8 Fabulous Vegan Beauty Brands To Have On Your Radar

8 Fabulous Vegan Beauty Brands To Have On Your Radar

When it comes to the world of vegan beauty, here at FD we’re expanding our range by the day. There is so much to be excited about if you’re thinking of spicing up your beauty stash and having a refresh switching out old favourites for new animal-friendly products. Trending formulas with a luxe feel are just a few clicks away, so take a browse of our vegan, cruelty-free brands!

Colab

COLAB is a multi award-winning dry shampoo brand that’s suitable for all hair types, colours and textures. Their incredible formulas effectively absorb oil and instantly refresh roots with an invisible, lightweight finish. If you’re hoping to incorporate more vegan beauty brands to your routine, Colab are a must-have in the haircare department with gorgeous products that leave hair feeling clean, soft and beautifully fragrances too!

Urban Veda

Urban Veda is a multi-award winning Ayurvedic (an alternative medicine system with historical roots in India) skincare brand, designed for tackling 21st century skin concerns. The brand is home to four incredible ranges (Purifying, Radiance, Soothing and Reviving) all of which are naturally formulated to leave skin less vulnerable to the environment. Bursting with antioxidants, this is an incredible vegan brand to dive into to cure dehydrated and dull skin.

Alya Skin

Alya Skin, founded in 2018 by best friends, Manny Barbas & James Hachem, is a vegan and cruelty-free skincare brand revolutionising the world of A-Beauty. With an aim to create the world’s must-have beauty mask, the Australian duo set out with the goal to produce the highest quality skincare at the most affordable price. Insta-famous and an internet sensation, Alya Skin’s Pink Clay Mask has fast become a cult-favourite. From masks and cleansers to scrubs and moisturisers, your new favourite products are just a click away.

b.tan

If you’re looking for a deep, bronze tan, b.tan is the brand for you. Their vegan range of tanning products are for everyone who believes tanning should be simple. This fun brand’s products are all a little bit quirky and they make they’d make the perfect addition to your cabinet of tanning faves.  

Real Techniques

This iconic makeup tool brand were one of the first to bring quality, award-winning, and innovative tools at a great value to the beauty obsessed around the world. Since 2011, this vegan brand have been inspiring, educating and empowering makeup fanatics on a global scale to make the most of their favourite cosmetics with the perfect items to apply them. If you’re after some synthetic makeup brushes and sponges that feel just as luxurious as the high-end brands, Real Techniques is a go-to!

Love Beauty & Planet

Sustainability-led hair and skincare brand, Love Beauty and Planet, create products that are packaged in 100% recycled plastic bottles and jars, helping you to give a little bit of love back to our planet without compromising on beauty-boosting results. They believe in the power of small acts of love to make you and the planet a little more beautiful every day with ethically sourced ingredients and PETA-accredited, cruelty-free, and vegan formulas.

Ayumi

Ayumi is another natural skincare brand inspired by the ancient principles of Ayurveda. This holistic brand is all about maintaining balance in new surroundings. Ayumi is committed to making natural and mindful living available to everyone, bringing back the natural environment even to the busiest of cities. With beautiful ingredients including neem, coconut, sandalwood and many more, Ayumi is definitely up there as one of our favourite vegan brands.

Organic Works

Clean beauty without compromise. Organic Works offers some of the most natural and organic ingredients on the market that are genuinely effective and kind to our skin. Clean, green, vegan and cruelty-free, this brand has set high standards with not only their ethics but the quality of their skincare products. From cleansing face washes to invigorating shower gels and renewing night treats, this stunning vegan brand is get for sourcing your next TLC treats!

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Salon-Worthy Treatments You Can Do At Home

Salon-Worthy Treatments You Can Do At Home

There’s just no better feeling in the world than indulging in a good old-fashioned pampering session, if, like us you’ve grown accustomed to regular facials, pedis, or spray tans, you might be interested to know that you don’t necessarily have to leave the house in order to get salon-worthy results, and with more free time than ever, there’s no better chance than now to carry out your very own at-home beauty treatments! Read on to find out our at-home beauty roundup! 

Julienne 5 Piece Eyelash Tinting Kit £9.99

Missing your all important eyelash and brow tinting appointments? Don’t worry, we’ve got the ultimate at-home treatment to see you through lockdown. Julienne’s 5 piece Eyelash Tinting Kit is the easy way to achieve long lasting defined lashes and brows in just a few easy steps. Amplify the appearance of your lashes and brows using this water resistant formula that lasts up to 6 whole weeks. It’s even suitable for sensitive eyes and those with contact lens’ too!

