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Christmas time is all about treating those you love to something special that will make them smile. It’s always lovely to give (or receive) a gift set that you wouldn’t normally buy.  We’ve carefully picked our favourite gift sets ensuring that there is something for everyone in your life.

L’Occitane Eye Night Reset Routine (RRP €65)

Enjoy L’Occitane powerful botanical complex with Immortelle essential oil from Corsica in this exceptional face care routine. Day after day see your skin transform to look rested, fresh, more youthful and radiant. The products in this set suit all skin types and work in combination with all L’Occitane face care serums and moisturisers. This gift set includes:

  • Immortelle Essential Water 30ml – this alcohol-free toner will remove traces of make-up, hydrates, refreshes and tones skin. Skin feels plump and ready for your daily skincare ritual.
  • Overnight Reset Eye Serum 15ml – target and boost your eye area with this night serum that’s works to reduce all the visible signs of fatigue, so your eyes look fresh and rested every morning.
  • Overnight Reset Serum 5ml – this extraordinary night serum will leave you with skin that looks rested, fresh, more youthful and radiant.
  • Immortelle Precious Cream 8ml – This moisturiser reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, boost the skin’s firmness and offer lasting anti-ageing protection. With daily use, the epidermis is re-invigorated, soft and comfortable. Skin is smoother and firmer; its youthfulness is prolonged.

Codex Double Cleanse Gift Set (RRP €89.95)

The Codex Double Cleanse gift set is suitable for all skin types. The gift set includes:

  • Exfoliating Wash (30ml): A gentle everyday cleanser with exfoliating natural jojoba grains. Infused with elderflower water, grapefruit, safflower and milk thistle oils for both toning and cleansing benefits.
  • Wash Off Cleansing Oil (100ml): A light yet deeply cleansing oil that removes impurities and makeup while leaving skin cleansed, smooth and hydrated.
  • Limited Edition Holiday Soap (120g): French green and pink clays combined with nettle and wheatgrass help refresh and balance skin. Scented with Orange, Mint and Spruce.

Clarins Extra-Firming Gift Set (RRP €68)

All of the anti-aging skincare essentials for a visibly younger, smoother and more radiant face. An anti-wrinkle duo made up of a day and night cream, it reveals your skin’s youth and provides an instant lifting effect. This year’s Clarins Extra-Firming gift set includes:

  • 50ml Extra-Firming Day Cream
  • 15ml Extra-Firming Night Cream
  • 15ml Extra-Firming Mask
  • They all come presented in a beautiful large size 2020 holiday pouch.

Image Skincare Brightening Essentials Gift Set (RRP €100)

This radiance routine features a soothing botanical cleanser and serum with vitamin C and natural brighteners that help promote even tone. The mattifying moisturizer provides broad-spectrum SPF 32 protection against damaging UV rays and leaves a smooth, matte finish. The keepsake box features lush greens and renderings of plants and flowers to invoke a sense of peace and tranquility. The gift set includes:

  • Ormedic balancing facial cleanser (177ml): A mild cleanser that gently foams away impurities to leave skin soft, hydrated, refreshed and clean
  • Iluma intense brightening serum (30ml): An illuminating serum packed with powerful plant-based brighteners and vitamin C to help reduce the appearance of dark spots
  • Prevention+ daily matte moisturizer SPF 32 (91g): A sheer daily moisturizer that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with microsponge technology for a soft matte finish.

Lancome Genifique Gift Set (RRP €102.30)

Advanced Genifique is Lancôme's #1 serum for glowing, younger-looking skin – whatever your age. Smooth fine lines, say goodbye to dullness, and enjoy softer, radiant skin. For all women – every age, every ethnicity, every skin type. This serum is a powerhouse: patented and enriched with hyaluronic acid and probiotic fragments. The gift set includes:

  • Genifique youth activating serum 50ml
  • Genifique night cream
  • Genifique youth activating cream
  • Genifique eye cream

Neostrata Enlighten Brightening Kit (RRP €87.65)

The Neostrata Enlighten Kit is a unique collection of products that target the multiple pathways of discolouration, uneven skin tone and dark spots with powerful skin brightening ingredients. This scientifically proven kit contains 

  • Neostrata Skin Brightener SPF35
  • Neostrata Illuminating Serum 30ml
  • Neostrata Ultra-Brightening Cleanser

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale Gift Set (RRP €39.90)

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale gift set is a delight to the senses with its beautiful floral fragrance making it the perfect giftset to treat someone special to a touch of luxury. The gift set includes:

  • Full size Huile Prodigiuse Florale multi-purpose dry oil
  • The beautiful Creme Prodigeuse Boost
  • Exclusive deluxe travel size shower gel
  • Votive candle

Eminence’s Cleanse and Glow Gift Set (RRP €59)

The Eminence Cleanse & Glow gift set includes their two must have products:

  • Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser – extend the benefits of a treatment or peel at home with a resurfacing cleanser. This milky gel lightly lathers to slough off dead skin without manual exfoliation or over-stripping. The Lactic Acid Complex and mangosteen in this cleanser work together to restore a smooth, radiant complexion.
  • Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant – this powder-to-foam exfoliant employs microgreens, stone crop and rice flour with adzuki powder to infuse skin with a youthful looking glow. With its light fizzing action, this revitalising formula gently invigorates the skin and removes impurities to reveal a beautiful, brighter looking complexion.

