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Christmas is the one time of the year where our social calendar is booming like there’s no tomorrow.

From the office Christmas party to the annual 12 Pubs adventure, there’s never a weekend that isn’t full of plans.

Our beauty routine can be tainted by the lack of sleep and the gallons of gin we consume every December.

Our skin looks tired, our hair is frizzy and we’ve been too afraid to brave our nearest salon for a brow wax- hello caterpillar brows.

Luckily, we’ve conjured up a list of beauty essentials that will have you looking as right as rain in no time.

Treat yourself to one, two or ALL of these products.

1: YourGoodSkin Balancing Skin Concentrate

Boots €21.99

2: Coconut Hand Cream 30ml

The Body Shop €6.50

3: Mickey Mouse Collection Lipgloss

Beauty Bay €17.95

4: Remove It Makeup Remover

Benefit €24

5: Pixi Glow Tonic

Boots €14

6: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion 200ml

Boots €25

7: Origins Our Best of the Best

Arnotts €36

8: Drops of Youth Wonderblur

The Body Shop €26.95

9: Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

Arnotts €39

10: Too Faced – The Absolute Essentials – Professional 5-Piece Brush Set

Debenhams €56.10

11: YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils' Makeup Gift Set

Debenhams €24.37

12: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid

13: Oh K! Coconut Water Fibre Face Mask X 3

Cloud 10 Beauty €8.50

14: Benefit They're Real Mascara

Benefit €26

15: NIVEA MicellAir Professional Micellar Make-Up Remover Face Wipes

Boots €6.49

16: Mario Badescu Facial Spray

17: Glamglow Poutmud Wet Lip Balm Treatment Mini

Boots €21

18: Luxury Size Almond Shower Oil

L'Occitane €35

19: Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme Hand Cream

Brown Thomas €18

20: Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Arnotts €65

 

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Buying Christmas presents for your significant other can be especially tricky; you worry they won't like it, not to mention sizing can be a whole other challenge, but really you want to buy them something that will show how much they mean to you.

Not to worry, we've put together our 10 best Christmas gifts for your guy for winter 2018, and each is as wonderful as the next. From skincare, to cologne to amazing experience packages, this list is better than ever. 

He'll definitely be thanking you for getting him any of these crackers, his gratitude will know NO BOUNDS. Hopefully…

1. Smartbox karting experience

Smartbox is the number one gift experience company in Europe, and it's not hard to see why. They aim to give people gifts which aren't material objects; instead they focus on giving adrenaline-fueled memories, romantic getaways and travel tokens as gifts.

It's a great idea to give to a loved one, and we know our significant others would ADORE a karting experience for Christmas.  

Buy: www.smartbox.com
Price: €99

2.  Clarins Men hydra-sculpt

Hydra sculpt focuses on moisturising and firming the skin, sculpting facial features, and uses the energising and soothing Clarins Men complex as well as the Clarins Men Anti-Pollution complex.

Give your man the best possible skin treatment with this gem of a product.

Buy: www.clarins.com
Price:€50

3. My Name Is Ted luxury leather magic wallet- special edition

My Name is Ted use 100% natural, vegetable tanned full grain Italian leather from Tuscany which takes two months to produce. Their newest edition of the Magic Wallet is absolutely gorgeous, is hand-crafted with seven credit card slots, a secret internal cash pocket in black olive with luxury suede lining and Christmas inspired stitching.

Buy: www.mynameisted.ie
Price: €99

4. Clinique for men giftset

Clinique for Men's latest giftset is for all skin types, and is a travel-friendly trio of daily facial formulas which encourage long-lasting hydration. Get your guy the skin products he deserves; this set includes the Charcoal Face Wash, the Cream Shave and the Anti-Age Moisturiser.

Buy: www.clinique.com
Price: €35.64

5. Payot Charcoal Exfoliating Gel

Payot's original black texture combines the super-absorbent properties of charcoal taken from Japanese oak trees with purifying and unclogging effect of kaolin, a well-known soft clay.

Blemishes are drastically reduced after this effective exfoliating gel, which has proven results. Your significant other will thank you after he gets the clearest skin imaginable.

Buy: www.payot.com
Price: €18.65

6. Lab series

The High Performance duo set and the starter series are both perfect gifts for a man this Christmas.

From anti-ageing to oil control; spf to razor burn; targeted solutions to all-in-one multitaskers- The Lab Series' range has definitely got you covered. Their Lab collection is formulated for men's skin, to keep it smooth and supple after shaving and maintain oil balance. 

Buy: www.labseries.com
Price: Duo Set, €55
Price: Starter Series, €27.65

7. Lierac Anti-Wrinkle Repairing Fluid

This revolutionary repairing fluid is for men aged 30 and over, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles over time. After it smooths and perfectly hydrates the skin, it regains its elasticity and tonicity. 

If he's worried about the visible signs of ageing, get him this fluid, trust us.

Buy: www.lierac.com
Price: €30.25

 

8. Delarom Homme Eau Sport 50ml

Delarom are a world-renowned French cosmetic brand, and luckily for men, have released their Homme eau Sport cologne which smells divine.

Since launching the cologne in 2012, the product has become hugely popular and is showing no sign of slowing down. Get your significant other this fantastic gift and he'll be smiling from ear to ear, and smelling even better.

