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Christmas

The most wonderful time of the year is here and all we I want to do is eat our weight in Celebrations and watch The Holiday on repeat.

We can finally watch our favourite Christmas movies without being judged so we gathered up our top festive films that you need to watch.

Christmas just doesn’t feel right until you’ve watched all of these merry movies.

  1. Home Alone

Did we watch this John Hughes classic when it was on Film4 in July? Maybe… Home Alone is one of the most beloved Christmas movies and we’re not surprised. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin, who is accidentally left home alone and must protect his house from thieves Harry and Marv- our favourite movie villains.

  1. Elf

“Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite colour?”

We recently re-watched Elf and completely forgot just how hilarious it is. Will Ferrell plays the hopeless Buddy Elf who leaves the North Pole and heads to the Big Apple to find his birth father. This movie is bound to leave you grinning from ear to ear.

  1. Love Actually

Hugh Grant’s dancing scene. Emma Thompson sobbing in her bedroom to THAT Joni Mitchell CD. Mr Bean taking a decade to wrap the necklace. Colin Firth’s sweaters. The race through the airport. Bill Nighy singing.

This movie is everything. A timeless classic we’ll never get tired of.

  1. The Muppet Christmas Carol

This movie always reminds us of childhood and fills us with nostalgic feelings. It is the ideal film to watch on Christmas Eve, no matter how old you are. Kermit and co. will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas.

  1. The Holiday

Jude Law in his prime. The Holiday is relatable and heartbreaking and absolutely charming. It also makes us dream about moving to a cottage in the English countryside (pre-Brexit, obviously.)

  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

It ain’t Christmas without the 2000 version of this Dr. Seuss’ tale. Who knew a movie with Gossip Girl’s Jenny Humphrey and Tanya from Mamma Mia could make us feel so festive?

  1. The Santa Clause

Look we only ever watch this movie to find out if anyone else fancied Bernard the Elf because he was the light of our lives in 1994. In all seriousness, this Tim Allen movie is a childhood favourite and always makes us feel super merry.

  1. Miracle on 34th Street

The 1994 version, obviously. We just can’t get enough of this heartfelt remake of the 1947 Christmas movie. Starring Matilda herself, Mara Wilson and the late Richard Attenborough, this is another Christmas hit by John Hughes so make sure it’s on your list this December.

 

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Adare Manor: The Renaissance of an Irish Country House by Turtle Bunbury (Published by Adare Manor)

Adare Manor has always been remarkable. Its story began eight centuries ago when the original manor was granted to a Norman knight while a substantial monastic community was established on the nearby riverbanks. Turtle Bunbury’s book traces Adare Manor’s wonderful journey from a medieval manor house to its 21st century status as a luxury five-star resort. The book is available exclusively from Adare Manor.

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way by Carsten Krieger (Published by O’Brien Press)

Take a photographic journey down Ireland’s Atlantic coast from Donegal in the north to Cork in the south. This beautiful book showcases the west coast in all its wild beauty: dramatic views, abundant nature and wildlife, lighthouses, harbours and quaint seaside villages, as well as heritage, history and people. 

The Wild Atlantic Way is a fully-signposted route along the west coast of Ireland that brings the visitor to some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery and liveliest towns: from surfing in Rossknowlagh to birdwatching at the magnificent cliffs of Moher, from the boats in Galway Bay to traditional music in Doolin, from dolphins in Kerry to castles in Cork there’s something for everyone on the wild west coast.

Ireland the Best by Sally and John McKenna (Published by Harper Collins)

Sally and John McKenna, travel and food writers and authors of Ireland The Best, have selected 100 extraordinary places that epitomise what is truly great about Ireland. This personal and diverse compendium is illustrated with beautiful and evocative images. John and Sally McKenna have drawn on a lifetime of experiences to create this list of the 100 best places in Ireland: reflective, magnificent and human places.

Some choices may be surprising but all are exceptional. This gorgeous book is John and Sally’s ultimate collection selected from the hundreds of places that feature in the independent guide to Ireland. As well as expert commentary, all 100 places include highly selective recommendations of where to walk, eat and sleep nearby. Beautiful and evocative images capture the essence of each place. From wild glens to ancient buildings, remote islands to vibrant cities, this is John and Sally’s list of the places in Ireland that you really should visit in your lifetime.

