Mother's Day 2016: 21 best beauty gifts under £50

Bring a smile to your mum's face this 6 March with a high-end pampering product

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From high-end skincare and indulgent bath soaks to elegant candles and luxurious makeup palettes, there's a gift to suit every mum.

1. Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial: £46 for 15ml, Sarah Chapman

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Sarah Chapman has bottled all the magic of her iconic lifting, firming, anti-ageing Skinesis facials, and produced this serum-oil. A potent cocktail of anti-oxidants, vitamins and omega oils, a skin-brightening complex and tuberose, jasmine, frangipani and rose essential oils deliver the most incredible morning-after results. Stressed skin is calmed, dull skin is radiant and fine lines are plumped up and smoothed away. Luxurious and pampering, just like a spa facial. It suits all skin tones too, so perfect for gifting to all mums.

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2. Eve Lom TLC Radiance Cream: £45 for 50ml, Eve Lom

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Mums give out a lot of TLC, so here's your chance to return the favour. A beautiful, lightweight yet deeply hydrating, lifting, firming, elasticity-boosting skin treat that ticks all the boxes we look for in a moisturiser. Infused with Bulgarian Rose Otto, fine lines and wrinkles in more mature skin are smoothed away while complexions look brighter and more radiant. A suits-all Mother's Day gift.

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3. aStore Apothecary No1 Candle: £25, aStore

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A stunning, heady blend of rose geranium, bergamot and patchouli in this over-sized, chunky amber-glass jar candle is perfect for the stylish mum who likes graphic minimalism beauty. No floral whimsical packaging here.

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4. Urban Decay Naked Palette: £38.50, Urban Decay

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This is an updated version of the best-selling Naked palette launched three years ago, but with revamped, long-lasting, pigment-rich shades. From shimmery champagne through golden bronze and fawn to antique copper and dark metallic gunmetal grey, in matte, satin, shimmer and sparkle textures. She can get any look from a beachy glow through to a smouldering, sultry smokey eye, with the help of a great quality, double-ended shadow and blending brush. Plus there's a month's worth of Eyeshadow Primer Potion for crease-free staying power, included for free.

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5. Elemis Pro-Collagen Neck and Decollete Balm: £49 for 50ml, Elemis

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Neck and dec creams are big news for 2016 and I'm a recent convert. Nothing gives away your age like your neck and decollete, but if you're using your facial moisturiser all over, then it'll run out pretty quickly and prove to be quite expensive. Packed with omega fatty acids to nourish, plump, firm and smooth away fine lines and wrinkles – independent clinical trials found it took just 28 days for skin to appear more youthful. Yes it's another step in the beauty routine, that quite frankly is long enough when you just want to flop into bed, but it's worth looking after the fragile skin on the decollete and neck – and your mum will think so too.

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6. NEOM Organics Tranquility Intensive Skin Treatment Candle: £36, NEOM Organics

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Stick with me on this beauty treat - it sounds mad, but it's delightfully wonderful, and something your mum would probably never buy for herself. Light the candle for 30 minutes so it forms a pool of oil, blow it out and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Then simply drizzle the warm molten wax on to dry elbows, ankles, feet and hands, and massage in. Or use it as an all-over massage oil. Choose from relaxing Tranquility (includes English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine), or de-stressing Real Luxury (lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood).

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7. Benefit Feelin Dandy Perk Me Up Lip & Cheek Ki: £25.50, Benefit Cosmetics

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Every mum needs a pick me up once in a while (mums of newborns and toddlers, maybe more often), so this little 'pink-me-up' kit is just the ticket to put the glow back in her complexion. It includes Posietint poppy-pink tinted lip & cheek stain, High Beam their iconic luminescent complexion enhancer, Dandelion brightening face powder and Dandelion Ultra Plush pearly pink lip gloss.

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8. Orla Kiely Acorn Mosaic Mini Diffuser Set: £26, John Lewis

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Three different blends, three of Orla's favourite fragrances. Earl Grey is a relaxing blend of bergamot, clary sage, orange peel and a black smoky tea. Fig Tree's earthy base is blended with lively lime, bitter orange and warming cardamom. And zingy Sicilian Lemon is accompanied by fresh mint, lavender and rich frankincense for an uplifting revitalising boost.

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9. Olverum Bath Oil: £23.50 for 125ml, Olverum

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Created in 1931 by a spa-loving, wine-making German, Franz Klein swore by therapeutic baths infused with essential oils. He set about determined to create the best bath oil ever, and to this day Olverum is still going strong. A great gift for any mum as the oil has amazing results with all sorts of problems including insomnia, dry skin, aching muscles, rheumatic pain, colds, flu and even anxiety. There is something vaguely medicinal about this oil when you step into the bath and it feels like you're putting pure goodness into your body. With a 48% concentration of essential oils – including Siberian fir needle, verbena, rosemary, juniper, lemon peel, lavender, lime and geranium and eucalyptus – it's a seriously relaxing treat for mums who love their baths.

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10. Jo Malone Orange Blossom Home Candle: £42, Jo Malone

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From the elegant cream and black ribbon-tied box, to the weighty glass votive and silver lid, there's nothing quite like a Jo Malone candle gift. This one blends zesty clementines with floral orange blossom and water lily – sparkling, feminine and perfect for Mother's Day.