Skingredients Skin Veg + Skin Protein Gift Set (RRP €75)

This hard-working serum duo is the perfect recipe for dewier, more hydrated skin. Skin Veg and Protein are your hard-working anti-ageing, lightening, brightening skincare serums which work together to provide anti-ageing and hydrating benefits. They are formulated with hyaluronic acid, vitamin A and C, a double dose of a pro-collagen peptide plus antioxidants galore for protecting skin from the oxidative stress of daily living.

Clarins Multi-Active Gift Set (RRP €57)

This skincare set targets the first signs of aging and combines all of the essentials for active women in order to protect the skin from the harmful effects of a hectic lifestyle. Combine the day and night anti-aging creams and enjoy a perfect duo that visibly reduces the first signs of wrinkles, boosts radiance, hydrates and prolongs your skin’s youth. The Beauty Flash Balm helps erase signs of fatigue and restores radiance to the complexion. The gift set includes:

  • Multi-Active Day Cream 50ml
  • Multi-Active Night Cream 15ml
  • Beauty Flash Balm 15ml
  • They all come presented in a beautiful large size 2020 holiday pouch.

Dermalogica Your Brightest Glow Yet Gift Set (RRP €125)

This brightening, firming Vitamin C duo gives your skin and delicate eye area two reasons to glow on. The gift set includes:

  • BioLumin-C Serum, 30ml: High-performance Vitamin C serum works with skin’s natural defenses to brighten, firm and defend. Avoid contact with eyes. Use sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product.
  • BioLumin-C Eye Serum, 15ml: Supercharged Vitamin C eye serum outsmarts premature skin aging caused by daily eye movements and environmental stress.
  • Includes paper to create your own sculpted paper art.

Nimue Healthy Skin Essentials Gift Set (RRP €88)

Nimue Skin Technology is a derma-cosmeceutical brand which uses a unique combination of AHA’s (Alpha hydroxy acids) and other advanced active ingredients which trigger stimulation of the structure and function of the dermis to deliver true skin rejuvenation and restoration of skin health (rather than plumping the skin superficially like traditional cosmetic brands). This set includes

  • Cleansing Gel- This soap-free creamy cleanser is the ideal start to any skincare regime! Also available in a ‘Lite’ version for sensitive skin.
  • Conditioner – A deep-cleansing and degreasing conditioner that will improve the skin’s texture. Contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Exfoliating Enzyme – A non-irritating, non-abrasive enzymatic exfoliator which refines the skin’s texture.
  • Sun-C SPF40 – A lightweight, non-oily and non-whitening emulsion that will provide protection against UVA and UVB. Also contains anti-ageing benefits.

This gift set is available in the original and the ‘Lite’ version for all sensitive skin types.

Green Angel Vital Moisture Gift Set (RRP €49.95)

This super duo will help to keep skin moisturised 24/7. The products included have nutrient-rich, powerful ingredients which help maintain healthy youthful-looking skin. This gift set includes:

  • Seaweed Daily Moisture Face Cream with Jasmine, Neroli and Vitamin E
  • Seaweed Night Cream with 6 Essential Oils

Yon-Ka Anti-Aging Vanity Firming (RRP €71)

Yon-Ka Paris was developed by a family driven by a passion for botanicals with 60 years of expertise at the service of beauty. The Yon-Ka Paris Anti-Aging Vanity Firming Christmas gift set  stays true to this brand ethos.  The gift set includes:

  • Phyto 52 40 ml – this refined, fast absorbing cream has a powerful rosemary base that visibly restores firmness and oxygenates to tone skin and invigorate the complexion. Stimulate the skin by lightly pinching the wrinkles and the rest of the face, neck and décolleté and then apply your Phyto 52.
  • Phyto Contour 15ml – this refined, aromatic cream with extracts of rosemary visibly reduces puffiness and dark circles. It restores firmness to the eye and lip contour and procures a feeling of freshness and relaxation to tired eyelids
  • Yonka Vanity Case.

Warrior Botanicals Winter’s Night Apothecary Set (RRP €85)  

The Winter’s Night Apothecary set is a collection of nourishing herbal medicine and self-care offerings that have been specially curated to support us through the winter season. Enriched with autumn berries, sweet violet, restful lavender and oats with hydrating waters and restorative plant oils, the apothecary box encompasses body care, skin-care and traditional herbal preparations. The gift set includes: Medea Body Oil, The hand blended May You Walk in Beauty Tea, Juniper Water, Winter Spice Deodorant and Violet Flower Essence.

Ella & Jo Your Skincare Must Haves (RRP €80)

This year, the beauty brand founded by MUA Charlene Flanagan and Niamh Ryan MUA and Skin Therapist brings the wonderful Your Skincare Must Haves gift set.  It includes:

  • Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser – designed to remove makeup from your brushes between uses and deep cleans.   It contains zest of orange peel oil so your brushes will smell and feel cleaner than ever.
  • Savy 3in1 Hyaluronic Skin Mist is a soothing facial spritz with extracts of chamomile, cucumber, witchhazelm, aloe vera and green tea. Specially formulated with mild ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid to help hydrate, condition and protect the skin.
  • Hydrating Hyaluronic Serum is supercharged with powerful collagen boosting and hydrating ingredients designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase skin firmness, whilst soothing & moisturising.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Favourites (RRP €58.04)

The Kiehls ‘Ultra Facial Favourites’ gift set is a collection of daily skincare essentials for softer, hydrated skin.  It’s suitable for all skin types but is particularly good for dry skin.   The gift set includes:

  • Ultra Facial Cleanser 150ml – wash away excess oil, dirt and debris, with this gentle foaming cleanser.
  • Ultra Facial Toner 250ml – prepare, hydrate and comfort skin with this mild and effective toner.
  • Ultra Facial Cream 50ml and Creme de Corps 75ml – hydrate skin for up to 24 hours with this daily moisturiser and then soften, smooth and hydrate skin-feel with this rich body moisturiser.

