Hands up who's felt a little grubby while sitting on their backside for months on end this year! Getting made up and pampering ourselves may seem like a waste of time at the moment but, if you ask me, the gift of beauty products is a gift of love.

In these somewhat strange and stressful times, making time for ourselves has never been more important. Caring for your skin or applying makeup is as good for the soul as it is for the exterior, an act of self-love is never wasted time. 

So give the gift of self-care this year to someone special, and let’s wear the red lipstick and the lashes in our comfiest slippers while sipping on Christmas cocktails watching The Holiday because, after this year, we deserve the best… to look it and to feel it!

I’ve divided this gift guide according to budget, what you spend on your office Kris Kindle may differ from what you spend on your mammy (or it probably should be!).  

So for ease of browsing please find my ultimate beauty gift guide by price and gender. 

Stuff That Stocking, €10-€30

Monsiuer Big Mascara Christmas Gift Set, Lancôme. €27.50 (RRP)
Meet Lancôme’s Monsieur Big. The volumizing mascara’s brush gives a big impact at first stroke for thicker-looking eyelashes. This dinky set contains Lancôme Mr. Big Mascara (10ml), Lancôme Mr. Big Travel Sized Mascara (4ml) and the Bi-Facil Makeup Remover (30ml).

Available at selected pharmacies and department stores online.

Lips & Lashes Set, SCULPTED by Aimee Connolly. €25 
Anything that includes a makeup bag is always a winner, this velvet one has a festive luxury vibe that we can’t wait to get our hands on. Set includes Perfect Pair Lashes, Mauve Match Lip Duo, and velvet makeup bag. 

Available on Sculptedbyaimee.com, Pharmacies Nationwide, Boots and Cloud10Beauty.com 

Signature Collection Skin Care Gift Set for Her, L'Oreal Paris. RRP €29.99
Give the gift of a skincare ritual with this L'Oreal Paris two-step anti-aging and extra-firming skincare set. Featuring two face creams from the L’Oreal Paris Revitalift range, the Day Cream SPF30 and Night Cream which work together to provide a complete morning and nighttime ritual.

Available on a variety of online outlets while stocks last.

Rise & Grind Christmas Gift Set, Maybelline. RRP €29.99
I just love the look of this cute Maybelline Makeup Rise & Grind Christmas Gift Set that features three best-selling beauty essentials, along with a reusable coffee cup. The set contains the bestselling Lash Sensational Mascara, the Maybelline Tattoo Liner Liquid Ink Longlasting Eyeliner, and the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick, a long-lasting matte lipstick that stays on all day even when drinking your coffee.

Available on a variety of online outlets while stocks last.

Huile Prodigieuse Mini Collection, NUXE. €14.90
What a perfect stocking stuffer, this set includes deluxe travel sizes of the four iconic NUXE oils. These multi-taskers make the perfect little touch of luxury for face, body and hair.

Golden Glow Giftset, WAY to BEAUTY. RRP €27.54
With the promise of a new self-tanning formula that works with the pH balance of your skin, 'ensuring an optimum glow that mimics how you tan naturally in the sun’. This tanning sounds perfect for anyone looking for a less orange, more natural golden glow.  Set includes 1 x Medium Self Tanning Mist (200ml), 1 x One Day Wash Off Tan (125ml) and 1 x Deluxe Velvet Application Mitt.

Let Them Talk… Lip Drawer, SoSuBySj. €19.95
Three steps to kissable lips this Christmas, including the infamous Who Me? Lipstick worn by Suzanne Jackson herself. Set includes Who Me?, a matte nude pink shade lipstick, lipliner & Keep Talking pink shimmer gloss.

Available on sosubysj.com

This is getting serious… €30–€60

Cleanse & Glow to Go, Dermalogica. RRP €37 
Dermalogica's Double Cleanse technique and #1 powder exfoliant in a simple but gorgeous set. Set includes Dermalogica PreCleanse (30ml), Special Cleansing Gel (50ml), and Daily Microfoliant (13g). 

Available at dermalogica.co.uk and selected Irish stockists.

