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Students, Get More with Your Health & Beautycard

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Calling all students! Put your hands up if you want to save on your next beauty buys? Every penny counts when it comes to living your best life as a student and here at Superdrug, we got ya back with our Health and Beautycard benefits…

What’s a Health & Beautycard?

A Health & Beautycard is your key to unlocking lots of amazing benefits at Superdrug. Plus, it costs absolutely nothing to get one!

What Benefits Do I Get?

Students get 10% off all year round

Yes, that’s right, you get 10% off in Superdrug stores just for being a student! All you need to do is register your Health & Beautycard and own a valid NUS Extra, TOTUM, UNiDays or StudentBeans ID then you’re ready to stock up and save on beauty, health and wellbeing essentials, whilst sticking to your student budget.

Plus, get 20% off on selected dates!

No, you do not need to adjust your screen, students can enjoy 20% off favourite brands including Makeup Revolution, B. by Superdrug, NYX and so many more on selected dates only.

You next chance to fill your basket and save 20% will be from 25/09/19 to 08/10/19.

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Earn points to spend when you shop

Every time you shop online or instore and spend £1 or over, you will earn points.  For every pound you spend you will earn one point. You can then spend your points in multiples of 100 and use part points and part cash if you want.

For example, if you have 200 points and your shopping comes to £5.50. You can use your 200 points to save £2 and make up the rest in cash. Simple!

TOP TIP: Look out for BONUS POINTS, which can range from 50 points to a whopping 500, on selected items and during special shopping events.

Get free standard delivery on orders over £10

Who likes to pay for delivery? Yeah… no one!  So, as a Health and Beautycard member you can enjoy FREE standard (3-5 working days) delivery on your online orders when you spend £10 or more. Woo!

Delight in Treat Thursdays

Every week on … you guessed it… Thursday, our members can enjoy an exclusive day of savings! Some weeks it may be extra points when you spend, others it will special discounts on products or ranges or it could be something totally different! Sign up to our newsletter or check back on Treat Thursdays to see what surprise is waiting for you.

Happy Birthday, to you!

If you can’t be spoilt on your birthday, when can you?! We’ll treat you to an exclusive offer on your big day, but you’ll have to wait until then to find out what it is!

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Where Can I Get My Hands on A Card?

You can pick up your FREE Health & Beautycard from your local Superdrug store. Once you have it, remember to register it online to start enjoying all the perks!

What’s the Superdrug App All About?

How often have you gone to pay for your shopping and realised you didn’t have your points card on you? So annoying! However, that doesn’t have to be the case with Superdrug. Shop 1000s of health and beauty products, while on the go, and never miss out on points again with the Superdrug app. Fancy it? Click right HERE to find our more and to download the app.

Now, there’s only one thing left to do… start collecting your points to enjoy that #SuperdrugFeeling

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What is Hair Toner?

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Changing up your hair colour is an exciting moment, but do you know how to make that ‘fresh hair, don’t care’ moment last for longer? Say hello to hair toner! If you want your colour to last as long as possible, to feel healthier and to control brassy tones keep on reading to find out what is hair toner and why you and your coloured hair need it like, now!

Tell Me, What is Hair Toner?

Hair toner does exactly what it says on the tin, it tones your hair. Used on freshly bleached or coloured hair, it can help you, or your hair stylist, to personalise the colour of you new do.

Commonly used in blonde hair, but just as useful to those with red or brunette locks, applying a toner after it has been lightened or coloured will either emphasize or de-emphasize certain tones.

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Toning Your Hair at The Salon

If you’re getting your hair refreshed at the salon, then your stylist may use a toner to neutralise any brassy tones in your hair.  There are different ways in which they will use it, but you may find they mix it with bleach or a hair gloss to create the effect and colour you are after.

Toning Your Hair at Home

Toning your hair doesn’t have to be reserved for the salon chair (although we do love that head massage that comes with it!). If you want to maintain the colour of your hair at home try using a purple shampoo, such as the Elvive Colour Protect Purple Shampoo. They are designed to combat the development of brassy tones and will lengthen the time between toning and salon visits.

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Other Benefits of Hair Toner

If you haven’t been applying toner to freshly dyed hair, there’s more than one reason why you need to add it to your routine pronto:

  • It adds natural shine to your hair
  • It can make it warmer or cooler in colour
  • It can brighten or add some oomph to hair without making it lighter

How Often Should I Use Toner?

