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Being Beautiful For Christmas

Tuesday, 20 December 2005


When it comes to beauty Christmas is all about luxury.  Ideally any deluxe product should be bought for you - the perfect gift is always something you desire but would never buy for yourself.  Triona McCarthy is here with some fab ideas.

No one wants to receive virtuous cleansers, moisturisers or anything anti-ageing/anti-cellulite/anti-fun at Christmas.  Frivolity rules so go for sparkly little treats or big splurges to indulge body and soul!

For The Yummy Mummy - A Dream Cream

For obvious reasons, it wouldn't be advisable to give a woman an anti-ageing product for Christmas, but there may be one exception..   Crème de la Mer!
Most women would love a pot of the magic moisturiser for reasons that most men will never understand!
Crème De La Mer - €125 for 30ml - available Brown Thomas
 Also, there is a limited edition Louise Kennedy crystal glass holder and cream set €300, available exclusively from Brown Thomas.

For A Glam Gran - Fragrance

Hypnôse by Lancôme is the latest must have scent.  Perfect for anyone who believe that the way to a man's heart is through his nose.  This is an intense mixture of passion flower, vanilla and vetivert.  The Bottle is inspired by a vintage edition of the fragrance Magie (1950), a nod to the beauty of the geishas.

Hypnôse by Lancôme - from €45 - available nationwide

For The Man In Your Life / Gay Best Friend

Not forgetting the boys, fed up of buying gadgets and ties? He'll be sure to appreciate these skin savers.  A zipped leather wash bag in sleek steel grey that comes filled with six full size Molton Brown therapies for use at home, you can pick from various combinations to perfectly suit your man - whilst the bag is then ready for travel essentials

Molton Brown Gift bag - €198 - available House of Fraser

For The Action Man

If you can't get out of buying him a gadget try Slendertone Active for Men combines exercise with a specially designed muscle strengthening treatment, delivered through an abdominal belt with a built in heart rate monitor and calorie counter.
. Clinically proven technology
.  Strengthens, firms, and tones abdominal muscles whilst walking and jogging
.  Proven inch loss on waist
. Helps decrease BMI (Body Mass Index) and reduce blood pressure

Slendertone Active for Men - €149 - available from Boots nationwide.

For A Lover Of Luxury

Scented candles seem to be the new socks as far as gifts go.  This isn't to say you shouldn't buy them.  Instead you should aim for the equivalent of luxurious cashmere socks and go for the Rolls Royce of candles.  Jo Malone candles are the ultimate in decadence.  You can spend a two- or a three-figure sum (go on) on a customised box to include scent, candles and bath oils, all nestling in lime-scented straw.  You can even call Malone's team of experts for advice and have it delivered.

Jo Malone Express - Mail order and worldwide delivery service - Tel +44(0) 20 7720 0202 or available exclusively from Brown Thomas

For The Beauty Queen - Makeup

For the hip hop and happening gal, almost anything from the Pout range would suit. The lingerie inspired packaging is appropriate for a girl who likes a little irony in her make-up bag.
Pout's gorgeous limited edition palettes are perfect gifts to slip under the Christmas tree. The three palettes, Face Lovers, Eye Lovers and Lip Lovers include a handpicked selection of Pout's best loved shades from this uber-sexy make-up range.  Each one is beautifully finished in a subtle metallic pink and embellished with the Pout logo in dazzling fuchsia crystals.  High glamour, lots of sparkle and to-die-for shades . it's no wonder these palettes already have a waiting list, so get one whilst you can!

Pout Limited Edition Palette - €38 - available Brown Thomas

For A Beauty Nerd

American make-up artist Trish Mc Evoy's cult range is now available in Harvey Nichols in Dundrum.  Famous for her Make-Up Planners her Luxury Planner is an especially good choice for Christmas.  It's basically a filofax for your make-up, bound in beautiful Italian leather.  The case itself is €300 and then you can buy the products to fill it, choosing them to perfectly suit the person the gift is for.

Trish Mc Evoy Luxury Planner - €300
Trish Mc Evoy Lipstick - €22
Trish Mc Evoy Blusher - €22
Trish Mc Evoy Eyeshadow - €16.50
Trish Mc Evoy Foundation - €39
All available in Harvey Nichols

Spa Treatment

Christmas is fab but also potentially a time of great stress.  What better present could you give than the gift of unwinding in a post Christmas getaway?  With lots of fresh air, walking, resting and all the other important beauty basics check out spa retreats that combine luxurious beauty treatments with amazing surroundings and great food.
A spa retreat is the perfect recipe for chasing away those winter blues.  The sensation of stepping into a bubbling hot tub, looking up at the stars and smelling the ocean or curling up in front of a flaming open fire on a cold winter's night is a wonderful way to wind down after the hectic party season/ present buying/ cooking frenzy that is Christmas.


Any kind of massage makes a great present, especially for people who wouldn't normally treat themselves.  Or if your loved one is constantly complaining about the cost of having highlights, waxing or facials throughout the year- get them something they really want - surprise them with a gift voucher from their favourite salon.