Seven Worlds, One Planet by Jonny Keeling, Scott Alexander with foreword by David Attenborough (Published by Penguin)

Long ago, our planet had only one gigantic land mass. Then something monumental happened. That supercontinent ruptured and seven different worlds were born. Each of those worlds – or continents – evolved, and continues to evolve, its own way of life. From the jungle of the Congo or the majestic Himalayas to the densely populated wilds of Europe or the comparatively isolated Australasia, Seven Worlds, One Planet explores the natural wonders that give each of our continents its distinct character.

Following the animals that have made these iconic environments their home, it discovers spectacular wildlife stories that reveal what makes each of these seven worlds unique. With a foreword by Sir David Attenborough and over 250 breath-taking images, including stills from the BBC Natural History Unit’s spectacular footage, Seven Worlds, One Planet is a stunning exploration of the planet, and the worlds within it, that we call home.

Return to Sender – Revisiting John Hinde’s Ireland by Paul Kelly (Published by Gill Books)

Revisit a jewel-bright Ireland as Return to Sender beautifully captures the then-and-now of John Hinde’s postcards. Throughout Paul Kelly’s chidhood in California, his father, Patrick Kelly, sent him John Hinde postcards when he was vistiting the land of his youth. By the time Paul was nine, he was accompanying his father on these trips and developed his own love of Ireland. In 2015 Paul’s father died and in 2018 Paul came back to live in Ireland with his family. In tribute to both his father and John Hinde, in the summer of 2018 Paul set about recapturing the modern-day versions of Hinde’s postcards, which are set against the originals in this book.   

Return to Sender pairs Hinde’s iconic postcards from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s with corresponding contemporary photographs, illustrating the ways Ireland’s rural and urban landscapes have changed over the decades or, in some places, not changed at all. This side-by-side contrast wonderfully captured by Paul Kelly, elicits feelings of nostalgia for Hinde’s instantly recognisable jewel-bright Ireland.

Where the Wild Cooks Go (Hardback) by Cerys Matthews (published by Penguin)

Cook your way around the world with Cerys Matthews' Where the Wild Cooks Go, with a Spotify playlist ready for each country, as well as poems, proverbs, curiosities and some very surprising aspects of world history. The pages of her 'folk cookbook' are brim-full of generations' old nuggets of wisdom, as well as stories about Catatonia touring days and other escapades, plus over a hundred recipes and cocktail ideas from 15 countries.  

Easy haggis, jambalaya, cawl, traditional and vegan Welsh cakes, tequila prawns, chocolate and Guinness fondants, thousand hole pancakes, pineapple and chilli, potato, chickpea and coconut curry, dahl and hedgerow salad are just some of delicious, sustainable and fuss free ideas served in this beautiful book.

Arise And Go: W.B. Yeats and the people and places that inspired him by Kevin Connolly (Published by O’Brien)

Arise And Go W.B. Yeats and the People and Places That Inspired Him By Kevin Connolly. The idea of place runs like a river through the life and works of the poet and playwright W.B. Yeats. This book focuses on his time in Dublin, London, Sligo and elsewhere in the west of Ireland, embracing the homes, landscapes and people that impacted his life and stimulated his vast body of work.

Bird: Photographer of the Year Foreword by Chris Packham (Published by Harper Collins)

This beautiful book accompanies a new photographic competition celebrating some of the best bird photography of the year. The Bird Photographer of the Year competition celebrates the artistry of bird photography, and this large-format book is lavishly illustrated to reflect this. A celebration of avian beauty and diversity, it is a tribute to both the dedication and passion of the photographers as well as a reflection of the quality of today’s modern digital imaging systems.

The book includes the winning and short-listed images from the competition, now in its fourth year, showcasing some of the finest bird photography, with a foreword by BTO President and head judge, Chris Packham. A proportion of the profits from the book goes directly to the BTO to support their conservation work. 

The Dublin Marathon – Celebrating 40 years by Sean McGoldrick (Published by O’Brien)

The Dublin Marathon is written by Irish Book Award nominated author Sean McGoldrick in co-operation with the Marathon. In addition to the history, routes and all the information on and about the Dublin Marathon over the years, a call out was made to the public earlier this year for their personal stories of the Marathon (running it, being involved, cheering family or friends), and the best of these are featured in the book.

