Summer fragrances: your complete guide

summerscentsFragrances are deeply personal products. Finding your favourite fragrance, one that perfectly reflects your personality and your tastes, is no mean feat. We associate perfumes with people, occasions and certain periods of our lives. One fragrance might take you back to a family Christmas from your childhood, while another might trigger memories of a long, blissful holiday from several years back. Moving away from your favourite perfume to another can be slightly daunting. A new season is the perfect time to make the leap and diversify your fragrance collection! Read on for your complete guide to choosing a summer fragrance. Continue reading

Five top Father’s Day fragrance picks

Special DadFather’s Day: Sunday 21st June 2015. Chosen a present for your old man yet? Father’s Day is one of those occasions that tends to sneak up on us – with only days to go, it’s time to choose a gift! It’s all too easy to get your dad his usual bottle of scotch or a new-fangled gadget, but often these gifts tend to lack the personal touch. Want a gift for dad that’s classic, sophisticated, yet deeply personal? How about a fragrance? If you’re not sure what scents your dad likes or you can’t find his usual cologne, take a look at these top fragrance brands for some great Father’s Day gift ideas!

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How to achieve a summer glow without damaging your skin

1 - Summer glow

To us, making the most of the summer means spending time achieving that desirable summer glow. Did you know that when your skin tans it is because your skin cells are becoming darker to protect you from the sun’s dangerous rays and radiation? This radiation is known as ultraviolet (UV) radiation  – the dangerous ones that can ultimately cause cancer are known as UVA and UVB. It is impossible to eliminate all risk of being exposed to the sun’s UV radiation, but there are ways of significantly reducing the negative impacts of UV, so don’t worry! Just remember, next time you hit the beach, stop and think: do you have adequate skin protection? Continue reading

The Ultimate Summer Beauty Toolkit

Beach readyWe’ve had a lovely sunny spring so far this year, so it’s only natural that our thoughts turn to the summer now that it’s only few days or so away! The hot summer weather provides a very different set of beauty challenges to the depths of winter, so it’s important to make sure you have the right tools to keep your skin and hair looking healthy and beautiful as the seasons change. You don’t want to be short of items in your summer beauty toolkit when the holidays begin, so why not start preparing now?

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Pretty in pink: how to perfect the pink lip trend!

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Keeping up with the latest cosmetic trends is far from an easy task, as fashions often seem to change on a whim and what was popular one week may well be passé the next. Fortunately, the spring / summer trends are easy to achieve and look fantastic, usually focussing on one stand-out cosmetic feature, so even casual fashionistas can try out the latest styles for themselves. This week, your friends at Direct Cosmetics are going to help you perfect the forthcoming pretty pink lip trend, and with the cheap cosmetics available from our online store, you won’t even have to worry about the expense! Continue reading

Vintage makeup tutorial: ‘50s glamour

4 - Classic cosmetics evolution

It’s impossible not to love the pin-up makeup look, isn’t it? Back in the ‘50s, women were encouraged to look like women, rather than the super-slim catwalk wraiths we’re encouraged to resemble today. Fortunately, the ‘pin-up’ style makeup look is enjoying a bit of a renaissance today, so if you wish to resemble the kind of women who were painted onto the noses of fighter planes and adorned posters and billboards in the glory days of the ‘50s, now is your chance! Take a look at our perfect pin-up tutorial and see how you can get the ‘50s cosmetic look using designer brands at wallet-friendly prices!

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Taming the trends: Ombré Nails

Taming the trends: Ombré NailsWith a world of colourful products out there, here at Direct Cosmetics we think its time to get creative with your makeup. Ombré, a fancy word for when one colour gradually transitions into another, is a fantastic way to try out bold colours in a more subtle style. The ombré effect is dominating everything from fashion to our faces, with ombré eyes, lips and (of course) the super on-trend dip dye hair styles can be seen everywhere from the catwalk to the corner shop. Today we’re going to show you how to ombré your nails. Try this ombré effect for fun, flirty statement nails to match any outfit! Continue reading