If your mom is a beauty and fragrance fanatic, here are some of the latest and greatest that appeal to all tastes and styles.
No brand of fragrance celebrates NYC more than Bond No. 9–and yes, their flagship store is indeed at 9 Bond Street! Their latest scent, the fruity floral NYC Flowers is a unique combo of Anjou Pear, Clementine, Kir Royal Accord, Rose de Grasse, Jasmine, Amber and Iris–and as you can see in the above photo, the bottle is a stunner! This scent celebrates New York in spring (especially all the public blooms planted around town). It opens like a bottle of fine champagne with highly sparkling starting notes. Online reviewers and people that I met in the Upper East Side store have commented on how long lasting it is! A 3.3 ounce bottle costs a steep $460 but it will last for years—a little dab on the wrist or neck goes a long way with this stunning EDP! Mom will never forget a gift like this and ALWAYS treasure it. Order here: New York Flowers. You might also like to purchase it “live” with Mom in tow at Bond No. 9’s latest store at 51st Street and Fifth Avenue! It goes without saying that Bond stores have their own chic style that includes long rows of their gorgeous bottles on glass cases for sampling and classy seating areas!
I am a longtime fan of Shalini Fragrances. They are the official fragrance of the legendaryPierre Hotelin NYC and are exclusively available for purchase at nearby Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. While each fragrance is a stunner and super long lasting, my personal favorite is Paradis Provence which blends fields of blue lavender, thyme, orange blossoms, sunflowers, jasmine and more into one of the most heavenly scents available today. It has an elegant earthiness because each flower, fruit and herb oil used to make this blend smells like they were freshly picked! The 1.7 ounce cube-shaped bottle with the bulb-shaped atomizer is priced at $500 but it will last a long time. Paradis Provence will remind you of being in the Greek islands when the weather is warm and the waves of the Mediterranean are crashing on the shores,the breeze is bringing in the scent of fresh lavender and the olives from nearby farms and yards are at their ripest! Order here: Paradis Provence With Atomizer Bulb. BTW, Shalini herself makes many appearances at Bergdorf Goodman beauty events so follow her on Instagram account (@shaliniparfum) to keep an eye on her schedule!
Want to make Mom feel special and appreciated? ekuBox here to help with gorgeous gift boxes that exemplify what it means to share the love. Just FYI, key stands for EAT, KEEP, and USE. There’s something to eat, something to keep, and something to use in every beautifully hand-curated box. ekuBOX plants a tree for every box sold, too! They make any occasion a reason to give. Nothing says you deserve some “me-time” like a fabulous spa-themed set for self-pampering at home that includes candles, soaps, sweets and flowers. I am presently enjoying the La Vie En Rose box. It lets you send roses that never fade! This petite gift box includes a 1.8 ounce Rose Otto Macaron Candle by Volupspa, a one ounce Le Chateleine Rose Acacia hand cream from France, a 4.5 ounce Potager Soap Co. handmade herb and floral garden soap and a 3.5 ounce cube of Sugarfina Sparkling Rose Gummy Bears. There are lovely dried rose petals scattered throughout the box—and the box even has sprigs of dried lavender tied into its dusty pink satin bow. Order here for $69: La Vie En Rose Gift Box.
I am always excited about unboxing both new a Kiehl’s products as well as tried and true favorites. The legendary 150-year-old apothecary company that became a skincare giant always has great Mother’s Day sets like Mom’s Daily Essentials in photo above but their newest product Ultra Facial Advanced Repair Barrier Cream is their best ever product for very dry skin)! As an extra amazing Mother’s Day gift I would buy the above set and tie a big satin bow with the Ultra Facial Barrier Cream tied in the knot. The aforementioned set includes a variety of best-sellers and anti-aging must-haves: Ultra Facial Cleanser, Ultra Facial Cream, Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum, Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum, Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Botanical Night Cream, and Midnight Recovery Concentrate Moisturizing Face Oil. It’s well priced at $89 and you can order it here: Mom’s Daily Essentials. You can order the 1.7 ounce tube of the new Ultra Facial Skin Barrier Cream here for $48: Ultra Facial Advanced Repair Barrier Cream. (As we go to press, there is a 15 per cent off code on the kiehls.com home page.)
