Millennials don't exactly get an easy time; most people hate us or just dismiss us as snowflakes who only have knowledge about wi-fi and avocado toast.
While we generally have more of a penchant for the internet seeing as we GREW UP WITH IT… this doesn't mean we're as lazy and vain as everyone says we are.
For example, we only have three selfie sticks and check our reflections between the hours of 9am and 11pm everyday, so what's the big deal about?
We've all heard the lectures from our elderly relatives about how we drain the economy and refuse to get jobs, but people love to focus on the negatives rather than the positives.
Getting a millennial a Christmas gift can be a challenge, seeing as the chances of them being vegan, supporting paraben-free and cruelty-free produce and generally hipster and full of notions are sky high.
They'll also most likely blog the entire gift opening session, and post every aspect of it to social media, so it's gotta be impressive.
We've made a gift guide especially to help you out this festive season, y'all are welcome.
1. Do What You Love neon sign
2. Loqi reusable bags
3. Scratch map
4. The Gospel According to Blindboy
5. Showerless shaving gel
6. Photo journal
7. Gratitude journal by Karen McDermott
This gorgeous journal has 52 empowering quotes; one for each week of the year. Positive vibez all round, gals.
Shopping for someone who legit has EVERYTHING, whether it's a best friend, lover or relative, it's tedious as hell.
Especially when you're on a tight budget, you can't afford to get her a new unicorn, expensive brands or luxurious cosmetics.
We've collected a group of weird and wonderful gifts for that gal who has it all, but realistically some of these items are now on our personal 'treat yourself' list of 2019…
We have no shame.
Enjoy our gift guide, we've discovered some of the internet's most lavish notions about gift-buying so we're off to pop a bottle of vino for no actual reason other than wishing that we, too, had it all.
1. Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer
Dyson, of hoover fame, have released a new Supersonic hairdryer which apparently dries hair RIDICULOUSLY fast, so you won't be late for work in the morning or running around with damp hair.
It's a steep price, but is guaranteed to survive for years as your barnet's new BFF.
2. Ethical silk pillowcases from White & Green
For the woman who has everything, treat her to the highest quality grade A charmeuse silk pillowcases, for the softest sleeping experience imaginable.
White & Green use 100% Ethical Peace Silk, so no silk worms are harmed or boiled in the process of creation.
3. Belkin keychain USB charger
Belkin has released a range of coloured keychains which double up as a charger, and can be attached to any handbag you like.
The charger works for iPads, iPhones and iMacs, and the utter notions tech vibe is frankly gas. We want it.
4. & Other Stories metallic socks gift set
These gorgeous glittery socks come in a pack of three, and are made of organic cotton.
Why have one pair of sparkly socks when you can have THREE? Simply stunning.
5. Estee Lauder fragrance treasures
For a limited time only, Brown Thomas are offering a reduced price on this perfume set of Estee Lauder products. What are you waiting for?
All the favourite eau de parfum purse spray scents are included in the one gift box; Beautiful, Pleasures, ModernMuse and Modern Muse Le Rouge.
6. Hymne Desinvolte scented candle
& Other Stories have such a great collection of luxury scented candles; this one is the fleur d'abricot, the soothing aroma of apricots.
For that gal that has it all, posh French candles seem like the perfect plan.
7. Wireless earphones
Untangling your earphones can be one of the most tedious tasks known to man, so why not gift a loved one who has everything with some high tech wireless earbuds?
These lightweight, portable earbuds use the highest-quality Bluetooth technology to set you free from cables.
8. Lulu Guinness heart face travel set in black/pink
This luxury travel set from Lulu Guinness will give your gal-pal the ultimate travel glamour.
The iconic set includes a passport holder and a luggage tag, beautifully packaged in a Lulu Guinness print.
9. Personalised wine glass
She's got it all, but has she got her name on a swanky wine glass? Chances are, probably not.
This is definitely a boujee gift for a gal with it all, leave a gas message on it while you're at it.
10. Charlotte Tilbury mini Hollywood liquid lipstick charms
These jaw-dropping lipstick charms, Too Bad I'm Bad and Show Girl are the ideal gift for that gal who just seems to have everything known to man.
A nourishing rosy pink shade and dark berry tone are included as a portable set of the Charlotte Tilbury bestsellers.
The ultimate minimalist statement is the gift of… no gift.
For the gal who has it all, once she opens this she'll really want the gift of something.
