Autumn Makeup: Top Four Trends

New season, new beauty at LloydsPharmacy! Autumn’s new makeup is the most exciting of the year, and usually the most wearable with great palettes, lip colours and trends.

What are the top 4 looks we should take tips from this season?

Smoky Eye: It’s back again, the eye look we all love and it couldn’t be simpler to get perfectly smoky eyes than with the clever new palettes from Clarins. Day and Night are two 5-piece eye palettes in lighter or darker shades to suit your individual colouring. Each can create a number of different looks from quite sheer to deeply smoky, choose your favourite, €38.

TREND SMOKY EYE LLOYDS

Liner: Seen on so many catwalks for Autumn/Winter great liner is a standout trend for the season. Be clever, throw on your heels and head straight for the Shimmer Strips Eyeliners from Physicians Formula. These genius liners come in packs of three, each pack designed for a specific eye colour, blue, green, brown or hazel. Every pack contains black but the other two shades are used to enhance the eye colour and make it pop. Perfect lining every time, €16.90 per pack.

TREND BLACK LINER LLOYDS

Blush: A welcome diversion from the contouring trend, blush is back this season, and it’s a trend for every age because it’s really youthful. Keep it high on the cheeks and use the first three fingertips to apply gently for a sheer, even pop of colour. It can work with a little shading beneath the cheekbones for better definition, the finished look should be natural. Max Factor’s Miracle Touch is a cream blush, far easier to control and apply than a powder, €10.79.

TREND BLUSH LLOYDS

Red Lip: For an instant updated look why not try a simple red lip and quite neutral makeup for the rest of the face? This season’s perfect red is matte or satin, long wearing and as bright as you dare to wear. Ultimate Stay in Behind The Red from Catrice is a top buy at just €4.49. Hours of endless colour, a great matte finish, it’s a red that turns heads.

TREND RED LIP LLOYDS

Ready for the new beauty season? You bet we are!

Written by Laura Bermingham

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Laura Loves: Autumn Must Haves

Scent is one of life’s great pleasures, a simple spritz can change your mood in an instant. For many years, we have enjoyed floral fragrances, aquatics that bring a wave of freshness to the skin, and citrus scents that bring a little sunshine into our day.

20_hbeu58022200_999_21In recent years a new trend has emerged, that of the mysterious scents. They come sometimes in black bottles, or have the words Noir (black) or Nuit (night) attached to their brand name. One example is the Gwyneth Paltrow endorsed Boss Nuit, a peach, floral and sandalwood fragrance that epitomises sophistication (Boss Nuit 30ml is on special at €17.95, a saving of €32.05 while stocks last).

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As we move into the colder months more of these exotic scents are launched. From Calvin Klein we have Euphoria Essence. For her, the fragrance has raspberry and pink pepper to start, a floral scent develops and cashmere wood, patchouli and white chocolate linger on the skin. For him, ivy leaves and bergamot are the first flourishes of the scent, followed by white pepper, suede, amber and Tonka beans. All this pepper, no wonder they’re spicy scents.

(To launch Euphoria Essence or Her €48.30, and For Him €40.60, LloydsPharmacy are giving away a free Calvin Klein tote bag for women or a duffle bag for men with every purchase, don’t miss out).

originalAlso this month some fragrance favourites have new scents on the scene. Mad Potion from Katy Perry is a vanilla-infused musky fragrance (€23.95), while designer label Armani’s new Code Satin (€46.50) has orange, pear, neroli and a chocolate element, divine.

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But the new season isn’t all about fragrance, Autumn/Winter makeup is landing at your local LloydsPharmacy in the coming weeks. Front runner for best shadow palette is Day or Night 5-shade Palette from Clarins. A neutral eye is a massive trend this season, best achieved with tans, nudes and metallic. Clarins have delivered one for Day of lighter shades, the other for Night when a smokier version looks great, €38 each, selected stores from September 1st.

What is very noticeable amongst the new trends is how a hot lipstick can carry your entire look. Across the top catwalk shows strong reds and pinks were key beauty features, some with strong blush and matching nails. To immediately update your cosmetic bag check out the 3 for 2 offer on Rimmel and NYC cosmetics at your local LloydsPharmacy (August 12th-September 9th). A new scent and the inside track on the coming trends, Autumn we are ready for you!

salter nutri pro 4FLASH DEAL- Don’t miss out on this great healthy offer from your LloydsPharmacy, in store and online at www.lloydspharmacy.ie, The Nutri Pro 1000 Blender is perfect for healthy breakfasts and juices on the go. Between August 26th and September 9th save €20.04 on the recommended price at LloydsPharmacy, pick it up for just €99.95.

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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.

Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi

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

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: Daily Care For Ageing Skin

Laura BProper cleansing benefits the skin in a number of ways, it removes makeup, oil and whatever pollution from the air around us. It also helps keep the skin clear of dead skin cells, that otherwise build up leaving the skin looking dull and feeling rough in texture.

