By BR Kellie
If you could describe your mum in a few words, what would those words be? The nature-loving mum? The gardening mum? The needs-a-break mum? The perfectly turned out mum? The wine o'clock mum? Personally, if I were to describe myself it would be 'the beauty loving mum'. Although others might describe me as the 'is her house ever tidy' mum? (Answer... no. It's not. Life is too short to be worrying about perfection. I'm too busy experimenting with blue eyeshadow.)
With that in mind we've put together a list of mother's day gift ideas that will suit all sorts of mums... even the ones who won't touch makeup with a ten foot pole, and don't see the point in a five-step skincare plan.
So what do we think will make mum's day? Read on...
The Makeup Loving Mum
They say the eyes are the window to the soul. We say eyes are the window to hours of makeup-playing fun! And if your mum falls into the makeup loving category, we think an eyeshadow palette is the perfect way to make her day come Mother's Day. Our pick? The Sinopia Palette from Mellow Cosmetics. Beautiful neutrals for those who like to keep it simple, with pops of colour for the mums who like to put a spotlight on their peepers.
The Skincare Loving Mum
You know what's given me most of my wrinkles as a mum? Not worrying about my child (though there's a goodly dose of that) but loving my child. All the laughter. All the smiles. All the kisses. Not to mention spending hours at playgrounds under the pigmentation-creating sun. Do I regret it? Nope. Am I bothered by my love wrinkles? Not at all. Do I want to minimise them because I'm a bit face proud? Absolutely. No shame in that! I know I'm not the only mum who feels that way either - and if your mum falls into that category I can hand-on-heart recommend (because I've tried it and loved it) the Revitalift Laser Set from L'Oréal Paris. It's such a treat for the skin and my old wizened face has never looked plumper.
The Mum Who Needs To Take A Load Off
Rush rush rush. This mother is always on the go. Working. Doing housework. Grabbing groceries. Running after her loved ones. Her poor feet are taking a beating, and need some love. Give her the gift of Linden Leaves Foot Massage Cream (bonus points for giving a foot massage as well!!!) and she'll be forced to take a moment to pamper herself while giving those tired tootsies a treat.
The Perfume Loving Mum
'Serenity, freshness and balance' - that's what the Clarins Eau Ressourcante Treatment Gift Set claims to offer - and I've yet to meet a mother who isn't striving for at least one of those things. Best of all, it comes with a travel-sized perfume, meaning whenever she's out and about and having a case of the stresses, one squirt can help bring life back into focus.
The Mum Who Needs More Sleep
Maybe she's just had a baby. Maybe the perimenopause is waking her up in the middle of the night. Maybe she's just not a sleep person... If your mum's not getting the sleep she needs then help her fake it with Clinique's Beauty Sleep in a Box. It's amazing what a dose of hydration and a great mascara can do.
The Natural Makeup Loving Mum
Let's be honest, trying to pick a foundation or concealer for another person can be a dangerous business. Too easy to go wrong and leave with a 'what the heck am I supposed to do with this' gift. BUT... it's hard to go wrong with a good nude lip, which is why we're loving the Nude by Nature Ultimate Nude lip collection.
The Natural Skincare Loving Mum
For the mum who likes to keep her skincare natural as can be, you can't beat Essano's Superfoods Feed Your Skin Trial Pack. Containing a cleanser, moisturiser, night cream and oil, it's everything she needs to kickstart a skin care regime that'll have her feeling and looking fab.
The Gardening Mum
I've taken up gardening. I thought what I'd need beauty-wise after such an undertaking was hand moisturiser. Turns out what the gardening mum really needs is a good body wash, like Trilogy's Botanical Body Wash, because gardening is sweaty, sweaty work.
The Mum with the Mane
If your mum's mane is her crowning glory then a haircare treat is in order! And what could be better than an extra fabulous hair dryer, like the Remington PROluxe? With a solid 5/5 rating on Beauty Review it's loved for getting the job done in no time at all (great for a busy mum!) and its sleek, stylish design is sure to wow!
The Glam Mum
There's this 'glam' mum I see at the school gates most days. She's always fabulously dressed and her lipstick game is off the charts. I can just imagine her opening a Mother's Day gift, discovering a luxe lippy from Yves Saint Laurent, and being all shades of happy. Best. Glam. Mum. Gift. Ever.
The Don't Get Me Anything Mum
Is there anything more frustrating than the 'don't get me anything mum'? You want to spoil her, show your appreciation, but she just wants a cup of tea in bed and a bit of peace and quiet. Well, piffle to that. While going all out might embarrass her, that doesn't mean she can't open a little something on the day dedicated to her. The best bet? A lovely hand moisturiser, like Oasis Beauty's Hand & Nail Guardian Angel. It's a little luxe without being over the top, it's practical, it's something that she can carry around in her handbag or leave on her bedside table, and when she sees it her thoughts will go to you and your Best Child Ever status will be renewed. (Who said Mother's Days were all about mums????)
The More is More Mum (aka... me.)
How could we not include this? It would have been rude not to. But for the mum who is a beauty fan, who loves makeup and skincare, you can't go past the Mother's Day box from Best Beauty Box Ever. It'll have her feeling beautiful from top to toe.
So what say you? Does your mum fall into any of these categories? Do you? What are you hoping to give or get on Mother's Day? Chat away!