Revuele Oil Therapy Hair Mask £3.19

Regular trips to the salon provides us with silky soft hair, but with our favourite beauty hot spots shut, we’ve had to turn to our beloved hair masks. Revuele’s Oil Therapy Hair Mask actively nourishes, intensively soothes the scalp and protects your hair from dryness and flaking. With the cold, dry weather we’re having at the moment, our hair has never needed an oil infused hair mask more! So shop the Oil Therapy Hair Mask today at a bargain price…

Urban Veda Qyurvedic Dry Body Brush £17.50

In need of the ultimate exfoliation? Urban Veda has got you covered! The Qyurvedic Dry Body Brush is not only vegan and sustainably produced, it’s cactus sisal fibre brussels help to detoxify the body and stimulate lymphatic drainage. Create your new hassle free body care routine and dry brush your skin in one simple step, we promise your skin will be glowing outside and in!

Nad’s Hair Removal Facial Wax Strips £6.50

We’ve all got those awkward places on the face where you don’t want hair to be growing – upper lip, jawline, chin, whatever it is, Nad’s Hair Removal Hair Strips can help you out! Formulated with natural beeswax for strong adherence, the strips make waxing look easy and hassle-free! It’s time to look your very best for those important Zoom calls, and leave your skin feeling silky smooth for weeks!

FD Beauty Nailed It Beauty Box £24.99

We’re sure that nails are probably at the top of your lists of things that you miss, that’s why we’ve created the ultimate beauty box filled with everything you need for your lockdown nail appointment. FD Beauty’s Nailed It Beauty Box features 6 amazing products including Sally Hansen Cuticle Care Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil, Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Nail Care, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish in Buff & Tumble, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish in Petal to the Metal, Price’s Amber Tin Candle 120g, Scottish Fine Soaps Shea & Buttermilk Hand & Nail Cream 30ml. Give yourself the perfect pamper session now!

BARBER PRO Foot Peel Mask £5.95

Pamper your feet from heel to toe with the BARBER PRO Foot Peel Treatment. Discover this innovative dual-layered booties to help remove hard skin and calluses. Powered by Salicylic Acid and an advanced complex of 16 botanical and fruit extracts, including Lavender, Rosemary and Gingko Biloba, the revitalising treatment renews feet for restored softness and hydration!

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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.

Finally, you can shop our full range of makeup products here and thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!

The Best Anti-Aging Haircare Tips For 2021

The Best Anti-Aging Haircare Tips For 2021

Adapting to aging hair can be a struggle. As we get older, the lifecycle of our luscious locks becomes shorter, and lots of us experience hair loss and thinning as a result. The colour, shape, and overall state of our hair can all change dramatically, so it’s important that we treat our tresses with an extra dose of love and care to keep them in tip-top condition.

Let’s look at some of the measures you can take to tackle aging hair. These include:

  • Getting regular haircuts
  • Introducing gentle haircare products into your routine
  • Maintaining a balanced diet
  • Ditching the towel when drying your hair
  • Treating your scalp
  • Cutting down on hair washes

In this blog, we’ll take you through a few of the latest and best haircare tips for 2021 to help combat thinning, breakage, and other common aging hair conditions. You can also find a variety of effective haircare treatments in our range, so make sure to have a look.

Book in a regular trim

A quick trip to the salon can make all the difference when it comes to giving your locks a new lease of life. It’s important to keep your hair healthy and get rid of any spilt ends to prevent breakage, so scheduling a trim every once in a while is definitely a must. It’s also a great opportunity to try out a fabulous new hairstyle.

Use gentle products as part of your haircare routine

Unfortunately, our hair tends to become much more tough, brittle, and fragile as we age. For these reasons, it’s important that we’re extra careful when it comes to styling. Avoid vigorous brushing techniques to prevent further thinning, and opt for gentle products when washing and drying.

Masks, oils and finishing lotions are all essential items that you should consider using. Look out for shampoo and conditioner combinations which are specially formulated to maximise volume and boost softness and shine.

Our top picks

We recommend the Wella regenerating hair mask for a boost of rejuvenation, starting from the inside of your hair, out. This Holy Grail product improves the resistance of the hair fibres from your roots right through to the ends, leaving you with silky locks in no time at all.

For the best oil to combat the effects of aging hair, give the Goldwell Kerasilk Smoothing Fluid a go. This nifty little product also has heat-resistant properties, which is very important when it comes to tackling further heat-related damage. If you must use heated tools such as straighteners or curlers when styling, be sure to add a quick spritz or two of heat defence spray first.

