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Set Your Sights on Healthy Eyes

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Looking after your eyesight is a full-time commitment, but probably something you don’t think too much about past your routine optician’s appointment. Hands up, who’s guilty?

So, today the Superdrug Optical Service Team team are sharing 5 tips and their advice on how you can make the health of your eyes a top priority, whether you wear contacts, glasses or neither!

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1. Do Not Sleep in Lenses

Sleeping in your contact lenses is a big ol’ no! Having a kip in your lenses can prevent oxygen from reaching the eye leading to bacteria growth and eye infections. The only time you should do this if you are specifically told it's okay by your optician. So, do you and your vision a favour and take the extra time in the evening to remove and clean your lenses every night.

2. Visit Your Optician

When was the last time you and your optician sat down for a chit chat? If It was more than two years ago, you need to get a date in the diary pronto. The NHS recommends you see your optician at least once every two years and your optician may want to see you for more regular checkups if you wear contact lenses. So, if your last appointment was a distant memory, put booking a check-up at the top of your to-do list.

3. Take Regular Screen Breaks

We’re all guilty of it… binge-watching our favourite Netflix series or not taking a break from our desks. Staring at a screen for too long can lead to eye strain, blurry vision, headaches, and dry eyes. So, take some time away from your screen to give your eyes a little rest.

4. Be Mindful with Makeup

So, you love makeup but need to wear contact lenses? No worries, you can do both – can we get a hooray? Simply put your lenses in before you apply your makeup and take care with your choice of products.

For our top tips, check out our ‘7 makeup tips for contact lens wearers’ blog post.

5. Protect Your Eyes When Outside

During the winter, you may not be thinking about protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, but it’s important to shield your peepers from the sun all year round. If your statement shades don’t have the protection you need, check out our selection of prescription sunglasses to find a pair that suits your style. You will also find contact lenses with UV protection you can pop in and partner with your shades to protect your full eye area.

For more information on looking after your eyes, our contact lens service and prescription eyewear collection visit the website below. We'll see you there!

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Try Our 30-Minute At-Home Tabata Workout

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Get ready to work up a sweat with Superdrug! Our at-home 30-minute Tabata style workout is not only guaranteed to get your heart racing but once you’re done, we’re sure there will be a smile on your face too!

What is a Tabata Workout?

Tabata style workouts involve sets of intense bursts of exercise followed by a short rest. All you need is a small space at home or an open outdoor area and you’re ready to go!

Remember, there is no such thing as a bad workout if you give it everything you've got!

 

Warm Up

  • Alternate quad stretches - 30 seconds
  • Jogging on the spot - 30 seconds
  • Alternate shoulder stretches - 30 seconds
  • Boxing jabs - 30 seconds
  • Alternate hamstring stretches - 30 seconds
  • Star jumps – 30 seconds
  • Alternate side bends – 30 seconds
  • High knees – 30 seconds

Tabata Round 1

Repeat this set 3 times:

  • 2 squats & 2 lunches – 40 seconds
  • Rest - 20 seconds
  • 6 mountain climbers & 1 push up -  40 seconds
  • Rest - 20 seconds
  • Sit ups – 40 seconds
  • Rest – 20 seconds

Tabata Round 2

Repeat set 2 times:

  • Reverse lunch with knee drive - 40 seconds
  • Rest – 20 seconds
  • High plank with 2 pulses upright both legs – 40 seconds
  • Rest – 20 seconds
  • Russian twists – 40 seconds
  • Rest – 20 seconds

Finisher Challenge

10/8/6/4/2 x sets

  • Toe taps
  • Jump squats

Alternate each exercise and climb down the rep ladder. First do 10 toe taps, then 10 jump squats. Straight after do each exercise 8 times, then 6, then 4, and then 2.

Cool Down Stretches

  • Upwards facing dog, turning your head left to right
  • Deep lunge left & hamstring stretch left x 2
  • Deep lunge & hamstring stretch right x 2
  • Downward dog and pedal feet if you need to
  • Walk hands back, forward fold and sway
  • Stretch upwards, left and right
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What is Collagen and its Role in Skin Care?

