Essential New Year products from Direct Cosmetics

January is upon us, and with it the sad end of the party season! After years of getting into the holiday spirit only to feel the after effects come January, we felt it was only right to let you into our little secrets for combating the negative effects of all the calories, sugar, alcohol (and general good stuff) that we consume and imbibe during the festive period. For 11 months of the year you manage to retain your discipline and (generally) behave yourself, so it seems a shame to undo all of your hard work in one debauched week. Take a look at five great products available from the Direct cosmetics website that you should add to your armoury for the all-important January detox… Continue reading

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How to De-Stress This Christmas

If you’re hosting family or friends over the Christmas period, you may already be apprehensive about your responsibilities! You’ve probably started figuring out the timing logistics of cooking Christmas dinner and checking there’ll definitely be enough food for everyone, but the biggest pressure is often to make sure that everyone has a good time!

Don’t let this pressure ruin your Christmas. Take the time to de-stress over the festive season so that you can enjoy it as much as your guests. Not sure where to start? Here are some top tips!

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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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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

The Elizabeth Arden Triple Test

We want to share this article from one of our favourite bloggers:

Elizabeth Arden was a beauty brand that I had often considered, read plenty of reviews about and came close to buying on numerous occasions, but never actually got round to trying.

I finally decided it was time to put it to the test, and ordered the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex, Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup, and Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick.

Before I get on to the specifics, here is a little bit about me. On a good day my skin both dry and greasy at the same time, it’s also saggy, my pores are far too large and visible, and I look pale. As if those problems were not enough, I am also allergic to a whole array of different ingredients, so I have to be very careful. So, nothing too demanding for my new cosmetic trio then?

With those slight (or severe, depending on whether the pint glass is half full or half empty) issues in mind, here is my review of my new Elizabeth Arden range. Continue reading

Essential Travel Beauty Tips for Your Next Holiday

We all know the struggle of packing before a long-awaited holiday! Beauty addicts like us have it tough – limiting ourselves not just in the number of outfits we pack in our suitcase, but also sifting through our skincare products and cosmetics and deciding which make the cut! When your everyday beauty routine uses dozens of products, you’ve got some difficult choices to make.

Here are the team’s top beauty tips for your next holiday…

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