By Jessie Knadler
You didn't see it coming. You didn't even feel it land — until a split second
later when you suddenly realize you've had the wind knocked out of you. What
just hit you? Someone's nasty comment, and it's cut you to the core.
Sometimes a faultfinder disguises her disapproval as a quasi-compliment:
"I would have never had the courage to talk to my boss the way you
did." Other times, a jab takes the form of a cautionary tale: "You're
going on a cruise? I still get nightmares...
"Don’t be fooled by the creaminess of this concealer-- it still dries down and stays put. You can use it all over the face, from covering darkness under the eyes to the red or brown spots left after breakouts and blemishes. Mom will love how easy it is to throw in her makeup bag and apply on the go."
The Body Shop Chocomania Body Butter ($20)
"If she loves chocolate and wants dewy skin, this is the gift for her. Made with decadent ingredients such as cocoa butter, honey, aloe, marula oil, and shea butter, this keeps skin hydrated long after applying."
GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment ($69)
"This 10-minute clay mask pulls out impurities without drying out the complexion. It leaves the skin with a beautiful glow and is a must for busy moms who find it hard to get a monthly facial."
Bite Beauty High-Pigment Lip Pencil ($24)
"A little of this super-pigmented and hydrating lip pencil goes a long way, not to mention the chubby applicator that makes it easy for Mom to keep her lips luscious. Bonus: It’s loaded with resveratrol, an ingredient shown to protect against sun damage."
Gift ideas from Damaris Carr, makeup artist, New York City
Bliss ‘Zest’ to Thrill Lemon+Sage Body Care Set ($88)
"This spa-quality body set includes a body wash, scrub, and cream. To transform dry skin into smooth, supple skin, Mom should layer all of the products in the kit -- shower with the wash and the scrub, and then apply the cream while her skin is still slightly damp."
Caudalíe Beauty Elixir ($18)
"Used after cleansing, and before or after makeup, this refreshing face mist is infused with grape seed oil to give skin a little boost of radiance and hydration. It’s also perfect for when you need a midday pick-me-up. With regular use, it may help smooth fine lines and tighten pores."
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer With Sunscreen($40)
"With a non-greasy, matte finish, this primer sunscreen is great for wearing under makeup to protect skin against sun damage. It also covers and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, dark spots, and redness."
Armani Code Gift Set ($83)
"A personal fave, this is great for moms who want to smell yummy. This gift set comes with eau de parfum, shower gel, and body lotion, infused with notes of orange flower, fresh ginger, and honey-sandalwood."
Q & A
Q: "Help! I’m always getting hangnails. What can I do?" -- Erica Strong
25, speech therapist, Greenville, N.C.
A: "The next time you get a hangnail, trim it down with a cuticle clipper. Try not to cut too close to the base of the hangnail, which could lead to infection. I recommend trimming the hangnail after you take a shower so it is nice and soft. After you trim, apply lotion and cuticle oil to your hands and nails. Dryness is one of the main causes of chronic hangnails, so hydrate your hands and nails frequently and you should see fewer popping up." -- Erica Marton, celebrity manicurist, New York City
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