guestcontributor1Today, I would like to introduce Adlena, our new contributor on Some of you may be familiar with her – after all, she had shown us her makeup pouch 2 Christmases ago.

Adlena recently became a Mum and she will be sharing with us some Mummy beauty and fashion tips on the blog. I’m very excited to read her posts! I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

Five months after I had my baby, Keri, I must say I’m missing my glowing pregnancy skin.

In my early stages of pregnancy I was warned of the perils of being pregnant; be prepared for crazy breakouts on your chest and neck like I had, recalled one fellow mummy friend. I had freckles popping up all over my face!, said the other.

Much to their chagrin, I was one of the few lucky ones: for the whole 40 weeks, my skin had never been better. My “kuali”(read: oily wok) face was non existent and I could get by entire days just with translucent powder, blusher and eyeliner. Yep, no concealer, no foundation whatsoever.Thank you Keri for making mummy pretty, I would say quietly to myself as I rubbed my belly.

Now that she’s out, I’m not saying my skin took to a sudden worse, but it’s just not as radiant and oil-free as before. No thanks to late night feedings and just general ennui and fatigue of having to manage a small business while juggling the needs of an infant and doing household chores on a daily basis.

So what can I do to hide at least some of those imperfections just so my clients and co-workers won’t think that I’m going to crumble in front of them from exhaustion just by looking at my face?

I have six skincare saving graces:


Newly-minted Mum, Adlena, cannot do without these skin saviours

1. MAC under-eye concealer

I don’t have to say much about why this comes on the top of my list, do I? I like this better than the pots because of the wand applicator. It makes it a cinch to just dot some under my eye and let’s face it, it’s a lot more hygienic.

2. YSL Beaute Le Teint Touche Eclat UV

One pump of this liquid foundation each time is all I need to cover the entire face. This came highly recommended by my friend and makeup maestro, Larry Yeo. On more sallow-looking days, I will mix it with a squeeze of Biotherm’s White D-Tox CC Glow Color Correction Smoothing Base (SPF 50) so not only I get a boost of color but also UV protection as well. And I finish with MAC Translucent Compact Powder, and a touch of Dior Addict Gloss in 684 for those important work meetings.

3. Olay White Radiance Intensive Brightening Serum

Once again, a product Larry swears by. It’s a pleasant-smelling, light pre-foundation serum with ingredients that can allegedly inhibit minor acne breakouts. I just use more of it a few days before and after when I know the pimples start to pop out.

4. Clarins Shaping Facial Lift serum

Five months post-baby but my body hasn’t got back to pre-baby shape. The same can be said of my puffy face. So, for a little help, a few pumps and a quick lifting massage on my jaw and neck area and that’s it. I mean, even if it’s not apparent, at least it works for me, psychologically.

5. For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Vitamin C Essence

I noticed spots that were not there before pre-baby, which says it’s normal: pigmentation intensifies due to hormonal changes. Therefore, this is my before-bed must, thanks to the highly stabilized Vitamin C and patented O.D.A white, lambskin and Melaclear content.

6. Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator

I went nuts when I was in Perth for my baby-moon last year and stocked up on Jurlique products. This is my all-time fave. It’s not your conventional exfoliator with beads but a liquid consistency in which you apply post-cleansing, leave to work for 5 minutes before washing off. The skin feels smoother to the touch and products that come after seem to be absorbed much faster too.

Written for by Adlena Wong. Find me on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Disclaimer: These products are my own and are not sponsored by any brands.

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