February 5th, 2016

4 Beauty Essentials to Indulge in for a Radiant Lunar New Year

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1. Red Lips

What could be luckier than the perfect red lipstick? Found in beautiful, highly pigmented shades, our Beauty Advisors have hand-picked the best reds to complete your Lunar New Year look. An exciting new satin-finish red from Lise Watier, the Baiser Satin in Red Hot Kiss has the ultimate intense, rich finish that lipstick lovers dream of, and would make a beautiful statement for Lunar New Year.

If the on-trend matte lip is your finish of choice instead, NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo is a budget-friendly red that truly delivers. Of course, a classic silky smooth red is always a good choice, and Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love that Red boasts mega-moisturizers to keep your pout looking flawless.

 

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2. Bright Complexions

Luminous skin is a sure-fire way to start off your Lunar New Year beautifully. Our Beauty Advisors recommend a brightening cream like Strivectin’s Brighten & Perfect Radiance Refining Moisturizer to hydrate and enhance skin’s radiance. Or try the brand new White Lucent Brightening Protective Emulsion from Shiseido, a daytime moisturizer which brightens dull skin, focusing on environmental stressors like UV rays, air pollution and dryness.

For a highly powered solution to rapidly correct dark spots, uneven skin tone and brighten dull skin, NeoStrata’s SecureWhite Brightening Serum is a favourite amongst beauty bloggers.

 

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3. Magnificent Masks

A pampering face mask is the perfect way to indulge in a New Year skincare routine! Providing some of the great benefits of a spa facial, face masks can draw out impurities, eliminate dead cells, or tighten and tone.

For a healthy looking glow that also minimizes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, Clarins’ Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask is a must-try, according to our Beauty Advisors. If clogged and enlarged pores are also an issue, the Multi-‘Face’-eted All-in-One Anti-Aging Clay mask from Bliss will unclog pores while also reducing fine lines and brightening skin tone. A luxurious choice is Shiseido’s White Lucent Power Brightening Mask, which gives dull uneven skin a much-needed pick-me-up, in the form of a mess-free mask.

 

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4. Precious Oils

The restorative powers of precious oils make them a special treat for your tired skin. Made from 100% pure plant extracts, the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil is a natural astringent for oily or combination skin, and also soothes and seals in moisture to prevent fine lines, while refining the skin’s texture.

Our Beauty Advisors also recommend applying Biotherm’s Blue Therapy Serum in Oil at Night to plump the skin, increase luminosity, and smooth wrinkles; the formula has the efficacy of a serum, with the essential recovery power of an oil. For a pure, intensive dose of restoring Ceramides and essential lipids, try the potent Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum from Elizabeth Arden. Each capsule helps to strengthen skin’s barrier against the visible signs of aging.



February 3rd, 2016

Valentine’s Day Steal vs. Splurge: Makeup Tutorial

Whether you’re planning on a hot date or a night out with your best friends, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to have some fun with your makeup routine. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to get doll-like lashes and a bold matte lip for a sweet yet sultry look. Our Beauty Advisor Amanda has handpicked the best products to use, with both budget-friendly and splurge-worthy options, so you can look gorgeous no matter what your budget is!

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January 18th, 2016

Lise Watier Makeup Must-Haves

Lise Watier’s International Makeup Artist David Vincent shows us his all-time favourite Lise Watier products, as well as some pro application tips for face, eyes and lips.

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January 15th, 2016

Silver & Gold Ombre Gel Manicure Tutorial

If you consider yourself a beginner at nail art, this is a simple tutorial to get you started! Beauty Advisor Amanda shows us how to achieve a pretty, shimmery silver and gold ombre manicure with the Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit and a selection of their LED Gel Nail Polishes.

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Plus, until February 5th, 2016 you can enter for a chance to win an Ombre Gel Manicure Set from Red Carpet Manicure, so you can re-create our silver & gold ombre mani tutorial at home!

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January 15th, 2016

7 Resolutions for Beauty Buffs

The New Year is a time to look back on the past year, reminisce and maybe resolve to make positive changes. That includes ditching bad beauty habits. London Drugs Beauty Advisors have rounded up the top beauty resolutions from developing a good skincare regimen to tossing expired makeup.

