Top 4 Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Guys….is the Christmas panic setting in? Haven’t a clue what to get that special lady in your life? Whether it’s your wife, girlfriend, mother or just a friend, here’s my top 4 Christmas Gift Ideas;

1. PowderPocket

powderpocket

This is Ireland’s newest monthly subscription service and would totally suit any beauty junkies in your life. The service allows you to try out 5 sample sized products each month without having to commit to the full size versions before you try them out. Products can include premium brands across haircare, cosmetics and skincare and each month will include an Irish brand. Subscriptions to the monthly service comes in three options; €12 (+P&P) for a monthly plan, €60 (+P&P) for a six month subscription which includes one free box, or €120 (+P&P) for a 12 month subscription which includes a free box. To sign up log onto http://www.powderpocket.com.

2. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palettenaked3Never has a new palette created so much hype and I CANNOT wait to get my hands on mine. I’ve ordered mine because I’m basically too lazy to head into town and battle the Christmas shoppers. With much more rosier toned eyeshadows than both of it’s predecessors, Naked 1 and Naked 2, this palette will suit both make up fanatics and also those that don’t wear much make up but just want an all-in-one palette. As to be expected from Urban Decay, the quality is reported to be excellent and with 12 eyeshadows for €44, it’s great quality too. Naked 3 palette is now available to purchase in store and online at http://www.debenhams.ie.

3. Jo Malone Deluxe Gift Set 

Jo MaloneChristmas always brings out a gorgeous selection of gift sets and Jo Malone is no exception. This gift set combines Blackberry & Bay 100ml Cologne and Pomegranate Noir Home Candle. A girl can never have enough Jo Malone in her life. Available from Brown Thomas and now available online http://www.brownthomas.com.

4. Sara Duffy Make Up Gift Voucher – Whether it be a makeover for a special occasion, a night out or a make up lesson, the lady in your life always loves being pampered and this is a great stocking filler. Contact me on sara@saraduffymakeup.com.

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November Favourites


So this month, I’ve decided to do a ‘Favourites’ post as there are quite a few products that I have been loving this month. Hopefully I will be able to keep this up, although can’t promise it will be every month. So here we go……these are what I have been loving and using lots of this month,

YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Baby Doll Mascara

Babydoll mascara

I wouldn’t normally be one for purchasing high end mascaras as I really do think that the high street has this particular area wrapped up. However, something made me purchase this when I was buying my face cleanser from http://www.feelunique.com. Anyway, I’m delighted I did sneak it into my order. I can honestly say that this is my favourite mascara ever! That’s quite a claim, given that I didn’t think that anything could top Maybelline The Falsies mascara. The wand has very small spikey bristles, which ensures that it coats every lash without any clumps at all, and makes it much easier to reach those small lashes that a bigger, fatter wand wouldn’t enable you to. It’s also the perfect wand for coating the lower lashes. As I have straight upper lashes, I curl them every day before applying my mascara and this product really does hold that curl all day. However, I did find that the tube has begun to dry up already and I’ve only had it 2 months, which I don’t think is great for the price you are paying. But overall, an amazing mascara. I paid £24.50 for this and as much as I would love to repurchase it, I just think it’s too much for a mascara. ;-(

Sleek Contour Kit in Medium

This is definitely one of my ‘Holy Grail’ products. I bought this last year over in the UK from Superdrug. Sleek are by far one of the most under rated brands in the make up universe. They manage to bring out fantastic dupes for high end brands, such as Nars Blush in ‘Orgasm’, Sleek’s is called ‘Rose Gold’.  Their products are fantastic quality and retail at an amazing price. Their Contour Kit is no exception. I have the medium palette and literally use this every day to define my chubby cheeks. The colour is perfect for me, really pigmented, matte and really easy to blend. The highlighter powder is really fine, which ensures that it doesn’t enlarge pores when on the skin – it’s a similar colour to MAC’s Soft & Gentle, but a much better quality product. This one cost me £6.49, but Sleek products can be purchased on http://www.beautyemporium.ie and http://www.cloud10beauty.com.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in the colour Eclipse

Nov 13 Favourites images 019Nov 13 Favourites images 017Rimmel really are the Kings of high street lip products. I have quite a few of their lipsticks in my kit and find the texture and lasting power very good. Recently, I have been looking for a rich plum colour lipstick for winter that lasts as I’m no good at topping up my lipstick and this is the business. Every time I wear it people not only comment on the colour but the look of it as well. The range now comes in 13 shades from nudes to festive bright reds. Eclipse is a plum colour and perfect for this time of year. The applicator has a little well in the middle of it which collects product, so just be wary when you put it on, it transfers a lot of product. The consistency is really creamy and opaque with fantastic colour pay off. It’s a satin finish that actually ends up drying matte, which means that the staying power is great, even after eating and drinking. I bought mine in Boots for €7.95. I’m not a huge fan of the packaging, as with most high street make up, but for the price, it’s a fantastic product.

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Colour – Rock N Roll

Nov 13 Favourites images 028Another Rimmel product, a nail varnish this time. Out of all my nail polishes that I own, Rimmel are the brand that feature the most as the quality is excellent, far better than some of my high end brands. Their Salon Pro range really does what it says on the tin. It probably would last for 10 days as it claims, but I get bored after about 7 and want to change colour. I bought Rock N Roll as I was looking for a festive red. I also own Soul Session, Celebrity Bash, Night Flight and Hot List. I always apply a top coat and this definitely keeps it looking fresher for longer.

Cloon Keen Atelier candle – Christmas Pomander

Nov 13 Favourites images 008Whilst this is not a make up product, these candles are an absolute staple in my life – there is always one burning in my kitchen. If ever my husband is stuck for what to buy me for Christmas or Birthday, this is a winner and my mum is now addicted to them as well. I have worked my way through most of their collection, and been purchasing their candles since I moved back to Ireland 6 years ago. My favourites tend to be Cassis Leaf and Gooseberry Leaf, but at this time of year I always purchase their Christmas scent. This year it’s called ‘Christmas Pomander’ and is a mixture of orange, clove and spice. It’s perfect for getting you in the festive mood (along with a sneaky glass of mulled wine). Their scent is strong enough to fill a room, but by far from overpowering and definitely not that horrible sweet smell that you get from a lot of candles. They are just perfection and a Galway company which makes it even better ;-). Check out their store in Kirwins Lane in Galway or online www.cloonkeenatelier.com.

What products are you loving right now??