I'm not giving you guff for not having picked up your Mother's Day gifts yet, although Mother's Day is tomorrow. It's been a nutty week on this side of the screen too; stuff happens. Besides, you have at least an hour or two of shopping-time left, more if you count tomorrow before dinner. And for one item, you don't even have to leave the house. That said, these serve brilliantly as gifts for you from someone nice (who could also be you).
mother's day gifts or gifts just for you
Eve Lom Age Defying Smoothing Treatment ($165, Hudson's Bay and Murale) From the brand created by celebrated Czech facialist Eve Lom -- she's been called "one of the finest facialists in the world" -- these capsules contain a single power-peptide dose to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and help improve skin density. Sensitive skin? No worries. Peptides are genius anti-aging agents because they don't irritate skin, and the silky Eve Lom Age Defying Smoothing Treatment formula is fragrance-, dye- and paraben-free.
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ($103 at Sephora) Its light, creamy, whipped-potato texture may surprise, but the clean scent, subtle cooling, and satisfying moisture boost will make it a favourite. The Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask will be especially lovely on hot summer days when skin wants refreshment. Kombucha gives it its Black Tea name and brings antioxidant defense to the table; polysaccharides and jicima root juice offer hydration assistance.
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Radiant Pigment ($66 at Holt Renfrew) A delicate sparkle -- just a trace, really -- and the palest golden warmth enlivens a complexion still stricken with a six-month-winter pallor. Apply Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Radiant Pigment as a base, or mix a drop or so in your foundation.
Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzing Powder and Blush ($80 at Guerlain counters and Sephora; Hudson's Bay lists it at $4 more?) Guerlain is altogether too fond of making bronzers that do better as collector items than practical gimme-some-glow everyday makeup.
The 30th Anniversary edition of their annual summer-collection compact (that sleek dark wood compact gets me every season), this Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzing Powder and Blush includes coral and pink cheek shades as well as bronze.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Nutrition Nourishing Lip Care ($47 at Holt Renfrew, Hudson's Bay, Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques) Handsome in its simplicity, this little pot of balm is dosed with meadowfoam seed, jojoba and camelia seed oils. Chanel Hydra Beauty Nutrition Nourishing Lip Care is a chic addition to anyone's lip balm habit. *points to self*
Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté ($35 at Holt Renfrew, Hudson's Bay and select Sephora and Murale stores) Demi-sheer and ultra-shiny, Gloss Volupté promises hours of wear without stickiness -- and delivers. After a time the YSL Gloss Volupté settles to a stain with a sheen as pretty as its freshly applied finish.
Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($36 each at Hudson's Bay and Sephora) Gorgeous lip colour with the boldness of lipstick and the shine of gloss, Fluid Stick is another in that new wave of "hybrids" which promise high gloss, rich shades and moisturizing benefits. The Dior Addict Fluid Stick coloured bullet encased in transparent packaging calls to mind Maybelline NY Color Elixirs; consider these the fancy-face versions.
Wayspa Gift Cards (various denominations; wayspa.com) Today's a good day for stocking up on these no-expiry-date gift cards for your favourite spa-goer (yep, could be you). A Mother's Day promotion of 15% off is in effect; the Wayspa website has details on participating spas across the country. And you don't have to wait for one to arrive in the post -- you can have it delivered instantly by email. Ideal for last-minute shoppers, wouldn't you say?