This is the perfect time of year to fill up on all your own beauty products as most brands have gift with purchase offers right now … Here’s my pick of the best.
1 Some of my favourite brands have some incredible deals to know about (Image skincare is an example). Seavite, a beautiful seaweed-based Irish skincare brand, has opened a pop-up store on Dublin’s Dame Street, right beside The Olympia, featuring their full range (also available at pharmacies nationwide). Seavite is amazing for people with sensitive skin or even skin that has active eczema: its soothing ingredients will help calm angry skin. At the helm of the company now are the Drs Mulrooney, who have ensured that while keeping the organic seaweed extract, the range now also has really powerful anti-ageing properties. I adore the shower gel too – it leaves skin super soft and is perfect for people like me with sensitive skin. 79 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
2 No one quite does Christmas like Charlotte Tilbury, and the offerings this festive season are off the charts, with gifts starting at €15 for a set of lashes. I adore her Starry Eyes to Hypnotise palette, with 12 shades, in the most beautiful sparkling packaging (limited edition, €75, www.charlottetilbury.com).
3 Lancôme always have incredible value gifts at this time of year so I tend to stock up with my favourites. You get a free black eye pencil and mini eye make-up remover with Hypnose mascara at the moment. And Advanced Génifique is one of the best all-rounder serums on the market; right now Arnotts have a 10 per cent discount on the giftset so you’ll get the full-size set for €93.60.
4 To really spoil your loved one, a trip to Frederic Malle in Brown Thomas for some fragrance will warm you major brownie points. My all-time favourite is Carnal Flower, a magnificent tuberose-based scent (there’s also a hair mist, €120, and shower gel at €50; at Parfumarija in Westbury Mall you’ll find the body butter version). For something more musky, Tuxedo from YSL is a winner, with patchouli and spices that give it a stunning warm aura.