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Places to take your mum this Mother’s Day

Mother and daughter on summer holidays walking in old village

This Mother’s Day show your mum, or a lovely lady in your life, just how much they mean to you by treating them to an extra-special day out. Whether she’s in some serious need of down time and or is a bit of adventurer, our list of places to go this Mother’s Day has something for every kind of mumma!

Get Your Spa On

One of the most popular activities to treat your mum to for Mother’s Day is a day (or even a cheeky weekend away) at a spa. Well, who wouldn’t enjoy donning a fluffy robe and slippers and spending the day relaxing? Chillax with a facial or get lost in a book by the pool to feel refreshed and relaxed! 

Now, where’s that sauna?

Tea for your Queen

Treat your mum like the queen she is by taking her to enjoy a special afternoon tea experience. Fill up on dainty sandwiches, sweet treats and elegant teas. Take the time to have a giggle together and create new memories… or simply answer the aged old question… jam or cream first on your scones?

Showing places to go this Mother's Day including a spa day and afternoon tea with jam and cream scones

It’s show time!

Show the lady in your life the sounds and sights of London and head to a West End show. There’s something for everyone, so we're sure she will be pleased! If you can’t make it to the Capital, no worries, check out what’s going on in your local town - a comedy night or am-dram show is usually never too far away!

Adventure time!

If your mum is more of an out doorsey kinda lady, then why not go on a adventure together? Dig out those walking boots and head to her favourite woodland area or beach, if you’re lucky to live by the sea, and enjoy being together in the great outdoors. How about packing a picnic, and don’t forget a slice of cake for Mother’s Day, and set up for a bite to eat half way through the day? Bliss!

Showing places to go this Mother's Day including an outdoor adventure and shopping trip with a mother and son and mother and daughter

Hit the shops

If there’s nothing your mum likes to do more than shop ‘till she drops, then give the lady what she wants! Head out early to your favourite spot and promise to buy her something that she loves. Break the day up by enjoying a spot of lunch or a glass of bubbles or two!

Remember, however you decide to spend Mother’s Day, the most important thing you can do is show her some love, but if your mum loves a pressy or two as well, see our Mother's Day gift ideas below too! 

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Why Should I Get the Chickenpox Vaccine?

Most of us will have caught chickenpox at some point during our childhood. Many of us won’t remember having them, unless your mum likes to bring up the story of how you liked to throw your scratch mitts across the room, while covered in lotion, when she’s meeting your other half for the first time (cheers, mum!).

All jokes aside, chickenpox can be dangerous if not dealt with properly, especially as an adult, so here’s the low-down on the chickenpox virus and the vaccination against it - which is available at Superdrug.

Little two year old girl at home sick with chickenpox, white antiseptic cream applied by her mother to the rash

What is chickenpox?

When you think of chickenpox, you’ll probably conjure up an image of being covered head to toe in red, itchy blisters - which would be about right! This irritating rash is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is part of the herpes family.

The saving grace about chickenpox is you should only get it once, as when you come into contact with it the body develops an immunity to the virus. However, is it possible to reoccur as shingles which causes a similar rash accompanied by severe nerve pain and can take weeks or months to fully disappear.

Is chickenpox dangerous?

Generally, chickenpox isn’t very dangerous, it’s more irritating than anything if you contract it as a child. It doesn’t usually have any lasting side effects, apart from leaving a few scars caused when you ignored your mum and scratched your blisters! However, as with most illnesses or diseases, it’s not completely harmless.  New born babies, those with compromised immune systems and adults will find it much harder to fight off the virus and it could develop into something far more serious!

Can chickenpox cause complications?

Chickenpox can come with complications, but the good news is, they are very rare.  Adults need to be more observant, as they are at a bigger risk of chickenpox turning into a potentially life-threatening situation. If you have chickenpox, or your child does, it’s always best to keep an eye out for developing symptoms such as dehydration or if either of you are feeling really unwell.

