I love my mother’s honesty. It’s one of her best qualities. She always tells it as it is. If something doesn’t suit me, she’s guaranteed to let me know. If I look like I haven’t slept for weeks, she’ll tell me. “Darling you look tired. Are you using eye cream?”. Am I using eye cream? I haven’t stopped lathering the stuff on since I had kids...
It’s just that it’s hard to fight four years of broken sleep. I look tired because, well, I am tired. I’m exhausted. Happier than ever before, but in dire need of a full night’s sleep. Now more than ever I rely on a few beauty products to give me a bit of a lift. Foundation is my best friend. Mascara is essential. And as I get older, I now realise why my mother has always encouraged me to use hand cream (fact: your hands are the first part of your body to show serious signs of aging). If I ever feel like I’m still in my twenties, one look at my hands and it hits me: my twenties are long gone. To celebrate Westfield’s annual Beauty and Wellness Weekend (hello exclusive offers, workshops, beauty samples and wellness treats and basically loads of pampering) on October 15 and 16, I thought I’d share my go-to products for time-poor mothers from Westfield. I always like to go in and try before I buy. Here’s what I use, what I love, trends to try and what you need to add to your beauty routine. I still get told I look tired (thanks Mum), but I look a little brighter than I would without these quick and easy beauty saviours. Photography: Grace Alyssa Kyo
If you see me walking around with red lipstick smeared across my face, be kind. I am still working on perfecting this trend. I look at women who rock a red lip effortlessly and I’m in awe of them. Why doesn’t it smudge? It looks so chic. They look so polished pouting their red lips. I recently walked into David Jones in Westfield Bondi Junction and told them what an amateur I am at applying red lipstick. They recommended Guerlain Kisskiss Lipstick. So far, so good. I’m still working on perfecting the application but it’s the best one I’ve tried.
Ok here’s a confession: in these photos I’m wearing fake lashes and mascara. What can I say? I need all the help I can get. Occasionally I’ll go through phases where I get lash extensions applied. They’re highly addictive and you wake up feeling ‘done’. I’ll then add my favourite mascara – Clinique Lash Power Flutter-To-Full Mascara. Every mother needs a super mascara. This clever mascara resists smudges and smears for up to 24 hours yet removes easily with warm water. Perfection, no?