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21.12.16

7 Last Minute Amazing Beauty Gifts They'll Love You For





Okay, so it's tight. Very tight. We're already on the back foot a bit with it being the shortest day of the year, and there are just four days to go. But hey, "no pressure, no diamond" as they say.


You can still get that shopping done but at this stage, you want to go out there armed and ready. No faffing about, getting distracted, and ending up with a heated foot warmer or an epilator that has 'last minute panic buy' written all over it. No one is going to thank you for one of those. Well not openly anyway. So I've done some of the groundwork for you, and having tried them all personally, I've put together a hit list for you to take with you. 


This is a 'swoop in, sweep up, and skip out' mini-gift guide to help you get the 'can't fail', 'cult status', "Oh my God I love you" reaction gifts for the beauty product lover in your life. The beauty of these (see what I did there) is that they are not your typical boxed up Christmas coffret sets that can often be sold out at this stage, but they are much lauded and highly desired everyday products by those in the beauty know. And hey, if you manage to find some of them in an amazing festive gift set, extra brownie points to you!


Eve Lom Cleanser



It's easy to see why Vogue magazine described Eve Lom Cleanser as "probably the best cleanser in the world". It removes make-up, cleanses, exfoliates, tones and conditions the skin all in one. How fantastic is that! A blend of four aromatic plant oils - clove oil to clarify the skin; eucalyptus oil to decongest; hops oil to tone; Egyptian chamomile oil to calm and soothe; and cocoa butter to soften and condition it is THE cult cleanser of cult cleansers and has been in too many Top 10, Top 100 beauty award listings to even mention. I've used it on and off for years, and each time I go back to it, I wonder why I changed from it in the first place. It comes with a muslin cloth (you can buy additional ones too), which after you've applied your cleanser, you soak in hot water (as hot as you can bear) wring out and hold to your face for about seven seconds to allow the steam to open your pores and let the cleanser sink in, before using it to remove the product from your face. The gentle exfoliating effect of the muslin cloth perfectly preps the skin for the application of your serum and moisturiser. I always find I've an added glow after using it. Plus, it lasts for ages as a little goes a long way so it's the gift that will keep on giving well into the new year.

Available from: Space NK and Arnotts Beauty Hall

Pixi Glow Tonic



If you can secure this gift, you my friend, are winning already. PIXI Glow Tonic has been one of the most hyped (and so worthy of it), most wanted beauty products of 2016 thanks to beauty guru Caroline Hiron's  recommendation. It is just amazing. I only just managed to get my hands on it a couple of weeks ago and my skin hasn't felt this smooth in ages. It tones, firms and tightens the skin leaving you with an amazing radiance, After cleansing, you just saturate a cotton pad with it, and swipe over the face, neck and d├ęcolletage. The glycolic acid remove dead skin cells for healthier, brighter looking skin while the aloe vera and ginseng help to soothe and heal the skin. Your skin feels smooth as silk, plus I find my make up sits so much better.  

It has continously been sold out for the best part of six months - BUT - my gal Ciara from the Beauty Department at M&S on Grafton Street says she still has some in stock following their recent in-store Pixi Event with the master of skincare herself Caroline Hirons. My advice is go there now. Once the word gets out this is back in stock, it will fly out of there. 

Available from: M&S online and at their Beauty Department in Grafton Street Store, and at Pixi Beauty and Cloud10 Beauty 

Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum



Believe me when I say, the recipient of this gift will most probably be calling you at the end of January to profusely thank you for this gift, especially when that cold moisture-draining weather takes a firmer grip on our climate. Lauded by beauty editors from Vogue to Vanity Fair, Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum has taken the beauty world by storm since it launched

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally present in the human body and is one of the main hydrators of our skin - it can retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water. As we age, our bodies can't produce enough of it and certain environmental conditions can cause our skin to lose precious moisture. Alcohol too can have a dehydrating effect, so this product is the perfect choice to combat the havoc the party season can play on one's complexion. If this was to be found in my Christmas stocking this year, I would be very happy indeed.


Available from: Online at Pestle & Mortar,  Arnotts Beauty Hall, Avoca, and other stockists.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil


Trilogy's Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is a complete game changer for your skin. A favourite of Kate Middleton, it does wonders for the skin and is without doubt one of the best facial oils I have ever used. And don't believe the myth that if you've oily skin you can't use an oil. I have oily skin and my skin loves it. I use this at night time to let its naturally active ingredients get to work while I sleep, and in the morning my skin feels so soft and plumped. Rosehip oil is rich in Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9. which are vital nutrients for maintaining optimum skin health. It has also been clinical proven to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks making it a particularly good gift choice for an expectant mum, as it's perfect for her tummy and for her complexion  - it was Kate M's go to product when she was expecting Princess Charlotte.

Available from: Arnotts Beauty Hall, Holland and Barrett, Sam McCauley ChemistsBoots and other health stores and pharmacies nationwide.


Ren Moroccan Otto Rose Duo



REN Skincare’s award winning Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash and Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion Duo is a fantastic choice for someone with sensitive skin or again as a gift for an expectant mum as all their range consists of 100 per cent plant and mineral derived ingredients. Rose oil is renowned as a cell rejuvenator, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, and it soothes skin conditions such as eczema, heals cuts and burns, and reduces swelling. The body wash is a lovely product and lathers very gently (as no foaming agent has been added) and the body lotion is easily absorbed by the skin and really nourishes and hydrates it by replenishing its natural moisture barrier.

Available from: Space NK, Arnotts Beauty Hall, M&S Beauty Department


Caudalie Beauty Elixir



When Victoria Beckham tweeted about how much she loved this product, it immediately sold out everywhere. Caudalie's Beauty Elixir is a gorgeous plant-based beauty mist packed with essential oils and rare plant extracts to help smooth away fine lines, and tighten pores. It contains an exceptional blend of antioxidants from grape extracts, orange blossom, rose, organic balm mint and rosemary that helps restore radiance to your skin. The refreshing mist also helps to set make up and is a backstage favourite with Make Up Artists at all the big fashion shows and a great in-flight hydrator as it combats dryness from all that recycled cabin air. This makes it a great gift for someone who travels frequently or works in an air-conditioned office environment to help keep their skin hydrated during the day. 

Available from: Space NK, Arnotts Beauty Hall, and selected pharmacies nationwide.


By Terry Baume de Rose

By Terry’s Baume de Rose lip balm is small in size, but big on impact. It's my all time favourite lip balm, especially at this time of year as it instantly moisturises, smooths and plumps the lips and keep them protected year round from the effects of the sun due to the built in SPF. With all that partying and the glamorous make up it requires, it's fail safe at keeping your lips luscious by applying it as a base before lipstick so you can kiss with confidence under the mistletoe. On its own, it gives a subtle sheen with a hint of pink –  perfect too for the natural no make-up look lover.


Available from: Space NK 



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