November 19th, 2017

7 Favourite Fall Décor Ideas to Try Now

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Sweater weather, pumpkin spice and family dinners are just a few of the things that make fall one of the best times of the year. The weather may get chillier and the days shorter, but there’s no denying that the fall season inspires a festive vibe and overall cozy feeling inside the home. The following is a list of DIY fall décor ideas that are bound to get you (and your home!) in the mood for fall.

1. Place Cards

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Thanksgiving may have already passed, but there’s always an excuse to throw a dinner party! During the rainy season, it’s easy to entice friends and family to gather for a hot meal. If you’re in a pinch or want to keep it simple, liven up the dining room table with this (pine) fresh take on dinner place cards.

2. Leaf Decor

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Not ready for Christmas décor yet? A quick and easy decorating tip for the kitchen table or hallway is to use the natural décor around you. In this case, use clean fallen leaves (or pick up fabric leaves at your local craft store) and hang them with string to create a colourful fall garland.

3. Autumn Wreath

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Wreaths are not just for winter! Opt for making your own wreath or purchasing a base at your local dollar store, and add orange fairy lights, plastic fruit and fall flowers. Once December is here, add some fabric ornaments to transition into a holiday look.

4. Cinnamon Candles

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What sparks memories of fall more than the smell of freshly baked apple pie and cinnamon? To recreate this scent in your home, take a tall pillar candle with your favourite fall scent, and line with cinnamon sticks. Not only do they smell amazing, but these candles also make a fantastic centrepiece.

5. Fall Basket

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Chances are, you have a few wicker baskets stored away in the closet for summer picnics or Easter treats. Make even more use out of them this season, and stack them to create a gorgeous fall centrepiece. Add pinecones, ribbon, and green foliage until you’re decorating in December…then add Christmas bulbs!

6. Framed Prints

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For fall inspired decor that can also work year-round, pick out a couple of rustic wooden frames for accompanying prints. These can be of leaves, pressed flowers, photographs or paintings, and can also be used to display kids’ seasonal artwork.

7. Pumpkin Succulents

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Flowers may not be the most popular gift during the fall season, but that doesn’t mean we have to shy away from plant-based decorations! Recycle the outer shell of a cored pumpkin and plant your own succulent terrarium. Fill with moss and dirt, and display in lieu of a carved pumpkin.



November 15th, 2017

How to Winterize Your Lawn and Garden in Fall

When preparing for the chilly fall and winter months, winterizing your backyard or deck may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it is an important step. Before you retreat indoors to cozy up in front of the fireplace with a mug of cocoa, it’s important to remember that your home requires fall maintenance. Here’s what you need to do to winterize your lawn and garden. 

By following these outdoor tips, you’ll ensure that come springtime, your backyard, deck or garden will be ready to thrive.

1. Clean and compost

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Clear leaves and gutters

Even if you are short on time, or are heading on an early fall vacation, the one thing you can do to prepare for the season is to keep your deck, gutters, and lawn clear of fallen leaves. They may look beautiful at first, but if you leave them on the ground for too long—especially in wet weather—they can rot, cause mould and moss growth, and damage wooden decks. Clean out your gutters and downspouts as well, as clogged leaves can cause ice dams once the temperature drops. You may want to invest in a gutter screen just to be safe. If you do only one thing on this list, this should be it. 

Pick over and compost

If you have a garden and are keen to keep it in good shape for the spring, it’s incredibly important to pick over and pull out plants and flowers that are no longer productive. The same goes for any fruits or vegetables that aren’t in harvest or have been leftover from last season. Rake up all debris (this can easily be done while you’re clearing out leaves) and add to the compost bin. Don’t forget to trim dead tree branches and shrubs, and while you’re at it, clean your flowerbeds and mulch— you’ll need them in shape to help protect your next crop!

2. Inspect for damage

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Check for leaks and cracks

While you’re already up on the roof clearing out the gutters, take a look around and make sure there is no roof damage. The last thing you need this season is a dripping ceiling! Inspect for loose or missing shingles, and if you have a deck, make sure the gutter doesn’t empty onto its foundation. If you want to go the extra mile, inspect your driveway for cracks and seal them with driveway filler, and then check  your windows to make sure they don’t need extra caulking. Making sure your home is as snug as a bug in a rug will help you save $$ on heat and electricity. 