Consume a protein-rich diet

Diet has a big part to play when it comes to maintaining healthy, youthful hair. Hair follicles are made up of protein, so it’s very important that we consume plenty of this nutrient as we get older. Iron is also equally important for overall hair health. Leaving iron out of your diet is a major cause of thinning and hair loss. With this in mind, be sure to look out for foods such as:

  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Fish
  • Broccoli
  • Lentils

By consuming a nutrient-rich diet, your hair will receive all the goodness it needs to stay on top form.

Ditch the towel

When it comes to drying your hair, refrain from wrapping it all up in a towel after your shower. The hair is at its weakest and is more likely to break when wet, so it’s important to be extra careful when handling. Try using a cotton shirt instead of a towel, and gently allow wet hair to dry by giving it a quick squeeze. 

Treat your scalp

Aging hair is prone to losing moisture and becoming increasingly dry. This is due to shrinking oil glands which prevents sufficient amounts of oil from reaching the follicles.

The easiest way to deal with this problem is by using deeply hydrating and nourishing products on your hair to restore moisture balance.

Treat a dry scalp in the same way that you would treat dry skin, with a bit of TLC and the help of some high-quality products. The American Crew moisturising shampoo is perfect for invigorating the scalp and hair for a deep clean and hydrated finish. With advanced moisturising properties, it’s suitable for everyday use.

Wash your hair less frequently

Over-washing can contribute to the problem of dry hair as we age, so it’s a big no-no. Washing your hair too frequently can strip the follicles of much-needed oil, leading to brittleness and dehydration.

Try to cut back on the amount of times you cleanse your locks, and definitely avoid washing your hair every day. Opt for dry shampoos in between washes, and use protein-rich serums such as the Royal Moroccan serum to lock in moisture and to create luminous, long-lasting shine.

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How To Care For A Dry Scalp

How To Care For A Dry Scalp

Struggling with a dry scalp? Whether it’s from over-styling or certain skin conditions such as eczema and seborrheic dermatitis, there are many reasons behind this common skin problem. Harsh winter weather conditions also play a part in drying out the skin and causing damage, meaning many people suffer from a dry scalp during the colder months.

If a dry scalp is causing you stress and worry, there are things you can do to relieve the problem. In this blog, we’ll take you through the causes of a dry scalp, and the steps you can take to keep it at bay. Make sure to browse our thinning and hair loss range to find lots of great products to achieve a hydrated and healthy scalp.

Our top tips for caring for a dry scalp are:

  • Reduce how often you wash your hair
  • Use a gentle shampoo
  • Take care when styling your hair
  • Turn down the heat on the styling products
  • Use deeply moisturising hair care items

Let’s look at how to care for a dry scalp in more depth, as well as some of the products you can incorporate into your hair care and skin care routine to improve dry skin in general.

Reduce how often you wash your hair

Overwashing and excessive shampooing can be detrimental to the condition of your hair and scalp. It can make your hair brittle, difficult to style, and even greasy due to over-production of oil. If you wash your hair every morning and notice symptoms of a dry scalp, like itchiness, flaking, and dry skin elsewhere, it might be time to cut back on the cleansing.

Which products should I use?

Make sure you’re using cleaning products specifically designed to treat dry scalps such as the Sebamed Anti-dry revitalising shampoo 200ml. And if you’re experiencing dry skin elsewhere, it’s time to invest in good-quality moisturising products. One of the best products for dry skin, we recommend the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion 500ml for its deeply hydrating formula.

Use a gentle shampoo

Using a gentle shampoo is one of the most important steps you can take to combat a dry scalp. Treating your hair with harsh products can strip it of much-needed moisture, which can lead to irritated skin and thinning of the follicles. Refresh your shower stash with some milder shampoos which will provide quick relief for your dry scalp.

Which products should I use?

The Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care range is a great choice when it comes to tackling dry skin. Their fantastic products work to hydrate and moisturise, leaving you with soothed and shiny locks. And even better, all their products are made from natural ingredients, which is excellent news for your hair! Try the Tara Smith gorgeously gentle shampoo 250ml for rapid, noticeable improvements.

Take care when styling your hair

If you suffer from a dry scalp, being very careful when styling your hair is crucial. If your hair becomes super tangled after washing, try not to be too harsh when brushing through the knots, as this can damage your scalp further and cause it to dry out faster. Using a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush is a great way to provide gentle care for your hair and make styling a more comfortable experience.

Which products should I use?

The John Freida detangle comb offers one of the best dry skin solutions. Featuring widely-spaced teeth, this is a Holy Grail product when it comes to styling sensitive hair and tackling a dry scalp.

Turn down the heat on the styling products

If you find yourself reaching for the styling products daily, it might be a good idea to cut down your use. Excessive heat on your head can cause the water droplets in your skin to evaporate, resulting in loss of moisture and a damaged scalp.

