15 Beauty Products My Mom Is Using With Me

Although she was an actress, my mom never cared much for skincare and beauty. But do you know what she cares about? Free stuff. Since I started working in beauty, her interest in any of my products has become more apparent.

(Of course, I say this out of love.)

One thing I noticed is that this woman has great taste. A lot of the stuff that mysteriously went from my makeup bag to her stuff is something I really miss. So I thought it might be worth collecting some of her recent favorites in the hopes that your mom might like them.

It Cosmetics Confidence Foundation, $32.
My mom loved it so much that she took the time to mix up three (!!!!!) Different shades to match her skin tone. (Now, with 48 available shades, it wasn’t entirely necessary, but she had to work with what I got for free). I have to say, it was worth the effort. The coverage is awesome, but it still has a glowing velvet finish that gives her complexion a flawless look. She also reported that she got a lot of compliments about it.

Murad City Sunscreen SPF 50 PA++++++++, $68
My mom recently ran out of this bottle of hers and has been pestering me for more. I’ve directed her to several other sunscreens that I like, but none of them compare to this one in her book. She loves the texture of this sunscreen, which is light and light, absorbs quickly, and has a great color. And this product seems to fit well with her active lifestyle.

EltaMD UV Replenish Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 44, $33.50
This is another sunscreen option that my mom loves. It blends easily into the skin, and it offers great UV protection. She wears it every day for her early morning walks!

La Prairie Caviar Serum Cream, $505.
Well, to be honest, I’m really a little pissed that she requisitioned this because it’s very good (and, she went through the super expensive cans too quickly). Without a doubt, it’s one of the most expensive skincare products I’ve ever used, but if you can spare the cash, it’s definitely mom-approved and we can all attest to the fact that it leaves your skin as smooth and glowing as anything else.

Yon-Ka Paris Creme Mains, $43
My mom is basically an automatic choice for any hand cream on my desk, and this one has quickly become her favorite. There’s a reason for this hand cream. This lightweight hand cream absorbs almost instantly and keeps your hands protected and hydrated overnight (even by washing your hands multiple times). And the fact that it smells like orange blossom? It’s the icing on the cake.

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Bubble Gum, $34.
When asked about her favorite beauty product in this story, this one was actually one of the first to appear.” It’s this tinted lip balm that comes in a fancy metal tube that looks and feels expensive.” She said, not knowing the name, not knowing what it was. We finally settled on this one……… She’s right, it’s quite an expensive lip balm; although well worth it (especially a good gift for Mother’s Day).

EO Shower Gel Vanilla and Coconut, $10.39.
My mom is really into all things natural (including but not limited to: yoga, meditation, homeopathy and acupuncture), so giving her this body wash felt like a no-brainer. She said she loved the scent of the shower gel, the loose lather that doesn’t dry and the fact that it’s super easy to rinse.

Laura Mericer Caviar Eye Shadow Stick Eyeshadow, $29.
Like I mentioned, my mom is an actress and a few months ago she came back from the set and asked (more like requested) this particular Laura Mercier eyeshadow stick. The makeup artist had used it on her and she liked how it minimized her need for grooming and the fact that it was quite human. Luckily for both of us, I happened to have one on hand.

Cle de Peau Beaute Blush Cream, $60.
If your mom is like my mom and prefers a low-key beauty look, then this blush might be just the thing. It looks a little creamy in the pan, but it works as a natural, taupe peach application. Its emollient formula adds a healthy dewy feel to your complexion and lasts for hours. And yes, it’s pricey, but she’s been using it for about a year now, just one can. (I probably should have told her to get rid of it; though I doubt she would have listened to me).

Cle de Peau Beaute Lipstick, $65.
She also loved the brand’s lipsticks, especially the lavender, berry-colored China Doll, and in a twist of fate, I managed to buy her two from our beauty cabinet, and the fact that she was almost out of her second one made her panic a little.” Just let them send you more.” She said to me more than once. In fact, I’m sure she’ll let me send this article to Cle de Peau Beaute’s PR team in hopes of convincing them to give her more free lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Nothing But the Nudes in Hanky Panky Pink, $24
Okay, so it probably has a name that’s perfect for mom – but the color is adorable! Anyway, I’m definitely going to take home two tubes of this gorgeous MLBB shade – one for me and one for her. The formula is creamy, super comfortable and what I like is that it has just the right amount of shine when finished.

Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Hydration Product, $66
A few of my mom’s friends sell Rodan + Fields, so I get things from this brand and she always gets them quickly. One of the highlights of the year is its new body cream. It’s super smooth and has a gel-like texture that will never leave your skin sticky. She raves about it and uses it every time her skin feels dry after a bath.

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum, $48
Speaking of Rodan + Fields, she’s quite fond of last year’s Rodan + Fields Redefine Intensive Rejuvenating Serum, $102. Once those products ran out, she quickly started pestering me for more anti-aging capsules (she likes the capsule form because she travels a lot for work). When I got these capsules, I knew I had to share them with her and we both loved them. They’re super hydrating and although they contain retinol, neither of us had peeling or redness. In addition, the rose gold capsules are interesting to use.

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Facial Cleansing Oil, $48
For years, I’ve wanted my mom to try a double facial, but it wasn’t until she stole my beloved Tatcha cleansing oil that she really got on board. She marvels at how well it removes eye makeup and long-lasting foundation, and loves the faint camellia scent.

(I excitedly told her it was the makeup remover that Saoirse Ronan used, but she didn’t seem to care).

Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, $34
Before I figured out a way to get her into an oily cleanser, I directed her to this cleanser because it removes makeup well and doesn’t overstimulate the skin. She is now halfway through and continues to use it with Tatcha.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!