We’ve all got a special woman in our lives. She’s the one who cooks you chicken soup when you’re feeling under the weather, holds your hair back while you throw up after yet another night out drinking, and claps the loudest when you’re going upstage to receive your graduation cert. Though there shouldn’t have to be a special day to show your love and appreciation for Mum, we’ve curated a gift guide to make shopping for her a teensy bit easier – whether she’s glam, sporty, a hippie or a frequent traveller.
Mum’s the word, especially with this ultimate Mother’s Day beauty gift guide you’ve been looking for
She’s perfectly coiffed and always looks put together no matter the time of the day. The glam Mum exudes quiet confidence, has impeccable taste, and believes in taking time out to pamper herself. Be the Cara Delevingne to her Kate Moss and share this ultra-feminine flowery concoction which smells like spring flowers after the rain. Purchase the perfume at any Burberry boutique (between May 6 to 8) and receive a bespoke bouquet with floral arrangements inspired by the notes in the fragrance. Help Mum look youthful for longer with a month’s supply of Orbis’ collagen shots which boast an antioxidative blend of concentrated acai extract and vitamin C, both of which said to kickstart collagen production for more radiant skin. Bottoms up! If Mum’s more of a tea than coffee person, she’ll love this trio of beautifully packaged, tea-scented candles (assam, neroli, and earl grey to be exact) which burn evenly and leave the room with a subtle fragrance. Great for when the hard-to-impress in-laws come over for dinner. Send Mum on a sensorial journey to the Bahamas with this gift set which includes a body wash and lotion, as well as a fragrance to complete her experience without her even leaving the bathroom. We’re pretty sure Mum will appreciate this nifty styling gadget – she’ll be able to get sexy waves and sleek locks with less heat damage, in a shorter time. P.S.: The glossy white finish of the styler will make it look right at home on her posh marble-top vanity. The results of this raved-about radiofrequency facial will put a smile on Mum’s newly taut and radiant visage – and dare we say – make her appear five years younger in just 90 minutes. She spends more time in the air than she does on the ground, so her demands are high. Think products that do double duty, or a minimalist routine that keeps her skin looking good on the go. The perfect product to get Mum looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after a red-eye flight, this lightweight gel-serum instantly cools and tightens for a more lifted eye contour. Does Mum like travelling light? This three-product kit contains the brand’s popular All-day mask; to keep skin protected from pollutants and hydrated; the Molecular Saviour Toner Mist which boasts an anti-evaporation formula (great for dry cabin air!); and the Overnight Mask, a reparative leave-on mask which “perfects” your skin while you sleep. Jetlag, stress and polluted air can leave skin looking worse for wear. Two pumps of this anti-aging booster, day and night, promises to boost her skin’s immunity and make it look smoother and more radiant, with less noticeable wrinkles to boot. Is Mum a fan of Song Hye-kyo’s flawless mien in popular K-drama Descendants of the Sun? Get her this travel-ready gift set which contains travel-friendly versions of the Perfect Renew Skin Refiner, Emulsion, Regenerator (a must-have in Song Hye-kyo’s night routine!), Cream, Eye Cream, and Regenerating Masks (five sheets). The set also comes with your choice of Laneige’s popular BB cushions (top up $3 for the anti-aging BB cushion). Sure, wintery temperatures can feel like a breath of fresh air when compared to our tropical humidity – but when Mum’s skin starts to resemble that of a scaly snake, we’re sure she’ll thank you for this silky balm which soothes and heals chafed skin. Book Mum in for EstheClinic’s Glow To Go IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatment, which utilises pain-free IPL technology that promises to boost collagen production and skin turnover for radiant, more even-toned skin in just one session. It’s the perfect “layover” treatment if Mum only has 15-20 minutes to spare before catching her next flight. She probably uses her gym membership more than you do, and can outlast you in barre class. Plus, she’s got a dedicated Instagram following that stalks her for their daily dose of #fitspo. This lipstick will stick with Mum through thick and thin, be it a hot yoga session or aqua aerobics class. It’s waterproof (read: won’t budge until it meets makeup remover!) and dries to a super-pigmented, matte finish. Water- and sweat-proof, a coat or two of this gel-based mascara will keep Mum’s lashes full and fluttery from her morning workout to after-work drinks with her girlfriends. We fully empathise with Mum’s need to look good on the treadmill, but we don’t condone wearing a full face of makeup, which has the propensity to clog pores. Get Mum a bottle of RMK’s UV Liquid Foundation, which boasts a super-light, sweat- and sebum- resistant formula but is pigmented enough to even out problem areas. This seemingly innocuous hot pink towel transforms into a nifty makeup remover cloth when soaked in warm water – great for Mums who want a quick and effective way to remove makeup and grime pre- or post-workout. It’s machine washable and reusable for up to a thousand washes. There’s no reason Mum can’t smell good while going on her evening run. A couple spritzes of this fresh floral fragrance with notes of lemon, pear blossom, and rose will have her leaving a delicious trail on her route – like unattainable honey to the bees. Why bring separate bottles of shampoo and body wash when this gentle, multi-tasking cleanser gets the job done just as well? Just a 50-cent sized blob creates a luxurious lather that’s sufficient to cover Mum from head to toe, and leave her skin (and hair!) feeling silky smooth. She only shops in the organic section at the supermarket, uses coconut oil as moisturiser and treats the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) site like it’s her bible. If Mum’s new to the world of “green” beauty, she’ll love this anti-aging starter kit that contains all of founder and celebrity facialist Tata Harper’s #DieDieMustBuy products. The set contains everything she needs for a complete day-to-night regimen to achieve younger-looking skin, from a cleanser and an eye cream, to the cult favourite Resurfacing Mask. This colourful box of freshly-made (and vegan!) bath delights is perfect for a lazy Sunday of pampering. We don’t know of anyone who walks into a Lush store and out without feeling happy, so we’re confident Mum will be glad to take this box off your hands. Going the all-natural route doesn’t mean Mum has to give up on deodorant and endure funky bodily smells – nobody should, not in this weather! This zesty deodorant comes in a handy stick, and doesn’t contain any talc or aluminium-based compounds (which some say can block sweat glands); instead, baking soda and arrowroot powder are what promises to keep ‘pits dry and comfy. Made of organic ingredients (think beeswax, castor and jojoba oil), this salmon-pink lippie is great if Mum likes wearing just a hint of a tint on her lips. One coat gives a sheer no-makeup makeup wash, while two or three coats will lend her lips a more opaque shade. This luxurious candle not only smells amazing (think jasmine, lavender, and rosewood!), it also melts into a blend of cocoa butter, soybean and almond oil which can be drizzled onto skin after it’s cooled for two minutes. Throw in some mother-daughter bonding time and treat Mum to a relaxing shoulder and neck massage. Botani’s creamy mint-green formula exfoliates gently and boasts olive and shea butter, an intensely hydrating cocktail of plant oils that leaves skin feeling silky smooth – Mum can even skip moisturiser post-shower if she likes.
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