceal and correct discolouration and dark areas around the eyes, all whilst providing the perfect, lasting base for your eyeshadow.
Top Tip: Pop a small amount onto your eyelid before applying your eyeshadow.
Did somebody say GLITTER? What better way to jazz up your festive look than to add a bit of glitz and glam to your lids. Here at Fragrance Direct, we love a gorgeous, gold eyeshadow but if you’re feeling more of a bold and bright colour scheme this Christmas then the LaRoc PRO Circus Eye Palette is the one for you. Featuring 35 wanderlust eyeshadows, this show stopping palette has you covered!
Top Tip: The LaRoc palette isn’t just for eyes… Make use of the two highlighters to give your skin the ultimate pop too!
Who doesn’t love long, dramatic lashes? We know we do! Max Factor’s False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara is the perfect way to achieve a dramatic effect that lasts all day long. With 50% more bristles, the formula ensures that your lashes are perfectly separated and coated from root to tip too!
Top Tip: Be sure to apply to your top and bottom lashes for a brighter and bolder look.
As much as we cherish our neutral shades of lipstick for everyday wear, there really is nothing quite like a festive red lip to fully get yourself into the warm, wintery season. To complete your finished look, try out SOSU by SJ’s So Kiss Me Lipstick & Liner Set. Whilst we love a bold red, this delightful duo comes in eight different shades to suit everyone’s preference!
Top Tip: Make sure you don’t forget the liner, it helps to add shape and dimension.
Christmastime is all about great gifts, great food, and great fragrances. With the big day just around the corner, it’s time to start dusting off those festive jumpers and choosing the perfect seasonal scents to help you feel your very best. Whatever your plans are, the right perfume can elevate your outfit and put you in the Christmas mood in no time.
Our top seasonal fragrances are:
Michael Kors Wonderlust
Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme Intense
Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto
Estee Lauder Knowing
Calvin Klein Eternity
Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal
NUXE Le Soir des Possibles
In this blog, we’ll talk you through the benefits of choosing the right seasonal fragrance this year. We’ll also give you a rundown of our black-tie cologne picks for feeling fancy on chilly winter evenings.
What are the benefits of wearing a festive fragrance?
A quick spritz of your favourite perfume before you head out the door will not only leave you smelling great, but feeling positive and uplifted, too. Fragrances that remind you of everything you love about Christmas will get you into the festive spirit in no time. Check out our top winter picks for some inspiration.
This fabulous perfume by Michael Kors is oriental, exotic, and the perfect product for Christmastime. With sparks of pink pepper mixed with almond milk, the lovely floral scent is enriched by cashmere wood and sandalwood. The luxurious gold packaging reflects the sparkle and magic of this time of year to a tee, too. We also offer a holiday gift set if you’re thinking about giving this perfume as a present.
As the name suggests, this perfume features an intense explosion of scents – the ideal nighttime cologne. With a strong floral aroma, it opens with top notes of green mandarin and neroli, and is enhanced by middle notes of tuberose and orange blossom for a lovely feminine fragrance. Base notes of sandalwood and musk offer the perfect finishing touches.
This staple perfume by Estee Lauder features an elegant, warming woodsy scent, perfect for any black-tie Christmas event. With top notes of rose, melon and plum, the fruity-floral combination really shines through. Base notes of musk, amber, sandalwood and spices give it a subtle festive feel. The bottle also has a very elegant design and will look great displayed on your dressing table.
This classic from Calvin Klein captures a luxurious essence of soft woods, flowers and citrus. Featuring top notes of mandarin and freesia and bottom notes of musk, sandalwood and amber, it’s a lovely day-to-night option this December.
Manifesto by Yves Saint Laurent is a sophisticated, feminine fragrance that will see you through the cold winter months. Intertwined with its distinct floral scent are heavier woody notes that’ll make a lasting impact. A bouquet of jasmine enhanced by touches of vanilla, wood and tonka beans make for a go-to cologne perfect for any occasion.
