Grace Barbers-Baja: To look fab–inhale, and smile!By Cat Arambulo-Antonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Grace Barbers-Baja is the name behind “The Spoiled Mummy.” She’s a loving and hands-on mother to three children, a devoted wife to her husband Lauro and the epitome of a perfect party hostess and entertainer.
She is a woman who wears many hats, but her attention to detail and obsessive-compulsive nature makes everything she does result to perfection. A world traveler, a food enthusiast and a lifestyle blogger—Grace Barbers-Baja shares how she keeps herself looking fresh and beautiful always.
How do you manage to still keep yourself picture-perfect all the time?
I wish I was photo-perfect all the time! First, I’m not a model so I don’t know how to pose with that “effortless look.” Second, I’m not tall and thin (nor a size 2), so I just do what I know how to do—inhale (stomach in!) and smile.
What’s your favorite salon and what’s your usual regimen?
Emphasis Salon has been my go-to salon for over 10 years. I have my hair treatment and nails done usually once a week. It’s important for us ladies to always look clean and feel fresh.
What are your favorite hair products?
My favorite hair products are from L’oréal and Kérastase.
What are your favorite beauty products?
My favorite beauty products are Dove soap and Heliocare sunblock.
What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?
My tried-and-tested eye cream, La Prairie, which I have been using since college.
Your skin is flawless and you always look so fresh. What’s your secret?
I just take care of my skin in the best possible way I can. I avoid the sun especially at its peak, and religiously put on sunblock every day. I wash my face with VMV cleansing milk and scrub. I don’t put moisturizers on my face, but I put my La Prairie eye cream day and night—because they say the skin around the eye is the thinnest and most delicate part on our face, and therefore that’s the part that will easily show signs of aging and stress.
How do you change your make-up style from day to night?
During the day, I just put on my Cle de Peau Beaute concealer and Benefit Benetint blush, Bobbi Brown bronzer and Carmex lipbalm.
At night, when I have to go out, that’s when I use a little bit of everything—Dior liquid foundation, Nars blush, Naked eyeshadow, Lancôme mascara, and Mac or Tom Ford lipstick.
My number-one rule is to never sleep with makeup on. So before going to bed, I make sure to remove all traces of makeup and dirt with my favorite non-greasy cleansing oil, Shu Uemura.
How do you maintain such a great figure?
Exercising daily has been a part of my system for quite a while now—six years and counting. This is also my me time, and it helps me de-stress. If I don’t get my exercise, I notice that I tend to be in a bad mood the whole day.
Manila’s been buzzing about stem cells. What are your thoughts on stem cells?
If it’s going to make us feel and look younger, fitter, healthier and live a longer and better quality of life, I’m all for it.
What do you do to relax?
I go to the gym, have my hair done and ge my weekly deep-tissue massage—the stronger, the better!