Make sure your mum takes a little time out for herself this Mother’s Day with the help of one of our top pick beauty gifts. Whether your mum’s into make-up or loves a relaxing bath (when she has the time), we’ve found something for all.
1. Origins Ginger Favourites Gift Set: £34, Origins
For a true pamper session, Origins has created this bath set especially for Mother’s Day and it’s packed with best-selling products. Your mum can enjoy body cream, body wash, body oil and a skin scent (think perfume but for the whole body), all packed with ginger, lime, lemon and bergamot for refreshing fragrance. The Ginger Soufflé Whipped Body Cream is our favourite, leaving you with silky smooth skin. It’s a luxurious treat that we think mums will love.
2. Charlotte Tilbury Quick ‘N’ Easy Daytime Chic Look: £55, Charlotte Tilbury
If your mum is constantly on-the-go, she’ll appreciate Charlotte Tilbury’s latest creation, the Quick ‘N’ Easy make-up kit that has everything you need for a daytime look in one handbag-friendly pouch. This version features a mini mascara, eyeliner, lip and cheek stick and face moisturiser/primer for a natural look that you can apply in five minutes. We loved how easy all the products were to use and how long they lasted (a full evening without reapplication). There are other Quick ‘N’ Easy looks available too – Natural Glowing, Smokey Eye Evening and Red Carpet Party – if you think your mum would prefer one of these.
3. L’Occitane Shea Hand & Foot Duo: £22, Feel Unique
This is a great mini gift set that all mums will use. You often forget to take care of your hands and feet but with the end of the colder months in sight, now’s the time to get your fingers and toes looking summer-ready. These shea butter creams are ideal for locking in moisture and are harvested in a sustainable way – through a fair trade partnership – so you can feel good about buying an ethical present too. It did a great job of leaving our extremities, where skin is usually drier, feeling super-soft.
4. Victoria Beckham X Estée Lauder Nude Spice Matte Lipstick: £36, Selfridges
Estée Lauder has teamed up with Victoria Beckham once again to create a new collection of make-up must-haves. Mums will appreciate this nude lipstick, which suits both day and evening looks, especially if they’re a lippie lover. It gives you a matte finish and has good staying power, while it’s also easy to apply and has a smooth, velvety texture. It’s limited edition though so buy it quick, as we’re sure this popular product won’t be available for long.
5. Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Star Collector Edition: £71, Yves Saint Laurent
This perfume is part of a wider limited edition range from YSL (also including a mascara and the Touché Eclat foundation pen) which are all decorated with golden stars. We think mums will love the perfume though, with a floral aroma and packed with ingredients like pear, white flowers, patchouli and white musk, the scent is sweet but not sickly. A spritz in the morning will last most of the day too.
6. Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Room Candle: £36, Cowshed Online
Cowshed has spas dotted around the world so it certainly knows how to get people to relax and de-stress. If you can’t splash out on a spa trip though, its candle range is a great way of achieving this feeling at home. We love the invigorating candle with its refreshing and uplifting fragrance. Ginger is the strongest aroma but there’s also lemongrass and rosemary to complete the scent. It comes in a contemporary-looking white glass holder and has roughly 60 hours of burn time. Ideal for hard-working mums who need to unwind.
7. Philip Kingsley Coconut Breeze Elasticizer: From £19.50, Philip Kingsley
For a hair treat your mum will love, try this pre-shampoo product from hair expert Philip Kingsley. Apply to damp hair before shampooing and leave for 10 to 20 minutes (although you can sleep in it), rinse off and then wash hair as normal. Designed to add shine, bounce and elasticity, it definitely delivers. Our hair felt smooth and strong, and had a subtle coconut scent. Coming in two sizes, there’s also a £33 150ml tub for those who have a bigger budget.
8. Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Exfoliating Massage Bar: £12, Crabtree & Evelyn
Soap specialist Crabtree & Evelyn has created this luxurious massage bar that’s smell reminds you of a refreshing sea breeze. It’s an easy way to exfoliate the body, use the rounded side first – the apricot seed powder and walnut shell ingredients buff the skin’s surface – and then use the bumpy side to massage sore muscles. As it’s an exfoliator, it does leave skin feeling a little dry, so you may want to buy a moisturiser to complete the gift.
9. Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Organic Collection: £31.50, Neal’s Yard Remedies
Ideal for new mums, this beautifully packaged gift set from natural skincare expert Neal’s Yard aims to help you get a good night’s sleep, or at least look like you have. It includes a serum you apply before bed to help combat wrinkles and fine lines, body butter and a bath milk. The lot should leave mum feeling completely relaxed before bed and looking fresh-faced in the morning – even if she’s been up with baby. The aroma consists of ylang ylang and patchouli, giving a subtle exotic fragrance. Neal’s Yard also believes in fair trade so the Madagascan ylang ylang farmers are given a fair price as well as money towards local community projects for their work.
10. Glo Therapeutics Contour Eye Lift: £29, Glo Minerals
Skincare brand Glo Therapeutics designed this product with the help of dermatologists to ensure it hydrates and firms the skin under your eye. Free from dyes, parabens, gluten, nuts and soy, this cream will help delicate skin stay smooth and soft. Mums with sensitive skin will love this product and we felt it did make under our eyes look brighter after repeated use.
11. The White Company Iris Diffuser: £32, The White Company
Sticking with its minimalistic style, The White Company (which is a favourite with mums) has launched its iris diffuser. Coming in a sleek white jar with pale grey reeds, the scent is fresh – containing iris, jasmine and sandalwood – but not too overpowering. It should last for about four months and afterwards your mum can use it as mini vase.
12. Green People Joyful Wash and Body Lotion: £19.95, Green People
Green People sells organic-certified, natural products that take care of your skin. And this gift set, including citrus-smelling body wash and a shea butter body lotion, certainly leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished. It’s the ideal combo to give your mum and comes beautifully packaged. A proportion of the money made from this product goes to the Butterfly Conservation to help protect British butterflies, moths and the environment, so you’re also helping a great cause.
The Verdict: Mother’s Day beauty gifts
For an indulgent gift mums will appreciate, we think Origins is hard to beat. All the products are genuinely useful and will leave skin looking refreshed. For a budget buy Crabtree & Evelyn’s exfoliating shower bar is great at relieving tension from sore muscles. But if make-up is more your mum’s thing, try one of Charlotte Tilbury’s Quick ‘N’ Easy kits.
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