How does the chickenpox vaccine work?

The chickenpox vaccine contains a very small dose of a weakened version of the virus, but don’t be alarmed! By introducing a harmless form of the virus into the body, your immune system will respond, in a positive way, and learn how to keep it at bay if you ever come into contact with it. Our bodies are pretty amazing, aren’t they?


Benefits of the chickenpox vaccine

Apart from the obvious (protecting yourself from an illness), getting the chickenpox vaccine can also help others around you. Not everybody can have the vaccination, such as new born babies, pregnant women and those with conditions that effect the immune system. So, by you receiving the vaccination, you’re doing your part in preventing the spread of this, potentially deadly, disease.

How can I get vaccinated?

The chickenpox vaccine is not routinely administered in the UK. However, it is available at Superdrug! If you, or your child, is aged between 1 and 65 then you are eligible. The vaccinations are given in two doses, and each dose cost £65. So, that’s £130 for the course.

Around 70-90% of people who are vaccinated will develop complete immunity against chickenpox, meaning they will experience zero symptoms!  And there’s more good news! Even if you are vaccinated but do not become fully immune, if you do come into contact with the chickenpox virus it will generally be much milder and pass quicker.

If you want to find out more about Superdrug’s chickenpox vaccination, or any other vaccination we have offer, you can book an appointment with one of our nurses today.

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Beyoncé’s makeup artist swears by these 7 products

L'Oreal Paris Superbase collection on a pink background

If there was ever somebody who was complete #CareerGoals, it would be Sir John Barnett! An ambassador for L’Oreal Paris and global makeup artist to the stars, he learnt his enviable skills from makeup legends Charlotte Tilbury and Pat McGrath… *swoon*

His list of clients is more exclusive than the invitation list to the Met Gala with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Karlie Kloss, Chrissie Teigen and Kim Kardashian-West all calling upon the beauty guru to help when gettin' their glam on!

As if that list wasn't impressive enough! He's close friends and personal makeup artist to none other than the Queen-B herself, Beyoncé!

Head shot of elebrity makeup artist, Sir John, on a dark background and the new L'oreal Paris Superbase Collection on a pink background flatlay

So, if you're looking for some expert tips on what to use to create your own A-list makeup look, you've come to the right place! Sir John has opened us his makeup kit and revealed his current faves, including the all- new L'Oreal Paris Superbase Collection. 

Get ready to feel like you can Run the World with Sir John's top picks... 

1. Paradise Mascara

For intense volume and paradise-esk lashes, give them a flutter in the L’Oréal Paradise Mascara. Your lashes will feel feather-soft from the silky-smooth formula, enriched with lash-loving castor oil.

L'Oreal Paris L’Oreal Castor Oil-Enriched Paradise Volumising Mascara £11.99 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Infallible Prep and Set Essence £9.99 Buy Now

2. NEW Infallible Magic Essence Drops

All day glow is just a few drops away with the NEW Infallible Magic Essence Drops. These little droplets of magic provide all day radiance, are super-hydrating, contain the wonder ingredient Hyaluronic Acid AND it’s lightweight.

Take. Our. Money!

A black female model applying the new blue Infallible Prep & Set Essence Drops to her skin from the L'Oreal Paris Superbase Collection

3.  Infallible 24-hr Foundation

Ace your base with a lightweight foundation that’ll last as long as you do!

Work proof? Party proof? Life proof?


This foundation has got ya back!

L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr Foundation Natural Rose 125 £11.99 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Infallible Longwear More Than Concealer 330 Pecan £9.99 Buy Now

4. NEW Infallible Longwear More Than Concealer

Conceal like a dream with a wave of the large doe foot applicator for gorgeous, naturally matt looking skin. Whatever your concern; blemishes, dark circles, uneven skin tone, everyone can find their perfect shade from the 25 shade-range (yes, 25!) to brighten, correct, contour and highlight.