Vixi The Nightstand Gift Box (RRP €84.95)

This sleep gift box encourages calm to settle the recipient into a peaceful bedtime routine. From the notebook to the pillow spray, they will be drifting off in no time with this tranquil product paradise.  The gift set includes:

  • Sleep Atmosphere Mist Pillow Spray by Spritz Wellness
  • Spacemask
  • Enriching Hand Cream with Rose, Jasmine & Bergamot by Dublin Herbalist
  • Constellations Chunky Pad & Pen
  • Bloom Candle by Nathalie Bond
  • White gift box and choice of card with custom handwritten message

Estee Lauder Repair + Renew Skincare Collection Gift Set (RRP €95)

Discover these high-performance formulas to significantly reduce the look of lines and wrinkles and reignite your radiance.  This gift set includes:

  • New Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex 50ml (full-size)
  • Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery 5ml (travel size)
  • Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion 30ml (travel size)

L’Occitane Terre de Lumière Luxury Collection (RRP €95)

Indulge in this luxurious and tantalising gift inspired by sunset in Provence when the sky is set alight, embracing all the shades of gold.  Zesty and aromatic at first, this signature fragrance collection unexpectedly melts into an infinitely gourmand heart, before settling into sensual balsamic and musky base notes. This gift set, which comes in a L’Occitane signature gift box includes:

  • Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum 90ml
  • Terre de Lumière Gentle Shower Gel 250ml
  • Terre de Lumière Scented Soap 75g
  • Terre de Lumière Radiant Balm 30ml

Voya Home Spa Retreat Kit (RRP via Avoca €60)

This Voya Home Spa Retreat Kit is a lovely treat for those who want to Improve their skin’s suppleness and elasticity. This gift set includes:

  • Voya Exfoliating Body Brush to increase circulation
  • Voya Angelicus Serratus Nourishing Body Oil to improve skin tone and energise the body
  • Voya spa scented Essence oil which can be used in your oil burner, bath, or foot spa.

The Body Shop Soothing Almond Milk & Honey Gift Bag (RRP €70)

This Soothing Almond Milk & Honey Ultimate Gift Bag is packed with creamy and caring treats for showing dry, sensitive skin some love this Christmas. This gift set includes:

  • Almond Milk & Honey Shower Cream 250ml – lather up with this refreshing shower cream
  • Almond Milk & Honey Cream Scrub 250ml – buff with this gently exfoliating cream scrub
  • Almond Milk Body Yogurt 200ml – smooth a dollop of this light and fast-absorbing body yogurt into dry and sensitive skin.
  • Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter 50ml – this is perfect for those areas that call for something a little richer.
  • Mediterranean Almond Milk with Oats Instant Soothing Mask 75ml – pamper and comfort the complexion with a scoop of this creamy face mask.
  • Almond Milk & Honey Hand Cream 30ml – keep the hands feeling soft and supple with this hydrating, pocket-sized hand cream.

Pestle & Mortar Hydrating Duo Gift Set (RRP €82)

Treat dry, parched skin to The Hydrating Duo Gift Set from Pestle & Mortar. Combining a best-selling serum and award-winning moisturiser, the kit promises to replenish and revitalise as it fights signs of ageing. Expect a smooth, radiant complexion with minimised lines and wrinkles. The gift set includes: Pure Hyaluronic Serum (30ml) and Hydrating Moisturiser (50ml).

Tata Harper Glow Getter Gift Set (RRP €49)

This two-piece kit is the ultimate hack to restore glow and radiance. Best for dull, dry, or uneven skin. The best-selling Resurfacing Mask and Regenerating Cleanser combo gives you results like a peel, but without the downtime. Physical, enzymatic, and BHA exfoliation work in just 15 minutes to give you healthy-looking, radiant skin that will glow for days. The gift set includes: Regenerating Cleanser (50ml) and Resurfacing Mask (15ml).

Holos Love Your Skin Queen Gift Set (RRP €78)

Holos skincare is hand made in the South East of Ireland. It is made with plant ingredients containing vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, alongside scientifically proven plant actives, chosen carefully with the environment and sustainability at the fore of all we do. The Love Your Skin Queen gift set includes:

  • Love Your Skin cleansing cream 100ml
  • Love Your Skin floral toner 100ml
  • Love Your Skin anti-ageing facial oil 30ml
  • Love Your Skin face cream 50ml
  • Love Your Skin facial towel
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There is nothing worse than being about to leave the choc-a-block shops, with armloads of bags full of Christmas shopping, only to realise; the horror! You forgot about your office Kris Kringle! And what’s worse – there’s a twenty-euro limit. Do you go jokey? No, you don’t know her well enough for that. What can you get, that’s substantial and looks good, for under twenty euro?

You’re lucky we’ve got you covered.