Game of Thrones: A Guide to Westeros and Beyond by Myles McNutt (Published by Penguin)

Feeling lost without Game of Thrones? Relive all 8 series with the only official tie-in guide – the PERFECT GIFT for any fan this Christmas. 

Covering all eight seasons of the hit HBO show, this remarkable volume offers a unique and exciting visual exploration into the incredible world of Game of Thrones. In two parts, the book follows the story of the South, where kings and queens battle for the Iron Throne, and of the North, where the White Walkers and their army of the dead gather. Fully illustrated with stunning photography, infographics, timelines and insightful essays, this is the essential guide for any Game of Thrones fan.

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Shifting a co-worker at the office Christmas party might seem like one of the biggest clichés going, new research has shown that it could signal the beginning of a long and meaningful relationship.

Drinks are flowing, the office is closed and for one night a year, all inhibitions go out the window.

Maybe it's that guy from finance you've been eyeing up since he told you your hair looked nice one day, or perhaps all that wine will make you see you work husband/wife in a whole new light – either way, it's pretty likely you'll fall into someone's arms at the end of the night.

In fact, according to a recent study conducted by Instantprint, almost half of all office workers will have some kind of work related romance this festive season.

What's more, 53 percent of those who end up sharing a sneaky shift will end up being in long-term relationships, with one-third of those couples staying together for over a year.

The study also shows that those who work in HR are the most nervous about going to work the day after the Christmas party – though they were also shown to be the ones most likely to get “embarrassingly drunk,” so we're guessing that those go hand-in-hand, really.

Oh, and if you are looking for love this festive season, set your sight on that ride in IT – apparently they're the most likely to kiss someone.

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We are DYING to spend a whole day watching movies. This is what Christmas is all about – especially for those who grew up with the telly humming in the background for the duration of the holidays. This list compiles the golden oldies of Christmas passed that will allow you to go back in time on the run-up to the holidays!

1. White Christmas (1947)

Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney star in the movie magic that brought us the classic song, I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas.

2. Holiday Inn (1942)

Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire dance dreamily into Christmas in this black and white classic.

3. Meet Me in St Louis (1944)

In this stunning film, Judy Garland debuts the famous Christmas ballad, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – her voice will melt your heart on the run-up to Christmas!

4. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

This beautiful black and white classic will have you and your family believing in Santa for years to come!

5. It's a Wonderful Life (1947)

James Stewart has captured hearts for decades with this beautiful film. It tells the tale of George Bailey who is shown what life would be like without him by an angel.

6. By the Light of The Silvery Moon (1953)

This one begins earlier in the year and ends all Christmassy. Doris Day stars in a gorgeously golden age story of a family in a leafy American suburb! Expect crooning and spooning in this beautiful classic.

7. Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) 1951

By far the best movie version of Dickens' classic- according to the New York Times anyway!

8. The Bishops Wife (1947)

Carey Grant plays an angel who must help a bishop and his… You guessed it: wife!

9. It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

One Christmas a wealthy New Yorker discovers that his house has been taken over by a group of squatters. He disguises himself and stays with them to find out what is going on. This hilarious comedy should be on your Christmas list for the holiday season!

10. I’ll Be Seeing You (1945)

Ginger Rogers and Shirley Temple star in the classic comedy about two strangers- a soldier and an unlikely criminal- who meet on a train and eventually fall in love… dreamy!

Get that fire going and hark back in time to the golden age of Hollywood this Christmas!

 

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Christmas movies are good for the soul. There’s nothing we love more than curling up by the fire and watching Love Actually.

There are so many Christmas movies that hold a special place in our hearts. It’s a Wonderful Life reminds us of family. The Holiday helped us believe in true love again. And Elf always makes us feel instantly merry.

Trying to choose a favourite isn’t easy, but the public has spoken and the top Christmas movie of all time has been revealed.

Home Alone has claimed the top spot and we have to admit we’re not one bit surprised.

The classic Christmas movie is a firm favourite and never fails to make us laugh and yearn for our family at Christmas.

The family favourite was revealed as the best Christmas movie in a study by online marketplace Music Magpie.

