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We’ve selected the best Christmas gifts for the man in your life to ensure he has a permanent smile this Christmas and there isn't a single pair of socks in sight!

​​​​​Clarins Men Hydration Gift Set

Each year Clarins has a super Christmas range and this year is no exception. The Clarins Men gift this year is their Clarins Men toilet bag packed with products. And it’s at a great price too. This year it includes NEW Clarins Men Super Moisture Balm 50ml, Clarins Men Active Face Wash 125ml, Clarins Men Shampoo & Shower (30ml trial) and a Clarins Men Shave Ease Oil (3ml sample).

 

Clarins Men Hydration Gift Set RRP €64

Available in pharmacies nationwide and online here

Payot Charcoal Exfoliating Gel

This black facial cleansing gel containing plant-based charcoal and volcanic micro-particles gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin daily, releasing its impurities and dead cells. Its sebum-regulating action mattifies the skin throughout the day and the active charcoal unclogs the pores, preventing the appearance of imperfections. Men’s skin is left fresh and purified; it is soft with a refined texture, and its original radiance is restored.

Its intense black gel texture transforms into a generous white foam on contact with water. It is easy to rinse and leaves the skin fresh and soft. 

Payot Charcoal Exfoliating Gel 150ml RRP €19.95

Available in pharmacies nationwide and online here

The Glenmorangie Pioneering Collection Gift Pack

For the man in your life who savours the taste of the Scottish Highlands, The Glenmorangie Pioneering Collection is just perfect.  The gift pack contains three 350ml bottles – Glenmorangie Original, Lasanta and Quinta Ruban. Follow in the footsteps of their Whisky Creation Team, as they select the very best casks from around the world to bring you a range of taste experiences.

The Glenmorangie Pioneering Collection Gift Pack RRP €92.00

Available nationwide through select general off licence retailers

Yon-Ka Paris For Men Gift Set

The Yon-Ka for Men gift set contains two of their best products this year. 

Paris Nutri-Moist Crème 40ml – this cream protects the skin from environmental stress and restores all of its energy. A true multi-vitamin antioxidant cocktail for soft, supple and rehydrated skin, especially during the cold weather! This crème has a quickly absorbed texture with a pick me up effect, which is perfect for men on the go in the morning.

Yon-Ka Paris Barber Shave 100ml – this shaving skincare is ultra-effective on tough stubble, while remaining gentle on the most sensitive skin. A true soothing remedy that reduces irritation and small cuts caused by shaving, for absolute comfort. This product contains the purifying effect of essential oils, that further clears the skin after cleansing, before shaving.

The gift set comes in a stylish grey wash bag and includes a Leonards Shaving Brush.

Yon-Ka Paris For Men Gift Set RRP €84.00

Available in pharmacies nationwide

​​​​​Nuxe Men's Hydra Box Set

This gift set contains the essential trio for men who like to feel great.  It includes Nuxe Men Moisturising Multi-Purpose Gel 50ml, Nuxe Men Multi-Use Shower Gel 100ml and Nuxe Men Deodorant 50ml.

Nuxe Men's Hydra Box Set RRP €25.00

Available in pharmacies nationwide

Kennedy & Co by Darren Kennedy

Give the gift of hydrated, revitalised, supple soft skin to the man in your life with the choice of 3 deluxe gift sets from Kennedy & Co by Darren Kennedy. Most men don’t realise that their skin is in fact oilier, thicker and more frequently damaged by shaving, so a skincare routine is paramount, especially after the Christmas period.

There are three sets to choose from:

Gift Set 1: Daily Moisturiser with SPF 20, Purifying Peat Face Scrub, Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel

Gift Set 2: Matte Hair Clay, Daily Moisturiser with SPF 20, Purifying Peat Face Scrub

Gift Set 3: Matte Hair Clay, Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel, Daily Moisturiser with SPF 20

Kennedy & Co Deluxe Gift Sets RRP €25

Available to purchase in selected Dunnes Stores and pharmacies nationwide or online at www.kennedycogrooming.com

Phyto NOVATHRIX – for those with thinning hair or hair loss

Hair loss. It’s not life threatening but it is life altering. In almost every society in the world, hair is associated with beauty, youth and good health. The loss/thinning of hair can have a devastating impact on both men (and woman).   Phyto, the internationally renowned, natural haircare brand created by Patrick Ales introduces Phyto NOVATHRIX. With 50 years of expertise in the hair industry, this plant based, botanical hair care brand launches the expert anti-hair loss range in Boots nationwide. 

