Sunday 19 November 2017

Beauty panel: Mother Love - give gifts of luxury

Show your love this Mother's Day, says our expert, with gifts that are about luxury, and not her laughter lines

Pictured, from left, Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque; Lancome Absolue Precious Cells Nourishing Lip Balm; Estee Lauder Micro Essence Infusion Mask; Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation; Clarins Multi-Active Jour SPF20. Photo: Kip Carroll.
Pictured, from left, Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque; Lancome Absolue Precious Cells Nourishing Lip Balm; Estee Lauder Micro Essence Infusion Mask; Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation; Clarins Multi-Active Jour SPF20. Photo: Kip Carroll.

Sarah Caden

You think your mother knows you love her. She should, right? Because you just do. Mothers need reminding, though. Often. Because most of the time you keep your love low-key. You think she's exaggerating when she says that as far as she's concerned, you lot are take, take, take. She's not. The constant taking of children - even adult children - is hard to ignore. Your giving is more subtle. Most of the time. Apart from today. When you need to be really, really obvious.

Think of Mother's Day as similar to Valentine's Day. But more important. Who knows if that Valentine is for keeps. Mothers are forever. Keep them sweet. Now, you have to be careful with beauty treats on this day of days. She knows she's older than you; she's your mother. But she doesn't want to feel ancient. At the same time, she does want to feel cherished and spoiled, and letting her know that you want her to look nice just might do the trick. So you don't say that this product - or products, go mad - is for your wrinkles. Don't even say for your laughter lines, that's nearly worse. Instead, it's the gift of pampering herself. And, as a bonus, a day off from doing stuff for you. So she's really sure that you love her.

Best overall

Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, €34, Arnotts, D1; Kiehl's shops, Dundrum Town Centre, D16 and Wicklow St, D2

The colour is alarming, but reassure her that turmeric is the ingredient du jour. Turmeric has well-proven anti-inflammatory properties which, from a skin-care point of view, means it's terrific on skin that is rough or dull or sensitised. It has an impressive ability to neutralise redness and boost circulation and both are a boon to skin that has lived a little. Meanwhile, the cranberry seeds act as a gentle, old-school scrub. "The colour didn't bother me as much as the fear that I'd smell like a curry," said one panellist. "I didn't, but my skin was tighter and brighter."

Best Comfort Kisses

Lancome Absolue Precious Cells Nourishing Lip Balm, €47.50, Lancome counters nationwide

Yes, it's a lip balm. Yes, it's that price. It's really quite gorgeous, though, and if your mother is one of those who splashes serious cash on skin care, she'll appreciate where this is coming from. The texture is like a rich gel that melts to lip-hugging oil on the mouth. Basically, it's like a very posh facial oil made to suit the lips. With honey, beeswax and rosehip-seed oil. "Smells delicious, feels lovely, makes my lips look glossy without looking like gloss," one panellist said. "A pretty product if she's into running or gardening."

Best Mask Magic

Estee Lauder Micro Essence Infusion Mask, €10, Estee Lauder counters nationwide

Tell her that these infused-fabric masks are all the go and then show her some celebs wearing them. Or not, if she's bemused by that kind of nonsense. She might also regard words such as 'bio-ferment' and 'bio-mimetic' as nonsense, but reassure her that it's good stuff all the same. The soft mask, with cut outs for eyes, nostrils and mouth, contains ingredients to boost hydration and the skin's ability to temporarily hold moisture, and it also claims to boost collagen production. "She'll feel foolish with it on her face, but she'll see the results afterwards," said a panellist.

Best Tint Temptation

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation, €45, Chanel counters nationwide

As with the hunt for the perfect mascara, our search for the dream base is apparently endless. Those who are concerned with radiance and what you might call 'soft focus' may well end their quest here. Coverage is good, without a heavy feel or appearance, and the glow is great, without greasiness. "With a light touch, it rivals my BB cream for subtlety," said one panellist, "while a heavier hand hides a multitude of sins."

Best Cream Dream

Clarins Multi-Active Jour SPF20, €57, Clarins counters nationwide

This is one for the younger mother, the woman in her 30s who is starting to see the first signs of ageing. Or, in some cases, the legacy of broken sleep and not enough sleep, which often shows as first lines and wrinkles. So, this is one for the dads to buy; to recognise her efforts. Wonderfully, this promises to tackle the stress of late nights and sleep deprivation, so it's just the ticket. "Dreamy creamy," said one panellist.

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