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Last Minute Mother's Day Gift and DIY Guide

May 10, 2013
How did we get to Mother's Day already?  I never know what to get my mom because for the past few big holidays, whatever I got her she made me go return it.  She just doesn't like me spending money on her, especially when it's not something she picked out herself.  This year, instead of the usual dinner that we have, I'm going to try something different - DIY at-home pamper... and then dinner lol.  Here are the steps I'm taking...

Step 1 — Facials

From L to R: Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Lotion
and Bioderma Sensibio Solution Micellaire
Let's start with cleansing by using the Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Lotion* and just to be safe, we'll use the Bioderma Sensibio Solution Micellaire to cleanse once more..

From L to R: Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask,
Beauty Diary Peruvian Sunflower Mask,
and REN Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
There are 3 masks that I'm using for deep cleansing, moisturizing, and radiance enhancing.  These include the new Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask*, Beauty Diary Peruvian Sunflower Mask, and REN Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.  I'm hoping after all 3 masks my mom is going to look glowing!

Step 2 — Mani/Pedi Part I: Pampering

From L to R: Face Q Milk Moisturizing Foot Mask and Montagne Jeunesse Foot Lotion
From L to R: Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy,Face Q Milk Moisturizing Hand Mask and Julep Glycolic Hand Scrub
Start of with a Glycolic Hand Scrub by Julep. Then put on these Face Q Milk Moisturizing Hand/Foot Mask that acts like gloves and socks with moisturizer in them.  It's a quick and easy way to moisturize your hand and feet, well your mom's hand and feet.  I like to add a moisturizer to seal the benefits of the masks, so I'm gonna use my trusted Crabtree & Evenlyn La Source Hand Therapy and this new Montagne Jeunesse Foot Lotion*.

Step 3 — Skin Prepping

From L to R: La Roche-Posay Derm AHA Intensive Resurfacing Serum,
Nivea Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Light Day Care, and 
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 30
While waiting for the hand and feet masks to be done, we can work on the face as well.  Moisturizing after the facials is quite important in my book, so I'm going to use the La Roche-Posay Derm AHA Intensive Resurfacing Serum* on her forehead and laughlines.  Then the Nivea Q10 Anti-wrinkle Light Day Care* to moisturize.  And equally importantly, sun protection and I'm going to use the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 30* because it has broad spectrum protection.

Step 4 — Mani/Pedi Part II: Prepping

Fromt L to R: Revlon Treat & Boost, Revlon Cuticle Softener, L'Oreal nail filer
After taking off the masks, it's time to do the nails.  Soak her nails (and yours) in warm water till the cuticle is soften, then use a Cuticle Softener like the Revlon one* (Essie has one that works great as well), push her cuticles back and remove any residues.  To treat the nail, lately, I've been enjoying the Revlon Treat & Boost*, because it makes my nails feel stronger and look healthier (maybe because of the pink tint?).

Step 5 — Makeover Part I: Eyes

Almay Intense I-Color collection; From L to R: Defining Liner in Onyx
Bold Nudes Powder Shadow in Trio for Browns, and Volumizing Mascara in Plum
I got this idea from the Almay Playfully Pretty tea party where they displayed their Mother's Day Campaign which features Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn.  I think it's a great idea to give my mom a makeup makover.  This might be pushing it, but I think I'm gonna convince my mom to let me do her eye makeup for her. I'm going to use the Almay intense i-color collection for brown eyes* to brighten her eyes.  She always says her eyes are her best feature.  I wanna accentuate that.  I'm enjoying using the Intense I-Color Defining Liner because of the tiny crystals that catch the lights and make my eye sparkles a little.  I think she would enjoy the Intense I-Color Volumizing Mascara in Plum* on her because she likes colour mascaras (she made me buy them when I was younger lol).

