Mother’s Day 2017 is coming up very shortly, on Sunday 26th March, so whether you have a Mum you would like to spoil, or someone else in your life who is very much like a Mother to you, then be sure to read on for some of my favourite Mother’s Day 2017 gift ideas.
If you are looking for luxury skincare, then look no further than the Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (£45). This skincare booster has been designed to help restore the healthy look of the skin’s surface layer, fortifying its natural ability to repair and renew the skin. It can be used before a serum, and/or with a moisturiser to boost the effectiveness of your skincare products. This is going to boost the skin’s natural defences, boost the skin’s own ability to renew and is therefore going to give the gift of beautiful skin.
If higher-end products aren’t within your budget, then I adore this Happy Mother’s Day Soap from The English Soap Company (£4.95). Fragranced with a fresh and vibrant bluebell scent, this 100% triple milled vegetable soap is enriched with rich shea butter and essential oils. It smells gorgeous and already comes beautifully giftwrapped in floral wrap with Happy Mother’s Day printed on the front, so you don’t even need to giftwrap it yourself!
For natural beauty, how about the Burt’s Bees Nature’s Treat Gift Set (£30)? This gorgeous giftable tin comes complete with five Burt’s Bees favourites for allover pampering. Inside the tin, you will find the wonder product that is the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, the Lip Shimmer in a gorgeous magenta Rhubarb colour, a packet of the Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract, the delightfully scented Naturally Nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion, and the Intense Hydration Day Lotion with Clary Sage. In fact, I would actually also treat myself to this because I love a good pamper!
If your Mamma or loved one likes to travel, the Urban Veda Reviving Complete Discovery Set (£18) could be the perfect gift. The gift set comes in a branded drawstring cotton bag, which is also great for travelling with, and includes lots of Urban Veda’s key products. Inside, you will find travel-sized versions of their Daily Reviving Facial Wash, Reviving Exfoliating Facial Polish, Reviving Day Cream, Reviving Body Wash, Reviving Body Scrub and the Reviving Body Lotion, which leaves your skin feeling so soft! The Reviving products instantly revitalise the skin, and contain hydrating rose damask combined with antioxidant-rich pomegranate and essential fatty acid-rich borage to recharge and replenish dry, tired and mature skin.
For those who loved bath time and may be suffering from lack of sleep, I recommend the Dr Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence (£16.50). This finely aligned bath essence contains horse chestnut and horsetail extracts, based on a moor extract prepared using a special rhythmic procedure. It comes packaged in a glass bottle, and looks more like a bath creme than an essence or oil, but that is because it has been formulated using almond and avocado oil to gently moisturise the skin. The Bath Essence is scented with a gorgeously true Lavender fragrance, which is also renowned for its deep relaxation properties, promoting healthier sleep.
Another pocket-money priced gift is this very pretty MAD Beauty Hand Care Set (£4.99). This sweet gift set comprises of a tube of hand cream, and a floral patterned nail file. The duo is available in three fragrances – Coconut, Tuberose, and Lemon and Mandarin. Here, I have the Lemon and Mandarin scented hand cream, which is lovely and fresh, and I love the on-trend packaging of both the hand cream tube and the nail file. Pretty florals, perfect for Spring and Summer.
Back on to my favourite floral scent lavender, we have the Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Body Lotion and Bath & Shower Gel. They both come ready gift-boxed and have very pretty lavender packaging. The Body Lotion comes with an easily accessible pump applicator, and is a velvety smooth body lotion, infused with refreshing and calming lavender, to keep the skin feeling soft, supple and well moisturised. They both smell incredible and the Bath and Shower Gel can be used as a bubble bath, under hot running water, or as a body cleanser to keep the skin fragranced and clean throughout the day.
