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06th Dec 2023’s makeup & tanning gift guide 2023

Sophie Collins


The Christmas buying season is in full swing with shoppers lining the streets every evening and weekend on the hunt for the perfect gifts.

We all have make-up and tan obsessed friends and family, and Christmas is the perfect time to gift them updates for their routine with new and cult-favourite products.

There are plenty of great value high-end sets and some stunning high street options for both makeup lovers and tanning aficionados.

We’ve listed and linked some of our favourite options for all budgets below.




The amazing quality of Kash beauty products is something I have newly discovered. Their lipsticks, blushers, eyeshadows and lip liners are stunning quality for a very reasonable price.

This Christmas you can pick up their Ultimate Gift Set, which contains:

  • 6 Pan Eyeshadow Palette Amber Aura  *exclusive*
  • Powder Silk – Champagne *exclusive* 
  • Satin Lipstick Vintage Satin
  • Lip Liner Vintage Rose
  • KASH Kabuki Brush
  • Skin Glaze Gold Beam

It retails for €49.95 and is worth €101.70 – so that’s a great saving of €51.75 and a stunning gift for the makeup lover in your life.



BPerfect has a whole range of ‘Edit’s that would be stunning gift options this Christmas.

From the Eye Edit, to the Base and Tan Edits, they’re all great options with a range of great products in each for a bargain.

Prices range from €34.95 to €49.95 and each set contains at least five products.

A personal favourite is the Eye Edit, which retails for €49.95 but is worth €117.65. It contains the Amplified Shadow Palette, Double Impact Double Ended Mascara in Black, Instant Eyes Duo Eye Crayon – Cool Classics and Better Half Luxe Silk Half Lash – Dreamer

It also contains three cult faves: 

  • Indestructi’Brow Brow Hold Wax
  • Pencil Me In Kohl Eyeliner Pencil – Eclipse
  • Perfect Prime – Eyeshadow Base



Every year, Bellamianta deliver great Christmas gift sets that any tan lover would be delighted to open over the holidays.

Whether it’s for yourself in prep for the party season or for someone you know would appreciate it, it’s a great time to pick them up.

This year’s ‘Christmas Cosmetics Box’ is very impressive and retails for €49.99 but is worth €151.79.

It contains:

  • HeART of Beauty Eyeshadow Palette 
  • Hydra Blusher (Ambient) 
  • Halo Highlighter (Glory) 
  • Fonda Sculpted Bronzer by Paddy McGurgan 
  • Archnemesis Eyebrow Sculpt 
  • Face Mask 
  • Gazing Gallery (Umber) 
  • Lip Gloss Gift Set 
  • Luxury Gift Box

So if you haven’t tried the brand yet, or it’s a cult favourite of yours or a loved ones, now is a great time to grab one of their mega sets.



If you’re looking to splurge a bit this year – on yourself or someone else – MAC have some seriously great classics in sets for the festive season.

Not only will you save some money while getting to try a range of products, but the cult brand is well known for delivering sellout shades of lipstick, eyeshadow, and lipliners in their yearly bundles.

Their Merry Must-Haves set is worth €138 but is on sale in a set for just €65 and contains five best-sellers:

  • a full-sized Lustreglass Lipstick in Business Casual
  • Eye Shadow in Mythology
  • M·A·CStack Mascara
  • Fix+ 
  • a mini Hyper Real Serumizer™ Skin Balancing Hydration Serum

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury is another luxury brand that always creates some stunning sets in time for Christmas.

You will be guaranteed that no matter who you buy a CT set for, they’re going to love it. The products are stunning quality and usually carry a pretty hefty price tag.

This year you can pick up some of the sellout Pillow Talk products for much cheaper prices. The ‘Pillow Talk beautifying lip and cheek secrets’ contains:

  • a full sized nude-pink matte lipstick 
  • travel-sized lip liner 
  • lip gloss 
  • Beauty Light Wand

It retails for €56, down from €140 and is available in store and online at the moment alongside a whole host of other gorgeous options.


Nars, Christmas

Nars is one of my favourite brands that I always repurchase, and so every Christmas I look to pick up on the sets to try something new alongside my favourite bits.

The Radiant Essentials Bundle is an example of this, and contains three cult products with a 10% saving.

For €84 you get:

  • Pure radiant tinted moisturiser spf 30/pa+++
  • Mini radiant creamy concealer
  • Afterglow lip balm


Cocoa Brown

Cocoa Brown

Cocoa Brown launched some very special sets this year featuring some new make up products alongside their famous tanning mousse.

Their products are known for their pocket-friendly prices and tanning results, and this year there are a number of new sets available.

You can pick up their Cocoa Cabana Gift Set for just €19.95 on Cloud10 Beauty at the moment.

It contains:

  • 1 Hour Tan – Self Tan Mousse Dark 150ml
  • Tough Stuff Body Scrub 200ml
  • Body Butter 200ml
  • Velvet Self Tan Mitt

Bondi Sands

Bondi Sands, Christmas

Bondi Sands is another cult favourite in Ireland, with many influencers hailing their tanning products as some of the best on the market.

This year, they have a number of gift sets available for the tan lovers in your life to try out their products.

The Iconic Aussie Glow Gift Set is just €54.99 and contains €125.00 worth of products:

  • Self tanning foam dark 200ml
  • Aero 1 hour express self tanning foam 225ml
  • Self tan application mitt
  • Self tan drops dark 30ml
  • Skin illuminator gradual tanning lotion 150ml
  • Self tan eraser gel 200ml
  • Spf 50+ fragrance free face lotion 75ml
  • Eye spy vitamin c eye cream 15ml

Bare by Vogue

Bare by Vogue

Bare By Vogue is a great tanning brand with products that actually deliver such an even tan with minimal effort.

They have a number of sets available this Christmas including the ‘Ultimate Set’ that allows you to try a range of products at a discounted price.

It retails for €58 and contains products worth €73:

  • face tanning mist in medium 
  • skin perfecting instant tan in shade dark
  • Best Selling Dark foam
  • Self Tan Eraser

St. Tropez

St. Tropez

St. Tropez is one of Ireland most trusted tanning brands and has been around for years – for a good reason too.

It’s got so many tanning options these days from foams, to moisturisers and lotions and each deliver great results.

If you’re new to the brand, or know someone who would love to try it you can pick up the ‘Luxe Mini Kit’ for just €23.50 in Boots.

In this set you’ll get:

  • St.Tropez Luxe Crème Whipped Mousse
  • St.Tropez Luxe Tan Tonic Glow Drops

Balm Body

Balm Body

Balm tan is a brand I have only recently been introduced to and I absolutely love it now, the tan has such a lovely olive hew and doesn’t smell as strong as many other tans.

If you’re looking to try out a new brand, Balm Body have ‘The complete Christmas gift set’ available now for just €25.

In this set, you get:

  • Dark tanning mousse 
  • Hydrate & Glow gradual face tan serum
  • Velvet tanning mitt

READ MORE:’s beauty & skincare gift guide – from luxe brands to budget-friendly sets