We’ve complied a list of our favourite beauty bits out this Christmas season. Stunning sets and collections, festive packaging and luxury items, all below twenty euro! Your Kris Kringle can thank us later.

Kash Beauty Mink Lashes Set (RRP €12.95)

Secret Treasure – Luxury Faux Mink Lashes are soft, deliciously full and are perfect to bring you from day to night. Go from soft to full glam in an instant thanks to the versatile set of 3 pairs, designed to bring out your inner solar goddess. Each set of lashes is created using 3D synthetic fibres and features curved and flexible bands to make application easier.

They come in three styles: Elsie – natural and fluttery, Rich – winged lashes with volume, and Dagger – full-glam lashes, lusciously full, long and super winged. Your Kris Kringle will thank you for the extra set for the busy Christmas season.

The Happy Scalp Brush Global Beauty Ireland (RRP €9.99)

The ultimate stocking filler that’s going to be everywhere this Christmas.

Healthy hair starts with the scalp, so it’s time to make the most of your shampoo routine and take it to the next level with Global Beauty’s “Happy Scalp Brush”.  The Happy Scalp Brush massages and invigorates the scalp, removing product build-up and exfoliating away dead, flaky skin cells – goodbye dandruff! Use of the brush also increases blood flow which stimulates hair follicles, encouraging new hair growth, thickness and volume.

This gift is also a great way to support Irish businesses, as it’s created by husband and wife team, Paul and Leah O’Neill from County Meath.

The Handmade Soap Co. Pillow & Room Mist (RPP €17.95)

A handmade blend of pure, natural botanicals created to evoke the glitzy highs of a lavish, candlelit speakeasy. Scented with their trademark essential oil blends and packaged in an amber glass bottle, this Pillow & Room Mist in bergamot & eucalyptus is an extremely elegant aroma.

L’Occitane Almond Festive Bauble (RRP €13)

This gorgeous tree decoration is filled with 3 irresistible almond beauty products – and looks good too! A lovely gift or stocking filler, this bauble design makes a gorgeous addition to any tree.

Gift them a bit of luxury this Christmas, letting them indulge in the irresistible scent of almond and enveloping them in softness with this sweet tree decoration filled with L’Occitane’s best-loved almond favourites. This bauble includes:

  • 35ml Almond Shower Oil
  • 20ml Almond Milk Concentrate
  • 10ml Delicious Hands

Ella & Jo Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser (RRP €20.00)

Keep your tools and skin free from bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cells with the Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser. No need for water or long drying times, this anti-bacterial and conditioning spot cleaner is about to become an essential part of your skincare routine and help to prolong the life of your makeup brushes for a flawless makeup look every time.

Dr. Hauschka Hand Cream Limited Edition (RRP €9.95)

This hand cream is incredibly hydrating – it soothes, nourishes and protects hands from cold, harsh or dry conditions. This fast-absorbing cream moisturizes, nurtures and supports the skin’s natural processes of renewal without leaving a greasy residue. Regular use helps maintain healthy, supple skin. Features a mild, fresh scent.

CND Vinylux Cocktail Couture Collection: (RRP €14.55 each) and CND Vinylux Gel-Like Effect Top Coat: (RRP €16.95)

“This collection is inspired by the most opulent occasions,” said CND Co-Founder, Jan Arnold. “These glitzy, striking shades are the perfect finishing touch to any festive look!”  And we can see why. With the glam names and stunning colours, you can immerse your Kris Kringle in luxury this season with the CND Cocktail Couture Collection.

 The collection includes:

  • Festive fiery Devil Red;
  • Rich crimson, Bordeaux Babe;
  • Cool berry-red, How Merlot;
  • Elegant burgundy, Drama Queen;
  • Gleaming Get That Gold
  • Shimmering aqua-green, She’s A Gem!

Dr. Paw Paw Christmas Pyramid Tree Decoration (RRP €12)

Why get just one balm when you can have three? The Christmas Tree Pyramid features three of Dr Paw Paw’s best-selling multi-use wonder balms that you need to add to your collection. This Dr PawPaw Christmas Tree Decoration comes with 10ml of the Original, Ultimate Red and Peach Pink balms.

Enriched with fermented pawpaw from the Carica Papaya plant, aloe vera and olive oil, each balm has powerful healing qualities which transform your skin. The Original balm is un-tinted, making it ideal for use all over the body, and the Peach Pink and Ultimate Red balms feature a subtle tint to wear on your lips and cheeks. Suitable for vegans and cruelty free!

Bondi Sands Body Brush (RRP €19.95)

The Bondi Sands Body Brush is densely packed with soft, synthetic bristles, and seamlessly blends lotions, foams, and mists for an ultimate streak free finish. Essential for self-tan application to large areas of the body, or to blend and buff those tricky areas for smooth results. The ergonomic brush handle sits comfortably in the hand for ease of use and total application control.

Blank Canvas Holiday Eyes 3 Piece Eye Brush Set (RRP €15)

The Holiday Eyes set from Blank Canvas is a great gift at a lower price. It includes 3 of Blank Canvas popular eye brushes with limited edition red handles. We've put together the fundamentals of festive eye looks; 3 brushes to cover your every eye look need- from a simple, sheer base to the delightfully decorated.

It’s got you covered for all your eyeshadow application and blending needs. The ‘E10 Small Socket Blender’ has a multi-purpose design that makes it the perfect tool for detail work to the eyes. Use this brush for precise eyeshadow application and for seamless blending.

