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by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

Nellie Lim Spills Mummy Beauty Secrets

A regular during Paris, New York and Milan Fashion Weeks (pre-pandemic of course), Singaporean fashion influencer Nellie Lim is well-known for her eclectic yet chic sense of style. What you might not know — the digital creator was actually an account manager at a digital advertising agency before she decided to pursue being a full-time content creator. Now, Nellie can also add twin mama to her list of achievements; her twin girls, Harper and Harley, were born in March this year.

We hung out with Nellie, the twins and Unnie the corgi in her home, as she tells us more about her routine with the girls, balancing family and her pursuits, and keeping her skin flawless.

What keeps you busy every day?

Taking care of my twins keep me pretty occupied and I try to stay on top of creating content for both my personal social media and the twins’ Instagram page.

Do you and your family have a routine? What does a typical day look like in your household? 

Our routine kicked in the moment the twins arrived. We start off the day by waking the twins and performing our morning routine of feeding, changing diapers, pumping and so on. The twins are currently on a 3-nap routine so while they’re awake, we read to them, feed or have them play and I catch up on my emails, eat, pump and work while they’re napping. This goes on all the way until their bedtime and I’ll continue working after they’ve gone to bed.

How do you find the time to balance family and your pursuits? What about factoring in self-care and me-time in your daily routine?

To be really honest, I’m still struggling to find balance because it’s incredibly demanding and time-consuming to take care of twins. I prioritise being present for my kids but yet I still crave my professional achievements. Self-care and me-time have been stripped down to the bare minimum for me, so if anyone has any tips on how to manage both — please send advice my way! 

What are some valuable lessons you have learned about motherhood?

The experience of motherhood is as unique as my individual self and my incredibly individual babies. I learned that comparing myself to others is pointless and quite detrimental to my self-esteem and mental health. There has never been a me + twin babies combination ever, so there are no possible grounds for comparison with any other mother and baby. So, I strive to always take everything I hear or read with many grains of salt. It may or may not be relevant to me and my children.

Has your style evolved since becoming a mother?

I don’t think so because I believe it’s still possible to still dress like how you used to after having kids.

What’s your go-to look for the day ahead? How does your mood or itinerary affect the way you dress for the day?

When I’m home, I’m pretty much in pyjamas all day. No shame in that because then I get excited when I do get to dress up to go out. I try not to let my mood dictate how I dress for the day because then I might end up going out in sweats!

How do you think beauty and fashion complement one another?

I actually think beauty and fashion are one and the same thing. Your hairstyle, skincare and makeup are just as important as your choice of clothes. The emblematic looks of the 60s or 80s are characterised not only by certain ways of wearing hair and makeup but particular types of clothes as well. 

How much has your beauty regime changed since becoming a mother?

I had to cut out retinol from my beauty regime when I was pregnant and since I’m still breastfeeding, I’ve yet to include it back into my routine. Otherwise, I’ve pretty much stuck to my original skincare routine. I’m a firm believer in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

What’s a typical skincare routine for you like?

I love my bedtime skincare routine the most because that’s when I get to pamper myself, starting with double-cleansing. I’ll go in with an oil cleanser first to get rid of any makeup and grime, and then follow up with a gel cleanser. Then it’s Cle de Peau’s lotion, followed by Aeras’ glycolic acid to encourage the shedding of dead skin cells and helps prevent clogged pores. This product is such a game-changer in my routine; I’ve received so many compliments about how my skin improved ever since I started using this product.

And then I’ll pat on the SkinCeuticals vitamin C serum and The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid serum. I finally end my routine with a generous amount of La Mer’s moisturising soft cream and work that into my face and neck.

Any beauty secrets to share with new mums like yourself?

This might be elusive to some mums but adequate sleep is my major beauty secret. Sleeping at least 7 to 8 hours a night allows the skin to regenerate; a healthy sleep pattern will allow your skin to rest and cell turnover to occur, which keeps the skin plump, smooth and more youthful.

What’s your most important beauty rule?

No matter how tired you are, always and I repeat, always remove your makeup!

What are 5 everyday items that you can’t live without?

My phone, coffee, lip balm, water and hand sanitiser.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Bringing the twins to fashion weeks all over the world and making memories with them.

Nellie’s Beauty Picks

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream, SGD110
SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF, SGD248
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, SGD17.50
Everyday Humans Rosé S’il Vous Plait SPF30 Gentle Mineral Sunscreen, SGD39
Tom Ford Research Crème Concentrate, SGD515
Sigi Skin Idyllic Fields, SGD86
SK-II Masterpiece Pitera Essence
La Mer The Concentrate, SGD270
Aeras by Mizu 15% Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Gel, SGD62
Argasol Silver Gel 24ppm, SGD38.90

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