Home Alone really does have the full package. It’s funny and heartwarming. Teaches you about the true meaning of Christmas and gave us some of the most hilarious one liners ever.

Check out Music Magpie’s top 20 Christmas movies below:

  1. Home Alone
  2. Elf
  3. Love, Actually
  4. The Grinch
  5. The Santa Clause
  6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  7. Arthur Christmas
  8. Gremlins
  9. The Polar Express
  10. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  11. Die-Hard
  12. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
  13. Scrooged
  14. Jingle All The Way
  15. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  16. It's A Wonderful Life
  17. Miracle On 34th Street
  18. White Christmas
  19. Bad Santa
  20. The Holiday

Did your favourite make the list?

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Cheryl and Liam Payne will spend Christmas together, the Stack It Up singer has revealed.

Liam opened up about his family’s festive plans and he’s making an effort to see his son over the holidays. Despite their break-up, Liam stressed that he has a strong friendship with Cheryl.

So much so that the pair have put their differences aside to spend Christmas together.

He told This Morning that this is the first year that Bear actually understands what Christmas is so the dad wanted to ensure he didn’t miss out on the milestone.

The Strip That Down singer said, “I’m gonna go down and see Bear and maybe cook a Christmas dinner and just hang out with the family.”

Liam added, “I like to do Sunday roasts, it just brings you back to normality. We’re gonna go down and cook some food and hang out.”

“It’s the first time he really gets Christmas now, and I want to see him actually unwrapping presents this year though," he explained.

"Otherwise it will just be Cheryl by the tree again opening everything,” the dad revealed.

Liam and Cheryl welcomed their son Bear in 2017, but ended their relationship a year after the birth of their baby boy.

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This week, Tesco Ireland is calling on locals to join festive fun in-store nationwide to help raise vital funds for sick children this Christmas tomorrow Friday and Saturday, to join Tesco colleagues for a series of ‘Festive Fun Days’ in aid of charity partner, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Seasonal cheer is set to top the shopping list as customers are treated to a selection of festive fun including Christmassy cake sale, fun face painters, and limited edition festive floral bouquets, all in aid of raising much needed funds for sick children this Christmas.

Hosted by Tesco colleagues across Ireland, this year’s series of ‘Festive Fun Days’ aim to raise €150,000 for the little heroes of Temple Street, with all of the vital funds raised going towards purchasing an advanced Retinal Camera for the Theatre ward, needed for Temple Street to ensure that each child receives the best care possible. Using this new equipment, an Ophthalmologist can ensure timely intervention, which can prevent loss of sight and in the case of Retinal cancer can cure many cases.

You can give your host the perfect gift this festive season with Tesco’s Christmas themed floral bouquet in aid of Temple Street. The beautiful bouquet is an ideal gift for your host this festive season and contains a combination of happy pink mini gerbera, with a mix of purple, pink and white chrysanthemums with some beautiful touches of frosted pinecones, decorative scented cinnamon sticks and glittered foliage.

These bouquets are available in stores nationwide priced at €10.00 and a donation of €1.00 per bouquet sold will be made to Temple Street.

Each year Temple Street treats over 150,000 children from across the country and for thousands of children, Temple Street is the only hospital in Ireland in which they can be treated. Temple Street has been Tesco Ireland’s charity partner since October 2014 and to-date Tesco Ireland has raised €4.7 million in aid of the little heroes of Temple Street.

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Christmas is getting closer and we can’t quite believe the most wonderful time of the year is upon us.

The holidays are all about spending time with your nearest and dearest, but some of our loved ones will be spending Christmas away from the Emerald Isle this year.

The best friend in New York, the cousin in Australia and the brother in London can’t be forgotten so we’ve made sure to send them something from home this Christmas.

If you’re planning on sending the annual box of Tayto to your big brother in New Zealand or posting a care package to your bestie in Glasgow then keep note of the final posting dates for 2019.

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An Post have confirmed the dates and you better hurry up because the final posting dates for the USA is December 6.