Camomile Make-Up Removal Kit, The Body Shop. €32
Because every good skincare routine starts with clean skin. This kit contains luxurious cleansing butter and an all-important muslin cloth.

Available at selected pharmacies and in The Body Shop when stores reopen in December. 

Cheers My Dears Holiday Gift Set, Benefit. RRP €56.50
Love this gift set because it includes some of Benefit's all-time favourites at a great price. Set includes (all full size) BADgal BANG! BIGGER, BADDER volumizing mascara, Precisely, My Brow Pencil, The POREfessional smoothing face primer to minimize the look of pores, and Hoola matte powder bronzer for face.

Available online and in selected pharmacies.

Ready, Set, Glow, Dripping Gold. RRP €34.95
For the girls or guys who love to GLOW! This festive set includes a Glow Stick Illuminating Liquid Highlighter for a rosy-golden glow, the Reset & Refresh Perfecting Mist, a creamy Bronze Bar Illuminating Bronzer Stick, and the Make Me Blush Cream Blush Stick for a pinch-perfect peachy flush to the cheeks.

Available on sosubysj.com

The Ultimate Hydration Giftset, Ella & Jo. RRP €60
Tis the season to hydrate that dry winter skin and support a gorgeous Irish business while you’re at it! 
The Ella & Jo Ultimate Hydration Giftset Includes their 3in1 Hyaluronic Skin Mist & infamous Hydrating Hyaluronic Serum.

Available on ellaandjo.ie and in selected pharmacies. 

L’Absolue Rouge Lip Love Set, LANCÔME. RRP €44.50
Lip Love Set is the perfect present for the lipstick lover in your life! A captivating combo of Iconic Miniature L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks. You’ll find six famous lipstick shades with varying finishes: Sheer, Cream, Matte and Drama Matte.

Lancome Giftsets are available from Department Stores and Independent Pharmacies Nationwide – instore and online.

Pillow Talk Lip Secrets Kit, Charlotte Tilbury. RRP €48 
The perfect present for fans of the best-selling Pillow Talk range, of which there’s quite a few with 3 Pillow Talk products sold every minute! Kit includes Travel Size Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, Full-Size Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk, Travel Size Collagen Lip Bath in Pillow Talk, Travel Size Charlotte’s Jewel Lips in Pillow Talk.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Holiday 2020 Gift Collection is available in Brown Thomas and Arnott’s and on www.charlottetilbury.com.

Touche Eclat Radiance Giftset, YSL. RRP €35
YSL's iconic Touche Eclat, promises to deliver 8 hours of beauty sleep in a click, this mithered mother will take that! The makeup gift set includes a Touche Éclat N°1 and a complimentary Touche Éclat Blur Primer 10ml.

Available in Brown Thomas.

Ultimate Face Collection, Sculpted by Aimee. RRP €50
This all in one kit includes all you need for a full face of Sculpted on the go! Set includes Beauty Base (50ml), Full Face Edit In Bloom and a Pink Pair Lip Duo. The new palette is limited edition and has everything you need for face, lips & eyes this Christmas Season.

Available on sculptedbyaimee.com and in selected pharmacies. 

It must be love… €60-100 

Lancome

Idôle Christmas Gift Set, Lancôme. RRP €87.50
Be your own Idôle! The stunning scent is one this beauty writer would be only thrilled to see under the tree, *cough cough Santa*. Gift set includes Idôle Le Parfum 50ml, Idôle Le Parfum Body Cream 50ml, and Idôle Lash Lifting Mascara Black.

Available in Brown Thomas.

Skin Veg + Skin Protein Gift Set, Skingredients. RRP €75
One of three Skingredients Christmas gift sets released for the festive season from The Skin Nerd aka Jennifer Rock, our Irish skincare sensation. This hard-working serum duo, Skin Veg and Protein are your lightening, brightening skincare serums which work together to provide anti-ageing and hydrating benefits. 

Available at skingredients.com and in selected pharmacies.

