Set a reminder, because Mother’s Day is almost upon us (it falls on Sunday 14 March this year, FYI).
Unless you’re bubbled up with the mother figure in your life, there’s a chance that the usual celebrations are off the cards owing to lockdown 3.0 – but that doesn’t mean you can’t show her just how important she is to you.
If you’ve been looking for thoughtful gift ideas that you can send your beauty-obsessed mum from afar, Boots has got your back because right now it has impressive savings across a host of holy-grail products she’s sure to love.
Whether she has a well-stocked beauty bounty or not, this sale is the perfect opportunity to shower your mum with the pampering gifts she deserves, from luxurious make-up treats to straight-out-of-the-spa skincare.
The retailer is offering 20 per cent off some of its most popular beauty products as well as half-price discounts on gift sets and even designer perfumes. But the deals are only available online and end on Monday 8 March, so you’ll have to act fast.
With more than 1,000 products included in the sale, it can be hard to know which ones are worth splashing the cash on. So, to save you from hours of scrolling, we’ve rounded up our top picks.
From soothing skincare to signature spring fragrances, she'll certainly feel pampered with these goodies.
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Lancome la vie est belle eclat eau de parfum, 75ml: Was £120, now £90, Boots.com
Show your mum how much she means to you with a thoughtful fragrance gift this Mother's Day. This option from Lancome is guaranteed to be a hit as it’s in the top four women's global fragrances and features a spring-worthy blend of scents.
The fragrance is so well-loved that it featured in our round-up of the best classic perfumes for women, with our reviewer praising its radiant composition. “An award-winning modern classic, this stunning scent blends iris, bergamot, jasmine and orange blossom for the ultimate floral bouquet,” they said. “Warming notes of tonka bean, vanilla and patchouli add depth and richness to this joyful, archetypal wedding day scent.”
No7 lift and luminate triple action complete retinol regime: Was £132, now £75, Boots.com
If the woman in your life is a skincare obsessive, she’ll love this gift set of beauty buys containing retinol, which is known by dermatologists and beauty lovers alike for being the gold-standard ingredient in anti-ageing formulas.
Clinically proven to make skin feel firmer, the set includes a day, night and eye cream as well as a serum and the brand’s bestselling advanced retinol 1.5 per cent complex night concentrate.
In our review of the concentrate – which 100,040 people joined a waiting list for ahead of its launch – our tester said the product was very gentle and caused no irritation or dryness. “After using this consistently for two weeks, our skin was soft, bright and we’d started to see some impact on the fine lines on the forehead,” they said.
Estée Lauder double wear stay-in-place makeup, 30ml: Was £34, now £27.20, Boots.com
Whether this is already their go-to foundation or you want to give their make-up stash an upgrade, Estée Lauder’s double wear foundation makes for a perfect Mother’s Day gift.
The brand’s long-standing favourite featured in our round-up of the best foundations for pale skin, but the reviewer praised it for coming in a phenomenal 61 shades, with plenty of cool and warm tones. “It offers medium, buildable coverage, is comfortable to wear and stays put all day, even through high humidity,” they said. “Those with dry skin may find it leaves cheeks papery after a few hours wear, so you need to start with a well-moisturised base.”
Liz Earle calming botanical drops, 15ml: Was £26, now £20.80, Boots.com
Bring the spa home to her with these soothing drops from cult skincare brand Liz Earle that are designed specifically for stressed skin prone to redness.
In our round-up of the best skincare products for self-care, the product was hailed as a great choice for “overtired and stressed skin that needs some extra care”. “Tailored skincare has never been as hot as it is now, making it even easier to give your skin what it needs, when it needs it,” said our reviewer. “Simply mix two droplets of this lightweight plant-based gel (a very satisfying and unusual texture) into your regular moisturiser or use alone for a more concentrated effect.”
Lancome monsieur big volumising waterproof mascara: Was £22, now £17.60, Boots.com
Mascara is a staple in everyone’s make-up collection, but finding one that promises to deliver fuller, longer-looking lashes without smudging is no mean feat. Enter: Lancome’s monsieur big volumising waterproof mascara, which featured in our round-up of the best waterproof ones.
“If you’re after thicker-looking lashes, then opt for this formula,” our reviewer said. “The brush on this mascara is shorter than most but we found that to be helpful for coating lashes in sections, rather than in one sweep. It lasted throughout a HIIT workout in our living room and the shower we had after, so this is definitely one to shop if you have naturally watery eyes and find that non-waterproof formulas tend to stream off.”
Gucci bamboo for her eau de toilette, 50ml: Was £63, now £34.99, Boots.com
Any fragrance fan is sure to like this woody floral scent which has notes of Tahitian vanilla, Casablanca lily and mandarin. The addition of feminine orange blossom and ylang-ylang mean it’s sweet enough for those who prefer lighter scents, while amber and sandalwood give it some depth.
We also love the beautiful Art Deco-style bottle, which will make a great addition to any dressing table. Cut from crystalline clear glass, it’s designed with faceted jewel-inspired edges and a silver metal cap crafted in the unmistakable ridges of bamboo.
YSL rouge volupté shine lipstick: Was £30, now £24, Boots.com
Mother’s Day may be filled with more uncertainties than usual, but if there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that gifting the beauty lover in your life with the perfect lipstick is always a good idea.
If you’re unsure what colour or type of formula they would prefer, we recommend opting for this hydrating sheer lipstick from YSL, which adds just a hint of colour to the lips. Colourful yet understated, it delivers medium coverage with intense shine and is enriched with six nourishing oils to leave lips looking soft, supple and luminous.
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