May 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM ET
A chic palette – one that can function as an everyday bathroom staple as well as a purse mainstay – is no easy find. Tarte’s new Aqualillies Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye And Cheek Palette comes complete with a fresh, retro aesthetic and summer essentials: bronzer, blush, shimmer powder and 6 eye shadows.
Give her the royal treatment with Royal Apothic’s fun, sophisticated line of perfumes and candles, all decked out with Queen Elizabeth’s iconic mug. Our favorite scents include Terra Firma (orange, white magnolia, sandalwood) and Venetian Grove (berries, orange and flowers).
Show mom she raised a responsible, organized child — one who won’t stand for a messy makeup counter. Anthropologie’s sleek brass lipstick holder will make sure her creamy collection is standing tall, and ready to report to lip service.
Gatsby is the character of the season with Baz Luhrmann’s splashy 3-D epic hitting theatres May 10. While Lady Gatsby’s bath collection — featuring soaps in lemon, goat milk and honeysuckle fragrances — only borrows a name from the Fitzgerald classic, the Etsy store’s adorable products contain that throwback je ne sais quoi that makes us long for the past … and its effortless style.
Take your mom on vacation (well, figuratively). TOCCA’s classy line of home scents boasts captivating, subtle aromas inspired by their destination namesakes: Florence (rose and iris root), Havana (sugarcane and rum), Kyoto (fragrant flowers and apricot) and Montauk (fresh salt air and sea grass).
Protect mom’s delicate hands with a double-duty winner: Deborah Lippmann’s Rich Girl Broad Spectrum SPF 25 hand cream moisturizes with shea butter, avocado and jojoba oil as well as provides UVA and UVB sun protection. Pair it with the beloved brand’s two new spring-ready shades: Groove is in the Heart and Careless Whisper.
If ladylike vintage is more her style, why not shell out for something delicate yet functional? Roots Rose Radish – a natural, artisanal line – makes an easily portable vetiver and lemongrass solid perfume that smells of summer pastimes and comes in gorgeous packaging fit for Lady Mary Crawley’s wardrobe.
You’re told not to judge a beauty product by its wrapping, but we just can’t resist Lollia’s cute and cheery At Last collection. But don’t worry, it delivers as well — with a subtle spring fragrance of rice flower, magnolia and mimosa. (Includes bubble bath, hand creme and shea butter soap.)
Refresh your mom's trusty beauty toolbox with Sephora's Around The World in 7 Brushes Travel Kit, a collection of 7 bright ikat-print brushes with a matching clutch that can easily go from bathroom touch-ups to dinner date.
Everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Jennifer Garner loves Kai’s relaxing Hawaiian scent, a blend of gardenia, jasmine and white exotic flowers. We’re a fan of the brand’s hair and body collection, such as their vitamin and oil-rich shampoo/conditioner and hypo-allergenic body buffer.
We keep including Fresh’s lip treatments in gift guides because we simply don’t know a woman alive who doesn’t love them once introduced. The limited-edition Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio includes 3 favorite hues – berry, rose and coral – to make for a lip-smacking good gift.
We’re not sure what can top a spa appointment (a sleepover party with Oprah?), and Bliss brings their A-game with new luxurious Mother’s Day specials, including those for moms-to-be. The Bump for Joy treatment includes a massage and pedicure, while Mother Glows Best has a triple oxygen facial, a massage, hot milk and almond pedicure, and hot cream manicure – with 20 percent savings.
$184-$324, locations nationwide, blissspa.com