This elegant perfume by Jean Paul Gaultier packs a sweet punch. Featuring a delicious scent of fresh honey blended with the oily fragrance of patchouli and musk for real depth and texture, it’s the ultimate treat for the senses.
A good perfume can help you feel totally amazing, but did you know that you can find lots of exciting picks that are beneficial for the environment, too? If you’re making a conscious effort to incorporate more sustainable products into your routine, you can find lots of brands which offer great perfumes while helping to take care of our planet.
NUXE is one of these brands. For over thirty years, NUXE has been developing unique skincare, bodycare and fragrance products, using a combination of essential oils and plant-based ingredients for effective, organic results. Check out the NUXE page on our website to discover lots of sustainable goodies for yourself.
NUXE’s products are vegan and do not contain any ingredients of animal origin. Their commitment to helping the environment also extends to the packaging of their products, as their eco-design jars are made from purely recycled materials.
The Le Soir des Possibles perfume, meaning the evening of possibilities, will have you feeling fancy in no time. With notes of jasmine sambac, blackcurrant sorbet and patchouli, it emits a strong, bold scent.
You can read more about the NUXE brand and our top picks here. Don’t forget to check out our healthy living page for a great selection of vegan products offering wonderful scents to treat yourself to this holiday season. From bath and body goodies to organic aromatherapy and relaxation items, you can find it all here.
Christmas is the same day everyyear, but it somehow always manages to sneak up on us. Between all the decorating, wrapping and baking, there’s always a gift you’re bound to forget. So, if you’ve left your shopping until the last-minute, don’t panic there’s still time to find a magical present for them!
Featuring three incredible Matrix hair products, this Brass Off Christmas Pack is a must-have this season. Preserve that fresh from the salon look with this toning hair care set that includes a reusable holographic bag, neutralising shampoo and conditioner and a protective styling spray too. Go on, give the gift of great hair this Christmas!
Suitable for all skin types, this gorgeous Genifique Gift Set is perfect for the luxury lover in your life. The set contains four dazzling Lancôme products that target key signs of youthful-looking skin including texture, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance and clarity. Enriched with hyaluronic acid and a combination of unique ingredients, this one’s perfect for the skintellectual!
Give the gift of smooth and beautifully bright skin this Christmas with the Dermalogica Your Brightest Glow Yet Gift Set. Festive cheer aside, winter brings dry, chapped skin, this two-piece set is packed with everything she needs for a deep hydration boost this season. Why not treat someone special with this luxury last-minute gift?
Step into a winter wonderland bursting with beauty with our FD Beauty Winter Wonders Beauty Box. Featuring five gorgeous products that are sure to make anyone smile this Christmas, this set has everything and more she could ever need. From a nourishing BeautyPro face mask, to a classic red lip. This Beauty Box has you covered!
Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled Infinite is a refreshing, sparkling fragrance that is perfect for everyday wear. Spoil him this Christmas with an energising and sensual scent that combines the freshness of citrus notes and the intensity of aromatic, woody notes. This fragrant duo includes a shower gel too so be quick before it sells out!
French macaroon, patchouli and light woody notes, Lacoste Pour Elle Sparkling Set is the ultimate spritz and sparkle set to give this festive season. Fresh and femine, this set contains a beautifully scented 50ml shower gel and fragrance bursting with red apple, cotton candy and cashmere wood!
Deliciously fresh and oh so irresistible, this DKNY gift set is the ultimate present to give to the wonderful woman in your life. Make her Christmas with this ultra-feminine fruity floral fragrance that includes a cosmetic case, and a 30ml fresh blossom fragrance. Inspired by the festive streets of NYC there’s nothing more special than this bargain beauty of a gift.
Treat yourself or a loved one with the iconic Only the Brave Eau de Toilette gift set, by Diesel. This Christmas, let Diesel transport you or a loved one to another galaxy with this fragrance gift set, which contains a 50ml Eau de Toilette and matching 100ml Shower Gel, presented in a space-inspired, gift box!
