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Father’s Day Gift Ideas For Every Budget

Superdrug Father's Day flat lay

Dear old dad may deserve the world come Father’s Day, but it’s good to be realistic. In other words, the budget might not stretch to a holiday of a lifetime or a limited edition signed print of his favourite footballer. Fear not! Whatever your budget, discover a gift idea that says ‘love ya dad’ without having to break the bank. And for all you generous other halves looking for a gift on behalf of the little ones, we’ve got you covered too!

 

A male and his son, young boy, throw paper aeroplanes for Father's Day

Under £10

Currently, there is a dad divide. There are those dads that have a grooming routine down and those that think a 'charcoal facial scrub' is something you may need after getting too close to the BBQ in the summer.  Whatever side of the line your dad falls on, you can be sure he’ll appreciate a grooming gift to add to his repertoire.

Artiscent Artiscent Atelier EDP Men Vetiver Arome 50ml £9.99 Buy Now
Bulldog Bulldog Lemon and Bergamot Shower Gel 500ml £4.49 Buy Now

£10-£20

If your dad is a lover of practical gift ideas, then opt for something that would seamlessly slot into his lifestyle. Think a new beard trimmer (because c’mon dad who’s still using a disposable razor?) or a travel-friendly skincare saviour.

James Bond 007 James Bond 007 Pour Homme Eau de Toilette 50ml £29.95 Buy Now
Philips Philips Beardtrimmer Series 1000 Beard Trimmer BT1216/15 £19.99 Buy Now
GIF of Father's Day gifts between £20+

£20+

You can’t go wrong with an aftershave – there we said it. Both thoughtful and foolproof in equal measures, treating dad to a scent will hit all the right notes. And if you’ve clubbed together with a sibling, how about a brand new piece of tech? Imagine his excitement at a multi-functioning shaver.  It’s sure to revolutionise his morning routine.   

Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled Night Eau de Toilette 100ml £69.00 Buy Now
Babyliss BaByliss for Men Carbon Steel Clipper £44.99 Buy Now
Paco Rabanne Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau de Toilette 100ml £57.00 Buy Now
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How To Cut Your Own Fringe

woman combing her own fringe before cutting it

It takes some serious confidence to cut your own hair, let alone a fringe, right? It can be even more daunting if it’s your first time doing it. But just to be clear, you have nothing to fear. With our step-by-step guide, you’ll be cutting your hairdresser out of the picture. So, whether you’re going for Parisian chic, a choppy or brow-skimming look, we’re here to help you achieve a set of bangs to rival Zooey Deschanel’s.

woman blowing her own hair

Steps to trim my fringe

Using the right tools are an absolute must to cutting banging bangs. Here’s what you’ll want:

  • A pair of hairdresser’s scissors (NEVER use kitchen scissors, unless you prefer the lawnmower look!)
  • A comb
  • Hair styling spray or oil
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • A hair straightener: to texturise your fringe after the cut. You can also use them to keep those pesky stray hairs in check
Superdrug Superdrug Hairdressers Scissors £4.99 Buy Now
Superdrug Superdrug Cutting Comb £0.99 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris Elnett L'Oreal Elnett Styling Spray Heat Protect Hair Shine 170ml £5.99 Buy Now
Babyliss BaByliss Straight and Curl Brilliance Hair Straightener £120.00 Buy Now
woman combing her own fringe

Step 1: Part Hair

Using a comb on one half of the fringe, pull your hair downwards towards your eyebrows, diagonally. Repeat this on the other side. Et voila, your bangs are now sectioned off from the rest of your hair.

Step 2: Dampen Hair

Spritz some water directly onto your fringe from a distance. This makes sure your hair is all going in the same direction for an even cut.

woman spraying fringe with water before cutting
woman measuring length of her fringe before cutting

Step 3: Determine Hair Length

For this, you’ll want to grab your sectioned off fringe. Then, with a comb, pull your hair down using your index and middle fingers to see how much you want cut off. You can also come in at an angle if you’re feeling something less horizontal and a little more edgy.

