This Mother’s Day, go above and beyond the brunch and bouquets — a thoughtfully picked beauty treat will have mum looking and feeling even more wonderful long after her special day.
La Bouche Rouge
Personalised lipsticks are ubiquitous these days, but the stunning leather lipsticks by La Bouche Rouge stand out as the most unforgettable design we’ve seen this year. The Parisian brand is all about sustainability, combating the current world statistics that estimate 1 billion lipsticks are discarded every year. The refillable calfskin case uses luscious vegetable-tanned leather sourced from the same ateliers as Hermés. The refills are completely recyclable, and boast a surprisingly long-wear formula made of moisturising shea butter and beeswax, free from micro-plastics, preservatives, parabens and animal fats. It also comes in an infinite range of vivid, luxurious hues — you can personalise your own shade at the counter with a reference. It’s certainly the perfect gift for any environmentally-minded lady in your life. With its debut in Hong Kong, La Bouche Rouge is currently holding fort with a pop-up at Lane Crawford IFC Mall through June.
HK$1,350 for one case and refill set; HK$70 for initial engraving from La Bouche Rouge, Lane Crawford IFC Mall, Podium 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 2288
Clarins Extra-Firming Range
Clarins has won over women all around the world with its iconic firming body care products and serums, and its latest range of Extra-Firming creams make for a practical way to spoil any lady in your life — whether for those who want an extra boost in their wrinkle-combatting arsenal, or those just starting out with anti-ageing products. The new range features Kangaroo Paw plant extract, a potent antioxidant and skin hydrator, and particularly assists in healing cellular damage caused by oxidative stress. It also uses organic Mitracarpus, which works to strengthen collagen and elastin fibres to firm the skin. The night cream in particular also incorporates an extract of hydrated silica of moonstone, which apparently encourages nighttime skin regeneration. Get the whole trio including day cream, night cream and eye cream for an online Mother’s Day exclusive, which includes plenty of extra gifts upon purchases over HK$1,000.
Extra-Firming Essentials, HK$1,710 from Clarins, various locations including Shop 1089, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2295 0827
Dr Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Ampoules
Encased in these little glass vials are one week’s road to insane glow: Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Ampoules are often touted as the Hollywood secret to life-changing skin (her products and infamous “Vampire Facial” have become skincare staples for celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Kate Moss and Cher). Featuring long chain and short chain hyaluronic acid, the ampoules deliver a fresh daily dose of the potent hydrator that can be more readily absorbed by the skin at different layers. Results typically cite radiant, soft skin that’s beautifully balanced (neither oily nor dry), banishing dehydration-related wrinkles as well in one fell swoop. Whether you’re pampering mum for an upcoming special event or just a treat to try, this week-long ritual is certainly worth a splurge.
HK$1,500 from Joyce Beauty, 1/F New World Tower, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2869 5816
Mother & Daughter Detox and Pamper Experience
Living in a city as dense and busy as Hong Kong can take its toll on our lungs as much as our busy spirits. For the ultimate pampering session tackling symptoms of respiratory stress, the Mandarin has launched a new treatment catered for two with exclusive use of a spa suite — perfect for a relaxing mother-daughter bonding session. It starts with 30 minutes in the new in-room infrared sauna and halotherapy booth, offering ample time for girl talk as you enjoy the low heat microclimate of a salt cave. It also helps to relieve respiratory and skin concerns thanks to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of salt. This is followed by the spa’s signature Quintessence salt scrub to polish and smoothen the skin, ending on a sweet note with a personalised massage. Designed to ultimately relax muscular and mental tensions alike, it’s just the thing to wrap up a busy week with a treat for mum.
The 150-minute treatment is priced at HK$3,200 per person from Monday to Thursday; HK$3,465 per person from Friday to Sunday. The Mandarin Spa, The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 24/F, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong +852 2825 4888
Frame Cosmetics R5+D2 Mother’s Day Gift Set
Want to offer mum a more sophisticated touch to their skincare routine? As a strong proponent for holistic wellness, Milan-based Frame Cosmetics touts a “pro-ageing” philosophy when it comes to its skincare products — helping its customers maintain optimum skin health as they grow older and their skin concerns change. The R5 — Extreme Restorative Anti-Ageing Satin Serum — is one of the brand’s most effective products fighting signs of ageing, pairing the plumping and hydrating effects of hyaluronic acid with emollient plant oils that leave the skin lifted and supple. Results are enhanced when applied using the D2 — Thermal Vibration Face Massaging Device, which transports the active ingredients to the deepest layers of the dermis. Those purchasing the R5+D2 gift set this Mother’s Day will also receive a complimentary N2 — Regenerative Mix Applied Nutraceutical, a skin-nourishing supplement packed with yerba mate and cola nut extracts, a potent antioxidant and a digestion and circulation aid respectively.
HK$4,680 from Frame Cosmetics
Bydeau Ultimate Pamper Box
Give mum an at-home respite from her to-do list with this eco-friendly pamper box by Bydeau. Wrapped in a wooden keepsake box, the set includes a small bouquet of fresh blooms, an aloe vera and cucumber face mask, a sea clay body mask, an aromatherapy elixir oil and a scented votive candle, all perfect for the makings of a spa night before bed after a long soak in the tub. Created in collaboration with Eco Drive, a Hong Kong volunteer group working to minimise plastic waste and raise awareness for sustainability, this chic gift set minimises waste and spoils mum with a much-needed bout of me-time.
HK$1,200 from Bydeau