Five Mother’s Day Picks

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It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, dolls, in case you’ve been living under a rock. What are we getting for our MOMS? My brother and I have been scheming for a good gift for Carol and while beauty gifts are what Carol and I like to refer to as “Tuesday,” this year’s present is going to be a delight and will bring her kicking and screaming into the 21st century from a technology perspective. My father’s not looking forward to being her live-in IT consultant, but I have confidence that she’ll become well-versed within a couple weeks. For all of you who don’t live in a veritable Sephora, a beauty set always delights.  Here, my top five Mother’s Day finds from my favorite brands. Check it:

Carol’s Daughter Memorable Mists Trio ($30) Is your mother cultivating an air of “mistery?” This trio from Carol’s Daughter will keep her skin smooth, softly scented and glowing. Use them separately or blend them together for a delicate fragrance. This set contains Almond Cookie Dry Oil Mist, Sugared Violets Dry Oil Mist and Orange Ambrosia Dry Oil Mist. Score it at

If your ma (as The Golden Girls‘ Dorothy always referred to her mom Sophia) lives near a Bliss Spa location, I implore you to buy her an in-salon Foot Patrol pedi–after an hour of foot TLC, my ravaged tootsies looked and felt sublimely smooth and smelled like CAKE for a straight 24 hours. Can you even? If you can’t get her in-spa, she’ll love this at-home lotion and sock combo for a DIY situation. Pick one up at 

Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Gift Sets ($25)
Carol enjoys only two scents on EARTH–she’s not such a perfume person. And the two scents are Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps and Bath & Body Works Moonlight Path. That’s IT. This set includes body care essentials in her favorite Signature Collection scent, perfectly packaged in this pretty decorative box.  Set includes a full-size Signature Collection Shower Gel (10 oz.), Body Lotion (8 oz.) and Fragrance Mist (8 oz.) At $25, it’s a steal.

Votre Vu Mother’s Color Her World ($70)
Pamper her from head to toe with this gift set from Votre Vu. It includes a SnapDragon Body Drench, one of my favorite body hydrators in a hot orange hue and a fruity fragrance. The Tout Le Monde Antioxident Eye Gelee will refresh her ocular area, while the supremely useful Bebe Duette Framboise will take up little real estate, but make a major addition to her makeup bag. 

Thymes Kimono Rose Gift Set ($29)

A rare example of a non-octogenarian rose fragrance, this limited edition gift set features three products: a hand cream, a votive candle and bath salts all in a luxurious, calming scent. I’m loving the beautiful box almost as much as the beauty booty it houses. A steal at $29 at
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