Next, I have the Baylis & Harding Limited Edition Pink Prosecco and Cassis Gift Set (£10). This bath and body gift set contains five pampering products in Baylis & Harding’s new Pink Prosecco & Cassis fragrance. It comes packaged in a gorgeous pink and rose gold packaging and inside you will find Body Wash, Shower Creme, Bath Creme, Hand Cream and Body Lotion. The scent has been made up of blackberry and raspberry, carefully blended with vanilla for a delightful Spring and Summer fragrance.
Another amazing recent release is the Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Hydrating Shield (£55). This has a hydrating, anti-ageing formula that utilises triple action protection to safeguard the skin from pollution, UV rays (it has a SPF 50!) and visible signs of ageing. The City Smart is a moisturising lotion that can easily be included into your skincare regime and has an anti-pollution technology that creates an invisible barrier to help prevent the penetration of harmful toxins, and its sheer, universal tint and optical diffusers leave the skin with a smooth, radiant appearance. It comes packaged in a silver Prevage tube which is also handy for keeping in your handbag or for taking on holidays.
For those who love their animals, MAD Beauty have released their Animasks Face Masks (£2.99) and Animal Headbands (£3.50). The Animasks Face Masks are available in a panda, dog and tiger design and are a sheet face mask rather than a liquid face mask, which are in the design of the animal. I have the Panda Face Mask, and this one contains Rose water which is great for calming the skin to leave a healthy glow.
The Animal Headbands are just as cute as the Face Masks, and also come in panda, dog and tiger designs. I use beauty headbands quite a lot as I hate getting skincare products and face masks in my hair. These ones are lovely and soft, and feature a stretchy band on the bottom to fit all sizes, as well as cute little animal ears.
Next up is the Urban Veda Reviving Body Ritual (£34.99), the body care set which would go lovely with the Complete Discovery Set. This already-gift-packaged set comprises of the Urban Veda Reviving Body Wash, Reviving Body Scrub and Reviving Body Lotion, complete with a drawstring cotton bag, and all full sizes. The Reviving Body Ritual products all have an exquisite rose damask and jasmine scent to them, ensuring the recipient will be smelling beautiful and leaving their skin well nourished and enriched. The formulas have been created with plenty of antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental pollutants and support heathy skin renewal.
If you are really wanting to spoil your Mum with skincare this Mother’s Day, then then VivDerma Equalising Skin Moisturiser (£50) is just the ticket! This moisturiser comes in the most gorgeous of pots and smells just like the inside of a spa! This is a balancing and energising moisturiser for skin that has a combination of oily and dry areas to provide a quenching and harmonising boost, with intelligent actives that manage the skin’s split personality. As someone who suffers from both dry and oily skin, this has been revolutionary for me. That gorgeous fragrance is due to a blend of essential oils including Petitgrain, Palmarosa, Rosewood, Lavender and Geranium to soothe, tone, balance and calm the skin for a real treat.
If you are wanting a quality fragrance on a budget, then be sure to check out the brand new Avon Viva La Vita Eau de Parfum (£15). This elegant bottle contains a fresh, crisp slightly floral fragrance, using pink apples, poluent dewy rose petals and sweet vanilla bean. As it is an eau de parfum rather than an eau de toilette, it has a stronger depth to it, and so you are going to get long-lasting fragrance wear, and this delicious scent is going to be perfect for Spring and Summer days, and evenings.
This graceful-looking bottle of fragrance is the Mary Kay Enchanted Wish Eau de Toilette (£29). This mint green glass bottle reminds me very much of a flower, with its shaped purple lid. This is a whimsical, fruity-floral scent which smells slightly sparkling. It contains top notes of Granny Smith Apple, Brazilian Orange Oil, White Pineapple and Candied Petals, with middle notes of Stargazer Lily, Peony, Fresh Ozone and Passion Fruit, with bottom notes of Brown Sugar, Warm Amber and Illuminating Musk. You get 60mls of the fragrance, so this is not only going to look adorable on a dressing table, but last a good while too.