12. Spice Girls, SPICE: vintage record vinyl
Has to be done. They might have it all, but they most likely haven't had a chance to go out and buy the Spice Girls classic vinyl SPICE.
She'll be delighted with this present, any gal would be. You're spicing up her Christmas.
13. Seletti banana lamp
One thing we can confirm without needing a single source is that your gal pal DOES NOT own this random AF banana lamp that costs a silly amount of money.
If you have the cash and confidence to match this stupendously ridiculous lamp, why not buy it?
Red wine therapy sleeping mask is from Korean brand Holika Holika, and it uses red wine extract with its jelly-like texture to melt effortlessly onto your skin and absords it to deliver anti-ageing benefits… all while you sleep.
Wait, so red wine has the power to do this? You betcha. Give it to your best gal, or keep it for yourself.
15. Kiehl's Creme de Corps Whipped Body Butter
This gorgeous light body cream has 24-hour dehydration, smells magnificent and absorbs quickly to deliver deep moisture.
What better gift to bequeath a friend who has it all? She might have everything but moisturised skin is always a great present.
And that's a (gift) wrap, ladies.
Have fun shopping for the woman who has everything, it's a tricky challenge but not impossible.
You just need to think outside of the box, and explore the weird and wonderful corners of the internet.
Christmas is just around the corner and I am VERY excited about it.
As the eldest sister I feel like there's more pressure on me to buy amazing gifts for my sisters. Finding the perfect gift can be a complete and utter nightmare, but I realised there are so many essential things to buy your sisters; basically everything they steal on you.
My sisters are forever 'borrowing' everything and anything on me, from jeans to deodorant and from my curler to perfume. And tbh I'm fed up with it.
So how do we solve this problem?
Buy them the thing they're ALWAYS robbing on you. This gift guide is here to help my fellow struggling sisters who have had enough of their siblings and the constant case of missing belongings.
You’ve most likely seen at least one of Vogue’s infamous make-up tutorials, celebrated for their chill, relatable vibe… NOT.
We obsess over how gorgeous models get their looks, attempt to emulate their radiant beauty and try (and fail) to copy their stunning #lewks.
The rich and famous have world-renowned make-up artists following at their heels, making sure they look their best at all times.
We, on the other hand, roll out of bed and can only pray that we manage to look semi-decent instead of the apocalyptic zombie which was passed out in bed only moments earlier…
If I can remember to put toothpaste on my toothbrush instead of moisturiser, I think I’m winning.
These celebrity gals, however, are often expected to look #RedCarpetReady 24 hours a day, which sounds exhausting, to be honest.
We decided it was time to watch these notorious Vogue Vids to study the movements and cosmetic habits of faces such as Bad Gal Riri (she doesn’t need make-up, make-up needs her), Emily Ratajkowski, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid to see just how relatable these ladies are.
We were inspired by the hilarious Maddison Bush, who uploaded parody version of a make-up tutorial while attempting to imitate Vogue's famous faces.
Hint: not relatable in the slightest. Not even close to it.
1. First up, Bella Hadid.
As we all know, Bella is one half of the supermodel sister duo of herself and Gigi Hadid, AKA: two of the most ridiculously stunning human beings on the planet. We actually doubt if they’re human… they look like they were made in a laboratory for beautiful people. No fair.
From the very start of these videos, it’s already hard to find anything in common with these women. They are all doing their beauty regime in unnaturally aesthetic bathrooms in luxurious hotels or mansions, whereas we’re struggling to find a mirror that isn’t covered in foundation smudge marks, or are possibly in the queue for the house bathroom for the last 35 minutes.
From the second models such as Bella face the camera, it’s difficult to choke down the fact that they aren’t wearing any make-up because they already look damn FLAWLESS.
Like, wig = snatched from the beginning. *sigh*
The videos are also alarmingly short, considering most of us take at least 15 minutes to put our faces on. The fact that famous faces only take 5 minutes to look that good is frankly both disturbing and insulting to my pale palour.
(I’ve been asked if I am anaemic countless times, I’ve just started saying yes now, it’s easier).
Bella begins by saying “models can do their own make-up too!” Good to know, Bella. Good to know. You’re very normal.
She continues by saying, “I look really tired because I’ve been travelling for two months straight.” You poor gal Bella, travelling the world in private jets and glamorous clothing must be devastating to your complexion.
So far, oh so relatable.
