Beauty gifts for your Mamma Mia
Mother’s Day next Sunday is an opportunity to show your appreciation to the woman who most deserves it
Mother’s Day is a chance to give your mother something she wouldn’t buy for herself
If you want to show your appreciation on Mother’s Day next Sunday, you won’t go far wrong with a beauty-related gift. It’s a chance to give your mother something she wouldn’t buy for herself, and encourage her to take a few minutes in the day that belong only to her. Irish mammies tend to be practical people who don’t have time for any nonsense, which is something the beauty industry isn’t short of. Still, there are plenty of be totally wince-inducing. auty gifts that she’ll actually use and enjoy, for any budget from totally free toA good mammy is always worth the effort.
Voya Oh So Scented Diffuser (€44, from voya.ie): Voya is an Irish brand from Co Sligo. You’ll mostly see its products in some of the country’s better spas. This new diffuser is the perfect gift. I keep mine on my desk, where the notes of cedarwood and bergamot waft softly.
Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Collection (€10.99): I firmly believe there’s a red lip to suit everyone, and that red doesn’t have an age limit. Any of these delectable classic reds would make a lovely gift.
Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush (€19 from selected M&S beauty halls): This collection is as elegant as its namesake. The rose gold packaging, buttery texture and natural shades of the cream blush compliment dry or mature skin types.
Max Benjamin Blue Flowers Candle: (€21.95 from Arnotts, Avoca, Carraig Donn, maxbenjamin.ie) This candle smells like a bouquet of flowers but lasts far longer. Blue freesia, jasmine, rose and musk – delicious.
Bobbi Brown make-up lessons (free): For mothers who like make-up, but don’t know where to start, any one of the free Bobbi Brown make-up lessons (available at Bobbi Brown counters and ranging from 10 minutes to an hour) is ideal. Be sure to book in advance, but if you don’t have time, Bobbi Brown at Brown Thomas will have a nifty interactive digital unit to give you tips and lessons as part of the store’s Beauty Garden Event (February 25th-March 6th).
Decléor Treatintense Glow Hydrogel Mask (€16): A taste of luxury for well under €20. This sheet mask is instantly plumping and hydrating. It’s the gift of relaxation (and destressed skin).
Sisley Merci Maman Pouch (€148): If you have a big budget and philanthropic inclinations, 10 per cent of the price of this embroidered pouch full of Sisley products goes to the KISANY charity in East Africa. The KISANY women embroidered these pouches, making them a special gift.
Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm (€17): This combination lip balm and scrub is incredibly pretty. It looks like a little macaron, and both exfoliates and moisturises lips beautifully.
Prismologie Ruby and Cedarwood Dry Body Oil (€50.50): This oil smells divine and genuinely disappears into the skin. It’s the consummate everyday luxury.