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.

5 Must-Try Hairstyles for Winter

5 Must-Try Hairstyles for Winter

Now that the warmer weather has well and truly passed, it’s time to think about how you’ll be styling your hair in the coming months. On those dark weekday mornings, the last thing you want to have to do is tousle with the curlers, and the good news is that this season’s styles are as low maintenance as they come.

After three lockdowns, working from home and now being faced with an awfully cold winter, it’s no surprise that the must-have hairstyles for this season are fuss-free. No complex up-dos or faffing around with plaits this winter, instead it’s all about getting the right cut for your face shape. 

Take a look at five of the most popular hairstyles for winter and book in with your friendly local stylist pronto. 

Fringe It Up

A great fringe (or bangs, as they call them over the pond), is a look you’ll be seeing a lot of over the coming months and an easy one to try yourself. Of course, not literally by yourself – step away from those scissors unless you’re hoping to go viral on YouTube. 

Winter is a great season to try out a fringe as there’s less of that sweaty forehead, stringy hair fiasco to deal with. And, unlike previous years, the trend is to keep a bit of texture in your fringe, so there’s no need to flat iron it into oblivion. 

Top tip: try using a powder foundation or setting powder on your forehead if you have naturally oily skin. This will prevent any excess oil from being absorbed by your fab new fringe.

The Shag 

The shag is coming back in a big way and is one of the ultimate low maintenance styles, particularly if you have unruly hair. This edgy style consists of a thick fringe and blunt, choppy layers, cut as high as you dare. Go full eighties shag (bordering on a mullet) with the shortest layers positioned above your ears, or keep it more modern by layering only the bottom few inches. 

Texture is key with a shag haircut, which is what makes it such a versatile style for those with curly or wavy hair. However, even those with pin-straight hair can rock a shag by using a quality salt spray or texturiser. 

Try Tigi Beach Me Wavy Hair Spray for the best results. 

Bob’s Back

Is the Shag a little too much of a style leap for you to get behind? Don’t fret. Bob’s got your back. Blunt bobs are très chic right now, with a welcome low-maintenance twist. In previous years, a stylish bob cut consisted of razor straight edges and shiny, perfectly straight hair. Not this season, Satan. 

The AW21 version is the same general shape as bobs of old, but with added texture through layers or waves. What this means for you is that the cut itself does the vast majority of the work, keeping daily styling to an absolute minimum. 

When your hair is still wet, apply a texturising mousse, flip your head upside down and scrunch your hair up toward your roots. Voila, the perfect wavy bob. 

90’s Layers aka “The Rachel”

With Friends back on our screens, a whole new generation are being introduced to those nineties starlets for the first time. And with that, comes the reintroduction of a hairstyle you may have thought was passé – think again. “The Rachel” is back with a vengeance, with celebrities such as Selena Gomez making it their own.

The modern Rachel cut features choppy, face-framing flicks, achieved with a blow dryer, barrel brush and curlers. If you think that sounds like the opposite of a low maintenance hair routine, you’d be right. But if you didn’t get an opportunity to try “The Rachel” in the nineties, now might be your last chance.

Try the Donna Bella Wet 2 Dry Blow Dryer Brush for quicker styling.

Big, Bouncy, Blow Out

Last on our list is another style that takes a little more time but is worth it for the glamorous results. Channel your inner seventies badass with big, bouncy waves a la Farah Fawcett. Long, loose curls that are swept back from the face are hot this season, and again, have a little more room for imperfection than the original look. 

This year’s blow out focuses on creating a more natural look by using your fingers to break up the curls, instead of aiming for perfectly coiffed spirals. Use large curlers or a blow dryer to achieve loose curls, then set them in place with a strong hairspray.

Which style will you make your own this season?  