Depending on how often you wash your hair and your hair history, your toner should last anywhere between 2 and 6 weeks. If you wash your hair every day, expect your toner to fade out quickly! Remember, do not wash your hair directly after toning it as this will cause your colour to slip out.

Make Your Toner Last Longer

As with most hair treatments, you don’t want to be constantly applying toner to your hair. So, try these ideas to keep your toned hair looking tip top:

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Diary of a 1st Time Contact Lens Wearer

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Glasses or contact lenses? The struggle is real when it comes to deciding which is best for you. If you already wear specs and are thinking of making the switch, or you’re considering lenses as a first option, the thought can be a little daunting. So, we invited first time contact lens wearer, Tanya, to give an honest account of her experience. We’re talking kicking ass in a fitness class to the first panic when you think a lens has been lost behind your eye forever!

Tanya’s Diary: My Switch from Specs to Lenses

This year, I have decided to go on a bit of a personal journey to have more ‘me’ time, to be healthier and to spend more time with my family. An activity I have always wanted to try (call me mad) is kickboxing! Obviously, wearing glasses isn’t exactly practical when being tactfully kicked, so after wearing glasses for 4 years, I thought now is the time to try contact lenses. So, here we go…

Deciding between glasses and contact lenses

Day 1: Visiting the opticians

My optician was very calm and after talking to him about why I wanted to try contact lenses and how often I would be wearing them he talked me through the different options of contact lenses which may be suitable for me. After considering my choices, I selected a few I would like to try. We talked through how to put them in and after a dummy run where the optician put them in for me a few times… I was officially a contact lens wearer!

How they felt…

I hadn’t put too much thought into how they would feel, but it was quite strange to be honest! It was not what I was expecting at all - then again, I didn’t really know what to expect! I could hardly feel the lens at all – I don’t know why I was so concerned!

Contact lens lesson 1: how to put them in without getting annoyed

Now came the tricky part…. I said goodbye to my optician and joined one of his colleagues, who had the (mammoth) task of teaching me how to put the lenses in and take them out myself.

Firstly, I found out that one of the most important things to do to ensure my eyes remained healthy was to wash and dry my hands before handling my lenses – which makes sense!

I found one eye easier than the other, but oh wow did I get frustrated! It went against everything I knew - such as not to put things in your eye! I wanted to constantly close them and to blink but I was pleasantly surprised to find it didn’t hurt. It did, however, make my eyes and nose water - but I was determined to master this!

After an hour or so, and lots of tissues and saline solution later, the lady at the opticians was confident in my ability to put in and remove my lenses. We went through some more do’s and don’ts and I was on my way – with my glasses safely tucked away in a case in my bag!

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Day 2: Argh! The panic!

OMG! I thought I had lost one!

I put them in, it took a little time again, but I got them in and wore them for 3 hours (as advised). But when I went to take one out, I thought I had lost it! Had it dropped out without me realising!? Was that even possible? Turns out… it was! After my husband peered into my eye and was sure it wasn’t there, my eldest son found it in the bathroom! Imagine… I was even thinking of going to A&E – luckily, I avoided that embarrassment!

I must tell you, I have had headache the past 2 days, but that is normal (according to Google). It’s just my eyes and my sight getting used to seeing through contact lenses and not glasses.

Day 6: It’s a bit of a blur…

I have been wearing my glasses for a few days, as I didn’t intend on wearing my lenses every day, so thought it would be best to pop my lenses in for the evening. They were once again, easy to put in and take out and were still just as comfy!

I have noticed, however, that sometimes at the edge of my sight area it seems a bit blurry, but I have read that that is normal too. I made a mental note to tell my optician at my check-up appointment in the morning.

Day 7: Time for my follow up appointment

Back to the opticians today. I’m feeling more confident putting the lenses in now - who’d have thought?! They still don’t go in first time but I’m getting there, and I know that it isn’t going to hurt me.

At my appointment, the lovely, patient lady who was with me last week and the optometrist asked how I had been getting on with them. I told them that I had been fine, that I loved the freedom that they give me, and that I am getting better at putting them in and taking them out. I surprised myself by also telling them that I may end up wearing them more than I originally thought!

I mentioned the slight blurriness to the optometrist (it is always better to be truthful and honest; you never know).

He checked my eyes with the lenses in to make sure that I have the correct prescription. He even checked to see if my eyes were okay for close up work and explained that if I was struggling with work/reading to let them know so that they can alter my prescription.

I am happy to report – my eyes are healthy, and everything is okay!

