Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts

Monday, August 30, 2010

How to be a Mumzilla

I get asked every now and then about how I manage to keep everything together and not fall apart.
It sure is tough juggling work, a baby, clothes-and-bags-disease, shopping etc .. and unfortunately for me, I am not a SAHM!
On top of that, I have to study at night, fighting deadlines and exams.
I try to make effort in my appearance though there are days when I can't be bothered.
So anyways, here's a post for all you amazing Mums out there.

P.S. Included my pregnancy stuff for the Mumzillas-to-be

Holy grail when I was preggers:

L'Occitane shea butter soap
When I was preggy, if there's anything I remember most - it was having sensitive sense of smell. I couldnt stand most scents. And perfumes made me puke. I had to use this because the mild milky smell reminds me of a baby and this was the only smell I could tolerate.

L'Occitane Shea butter 15% body lotionThis is a light moisturiser but it smells babyish and till today I'm still using it. I prefer its richer version though, but this is good if you dont have ultra dry skin like I do.

L'Occitane Shea butter 25%
I swear by this even during my Poly days. I love its rich texture that hydrates my skin in cold air-con lecture halls, and its special milky smell which leaves me smelling like a baby!
I'm using it now because my hands are almost wrinkled from too much hand-washing. I'm not suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder or anything like that, but the nature of my job requires me to wash my hands about a gazillion times a day with chemical chlorhexadine soaps. Sounds terrible, no?

Body Shop cocoa butter
I alternated using this with my L'Occitane one, because I was reading reviews online and found mixed reviews on shea vs cocoa butter. I was kiasu and decided to use BOTH. Heck, I had only ONE chance at it, because I was only pregnant that ONCE. Can't afford to screw that up, can I? :P

Johnson & Johnson baby oil
This was recommended to me by my dearest Charmaine, who said all her mom and sorority of aunts used J&J baby oil and they have beautiful tummies with no stretchmarks.
I used the lavender version because of the smell. Works well, cheap and results (coupled with the above-mentioned butters) - I have not a single stretchmark. So Mommies, you dont have to splurge to have a killer post-partem bod.

My holy grails for Baby:

Cavilon diaper rash cream
This was first recommended to me by my Mum, and is used by the nurseries in KKH. Thank goodness for her, this has to be the Creme De La Mer for nappy creams. A small pearl-sized amount goes a long way, and heals nappy rashes by the next diaper change. Leaves a slightly greasy film as a barrier.
This really works wonders, just ask my sis Meena.

Secura diaper rash cream
This is another of my fav cream, I have to say between Cavilon and Secura, it's a tie for me. Unlike the Cavilon which leaves a slightly greasy finish, this leaves a matt dry finish on baby's bum. But I have to say that both works great.

Dentinox Colic drops
This is a real life saver when your baby is colicky and cries on top of his lungs. I've tried another brand recommended by Kai's ex-PD which was called Rid-wind, but this is definitely better at a fraction of the price. Easily avail OTC at Watson's and Guardian's.

Earth Friendly Baby bath products
They are organic and cheaper than California Baby's bath range, for organic freaks like me who want to go easy on the pocket.

Holy grail for my skin:

Origins Clean Energy oil cleanser
I am marvelled by this clever invention. It is clearly an oil which removes even your most stubborn MAC waterproof mascara but once you rinse it off with water, your face becomes soft and supple. Not a trace of oiliness. Brilliant. Worried about the mess? It comes with a pump.

Origins Never a Dull Moment brightening cleanser

Origins Checks and Balances foam cleanserI alternate both cleansers depending on my skin's needs.

Origins Never a Dull Moment scrub
I have been using this for years now, also since my Poly days. I try to find other scrubs but I just keep going back for this. I love the fruit enzymes.

SK-II Facial treatment essence.
My polymate Ivy told me this broke her out, and I was quite skeptical to use it at first because first of all, the price tag doesnt make this a pdt you can just "try for fun". But glad I did cos this works in reducing my oil production but you have to keep using it to see continued results. And the price ain't pretty!