Share your love of clean beauty with Mom! This limited-edition Youngblood Essentials set features three products that will easily become staples in yours or a loved one’s everyday beauty routine. Mom will get a stand-out eyes look paired with a soft wash of color on the lips—in other words, she’ll have a simple, signature look in minutes! This beloved bargain set includes: Outrageous Lashes Lengthening Mascara, Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen, Mineral Crème Lipstick in Rosewater and a Rose Gold Makeup Bag with cute tassel zipper pull. Best of all, it is on sale now for $55 (the original price was $91 and a deal to begin with)! Sign up for texts on ybskin.com and you will get another 20 per cent off! Order here: Youngblood Essentials Set.
FHI Heat is offering all sorts of crazy online deals for Mother’s Day that last through May 15th. Pictured above is my “perfect pair” known as the Pro Dryer & Sleek Duo Set which has been reduced to $220 from $355! This must-have duo provides versatility and the best styling experience. You will be shocked by how fast you get through your styling routine! Featuring our advanced technology, the Platform Pro 2000 Chrome Dryer and Ti Pro Styler allows you to create endless styling possibilities while creating silky, smooth, shiny, long-lasting results! Order here and never have a bad hair day again: Pro Dryer And Sleek Duo Set.
Dr. Brandt recently launched a new collection called ID-STRESS to combat dullness for luminous, hydrated complexion. The refreshing premiere duo of Fatigue Fighting Eye Gel ($38) and Icy Gel Moisturizer ($49) awakens your skin exhausted by stress. Through a combination of natural, acne-fighting ingredients, ID-STRESS takes an all-encompassing approach to adrenaline cascade, a process by which stress directly affects skin. The Fatigue Fighting Eye Gel is a super fresh, cooling eye gel with a ceramic applicator that rapidly calm signs of stress and fatigue around the eye. (You get bonus eye patches, too!) Icy Gel Moisturizer is a cooling gel cream that infuses skin with icy, refreshing hydration to help minimize visible signs of stress and make skin tone appear more radiant. Powered by Energlow Complex, a high-performance blend of adaptogen, lipopeptides, and Mediterranean fig stem cells, this groundbreaking line rapidly cools dehydrated skin. Order the Icy Gel here: ID-STRESS Icy Gel. Order the ID-STRESS Fatigue Fighting Eye Gel here: ID-STRESS Fatigue Fighting Eye Gel.
It is no secret that I am passionate about Lights Lacquer because not only does this brand of luxury nail polish smell good, it features natural ingredients that are actually good for your nails. The new summer collection box called the Bienvenidos Limited Shopper Edition just went on sale and it features not only six bright, summery colors of nail polish, but also sheets of nail art tattoos that are a mid or tropical and exotic leaves, flowers, fruit, butterflies and birds. My favorite shade is “Hide The Rum,” which is a vibrant tangerine! The Bienvenidos collection is bringing the “tranquila y tropical” vibes from your passport to your fingertips and these magnet mail lacquers are reminiscent of some of the world’s most eclectic cities. Bienvenidos will transport you to a peaceful paradise and have you planning your next vacation before your nails are even dry! Order here for $73: Bienvenidos Limited Shopper Edition.
If Mom is really into skincare, you know that she’s familiar with Babor, a brand that is in many top hotel spas around the world. I am in love with the latest product from this legendary brand and it would make a great Mother’s Day gift! The Spring Egg Ampoule Serum Concentrates Limited Edition is a vegan special skincare highlight that effectively combats the first signs of skin aging and promotes the recovery of skin cells. It’s a treatment that will let Mom achieve protection and tightness of your skin in a short period of time. once more raised the bar on the fight against wrinkles with this exquisite product and the results are extraordinary! Each 2 ml ampoule serum concentrates active ingredients allow your skin to glow in youthful freshness. What you get is a fabulous formula that moisturizes, builds, protects and strengthens the skin. And what everybody will see on you is a younger-looking skin, ready for everyday challenges. Order here for $64.90 (but you can also purchase it at Saks Fifth Avenue): Babor Spring Egg.