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Guide To Tanning During The Festive Season

Guide To Tanning During The Festive Season

When it comes to the festive season, those of us in the northern hemisphere drew the short straw. Sure, we get magical white Christmases, mulled wine and snowmen, but we also get stuck wearing party dresses in subzero temperatures. This year, as always, we’ll put on a brave face, slip on an outfit that’s designed for warmer climes, and of course, invest in the ultimate accessory to any Christmas party outfit. Golden, glowing skin. 

Achieving the perfect fake tan isn’t always easy, but the products you use can make a world of difference. A quality self-tanning skin care product will hydrate and nourish your skin, leaving it smooth, bronzed and more even. Whether you’re entirely new to tanning or are a seasoned professional, the collection below includes everything you need to get ready for the festive season. 

Gradual or instant? Face or body? Dark or light? Check out these five standout products for an all-over glow that puts Rudolph’s to shame.

Best All Rounder: Nip + Fab Faux Tan Luminize Body Serum 

Nip + Fab have gained a loyal following of beauty enthusiasts over the years thanks to their award-winning range of targeted skincare products. So, it will come as no surprise that their faux tan serum is the must-have item this festive season.

With a lightweight texture that can be used on either your body or face, Nip + Fab Faux Tan Luminize Body Serum contains moisturising ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. These compounds plump and smooth for more youthful, hydrated skin and, in just eight hours, leave you with an even golden tan.

Best Buildable Tan: Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner

Gradual tanner is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the world of tanning. Designed to deepen in colour the more you apply it, the formulation minimises the risk of going overboard. While other products can transition your skin from ivory to mahogany in one sitting, Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner gives you full control over your desired result. 

The vegan-friendly body butter is made with 99% naturally derived ingredients which nourish and condition your skin while giving it a healthy glow. Apply daily to build the perfect depth of tan with no streaks or patchiness. 

Best Fast Results: Cocoa Brown Original 1 Hour Tan Mousse Dark 

Gradual tanning products are great when you’ve got the luxury of time, but sometimes you need results and you need them now. When time is of the essence, Cocoa Brown Original 1 Hour Tan Mousse is the answer to your prayers. Rapid tanning ingredients accelerate the development of a gorgeous bronzed glow in as little as one hour. 

With its Tahitian gardenia scent,  natural shade and vegetable derived formulation, this rapid-tanning mousse is easy to apply and suitable for even sensitive skin. Let it develop for one hour for a dark bronzed glow, or three hours for an intense result. Then, enjoy until the results fade in 5-7 days.

Best Quick Dry: L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tan Express Mist Spray

If applying your tan with a mitt often ends in disaster, L’Oreal has just the thing for you. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tan Express Mist Spray is an easy-to-apply self-tan with a revolutionary application system that eliminates the need for endless rubbing. 

The secret to streak-free results comes from the ultra-wide spray applicator which uniformly expels micro-fine tanning particles over the skin. These particles dry instantly, without the need for rubbing. So, if you’re a bit of a butterfingers, or just want a fool-proof way to achieve flawless results, this is the tanning solution for you.

Best For Face: SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold Wonder Water Tanning Face Mist

In summer you can get away with ditching the foundation in favour of natural, sun-kissed skin, but in winter it’s a different ballgame. Pale, lacklustre skin leaves you looking washed out, but now there’s an alternative to full-face makeup. 

SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold Wonder Water Tanning Face Mist is a facial tanner designed to give you a boost of radiance throughout the winter. The hydrating mist is infused with vitamin E and gives your face a filter-like golden glow in 4-8 hours. Allow the spray to dry before applying makeup or going to sleep, then enjoy your natural bronzed glow.

From party season to family selfies, this list has all your tanning needs covered.  