Bella uses concealer, a contour stick, highlighter, brow pencil, lash primer and mascara to complete her look in five minutes.
By the end of the video, she’s essentially ready for the Victoria’s Secret carpet, minus the wings. It’s offensive. *cries in poor*
Relatability level: 2/5.
2. Kendall Jenner. Also known as ‘KANDALL JANNARRR’.
She’s already using products we can’t even dream of affording without selling our organs illegally online, so the relatability factor is null from the beginning.
She claims that she “learns a lot from being on set.” Us too, Kendall. We frequent photoshoots on the reg constantly, it’s the cross we bear.
She lets us know that she eats grilled cheese sandwiches, which is comforting for roughly 4 seconds.
The Kardashian uses Estée Lauder foundation in nude, concealer, and mascara and finishes by blowing a kiss to the camera.
The fact that she hasn’t poked her eyes with a mascara brush or choked on powder yet separates this gal from reality.
My lungs still haven’t recovered from the powder incident of ’09, where my mother’s inhaler had to be used.
Relatability level: 1/5. Sorry Kendall, but your bathroom alone is next level boujee.
3. Lili Reinhart.
Our third gal is Riverdale’s gorgeous Betty Cooper herself, Lili Reinhart. We have high hopes for this one, seeing as her social media presence is all about positivity and female empowerment, as well as Cole Sprouse, AKA Coal Sprouts, Jughead Jones.
Lili also begins her video by eating food on camera, it seems to be a common ‘relatability’ tactic. This time, it’s Chinese food. She has us hooked.
She also admits from the beginning that she already has foundation on, thank God. If that was her natural complexion I think I’d have had to tell her to stay in her lane.
Lili doesn’t mention the products which she uses, which we translate to mean that we probably cannot afford them…
She uses pink eyeshadow, lip gloss, a basic nude foundation and of course, concealer and highlighter. Voila, she’s ready for her close-up.
Relatability level: 3/5. She’s the winner so far, mainly due to her Chinese wontons. They just look so tasty.
4. Emily Ratajkowski.
Ah, the notorious sexy selfie queen.We have serious doubts about the relatability level of this gal, she’s got cheekbones for days and an enviable glowing tan.
Plus she could look sexy even if she went to Coppers until 6am the night before and had an absolute ‘mare when those jägerbombs came back to haunt her. The hardest look to pull off, arguably.
She comments that “I do my own make-up for red carpets a lot”. Same, tbh…
All this girl needs is Pat McGrath lipgloss, her blush which she confesses to be addicted to, and a bit of concealer. Wait… that’s it? That’s all it takes? Seriously?
We quit. We are the weakest link, goodbye.
Relatability level: 0/5. Sorry Emily, but you took a duck-face selfie when you were done, and DIDN’T delete it or take a second take. That’s downright blasphemy in our books, we need at least 13 photos before we can find one we don’t hate.
Last, but not least, BAD GAL RIRI. An icon. A sass queen. Fenty Beauty extraordinaire, we have high hopes for this one.
From the beginning of the ten minute long gift, RiRi shows off her bubbly personality without plugging her own products at all, which is a miracle in itself.
If you haven’t tried using Fenty Beauty products, girl you are MISSING OUT. They’re flawless.
“The key to highlighter is not to be afraid, make-up is fun. It’s there to play with.” She hits the nail on the head, so many of us can find make-up intensely frustrating when we are expected to follow certain trends and look a certain way.
At the end of the day, beauty products should be used for our own enjoyment and empowerment, and if make-up doesn’t empower you, your natural beauty is all you need.
Riri claims that she learned how to contour when she gained weight and wanted to hide her ‘double chin’ and forehead, which was hugely surprising to us. Superstar celebrities have insecurities too, gals.
“The best teacher is yourself.” Say it louder for the people in the back, Rihanna. Everyone has their own unique look, individual face and preferred beauty regimens. You don’t have to look to famous people to understand your own complexion, all you need is you.
Riri relatability level: 4/5. Her personality is down-to-earth, her tips are one of a kind and her products are gold star standard.
We have to remind ourselves that these celebrities have picked up countless tips from the top make-up artists in the business, whereas we got free eyeshadows from magazines as 11-year-olds back when YouTube make-up tutorials didn’t exist (yes, there was a time, believe it or not) and gave ourselves pinkeye.
I lost count of how many allergic reactions I had to dodgy make-up after my 3827th eye infection from cheap “make-up”.
