Laura Loves: June Must Haves

There’s a lot of great beauty to celebrate this month at LloydsPharmacy. Firstly some news, French cult beauty brand Bioderma is finally arriving. This super brand has excellent skin care for all skin types including rosacea, acne-prone and very dry skin. Their sun care is divine, dry oils with high factors and face care that is formulated by skin type. But it’s Sensibio H2O is what you need to check out. This Micellar water is the makeup cleanser of choice for the fashion crowd and celebrities, and it’s a free gift at LloydsPharmacy from June 8th – 23rd with purchase of other Bioderma products (T&C’s apply, selected stores only).

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Staying with leading French beauty, we are being spoiled this month with free gifts from LloydsPharmacy. When you buy 2 products from Vichy (1 to be moisturiser, selected ranges) you will receive Your Ideal Vichy Routine, a box of skin care tailored to your skin’s needs in sizes perfect for traveling. And from NUXE, buy 2 products (1 to be moisturiser) and you will be gifted a free Creme Fraiche Mask (hydrating, soothing, gorgeous) and a Reve De Miel Hand Cream, a honey-enriched moisturising hand cream that is just heavenly.

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Skipping across to New Zealand, as you do, Trilogy’s new limited edition size Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ will be your skin saver for the rest of the year. This incredible skin treat offers all kinds of benefits for skin of any age, but dry or mature skin will really enjoy. It also has a large dose of antioxidants included. These fight of free radical damage from the environment, a contributor to ageing and best avoided. The new size is half the original at 15ml, and half the price at €16.48. It does however retain full power, go Trilogy!

7132_8209_8199Not forgetting body care, if your bathroom needs restocking Aveeno is discounted by 33%, there’s Raw Virgin Coconut Oil for €9.99 (500ml, saving €6.86) and from Dove, Simple, Tresemme and Listerine, lots of staples for just €2 each.

Written by Laura Bermingham

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Laura Loves: Father’s Day Gift Guide

June 21st is Father’s Day and all your gifting ideas can be found at your local LloydsPharmacy, and there are super savings to be had. Kicking off with fragrance you will find the best male scents at unbeatable prices in LloydsPharmacy this month.

A budget of €30 will get some Armani for Dad as Diamonds Homme EDP 50ml is just €29.99 this month, a saving of €22.01. €20 buys CK Shock for Him from Calvin Klein, €19.99/50ml (RRP 31.80, Saving €11.81). And for €10 get Instinct from David Beckham at €8.99 (saving €14.96). In the last 10 years David Beckham has sold 10 million bottles of male fragrance, it’s a safe bet in scent!

213-8033_PI_TPS1227702The beard revolution remains popular, if Dad sports stylish facial hair LloydsPharmacy is your grooming destination for gifts. Dr. K has a great range of cool kits and natural products from beard tonic to soap, natural bristle shaving brushes and quirky combs, kits from €29.95, check them out.

ChristmasBCS_2__53680.1417473403.500.390Or maybe Dad’s a clean shaven cool dude, again we have you covered. Clarins have been caring for men’s skin for more than a decade, for Father’s Day their Gift Set is great value and contains Shaving Balm, Face Wash, Shampoo and Shower Gel in a sleek wash bag, €37. Vichy also have a gift this month. Get Shower Gel, Aftershave Balm, Shaving Gel and carry bag for just €29.95. If your budget is tighter stop by LloydsPharmacy between June 10th and the big day for Nivea’s Father’s Day Pack, a Wash Kit filled with skin care essentials for just €8.99 (while stocks last).

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Don’t miss your chance to be in the draw for one of 5 fabulous Hugo Boss watches this month at LloydsPharmacy! When you buy a bottle of Boss Intense (€66.50/50ml) between May 27th-June 23rd you will be entered into the draw to win a watch. Three of the watches are for men (worth €240) and two are for women (worth €270). Good luck everyone and Happy Father’s Day Dads!

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Don’t forget, you can always shop at LloydsPharmacy from home 24/7 on www.lloydspharmacy.ie.

Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: Summer Salon Essentials

Laura BWelcome to our Summer Salon here at LloydsPharmacy. We have all your sunshine needs, and everything else you need for smoother skin to get you beach ready.

Starting with hair removal there are super savings from Gillette this month with select Venus and Satin Care shaving products at half price. As it is sandal season getting your feet in tip top condition is a must. From Scholl the foot solution brand, select products with 25% off this month, including the Fungal Nail Treatment and Velvet Smooth Express Pedi. This device is so easy to use, a skin-buffing roller speeds across rough heels and calluses, removing hard skin in minutes. It’s also small enough to pack away for holidays for maintenance. Best feet on the beach, we will enjoy that feeling.

