Everyone says they don’t “do” St. Valentines Day but secretly we all kind of buy-in to it, if not only to indulge in a little self love. Its not V-Day for another week yet,  but it’s good to be prepared so Im sharing this shamelessly pink breakfast recipe with you in advance.

Truthfully, only after I put the ingredients together did I realise that pomegranate fruit and maca powder are considered in many cultures as natural aphrodisiacs, and have been associated with hormonal health and fertility.  In the interest of science, there is some evidence that can attest to pomegranate juice increasing salivary testosterone levels in men by about 24%; whilst the ingestion of Maca root appears to increase libido in both genders, with three notable studies showing fairly consistent results.

A 30g serving of chia seeds contains 11 grams of fibre, 4g of protein and 5g of omega-3 fatty acid as well as providing almost a third of the recommended daily intake magnesium, manganese and phosphorous. This is particularly impressive when you consider just 30g has only 140 calories, making chia seeds highly nutrient dense.

This fibre and protein rich recipe is an ideal breakfast option and will provide sustained energy and keep you satisfied well into the day whilst the antioxidants and phytonutrients found in raspberries and pomegranate support the immune system and help to repair cell and tissue damage caused by free radicals.


(makes 2 breakfast servings or 4 small, snack-size servings)

  • 2 cups (475 ml) of unsweetened almond or coconut milk (I use Ecomil or Oatly brands)
  • 1/2 cup (6 level tbsp) whole chia seeds*
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of maca powder*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of ashwagandha powder*
  • 1 cup (about 125g) raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (about 4 tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp light tahini (I use Meridian)

To serve

  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • A few raspberries and some pomegranate seeds


  1. Put the chia seeds, milk, maca, vanilla and ashwagandha (if you’re using it) into a jar with a lid and shake vigorously, ensuring the chia seeds are well combined. Leave aside either overnight or for 10-20 minutes until the mixture thickens (it will look like frog spawn!).
  2. Transfer most of the raspberries and pomegranate to a blender cup (reserve some of the fruit for a topping). Add the tahini and a splash of water. Pulse the fruit until completely mixed.  It will be quite thick which is fine. If you don’t have a blender you could mash the fruit and tahini together with a fork or use a hand-held blender.
  3. When the chia seeds thick and gloopy, combine them with the fruit mixture and stir well.
  4. Transfer to bowls or airtight glass jars (for portability) and top with coconut and fruit. Enjoy!
Servings Calories Fat Protein Carbs Sugars Fibre
Per half portion 420 29g 11g 42g 14g 21g
Per quarter portion 105 7.25g 2.75g 10.5g 3.5g 5.3g


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RTE Today Valentine’s Day Feature

As seen on RTE Today on February 9th 2015.

1) Chloe Love Story 30 ml – €59.70

Inspired by Parisian romance and the love padlocks on the bridge of the Pont des Arts, Chloe Love Story is has a floral composition, with notes of orange blossom, neroli and jasmine. A clean, fresh fragrance for the modern woman.

2) Fuschia Free Gift with Purchase – worth €19.95

Offer only available in-store. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here: http://bit.ly/LPStoreLocator

Offer only available in-store. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here: http://bit.ly/LPStoreLocator

Valentine’s Day once you pay €40 or more on a fragrance at LloydsPharmacy you will receive a free Fuschia make up case with 5 miniature products absolutely free! This Offer is only available in in-store.

3) Vera Wang Pink Princess 30ml – €19.99 (Was €39.95)

Vera Wang Pink Princess is energetic and girlish, with a floral bouquet of pink grapefruit and raspberry, middle notes of pink hibiscus and honeysuckle, finishing with a sweet white amber base.

4) Hugo Boss Bottled Night – €31.15 (Was €46.50)

1369734244-87441800Hugo BOSS Bottled Night 30ml evokes the classic values of the successful, classic Boss man. The simple, clean lines of the bottle are elegant yet stylish and unmistakably Boss.

5) Face D, Get Perfected Set – €20.00

a-1_171017The FaceD Anti Dark Circles Eye Cream evens out dark, uneven circles under the eyes, makes dull skin glow and visibly reduces the signs of aging around the delicate eye area. The FaceD Luronics CC Cream is a correcting cream with SPF protection. This product evens out uneven skin tone, makes dull skin glow and visibly reduces the signs of aging, protecting the skin from the sun’s rays. With the FaceD 3-LURONICS face cream, it is possible to get an immediate rejuvenating effect and at the same time to contend with the ageing signs in the long term. All products can be used alone or as part of a daily skin routine. Suitable for all skin types, paraben free, allergen free.

6) Dr K Shaving Sets – Various Prices

IMG_5569_edit__63979.1397332654.1000.800Dr K’s range of all natural shaving products have been specially developed for a comfortable and luxurious experience, without all of the nasty chemicals. From preshaving to shaving to after shaving care, Dr K has all the shaving supplies you need. We also have a range of shaving accessories, including real badger hair shaving brushes and shaving bowls. Stock up with Dr K’s range of shaving products and make shaving a pleasing experience rather than a chore!

7) Nivea Q10 Facecare Range – Various Prices

nivea-visage-q10-anti-wrinkle-skin-care-trial-team_article_newNivea Face Care Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle System helps fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and visibly smooths the skin.

