We all have that one makeup obsessed friend or family member in our life. Their vanity table is overflowing with brushes, creams, fragrances and palettes, but don’t tell them they have enough: that new red lipstick has an entirely different undertone than the 20 others they own. The Beauty Advisors at London Drugs get it: as self-professed beauty junkies themselves, they know what it’s like to lust for the perfect fragrance or fancy new eyeshadow palette. To help make Christmas shopping easy, they have rounded up the top gift ideas to make any beauty lover’s Christmas merry and bright.
For the Fragrance Fanatic
Juicy Couture’s I Love Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum is the perfect fragrance for the glamorous rebel on your list, according to London Drugs’ expert Beauty Advisors. The scent has jasmine and pink honeysuckle at the heart, with notes of taffy apple, lively red currant and sparkling mandarin: it’s hard not to feel boldly glamorous while wearing this scent!
For the sophisticated and confident woman, Giorgio Armani’s Si Eau de Parfum Limited Edition makes an excellent gift. This scent, which is new and exclusive to London Drugs, has a chic yet intense scent with notes of black current nectar, modern chypre and blond wood musk. Perfect for the free, passionate, vibrant woman.
For the Makeup Maven
For young beauty buffs, it’s all about experimentation when it comes to makeup. For tweens or teens, the Beauty Advisors recommend a compact makeup kit like Beauty 101’s 25-Piece Kit, which comes packed with a huge variety of shades and products for them to play with.
To really wow the budding makeup lover, Beauty Scene’s whopping 181-piece makeup kit is a fantastic find. The kit includes everything from cream and powder eyeshadows to blushes and face powders, not to mention two handy cards with tips for creating some classic makeup looks.
For the Skincare Savvy
If their vanity is covered in serums, face masks, skin creams, eye creams, and a whole bunch of other creams you didn’t even know existed, then it’s safe to say your giftee is probably a skincare junkie. Surprise them with a collection of the most pampering skincare gifts from Bliss Spa, like their Multi-‘Face’-eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask, and Blood Orange + White Pepper Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream.
Every beauty lover knows the importance of good skincare, to create a flawless base for makeup application. The Lise Watier Mini Glam Set comes complete with a Lift & Firm 3D Flash Lift Radiance Vial and a pair of 3D Lift Eye Patches: perfect for some at-home pampering. The Radiance Vials are like a beauty makeover in a jar, instantly restoring skin radiance, while the Eye Patches will give an instant mini-eye lift. The set also comes with mascara, lipstick and eyeliner to complete a flawless look.
For the Stocking Stuffer
Ask any self-professed beauty lover, and they’ll tell you beauty blenders really are a girl’s best friend. Stash a set of e.l.f’s Blended Beauty Sponges in their stocking and you’ll win some serious brownie points.
Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks are one of the hottest items recently launched by the mega-hot beauty brand NYX Cosmetics. Add a limited edition set of 3 to a beauty lover’s stocking, and they’ll be swooning over these of coveted lipsticks that are both super-pigmented and waterproof.
To see more Christmas gift ideas from London Drugs’ beauty experts, watch these videos!
Happy Canada Day! We’re proud to be a Canadian company that carries great Canadian brands like Marcelle Cosmetics, and today we’re excited to be celebrating with a Marcelle Canada Day giveaway!
Here’s how to enter to win this great Canadian prize pack:
The Marcelle Canada Day Prize Pack includes:
And as a special in-store bonus right now, buy any 2 Marcelle products, and get the 3rd FREE! Plus, the Marcelle Makeup Removing Cleansing Cloths are just $24.99 ($38.97 value). These offers are valid from July 1st – July 6th. Find a London Drugs store near you!
Contest closes at 11:59AM PST Friday, July 1st, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random. One winner will be chosen from all Instagram entries. See rules and regulations here.
We all know the drill. The sun comes out, you run outside to enjoy it, and hours later you return indoors to find a sunburn. Ouch. The dangers of UVA and UVB rays are significant, so take a cue from LD Expert Amanda and take care of your skin. In this two-part feature on CFJC Midday Kamloops, Amanda covers off the St. Tropez sunless tanning line as well as some best practices for sunscreen application.
We always thought acne would go away long before wrinkles started setting in, but maybe we were wrong. Adult acne is more common than you’d think – and according to our beauty advisors, it’s manageable with the right products. Here’s how to get those zits under control.
