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Clarins Beautiful Lip Collection

Lip Perfector 5ml, Joli Rouge Velvet 1.5g, #1 Lip Oil 2.8ml and #3 Water Lips 2.8ml

RRP €26

Available in all good pharmacies and department stores nationwide and online at www.clarins.ie

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Minis Gift Set

The Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Minis Gift Set is the most adorable stocking stuffer, combining deluxe travel sizes of 2 iconic NUXE oils. These multi-taskers make the perfect little luxury for skin, body and hair!

RRP €9

Available in all good pharmacies nationwide.

Novexpert Lip’Up – Lip Volumising Care

Novexpert Lip’Up lip balm contains hyaluronic acid, shea butter and menthol and provides a 3D volume effect of the lips. The repulp effect has been proven in clinical trials and the formula is guaranteed 100% natural.  Lip'Up gives a natural pink shine to the lips and provides and hydrates them like a balm. The added Vitamin E helps fight free radicals, so that lips maintain their youthfulness. Green algae extract helps stimulate the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Lip'Up is the ultimate beauty product with a skincare function.

RRP €20

Available in pharmacies nationwide and online here

Green Angel Precious Hands Gift Set

Essential for the cold winter months, this pretty Green Angel Precious Hands Christmas set contains three luxurious hand creams, enriched with organic essential oils that not only smell divine, but also help provide intensive skincare. Neroli helps repair skin, condition cuticles and strengthen nails, while jasmine hydrates intensively, and ylang ylang is quickly absorbed for a long-lasting delicate fragrance.

Each luxury cream gives the gift of silky smooth, soft moisturised hands, and this handy gift set allows the wearer to ring the changes with a favourite fragrance every day!

RRP €29.95

Available in stores nationwide (find stockist here) and online here.

Note Cosmetics Smokey Eye Make Up Gift Set

The Note Smokey Eye Make Up set is the perfect gift for someone who is eye makeup obsessed. With a mascara, eye pencil and eyeshadow pallet this set is everything you’d need to create that sexy smokey night out eye look.  It includes their Deep Black Mascara, Smokey Eye Pencil 01 and Professional Eyeshadow 105 – their monochrome palette which creates a dark smokey look with its 5 different colour options

RRP €20.95

Available in all good pharmacies nationwide.

Dr. Hauschka Nurturing Hand Care Set

Our hands go through so much and are often what shows up the first signs of aging, so it is vitally important that we take extra care of them, especially during the winter months. The Dr. Hauschka Nurturing Hand Care Set is a luxurious set that contains the Hydrating Hand Cream with nourishing plant oils that pamper and care for your hands, the Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil, which will strengthen and fortify and the exclusive Nail Buffer which will give nails a shiny, healthy finish – perfect for the Christmas party season.

RRP €22.95

Available from Dr. Hauschka stockists nationwide.

wet n wild® Liquid Catsuit Lip Colour Collection

This 4 Piece Mini Catsuit Lip Set is perfect for the lip lover in your life, including 2 mini MegaLast® Metallic Catsuit Liquid Lipsticks in shades Life’s No Pink-nic and Acai So Serious AND 2 mini MegaLast® Catsuit Matte Lipstick in shades Rebel Rose and Berry Recognize.

RRP €12.95

Available in all good pharmacies nationwide.

Art Deco Boost Your Lips Gift Set

This set contains 3 Hydra Lip Boosters.  These lip glosses provide full, sensual lips with a hint of colour and wonderful shine. Marine Fillings Spheres® evens out wrinkles and lines while Blue Seakale and Collageneer® support the regeneration and improve the skins elasticity. The Hydra Lip Booster has an excellent wearing comfort and visible care for the lips.

RRP €27.05

Available in all good pharmacies nationwide.

Note Cosmetics No Make Up Make Up Gift Set

This set is ideal for the person in your life who likes that fresh no makeup make up look. This set has everything you’d need to look fresh faced and ready to take on the world.  It includes the Note Skin Perfecting Primer (suitable for both oily and combination skin, it gives a great base for a long lasting makeup look), Note BB Concealer (their gorgeous, silky smooth concealer that glides on effortlessly to conceal dark circles), Note Luminous Silk Compact Blusher to give a warm, natural looking powder blush, and the Note Ultra Rich Colour Lipstick – (Shade Candy Nude).

RRP €19.95

Available in all good pharmacies nationwide.

Ella & Jo 3 in 1 Hyaluronic Skin Mist

A facial skin mist with the key hero ingredient hyaluronic acid, designed to add hydration to the skin and to be used pre and post make up and throughout the day. This is a product designed specifically for Irish skin types. Created and made in Ireland, the mist plumps, hydrates and sets and is a one of a kind skin solution. The Ella & Jo – 3 in 1 Hyaluronic Skin Mist is infused with extracts of chamomile, cucumber, witch hazel, aloe vera and green tea. It is specially formulated with mild ingredients to help hydrate, condition & protect the skin.

RRP €25

Available in all good pharmacies nationwide.

Art Deco Perfect Curling Gift Set

This gift set contains Curling Mascara which has a curved voluminous curling brush, you can easily reach the shortest of lashes and the Art Deco Eye Makeup Remover (50ml)


RRP €20.50

Available in all good pharmacies nationwide.

wet n wild® Midnight Goddess Collection          

Midnight Goddess Collection will bring you from desk to dancefloor with just three products. This set is also the ideal gift set for any makeup fanatics on your shopping list. It contains Colour Icon™ 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Rosé in the Air, MegaGlo™ Highlighting Powder Precious Petals and MegaLast Lip Colour in shade Sandstorm.

