The House of Jo Malone (above, €165) has to be one of this season’s best gift sets

Christmas is a time of excess, an opportunity to throw caution to the wind and treat your loved ones (and yourself, obviously) to indulgences you m(...)

Brand loyalty: many of us seem to buy products because we have been blinded by advertising, science and the lure of famous names. Photograph: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

While working in the make-up section of a department store, I once met a woman who spent a lot of money on a very small jar of face cream. It was s(...)

A still from the Jameson ad

Have you heard the one about the American TV commercial that portrayed the Irish as a modern, sophisticated European nation instead of a race of ru(...)

The Loop in Dublin Airport

The first time I discovered the joy of airport shopping was on a trip to Cork back in the good old days when we still had a Dublin-to-Cork service.(...)

Perfumes such as Chanel No. 5 may need to be reformulated under new legislation aimed at protecting consumers from allergies. Photo: Bloomberg

Seaweed may not be the first ingredient that springs to mind for perfume. But algae are among obscure ingredients to which perfume makers are turni(...)

US sportswear firm Columbia brought some of the world’s leading  adventure journalists to  sample a stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way

The State bodies charged with promoting and developing Irish tourism have been busy raising their game of late. So much so that it seems you can barel(...)

A bunch of Roses

Armani Bright Ribbon nail lacquer in Rose Tender €24 The vivid shades of Mediterranean rose gardens are the inspiration behind Armani’s summer nail co(...)

Kim Kardashian: turned the simple pleasure of bronzing into a confusing exercise

THE PRODUCTS  Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer (€36) I’m a sucker for leopard print, and this powder combines pinks and bronzes(...)

 Armani’s Cheek Fabric, €42, lifts complexion and is almost impossible to overdo
Save your blushes

Thinking of downsizing your make up for summer? I could live without most of the contents of my make-up drawer, but if I really had to live with ju(...)

Seventeen-month-old Sheikh Rihan, seen with his grandfather, lost both parents in the collapse of the Rana Plaza last April. Photograph: Action Aid

Fashion lovers in more than 48 countries are being asked to wear an item of clothing inside out, take a selfie and share it on social media with th(...)