Valentine’s Nail Inspo We’re Crushing On

Valentine’s Nail Inspo We’re Crushing On

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s time to start thinking about getting those nails on point for date night. Whether you’re looking for bold nail art and themed designs or a subtle twist on a classic, you’ll find the best Valentine’s nail inspiration in this line-up. 


From Pinterest to TikTok, Cosmo to the catwalks, there are thousands of ideas for Valentine’s Day nail makeovers. Browse some of the top picks below and book in to see your technician pronto; she’s going to be busy this year.

#5. LOVE Nail Art

One for those who want to combine brains and beauty, this style is a fabulous way to bring Valentine’s inspiration into your look, particularly if you’re not a fan of reds and pinks. Using either transfers or a very steady hand, paint the letters and corresponding Scrabble scores to each nail before sealing with top coat.

This certainly isn’t one to try at home, so find a local nail tech who specialises in intricate designs as opposed to regular shape and polish.

#4. Red and Pink Ombre

You just can’t beat an ombre nail, so why not get inspired by the Day Of Love and opt for ombre nails in a colour synonymous with the season. Take a quick look online at “ombre nails”, and you’ll soon see how versatile this look is – matte or gloss, glitter, metallics, tips in every shape; your only limit is your imagination. 

Red ombre is a notoriously difficult gradient for even the best nail techs to achieve, but pink works particularly well in an ombre look and is much easier. However you do your ombre, it’s sure to be a knockout look for Valentine’s Day. 

#3. Sultry Coffin Tips

Valentine’s just got naughty. There’s something super seductive about red coffin tip nails. Whether it’s the shape of the nail itself or the deep shade of red, one thing’s for sure; there’s nothing sweet and innocent about this look.

Another great style if gems and nail art just aren’t your thing, this look is all about the flattened tip and finding that perfect hue of red. Pillarbox red just won’t work here, instead look for a deep, sultry shade that works for your skin tone. 

Love the look but don’t want to visit the salon? For an at-home option, try Elegant Touch Steel The Night False Nails.

#2. Heart Tips

You’ll look cute as a button with this Valentine’s Day take on the classic French tip. So simple you can do them at home, “heart tips” are an easy way to bring subtle seasonality into your nail care, without the need for additional tools, jewellery or effort. 

To achieve the look, after shaping your nails paint one half of the heart in a solid brushstroke, then the other half. Finish with a top coat, and you’re done.

While the design itself is fairly straightforward, there are some truly awful #nailedit issues that can arise from this style. To avoid a DIY disaster, keep these tips in mind:

  • This style only works on pointed tips. Rounded or square nails will make your hearts look more like trotters – you’ve been warned.
  • Choosing the right colour is a must – a vibrant, blue-toned red works best.
  • Use a rounded nail brush for the easiest application. 

#1. French Manicure With A Twist

A look that’s so symbolic of romance and femininity it gets two places on this list, French tips are a great way to look pulled together and elegant. But this is Valentine’s Day, so ordinary nails simply won’t do. Instead, combine your French manicure with a little seasonal flair, courtesy of a well placed red heart. 

You’ll find various versions of this look, ranging from a single heart on one finger to hearts of all shapes and sizes. Tailor it to your personal preference, but make sure to keep the underlying manicure the star of the show. 

For an at-home option, decorate your French manicure false nails before applying them to get the most polished result.

Feeling inspired? Shop the full range of nail colour and false nails at Fragrance Direct.

Trending Autumn Nails We’re Loving Right Now

Trending Autumn Nails We’re Loving Right Now

Many people think of autumn as a season of brown leaves and grey skies, but nothing could be further from the truth. From the vibrant orange of Halloween pumpkins to the explosion of mustard and red tones that adorn the trees, there’s no shortage of colour this season. And, with so much inspiration to draw from, there are some fabulous autumn nail styles trending right now. 

Here’s a round-up of the best of the best, from the subtle to the standout, the practical to the impractical – there’s sure to be something you love. 

So, get scrolling and get inspired.

Nude Tones

Too often, nude tones can be seen as a bit… well, boring. While nude nails absolutely have their place, there are some fantastic ways to jazz them up a bit, and one of the most simplistic, but effective is to mix and match your nude tones. 

Achieve an ombre effect by taking different shades of nude and applying one to each finger. Not only does this break up all that beige, but it adds much more interest and incorporates some of the deeper autumn browns.

Try the look at home with the Nails Inc Keep It Tonal Quad

Autumnal Leaves

Keeping the same theme of using a different colour on each finger to elevate your nails without too much effort, this next look opts for bolder, autumnal colours. Bringing those shades that are so synonymous with the season into a manicure isn’t just super cute, it also means your nails will complement all your fave fall outfits. 

And, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, adding a little nail art is a great way to elevate your nails to the next level.

Don’t have the right selection of colours to try the look? Bluesky Lucky 3 Collection has everything you need. 

Inspired By Pucci

Emilio Pucci was an Italian fashion designer renowned for his loud prints and bold colour choices. Whether or not you’re daring enough to wear one of his dresses, the Pucci-inspired nail trend is something we’re living for. 