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If you are a bit of an ingredient sleuth or you have been doing your research into anti-ageing skincare, then you may have come across the term collagen.  You’ll be pleased to know that collagen isn’t just another buzzword that’s thrown around to sell products. Collagen is actually a vital ingredient in a skin care routine and today, we’re going to find out all about it!

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What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body and it is primarily found in our skin, tendons, bones, and muscles.  It can be found in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin that lies below the epidermis and provides strength and elasticity to the skin, while also encouraging the renewal of cells.

Protein actually makes up around 20% of our total body mass and collagen makes up around 30% of that protein. So, unlike many other ingredients we search high and low for in our beauty routines, collagen is actually already in our skin!

How Are Collagen and Ageing Skin Connected?

From around the age of 20, we roughly lose 1% of our collagen every year. As the collagen starts to deplete, signs of ageing will start to appear such as fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s not just celebrating a birthday each year that reduces the production of collagen, factors such as smoking, eating lots of sugary foods and sunlight can all contribute to a drop in collagen levels.

Can Lost Collagen be Replaced?

While ageing of the skin is inevitable (boo!) there are a few things you can do to slow down the process and also to help build back up the collagen in the skin (yay!). For example, as sunlight can be a big factor in ageing skin always wear an SPF. Yes, every single day. Also, take a look at your diet and introduce more foods which contain natural antioxidants such as vitamin C and Beta carotene which help stimulate your skin’s own collagen synthesis.

Collagen Boosting Skin Care

So, you’ve topped up your daily dose of SPF and started eating more carrots, what else can you do to boost your collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles? Take a look at your skin care products, of course!

Applying topical collagen skin care products will keep your skin highly moisturised and even help it appear plumper and more hydrated; however, as the molecules in collagen are really big they struggle to penetrate the top layer of your skin therefore they won’t be effective in tackling other anti-ageing skin concerns such as wrinkles. To help rebuild collagen and really tackle the signs of ageing, there are a few ingredients you should look out for.

Vitamin C

As one of the most potent antioxidants around, skin care packed with vitamin C is a super effective way to fight against ageing skin. Using it topically can help boost collagen production and elastin in your skin, leading to reduced fine lines and wrinkles over time. As well as being an anti-ageing superhero, it can also protect your skin from free radicals and keep it looking radiant too!

Revolution Skincare Revolution Skincare 3% Vitamin C Serum £7.99 Buy Now

Retinol

As we start to understand the benefits of retinoids for the skin, the more we wished we’d discovered them years ago! Retinol is one of many different types of retinoids (the term used for all vitamin A derivatives) that can help you in your quest for a more youthful looking complexion! Retinol sinks deep into your skin and helps speed up cell turnover and with this it increases collagen and elastin production. Leading to, you guessed it, smoother, brighter, firmer looking skin!

There’s a few do’s and don’t when it comes to using retinoids, and you can get clued up on them here: What is retinol?

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And Then There’s Supplements

Upping your skin care game isn’t the only way you can increase your collagen levels. Regular consumption of collagen supplements can help increase its production while helping you maintain gorgeous, youthful looking skin.

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In conclusion, it’s really clear that collagen plays a big part in how our skin looks and feels as we get older. With our natural levels depleting from our 20s, if you want a more youthful looking complexion, then adding vitamin C and retinol infused products to your routine can help boost collagen production.

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How to Dye Your Hair At-Home with Davina McCall & Garnier Nutrisse

Garnier Nutrisse hair dye

If you're thinking of dying your hair at home but are not sure where to start, Davina McCall is here to share her top tips with you as she retouches her roots at home with Garnier Nutrisse Permanent Hair Dye.

Garnier Nutrisse provides up to 100% grey coverage and now contains a new 5 oils restoring conditioner with avocado, shea, olive, cranberry and argan oil.

How to Find Your Perfect Shade:

Have you ever wondered what the hair colour numbers mean? The first number of a hair colour is how light or dark the hair dye will be. For example, blonde shades range from 7 for Dark Blonde to 10 for Very Light Blonde. Brown shades range from 4 for Dark Brown to 6 for Light Brown and a Black shade is a level 1.

The second number is the reflect which can be Natural (.0), Warm (.3, .4, .5, .6) or Cool (.1, .2). For example, 7.0 is a Natural Dark Blonde, 7.3 is a Golden Dark Blonde, and 10.1 is a Very Light Ash Blonde.

