Mother’s Day beauty gifts that last longer than flowers

Still stuck for a Mother’s Day gift? We can help!

If you’ve long planned what to gift the mother in your life on her special day of the year, kudos. If making a purchase is still lingering in your to-do list, there’s still time!

Given their role usually involves looking after everyone else, a beauty gift is a little touch of pampering many mothers will delight in. The good news is, there are plenty of desirable arrivals landing on counters right now that make ideal gifts.

Designer fragrances

One of the best options for a gift that will linger longer than a bunch of beautiful blooms, one of the latest high end fragrances will not only upgrade her vanity counter, but remind her of you with every evocative waft of scent.  Our favourites from the host of new arrivals that have just landed on fragrance counters everywhere, include Kate Spade’s fresh juicy new scent that opens with citrusy bergamot combined with sweet wild strawberry. For the tea lover, Maison Margiela’s new light and fresh Matcha Meditation blends matcha with bergamot essence and luminous orange blossom absolute. If you’re unsure of what they might like, Boss Alive EDT, the new release from Hugo Boss is a light and pretty wear that layers citrus fruits with elegant floral elements and soft woods that will suit many fragrance lovers. Elizabeth Arden’s new White Tea Ginger Lily gives an uplifting and energising twist to the brand’s fresh, clean classic while Giorgio Armani Si Intense EDP keeps the blackcurrant note of the original and adds a rich intense layer of notes like rose and patchouli that make it perfect for an elegant night out.

Luxe makeup

Pulling out a show-stopping lipstick case from your handbag to reapply will make every day feel a little bit special, and the upside is Dior’s Rouge Dior Couture Lipsticks are refillable, so just the insert can be repurchased. It comes in a range of colours and finishes like satin, velvet and matte so there are plenty of options to choose from. 

 A gleaming eye palette that looks divine but also offers her the opportunity to try shades she wouldn’t necessarily pick out herself is a great option to gift. We love NARS’ Summer Solstice Palette (named for the northern hemisphere clearly!) which has both matte and metallic finishes in rich and warm shades that are perfectly on trend right now. 

Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to makeup brand Westman Atelier is pricey alright, but the Baby Cheeks Blush Sticks, including this new shade called Bichette, can’t be beat. They are easy to apply – just swipe on and blend with your fingers – and they make skin look refreshed and vibrant. Plus, the shades on offer suit a wide variety of skin tones. 

Home indulgence

If gifting perfume is too tricky to choose, the next best thing is a scent for their home. Glasshouse has collaborated with Polish artist Weronika Anna Marianna on it’s Mother’s Day collection which includes this home fragrance diffuser that offers soft and warm notes of cashmere and wild lavender. Diptyque’s ceramic candles go one better than their classic glass vessels, this one scented with soft, floral and feminine notes reminiscent of rose bushes flowering in May. A spritz of Linden Leaves Amber Fig Room Spray sets an Autumnal vibe for cosy nights staying in.

Skin-reviving skincare

Pick up a set with some of her favourites or introduce her skin to something new. Trilogy has bagged some of its hydrating essentials that will suit almost every skin type, and coming into winter it’s perfect timing! The clean beauty fan will likely enjoy Biologi’s best-of collection of cleanser and serums that also have a hydrating and renewing focus. La Mer practically means luxury (it actually means ‘the sea’) and the sight of that brand on any gift will set hearts aflutter! This La Mer Renewed and Illuminated Collection offers skincare stars designer to deliver a radiant healthy glow. Skin-thusiasts will know all about The Ordinary’s skincare products that focus on hard-wroking ingredients that deliver exceptional results. The Ordinary the Balance Set has solutions to cleanse, balance and hydrate your skin. Shiseido’s Vital perfection skincare set is designed to firm and lift the skin with a day emulsion moisturiser and a retinol-powered eye mask.

Iconic hair tool brand ghd turns 20

Simultaneously making us feel old but also happily nostalgic, this year cult British hair tool brand ghd is celebrating its 20th birthday.

Pretty much consistently the global leader in hair tools ever since, ghd’s innovative tools are used by 200,000 stylists around the world and sold in 30+ countries and more than 45,000 salons.

ghd (which stands for ‘good hair day’ btw) sells two million stylers every year and five iconic ghd products are sold every minute.

The brand has won more than 300 beauty awards for its groundbreaking tools, which maintain a consistent heat of 185ºC – the optimum temperature for heat styling – for ultimate results without compromising the health of hair.

“ghd has always been at the forefront of hair, whether it’s new innovations to empower women and stylists, or setting runway trends at fashion weeks across the globe,” says ghd ANZ managing director Ludovic Dellazzeri.

“In 2021, we want to imagine what the next 20 years of good hair days might look like, and set the tone for the industry both now and for the years ahead. That means more collaborations, more product innovation and new heights of luxury indulgence. Most importantly, we want to celebrate with our industry partners and consumers who have been with us on this journey over the past 20 years – excite and empower them to continue creating good hair days.”

With this in mind, the brand has released the limited edition ‘Hair-itage Couture’ collection, featuring the award-winning platinum+ styler, the iconic ghd gold styler and the professional’s favourite ghd helios hairdryer in a slick, futuristic ombré chrome design with an exclusive ghd 20th anniversary hallmark.