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And the love for your legs doesn’t end there, what of last-minute sunshine here in Ireland, an emergency BBQ to attend? It’s almost as if Airbrush Legs Instant Tan was created with an Irish Summer in mind; immediate tanning for pure white legs and arms, with a little extra coverage for any marks or blemishes. It’s even water-resistant and non-transferable, perfect for when the rain halts play mid-burger. Pick up your Sally Hansen Value Can this month for €9.35, a saving of €4.60. It is 193.8mls, that covers every BBQ until next year!

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Whether it’s a vacation or stay-cation you will have this Summer, don’t forget to pick up your sun care essentials at LloydsPharmacy. With brands like Vichy and La Roche Posay, NUXE and Clarins you will be spoiled for choice in oils, lotions and after suns. Talk to your local LloydsPharmacy staff about SPF’s and the best choice of factors for you and your family, they will steer you in the right direction. Even if you have no definite holiday plans the sun might shine hopefully, pop Nivea’s Summer Essentials Minis Set on your next shopping list for LloydsPharmacy. In it you’ll find a pocket-sized SPF 30 sun lotion, SPF 30 lip balm, body wash and hand cream, perfect for an afternoon lazing in the back garden enjoying some rays, €12.99.

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Written by Laura Bermingham

10 Festival Essentials You Need To Pack For A Carefree Weekend

So you’ve got your ticket, and you are ready for action. Only pack what you need as you may have to carry your festival – ready wardrobe a long distance to where you camp. Don’t forget it all has to go back with you after the weekend!

Sun block: We need to take extra precautions to stay safe in the sun. Exposure to UV radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in Ireland, so it is imperative to protect and to check your skin. Choose a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection, with an SPF of 15 or more. Our star buy is P20 once a day application.Riemann_P20_02_800Hydration and Hangover: Oxylent is a pleasant tasting multivitamin that quickly dissolves in water to provide you with a blend of vital nutrients which will hydrate, rejuvenate you.

Product_Adult_AngledShotFestival Portaloos: We’ve all been there holding our breaths and making sure that no part of our body touches the inside of one! Be sure to kill any germs pack an anti-bacterial hand gel.

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Avene Thermal Water Spray: If you feel like you’re getting too much sun, or you need something to perk you up in the morning, this beauty essential will refresh even the most festival fatigued faces with one spray.

341697_in_xlDurex Extra Safe Condoms: If you do find someone you want to share your tent with, make sure you stay safe!

Lidoff_540x540Sally Hanson Airbrush Legs: A new favourite among Irish women. Tan in seconds; party for hours.

airbrush-legsBatiste Dry Hair Shampoo: A quick and convenient way to get soft, clean and fresh smelling hair from a bottle. Now who doesn’t need that??

batiste-dry-shampoo-1350316949A Small First Aid Kit: This can stop a little problem turning into a complete nightmare. Make sure to include plasters, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, pain relief and a little something for the tummy. Always speak with your LloydsPharmacy pharmacist for advice when purchasing any medicines.

uploadArticlesuperClient4049486_LLP_WATERPROOF_PLAS_ASSORTMENTw750h750exactWater Wipes: Because it’s impossible to go through your full beauty regime in a tent in the dark! Use these handy wipes for face and body to take off your war paint and also to freshen up.

7182538Mouthwash & Deodorant: It’s important to look and feel good during your festive activities!! It is also important to smell good too!

Pick up all you festival essentials and much more at a LloydsPharmacy near you.

Written by Maria & Audrey, LloydsPharmacy Laois S.C.

Laura Loves: How A Colour Wheel Can Transform Your Eye Makeup

Laura BLove celeb style and want to add a little of it into your own routine? Let’s take a look at some of the A-Listers we all love, in particular their eyes, and using the principles of a colour wheel see how they highlight their eye colour.

A colour wheel for choosing makeup is quite simple, look to your eye colour and at the 2-3 shades opposite it on the wheel. Whether your eyes are blue, green or hazel there are alternative colour groups, how strong you reflect the colour guide is up to you but the wheel could point you in the direction of new shades.

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Let’s check out our celeb inspirations….

Scarlett Johansson – Blue Eyes

Scarlett Johansson- Physician's FormulaRust, orange, peach and coral shades are opposite to blue on the colour wheel and in an instant can make this eye colour really stand out. They are warm shades which emphasises the coolness of blue, try the colour with just mascara to finish or add a touch of charcoal eye liner on the upper lash line.

Star Buy – Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer, Blush and Eyeshadow, €16.90. This palette is designed for face, eyes and highlighting. Blend together to add sheen, or pick out single shades to make your blue eyes “pop”

Kristen Stewart – Green Eyes

Kristen Stewart- ClarinsEven though red is opposite green on the colour chart not too many people have really strong green eye colour like Kristen Stewart has to pull it off, and she wears the shade quite a lot. So lighter green eyes should swerve more into purple shades. Getting the right shade to suit your own green eye colour can take a little research, but there is a red or purple for you, whether that’s aubergine, violet or a brick red.

Top Buy- Clarins Mono Eye Shadow #12 is a great green-eyed shade of aubergine, try it, €19.50.

