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Zoella: New Lifestyle Range

We’re all excited here at Superdrug as the queen of vlogging is back again with her brand new Lifestyle range. From cute stationary and sweet-smelling candles to cosy companions for chilly winter days, we introduce the very latest collection from Zoella. 

Zoella Lifestyle

Write on Point

If you like to scribble down all your thoughts and to-do lists each day, Zoella’s pretty pencil sets will help you make your mark – sculpted with a beautiful sign off they even allow you to draw a little smile to brighten up your day!

To keep on top of things the stationary book provides a gorgeous edit of stationary essentials, while the girlie peach-coloured journal is the perfect place to write from the heart and comes complete with some of Zoella’s favourite quotes to keep you motivated.



Home is Where the Heart is

Zoella found her fame from the comfort of her own home – and now she wants to share that with you too.

When you get home, cut out endless rummaging around in your handbag for house keys with Zoella’s cute keyring. Once you step inside, the decorative storage pot duo and dream maker cushion will let you stay organised and inspired as well as adding a touch of fun style to your interior.

Fun Fragrance

If you’re a fan of this blue-eyed beauty, you’ll know from her videos that she loves to keep her room looking and smelling great – and that’s why she’s designed a whole range of her own scented products.

Transport yourself to a summer’s day with wildflowers and luscious green grass with Zoella’s Daisy Picking candle or set your home aglow with the spicy warmth of the Gingerbread Village reed diffuser.

Whether you prefer the smell of musky vanilla, calm notes of fresh linen and cotton, garden aromas with fresh roses and jasmine or even fresh air and ocean mist to take you back to your favourite seaside stroll, these gorgeous individual and duo sets are must-haves in your shopping basket.

Keep it Cosy

Feeling the winter chill? Snuggle up with Zoella’s beautifully-soft socks and candle duo or go for the super-comforting travel mug and fingerless gloves set. These are perfect for giving away as gifts but we bet you can’t resist getting your own, too!

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Guide to Body Scrubs

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If you’re starting to feel like your skin could do with a bit of love, body scrubs are the way forward. Designed to exfoliate and cleanse, this effective body treatment is a great way to keep your skin looking both healthy and beautiful.

Body scrubs tend to contain three key ingredients – an exfoliant (such as salt, sugar, apricot kernels or jojoba beads), some type of oil to ensure that the mixture stays in place (macadamia or sweet almond oil), and fragrance to add a touch of luxe.

While body scrub treatments are usually available at your nearest spa or salon and applied by a beauty therapist, there are plenty of at-home body scrubs that work just as well. Read on to find out more about body scrubs, how you should use them and the different types that are available.

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When to use a Body Scrub

If you have normal skin or live and work in a location that’s dusty or polluted, ideally you should aim to exfoliate at least twice a week. This will help you to get rid of any dead skin cells, unclog your pores and give your skin a much fresher and even appearance.

If you have sensitive skin, be gentle when you’re scrubbing and only use body scrubs every now and again to avoid flaring up with unwanted symptoms such as redness and irritation.

To rejuvenate oily skin, remove a skin tan or deal with dryness from living in a warm climate, you can afford to exfoliate more than twice a week as the body scrub will soothe and provide your skin with extra nutrients.

The scrubbing action during a body scrub treatment actually stimulates the circulation in your body and skin, contributing to its healthy appearance, so they’re great for toning too. However, remember not to use body scrubs on the delicate skin of your face as they’re only meant for tough areas.

How to use a Body Scrub

Before you start scrubbing away, it’s important to follow a few simple steps to make sure you get the very best results.

First, it’s time to soak. Take a shower to wet your skin – warm-to-hot is the ideal temperature. If you’re having a shower, let it run for around 5-10 minutes over your skin to get it feeling super soft and ready for the treatment. Once you’re done, turn off the water while you exfoliate.

Alternatively, you can use the body scrub while having a bath.

To Exfoliate:

  1. The idea behind a body scrub is to remove dead skin, so target specific areas of the body that are prone to dryness, such as your back, the backs of your arms, legs and feet.
  2. Apply the body scrub in a circular motion, remembering not to scrub too hard. Be gentle and your skin won’t turn bright red afterwards.
  3. Scrub all over for around 5-10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
  4. Complete your treatment with a soothing moisturiser to leave your skin feeling hydrated and baby soft.

