WAY TO GLOW Ev­ery time-starved, sleep­de­prived mum needs th­ese lav­ish beauty gifts that ac­tu­ally work

Ev­ery time-starved, sleep-de­prived mum needs th­ese lav­ish beauty gifts that ac­tu­ally work, says ELISA CHIA. Get them for your­self this Mother’s Day.

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I’m kick­ing my­self for not tak­ing the plunge and buy­ing the Dyson Su­per­sonic ($599) when it was launched two years ago – imag­ine the time I would have saved on hair-dry­ing.

I adored its sleek, mod­ern de­sign, but I wasn’t sure about part­ing with good money just for aes­thetic plea­sure. That is, un­til I re­cently had the chance to see the ef­forts that its team of en­gi­neers took to un­der­stand the science of hair.

Here’s what I also learnt about the “rein­vented” dryer: The Su­per­sonic prom­ises not to over­heat and dam­age hair. This is thanks to a smart ther­mal sen­sor, which mea­sures the tem­per­a­ture 20 times ev­ery sec­ond and keeps it un­der con­trol.

It’s safe to let your child han­dle it be­cause the sur­face al­ways re­mains cool, no mat­ter how hot the dryer gets. It’s more lightweight than con­ven­tional bulky dry­ers, as well.

What’s most im­pres­sive, though, was how it cuts dry­ing time sig­nif­i­cantly.

Its dig­i­tal mo­tor works in com­bi­na­tion with its patented Air Am­pli­fier tech­nol­ogy to pro­duce a high ve­loc­ity jet and vol­ume of air.

Now, I was sold. Time saved on mun­dane rou­tines like hair-dry­ing means I can spend more time bond­ing with my kids or go to bed sooner. This Mother’s Day, it comes with a free spe­cial edi­tion pale rose case. From www.shop.dyson.com.sg and ma­jor de­part­ment stores


Who has time to visit the fa­cial salon fort­nightly when you have young kids? That’s why it’s es­pe­cially im­por­tant to give your skin the TLC it needs at home.

Un­like other elec­tronic cleans­ing brushes, the Refa Clear ($360) doesn’t just vi­brant or spin; its 3D Sonic Mo­tion pro­duces mi­cro­move­ments both hor­i­zon­tally and ver­ti­cally.

I like how ul­tra­soft the brush head feels on my skin. In fact, its ta­pered tips are said to be thin­ner than skin pores, en­sur­ing that dirt and grime can be re­moved ef­fec­tively. Use the de­vice with the Refa Cream Wash ($70 for 150g) that is for­mu­lated with fruit ex­tracts to re­ju­ve­nate skin and to cre­ate rich, fine bub­bles.

Next, slather on your favourite serum, eye cream and mois­turise, but don’t stop there. Spend a minute or two to mas­sage your face with the shiny sil­ver rollers that the brand is known for. I tried its small­est size, the Refa S Carat Ray ($300) that is de­signed to repli­cate the fin­ger­tip knead­ing ac­tion that salon ther­a­pists are trained to do.

It feels so good with the com­pact rollers stim­u­lat­ing the cir­cu­la­tion un­der my tired eyes. When used reg­u­larly with its Eye Veil Cream ($88 for 20g), it prom­ises to lighten dark eye cir­cles and re­duc­ing the ap­pear­ance of fine lines. Roll the mas­sage tools from the eye­brows to the hair­line, as well as the laugh lines to firm skin, too. From re­tail­ers in­clud­ing www.mtg-sg.com and www.tangs.com


Why won’t the dark spots that de­vel­oped dur­ing my preg­nancy go away? If you’re also both­ered by stub­born pig­men­ta­tion, try the Lierac Lu­milo­gie Day & Night Dark-Spot Correction Dou­ble Con­cen­trate ($108 for 30ml).

Each bottle comes with two pumps: use the gel balm from the white one in the morn­ing and from the grey one be­fore bed­time. They con­tain slightly var­ied ac­tive in­gre­di­ents, but share the same main botan­i­cal for­mu­la­tion, with ex­tracts of sea daf­fodil and plan­tain. It is free of parabens and colourants, and is suit­able for all skin types.

A month af­ter us­ing, the dark spots un­der my eyes ac­tu­ally light­ened and my skin felt smoother. I can’t wait to see the long-term re­sults. From re­tail­ers in­clud­ing www.fb.com/ Beau­tyByNa­ture.Sg and www.lazada.sg

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