The ‘E80 Large Flat Shader’ makes eyeshadow placement and shading a breeze. Pat shadows on directly to the lid for a flawless base or use this brush to create depth and drama to your eye look with the perfect amount of shade.

Finally, the ‘E85 Tapered Oval Shader’ is a definition brush, ideal for adding the finer details to any eye look.  Shade and blend eyeshadows, apply highlight to the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes – this brush can do it all.  Top tip – It’s great to use damp with pigments. 

Seoulista Two To Twinkle Cleanse & Glow Skincare System (RRP €18.99)

The Two to Twinkle Cleanse & Glow Skincare System is your makeup bag must-have for a glowing, party-perfect complexion. Combining powerful, effective cleansing with a one-step Rosy Glow Primer, the unique duo ensures flawless and long-lasting results. ‘Tis the season for photo-ready-in-5 skin. Also includes reusable 1x Magic Cleanse.

The Inkey List Plump and Go (RRP €19.50)

A 2-step hydrating + depuffing duo that supports face and eye area skin firmness, suppleness and elasticity. The hydralight textures eliminate fine lines & wrinkles.

The duo improves hydration, lightens dark circles, reduces puffiness and creates firm skin around the energized eye area. A must have for after the Christmas party!

Blank Canvas Black and Gold 4 Piece Cracker Set (RRP €20)

Blank Canvas 4 Piece Cracker Set – Black & Gold has 4 best-selling brushes packaged in gorgeous luxury gift crackers.

The 4 Piece Cracker Set contains 4 gorgeous gifting crackers, each cracker contains a super soft face/eye brushes made with premium vegan friendly, easy to clean antibacterial bristles. It includes: The Blank Canvas Tapered Pencil Brush E60 – A multi-purpose smudger/detail brush. Use around the eye area or apply concealer in detail.

Blank Canvas Dome Fluff Brush F64 – Use this for blending powder/concealer or overall eye/face colour.

Blank Canvas Flat Shader Brush E55 – A smaller version of the E26, flat enough to laydown product with enough movement to shade and blend.

Blank Canvas Medium Round Blending Brush E62 – Use for blending shadow/concealer or foundation. Superb for overall wash of colour on the eyes, diffusing or extreme precision highlighter.

Blursh – 6 shades to choose from (RRP €16.50)

A liquid to powder blurring blush in 6 different shades. There’s a colour for everyone, with shades like Cherry Cola, Peach Sugar, Posey Rosey, Sweet Cheeks, Mango Daiquiri, and Where’s the SPF?

Give them the gift of a glow this Christmas.

Kiss Salon Acrylic Nude Nails – Cashmere (RRP €10)

The salons may be closed but that’s no excuse to not have beautifully nails with the help of Kiss. The easy-to-apply nails go on with a seamless cuticle line so they truly look natural, plus the subtle smile line translates to a perfect nude manicure for a modern take on the French.

NIVEA You’re A Star Gift Set (RRP €7.00)

Adorn your tree with the twinkling NIVEA ‘You’re A Star’ Gift Set! This set includes NIVEA Good Morning Fresh Skin Refreshing Face Mask, NIVEA Soft Moisturising Cream and NIVEA Hydro Care Caring Lip Balm, all housed in a gorgeous keepsake.

This skin trio is perfect for that Christmas party glow, a must for every stocking and secret Santa. The perfect gift set for Christmas and all for under €10. Handy!

Dr. Paw Paw Prep & Party – Scrub & Nourish, Ultimate Red Balm 25ml (RRP €18)

Get prepped to party! The best-selling scrub and nourish 2in1 lip scrub and 25ml tube of the Ultimate Red Balm. Prep your pout for the festive season with Dr.PAWPAW’s gift set.

The set contains ‘Scrub & Nourish’ which will treat your pout in a multi-purpose, stackable pot that combines a natural lip scrub and a replenishing lip balm. Inspired by innovative Korean beauty technology and loved by celebrities and makeup artists, the travel-friendly, two-step treatment utilises nourishing Olive Oil and Aloe Vera to soothe and soften lips, whilst conditioning and protecting for long-lasting comfort. Expect kissable, ultra-hydrated lips with a delicious fragrance of Mango, Orange and Coconut.

The ‘Ultimate Red Balm’ is made from a variety of natural ingredients, and is a versatile weapon. Using the same formula as the original, the Ultimate Red balm adds a pop of colour to your lips and cheeks. The main ingredient, fermented PawPaw, boasts natural nourishing qualities and is said to be one of nature’s finest remedies. Perfect for refining chapped lips or flushing complexions with healthy-looking pigment, expect rejuvenated results every time. This formula is fragrance free and 100% made in Britain.

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In a year that has seen children and adults across the land seek refuge in books and films, what better theme for this year's Late Late Toy Show than The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl? 

The secret is out, and this Friday night presenter Ryan Tubridy will prune his whiskers, brush that tail and lead the charge as the enigmatic Fantastic Mr Fox in a spectacular opening number featuring favourites from the world of Dahl including Matilda, Willy Wonka's Oompa Loompas, and a nod to James and the Giant Peach. 

The opening number, some of which was filmed at The Library of the Royal Irish Academy against the beautiful and fitting backdrop of endless shelves of books, will then be bouncing over to Ryan and dancers live in studio this Friday night to kick off the biggest night of the Irish television year.