Kylie Jenner has been showing off some incredibly intricate Pucci designs on her Instagram, but you can get the same effect without a Hollywood manicurist on staff. Pucci was known for using bright palettes of clashing colours, so grab a handful of polish shades that make your heart sing and get creative.

Channel Your Dark Side

If bright colours aren’t your thing, you’re in luck. Dark, sultry nails are back in a big way this season, with grey, black and inky blue all making an appearance. Nothing quite compares to a classic black nail, but if you’re not ready to take the plunge, why not experiment with black falsies?

For a slightly more subtle, but equally moody look, try Bluesky Shades Of Grey Mini Trio. The set contains three gorgeous grey gel polishes, including Shiny Asphalt, a graphite grey with a glimmer of glitter.

Witchy Vibes

Tis the season for trick or treating, so lean into the Halloween theme with spooky nail designs. From purple and green Frankenstein’s monster combos, to the classic black and white Jack Skellington look, this is your chance to get creative.

Your only limit is your imagination, so whether you go all out with something show-stopping, or keep it understated with a spooky take on french tips, you can create a Halloween-inspired look you’ll love. 

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October Beauty Products You Need In Your Collection

October Beauty Products You Need In Your Collection

The leaves are beginning to change, which means it’s time to shake up your beauty lineup and give those SPF saviours and tropical fragrances a few months off. The arrival of autumn brings with it an increased need for hydrating skincare products, and the perfect opportunity to try something new in your daily regime. If you’re not quite sure where to start or are looking for some inspiration, here are six of our must-have beauty products for October.

Lancome Genifique Eye Cream

Every woman deserves a luxurious eye cream, and Lancome Genifique Eye Cream is an ideal choice as the weather gets harsher. Infused with 7 pre and probiotics, the formula is inspired by microbiome science to restore health and radiance to the skin. Hyaluronic acid penetrates the delicate skin around the eyes, drawing moisture from the atmosphere and locking it in to deeply hydrate and plump. Together, these effects reduce the appearance of fine lines and revive the eye area for a healthier, more youthful look.

bareMinerals SKINLONGEVITY Long Life Herb Serum

This is no ordinary serum. Infused with Long Life Herb, a Japanese botanical extract with a high vitamin and mineral content, bareMinerals SKINLONGEVITY Long Life Herb Serum reverses the visible signs of aging. Strengthening the skin’s barrier by up to 45% against environmental aggressors, stress and free radicals, the serum protects against future damage while also improving skin’s radiance, tone and texture. 

Dermalogica Age Smart Biolumin C Moisturiser

Offering weightless hydration that gives your skin the boost it needs over the colder months, Dermalogica Age Smart Biolumin C Moisturiser is a must-try this October. The light, gel moisturiser is enriched with glycerin, squalane and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture without any greasy residue, while beta-carotene, aloe vera and additional plant botanicals brighten the complexion. 

Lab Series Instant Fix Colour Correcting Moisturiser 

Some days you want a little extra coverage, while still looking natural. Lab Series Instant Fix Colour Correcting Moisturiser does just that, combining lightweight hydration with subtle blurring technology. The transfer-resistant formula adjusts to your skin tone and acts quickly to reduce redness, smooth the appearance of imperfections and balance your overall complexion. So, you can be photo-ready and filter-free while still looking your best.

Bleach London Rose Toner Kit

Blondes have more fun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix things up now and then. With Bleach London Rose Toner Kit, you can transform your blonde or bleached locks, giving them a new tint for a new season. The Rose Toner Kit includes everything you need to banish yellow and welcome in a “distinctly pink” shade that you’ll be living for this autumn.

Nails Inc Hydrogel Avocado Eye Mask

Whether the late nights are catching up with you or the stress of daily life is starting to show, an eye mask can go a long way to helping you look and feel more refreshed. The Nails Inc Hydrogel Avocado Eye Mask includes 20 pairs of film-backed hydrogel masks to de-puff and brighten even the most tired eyes. After just 20-30 minutes, the avocado extract will plump, nourish and destress delicate under-eye skin.

There we have it, a hand-picked selection of the best beauty products for you to try this October. Which will be at the top of your list?

Level Up Your Mani With These Top Brands

Level Up Your Mani With These Top Brands

Nothing says “pamper time” quite like a DIY manicure. Filing, shaping, protecting and polishing; there’s something very zen about the whole process. And, whether you love a pop of colour or the classic simplicity of French tips, these brands have everything you need to get your nails looking perfect for the coming season. So, the only question is, which will you be wearing next?

Nails Inc 

100% cruelty-free and based right here in the UK, Nails Inc offer innovative, expertly formulated nail products for every step of your mani. Try the Powered By Collagen range, which restores health to thin and brittle nails. Or,  try the plant-powered Dont Stop Beleafing Duo, which includes two truly stunning shades; forest green Grow Your Eco, and copper Palms In The Air polishes.

Elegant Touch

When it comes to false nails, Elegant Touch brings variety, quality and on-trend styles. Colours include classics, like French Bare and Berry Blast, as well as more show-stopping options in the Luxe Looks range. Try Strip Tease, with pink glitter ombre tips, or Don’t Mocha Me, nude nails with metallic accents. Whatever look you’ve been coveting, you’ll find your fantasy falsies with Elegant Touch.

