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I'd give her a voucher for cosmetics (with a long expiry), on the basis that she's unlikely to have much time to relax and indulge now but in a few months she'll appreciate a guilt-free shopping trip and the chance to buy something that will make her feel less frumpy/ungroomed. I'm thinking No7 (if you've got a big Boots with a proper counter nearby), Clarins or Estee Lauder, depending on her usual budget - nothing more useless than an expensive blush when you can only afford very cheap foundation to go under it...
If you know her well enough, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. I've an 8wk old baby who still has her night and day reversed and 2 lively toddlers and people keep saying I'm looking really well. It is totally due to that stuff - v fast and unfussy to apply so it is often the only making up I get chance for. Without it I look grey.
Oh wow arcticroll, fantastic tip re the re website, just ordered a heap of the rosé stuff which I love.
Op, I would also suggest the Ren Moroccan Rose stuff as a wonderfully spoiling, indulgent treat. I agree no tobathstuff. Shower gel or body cream only (stuff thatabsorbes quickly). Fancy candle also a good idea.