Favourites from the worlds of Roald Dahl — including Veruca Salt, grasshoppers, The Twits, Miss Trunchbull, Charlie and Grandpa Joe, as well as Mrs Fox, the little foxes, and Badger from Fantastic Mr Fox — will join Ryan for the opening spectacular. However, the song they will be performing will remain a surprise until the show airs on Friday night!

"This has been a year like no other, and therefore requires an opening like no other," Ryan exclaimed, adding, "The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl is one that understands children in a way that no one else ever has. He knew that there could be a sadness to the world at times, but that there's also great love and mischief and fun to be found."

"All of those factors have been combined to bring what we hope is a joyful, beautiful, and wonderful opening like no other to this year's Late Late Toy Show. "

"This is the dream theme for a bookish person like me, I've been talking about my love of reading since I was a little boy.
I love Fantastic Mr Fox and I'm rather enjoying being a fox for this opening because it's so different from what has gone before."

"What we have in store really captures The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl… everybody is welcome, it's going to be a night of nights in a year of years."

The show will feature not one, but two musical performance from Ryan, with the second taking place mid-show on Friday night. There is also a new international element to the show, with a selection of talented children from around the world joining together for a special one-off performance, accompanied by a very special guest singer.

Get the family together, prepare the snacks, order the takeaway and don your favourite PJs, and make sure to tune into The Late Late Toy Show this Friday night, November 27 at 9:35pm on RTÉ One.

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2020 has been a year like no other. We have adapted how we live, work and socialise and while it’s not a perfect science, we’ve all managed to keep the show on the road. From DIY haircuts or faking the perfect banana bread for social media (we won’t tell anyone, either), to swapping the daily walk for a cosy cup of tea and a biscuit instead, we’ve all been there. In its new Christmas campaign, Tesco Ireland is encouraging customers to treat themselves after the year that’s been. The advert captures a slice of Irish life from 2020 (you may even recognise yourself or someone you know in one of the scenes).

We hear the inner monologue of members of a family as they each confess to a little misstep throughout the year, be it secretly hoping for exams to be postponed, half dressing for work video calls, faking some Pilates for a minute’s peace or even adopting a new popular culture dress-style.

As they continue to deliberate internally over whether they can indulge in festive food and drink, the Tesco voice of the in-store tannoy encourages the family members not to think twice, because after the year everyone’s had, they deserve it. The ad ends with the family coming together to enjoy Christmas dinner.

With more than one in ten adults (11%) adults in Ireland admitting to listening to Christmas tunes already in order to get into the festive spirit, the timing of the Tesco Christmas ad offers some light relief.

The ad has received an exceedingly warm welcome on social media:

 "Great ad this year ! It’s definitely been us all" commented one fan with another commenting "brilliant love this".

Cathal Deavy, Customer Marketing Director, Tesco Ireland commenting on the launch, “It's been a tough year in many different and unexpected ways for customers across Ireland, so it’s possible that we should all be forgiven for some of the little liberties we might have taken but might not freely admit.

An awful lot has changed over the past eight months and we don’t know for certain what is to come but what we do know is that people are looking forward to experiencing the magic of Christmas no matter what shape it may take. People we have spoken to are determined to make the best of the festive season.

This Christmas, we’ve gone for a little bit of light relief, with a self-deprecating humour acknowledging that we all have those moments of weaknesses or (not-so) guilty pleasures as we all adapted to the situation at hand. We hope that it rings true with our customers and helps to bring a smile and a nod of recognition when they say – that was me (or him, or her)!”

The ‘no naughty list’ concept was developed and filmed in Ireland which is a wonderful touch as no doubt the tv ad/filming industry needed the business after the year we've all had. 

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If you’re sick of seeing loved-up couples this Christmas and think being single at this time of year totally sucks, just remember, the pair that just passed you have probably put that day’s festive-based argument on pause to keep up appearances for the public.

That 'perfect' couple have most likely had more than one argument over whose family they should spend Christmas with, whose group of friends they’ll go out with over New Years and who forgot that Christmas Eve was meant to be Christmas movie night and organised a night on the beer instead.

Here are just five reasons why being single at Christmas is a major win

1. You don’t have to worry about hiding your hungover face in front of the in-laws.

"No, I’m fine. I always look this green and clammy."

2. You don’t have to spend hours traipsing through ‘boy’ shops looking for an Xbox game you’re certain you got him for this birthday.

"What’s Fortnite? Actually, I don't care. Just give it to me."

3. You save a LOT of money not having to shell out for generic gift sets for his side of the family.

"Lavender talc? That’ll do his nana…again."

4. You don’t have to sit through charades with your boyfriend’s uncle who constantly calls you by his ex-girlfriend’s name.

"No, don’t worry! Laura…Áine… sorry, they’re really similar."

5. You don’t have to prime your family on all the ‘Not To Be Discussed’ topics before he calls around.

"No, you can’t laugh at what happened in Ayia Napa. He doesn’t even know you know."

Seriously, is that stress-fest worth it just for a New Year's Eve kiss?

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The full Christmas TV from Aldi has been released and it’s just what you need to see with the world in turmoil.

Supermarket Aldi has premiered its Christmas advert which sees the nation’s most beloved vegetable, Kevin the Carrot, return to screens to mark the start of the festive season and bring back the much needed wonder and magic of Christmas.