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



Love is in the air, Valentine’s Day is nearly here to brighten up February! Tot up the cost of a night out, flowers and Champagne, and celebrating your love can become quite the expense. So this year, why not get your other half some beauty, it is the gift that keeps on giving, all year long.

Vera Wang Pink Princess 30ml

Vera Wang Pink Princess 30ml – €19.99

Let’s talk fragrance. A bottle of scent lasts 12-18 months with every day use, that’s a pretty great gift. Younger girls who love fashion and celebrities will know the designer Vera Wang. Her Pink Princess fragrance comes in a heart-shaped bottle with a crown for a lid, your girlfriend will feel like Royalty (RRP €39.95, now €19.99, saving 50%). On a tighter budget? Beyonce’s Wild Orchid was €25.95, now €14.95, that’s super value for a 30ml scent.

Beyonce Heat Wild Orchid 30ml - €14.95

Beyonce Heat Wild Orchid 30ml – €14.95


Emporio Armani He/She 50ml – €29.99

Premium fragrances are always popular, Emporio Armani He or She 50ml Eau de Parfums come with 42% discount, instead of being €52, right now they are €29.99 each. Davidoff’s Champion Energy 50ml is hugely popular, a dumb bell bottle and a citrus, spicy scent. If your guy is sporty, or even better spicy, it costs less than €20 at just €19.99 (RRP €37.50, that’s 46% savings).

Davidoff Champion Energy 50ml - €19.99

Davidoff Champion Energy 50ml – €19.99

There’s lots of premium fragrances at LloydsPharmacy, including Gucci, Hugo Boss, Chloe and Marc Jacobs. And for Valentine’s Day once you pay €40 or more on a fragrance you will receive a free Fuschia make up case with 5 miniature products absolutely free – worth €19.95!

Offer only available in-store. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here: http://bit.ly/LPStoreLocator

Offer only available in-store. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here: http://bit.ly/LPStoreLocator

Another popular fragrance gift is one that includes a lightweight cologne along with body lotion and shower gel, especially if it’s from luxury brand, Clarins. From February 2nd at LloydsPharmacy choose from scents Eau Dynamisante, Eau Ressourcante or (my favourite) Eau Des Jardins that usually cost €61.70 when bought separately, right now they are €41.50, a saving of €20.20!

Clarins Eau Dynamisante, Eau Ressourcante & Eau Des Jardins – €41.50

Of course, savings are great but who doesn’t love a free gift? At present, French brands La Roche Posay and NUXE both have complimentary gifts on offer in LloydsPharmacy with purchase of other products as does Kiwi skin care range, Trilogy. If your love is already a fan, head in store and get the details.

Perhaps you’re not entirely sure what to get your other half? Let the experts guide you in store. Personalising a gift or hamper is very thoughtful and appreciated. Choose the contents yourself or get advice. Makeup is a good idea, at the minute both Rimmel and NYC are on 3 for 2 at LloydsPharmacy. The two ranges are very fashion-forward and great value. Some on-trend makeup and maybe a bottle of Juicy Couture La La which was €60, and is on special at €29.99? The staff at LloydsPharmacy are only happy to help and create your perfect gift! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

Laura Bermingham



Top 5 Gifts for Him

Hi ladies, so Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!! Can you believe it? It doesn’t feel that long ago that we were wrapping our Christmas pressies?!

So it’s time for us to get all romantic and treat the other half to something special.  A new fragrance for him to wear for YOU on that romantic night out/in would be nice!

Do you struggle to find the perfect fragrance? There are SO many to choose from. Well let me help you, I have narrowed down my top five for all ages and price ranges available in LloydsPharmacy.

‘Best bang for your buck’

4029052_best_calum_black_gift_set1) Calum Best Gift Set – €9.99

  • Ideal for ages 15-25
  • He will love the fresh scent and, I promise you, ask you to purchase it again!
  • These sets are great value, but sell out very quickly so grab one while you can.


2) Hot Water by Davidoff 60ml – €19.99 (Was €46.304028963_davidoff_hot_water_edt_60ml)

  • Ideal for ages 25-35
  • Currently 57% OFF!
  • If he/you likes a spicy and very masculine scent you’ll love
  • Remarkable price get on this ladies!



‘Splashing the cash’

dolcegabbana_the_one_men13337028994f7eb0f3dcd3f3)The One’ Dolce & Gabbana 50ml – €58

  • Perfect for ages 30+
  • Sophisticated, sexy and spicy scent for a special night out or in ;).
  • He will love to wear this and you will love to smell this on him. For your one and only.


Paco-robanne-1-million4) Million by Paco Rabanne 50ml – €50

  • Perfect for all ages
  • Very popular scent for all age groups
  • Strong intoxicating scent, ideal for night time wear, that both he and you will love!



4025702_Clarins_Men_Moisture_Balm_50Ml5) Carins Men Moisture Balm 50ml – €36.99

  • Ages 30+
  • Helps revitalise and firm skin on contact and protect against pollution.
  • Soothes skin with no greasy feel
  • You will love this at it will stop him sneakily using your face cream.
  • He will love this as it will keep is skin fresh looking and stop it drying out after shaving. Very popular product and sell’s out quickly!


Written by Michelle


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