Top 5 Mother’s Day Edit

The only thing better than treating yourself is treating someone else… or so I’m told, and who is a better candidate than your own Mam?

Mother’s Day is Sunday 31st March, put it in your calendars, tell Siri to remind you or put a note in your purse, but whatever you do – Jesus don’t forget. My mam hit me with the ‘oh no, I don’t need gifts’ one year and I’d like you all to know that if your Mam says this,  that this is a lie. I fell for it once, and I shan’t again.

Flowers are nice, chocolates are basic (and my mam is diabetic). Skincare is better.

I trooped around Birmingham to find the best picks and pulled in the big guns as I’ve enlisted the help of my own mother for this top 5 edit, quality content coming your way.

In no particular order we have:

Lush Bath Bombs

You have potential to go super over the top in Lush and get carried away (like I did), but what I really like about the BIGGEST LUSH SHOP IN THE WORLD in Birmingham is the catering for every budget. You could pick up a single bath bomb like the Incredible Mum or butterfly ones (£4.50/£4.95) which are gorgeous and always a crowd-pleaser for a budget. OR you could go big/if you’re sharing the cost with siblings and get a tin, these vary in price, but you’re looking at £20+. Top choices would be ‘Mum’ giftset (£32.95) and ‘Wham, Bam, Thank you Mam’ (£18.95). All of the labels tell you what’s vegan or vegetarian too which is super helpful if you’re looking for that. I don’t think my mam is arsed.

Mam’s opinion: ‘I think they’re lovely’. Quality input there.

The Body Shop gift sets

There’s three Body Shops in town, one in Grand Central, one in the Bullring and one on New Street, there’s literally no excuse for not seeing one.

Again, The Body Shop is a firm favourite for gift giving, and if you know which scents they like the world is your oyster in there. If you’re unsure of scents to choose from, they’ve recently relaunched their Shea butter collection which is my absolute favourite, it’s like a neutral but clean and comforting scent. I’ve bought pretty much everything from it. The range also helps to fund a women’s empowerment project in Ghana where the butter is made, which I think is really cool and is a great way to help mother’s all over the world as well as your own. Again, the range is vegan so suitable for all. The Shea butter body lotion, body butter and hand cream minis can be bought in a set for £12. I, personally would go for the shower cream (£5) or if your mam has super curly hair the 100% natural shea butter (£15). You can rub the butter into the ends of your hair, or straight in to your skin or use it to make your own scrubs.

Whilst I was there, I was kindly gifted some products from the Cactus Blossom special collection which has launched in time for Mother’s Day, which is nothing short of delightful. I didn’t know cactus blossoms were a thing before I saw them, I still don’t know much about them now, other than they smell a dream.

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Mam’s opinion: On cactus blossom -‘This smells lovely but I wish the pot wasn’t green’. ‘Oooh I like the Shea butter stuff, can I use this?’
Again, quality content.

Clinique Facial Soap

If you were born in the 90s your Mam has 100% used and knows of Clinique. I grew up knowing my Mam use the Facial Soap. You can pick it up from any counter for £15 – it is the ultimate blast from the past. If you’re after something maybe a bit more boujee if you have the budget, currently in Clinique in Boots you can pick up the ‘Party Pamper Set’ which is £117 worth of products for £42 I’ve added a helpful link for you here.2019-03-13

Mam’s opinion: ‘This is my favourite thing’, ‘yes I know, that’s why I’m putting it in’.

Burts Bees Tops and Toes kit

This kit has a little bit of everything in it, if you’re not sure if she likes hand creams or different scents or what not, this is a nice universal gift which looks like you’ve put in some serious effort to source. They’re nice size products that she can keep in her bag for whenever, or if your Mam really isn’t into all fancy skincare this is a great introductory set. It’s £12.80 in Marks and Spencer at the moment, but varying prices (I mean more expensive) if you buy it from Amazon or their direct website currently. It sells out pretty fast online, so you’ll need to swing by your nearest shop to see if there are any left!

 

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Mam’s opinion: ‘I quite like it’ on the brand as a whole, I hasten to add. She thinks it’s fancy.

L’Occitane  relaxing pillow mist

There’s nothing better than a good sleep, I think I could nap anywhere. My mam however, couldn’t. When she’s grumpy the chances of her ordering in Chinese food also slip to 0%, so it’s best to keep her sweet. She’s struggled a lot with a solid night’s sleep over the past few years and has tried all different kinds of sprays and bath oils etc. This spray goes directly onto your pillow (or wherever really I guess, the mist police aren’t going to show up) and has all your usual suspects in there; lavender, geranium, bergamot etc. and my Mam works down one bottle every two months which is pretty steep going. It’s £18 a bottle but it’s money well spent and my Mam swears by it. (They also do the most beautiful gift wrapping in store for free.

