January 5th, 2017

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017: Greenery Makeup Picks & Tutorial

Pantone has announced the Colour of the Year for 2017, and it’s Greenery! The zesty yellow-green shade symbolizes nature, and will be the perfect colour to compliment your 2017 beauty looks, especially for spring and summer. Our Beauty Blogger Britta has searched the London Drugs Beauty department for the perfect beauty matches in the shade Greenery. Watch the video to see them all, including her bold green eye look!

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April 22nd, 2016

Earth Day Giveaway: Win an Emani Cosmetics Prize Pack

We’re celebrating Earth Day with Emani Cosmetics, and you could win a prize pack of their most popular eco-friendly products!

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Emani Cosmetics is a line of eco-conscious beauty products that are vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and natural. The formulas are also 100% talc-free, paraben-free and free of petrochemicals and other irritants. Plus, their packaging is even made of recycled and biodegradable paper. They’re the perfect way to eco-fy your makeup routine for Earth Day!

Here’s how to enter our Emani Cosmetics giveaway:

  1. Follow @LDCosmetics on Instagram
  2. Leave a comment on one of the Emani Earth Day Giveaway Instagram posts

The Emani Earth Day Prize Pack includes: 1 Emani Primer Serum, 1 Emani Organic Soy Mascara, 2 Emani Lip Shine Lip Glosses, and 1 Emani Sculpting Pressed Blush.

 

Contest closes at 11:59AM PST Sunday, April 24, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random. One winner will be chosen from all Instagram entries. See rules and regulations here.



April 21st, 2016

Festival Season Beauty Essentials

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The season of music festivals is upon us! If you’ve managed to snag tickets and are now in the process of planning your outfits, hair and makeup, our Beauty Advisors have some tips for what to bring – aside from floral crowns, combat boots and crochet crop tops.

 

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The Conair Infiniti Pro Ultimate Brush

Access to electricity may not be widely available during the festival, so having wireless hair tools is key. The wireless battery-operated Conair Infiniti Pro Ultimate Brush tames static and frizzy hair using ion technology, so you can keep fly-aways at bay.

 

 

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The Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo

Let’s be honest, access to showers at festivals is a luxury. Use Fekkai’s Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo to skip a wash and give your hair an instant refresh. The dry shampoo will absorb dirt and oil so your hair will look and smell freshly done!

 

 

 

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The Marcelle Waterproofing Mascara Topcoat

With back-to-back concerts and parties, your makeup will be put to the test. To avoid the dreaded melting mascara, swipe Marcelle’s Waterproofing Mascara Topcoat over your favourite regular mascara once dry.

 

 

 

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The La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur – SPF 24

A lightweight coverage BB cream is the best way to give your face natural looking coverage that won’t get cakey and melt in the sun. La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar BB Blur not only gives light coverage, but it also minimizes excess shine and offers SPF 24 to protect your face from the sun throughout the day.

 

 

 

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The Vichy Idéal Soleil XL Sunscreen Cream – SPF 60

Spending all day under the hot sun with little to no shade means you’ll need to re-apply sunscreen every couple hours to stay protected. Vichy’s Idéal Soleil XL Sunscreen Cream has a fast-drying non-sticky texture that can be applied on face and body, offering both UVA and UVB protection.

 

 

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The e.l.f. Studio Lip Balm SPF 15

Don’t forget to protect your lips with SPF too.  A tinted lip balm with SPF, like e.l.f.’s Studio Lip Balm will give your lips a flush of natural-looking colour, while also soothing and protecting them from harmful sun rays.

 

 

 

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The Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer

You’ll look like a bronzed festival goddess all day long with Cargo’s Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer. The longwearing formula withstands perspiration, so you can rock a healthy summer glow without having to fuss with re-application throughout the day.

 

 

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The Youngblood Minerals in the Mist – Refresh

Long days with little sleep and lots of sun mean your skin will likely be begging for a pick-me-up. Give your face a quick spritz of Youngblood’s Minerals in the Mist Refresh to soothe tired skin and give a refreshing boost of moisture to your face.

 

 

 

bioderma wipesThe Bioderma Sensibio H2O Wipes

These makeup wipes from Bioderma are non-rinse: perfect for quickly wiping off makeup & cleansing skin after a long festival day, especially when you don’t have easy access to running water.

 



April 18th, 2016

4 Eco-Friendly Beauty Brands to Try this Earth Month

April is Earth Month, and while many will celebrate by making the effort to recycle a little more, start to compost, or help clean a park, how about making some sustainable choices when it comes to your makeup routine too? Our Beauty Advisors have chosen the best eco-friendly beauty products and tools from London Drugs that will make you feel good about what you’re putting on your face.

 

Emani Cosmetics

Emani Cosmetics

This eco-conscious line of beauty products is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and natural. A healthy choice for you and your skin, the formulas are 100% talc-free, paraben-free, and free of petrochemicals and other irritants. A must-try is Emani’s ‘Perfect 10’ Primer Serum, which is packed with 10 different organic extracts to nourish, moisturize and soften the skin. An added bonus: the packaging is made of recycled and biodegradable paper!