Repair and replace

Tighten any loose screws, replace nails, and fill any cracks or loose boards on the deck or patio. If your region is anticipating heavy rain or snowfall in the coming months, plan ahead and consider creating a rainscape below your gutters to redirect any overflow. Use rocks as a channel guard underneath to protect your flowerbeds, driveway or deck from damage.

3. Plant and protect

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Plant bulbs and trees

It may come as a surprise, but fall is actually one of the best times of year to plant spring-blooming bulbs in certain cold-weather areas. Simply plant them in containers just as you would do in the ground, in odd-numbered groups of 5-9. Choosing containers with good longevity (think ceramic or plastic) will protect your plants from freezing and moisture. Tulip bulbs are a favourite that can be transplanted around the garden in the spring. Trees and evergreen shrubs can also be planted during the cooler season, and you’ll have a great head start to the growing season when spring comes.

Protect plants and flowers

There are a number of measures you can take to protect your garden and plants over the winter months. This includes deadheading potted plants and making sure they get plenty of water before bringing them inside, as well as covering flowerbeds with mulch for protection against frost. You can also leave some seeds out for the birds to ensure your garden gets some attention over the winter, and to promote your next bloom.

4. Winterize the patio

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Care for patio furniture and equipment

The last thing you want when opening up your patio or deck in the spring is to find rusted or damaged patio furniture that you have to replace. If you plan ahead and store, cover, and clean all hard surfaces before the first frost, you’ll having nothing to worry about. Even if patio furniture is powder-coated, it can pay to take extra precaution by cleaning and covering aluminum metals with automotive wax. Plastic furniture and fabrics do need to be brought indoors, and while wood-based and wicker furniture will probably need oiling or painting touch-ups, covering with a tarp will protect them from most elements. The same goes for covering any exposed air conditioners, and other lawn equipment.

Decorate for the season

Don’t miss out on the most fun part of winterizing your deck—the decorating! Once you’ve cleaned, inspected and winterized the backyard and taken care of all the logistics, it’s time to get creative. Whether you string fairy lights around windows and doors, or display multi-coloured pumpkins, cornstalks, and pinecones along the staircase, there are endless patio designs available to inspire you. 



October 12th, 2017

LDBeauty Blogger Event Giveaway

Last night, your favourite beauty bloggers went home with an AMAZING LDBeauty bag filled with all of the exciting products that will be hitting our shelves this fall and holiday season—and we want to give one of you an LDBeauty bag too!

Entering for the chance to win is easy:

  1. Find this Boomerang on our Instagram
  2. Like this photo
  3. Tag 2 friends in the comments below
  4. Follow @LDBeauty_

Contest closes at 11:59 pm PST on October 15th, 2017. Commenters will be chosen at random out of all Instagram entries and will receive a DM from us. Find full contest rules and regulations here.



September 8th, 2017

3 Fall Beauty Trends to Try for Back to School

Want to try a new look this Fall? Our Beauty Advisor Amanda has scoured the Fall 2017 runways to find 3 beauty trends you can easily wear for back to school! Watch the video for a tutorial on how to rock trendy Twiggy-inspired lashes, smudged-in berry lipstick and long-lasting bold brows.

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October 28th, 2016

Fall Makeup Tutorial Featuring High-Shine Glossy Lips

Sorry matte lipsticks, but glossy lips are in! Get the on-trend high shine look with Maybelline’s new Lip Studio Color Jolt Intense Lip Paints and Lip Studio Shine Shot Lip Topcoat. Our Beauty Advisor Suman will show you how to style the bold lip look in this makeup tutorial.

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September 29th, 2016

Fall Makeup Tutorial with Kiss Professional Make-up

Our Beauty Advisor Siena is showing us a step-by-step of her fall makeup look, using products from Kiss Professional Make-up, a brand that is new and exclusive to London Drugs! The line of affordable makeup products has a great variety of basic neutrals for every day wear, as well as fun, bolder shades for the adventurous beauty buff. Watch the video to get a peek at the newest Kiss Professional Make-up products in-store, from their compact Contour Kit to their ultra-popular Egoism Matte Velvet Lipstick.

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September 2nd, 2016

Makeup Revolution Palettes: Swatches & Review

London Drugs is excited to be launching UK-based makeup brand Makeup Revolution, exclusively at London Drugs! The brand is well known for their quality products and accessible prices, with their claim to fame being their variety of palettes. In this video, our Beauty Advisor Siena is swatching some of her new favourite palettes from Makeup Revolution, including Run Boy Run, Mermaids Forever, and their Ultra Contour Palette.

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