Laura Loves: Ultimate Summer Sale

Laura BStep into Summer with LloydsPharmacy this July. Look good with great offers on hair care, and stock up on some super scents in the Ultimate Summer Sale.

Starting with hair there’s 25% of the Grow Gorgeous range this month. Designed to give you visibly thicker hair with more volume if you are growing out a style try their serums, shampoo and conditioners.

16679011Get more from your style with the Got2B range from Schwarzkopf, products that help you create any look from beach waves to messy tressy, only €3 this month!

L’Oreal fans can stock up this month with 33% off selected colour and styling products, and L’Oreal’s Elvive daily care is on special too, at €3.49 for July.

There’s a great fragrance sale at LloydsPharmacy this month too, so if you have any birthday gifts to pick up or you want a treat for yourself there are savings of up to 50% on premium scents, and 80% on other brands.

Check out the great prices on these designer fragrances – Chloe Love Story 30ml usually costs €59.70, for July it’s €44.77, a saving of €14.93. Daisy Dream 30ml by Marc Jacobs is €37.12, down from €49.50, and Calvin Klein’s Forbidden Euphoria 30ml is on sale at €22.85 a 50% saving on its RRP of €45.70. Ralph Lauren fans, their Big Pony fragrances are down from €50.75 to €25.37, that’s another 50% saving, 75ml/EDT.

Marc Jacobs Daisy DreamOn a tighter budget? These prices are hard to beat- Beyonce Pulse NYC 30ml, RRP €24.99, now €12.49, Diesel Loverdose 50ml is regularly €49.75, for July it’s just €19.99. Not forgetting the guys there are similar offers, check out Hugo Boss Bottled Night 50ml, now just €47.25 from its RRP of €63, and Diesel Only the Brave 50ml, down to €37.31 from €49.75.

DIESEL LOVERDOSEDon’t forget to check out the bathroom essentials on offer this July. Stock up on essentials this month like the Venus Classic Razor & Venus Classic Care Sensitive Shaving Gel are €6.99 in a bundle, a saving of €7.25 on the regular price of €14.24. And Colgate’s Triple Pack Toothbrushes and Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste costs just €3 this July.

*FLASH DEAL- Get great Summer hair with LloydsPharmacy! Between July 8th-28th you can pick up a Remington Hair Dryer with all attachments for just €23, a bargain! For the guys, a Gillette 8-piece Men’s Travel Set has all his shaving/bathing needs in one handy kit for holidays for just €9.99!


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

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


Love is in the air, Valentine’s Day is nearly here to brighten up February! Tot up the cost of a night out, flowers and Champagne, and celebrating your love can become quite the expense. So this year, why not get your other half some beauty, it is the gift that keeps on giving, all year long.

Vera Wang Pink Princess 30ml

Vera Wang Pink Princess 30ml – €19.99

Let’s talk fragrance. A bottle of scent lasts 12-18 months with every day use, that’s a pretty great gift. Younger girls who love fashion and celebrities will know the designer Vera Wang. Her Pink Princess fragrance comes in a heart-shaped bottle with a crown for a lid, your girlfriend will feel like Royalty (RRP €39.95, now €19.99, saving 50%). On a tighter budget? Beyonce’s Wild Orchid was €25.95, now €14.95, that’s super value for a 30ml scent.

Beyonce Heat Wild Orchid 30ml - €14.95

Beyonce Heat Wild Orchid 30ml – €14.95


Emporio Armani He/She 50ml – €29.99

Premium fragrances are always popular, Emporio Armani He or She 50ml Eau de Parfums come with 42% discount, instead of being €52, right now they are €29.99 each. Davidoff’s Champion Energy 50ml is hugely popular, a dumb bell bottle and a citrus, spicy scent. If your guy is sporty, or even better spicy, it costs less than €20 at just €19.99 (RRP €37.50, that’s 46% savings).

Davidoff Champion Energy 50ml - €19.99

Davidoff Champion Energy 50ml – €19.99

There’s lots of premium fragrances at LloydsPharmacy, including Gucci, Hugo Boss, Chloe and Marc Jacobs. And for Valentine’s Day once you pay €40 or more on a fragrance you will receive a free Fuschia make up case with 5 miniature products absolutely free – worth €19.95!

