Shop smart and support local this Christmas

Christmas is coming and with Halloween over, we must get smart with shopping. 

Many retail outlets and salons are closed but most are offering a click and collect, call, and collect or an online store.

The concept of shopping locally is one I love. The products do not have to be Irish; you are still supporting the businesses by helping them get through their stock which they have limited time to sell.

I have picked some of the best ones to get you in the good books with your self-care obsessed loved one or indeed yourself!

Advent calendars are a great way of giving a little set of luxury. Armani have the most luxe one at €299 and it contains six full size products: Lip Maestro #405, Lip Maestro #102, Eyes to Kill Stellar #2, Eye Tint Silk #8, Eyes to Kill Designer Eyeliner #1 and Eccentrico Mascara Black. It also contains 17 miniatures including My Way EDP 7ml and Si Classic EDP 7ml.

Anti-Aging Vanity Time Resist gift set by Yonka Paris (€141). It contains Time Resist Jour 50ml and Time Resist Nuit 50ml and a Yonka Vanity Case.

Nuxe Prodigieux Perfume Gift Set (€39.90). This irresistible gift set is inspired by the classic cult favourite Huile Prodigiuse and is the perfect gift set for anyone that adores the fragrance of Nuxe. It includes a deluxe size of Prodigiuex le Parfum, the shimmering shower oil and sensual body oil. This luxurious trio is guaranteed to delight the senses this Christmas.

Nuxe Brand Discovery Gift Set (€26.90). The Nuxe Brand Discovery set is the perfect gift for a skin lover. This set includes three full size of Nuxe's most loved products and is a great way to discover some of Nuxe’s most fabulous French beauty products. This set includes products the stunning face mask, Crème Fraiche moisturiser and the iconic multipurpose Huile Prodigiuse - it is the perfect pampering treat this Christmas.

Dermalogica Your Brightest Glow Yet gift set (RRP: €125 - saving €46). This brightening, firming vitamin C duo gives your skin and delicate eye area two reasons to glow on. The kit includes BioLumin-C Serum, 30ml and high-performance vitamin C serum which works with skin’s natural defences to brighten, firm, and defend.

Meet the new Shimmer Babes Christmas Gift Sets, the latest launch from Ireland’s favourite – Iconic Bronze Luxury Tan.

The quartet of tanning must-haves include everything you need to give you the elusive glow we all crave this festive season. Each of the sets contain the brands cult favourite Ibiza Shimmer Bronzer, Shimmer Instant Tan and one of their essential tanning products in either a medium or dark hue – Luxury Tanning Lotion or Luxury Tanning Mousse – meaning you are armed with the perfect tools for a flawless tan.

Shimmer Babes Christmas Gift Sets: Dark & Medium Lotion - €22 and Shimmer Babes Christmas Gift Sets – Dark & Medium Mousse - €24 are available on

Image Hydrating Essentials Christmas Set 2020 (€158.50). This trio of hydrating goodness is available now and contains three morning essentials for bright beautiful skin. This set contains Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser, which is a creamy, hydrating cleanser that removes all traces makeup and impurities. Perfect for rosacea-prone skin, smokers, for travelling and all skin types in need of moisture. Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum is a pharmaceutical grade vitamin C serum that immediately reduces and soothes the visible effects of environmentally ravaged skin. I use it daily. It also contains Prevention Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturiser SPF50, a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB moisturiser that gives skin the ultimate in protection from the sun's harmful rays.