Beauty

The Beauty Gift List (for Mother’s Day and Beyond)

Written by: Jean Godfrey-June

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Published on: April 27, 2023

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Photo courtesy of Amy Harrity

We’re biased, but beauty products do make the best presents: The right one feels totally indulgent and is practically guaranteed to get lots of use. Here’s what our beauty editors are getting their new-mom friends, their sisters, their moms, their grandmothers, and more.

French-Girl Mom

  1. de Mamiel Gravity Fix
    de Mamiel Gravity Fix goop, $265
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    The present: Magic serum for skin.

    Why we love it: Biofermented retinal, hyaluronic acid, and goji berry mix in this skin-transforming serum that comes in the prettiest pale-blue box.

  2. Saie Lip Blur Lipstick
    Saie Lip Blur Lipstick goop, $24
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    The present: Gorgeous statement lip color.

    Why we love it: The classic red lipstick for the French-girl-in-spirit on your list, this is a nourishing matte cream made with hyaluronic acid, olive oil, and jojoba esters—and it lasts all day.

  3. Maison Louis Marie No. 13 Nouvelle Vague Perfume Oil
    Maison Louis Marie No.13 Nouvelle Vague Perfume Oil goop, $65
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    The present: Exquisite new perfume.

    Why we love it: This sexy-fresh perfume oil is joy in a rollerball glass bottle. It smells of the Italian coast—lemon swirls with fig, vetiver, and wildflowers—and makes you feel chic every time you pull it from your bag (it’s beautifully portable).

  4. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum goop, $125/$112 with subscription
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    The present: Glowing skin, guaranteed.

    Why we love it: Skin looks noticeably better after about a week of using it—you are delivering future compliments to your giftee along with the skin nourishment.

Minimalist Mom

  1. Furtuna Skin Cielo Puro Cleansing Oil Balm
    Furtuna Skin Cielo Pure Cleansing Oil Balm goop, $85
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    The present: Chicest, most nourishing cleanser.

    Why we love it: This wildly luxe balm melts into a milk as you splash on water; it smells fantastic and leaves skin so, so soft.

  2. Manta Hairbrush
    Manta Manta Hairbrush goop, $35
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    The present: Brilliant, internet-famous detangling brush.

    Why we love it: The bendy bristles feel heavenly on your scalp as they slice effortlessly through tangles and knots, leaving your hair—and psyche—beautifully smooth. It’s ideal for any hair type, it travels like a dream, and it looks adorable, too.

  3. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Dark Spot Exfoliating Sleep Milk
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Dark Spot Exfoliating Sleep Milk goop, $98/$89 with subscription
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    The present: Milky serum for (amazing) overnight results.

    Why we love it: This dark-spot targeting multiacid serum is a testament to the power of beauty sleep. Put it on before bed—the silky blend of intensely exfoliating acids and soothing botanical extracts helps smooth wrinkles, even tone, and firm while you sleep—and wake up with glowing, noticeably clearer skin.

  4. Kosas DreamBeam Comfy Smooth Sunscreen SPF 40
    Kosas DreamBeam Comfy Smooth Sunscreen SPF 40 goop, $40
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    The present: Creamy SPF 40 moisturizer-primer.

    Why we love it: There is such a thing as magic cream—and it’s this clean broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen packed with ceramides and peptides to leave skin smooth, plumped, dewy, and protected. It doubles as primer, layering beautifully under makeup, and the peachy-pink tint counteracts the bluish-white cast of the zinc, so it melts easily into any skin tone.

Chic Mom

  1. Monastery Made Lapiz Matte Body Oil
    Monastery Made Lapiz Matte Body Oil goop, $59
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    The present: Prettiest moisturizing body oil.

    Why we love it: With a squalane base so it’s extra moisturizing (and sinks right in), this spectacular oil smells of ginger grass, grapefruit, and pink peppercorn and leaves a subtle, well-nourished gleam.

  2. Ami Cole Desert Date Blush and Lip Multistick
    Ami Cole Desert Date Blush and Lip Multistick goop, $22
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    The present: Ultraflattering lip and cheek tint.

    Why we love it: The only thing better than the sheer, buildable, natural-looking haze of color is the unbelievable ease of smoothing this creamy pigment stick over your lips and cheeks.

  3. Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
    Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream goop, $290
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    The present: Cult-favorite youth-boosting supercream.