I wouldn’t even call it make-up honestly, I suspect that magazine eyeshadows were essentially homemade concoctions of flour and food dye.
Fast forward a few years, and YouTube beauty accounts have blown up across the internet, courtesy of teenagers who are DYING to know how to contour.
The word contour genuinely did not exist until recently in Ireland, we were simple folk back then.
It took less than 24 hours for the Cloud 10 Beauty 12 Days of Slay Gift Set to COMPLETELY sell out, that must be some kind of record. They are now releasing a waiting list for their second batch, thank God.
The famed online Irish beauty emporium decided that it was time to compile a gift of skincare and cosmetic treats, and the response was HUGE. The overall collection is worth €172 but is being sold for just €75, hence the massive rush to grab it.
The gift set features gorge beauty products from brands such as The Ordinary, Stila, DuWop and favourites such as the Benefit Gold Rushmini, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, PIXI Retinol Tonic and Vita Liberata Body Blur.
NEWS FLASH – SOLD OUT
Less than 24 hrs later & the Cloud 10 Beauty 12 Days of Slay Gift Set has completely sold out!The limited-edition set is packed with 12 iconic beauty must-haves, so it’s no surprise that it sold out so fast#cloud1012daysofslaypic.twitter.com/kfAckrfvbk
After the first drop flew out of stock in such a short space of time, pre-orders already flooded in for the second drop, which is set to ship in early December.
Pippa O'Connor Ormond, renowned Instagram influencer, said on her story last night that:
“Because it is such good value and the products are really good I know they will go quickly, so if you do want it I wouldn't be hanging around," and just after she revealed the set, they were totally gone.
“We expected the Cloud 10 Beauty12 Days of Slay gift set to be popular, as it’s such incredible value for money and the products included are so iconic, but we’ve been completely floored by the speed at which it has sold out. It has been incredible, customers from across the world have been ordered the gift set. We just hope everyone who wanted one, managed to get it in time”.
The limited-edition gift set is priced at only €75 and is literally JAM-PACKED with 12 iconic slay-worthy make-up and beauty must-haves. Considering the unbelievable price, it’s no surprise that it sold out in less than one day.
With the nation gone crazy with Hinch Hauls and Hinching your homes, Charlene Flanagan otherwise known as Mrs.Jones has some top tips to declutter your makeup stash.
Charlene recommends doing this every six to 12 months, it not only will help keep your routine organised, your skin and brushes healthier, but you will more than likely start to use different products you completely forgot about you had which feels like you have a new makeup bag.
1. Beauty Bootcamp
Start by sorting your makeup into piles. Eg. lipsticks, palettes, pencils, samples etc. Once you see where everything is it’s easier to get rid of unwanted items and you are one step closer to decluttering your makeup stash.
2. Keep, Throw, Maybe
Now that you have organised the piles arrange them into Keep, Throw & Maybe piles.
Take into consideration that every product has an after open shelf life. Can you remember when you bought each product?
Did you know you should replace your mascara every three months!? Taking note of expiry dates will avoid nasty infections, breakouts, cracked lips etc. Be strong, be brutal!
Mrs. Jones’ Top Tip: If you're really struggling with this task, book in a private one to one with a makeup artist who will guide you on what does and doesn’t suit you.
3. Separate your makeup bags
Separating your makeup bags into your everyday essential products and your going out/occasion wear products will not only simplify your routine but it will make getting out the door in the morning so much quicker.
Mrs. Jones’ Top Tip: Buy yourself clear makeup bags so you can easily see where everything is and also they can be easily wiped clean.
4. Keep your brushes squeaky clean
Your makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. It could be the cause of bumpy skin, blemish/acne prone skin, infections, etc.
Not only will you find your skin improved but your makeup will apply so much better and your brushes will last so much longer – if you don't want to get messy with your shampoo bottle, Ella & Jo have an UNREAL Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser to keep your brush bristles pristine.
5. Reward yourself for spring cleaning
Your reward of course is a little well deserved treat. Repurchase any products that have passed the expiry date/shelf life and treat yourself to some organising accessories e.g Clutterboxes, Drawer Separators, Lipstick Holders, Makeup Brush Holders. Do this after you have organised your stash so you know exactly what you need when it's all organised.
There’s a little under a week to go until Halloween and some people are more ready than ever for the spooky holiday. People have been planning their costumes, practising their makeup looks and organising festivities for quite some time, and others (myself included) have left everything until the last minute.