Always check the back of pack to see if it is the right shade for you. Want a natural ash blonde hair colour? Try Holly Willoughby’s hair dye: 10.01 Natural Baby Blonde. Or want a brown shade? Try Davina McCall’s Shade 4.3 Dark Golden Brown.

Can't decide between 2 shades? Always choose the lightest hair dye shade. Hair dye can only lighten your natural hair colour 1 to 2 levels. If you have dark hair and want to go blonde, you will need to bleach first.

Top Tips:

  • Apply moisturising cream to your hairline before dying your hair to avoid staining
  • If you have long or thick hair, use two boxes of hair dye
  • Use an old towel as hair colour can stain

Step-By-Step:

  1. First, always do a patch test by applying some colourant cream to your skin at least 48 hours before you use Nutrisse hair dye even if you have coloured your hair before.
  2. Next, open up your box and lay out all your equipment. You should have an instruction leaflet, some gloves, an application bottle with the developer cream, colourant cream and a nourishing 4 oils conditioner for afterwards
  3. You’ll also need an old towel (hair colour can stain), a hairbrush, a hair clip, and some moisturising cream.
  4. Apply the moisturising cream to your hairline to avoid the dye staining your skin.
  5. It’s time to put on your gloves and get mixing! Squeeze the colourant cream into the developer bottle and shake it so they combine. Then immediately remove the cap and begin applying to your hair.
  6. Part your hair and apply in sections, starting with your roots and working through the ends.
  7. Now get plenty of cream in your hands and work it through the rest of your hair, making sure you are spreading the cream evenly over all your hair, root to tip.
  8. Leave to develop for 25-35 mins, as stated on the instructions, depending on the result you wish to achieve. (The timer starts once you’ve completely finished your application)
  9. Rinse under a warm shower until the water runs clear.
  10. Use the conditioner to keep your hair feeling soft and looking shiny.
  11. Rinse again until the water runs clear, and style as normal.
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Superdrug Makeup Goals: Psychedelic 60s

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Long before we were chasing sunsets in Coachella or dreaming of being in front of the stage at Lovebox or Wireless, fun-lovin’ hippies were embracing the ‘flower power’ era of the late 60s at the original muddy music festival, Woodstock. A single weekend event where everyone was wearing flowers in their long, flowing hair and makeup was bold, psychedelic, and energetic… to be fair, not too far from the festival beauty we know and love today! However, back then festivals were all about getting lost in the moment, connecting with the music and a little less about the glitter in their hair!

Over the decades that followed, music festivals exploded in popularity and the idea of ‘festival beauty’ evolved. Today, it has become associated with over the top flower crowns, unicorn hair and wearing the latest fashion trends, but it wasn’t always that way. Come with us as we take a look at where it all began with the birth of festival beauty, 60s makeup inspiration and how you can incorporate it into your everyday makeup and hair routine.

Festival looks and retro stetching

Festival Beauty Begins

The swinging 60s breathed new life into the world of beauty. Where the 50s were all about polished lipstick and precision eyeliner, people in the mid-late 60s wanted to break free from the mainstream formalities of what was expected of them and live their lives more freely, this included the way they looked. In the summer of 1969, four hundred thousand people attended Woodstock, where they drew on each other with brightly coloured body paints, adorned their faces with peace symbols and daisies and braided (real) flowers into their hair.  They wanted to be more in tune with nature, connected to the music and with one another.

This group of spiritual, free-loving hippies were just out to have a good time, but little did they know over 50 years later we would still be wearing flowers in our hair, painting our bodies with glitter and creating colourful patterns on our faces every summer.

60s Makeup, Today

60s makeup swung between being a riot of colour and natural elegance, and it is still inspiring fashion shows and beauty trends of today. Take a look at Rixo’s ‘Back to the Garden’ spring/summer 2020 presentation at London Fashion Week, which put ombre colours, psychedelic embellishments and paisley prints harking back to the era of inhibited fun, eccentricity, and free love in the spotlight.

Festivals may have been put on pause this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t embrace the beauty of 60s style and take inspiration for our next garden party or outdoor gathering.  Take a look at these timeless makeup and hair trends that we think look as good today as ever!