Step 4: Cutting Your Bangs

Using your fingers, pull your hair out so that it’s level with the tip of your nose. Now use some of that fringy fortitude and begin to cut the hair beneath your fingers.

Top tip: Always take it nice and slow, cutting only a couple millimetres off at a time. You can always trim more as you go on, but there’s no way to magically recover cut hair!

woman trimming her fringe
woman trimming her fringe with scissors

Step 5: Soften Edges

Now you’ve cut your bangs to a length you’re happy with, we want to make them look a wee bit more natural. To do this, all you need to do is make a few small angled snips at the ends of your fringe. It doesn’t need to be precise because we’re going for the natural look after all.

Step 6: Styling Your New Bangs

This is where your hair straightener comes in handy. Our favourite method is to curl your bangs from their roots to the tip in an arching motion to build volume. And if you’re still not happy, use some hair styling oil to piece them out.

Young woman playing combing hair with fingers before cutting fringe
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The Ultimate Guide to Nail Care

ultimate guide to nail care

If you love that fresh-out-the-salon-mani feeling, there's no reason you can't enjoy it every day. Simply arm yourself with soothing hand lotions, pretty nail polishes and some nifty filing techniques – and you can enjoy the ultimate manicure session without having to leave the house!

Female model with Orly nail polish

Get Your Nails In Good Condition

If your nails never grow past a certain length before splitting or breaking, there are ways you can turn this around. Look for a strengthening treatment that’s loaded with calcium and keratin – two ingredients that work to support the nail bed, as well as cuticle oil to protect against damage. Taking a supplement containing vitamins like biotin can also give nails the nutrient boost they need from the inside out.

How To Push Back Your Cuticles

Every time you paint your nails, take the time to push your cuticles back, too – this will keep them looking neat and can make your nails look longer.

To push them back, apply nail oil or specialist cuticle cream to the area and leave it for 5-10 minutes, to help soften them up. Using a cuticle stick, gently push the cuticles back to the base of the nail then use a cuticle clipper to get rid of any excess bits of skin.

Superdrug Superdrug Condition Cuticle Cream £2.99 Buy Now
Pushing back cuticles

The Best Way to File Your Nails

Before you file your nails, make sure any polish is removed, your hands are clean and you have a good quality nail file to hand.

Make sure your hands and nails are completely dry as they’re more prone to damage when they’re wet. Always file from the outside of the nail towards the centre, and only file in one direction otherwise you could end up tearing and break your nails. Try not to apply too much pressure as this may also cause damage.

Want the low-down on nail shapes? Read everything you need to know here: The ultimate guide to nail shapes.

How to Prep Your Nails for Polish

Once your nails are filed and you’ve chosen your colour, it’s time to prep them for polish. Find a flat surface to rest your hands on to ensure you make a steady job of it.

Start with a base coat, which is a clear polish that prevents colour stain and often includes additional ingredients to help strengthen and protect the nail. Apply the base coat in a thin layer and leave to dry fully before following with your chosen colour.

How to Apply Nail Polish

Remove any excess polish from the brush and paint a thin layer in three strokes to cover each nail: one stroke down the middle and then one on either side.

Work your way along all your nails, and don’t worry if you end up painting your skin or make a mess around your nails – this can be cleaned up afterwards. Apply a second coat of polish in the same order as for the first coat.

When your second coat is dry, finish with a top coat. This will add a high shine, prevent the colour from chipping and make sure the nail polish lasts longer.

Orly Orly Bonder Base Coat 18ml £11.99 Buy Now
Superdrug Superdrug 2in1 One Top Coat with Nail Strengthener £2.99 Buy Now

Caring for Your Hands

So you’re nails are now up to scratch, but what about your hands? Constant hand-washing will dry them out, so to help protect them, always use gloves when you’re washing up, and apply a scrub once or twice a week to exfoliate them and remove any dead skin.