On the hunt for last-minute stocking filler ideas? There’s nothing like a good perfume to put a smile on their face this Christmas. Whether they prefer citrusy aromas or heavier, spicy scents, there’s something on the market to suit every recipient. If they’ve been hinting for a new fragrance recently, you can discover all the latest releases from their favourite brands on our new fragrances page here.
Our top picks for stocking-filler fragrance ideas are:
Jimmy Choo Blossom Special Edition
Paco Rabanne 1 Million For Men
Ralph Lauren Beyond Romance
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
YSL Black Opium Neon
Giorgio Armani My Way
Hugo Boss Boss Bottled
Read on as we give you a little more insight into each of these wonderful fragrances.
If they’re a fan of all things Jimmy Choo, they’ll love the Blossom Special Edition perfume. What makes this fragrance so appealing? With a strong top note of exotic fruits, it packs a sweet punch, and will last from morning through to evening. At its heart, frangipani flower complements the scent beautifully, while a base note of sandalwood creates a distinctive edge.
Bursting with energy and life, it’s the perfect perfume to take them from winter to springtime with ease. It also comes packaged in a luxurious bottle which would make a lovely addition to any dressing table. Be sure to check out our Best Fragrance Launches of 2020 So Far blog for even more inspiration.
You can’t go wrong with a Paco Rabanne fragrance. With a standout scent, this cologne is ideal for those who like to be bold and extravagant with their style. A powerful blend of peppermint, blood mandarin and sparkling fresh fruits trickle down into a warming array of amber and leather accord for an outstanding finish. It’s the perfect choice for a go-to evening fragrance.
Givenchy perfumes never disappoint. Irresistible by Givenchy is a floral-woody, fruity fragrance which envelopes the wearer in a fusion of musky blond wood and luscious rose. Sparkling pear and ambrette notes add a touch of vibrancy to this wonderful scent. It’s ideal for those who are after a day-to-night fragrance from a well-loved brand. Go on, treat them to a little luxury this Christmas.
The Ralph Lauren brand is renowned for its unique, sweet-smelling perfumes, and Beyond Romance is no exception. A new take on the timeless Romance fragrance, it’s perfect for those who like to wear something floral with a subtle intermingling of heavier woody notes. With top tones of raspberry coulis, mandarin and bergamot, this fragrance is enhanced by middle notes of rose centifolia and jasmine. Base notes of black vanilla, cashmeran and white musk give it a woody flavour.
This elegant perfume would make the ideal stocking filler for someone special this year. The pretty pink frosted glass bottle also complements the feminine nature of the fragrance perfectly.
Whenever the Jean Paul Gaultier brand brings out a fragrance, we know it’s going to be a winner. Why do we love this brand? Their scents are always rich, enticing, and great value for money.
Le Male has been a firm-favourite choice for men since it was released. A strong heart note of lavender creates the familiar smell of shaving soap, while cinnamon and orange blossom exude freshness and softness. The cologne bottle is also very aesthetically pleasing. Distinguished by a sailor-inspired design, it will look great displayed anywhere. This Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance would make an excellent Christmas present this year, whether they’re familiar with the brand or not.
Distinguished by their unique blend of fabulous ingredients, Yves Saint Laurent perfumes are designed for the bold woman. Black Opium Neon offers a vibrant spin on the signature Black Opium eau de parfum, and exudes a touch of radiance to add to the iconic coffee blend that the original is renowned for. With this perfume, top notes of dragon fruit accord, mandarin essence and cedrat essence give way to a heart of orange flower accord and jasmine sambac absolute.
Inspired by authenticity and a search for meaning, My Way by Giorgio Armani is the ideal gift for any fragrance fanatic. This perfume features a contemporary floral scent, and perfectly encapsulates the notions of curiosity and adventure. Top notes of orange blossom and bergamot give way to tuberose and Indian jasmine. Notes of white musk, Madagascar vanilla and Virginian cedar lie underneath.
Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss features a strong, sharp scent with a wonderful woody base. A combination of apple and bergamot top notes are enhanced by cinnamon and cloves to awaken the senses with warmth and vibrancy. This aftershave utilises exclusively sourced natural ingredients to create a pleasant experience for the wearer.
‘Tis the season to level up your makeup game. While our Christmas plans might look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t still go all out with our outfits and makeup. From the classic bold lip to sultry smokey eyes, there are so many looks to try out and love over the festive period.
In this blog, we’ll take you through some stunning festive makeup ideas to take inspiration from, as well as some great products to add to your collection. Read on to get into the Christmas spirit!
You can’t go wrong with the classic smokey eye. Whether you’re heading out for a few cocktails or jumping on a Zoom call with friends, this look is sure to be a winner.
With a smokey eye, the trick is to keep the rest of your makeup fairly neutral (think minimal blush and a nude lip) and let the eyeshadow do the talking. If you really want to make your eyes pop, add a silver or gold glitter shade into the mix for ultimate festive vibes.
The W7 Smokin Eye Colour palette is just the thing for all your Christmassy eye looks. With a selection of matte and shimmer powdered shades to choose from in smokey greys, browns and nudes, it will have you covered throughout the festive season.
How to create the perfect smokey eye
Perfecting the smokey eye look can be a bit tricky, but with a little practice, you’ll have it down in no time. You can follow these four easy steps to help you out:
Before you start, be sure to apply your favourite eye primer for a smooth base. This will help your eyeshadow glide over your lids smoothly for a long-lasting finish.
Use a shadow brush to gently apply a light, neutral shade all over the lids to create an even surface.
Blend several darker shades into the outer corners of your eyelids, following a subtle v-shape. Keep building up the colour until you achieve your desired smokey look.
Diffuse any harsh lines with a blending brush. Finish off with a touch of trusty eyeliner.
From twinkling lights to glistening blankets of snow on the ground, Christmastime is about all things merry and bright. Add a touch of festive sparkle to your makeup look with some sleek highlighter. Depending on your preference, you can choose from liquid or powder products to illuminate your face this season. Simply blend and sweep over the skin for a lovely finish.
Give your cheekbones, browbones or collarbones the ultimate glow-up with the sensational Marco By Design highlighter palette. With six wonderful shades to choose from, you can mix and match your look to create a fabulous festive glow.
Touch of glitter
Channel your inner snow fairy this Christmas with some gorgeous glittery makeup. Whether you choose to top off your look with a subtle smidge of glitzy eyeshadow or go all out with a shimmery lip, glitter is a must in your makeup bag throughout December.
Is there anything more Christmassy than a rep lipstick look? We don’t think so. Incorporating a little red into your makeup is a surefire way to get into the Christmas mood in no time. From dark crimson to daring ruby, there are lots of shades to pick from, so choose one that reflects your style and helps you feel your very best.
You can find a variety of wonderful red lipsticks on our website. We recommend the L’Oreal Paris Color Riche matte lipstick for the perfect all-rounder. Packed with pure pigments for standout colour, it’s an essential in your festive makeup collection this year.
Stand out this Christmas with a dash of bold eyeliner. This wonderful bit of makeup has the power to take any look from zero to a hundred and make your eyes really pop. Whether you opt for a classic black liner or shake up the ordinary with a glittery formula, don’t neglect this makeup staple this season. For maximum effect, line both your eyelid and waterline with eyeliner. Be sure to add an ample amount of mascara as well.
Want to learn how to apply the perfect eyeliner? You can check out our handy tutorial blog here.
There are lots of different types of eyeliner on the market. If you’re partial to a liquid product, we recommend the SOSU by SJ Eye Voltage liquid pen eyeliner. With a smudge-proof, easy-to-use formula, it will help you create fabulous Christmas looks.