Three Psychedelic beauty looks

Let's Get Psychedelic!

The creative use of colour used in makeup towards the end of the 60s was fearlessly rebellious. Think bold, geometric shapes, a rainbow of colours and glitter. In recent years, trends such as graphic eyeliner, and of course festival beauty, replicates the makeup of this era. Meaning it is as wearable today as it was back then!

Take a colourful palette or an array of coloured eyeliners to create unique, bold eyeshadow looks; try drawing embellishments on your face such as hearts or stars; or embrace the flower power era by drawing flowers or a floral design around your eyes or one side of your face.

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Going Au Natural

Hippie culture was all about natural beauty and going back to basics, so embrace the freedom that comes with it by showing off your natural features.

Cleanse and lightly moisturise your face and apply a primer and dewy foundation to your skin. You may find applying your foundation with your fingers gives you a more natural finish; the matte look wasn’t popular back in the 60s! Choose a natural eyeshadow colour and open up your eyes with a brown pencil eyeliner and a few coats of black mascara.

Leave your brows as nature intended and complete the look by parting your hair in the centre and pinning a flower crown, or individual flowers, into your hair.

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Blushing Braids

If you’re looking for something in between colourful and natural, then a soft, fresh blush is the 60s look for you. Keep your base minimal, with freshly cleansed skin and a foundation with a dewy finish and apply a pastel pink or peach toned blusher lightly over the bridge of your nose and on the apple of your cheeks for a naturally flushed appearance. Finish the look with several coats of lash lengthening mascara.

Incorporate the carefree hippie personality with your elegant blush by pairing it with laid back braided hair style. If your hair is long enough, you can opt for a loosely tied braid to the side or for a more modern boho feel, try multiple braids and tie decorative string at the top of the braid and either plait it in or wrap it down the braid and secure at the bottom.

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3 Types of Wax & How to Use Them

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Body hair is normal, we all have it! However, if you prefer to go bare and remove it, there are more than a few options out there to do so. For longer-lasting, quick, and efficient hair removal we suggest waxing. Waxing doesn’t require you hopping on a bed in a salon anymore, as at-home waxing kits are super-effective. If you’re a waxing newbie and the number of waxing options is enough to have you reach for your razor again, stop! Here’s our guide on the different types of wax available at Superdrug and how to use them.

Effective Prep = Better Results!

Waxing lesson 101: always prep your skin! Regardless of what body part you are removing hair from the first thing you need to do is ensure the area is clean; remove any bacteria, grime, or makeup if you are removing hair from your face.

Once it is clean, exfoliate your skin to remove any dead skin cells to get the best possible results. Avoid chemical exfoliants, but instead use an exfoliating mitt or a gentle face scrub so you don’t irritate your skin.

Next up, decide which wax is the one for you…

B. by Superdrug face and body wax

1. Pre-Made Strips

If you’re waxing for the first time, or waxing at home for the first time, then pre-made wax strips will make your debut venture into the world of waxing much easier! These strips, which come with wax already on them, completely remove the step of having to put the wax on your skin yourself; you can never apply too much or too little this way! Another bonus about this option is you can reapply a strip to the same area of skin more than once without bothering your skin.

How to use: Warm the strips up in your hands before peeling apart, place firmly down on the area you want to wax and then remove it in a swift motion in the same direction as your hair.

B. B. Legs & Body Strip Wax £4.19 Buy Now
Veet Veet Ready to Use Wax Strips with Easy Grip x40 £6.57 Buy Now

2. Hard Wax

Do you have thicker hair that can be tricky to remove? If so, hard wax could be your waxing saviour. Hard wax doesn’t need a strip to be removed, as it hardens when applied to the body and encases itself around the hair. The heat of the wax will help your pores open up more, making the removal of hair slightly less painful. Hard wax is best used on smaller areas, such as on your face, as it can crack if used on larger areas like your legs.

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How to use: Always fully read the instructions of your waxing product. Hard wax needs to be heated up before applying it, so pop it in the microwave for as long as instructed. Once it has warmed up, check the temperature and when ready spread the wax, using the tool provided with your wax, in the direction of your hair growth. The wax should be around 1mm-2mm think, but you can make one end slightly thicker so you can use this as a tab. When the wax has hardened, pull the strip back as soon as possible to reveal hair free skin!

