Still shopping for a gift for your nice mum? Obvi I've got some ideas. Some of these I'll be reviewing in more detail soon, but Mother's Day is so close that I at least have to mention them – I can give more info via comments if you have Qs. And although I've linked to online sources, almost all these are available in stores so you don't have online delivery dates to worry about.
BTW, a version of this guide appeared in this week's Metro News in Canada.
5-Minute-Face Mum: A clever compact that includes co-ordinated eye shades, blush, bronzer and highlighter makes speedy makeup a breeze, especially when it's designed by a superstar artist who works on faces of all ages. Seriously, every woman, mum or not, needs one of these fool-proof palettes. Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Glow Palette, $85 CAD and $75 USD; on counter at Nordstrom Canada and at nordstrom.com.
Beauty-Tech Mum: In addition to a blissful 3-minute neck-and-face massage twice daily, and 6x-better-than-hands cleansing, Mom can enjoy firmer, bouncier skin and a more defined, lifted effect in 12 weeks. I think this is genius – anyone who tries to take mine from me will suffer untold agony. #truth. Clarisonic Firming Massage Head for existing Clarisonic Smart Profile units, $79 CAD and $54 USD. Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift Set, $429 CAD and $349 USD; all at Hudson's Bay and sephora.com.
Not-Dressed-Without-Fragrance Mum: Think long-lasting bouquets for Mum with the Aerin Rose Cologne Collection, which spotlights the white Bulgarian rose in three light, spirit-lifting arrangements: Bamboo Rose, Linen Rose and Garden Rose. Eau de cologne rollerball, $34 CAD and $28 USD; 200mL spray, $198 CAD and $165 USD. At Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Sparkle-and-Shine Mum: Go twinsies on jewelry – that you and Mum wear matching tokens of deep affection will always warm your hearts. (Sappy, but wonderfully true.) Jenny Bird x Indigo Collection Moonbeam Cuff, $30 CAD each; Indigo Books & Music.
Entrepeneur Mum: Help Mum empower other mums via contributing to resources that assist in creating small-business ventures to support women and their families in developing countries. Plan International Canada's The Mom Shop Gift of Hope, $75; plangifts.com.
Time-Savvy Mum: An ultra-thin timepiece clad in misty-rose matte nude with glimmering golden design accents goes with everything, and means Mum can check time on the fly without digging for her phone. Swatch SKIN Skin watch, $145 CAD and $120 USD; shop.swatch.com for retailers.
Outdoorsy Mum: Particulate-matter pollution is so tiny that it can get into pores and create complexion issues, including premature aging. Update Mum's skincare rituals with an activated-charcoal treatment that draws those impurities out, smooths, brightens and protects, too. Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, $79 CAD and from $18 USD; dermalogica.ca for retailers.
Bathroom-Spa Mum: Long a cult favourite, this soothing, non-drying clarifiying Italian-clay masque also serves as a deep cleanser as well as spot treatment, and comes in a weighty, limited-edition jar designed by Italian ceramics workshop Rometti. Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, $75 CAD and $62 USD; Sephora and Nordstrom.
Early-Morning Mum: A lightweight, no-cord, built-in-lighting mirror makes pre-sunshine makeup application next to the coffeemaker easier. Bonus: 7x magnification on the flip side. (Want a next-next-level mirror for your mum? This one is mirror-mirror-off-the-wall magic.) Conair Reflections LED Lighted vanity mirror, $50 CAD and $39 USD; conaircanada.ca for retailers.
No-Mess Mum: A re-useable (x3) dry sheet mask, infused with anti-aging peptides and ingredients such as shea butter and glycerin that help skin hold onto moisture, is an ideal no-clean-up treat for Mum's complexion. Yes, they're weird, and not quite as instant-grat as standard sheet masks, but they really work and results last longer. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Dry Sheet Face Mask, $27 CAD at Holt Renfrew and $22 USD at nordstrom.com; Nanette de Gaspé Restorative Techstile Masque for the face or for hands, $145 CAD or $100 CAD at Holt Renfrew.
In-a-Rush Mum: A beauty short-cut staple, dry shampoo between washes tempers oil at the scalp, but what about keeping the length supple and shiny? Enter dry conditioner, which detangles, softens and refreshes the rest of Mum's second- or third-day 'do. Aveda Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner, $40 CAD and $31 USD; aveda.ca for locations.
No-Makeup Makeup Mum: Nothing makes a barely-there look work better than a complexion boost that brightens, smooths and lifts – in just seven minutes. Yep, talkin' 'bout those amazing Dermarché Labs Roloxin Lift Instant Smoothing Masks (box of 5, $59 CAD and and $45 USD), which belong in every gift guide ever. The effect isn't fall-over drastic, but it's noticeable and lasts until you cleanse with remover. More details here. There's also a Roloxin Gold (3-pack, $45 CAD and $33 USD), which ups radiance with an ultra-fine shimmer of 24-karat gold, for real. Apologies though: these are available only online at Sephora; you might find them in Nordstrom stores.
Has-Everything Mum: If she already has a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer ($499 CAD and $399 USD), then Mum really does have everything – except maybe an air purifier that filters out 99.97 % of allergens, including pollen, pet dander and mould spores as wee as 0.3 microns. Plus the unit heats and cools as needed. Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link, $699 CAD and $619 USD; dysoncanada.ca for retailers.