Beauty and fashion advice for moms

I'm not a mother yet, so I can't presume to know how it's like to be one. But I do have a general idea because I have a mom, after all! I'm pretty sure that moms must always be busy and exhausted, with very little time to spend on primping themselves. So how do they ever find the time?

Super mom May Samson with her daughter

They should make time. It's understandable that family always comes first, but it's important that moms - or any person, for that matter - set aside some personal time to maintain their looks. It doesn't have to be a lot, but it has to count. It's not just vanity at stake here but one's self-esteem. 

So, here are some beauty and fashion tips for busy moms!

1. Ageing is a natural course of things, but there's no need to hasten it by being remiss in your skincare routine. It's a fact that the older you get, the more your skin is prone to sun damage and dryness. Invest in a great day moisturizer with SPF, a night moisturizer, serum, and eye cream to keep your skin elastic and glowing.

Some product suggestions:

VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 30

Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate 

Anew 360° White: Protective and Vitalizing - my mom loves this stuff!

You might not have a lot of time to do makeup which is why your skin has to look great by itself! This skincare routine may sound elaborate but more mature skin has more needs.

2. Keep a small but well-stocked kikay kit in your bag. If you have no time to do makeup at home, do it on the go. Keep a kit that has everything you need but has products that can be applied using only your fingers. That means pencil eyeliners, cream blush/ cheek tint, powder foundation, mascara, eyebrow pencil, and lipstick.

3. Ditch the shapeless blouses/ shirts, sweat pants, and leggings. Overhaul your closet! Comfort is a must but it doesn't mean that you have to give up style. There are a lot of brands out there that offer functional yet fashionable clothes and shoes. Look for form-enhancing pieces that hides the bulges yet emphasizes curves.

Try Grubbies for casual clothes

Vestito for more formal dresses

Ferretti Slingback Open toe Flats with Chain Applique

Ferretti Color Blocked Peep toe Wedge

4. Get an updated but low-maintenance hairdo. The time for digiperms and hip hair cuts are long gone for moms. Not only do they take a lot of time and product to maintain, they may also look off for an established woman with a kid. Try a short, bouncy hair cut that frames your face, or a shoulder-length 'do that curls gently at the bottom.

I like Beauty Brick, Regine's Salon, and FAB Salon for hair cuts.

5. Reward yourself. Wear the most expensive perfume you can afford. Go to your favorite spa once a month and get the full workout. Have a nice dinner out with your friends. Being a mom doesn't mean being a martyr for the rest of your life. Enjoy a life other than your family's and you'll be happier, more relaxed, and generally feel better about yourself.

Guerlain Shalimar

And that's it! Bottomline is, don't let yourself go no matter what happens. As a mom, you deserve to be cared for - even if you have to do it yourself. :)