You should also use moisturising hand cream regularly, especially at night so it can properly absorb while you sleep.

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Beauty Uses of Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol beauty uses

It’s no secret that a bottle of rubbing alcohol can come in handy around the home. But, did you know that this surgical spirit can also be used in the beauty world too?

Perfect for cleaning up your kit as well as fixing makeup mishaps (we’re looking at you, broken-to-bits blusher). Watch our handy hacks video below to learn a new trick or two on how to use with multi-purpose product.

1. Fix Broken Powder

If you’ve watched your favourite blusher/highlighter/eyeshadow in full flight mode, followed by a mighty crash against the floor, then you’ve experienced true beauty pain. But, instead of keeping the remnants of said product in a sort of makeup shrine, restore it to its former glory. Break up the rest of your destroyed product (*wince*), add a few drops of rubbing alcohol and reshape. Once dry, it will look as good as new. Phew!

2. Clean & Disinfect Brushes

If you get a strange sense of satisfaction after a spontaneous makeup brush cleaning sesh, then you’ll love this beauty titbit. Adding this solution into the mix will not only clean leftover product from the brushes but will disinfect them too. All you need to do is soak brushes in rubbing alcohol for a minimum of 30 minutes, rinse and air dry.

3. Home-Made Hand Sanitiser

Not only will rubbing alcohol clean hands, but it will also help to eliminate stubborn odours such as garlic and onion. Add a little scent to a homemade formula by mixing 2 parts rubbing alcohol, 1 part aloe vera gel and a couple of drops of fragranced essential oil.

4. Clean Glasses

Rid your glasses of germs, dirt and dreaded smudges by applying a few drops of rubbing alcohol to a cloth and wiping away. For added convenience, create a lens cleaner solution of 3 parts rubbing alcohol, 1 part water and a couple of drops of liquid soap and store in a travel-friendly spray bottle.

5. Remove Wax

No matter how careful your beautician or waxing-guru-bff is, it’s pretty much impossible to walk away from a waxing session without any leftover residue or stickiness. But, rub away the troublesome patches with a hand towel coated in rubbing alcohol.  It’s also perfect for cleaning an at-home waxing machine too!

Want to carry a little homemade solution with you on the go? A travel bottle will do the trick:

Care Care+ Surgical Spirit 200ml £1.79 Buy Now
Superdrug Superdrug Fruity Spray Bottle 100ml White £1.69 Buy Now
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Top 10: Men’s Aftershave

1 Million by Paco Rabanne for the top 10 men's aftershave

An aftershave is more than just about altering the way you smell. Finding your signature scent can boost your confidence, help you feel more ready for the day and even trigger good memories!

So, we're sure you'll agree it’s pretty important to find one that you can reach for everyday! If you're looking for a new fragrance, or you want to buy one as a gift, check out the top 10 aftershaves we can't recommend enough at the moment.

1. Stronger with You Freeze by Emporio Armani

When it comes to fragrances that make a lasting impression, 'Stronger with You Freeze' has it going on! It’s fresh and earthy notes include lime, sage, lavender, and woody amber making it a great all-rounder. Getting ready for a date? Perfect! Going to a big meeting? Give this a go! Dinner with the in-laws? No worries - this is the one for you.

Armani Emporio Armani Stronger With You Freeze Eau de Toilette 50ml £52.00 Buy Now

2. Just Different for Him by HUGO

Life is full of little surprises and ‘Just Different’ by HUGO (of Hugo Boss) is one of those. It’s alluring, captivating and vibrant – everything you want when you’re looking for an aromatic scent that makes a statement and is simply a little… different!

Hugo Boss HUGO Just Different For Him Eau de Toilette 200ml £76.00 Buy Now

3. Eternity for Men by Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein’s ‘Eternity’ shines a light on today’s modern man; it’s a celebration of hard-working dads, reliable other halves, the ‘always there’ best friends and thoughtful sons! Top notes of crisp apple and aromatic sage perfectly combine with a heart of geranium and nutmeg while the base unleashes a powerful woody trail. Need a gift for a guy? CK’s got you sorted.