Different Types of Body Scrubs

Now that you’ve learnt how to carry out your treatment, it’s worth exploring the different types of body scrubs available. If you suffer from allergies or are prone to sensitive skin, always be sure to check the ingredients of a scrub before use. Here are some of the most popular options:

  • Salt Scrubs: Also known as ‘salt glows’, a salt scrub is made with sea salt and is fantastic for healing and pulling out all the toxins from your skin. This is a great treatment for those of you with oily skin, but take care if you’re prone to dryness and consider adding essential oils to the mix. Most essential oils have a wonderful aroma too, so you can’t go wrong.
  • Sugar Scrubs: Sweet by name and sweet by nature, these tend to be the most popular of body scrubs. Made with brown or white sugar, the rough texture of the sugar exfoliates but more gently than a salt scrub, so this is preferable for those of you with sensitive skin.
  • Coffee Scrubs: If you’re a coffee addict or love the smell of coffee beans, this one’s for you. When used in a scrub, this natural stimulant is not only good for restoring your healthy glow but also ideal for firming the skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite due to its high level of antioxidants. Add ingredients such as vanilla or chocolate for a truly enjoyable experience.
  • Moisturising Scrubs: Suffering from a lack of moisture and need to give your skin a boost? Pick a moisturising scrub. These tend to contain oatmeal or ground almonds with cooling yoghurt, aloe vera or avocado that will help nourish the skin and restore lost moisture.
  • Herb Scrubs: Mixed with a whole range of dried herbs such as lavender and aromatic essential oils, heavenly herb scrubs offer a softer alternative for exfoliating in comparison to the harsher texture of some of the other scrubs and can be used on a daily basis.
  • Loofas and sponges: A slightly different treatment to the rest, loofas and sponges are less about the mixture itself and more about the product used for doing the scrubbing. Simply buy a loofa or bath sponge and combine it with your favourite body wash or scrub to get perfectly preened skin.

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Haircare Tips for Blondes

Are you planning on dyeing your hair a lighter shade or have you recently gone blonde? If so, you will probably know that keeping blonde locks healthy and shiny requires a lot of care and attention. The good news is that it’s not as high-maintenance as you may think. Here are some of our top haircare tips for blondes.

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Are You Protecting Your Blonde Hair from the Sun?

Using a UV protective hair spray is a must for those with golden locks. While the sun can lighten natural hair, it can damage dyed hair and make blondes go brassy. To prevent this, simply go for a hair spray or spritz with SPF filters. If you are planning to go somewhere sunny on holiday, grab a sun hat with you. Doing so will help further protect your tresses.

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Say no to Brassy Tones

If your hair is starting to look brassy or yellow, don’t panic. Blondes have to use certain products to help them maintain their beautiful shade in-between visits to the salon. If you want to lighten your hair significantly, go for a toner which will help bring out your desired blonde hue.

For general maintenance, consider getting a purple shampoo and conditioner. It may seem odd at first, but purple shampoo gets rid of the brassy shade, bringing back your platinum, ice or ash-blonde tone.

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Blondes at the Pool

Did you know that blondes – as well as some darker haired beauties – may see their hair going green if they swim in the pool for too long? The reason for this is copper compounds and chlorine in the water chemically reacting with the hair. This is more likely to happen if you spend a lot of time in the pool without dampening your hair first.

Showering first will help stop your hair soaking up the copper as well as chlorine and avoid getting that frightening green tone. The other solution is putting your swimming cap on. Pool water strips away natural oils and moisture from your hair, leaving you with dry and damage-prone tresses.

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How to Prolong Dyed Blonde Hair

There are a few ways that can help to ensure your hair colour stays vibrant for as long as possible:

  • Don’t wash your hair every day. The chemicals within shampoos that help to clean your scalp also strip away the colour. Use dry shampoo in-between washes to make your locks look fresh and bouncy, eliminating the need to wash your hair too often.
  • While many of us like having hot showers, our hair certainly doesn’t. Hot water dries both our skin and tresses, making the hair colour go dull quicker. It’s best to shower in warm water or to opt for a cold rinse after. This will add natural volume and shine to your locks as it will stimulate the hair at the roots to grow faster, be shinier and healthier.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a colour appropriate shampoo and conditioner. These have been specially designed to support and prolong your hair hue. Go for purple shampoo and conditioner once a week, and use blonde shampoo in between.
  • Make sure the ends of your hair are moisturised. Loss of moisture can make your golden locks go dull quicker. You can easily do this using hair masks and treatments made specifically to help preserve colour for blondes.
  • Always go for heat protecting products when using straighteners, hair dryer or curlers. Dyed blonde locks are drier than any other hair type because of harsh bleaching. Heat protectors help to prevent further dryness and breakage.


