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.

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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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Top 5 Gifts for Her

Hi, My name is Sarah I work in Lloyds the Ashleaf 4 years now, I am a Cosmetics sales assistant. I have picked my top 5 gifts for “Her” for this valentines day

1) Giorgio Armani Si – €54.99 – €99.99

nd_18453This is Giorgio’s latest fragrance for women .Giorgio himself put 2 years into making this fragrance as he wanted to make one more women’s fragrance to represent his Mother. The blackcurrant extracts are very rarely used in perfume but they smell totally different on the skin.

The bottle is presented beautifully with a gold ring around the top which represents his mothers gold wedding ring and the lid is a black stone which comes from the island off Italy she is from Piacenza.

I love this fragrance its a very classy elegant and fresh fragrance but has got a very unusual scent.

It ranges in 3 different sizes with prices ranging from €54.99 to €99.99.

Personally I don’t think this has a age group I am 22 and I absolutely love it but I have customers 50 plus buying it so it really does range.

2) Clarins Tonic Body Polisher – €38.99

clarins-tonic-body-polisherThis is a amazing product in the Clarins range it is a body polisher which scrubs the skin taking any dead skin cells off.It is great to be using once a week to get our skin looking flawless for the summer 🙂 .

It is a mix of essential oils,Mint,Rosemary and Geranium This helps preserve the skins protective hydrolipidic film. This product would be a great gift for a women who loves the skin she’s in and loves to pamper herself ! It retails at €38.99 but lasts a long time a small bit scrubs along way!

The age group this would target any one in their early twenties up.

3) Cocoa Brown Luxury Gift Set – €19.99

4051048_cocoa_brown_luxury_giftset_4piecePackaged in a gorgeous girly pink gift box, this set contains full size versions of Cocoa Brown’s products, including their bestselling 1 Hour Tan and Tough Stuff Body Scrub -plus, the brand new Chocolate Whip Oil-Free Body Moisturiser.

It also comes with the handy Cocoa Brown pink tanning mitt, ensuring that she’ll have absolutely everything she could need for the perfect Cocoa Brown tan.

Cocoa Brown has proved popular with all age categories, as teenagers and mothers alike share the same bathroom cabinet of their favourite Cocoa Brown products and retails at €19.99

4) Gosh Valentines Set – €14.99

Valentines 2014 Gosh Gift SetThis set in amazing you get 3 products in it all full sizes! The Gosh Nail Lacquear #60 Lambada is a beautiful deep red colour and is so easy to apply.

This product has amazing coverage and a very durable finish and normally retails at €8.50.

Volume lip shine #05 red stiletto is a fantastic lip gloss with plumbing effect with shea butter and jojoba oil which nourishes the lips. It also has a Spf 10 in it to protect the lips .This normally retails at €10.99.

Finally, the Show Me Volume mascara gives the eyelashes exaggerated volume which can be intensified with each upward stroke! I love this mascare as it does not clump or fall off through out the day. This normally retails at €12.99.

This set has a value of €32.48 but retails at €14.99, absolute bargain! The age group would be any were from late teens right up. I would love this gift myself!

5) Amore Mio Gift Set – €9.95

Amore Mio SetLast but not least ,This is a beautiful fragrance quite fresh with a fruity scent .It is Eau de Parfum so it stays on the skin for around 4 hours. It comes in a gorgeous gift set with a 100ml body lotion .

This is a perfect gift for all the young love birds out there I would recommend it from early teens right up to late twenties. This retails at 9.95 which is great value!

Make sure too keep you other half in mind for Valentines day!

Written by Sarah

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Karora: A new style of tanning!

karoralEach product in the new Karora Swimwear Collection is designed to meet different skincare & tanning needs;  from the instant Glow Glamster, the quick Express Bronzing Mousse, the gradual Golden Girl tan and the hero product of the collection, (which has been getting rave reviews), the Karora CC Cream.

Having seen many adverts of late, I decided to try out the Karora Self Tanning range and in particular the Bronzed Bombshell Tinted Self Tan Mist.

I wanted to try this as I love a dark tan and the more convenient, the better!

I was really impressed with the Bronzed Bombshell Self Tanning Mist which went on smoothly and instantly gave my skin a healthy glow. This developed overnight into a deep (and most importantly – even!) tan. I found the tan so easy to apply and it had a wonderful citrusy smell on application which was an added plus!

I would definitely recommend this product to any self tan worshippers because the tan was so easy to apply, it had a great smell and it faded evenly after showering; all of which equals to self – tan heaven!

Written by Ruth