My Beauty Regimen

I have never been a girly girl.  I never cared about the way I looked.  Here’s a picture of me in Middle School to prove I put little to no thought to appearances.


Lovely, isn’t it?  While my girlfriends begged their moms to let them start wearing make-up, I shunned the idea of putting glob on my face and became the poster child for the “au naturel” look.  I’m so low maintenance it wasn’t until recently I started using conditioner in my hair.  I prefer simple classic styles over trendy fashion.  I only sometimes shave my legs.  *gasp*

As I am coming of some age, pesky little lines are starting to show, those “smile creases”.  Being a busy mother I can’t avoid these ever widening dark circles around my eyes.  It’s getting harder and harder to avoid looking wasted without some sort of help from the cosmetic industry, so I have developed a very simple routine which I thought I’d share with my low maintenance sisters out there.

I only wash my face once a day (oh gosh, I’m blurring the fine line between low maintenance and basic hygiene), which happens at the end of the day when I shower.  So in the morning, I have to rehydrate my skin with a moisturiser.  After that basic lotion, I put on this super hip product that is all the rage here in Asia, called a BB-Cream.  BB creams are basically a tinted sunscreen.  Us Asians, in case you don’t know, do not want any sun on our face.  Or arms. Or legs. Anywhere on our dermis.  So an SPF protection on the face is an absolute MUST-HAVE.  Find me one Asian woman who doesn’t wear sunscreen on their face and I will give you a million dollars.  Just kidding, but seriously, everyone wears them.  Every single cosmetic brand in Taiwan has come out with their version of a BB cream, here’s the one I use:

I try to find a color that matches my skin tone as closely as possible, but the sales ladies will always try to convince me to go a shade lighter to achieve the coveted “white skin”.  I like the BB cream over liquid foundation because it provides less coverage.  Not that I don’t need coverage, trust me I do, freckles anyone?  But I really can’t stand wearing make-up and I feel the BB creams are less burdensome on my skin.  
Then I quickly brush on some powder to give that matted look.

If I am going out to dinner, or if I feel like some color on my face (which is rare), I’ll put on some eye shadow.

But I suck at putting color make up on (um, lack of practice), so sometimes I look weird.  Therefore I avoid it.  Which makes me less confident and leads me to despise make up even more.  The vicious cycle of the low-maintenance-girl.

I can’t wear lipstick because I am allergic to a lot of the brands.  My lips start itching and swell, which defeats the beautifying purpose.  No worries, I have a secret weapon at my disposal.

*giggle* I’ll never forget the look on my friend’s face when I pulled this out of my purse one time reaching for my lip balm.  I swear by this product, my mother in law introduced it to me.  She lives in the dry Colorado mountain air and NEEDS a serious hydrating product for her lips, and this baby does the trick.  I love how it keeps my lips moisturised forever, plus it gives it a nice sheen so it almost looks like I have lip gloss on.  Especially on good days when my circulation is good and my lips are naturally flushed red.  On bad days when I’m slightly anaemic, I do sort of wish I could wear colored lip gloss.  Oh well.

So that’s it!  I told you it was a simple routine.  Three steps and out the door.

The money I save on buying make up I do splurge on my cleaning products.  Here’s what I use at the end of the day.

Shu Uemura is the best brand for Asian skin because it specifically targets our needs.  It is not cheap though.  Their face cleansing foam is amazing because it has a slight and not overwhelming scent and is divine.  After face wash, I put on Lancome’s Genefique serum, which supposedly makes you skin younger.  I don’t actually believe it, it’s one of those bold faced lies the cosmetic industry feeds insecure aging women to beef up their profits.  No amount of serum is taking away those “smile creases” people.  Why do I use it then, you ask?  I do not have a good answer for you.  Sometimes we don’t always live what we preach – hypocrisy at its best.

Anyway, then I use that red lotion to complete my regimen.  Isn’t the red so pretty?

That’s it, folks.  Don’t forget to recycle the used containers, let’s take care of our earth!  Beautiful, environmentally conscious women unite!

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One thought on “My Beauty Regimen

  1. Cindy, this is just cracking me up – I am also such a minimalist, yet my bathroom is filled with stuff I never use. A couple of thoughts popped into my head as I was reading: The first time I saw “aquaphor” was when I had my back surgery and I was given a small tube in the hospital – I thought it was the best thing ever! Never even thought to look for it in stores — so thanks! Next, allergies that make lips swell might not be all bad – people pay a lot of money for that effect — ala Angelina Jolie! Next, that pretty bottle of Shemura… forget what it's called — made for special needs of Asian skin — what does that mean?? And finally, from those middle school years until now….you are one lovely young lady, inside and out:) (Maybe you could get Glor to post a m.s. photo with yours – those early teen years really are something!) Ruann

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