Tis the season to nab those beauty deals
Christmas is a time for giving, but all this giving can get very costly, so let’s consider it a time of saving, too. Today’s page looks at some of the best beauty available this season that offer real value for money whether you are looking for budget or luxury buys.
With so much great beauty to choose from, it’s best to start with a budget for your gifts list. Factor in where you will be shopping and if you have access to the brands you want to purchase from. Niche brands can be more difficult to find but we have lots of great Irish beauty web sites like www. cloud10beauty.com and www. naturalskincare. ie that stock brands from around the world. Better still, they deliver, and there’s nothing wrong with armchair shopping.
If you want to avoid city shopping, buy locally at your nearest pharmacy. Look for brands like Burt’s Bees or Roger and Gallet for some of the best offers. From Burt’s this season you’ll find collections of their best sellers, all natural beauty for all the family. Prices range from €3.95-€24.95.
From Roger and Gallet, you’ll get beautifully boxed sets and crackers of gorgeous bath, body and fragrance products. Prices start at €6.95, larger sets that include fragrance are €39.75 with a saving of more than €5.
Your local pharmacy can also tailor-make gifts if you like. Most chains offer free wrap- ping with boxes and plastic, so you get to choose what goes in and they will advise if you need any help.
If you brave the bigger stores, be a savvy shopper – check any online deals or free gifts that might be on offer. All of our larger stores now have comprehensive web sites that show where there might be a gift with purchase or free added extra, a shower gel or sample sizes from within the range.
For example, from Origins comes Grow Younger, a four-piece set of best-selling Plant- scription products for superior anti-ageing. The value is €130 and price is €75, giving a €55 saving. Buy it in Arnotts and get an exclusive Nanette Lepore cosmetic bag for free while stocks last. So remember, websites supply all the details of how you can save – bookmark an idea list before going out with your bank card. And if you have a loyalty card, use it – many thousands of points are collected in Ireland each year at different stores and pharmacies, but we seem reluctant to redeem them.