Check out the full list below:

Republic of Ireland:

Standard Post Letters – December 20

Standard Post Parcels- December 20

Registered Post – December 20

Express Post – December 21

Northern Ireland:

Standard Post Letters – December 20

Standard Post Parcels- December 20

Registered Post – December 20

Express Post – December 21

United Kingdom:

Standard Post Letters – December 19

Standard Post Parcels- December 19

Registered Post – December 19

International Courier Service – December 19

Europe:

Standard Post Letters – December 19

Standard Post Parcels- December 13

Registered Post – December 16

International Courier Service – December 19

USA:

Standard Post Letters – December 10

Standard Post Parcels- December 6

Registered Post – December 6

International Courier Service – December 19

Rest of World:

Standard Post Letters- December 6

Standard Post Parcels- December 6

Registered Post- December 6

International Courier Service- December 19

There will be no mail collection on December 24. There will also be no collection or delivery on December 27.

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‘Tis the season to create a festive and soothing atmosphere in your home, and where better to start than at Aldi, where a range of fantastic gifts for the home will go on sale in 140 stores nationwide from Thursday, December 12. From candles and cutlery to cake stands and trifle dishes, there’s something for everyone. 

One thing we must buy before we invite our entire family around for Christmas is the Electric Plate Warmer.

This life saviour is only €19.99 so there’s no doubt it’ll be swiped up.

The device heats up to 12 plates in minutes to approx. 70°C. Suitable for plates up to 30cm diameter. Overheat protection. Removable washable cover. 

It is available in red, black or cream.

€19.99

Check out our top picks below: 

Cake Stand €14.99 and Trifle Stand €15.99
Star Bowl €7.99 each
Christmas Floral Centrepiece €9.99 each
Snack Serveware €8.99 each or per 2 pack
Candles from €9.99

The above products and more will be on sale in 140 Aldi stores nationwide from Thursday, 12 December.

For more information see www.aldi.ie

 

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L’occitane Cherry Blossom Festive Bauble

A gorgeous red tree decoration filled with 3 delicate cherry blossom beauty products.

RRP €12

Available in L’Occitane stores nationwide or online here.

Fat Fox Limited Edition Hats

If you haven’t heard of the Fat Fox coffee drive through in Delgany, Co. Wicklow, then where have you been?!  Aside from the humorous gang that serve you coffee through the window of an old petrol station where you don’t leave the comfort of your own car, they have a limited-edition range of cute beanie hats which will make a great gift for Christmas.

RRP €15

Available from The Fat Fox Delgany or online here.

Peter Pauper Press 2020 Tree Of Hearts Planner

A pretty A5 planner for 2020 – a fanciful tree illustration, with tiny multi-coloured heart-shaped leaves, graces the cover of this pretty planner.  The inside back cover pocket holds notes, business cards, and other flat items and it has a matching ribbon bookmark.

RRP €12.00

Available in Kilkenny Stores nationwide or online here

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 multitaskers make the perfect little luxury for skin, body and hair!

RRP €9

Available in all good pharmacies nationwide.

The Dirt Birds Self-Help Guide by Sue Collins and Sinead Culbert (published by Hachette Ireland)

If making the school lunches, doing the Jaysus homework and dodging the guards because of your long-overdue NCT is sending you over the edge, you are not alone. DirtBirds are here to help, with their guide to just about anything that can send a woman reaching for the bottle well before cocktail hour. Discover survival strategies for: when stress wrecks your face, how to love your body even when nobody else does, and how to deal with a 'Yummy Mummy' when you meet one.

RRP £10.99

Available from all good bookshops nationwide

Kiss True Volume Lash in Ritzy

Ritzy is a beautiful lash that gives you thick lashes on the key points of your lashes. This full and long strip lash will have you batting your eyelids for all the right reasons. The Kiss True Volume Lashes come in 100% Natural Hair to give you a natural yet full lash look. They also come in a new technology with a tapered end which adds to the desired beautiful natural look.

RRP €8

Available in all good pharmacies nationwide.

Cute Capsule Mini Highlighters Set

A cute set of mini highlighters in 6 pastel colours.  If you haven’t discovered Notebook Therapy yet, give them a visit now. Their site is jam packed with fabulous notebooks, pens, stickers and accessories for the stationery lover in your life.

RRP €12.72

Available from Notebook Therapy

Dr. Hauschka Spruce Warming Bath Essence

The limited-edition Dr. Hauschka Spruce Warming Bath Essence €9.95 is the perfect stocking filler.  The Bath Essence will protect the skin from the harsh winter elements as it helps support circulation and together with the warm bath water offers intensive, long lasting warmth for the body, inside and out, bliss!