3. Sugar Wax

Sugar wax, or ‘sugaring’, is one of the oldest methods of hair removal around.  Used by the ancient Egyptians, the process involves using a natural paste to remove the hair right from the root without the need of strips.  The wax has a honey like texture, which means it can get a bit messy when applying to the skin, but people do say sugar wax hurts less than regular waxing, and as it pulls the hair from the root, hair will grow back finer and finer each time.  

Sugar wax can be used on any part of your body, but if you do have particularly sensitive skin or a skin concern, such as eczema, then it is best avoided.

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How to use: Gently warm your sugar wax up to its optimal temperate (always check the instructions with your kit) and give it a good stir to ensure it is warm all the way through; you should be left with a silky, honey consistency.  Using a spatula, apply a fine layer of sugar wax to your skin and then apply a strip to the wax and then pull it off.  Applying too much wax will mean you will have excess left on the skin and not enough will mean repeating the process, so practise makes perfect when it comes to application!

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L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew At-Home Salon

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renewal Day Cream

Do you dream of flawless, youthful-looking skin but the idea of achieving it with a clinical procedure is a no-go for you? Regular laser treatments have long been considered one of best ways to achieve radiant, younger-looking skin but frequent trips to the clinic can be draining on your bank balance and leave your skin red and tingly.

Thankfully, L’Oreal Paris may just have the answer you’ve been looking for with their clinically proven L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew SPF20 Day Cream. The richly textured formula has been specifically formulated to give you intense anti-wrinkle action without having to step foot inside a clinic.

L'Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew day cream

The potent cream is packed with skin-loving ingredients and helps fight against the signs of ageing in 3 steps:

1. Refirms

It contains 3% concentration of Pro-Xylane™, a powerful anti-ageing property, that helps the skin to feel firmer that also reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

2. Refined

The skin surface appears refined, smoother, and brighter thanks to the addition of LHA (lipohydroxy acid) which acts as a gentle exfoliator.

3. Shields

Everyday your skin is exposed to harmful UV rays, which are the primary cause of premature skin ageing, so it needs protecting. The SPF20 helps block UBV rays which can damage the skin’s surface and protect again UVA rays which penetrate deeper into your skin, causing discolouration and pigmentation.

Tried, Tested and Approved!

Don’t just take our word for it, 81% of L'Oreal's Laser Renew SPF Day Cream users would delay a professional anti-ageing treatment* and 95% would recommend the cream to a friend**.

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift range

Try More from the Revitalift Range

Apply the Loreal's Revitalift SPF20 Day Cream every morning and night for visible results in just 4-weeks. For an extra boost, try the Revitalift Laser Routine with L’Oreal's Revitalift Laser Ampoules, a seven-day glycolic acid treatment designed to gently exfoliate your skin, like a peel would do, smoothing and brightening your complexion, leaving you looking more radiant and luminous!

L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Advanced SPF20 50ml £16.59 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Ampoules 10% Glycolic Acid £16.59 Buy Now

*81% of 163 L'Oreal Laser Renew SPF Day Cream users agree / **95% of 163 L'Oreal Laser Renew SPF Day Cream users agree.

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Nails.INC Lands on Superdrug’s Shelves!

Nails Inc Plant Power nail polishes

Grab a nail file, because your talons are in for a treat! In some very exciting news, iconic vegan nail polish brand, Nails.INC has now arrived at Superdrug! It launched over 20 years ago and was one of the first cool and edgy nail brands aimed at a new generation of beauty lovers. The game-changing polishes have high-tech, nourishing formulas (you’ve got to try their iconic Superfood NailKale Base Coat for nourishing weak brittle nails), while their unique brush shapes minimise the number of strokes required to paint your nails, making application a breeze.

So it’s no surprise Nails.INC have quickly become one of the UK’s best-selling nail brands, with quirky, eyecatching colours many of which have names inspired by London, such as Find Me In Fulham and No Bad Days in Notting Hill.

This really is the perfect range for mani-obsessives and nail polish newbies alike. Here are some more reasons to love it …

Nails Inc Neon nail polish

Natural Vegan Nail Polish

Think nail polishes are all packed with synthetic chemicals? Think again. Nails.INC's Plant Power range is 73% plant-based and is also vegan, cruelty-free and halal. We love the classic rouge shade Swear By Salutation.

