The Elizabeth Arden Triple Test

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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 summer skincare tips to tackle oily skin

Struggle with shine every summer? You’re not alone.  Unless you plan to hide in an air-conditioned room for the summer months, you’re going to have to deal with sweaty skin exacerbating your usual skincare challenges!

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Makeup tips for every age group

Every beauty enthusiast knows that we need to treat our skin differently as we age – but have you considered that you should be changing how you apply makeup, too?

Today on the Direct Cosmetics blog we look at makeup application tips for every decade – so whether you’re in your teens or your sixties, we hope we can give you a few pointers!

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Six tips to help you master ‘no-makeup’ makeup

Young woman with perfect skin removes clean wet hair back isolated on white background‘No-makeup’ makeup is for those days where you want to go natural – but not too natural. When executed perfectly, ‘no-makeup’ makeup give you the appearance of having rolled out of bed in the morning with natural radiance and enthusiasm – and not with the reluctance and tiredness that you usually have to contend with!

Natural makeup is ideal for days where you don’t have the time or inclination for a heavier look, but it can be difficult to find the balance between too much and too little makeup. If you’re struggling to master ‘no-makeup’ makeup, here are some tips that might help.

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Why transitional skincare?

concept of cosmetic skin care.  face of young woman with dry skiWhen we look in our cosmetic cabinets and browse through all of the cosmetics we’ve accrued over the years, we’ll probably spot a few indispensable items that scarcely leave our side, a couple of firm favourites that get a run-out at parties and on special occasions, and a whole host of items that are lucky to get a look-in once or twice a year. What we should see when we look in our cosmetic cabinets, however, are two entirely different sets of cosmetics: one for the summer months and another set entirely for use during the winter. We’re not talking about seasonal style trends here, either – we’re talking skincare. So why should you change your skincare routine as the winter moves into summer once more? Read on to find out.

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Oscars makeup inspiration: three classic movie star looks to try at home

the night of the Oscars

The 88th Academy Awards are set to take place later this month. Of course, the Oscars are a celebration of moviemaking and acting – will Leo finally get hold of the top prize? How many of its 10 nominations will Mad Max: Fury Road convert into awards?

At the Direct Cosmetics offices, the chit-chat around the water cooler isn’t just about the gongs, but fashion and makeup. Oscars fashion and style is a perfect blend of glamour and glitz – with the occasional oddity that we remember for years. From Bjork’s swan dress and Cher’s ‘statement’ sheer gown to Lupita Nyong’o’s plunging sky blue number and Hilary Swank’s backless navy frock, we’ve seen some iconic looks on the Academy Awards’ red carpet. Recreating movie star looks is tricky if you’re intent on finding a good match for designer dresses that cost thousands of pounds, but there’s a much easier way to get the look of a movie star: makeup. Here’s how to recreate iconic movie star makeup at home.

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Be an early bird: 7 reasons to start grabbing Christmas beauty gifts now!


When do you usually start your Christmas shopping? Are you the organised type who starts snapping up next year’s gifts in the Boxing Day sales, or do you prefer to leave it all for a traditional Christmas Eve shopping spree? Will this year be the year that you say you’ll start shopping before the rush and finally stay true to your word? While Christmas can seem distant until December rolls around, there are plenty of great reasons to start gift-buying early. And if you don’t have time to spend next Saturday on the high street, that’s no excuse! Online shopping is the answer. Here are seven reasons you should get started today…

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