Hair & Beauty

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Ideas | 2015 Edition

By Iro Kotsimbos
5th May 2015

Selecting the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be pretty darn overwhelming, not to mention that finding the time to actually buy said present.

The answer? A booking for some serious pampering at one of Melbourne’s best beauty salons—a guaranteed winner each and every year!
So which beauty salon to hit up? Let us cut to the chase for you with our Mother’s Day pampering gift guide. From Melbourne’s best facials and luscious lashes, to brilliant blow dries and pretty nails, we’ve rounded up the top Melbourne beauty salons for some good old fashioned pampering this Mother’s Day. 

DMK Enzyme Therapy at Skinovations


Experts in non-invasive skin treatments, Bayside skin clinic Skinovations is home to some of Melbourne’s best facials including the superstar DMK Enzyme Therapy. Brilliant for boosting collagen production and detoxifying the skin (aka the key to the fresh, glowy look), DMK Enzyme Therapy is easily customisable and suited to a variety of skin types. If mother dearest prides herself on looking after her skin, then this highly effective skin treatment needs to be on top of your list. The best part? Skinovations stocks DMK skin care packs, which make for the perfect finishing touch to your Mother’s Day gift. 

Starts from $149 ($189 with pre-exfoliation)

Classic natural lash extensions at Lash & Brow Boudoir


Lash extensions in Melbourne don’t come much better than those from Lash & Brow Boudoir—the team here are INCREDIBLE and can totally transform your look in the blink (pun totally intended) of an eye. While Lash & Brow Boudoir can create all sorts of lash looks, it’s the Classic Natural eyelash extensions that get our vote—the best Mother’s Day gift for mamas who prefer a low-key look.

TUL Reader Offer: To celebrate Mothers Day, Lash & Brow Boudoir are offering TUL readers an exclusive offer where you can have your lashes done for free when you book a Classic Natural Lash Extension Set for mum. Simply mention The Urban List when booking, come in at the same time as mum and your extensions will be on the house. Offer valid until 9th May 2015.

$150 (up to 100 individual lashes per eye)

Brilliant blow dry at Meddlers

South Yarra

If your mother is anything like mine, all she’ll want for a Mother’s Day present is to have her hair washed and blow-waved. With that in mind, why not treat your mum to one of the best blow dries in Melbourne at Meddlers? The team at this South Yarra hair salon have been tending to the follicles of Melbourne’s finest for years, with client after client walking out with some of the shiniest, bounciest hair we’ve seen on the side of the river. Meddlers also boast a cutting-edge (there we go again with the puns!) styling and colouring team, making for the total hair package.

$55 per blow dry or package of five for $200

Microhydrabrasion at Claire Francoise


Another one of Melbourne’s best facial treatments, microhydrabrasion at Claire Francoise is a popular choice for Mother’s Day gift giving this year. The treatment, which involves a gentle exfoliation followed by the pores being flushed with water, leaves regular microdermabrasion in its wake and results in bright, fresh, glowing skin. Microhydrabrasion is finished off with a specific face serum, chosen to target whatever your mother’s skin concerns are, plus moisturiser and all-important sunscreen. Trust us, she’ll float out of her appointment!

$135 for the face, $175 for face and décolletage or $80 as a facial addition

A relaxing steam-free sauna session at Sunlighten

South Melbourne

Sunlighten in South Melbourne is a fantastic sauna centre that offers private steam-free sauna cabins that can be booked out on an hourly basis. The sauna treatments are relaxing, ranging from intense muscle relaxation treatments to soothing heat sessions. Better yet, you and your mamma can book into a sauna cabin together, then head to South Melbourne Market for lunch. Sorted!

$40 per session

Manicure and pedicure at POLISH


We’ve hunted high and low for the best manicure in Melbourne, and one of the salons we keep coming back to is POLISH in Ripponlea. The team at POLISH, led by salon director Melanie Lachal, is completely and utterly obsessed with nailing (last one, we promise) the perfect manicure and pedicure, which is why we’ll be booking mum in for one of their luxe treatments this Mother’s Day. Whether she likes a classic French manicure or wants something bright and fun on her toes, POLISH Ripponlea totally nails it!

$25 for a manicure, $45 for a pedicure

Mum’s Retreat package at Body Freedom Urban Spa Retreat

South Melbourne

Body Freedom Urban Spa Retreat in South Melbourne is like a little piece of heaven, offering some of the most amazing spa and body treatments we’ve tried. This Mother’s Day there are a variety of incredible pamper packages on offer, however our pick of the bunch if the 90-minute Mum’s Retreat. Mum’s appointment starts with a glass of bubbly while her feet are bathed and massaged—bliss! A dry body brush, hot oil massage and warm cloth wrap comes next, followed by a mini facial and dreamy scalp massage and hair treatment. As if that isn’t enough, Body Freedom will gift mum with a handmade nougat from The Sweet Boutique in Elwood once her package is complete.

$195 for 90 minutes

HydraFacial at Avenue Advanced Skin Care


Last but not least in our roundup of best Mother’s Day pampering is the HydraFacial at Avenue Advanced Skin Care, a stellar medical skin clinic located in leafy Windsor. This non-invasive skin treatment ranks among Melbourne’s best facials, helping to resurface the skin and infuse it with a potent mix of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid (a key ingredient for boosting hydration in the skin). The HydraFacial at Avenue Advanced Skin Care leaves skin glowing and looking plump, which is pretty much at the top of any mother’s wish list. 

Starting from $185

Now that you’re done finding mum the best Mother’s Day gift ever, why not book in for Mother’s Day high tea or lunch? We’ve scoured Melbourne’s best cafes and restaurants for the cream of the crop…you can find them right here.

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