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Beauty Insider: Mother’s Day Gifts - Palettes to Make Mom Pretty

Saturday, May 02, 2015


In addition to convenience and portability, some palettes are whimsical works of art and make charming gifts for Mother’s Day.

Yesterday’s movie starlets were always powdering their noses with those chic compacts nimbly pulled from handbags. Today the compact has morphed into the prestigious palette, containing everything from lipstick to highlighter to liners. In addition to convenience and portability, some palettes are whimsical works of art and make charming gifts for Mother’s Day. Mom doesn’t want a toaster. Really. She doesn’t. Our suggestions for old-world glam in a modern package start here:

Chantecaille Save the Bees Eye and Cheek Palette is just too darn cute. Mom will love that 5% of the sale proceeds are donated to the Xerces Society, a group that protects bees and the environment. She’ll also love the beautiful eye shadows, including a pale eye-opening blue. The blush is a gorgeous universal coral that looks great on everyone. Slim and lovely with a cheery bee sculpture on the cover – perfect for her summer rattan tote. Nordstrom.com

Illamasqua Lipstick Palette is a limited edition of four summer-ready hues for lips. These tropical colors glide on smooth and easy and are highly pigmented. Mom will love every one and she’ll want to take this palette along on her summer day-tripping with Dad. Get ready for your thank you kiss! Sephora.com

Dior Trianon Makeup Palette – This lovely palette offering from Dior will help Mom pay homage to the splendor of Versailles even if she can’t take that trip to France right now. It features a trio of pastel eyeshadows, deep black eyeliner, and a vibrant blush. She’ll adore the unique feminine bow shape that fits smoothly in her the palm of her hand at summer parties and wedding receptions. Amazon.com

Tory Burch Divine Bronzer, Blush & Highlighter Palette – Tory Burch is the hottest cosmetic line right now and this bespoke gold and orange compact has three skin-brightening shades pressed together. A single swipe will give Mom the healthy, sun-kissed glow she longs for. It's lightly scented too, with hints of Tory's signature fragrance of mandarin, tuberose and vetiver. Chic and up-to-the-minute means you’ll score points - now Mom really likes you best. Exclusive to Nordstrom.

Bobbi Brown Pastel Brights Eye Palette is the epitome of warm weather chic with its array of metallic pastels. Moms don’t have to be afraid of frosts when the colors are this sophisticatedly hushed and grown-up. A touch of sweetness to enhance those eyes you love so much. Bobbibrowncosmetics.com

Two Faced Natural Face Palette is a true multi-tasking compact that has everything to create an effortless no-make-up look. Some Moms prefer natural glow instead of color and this one comes with detailed instruction cards for coverage, highlights, and glow. Sephora.com

Palettes may seem a bit pricey at first but their multi-talented ways and beguiling presentations will give Mom plenty to smile about on Mother’s Day.


Donna Macdonald is a freelance writer who enjoys covering topics of interest to women, especially fragrance, style, beauty. She has also written marketing material for a women's book that hit the New York Times Bestseller list and netted her an up close and personal discussion on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Donna currently writes her own personal blog, alovelyinconsequence.blogspot.com where she also writes about issues close to a woman's heart. Donna believes that when a woman finds beauty in the world, she will find beauty in herself.

EDITOR'S NOTE - We originally ran this piece in May of 2014 - folks loved it and we decided to run it again.


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Where to buy: Blushing Bee Naturals, 787 Main Street, Holden, MA. (508) 829-2332. 

Price: Varies based on product line and item

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Where to buy: Colonial Candies, 47 Sugar Road, Bolton, MA. (978) 779-6586.

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Where to buy: Tatnuck Bookseller, Route 9 & Lyman Street, Westborough, MA. (508) 366-4959.

Price: Varies based on book or item selected.

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Where to buy: Ribbons Jewelry, 158 North Main Street, Uxbridge, MA. (508) 278-2495.

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Where to buy: New England Backpacker, 6 East Mountain Street, Worcester, MA. (508) 853-9407.

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Where to buy: Prints and Potter, 142 Highland Street, Worcester, MA. (508) 752-2170.

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