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Just Landed: Oval Makeup Brushes

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Looking for a new set of makeup brushes to see you through morning till night? Then look no further as we introduce our fabulous new range of Oval brushes.

Whether you’re looking for eye makeup brushes to help you create that perfect smokey eye look or brushes to help with shape precision and contouring, Oval brushes are just what you need.

If you want to learn how to use them (as well as some cheeky tips and tricks), don't miss our tutorial on how to use oval brushes.


Want pretty peepers? The Oval eye makeup brushes are must-haves in your shopping basket.
The ideal choice for eyeshadow and eyeliner enthusiasts, these brushes allow for precise and flawless application with flexible movement to give you enviable eyes each and every time.

Whether you prefer to use powder or cream eyeshadows, the brushes blend both to perfection quickly and smoothly, while their narrow shape and firm hold allow you to create your favourite look easily.


Blend, blend, blend! If you’re a fan of shading and highlighting the smaller areas of your face or want a makeup brush that works well with concealer, Oval face brushes do just the trick.

With their flexible movement, you can adapt them to the shape of your face for truly quick and flawless application.

For those of you that enjoy contouring or regularly wear bronzer, foundation, blusher and finishing powder, they work fabulously with those products too.


Want perfectly sculpted cheekbones? The cheek precision makeup brush in the range adapts to the shape of your face to keep your cheeks looking gorgeous all day long.

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Made with the finest synthetic hair, the superb set of rounded brushes is ideal for creating a whole range of looks on your eyes. Expertly designed, they provide you with the perfect solution for flawless application as well as helping with precision.

Looking for a new contour kit? Give the Oval three-piece set of rounded contour brushes a try. Complete with titled tips and a firm grip, you can be sure to contour to perfection.

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How to Balayage at Home

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Looking to balayage your hair at home? Afraid it's too daunting? No need to worry! The great news is that it's easy to achieve. This tutorial will show you a very easy and subtle balayage technique, achieving a beautiful sun-kissed effect on your natural hair tone.

To balayage you will need:

  • A paddle hair brush and disposable gloves
  • An ombre or balayage kit
  • Optional: A cool ash-blonde toner if you have dark hair to prevent brassiness
  • Deeply moisturising shampoo and conditioner

For styling your hair after you balayage it:

  • Moisturising hair oil
  • Heat protective spray
  • Your hair dryer

Before you start, make sure to carry out a strand test to establish how long you will need for the desired colour to develop.

Let’s begin to balayage!

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Step 1 - Section

Section your tresses. Put the top of your hair up and bring the rest of your hair to the front.

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Step 2  - Prep

Open your ombre or balayage kit and prepare the hair dye. Don't forget to wear gloves when dealing with bleach.

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Step 3 - Hair Dye

Grab your hair brush and apply the hair dye at the top of it making sure the bristles are covered with hair dye.

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Step 4 - Start to Balayage

Time to balayage! Gently sweep your brush through the mid-lengths towards the ends of your hair on both sides. Then turn around carefully and brush your locks with the hair dye at the back. Brush the product through more generously at the ends and make sure the strokes get sparser on the way up.

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Step 5 - Repeat

Repeat the process on all of the remaining sections. Make sure your balayage starts at varying points to avoid a dip-dye look. If you feel there’s too much product on a strand or two, simply rub it out with your hand. If you want some sections to be brighter, grab the mixing brush within the ombre or balayage kit and use that to apply hair dye instead.

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Step 6 - Brush Through

Once you finish all of your sections, just go over the mid-lengths and ends with the brush again so that the product is distributed evenly. Refer to the instructions on the specific kit you are using for development time. This will be roughly 20-50 minutes depending on your natural hair colour and the depth of your desired colour. Wash your hair with a rich moisturising shampoo and conditioner.

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Step 7 - Blow Dry

It’s time to blow dry your hair. Feel free to use hair repairing oils and don’t forget a heat-protective spray before you plug in that hair dryer. If you are keen on a salon-like blow dry, feel free to read the guide on getting a DIY blow dry at home.

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Ready to go!

Enjoy your beautiful balayaged locks.

