Ahh… motherhood. So rewarding yet so draining. Mothers of young children often jokingly complain about how we have no time to ourselves to even use the toilet, much less maintain a beauty routine. How do celeb mothers like Joanne Peh and Fann Wong always look so amazing?
Well, aside from their glam squad consisting of stylist, makeup artist, hair stylist, etc… I am pretty sure that in real life they do have some skincare and makeup essentials. I mean, no one looks that good all the time without some kind of constant maintenance.
Working on the beauty desk and being a mum myself, I daresay have tried almost every multitasking, fuss-free product there is around. And I find myself falling back on proven beauty essentials that are “fast-to-cook-good-to-eat” as I call them. The ones that can be applied in mere seconds (as I stop at red lights on my drive to work) and that offer real, tangible benefits.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF40, $48. Two-in-one face creams with SPF are real time-savers.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum, $88 for 30ml. Quenches thirsty skin throughout the day.
Supergoop Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 with Oat Peptide Complex, $48, spreads on with the cooling metal-tipped applicator, plus sun protection for the eye area.
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, $105 for 30ml. Super spreadable and quickly absorbed.
Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge, $590. A rich, comforting face and neck cream for ultimate nighttime regeneration.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Eye, $118, is lightweight yet power-packed to smooth lines and puffiness.
Burberry Beauty Lip & Cheek Bloom, $47. I swipe my finger over it and pat onto cheeks and lips, and sometimes over my eyelids too for a pretty all-over flush.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, $52. A makeup primer that you just spray on, what’s not to love?
Make Up Store Eye Pencil, $27. Generally kohl pencils are less tricky than liquid liners and give eyes softer definition.
ZA True White Plus Two-Way Foundation, $31, and Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush, $48. Two way cake is the easiest foundie to apply. I sweep it on with a kabuki brush for lighter, more even coverage.
CLEANSING & WEEKLY TREATMENTS
Bioderma Hydrabio H2O, $41.90 for 500ml. Soak a cotton pad with this gentle cleansing water and it takes all your makeup off leaving skin soft and hydrated.
The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask, $29.90 for 125ml. A daily scrub wash that keeps my combination skin healthy.
Laneige Time Freeze Firming Sleeping Mask, $77 for 60ml. A leave on gel-textured mask is less of a hassle than a wash off or sheet mask.
Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel, $76. Speeds up cell tunover and leaves complexion smoother and brighter in just a couple of minutes.