Buy: www.delarom.com
Price: €39.80

9. Smartbox adventure experience package

Probably one of the most fun gifts you can ever give to someone, this package includes over 70 adventure experiences and will be sure to give your adrenaline junkie parter the ride of his life. From helicoper rides, sailing, bungie jumping and windsurfing, there's so much to choose from this wild present.

Buy: www.smartbox.com
Price: €249

10. Irish Socksciety

A quirky and humorous take on the Emerald Isle, the Irish Socksciety is one of the best possible present ideas; they're simple yet fun.

Socks may seem like a very ordinary gift, but not with this brand they're not. Their socks range from business, to Irish humour to Christmas themed, each as hilarious as the next.

They also custom make designs, so you can choose your own special one for your partner.

Buy: www.irishsockciety.com
Price: from €9

Happy shopping, ladies. Whatever you buy your man, we're sure he'll adore it.

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Not everyone has that pocket of time in the day to devote to a perfect beauty routine, despite our best efforts.

Time is a precious commodity – it's easier to grab ten minutes in the morning and slick on a coat of your favourite lipstick when you're getting ready. 

After all, there's nothing like leaving the house feeling the best versions of ourselves.

And that's the thing about lipstick. It has the power to transform, even if you only have time to apply it and nothing else.

The right shade on the right day elevates everything, your outfit, your mood; you feel like you can take on the world.

Who else opts for a bold matte when they know they have that big presentation or meeting on the cards?

It's perfect – the matte that's bright in colour and doesn't budge. But most matte formulas have a downside, and that's the dryness factor.   

Enter Joli Rouge: Clarins’s cult, iconic moisturising lipstick which has evolved for 2018 into a matte – but one minus the dry, flaky lip effect.

And it's the new, Joli Rouge Velvet edition that has everyone talking.

What makes this one different?

Well, it leaves a supple matte finish without drying out your lips – dream combination.

This is down to it's an innovative formula; equally hydrating, lightweight and comfortable to wear yet delivers a true, matte, saturated colour, thanks to its Velvet Booster complex and the fact that it's formulated with organic watermelon extract (super hydrating, in case you didn't know).

It's this that keeps your lips fresh and moisturised – as well the apricot oil – all for no less than six hours yet, crucially, the matte-effect won't get lost.

The lipstick comes in ten shades so you'll have one for day or night and whenever you need a beauty pick-me-up. 

We'll take the lot.

Joli Rouge Velvet costs €24.00 with a matching Crayon Levres lipliner at €18. Both are available at Clarins stockists nationwide.

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Hold on to your hats, ladies! Clinique is collaborating with your favourite childhood brand, and releasing a new range of their famous Chubby Sticks. 

The Clinique x Crayola collection will include 10 Crayola-inspired products, in wonderful shades of pink and purple.

With names like Mauvelous, Fuzzy Wuzzy, and Mango Tango, we can already feel our inner child coming out in excitement. 

This amazing collection will hit Clinique counters on February 3, just in time for Valentine's Day.

We cannot WAIT for the release of these babies!

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About 1 million selfies are taken daily, and more than a third of these are retouched with any one of 20 Instagram filters (or with the help of a photo-editing app).

Yahoo Labs reviewed 7.6 million social media photos and found that doctored snaps were more likely to be viewed and draw in more likes.

So, with 4K (major high def) tech on it's way next year that will capture every pore and line, we want to know what foundations will give us an airbrush finish:

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation

This is best for women with normal to dry skin, who prefer a medium coverage. 

It cradles small pigment particles in amino acids for a blurring effect, reflects light with connected minerals, and plumps skin with dewy acid spheres. Sound good enough? We think so.

 

Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector

This foundation is suitable for normal to combinatin skin, and for women who want to erase pores or acne scars.

A clever new mashup of cream foundation and pressed powder, it's the closest thing we've seen to cover up your pores. Tap it on your skin and blend to get a matte finish that also moisturises. 

 

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer

This is perfect for normal to oily skin, or if you have a bit of redness.

This powder is super-fine and will gently even out your skin. The formula feels creamy going on and absorbs shine without parching your skin. 

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Primers do for your skin what lingerie does for your body – they flatter, conceal, smooth out and hold things in place. Everything you put on top of them looks immediately better. 

So, whether you want to hide your pores, smooth out fine-lines or mattify your skin, these primers will create the perfect base for whatever else you wish to wear:

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

This primer has a very large and loyal fan base as it's great for giving skin a soft photo-finish and silky texture. 

 

Benefit The Porefessional

Porefessional is devoted to minimising your pores and uses an oil-free formula for longer-lasting results. 

 

Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects

Clinique has a range of trouble-shooting primers that target different skin types. This colour-correcting formula one has a subtle bronze tint that will brighten up even the dullest face. 

 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Now, we know this is only for your eye area but it's a brilliant formula that will help keep you eye make-up in place all day.

 

MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance

This beauty creates an even skin tone and the ideal base for make-up. It noticeably reduces any oiliness on your skin and you can choose the base colour to suit your skin tone. 

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Pantone Inc, the colour-matching giant, have selected Radiant Orchid as 2014’s Colour of the Year, calling it “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones”.

As usual, Clinique are on the ball and they already have some amazing products to help you stay on trend this year.

Featured above is the new All about Shadow quad in “Going Steady”; the popular Chubby Stick in “Volumtuous Purple” and the Quickliner for Eyes Intense in “Intense Plum”

Find them at your nearest Clinique counter.

 

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