RRP €9.95

Available from Dr. Hauschka stockists nationwide.

The gLove

Fake tan is done beautifully with the brand-new gLove. It’s the world’s first five-fingered tanning glove and it makes self-tanning a quick pleasure. Just pop on your favourite tanning solution, be it spray, foam or liquid and the gLove will apply it seamlessly between toes and fingers and in hard to reach areas. You won’t have any tell-tale lines and you’ll look like you just popped off the plane from somewhere nice and hot!

RRP €9.95

Available in good pharmacies nationwide or online from www.theglove.ie.

Note Gel Look Nail Enamel

The new Note Gel Look Nail Enamel mimics the plumping effects of a gel manicure for a flawless finish. It is available in 18 shades and has an innovative formula that gives your nails full coverage in just a single stroke. The smooth, high shine finish of the nail polish looks strikingly beautiful, giving your nails a professional salon look, at an amazing price.  It is long wearing, high shine and gel effect nail lacquer

RRP €5.95

Note Cosmetics Gel Look Nail Enamel is available in pharmacies nationwide.

Lir Chocolate Truffle Box

Fans of Lir’s much-loved truffles can now enjoy a scrumptious new Almond and Hazelnut variant in a 120g box, which joins the existing popular Lir Salted Caramel Truffle Box and the Lir Marc de Champagne Truffle Box, both 145g. These Lir Truffle boxes are a treat for all the senses and are perfect for sharing or make an ideal gift for that special someone in your life.

RRP €6

Available in all good retailers nationwide

Sleeping Masks Gift Set

This sleeping mask gift set is extremely pretty and at a very good price too.  The one-piece storage bag holds the eye mask so that it’s easy to store until you need it.  It comes in three colour assortments (dark blue w/white print, rose w/white print and grey w/white print).

RRP €3.44

Available from Søstrene Grene

Apivita Chestnut Lip Care

The Apivita name is derived from the Latin words Apis (bee) and Vita (life) and means “life of the bee” – a name reflecting the philosophy of a company that, being a living organism like the bee, never stops creating value. Newly launched in Ireland, Apivita has a range of over 300 natural, effective and holistic beauty care products for the hair, the face and the body infused with bee products, Greek plant extracts and nature essential oils, all clinically proven efficacy. Apivita Lip Care with Chestnut is a moisturising lip balm that has a light, delicate brown colour. Chestnut Extract and Vitamin E work in harmony to deliver hydration and protect against environmental stressors, while Shea and Cocoa Butters nourish and soften lips for a healthy, plumped appearance.

RRP €6

Available in pharmacies nationwide and online here

The Power Styler

Hairstylist Roi Korach was inspired to create The Power Styler, a simple ceramic attachment for hairdryers when styling his mum’s hair.  Finding that hairdryers plastic nozzles were usually inefficient for styling more challenging hair types, he fashioned a makeshift attachment using ceramic materials and immediate noticed the effects.  The hair dried faster, shinier and smoother.  Simply attach to the nozzle of your hairdryer and close dry hair as normal.  We’ve tried it and it creates smooth and sleek hair without the need for additional styling.

RRP £12

Available online.

Boots Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Collection Tin Set

This fabulous little tin of treats will have you all set for the festive season in a gorgeous pink collection tin.   With classic favourites:

· Clean On Me™ Creamy Moisture Shower Gel 75ml

· Hand Food™ Non-Greasy Hydrating Hand Cream 50ml

· Bright + Beautiful™ Radiance-Boosting Mask 29g

· The Righteous Butter™ Body Moisturizer 50ml

· The Scrub Of Your Life™ Smoothing Body Buffer 50ml

We particularly like the pink collection tin which you can use to store little things over the coming year.

RRP €13

Available from all Boots stores and Boots.ie

Perkys – Your Breast Friend

Trending this A/W 2019 is the continuation of the plunging neckline and the importance of getting the cleavage positioning just right. That’s where Perkys can help. It’s a foolproof, danceproof, sweatproof boob hack for bringing breasts right up to the perfect level and keeping them there the whole night – whatever your size from A-F.

