Laura Loves: Get Winter Ready

Short cold days, long dark nights, what’s a girl to do to stay in good spirits? To prepare for Winter, I myself start with the flu jab and a stock up of Vitamin C to avoid any unnecessary bouts of illness.

Then I reassess my beauty routine for changes that will benefit my skin in really simple ways that take little time.

Sure, it’s nice to have a few hours to really treat the skin and enjoy some spa ideas in the comfort of your own bathroom, but on other days you need effective beauty that takes only moments to make a difference.

Great skin care starts with cleansing. If dry skin is an issue in Winter, make sure to use a cleansing product that suits.

Eucerin AtoControl Bath & Shower Oil, RRP €15.99A cleansing oil is ideal for all the family, it keeps skin clean but also moisturised. Eucerin AtoControl Bath & Shower Oil suits adults and children (over 3 months) and has over 50% of oils for skin that feels comforted and silky, €15.99. Perfect for when you haven’t time for body lotion afterwards, or if a family member suffers itching and very dry skin.

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As pleasant as a facial is, it isn’t always possible to spend 30 minutes on your skin when there’s so much else to do at home. Which is why a super speedy, effective treatment mask is the perfect choice. Natural range REN has lots of mask options that exfoliate and brighten skin immediately, but it’s Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is a 60 second skin boost. Using water-soluble Vitamin C, it gives the skin instant radiance, dispelling tired and dull looking skin, €38. Apply after cleansing, dampen the fingertips and massage to activate the Vitamin C. Use every 3 days or as suits for brighter skin all Winter.

Vichy Idealia Skin SleepAnd so to sleep, the top time to get skin in better condition and looking fresh in the morning. Clean and relaxed, skin is open to all manner of great ingredients that have all night to get working. Sleep masks are the new beauty must-have, cream masks that mop up the day’s damage and revive tired skin without messing up your pillow. Vichy’s Idealia Skin Sleep is leading the charge on masks, they promise results in as little as 8 days, €28/50ml.

NUXE Reve De Miel hand & nail creamLast but not least, one final treat before bed, for your hands and feet. It takes a mere 15 seconds to pop on a little nourishing cream that hydrates, softens and keeps skin healthy. Hand and Nail Cream Reve de Miel by Nuxe (€12.75) is a honey-enriched, silky moisturising layer that nourishes intensely. A quick layer just before slipping under your duvet guarantees smooth hands and feet come morning, it also smells like heaven, sweet dreams!

Deal of the Week- Don’t miss out, in your local LloydsPharmacy from the 8th-14th there’s 50% selected Baylis & Harding Weekend Bags filled with gorgeous beauty, RRP €40, save €20 for just this week at your local LloydsPharmacy.

Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: Skin Care For Heading Into Autumn

Laura BSummer might have been a bit of a washout, but we’ve a busy few weeks ahead with the arrival of colder days and getting everyone back to school come September. As temperatures drop two things happen that can affect our skin; we pop the heating on, and we are exposed to harsher weather outside.

Both combine to give us less skin moisture and the risk of redness which is more irritating for those sensitive skin.

So, as we head into the chill what should we be doing differently to save our skin?

Getting into a proper regime for both face and body, and sticking to it will pay dividends in the months ahead.

Starting with the face a gentle cleanser will remove everyday makeup and grime without stripping away necessary oils. And as all skin types can suffer dehydration thanks to our warm houses, a hydrating moisturiser will top up lost water.

At LloydsPharmacy this August buy one SkinEffect moisturiser (€9.90 each) and get a cleanser from the range for half price, €4.95.

Skineffect Active Day Face CreamA build up of dead skin cells that causes skin to feel rough and look dull is normal come the colder weather, keep it clear by exfoliating once or twice weekly. And you can get a high-end exfoliator from Nuxe free this month when you buy two products from the brand (one to be anti-ageing). The exfoliator is worth €18.50 and it will see you right through the rest of the year into 2016 with super smooth skin.

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A change in body care is also good this time of year before Winter starts properly. In the family everyone might have different needs but children and adults alike suffer with atopic skin, research shows that 27% of Irish households have one or more person with eczema. Naturally this can cause distress, and with weather changes causing the greatest instances of flare-ups, now might be the time to look at body care that can help.

For best relief and comfort for even the driest of skins, La Roche Posay’s Lipikar range is perfect. From body cleansers through to intense moisture care, there is something for even the most delicate family member. From September 1st you can get 33% off selected Lipikar products in the range.

La_Roche_Posay_Lipikar_Baume_AP__400ml_1415616434The great body care at LloydsPharmacy includes family favourites too, suitable for daily care to suit drier skin types. For August/September you will find 33% discount on selected E45 and Aveeno, or check them out and buy online with all the other great ranges on www.lloydspharmacy.ie.

aveeno-intensive-relief-handcream-75ml-p9526-5773_zoomLastly, don’t miss out on the current Flash Deal at your local LloydsPharmacy while stocks last. This week, until August 25th you can pick up the Colgate Omron Pro Clinical Electric Toothbrush for €39.99, a saving of €40 on the regular price. Use it with Beverly Hills Perfect White Black Mouthwash, usually €5.99, until the 25th it costs just €3.50.

