DIY Beauty with Hickey’s Pharmacy
There’s nothing like a trip to the beauty salon to make us feel pampered and preened. Whether it’s getting our eyebrows groomed, our toes polished or our skin buffed, we all feel better for having spent some time on ourselves. But it’s not always easy to get to the beauticians these days, as we juggle childcare challenges, work schedules and long waiting lists.
There’s no reason to miss out on your favourite beauty treatments, though - with a bit of preparation, and the right kit at hand, you can bring the salon to your sitting room. Whether it’s on a day off or a self-care Sunday, setting aside some time for yourself is vital, especially when life gets a little hectic.
Your local Hickey’s Pharmacy has plenty of products that’ll do the hard work for you, making at-home beauty treatments a breeze. We’ve even got six tried-and-tested steps to help you on your way.
1. Relax and unwind
Setting the scene is important: if you’re going to recreate your favourite salon at home, you’ll need to borrow a few tricks of the trade. That means putting your phone on silent, lighting some scented candles and switching on your favourite music or television programme. Pour yourself a refreshing drink, snuggle into your comfiest loungewear and put on your fluffiest socks: the great benefit of at-home beauty treatments is that you can wear what you want. You don’t even need to brush your hair!
2. Defuzz without the fuss
If you like your skin to be silky smooth, you might want to try some hair removal at home. Waxing can be tricky (not to mention painful) and shaving is awkward and doesn’t last very long. Veet provides a simple solution with its expert hair removal creams which leave you with moisturised, soft skin and long-lasting smoothness. Veet cream removes hair in a matter of minutes and you don’t have to wait for regrowth - it works well on short hair too, ideal for maintaining dress-ready legs all summer long. Their new Natural Inspirations range (available in your local Hickey’s Pharmacy) features shea butter, papaya extract and grape seed oil, so you can enjoy spa sensations from the comfort of your sitting room.
3. Soothe your skin
Vichy is one of the most renowned spa regions in Europe, famed for its rich mineral waters, thermal springs and VIP visitors. You don’t need to leave your house to indulge in some French luxury though, with Vichy Minéral 89 Fortifying Recovery Mask. Enriched with 89% Vichy Mineralizing Water and natural origin Hyaluronic Acid, this lavish sheet mask revitalises and replumps your skin, leaving you with instant hydration and improved natural protection for up to 24 hours. If you have a mindfulness app on your phone, turn on some guided meditation while you let the mask work its magic - it’ll only take ten minutes, leaving with you with glowing skin and a calmed mind.
4. Bling up your brows
Bold brows are in fashion these days, but most of us need a little help in that department. Eyebrow pencils and darkening gels work well, but they tend to smudge and slip throughout the day, especially in hot weather. The Schwarzkopf Brow Tint kit is the perfect solution, as it dyes and pigments your eyebrow hairs (even the greys!), leaving you with a vibrant colour and defined shape that’ll last for up to four weeks. The pack comes with up to ten applications, so it’s good value, making brow maintenance at home effortless and affordable. Simple and easy to apply, the tint develops over a few minutes, giving you just enough time to make a quick cuppa to toast your new look.
5. Tackle your toes
In Ireland, we tend to keep our feet firmly under wraps for most of the year, and that can leave them in need of some TLC. Take a moment to sit back, put your feet up, and treat your tired soles to the super-luxurious Seoulista Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure foot mask. This dermatologist-tested anti-aging treatment is made from natural and organic ingredients, infused with rose oil, aloe vera and beeswax to soften and soothe your skin. Simply pop your feet into the booties and let the patented formula do its thing for 30 minutes while you give yourself a well-deserved rest. If you’re in need of a quicker fix, La Roche Posay Podologics lipid replenishing foot care concentrate can be applied in seconds. This light, non-sticky cream was created specifically to nourish dry feet prone to cracking and calluses. It clears away dead cells, smoothes thickened skin, and leaves your feet feeling soft, supple and sandal-ready again.
6. Tend to your hands
Our hands are having a tough time lately, as we’re washing them more than ever, and applying alcohol gel throughout the day. Give them some much-needed relief with a dermatologist-tested Seoulista Rosy Hands Instant Manicure treatment. Made from natural ingredients, this indulgent double-layer hand mask includes antioxidants, Vitamin C and Bulgarian rose complex to rejuvenate your skin, nails and cuticles and leave your sitting room smelling like a rose garden. Formulated as an anti-aging treatment, it targets dark spots and pigmentation and works in just 30 minutes, nourishing your hands inside specially-designed disposable gloves. Just don’t forget to change the channel first, otherwise it could be tricky to manage the remote!
Once you’ve got your hands back in tip-top condition, you’ll want to keep them protected and hydrated - Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream spreads quickly, absorbs instantly and is small enough to carry with you, so you can make sure your soft paws stay that way, inside and outside the house.
Whether you’re an expert beauty buff or a reluctant DIY-er, your local Hickey’s Pharmacy has lots of products to help you recreate your favourite beauty treatments in the comfort of your home. From haircare to skincare, all the way to pedicures, manicures and hair removal methods, there’s something for everyone. If you’re not sure what to choose, or how to apply a product, just ask any of our staff, who are trained to advise you on your best options. Then all you need to do is set aside some time for yourself, light a couple of candles, and get busy beautifying.