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

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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.

l_oreal_shampooWritten by Laura Bermingham.

Click the banner below to view more amazing offers available in-store and online this February at LloydsPharmacy.

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Foundations – New Premium & Mass Market Choices!

With the cosmetic market constantly bringing new versions of foundations and concealers to our attention, it can be really hard to know what is out there for you!

A good foundation can vary in price from a mass market foundation such as the new Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation retailing at €7.99 to a premium brand such as Clarins Extra Comfort Foundation which retails at €42.99.

These products are tailored to different skincare needs and work affectively for different ages and skin types.

The Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousserimmel Foundation is a great product, especially for those with an oily skin type as the matte effect really insures that this product is long lasting – I tested it by wearing it to the gym which really showed it durability! The product stayed on well after a lot of sweating and running around which made me think it’s a great product for a night out on the tiles!!

The Clarins Extra Comfort Foundation is a silkier foundation which gives a great shine and lightness to the skin on application. I found it covered the dark circles under clarinsmy eyes well and my skin still felt soft and moisturized after wearing this foundation for the day.

While a good foundation doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg, good cosmetics are an investment in your skin as well as having a regular skincare regime! I personally prefer the Clarins foundation in this case as my skin tends to be slightly dry and this helped keep my skin conditioned as well as covered but I would recommend the Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse Foundation for oiler skin as its staying power is really great!

Written by Ruth

Are you afraid of Makeup?

Over the years I have noticed that there are a lot of women who are afraid of makeup!! Yes some grown women are actually terrified of the stuff!!!

The usual reasoning behind this phenomenon:

  • Makeover gone wrong!(perhaps the makeup artist didn’t listen to what you wanted)
  • Sensitive to a product in a particular brand, (perhaps the consultant sold you the wrong product for your skin type)
  • Not sure how to use the product?
  • Wasting money on the wrong product!

However I am here to help you!!

I will start off with a product that is really, really simple and quick to use.
For a natural day time look!!

bbBeauty Balm Cream 

  1. Who can use it?! Anyone who wants a light coverage!!
  2. How to apply it?! After you cleanse, moisturise with a damp sponge however I prefer my hand!!

My favourite discovery recently for a lady on a budget is Rimmel BB cream(SPF 25)

  1. Ideal for holidays, walkers, joggers, Mum’s on the school run, students or any busy lady.
  2. I tried and tested it recently while having a swim down in the 40 foot, and it worked great.

Written by Michelle