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How To Beat The Heat And Get A Better Nights Sleep

How To Beat The Heat And Get A Better Nights Sleep

Warm weather keeping you up? Us too. We know there’s just nothing more frustrating than not being able to sleep during the heat – as the temperature increases, the amount of time we spend tossing and turning tends to increase too, but not to worry, here are some clever tips and tricks that can help our minds and bodies switch off this summer…

  1. Use a wet towel: During those warmer nights, a wet towel is going to be your new bestie. Try soaking an old towel in water and hanging it in front of an open window in your house or even in front of your fan. This ensures that any air flowing through your space will pick up the cool moisture from the twel and circulate it round the room. 
  1. Pop your pillowcase in the freezer: Sounds sort of bizarre doesn’t it? But this handy little trick does actually work! Simply grab your pillowcase of choice, pop it in a bag and then pop the bag into the freezer for 15 minutes and voila, there’s now no need to repeatedly find the ‘cool side’ of your pillow during the night.
  1. Keep your curtains and blinds shut: The simplest tip of them all – keeping your curtains and blinds closed throughout the day will provide you with some major benefits when it comes to hitting the hay. By doing so, you’ll ensure that the heat from the sun doesn’t shine through into your bedroom, causing it to overheat. 
  1. Swap out the heavy duty duvets for lighter, airy sheets: We know you might have some type of deep, emotional attachment to your favourite nighttime duvet but it’s time to opt for a sheet and say goodbye to your beloved comfort blanket this season. Simply remove the sheet from your duvet and use the sheet to sleep with, we promise it’s a game changer!
  1. Stay hydrated: Our final tip is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Many people don’t realise that drinking water regularly during the daytime, leads to a cooler night’s sleep during the night time. So, nextime you decide to skip that extra refill of your favourite water bottle, remember that this too, could lead you to a deep, delightful slumber…

Sleep Top Picks 

Balance Me Beauty Sleep Hyaluronic Mist 

Created to promote a good night’s sleep, this targeted mist is great for your skin too. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and plumps your skin while the smart blend of Hemp Oil and high-grade essential oils are proven to induce calming relaxation. 

DECLEOR Hydra Floral White Petal Hydrating Sleeping Mask

During the night, this light gel mask enriched with Sweet Orange, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis, essential oil and Pea extract reduces the appearance of dark spots and refines skin texture. Wake up with transformed skin recharged, bright and fresh like dew. Its Neroli, Citrus Aurantium Amara, essential oil scent invites you to relax. 

Wax Lyrical Silent Night Sleep Room Spray

Create a haven of tranquility and drift into a peaceful night’s sleep with this soft, soothing herbal aroma. Infused with lavender and patchouli essential oils this fragrance is enriched with scents that are said to relax the mind and encourage restful sleep. Spritz your home with 100ml of powerful fragrance which enhances your wellbeing and brings a beautiful scent to your home. This collection of mindful home fragrances by Silentnight and Wax Lyrical have been created using essential oils, to invigorate the senses and relax the mind – all in aid of a productive day and a great night’s sleep.

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5 Ways You Can Reuse Your Candle Jars

5 Ways You Can Reuse Your Candle Jars

Candles have long been a household staple in many homes, whether you’re into super sweet scents or fresh and fruity wax’s, you’ll know that lighting a candle at the end of the day really helps to set the tone of your room. If you’re left with empty candle jars and not sure what to do with them, then just follow our guide to 5 ways you can reuse your candle jars…

Cleaning your candle jar 

If you’re wanting to reuse your candle jar then it’s best you give your empty pot a good clean! To clean and empty your jar, begin with scooping out as much wax as possible from the jar, then followed by a good soak in soapy warm water. Once you’ve done that your jar should be clean and you’re good to go!

1. Pencil Pot 

If you’re like us then you probably have a whole lot of stationary and not enough storage! Worry no more, just grab your taller candle jar and use it as a funky pencil pot. You can even begin decorating your jar to add a little extra umph to your desk. Make sure you use the correct paint that works well on glass. If you’re looking for inspiration for candle pot designs, try adding some multicoloured polka dots or a bold cow print and your desk is sure to make heads turn at the office!