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Mam’s opinion: ‘I LOVE that a lot, it’s a 10/10, but I’ve lost mine somewhere in the wardrobe’.

 

There are SO many beautiful products out there geared towards Mother’s Day, this is merely the tiniest of insights of what you can get, but it’s very easy to be carried away in a marketing frenzy. Stick with one main thing like the mist or body shop set and dress it up nicely in a gift bag (always check they do wrapping in store, it will 100% look better than yours – these are professionals, people) and you’ll be the golden child.

 

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Clinique iD is changing the game – are you ready to play?

If you’ve had your eye open recently, you will know that Clinique have been DOING BITS. Their new iD moisturiser has been something that has literally slammed into the skincare market and has changed the way that we can use targeted skincare.

Your individual moisturiser is fully customisable compromising of a moisturising base and then a treatment cartridge. I bang on regularly enough about the importance of a solid skincare routine and I’ve been recently getting into Clinique’s skincare range (hello moisture surge, luv u) so when iD came about it’s something that I couldn’t unsee and needed to try ASAP.

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Clinique are running a series of pop up sites across the UK at the moment canonically (they’ve just been to Birmingham, if you missed it – there’s Clinique counters in Debenhams, Selfridges AND Boots), and this week they’re in Bluewater Shopping Centre. You can’t miss them; the sites look gorgeous.

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The whole experience of choosing your iD I thought was incredible, you have full control over how you want this product to make you feel.

Let me take you through the steps:

  1. Choosing your moisturiser base
    If you have super dry skin like myself, I chose the dramatically different moisturising lotion+ my skin absorbs it as if it’s water and it lasts all day. They also have oil control gel for more of an oily/combination-based skin texture or hydrating jelly which is for dry skin also. I nearly picked the hydrating jelly as it provides 24-hour moisture over 8 hours, but I prefer a lotion-based cream to a jelly one. I’m splitting hairs here.
  2. Choosing a cartridge
    I loved this bit. It was the first time I’ve seen treatment products which weren’t the ‘old but golds’ choice like pores and anti-aging, there was something in there for everyone. You can choose from:
    Irritation: Which calms skin, particularly if you’re sensitive to everything (like me) such as the weather or pollution.
    Pores and uneven texture: So, this cartridge contains AHAs which are your exfoliants used to give you the polish needed to retexture the skin. Very exciting to see this in a moisturiser, this is what I’d recommend if you wanted more of a glow finish.
    Uneven skin tone: If your only skin concern is uneven skin tone, you’re doing pretty well and I envy you massively. The Japanese Angelica Root in this cartridge targets those tiny areas of dullness on your face to make it even more perfect. Get out.
    Fatigue: I reallyyyy wanted to try this one, but I have other…. pressing issues. The overall polish this gives you to make your skin shine and reduce the signs of a tired face. It contains taurine so isn’t suitable for vegans.
    Lines and wrinkles: The whey protein in this cartridge reduces the lines and wrinkles and gives a smoothing effect over the skin. Love the idea that this contains whey protein, I’m imagining it to be like going to the gym but for your skin.
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I chose the irritation cartridge as there are days where my skin looks red and patchy and I’m not into it one jot. I’ve got a bit of a tin foil hat on when it comes to my skin and pollution, I hate the idea of the dregs of the city air invading my skin, it genuinely freaks me out a little bit, particularly when it makes my skin patchy.

Now, if you go to a pop-up site there is the option to customise your bottle and that is something I could not resist. If you can’t make your way to a site, you can go in to your nearest counter or order it online (there’s a cute 10% off your first order if you sign up to their newsletter). Mother’s Day will soon be upon us and if there is a brand your mam is going to recognise the name of it’s going to be Clinique because it’s a classic.
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I also want to quickly mention something, as I think it may resonate with more than a few people. I think I have been traumatised by beauty counters in the past. My teenage days where I was awkwardly tall and finding my feet with the whole makeup thing, I’d go into Debenhams or wherever and the counter girls would put the Fear of God into me and I wouldn’t talk to a soul. Even now, as a full-grown adult, counter assistants can put me off! But I have never, ever met nicer assistants than the Clinique group. If you’re a little bit nervous or have some questions about what would be best for you whether it’s makeup, skincare or how to get a certain look, Clinique is the place to go.

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Clinique iD moisturiser is £36.
Mine was PR gifted because I am hashtag blessed, and as always, very thankful

Have you tried it yet? You can also pick up samples to try from your local Clinique counter before you go all-in, if you fancy.

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