RRP €14.95

Available in all good pharmacies nationwide.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL Lip Plumping Gloss

Plump up the volume with this triple-action, extreme volume, super hydrating moisture 10ml gloss.  Formulated with a 3XL Peptide Plump Complex and bursting with Lipswell™ natural plant oil that stimulates circulation to make lips appear fuller, more defined and perfectly plumped.

RRP €13.50

Available in Boots nationwide.




The world is becoming dark and dreary, but we think this season is the BEST time to add a pop of colour to your life. That’s why this week’s BPOTW is the impressive new range of make-up must-haves from NOTE Cosmetics. These gorgeous new editions to your makeup bag are all about colour- be it bold and brazen or earthy and sultry. From statement lipsticks and luxurious lip inks to earthy toned eyeshadow and intense Sculpting Mascara, NOTE has you covered when it comes to brightening up your look this season. 

Gals, it’s time to #takeNOTE of the following stunning new products:


The MattEver Lip Ink contains lip nourishing Murumuru Oil, creating silky, smudge-proof formula that applies like a gloss and dries matte. It lasts up to 8 hours without transfer and available in 8 gorgeous shades. At only €8.95, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is which shade you’ll be wearing!


Think flawlessness and a super matte finish- NOTE’s new MattEver Lipstick in 8 beautiful shades, has the whole package. Full of Argan Oil and Vitamin E this creamy must-have is sure to keep your lips feeling hydrated and nourished. Its’ non-transferable formula will feel like a second skin and give you that ‘barely-there’ effect. Pick it up for €8.95 today. 


If its volume and definition your lashes crave, look no further than NOTE’s new Sculpt Master Mascara. Achieve thicker, fuller and longer lashes with a non-clump finish with this unique formula. Enriched with Vitamin C, Vitamin E and D-Panthenol the new Sculpt Master Mascara supports the healthy growth of lashes, giving them the strength they need. This stunning mascara is priced at an amazing €11.95, so you won’t have to break the bank. 


Looking for that professional look without the professional pay out? The new Professional Eyeshadow Palette from NOTE is a game-changer when it comes to achieving that sleek and mesmerising look. The super silky, metallic-effect shadows contain 5 smooth, creamy andultra-pigmented shades. The incredibly moisturising formula is enriched in Vitamin E making it long lasting and crease proof. The palette is Available in ‘107’ (berry shades) and ‘106’ (bronze shades)- perfect for the approaching party season. If you’re looking for a bold metallic look, this palette is the one for you at only €14.95.




Beauty journalist and Instagram influencer Sali Hughes knows a thing or two about makeup and skincare products.

With her huge following and her years of experience as columnist, she has tried and tested more beauty products that you could dream of. 

That's why when we got lucky enough to ask the expert a few questions, we had to know which products she thinks we should invest in and which ones don't deserve a splurge.

So, high-end or high street?

For moisturiser, cleanser and makeup remover, she says either is fine.

For bronzer, Sali thinks both work well as long as you choose a mat one. 

When it comes to foundation, she definitely recommends going high end. "Foundation takes us the biggest amount of real estate on your face. As you wear it all day, a cheap foundation can go very wrong and I have rarely met a cheap foundation I liked so it's better to invest there."

For mascara, the expert happens to use high-end products (her favourite is Clinique mascara) but she wouldn't think twice about using a cheaper one. 

For eyeshadows and lipsticks, she believes you tend to get more pigments and more blendability in high-end products.

"There are exceptions, she says, but if you want the pigments to show up, it's normally best investing. If you want a whisper of colour like for bronzer and blusher, you can use cheaper ones".

As for the biggest mistake she sees women make when it comes to beauty, using the wrong colour foundation is by far number one. "The job of your foundation is not to darken your skin! Use a foundation that matches your skin and if you want to look tanned, bring the tan with a bronzer". 

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The gorgeous Niamh is the brains behind Little Miss Me XO, a lifestyle, beauty and fashion blog full of fab product reviews and advice.

We caught up with Niamh to get the lowdown on her beauty secrets, must-have products and make-up tips!

Check out what she had to say…

1. What's your best budget beauty buy?
I would have to say the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I couldn't pick just one as both of these products are amazing! The concealer gives great coverage while also brightening your under eye area, and it’s so cheap at just €6.99. The sponge is similar to a beauty blender and can be used to apply concealer or foundation – it’s a must-have for me!

2. What's your top make-up tip?
My top make-up tip is to always use a primer. Whether it is a face primer or eye primer they really are an important step which is commonly left out. I have only recently started using an eye primer and it makes such a difference to your eye make-up, giving you a great base to work from and helps to keep your eyeshadow in place for longer.

3. Do you have a favourite all-round beauty product?
I would say the Benefit They're Real Mascara is my favourite product at the moment. It really helps to define your eyes by adding length and volume to your lashes. 

4. What's your earliest beauty memory?
My earliest beauty memory is getting a little make-up set from Claire's Accessories, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. Little did I know make-up would become such a big part of my life… We all have to start somewhere!

5. Most girls have a signature scent – what's yours?
I love Live by Jennifer Lopez. It's a fruity and floral fragrance which smells amazing on the skin.

 6. What's in your make-up bag right now?
– Mini Benefit Porefessional
– Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Desert Beige
– No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder in Fair
– No7 Instant Radiance Concealer in 10
– Mini Benefit Stay Don't Stray in Light/Medium
– No7 eyeshadows
– Benefit They're Real Mascara
– No7 Lip Crayon in Delicate Pink
– A mix of Real Techniques Brushes

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