DECK THE HALLS
The party season is almost upon us, so time to check if your look needs a refresh. Take a trip to Brown Thomas, Dublin, to meet with the new personal shopper for beauty, Warren Dowdall. A long-time makeup artist and favoured store member for many years, Warren can transform your beauty routine. As well as 15-minute complimentary makeup sessions, Warren can tutor, demonstrate and teach any woman for any look. A private suite is also available for cancer patients looking for beauty and skin care advice during treatment. For more information about Warren’s service, go to www.brownthomas.com.
SPECIAL EDITION COLLABORATIONS
Here’s an easy Christmas present if your other half loves beauty. Leading subscription service Glossybox has created a special edition box with luxury retailer Harvey Nichols, just for November. Available to order from 17 November on www.glossybox.co.uk while stocks last, the beauty box is filled with goodies from brands including Laura Mercier, NARS, Elemis, OPI and many more. The special edition box costs approx. €38. P&P is calculated on the day of ordering, but the set is worth €150+. Best of all, the box is delivered to your door, or directly to the lucky lady you are treating.
IN THE NICK OF TIME
Christmas beauty products launch in mid to late October so many limited editions may be sold out by the time you hit the shops in December. Ones to watch out for are the sets at Aveda counters nationwide. Eleven sets are available, priced €20-€80; they combine all the most popular products in hair, bath and body. The annual candle is there too (€35) and the new Beautifying Composition Oil makes an entrance in the bath and beauty gift sets along with Cleansing Oil and Body Moisturiser. The sets are gift wrapped in handmade lokta paper, which supports cooperatives in Nepal. Go check out the offerings before they’re gone! Fans of Armani’s Sheer Fabric, Eyes To Kill and Eye & Brow Maestro, designed by revered makeup artist Linda Cantello, probably already own one or two Lip Maestros, high gloss lip lacquer with intense pigment. 400 is now an iconic red, 404-406 are three new reds to add to your wish list, each based on spicy versions of the original. ‘For the adventurous woman and the man who loves her’ is the tag line for this great new unisex fragrance from Lady Gaga. If you are a little monster you will like this scent created by Ursula Wandel of Givaudan. It opens with a burst of lime, the central heart is white violet and the final trail is a sensual one based on leather. Overall, the scent is spicy. Worth a look if you are a Gaga fan.
GIORGIO ARMANI LIP MAESTRO 404
LADY GAGA EAU DE GAGA €25.95 for 30mls, €33.95 for 50mls, nationwide