Christmas Gifts, MAC, Multi Use Products, Uncategorized

Kandigloss MAKEUP Christmas Gift Guide

This week I’ll be doing posts showing you my favourite Makeup, Beauty and Brush Sets for Christmas which I’ll do in separate posts, so plenty of inspiration for when you go shopping 🙂

I love when makeup brands bring out their latest Christmas collections, there really can be some great savings to be made (that’s how you can justify them as a little pressie to yourself! 😉 ).  Or if you’re feeling generous and looking for a fab gift for a makeup lover in your life whether it’s a Mother, sister, friend or girlfriend, you really can’t go wrong with these Christmas sets from some of the big cosmetic brands:

Stila Colour Me Pretty Lip & Cheek Palette €25 – Harvey Nichols Dundrum


This is a such a useful multipurpose palette! It contains 5 of Stila’s fabulous Convertible Colours which can be used as a cream blush as well as a lipstick.  This palette includes the well known & loved Kitten which makes an amazing highlighter.  I love the fact that these can be used on the lips and cheeks and for that reason it’s a very versatile palette that you’ll get a lot of use out of and it’s so compact you can carry it with you for touch ups.

Smashbox Wonder Vision Lipgloss Set €25 – selected Boots stores

Smashbox Wondervision Lipgloss Set

This gorgeous set comes with 5 lipglosses in flattering colours that will suit any makeup look.  I love Smashbox lipglosses, they last really well so you can’t go wrong with this set.

Urban Decay Vice Palette €48 – House of Fraser Dundrum


This has every colour you could possibly need, and some really out there colours that you might not normally try so it’s a great palette for stepping out of your comfort zone and doing a bit of experimenting.  Great for teens or budding makeup artists. 🙂

Bare Minerals Ready to Go Perfection Complexion Palette €45 – BT2


This ingenious little palette has a Bare Minerals Foundation Powder, Mineral Veil, Bronzer, Highlighter and Concealer as well as a little double ended brush to apply all.  It comes in a little zip up compact case that you can easily carry round with you.  Perfect for keeping at your desk at work to top up during the day or do a few little adjustments if you’re going out.  If you’ve never tried Bare Minerals this is a great little starter kit.  The brush in this set is really good quality too.

MAC Nocturnal Holiday Sets – from €35 Brown Thomas, Grafton St. & Dundrum & MAC Henry St.


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These are so gorgeous!  They are on my wishlist every single year and as a makeup artist I always try to stock up as these are great to have in your kit for Christmas looks and they often have colours that are limited edition and not available normally.  You just can’t go wrong with these, there are also eyeshadow palettes and brush sets as well as mixed makeup sets so something for everyone, novice or pro.  The above are my faves.  Be quick though, as these sell out fast!

Bobbi Brown Twilight Pink Lip & Eye Palette – €67.50 House of Fraser Dundrum & Brown Thomas Grafton St


How stunning is this palette?! It comes with 10 eyeshadows and 4 lipsticks which are flattering to all colourings and ages.  It also has two little mini brushes that are good for applying on the go.  This is the kind of pressie that your mother would love. 🙂

Benefit Groovy Kinda Love Set €39.50

Benefit Groovy Kinda Love

This fab little set contains some of Benefits best selling makeup including The Pore-fessional Primer, Benetint, “They’re Real” Mascara as well as 4 eyeshadows and a blush/highlighter so everything you need to look amazing basically!  They have loads of little sets to choose from and they are all equally as gorgeous.

And that’s your lot for Makeup!  Hope it’s given you a few ideas.  Next is fab Beauty Sets so make sure you pop back to check that out 🙂

Beauty Reviews, Bodycare, Perfume & Fragrances, Reviews, Skincare, Uncategorized

Give Joy with The Body Shop’s Christmas Gift Collection!

Last Wednesday night, I was invited to a bloggers event at The Body Shop on Grafton Street to reveal their fabulous Christmas Gifts.  They really have something for everyone and every budget this year and the sets are absolutely gorgeous.  There isn’t anyone I know who wouldn’t be happy to find these goodies under the tree on Christmas morning that’s for sure!

Myself (middle) Yaz from Glittermama Blog (left) and Deborah Leonard from Closer2Fabulous Blog (right)
Myself (middle) Yaz from Glittermama Blog (left) and Deborah Leonard from Closer2Fabulous Blog (right)
Just some of the goodies on display at The Body Shop event
Just some of the goodies on display at The Body Shop event

There was so much to choose from so I’ve picked a few of my favourites below and broken them down into price range:

Under €40

The Body Shop’s signature scent, White Musk, has been given a bit of a makeover and now comes in two other fragrance types along with the original & classic White Musk scent.  Even the men in your life are included here with their own masculine range of White Musk gift sets to choose from.  They come with an Eau de Toilette perfume plus a body lotion and/or body spritz to really layer the fragrance enough to last the day.  This is one of my faves and I got to take a lovely set of the Classic White Musk home and try it out and it really is as gorgeous as I remember it.  The fragrance lasts for absolutely ages too!  Check out the full range of gifts in this price range, here

White Musk Sets

Under €30

Just who could resist these gorgeous little sets with Christmas themed fragrances such as Ginger, Cranberry and Vanilla?  Not me that’s for sure, they’re just too cute! They range from body scrubs and body butters to shower gels and body puffs encased in the cutest little keepsake tins and boxes.  I’m a big fan of The Body Shop Body Butters, (they have a whole range with every type from Chocolate to Shea Butter) and these sets come with the limited edition Christmas Body Butters.  You don’t have to wait for Christmas morning to open these beauties, imagine the joy of having a nice shower using your deliciously smelling shower gel and then slathering yourself in the matching body butter on Christmas Eve to snuggle into your comfy new PJ’s and wait for Santa to come 🙂  I love the fact that you can smell Christmassy as well as feel it! You have to check out the range here.

Gift Sets

Under €10

If you’re looking for a few little stocking fillers then look no further than these lovely little treats.  They range from Chocolate body shower cream and soap to little mini manicure sets.  Check out this bargain range of goodies here.

10 gifts

At €99, this next goodie goes in the “Money no Object” category!  Following the latest trend for beauty brands to bring out their own Advent Calendars packed with lots of beauty goodies, The Body Shop has come out with this little beaut stuffed with 24 of their best selling products, check out what’s included here.  Isn’t it amazing?!  Try restraining yourself to one treat a day, I dare you!

PicMonkey Collage

The Body Shop is well known for it’s ethical fair trade and cruelty free products and following its “Beauty With a Heart” motto this Christmas, $300,000 from the sales of all their gifts will help build 5 new schools with their Community Fair Trade partners from around the world.  So not only are you buying gorgeous pressies for your loved ones, you’re contributing to a good cause too, even more reason to treat the ones you love – or yourself! 🙂

At the event, we were also treated to a makeup demo from their new improved makeup line, I will do a separate post on the makeup as it’s just amazing and I really want to give it a good test run 🙂  We were also treated to an eyebrow threading demo.  Threading in The Body Shop costs just €12 so I’ll be back to have that done.  I also like the fact that the area where you have the threading is private in the Grafton Street store.  I’ve seen the chairs out in full view of passers-by before in other stores and that is something that would put me off having it done if I’m honest.


What do you think of this collection?  Will you be buying some Christmas Gift Sets from The Body Shop this year?

Makeup Brushes, Tips, Uncategorized

NIMA Brush – Review

This fab brush set comes from Irish company NIMA Brush which was set up by Makeup Artist Niamh Martin.  Niamh used her expertise in makeup artistry thorough years of teaching and doing makeup to bring out these amazing sets which come in a brilliant little leather cylinder and can be compared to the hugely popular Sigma brush sets, but at a much better price, as well as quality!


I recently picked up this stunning Elite Eye Detail brush set at the Pro Beauty show.  You can also get this on the website as well as other collections such as the Kabuki set or the Duo Fibre set.  All sets come with the cool little leather holder which separates to hold your brushes as you work.  You can add in your other brushes also and carry them easily when travelling.  If you’re a makeup artist, this is a godsend and saves space on your work area, plus, you’ll be more organised as, if you’re anything like me, you won’t suddenly have heart failure when you can’t find the brush you just put down 2 seconds ago among the piles of makeup in front of you!

Brushes 2

Now, down to the brushes themselves.  In this set you get 5 brushes:

Nima eye brush set

  • A bent liner brush (Synthetic Fibre)
  • An Angled Brow Brush (Synthetic Fibre)
  • A large shader brush (Sable Hair)
  • A crease smudge Brush (Pony Hair)
  • A Pencil Brush (Synthetic fibre)


These brushes are all the ones that I would actually use and I found them to be really easy to use and excellent quality.  Plus they look really slick and professional with their white wooden handles and rose gold ferules so would be perfect for professional use.  The bent eyeliner brush is one of the best I’ve used for applying Gel liner!  They cost €45 on the website and come with the leather holder which comes in a range of bright colours from baby pink to Teal.

These would make great presents for any makeup lover and with Christmas coming up I know I’ll be stocking up on a few of them for friends and family!

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What do you think of these?  Are they on your Christmas Wishlist? 🙂