Great gifting ideas this festive season

Well now that we have jazzed our way through the month, it is time to think about gifting options for you or your loved ones.

Choosing that special present can be hard going especially if you know the woman or man that has everything. Luckily, we at the Cork Independent will have a myriad of gift guides and ideas coming up to get you right through the festive season. Obviously, I am a big advocate of buying yourself a gift too.

Each year YSL does a collector’s item and this year it is gilded luxury and I hope that Santa pops it in my stocking this year for sure. Be ready for the goldest time of the year with the YSL Couture Colour Clutch Holiday Collector 2021 (€115). Wear the luxurious Couture Colour Clutch and its unexpected saturated colours for audacious and buildable eye looks. With ten festive shades, adorned with gold leaves for the goldest time of the year. It will look magnificent on your dresser or in your handbag. The brand also has some limited edition lipsticks in the Rouge Volupté Shine and Rouge Pur Couture for €36.

Patchology Christmas Wish List (€46) is the perfect pre or post party set. 10 ml Roll Model Brightening Eye Serum is a perfect addition to your daily routine, or for travel, late nights, and defeating the powers of darkness. Try with your favourite eye gel for epic-level ingredient absorption. There’s three pairs of Serve Chilled Bubbly Eye Gels which can cool and brighten the under eye. There’s one pair of PoshPeel PediCure and a pair Best Foot Forward Foot Mask which is a dynamic duo of at home pedi power to keep your feet soft and hydrated for your dancing shoes.

The Ultraceuticals Brightening Trio (€158) kit is the ultimate trinity of skincare treats for the skincare lover in your life. It will brighten and hydrate the skin and is from a well respected active skin brand Ultraceuticals. The Ultra Brightening Foaming Cleanser, cleanses and brightens dull skin while the Ultra Brightening Serum helps the tone and texture of skin and the Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 Hydrating will keep your skin protected and nourished.

he-shi Prep Set Glow giftset (€34.99) has everything you will need for the ultimate luxurious festive tan. Your skin will be gently exfoliated and buffed with the limited edition Walnut Buff Bar, leaving you 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.

Hair goddesses will adore the L’oreal offering but the thing that caught my eye was the limited-edition Barbie Steampod (€279). Designed in Paris with professional hairdressers, the Steampod was launched in 2012 and quickly became the most sought-after high-tech hair styler to create beautiful looks, for all hair types.

Offering up to two times faster and up to two times smoother styling they have teamed with Mattel to offer the most glam version yet. The bright pink Steampod has all the power but with some extra girl power. This latest collaboration with Barbie shares the L’Oréal brand’s iconic vision and goals of inspiring young people to be anything they want to be, far from the one-size-fits-all approach.