Phyto Novathrix Fortifying Energizing Shampoo 200ml – RRP €18

Available in pharmacies nationwide and online here

 Phyto Novathrix Global Anti-Hair Loss Treatment 12 vials – RRP €100

Available in pharmacies nationwide and online here

 PAYOT Homme Homme Soin Réveil Energising Care Gel

Hydrating and energising, PAYOT HOMME Soin Réveil (Energising Care Gel) immediately awakens your complexion with a delightfully fresh feeling and impressive anti-tiredness action that combats signs of skin fatigue. Having this in your skincare routine will make a significant difference in the colder, hard winter months.

This is designed specifically for the needs of men’s skin. Enriched with energy-boosting caffeine and cocoa, this skin boosting gel uses iron (present in hematite extract) for its stimulating, fortifying and oxygenating benefits, while zinc (present in smithsonite extract) encourages cell renewal and has a firming effect on the skin. 

PAYOT Homme Homme Soin Réveil Energising Care Gel 50ml RRP €36

Available in pharmacies nationwide and online here

​​​​​​Delarom Homme Eau Sport 50ml

Delarom Homme Eau Sport is for the modern man on the move and quite frankly, it smells gorgeous. The top note is vibrant and sparkling citrus: lemon, small satinwood grains, ginger, jungle essence, mandarine. The middle note, sensual and radiant, marine scent: iris, geranium, aquatic concord. And the bottom note is woody, vetiver: vetiver, muscs, cedar, orcanox. They say: “Homme Eau sport, authentical source of energy is the ultimate weapon of the modern and hedonist man, symbol of boldness and energy” – we say buy it!

 Delarom Homme Eau Sport 50ml RRP €44

Available in pharmacies nationwide and online here

Hennessy X.O  Gift Box

For some, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a warming glass of Hennessy. The emblematic icon of the House, Hennessy X.O remains unchanged since its creation in 1870. A blend of 100 eaux-de-vie, its deep amber colour is a sign of its intensity. At once rich and robust in character, it constantly reveals layers of flavours with distinctive persistence on the palate.

The Hennessy X.O Gift Box RRP €170

Available in O’Brien’s nationwide

Aqua Di Parma Essential Shaving Kit

The essential shaving kit is a travel-friendly ritual for the perfect shave. The iconic yellow Acqua di Parma branded pouch contains the shaving cream and aftershave emulsion in 40ml travel size along with the iconic colonia in the 20ml size. 

Aqua Di Parma Essential Shaving Kit RRP €65

Available at Brown Thomas

Novexpert Booster with Vitamin C

This high-performance booster serum delivers antioxidant, anti-inflammatory Vitamin C to the skin, fighting sun damage, increasing luminosity and stimulates natural collagen for a visibly firmer, more radiant and more youthful appearance. This serum is great for anyone who are outdoors or into sports and as they use the very best and it has the highest concentration of stabilised vitamin C in the world, you can rest assured, you are buying the best.

Novexpert Booster with Vitamin C RRP €56

Available in pharmacies nationwide and online here

 Maglite Solitaire LED Flashlight

If it’s a little gift you are after, then this keychain-size flashlight is just for you. The Maglite Solitaire LED Flashlight works in a really simple way – just twist the head to turn on, turn off and focus spot to flood. But thanks to a new, state-of-the-art LED light engine, you get something you just wouldn't expect to see coming out of a flashlight so small: A blast of power that can light up an object at the far end of the car park. 

Maglite Solitaire LED Flashlight – £17.76

Available on amazon now

Safety Razor Natural Wood

The set includes a traditional razor, vegan friendly soap and five spare blades. The quality of this razor speaks for itself –there is no need to apply pressure, just hold the handle in your fingertips, and let the weight of the razor head glide over the skin, giving the closest shave and the smoothest skin. 

The soap contains orange and lavender essential oils give this shaving soap a bold character. Clay extracts help to create a silky-smooth shave, and soothing aloe vera clams the skin and it’s vegan too. Also included in the Naked Shave Kit are five superior platinum double edge blades.