The country was left on tenterhooks and rooting for the plucky carrot’s safe return following his appearance earlier this week in a teaser advert. Just days ago, Kevin set the sky alight, Top Gun style, in a fighter jet escapade with co-pilot Turkey. He was left perilously adrift with a flaming parachute, leaving fans asking Where is Kevin, and will he manage to get home to Katie and family in time for Christmas?

Determined to be reunited with his loved ones no matter what, Kevin is fortunate enough to find a few new friends to help. Getting him out of his snowy spot of bother is a friendly hedgehog, Harry, who gives him a lift.

But the twists don’t stop there! While riding as fast as they can through the night, they fall into a deep ravine and splash into a fast-flowing river. The hope of Kevin making it home to his family seems to be fading fast when who should appear but Santa Claus, played by much-loved Irish actor Colm Meaney (Intermission, The Van and Into the West). Can Santa help Kevin finally make it home? Of course he can!

John Curtin, Group Buying Director at Aldi Ireland said:

“It’s not Christmas without Kevin, he’s the most popular vegetable in Ireland! When talking about this year’s ad we couldn’t do it without him. His cheeky character has grown in popularity and his indomitable journey back to his family shows his Christmas spirit. And what could be better than returning home to a dinner table full of delicious festive food and drink and surrounded by his wonderful family? I think this year more than ever, that is exactly what people want to see.”

After premiering on YouTube today, fans can also see the advert during the Late Late Show at 22:40 on RTE 1.

Colm Meaney commented that he was delighted to be involved with the advert:

“I thought it was about time that I played the big man himself and so was delighted to be asked by Aldi to be part of its Christmas campaign. Kevin the Carrot and his family were incredibly welcoming on set and the whole experience was a total joy – even getting in and out of the big red suit. This year has been incredibly challenging for everyone but I hope that over the festive season people will be able to enjoy this special time with family and friends – and maybe the odd mince pie or turkey sandwich. Oh, and contrary to many men during lockdown I can confirm that the beard is not mine”.  

Watch the full ad here – it's a beautiful heart-warming ad which make even the most ardent Christmas grinch smile. Lovely work Aldi.

 

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Aldi has just released its Christmas advert – and now it really feels like the holiday season.

Earlier Sunday, Aldi teased the release of the ad on social media, writing: "There's a new wingman in town… Tom's flight is delayed, look who's in the cockpit…"

Making its debut on the Aldi Facebook page, the ad features our favourite – Kevin the Carrot of course – as well as a very festive Christmas Turkey.

You can watch here:

Posting the video on social media, Aldi said: "Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's both and there's a carrot in the cockpit."

The ad is giving us serious Top Gun movie vibes with a sound track that echoes Tom Cruise flying off with Goose (poor ‘ole Goose).  Reminiscent of the movie, Kevin and Turkey can be seen jetting through the sky, with Kevin explaining: "Brace yourself Turkey!"

As they zoom through the mountains, Santa makes an appearance, stopping by for a quick photo.

But moments later and a disaster occurs. After declaring he is “roasting” (hilarious stuff!), Turkey decides to 'open a window' but presses the eject button instead.

But instead of opening the window, Kevin is ejected from the cockpit.

And fans have been loving the advert so far, with one writing: "Ooh! Very interesting teaser! But Kevin's plane is on fire NOOOOOOOO!"

While another said: "Yes, Kevin's back, that's made my day and cheered me up."

"Aldi thank you for making 2020 a little better," wrote another.

Aldi's Christmas ads never disappoint. Last year's ad saw Kevin the Carrot determined to become the star of the Christmas dinner.

This has defo cheered us up, thanks Aldi. We can't wait to see the next chapter of this story.

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Dublin based Social Enterprise ‘We Make Good’ has partnered with ChildVision and Coolmine Therapeutic Community to develop a range of hand-crafted soaps & self-care products with a progressive business angle; the soap range, Soap with Soul, is created by those conquering addiction or living with disabilities to offer a utilitarian approach to tackling issues of inclusivity.

The Soap With Soul range includes each of the following and we think they will make a beautiful Christmas gift.

  • Oatmeal and Honey Soap
  • Irish Sea Moss Soap
  • Irish Heather & Lavender Soap
  • Irish Garden Mint Soap
  • Wild Irish Rose Soap
  • Doggy Soap
  • Vegan lip balm
  • Lavender Bath bombs

You can purchase online here.

This project comes at an appropriate time in Irish culture, as Covid19 sweeps through our communities to reveal the fractured systems underneath – ones that have pushed many vulnerable people to the fringes. This project is here to raise the bar for inclusivity and wash away the stigma of disability and addiction, paving the way for a new kind of inclusive and enterprising Ireland. The process is innovative in that it empowers makers to redefine damaging perceptions that they have of themselves and that society has given them. It confidently allows its makers to take their place in society while also providing a beautiful product with a real story.

“Covid has really shown us that we need to change the way we prioritise the environment and work for a more equal society, where we focus on leaving no-one behind. These soaps exemplify these communal values in a really tangible way. They each come with a little story in the wrapper of how the project supports the makers to reach their potential, making them a really inspiring gift for this Christmas” Caroline Gardner, Co-founder of We Make Good.

“This range is beautiful – all natural and uniquely Irish, made here in Dublin and bringing about real change for the makers. It truly encapsulates what our brand is all about.” Joan Ellison, Co-founder of We Make Good.