It doesn’t need to be a complex routine neither, but correct cleansing will get you a smoother, brighter complexion.

If you are a fan of wipes, try a Micellar Water instead. These are gentle but effective, alcohol-free and will lift away dead cells. NUXE Micellar Water for eyes, face and lips has actives from Damascena Rose that soothes as it cleanses, skin will feel totally cleansed, €15.50. To use, apply to a LloydsPharmacy Square Cotton Wool Pad, €1.49/70 pads.

411496If you prefer a regular cleansing lotion but have sensitive or intolerant skin, look to the Physiological range from La Roche Posay. From a collection of cleansers for eyes and face designed specifically for super sensitivity, the Cleansing Milk will gently remove all traces of makeup and daily grime without causing any irritation, €15.99.

With such effective cleansing it’s unlikely you need a toner which is used for removing the end of the cleanser, but a spritz of refreshing and healing lotion adds another layer of hydration to the skin that is instantly absorbed. A Thermal Water is ideal, not only for this stage of your routine but also to soothe and calm the face and neck during the day.

If hot flushes are an issue, keep it chilled in the fridge and use as necessary. This mineral-rich water helps the skin, unlike tap water which is actually dehydrating. Choose Avene Thermal Water in 50ml so you can pop it in your handbag, €4.

original_CWOnce skin is clean and ready for nourishment, choose the best moisturiser you can to reinforce and strengthen it. Vichy’s new LiftActiv Supreme was created for 40+ skin and promises to keep your glow vibrant all day long. With one version for dry/very dry skin, and another for normal/combination skin pick the one best suited to you, €32.50.

25d798cc3475cee6726d31044368b3d4For 40/50+ skin that wants a little more in terms of routine, don’t miss this month’s extra special deal at LloydsPharmacy. The Clarins Double Serum Premium Value Set contains a 30ml of award-winning Double Serum, an oil and serum duo that boost ageing skin. Gentle Refiner (30ml) is a superb exfoliator that you can add to your cleansing routine 1-2 weekly for even smoother skin, and Beauty Flash Balm (10ml) is the skin-saviour everyone loves, it firms and tightens in moments. Yours for just €69.50.

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Written by Laura Bermingham

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

Laura Loves: New Season, New You

Laura BLet’s welcome the prospect of better weather headed our way, can we dare to start dreaming of a great Irish Summer?

We shall keep our fingers crossed for now, but in the meantime we will put a little work into getting fresher looking skin for those glorious days ahead.

Here’s the thing, you can always mimic a great glow with a little bronzer or foundation, but splitting the work between skin care and make-up and you have skin that genuinely looks brighter and healthier.

Avene soothing moisture mask EURO 19To start, we need some super boosters. If your skin regime is a good one add in a little extra dose of hydration to take it to the next level. Avene’s Soothing Mask is packed full of calming and healing mineral water and nourishing oils. A creamy formula it doesn’t set hard on the skin and is a great once/twice weekly treat for tired, dull and dehydrated skin. Rinse or tissue away from the skin. €19, (Avene is 3 for 2 for March at LloydsPharmacy).

Trilogy CoQ10 Booster SerumAs a daily dose of goodness and protection, Trilogy’s CoQ10 Booster Serum is an environmental shield against the pollution around us that would have us age before our time. CoQ10 is an anti-oxidant that boosts skin’s resistance, the blend makes skin feel soft and smooth. 1-2 drops daily on face and neck before an SPF moisturiser, €29.95, Trilogy is also 3 for 2 in March.

tuboFaceDEye+astuccioWhen it comes to eye cream consider what it is you want to treat. For dark circles a cream like FaceD 3-Luronics Anti-Dark Circles would be ideal, €12.95 (usual price €22.95, save €10).

Garnier Blur EyeBut maybe fine lines are your main concern during the day. If so, take 5 seconds to apply Garnier’s Perfect Blur Eye Cream, a hybrid cream that uses optical diffusers to brighten the eye area, and blur technology to prime the area, lessening the look of lines and wrinkles ready for makeup. €19.99.

Clarins Instant_Smooth_Perfecting_TouchThe same blur effect is effective on the rest of the face, Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is oil-free, packed full of hydration, and fills out facial lines to create a smoother canvas for foundation or just by itself, €28.

TanOrganic Oil Arganic (3)So, the beauty of extra hydration boosts skin plumpness for better health and suppleness, the effects of blur technology add that little extra. Of course, we can’t forget more supple, softer skin everywhere else. Start your Summer prep with a great body oil like Tan Organic Arganic Oil, a heavenly blend of 8 plant oils with a subtle rose and orange fragrance. And it’s Irish try it, €24.99.

Written by Laura Bermingham.