Mother's Day (T minus 7 days and counting)

You haven't forgotten about Mother's Day, have you?

I love buying gifts for people, I truly do. While relaxing on the Beauty Couch, I was thinking about how buying beauty-oriented gifts for people isn't always straightforward. Even for people you know well (presumably like your mom), it can be hard to decide what makeup or skincare products they might prefer. It gets even harder with mothers because, generally speaking, they are older ladies and have more sensitive, aging skin. Plus, a lot of the fun makeup isn't necessarily appropriate for dear old mum. For example, it is generally a good idea for ladies of a certain age to stay away from shimmer eye shadows as the shimmer tends to settle into fine lines around the eyes and make you look older. See? So many things to consider.

Well, just in case you have forgotten all about Mother's Day (Sunday, May 11th), here are some last-minute ideas.

Sephora: Free shipping on orders over $50 & Free gift wrapping. Place an expedited order by May 7th for it to arrive by Mother's Day.

Not a shimmer in sight as far as I can tell in Sephora Brand Mother's Day Blockbuster Palette ($60) includes 12 eyeshadows, 4 blushes, 2 powders, 5 lip glosses, a mascara, plus brushes and applicators.

Macy's: Free Mother's Day Shipping with $100 purchase. Ends May 5th (better hurry up). Promo code: MOMSDAY.

More mom's should wear lipgloss, in my opinion. Similar to shimmer shadows, lipstick also settles into fine lines in the mouth and adds years. Some light, sheer gloss is perfect for mom for spring! Clinique The Kisser's Mother's Day Set ($25) includes four mini lip glosses in Lilac, Apricot, Grapefruit, and Raspberry in an adorable pink floral bag.

ULTA: order by noon CST on May 6th for UPS 2 day shipping or noon May 7th for UPS next day shipping.

For the more adventurous mom, Stila Gift of Glow ($45) includes Stila Sun SPF 15 in shade 01, Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Gold, Lip Glaze in Brown Sugar, Deluxe Sample Smudge Pot in Bronze and 1 mini eyeliner brush. Nice!
Bath & Body Works: place order by noon May 8th for guaranteed delivery (express charges apply). B&BW is a good all-purpose gift site with lots of pre-packaged gift sets for mothers-in-law or other people you might not know so well. They come in a variety of sizes and price ranges, which is helpful as well if you're on a budget.

Get mom's tootsies ready for sandal weather! True Blue Spa The Perfect Pedicure (on sale $19.75) includes Shea It Isn't So shea butter foot cream, Seal the Deal Base/Top Coat, Toe The Line Smoothing Foot Scrub, toe separators and a nail file.

Nordstrom: Free shipping on orders over $200 (not very generous of them). But you can check out all the Free Gifts With Purchase including one from Estee Lauder for any purchase over $37.50 which looks mighty nice.

I've been eyeing this for weeks...
Elemis 'The Spa Retreat Traveller' Set ($125) includes too many things to name and comes in a very chic travel case.

Lastly, if none of those options look appealing, consider the always-appreciated Spa Gift Certificate. In all honesty, that's what I'm getting my mom. If you don't live near you mom or aren't privy to the hip spas where she is, try which searches for spas all over the world. Plus, you can buy gift certificates directly from them for participating spas.

And no matter what you send your mom for Mother's Day, don't forget to call.



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