Christmas Gift Guide 2017: Five luxurious beauty gifts (and affordable alternatives)

At Christmas, we all want to treat our loved ones to some amazing gifts. A luxurious present is just another way to say ‘thank you’ to our friends and family and show our appreciation for their presence in our lives. If you’re looking for beauty gifts like makeup, perfumes and bath products for one or some of your friends this Christmas, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to lavish gifts. But sometimes it’s not possible to treat everyone to high-end beauty products.

So today we’re going to showcase some affordable alternatives alongside luxurious beauty gifts – pick the product that works for your budget!

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Christmas Gift Guide 2017: Beauty stocking fillers for less than £10

Beauty products are the perfect size for stuffing into stockings on Christmas Eve, and they don’t need to break the bank.

These are our top stocking filler picks for 2017, with all items on this list costing £10 or less from the Direct Cosmetics online store (at the time of writing). Read on for some stocking filler inspiration!

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Christmas Guide 2017: Top Fragrance Gift Ideas

Perfumes are, in many ways, the perfect Christmas gift: luxurious and personal, the right fragrance isn’t just a gift, but a thousand memories, bottled up, just waiting to be experienced. If you’d like to gift a friend, partner, or family member a fragrance this Christmas, but aren’t sure where to begin, we’ve got you covered…

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Five Autumn/Winter 2017 beauty trends you need to know about

A brand new fashion season brings with it a bucketload of incredible looks on the catwalk. Although there are plenty of fashionistas here at Direct Cosmetics, we always pay closest attention to the hair and makeup, not the clothes!

This season saw some particularly bold looks on the runway, but they’ll only need small tweaks to make them workable IRL!

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Five Halloween makeup hacks to try this year

Makeup is the key to perfecting every Halloween costume, whether you’re going down the traditional spooky costume route or turning to pop culture for your outfit idea.

Instead of splashing out on face paint, fake blood and other costume makeup that you’ll only get a chance to use once, these clever Halloween makeup hacks will show you how to make the most of regular beauty products this Halloween.

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Your six step guide to flawless contouring

Contouring: a beauty technique that we all want to master, but few of us have! We all know the power of makeup and its ability to adjust our appearances, hide our flaws and enhance our best features. Contouring is able to achieve all that, and more. Yet no matter how many times you try your best to replicate Kim K’s look, it’s not quite so easy when you don’t have a team of professional makeup artists at your disposal!

If you’re struggling with contouring, here’s our step-by-step guide to mastering this art. Continue reading

Top Skincare Trends Revealed by Google

Every season we learn of dozens of fashion and beauty trends – some more accessible than others! Of course, every brand wants to push their new product as the next big thing, and try to create their own trends to drive demand.

Only a handful of these ‘trends’ turn into legit trends that actually have an impact on our beauty routines.

So, how can we tell which trends are real and which are no more than marketing?

By turning to perhaps the biggest data gatherer in the world: Google.

Google collated search data on skincare to find out the biggest 2017 skincare trends in some of the biggest markets in the world. While their report is mainly targeted at skincare brands, the results are intriguing for all of us! Continue reading