With the holiday season upon us, we’re all feeling the pressure to find the perfect gift for that someone special. At GALWAYnow, as always, we’re dedicated to supporting Irish brands and local stores – and have curated some beautiful gift guides to inspire just that.
Read on to discover our favourite gorgeous new releases from Irish Beauty Brands this Christmas, perfect for the makeup and skincare lovers in your life.
University Late Night Pharmacy
University Late Night Pharmacy will be preparing personalised gift hampers and luxury gift boxes this holiday season, from all your favourite brands. In addition to the cosmetics and fragrance hampers from Clarins, Lancôme, Chanel, La Roche Posay, and Armani – amongst others – they will also offer custom-made, bespoke Christmas hampers for tanning, baby care or health to suit all budgets.
Shop online through their website or speak to Cosmetics Manager, Gemma for expert advice to personalise your gift hampers. The pharmacy offers same working-day delivery in Galway city, or nationwide delivery, and are open until 9pm Monday to Friday.
KASH Beauty, 12-Piece Luxury Brush Collection (€79.95)
For the person who has every kind of makeup product under the sun, why not gift them some gorgeous tools for their artistry?
KASH Beauty, founded by Irish beauty wizard Keilidh Cashell, have launched an incredible new Christmas collection, which includes their new 12-piece Luxury Brush Collection. The brushes are Vegan, Cruelty-Free and developed using innovative, unique synthetic fibre technology that mimics natural animal hair (which is so frequently used in the manufacturing of makeup brushes).
This range is specifically designed to pick up the pigment while blending seamlessly on the skin. The Ultra-Soft and Cruelty-Free fibre technology makes them the perfect choice for makeup artists and novices. Stored in a luxury faux leather drawstring bag, they are the ultimate addition to any makeup collection. The 12 Piece Luxury Brush Collection includes 5 face brushes and 7 eye brushes.
Available from KashBeauty.com
Stocking a wide variety of gifts and other essentials for the Christmas period, Evergreen, Ireland’s leading online health and food store, has something for everyone this festive season.
With the very best natural skincare gift sets, from leading brands like Trilogy, Weleda, Kinvara Skincare and much more, they also stock a wide range of artisan food and drink gifts (including vegan festive foods and dairy free chocolates). Furthermore, they host stocking fillers, wellness gifts and everything in between. Christmas can be stressful at the best of times so why not give a gift or gift voucher from Evergreen, to help people relax and unwind.
Visit their website, Facebook or Instagram for more details.
Revive ‘Beauty Complex’ Giftset (€135)
Galway based company, Revive Active are delighted to unveil their new Beauty Complex gift set in time for the holiday season. Treat yourself or a loved one to this ultimate set containing two boxes of Beauty Complex, with a total of 60 sachets. This gift set also includes a complimentary biodegradable detangling hairbrush. The biodegradable detangling hairbrush has thin flexible bristles that safely untangle wet or dry hair, whilst also minimising split ends and breakage. This brush will be a lifesaver for our hair this party season. The newly reformulated Beauty Complex is a super supplement with 8 active ingredients, working together to support skin, hair and nails from the inside out. Developed as a powdered sachet for effective nutrient delivery and absorption, it’s enriched with marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, phytoceramides and biotin. The powder sachet eliminates the need for any fillers, binders or bulking agents which can affect the absorption process.
Available from health stores, nationwide pharmacies and their website.
Skin Formulas Oil & Milk Duo (€39)
Skin Formulas is a luxurious skincare brand founded by Geraldine Jones, an aesthetician and clinic owner from Tipperary, who has been in the industry for over 13 years.
The Oil and Milk Duo is perfect for dehydrated, sensitive skin and post-care treatment. It contains the 100% bamboo Cleansing Mitt (with clever waterproof travel bag) and the nourishing Oil & Milk Cleanser, which transforms from a velvety oil into a conditioning milk emulsion for gentle exfoliation. The duo leaves skin looking refreshed, rebalanced and silky smooth.
Available from SkinFormulas.ie and salons nationwide.
Rí Na Mara
The Rí na Mara philosophy is simple: sustainable, healthy beauty sourced locally from organic seaweed. This 100% Irish owned family business take inspiration from the Atlantic Ocean off Spidéal, Connemara to create their nourishing skincare range.
Together with local harvesters, seaweed production experts, and pioneering cosmetic scientists, their world-class production facilities create unique and attainable luxury, immersed in the wild beauty of the rugged Connemara landscape and beaches. The organic hand-harvested, renewable seaweed are packed with beneficial, nutrient dense ingredients to create a unique, high-performance range that really works.
Visit their website for more details.
The luxury 10-pan palette from Irish beauty brand UP Cosmetics (founded by Pippa O’Connor) contains high pigment eyeshadows, a sculpting face powder and a shimmering high shine creamy texture eyeshadow/highlighter – everything you need for an instant transformation. Creamy and rich in pigment, the Berry Red Lipstick is the perfect berry colour that will leave your lips full and smooth. The satin finish formula is buildable, moisturising and comfortable to wear.
Both products are cruelty free, vegan friendly, paraben free, gluten free, and non comedogenic.
Available from UpCosmetics.com
he-shi Prep, Set, Glow (€34.99)
This ultimate 5-piece giftset (worth €77.74!) from Irish tanning company he-shi – the first tanning company in Ireland – has everything you will need for the ultimate festive tan. Skin will be gently exfoliated and buffed with the limited edition Walnut Buff Bar, leaving it silky smooth.
Whether your preference is Liquid or Mousse, you will be party-ready in no time with rapid formulas that hydrate and nourish, leaving your skin glowing and flawless. Finish with HD Wonder Glow, a light-reflective skin perfecting liquid that brings a luminous glow and a sculpted finish to your skin to complement the perfect party outfit. The set contains the Express Liquid tan 150ml, Rapid 1 Hour Mousse, HD Wonderglow 100ml, Luxury Velvet Tanning Mitt and the Walnut Buff Bar.
Available from pharmacies nationwide and their website.
Inglot, Christmas Collection of Dazzling Dreams.
Inglot have released a new Christmas Collection of Dazzling Dreams, beauty bundles handpicked from their sell-out collection with Maura Higgins as well as their most sought-after must-haves from 2021.
Our favourite from the collection is the Crescent Moon Skin and Eye Palette, a new and exclusive limited edition for the festive season. The palette features the perfect combination of coppers, mauves and peach hues that seamlessly blend for the perfect skin and eye glow. Handpicked by Maura, it features 6 eyeshadows and a combination of deep warm bronzer and natural champagne sheen highlighter, that will leave your skin with that ‘were you just on holidays?’ glow.
Available from Inglot.ie