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.

6 Great Gifts For Summer Birthdays

6 Great Gifts For Summer Birthdays

Summer birthdays, you’ve got to love them: garden parties, cocktails, BBQ’s. Before enjoying the fun bit however, we have the classic challenge of gift-hunting. As fun as celebrating birthdays are, not everyone has obvious tastes or interests that are super easy to buy for. Enter our guide to shopping for summer birthdays. Here you’ll find six great gifts that are affordable too!

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Serum Skincare Routine Set, £53.99

One of the greatest gifts you can give? Luxe skincare. They’re the type of products we all browse when scrolling online or long for when window shopping and being united with them never usually comes to fruition due to them being at the higher end of the scale. However, this stunning set from Lancôme featuring golden items from their Advanced Genifique range is a fantastic deal. Made up of a face serum, eye serum and moisturiser, all with anti-aging properties this is perfect for gifting someone who’s on the lookout to inject a bit of youth into their skin – not literally.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleanse & Glow Gift Set, £53.99

Elemis is that premium skincare brand we’ve all heard of but not everyone has had the chance to try it. This beautiful gift set contains their iconic, insta-famous cleansing balm, marine cream, cleansing cloth and a soothing candle. All presented in a gorgeous box, this set champions the brand’s Pro-Collagen complex and the sheer skin-rejuvenating power of this ingredient.

MADARA Wherever Skin Care Travel Set 5 In 1, £26.49

Have you met Madara? This stunning brand recently dropped on our site and their products are amazing. This set features a micellar water, hydrating face mask, anti-fatigue eye cream, recharging face cream and an age-defying sunscreen all dressed up in a hand luggage-friendly, reusable travel bag. If you’re gifting a skincare fanatic that loves to try whatever new products they can get their hands on, this would be perfect.

AromaWorks Serenity Body Indulgence Gift Set, £37.99

For the pamper kings and queens that enjoy a spa day, this one’s for them. This incredible set from AromaWorks is perfect for bringing tranquil, spa vibes into your very own home this summer. Featuring a stunning range of scents including mood-boosting lemongrass, uplifting geranium, relaxing neroli and de-stressing lavender, this set is a must-have. Featuring candles, soaps, a branded cloth, body oil and more, it’s the perfect bundle for gifting.

Dermalogica Our Best and Brightest Gift Set, £45.99

It’s all in the name. Gift someone the joy of Dermalogica’s best and brightest products featuring their Daily Microfoliant, Skin Smoothing Cream and Biolumin-C Serum. Perfect for achieving a youthful and bright complexion with these anti-aging, glow-enhancing skincare goodies, all of which are some of Dermalogica’s most iconic products. Packaged in a bright, bold, and colourful box, the vibrant images of florals, leaves and oranges fold together to create the most stunning skincare gift.

NUXE Prodigiously Floral Gift Set, £31.99

Finally, we have this beautiful gift set that looks more than worthy of sitting on a shelf in your bathroom. This delicate, fresh, floral bouquet of NUXE products appeals to the senses with a selection of fantastic-smelling fragranced items. This set includes a refreshing shower gel, multi-purpose dry oil, multi-correction cream and a beautiful candle. If you’re gifting a lover of floral scents and pretty pamper products, we may have found you just the ticket!

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A Curly Girl’s Guide to Summer with Shea Moisture

A Curly Girl’s Guide to Summer with Shea Moisture

Caring for curls is a challenge full stop. Bring a little sunshine and heat into the mix, those textured strands can become too hot to handle. But not this Summer. With the helping hand of the hair(life)-saving brand Shea Moisture, products that can do just the trick and smell delicious are available in just a few clicks. Just like magic!

We’ve been obsessed with a handful of Shea Moisture’s magical products, so let’s take a look.

Inclusively exclusive, Shea Moisture create the best beauty products for everyone formulated with ingredients gathered from around the world, picked to complement perfectly and this Summer we’ve been obsessed with one range in particular for curly, more textured hair types…

Meet The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Range

Manuka honey is a special type of honey that is relished for its natural healing properties for hair and skin. It’s super versatile and blends like a dream when formulating products with a wide range of conditioning oils – one of Shea Moisture’s fave combos? Mafura oil.

The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Masque is amazing for providing intense conditioning for hair that is thirsty for moisture. This deep conditioner infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients. It’s also a great product to use whether you need a quick hydration boost or an extra deep conditioning treatment. In need of some revitalising action? This is a must-have. Curly girls, you’ll know the feeling when you can see your strands are lacking in shine and softness to touch. It’s the usual sign that alerts us to prepare for the next hair wash cycle while less textured hair types experience the opposite, a need to cleanse natural oils away, while we’re here to take all the nourishment we can get.

