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Top gift ideas from London Drugs for Mother’s Day – May 11

6 May

MAY 6, 2014, RICHMOND, B.C. – She has been there since day one and supported you every step of the way. She is the glue that holds the family together and the shoulder you use to always lean your head upon. Although there are times when her efforts and hard work are never applauded, she never gives a single complaint. She would do anything for you to ensure your happiness. This year, show mom how much you care and appreciate her with one of these top gift ideas from London Drugs.



image003Bring instant fun and excitement to the special occasion with the Fuji Instax Mini 8. What is mom’s favourite colour? Chose from black, blue, pink, white and yellow this mother’s day. With auto flash and auto focus, take bold and vibrant photos in even the lowest of lighting. Relive Mother’s Day instantly with the quick printable photos. This year, capture the Mother’s Day moments with Fuji Instax. London Drugs is also offering a Mother’s Day special on batteries. Fire up the Fuji Instax with your choice of Fuji Instax Mini Film Twin Pack or the Fuji Instax Mini Rainbow Film. Visit the London Drugs website for more colour options.



image006Mom may not be cooking this Mother’s Day but the Kribbitt Tablet Support Stand will be an efficient stand for her tablet in the future. The Kribbitt is a support device that fits all tablet sizes, enables multiple viewing angles, which may reduce mom’s eye and muscle strain. Mom can keep her tablet secured as the device grips the tablet and remains balanced on uneven surfaces. The Kribbitt Tablet Support allows mom to easily demonstrate video, or take pictures with one or both hands free to capture those priceless Mother’s Day moments. Accessorize with the choice of black, green, pink, blue or silver. Visit the “Kribbitt” section on the London Drugs website for more colour options.


If mom loves music then consider buying her an iTunes gift card from London Drugs. Help mom to jazz up her phone or tablet with the purchase of iTunes songs, podcasts, movies and more.Whether it is a movie for the drive to your Mother’s Day destination or a playlist of songs to set the Mother’s Day mood, mom and the whole family can enjoy this special Mother’s Day gift.More gift card options are available in store. Still not sure which card may be right? You can purchase a gift card from London Drugs in store or on the London Drugs gift card section on the website.


image007Celebrate mom with a gift that sparkles. Make mom feel special with a jewelry set from London Drugs. Visit the London Drugs jewelry section in store or online to see the wide variety of styles to choose from. While choosing jewelry for mom, also consider a place to store these gifts. Help mom keep organized with her jewelry this Mother’s Day by gifting her with a place to store her earrings, rings and necklaces. London Drugs is offering Mother’s Day specials on two jewelry cabinets this year. The Mirror with Jewelry Cabinet for $109.99 and the Mirror with Slide Out Jewelry cabinet for $119.99 are two great gifts for mom.



image008You may have seen this product on TV before and it really is just as quick and easy to use. Help mom get ready in a snap with the 30-second heat up feature in the Infiniti Pro Curl Secret. This curler also has a tourmaline ceramic-coated barrel and two PTC heaters. The two slide switches with temperature that ranges from high to low will help mom chose from a wide variety of hairstyles. This salon quality curling iron also has many safety features to make mom’s life easier. The sleep mode function and safety tangle feature will allow mom to never have to worry about her curling iron again.


image009Whether it’s a night on the town with the ladies or a Mother’s Day brunch with the family, help mom’s hair look her best with this quality tool. Gift mom with the help to get her hair salon quality with the CHI Air Ceramic Hair Dryer. The air ceramic hair dryer makes hair dry faster and healthier by sealing the hair cuticle for shiny smooth hair. Mom’s mornings can be made much easier with the quick interchangeable settings displayed on the hair dryer.



image010This Mother’s Day spend some special one-on-one time with mom and paint your nails together. Get mom pretty and prepared for her Mother’s Day date this year with the Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit. The salon quality manicure set contains everything you need for a professional salon gel manicure in the comfort of your own home. The Red Carpet Manicure set provides a manicure that will provide weeks of long wear and shine. It also provides time convenience for those days when mom is on the go. For mom’s looking for a simpler nail polish option check out the multitude of brands in the nail section on the London Drugs website.



image011This Mother’s Day treat mom to a spa day at home. The Emjoi Micro-Pedi gives an instant pedicure that is salon quality. This battery-operated foot buffer is perfect for pedicures and is a safe alternative to harsh, metal scrapers. Micro-Pedi’s spinning rollers quickly and easily buff away rough, callused skin revealing mom’s smooth and touchable feet. The Emjoi Micro-Pedi has a handle designed for easy grip and is portable and convenient. This easy to clean pedicure set will give mom the ability to have a spa day in the comfort of her own home any day of the year.


After you’ve chosen your gift, show mom how much you care this Mother’s Day with a personalized message. You can choose from a variety of greeting cards that fit mom’s personality best. London Drugs offers humorous cards, cards that sing, or even cards that may make you shed a tear. Whatever the mood be, let mom know how you feel and how appreciated she is this Mother’s Day with a card to show her your love. Pick up your card from the greeting card aisle.


Mother’s Day is only a few sleeps away, so visit your local London Drugs store for hundreds of great gift ideas for Mom, or visit www.londondrugs.com to shop online.


About London Drugs

Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 79 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store www.londondrugs.com. London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,500 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.


Disclaimer: This post was written by the PR department at London Drugs.