A complete wheel of the 25 new shades of Infallible More Than Concealer from the L'Oreal Paris Superbase Collection

5. NEW Infallible Prep & Set Powder

Blue setting powder? Say what! It may look blue in the pot, but on the skin, it blends seamlessly, ensuring long-lasting radiance with a super soft velvety finish. Dreamy! If you want to keep shine at Bey (see what we did there….) then this is a must have addition for your makeup kit.    

L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Rouge Signature Lipstick I Stand 117 £10.99 Buy Now

6. Rouge Signature Lipstick

No flaking. No Smudging. No Drying-Out. We’re serious! So, how many of the 12 statement shades should we sign you up for?

7. Unbelieva’Brow

Do you want HD brows, but without the commitment? Yes? Do you have 90 seconds to spare? Even better! The 2-in-1 brow tint and gel Unbelieva’Brow creates fuller, gorgeous looking brows that last from AM to PM in under two minutes flat!

L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Unbelieva'Brow Longwear Brow Gel Brunette £14.99 Buy Now

We’re Crazy in Love with this range and you can be too! The NEW L'Oreal Paris Superbase Collection is available now!

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Find the perfect false lashes for your eye shape

Finding the right eye lashes for your eye shape with Eylure

A wink is worth a thousand words, so always make sure your lashes are on point! If you favour falsies, our friends at Eylure are here with a super helpful guide on finding the right lashes for your eye shape in honour of #NationalLashDay.

Eylure x Superdrug 

Are you long and luscious or fun and flirty? The choice is all yours! 

Get ready to flutter those eye lashes with Eylure, exclusively available at Superdrug.

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Best Lipstick for Dark Skin

Pretty female modeling lipstick for dark skin in front of a yellow background

Do you want to start a love affair with lipsticks, but struggle to find one that suits your skin tone? Finding the right lipstick can be tricky, especially for those with a dark complexion. You want your lips to look fresh and healthy, so which shades should you look out for? Here’s a rundown of the best shades of lipstick for dark skin to express every personality!

But first… determine your skin’s undertone

If you have darker skin, you will usually find that you have either warm or cool undertones. The category you fall into will help you decide on the best lipstick for you. Luckily, it’s super easy to find out which you are by looking at the colour of the veins on the inside of your wrist…

Cool undertones: If they look blue or purple, you’re likely to have cool undertones.

Warm undertones: If they appear green, you're likely to have warm undertones. 

It's as simple as that!

Go Nude

We all love a good ol’ nude lip, but the struggle to find the right nude to suit darker skin tones is real. Remember, the original colour of your lips is key to finding a shade that suits you, but a good starting place would be a warmer shade, with caramel tones. Think ‘your lips, but better!’

Bold Berry

Go big or go home, right? Well, if you want a stand out shade that’ll get you noticed from a mile off, go with a berry lip- think rich, deep colour with a hint of blue. This shade will especially suit those with a darker complexion and cool undertones.

On-trend Browns

Need a lipstick for a coffee date? Work meeting? Just popping to the shops? A warm brown shade is un-fussy and it looks trendy and sophisticated without drawing all the attention to your lips.

Creative Corals

The pink-orange hybrid is the ideal middle ground if you’re not digging pink or all out orange. Dark skin, with warm undertones, looks outstanding with a bright, coral lip. The brighter the better (if you ask us!). If your undertone is a little cooler, opt for a coral with a touch of red to make a killer statement!

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My partner does my Valentine’s Day makeup

Would you trust your partner to do your Valentine’s Day makeup for you? Nah, we probably wouldn’t either… but we knew some lovely people who would!

We challenged Shantania (@shantaniabeckford) and Mariam (@itsmariamusa) to put their partners makeup *ahem* skills to the test just in time for Valentine’s Day.  

This is a beauty tutorial like no other! 

If you want to create your own Valentine’s Day look (that you’d actually want to leave the house in) take a look at the full collection from B. Cosmetics below.

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