The Best Christmas presents for beauty lovers

Christmas is just around the corner and if, like me, you tend to leave present buying to the very last minute, fear not! Here is my ultimate beauty gift guide to help you find the perfect pressie, so perfect you won’t even need a gift receipt! There’s something to please everyone, be it skincare makeup or fragrance. And not forgetting the men, I have some of my favourite Christmas picks for them too.

Elemis Gift of Radiance Set
Elemis have come up trumps with this beautiful gift set and who doesn’t like a bit of radiance! Soothe, exfoliate and hydrate with a super-size Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser, Soothing Apricot Toner, Papaya Enzyme Peel Exfoliator and a full-size Hydra-Balance Day Cream. Suitable for all skin types, €78, worth €125, available from the Inchydoney Christmas Shop and online from

NeoStrata Skin Active Ultimate Anti-Ageing Gift Set
Turn back time with this advanced, comprehensive anti-ageing trio of products. The NeoStrata Skin Active set combines powerful, clinically proven ingredients that work together to help reverse the visible signs of ageing. These potent formulations enhance exfoliation, smooth lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, all while targeting collagen and protecting against environmental aggressors. This gift set contains three full size products for the price of two. Exfoliating Wash, Antioxidant Defence Serum, and Matrix Support SPF30 – skincare sorted! €120.45, available from selected pharmacies nationwide and online from

Murad Youthful Vibes
Gift Set

A great value stocking filler, this skin-renewing set contains travel sizes of Murad’s best-selling products. Environmental Shield Essential-C Day Moisture SPF30, a daily moisturiser that hydrates, protects skin from UV damage and revitalises skin. Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, the number one retinol product in the United States. This potent yet gentle formula helps quickly and visibly minimise lines and deep wrinkles, firm, even skin tone and boost radiance for more vibrant, youthful-looking skin. Worth €55, you pay €27.95, available from selected department stores nationwide and online from

Clarins Ultimate Aroma Ritual Collection
The ultimate aroma ritual collection has everything you need to create a Clarins spa at home. This collection offers you three relaxing essentials to keep your skin radiant and invigorate the senses. The gift set contains Full Size Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate, Full Size Tonic Body Balm and a beautiful Tonic Candle #selfcaresunday just got a whole lot better! €59, available from selected pharmacies and department stores nationwide and online from

AYU ‘Eye Feel Glamorous’ Gift Set
And who doesn’t want to feel glam this Christmas! AYU is an Irish-based and Irish-owned cosmetics company set up by renowned makeup artist Suzie O’Neill. Get your ‘smokey eye’ on point this party season with AYU’s ‘Eye Feel Glamourous’ Eye Set. This set includes their best-selling ‘It’s All in the Eyes’ brush set and ‘Glamour Eyes’ Eyeshadow Palette, a gorgeous collection of rich, earthy nudes, which define and highlight eyes for day and night. The eye shadows are easy to blend and glide onto the lids beautifully, €55. Another set any makeup junkie would love to wake up to on Christmas morning is the fabulous ‘Suzie’s Beauty Box Gift Set’, which includes the ‘Glamour Eyes’ Eyeshadow Palette, Easy Brow Pencil in Brown, Natural Glow Blush/Bronze Palette, Radiant Skin Cream and Instant Undereye Concealer in Medium, €95, all available online from

Luna By Lisa Lip Vault
Gift Set

Pucker up on Christmas day with Luna by Lisa’s best-selling lip products. A lip-smacking kit that will leave lips in the best condition yet! Start by gently exfoliating your lips with the lip scrub and apply the multi-use balm to moisturise and smooth. Apply ‘Honey Moon’ lip pencil to prime your lips for ‘Lip Vault Nude’, a new matte lipstick with a rich creamy formula. Also, in the set are two lip glosses, ‘Rose Gold’ and ‘Precious Topaz’ designed to be worn on their own over lip pencil or lipstick, perfect for creating shine that lasts, €30, available from selected pharmacies nationwide and online from

Waters + Wild Perfume
When it comes to gifting perfume to your loved one, you don’t have to look any further than Waters + Wild (recently featured in The Times) This 100 per cent certified organic range of scents are created using only the finest natural, raw, organic ingredients from around the world and made in Ireland in small batches, inspired by the nature and beauty of their West Cork location. The Times columnist India Knight loved the Cedarwood + Cognac eau de parfum – a smooth, rounded scent with a hint of sweetness, cedarwood is blended with tart cognac and earthy vetiver. I love the Rose + Oud eau de parfum. Rich and deep, rose petals are combined with rare, exotic and woody oud giving it a mysterious sensual depth. If you can’t decide which scent, choose the Perfume Gift Set, which contains these two along with Tuberose + Frankincense, from €35,, a full list of stockists is on their website. 