2. Makeup brush holder 

Makeup brushes do wonders for our cosmetic routines but they’re also a nuisance to find suitable storage for, after all there’s so many different shapes and sizes, where do we begin? If you’re not in the mood for embellishing your jar then it’s best to purchase a beautifully decorated candle, use the wax then clean the jar and pop your makeup brushes in. We’re loving this Shearer Lemon Zest Candle right now, it’s bright yellow in colour and smells amazing too, what more could you want?

3. Plant Pots

Whilst you may love having extravagant planters in your living room, you’ll know that they come with a hefty price tag too! That’s why reusing your candle jar isn’t just beneficial for the environment, it’s cost-friendly also. We recommend using a large three wick candle, this ensures that the plant isn’t too big for the jar. If you’re feeling creative then add some moss and gravel to your jar, followed by a cute succulent – we promise you’re going to adore it! 

4. Tealight holder 

Whilst you may have lost your favourite candle, you can replace it with a tealight instead. Tealights are cheap and easy to get hold of. Whether it’s a warm vanilla tealight or a berry fusion one, you can easily pop one into your jar and leave your room smelling and looking great!

5. Make your own candle 

Finally the last one on our list is making your own candle. You’re probably wondering where do I even begin? First you need to start off with a wick, just trim the wick to be a few inches taller than your jar. Then use a hot glue gun to stick the metal disk on the wick to the bottom of the jar. Next you need to grab some wax and melt it, follow this with the fun part – adding colour and scent. Finally pour the wax into your jar, sit back and wait! 

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Hand Facials: What Are They?

Hand Facials: What Are They?

Don’t let the word “facial” fool you. Facials can be applied to almost any part of the body including your hands! Whilst you’re familiar with the smoothing, soothing benefits of a facial, you’re probably not aware of the amazing benefits a hand facial can provide, and following a year of reapplying anti-bac, it’s time you got to know all about it…

What Is a Hand Facial?

Hand facials are extremely similar to the facials you get done to your face. The treatments generally begin with a light massage and a cleanse to make sure any bacteria and oil has been eliminated from the skin. After that it typically involves using an exfoliating product on the skin, eliminating a lot of the dead skin cells and creating a fresh base. Finally the hand facial ends with a hydrating hand cream to give your hands the moisture boost it needs.

Step 1: Cleanse Away

Kick things off with a gentle cleanse. Most sanitisers and hand soaps are fresh but harsh on the skin, the ingredients are often synthetic and contain chemicals that aren’t kind to your hands. The alcohol they contain is perfect for killing bacteria but it also can be extremely drying and strip your skin of its moisture. So a gentle, clean formula with nourishing ingredients is best. Try out the Nesti Dante Paradiso Tropicale Coconut and Frangipani Soap, infused with a floral fruity scent and smoothing ingredients, it’s perfect for your hand cleanse!

Step 2: Exfoliate 

Who doesn’t love a good facial exfoliation? We know we do! Exfoliating your hands is extremely satisfying too. A delicate exfoliation can polish away dead skin cells, revealing smoother, softer hands and who wouldn’t want that. Start off with your choice of exfoliation product, here at FD we’re loving the DECLEOR 1000 Grains Body Exfoliator Super Size. This indulgent scrub helps provide your skin with a velvety-smooth finish. Enriched with grapefruit essential oil and pearl sugar, it gives it a fresh, invigorating fragrance. Exfoliate away!

Step 3: Hydrate & Moisturise 

Our favourite part of a hand facial – the moisturising step! As a rule people tend to forget about their hands and don’t moisturise as much as they should do. If your hands are feeling neglected in the hydration department then make sure to follow this step carefully. Apply a thick layer of a soft hand cream. We recommended the Australian Bodycare Hand Cream, this vegan cream features natural ingredients and has been dermatologically tested too. If you’re feeling brave then pop an old pair of clean socks on top of your hands to lock all of the moisture in, leaving your hands to soak up all the nutrients! 

Will you be trying a hand facial?

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