Perkys also have a very handy additional product: their Body Tape for keeping hems and dresses attached to where they should be attached.

RRP €9.95

Available in good pharmacies nationwide, Penneys or online from  www.perkys.ie.

The Kind Keep Leaf Food Wrap from The Conscious Christmas Store

This reusable food and sandwich wrap are great to wrap your sandwich, bagel and other food item. A great solution for a litterless lunch. Features: 100% cotton exterior with waterproof liner to help keep food fresher for longer. Easy and secure Velcro closure. Lead, Phthalate and BPA free. It’s a must for your eco-conscious friend this Christmas.

RRP €9.50

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

Oatmeal Sustainable PJ Gift Bag Set

This pretty PJ set with three quarter length sleeve is at a great price. It also comes in grey.

RRP €10

Available from Penneys nationwide

Shower Bag Gift Set

This cute and inexpensive shower gift bag contains everything you need to get rid of your dry skin. It includes a foot file with pumice stone, a facial pad and mesh sponge in a handy, already to gift bag.

Tealight Holders

– ceramic, 9 assortments @ €2.64 each

 

Available from Søstrene Grene

Sherpa Dog PJ Gift Set

A cuddly and super soft PJ gift set in an easy to wrap gifting box.

RRP €13

Available from Penneys nationwide

HASK Unwined Deep Conditioner Sachets Sauvignon Blanc

Glisten up! This Sauvignon Blanc inspired deep conditioner helps enhance shine and adds luster.  It contains wine extract which we are assured is packed with antioxidants to help rejuvenate, strengthen and soften.  It’s free from sulphates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colours too.

RRP €3.75

Available from all good pharmacies nationwide

CND™ VINYLUX™

This long wear polish delivers 7-day wear and care in two simple steps. The advanced formula features patent-pending pro light technology to create a resistance to chips and develop a network of bonds which enhance durability with natural light exposure. The system consists of an all-in-one base and colour coat and a topcoat, which must be used together for ultimate performance. You can choose from more than 100 high performing shades, but we think this red is perfect for the holidays. 

 

RRP €11.95

 

Available in professional salons nationwide and for purchase. To find your local stockist please visit www.lovecnd.com

Peony Petals Scented Candle

This pretty 220g scented candle is made with 50% coconut, 48% rapeseed and 2% Peony Petals scent which means not only does is smell beautiful but it’s long lasting too.

RRP €4.78

Available from Søstrene Grene

Celtic Wind Skincare CBD Lip Balm

As our lips do not have working sebaceous glands, which serve the purpose of keeping them moist, we must rely on external treatments and products to keep our pouts on point.  One product which can help is the new Celtic Wind Skincare CBD Lip Balm. Infused with sustainably sourced Irish grown CBD, this lip care offering from Celtic Wind Skincare will quickly become a mainstay in your everyday routine.  

RRP €12.95

The Celtic Wind Skincare range is available via www.celticwindcrops.com and stockists nationwide.

Rainbow stainless steel straw from The Conscious Christmas Store

Plastic straws have routinely been one of the top 10 items found on beaches around the world, let's change the statistics and one simple swap is by replacing these with a stylish rainbow stainless steel straw.  These stainless-steel straws are made from medical-grade stainless steel, which is non-corrosive and non-reactive so the straws will not absorb flavours or odours, they can be used over and over again and are suitable for the dishwasher.

RRP €4

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

From Santa With Love by Essence

When it comes to the party season, it’s all about glitter and shimmer! And the very same is true of essence’ ‘From Santa with Love’ trend edition. The limited edition collection includes a range of price friendly gifts including long, dense false lashes (€3.80), Christmassy nail stickers (€1.60), a heat pack for chilly hands (€2.50), a stylish eyeshadow brush (€1.90), a wow-effect face & body highlighter (€4.90), a soft powder brush (€4.80) and a 12-pan eyeshadow palette (€10.95).

The eyeshadow palette ’01 Express delivery from the north pole’ contains 12 highly pigmented shades with ultra-creamy textures. A selection of mattes, shimmers and of course, glitters offer endless possibilities for festive eye looks over the party season.

RRP €10.95

From Santa with love eyeshadow palette available from Penneys and good pharmacies nationwide

IsaDora Mini Bronzing Set

This well priced mini bronzing kit from IsaDora, includes their Mini Bronzing Powder, Mini Bronzing Brush and their Precision Mascara too.

