Laura Loves: Spring Cosmetics & Everyday Essentials!

Laura BNow that we are enjoying the beginning of Spring, I usually do a beauty edit on my own cosmetics and everyday essentials. When seasons change we adapt to new shades and styles, but it’s also a great time to use fragrance to influence our mood in keeping with what the weather is giving us.

I don’t mean just buying a new perfume, although that’s always a treat, but how scent can cheer through a variety of beauty items.

April means Easter, and with that we indulge in chocolate. The main component of lovely chocolate is cocoa butter. If you have a sweet tooth you won’t over-indulge if your chocolate fix comes from some cocoa butter beauty.

Garnier’s Intensive 7 Days Body Lotion with Nourishing Cocoa (€2.49) beautifully conditions skin, leaving it soft and comfortable all day long, smells great too!

Garnier_Intensive_7_Days_Nourishing_Lotion_with_Softening_Cocoa_Butter___Dry__Rough_Skin_400ml_1371744012Rushed for time, check out Vaseline’s Spray & Go Cocoa Butter, this super fast body moisturiser offers great hydration in a simple spritz that smells chocolicious! Only €4.99 at LloydsPharmacy.

Vaseline_Spray_and_Go_Body_Moisturiser_Cocoa_RadiantMy favourite scents remind me of Summer; sunny days, zesty fruit and the aroma of sand and sun cream. Fragrance that has citrus notes will remind you of the Mediterranean, as will certain flowers and notes like musk, all very popular with Irish women.

Beyonce takes a great interest in creating her scents, working the fragrance like a song. Her Heat Rush scent is a perfect Summer scent. It opens with blood orange, passionfruit and cherry, and following those is hibiscus, honey amber and sunset musk, it’s like a holiday in a bottle, €25.95/30ml Eau de Parfum.

163055_491082564722_7567790_nTouch of Pink from Lacoste is another light, uplifting and energising scent. Orange and coriander are the opening notes, jasmine, violet, musk and vanilla are the lingering ones. As sunny scents go, this is lively and fun to wear. €42/30mls Eau de Toilette.

Lacoste-Touch-of-Pink-30ml-EDT-Spray-181090Maybe you prefer the aroma of plants and extracts, something that feels like nature is all around even if you are city living? Relax Bath from Clarins is the perfect product for post-training session or busy day. Use in the shower or bath, this gentle foam has herbal extracts to soothe away the day and relieve fatigue, the boys would love it too, €21.

Clarins Relax Bath and Shower ConcentrateFinally, the famed plant extracts in NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Gold Shimmer Oil is as popular for its scent as it is for it makes legs, arms and hair gleam with golden shimmer. This multi-use oil comes without gold particles too, either will make the skin gleam. €19.25/50mls.

10556074-1338997763-993092Written by Laura Bermingham

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Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Treat your mum, daughter, girlfriend or wife to these fabulous fragrance and beauty sets. We also offer bespoke hampers to suit any budget in all our pharmacies. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here.

1) GOSH Ruby Brush Set – €17.99 (was €19.99)

uploadArticlesuperClientRuby_Make_Up_Brushes01i31l9p5nw750h750exactThese make-up brushes are a perfect stocking filler or a lovely Secret Santa gift! There are six brushes in total; a powder brush, a foundation brush, three eye shadow brushes and an eye liner brush. these professional make-up brushes are made with natural hair and come with a brush bag.

2) FaceD Get Perfected Gift Set – €29.90

uploadArticlesuperClientFACE_D_GET_PERFECTED_GIFT_SETi2zzmbxpw750h750exactAs seen on TV3’s IrelandAM, This gift set contains all you need to get your skin looking radiant this party season! The FaceD Anti Dark Circles Eye Cream evens out dark, uneven circles under the eyes, makes dull skin glow and visibly reduces the signs of aging around the delicate eye area. The FaceD Luronics CC Cream is a correcting cream with SPF protection. This product evens out uneven skin tone, makes dull skin glow and visibly reduces the signs of aging, protecting the skin from the sun’s rays. With the FaceD 3-LURONICS face cream, it is possible to get an immediate rejuvenating effect and at the same time to contend with the ageing signs in the long term. All products can be used alone or as part of a daily skin routine. Suitable for all skin types, paraben free, allergen free.

3) Grace Cole Warm Vanilla & Fig Complete Spa Savior Gift – €11.99

uploadArticlesuperClient4054710_GRACE_COLE_WARM_VANILLA__FIG_COMPLETE_SPA_SAVIOURi27ujct2w750h750exactCreate a luxurious spa in your own home with these wonderfully relaxing beauty treatments. This ultimate collection of cleansing and nourishing products is presented in a wicker basket, ideal for re-use. This Set contains: Foam Bath 100ml, Body Scrub 100ml, Body Wash 100ml, Body Lotion 100ml, 3 x 80g Bath Fizzers, Wooden Massager, Sisal Sponge in a Luxury Basket.

4) Boss Ma Vie Gift Set – €70.99

uploadArticlesuperClient4055872_BOSS_MA_VIE_50ML_EDP_ampersand_BL_100MLw750h750exactBoss Ma Vie pour femme was inspired by the independent spirit of a woman as she pauses to indulge in the simple moments in life; in this moment, she is at her most captivating, exuding a glow of femininity and confidence. Fresh, indulgent and fulfilling, this perfume, created around the cactus flower invites you to take time to savour your life. This Gift Set Contains: Eau de Parfum 50ml Body Lotion 100ml.

5) Cheryl StormFlower Eau de Parfum 30ml Gift Set – €24.99 (Was €29.99)

uploadArticlesuperClient4054751_Cheryl_Storm_Flower_30ml_Gift_Seti2qas576w750h750exactStormFlower, the debut fragrance from Cheryl, celebrates the essence of Cheryl’s personality, revealing a luminous, hypnotic and uplifting perfume! This gift set contains: StormFlower Eau de Parfum 30ml and Body Wash 75ml

6) CK Reveal For Her Gift Set – €66.00

uploadArticlesuperClient4054102_CK_REVEAL_FOR_HER_GIFT_SETw750h750exactDerived from qualitative ingredients and unique accords, REVEAL defines a new olfactive category – the solar oriental – characterised by intriguing duality, unexpected freshness, and enveloping warmth. For the first time in fragrance, a highly sensorial raw salt signature captures traces of the erotic scent of skin. The surprising raw salt signature melts into a heart of glorious orris, and the drydown is characterised by sensual sandalwood, reverting back to Calvin’s core identity. Gift Set Contains: Eau de Parfum 50ml Body Lotion 100ml

7) Katy Perry Royal Revolution 30ml Gift Set – €25.95

uploadArticlesuperClient4054153_KP_ROYAL_REV_30ML_GIFT_SETi3lqmjxzw750h750exactTantalizing notes of pink freesia, ruby-red pomegranate, sandalwood and velvety jasmine petals create a soft, delicate floral heart guarded by the Mystical Blackthorn. Sexy musk and soft vanilla orchid linger on the skin. Known in the Dark Ages for its magical powers and used in protection spells, the Mystical Blackthorn epitomizes the balance of feminine beauty and wild rebellion with its delicate white flowers protected by its prickly ebony bark. Gift set contains Eau de Toilette 30ml, Shower Gel 75ml and Body Lotion 75ml.