BEAUTY: Top treats to make your Mother's Day special
Show your mum some love with a thoughtful fragrance or pretty pampering set. Katie Wright rounds up this year's most gorgeous Mother's Day gifts
WITH all that they do for us, our mums definitely deserve more than just a card on Mothering Sunday, so show Mummy Dearest how much you care with a present from her favourite beauty brand.
From scents to sets, these are gifts that will make mum's day...
FANCY FACE MASKS
Not only are face masks super-trendy (it's the most Googled beauty term this year so far), they let you and mum indulge in some pampering time together.
Choose one of these active-packed luxury offerings and don't forget to post a 'maskie' photo on Instagram!
:: Bee Good NectaPerfecta Beautifying Mask, £39.95 (www.beegood.co.uk)
:: Eidenberg Paris Firming Remodelling Mask, £73 (www.eisenberg.com)
:: This Works Stress Check Face Mask, £32 (www.thisworks.com)
There are a host of new spring fragrances that smell as good as they look, like Narciso Rodriguez's punchy pink Fleur Musc and Jo Malone's brushstroke-embellished Bloomsbury Set collection (we love the fresh and floral Blue Hyacinth Cologne).
At The Perfume Shop, you can engrave a special message for Mum on a bottle (up to 66 characters). The service costs £5.99 and there are over 250 scents to choose from.
:: Jo Malone Blue Hyacinth Cologne, £46 for 30ml (www.jomalone.co.uk)
:: Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris, £87 for 90ml (ThePerfumeShop.com)
:: Narciso Rodriguez 'For Her Fleur Musc' Eau de Parfum, £40 for 30ml, Debenhams (www.debenhams.com)
They may seem a bit like the lazy option, but when gift sets are this good, you'd be a fool not to...
If your mum is a Protect & Perfect superfan, she'll love the Advanced Collection (which is actually worth a whopping £99, if sold individually), while Lush's Best Friends box is packed with brand new bath bombs, plus some old favourites.
:: Trilogy Limited Edition Perfect Pick-Me-Up Gift Set, £20 (FeelUnique.com)
:: Sanctuary Spa With Love Gift Set, £22, Boots (www.boots.com)
:: No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Collection Travel Kit, currently reduced to £27.50 from £45, Boots (www.boots.com)
:: Lush Best Friends, £24.95 (www.lush.com)
Bringing stunning scents that linger long after the flame has gone out, scented candles are the perfect accompaniment to a long, hot soak in the tub, and the beauty brands have really outdone themselves this season.
From the new limited-edition Gourmand collection, the Molton Brown Vanilla & Violet candle is a sweet, floral delight, while the Jo Loves Spring candle is made up of layers of neroli, lime and petitgrain.
:: Paddywax Boheme Hand Painted Ceramic Bowl Candle Passionfruit and Guava, £30, Boots (www.boots.com)
:: Molton Brown Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower Single Wick Candle, £36 (www.moltonbrown.co.uk)
:: Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien Candle, £44 (FeelUnique.com)
:: Jo Loves Spring A Layered Candle, £80 (www.joloves.com)
TRIED AND TESTED
Which ingredient makes for the best sheet mask: oil, clay or charcoal? Our testers find out...
:: Origins Flower Fusion Orange Randiance-Boosting Sheet Mask, £5 (www.origins.co.uk)
"This easy to use citrus offering from Origins (just open, unfold and pop it on) is soaked in an uplifting zesty oil. After leaving it on for 10 minutes, I massaged in the moisturising residue in and found that my skin looked instantly dewier and brighter. There's plenty of oil left on the sheet to apply to your neck and decolletage afterwards too."
:: Skin Republic Bubble Purifying & Charcoal Face Mask Sheet, £5.49 (Available April 1; LookFantastic.com)
"Made with activated charcoal, this mask starts to bubble as soon as you place it over your face, which feels like tiny fish nibbling at your face – in a good way! The black mask was quickly covered in a soft layer of soapy suds, and when I removed it and rinsed my face 15 minutes later, my skin felt squeaky clean. It's a little harsh for me, but for oily complexions this would be ideal."
:: Starskin Silkmud Pink French Clay Sheet Face Mask, £8.50 (Asos.com)
"This mask comes in two separate halves, which means it fits nicely to the contours of your face. Once on, it stays in place and feels pleasant – there's barely any discomfort or tightness as it dries. Peeling it off 20 minutes later, there was no pesky clay residue, my complexion is noticeably more even and feels super soft."
BUY IT NOW
Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque has been garnering rave reviews since it launched last year, and now it's got the celeb seal of approval, as Katie Holmes recently posted a selfie while plastered with the glow-giving wonder product. Even better, it's about to launch in a new 100ml size (the previous jar was 75ml) but the price remains at £29, meaning more masque for your money (www.kiehls.co.uk).
:: DOVE KEEPS IT REAL
To mark its 60th birthday, Dove has enlisted the help of legendary photographer Mario Testino to create a global campaign that champions the beauty of real women. The showcase features 32 women and girls aged 11-71 from 15 countries, and reaffirms the brand's Real Beauty Pledge, a commitment to always feature real women (not models), and to never digitally manipulate images.
:: GOOD SKIN ISN'T ALL ABOUT GOOD GENES
Here's some encouraging news, if you think you've definitely lost the genetic lottery in terms of your skin. A new study from Olay has found external factors have a greater effect on 'exceptionally youthful skin appearance' than some genetic factors. The key takeaway from the research is that if you want young-looking skin, you need to ALWAYS wear sunscreen, even in winter. Keeping hydrated and having a positive attitude were also shown to be beneficial, so drink up and keep smiling...
STEAL OF THE WEEK
As Mother's Day gifts go, it doesn't get much more bargainous than this... Champneys A Well Earned Treat Gift, £22, Boots, features seven gorgeous bath and body products wrapped up in pretty green box, and is worth a massive £57 (www.boots.com).