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Nails Inc Plant Power nail polish

Quick Dry Polish

If you don’t fancy sitting still for half an hour, waiting for your nails to dry, Nails.INC’s Speedy Gloss collection solves the problem, drying in a record time of 45 seconds. Perfect for a last-minute mani, you can simply paint on and head out the door! Aspiring ‘it girls’ should try the classic shade: Mayfair Made Me Do It.

Nails Inc NAILS.INC 45 Second Speedy Gloss Mayfair Made Me Do It 14ml £8.00 Buy Now
Nails Inc 45 second nail polish Time for Trafalgar

Two Shades, One Bottle

If you want to switch up your nail colour without a full-on polish change, Nails.INC Thermochromic Polish reacts and alters colour with changes in temperature. On our current shopping list is their Hotter Than Hot shade, which changes from bubblegum pink to bright white, as if by magic!

Nails Inc NAILS.INC Thermochromic Polish Hotter Than Hot 14ml £9.00 Buy Now
Nails.INC thermochromic nail polishes

Tan-Enhancing Talons

Nothing shows off a tan like a marvellous manicure. And the Beach Bottled collection is the perfect way to do it, with four flattering shades that will look fabulous against sunkissed skin! We’re all about the sparkly, sand dune-inspired shade That Tan Life.

Nails Inc NAILS.INC Beach Bottled That Tan Life 14ml £11.00 Buy Now
Nails inc Beach Bottled nail polish

Skincare Meets Nail Polish

We’re sure you’ve heard of retinol before – but what about for your nails…? This popular skincare ingredient is the power behind Nails.INC’s revolutionary 45 Second Retinol topcoat. It toughens up weak talons to ensure your mani is chip-proof and dry to the touch in under a minute.

 

(We told you this range was a game-changer!)

Nails Inc NAILS.INC Mini 45 second retinol top coat 5ml £9.00 Buy Now
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Q&A With Tash Walker from Switchboard LGBT

Co Chair of Switchboard Tasha Walker

This year Lynx, Closeup, Simple, Vaseline and Superdrug have partnered up to donate £50,000 to Switchboard LGBT Helpline who offer vital support for the LGBTQ+ community through providing a safe space to talk to other members of the community.  There are 5 Superdrug exclusive packs which hero the Switchboard logo and number on the front of pack. We hear from Switchboard’s Co-Chair Tash Walker about the fantastic work she does, and the help Switchboard offers to the LGBTQ+ community.

Co-chair Tasha Walker and the Switchboard LGBT Helpline phone number.
Co-chair Tasha Walker and the Switchboard LGBT Helpline phone number.

How long have you worked for Switchboard?

I started volunteering for Switchboard about eight years ago now when I joined as a Listening Volunteer, answering calls, instant messages and emails. I then became more involved in the Media & Brand Team, which works on press, advertising, campaigns and partnerships. I was elected to the Board as a Trustee for four years working on our rebrand and national campaigns, before being appointed Co-Chair by the membership just under two years ago!

Tell us about supporting the LGBTQ+ community?

Switchboard started back in 1974 and has been supporting the LGBTQ+ communities ever since. Whether it's helping someone understand their gender identity or listening and supporting those who have felt excluded by friends and family because of their sexuality, Switchboard is there. Everyone that is a Listening Volunteer at Switchboard self-identifies as LGTBQ+, so we really are from the community for the community - working together to create and provide a safe space where people feel listened to and support, but most importantly where they know they are not alone.

What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of being a volunteer at Switchboard is when you hear how we've helped someone as an organisation, hearing that you've made a difference, in some way to that person's life. That's what it's all about at Switchboard, being there for those who need us most.

What’s your most memorable moment at work?

There have been lots of memorable moments in my time at Switchboard from the heart breaking calls I have taken on the helpline, to receiving a Gay Times award on behalf of the charity - but some of my favourite moments are marching with Switchboard at Pride, hearing people in the crowd call out and cheer for the charity is such a wonderful experience.

What does the LGBTQ+ community mean to you?