Shiseido White Lucent emulsion
This is what I use to moisturise, hydrate hydrate hydrate. Like that it doesnt feel greasy after application.

SK-II masks
I slap them on when I am lazy to go for facials or have no time. At least I can use them in the comfort of home and still go about my chores - feed baby, wash bottles, sterilise bottles, yada yada.

Dear Skin Ampoule masksThese are only $2 per sheet, and a quick cheap method to masking when you just need a quick skin-rescue and dont feel like throwing $$ into an expensive mask. I'm having the Placenta mask on now as I'm typing this post.

Last but not least, the most important ingredient of my recipe is - lots of love from Hubby!
We check ourselves into a spa every month, just to destress and have some private couple time.
We dont sign any packages because we like to spa-hop depending on which credit card had promo.
For the month of August, we went to Furama Riverfront spa which had a nice couple room with a pond filled with lilies. Very zen and relaxing. After the therapy, we were served ginger tea and helped ourselves to the free Hermes perfumes in the spa. I used the Kelly Caleche one and smelt good all the way till past dinner.

So anyway, that's all about my current lifestyle must-haves.
Time to catch some sleep!


Friday, August 7, 2009

My random Friday and the exciting weekend to come

Today I finally went for my Diamond Peel & Gold facial - something which I have postponed for months because always no time.
After missing facials for so many months, cleaning up my face was a major operation!
But the end results:
my face was smoother and more radiant thanks to the Diamond micro-dermabrasion and Gold radiating mask! (Dont believe me? Click on my image to see zoom-in 100% hehe)
Best of all, it was a treat from my dear Hubby... *happy happy*
You gotta love a man who knows how to make his wife happy ;)

I miss doing all these girly pampering stuffs and how I wish I can dedicate one day of every month for some pamper-me sessions.
I've always dreamed of being a young & hip Yummy Mommy but this dream comes with a high price! I need alot of time for one, and time = $$ :P

After my facial, I went to Tampines One to shop abit and my mum called to say she bought California Baby bath pdts for her darling Grandson :)
Bubble bath and Shampoo & Bodywash. Thankyou Popo!

I need to pack Baby Kai's diaper bag and prepare all his diapers, EBM and stuff because tomorrow, Andy & I are driving up to Malacca! :D and we are leaving him in the care of Andy's parents.
We're going with Norman & Siling before she pops her baby. How exciting!
Andy is yearning for his Satay Celut (Hey C, the Satay Celut spices you bought for me turned rock le.... -__-)
The only one thing I'm sad about this trip is that I'll have to express and throw away my BM because it's not gonna last till we reach SG.
Which also made me suddenly realise - I've been BF-ding for 3 mths already! WOW

P.S. And my whacky Charmaine is flying off to BKK for shopping and then to Perth for some wind-down holiday.
I hope she has a wild time and cant wait to go Fullerton with her and the girls when she is back.
(Our Chocolate buffet date has been delayed for wayyyy too long girls!)

Okays enjoy your long weekend!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Addicted to Masking

Silk Whitia is highly raved in and beauty blogs, so out of curiosity I went to buy these:

Collagen Relax Eye mask:
Cooling and hydrating for the eye area, and reduced my eyes puffiness. But it did not reduce my dark circles visibly yet. Maybe it's because I keep irregular hours.

Highly concentrated Collagen Gel mask

Highly concentrated Collagen Milky mask:
This mask contains milk powder and smells like the milk bones I give my dogs. Yummy!
Makes my skin soft and supple.

Highly concentrated Collagen Hydrating mask:
Used it in the hotel in Melaka with Andy and we both fell asleep in it. Very shiok!
It really hydrates the skin and makes it resistant to the dehydrating aircon. Good!

Pearl Finest powder Pore refining mask

Pearl finest powder Whitening mask:
I love this one because it makes my complexion really dewy and glowy after just one use.
It also hydrates the skin and makes it plump.

It's available at SASA outlets and now having promo, buy one box get one box free. Can also mix-and-match, 1 sheet get 1 sheet free.

Doesnt break the bank either!