 Eco Tools

Eco Tools

You can eco-fy your makeup brushes too! Eco Tools’ line of makeup brushes are earth-friendly from top to bottom. The handles are made from bamboo, a low impact material that is highly sustainable, and the metal ferrule is created from recycled aluminum. Eco Tools’ synthetic brush bristles are also 100% cruelty free. Even their brush cases are sustainable, made from natural cotton and hemp, or reusable and biodegradable EVA plastic.

 

Burt's Bees

Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees has been a long-time favourite of lip balm lovers, but did you know their products are made from 97% natural ingredients? Plus the majority of their packaging is made from recycled content! They’ve also trimmed excess packaging by as much as 50% on some of their packaging. Burt’s Bees has even committed themselves to a policy of sending zero waste to landfills at their plant – a big move to help lighten our carbon footprint. If you haven’t given their brand new 100% natural lipsticks a try yet, Earth Month is the perfect time!

 

Physician's Formula

Physicians Formula Organic Wear

Physicians Formula has created an Organic Wear line, which promises 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. All of the products are also free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, parabens, GMO’s and synthetic colours and fragrances. Each product boasts its own eco-friendly features, from 100% recyclable mascara brushes, to certified organic ingredients (like this bronzer). The Organic Wear line is also 100% cruelty-free!

 

Make the switch to these ‘green’ beauty options, and your skin (and our planet) will thank you!

 

 



December 14th, 2015

Hot New Makeup Launches at London Drugs: Mineral & Vegan Makeup

This fall, we caught up with our beauty vendors at the London Drugs Cosmetics Conference in Whistler, to find out what exciting new beauty products and collections are coming soon to your local London Drugs.

In this video, we get an insider look at the amazing mineral and vegan makeup lines Mineral Fusion, Emani Cosmetics, and Youngblood Cosmetics. Watch to get a sneak peek of some of their brand new product launches, learn a bit more about the benefits of mineral and vegan makeup, and even pick up some pro application tips.

Featured Brands:

Mineral Fusion

Emani Cosmetics

Youngblood Cosmetics

 

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November 26th, 2015

Emani Vegan Makeup Tutorial

Not sure what vegan makeup is all about? Or looking to find an affordable vegan and eco-conscious makeup brand? Emani Cosmetics is a fantastic line of vegan makeup products now found at London Drugs. All products in the line are 100% vegan and gluten friendly, 100% cruelty free, 100% talc and paraben free, are made with no harsh chemicals or petrochemicals, and the packaging is even recycled and biodegradable! Beauty Blogger Britta walks us through a fall makeup tutorial using a wide range of Emani products, to show you the benefits, colour pay-off and coverage.

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September 4th, 2015

Breakup with Breakouts: 4 Tips to Better Looking Skin with Emani Cosmetics

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Skin breaks out when it’s out of balance. Everything you eat, stress, hormones, medications, smog, the makeup and skincare you use, even the household products you clean with can throw skin off its game.

Considering that your body absorbs 60% of what you put on it, it’s important to know what you’re applying to your skin and how it triggers breakouts.

These tips can get you back on track:

  1. Know your ingredients.Products that are non-comedogenic are key to preventing pore clogging and breakouts. If you’re prone to breakouts, look for a brand like Emani Cosmetics that are labelled as non-comedogenic. In fact, Emani products are composed of soothing non-comedogenic ingredients that balance the skin rather than irritate it, which make them ideal for oily, acneic skin.
  2. Acne or not?All skin with acne (a medical condition) experiences breakouts, but not all breakouts are acne-related. You can have breakouts from stress, hormones, diet, medications, skin care products, hair care products, makeup, perfume, laundry detergent—none of which are an indication of acne. Non-acne breakouts are triggered by or managed through lifestyle choices. If you treat breakouts as if they are acne, you can actually make damage your skin and cause premature aging. Only a doctor or esthetician can tell you for sure whether you have acne or are simply experiencing product- or lifestyle-related breakouts.
  3. Oil is your friend.Skin naturally produces oil, which is essential to healthy skin. Take it away, and skin can produce even more oil, which can lead to breakouts. We know how backwards that sounds: oily skin needs more oil, not stripping away of the oil it keeps trying to make. Dry skin needs even more oil so it can look fresh and hydrated; there are good oils to look for like jojoba, marula, argan, coconut, olive and avocado oil, among others.
  4. Wear a makeup primer!They not only help makeup last longer, but they can provide a protective barrier to the skin. Dimethicone is a popular ingredient in most makeup primers because it offers a smoothing effect, but it can also aggravate acne and sensitive skin. If you want a makeup primer that won’t trigger breakouts, try Emani’s Perfect 10 Primer Serum.

 

Bonus tip!

  1. Wash your brushesAccording to Women’s Health magazine, the build-up of cosmetics, bacteria and yeast in makeup brushes can contribute to breakouts. It’s recommended to wash them once a week to ensure they stay clean and fresh. Here’s how pro makeup artists do it:
  • Rinse the brushes in warm water and add a drop of very mild hand-soap.
  • Massage into a lather, then rinse until water is clear.
  • Repeat as needed for brushes that are extra dirty or used for darker pigments (such as eye shadow, brows and blush).
  • Gently squeeze out excess water, then lay flat to dry on a towel, preferably overnight.

Use products with clean formulas and you’ll most likely see an improvement in your skin. There may be a transition period as your skin detoxes as its natural balance is restored, but it’s temporary…and worth it!



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