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.