For us moms, mornings are the busiest time of the day. Too busy, in fact, that sometimes we don’t even have the time to sit down and have a proper breakfast. On days like this, my choice for a quick fill is Nestle Fresh Fruit Yogurt. I was never a fan of yogurt because I found it a tad too sour to my liking, but Nestle Fresh Fruit Yogurt is just like eating melted fruit ice cream. And yes, it has fruit bits, too. My personal favorites? Mixed Berry Medley and Strawberry Apple -- yum-my!
Available at SM Supermarket for P28 each.
2. The Body Shop All-in-One BB Cream
Who can afford to put on make up when there seems to be an endless list of errands you need to finish in one day? Fortunately, we can have great-looking skin even on the go with another personal favorite of mine, The Body Shop's All-in-One BB Cream. I never knew the difference between a concealer and a base powder before -- much less what a BB Cream does -- but the first time I tried it, I loved it instantly! It provides a good cover for uneven skin tone and gives my otherwise dry skin a dewy, healthy finish. I just love it!
Available at The Body Shop for P1,195
3. Make Up Factory's Automatic Eyeliner
No, I don’t always carry a make-up kit with me. At best, I have my essentials in my bag – a lip-and-cheek tint, mascara and powder -- but I’m adding this new find to my kit: Make Up Factory’s Automatic Eyeliner. The 3-in-1 automatic liner comes with a sponge brush tip to create the quintessential smoky eye look, and comes complete with a convenient, built-in sharpener. It’s a mom’s real-life magic wand!
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Available for P650 at Make Up Factory, with branches at SM Aura and B:8 Bonifacio High Street
4. Lucky Me Lite
I suffer from hyperacidity (blame it on my erratic eating habits), which means that I can’t eat too much or too little food, or I’ll be writhing in pain again (yes, it’s THAT painful). Often, a cup of soup is just enough to warm my tummy and get me through lunchtime. I’m glad there’s now a Lucky Me Lite variant with 30% less sodium. Now I can enjoy my delicious bowl of hot soup even more!
5. Pure Beauty Pomegranate Antioxidant Exfoliating Gel / Antioxidant Serum
Want soft skin in an instant? Try this: place a dollop of Pure Beauty Pomegranate Antioxidant Exfoliating Gel on your face, rub gently, and see the dead skin cells get sloughed off after only a few seconds. The result is smooth, smooth skin in an instant. The Antioxidant Serum has effective anti-aging and anti-oxidant effects. Pure Beauty contains the powerful anti-oxidant ingredient pomegranate, and that’s how you know it’s effective.
Available at selected Watsons Stores and the Beauty Section of all SM Stores. Pure Beauty Pomegranate Antioxidant Exfoliating Gel 100 ml, P489 / Antioxidant Serum 30 ml, P399
6. Wrangler Denim Spa
Jeans are a mom's clothing piece of choice when she's on the go. So when I came across a new product -- jeans that help remove cellulite as you wear them -- I couldn't believe it. The new Wrangler Denim Spa Smooth Legs contains anti-cellulite agents such as algae extracts, retinol and caffeine, which have been proven to lessen the appearance of ‘orange peel’ skin, improve skin texture and tighten pores. It’s a total skin treat in jean form that make legs look great while wearing them, and even after taking them off!
One of the chores I never really learned how to do well (or never really tried doing) is ironing clothes, because I worry that I’d end up burning a hole on them. Thank goodness for the Philips PerfectCare Pressurized Steam Generator, I don’t need to worry about those anymore. It irons clothes perfectly using one universal setting that’s optimized for all types of fabric, even the most sensitive ones. Even more fabulous is that it's nearly impossible to damage the clothes even if you accidentally leave it on. It’s exactly what every mom needs!
Available in September 2013
8. 3M Post-it Notes
Even with the new gadgets around, I’ve remained the pen-and-paper kind of person. I still prefer to use my trusty pen and a piece of paper to doodle reminders on or leave a note to someone. For that, nothing beats the original 3M Post-it Notes. Other brands I’ve tried fall off after a few seconds, but 3M Post-its can actually be re-used repeatedly -- and it doesn't hurt that they come in a variety of pretty designs! Perfect for a quick good morning message to hubby or to remind my son to do his Kumon sheets!
9. Crocs Huarache Wedges
On errand days when I know that I’ll be doing a lot of walking or waiting in line, a pair of Crocs footwear are my feet's best friend. They're very comfortable and I noticed that my legs don't tire as easily as when I wear other types of footwear. These Huarache Wedges from their Summer line are so stylish, light and durable!
I love getting pampering treatments, such as facials, but I can only do that on weekends -- which are sacred -- so I’d love if it there was a quick treatment that would address most, if not all, my skin concerns (e.g., enlarged pores, dull skin, etc). Well, the gods of beauty must have heard me, because I’ve learned that Flawless now offers the Regenerating Cell Booster Infusion Mask which rejuvenates the skin while protecting it from free radicals. Every mom should treat herself to it twice a month!