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Bellinter Christmas Gifts - 19 Dec 2013
Bellinter House, quirky, magical, located just outside Navan, Co Meath and easily accessed from most parts of the country, is a great place to escape to after Christmas or in the New Year.
Now is the time to look at some of their imaginative offers which include:
* A relaxing Mid Week Break, Sunday to Thursday from 9th December till 10th February and receive a 25% discount on your room rate or
* Treat someone special this Christmas to One Luxurious Night Bed & Breakfast at Bellinter and let Bellinter treat them with a gift on arrival...Choose One 30 minute Spa Treatment at the Bathhouse Spa per room OR Afternoon Tea for two guests
Each can be booked in advance to stay in January or February or as a Voucher. Great value, nice to get little extras or savings when our wallets are depleted from the gifting season. For more details check our the Bellinter website, click here
A Truly Green Christmas - 17 Dec 2013
Under The Tree with Dr Hauschka
If you're tired of odd sounding chemicals in your beauty products, now is your chance to ask Santa to bring you some all natural Organic Skin Care Products courtesy of Dr Hauschka. This highly respected beauty brand has put together an array of luxurious Christmas Gifts Sets and Stocking Fillers, each one carefully selected to help pamper every inch of the body this festive season.
* Beautiful Gifts on a budget: The Dr.Hauschka 2013 Christmas Collection includes Daily Bath Care Kit (€15.95), Daily Body Care Kit (€17.95) and the Daily Face Care Kit (€18.95) which make the ideal stocking fillers. The beautifully presented kits include a selection of miniature sizes for Face, Body and Bath. These starter Kits are the perfect way to experience the Dr.Hauschka range.
Also, within the gift set ranges are the NEW Limited Editions - Dr.Haushcka Natural Touch (€24.95), Skin Care Essentials (€27.95), Almond Desires (€29.95), Rose Pamper Pack (€34.95), Rose Dreams (€44.95) and Natural Glamour Make-Up Bag (€57.95).
* Dr.Hauschka Natural Touch (€24.95) features a limited edition Hand Cream and Neem Nail Oil Pen which provides nurturing and fortifying protection for your hands and nails. This ‘handy’ set with deeply hydrating Hand Cream along with the Neem Nail Oil Pen strengthens, conditions and protects your hands, cuticles and nails giving them that extra TLC.
* Dr.Hauschka Skin Care Essentials (€27.95); this gift set is the perfect introduction to Dr.Hauschka's signature daily cleansing routine. A powerful selection of products works to transform your skin to a state of lasting radiance and vitality. Lavender Bath, Cleansing Milk and Facial Toner work with the skin's natural processes to renew, replenish and revitalize.
* Almond Desires (€29.95), includes two luxurious body products from Dr.Hauschka, the Almond Body Moisturiser and trial size Almond Soothing Body Wash. The rich Almond Body Moisturiser provides intensive, nurturing care for dry, sensitive skin. To complement this beautiful moisturiser we have combined this gift set with Almond Soothing Body Wash to cleanse the skin.
* Rose Pamper Pack (€34.95), the Dr.Hauschka Rose Pamper pack is a must have for glowing skin and offers the ultimate indulgence for the busy party season. This pack contains the Rose Body Moisturiser and Body Oil formulated with the finest rose essential oil to hydrate your skin leaving it supple, smooth and luxuriously soft to touch.
* Our personal favourite, The Rose Dreams Gift Set (€44.95) includes Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Wash, Dr. Hauschka Rose Body Oil, Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Bath Essence and Rose Soap is the perfect gift to truly indulge your senses this Christmas. The limited edition Rose Soap is exclusive to this gift set. Made by hand from the finest natural ingredients, this hydrating soap lends the skin natural moisture and gentle care.
* Natural Glamour Make-Up Bag (€57.95) - The decorative range of organic cosmetics is sure to provide long-lasting colour and deliver a healthy-looking radiant glow this party season. This limited edition make-up bag includes a glossy chocolate lipstick, smokey eye shadow duo palette and copper brown eyeliner to suit all complexions.
* For the men in your life why not treat them to a natural product for shaving? The daily routine of shaving can be tough on facial skin, take extra care with gentle, soothing and nourishing products such as the Cleansing Milk (€25.95) for shaving. After shaving mist with Clarifying Toner (€25.95) as it will sooth any redness or irritation. To complete the set, the Quince Day Cream (€24.95) is the ideal daily moisturiser for the indoor and outdoor man.
Each Dr Hauschka seasonal gift set feature the highest quality, natural ingredients and they are available in selected Health Stores Pharmacies, all Life Pharmacies, McCabes@Clery’s, Avoca and Harvey Nichols. For details of your nearest stockist log onto: www.drhauschkaireland.ie. Dr Hauschka
Elemis Treasures Collection - 07 Dec 2013
Discover a World of Beauty Treasures
Don't know about you, but I never tire of finding nice beauty gift sets under the Christmas tree, especially if they are packaged gorgeously, include some practical core essentials and other not so essential items I covet but resist spending money on.
Elemis get this too, which is why they have a fabulous range of gift options (apologies upfront for the sterling prices, though our Northern Ireland and UK readers will be happy). So - let's start with the gift that includes all you need for a gorgeously fresh face. The Skin Brilliance Set retails at £39.90 and is worth £59.00 The ultimate moisturising programme for a refreshed, hydrated and nourished complexion, you get the Maximum Moisture day Cream 50ml FULL SIZE, Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser 50ml and Soothing Apricot Toner 50ml Skin Buff 20ml. If you fancy gifting a little body luxury then go for Indulgent Treasures, RRP: £25.00 which includes Bodycare rituals to leave skin intensely moisturised, deeply relaxed and restored; Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 100ml, Quiet Mind Bath Elixir 100ml Pro-Radiance hand and Nail Cream 20ml Quiet Mind Temple Balm 15ml FULL SIZE.
What about the men in your life? (those in mine are unabashedly happy to receive skincare items these days). Still, the name on this set is sufficiently macho to allow even the shyest of male-moisturizers rip open their gift with glee. The Adventurer, RRP: £39.00 Worth £59.00; Recharge tired skin and muscles with an easy 3 step programme to soothe and hydrate - Deep Cleanse Facial Wash 200ml FULL SIZE, Aching Muscle Super Soak 125ml, Daily Moisture Boost 50ml FULL SIZE.
All these gift packs and more can be purchased at a very wide variety of Elemis spas throughout Ireland including the Shelbourne Spa in Dublin city centre, Radisson Blu in Galway and the Slieve Russell Hotel.
Spa Christmas - 01 Dec 2013
Castlemartyr open for the Festive Season
Many hotels close their doors for Christmas and New Year and let the staff take a well earned break with family and friends. Which is lovely, but there are some of our readers who want to escape the normal routine, for whatever reason, which is why we are so pleased to see Castlemartyr, in East Cork, will stay open throughout the festive season.
There are several options to choose from but if you want to try the traditional two day Christmas escape, then arrive to Castlemartyr on Christmas Eve, 24th December and discover a magical retreat like no other. Upon arrival to the hotel you will be welcomed by the team to the manor house. After check in treat yourself to a Christmas buffet, filled with festive treats, such as delicious mince pies and Castlemartyr homemade mulled wine. Spend your afternoon at leisure. Castlemartyr has plenty to offer for you and yours to enjoy. Wrap up warm and take a stroll around the beautiful estate, followed by a relaxing hot drink by the fire in the Knights Bar. Why not book a horse & carriage ride, and cosy up under a blanket around the grounds. Take in the fresh air on the Inland Links golf course or enjoy a bicycle ride with the family around the resort.
Your evening commences with our Christmas Eve cocktail reception in the manor house, accompanied by the festive sounds of the resident pianist. Pre dinner drinks will be followed by a delectable Gourmet Dinner in the Bell Tower Restaurant. After dinner enjoy the warm Christmas atmosphere in the surroundings of the Knights Bar, whilst listening to peaceful carols from the local choir. And for younger guests, a very special guest will be sure to bring festive cheer to all at Castlemartyr on this special Christmas Eve. Retire to your room for a luxurious nights sleep before the big day ahead.
Wake on Christmas morning and enjoy a Champagne Brunch in the manor house. Enjoy this magical setting on Christmas Day whilst opening gifts and listening to joyous melodies throughout the house. Time for the main event, Christmas Dinner prepared by the Head Chef, will be served in the Bell Tower Restaurant for all to enjoy. Indulge in the delicious delights of this festive feast whilst overlooking the beautiful formal gardens. After dinner retire to the Knights Bar or Living Room to relax and unwind. Enjoy some mince pies & mulled wine while sharing stories or playing games amongst family & new found friends. Later that evening be entertained in the bar and have some festive fun to the sounds of live music. Dance the evening away with Christmas melodies and traditional songs. Indulge in a light buffet supper, at your leisure, throughout the evening. After a day filled with cheer and lasting memories, relax by the fire in the Knight Bar or retire to you room for a peaceful nights sleep. From: €665 per night (for two people), you can also arrive on Christmas Day if you can't escape earlier. For bookings call 021 4219000 or email email@example.com