Moving onto the iconic shampoo and conditioner combo, these products from the range are just as beautiful. The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Shampoo is sulfate-free and cleanses hair follicles with a luxurious lather that you can feel actively pampers your hair with natural nutrients and moisturisers. While the honey offers powerful antioxidant protection, the exotic oil is great for masking. It’s the perfect shampoo if you’re looking for a product that will cleanse your hair but leave plenty of moisture for manageability.

Finally we have the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Conditioner that was created for those of us who need a strong, deep conditioner for low porosity hair (meaning the structure and shape of your strands doesn’t easily allow moisture to be absorbed into your hair shaft) that is too dry. This easy, rinse-out conditioner infuses the strands with nourishing moisture thanks to a stunning blend of organic Shea Butter, Baobab, Coconut and of course, creamy, rich Manuka Honey and deep-penetrating Mafura Oil.

Shop Shea Moisture today at Fragrance Direct and discover the brand’s iconic haircare ranges today including Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Coconut & Hibiscus, Manuka Honey & Yogurt, 100% Virgin Coconut Oil and more!

Innovative and Cutting Edge: Let’s Talk About Lab Series

Innovative and Cutting Edge: Let’s Talk About Lab Series

As one of the original, men’s only skincare brands, Lab Series understands the difference between men’s and women’s skin. Each of their cutting-edge formulas is tried, tested, and tailored to suit the specific skincare needs of men across the globe! 

Lab Series are committed to continually perfecting, improving, and innovating the best skin care ritual for men, who have a true passion for progress. Today we’re talking you through some of the top picks from Lab Series, read on to find out more…

Lab Series Skincare for Men Electric Shave Solution £21.95

The shave solution of all shave solutions… Introducing the incredible Electric Shave Solution by Lab Series, this concentrated, oil-free shave solution helps lift the beard and builds a protective glide between the electric razor and your skin. Instantly cool and refresh your shaved area with no rinse-off required and you’ll be shaved to perfection in no time! Whether you’re treating him or buying for yourself, this product is unforgettable. 

Lab Series Skincare for Men Pro LS All-in-One Face Treatment £34.95

Most men will know the importance of quick and simple skincare. Whilst they’re always on the go, it’s crucial to have something that’s easy to use but provides incredible benefits too. Lab Series Pro LS All-in-One Face Treatment is a super light, fast absorbing face treatment that instantly delivers soft, hydrated skin. Simplify your morning routine and streamline the contents of your travel bag today!

Lab Series Skincare for Men Age Rescue Eye Therapy £29.95 

Experience the power of ginseng to help save skin from the visible effects of aging, stress and fatigue. Age Rescue+ gives skin the extra shot it needs to look younger, well rested and in peak condition. Anti-age eye treatment helps fight the look of wrinkles and fatigue so why not transform your skin and discover your fresh new complexion now!

Lab Series Skincare for Men Pro LS All-in-One Cleansing Gel £14.95

Pro LS All-In-One Face Cleansing Gel builds into a powerful foaming lather perfect to cleanse the face and beard and rinses off easily. With its enzymatic action, this cleanser gently, but deeply cleanse without disturbing pH or stripping moisture from the skin. After a long day’s work, easily cleanse your face with this irresistible cleansing gel by Lab Series…

Lab Series Skincare for Men Multi-Action Face Wash £20.95

If you’re contemplating buying just one product, we definitely recommend the Multi-Action Face Wash! This best selling face wash features a multi-action foaming cream cleanser that exfoliates and conditions the skin, leaving your complexion feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day. 

Lab Series Skincare for Men Instant Filter Moisturizer £27.95

Instant Filter Moisturiser uses cutting-edge colour technology to address common skin issues. By translating the four main digital filter effects into a moisturiser, the unique formula with touch-activating blurring technology counteracts visible redness, enhances brightness, visibly smoothes flaws and rebalances the look of overall skin tone in just one swipe!

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!  

What To Expect From Pitta Season With Urban Veda

What To Expect From Pitta Season With Urban Veda

If you’ve been feeling a little hot, fiery or overly stressed-out recently – you’re not alone! Pitta season (a.k.a. summer) is dawning, and whilst we predominantly focus upon the bodily and psychological workings of the doshas, it is also vital to observe how the doshas find themselves reflected in our environment, atmosphere and overall lifestyle.

So what should you expect from Pitta season (this is Ayurvedic terminology for summer, remember) and how might this mean a change in skincare regime?

