The best beauty gifts for Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating mums everywhere with a line-up of joy-inducing gifts.

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The wear-forever scents

Ever entered a room and been transported back to your childhood after catching a whiff of someone wearing your mum’s favourite perfume? Why not add a couple more to her repertoire: Jo Malone London knows a thing or two about creating a wear-forever scent, and this English Pear and Freesia cologne is an evocative mix of just-ripe pears and freshly cut freesias. Or get those memories flowing with the masters of British perfumery Penhaligon’s and The Coveted Duchess Rose – boasting a floral bouquet of mandarin, rose and musky wood.

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The perfect everyday duo

Now that the days of Mum hurrying you out of the bathroom are gone, she can spend all the time she needs on herself. One of our favourite (plant-based and cruelty and animal by-product free) pamper duos has to be Aesop’s Geranium Leaf set. The cleanser’s purifying properties and the body balm’s silky-smooth texture will leave you feeling like you've just stepped out of a spa. Plus, the stylish packaging will look great in any bathroom, and smells pretty incredible too… You can thank us later.

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The iconic serum

Looking for a fail-safe gift? Estée Lauder’s iconic Advanced Night Repair Serum is just that. Whether mum’s a serum regular or not, this iconic formula is a great all-rounder. Packed with powerful antioxidants and nourishing hyaluronic acid, it helps even skin tone and plumps the skin for radiant results come morning. You might as well grab one for yourself while you’re at it.

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After a long day at work and an exhausting bedtime routine with my children, Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum has the power to soothe it all away, leaving my skin feeling (and looking) fresh and ready for another day. My nine-year-old daughter struggles with sleep, so I suspect she’ll also love this little pot of skincare gold when she’s older.

– Amy Sollitt, Associate Editor

The perfect blow-dry

If your mum is a fan of a regular blow-dry, she'll love the Dyson Airwrap. Topping the beauty headlines in 2019, this must-have tool gives you all the benefits of a salon-worthy style without needing the trip to the salon. How does it work? The barrels – which use aerodynamic Coanda effect to attract and wrap the hair around it without using extreme heat – curl or wave the hair, while the brush attachments smooth and volumise. Pretty simple, right? 

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The hard-working skincare

We all have a collection of trusty skincare hacks we return to again and again – most of them passed down from Mum. When it comes to beloved skincare, she may already be acquainted with La Mer’s bestselling The Concentrate, a super-multitasking formula that calms redness and irritation as well as strengthening and nourishing the skin. For the full works, Dr. Barbara Sturm has created this Glow Essentials Kit, packed with hard-working ingredients and innovative formulas. The results? Positively glowy skin, in just six steps. 

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The perfect red lip

If, like us, some of your fondest memories are of watching Mum getting ready for an evening out, you’ll be happy to hear we’ve chosen the perfect make-up gift option for you: the Rouge Dior Ultra Care lippy. This 12-hour wear, super-pigmented formula is infused with flower oils, camelina oil and jojoba to deeply nourish and moisturise the lips – plus, it glides on like a dream. Win-win.

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One of my earliest (and fondest) memories is of watching my mum apply her favourite red lipstick before heading out. I was fascinated by its ability to transform the face – and, of course, the fun colour. In fact, I think that’s where my obsession with beauty began.

– Grace Gargini, Beauty Editor

The pampering bubble bath

If you’re one to ‘brownie point battle’ with siblings, we’ve got the winning ticket right here. Say hello to Laura Mercier’s Ambre Vanille Honey Bath. At the end of a busy day, there’s nothing like a long, hot soak in a luxurious bubble bath. Mixing shea butter, vanilla extracts, sweet almond proteins and Pro-Vitamin B-5, it leaves the skin feeling supple and smelling great. Go ahead, take all the credit… 

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The all-new cleansers

From morning cleansing routines to before-bed make-up removals, Mum has taught us well. So why not treat her routine to some new additions? NuFACE’s Wanderlust is a great way to introduce her to the magic of microcurrents – stimulating the skin, this device defines the face’s contours (like a workout for your skin). And to complete the routine revamp, Sarah Chapman’s Ultimate Cleanse ticks all the boxes: the collagen-stimulating peptides and vitamin A combo removes all make-up and restores the skin’s natural defences, leaving a glowy, smooth complexion. Who said we couldn’t teach Mum a thing or two?

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