Trending Nails This Summer

Trending Nails This Summer

Outdoor events are finally on the horizon, which means it’s time to plan your new summer nails! Not only do they look great on the ‘gram, a set of bright, funky nails can instantly transform your mood into a summer state of mind too.

Whether you’re still creating those at-home manis or you need some inspo for your next salon appointment, we’ve got you covered. From fresh sets featuring shades of neon to pastel perfect prints, there’s a little something for every taste and skill level. Read on to find the latest and greatest nails worth copying this summer…

Pick And Mix

The pick and mix mani is every young girl’s dream. This funky set is a great way to combine an assorted mix of all of your favourite designs into one. It’s fun, it’s different and it will certainly turn heads no matter where you go. @nailartbychlo 

70’s Swirls 

This graphic yet simple nail art has taken over our feeds this year. Why not put your summer spin on the look and add some fresh, bright colours to the mix? Give it a retro vibe like these bright orange swirl nails we can’t get enough of! @nailartbychlo

All Smiles

We’re completely obsessed with these smiley nails this season. This positive look has been seen on the likes of Harry Styles and Dua Lipa, need I say more? Just save this for your next nail appointment, you won’t regret it… @nailchark

Feelin’ Fruity

Have you seen anything sweeter? This manicure is giving us the ultimate summer energy we need this season. Just pick out a clear coat, your fave fruits and voila, you’ve officially got the tastiest nails ever. @nailsbyyagal

Love Is In The Air 

Heart inspired nails have been popping up everywhere. This bold, pink set is giving us all the inspo we need for our next new look. If you’re a dab hand at nail art then give this try, if not, save this picture and show your nail tech! @nailsbydannimoore

Simple Tips

If colourful and bold nails aren’t really for you, then a simple pop of colour to the tips of your nails is a great addition to have this season. Put a cute twist on a simple, classic mani and opt for a vivid colour like these. @harrietwestmoreland

Are you leaving it to the pro or giving your own mani a go? Discover our complete collection of nail products at Fragrance Direct, from cool colours to nail strengthening must-haves, we’ve got everything you could need and more for your next new look! 

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The 10 Minute Makeup Look For Every Zoom Call

The 10 Minute Makeup Look For Every Zoom Call

You’ve been working from home for months and months now and it’s time for another important meeting on Zoom, but you’ve only got 10 minutes to transform your tired, bare skin into a polished, fresh look! Despite not having glanced at your makeup bag in days, you still want to appear positive and professional, thankfully it doesn’t take too much effort to pull together a gleaming makeup look that even your coworkers will be impressed by. Just follow this quick 10 minute makeup look and you’ll be glowing in no time…

Hydrate

We all love a gorgeous miracle moisturiser to give your skin the hydration boost it needs! Whether you’re at home or not, skin care is essential when creating the ultimate base for your makeup. After a quick morning cleanse, use the Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Cream to add luminosity to your skin. The Genifique cream promotes a more youthful complexion, ensuring that your skin feels fresh and silky-smooth throughout your Zoom! 

Conceal

For us, concealer is the most important step in your routine, so whether you’re using a beauty sponge or a makeup brush, grab your concealer and apply a generous amount to the bridge of your nose and on the inner corners of your eyes. Should you have an extra few minutes to perfect your look, pop your creamy concealer over any pesky blemishes and problem areas.  Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer  makes the perfect cover up complexion product with its quick and easy applicator tool!

Blush

Although Zoom calls are HD, they can sometimes leave you looking a little washed out. To avoid this, be sure to apply your favourite vibrant blush, this way your complexion will pop and show warmth to your cheeks! Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio features 3 stand-out blushers so you can change it up depending on how bold you’re feeling that day, each strip of blush boasts a vibrant pigment that can be blended with ease thanks to its finely-milled formula! 

Mascara 

If your webcam is a little on the grainy side and you can’t quite see your features, it’s always important to make sure your eyes pop! If you have an eyelash curler to hand curl your lashes and use your favourite mascara to swipe on a generous layer of product. Still on the hunt for your favourite magical mascara? Try out the LORD & BERRY Eyes Prodigious Black Mascara, this high impact mascara curls and adds volume to your lashes using a revolutionary formula that glides on thanks to the curved brush! This mascara also delivers an exceptional curling power and styles lashes from root to trip, helping you achieve the ultimate bold false lash look!