Optional Step if Your Hair is Very Dark

If your hair is really dark and you see that the dye colour developed into a brassy shade, generously apply hair toner over the dyed hair and keep it on for 20-25 minutes. Wash off and style as normal.

What Is Balayage?

This is a hair colouring technique that borrowed its name from the French language. When translated, it means to paint or to sweep which describes it perfectly. Balayaging your hair means gently sweeping hair dye through your locks, giving them that defined sun-kissed look.

Unlike highlights, which require precision and meticulous attention to detail, balayage is a more free-spirited and artistic technique. It does not require you to start dyeing at the roots of your hair and is meant to simply underline your hair’s natural tone rather than change it completely.

What is the Difference Between Ombre and Balayage?

Ombre, which also borrowed its name from the French language, means shading or shaded. Your hair is ombre if it goes from a lighter hue at the ends into a darker shade at the roots.

While balayage is a technique, ombre is the effect or the result. This means you can achieve the ombre effect using the balayage technique. Another way of achieving the ombre look is simply by dip dyeing your ends a few shades lighter.


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Office Desk Beauty Essentials

As we increasingly spend more time at our workplaces, they are slowly becoming our second homes. With so many of us going to the gym, meeting up with friends or attending other social events straight from our office desks, having a few makeup essentials in our drawers has become a  must. We reveal our day-to-night makeup must-have list in this handy guide.


Eyeliner and Mascara

Depending on how much makeup you usually wear to work, having an eyeliner or a tub of mascara could be a lifesaver if you suddenly have an unexpected evening invitation. If you usually wear mascara for your day look, you can simply pop an eyeliner into your top drawer to have it just in case.

If you decide on keeping a mascara tub in your desk, always make sure it is not passed its use-by date, which is 2-3 months, and 6-12 months for eyeliners.

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Hand Cream

Most offices are air conditioned which makes skin dry. Our hands suffer the most because we are likely to use hand dryers after we wash our hands when we are at work.

Thankfully, this is nothing to worry about as you can simply keep a hand cream in your drawer and apply it any time you feel your hands are a bit on the dry side.

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Dry Shampoo

If you have an event after work, or you love going to the gym during your lunch break, it’s a good idea to keep a bottle of dry shampoo in your desk.

Simply spray it on to your roots to refresh those strands. The dry shampoo will soak up all of the excess oils and prevent the roots from getting greasy – it’s perfect to use between hair washes too.

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Hand Sanitiser

If you commute to work or don’t always have time to give your hands an extra wash – antibacterial hand sanitiser can prove to be very useful.

Remember, don’t use hand gel as an alternative to washing your hands, and rather use it in times when soap and water are out of reach.

Deodorant and Your Favourite Scent

Did you know that the highest sweat rates of an adult can be up to 2–4 liters per hour or 10–14 litres per day? Although this extreme doesn’t happen daily, we still sweat throughout the day, so having a desk deodorant is key especially in the summer or if you commute in stuffy, crowded trains daily.

It’s also handy to have a small bottle of your favourite scent in your drawer – or you can put some perfume samples in there instead – in case you have to run to an event straight after work, or you have an important meeting to attend. This doesn’t mean that you need to spray a lot of it, a light spritz of perfume can boost your mood as well as confidence.

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Oil Sheets and Face Wipes

We all have days when we need to take our makeup off and feel fresh-faced. This is why face wipes can really useful.

They also are a lifesaver if you are not happy with your makeup and you just want to start over. Oily skin in particular can get really shiny in an air-conditioned office, so oil sheets can be really helpful to keep the unwanted glow at bay.

B. Skincare B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes £1.49 Buy Now

Lip balm with added SPF

Just like skin, your lips can get dry and dehydrated. Your skin produces natural oils throughout the day to help it stay hydrated, while your lips don’t.

Another reason you can get chapped lips easily is not protecting them from the sun’s harmful rays. Luckily, all you need to do is have a lip balm with added SPF handy, either in your desk drawer or in your bag.

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Carmex Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm Strawberry SPF 15 10g £2.99 Buy Now
Nivea NIVEA Lip Balm, Hydro Care with SPF 15, 4.8g £2.15 Buy Now



Heading out straight after office hours? Nothing beats a lick of lipstick when it comes to transforming your look with a single stroke.