Brightening Essentials Gift Set, IMAGE Skincare. RRP €100 
This three-step skincare set by Image is an investment for your skin, personally, I wear the SPF 32 moisturizer every single day and swear by it. In this particular set, you will find the prevention and daily matte moisturizer SPF 32, the ormedic balancing facial cleanser and the ILUMA intense brightening serum. A full three-step skincare routine, what a beautiful gift! 

The IMAGE Skincare Holiday Collection is available at ImageSkincare.ie as well as selected stockists nationwide.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Charlotte's Magic Skin Secrets, Charlotte Tilbury. RRP €65
A selection of Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic skincare products for the ultimate glowing skin this Christmas!
 Set includes a travel size goddess skin clay mask, a travel-size Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, a travel-size Charlotte’s Magic Cream, and a travel-size Wonderglow.

Available in Brown Thomas.

Shake your beauty Holiday 2020 Calendar, Benefit RRP €70
Warning this is the gift you won’t want to give away! 12 of Benefit’s bestselling & fan-favorites in mini sizes.

Available on littlewoods.ie and in selected pharmacies.

Splurge! For someone who’s been extra nice this year…

Colour Out Loud Holiday Vault, MAC, €105
Ten products. Ten shades. A limited-edition Frosted Firework holiday colour collection —in a keepsake collector’s vault. A Mac lover's dream.


YSL Advent Calendar 2020, €225
The YSL Advent Calendar is a month-long celebration of YSL makeup, fragrance, and skincare collections. The calendar features 21 miniature products, 2 full-sized goods, and an additional YSL gift to delight and surprise throughout the month of December. 

Available in Arnotts and Brown Thomas. 

Atelier Cologne Luxury Advent Calendar, €330
24 extra special gifts for both men and women. Inside the 24 drawers, you’ll find a selection of Atelier Cologne's unisex fragrances, gorgeous leather pouches, and brand new candles.

Available at Brown Thomas.

House of London Gift Set, Jo Malone. €170
Jo Malone lovers will adore this gift set with five favourites including travel candles, room sprays and bath & body essentials. A great gift for Christmas hosts or any house-proud friends.

Available at JoMalone.com or Brown Thomas

For The Man in Your Life…  

Hipster Beard Kit, The Body Shop, €28
Give beards, handlebar moustaches and goatees a replenishing treat this Christmas with the Hipster Beard Kit for €28. 

Available to buy in selected pharmacies nationwide and when The Body Shop reopens this December.


Men's Christmas Miniature Gift Set, Armani, €34.50 (RRP)
For the man searching for his signature scent, he won’t go wrong with any of these! The Armani mini aftershave Christmas Gift Set that includes: 

  • Acqua Di Gio Eau De Toilette fragrance 5ml 
  • Armani Code Homme 4ml 
  • Armani Code Profumo 4ml 
  • Emporio Armani Stronger With You 7ml 

Available at selected deparment stores and pharmacies nationwide.

Men’s Giftset, NUXE. €25 
Nuxe skincare is always a winner for me, the NUXE Men Gift Set includes three full size products, a multi-use shower gel, 24-hour protection deodorant and multi-purpose moisturising gel. Great value at €25.

The Ritual of Samurai - Invigorating Collection, Rituals, €39.25 
For the man who enjoys the ritual of shaving! This gift pack contains 1 X The Ritual of Samurai Shave Foam, 1 X The Ritual of Samurai Foaming Shower Gel, 1 X The Ritual of Samurai After Shave Soothing Balm for Gift set and 1 X Travel - Bleu Byzantine.

Available at Arnotts.

Beauty Noir Extreme Set, Tom Ford, €138 
The Tom Ford Noir Extreme Collection features the elusive Eau de Parfum, along with a lighter body spray, offering options for both daytime and evening wear. Layer the two scent formats for optimal longevity and intensity.

Available from Arnotts and selected online outlets.

Men's Groom on The Go Set, Kiehls, €43
Help your man awaken that dull, dry skin with this gorgeous gift set.  Set contains a caffeine & Vitamin-infused face wash, the Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream, the best-selling men's moisturizer and the "Ultimate Man" Body Scrub Soap with Bran and Oatmeal.

Available from Kiehls.com and Arnotts.