Lips 

A bold lip is one of the biggest key factors for a remote Zoom call. A pretty lip oozes power and confidence and shows that you really have your life together!  Dr PawPaw Tinted Peach Pink Balm  will help you put across the “I’m here, i’m awake and i’m ready to work!” look. This peach pink balm adds a pop of colour to your lips, infusing your skin with a hydration boost and creating a healthier-looking complexion. 

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How To Create The Ultimate At-Home Manicure

How To Create The Ultimate At-Home Manicure

Whether you’re trying to save money or going to the salon just isn’t an option, there’s no better time than now to master your very own manicure at home, so if you’re devoted to DIY nails then follow our easy guide to creating the ultimate manicure from the comfort of your own home…

Step 1: Prep

If you’re longing for those salon-worthy nails then it’s vital that you do as the pros do by spending as much time prepping your nails as you do polishing them. This means clipping your nails if necessary and filing and buffing. For a gorgeously smooth nail, gently move your file in one direction to ensure that your tips are either square, round or somewhere in between. The LaRoc 12 Piece Manicure Kit features a selection of nail tools, perfect for keeping your nail in tip-top condition!

Another crucial part of prepping is using a nail polish remover to make sure any excess polish has been removed. Sally Hansen’s Strengthening Nail Polish Remover quickly takes off all polish, whilst providing essential nutrients to help strengthen your nails and moisturise your cuticles too. Just run a cotton pad of remover over each nail to rid of any oils or dirt that could warp your polish. 

Step 2: Care 

To achieve a long-lasting nail look, it’s important that you take care of your nails with products that provide strengthening and growth ingredients. Sally Hansen’s Growth Maximum Nail Care ensures your nails growth process speeds up whilst protecting your nails, ensuring that they can grow to their fullest potential!

Who doesn’t love a delicate hand massage whilst having their nails done? We know we sure do! It’s important to moisturise before you polish to avoid smudging your almost-dry nails polish later. Dr PawPaw’s Age Renewal Hand Cream Orange & Mango offers a fresh scented moisture boost that provides a replenishing formula, feeding your skin with essential ingredients, whilst soothing palms and combatting signs of ageing.

Step 3: Polish

You’ve finally reached the fun part! Apply a coat of your colour of choice, making sure your brush reaches the bottom of the nail, right down to the cuticle and into the corners of your nail. Making sure that you apply maximum coverage on your first coat makes the second coat a breeze. If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate gel-nail dupe in a large shade range then try out Rimmel’s SuperGel, this polish provides gorgeous nails, from the comfort of your own home.

Before you finish, don’t forget to apply a second coat of polish and be sure to pop a top coat on too. Top coats are vital for protecting your manicure from chipping and adding a splash of shine to your nails. Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel is perfect for giving your nails a mirror-like gleam that you get from the salon!

Beauty Box Bonus: 

Feeling a little lazy and don’t want to shop around for individual nail products? Why not try our Nailed It Beauty Box! Packed with six vital perfect nail products, this set features everything you could need and more for ultimate at-home manicure, with two colour choices and some extras… We really have Nailed It.

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New Years Eve Makeup Inspo To Make You Sparkle

New Years Eve Makeup Inspo To Make You Sparkle

Party season is looking a little different this year – your dazzling dress has taken a backseat and you’ve swapped out your high heels for silky-soft slippers. But with more free time than ever, there’s no better way to experiment with your makeup than now! 

We’ve gathered the most impressive looks we could find, just for you. So read on to recreate and earn all the compliments during your virtual New Years Eve party this year!

Go Bold Or Go Home

You might be under the impression that you can’t rock a bright and bold eye at the same time as a bold lip, but you’re wrong. Take it from Rihanna, nothing says NYE glam more than a sparkling OTT eye and a bright red lip. We recommend picking out colours that compliment each other and pack on the shadow using a fluffy blending brush. If you’re looking for the perfect palette then use La Roc’s Artistry Book Palette which includes every single shade you could ever need!  

Bushy Brows

Our feeds are flooded with them and they’re so on trend right now, I think it’s safe to say we’re all a fan of those big and bold bushy brows, but some of us just weren’t blessed by the brow gods and they need a little extra help. That’s why the Maybelline Tattoo Brow Pomade Pot should be first on your list for those beautifully bold brows. Use this product first to fill in the gaps where the hair isn’t so thick. After that, use the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara, this foolproof formula coats brows in rich colour, helping you achieve a sleek and structured look.