It’s a good idea to keep your favourite lipstick shade in your drawer, it will prove to be a confidence booster, and generally will save the day for when an after work event pops up unplanned

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Keeping a compact powder in your drawer can be a lifesaver, especially if you have oily skin. Simply cover the T-zone to prevent unwanted glow, or you can apply a light dusting to your whole face for extra coverage.

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Teen Skincare Advice

For many of us the back to school breakout is something we have to deal with every year. Thankfully there are ways to keep those spots at bay. We reveal our top tips on teen beauty and skincare.

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Do You Have Blemish-Prone Skin?

Teens are more prone to breakouts because at that age hormones make the skin’s oil glands enlarge and produce a substance called sebum. This in turn clogs pores causing breakouts including whiteheads, blackheads, cysts and papules.

With the coming of autumn, our daily routines change, days become shorter and the weather gets colder. All of these factors affect the condition of our skin along with our diet and genes. Thankfully, there’s a whole list of things we can do to try and minimise the appearance of blemishes and breakouts. Here are a few handy tips.

Don’t Over-Wash Your Face

Don’t be tempted to use scrubs and face washes too often. If you use face scrub more than just once or twice a week, you will feel your face getting oilier.

This is because the product is drying out your skin, which starts to over-produce its own oil, clogging the pores as the result.

Top Tip: Lightly wash your face twice a day and use a facial scrub only once a week. This will help stabilise your skin’s natural oil production.

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Pimple Picking

Picking or squeezing pimples prolongs the healing process and can lead to permanent scarring or even worse – cysts.

This is because when you are trying to pop a spot, often you simply end up taking the bacteria deeper into the pore, causing more damage.

Top Tip: Use tea tree oil to reduce redness and make the spot less visible. Patience and time will take care of the rest.

How Clean is Your Smartphone?

When you travel or go out, you will most likely touch a surface that is dirty. You will then type up a text message or use your finger tips to tap and answer calls, leaving the bacteria on your screen, ready to come in contact with your face and cause breakouts.

Top Tip: Make sure you use an antibacterial wipe twice a week to clean your smartphone screen.

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Your Skincare and Makeup Habits

If your skin is prone to breakouts, you need to make sure you are using the right type of makeup, creams and foundation.

There are many foundations out there that are perfect for this, as they keep the unwanted glow at bay without clogging up the pores.

Equally, creams that are designed especially for breakout-prone skin have special formulas that moisturise skin without making it look oily.

Using the wrong type of products can make spots worse – so it’s always worth being mindful of what makeup range you are using.

Top Tip: Applying too much makeup can make the appearance of breakouts worse. Always make sure your moisturiser and foundation are compatible with your skin type.

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Do You Use Creams with SPF?

Skin can get really dry and damaged in the summer sun. The same happens in winter, autumn and spring – but we simply don’t notice it as the weather isn’t as hot. It’s important to start using a moisturiser with an added SPF filter early. Doing so will not only delay the appearance of wrinkles in later years but also help to protect from skin cancer.

Top Tip: Always keep a cream with SPF handy in your school bag – it will prove to be useful especially if you didn’t have enough time to put some on in the morning.

Does Your Hair Style Affect the Condition of Your Skin?

There are many fun hairdos you can sport now that the summer hair chalk has been washed off. But did you know that your hair style may affect the condition of your skin too?

If you have a fringe and use styling product on it, chances are it also goes onto the skin underneath the fringe, clogging the pores and causing breakouts. Also, if you tend to wear foundation or powder under your fringe, this also will contribute to making your skin oilier and more prone to spots.

The best solution is not to apply makeup or foundation onto your forehead if you have a heavy fringe. Another idea is simply to pin your fringe up or to one side - there are many playful hairstyles out there for you to enjoy.

Top Tip: If you prefer wearing your fringe, always use light hair spray or spritz and cover your forehead with your hand when applying the styling product.

Your Skin and Diet

A balanced diet means healthy skin and a glowing complexion. The first step to achieve this is trying to limit the amount of sugary drinks and snacks you are consuming. Although it may be hard to do at first, after a while you will start feeling more energised and you will notice your skin becoming visibly clearer.

Making sure you are taking the right vitamins and nutrients is really important too. Focus on Vitamin C and A to stay healthy, and Vitamin D, calcium and B6 for healthy skin and bones.

Top Tip: If you are not sure what vitamins are right for you, simply speak to your GP. Find out what supplements are best for you based on your age, gender as well as diet, and what nutrients you can get through eating a healthy and balanced diet.

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