Calvin Klein Calvin Klein Eternity for Men Eau de Toilette 100ml £59.00 Buy Now
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Dsquared Dsquared2 Green Wood Eau de Toilette 100ml £75.00 Buy Now

4. Green Wood by DSquared

If you live by the mantra ‘good vibes only’, then let us introduce you to ‘Green Wood’ by Dsquared. It’s authentic, passionate, and utterly captivating with energetic top notes of lemon and vibrantly spiced bourbon pepper. In the heart you’ll discover its namesake woody features leading to a sensual and enveloping aromatic-warming dry down.

Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled Night Eau de Toilette 50ml £49.50 Buy Now

5. BOSS Bottled Night by Hugo Boss

If there is something worth knowing about creating an aftershave, then Hugo Boss knows about it! We believe that every man should own at least one BOSS scent in his collection, and ‘BOSS Bottled Night’ is a fab contender. An intense and spicy fragrance, it’s edgy, masculine and dances between seduction and elegance. An absolute winner in our eyes!

Hugo Boss Bottled Night

6. Man by Emporio Armani

A true delight for the senses, ‘Man’ by Emporio Armani is the perfect example of what to do when it comes to creating a scent! So, how does this sound? Top notes of juicy pineapple, orange and Japanese yuzu perfectly combined with a heart of nutmeg, jasmine and rose and a base of precious woods and creamy amber. It’s a win, win, win from us!

Armani Emporio Armani Man Eau de Toilette 100ml £61.50 Buy Now

7. L’Eau D’lssey Intense by Issey Miyake

If you’ve not heard of Issey Miyake before, let us catch you up! He’s affectionately known as the ‘father of Japanese fashion’ and has been a leading name in his industry for years. That’s some pretty strong credentials, which is probably why his 'L’eau D’lssey Intense' Eau de Toilette, which was released in the early 2000s, is still a firm fave among fragrance fans. Expect sweet, light, and sensual notes in L’eau D’lssy Intense which will have you hooked from the first spray.

Issey Miyake Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Intense for Him 125ml £60.00 Buy Now
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue Pour Homme 75ml Eau de Toilette £48.00 Buy Now

8. Light Blue Pour Homme by Dolce & Gabbana

Light, breezy, and care-free? Sound like someone you know? If so, ‘Light Blue’ by Dolce & Gabbana could be up their (or your) street! Inspired by the feelings you get when you escape to somewhere like the Mediterranean Sea! This brilliant scent is made up of juniper, zesty grapefruit, and spicy Sichuan pepper.

Joop! JOOP! Homme For Him Eau de Toilette 125ml £53.00 Buy Now

9. Joop! Homme by Joop!

Some things are destined to never go out of fashion, and we reckon 'JOOP! Homme' will be one of those things! Whether you're a devoted fan or you're just discovering its bold, statement making notes - we're sure it deserves pride of place in any guys aftershave collection.

Paco Rabanne Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau de Toilette Spray 50ml £50.00 Buy Now

10. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne  

‘1 Million’ is one of those fragrances which gets people asking, ‘what are you wearing?’ (in a good way, of course). It’s the scent that’s been driving girls wild ever since its launch and is showing no signs of slowing down on the popularity front!

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Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Budget

Mother's Day gifting ideas at Superdrug

On the hunt for a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift, but not sure where to even begin? One the best places to start your search is by working out how much in an ideal world you’d like to spend. Whether you choose to spoil her with a new scent or skincare saviour or need to look for ideas to accommodate a ‘I’ve-saved-up-my-pocket-money’ budget, we’ve got treats for every price tag.

Under £10

A tenner can be a lot to play around with if you opt for these star buys. When it comes to makeup for your mum, always stick to ‘safe’ areas – so choose classic over trend-led. And keep an eye out for two-in-one products to get the best value, such as sets or makeup items which can be used time and time again. Find more best beauty buys mum will adore for under £10 right here.