Keeping the body and mind in balance is crucial to any Ayurvedic practice, which is why during the warmer months of Pitta season it is important to keep a cool mind and soothe those summer feels…

  • Slow down – try turning your ‘routine’ into a ‘ritual’ by compassionately massaging the Urban Veda Soothing Body Oil into your skin. The ingredients, including Sandalwood and Lavender, promise to bring harmony to the mind and reduce the stressful tension often found in aggravated muscles.
  • Try a cold shower (wait, don’t run away yet!), take time every morning to practice the ancient Ayurvedic ritual of cold showers – otherwise known as an ‘Ishnan’. This will not only increase energy and blood circulation but also radically cool a cortisol-pumped body. Try using the Urban Veda Purifying Body Wash and Scrub for an extra detoxifying hose down.
  • Surround yourself with subtle smells, and inhale calming aromas such as those found within the Urban Veda Soothing Hydrating Toner. Gingerly squirt a few drops onto your palms before gliding over the face in sweeping motions. Finish by lightly tapping the energetic points found on the temples, under the eyes, along the upper brow line and down by the chin.
  • Take the heat off those pores and combat symptoms of overexposure to the sun with the Urban Veda Soothing Day Cream. Apply after your daily SPF (or even mix the two together!) and you’ll be left with nourished, protected skin that doesn’t feel inflamed or irritated by the heat.

We hope you have a wonderful start to your pitta season! To shop the full range of Urban Veda products click here.

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The Best Valentine’s Day Picks For 2021

The Best Valentine’s Day Picks For 2021

A divine realm of Valentine’s day gifts awaits, and the savings have never been sweeter. If this is the year you’re looking to be organised in advance (let’s be honest, we’ve got more than enough spare time on our hands) we’ve picked out some of our favourites to get you the inspiration flowing.

Gifts For Her

Valentino Born In Roma Donna 50ml, £66.99

If she’s a fan of haute-couture fashion brands, the likelihood is, she’ll love this one. The stunning, glass-studded bottle with the matte black cap adorning the beautiful pink juice, looks incredible and it’s the kind of perfume she’ll be keeping in her collection even when it runs out purely for the luxury feel and look to the bottle. Moving on to the notes, Valentino Born In Roma Donna is made up of 3 jasmine flowers and accords blended with bourbon vanilla. With a twist of pink pepper on top of a woody overdose, this perfume is a must-have.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette 50ml, £45.95

Charmingly simple with a signature quality, Marc Jacobs Daisy transports you to a whole other world full of optimism and beauty in its purest form. The scent embodies the essence of the daisy girl who wears it: timeless, yet young-at-heart. If she’s a lover of all things floral from scents to art and patterns, this classic, cult-favourite perfume will make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Glamglow Supermud Mask, £56.95

SUPERMUD is Glamglow’s most advanced clearing treatment and #1 best-selling mud mask, aka the perfect gift for a skincare fanatic. It fights problem skin and skin imperfections with charcoal, a blend of six acids, and K-17 clay. The activated-x charcoal helps lift dirt, toxins and excess oil from the deepest and toughest areas to purify pores. The SUPER 6 Acid Blend helps loosen dead skin cells to exfoliate and sweep them away, leaving fresh, smooth skin behind. Hollywood skin? What a great gift!

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum, £113.99

Another goodie for your loved who is a lover of luxurious skincare, Lancome’s Advanced Génifique would make a fabulous gift. This amazing product is now enriched with 7 prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts to strengthen the skin’s barrier and leave skin looking healthier and younger. Inspired by microbiome science, our iconic face serum’s formula is enriched with new complex of 7 prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts works in optimal affinity with skin. A higher price point, but the feel, the look and the results are so worth it!

Gifts For Him

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Parfum For Men 50ml, £48.99

Everyone knows it, Paco Rabanne is one of the ultimate go-to brands for fragrances when shopping around for special occasions. You can rely on their old classics along with their latest launches to always be a hit with whoever it is you’re gifting and one of our favourites for him is Paco Rabanne 1 Million Parfum, the latest, more intense edition of the much loved million legacy.

Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette 50ml, £48.95

Spicebomb is one of those scents that when he’s wearing it, you just can’t get enough. It’s a mixture of seductive freshness with an explosion of addictive spicyness. A weapon of mass seduction, Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb urges you to brace yourself for the strong spice, sensory contrasts and a woody trail. Be engulfed by fresh and zesty notes every time you’re near him and gift him this stunning aftershave this Valentine’s Day.

BARBER PRO Skin Revival Mask Set, £10.50

This fantastic grooming set for him contains 1 x gentlemen’s Sheet Mask, 1 x Under Eye Mask, 1 x Foaming Mask and 1 x Face Putty Peel-off Mask. Everything he could need for a fresh looking, clearer appearance with all of the product containing activated Charcoal to purify the face while Collagen brightens and rehydrates the skin. His & Her’s Pamper Session? Go for it!

Or, why not let our Gift Finder do the work for you?

We’ve got the perfect tool to make your life super easy! Our fragrance finder lets you choose options based on a variety of factors, taking the hassle and hesitation out of any gift buying!

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