The son has been sick for several days over the Silver Week holidays in Japan. He just has a fever, a snotty nose, and a cough — nothing serious and we confirmed he didn’t have any inflammation in the throat by visiting a doctor. But he’s not well enough to wreak havoc in a park nor would it be socially responsible to go to an indoor play gym, so we have been stuck at home watching loads of Peppa Pig.
While the pigs in Peppa Pig are jumping in muddy puddles, this mummy has a bit of spare time (and energy) to blog about makeup — finally!
That’s the thing about being a Mummy: you don’t have much time to do anything for yourself.
But one routine that always makes me feel better no matter what is putting on makeup. Gone are the days when I could experiment with smokey eye looks or flip through my make up collection to see what catches my fancy.
Now, it’s all about convenience and function. Yes, very boring words but as I have read in many mummy blogs — it is all but a “season” and it shall pass.
In my daily routine with Lil C, I have literally three minutes for makeup (the reason for strict departure time is the very punctual bus at the train station). I take two minutes to brush my teeth, wash my face, and put on moisturizer.
With my eye firmly on the clock, I quickly spread Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ Wet Force (very awesome facial sunscreen by the way) all over my face. The “Wet Force” technology means that when you sweat, the sunscreen actually works even more effectively — apparently, the negative ions in the sunscreen combine with positive ions in water and sweat, to form an even more water-resistant layer to boost sun protection.
While I’m waiting for that to dry, I quickly put another sunscreen, Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Sport Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 40 on my arms (and legs if I’m wearing shorts).
Then, I slap on Rimmel’s Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in 203 True Beige (FYI, I’m usually a MAC NC25 in non-summer months so I’m around NC30 now). I don’t need a powder because it becomes matte on the skin — time saved yay! It’s got medium to heavy coverage so it hides blemishes and scars well while evening out my skin tone. I got really dark during summer and this foundation is the closest shade to what I am now though something a bit darker would match more perfectly as you can tell from the picture.
I do have a powder that matches my skin tone now but the time crunch is very real so I just skip it.
Next I use NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard as a highlighting concealer under my eyes to brighten my face and would layer some on my T-zone.
Since it’s autumn officially, I’ve been gravitating to earthier blush shades like Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed.
And to wrap things up, I put on NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel, a lovely peachy shade and a formula so moisturizing that I don’t need a lip balm as a base — another thing I save time on!
That’s my screaming-out-the-door 3-minute no makeup makeup mummy look (what a mouthful!). Sorry I know this is in no way a “tutorial” but really a “show-and-tell” of how to look decent. This is no party look but I feel put together enough to face Lil C’s pre-school teachers at drop-off/pick-up times plus I’m usually out and about so to not put on ANY makeup would make me feel slobby.
What do you do to make yourself feel more beautiful everyday?