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Day 8: I’m officially a lens wearing pro…

I put my lenses in today and wore them for a full 7 hours +. And they still felt great!

Day 13: Contact lenses? I’ve got this!

It’s kickboxing day and for the first time I can try my lenses out while working out. The verdict? It was amazing! I was able to give more, put more effort in without thinking about my glasses getting in the way, falling off or even breaking and hurting my face.

There is definitely no going back now, I will be wearing contact lenses for sports and for socialising, who knows I may even eventually use them all the time!

 

 

There we go! We hope that if you are currently considering contact lenses, that Tanya’s experience has swayed you to give them a go!

At Superdrug , you can order disposable contact lenses online from a range of top brands.  Plus, here you will also find lots of advice, aftercare and guides to help you on your contact lens journey, including more information on becoming a lens wearer yourself!

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Our Favourite Gender-Neutral Products

Traditionally in the beauty industry, products have been aimed at mostly women because men didn’t really think they needed a cream or products to protect their skin because they were, well men. But shout out to metrosexual fellas like David Beckham expressing his passion for a good skincare routine, things have changed drastically in the industry and we’re thankful for it.

It even boiled down to stereotypes that only women were the only ones who wore makeup - wrong. Boys do too and thankfully, this cis-gender limited theory has been abolished and we’re even found after a serious Youtube tutorial hole, most blokes are better at doing makeup than some of us! Let’s face it, no matter who you are or what gender or sexual orientation you affiliate with, we can guarantee you look pretty banging with whatever product you’re using - and who it may be aimed at.

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Buying for your needs, not your gender

Buying products that are tailored to your skin type, and ignoring the gender that its supposed to be for is now so much more common.  For example, do you feel like you have oily skin? Men generally have oiler skin than women so if you’re looking for more control from your moisturiser, you might want to try a product formulated towards men to keep that oil at bay. It could also be your ticket for making your makeup look better and last longer too. Men also have slightly thicker skin so they can vary in texture too. As for men? Some of our male mates have confessed they like women’s creams because they smell better! Fair play!

Our Fave Gender Neutral Products

We’ve scoured our product selection for our favourite gender-neutral brands when it comes to skincare, scents, hygiene and even makeup - yes boys, we know you use it too to hide those under eye bags!

Now if you look like you haven’t slept a wink all night, don’t panic! Revolution Conceal and Define Supersize Concealer, will make it look like you have. Available in 24 shades, this full yet lightweight concealer will cover blemishes, even out skin tone and hide dark circles. It’s also pretty long wearing and won’t clog your pores or settle in fine lines.

 

If you’ve been on holiday this year - lucky you! You may have even managed to get yourself a little golden glow and people have commented on how good you look. Who doesn’t love an ego boost? Well we have the way to keep that glow without even stepping foot in the sun! Introducing B. Bronzing Facial Drops Golden. Just add a few drops to your daily moisturiser and keep that glow all year long.

B. Bronzing by Superdrug products and Makeup Revolution conceal and define

Here at Superdrug HQ, after discussing at length a shower gel that we can’t get enough of no matter what our gender may be, it was a unanimous vote for our soap free Fruity Cherry and Almond Shower Gel. Awaken your scenes and feel clean from head to toe for the rest of the day. Don’t believe us? Our customers have rated it a 4.4 out of 5.

Like most, occasionally everyone has a dry or itchy scalp which can lead to dandruff but thankfully Superdrug Trichology Re-Balancing Scalp Tonic  will take of that. The triple-action formula takes care of flakes, itchiness and a dry scalp.

When it comes to smelling good, Lynx Unity Body Spray Deodorant will keep you dry and smelling fresh. With a subtle scent of Honeydew Melon and Sandalwood, it could be mistaken for a high-end fragrance.

If you really want to pack a punch when it comes to smelling scent-sational, Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette Spray is literally the one. The iconic smell of CK has notes of mandarin orange, papaya, bergamot and lemon, oh my!

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How To Care For Your Eyelash Extensions

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If you long for flattering, flirty lashes then opting for eyelash extensions is a winning choice! The initial process can be quite time consuming, but once you’re done - you’ll be blessed with gorgeous doll-like eyes! Learning how to care for your eyelash extensions is just as important as deciding on which style to go for, so listen up! Make the most of your new dreamy lashes by following our top tips on how to keep them looking lovely for as long as possible.

