When any gift-giving holiday rolled around, my mom only asked for one thing: Chanel perfume. Her October birthday and the winter holidays called for rich, classic Chanel No. 5. Mother's Day (and all its spring weather) was Coco Mademoiselle. But eventually, after seeing her well-stocked vanity, I began to invest in other luxe beauty gifts for Mother's Day — this was far before the advent of the #shelfie, when one woman could only use so much perfume.
Luckily, with Mother's Day right around the corner, there are more than a few recent beauty releases that are luxurious enough to give to any mom; and by snagging something fresh off the shelves there's no way she'll see it coming. Keep scrolling down to shop a handful of the latest and greatest beauty products perfect for Mother's Day gifting. (Unless you are my mom, then please click away now.)
This. Packaging. Hailing from Laura Mercier's Mediterranean Escape collection, the new Sun-Kissed Veil bronzer basically looks like it's made out of lapis lazuli. And the product itself leaves a subtle, lit-from-within glow behind — complementing skin with a flush of sun-kissed color where there wasn't before. Like a highlighter's calmer, bronzier sister.
Looking to truly blow your mom away this Mother's Day? Snag Dyson's limited-edition, gilded hair dryer — besides the obviously luxe appearance, it's something you know she'll use basically every day.
No matter how close you are to someone, it's tough to buy them skin care without knowing their whole routine. In lieu of asking too many revealing pre-Mother's Day questions, pick up Alpha-H's versatile peeling mask. It's safe for dry to oily skin, and clears pores, moisturizes, and increases skin's collagen production.
At $108 for a pack of four masks, you know Guerlain's Abeille Royale masks are going to be good. They're, in a word, the Guerlain version of a sheet mask — luxe, French, and oh-so beautiful.
Already know that your mom isn't one to sit around with a face mask on? FaceGym has the answer. The brand's Training Sticks are like miniature facials that kick in as you work out. The sweat-activated skincare product has four different varieties — but something not-too-specific like the Multi-Vitamin Training Stick would help a variety of skin types.
Sometimes, more is better — and Naturopathica's Savor The Moment gift set is one that'll keep on giving. Besides the beauty products, it also includes two sachets of beauty tea: One tea that calms stress and one full of skin-loving antioxidants.
It's limited edition. It's pigmented. And most importantly, it's Louboutin. What else needs to be said? Go with a classic, bold Louboutin red (known as Altressa LoubiGraffiti) or with the wearable pink "So Tango" shade.
8. Joanna Vargas' The Skin Heroes Kit
Joanna Vargas' skincare know-how is legendary; as are the celebrity facialist's products. Another reason to celebrate: From May 1 to May 10 all orders over $125 will receive Joanna Vargas' Ritual Brush for free.
Here's the thing: It's never a bad idea to gift anyone an Oribe haircare product — at any time. Especially if your mom's hair will soak up Oribe's new, luxuriously-packaged Highly Textured Hair collection.
You can still surprise your mom with a gorgeous fragrance, too. In a press email quote, Giorgio Armani described Sì perfume as "my tribute to modern femininity, an irresistible combination of grace, strength, and independence of spirit.” And if that sounds like your mom, check out the latest Sì scent: Sì Fiori.
Likewise, you can always turn to Chanel for Mother's Day; but maybe take a peek at Chanel's new beauty arrivals (which includes this travel-friendly cheek palette) if your mom already is well-stocked on perfume.