Bluesky

Who needs a salon when you can get professional-quality gel nails from the comfort of home? Award-winning gel nail brand, Bluesky, offers a vast range of gel polishes, so the only limit is your imagination. The Bluesky Starter Kit contains a UV light and three base coat colours to get you started, then top up with whatever hue takes your fancy from the rest of the range. We’re living for the Lucky Set 3, which includes six shades that are perfect for autumn. 

Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen is one of the biggest names in the industry, and for good reason. Starting with a dedicated nail care range, the brand has been primarily focused on improving nail health and have taken this same approach to their cosmetic polish lines. Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Vegan Nail Polish is an excellent example of this, with a plant-based formulation that still delivers long-lasting, vibrant results.

Rimmel

Rimmel knows a thing or two about beauty, and the two-step Rimmel SuperGel is one of the company’s best-selling products. Created to allow you to achieve gel nails at home without a UV lamp, the system starts with a base coat of thick, pigmented colour and finishes with a top coat of protective nail lacquer. Best of all, it’s both easy to apply and remove, so you can change your shade whenever the mood takes you.

Max Factor

Known as the makeup of makeup artists, Max Factor is a distinguished brand in the cosmetics industry. If you don’t have the patience to cure your gel polish under a UV lamp, Max Factor Nailfinity X-Press Gel Nail Polish is a great alternative. A glossy, gel-like polish with a chip-repellent finish, the polish comes in a variety of vibrant shades, including VIP and Spotlight On Her. Try something bold or stick to your favourite; the choice is yours.

When it comes to home manicures, you’re spoiled for choice, with a rainbow of quality nail polishes, all available at Fragrance Direct.

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 Latest Beauty Products We’re Obsessing Over

The Latest Beauty Products We’re Obsessing Over

With new beauty launches and trends happening so often, it can be hard to choose a product that’s actually worth spending your money on. We’ve taken the guesswork out of shopping this month by sharing with you the products we’re obsessing over right now. From luxurious cleansing balms to magical nail products, read on to find out more…

At1 Deep Cleansing Balm

The all new At1 skincare range has officially dropped at FD! Featuring luxurious creams, hydrating toners and incredible eye creams, this new brand is the one to watch this season. 

Right now we’re loving the Deep Cleaning Balm, this life changing product helps you to cleanse the day away by effortlessly removing dirt and makeup, even waterproof mascara too! Combining grapeseed oil with high-quality crambe oil that nourishes skin, whilst apricot and blackcurrant oils to plump the skin using all natural sources of vitamins A, C & E. Plus, it even includes echium oil to soothe skin, minimise redness and irritation too.

Sensori+ Mood Lifting Mist Swan River Sunshine

Magical skincare, mood lifting beauty and luxe gift sets. Sensori+ has landed! 

Discover Sensori+ Mood Lifting Mist Swan River Sunshine. At the heart of the sunniest city of Australia – Perth, the luminous water of Swan River flows through, surrounding every passer-by with captivating iridescent lights and dreamy reflections. This uplifting blend of invigorating bergamot, delightful clary sage and lush ylang ylang, recreates the optimistic energy of this cloudless day. Using natural yet clinically proven mood lifting ingredients; This Advanced Detoxifying Mood Lifting Mist has a profound positive effect on energising and uplifting the mood. It is all-natural and plant-derived and contains ChloresPURE®, an exclusive green technology developed in Australia. The technology provides a gentle healing solution, eliminates malodours, and neutralises airborne toxins on a molecular level.

Nails Inc Dont Stop Beleafing Duo

The colder months are setting in, this only calls for one thing – deep, rich, wintery and warm nail colours.

This super cute nail polish set by Nails Inc features two vegan polishes that are powered by a 73% plant based formula. These luxurious polishes work overtime to be kinder and gentler on your nails with no compromise on colour, quality or wear time. Mix and match with two incredible shades of forest green and copper. These shades are formulated with the patented wide hugging brush, making it easier to achieve flawless application. 

SOSU by SJ Brow Beautiful Brow Gel

Up your brow game this season with SOSU by SJ’s Brow Beautiful Brow Gel. Say Goodbye to bad brow days and enhance your brow shape with this clear, quick drying formula. The mini brush evenly coats and precisely grooms hair, with conditioning Vitamin E for a silky smooth finish that stays in place all day long. Try out this quick drying formula that’s infused with incredible ingredients and comes in 5 different shades too! 

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Patent Lip Lacquer

Pucker up and transform your lips with the Patent Lip Lacquer by bareMinerals. Not only is it full coverage, moisturising and infused with minerals, it provides next level shine that lasts all day too! This high gloss liquid lipstick features good-for-skin nudes made for every skin tone. The cushiony, hydrating formula helps to keep lips soft, while a dual-sided applicator smooths on full coverage with one swipe. If you’re on the hunt for a product to try this month, give this one a go and discover every shade including mauves, pinks, peaches and beiges. 

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!    

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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