Safety Razor Natural Wood – Naked Necessities €30

Available in The Conscious Christmas Store on 13 Fade St, Dublin 2 or online from TheKind.co

RSBarcelona Gold Football Table

And if money is no object, then the must have toy for 2019 is the RSBarcelona Gold Football Table. A snip at just €5,690.

RSBarcelona Gold Football table RRP €5,690

Available in The Marvel Room at Brown Thomas

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Christmas is coming and we’re already starting to worry about what presents to buy our loved ones.

There are some people that are just so hard to buy for but Aldi are here to save the day.

They are selling the dream gifts for fans of Friends, including pyjamas- the best present of all if we’re being honest.

The Aldi Friends range is full of perfect presents for fans of the show (which is basically everyone) and best of all, they’re really affordable.

Enjoy a cuppa like you’re in Central Perk with the Friends Ceramic Mug. The 90s Friends PJs are only €9.99 and look super cosy. 

We are actually excited to start our Christmas shopping now. You can check out the full range below:

Duvet Set €19.99
Central Perk Mug €5.99

 

Friends Cushion €7.99
PJ Set €9.99
Travel Mug €6.99

 The above products are available in 139 Aldi stores nationwide from  Thursday, November 21.

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InStyler has just launched their new Cerasilk WAND and it's our favourite Instyler product yet. We are fast approaching the Christmas party season which means endless requirements to look a million dollars, but without the million dollar budget.  This year, you can embrace voluminous curls and bombshell bouncy waves with the new InStyler Cerasilk WAND without breaking your blow dry budget! 

The 1” Cerasilk WAND delivers an expert level look in seconds. Designed using the same unique technology as the sell-out Cerasik Styling Iron, the WAND features a woven ceramic texture that creates micro subsurface recesses that generate hot pockets of air with intense, radiant, heat thus eliminating direct contact between your hair and the wand. This unique technology acts as a built-in heat protector to defend against damage with every twist of hair.

Also unique to the Cerasilk WAND is the innovative cool touch grip tip, featuring silicone bristles that gently grasp the hair to allow you hands-free wrapping and the ability to secure the hair to ensure the perfect style. This patented, clip-free design also prevents breakage and creases in the hair.

InStyler have been perfecting everyday styles in a snap with their sell-out hair styling range including the HERO product…the InStyler MAX rotating barrell that allows for flawless locks in minutes. Now with the introduction of the Cerasilk WAND any style you desire is at your fingertips.

It's available with four different heat settings and an 8” professional swivel cord which makes the InStyler Cerasilk WAND the ideal tool for all hair lengths and types.  

Consider your styling tools an investment – they’re frequently used, sometimes rigorously, and play a major role in both the look and the health of your hair.

Get your hands on this latest hair must-have and go straight into the festive season in style – the RRP is €89.99 it is available now from www.InStyler.ie.

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Christmas is just around the corner and I am VERY excited about it.

As the eldest sister I feel like there's more pressure on me to buy amazing gifts for my sisters. Finding the perfect gift can be a complete and utter nightmare, but I realised there are so many essential things to buy your sisters; basically everything they steal on you.

My sisters are forever 'borrowing' everything and anything on me, from jeans to deodorant and from my curler to perfume. And tbh I'm fed up with it.

So how do we solve this problem?

Buy them the thing they're ALWAYS robbing on you. This gift guide is here to help my fellow struggling sisters who have had enough of their siblings and the constant case of missing belongings. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Christmas season is almost upon us, so it's time to organise those all important pressies.

Take full advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and get the gym bunny in your life the perfect festive gift without breaking the bank. 

As a self-confessed fitness junkie, these are just some of the finds that I absolutely adore from a price and practical point.

