Mother’s Day gifts for new mums
I had been planning to write my customary Mother’s Day column, in which I put forward beauty treats I’d like to receive myself. But then it occurred to me that I’m so long out of the baby and toddler zone that I may have neglected newer mothers in the annual roundup.
Who’s likely to want luxury handcream when washing off poo thrice daily? Who has time for eyeshadow, much less a pedicure, when showering is possible only at naptime, if at all? So I asked friends with small children, as well as a Facebook parenting group, what they’d really like for Mother’s Day.
“An instant dark circle-remover that doesn’t feel like grout,” one said. Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift (£31) is my enthusiastic suggestion: it strokes on in seconds, temporarily to lift, tighten and camouflage grey under-eyes.
“Dry shampoo I don’t have to comb through,” another said. For this, I recommend L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni-art Morning After Dust (£11.40) or Colab Sheer & Invisible (£3.49). Each buys an extra day between shampoos, deodorises and adds instant volume without leaving any of the chalky residue others do.
Fashion News : “An instant dark circle-remover that doesn’t feel like grout,”
Several women said they’d like a non-UV nail polish with all the longevity of gel when salon visits are impossible. Sadly, this still doesn’t exist, but the longest-lasting I’ve found is Essie Gel Couture (£9.99 each; you’ll need the topcoat, too).
The wide brush is perfect for fast application and it can remain chip free for five to six days, depending on Lego and climbing frame activity.
“A skin tint or primer that makes me look instantly less knackered,” was one variation on a common theme. If making up is either undesirable or an outright impossibility, try Becca First Light Priming Filter (£32), which can be smeared on haphazardly to brighten dull skin.
Personally, I wear Mac Strobe Cream (£25), which doubles as a very good day cream, or The Estée Edit Flash Illuminator (£22) on top of regular moisturiser. All three are available for any skin colour and mimic healthy glow.
Finally, I was reassured to see a request for “Treaty stuff that forces you to scoop out the toys and foam letters and have a proper bath”, partly because I could share my love of Body Shop’s new Almond Milk & Honey Calming & Caring Bath Milk (£12): rich, softening and ungreasy, it provides proper, fat bubbles and outranks Mr Matey.