 

  1. Invest in a good skincare regimenneostrata

It’s time to take better care of your skin. This year, invest in a quality skincare regimen that will keep your skin healthy and looking great. NeoStrata’s Glycolic Renewal and Night Repair creams will exfoliate dead skin cells for more radiant and younger looking skin. If you have dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin, try one of Bioderma’s skincare lines which will target your specific skin concern.

The right tools can also improve your skincare routine dramatically. The Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System is 10 times more effective than hand cleansing, thanks to its vibrating and rotating brush.

 

  1. Always take off makeup before bedbioderma

Sometimes we cheat and leave our makeup on before going to sleep. It happens. Wake up in the morning, though, and your skin is left dry, dull and you may even have a blemish or two. Resolve to always take offyour makeup using a good makeup remover, like Bioderma’s Micelle Solution.

For an even easier solution, keep a pack of Marcelle Makeup remover cloths on your bedside table. That way, even on your laziest nights, you can quickly wipe off that makeup and go to bed with a clean face.

 

  1. Organize beauty productsorganizer

If your vanity is beginning to overflow with lipsticks, powders and polishes, it’s time to get organized once and for all. A cosmetics organizer with storage compartments for all your makeup will keep things from
getting cluttered, and it’ll be easier to find what you’re looking for too.

 

  1. Stop biting your nailsred carpet

It’s time to kick the nasty habit of biting your nails this year. A fresh manicure using the Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit can help curb your nail biting and give your nails the chance to grow. The at-home gel manicure system with portable LED light creates salon-quality manicures that will stay chip-free for weeks.

If you need an added incentive not to bite your nails, try using the Red Carpet Manicure Celebrity Manicurist Ultimate Gel Polish Pro Kit to create gel manicure designs with their included appliqués, jewels, and French tips. You’ll be far less likely to chew them off if you really like the design.

 

  1. Wear SPF every daylise watier

SPF should be an essential part of your skincare routine all year round, not just during the summer. Incorporate SPF into your moisturizer with Marcelle Essentials Multi-Defense Cream SPF 15, or get your daily dose of SPF with Marcelle’s BB Cream Anti-Aging SPF 20. Even foundations come with SPF these days: try Lise Watier’s Teint Lift Anti-Rides SPF 20 for a smooth, velvety coverage that also protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays.

 

  1. Clean your makeup brushesreal techniques

Dirt and bacteria accumulate in your makeup brushes and can cause breakouts if you don’t clean your brushes often enough. Every 2 weeks is a good rule of thumb for cleaning them. Place a drop of Real Techniques’ Brush Cleansing Gel onto their Brush Cleansing Palette, dip your brush into warm water, and then sweep away makeup, oil and impurities from the bristles using the Cleansing Palette. Once your brushes are clean, rest the brushes across the surface of the Cleansing Palette to dry.

 

  1. Throw out expired makeup

That mascara that’s been sitting on your vanity for the last year isn’t doing your lashes any favours. Bacteria can build up in old makeup and cause breakouts. The New Year is a great time to overhaul your makeup collection and throw out any that are out of date. Mascara expires after about 3 months, foundation between 6 and 12 months, eyeliner after 3 months, and lip products after a year.



January 13th, 2016

New Luxury Beauty Products to Try at London Drugs


There are all kinds of new and exciting launches from your favourite luxury brands at London Drugs! We chatted with Shiseido, St. Tropez and Bliss at the London Drugs Cosmetics Conference in Whistler to get an exclusive peek at what their latest and greatest luxury beauty products are, as well as a first look at Bliss: a line of spa-powered products now available at London Drugs.

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January 7th, 2016

New Budget-Friendly Makeup Favourites at London Drugs

Our Beauty Editor Britta caught up with vendors at the London Drugs Cosmetics Conference in Whistler, to get an insider look at what new beauty products and trends you can expect to see soon at your local London Drugs.

In this video, we take a peek at some of our favourite budget-friendly makeup and skincare brands to see what products they’re excited to bring us this season, including new goodies from NYX Cosmetics, Marcelle, and Revlon.

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