Written by Laura Bermingham

Laura Loves: Bioderma & Physicians Formula

Take note beauty lovers, there are two fantastic new lines arriving at LloydsPharmacy right now. Bioderma, the French brand so beloved of the fashion and beauty world, and Physicians Formula, America’s No1 bronzer brand, face powder brand, mineral brand, kit brand and natural and organic brand.

What to look out for?

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From Bioderma, the world’s first micellar water, Sensibio H2O, €11.50/250ml. It’s a 3-in-1 cleansing water which combines exceptional cleansing for face and eyes with the power to remove even waterproof make-up, leaving skin perfectly cleansed, soothed and refreshed, one sells globally every 3 seconds.

BIODERMA_S__bium_Global_30ml_1430322786Sebium is a range dedicated to correcting oily and acne-prone skin. Hydrating yet effective at clearing skin, star buy is Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care, €16.50.

Sensibio AR is for anti-redness care, skin that needs instant and long term calming. A Rosactiv complex works directly on the factor that causes capillary dilation. Try the Anti-Redness Cream, €15.

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Bioderma’s Photoderm sun care range is gorgeous to use; supreme UVA/UVB protection with a complex that stimulates skin’s melanin to help you get an even, natural tan. Invisible Sun Mist SPF 50/200ml is a silky dry oil that nourishes skin and smells great, €22.

Physicians Formula is an extensive brand loved by American women for almost 80 years. They were the first to introduce hypo-allergenic makeup, also the first to add SPF to makeup and they use no skin irritants, making it especially good for sensitive sorts.

PFI-07365-6Star buys include the Eye Booster Lash-Boosting Serum & Eyeliner, €15.90. This coloured lash-boosting liner is most favourite with Irish women, it gives a great feline flick while boosting lash health and strength.

jumbo_0.pngAlso popular are the Organic Wear 100% Natural Mascaras, €14.90 each. Four are available, whether you want dramatic lashes, natural or enhanced lash-boosting, choose your favourite.

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Physicians Formulas bronzers are divine. There are lots of options, each beautifully packaged, offer great colour, and all are priced at €19.90. Check out Bronze Booster Season-To-Season Bronzer, 4 shades in one compact to suit skin whatever the time of year, genius.

Lastly, a kit that takes out the guesswork of choosing face makeup, the Super BB Kit, a boxed set that contains concealer, foundation and powder, all toned to suit skin perfectly and designed to work with sensitive skin, €34.90.

Don’t forget, if Physicians Formula is not at your local LloydsPharmacy you can buy online at www.lloydspharmacy.ie.

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*FLASH DEAL- Get your hands in super condition with this best buy at LloydsPharmacy from July 29th-August 11th. The twin pack of Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Hand Cream (75ml) usually retails at €31.99, during these dates it can be yours for just €19.99, a saving of €12. And save yourself even more with Oral B’s Power Pro 600 electric toothbrush, it’s on special too for just €32.

Laura Loves: July Must Haves

Laura BThere are lots of ways to keep up to date with the sensational offers and super deals on offer at LloydsPharmacy. There is your local store, here on www.lloydspharmacy.ie, over on Facebook at LloydsPharmacyIreland, and on Twitter @LloydsPharmIre.

And is it worth it to click, like, retweet or share your LloydsPharmacy best buys? Well, here are a few of July’s offers, you decide.

Skin care is important to us all and this month at LloydsPharmacy there are free gifts with purchase and savings.

From French thermal water brand Avene there is 25% off favourite lines. Staying with Gallic beauty Vichy are gifting a Purete Thermale One-Step Cleanser 100ml with a purchase from a selection of products from Aqualia range*. Aqualia is Vichy’s hydration-packed skin routine for dehydrated skin. As it’s Summer we can all use extra moisture in our day, quench your skin’s thirst with some moisturiser or a refreshing masque.

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Skipping across the globe to New Zealand, LloydsPharmacy brings you far-flung beauty from Trilogy. This month get a bonus Vital Moisturiser (25ml) when you pick up the Rosapene Night Cream, €29.95/60ml*.

Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream

The savings don’t stop with skin care, it’s July, let’s hope the sun will put his hat on and give us some sunshine!

And we can be ready for him with half price deals on sun care from Ambre Solaire and Nivea. Even if the weather isn’t so great we can still have gorgeous golden limbs with half price on Nivea for face, body and hands, and Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. Moisturise first with Nivea and add the fabulous tan, it’s easier to fake it than bake it.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Medium GlowOffering both great skin and sun care this July is La Roche Posay, their free gift set with 5 popular products is yours when you buy two products from the range, one to be moisturiser*. The set is perfect for traveling and trying new products, and the gift is to celebrate La Roche Posay’s sponsorship programme You Care, We Share, which is specifically to care for the most sensitive skin there is, children’s.

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Get involved in the fund raising activity online. Take a Selfie with your favourite La Roche Posay product, upload it to www.laroche-posay.ie/yousharewecare with a few words on why you like it. Tag it with #yousharewecare and for the first 10,000 selfies La Roche Posay they will donate €1 per Selfie to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Now that’s a good reason for a Summer Selfie, let’s get snapping for Temple Street!

July’s great savings and deals are available at select LloydsPharmacy stores while stocks last, or buy online at www.lloydspharmacy.ie

Written by Laura Bermingham

*Offer available in select stores only.

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

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.

Nivea Summer Essentials Minis Set

Written by Laura Bermingham