Now that the Silly Season is officially upon us, it's a whirlwind of after work drinks, impromptu get-togethers, and - the pinnacle of every work calendar - the Christmas Party. With a bit of luck, you may have a lunchtime, or an hour to kill between work and your festive gathering, so OBVIOUSLY you'll want to look your best - sure you only go out with these people once a year!
Here's a quick tour of just some of the hair and beauty salons doing sterling work in the Grafton Quarter. It's advisable to book in advance as slots will be filling up fast.
For a quick city blow-dry, The Shelbourne Salon, Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.
New to The Shelbourne is a brand spanking new salon that just has to be experienced; our words here wont do it justice. Relaxing, comforting dec?r with top notch blow-dries, manicures and expert facials, getting pampered on or near the green has never been easier or a more enjoyable experience. What's more, though it's very much a part of one of Dublin's most luxurious 5-star hotels, the prices here won't send your blood pressure into overdrive, a luxury blow-dry starts at just €26.
To Treat Your Talons - NAILS, 37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
With flexible hours (they're open ?till 9pm), manis and pedis galore, and brands such as Gelish, Crystal Nails, and O.P.I on offer, you can rest assured you're in good hands (pun intended) at NAILS. Another nail bar worth checking out: Dylan Bradshaw's Nail Bar, 56 South William St, Dublin 2.
For Head-To-Toe Body Care - Nu Essence, 27 Anne St, Dublin 2.
Whatever your body desires - whether it be waxing, an eyelash tint, an eyebrow shape, a facial, or even a full Swedish massage - this longstanding establishment just off Grafton Street can cater to your every whim. Another beauticians worth checking out: The Beauty Suite, 60 South Williams Street, Dublin 2.
For a Spa Experience - Buff Day Spa, 52 South King Street, Dublin 2.
For those really looking to pamper themselves (and if you've got a bit more time on your hands), why not really treat yourself with a Dermalogica Thermal Body Wrap, a ?Skin Peel O2 Facial?, Mud Massage therapy, Reiki, a Multi-Vitamin Power Foot Treatment, or one of their specials? Their Yummy Mummy Spa Package lasts two hours and offers a range of delights. What's more, just for the season that's in it, they have a Winter Warm up Package which includes a 30 min Back Massage, Buff Express Facial, Full Body Mineral Salt Scrub, Glass of Bubbly, a €25 Gift Voucher Plus complimentary us of our Sauna & Tranquillity room. Heaven in the city.
As for Dublin's best make-up applications?
But if it's a failsafe make-up application you need, the Grafton Quarter boasts such a wealth of options, you'll struggle to choose which one's for you. Here's where you'll always find us.
Sugar Cubed, Clarendon Street Dublin 2.
As part of Brown Sugar, we adore this spin-off salon. Gone are the days of getting your hair done in one place and your make-up somewhere else; here you're getting top notch styling and make-up artistry under one chic roof.
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Make-Up Forever, Clarendon Street Dublin 2.
Not only is the team at Make-Up Forever famed for their beauty courses and their own brilliant range of make-up products, their make-up artists are trained to such a standard (they teach those who will become artists themselves), you'll never be disappointed with your makeover. This place is akin to Charlie's Chocolate Factory for make-up and beauty junkies. You'll never want to leave.
MAC, Brown Thomas, Grafton Street Dublin 2.
The undisputed beauty pros, MAC will deliver a long-lasting look to suit your party plans, whatever they may be. What's even better (especially at Christmas) is that the price of your make-over is alway redeemable against their products too. If Santa's elves were beauty experts, you'd find them here in MAC.