The beauty guru's guide to winter skincare travel essentials

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The airport isn't just for travelling, you know. It also happens to be the largest beauty destination in Dublin now that the Beauty Hall at The Loop in Terminal 2 has doubled in size and added an abundance of new luxurious brands to pamper ourselves with. Book us on the next flight!


Winter is coming, and that means woolly hats are replacing sunglasses, sandals are swapped out for boots, and the central heating is on for the first time in months. This essential self-care seems like a no-brainer, right?

So why stop there? The colder weather doesn't just affect our heating bills. But you'd be surprised how many of us stick to the same skincare ritual all year-round. Colder temperatures and stronger winds dry out our skin and suck all of the natural oils from our face. Our lips can get cracked, and our hands and nails become brittle from the harsher climes.

So it's time to up the ante on your winter skincare routine, and where better than to start than the capital's largest beauty destination, the glitzy new Beauty Hall at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2, which has just added 30 new premium brands to its shelves, including NARS, bareMinerals and Le Labo.

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The shiny new Beauty Hall at The Loop not only houses 90 luxury brands, with offers of at least 15% less than anywhere else, it also sells premium fragrances up to 40% off on selected lines, and is packed with travel exclusives.

Some of our favourite skincare brands that'll see us right through winter and into New Year, are below. If you're travelling through Dublin Airport on Friday, October 25, you won't want to miss the official launch of the new Beauty Hall in Terminal 2, where there will be extra offers, gifts on purchases, and live in-store entertainment throughout the day.

We don't know about you, but we're ready to book a winter getaway...

Winter-proof your face

Kiehl's Ultra Facial 100ml, €45.50

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Or go-to face cream whatever the weather, this Kiehl's all-rounder offers continuous moisture replenishment for dry skin throughout the day, but also contains an in-built adventure-tested protection from severe weather. The ultimate skincare essential for a winter getaway, and just one product in a vast range of Kiehl's products available for at least 15% less at The Loop.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense For Face 50ml, €22

We all know by now that SPF isn't just for summer. This Elizabeth Arden SPF 50 is designed to help restore the healthy look of your skin’s surface layer. Use before applying your moisturiser, and protect against harmful UV rays. Elizabeth Arden is just one of 90 hero brands on sale at The Loop.

Clarins Hydra Essentiel Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm 15ml, €17.85


Where else would you get your hands on cult buys like Clarins for at least 15% less than the high street? This lip balm, enriched with blue lotus wax, keeps your lips hydrated and nourished through the harshest of winters. It's a good idea to stock up on bestsellers like Clarins while you're in the Beauty Hall. The Click & Collect service, where you can make your purchase online and either collect at The Loop when you are flying out or on your return flight, makes shopping for holidays and beyond so much easier. For more information on collection points in both T1 and T2 of Dublin and Cork airports, see theloop.ie. Don't forget you'll need your boarding pass, photo ID and proof of purchase to collect your shopping.

L'occitane Roses & Reines Hand & Nail Cream 75ml, €14

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Our hands can often get neglected when it comes to a skincare routine. Winter is the ideal time to show them some extra love, and this joint hand and nail cream will leave them feeling velvety soft, while strengthening the nails. It also smells deliciously floral!

Warm winter shades

NARS, Pore Shine Control Primer, €30


How exciting is it to have all of your favourite beauty brands now under one roof? NARS is just one of 30 brands that are new to the Beauty Hall at The Loop in Dublin Airport's T2. This primer works for us day and night. With its matte finish, it's the perfect oil-free foundation prep that minimises pores.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, €27.20

Even though there's a heap of new brands on offer at the Beauty Hall – don't worry – all your faves, like MAC, are still there too. This everyday foundation gives a matte finish – perfect for winter –  and helps minimise the appearance of pores and imperfections. If you want to stock up on your favourite MAC products for less, but are worried about baggage restrictions, why not try the Shop & Collect service at The Loop, where you can store your shopping at the airport and collect it when you land off your return flight.

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Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette, €42.50


This absolute hero buy is on everyone's make-up wish list. Build on your favourite autumn / winter shades with this palette containing 12 new colours. Add shine with the metallic panels, or pack a punch with the new peachy tones.

Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick, €36


Even though the skies are grey, we still want that glow! This gives an instant flash of light to the skin and comes in five brilliant shades. The ideal addition to your travel make-up kit, and with so much variety in the Hourglass range, this is one brand that makes us return to the Beauty Hall again and again.

Benefit High Brow Eyebrow Highlighter, €19.50


This product is in high demand, but the Beauty Hall knows how to keep on top of its most popular stock. Wake yourself up after a long flight with this cult beauty hack. The creamy eyebrow highlighter accentuates arches for brighter, boosted and younger-looking eyes. And it won't take up any room in your carry-on.

Tom Ford Lip Color, €41.50

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This lipstick comes in a whopping 20 shades. Our favourite for winter is the Open Kimono, above middle, and the Impassioned, above right. Treat yourself to this luxury item for less at the Beauty Hall.

bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, €23


Complete your winter make-up look with this light finishing powder, which also contains a winter SPF of 25. bareMinerals is another new addition to the Beauty Hall at The Loop at Dublin Airport's T2, meaning now ALL of your beauty needs are catered for under one roof - and for a fraction of the price!

Seasonal scents

YSL Libre Eau de Parfum 90ML, €84.50


The fragrance aisle in the new-look Beauty Hall is ah-mazing. With heaps of exclusives and savings of up to 40%, be careful not to miss your flight while browsing! We love this YSL Libre perfume, with the strong notes of Moroccan orange blossom neatly complemented by the aromatic boldness of lavender. Lavender is traditionally used in male perfumery, but is given an ultra-feminine facet here, making this scent uniquely androgynous, and a perfect new signature scent for the season ahead.

Winter break essentials

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Method and Madness Irish Gin 70cl, €50


No winter getaway would be complete without a tipple to toast with. We've well and truly jumped on the gin bandwagon, but we're celebrating Irish with this one, and fell in love with the octagon-shaped bottle. Plus, who could resist the massive savings in The Loop?

Don't miss all of these offers and many, many more at the new Beauty Hall at The Loop in Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 when it officially launches on Friday, October 25. There promises to be even more offers and gifts on in-store purchases, as well as entertainment on the day.

And if you nab too many bargains to fit in your carry-on luggage, you can always avail of the Shop & Collect service at The Loop. All you have to do is ask a member of staff to store your shopping and you can pick it up when you return to the airport on your flight home. You'll need photo ID and proof of purchase to claim your items. See theloop.ie for all collection points in T1 and T2 at Dublin and Cork airports.

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