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

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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: April’s Must Haves

Laura BThere are fantastic offers for all the family at LloydsPharmacy this April, so what better time to stock up for the months ahead? Every Mum knows baby wipes are for babies, but they are necessary for all of life’s little spills and messes. Between the 16th-29th of April you can pick up 5 packs of Johnson & Johnson Baby Wipes for just €6, that should see you through Summer. And don’t forget to pick up your free 50ml sample this month of Top to Toes Baby Wash from Johnson & Johnson, (no purchase needed).

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Dry skin is in the spotlight for April at LloydsPharmacy, in the run up to Summer it’s a good time to look at moisturising care. Tackling dry skin on a daily basis is the best approach to getting healthier skin that looks and feels good, a skin-loving body wash and layer of replenishing cream can transform dull, parched skin. This month LloydsPharmacy are offering 3 for 2 on the best skin care for treating dry skin. Aveeno, E45, Elave and Eucerin have all the bathing and skin treating essentials you and your family can use for better skin in the future.

For skin that needs extra care, Dermalex and Oilatum offer specific help for conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Having a dry skin condition can affect the whole family when it comes to care and treatment, never more so than when the sufferer is a little one. At LloydsPharmacy you will find a Child Care Expert who can help you choose from the care on offer to soothe skin for toddlers, kids and babies, pop in today for some great advice.

New and exclusive to LloydsPharmacy is certified organic baby range, Primilo. This super soothing collection has everything your baby needs for bathing and skin care, for April all items are €6.

primilloDon’t let Spring allergies ruin anyone’s fun, there are lots that can help. Your local LloydsPharmacy pharmacist can help you choose the right allergy relief. There are options for use during pregnancy, for children and adults, so you can free yourself from that runny nose. Get your free pack of Softy’s tissues while you’re there (no purchase necessary, 1 pack per customer while stocks last).

And don’t miss LloydsPharmacy great photograph printing offer this April. There’s half price offers on Easy Print albums, and if you print 20 4×6 prints you get a 6×8 print free. Ahead of Summer and the new images you will be capture of everyone having fun in the sun, it’s a good time to free up some space on those memory cards.

Written 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.

Laura Loves: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Laura BMark the date in your diary, March 15th is Mother’s Day, a time to treat that special lady in your life. Mums usually spend all of their time taking care of everyone else, so it’s nice to return the favour, even if it is for just one day a year!

So get your card ready and consider a little gift to go with it.

1015If Mum loves fragrance there’s plenty on offer for the month of March. Standout scents, DKNY Woman 50ml and Chopard Wish For Her 30ml both offer incredible savings. For DKNY Woman, save 60% this month as the original price of €52 is reduced to €19.99. Chopard is also €19.99, a fantastic reduction from the usual price, €32.

uploadArticlesuperClient4058698_Chopard_Wish_30ml_EDPi6c9qeixw750h750exactIf your budget is less than €20, check out Halle Berry Pure Orchid For Her (100ml), €14.95, a super size for a super price. And if €10 is your limit, Kylie Darling (30ml) is reduced from €23.95 to only €9.99, you really can’t beat that value.

1608Maybe Mum would prefer something different this Mother’s Day? Your local LloydsPharmacy is the place to head to, or stay sitting on the sofa and click through to our homepage to see what great offers are available this month. And each week too, there’s a must-have item chosen for every week that won’t break the bank. Starting in March is a 40% on Aveeno Hand Cream, €3.15. The following week it’s 40% off Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi, a bargain for this Summer sandal must-have, now €29.99, (March 5th-11th). And if you are shopping last minute for Mother’s Day, Oscar de la Renta So (100ml) is reduced from €37.50 to €19.99 from the 12th until the 18th, so it’s worth checking out the weekly deals regularly.

The great deals in March extend to many skincare ranges that Mum would love. There’s 3 for 2 on super brands like Avene, NUXE, Trilogy, Caudalie, REN and Vichy. The LloydsPharmacy staff are knowledgeable on all brands and can advise on which products to choose for Mum, or you might like to pick from favourites you know she likes.

AMP2576_Lloyds_MARCH2015_Rotating_Banners_FA4And don’t miss the limited edition offer from Clarins that LloydsPharmacy have this month at selected stores. While stocks last you can pick up a Cleanser and Toner Duo that are 400ml in size. The saving on these duos are as big as the bottles themselves, they usual cost €52 for both, now you will spend just €45, that’s €17 less!

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Because your Mum is the best in the world you would like her to have lots of beautiful treats for Mother’s Day, of course you would. So, go in store and online to find out details on how you can win a super selection of fabulous gifts from your local LloydsPharmacy. That would make it an extra special day, but you have to be in to win. Love you Mum.

Written by Laura Bermingham

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Laura Loves: Treats for Hands & Feet

Caring for the hands and feet is important in colder months when our feet are wrapped up in cosy boots and our hands bear the brunt of the chill outside. So, how do we keep the skin soft and comfortable as well as protected and looking good for when summer comes along?