Superdrug Mother's Day skincare under £10

Our Top Picks...

Naturally Radiant Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Face Cleanser 150ml £3.18 Buy Now
Bloom Superdrug Bloom Pink Peony & Cashmere Duo Set £10.00 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Shine Lipstick MLBB 642 £8.99 Buy Now

Up to £20

From skincare to the latest makeup must-haves, up to £20 will get you quite far. Think serums that will have your mums skin glowing in no time or maybe she is in the market for a new perfume that's perfect for everyday wear? This is the category for you, and we know mum will be super-pleased with your choices! Check our our picks below, or explore more in the price bracket here.

Superdrug Mother's Day up to £20 gifts

We Think Mum Will Love...

Real Techniques Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Set £19.99 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Ampoules 10% Glycolic Acid £16.59 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L’Oreal Castor Oil-Enriched Paradise Volumising Mascara £11.99 Buy Now

If you’ve got a bit more budget to play around with then why not go for a new perfume? From ultra-feminine floral numbers to scents that show mum how much she means to you, like Idole and Lady Million (let's hope she picks up on the hidden message!),  there's a suitable spritz for every kind of mum at Superdrug this Mother's Day!

 

Thanks Mum, You're The Best!

Elie Saab Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine Eau de Parfum 50ml £63.00 Buy Now
Lancome Lancome Idole Eau de Parfum 50ml £70.00 Buy Now
Paco Rabanne Paco Rabanne Lady Million Empire Eau de Parfum 50ml £55.00 Buy Now
Superdrug Mother's Day gifts over £20

Perfume Not For Mum? Check These Out...

Babyliss BaByliss Smooth Radiance 230 Straightener £49.99 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Serum Hyaluronic Acid 30ml £16.59 Buy Now
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Valentine’s Day: Gifts for Him

Flat lay of Valentines Day Gifts for Him

Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a thoughtful gift idea. But if you’ve seen one-too-many cutesy teddies in the shops and have sworn off sifting through Valentine’s Day tat, then we’re here to help. Treat him to the presents he actually wants with our trusty guide…

GIF Box of Valentines Gifts for Him

Simply Scent-sational

Whether he’s a self-confessed ‘Jack the lad’, dapper dresser or one of those sporty types, there’s an aftershave out there that perfectly matches his persona.

 

Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled Night Eau de Toilette 100ml £69.00 Buy Now
Versace Versace Dylan Blue Eau de Toilette 100ml Vapo £55.00 Buy Now

Give Him Some Sugar

Lay it on him with chocolately goodness – a gesture that’s sure to satisfy his sweet tooth. And with a box that big, there should be enough to go around! Sharing is caring... 

Or go the extra mile by preparing an extra special breakfast on the big day. Cue our chocolate and strawberry pancake recipe.

Stubble Trouble? 

Most men wear their beard like a badge of honour and allow it to flourish to its bushy gloriousness without a second thought. Inspire him to take extra care over those wiry hairs and get him softening up the stubble or giving his beard a trim for the big day!

Bulldog Bulldog Original 2in1 Beard Shampoo and Conditioner 200ml £5.99 Buy Now
Remington Remington Barba Beard Trimmer MB320 £24.99 Buy Now

The Gentleman's Grooming Guide   

Is his skincare regime non-existent? Or maybe he’s a moisturising maestro? Whatever resides in his current grooming kit, give him a push in the right direction with lotions and potions (and foams!) to get his skin glowing date night after date night.

B. Men Valentine's gift ideas for him
L'Oreal Paris Men Expert L’Oreal Men Expert Barber Club Short Beard Moisturiser 50ml £6.66 Buy Now
B. Men B. Men Firm Anti-Ageing Moisturiser £6.48 Buy Now

Soak up the Good Stuff  

Enjoying a good soak in the bathtub after a gruelling day at work is not just for the ladies. Educate your man in the fine art of preparing the ultimate bubble bath with these must-have treats.