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11. INA Crystals White Gold Detoxifying Crystal Salt: £47 for 1000g, BeautyMART

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Fabulously decadent, but wonderfully good for you too. Uplifting, skin-softening, toxin-drawing, water retention reducing and remineralising, these detox salts are rich in 84 natural trace elements and minerals. Great for eczema, psoriasis, back ache and stiff joints, or just a delightfully relaxing long hot soak in the tub.

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12. Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No7 in The Dreamer: £45, Harrods

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If there was ever a makeup palette your mum would like to whip out of her handbag, this is it. High-shine luxe packaging, with ultra flattering, easy to blend, dense pigments. The Dreamer palette contains seven suits-all neutral shades from a very pale champagne base through shimmery taupe, matte mocha and pale nudes to soft rose gold and golden metallic shimmers. Create stunning natural day eyes and show-stopping smokey evening eyes.

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13. Aveda Stress Fix Soaking Salts: £31 for 454g, www.aveda.co.uk

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Stress levels in early motherhood (think screaming newborns and tantrum-throwing toddlers) are through the roof and I'm told the stress doesn't ease off when they become teenagers - the noise, chaos and amount of weetabix smeared on the floor just decreases. So for mums everywhere, a long hot soak in a stress-busting bath blend of mineral salts, lavender, clary sage and lavandin (a cousin of lavender that also produces a high quality essential oil), would get a resounding “yes please!” on March 6th.

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14. The Sanctuary Spa With Love Gift: £22, Boots

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A re-useable hat-sized, heart-shaped box packed with pretty tissue paper and full-sized Sanctuary goodies including White Lily and Damask Rose Body Wash, Body Lotion and Body Scrub, Velvety Hand Cream, Foaming Creamy Bath Soak, Moisture Burst Facial Wash and 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask. But the best bit? The door sign: 'Do Not Disturb...Unless you're bringing me a slice of cake, telling me you've done the washing up, offering me a glass of fizz, letting me know that dinner is ready, telling me I can stay in here a bit longer.' Just tick the box, hang on the bathroom door, undo the tissue paper-wrapped treats and... relax.

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15. Ark Scent Diffuser: £39 for 100ml, Ark Skincare

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Every mum needs some blissed-out tranquility and this blend of sun-soaked fig, uplifting citrus, mood-balancing geranium and calming rose, delivers just that. A must for busy mums everywhere to fill her home with the scent of the Mediterranean.

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16. Dr Hauschka Luxury Rose Skincare Kit: £29.50, John Lewis

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Normal, dry and sensitive skin tones will love this gift set containing best-selling Rose Day Cream, Soothing Cleansing Milk, Facial Toner and a Rose Nurturing Body Cream sachet. Balancing, comforting and radiance boosting, they're also 100% natural, organic and fair trade, so it's the perfect gift for natural beauty fans.

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17. Oskia Renaissance Hand Cream: £21 for 75ml, Oskia Skincare

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Delightfully scented with chamomile and rose this is hand cream at its most luxurious. Natural actives and nutrients soften, soothe and nourish and help reduce the look of dark age spots and fine lines in dry and mature skin. It's surprisingly light and absorbs efficiently, with no greasy residue. Perfect present material.

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18. The Rose Tree Soothing Indulgence Set: £36, The Rose Tree

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A British-made, luxurious, organic brand that particularly suits sensitive skin. The set includes a beautiful hydrating bath oil blend of vitamin-packed jojoba, apricot and safflower oils and a pure essential oil, 100 per cent vegetable wax candle – no paraffin, no perfume. Perfect for the mum who likes her beauty all natural.

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19. Kerastase Discipline Coffret: £34.40, Kerastase

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Whether your mum has loose curls, tight curls, wavy or straight hair, this coffret duo will put a stop to anything remotely unruly about it. Transform unmanageable hair into smooth, supple, strengthened, replenished shiny locks. Only available in salons – see below for your nearest stockists.

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20. Lulu & Boo Jasmine and Vanilla Body Lotion: £27 for 200ml, Lulu & Boo

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Luxurious, organic, cruelty-free and packed with organic essential oils and active plant extracts, Lulu & Boo nourishing body lotion is exotically scented with jasmine, orange, pomegranate, ylang ylang and vanilla in a base of softening, soothing, protecting olive oil, cocoa and shea butters.

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21. MissDior Silky Body Mist: £33.30 for 100ml, John Lewis

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A luxurious hybrid beauty gift of fragrance and moisturiser. Light and non-oily, this smoothing, nourishing mist hydrates the skin leaving it soft and radiant. Sparkling orange essence blends with floral feminine neroli and rose and elegant Indonesian patchouli, for a hint of spring gardens in full bloom.

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Verdict

You can't beat some skincare TLC with Eve Lom, the perfect palette from Urban Decay's Naked range or the beautifully minimalist aStore candles. But all mums love glowing radiant skin (and it's not easy to achieve when you're permanently exhausted), so Sarah Chapman's phenomenal Skinesis wins hands down for Mother's Day gifting.

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