Most mums love a beauty treat as, for most of us, it targets the thing that we have the least time for: ourselves. Here are some of our favourite things, perfect for treating mum this Mother's Day.
We love the Scholl Velvet Smooth range which is now available in this fab pink. Perfect for a home spa experience, the Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi Deluxe Spa Kit contains the essentials for a relaxing home pedicure experience which will leave you with beautifully soft feet. The electrical hard skin removal device contains diamond particles in the roller head to ensure exceptional exfoliation, which should then be followed by the Scholl Velvet Smooth Intense Serum. The serum contains hyaluronic acid which penetrates the skin providing intense hydration, leaving it feeling soft and beautiful. The Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi Deluxe Spa Kit retails at £45 but is currently available from Amazon for just £29.99.
Aldi's take on the hot Moroccan beauty trend is only in store for a limited time, and now features new Lacura Argan Anti-Ageing Body Lotion and Lacura Argan Nurturing Shower Gel, made from up to 95% natural Argan oil. Argan oil is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ in the beauty world, but with prices from £1.79 to £2.99, everyone can feel the benefits of this ultra-hydrating and natural product. Head in store now before the limited edition range disappears.
While you're in store, why not treat mum to one of the new eau de parfums from Aldi. Each contains a high perfume oil content (12%) to ensure a long-lasting scent. The fragrances available are Lovely Butterfly (pink tin), an elegant blend of rose and sensuous amber, perfect for day or night; Mystical Rose (black tin), an indulgent sweet scent redolent with peach, mandarin and caramel notes; and Precious Star (white tin), a fresh youthful fragrance with notes of mint, mandarin and lotus flower.
We told you in our Valentine's Day gift guide about lovely Heaven skincare, and this time we have sampled their Cleanse & Foam Wash. Perfect for preventing ageing as well as cleansing the skin, the wash gently exfoliates and is full of essential oils such as mandarin to decongest blocked pores and neroli to help encourage tissue regeneration, plus vitamins A and C. It smells divine and is a lovely, indulgent product which removes make-up and pollution from the skin, balancing oils and any skin problems. The cleanser foams on dispensation from the bottle and can be applied with the fingertips or cotton wool pads, then rinsed off with warm water. It is suitable for morning or evening use, and retails at £19 for 45ml or £37 for 145ml.
A deodorant may not be the most exciting of gifts, but if your mum is trying to adapt to a new, more natural lifestyle, the Native Unearthed Natural Crystal Deodorant would be a great gift, or perhaps the basis of a natural beauty basket or hamper? This award-winning deodorant is made solely from Natural Volcanic Crystals and prevents odour by leaving an invisible layer of natural minerals which preventss the build up of odour-causing bacteria, but doesn’t clog pores like normal deodorants. Native Unearthed Natural Crystal Deodorant is available from www.nativeunearthed.co.uk, Ocado and health stores nationwide, RRP £6.49.
The Gift of Relaxation
With as many as one in three of us experiencing back pain, being a chiropractor is a career I will be encouraging my daughters to take up! In the meantime, the shiatsu cushion from Homedics is doing its darnedest to sort out my sore back and doing a grand job. The multi-purpose Shiatsu pillow is suitable for back, lumbar region, neck, legs and feet and provides Shiatsu-style stimulation to painful areas with heat, reversible direction and circular thumb action. And it really works! Available from Homedics online and Argos, the massager retails at £49.99.
For 100 years Cadbury Milk Tray has been an affordable treat, with a selection of chocolates to suit changing tastes. While some may still be mourning the loss of the lime cordial barrel in the 1970s or the recent reformulation of the hazelnut swirl's grooves, Milk Tray continues to be one of the biggest sellign chocolate brands in the UK. The brand also continues to innovate and has recently added the Apple Crunch and Salted Caramel Charm to its arsenal. Nothing beats curling up with a cup of tea and a brand new box of chocolates, so they are the perfect gift this Mother's Day. After all, it's all because the lady loves... Milk Tray. Widely available, prices vary.
For a gift that will be treasured and remembered for years to come, jewellery is the way to go. This gorgeous new baby adjustable silver charm bracelet from designer brand Scarlett Jewellery is a beautiful gift. Made from solid silver it can be fastened at any point along the chain for a versatile and wearable charm bracelet that fits any wrist size, and features a delicate baby foot charm that can be engraved with an initial.
Handmade in Hove, this would be the perfect gift to celebrate that all-important first Mother's Day, or any subsequent one of course. Why not give her a new carefully chosen charm to add each year to make a truly memorable and memory-laden gift. The bracelet comes wrapped in a branded gift box with a silver polishing cloth and is available form the Scarlett website, priced £75. A beautiful gift to be treasured.
Happy Mother's Day everyone!