I am so envious of those who are constantly prepared for All Hallows Eve. There have been many years where I frantically run around my local shopping centre looking for the perfect costume, but alas, there’s nothing but a rogue cowboy hat and a kid’s princess dress left on the shelves.
Thankfully, the makeup mavericks of Instagram are here to save the day for those of you who are like me. Us procrastinators need all the help we can get, especially if you’re invited to a last minute Halloween celebration.
I’ve conjured up a list of the best (and easiest) makeup looks that will make Halloween a lot easier for my fellow procrastinators
This look will take all of five minutes to achieve. All you need is some eyeliner and you’re good to go. Draw three whiskers on each of your cheeks and dab on a little black nose on the tip of yours and hey-presto you’re a cat. Is it one of the most over-done costumes? Yes. But will it make your night a hell of a lot less stressful? YES.
The wonderful Rebekah O’Leary came to our rescue with this incredible Willy Wonka inspired look. Violet is one of the movies most iconic characters so who better to dress up as for Halloween? Plus, you can rock a purple tracksuit for this look. Any excuse to be comfortable.
Dress up as this beloved mythical creature by making the most of your glitter collection. Use your boldest and most colourful lipstick and go to town with the rhinestones to transform yourself into a unicorn. Add a unicorn headband and you’re good to go.
She is probably the most loved member of the Suicide Squad so embrace the pigtails and smeared lipstick this Halloween. Forget about your makeup being flawless because the messier it is the better. Add some red and blue temporary dye to your hair to achieve the look.
The Pulp Fiction leading lady is by far one of the coolest characters to dress up as for Halloween. All you need is a dramatic red lip and the nose-bleed stain and you’re good to go. Pop on a white blouse and some black skinny jeans and you’ve achieved Mia’s bad-ass look.
Listen up ladies, we've done the digging on the latest and greatest beauty products on the scene right now, so you don't have to spend hours stalking MUA's on Instagram searching for the answer to all your cosmetic questions.
Four party perfect skin products that will have you glowing from head to toe!
All four packs include three amazing products: high-tech Instant Facial (Super Hydration, Brightening, Correct & Calm or Charcoal Detox) as well as a Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure and a Rosy Hands Instant Manicure.
Looking for the perfect warm-toned eyeshadow palette for winter? The Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Rosé in the Air comes with a mix of coveted colours from shimmery daytime hues to sultry shades for your nights out with the gals.
Featuring absolutely gorgeous shades of pink, beige tones, vibrant reds and glittery maroon vibes, we cannot get enough of this. Just don’t let anyone borrow yours because you will legit never see it again… #thief #MINE
With whispers around the internet of cult beauty brand The Ordinary possibly closing down, we’ve decided to round up a list of The Ordinary’s best products to nab before it leaves us forever.
Renowned for its accessibility and affordability, the relatively new brand has recently found itself in the media for all the wrong reasons, after the founder Brandon Truaxe had a MAJOR Instagram rant.
Alleged major criminal activity has resulted in reported shutdown for the company, with Truaxe claiming that The Ordinary will close effective immediately.
SOB. While waiting lists are a mile long, you can still battle until the end and make sure you have all of these gems…
The Ordinary Serum Foundation with SPF 15 by The Ordinary Colours 30ml (Various Shades)
Their famous lightweight foundation sold out within seconds of being launched, and the waiting list is still years long. The Ordinary’s Serum Foundation is considered one of the best lightweight face bases on the market, it’s definitely the one to watch before the stores say goodbye to us.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5: Your go-to for dry skin
Their products mainly focus on only one or two ingredients, so you know they haven’t put any unwanted chemicals in there, and each element is sustainably sourced.
The Ordinary "Buffet" + Copper Peptides: for stressed out skin
This one is your absolute winner if you are plagued with blemishes, and is totally cruelty free just like all of their other products.
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion: Pigmentation or ageing concerns
This one gained recognition for being a staple of Kim Kardashian’s personal skin-care routine, needless to say it flew out of the stores after this came to light
The Ordinary works to educate their customers on the presence of every ingredient involved in skincare by naming them after the core component, so the company completely evaporates any sense of transparency.
There are no tricks, false advertising or flowery language usages involved, just honest products, and cheap prices.
Founder Brandon Truaxe explains on the company’s website that “The Ordinary exists to communicate with integrity and bring to market effective, more familiar technologies at honourable prices."