There is a Chinese proverb that states, "There is only one beautiful baby in the world - and every mother has it."
A mother's love is constant, all-consuming and pretty exhausting at times, and we'd all be lost without it.
For this Mother's Day, I've complied a sweet gift guide featuring some gorgeous goodies to give our mums as a teeny thank-you for all their years of kindness and support.
Happy Mother's Day, ladies.
Celeb inspiration: Amy Huberman.
The funny and talented actress has two little ones and a busy career but still manages to always look groomed to perfection. We can now try to steal some of that elegant ‘Amy Effect’ in the beauty salon she’s an investor in, Oslo (inoslo.ie). I’ve tried their signature facial and
Treat VS Cheat
Giorgio Armani Sunrise Bronzing & Highlighting Face Palette
From Brown Thomas and The Loop, Dublin Airport
L.O.V The Delightful Bronzing & Illuminating Powder
From pharmacies nationwide
Beauty boosts for the new mum
The new mother is sleep-deprived, slightly shell-shocked and needs beauty treatments that are naturally derived (especially if she is breastfeeding), fuss-free but still pack a beauty-boosting punch to help combat her bloodshot eyes and exhausted complexion…
1 Skinfull Affairs' The Rejuvenation Package, €170, (01) 616 9933
2 Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Skincare Kit, €34.95, pharmacies and health food shops nationwide
3 M2 Beauté Eyelash Activating Serum and Nano Mascara Kit, €69, m2beaute.ie
The elegant older mother or glamorous granny
These are ideal for the mum whose little ones are grown and may even have their own families now. The grandmother will have more time on her hands for a bit of well-deserved pampering, so some salon-worthy DIY home treatment packages will be most welcome.
1 The Body Shop Spa of the World Relaxing Ritual Collection, €59, The Body Shop stores nationwide
2 Sanctuary With Love Kit, €29, Boots nationwide
3 Ted Baker Kit for a Queen Gift, €32, Boots nationwide
Treats for the time-starved mum
The mother with slightly older kids will spend a lot of time juggling - between the school run and ferrying kids to after-school activities, as well as working in and out of the home. Time-saving and multi-tasking beauty boosters are always a welcome addition to this mum's beauty bag - just amp up the luxury levels for your Mother's Day gift this year.
1 NARS NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palette (this pretty palette can be used on both cheeks and eyes), €45, Brown Thomas stores nationwide, brownthomas.com
2 Dior Hydra Life Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser (melts make-up off in super-quick time and leaves skin divinely soft and silky - gorgeous!), €35.50, from department stores nationwide
3 Remington Keratin Therapy Pro Volume Styler (a brilliant brush for a bouncy blow-dry in half the time!), €39.99, from pharmacies and electrical stores nationwide
Irish spa breaks to pamper your mammy…
One thing just about every mother has in common is a chronic lack of sleep! If you're looking to pamper yours this Mother's Day, why not try the new Voya Mindful Dreams Ritual Treatment Massage to help calm body and mind for a solid night's sleep (hopefully); available at Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney, and Galgorm Resort & Spa, Belfast. The Mother's Day Indulgence Package in Killashee Hotel & Spa, Naas (1), and the Mum's The Word Pamper Package in Cashel House Hotel, Connemara, are two pampering options I also would not turn up my nose at! If your budget doesn't stretch to the Voya package, try their newly launched calming teas (2) instead, for some DIY relaxation in your own home, €11.50 from voya.ie