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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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