Keira Knightley – Brown Eyes

Keira Knightley is our brown eyed girl and while she has beautifully shaped eyes, with subtle changes in her staple bronze/tan look manages to make her eyes look lighter or darker than they actually are. Brown isn’t on the colour wheel but it’s an eye colour that can play around with any shade on the wheel, but deep metals, brown and black can create a super smoky eye.

If you have brown eyes like Keira this lends itself to any number of looks. Want to change it up then add black or brown liner on the inner rim of the eyes.

Smoke It Up With- Fuschia’s Eye Dust Pigment in Sultry (€12.95) and line away with the Ultimate Eyeliner in Black, €14.95.

All products listed available online or from select LloydsPharmacy stores nationwide.

Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: Summer Beauty Buys

Laura BSun-kissed skin and a whole new style of makeup, Summer is a great season for beauty. If we’re lucky enough to get hotter weather here at home or away on holidays, there’s lot of fun things to try to get Summer ready.

Here are some star buys I will be packing myself…

At home here in Ireland or away on holiday I am a big fan of Anthelios from La Roche Posay. With high sun protection and a transparent finish the sunscreens are perfect for under makeup or worn alone. For this Summer there’s a free cosmetic bag with every purchase from the face range, perfect for any travels that are planned.

LloydsPharmacy are launching their own skin care range. SkinEffect is an affordable range for face, body and hair that has anti-ageing and optimum moisturising ingredients, I see a session stocking up the bathroom might be in order. Prices range from €4.62-€13.30 until May 26th, (RRP €6.90-€19.90).

My approach to Summer tanning is-Go Hard or Go Home. In Winter I like to stick to light shades or a gradual tan, but in Summer I love sun-kissed skin even if I’m very pale. If you can master application there’s no reason you shouldn’t use a darker tan, just avoid the streaks. For May there is a 50% discount on bBold select tans. My choice? The Dark Self-Tan Liquid, €9.49 (RRP €18.99). Easy to apply with a mitt, a liquid dries quickly and lasts up to 7 days. The scent has a floral blend and aloe to moisturise too, a very good tan.

Always in my makeup bag is the Pearlys Teeth Whitening Pen, €16.74 (RRP €24.99). This great pen is used to lift away staining from the surface of the teeth. The Pearlys range has lots on offer to brighten the teeth but the pens, powders and kits are pain free. This month there’s 33% off the Pearly range at LloydsPharmacy.

To avoid extra luggage charges it’s worth considering the sizes of your beauty products before traveling by air. At LloydsPharmacy this month you will find cabin-friendly fragrances at great prices. Beyonce’s Rise is at €13.95/50ml (RRP €22.95, save €9). But if you fancy Summer in a bottle, check out CKin2u for Women, a 50ml EDT costs just €19.99/50ml with a 45% discount. That’s a saving of €18.11, great value.

Still with flying in mind, LloydsPharmacy have an exclusive travel set with all your daily essentials in miniature form for just €9.99. It includes deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, shower gel, toiletry and travel bag, and most importantly hairspray. We don’t do frizzy hair do we ladies!

Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: May Must Haves

Laura BThere’s lots of really great beauty to choose from this May at a LloydsPharmacy near you. As ever, there are super savings to be made on seasonal items like sun care and everything you need for getting bikini ready.

Starting with hair care, getting your locks in great condition will help defend against the drying effects of sun, sea and chlorine. This month at LloydsPharmacy you can get Garnier Ultimate Blends super Honey Treasures in a bundle deal; shampoo, conditioner and restorative creme 1-minute treatment, all three for €8.99, amazing bargain.

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Bikini season, don’t shudder. Veet have your unwanted hair removal sorted, there’s 33% off selected creams and wax strips, the easy breezy way to smoother skin.

Veet Hair Removal CreamIf you are counting down the days to holidays in the Summer, stock up now on your sun care needs. With products for all the family, there’s 3 for 2 on amazing brands like Ambre Solaire, Nivea, Eucerin and Parasol. If you need advice on your SPF’s and which to choose, ask one of our colleagues in LloydsPharmacy or why not tweet for the information @LloydsPharmIre, they are only too happy to help.

Ambre Solaire Dry MistKeep cool with this great offer from Avene – two tins of Thermal Water (150ml each) for just €12 will rehydrate and soothe overheated, delicate skin. If you keep it in the fridge and use it as needed, it will be a real saviour for Summer.

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From saviour to life-saver, before you dig out those flip flops and sandals, let’s talk about feet. Hardened heels leads to a heavy heart, buff them back to smoothness with Scholl’s Pink Pedi device on sale while stocks last for just €29 (RRP €49.99).

uploadArticlesuperClientScholl_Pedi_PinkPharma_Nordi8zzk9urw750h750exactAlso in this special May offer is P20, the sun care range with SPF’s 20/30/50 and superior water-resistance. Usually priced at €29.99, while stock is available you pay €19.99, putting €10 back in your pocket. Stay safe in the sun this Summer!

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