Nothing says "Happy Christmas" like buying a loved one enough makeup to last them through the next three Decembers.
We all have at least one of those friends who's rarely spotted without the latest, most popular lipstick shade. The one you always go to for advice when your skin breaks out. Who's always there with a killer suggestion when you're stumped over what your next haircut might look like. The one who without fail, will always have a spare mascara when you forget yours. We like to call them the beauty obsessive.
Nothing makes a makeup, hair-care, or skin-care lover happier than a thoughtful beauty gift for Christmas, but giving them something you know they haven't already tried and tossed is a hard task. Not to mention their bar for product quality is much higher than the average consumer. Just picking any old brown eye shadow palette won't do, nor will picking a festive skin-care set at random.
Arnotts Beauty Hub
But that's where Arnotts comes in! The Beauty Hall at Arnotts is not only brimming with designer brands and blockbusting beauty labels such as Bobbi Brown, M.A.C and Laura Mercier, but also the Beauty Hub, a collection of more than 50 cult brands that are taking the beauty world by storm. These include super-affordable skincare staples like The Inkey List and The Ordinary, haircare by OUAI and stylish men’s grooming brand Oway.
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Ahead, you'll find a list of the hottest makeup and skincare products your beauty-obsessed friend definitely already knows about, but just hasn't gotten around to trying.
They may have missed the chance to get their hands on the Molton Brown advent calendar this year, but the Christmas baubles are still up for grabs and there are so many great choices. Bring a moment of decadence to their festive celebrations with three spirited shower gel-filled baubles.
Molton Brown Festive Bauble Collection, €44, Arnotts
Three words: nude. eyeshadow. palette. Inspired by the classic allure of Parisian style, this eyeshadow palette of necessary neutrals ranges from pigmented mattes to foiled shimmers. 12 universally flattering shades effortlessly blend on the lids for buildable, comfortable wear.
Laura Mercier Parisian Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, €56, Arnotts
The beauty lover in your life likely already has some M.A.C brushes in their arsenal. Treat them to the upgrade of all upgrades this season with one of the most sought-after brush sets out there from M.A.C. Five fame-securing mini brushes for foundation, cheeks, eyes, brows and beyond. These glittery rose gold brushes are all housed in a special-feature sparkly pouch with star-accented zipper for full-on cinematic impact.
M.A.C Essential Brush Kit: Basic, €69, Arnotts
For the friend or family member who loves a good pamper but loves to travel, Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base now comes in a generous 15ml travel size. A Bobbi Brown bestseller—a primer plus moisturization for smooth makeup application (it's the best of both worlds). Rich in feel, but never greasy, this advanced oil-free face formula, with shea butter, instantly hydrates, softens, and cushions skin.
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, €52.50, Arnotts
People who wear makeup most days of the week require a little more intensive skincare than average, and that's why The Inkey List Kaolin Clay remains a beauty community favourite year after year. The makeup lover in your life likely owns and adores the mask, but they'll be delighted to add another tube to their roster.
The Inkey List Kaolin Clay, €6.99, Arnotts
If they own every single M.A.C lipstick there is, get them this eye. Available in smoky or neutral shades that include In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara, Liquidlast 24-Hour Waterproof Liner and two star-embossed Extra Dimension Eye Shadows in shiny black packaging for a scintillating performance. Each set is housed in a special-feature sparkly pouch with star-accented zipper for full-on cinematic impact.
M.A.C Starry-Eyed Kit: Smoky, €59, Arnotts
Anything from Bobbi Brown would qualify as an ultimate beauty gift. However, the Highlighting Powder combines a shimmering pressed-powder duo with what has now become a cult-favourite, high-impact highlighter which instantly lights up skin. The combination of three pearl-infused shades delivers an ultra-flattering, golden champagne glow.
Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder, €44, Arnotts
Any gift from Mother Laura Mercier is going to send a beauty lover into a frenzy, but give them this Luxe Ultimate Almond Coconut Milk Luxe Body Collection and they'll love you forever. Inspired by the aroma of almond milk and coconut milk, Laura Mercier created this seductive, warm and comforting blend of gourmand ingredients. The Almond Coconut Milk creation includes succulent notes of coconut, almond and vanilla, combined with heliotrope and musk for a rich, sensual and alluring experience.
Laura Mercier Luxe Ultime Almond Coconut Milk Luxe Body Collection, €85, Arnotts
Calling all skincare obsessives – you need this rosehip oil on your face and you need it now. Rosehip oil is a powerful antioxidant that is extracted from the seeds of the rose plant. Packed with essential fatty acids and skin-beneficial vitamins, it helps to improve skin tone, texture and pigmentation and hydrates. Beneficial for all skin types, it is rich in fatty acids to hydrate and soothe dry skin and contains linoleic acid, which can help to regulate oil production in those with oily or acne-prone skin.
The Inkey List Rosehip Oil, €9.99, Arnotts
Trust us when we say that friend you have who can never seem to relax will find it hard to resist the Molton Brown Stocking Filler Collection. Basically a spa getaway in a box, let them explore 10 of their most memorable bath and shower gels, presented in a limited edition Art Deco-inspired gift box.
Molton Brown Stocking Filler Collection, €49, Arnotts
Any beauty fan who's been around the block has probably rotated through the multitude of M.A.C lipstick products — the reason being that the brand makes some of the best lipstick formulas in the game. As part of this year's holiday collection, M.A.C has released this fortune-packed kit that includes three crowd-pleasing neutral or vibrant mini lipsticks in shiny black packaging with metallic stars. So even if they already have the shades, they certainly don't have them in this fun and exciting packaging.
MAC Lucky Stars Lipstick Kit: Neutral, €35, Arnotts
Laura Mercier's Caviar Eye Shadow Sticks can do it all: blend, taper, build — you name it. And the brand's holiday Caviar Eyes Of Gold provides 4 versatile shades in a mix of matte and metallic shades.
Laura Mercier Eyes Of Gold Mini Caviar Stick Collection, €40, Arnotts
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