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Who has time for a full face of intense, sultry makeup when you have enough to be doing trying to get a freshly washed batch of underpants to dry in a damp kitchen?

What this time of year lacks, in every sense of the word, is freshness. Not to complain (I am in fact complaining), but January is all sweaty bus wind(...)

Enjoying the opening of the FOA Schwarz Toy store at Arnotts: Some 6,500 families visited Santa in Arnotts, a record for the store. Photograph: Alan Betson

Arnotts and Brown Thomas recorded a 7 per cent increase in sales over the Christmas period, with footfall in both department stores increasing over th(...)

Warehouse operates from five locations in Dublin.

Warehouse, the retail brand that is part of the Aurora fashion group that used to include Karen Millen, has bemoaned the “difficult retail environment(...)

Numbers employed by Gap in Ireland last year increased from 109 to 140 with staff costs increasing from €1.8 million to €2 million.

Pre-tax losses at the Irish arm of US clothing company Gap last year increased by 33 per cent to €411,575. New accounts filed by Gap Stores (Ireland)(...)

‘Tis the season to self-gift:  Chanel lipstick, L’Oreal  anti-frizz serum, Byredo Slow Dance and   Zara Waterlily Tea Dress are excellent options

If you possibly can, it’s advisable to buy yourself a present once in a while. It need not be beauty-related (I bought myself an elaborate houseplant (...)

Your house will feel instantly brighter when all of the detritus is removed. Photograph: Getty

The holly and the ivy are looking the worse for wear, the tree is on its last legs – yes, the season of goodwill is well and truly over. Although som(...)

Niall Wynn, owner of Proper Order Coffee Cafe Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin with one of his compostable coffee cups. In November Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton launches a public consultation on levies on single-use coffee cups. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

JANUARY New Central Bank rules aimed at helping consumers save money on their mortgage repayments and making mortgage switching easier come into effe(...)

Hundreds queuing outside Brown Thomas on Dublin’s Grafton Street in the rain. Photograph: Conor Pope

Most shops in Dublin city centre were only closed for about 36 consecutive hours this week but the short shopping drought had some people so anxious t(...)

We have said this before and we will say it again, something is only ever worth buying in the sales if you actually need it and will get real use out of it

This year’s winter sales period has been shortened by two weeks as a result of Government intervention aimed at helping small and medium businesses th(...)

Beauty buys of the year: some of my favourites from Gucci, Josh Wood Colour, Charlotte Tilbury, Skingredients, Clinique, Chanel, the Ordinary, Lixir and L'Or�al

In the world of beauty, there is a constant deluge of novelty, but real innovation is surprisingly uncommon. Beauty journalists develop a focussed and(...)

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