Step 6 — Mani/Pedi Part III: Polishing

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Colour, From L to R: I Pink I'm in Love,
He Red My Mind, and Greyt Expectation
I picked these new shades from L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Polishes because of the smooth, pigmented, and high gloss formula.  This is going to make the application so much easier.  I actually have NEVER seen my mom with done nails (except for the time she got scammed and got stick on nails that wouldn't come off for a month... I'm sorry mom, it's funny lol).

From T to B: Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy in Meteor,
Supernova, and Expressionist in Night & Degas
L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lingerie in In With The New
And if she's up for it, I'm also going to bring a few nail art option for her: Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy*, Revlon Nail Art Expressionist* or L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lingerie*.  Let's see if she's in the mood for fun!

Step 7 — Makeover Part II: Face

From L to R: Revlon Photoready Skinlights, Dior Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond
Benefit Hervana Boxed Powder, Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup
Annabelle Eyebrow Pencil, and Marcelle BB Roll-On Concealer
My mom doesn't normally wear face makeup, so I'm going to use Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup on her because it feels super light and looks natural, and add some Marcelle BB Roll-On Concealer* on places that needs some coverage.  For highlight, I'm thinking of using Dior Amber Diamond Shimmer Powder.  If she's not into foundation, no worries, just gonna apply some Revlon Skinlight in Barelight* to bright some definition to her face.  I love Benefit Hervana Boxed Powder, it just brightens up the face.  So if she let me, I'm going to lightly apply it on her cheeks.  (Yes, I'm not sure if my mom is that adventurous).  One thing that she won't skip is eyebrows, and I got her covered with the Annabelle Eye Brow Pencil.

Step 8 — Makeover Part III: Lips

From L to R: Maybelline Color Whisper in Berry Ready, Lust for Blush
Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Blooming and Lilac Love
My mother likes her plummy pink and berry plum... So I'm gonna bring, my current favourite, Maybelline Color Whisper in Berry Ready and Lust for Blush*, as well as, the new Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Lilac Love and Blooming.  Lipstick is one of the step that my mom likes, so I think she would enjoy the colours I picked out for her.

Step 9 — Makeover Part IV: Hair

From L to R: Garnier Fructis Style Thermo-Curls Spray,
Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Therapy, Rowenta Beauty Versastyle Styler
I'm going to bring this with me anyway just in case she is also in the mood for me to style her hair.  The Rowenta Beauty Versastyle is perfect because I can straighten or curl her hair.  Of course you need a heat protectant for that and I'm currently trying the Garnier Thermo Curl Spray*.  Also, a hair treatment to just prep the hair and I think my mom is going to like how soft her hair would be with the Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment.

Now this is all my plan anyway, how far would my mom let me work on her is another story.  My goal is to at least give her a mani, brows, mascaras, and lips.  Let's see if she will let it happen (fingers crossed).

On to my actual gift, don't laugh, but this is probably what she wants...

What can I say, my mom is VERY practical.

Last but not least, a little sign from me... which I know she will love :).

That's it!  That is what I planned to do with my mom on Mother's Day.  Have you planned/bought anything for her yet?  Let me know how you're going to spend the day with her!

Until next time,

x Rica

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*Disclaimer: Some products mentioned in this post were provided to The Office Chic for review consideration (noted with asterisk).  As always, all the opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way influenced by any advertiser, affiliate, public relations firm or brands.


  1. What a great Mother's Day gift! I think pampering is always welcome and you certainly have a lot planned. Hope she really likes it!

  2. Great idea! I'm sure your mother will like such a nice Mother's Day gift!

  3. Thanks! I hope she let me pamper her lol

  4. Thanks! Let's hope it works out!

  5. Thanks! I hope so too! Next year I'll sneak in a spa day if she likes it this year... hehe

  6. This is a awesome Mother's Day gift!!!

  7. Wow! Your mom will be so happy! Love this gifts!!

  8. wow you gave me really nice idea a mani pedi at home for my mom , I am sure she will love it

  9. Ive heard such great things about Bioderma!

  10. She loved it. I took pictures of the mani and she messaged me to sent her the pics lol

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