Throw in a helpful hand-written checklist, some candles and his favourite playlist too and you’ll be on to a winning pamper kit that he can crack into quicker than you can say ‘spa day.’   

Radox Radox Bath Therapy Muscle Soak Herbal Bath Salts 400g £1.05 Buy Now
Spaa Superdrug Spaa Pebbles Wooden Massager Brush £6.99 Buy Now

Hair Heroes

If his meticulous hairstyle drives you mental (2 hours of perfecting later, and it still looks the same!) then maybe it’s time to upgrade his kit. After all, a master is nothing without the right tools…

VO5 VO5 Extreme Style ReWork Putty 150ml £4.39 Buy Now
Fudge Urban Fudge Urban Matte Wax 70ml £5.00 Buy Now
Superdrug Superdrug Mens Hair Putty 75ml £1.99 Buy Now
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Valentine’s Day: Gifts for Her

Valentine's Day gift ideas for her

Hey, you. Looking for gift inspo? Don’t be a Valentine’s Day cliché. A dozen roses and a box of choccies may be regarded as the ‘norm’ (read: lazy) but it doesn’t really say ‘I love you, you’re the one’ does it? Discover a thoughtful treat for the lady in your life with our pick of the best gifts, perfect for any budget.

And whether you’re prepping for a hot date or throwing a Galentine’s Day night in, there’s no reason why you can’t get in on the action too. To me, from me, with love…

Valentine's Day gift ideas for her

Seductive Scents

At the heart at every bottle of perfume is a love story. An epic romance of flirtatious notes that weave together to create an alluring aroma to captivate its wearer. Don’t believe us? Just watch any fragrance advert and you’ll soon spot the familiar storyline. So, when it comes to one the most romantic nights of the year, a seductive spritz can speak volumes and we're head over heels in love with these two options...

 

Lancome Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum 20ml £37.00 Buy Now
Paco Rabanne Paco Rabanne Lady Million Privé 50ml Eau de Parfum £40.00 Buy Now

Sweet Tooth 

If you thought chocolates wouldn’t score you that covetable #CoupleGoals status, think again! Inspired by our favourite bars of deliciousness, these gift ideas take the classic sweet treat to the next level. Who can say no to a little indulgence?

I Heart Revolution I Heart Revolution Cherry Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette £8.99 Buy Now
Skinny Tan Skinny Tan Choc Instant Tan Melt Milk Chocolate 125ml £9.99 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L’Oreal Chocolats Matte Liquid Lipstick Box of Chocolate 852 £9.99 Buy Now

Kiss Me Quick

If you’re hoping for a little smooch after your Valentine’s date night, then ladies you might want to enjoy a spot of self-gifting before the big day. A little bit of lipstick can go a long way, not only will it bring all the attention to your luscious lips but will also get you in the flirty frame of mind.

Valentine's Day gift ideas for her
B. Cosmetics B. Matte Lipstick Virtuous £6.99 Buy Now
Maybelline Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid 20 Pioneer £9.99 Buy Now
Vaseline Vaseline With Love x Glossy Shot Candy Floss £5.99 Buy Now

I 'Heart' You 

Adorable with a pinch of playfulness, get set to declare your love with the sight of a single symbol. We’re pretty sure it will be *heart eyes* all round!  

Valentine's Day gift ideas for her
I Heart Revolution I Heart Revolution Unicorn Heart Rainbow Highlighter £4.99 Buy Now
I Heart Revolution I Heart Revolution X Pride I Heart Love £5.00 Buy Now

Go Nude

No, not that kind of nude. Naughty. We’re talking nude colours of course. Not only is it the trend of the century, it’s also perfect for playing it safe this Valentine’s Day!