There are two ingredients that are key to managing acne. The first is salicylic acid. It’s like liquid plumber – it gets into your pores and destroys bacteria and extra oil. The second is glycolic acid, and it’s kind of like a little lint roller that removes buildup but won’t clog your pores.
NeoStrata has all that covered with their Acne Clear Clarifying Solution, Acne Clear Clarifying Gel Cleanser, and Blemish Spot Gel, which are all dermatology-approved. Bioderma also has some options in their Sébium line. When discussing, I usually bring it back to those two ingredients.
With skin care, it’s about routine. If you maintain a daily regime, morning and night, of cleanser, toner, and spot treatment, your skin will improve. You can also use an occasional mask at night, like the Normaderm Tri-Activ mask by Vichy.
If you do get a blemish, don’t pick at it. Use a face cloth with warm water to try to open up it up, but don’t use too much pressure and definitely don’t force it.
People with acne are often prone to dark marks so it’s important to exfoliate and use sunscreen all year around to prevent scarring. UV rays penetrate clouds and glass, and it’s the worst in the winter because snow is spherical, so always use sunscreen. My preference is for La Roche-Posay and Vichy. One of the biggest rants about sunscreen is that it’s sticky, but the Vichy Shaka ones are liquid, so put 5 or 6 drops overtop of your moisturizer (at least SPF 30) and you’ll notice your makeup goes on nice and smooth – plus, you’ll be protected from the UVA and UVB rays.
With London Drugs since 1990, Amanda feels fortunate to have turned a passion for aesthetics into a rewarding career. She takes pride in helping people feel beautiful and regard themselves positively.
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If you’re dealing with serious acne (as a teen or an adult), I recommend the NeoStrata Acne Clear line. The Cleanser washes your skin and the Clarifying Solution exfoliates and unclogs pores, leaving your skin clear and acne-free. It’s also non-irritating, so it will work for sensitive skin.
If you’re managing occasional pimples, I swear by the Biotherm Pure.Fect 2-in-1 Pore Mask, either used as a weekly mask or as spot treatment. Other spot treatment options are Vichy Hyaluspot and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus – the bandaid effect helps prevent bacteria buildup in the pore.
Hollis has an abiding passion for makeup and beauty. Her dad always teased her, saying that if she spent half the time on homework that she did on makeup, she’d be an A+ student. On graduation, Hollis enrolled in Blanche Macdonald’s makeup artistry course, and joined London Drugs in 2011.
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For the odd pimple, I recommend Vichy Hi Louvre – it’ll calm it down and help clear up the blemish quickly. However, if your acne is serious, I like Vichy’s Normaderm line and Bioderma Sébium. Both give a calm and gentle wash that aids in the healing process of the pimples, which will help prevent dark spots and scarring.
Jennifer loves helping people feel good about themselves, and delights in the ever-changing nature of the beauty industry. Jennifer recently completed a makeup artist certification course with Evelyn Charles, and has been with London Drugs for over ten years.
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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.
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.
With its new Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide™ Night Cream, Elizabeth Arden is helping to collectively target the vicious cycle of stress on skin all-day, every day!
Stress amongst millennials is at an all-time high, and skin is paying a price. Elizabeth Arden is putting to use its 25 years of ceramide technology research and proven product formulations to introduce Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide™ Night Cream, the latest addition to the brand’s breakthrough collection that continues to challenge the effects of stress on the skin.
The Night Cream supports skin’s nighttime renewal process to help counteract the visible effects of stress on the skin, brightening and evening tone while also easing the appearance of fine lines. After just one use, 94% of women reported that their skin felt soft, supple and nourished. 
Flawless Future Night Cream features Flawless Future’s signature skincare technology – a fine-tuned blend of barrier supporting Ceramides, Telosense™ and a powerful skin brightener that work together to smooth, nourish and revitalize skin’s appearance.
Supporting the product’s key benefits is an exclusive, fragrance technology that is proven to promote feelings of relaxation and well-being. A clinical study was conducted using mood-based self-assessment where 100% of subjects reported they felt increased happiness, relaxation, satisfaction and stress relief . Apply the Flawless Future Night Cream before bed to induce a more restful sleep while also targeting the first signs of aging!
Proven results after just 4 weeks of use: 
 Based on a US home use consumer test of 110 women aged 25-40 after one use.
 Epel, S. and all (2004), Accelerated telomere shortening in response to life stress. PNAS. Vol. 101, no49, 17312-17315
 Based on a US home use consumer test of 55 women aged 25-40 over 4 weeks. psychological self-assessment.