Active Marled Top €15

Nike Long Sleeve Futura Bodysuit €32

Pile hooded jacket €39.99

Nike Running Miler Long Sleeve Top €32

Active Colorblock Fleece Sweatshirt €17

Short yoga top €19.99

Adidas Originals 3-Stripes Long Sleeve Bodysuit €42 

Nike Training Pro Muscle Tank Top €20

Active Striped-Trim Hoodie €19 

Sports bra High support €22.99

Low Impact – Sports Bra €17

High Impact – Striped Sports Bra €17

Nike Training Indy Logo Sports Bra €25

Under Armour Tape Strappy Bra €30

Sports bra Medium support €12.99

Nike Brasilia Medium Duffle Bag €35

Running backpack €34.99

Glass water bottle €14.99

Large Smartshaker Shaker €8.99

Vegan Protein Blend €21.99

The Reversible (Un) Mat 1.5mm 66CM X 180CM €55

Flex Leggings €29.40

Active Striped-Trim Leggings €24 

Active Marled Ankle Biter Leggings €19

Fit Leggings €24

Seamless sports tights €22.99

Nike Downshifter 8 Women's €60

Nike Womens Flex Essential TR €55

Nike Womens Flex Trainer €70

Nike City Trainer 2 Women's €60

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I am a big believer in the phrase Treat Yo Self. My bank account is certainly aware of my love of this motto.

Ever since Tom and Donna introduced me to the phrase on Parks and Recreation I’ve been treating myself to everything from over-priced notebooks to concert tickets.

Trust me, it hasn’t gotten to a dangerous level (yet) but a recent tweet reminded me of why we should splurge on luxuries every now and then.

Following the death of her mum, Twitter user Cath (@rentswrites) shared: “After she died I was tasked with clearing out her things. So much unworn and untouched. So many things kept “for best.” Don’t do that. Wear the clothes, spray the perfume and dance in the shoes. Be bold/outrageous/fancy while you have the chance.”

This tweet got me thinking about how guilty we can feel for treating ourselves which is nonsense. So, when I got a sneak peek at the new L’Occitane Christmas collection my mind screamed… TREAT. YO. SELF.

This year, the brand has teamed up with none other than French fashion house Castelbajac. Together they have created a divine collection that has left us starry-eyed.

The two brands have put together the most divine collection inspired by constellations, that instantly reminds us of the classic childhood book A Little Prince.

The new collection features the classic products we have adored for years, but they’ve been given quite the eye-catching makeover.

The Shea Butter rage is here to save your skin during those bitter, icy winter days. One thing you need to invest in is the nourishing hand cream with 20 percent Shea Butter. It will leave your hands feeling super soft in no time. Pick up the 200ml tube of this life-saver for €24.

Another heavenly product on our wish list is the hydrating Almond Milk Concetrate. The swoon-worthy product is our winter saviour. It keeps your body hydrated from dusk ‘til dawn. Treat yourself to a 200ml jar for €46.

There are so many incredible L’Occitane products we want to try, from hand creams to lip balms, and the perfect way to find your holy grail products is by purchasing one of the classic advent calendars. The advent calendar features 24 mini-products that you can look forward to opening every day of December.

The Classic Advent Calendar is worth €99 but available for €59- the ultimate bargain.  The Luxury Advent Calendar is worth €126 but is priced at €99.

The new L’Occitane Christmas collection in collaboration with Castelbajac is available in stores and online from September 20, 2018.

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The festive season may be jolly and bright, but for Ireland’s elderly it can be anything but. As people get involved in Christmas activities and many clubs and organisations close for the holidays, loneliness can have a devastating effect on the older community – something that Age Action is once again highlighting this year.

Lead man of Dublin’s Hunting the Brave, John Sadlier, is raising money for this brilliant cause with his debut solo single, Dare to Dream (this Christmas). All proceeds from the sale of this great Christmas tune go to Age Action, to make the festive season a little better for the country’s older people. Check out the unforgettable tune below:

Hunting the Brave is an alternative folk band hailing from Dublin. Their music is a blend of alternative pop and the soft subtleties of folk, with a dynamic range of guitar and piano-led songs.

Along with John’s first solo single, 2014 has been a huge year for Hunting the Brave, who supported The Coronas and White Lies, and were also firm favourites at all the big festivals, including Indiependence. After all this success, John felt it was only fair to give something back.

“Christmas is an exceptionally tough time for elderly people who face loneliness throughout the year. When I wrote this song, I really wanted to use it to create awareness for those less fortunate than myself. I couldn’t think of a better charity to help than Age Action and I am delighted to be working alongside them this year. If I help one person I will be glad I could make a difference.”

Robin Webster, CEO of Age Action, is thrilled to be involved in this Christmas campaign. ‘We are delighted that John has chosen Age Action this Christmas. By downloading the song Dare to Dream the public not only get a great single but also help our work with vulnerable older people this Christmas’.

Dare to Dream (This Christmas) is available on iTunes from November 19th 2014. Follow Hunting the Brave on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with news.

 

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