If you are looking for amazing jewellery, then WatchShop.com has a wide variety of top jewellery brands, at excellent prices, and if you use the code MUM5 then you get a further 5% off! I am loving this Fossil Rose Gold Plated Shimmer Glass Stone Necklace (£38). The necklace comes packaged in a drawstring bag and is kept inside a Fossil tin box, along with a Jewellery Certificate. The necklace itself has an on-trend rose gold chain, with a triple extender chain at the back of the necklace alongside a lobster claw clasp for easy fastening, and a tiny little crystal integrated into the chain itself. The pendant itself is a faceted blue sandstone gem stone, with tiny crystals all the way around it, making it a glitzy piece without being over the top.
I think pretty much all Mums will love the gift of chocolate this Mother’s Day, and what better way to say I love you than with the Lindt Lindor Strawberries and Cream edition (£3.50)? These limited edition Lindt Lindor chocolates come packaged in a pretty pink, and the chocolates themselves are white chocolate truffles with strawberries and cream and a smooth melting filling. These are definitely a girly version of the traditional Lindt Lindor chocolates and are equally, if not more tastier.
For something different, be sure to check out Chocolate and Love, which make a variety of organic chocolate bars for just £2.99 each. The packaging is to die for, with lots of fruits, animals, and flowers decorating each with a specific colour theme. Chocolate and Love promote fair trade products as well as planting 22,000 trees which have been planted in Ethiopia to help local people. This amazing chocolate bar is available in flavours including Sea Salt & Caramel 55%, Mint Crunch 67%, Orange 65%, Panama 80%, Creamy Dark 55%, Coffee 55%, and Rich Dark 71%, and so will be such a treat for a chocolate connoisseur.
Orla Kiely makes not only the most stunning looking gifts, but also some of the best smelling. This Orla Kiely Sicilian Lemon Reed Diffuser (£32) is sure to be a winner. As always with Orla Kiely, the packaging is perfect for gifting, and inside you get 200ml of essential oils inside a glass jar printed with an olive and yellow floral Orla Kiely design, and diffuser reed sticks. The fragrance blends the uplifting pure essential oils of Sicilian Lemon, mint and lavender, with warm hints of frankincense for a stunningly vibrant fragrance, perfect for Spring and Summer.
With the upcoming release of Beauty & the Beast, this Baylis & Harding Glass Cloche Candle (£9.99) reminds me of the glass jar which Belle’s rose was kept in. This is a one-wick candle which is a pretty pale pink in colour, and has the new Limited Edition Pink Prosecco and Cassis fragrance. The candle is housed in a clear glass and rose gold jar so that the glass cloche can be re-used, which I think is a fabulous idea, and a pretty pink bow on the top. The Glass Cloche Candle has a burn time of up to thirty hours, so you are going to be able to get a lot of burn time from this.
For high end products on a budget, be sure to check out the Orla Kiely Travel Scented Candles (£10). These come in a variety of scents, and here I have Basil and Mint, which is a true scent, and reminds me of when I was a little girl and my Mum used to have a little herb garden and I could always smell basil and mint. The travel candles come individually packaged in gift packaging, which open up to reveal the glass votive jar and the 100% vegetal wax with cotton wick. The glass jar of course contains that infamous Orla Kiely pattern, this time with a green theme.
I am such a book worm, and so I wanted to include a few cool new book releases, including Awesome Nails by Janelle Estep (£9.99). This fun book is perfect for anyone who loves nail art, providing more than 40 designs for nail decals which you can print at home. It includes clear, photographic step-by-step tutorials to show you how to apply the designs, which you can also download, scan, colour in or trace to customise and make your own. You also receive two pages of ready-to-wear nail stickers so that you can get started straightaway! The wide range of designs make this book suitable for all ages, from kids to Grandmas!
