Your san­ity-sav­ing PRESENT PRICE GUIDE

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

Have you tack­led your Christ­mas gift list yet? When­ever you do get around to go­ing shop­ping, be clever when pick­ing up pam­per­ing presents: don’t for­get beauty gift sets of­fer sav­ings and free items — but there are a to choose from! So, as a starter’s guide, here are my top gift-set buys.

The Body Shop’s Cho­co­ma­nia Cup­cake Col­lec­tion, €9.95, con­tains four mini treats, per­fect for teens and cho­co­holics.

Weleda’s hugely pop­u­lar Body Oil Gift Set, €15.95 (from health stores and phar­ma­cies), in four minia­ture sizes, make this bath-time set a dream. Ideal for bath lovers and nat­u­ral-beauty fans.

Such choice in this price range! Head to Deben­hams for Vita Lib­er­ata’s Ul­ti­mate Tan Kit, €25.20, if you know a tan fan. Or if your girl­friend loves kitsch, go to Boots for Soap & Glory’s Re­laxS­ta­tion, € 25, a bumper box of seven great beauty prod­ucts. Or keep it sea­sonal: Ori­gins’ Go Gin­ger Trio, €24, has three gin­ger-scented shower treats that will make ev­ery morn­ing feel fes­tive. Does your lady love her lashes? Then you must get to a Lancôme counter for one of the Hyp­nôse mas­cara gift sets. Choose from the Doll, Star or Drama mas­cara sets and you’ll get a free Bi-Facil eye make-up re­mover and black kohl pen­cil. A star buy at €27 per set.

Clar­ins’ Eau des Jardins (aka ‘joy in a bot­tle’!) eau de toi­lette (100ml) comes with a match­ing shower gel and body lo­tion in a great Christ­mas gift set. Get yours at Deben­hams for just €37.35.

Fra­grance is mas­sively pop­u­lar at Christ­mas, and the Em­po­rio Ar­mani Di­a­monds Gift Set will re­ally im­press. In­cluded are a 30ml scent, body wash and body lo­tion. A Di­a­monds Set is also avail­able in the men’s ver­sion; both are €45 per set.

Well, ex­actly €60, Won­dervi­sion from Smash­box is the pal­ette of the sea­son! It in­cludes 30 eye shad­ows, three blushes and a bronzer to­gether in a great sil­ver case; from Arnotts and se­lected Boots.

For the so­phis­ti­cated lady in your life, check out Shi­seido’s Zen Hol­i­day Set, €65. This time­less eau de par­fum (50ml) comes with a com­pli­men­tary shower gel (125ml) and costs €85, which is a sav­ing of €20 for you this Christ­mas.

What­ever you choose, keep an eye on your bud­get as you go. Make a list of re­cip­i­ents and pair them with the per­fect gift be­fore you hit the shops. Most stores’ web­sites have ev­ery set and all the sav­ings listed on­line, so be sure to check them!

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