The LGBTQ+ communities mean so much to me, it's where I first felt truly accepted. It's impossible to explain the feeling of talking to people who know exactly how you feel, of course we all have our own experiences as a truly intersectional community but we all had to 'come out' one way or another. I'm so proud to be a part of the LGBTQ+ communities and through the work we do at Switchboard, I went to help others feel that same sense of pride too.

Switchboard LGBT collaboration with Superdrug

Tell us about your partnership with Lynx, Closeup, Simple, Vaseline & Superdrug

We are so grateful to Lynx, Closeup, Simple, Vaseline and Superdrug for choosing Switchboard to benefit from their Take Pride In You campaign. This partnership not only raises vital funds for the charity allowing us to keep answering the phones, but also raises significant awareness. We have already seen a 35% increase in contacts to the service in 2020, seeing Switchboard's name and number on the different product packs raises vital awareness so that those in need know they are not alone and there is someone they can talk to. Something we would honestly never be able to achieve on our own.

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What are your top tips for supporting the LGBTQ+ community?

There are lots of ways to support the LGBTQ+ communities from donating to charities, listening, and learning about the full spectrum of the LGTBQ+ acronym, using someone's correct pronouns and learning about LGBTQ+ history. We actually have a podcast called The Log Books which is about the calls we have taken over our years, the first season focused on 1974 to 1982 - untold LGBTQ+ stories from the people who lived through those times. But most importantly of all, standing up for and with everyone in the LGBTQ+ communities, and showing that you believe we have an equal place, with equal rights in society.

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Top 5 Concealers You Need to Know About

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Concealers, we thank you! From covering dark circles under our eyes after a late night to hiding blemishes, redness, and discolouration, we can always count on a concealer to step up when we need them most! If you’re looking for your holy grail of concealers, check out our current top 5 that we think you all need to know about!

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Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer

Revolution continuously knock it out of the park when it comes to high-performing, long-lasting formulas and their Conceal & Define Concealer is no exception. Its full coverage formula will hide a multitude of skin concerns including eye bags, breakouts, and uneven skin tone. The large doe foot applicator ensures smooth application and thanks to the intense pigment, you can also use it to contour or to add definition. This concealer, which is available in 18 shades, ticks all the boxes!

Revolution Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer C1 £4.99 Buy Now

Ex1 Cosmetics Delete Fluide Concealer

Loved by celebrities, models, makeup artists and beauty enthusiast alike, Ex1 is the world’s no1 makeup brand created for olive skin. The Ex1 Concealer Delete Fluide formula, created with revolutionary pigments, blends perfectly into the skin while also providing exceptional hydration and coverage. This concealer has walked up and down more red carpets then we’ve had hot dinners so expect star studded results!

Ex1 Cosmetics Ex1 Cosmetics Delete Fluide Concealer 2.0 £10.50 Buy Now
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Maybelline Instant Conceal Eraser Concealer

Say hello to Britain’s No.1 concealer! If dark circles are a recurring feature on your face, then Maybelline’s Instant Conceal Eraser is the concealer to add to your basket immediately! The cushion tip applicator means that with just one swipe under the eye, the blendable formula is evenly distributed and perfect to hide the signs of a bad night sleep! Not only is it ideal for your delicate eye area, but the infusion of goji berry also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and blemishes too.  Is it time you tried the concealer everyone is raving about?

Maybelline Maybelline Instant Conceal Eraser Concealer Ivory £5.50 Buy Now

B. Flawless Concealer

Step up your vegan beauty game with the B. Flawless Concealer from Superdrug’s very own makeup range. Apply on top of your chosen foundation for additional coverage and definition or for the days where you don’t fancy a full face of base makeup, it can be used under the eyes or on top of blemishes for a lighter touch. Expect brilliant results and shade perfection!

B. Cosmetics B. Flawless Concealer Fair 8ml £5.99 Buy Now
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Rimmel Lasting Radiance Concealer

For brighter, illuminated looking skin Rimmel’s Lasting Radiance Concealer has got your back! The smooth formula features Vitamin C and radiance pearls to give you a glowy complexion, while also covering imperfections.  There’s always room in our makeup bag for this beauty!

Rimmel Rimmel Lasting Radiance Concealer - Ivory £6.99 Buy Now
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