5 Tips On How To Keep Your Lashes Looking Lush

1. Keep Your Lashes Separate

The last thing you want after forking our for fake lashes is for them to look clumpy or to turn into spider-lashes! So, using a spoolie gently roll and wiggle through your lashes to separate them. Use a very gentle motion though as you do not want to pull any of the lashes off.

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2. Sleep On Your Back

If you sleep on your side or on your front at night, you're going to flatten your eyelashes very quickly! Do your very best to sleep on your back while catching some Zzz's to avoid ruining your extensions.

3. Avoid Oil-Based Products

As wonderful as oil-based products are at removing stubborn eye makeup, they're also very good at wiping away your expensive lashes! The oil can degrade the glue which is used to attach the lashes - so avoid, avoid, avoid and opt for oil-free products instead such as micellar water. 

4. Put Down the Mascara

Some of you may want to make your lashes even more fluttery with a coat of mascara. This is absolutely fine as long as you stick to a few rules. 1) Use a water based or oil-free mascara, 2) apply only one coat and 3) be so very gentle when you remove it!

Various stages of eyelash extensions

5. Maintain Regular Eyelash Infills

As much as you can care for your lashes at home, you still need to keep up with infills every 2-3 weeks. The longer you leave it, the harder it will be for your stylist to keep your lashes looking full and fabulous!

Where Can I Get Eyelash Extensions Near Me?

Eyelash extensions should always be applied by a professional to ensure you get the best result, and at selected Superdrug Beauty Studio's you will find our lovely experts waiting on hand to give you the best lash extension treatment around! Pop into your local store or check our store finder to discover which stores near you can transform your lashes.

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Skincare Tips, Tricks & Tutorials

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Are you on a constant quest for happy, healthy skin? You and us both! Welcome to our skincare hub of advice, the latest trends, tips and tricks to help you get the very best out of your skin.

Perfected daily skincare routine

Skincare dos & don'ts

Guys, do you have sensitive skin?

Discover Korean skincare

Banish blemish-prone skin

How to deal with dry skin

Do you have oily skin? 

Flight skincare essentials

The A-Z of skincare

A cleansing guide for guys

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Festival Makeup and Hair Ideas

If there was ever a time of year where you can be totally e.x.t.r.a and get away with it… it’s festival season! There’s no such thing as too much glitter, too many flowers or too much sass! So, ladies and gents dig your welly boots out and get in the spirit of summer with our sparkling, shiny and uh-mazing festival beauty tutorials.

How to glitter festival makeup 

Boho festival nails

Festival makeup and nails

Master Your Festival Makeup

How Yo Prep Your Nails

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Boho festival makeup

Festival hairstyle ideas

boho and hair

How to use glitter face gems

Festival hair survival guide 

 

Festival face gems and hair care

How to glitter lips festival

Beauty manual festival essentials

Lips and beauty manual
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Bridal Beauty Tips

Feeling like the Belle of the ball on your wedding day is a total must! Not only is it considered one of the most special days of your life, it’s also probably the most photographed! So, thinking about your beauty choices on the day needs to be high up your priority list (we think somewhere between the dress and cake choice!) So, whether you’re going D.I.Y on the day or enlisting the help of professionals, gather some beauty inspo here for your big day.

The ultimate bridal beauty guide  

Natural bridal makeup

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Faded French manicure wedding nails

Wedding nails gold band

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Romantic bridal makeup

Four great wedding makeup looks

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Glamorous bridal makeup

Glitter wedding nails

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Eyeliner Tutorials & Get The Look’s

Eyeliner is one the beauty world’s staples that is never going to go out of fashion, but oh wow it can be frustrating to apply! We are strong believers in if you can master the application of eyeliner, you can conquer anything you put your mind too! So, get ready to take on the world with our how-to guides on all thing’s eyeliner.

Perfect your gel eyeliner application 

How to: Half winged eyeliner

Green eyeliner tutorial 

Blue eyeliner tutorial 

Dramatic eyeliner tutorial 

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Hairstyle Inspiration

Are you stuck in a hairstyle rut? Do you put too much faith in your trusty messy bun each morning? Or have those hair curlers you promised yourself you would use remained in their box, unloved at the bottom of the drawer? If this sounds familiar, let us help with a hair styling tutorial to take your hair from drab to FAB!

How to use heated rollers

Curl your hair like a pro

Master the French pleat

Modern 1920s flapper finger wave hair

How to cut a fringe

How to get voluminous hair

Create a Sleek Pony Tail 

Quick hairstyles

FotoJet

Sleek bun on natural black hair 

Bouncy curls with bantu knots

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