Whether it’s super straight hair or bouncy curls you want, try turning down the heat on your styling products to the lowest setting. Or start using them only a couple of times a week. Avoid the hairdryer and let your locks dry naturally, too.

Which products should I use?

Investing in a high-quality heat protection spray is a good idea if you use heated styling products. We recommend the Tresemme keratin smooth heat protection spray 200ml to protect against damage and give your hair a boost.

Use deeply moisturising hair care items

When choosing hair care products, go for deeply moisturising varieties to restore a bit of moisture to your hair and help repair a dry, damaged scalp. And if you aren’t already doing so, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin nice and hydrated.

Which products should I use?

The American Crew Daily Moisturising Shampoo 450ml is an intensely hydrating shampoo which provides a deep clean and ultimate protection for the scalp. Give it a go and discover the results for yourself!

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The Best Black Friday Offers 2020

The Best Black Friday Offers 2020

With the 27th just around the corner, prepare to experience a Black Friday like never before! Shopping online is the easiest it’s ever been here at Fragrance Direct as we’re showcasing some of the best beauty offers along with incredible deals on fragrances, pamper essentials and home scents too. Are you ready?

Gatineau SPF Daily Urban Protection Collection, £34.99

SAVE £40

Take advantage of incredible savings on this Daily Urban Protection Collection from iconic beauty brand, Gatineau, featuring their Perfection Ultime Daily Urban UV Shield SPF50, Perfection Ultime 30ml, Nourishing Lip Balm SPF15, Clear Aquamemory High Hydration Mask 15ml and Travel Cosmetic Bag.

Tigi Catwalk Your Highness Tween Duo, £13.99

SAVE £15

If you’re a haircare fanatic and a fan of this brand, the TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Tween Duo has been put together especially for people with flat hair that needs some serious lift. Working together, the shampoo and conditioner will add volume and enhance your hair’s flexibility, creating big, bouncy hair that moves freely and exudes vitality!

REN Clean Skincare Ultra Moisture Day Cream 50ml, £19.99

SAVE £14

Skincare lover? This day cream has been specially developed with a moisturising complex to leave your dry skin feeling soft, comfortable, unbeatably hydrated and looking gorgeously healthy. Bio Extracts strengthen the skin’s structure to help retain moisture. If you don’t know REN Clean Skincare, get to know!

Decleor Luxury Size Lavender Shower Gel, £17.99

SAVE £8

Would you really turn down a pamper session? Experience a calming cleanse with the DECLÉOR’s Luxury Size Lavender Shower Gel, a soothing body wash infused with Lavender Essential Oil. Tested on sensitive skin, this bath and shower gel effectively lifts away dirt and impurities while delicately scenting the skin with its relaxing Lavender aroma. It will soothe and caress the skin, softening and cleansing to leave the body feeling refreshed and comforted. Ah, a dream…

The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, £12.99

SAVE £5

Grow your glow with the classic brand, The Body Shop’s British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. Inspired by the European bathing rituals, their 100% vegan refreshing gel face mask is infused with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and organic Community Trade aloe vera. And what’s more, it’s formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. Reveal skin that’s replenished with moisture and visibly smooth with a youthful dewy appearance.

Australian Bodycare Hand Cream, £9.99

SAVE £5

Because a good hand cream is an essential! This hand cream features natural, Australian Tea Tree Oil for very dry and cracked hands. Simply, rub the cream into your hands, paying special attention to knuckles and dry areas. Apply it 1-2 times daily or as needed. For a complete refreshing experience, combine with Australian Bodycare Body Wash. What’s better is that this hand cream is dermatologically tested and 100% vegan.

Sanctuary Spa Cloudberry & Lychee Blossom Body Wash, £2.99

SAVE £4

Featuring a unique blend of super fruity cloudberry and intensely juicy lychees. Juice up your shower show each morning and get jiggy in tumbling clouds of fluffy foam, filled with cloudberry and lychee extracts to leave your skin feeling super cleansed, seriously soft and smelling good enough to eat.

Fragrance Deals

If you’re on the lookout for incredible deals on your favourite scents from brands including Viktor & Rolf, Calvin Klein, Elie Saab, Marc Jacobs and more, you can shop from the best right here!

Body Deals

In need of some new pamper products or looking to gift your loved ones some nourishing bath and body treats? Shop Australian Bodycare, NUXE, Gatineau and more!

Candles & Home

On a mission to turn your home surroundings into an entrancing Winter Wonderland? Shop great brands featuring Yankee Candle, WoodWick, Shearer Candles, Price’s and more!