Rihanna Rihanna Nude Eau de Parfum 100ml £40.00 Buy Now
Collection Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick Nude Suede Nude £2.99 Buy Now

A Pampered Princess 

A long soak in the tub or an hour reading a good book are just some of life’s little luxuries. So inspire her to take a little time out of her day to relax and rejuvenate with a few pampering gifts. For extra brownie points, create the ultimate survival kit with the help of these chillaxing treats.

Valentine's Day gift ideas for her
I Heart Revolution I Heart Revolution Donut Fizzer Kit £6.00 Buy Now
So...? So...? Sorry Not Sorry Queen Cream Shower Yogurt 200ml £5.00 Buy Now
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5 Mascara Tips For Short Lashes

Young pretty female with white shirt on a white background

If you want to achieve flutter-ready lashes but feel you haven’t got the length to pull it off, there are many ways to enhance your natural beauty. But before you head straight for extensions and falsies, ask yourself this. Are you getting the most out of your trusty mascara? Because with our tips and tricks, a wave of the magic wand can be all you need... 

Young female holding mascara close to her face and in her mouth

1. Master the Technique

The way you apply mascara makes a big difference to the final look. For example, if you’re coating lashes repeatedly then you’ll end up with infamous spider eyes - not something to aim for! Instead, one of the best ways to ensure you coat every lash evenly is to move the wand in a zig-zag motion from the root of the lash to the tip. Also, always coat both sides of the lashes as this will create a thickening effect.

In addition to the application technique, there’s also a right and wrong way of taking mascara out of its packaging. You should always twirl the mascara wand before removing it from the tube – never pump it, as this can a cause dreaded clumping.

Younge female holding a spoolie to her eye lashes

2. Brush through Lashes

To make the most out of your natural lashes, always brush through them before applying mascara. This helps spread them out and will ensure the wand coats every single hair for a more dramatic, defined look.

3. Bend the Wand

If you find your application is a little on the shaky side, then bend your mascara wand at a right angle for added ease and control. It can also make it easier to coat those hard-to-reach lashes too, particularly under the eye and in the corners.

Young female holding eye lash curlers to her face

4. Heat Eyelash Curlers

For those with short/straight lashes, a couple of pumps with an eyelash curler is an absolute must-do before applying mascara. To get more from this beauty tool simply add heat with a hairdryer before use. You only need to do this a few seconds because you want it to be a little warm and never scorching, so always test the heat on the back of your hand before lining up to your eye. Leave it to cool until you’re comfortable that it's safe to put near your delicate eye area.

5. De-clump the Wand

Unwrapped a brand new mascara and can’t wait to test it out? Odds are the first few applications may look a little on the clumpy side due to excess product on the wand. Simply glide the brush over a tissue before applying to stop any extra residue transferring to your lashes.

If you have the opposite problem and are trying to lengthen the life of an older mascara, then simply place it in a glass of lukewarm water before use – a quick and easy beauty fix!

B. Cosmetics B. Waterproof Mascara £9.99 Buy Now
B. Cosmetics B. Stainless Steel Eyelash Curler £2.49 Buy Now
B. Cosmetics B. HD Lengthening Mascara £9.99 Buy Now
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Top 10: Perfumes for Women

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Is it time to replace that signature scent you’ve been rockin’ for years? Or are you totally stumped for what to buy a special lady in your life? Well you lucky thing, you’re exactly where you need to be! Our top 10 perfume for women is your go-to guide for all things scent-sational and features the best of the best! Which will be your next perfume purchase?

1. Eternity Women by Calvin Klein

For the true romantics at heart, this one is for you. Eternity Women by Calvin Klein is inspired by a diamond wedding band (swoon!) which is inscribed with the word ‘Eternity’. If there was ever a hint for your other half to pop the question, we think this would be it! The scent itself is packed with romantic notes of freesia, lily of the valley and spicy carnation. We promise you’ll fall head over heels with this perfume, for eternity!