The regime is not dissimilar to how you care for the face; smooth skin means no dead skin cells, comfort comes from good hydration, and protection from great UV filters.

To start with, exfoliation. Here the products differ between hands and feet. If you moisturise regularly (1-2 times daily) you should only need to exfoliate the hands every now and then. For this a face scrub is suitable because it will be gentle and not irritating to this thin area of skin, use what you have in your beauty bag when needed.10114310In the long run the best investment you can make in hand care is using sun protection to prevent age spots in later life. Moisture + protection is ideal, everyday use a hand lotion to keep skin soft and nails strong. Nivea’s Hand Age Defying Cream Q10 Plus is a fantastic restorative hand cream with protection, it contains UV filters and intense moisture, €2.02.10005610For night time, you don’t need any protection, so it’s a good time to indulge in a super strength hand cream. Neutrogena’s Concentrated Hand Cream is more like a balm, expect totally restored hands overnight, was €5.70, now €3. Apply every night, and if you spend a lot of time outdoors pop on a layer once you get home.

For the feet more intense exfoliation and moisturising is necessary to keep them soft and looking great.uploadArticlesuperClient4051880_SCHOLL_VELVET_SMOOTH_EXPRESS_PEDIw750h750exactInstant removal of rough, hardened skin is simple with a device like Scholl’s Velvet Smooth Express Pedi, the spinning roller attached buffs skin smooth on the heels and calluses. The regular price of €49.99 is reduced this month to €24.99 at LloydsPharmacy.10145354Alternatively, pop on a pair of Footner Exfoliating Socks (€19.95) that lift away all dead skin overnight, leaving super soft skin in the morning.

41vCz6Xzp6L._SY300_Now that the skin is exfoliated, it’s time to step up the moisture levels. If extra dry heels are a problem try Flexitol Heel Balm, €8. In just 3 nights the balm reverses dry heels with super strength moisture from 25% urea. Use regularly, or as needed when heels get dry. When the skin is smooth again try this little luxurious treat before bed. Take a nourishing oil blend, like Garnier’s Ultimate Beauty Oil which combines Argan, macadamia, almond and rose oils, €7.79. Smooth a little oil into the hands, feet and legs and allow to absorb and hydrate while you sleep. Bliss!

Garnier_Body_Ultimate_Beauty_Oil_150ml_1366982167Written by Laura Bermingham.

Laura Loves: February’s Must Haves

This month I’m thinking of ways that small changes in our beauty regimes can make a big difference to how we look and feel. Top to toe, little tweaks in grooming can have a big impact. Let’s start….

In colder months we all need extra hydration for the skin. Come Spring, we want radiant skin that looks healthy. Between now and the warmer months two beauty buys will give you all your skin needs. Nivea’s Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer is a quickly absorbed hydrating layer for dry or sensitive skin, €6.09. It provides a smooth base before makeup and acts like a buffer between your precious skin and the wind chill outdoors.

94158011_0_640x640FaceD Luronics CC Cream (€19.90) is a colour correcting skin care makeup that provides SPF 20, evens out discolouration and plumps with hyaluronic acid. The finish is natural, sheer and radiant. Two products, endless benefits.

4052338_FACED_D_LURONICS_CC_CREAM_LIGHT_40MLAnother two tricks can totally change your appearance, changing your eye makeup or brightening your smile. Hands up who wears the same shadow week in, week out. Switch shades to suit the season, a new shade makes all the difference. Keep it easy and inexpensive with Rimmel London’s ScandalEyes Shadow Sticks. These chubby pencils of long wear colour are so simple to apply, remain in place all day long, and come in lots of great shades. Priced at €5.99, they are available 3 for 2 this February.

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A regular scale and polish will keep teeth and gums healthy, in between sessions you can keep food and drink staining at bay with an at-home remover. Pearlys Teeth-Brighten Weekly Powder contains green tea and sodium bicarbonate that effectively lifts away external stains. Wet teeth, dip your toothbrush into the powder and brush. Simple. Use 1-2 times weekly for a brighter smile, €14.99.

weekly-teeth-brighten-powder-display_nf1To finish our February transformation let’s talk tan and hair. All over tan in Winter/early Spring isn’t necessary, but the upper body can benefit in a lift in colour. To save on moisturising and dressing time, choose a rapidly absorbing tan like TanOrganic Self Tan Oil, €24.99. Applied with a mitt the tan is hydrating on the skin no need for lotion. You can dress immediately after, and within a few hours have a super golden glow. It’s the perfect way to tan in colder weather.

TanOrganic_Oil_Arganic_Multi_Use_Dry_Oil_100ml_1416406413Finally hair, don’t let windy weather give you a bushy old barnet, especially if it’s coloured. Protect from wind, UV damage and heat styling with L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo will restore hair strength, give it shine, and most importantly make your locks feel super soft and hydrated. €4.99 each.

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