Everyone thinks my mum is my sister—and I think it's down to these 12 products she borrows from my stash

I'm a beauty writer, and my mum is *always* pinching these products

Beauty writer Dionne Brighton with her mother
(Image credit: Dionne Brighton)

My make-up obsession can be credited to my mum, Lucy, who gifted me a mascara to wear to school at 14 even though it was definitely not allowed. Who knows, if I hadn't watched my mum apply her make-up every morning, I may not even be a beauty writer now.

Now I'm 24, and while I still have to check out every new foundation release, I'm way more focussed on my skincare regime. Turns out, I've brought the mother along with me for the ride. It seems the tables have turned, because nowadays I'm the one nagging my mum to please apply her skincare in the right ordercleanse, tone, serum and moisturise. Oh, and I'm forever having to remind her to apply her eye cream with her ring finger gently. And it's clearly paying off because everyone is always mistaking her for my sister.

As a beauty journalist, I get to test a hell of a lot of products. The one perk of having a stay-at-home, beauty writer daughter? A bathroom (and a spare room) full of beauty products. For mama bear, every day is like Mother's Day, because all the skincare products that are a little too thick or potent for me get passed on to her. When my acne-prone skin can’t handle a thick formula, hers can.

At least a few times a month, she will ask me to do her make-up before she heads out for a dinner or date night, and to be honest it's one of my favourite things to do.

Dionne and Lucy Brighton - mothers day beauty gifts

(Image credit: Dionne Brighton)

These days, my mum being confused as my sister is something I take pride in, as I credit it to the skincare routine I make sure she follows (and, of course, my make-up skills). 

But recently, as I passed the bathroom while she was getting ready for bed, I was horrified. Not just by her application technique, but also at the fact it was my night cream was slathering onto her face. And it turns out, that isn't the only product she's been pinching from my dressing table. In fact, I'm having to top up a whole bunch of my products that never make it back from my mum's make-up bag or bathroom cabinet.

And I figured, if these products are good enough for me and my mum, then they've got to be pretty special (they also make incredible Mother's Day gifts, btw). So I thought I'd share them with you. Here are the 12 products that both me and my mum can't get enough of...

1. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

2. Garnier Hyaluronic Aloe Micellar Cleansing Water

3. RoC Multi Correxion Hydrate + Plump Serum Capsules

4. Olivanna London Intense Repair Night Cream

5. Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask

6. Kate Somerville EradiKate Blemish Mark Fading Gel

7. Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream

8. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème

9. CurrentBody Skin LED Lip Perfector

10. Nursem Caring Hand Cream

11. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

12. NARS Orgasm Blush

Dionne Brighton

Dionne Brighton is a writer at Marie Claire UK, specialising in all things shopping, beauty and fashion. Born and raised in North London, she studied Literature at the University of East Anglia before taking the leap into journalism. These days, you can find her testing out the latest TikTok beauty trends or finding out what the next full Moon means.