Calvin Klein Calvin Klein Eternity for Women Eau de Parfum 100ml £73.00 Buy Now

2. Olympea by Paco Rabanne

Step into world of seduction, led by a modern-day Cleopatra with Olympea by Paco Rabanne. Confidence, certainty and power radiate from this fresh, oriental perfume. There’s a divine combination of sensual salty vanilla that sits alongside an aquatic essence that is so incredibly uplifting and fresh you’ll want to cry out oh my goddess!

Paco Rabanne Paco Rabanne Olympéa Eau de Parfum 50ml £55.00 Buy Now
Daisy by Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette 50ml £59.00 Buy Now

3. Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how cute this bottle is? Okay… we’re done, now back to the good stuff. Daisy by Marc Jacobs isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, but the sparkling, floral-woody fragrance inside ticks all the right boxes too!  It features a summer-lovin’ blend of fruity strawberry, delicate violet and powdery vanilla and musk to create one delicious fragrance!

Ghost Ghost The Fragrance 150ml Eau de Toilette Spray £29.00 Buy Now

4. Ghost the Fragrance by Ghost

There’s nothing spooky about this iconic scent, in fact we think you’ll welcome Ghost the Fragrance into your life with open arms! It’s soft and delicate combination of dreamy vanilla, rose, amber and musk make it a total dream (not a nightmare!) to wear both day and night.

Lancome Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum 30ml £54.00 Buy Now

5. La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme

Whoever said you can’t bottle happiness has obviously never smelt the joy that is La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme. Bursting with the invigorating scents of fresh flowers, fruity black current, pear and oh so sweet vanilla and praline – it’s no wonder it takes its name from the well-known phrase which means ‘life is beautiful’ as it really is beautiful!

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6. Girl of Now by Elie Saab

A fragrance that celebrates women and their accomplishments? Oh, yes please! Girl of Now by Elie Saab is bold and radiant with a back story that encourages you to seize the moment, and we think why not?! Roasted pistachio, orange blossom, sparkling pear and patchouli – the signature note of Elie Saab - combine to make a fragrance that make quite a statement.

Elie Saab Elie Saab Girl of Now Eau de Parfum 50ml £62.00 Buy Now

7. Scandal by Jean Paul Gaultier

Who knew perfume could be so… *whispers* scandalous?! Jean Paul Gaultier brings seduction to a whole new level with a tempting blend of blood orange, honey and gardenia with Scandal. Can you be tempted into the night by JPG’s sensual elegance? Yeah… we'll meet you there!

Jean Paul Gaultier Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml £68.50 Buy Now

8. Thank you, Next by Ariana Grande

The last thing we'd want to say 'Thank You, Next' to would be Ari's latest fragrance phenomenon! A reflection of her very-public journey through her darkest times, this perfume is inspiring, determined and uplifting – just what you need when going through a breakup! So, what exactly does heartbreak smell like? We’ve always known it to be takeaway pizza and wine, but apparently its creamy coconut, pink rose petals, raspberry and macaroon - which in hindsight, is much better! A fresh start and new beginnings has never smelt so good!

Ariana Grande Ariana Grande Thank U, Next 100ml £35.00 Buy Now
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Versace Versace Bright Crystal 50ml £58.00 Buy Now

9. Bright Crystal by Versace

Soft, feminine and bursting with beautiful florals Bright Crystal by Versace is one incredibly versatile scent. Yuzu, magnolia, lotus flower, amber and musk blend together into a colourful and vibrant perfume that is subtle enough to wear throughout the day but embodies confidence that can be worn at night.

Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez Promise Eau de Parfum 100ml £43.00 Buy Now

10. Promise by Jennifer Lopez

Make a promise to yourself… that you will try the latest fragrance release by JLo, called Promise! You will not be disappointed! JLo has come along way from her Jenny in the Block days and she wants you to know about it with this powerful and empowering fragrance.  The delicate, feminine scent features luscious pink berries, delicate jasmine and dewy honeysuckle with a memorable base of crystallised amber. Welcome back JLo, we’ve missed you!

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