If your Mother or loved one is big into cooking or food, then I would strongly recommend Beautifully Real Food by Sam Murphy (£11.89). This stunning book has been created by Sam Murphy for those who are wanting to reduce the amount of meat and dairy in your diet, without letting go of hearty, delicious dishes. Some of Sam’s recipes include Spaghetti Carbonara, Loaded Vegan Hot Dogs, Salted Caramel Brownies, Macaroni Cheese, the Vegan Big Mac and so many more! Topics feature Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sides, Salads, Sauces, Smoothies and Desserts, and the photography is insanely beautiful!
Interactive books are huge at the moment, and one of my favourites is the Museum of Me by Charlotte Farmer (£9.99). The Museum of Me is interactive, graphic and all about you, the reader. You can use pens, pencils, crayons, felt tip pens, or whatever you fancy whilst you explore the rooms and exhibitis of your very own museum. There are well-illustrated pages featuring some of the most important things in your life – your ideas, favourite books, songs and clothes, as well as things like your ideal travel destinations.
Detangling brushes are an absolute game changer, and this rose gold Alfa Italia Liscio Detangling Brush (£9.99) is just gorgeous! It comes in yellow and white gold too, should rose gold not be your Mum’s thing. The brush itself is moulded which makes for a really good grip when grooming the hair. The Liscio Detangling Brush can be used on wet or dry hair and is effective at brushing through very knotty and tangled up hair without the pain! It has soft flexible bristles which can even be used on children’s hair, extensions and wigs!
To give your Mum the gift of amazing hair, then check out the new Wella Oil Reflections Light Luminous Reflective Oil (from £7.90). It is Wella’s first light oil for luminosity without weighing down the hair. The Oil is formulated with Camellia Oil and White Tea Extract especially for fine to normal hair types and enhances shine by up to 86%. It can be used to condition the hair, for an instant lightweight smoothing effect, style the hair by adding protection from heated styling tools and as a finishing product.
If your Mum or loved one is needing a makeup brush update, then the Nanshy Gobsmack Glamorous 5 Piece Brush Set (£34.95) is definitely going to provide excellent results. This Brush Collection has been designed and developed to be your ultimate go-to brush set, to help brighten the complexion, create buildable airbrush-like coverage, hide imperfections and achieve a super smooth finish. The Set includes the Flawless Foundation Brush, the Buffed Base Brush, the Blush & Bronze Brush, the Conceal Perfector Brush, and the Angled Airbrush Brush. They look and feel super professional and are baby soft on the skin, so that there is no tugging whatsoever.
For those of you who are last-minute when it comes to gift shopping, then pop into your local Sainsbury’s and pick up some beautiful Spring shades of cosmetics from Sainsbury’s Boutique Cosmetics collection. Here I have two of the Sainsbury’s Boutique Nail Polishes (£4 each), in The Royal Mint, a pretty pistachio light green, and Tickled Pink, a soft, ballerina pink. For lips, I recommend the Sainsbury’s Boutique Lip Gloss (£6), in the shade, Seal of Approval, a very wearable peach pink shade, perfect for Spring. For a hint of peach on the cheeks, there is the Sainsbury’s Boutique Cream Blush in Cloud Nine, which comes in a little compact, complete with mirror for quick and easy on-the-go glamour.
For Mums on the go, be sure to check out the Blank Canvas Cosmetics Ultimate Travel Companion Set (£42.73). This fabulous set contains 6 travel sized bestselling brushes, and comes complete with a handy, easy to clean travel case, and just look at those hot pink and gold handles! I am in Love!! The brush heads are full size, and so there is no lack of quality and application ability here. Included in the set you get the F01 Quick Brush for foundation or powder application, F20 Foundation Brush for foundation and finishing products, F41 Blusher Brush for cheek or contour application, E01 Eye Blending Brush for cream or powder eyeshadows as well as concealer, E02 Eyeshadow Brush for applying eyeshadows, and the E03 Lip/Detailer Brush for applying lip products or applying highlighter in the corners of the eyes.
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