Yes, we may have just gotten over a week of gorgeous blue skies and sunshine – probably the nearest we’ve had to a real summer all year – but there’s still no escaping the fact that the festive season is soon to kick off. With only 81 days left before the big day, for some of us, it may be time to start thinking about gifts!
This week, Claire and I got the chance to go along to the Boots 2015 Christmas launch. We were so excited to see what gift and beauty sets they had in store this year. Boots is most Irish people’s go-to store when Christmas comes around. They have gifts galore, from beauty and perfume sets to culinary surprises and homewares. Man, woman, or child, they have something for everyone and this year, they have many things for everyone. We’ve got the evidence here!
We rocked along to the beautiful Herbert Park Hotel, to a magical winter wonderland of mince pies, Christmas trees and the old favourite festive tunes. But most important and prominent, were all the amazing products on offer. There were so many fabulous limited edition and exclusive sets and items from brands like Soap and Glory, No7, Smashbox, Ted Baker, Seventeen, Champneys, Jack Willis, Liz Earle and so many more. We’ve picked a couple of our favourites to share with you lovely ladies! Some of these products haven’t hit the shops yet but we’ve got some first glimpse photos of them to get you excited for Christmas.
Soap and Glory The Perfect Ten eyeshadow palette €23
I’m a big eyeshadow lady. I’ve tried them all but I tend to go for palettes which you can customise yourself, as I find pre-made palettes often have some fab colours and then a couple of shades I rarely, if ever, use. Well this palette really caught my eye. It has a gorgeous array of pink toned colours that will really flatter all eye colours. From the photos, this palette looks very similar to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, however, in the flesh it is far more pink and plum toned. It’s such a great alternative to neutral browns and will be gorgeous for creating festive eye looks. I’m obsessed with this palette and am so tempted to “invest” in it. Ok, that’s a lie – I’m definitely going to be getting it! Hey Santa….
Soap and Glory The Perfect Ten eye palette
So many brands had really cute little Christmas crackers on offer. One of our favourites was the Boots Extracts Exotic Mini Body Butter Trio cracker (well that was a mouthful). Containing three tubs of rich, luxurious body butters, this is a brilliant little stocking filler for someone or gift for a Kris Kindle. Glam brand This Works also has some lovely little crackers this year featuring lip treatments, relaxation and sleep enhancing remedies. These are really affordable little gifts from a luxury brand and will look super for the lucky recipient! I think these crackers would be a great idea if you’re doing a Christmas dinner or get-together with the girls.
This was one of Claire’s favourite items of the night. Smashbox is a brilliant high end makeup brand. Their products are a little pricey for Boots but such great quality. This Christmas, they’ve brought out a super fun, yet practical palette for eyes and cheeks. It has every colour you could possibly want to create so many different looks. It has loads of warm orange and pink tones (including a number of blushers which I’d also use on my eyes) which we both love for creating flattering eye looks. From mattes to shimmers, there’s everything you’d need here in a cute compact. I think this would be a great gift for any girl who loves makeup and would be suitable for all ages. We’re dying to get our hands on this!
Lusting after this Smashbox eyes and cheek palette! Those colours!!
Fragrance Sampler Gift Set €50
This is a great little set and would be ideal for all the struggling men out there, wondering what to buy for any females in their lives. For €50, you get eight perfume samples from brands like Paco Rabanne, Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo and Versace. These are only 1-2ml sample sizes so they won’t go very far but also included in the set is a voucher for a full sized perfume of your choice. The idea is that you use the samples, pick your favourite and then you can redeem your full sized bottle. I think this is great value and it avoids giving someone an unwanted gift. This sampler set comes in a female and male version so if you’re not sure what scent the recipient likes, this is a great gift which gives them the choice.
Fragrance Sampler Gift Set for Her (also available for men)
Benefit gift sets
Every girl loves makeup for Christmas and the Benefit brand never fails to impress with their limited Christmas sets. Featuring some of their most popular products, a gift set is a fantastic way to experiment with the brand. I LOVE the Benefit Real Cheeky Party set (€43). It features four blushers, including the iconic Rockateur, Dandelion, Sugarbomb and Coralista, Watts Up highlighter, Hoola bronzer, and a They’re Real liner and mascara. This is the ultimate cheek palette, also featuring some of Benefit’s most loved eye products and comes in the cutest of boxes. This is excellent value for money and will be loved by whoever receives it.
If you’re shopping on a budget, the Benefit Pucker Up & Party set (€29.50) is fantastic. It includes a Benebalm lip balm, Benefit Tint, Posiebalm lip balm and Posietint and all for under €30! This is a great one for lip lovers. These are just some of many amazing gift sets available from Benefit this Christmas so whatever your budget and whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something!
Benefit gift sets
All of these products will be coming to Boots stores very soon and many of them are exclusive to Boots!