It's getting close to Mother's Day and of course, there are so many different kinds of moms to shop for, that means many types of gifts.  Here are some of my top suggestions for beauty gifts for Mom:


If you're not good at expressing what you want to say, the "i think you are wonderful" gift set from philosophy is perfect!  It's a mandarin orange and cherry set of the famous 3-in-1 shampoo, shower and bath gels. I love the philosophy line–great quality and at only $24, this set is a great value, too.  Available at


Duette from Votre Vu is one of the most ingenious products I've ever tried. A dynamic duo of lip balm and hydrating hand creme in one package.  On the top, there is an applicator that contains Duette Luxe Lips, a hydrating lip balm. The bottom portion contains Tarte d'Amande hand creme, which is one of the richest hand treatments I've used.  Retails at $38; get more information at


The Kiehl's Lavendar Collection for Mom is a great option if your mom is in need of some downtime or just some "me" time.  The kit includes Lavander Foaming-Relaxing Bath with Sea Salts and Aloe, Bath
and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser in Lavender, Deluxe
Hand & Body Lotion with Aloe Vera & Oatmeal in Lavender, a deluxe sample of the new Midnight Recovery Complex and a sample of Powerful-Strength
Line-Reducing Concentrate.  Available in Kiehl's freestanding stores or at


If the Mom in your life is a reader and a beauty lover, I have two book recommendations for you. Lauren
Luke is a young single mom from the UK who started selling makeup from her
bedroom and producing homemade makeup tutorials on YouTube. She's now written a wonderful book called "Lauren Luke Looks: 25 Celebrity and Everyday Makeup Tutorials " (Simon & Schuster).  Lauren does a great job explaining how to apply makeup and offers tips and tricks along the way.  Available at


On the other hand, maybe you have a Mom that takes her beauty routines to another level.  Cosmopolitan’s
definitive get-gorgeous bible has hundreds of
Cosmopolitan’s best
insider tips and tricks on scoring a flawless complexion, creating the perfect hairstyle and working the latest makeup trends. 
Out now in paperback, COSMO’S SEXIEST BEAUTY SECRETS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LOOKING GORGEOUS (Hearst/April 2010) is a gift for the Mom that believes in living life to the fullest and looking good at the same time. I received a preview copy and was amazed at all the great tips! Available at


For the Mom that's into decorating or candles, The Votivo Dalian Candle makes a statement on both counts.  One of the most striking candles I've ever seen, the Votivo Dalian Candle is encased in opaque, black-cut
glass. The flame seemingly floats when burned–it's an effect that's really cool.  I tried the classic Red Currant scent, which is a combination of red currants, golden fruits, vanilla bean ice cream and raspberry sugar cookies.  In a word?  Heavenly.  Available in four scents, the Votivo Dalian Candle retails at $40; pick it up at

Setai New York

The Spa at The Setai Wall Street offers an amazing Mother’s
Day Retreat
with an unlimited gift card for mom to enjoy. The package features The
Setai Exclusive Honey & Citrus Body Therapy along with a Signature Massage
and Refresher Facial to leave mom relaxed and glowing from head to toe. The Mother’s Day Retreat retails at $495 (Tax and gratuity included, additional fees apply for delivery outside Manhattan.) Get full details at

For more Mother's Day gift suggestions, check out the Beauty411 Mother's Day Fragrance Gift Guide!


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