Got2B Hit and Miss – Review of Got2B Hair Products

11 Apr
Photo Credit:  Fabulously Innovative Marketing

Photo Credit: Fabulously Innovative Marketing

So here’s the deal. Schwarzkopf makes both a professional line of hair care products and one that is available in retail store. I was very familiar with their professional line but had never used the non-pro line got2B until I was given the opportunity to at the “Come Fly with Me” beauty event put on by London Drugs. I was given the got2B Oil-licious shampoo, conditioner as well as the got2B POWDER’ful volumizing styling powder.  The results were hit and miss.

Let’s start with the miss. I didn’t love the Triple Oil Shampoo and Conditioner as it isn’t hydrating enough for my extremely damaged hair, I also don’t love the smell.  But if you are a big fan of incense smell or don’t have extremely damaged hair then you may love it, it all comes down to personal preference and hair type.

Now the hit. I absolutely love POWDER’ful volumizing styling powder! Even though my hair is damaged it still can get oily from all the products I use and well, no one wants a greasy head. This powder is awesome for adding texture to your hair without the goop or grease. I highly recommend it and will definitely be buying it again when this bottle is done.

 All got2B products can be found at London Drugs.

(This post was originally featured on Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver)

Shawna at The Westboro Spa

10 Apr

The Westboro Spa is super cute, it’s in a character house and has three floors. The ground level is hair, the second is esthetics and the third is massage. I go for the massage. I see an RMT (registered massage therapist)  there named Shawna and she is FANTASTIC.

After filling out the standard RMT forms and questionnaire, she works on determining  if there are any areas that you need to have/want to have worked on. For me, it’s my shoulders, this may be TMI, but they pop and it’s pretty gross. Her pressure is perfect, she really works out the issue, but also makes sure the massage is enjoyable and relaxing. She asks questions about pressure and really makes sure the massage is working for you. She also tailors the whole experience to your needs, if you want to chat, she chats, if you want silence, she’s quiet, it’s perfect. to I always feel incredible after she’s done and …. NO MORE POPPING IN MY SHOULDERS. Ooh and a little bonus that I love is that she has this warming blanket/pad for your feet, perfect for winter or a rainy day. So, if you’re in Ottawa and looking for a massage then she is the lady to see.

I should add, in the interest of full disclosure, that Shawna is a good friend of mine, but that has not influenced my post in any way. She really is amazing.

A Blow-Dryer that most certainly blows, but in a good way

14 Aug

All right, I know you’ve heard me say this but when it comes to hair care I swear by professional products (sold only in salons), my current blow-dryer is a a Chi Pro Low EMF Ceramic ANION Infrared Professional Hair that retails for about $200.

One of the tools that Conair was generous enough to let us take home at the London Drugs beauty event was the Infiniti Pro AC Motor Hair Dryer. I was very excited to try this dryer out as it is designed to be light and dry your hair faster, reducing the exposure to heat and thus damage. My hair is very porous from years of bleaching, and it’s also quite thick, meaning it takes forever to dry.


Photo courtesy of Fabulously Innovative Marketing

The Conair Infiniti Pro Ac Motor Dryer definitely dries my hair quickly, in fact, surprisingly quickly and I have actually noticed that my hair is less damaged since I have started using it. It handles well, and has various settings including 3 heat settings and 2 speeds. It also comes with both a concentrator and a diffuser, it also pack a whopping 1875 watts. My only complaint is that, although they say it’s quiet, this is not the dryer you want to use while your roommate is sleeping, but other than that I love it and have started using it as my day to day dryer.

The Conair Infiniti Pro AC Motor Dryer is available at London Drugs.

This blog post was also featured on Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

Hairkraft Studio

31 May

ImageIf you have read my post What It Takes To Be A Blonde then you already know about Simona Heger and how great she is. Well she is now out on her own, technically she is out with her business partner, another amazing stylist, Sabrina Allen. They have started a great little salon called Hairkraft Studio at 155 8th Ave in East Vancouver.

Simona is an incredible stylist. She has great ideas, but also really knows how to listen. She helps her clients figure out what they want and what would look best so that they always leave happy. She is both a gifted colourlist and hair cutter.

Another things that really sets Simona apart is her speed. She gets me in and out of there in about half the time it takes other stylists, making her the perfect person to see if you have a tight schedule.

For colour, Hairkraft studio is using a combination of L’Oreal Professionel and Wella, two great lines. For styling products they are using Kevin Murphy.

So if you’re looking for a new salon this is definitely a place I would recommend. There is no attitude, no pretension, just talent and good times.

You can find Hairkraft Studio online here:


Twitter: @HairkraftStudio

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hairkraftstudio

Daring To Try A New Salon

3 Mar

So you’ve decided to try a new salon! Maybe it was based on a recommendation or maybe you bought a daily deal from one of those websites. No matter what the reason, you are now contemplating putting yourself in a new stylist’s hands. But how do you know if they’re someone you can trust.

Firstly, do your research! We live in the age of the internet, so get on it and search. But remember, no one stylist can make every client happy and everyone gets a bad review now and again. Not to mention the fact that an unhappy client is way more likely to write a review than a happy client. Still if all the reviews are telling you to stay away…you should probably do that.

Research shouldn’t just include reading reviews, you need to learn about the stylist and often the salon website is the best place to do this. Make sure the stylist is staying current with their education. Education is ONGOING and classes should be taken on a regular basis. Feel free to ask them about this, it should be their pleasure to show off how educated they are.

Many talent driven stylists will even have portfolios so that you can take a look at their work; just ask, they may have a hard copy or point you in the direction of their Facebook or Twitter account…a proud stylist will be displaying their work for the world to see.

By educating yourself you can help limit the chance of a total hair disaster; remember that this responsibility lies in your hands. Yes, hair eventually grown back, but if you’ve ever had a bad cut you know that a bit of time educating yourself is well worth it.

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