Wish list: Bia Beauty

It’s the moo-cow boogy for Esther N McCarthy this week as she highlights bovine beauties in Day-Glo colours to shine on your wall ...oh and a few other things beside.

Wish list: Bia Beauty

Pic 1: Bia Beauty is a range of 100% natural skin care products. Handmade by Tracey Ryan, she says all products are created using simple natural food ingredients that have proven benefits for the skin. This nice gift set is €69.99 and they have over 30 stockists nationwide as well as being available to buy online from www.biabeauty.com.

And they are Irish — ar fheabhas ar fad.

Pic 2: Mammys might like this more than the kids — but that’s coming from someone whose house is overrun with dinkies. Damn you, Matchbox. Kidkraft mega ramp racing set gives young kids a one-stop shop for all of their favourite toy cars. It’s a speedy ramp, a parking garage, an lift, a car wash and a petrol station all in one, it comes with five vehicles and accessories as pictured. There’s even a launch pad that kids lower to let the cars go, guaranteeing that they take off at the same time. Perfect from 3 years. Price is €119.95 (+ €5.95 for picking and packing). Available online at www.mimitoys.ie, or visit the shop in Mullaghboy Industrial Estate, Navan, Co Meath.

Pic 3: If you’re into design, you are going to drool over this one. The Collier Campbell Archive: Limited Edition has 200 fabric-bound and signed collector’s items. Drawn from the archive of sisters Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell, the book brings together around 900 illustrations of the designs, sketches and scenes from the past 50 years, beautifully hand-bound in one of 200 original fabrics selected from the archive, each one unique and signed by Sarah Campbell. With forewords by Nicholas Serota and Terence Conran, the limited edition copies are available for €175, while the standard edition, is €58. www.colliercampbellarchive.com www.ilex-press.com.

Pic 4: I love this retro Think Pink biscuit tin, and not just because it will most certainly contain sweet delicious biscuits at some point of its life. At €24, 10% of the sales of all product within the range go to Debenhams’ breast cancer charity initiative which supports: Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Campaign and The Think Pink Ribbon Foundation.

Pic 5: You can’t have too many jugs, use it for juice or flowers or just to look nice on the table. This large ceramic jug is €24 from Next Home stores nationwide and online at ie.nextdirect.com/en/

Pic 6: With the nights drawing in, candles are a lovely addition on these autumn evenings — snuff them out in style with this lovely amber snuffer €9.95, available from Meadows and Byrne in Blarney Woolen Mills, Cork. www.blarney.com

Pic 7: With a background in fine art and a master in fine printmaking, and artists for parents, Magdalena Makowska reckons creating art is in her genes. Fair enough question though — why cows? “I was drawn to these curious fellows when I first saw them as a subject for a painting. They were not just a herd of cows — they were individuals with fascinating personalities. I believe that if you engage in your life and everything you believe in truly, with love and passion, everything else will fall into place. I hope that my paintings will put a smile on your face,” says she.

Job done, Magdalena, we love them. Pictured is ‘Sugar’ and ‘Thelma & Louise’ — which is an oil on canvas, 40cm x 50cm, €300, and are part of her ‘Moo... ‘ exhibition. She can be contacted on 087-3205585, artmakowska@gmail.com or find her on Facebook.

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