Life hasn’t always been easy, it still isn’t. I don’t think either of us envisaged the start of this year to be so very difficult.

Things have happened, things that cause worry and anxiety and pain – but they’ve almost been a blessing in disguise; because we are closer than ever. Oddly, when we’ve both been feeling at our worst, we’ve found strength to become each others pillars, cemented firmly in the ground to ensure the other doesn’t falter.

We talk about the nitty gritty of course, but we’re also lucky that it can be so much more than that.

We’ll go out for lunch and take trips to the cinema, talk about new beauty products and you’ll raid my stash whenever you get the chance. It’s not the be all and end all, but it is special – because it feels like I can give back just a smidgen of what you’ve given me these past 27 years.

We all know the importance of skin care and as we get older it becomes more of a necessity as opposed to a luxury to keep our skin looking its best.

You’re no exception. You’ve used the L’Oreal Age Perfect range for years and so it was the obvious choice to top you up with your favourites when I found out they were releasing new items. After all, you were the one who taught me when I turned fifteen to take my makeup off every night, the one who told me off when I attempted to shave my legs at nine years old. I suppose the strength of our relationship has been born from honesty from the start, regardless of what form.

Our love has been hard fought for. 

It’s so very easy for people to look from the outside and create a perfect world for someone else but it’s because we’ve worked so hard that we can laugh like we can today – and I’m so thankful for that. I’m so thankful for you. 

Because you’re a beautiful person inside and out – just look at you.

Because you deserve the world, in every way. 

Because you’re worth it, Mum.

If you’re still deciding what to get for the special lady in your life this weekend, this beautiful gift set is on offer for £15, and makes the perfect Mother’s Day token – with the products totalling an RRP of over £30 it’s not only thoughtful but a total bargain too.

It’s packaged beautifully and inside are three full size products including: 

Age Perfect Cleansing Milk – uplifting and sure to revitalise the skin with Vitamin C and magnesium; this smooths and reduces signs of fatigue.

Age Perfect Face, Neck & Decollete Lotion SPF 15 – this hero is an absolute dream come true when it comes to anti-ageing. Its light, silky smooth texture will re-hydrate, firm and reduce the appearance of age spots as well as protecting delicate areas with an SPF 15. Wham bam thank you ma’am. 

Age Perfect Re-Hydrating Night Cream – This compliments the lotion perfectly – containing similar ingredients such as Soya-Ceramide that works overnight to plump the skin with moisture, revealing a rejuvenated complexion come morning.

You can read more about it by clicking here!

And remember that whoever you celebrate or however you spend this weekend, it doesn’t matter. Just know that it’s about love and appreciation and gratitude, in whatever way.

Photography by Catherine Bradley.

This post is sponsored by L’Oreal