Gloss And Repeat

The 90s are officially back and glossy lips are in full force. Say goodbye to matte lipstick and hello to lip gloss! Here at FD we’re obsessing over Sosu’s Lip Gloss that comes in seven different shades, so if you’re feeling fun, you could even switch up your colours throughout the night. If you’re looking for more of a defined lip, then line your lips with a nude liner of your choice!

Colourful Liner

Colourful and outrageous eye liners having been trending all year now, so what better way to try it out than New Years Eve! This look by dmv.makeupartistry on Instagram pairs a neon green eyeliner with a toned down, natural look to really make the eyes stand out. If you’re someone that struggles with liner then position a piece of tape by your eye as a stencil, then carefully place the product along the tape, this trick will help you nail your look every single time! Rimmels Wonderswipe Liner in the shade My Bae is perfect for this look!

Warm Golds

There really is no better time to rock all things gold than NYE. Here Gigi Hadid teams a sleek black liner with a glowing blend of warm golden tones. Pair your lids with a shimmering highlighter to really make your skin pop. Here at FD we’re obsessed with Maybelline x Gigi Hadid’s West Coast Strobing Liquid, finish your look off by adding a small amount to your cheekbones and nose.

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A Christmas Makeup Routine To Last All Day

A Christmas Makeup Routine To Last All Day

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. 

1. Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation £7.69

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.

2. LORD & BERRY Face Bronzer £15.75

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!

Top Tip: Apply the bronzer using the Real Techniques Custom Contour Brush to sleigh the perfect snatched contoured look.

3. Lily Lolo Eye Primer £8.50

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. 

4. LaRoc PRO Circus Eye Palette £25.99

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!

5. Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara £9.99

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. 

6. SOSU by SJ So Kiss Me Lipstick & Liner Set £9.50 

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.

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Effortless Autumn/Winter Hairstyles

Effortless Autumn/Winter Hairstyles

The summer nights are no longer and these darker nights are beginning to make us wonder… will we ever leave the house with more than just a half-dried hair look? Luckily we have rounded up a selection of quick and easy hairstyles you can replicate at home with the use of just a comb! 

Don’t get yourself in a muddle, just follow our small guide to autumn’s hottest looks. We’ll make sure that styling your hair will never be a struggle again! 

1. Clip It Back

Go to town on your accessories with this functional and affordable look. Not only is it simple, it’s also the hottest hair trend this year, with every catwalk filled with pretty pearl clips, it’s a must-have addition to your lookbook. We recommend using the funkiest clips you can find, style your hair and then go wild! Don’t be afraid to mix and match with different sizes and textures, this will help to add a touch of personality to an otherwise casual look. 

2. Mermaid Waves

Defeat the heat and use a sock to create effortless mermaid waves. Yes, you heard it right, using a pair of socks to wave your hair is so on-trend RN. Following a viral trend on TikTok, beauty fanatics have been curling their hair with the help of a little bit of water and a pair of their fave socks! So, save yourself and hit the snooze button  tomorrow, because you won’t need to spend 30 minutes trying to salvage your bodacious bed-head, just separate your damp hair into a few sections, then weave each section of hair in between each sock in a crisscross motion. Finish the look off in the morning with the texturizing salt spray to maximise volume and create a long-lasting effect. 

3. Half Up Half Down

If your hair tends to get greasy, oily or frizzy, this look is the perfect way to deal with those extra oils. It works best on those days where you just can’t be bothered to wash your hair. Whether your hair is short, long or curly, just section the front of your hair and tie it back with a cute clip and a bobble and hey presto you’re all done! 

4. Low Bun and Scrunchie 

Hairstyle trends come and go, but the low bun is timeless. Whether you prefer your bun to be sleek or your bun to be slightly tousled, this classic look has you covered. Use a brush and either gel or pomade to pull back the hair into a bun, creating a clean, fresh finish. If you’re going for more of a relaxed feel, spray your hair with dry shampoo to create a lightweight texture, then, tie it back loosely and pull out a few strands to shape your face. Don’t forget to pop a cute scrunchie around your bun to really make your hair stand out from the crowd. 

5. Scarf It

Say goodbye to wasting time in front of the mirror and hello to lie-ins this season with the trouble-free scarf look! Wear it on your head, tie your hair with it or even wear it around your neck for an oh so chic look. The scarf is a versatile way to turn that basic pony into a playful ponytail in just a few simple steps. Autumn is here, so be sure to match your scarf to the colours that appear this season…

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