My children are seven and five years old, and the journey thus far has been one of sleepless nights, early mornings, mid-night calls the doctor etc (and that’s just the motherhood side of life) and all in all unbeknownst to me my youth was sucked away by my two angels. (I have no regrets but many a line to show for it!) I woke up one morning and suddenly age had caught up with me. I need/ed emergency creams/gels/magic potions. I scoured high and low for everything that contained “Lifting” “Age-Correcting” and “Intense Hydrating”. My insecurities manifested themselves on my vanity counter. Creams in all different shapes and sizes were definitely a call for help!
Some have called what I have an addiction. I’m not ready to believe that yet. Well at least not until my search for the ultimate age reversing serum is un/discovered. I have served my time in front of the magnifying mirror (x10), dissected every minute flaw of my face, and carefully examined the flawless skin of my children and believed that their genes are mine and therefore, I too, have an immaculate dermis, free of radicals … or so the jargon goes …
Alas, I have asked myself why this obsession with skin, and the truth is,
1. I’m Asian; to take a cue from a contemporary popular poet Lady Gaga “I was born this way” ;
2. I’m at the age (please don’t ask) where skin care is important and I need all the help I can get;
3. oh and did I mention I’m exceptionally vain!!
So when I received an invitation to join my girlfriends for an intimate lunch to discuss skin care I didn’t have to think twice. Lunch with like-minded ladies at Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental to “discuss beauty ” with Estee Lauder . We didn’t find the cure for cancer that day, but we did get to discover some skin correcting, ultimate lifting, age-defying products. (Do I have your attention yet?)
The “forum” took place in the private room of Pierre. (It does sound indulgent doesn’t it!) Yolanda Choy, Daphne King, Tansy Lau, Marissa Zeman, Anne Wang and myself were graciously welcomed by the elegant Lisa Chow, General Manager Estee Lauder, who, I later found out, is a mom of a 9 month old. I had the pleasure of sitting next to this new mum, (who, might I add, is a testament to her products!) I pestered her for the entire lunch to divulge her industry know-how. Of course my questions were pertinent, concise and well, vain.
As I was giving her my version of Proust’s Beauty questionnaire, I couldn’t help but stare … Her skin glowed … I mean seriously **GLOWED** I wondered for a second if there was such thing as postpartum glow, and remembered that the only thing post partum that I enjoyed was, well, a good dose of “pramnesia” with a touch of major “dummy mummy”! (Which I suspect is still loitering in the frontal lobe and cerebral cortex … ahh … amazing what one picks up from Grey’s Anatomy!)
Back to Lisa … I suspected she was using some ultra coverage EL foundation. So when asked, she shared that with a 9 month old, she didn’t have time to put on foundation etc, and she only ever has time for a touch of eye make-up! She is up at the crack of dawn and she relies on her fave Re-nutriv skin care regime as the only means to save her face!
Indeed that sounds like a predictable sell? Before you jump to conclusions, we had the opportunity to road test the products. So generous! After a week of following the Re-Nutriv regime I have found some new favourites.
My go to product would definitely be the Softening lotion which you apply after cleansing and before any moisturiser.
It smells great and leaves skin feeling clean, soft and quite age-defying!
I am constantly fearful of the crepey lines that have appeared under my eyes and have sampled many an eye-cream. The Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Eye Creme (did you notice that it has all the right target words that haunt my insecurities??) is a GREAT eyecream for night-time.
You must tap, tap, tap on application.
So with a little faith, tap and a good lift, I am going to glow!
Estella Niem, Anne Wang-Liu, Tansy Lau Tom, Lisa Chow, Yolanda Choy-Tang, Marissa Zeman, me and Daphne King Yao