April 10th, 2012

Best looks for Spring from London Drugs

Pop-art pastels for spring days, doll face for work days and bright colours for the night. With these guidelines in mind keeping up with spring’s top beauty trends can be made simple. The key is to choose products that can transition from day to night. But the first step is to focus on your skincare. The base of every good look begins with flawless skin.

Smooth, blemish-free skin can be achieved with the proper skincare routine. For those looking to even out their complexion by reducing dull spots and blemishes, try StriVectin Get Even or Vichy ProEven. The theory that an apple a day keeps the doctor away can also work with dermatologists. European scientists have discovered how to extract stem cells from fruit. NeoStrata AntiAge Gel uses fruit stem cells protect the cells that develop, repair, and regenerate skin tissue. For red skin, Avene has an Anti-Redness line that can even out skin tone. With the sun beginning to shine brighter each day don’t forget about sunscreen and ensuring your key products have an SPF in them.

Pastels including soft pinks and shimmering blues keep day looks sweet and soft. Surround your eye colour with long lashes from CoverGirl 24 Hour Volume mascara for the budget conscious. Able to splurge and looking for serious lash enhancement then try Freeze Frame Lash Extensions, designed to increase the volume in your lashes. For blush choose bright pinks from Maybelline Bounce create a baby doll look with this season’s toned down eyes. Amp up the colour at night with Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hours in the season’s turquoise trend. Lips are taking the gloss down and bringing the moisture in with this season’s nude corals and soft pinks matte colours. L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Balm has sheer colours available and Revlon’s Lip Butter moisturizes with its wide colour selection. Don’t forget to frame your face with full, smooth eyebrows using a clear gel and brow brush.

 The biggest trend is nail decor and bright colours. Follow this season’s creative colour trend with corals from Essie, lilacs from Nicole, turquoises from OPI, beiges from Revlon and fuchsias from Sally Hansen. Top with a crackle or dramatize with Style Pens by Sally Hansen. Copy the runway trend of custom-designed tips without visiting the manicurist using Nail Effects by Sally Hansen and press-on nail art by Broadway or Kiss Nail Artist Paint & Stencil Kit. It’s the simplest way to bring detail and design to your fingers.

March 27th, 2012

Must-haves for the DIY mani fan

Spring is here, and you know what that means—it’s time to take your nails out to play. Your London Drugs beauty advisor can show you the latest nail toys, whether it’s an instant manicure, shatter polish, or a magnetic polish that suits your personal style. And coming soon, a salon-quality, do-it-yourself LED gel kit! To find out more about these fun new products, read on.

Instant manicures

Do you want extraordinary looking nails in an instant? Then you’re going to love the new innovation from Broadway Nails,  Broadway imPRESS Press-on Manicure. Easy to apply, long-lasting, and available in a range of 12 sizes, this exciting nail collection comes in solid colours and an array of patterns. Unlike other false nails, imPRESS Manicure is easy to remove and doesn’t damage your nail bed.
Watch imPRESS in action.

DIY gel nail manicure
Everyone seems to be trying gel manicures lately, and soon you won’t have to go to the salon to get that long-lasting look. DIY gel kits are a fast, easy way to get beautiful nails without leaving your home! Arriving at London Drugs stores mid-May, Red Carpet Manicure’s Gel Polish Pro Kit comes with LED Gel Polish, and a professional-strength LED light used to cure the polish. In just a few seconds, you’ll have a manicure that stays shiny and flawless for weeks.
See how it works.

Shatter polish

OPI Nail Shatter polish is an easy, inexpensive way to give your nails cutting-edge style. Apply your usual base coat and a coat of solid colour on clean, dry nails. Once the base colour has dried completely, add a layer of shatter polish. From the second it’s applied, shatter polish will begin to “crackle” your original nail polish colour.

Magnetic polish

If you’re looking for a wow factor, give magnetic polish a try. This revolutionary new product lets you create gorgeous 3D nail art effects in moments with the help of magnetic attraction. Each bottle comes with a magnet embedded in the cap and iron powder mixed into the polish. Simply hold the cap containing the magnet over your nail polish and watch in wonder as magnetic forces create a chic new look.

Long-wear nail lacquer

There’s never been a better time for DIY mani fans who are tired of constant chipping. Today’s nail laquers deliver brilliantly coloured, chip-resistant finishes that last far longer than regular polish. Top of the list for lacquer mavens is OPI’s new launch, Nicole, which boasts four new fashion-forward shades for 2012: A Lit-Teal Bit of Love, A Million Sparkles, Shoot for the Maroon, and Vio-let’s Talk about Red. These new shades give any look instant glamour and edge.

Essie’s new “A Spring To Invest In” collection features six new hues: Navigate Her (fresh light green), A Crewed Interest (soft peach), To Buy or Not To Buy (shimmery soft lilac), Tour di Finance (shimmery fuchsia), Ole Caliente (red orange), and Orange, It’s Obvious (bright orange). These gorgeous bright and pretty pastels were designed with the self-made woman in mind, and don’t disappoint—something for every occasion.

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