The brand provides on-the-job training and an income for the makers and will either support them to move on to mainstream employment or aims to provide steady employment for the makers. ChildVision’s Lifelong Learning students, aged 18-23 years, have been working on valuable enterprise projects such as soap-making for some time but partnering with ‘We Make Good’ gives them the opportunity to collaborate together and have a direct connection to the public, a space to showcase all their hard work and see it sell.

“For many young people with sight loss and additional disabilities, once they finish their time with ChildVision there are very few further education or employment options available to them. This project is about harnessing their creativity and letting them, and the wider community, appreciate their ability to create something beautiful and useful. The knowledge that they can do something of value brings a real sense of purpose and that can be, quite literally, life changing” Amanda Deaton, Project Lead, Lifelong Learning, ChildVision.

This view is also reflected in the experience of Coolmine, an addiction treatment provider that believes that everyone should have the opportunity to overcome addiction and lead a fulfilled and productive life. Coolmine provides a range of quality community and residential services to empower people and their families to overcome addiction and support long-term recovery.

The range is made with locally sourced botanicals – and they’re sustainable, all natural and made by hands, not machines; so they’re good for every body!

This soap is a beacon of hope and a sign of things to come; new Ireland, new beginnings and everyone’s included. Every bar bought helps to keep this mission alive and makes a direct impact on amazing people, so spread the word and see how this little soap can shake things up for a better Ireland.

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This Christmas, Quality Street fans no longer need to leave their street, home or even their armchair to buy personalised tins of their favourite sweets, as the brand announces a new webshop www.qualitystreet.co.uk.

The move means that shoppers will be able to buy bespoke tins of Quality Street all the year round. Visitors to the site can select up to six different sweets or opt for the classic Quality Street mix. They can personalise their tin with a name of their choice* and have it delivered straight to their door. Last year, Nestlé had an overwhelming response to their Quality Street pop-up shops, so they knew just much people love to personalise their Quality Street tins.  They are now taking it that one step further by offering fans the chance to also choose the perfect mix of their favourite sweets for that personalised tin. Even more exciting is the news that with our new Quality Street web shop, they can now do all this in a matter of clicks, from the comfort of their own home. 

The site will offer 1kg tins of Quality Street costing €20.00 including delivery to Irish addresses.

The webshop is not the only innovation from Quality Street in 2020. Earlier this year, Quality Street Intrigue, a range of indulgent truffles inspired by classic flavours from the brand, hit stores nationwide.

Available in two delicious flavours: Salted Caramel Truffles and Praline Truffles, Intrigue comes beautifully packaged in 200g boxes each containing 20 individually wrapped sweets and are now available at most major supermarkets.

2020 will be a Christmas unlike any other, when familiar traditions become more important than ever and we think this will be a lovely way to make the most of it.

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Late Late Show presenter, Ryan Tubridy spoke at the RTÉ virtual autumn launch, all about what viewers can expect from this year’s Late Late Toy Show.

“I think, without question, that it will be the most important Toy Show that we’ve ever done – for obvious reasons,” Ryan said.

“The kids have been so good. They’ve had the weirdest year of their lives and it is absolutely up to us to make the sun shine for them again. We are determined and excited.

Ryan went on to talk about the extra precautions they’re taking, given the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. “We’re operating at the moment with the view that everything will be social-distanced. Everything is, as we know it now, in terms of Covid rules.”

“I don’t anticipate that changing between now and Christmas to be quite honest. I don’t see some kind of miraculous move towards people gathering. We made a decision quite early on that there will be no audience.”

Ryan admitted he was worried about the show’s lack of audience atmosphere, saying, “The idea of doing a Toy Show with no audience is very daunting because you feed off of that. But I feel quite supported by the public and their patience and that’ll help fuel the madness.”

He confirmed, “It’s going to be a radically different type of Toy Show. The opening of the Toy Show is going to be radically different. My character is radically different. The song is radically different… this is going to be a Toy Show like no other.”

Will this mean that there won’t be any of the usual ‘One for everyone in the audience!’ exclamations though? Ryan reassured us that they would come up with a suitable alternative to tackle every element of the show and make it suitable for a COVID-19 world. When someone suggested delivering gifts to frontline workers, Ryan replied, “That’s exactly along the lines of where we’d be inclined to go.”

“I mentioned in the middle of August that applications for the show were open and they had about 1,000 entries in the course of 24 hours. There’s a hunger for the Toy Show this year that is very different for obvious reasons,” the presenter claimed.

Ryan also hinted at this year’s theme, suggesting that it will be “delicious, and different.”

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Plates are empty, the dishwasher is full, there's a Christmas film on the telly and your Dad is already nodding off in his armchair. 

The hours and days after your Christmas dinner has finally digested are traditionally a time to feast of turkey sandwiches – and lots of them. 

However, we'd all like to think that our culinary skills have progressed a bit over the past year, and what better way to put them to the test than by creating scrumptious dishes from the Christmas leftovers? 

And to help, we've rounded up some of our favourite leftover turkey recipes that are both simple to make and oh-so tasty. 

Enjoy! 

Turkey Bubble & Squeak 

 

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Creamy Turkey Pot Pie Mac and Cheese

 

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Leftover Turkey Chilli Con Carne

 

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Creamy Turkey & Potato Soup

 

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Enchilada Bake With Leftover Turkey

 

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Turkey Tetrazzini

 

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Asian Inspired Turkey Soup

Leftover Turkey Paella

 

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Leftover Turkey Spicy Miso Ramen

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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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