RRP €9.99

Available from all good pharmacies nationwide

 

Kiss Glam Fantasy Nails

Incorporate simple, chic sparkles this Christmas season with glitter Kiss Fantasy nails, Kiss Fantasy are ready to wear gel nails with an ultra-smooth finish. They can be applied with Kiss adhesive tabs or glue and can be removed by soaking them in an acetone-based polish remover. You are then ready to switch them up quickly and easily, for the next look. These are the perfect staple you need to ramp up your look with a little something extra special.

RRP €9

Available from all good pharmacies nationwide.

Pure Bliss Body Butter by Søstrene Grene

This delightful body butter by Søstrene Grene really lives up to its ‘pure bliss’ name.   At just over a fiver for 200ml it’s an exceptionally good value yet good quality gift.

RRP €5.48

Available from Søstrene Grene

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I spend way too much time day-dreaming about being a royal. I can’t help but wonder what it’d be like to live in the most luxurious castles with giant staircases, grand pianos, four poster beds and a huge library.

Well, I finally got a glimpse of that life after I was invited to the beautiful Luttrellstown Castle and now I really hope things don’t work out between Harry and Meghan (I’m kidding, mostly.)

I felt like I was living in a fairytale once I stepped inside.

The castle oozes charm and class. We drank mulled wine and ogled at the biggest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen as a harpist played in the background.

I genuinely felt like I’d walked into an episode of The Crown, minus the corgis and tiaras.

The staff treated us like royalty from the moment we arrived until the second we (reluctantly) left the gorgeous castle grounds.

As a special Christmas treat, the castle will be open for each Sunday in December and Monday, December 23 for afternoon tea.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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And it’s no ordinary afternoon tea.

Inspired by the one and only Queen Victoria, this afternoon tea is bound to make you feel like a true Duchess.

Sip on warm Irish tea from a little china cup and cozy up by the toasty fire. Tuck into tasty sandwiches- I’d recommend the roast pork loin with cranberry stuffing and apple relish. 

But don’t forget to leave room for the sweet treats. There is a huge range of cakes and sweets to enjoy, but you just can’t beat the classic scone that is served with served with clotted cream and jam.

Treat yourself this Christmas and live like a queen at Luttrellstown Castle. Perhaps ask for this divine afternoon tea experience for Christmas?

Afternoon tea €50.

Champagne afternoon tea €65. 

To book, visit luttrellstowncastle.com

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​​​​​SuperValu’s festive flavours from the bakery are sure to impress your guests over the holiday season

With all the cooking to be done this Christmas, SuperValu are taking a few things off your list with quality tasty solutions from their bakery. Everything from mouth-watering desserts for Christmas Day, to perfect bites for those unexpected visitors, you’ll be covered for all the festivities!

Start your Christmas with one of the most infamous Irish breads, as you can now make your very own Sean’s Brown Bread. SuperValu Signature Taste’s Sean Brown Soda Bread Mix takes just 30 minutes and all you need to add is buttermilk and you have beautiful warm fresh bread to serve. Ideal for a smoked salmon canape or served with your Christmas morning breakfast. Pick up two mixes for just €3.

For all those sweet-tooth’s, SuperValu have bakery bikes that will satisfy any taste buds. Select two from the range for just €6. There is a fantastic Signature Tastes selection with Caramel Shortbread Bites, White Chocolate & Cranberry Bites and Chocolate Brownie Bites. With all those surprise guests over Christmas, they are the perfect tray bake treat to be served with a warming tea or coffee.

Of course, not forgetting the main event and the grand finale of your Christmas dinner! Whether you’re a traditional pudding lover or would prefer something a little different, everyone around the table will be happy with our selections. The SuperValu Signature Taste Chocolate & Salted Caramel Pudding is a must this Christmas. It’s a decadently rich, moist chocolate sponge pudding made with real Irish butter and free-range eggs, with a perfectly sweet salted caramel centre and decorated with a shimmering of gold dust. This luxurious dessert costs just €7.50 and can also make a lovely Christmas gift.

To see the full range of products in SuperValu this Christmas go in-store or online at www.supervalu.ie.

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