LUSCIOUS FESTIVE LIPS
The festive season demands a red lip like no other time of year. But fear not: if red is not your thing, go for a more wearable sheer berry instead — or if you feel brave enough, try next season’s must-have shade, orange. Red can overpower quite a lot of women and so they steer clear of all strong colours, but berry can be a clever shade to team with paler skin. Orange, on the other hand, is a fun shade; add a coral, peach or neon to the lips. And if you happen to have a matching nail polish, all the better!
Left your gift buying until the last minute... Here are some great present ideas that will save you more than a few euro at this expensive time of year! Michael Kors’ new Glam Jasmine Set, €76 (with a saving of €36 from the RRP), includes an eau de toilette spray and body cream. Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist set comprising scent and body lotion costs €68 (a saving of €38). DKNY’s Be Delicious Holiday Set, €60, contains the popular fragrance along with a free body lotion. And greatest value of them all — and a classic we’ll all remember — the Aramis Blockbuster Set includes an eau de toilette, aftershave, shave balm, body wash, plus a soap on a rope. The set costs €102 — that saves you a whopping €72 this Christmas!
Aside from all the festive treats we will eat over the next few days, most of us will try to take a few brisk walks to work off those calories. If you are spending time outdoors this Christmas, whatever else you wear to stay warm, pop on some gloves to protect your hands. No gloves? Then you must put on barrier hand cream to protect them from chapping. More enriched than regular hand cream, which does moisturise and provide suppleness, barrier creams also protect skin from the elements, cold air, water and extreme temperatures. La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Hands is a good option; at only €7.50, it will protect your hands all winter long.
The future is looking frizz-free with this unique hair styler. The Steampod works alongside two keratin products to infuse hair with protein-building blocks to strengthen and smooth. With five heat settings for different hair types, the Steampod demineralises the water before steaming, too — great for stopping mineral deposits discolouring dyed hair.
Looking for a beauty gift for a make-up fanatic? You could try this eyelash curler from Shu Uemura. You may not be aware of the brand, but every beauty addict knows the Shu eyelash curler is the ultimate tool to own. Or get the curler as part of the awardwinning set, €55, which also includes the Cleansing Oil, BB Cream and UV Mousse Base. Seriously, if you’re out to impress this Christmas, pick this up!
SHU UEMURA EYELASH CURLER €22, Brown Thomas
L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONEL STEAMPOD €156.26 (reduced from