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Notions & Necessities… Hakuna Matata and vegan value

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The Lion King at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

The Lion King at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Amuline SD cream, €29.95, pharmacies nationwide

Amuline SD cream, €29.95, pharmacies nationwide

Manucurist Green Flash Basic Kit, €55, see manucurist.com

Manucurist Green Flash Basic Kit, €55, see manucurist.com

Spotlight Oral Care Sonic Toothbrush For Children, €59.95, see spotlightoralcare.com

Spotlight Oral Care Sonic Toothbrush For Children, €59.95, see spotlightoralcare.com

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The Lion King at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

If you have tickets for The Lion King, which runs at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre until February 4, there are jungle-themed treats at the Marker Hotel, just across the square.

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Hakuna Matata at the Marker

There’s a one-night B&B and dinner deal for two, from €172 per person, or you can just pop in for Tiki cocktails for the adults and Simba-styled dinner and desserts for the children. SC

For more information or to book, see themarkerhoteldublin.com

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Three is the magic number

The Frances Prescott skincare line, created by an Irish-based founder, is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

Tri-Balm, a 3-in-1 product, cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises.

Packaging is recyclable and the natural ingredients, including botanical oils, starflower, pumpkin seed enzymes and oats, are ethically and sustainably sourced. €60. LH

See francesprescott.com

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Dry season

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Amuline SD cream, €29.95, pharmacies nationwide

Amuline SD cream, €29.95, pharmacies nationwide

Amuline SD cream, €29.95, pharmacies nationwide

Cold weather and central heating add up to uncomfortably dry skin for many at this time of year.

Add masks and hand sanitiser and run-of-the-mill dehydration becomes full-blown irritation.

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The Amuline line of skincare is available in pharmacies and has products to rebuild the skin microbiome to soothe and moisturise and even to treat itchy, reddened skin.

With ingredients that include omega fats, emu oil and prebiotics, there is a also a kids’ product in the range. SC

Amuline SD cream, €29.95, pharmacies nationwide

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Taking time

You’re almost through January! Treat yourself to The Shelbourne Detox & Revitalise package, €195, which includes a full body-brushing, a detox mud wrap, an hour-long full body massage, and a detox drink in the spa’s relaxation room afterwards. LH

See theshelbourne.com

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Salon talons

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Manucurist Green Flash Basic Kit, €55, see manucurist.com

Manucurist Green Flash Basic Kit, €55, see manucurist.com

Manucurist Green Flash Basic Kit, €55, see manucurist.com

A drawback of longwear manicures is that they’re hellish to remove without professional help.

The French brand Manucurist does a gorgeous line of Green Flash gel polishes that come off with regular nail-varnish remover, so there’s no hacking and wrecking your nails.

The polishes also have impeccable eco credentials and can be bought in kits that include an 18W lamp, top and base coats, and a colour of choice. SC

Manucurist Green Flash Basic Kit, €55, see manucurist.com

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Brush strokes

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Spotlight Oral Care Sonic Toothbrush For Children, €59.95, see spotlightoralcare.com

Spotlight Oral Care Sonic Toothbrush For Children, €59.95, see spotlightoralcare.com

Spotlight Oral Care Sonic Toothbrush For Children, €59.95, see spotlightoralcare.com

As this month nears its end, we know only too well that good habits are easier to maintain if they’re enjoyable.

Take the chore out of brushing children’s teeth with the new sonic toothbrush from Irish company Spotlight Oral Care.

The toothbrush has a smaller head, a shorter handle with textured grip and a two-minute timer to indicate when the job is properly done.

You can also get an Ultimate Kids Care Bundle (€130), which includes the toothbrush, and, among other items, plaque disclosing tablets, which temporarily deposit purple dye to highlight any plaque they’ve missed while brushing and provide a bit of clean fun. SC

Spotlight Oral Care Sonic Toothbrush For Children, €59.95, see spotlightoralcare.com

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She who dares

The Laura Whitmore Edit with Dare2B launched recently.

The 15-piece collection includes a waterproof jacket, leggings and sports bras, as well as T-shirts and shorts.

Available in sizes 6-20, with some pieces available up to size 28. LH

For stockists, see dare2b.com/ie

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Vegan value

If your Veganuary is losing enthusiasm, give yourself a boost with something from Irish food brand fiid, which recently achieved B Corp certification (businesses that balance profit with purpose).

Its 100pc plant-based, carbon-neutral ready-meals are made with all-natural ingredients.

They are also gluten-free and dairy-free. LHQ

Available in retailers nationwide, from independent stores and online at eatfiid.com


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