Dr. Hauschka Nurturing Hand Care Set
The Dr. Hauschka Nurturing Hand Care Set gives some TLC to hard-working hands and is a great addition to your manicure regime. Containing a Hydrating Hand Cream to soothe and nourish hands, leaving them feeling silky smooth. Strengthening Neem Nail and Cuticle Oil fortifies nails and improves their flexibility while also caring for the cuticles. This all-round hand care set also includes an exclusive nail buffer, €22.95, from selected pharmacies and health stores nationwide.

Kérastase Luxury Gift Sets
Give your loved one the gift of a good hair day with a Kérastase Luxury Gift Set. There is a great selection to choose from, for those with colour-treated hair, the Kérastase Reflection Gift Set contains three full size products, Bain Chromatique, Fondant Chromatique and Fluide Chromatique, and offers exactly the care that coloured hair needs to be able to shine and be vibrant for as long as possible. Other sets available for specific hair concerns include the Extentioniste Gift Set for length strengthening and fortifying along with the Nutritive Gift Set for treating dry hair. A super saving, as you’re getting three haircare products for the price of two, from €45, available from selected Kérastase Salons nationwide.

Clinique ‘Better Basics for Men’ Skincare Gift Sets
Clinique always have a great selection of men’s skincare sets. This year they have three different starter skincare sets for all types of skin concerns. If the man in your life needs some anti-ageing skincare opt for the ‘Daily Age Repair’ set. A travel-friendly trio of daily de-agers. Face wash cleanses gently yet thoroughly, while the luxurious cream shave provides a rich buffer against razor drag and nicks. Anti-age moisturiser combats lines, wrinkles and dullness, while boosting skin’s support structure. They also have a ‘Daily Oil Control’ set and a ‘Daily Intense Hydration’ set, €15, available from selected pharmacies and department stores nationwide and online from

Lynx Ice Chill Trio and
Shower Speaker Gift Set

This Lynx Ice Chill Trio and Shower Speaker Gift Set is a great Christmas gift for him. He can listen to his favourite music in the shower or bathroom with the compact showerproof Bluetooth speaker, which has a built-in suction pad to attach easily to the tiles. The gift set also contains a trio of full-sized Lynx products for all his daily personal care needs, Lynx Ice Chill Body Spray, Shower Gel and Antiperspirant, €14, available from selected pharmacies nationwide.

West Cork Beard Company Gift Box
The perfect gift for the bearded man (my husband being one!) This is a very attractive gift box containing a choice of two beard oils to moisturise and nourish and a peppermint and tea tree beard balm to gain control of those flyaway beard hairs, €39. For those who might be just starting to grow a beard, they also do a great starter beard set, containing a beard oil of your choice and their natural boar bristle beard brush, €20, available from

Benefit Let’s Take A Mini Trip – Minis Van Gift Set
A super stocking filler, Benefit Minis Van is loaded up with mini bestsellers for brows, lashes and complexion for a gorgeous look all season long! It includes minis of their bestselling Gimme Brow+ brow volumizing gel, The POREfessional pore primer and BADgal BANG mascara for voluminous black lashes. The collectible tin also makes a cute container for keepsakes and at a fabulous value, €20.50, it’s the perfect gift to give (or get)! Available from selected department stores nationwide and online from

Sherna Malone Gift Voucher
If you would like to give your loved one the gift of healthy beautiful skin, a gift voucher for a Skincare Consultation, Facial Treatment, or perhaps a monetary value towards a treatment is the perfect choice, email  All treatment options are on 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and every happiness for 2020. I look forward to bringing you many more beauty and skincare updates next year!

Sherna Malone

Sherna Malone is a skincare specialist working in West Cork.

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