EZ Beauty: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
On the hunt for the perfect Mother’s Day gift?
Treat mom to one of EZ Beauty‘s gift picks featuring the season’s latest perfumes, makeup collections, skincare products, and beauty accessories.
Mother’s Day Gift ideas under $50
Love2Love Eau de Toilette Spray, $10 each, available at Walmart
A new collection of inexpensive eau de toilette sprays that feature romantic, floral bouquets. Scents include: Fresh Rose + Peach, Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa, Freesia + Violet Petals and Orange Blossom + White Musk.
Tweezerman Fashion Chic Eyelash Curler ($17) and Tweezermn Fashion Chic Mini Slant Tweezer and Mirror Set ($25), available at Shoppers Drug Mart and tweezerman.ca
There is no beating Tweezerman quality when it comes to beauty implements (it’s the brand loved by professionals). The new collection’s bold, fashion forward Zebra pattern would make a chic addition to her collection.
Essie Neon Collection Nail Polish in “Chills & Thrills,” “Sittin’ Pretty” and “Too Taboo” $10 each, available at professional salons and leading retailers across Canada, essie.ca
This collection really pops (layer over white nail polish for neon intensity) and the shades are true to colour on nails as they are in the bottles.
Scented Candles in “Water Lily” and “Pure Peony Blush,” $16 each, available at Indigo
Budget-friendly candles can sometimes carry an artificial scent, but these are anything but–they’re fresh and lovely. A great idea for the mom who wants to add a relaxing, sensory escape to any room.
The Body Shop Shea Shower, Spritz & Moisture Set, $20, available at The Body Shop
This set includes a Shea shower cream, a body butter, and an Eau de Toilette spray all housed in a charming little straw tote (no gift wrapping necessary).
Benefit Benetint Lip Balm, $22 each, available at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Murale
This is the newest iteration of this brand’s popular multi-purpose lip and cheek stains. These hydrating balms can be worn alone for a natural wash of colour or over a lip liner for a bolder look. Colours include Chachabalm (mango-tinted), Benebalm (rose-tinted), Posiebalm (poppy-pink), and Lolibalm (candy-orchid).
Orla Kiely Weekender makeup bag, $29, available at Target Canada
Fashion designer Orla Kiely is well-known for her punchy prints, and now you can gift mom with this generous-sized makeup carry-all in Kiely’s signature, graphic style.
Smashbox The Spring Edit, $38, available at Shoppers Drug Mart
This is indeed a useful edit of shadows, blushes, and lip gloss (she can toss it in her purse for quick touch-ups, or an impromptu night out).
Be Delectable Hand Cream by Cake Beauty, $8 each, available at Target
Be Delectable is the latest line from Canadian beauty brand, Cake Beauty. These dessert-inspired hand creams are moisturizing, but not even remotely greasy.
Fleurs des Iles Aromatic Candle, $30, available at Zara Home
Zara Home has proven to be a great resource for stylish home accessories, bedding, and decorative bits and bobs. But, it’s their fragrant candles and home diffuser sets that we’ve fallen in love with–priced right and available in luxurious scents.
MAC x Proenza Schouler 129 Powder/Blush Brush, $46, and MAC x Proenza Schouler Blush Ombre in “Sunset Beach,” $36, available at MAC
In true MAC form, they’ve collaborated with one of the hottest fashion design houses – Proenza Schouler – to add dramatic flair to this season’s collection. EZ beauty pick: the disco-coloured brush and blush compact.
Gift ideas from $50 – $100
Philosophy Amazing Grace Gift Set, $60, Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, and Shoppers Drug Mart
This set includes an Eau de Toilette spray, Firming Body Emulsion, and a shampoo/shower gel (layering this light and feminine scent means it will last even longer throughout the day).
Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion + Advanced Cleansing System, $40, available at Walmart, well.ca, and
Olay Pro-X Anti-Aging Starter Protocol, $90, available at Shoppers Drug Mart, well.ca
Yes, exfoliating brushes are popular again, but this one comes with a polisher that mimics the kind of microdermabrasion treatment you might receive at the spa. Mom can follow-up her at-home treatment with the Pro-X anti-aging starter protocol (wrinkle smoothing cream, eye cream, and sunscreen) that is packed with niacinamide for moisture and to encourage cell turnover.
Moroccanoil Pure Argan Oil, $50, available at moroccanoil.com
Chances are high she’s already familiar with Argan oil-infused hair products, but this lightweight universal moisturizer can be used on the body, hair, nails–even lips. With just a few drops it hydrates the skin, leaving behind a pleasing light glow. Any woman would love have this multi-tasker as part of her daily grooming ritual.
Lush Mom Gift Set, $55, available at Lush.ca
All Lush products smell good enough to eat and this set includes their popular face moisturizer, a body lotion, bath bombs and bubble bars (they fizz when they hit bath water and then melt into bubbles). Everything is housed in a flower-printed reusable tin.
Anne Taylor Signature Fragrance Set, $50, available at anntaylor.com and retail locations
For the mom who is TCB (taking care of business) in and out of the office. This set includes an Eau de Toilette and a body cream. It’s also tied to a good cause: 50% of the proceeds from the sale of this set will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Jessica Jensen Chloe Cosmetic Bag, $98 each, jessicajensen.com
These posh makeup bags are made of leather and feature French linen linings and gold tone hardware. They’re also a great introduction to a Canadian luxury brand known for its coveted classic handbags and leather accessories.
BOSS Nuit Pour Femme Eau de Parfum, $98, available at Sephora, Holt Renfrew, The Bay and Sears
This perfume is what she’ll reach for to complement a little black dress at her next elegant affair (it features floral notes like jasmine and violet mixed with fruit like juicy white peach). It’s a sparkling scent for a mother who is both modern and sophisticated.
Daisy Delight March Jacobs, $79, Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart
Marc Jacobs’ hit fragrance, Daisy, was given a refreshing update for spring/summer 2014 with notes of quince flower, iris, crisp red apple, sun-ripened woods, and musks (bonus point: that ready-for-spring bottle design!). It would bring a smile to the face of any free-spirited type.
Quo Spring Brush Set, $80, available at Shoppers Drug Mart
This set includes 8 essential brushes: powder, blush, foundation, shadow, smudger, crease blender, line/brow, and concealer–everything she needs to paint a pretty face. And it comes in a cosmetic bag that can double as a wristlet purse.
Mother’s Day Gift ideas $100+
Clarisonic Mia2 Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution Collection, $180, Sephora
You may be thinking, “Does she really want a $200 face cleaning device?” The answer is, “Yes, she most certainly does.” The latest addition to the Clarisonic family of devices (Oprah is one of their famous fans), is a system designed for those with combination to oily skin. The two-step process (daily cleaning with the cleanser, then twice a week decongesting clay masks) delivers on its claim–skin looks refreshed and pores appear tighter. The oscillation is extremely gentle, and the whole device is safe to clean under running water.
Chanel No.5 Eau de Premiere, $102 for 50ml, available at Holt Renfrew
No woman alive would object to a gift of Chanel’s iconic No.5 perfume, but this season you can surprise her with its newest incarnation: the classic fragrance was given a makeover, making it lighter, fresher, and better suited to everyday wear.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Spring Gift Set, $130, available at Sephora
It’s been five years since Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb became a quick classic and a favourite on the dressers of perfume lovers everywhere. Now, the lush floral fragrance is packaged with a body cream and shower gel in this new gift set.
Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Skincare Set, $108, available at Sephora
For the mom who is a skincare junkie, this anti-aging set from Fresh offers great bang for the dollar: it includes a Soy Face Cleanser, Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate, and Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask.