Because they’re the best, most moms insist all they want for Mother’s Day is a card (and a handwritten note inside that explains how much you appreciate them and their sandwich-making skills). But a little pampering also goes a long way. This year, why not spice up your gift with some luxe beauty products? From a herbal extract–infused facial oil to a smoky perfume laced with magnolias and pink pepper, we’ve put together some of our favorite things that will remind mom why you’re her favorite.
Light pink is the little black dress of nail polishes—everyone needs one in their repertoire. Enter Doll, a shade RGB aptly describes as “calamine pink”; it has creamy undertones and a high-gloss finish. The neutral color complements all skin tones, and can go seamlessly from day to night. As with all polishes from the brand, the formula is five-free (meaning, it contains no dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor).
A ultra-shiny top coat is a quick and easy way to look put-together, either over an existing mani or on its own. This vegan, cruelty-free version will make mom feel dapper and ethically responsible at the same time.
Cuticle oil is an essential part of a healthy nail routine, and this natural, non-toxic version will help restore your mom’s nails to their pre-polar vortex condition, making them ready to show off, sans gloves. Bonus: the light cucumber scent makes you feel like you just stepped into a spa.
Not all eyelash curlers are created equal, as evidenced by this stainless steel version. Its rubber pads grab hold of upper lashes for added length (without pinching); to curl bottom lashes for an extra-dramatic look, you can just flip the tool upside down and repeat. What parent doesn’t love a multi-tasker?
If there’s one product that women of all ages need, it’s a high-quality mascara. Look no further than this volumizing version from king of glamour Kevyn Aucoin. Lashes reach impressive lengths thanks to the wand’s precise brush, while jojoba oils give the pigment a soft, dewy finish.
Leave it to everyone’s favorite burlesque performer to come up with a perfume that’s equal parts sweet and sexy. Citrus, floral, woodsy, and spicy notes come together in Rouge, a scent that’s balanced enough for everyday wear, yet bold enough for special occasions. The packaging makes a statement too—complete with an etched gold top and a red velvet bow, the bottle belongs in an Old Hollywood powder room.
Celebrity makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift hit it out of the park when she came up with this collection of mineral-based lip and cheek stains. There are six shades ranging from a soft pink to ruby red, but Illusive, a smoky rose-and-plum-blend, has an especially fresh appeal. A little goes a long way—blotted on with a finger gives it a more natural look, or you can do a few layers for richer color.
Mom will love the way this oil restores her youthful glow. Packed with antioxidants and a tantalizing blend of herbal extracts, it’s a rich skin treat that manages to go on feather-light. About 2 to 4 drops are all she’ll need for a dramatic dose of moisture, meaning this pick could last her through Mother’s Day 2015.
With so many products out there, coming up with a comprehensive yet well-edited skin care regimen can be a real challenge. How do I know what kind of toner is best for my skin? And do I really need two different moisturizers for day and night? The Indie Lee Radiant Skin System fixes this problem with a one-size-fits-most package that includes a cleanser, toner, facial oil, facial serum, and eye balm that will leave skin looking, yes, you guessed it, radiant. It’s the ultimate gift for a mom who wants to upgrade and streamline her regime.