Hello I’m Grainne McGarvey and welcome to my column which spots local hidden gems from the world of beauty, health, fashion, tourism and hospitality. I will have my ear to the ground (quite literally) to keep you up to date about the new or interesting products and services from our neck of the woods. If you know one – get in touch on twitter @grainnemcgarvey or at www.pulseprni.com
I’m just back from a lovely break in the sun, which was perfect to recharge the batteries for the months ahead. Although I am very protective of my face on holiday, the sun always seems to filter through and I feel my skin could do with an M.O.T to bring it back to looking its best.
I was delighted to find that on my return, one of my 80+ emails was about a new Beauty Club that is launching next week by Menarys in its bigger stores with beauty counters – Cookstown, Lisburn and Bangor. This is the first time Menarys has tried this scheme, and I’m not sure why they haven’t done it sooner, as the other big beauty retailers, such as Boots and Debenhams have been doing for years. Better late than never I guess!
The free beauty gala evening will take place next Wednesday 10 September from 5pm. Beauty advisors will be on hand to offer skin consultations, free makeovers, as well as shoppers being able to enjoy discounts and free competitions. All the big cosmetic brands such as Benefit, Estee Lauder and l’Occitane will be represented and best of all the membership is free.
Despite having enough clothes to set up my very own department store, I fully intend to take a quick look around the rest of Menarys, to see if there are any new season must-have items. Menarys has something for men, women and children all under one roof, and possibly even a kitchen sink in its homeware department.
Established in County Tyrone in 1923 it is still going strong, with 18 Menarys independent department stores and 6 Tempest stores across the island of Ireland. I am a huge fan of shopping local and it refreshing to see that despite its size, the company’s ethos is still to bring sought-after brands to local people in their local town.
Menarys offers ranges such as Gerry Weber, Gelco, Steilmann, Guess, Bedeck and Stellar, while its sister company Tempest houses high street brands such as Top Shop, Miss Selfridge, Jack & Jones and Warehouse.
With all the time I’ll need for shopping and pampering, I think I might need to book another holiday just to recover – any excuse I know! Ciao!