    Why we love it: Get her the cream everyone wishes for—the results are more than worth it.

  4. 54 Thrones Kenyan Hibiscus and Moroccan Rose Body Butter
    54 Thrones Kenyan Hibiscus and Moroccan Rose Body Butter goop, $24
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    The present: Rich body butter with a beautiful scent.

    Why we love it: This botanical-oil-infused moisture-bomb smells and feels sooo good (the secret is the Ugandan and Ghanaian shea butters—the founder draws inspiration from her family’s Nigerian roots and sources from artisans in different African countries). Massage it all over—dry patches don’t stand a chance. Plus, the gold tube is prettier than actual gift wrapping.

  5. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Vita-C Brightening Eye Cream
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Vita-C Brightening Eye Cream goop, $58/$52 with subscription
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    The present: Eye cream for color-correcting lift.

    Why we love it: Who doesn’t want a silky, vitamin C–infused eye gel-cream that makes them look and  feel like they got eight blissful hours of uninterrupted sleep?

Romantic Mom

  1. The Maker Artist Candle
    The Maker Artist Candle goop, $80
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    The present: Pomelo-and-water-lily candle (it looks good anywhere).

    Why we love it: The scent is amazing even when it’s unlit, and the ribbed glass emits the most flattering candlelight on earth.

  2. Kate McLeod Limited-Edition In Bloom Body Stone Duo
    Kate McLeod Limited-Edition In Bloom Body Stone Duo goop, $60
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    The present: Two luxe body balms in one stunning box.

    Why we love it: Scented with white-petaled jasmine, vanilla, and gardenia, these solid balm “stones” turn moisturizing into a massage (especially delightful for people who aren’t into lotions).

  3. Saint Jane Hydrating Petal Cream
    Saint Jane Hydrating Petal Cream goop, $68
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    The present: Skin-renewing peptide gel-cream.

    Why we love it: You can’t not fall in love with this luxurious, supremely moisturizing pink cream made with flower essences, hyaluronic acid, and hibiscus peptides. Even the box is stunning.

  4. Rye Beauty Brow Grooming Serum
    Rye Beauty Brow Grooming Serum goop, $48
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    The present: Brow potion from the San Francisco legend.

    Why we love it: This miracle gel-serum hybrid nourishes, shapes, lifts, and conditions brows beautifully—and lasts all day. The best part? The jungle-floral-printed box is so pretty, all you need is a bow.

Spa Mom

  1. NuFace Trinity+ and Effective Lip & Eye Set
    NuFACE Trinity+ and Effective Lip & Eye Set goop, $495
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    The present: The microcurrent device everyone’s talking about.

    Why we love it: If your giftee is into facials, they’ll want this internet-favorite set—the (toning, lifting, smoothing) results are incredible.

  2. Crown Affair The Renewal Mask
    Crown Affair The Renewal Mask goop, $58
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    The present: For silky, shiny hair, a mask with a delicate scent.

    Why we love it: Whipped and fresh and totally nourishing, this is the ultimate indulgence for hair.

  3. goop Beauty “The Martini” Emotional Detox Bath Soak
    goop Beauty “The Martini” Emotional Detox Bath Soak goop, $40
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    The present: A mood-shifting, spirit-centering bath soak.

    Why we love it: This luxurious soak—made with pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salts, passionflower, and wild-crafted frankincense—is the ultimate way to unwind.

  4. goop Beauty G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush
    goop Beauty G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush goop, $25
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    The present: The life-changing body brush that started it all.

    Why we love it: It’s a mainstay in Gwyneth’s morning routine for good reason: The sisal fibers sweep away dead cells, leaving behind smoother, softer, more supple skin. The boost of energy some people feel is reason enough to make it a habit.

  5. Esker The Works Bundle
    Esker Clarifying Bath Kit goop, $150
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    The present: Best bath essentials in the loveliest box.

    Why we love it: You get full sizes of a gorgeous botanically infused bodywash, body oil, and candle for supreme relaxation and baby-soft skin.

  6. goop Beauty G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo
    goop Beauty G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo goop, $55/$38 with subscription
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    The present: Hair-softening shampoo and scalp massage in one.

    Why we love it: This scalp-exfoliating pink Himalayan salt shampoo works into a luxurious, frothy, spalike lather, massaging your scalp and leaving your hair soft and shiny.