Offer only available in-store. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here:

Offer only available in-store. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here:

Another popular fragrance gift is one that includes a lightweight cologne along with body lotion and shower gel, especially if it’s from luxury brand, Clarins. From February 2nd at LloydsPharmacy choose from scents Eau Dynamisante, Eau Ressourcante or (my favourite) Eau Des Jardins that usually cost €61.70 when bought separately, right now they are €41.50, a saving of €20.20!

Clarins Eau Dynamisante, Eau Ressourcante & Eau Des Jardins – €41.50

Of course, savings are great but who doesn’t love a free gift? At present, French brands La Roche Posay and NUXE both have complimentary gifts on offer in LloydsPharmacy with purchase of other products as does Kiwi skin care range, Trilogy. If your love is already a fan, head in store and get the details.

Perhaps you’re not entirely sure what to get your other half? Let the experts guide you in store. Personalising a gift or hamper is very thoughtful and appreciated. Choose the contents yourself or get advice. Makeup is a good idea, at the minute both Rimmel and NYC are on 3 for 2 at LloydsPharmacy. The two ranges are very fashion-forward and great value. Some on-trend makeup and maybe a bottle of Juicy Couture La La which was €60, and is on special at €29.99? The staff at LloydsPharmacy are only happy to help and create your perfect gift! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

Laura Bermingham



Beyoncé Rise

bey riseI started using the new Beyoncé Rise fragrance at the weekend and although it wouldn’t be my first choice, it is surprisingly very nice! The main accords of the perfume are: Woody, floral, musky and fresh spice.

The fragrance notes are: Italian bergamot, golden apricot, iced basil sorbet, golden symphony orchid, freesia blossom, natural jasmine sambac, autumn woods accord, cashmere musk and vetiver extract.

The concept that lies behind the creation of this fragrance was inspired by Beyoncé’s on-stage persona. Beyoncé believes that “a women’s power comes from within and when a woman connects with her very essence, she reveals her individuality, her strength and her beauty”, so in order to convey this to the world at large Beyoncé was inspired to create this latest fragrance. The fragrance is supposedly more intimate and more natural than the previous ones.

The composition is announced as intoxicating, addictive and luminous floral. Its opening notes supposedly include apricot, Italian bergamot and iced basil sorbet. The main note of the perfume is, of course, orchid – Beyoncé’s favourite flower – this time it is an orchid called “Golden Symphony” known as the Queen of Orchids. This is mixed with freesia and sambac jasmine flowers and placed at the base of the autumn woods, cashmere, musk and vetiver. The use of the golden symphony orchid and the golden apricot are what allows for the golden colour of the fragrance. For Beyoncé, the colour gold symbolises; luminosity, optimism and strength.

Initially the perfume is really strong and sweet but after a while the woody notes come to the fore which totally changes the dynamic altogether. The dominant notes for me though were the freesia blossom and the ice basil; I imagined that the golden symphony orchid and jasmine notes would have been the more dominant scents.

As it dries and you wear it more, the Italian bergamot starts to take shape, paving the way for the woody notes mixing well with the vetiver extract and cashmere musk. These get along very nicely with the basil and freesia tag team that overpowered the orchid.
The perfume lasts a considerable amount of time! I could still smell it 10 hours later; the longevity of any fragrance though largely depends on a person’s skin type, so this time frame could be longer or shorter for everyone. A small amount is all that is needed as it is very overpowering; it does however become softer after an hour or so.

The gold theme is also featured in the design of the bottle. The gold juice is encased in a tall, elegant glass bottle that emulates the trajectory of Beyoncé’s ability, and will, to rise above it all. The bottle cap’s structural cluster of golden crystals ascends higher, exuding strength and fortitude. These in turn capture Beyoncé’s resilient spirit and graceful femininity.

Rise is something more original and least expected from a celebrity fragrance. In comparison to Beyoncé’s other fragrances this one is definitely more natural…I probably wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s more intimate though!

Beyoncé Rise is now available in LloydsPharmacys nationwide. Click Here to find your local LloydsPharmacy.

Written by Tara