Q&A with Mama Beautyholic

What do you call your mother? Mum? Mummy? Ma? I call mine Mee. I have ever since I can remember. She said I was too lazy to call her Mummy so I shortened it to Mee. Incidentally, I call my dad Dee πŸ˜›

My mother was the one who started me on skincare at a young age. I was 11 years old when I started using Kao Biore and Clinique. Mum was an avid of Clinique back then, and she would hand me gift-with-purchase deluxe samples to use. She had the biggest dressing table I’ve seen (to my young eyes anyway), and it was always full with different types of beauty products and makeup.

Mee in Melbourne

For Mother’s Day, I thought it would be an interesting idea to do a little Q&A with her, on what her beauty regime was when she was young. Mee is a little shy about this, so do give her a warm welcome. Some sentences have been edited for clarity, but everything else was verbatim. My comments are in italics.

Over to you, Mama Beautyholic!

How old were you when you first started using skincare products?
When I started working around the age of 17. Kung Kung (what I called my late maternal grandfather) at that time worked for Georgetown Dispensary where it sold a lot of imported US and European cosmetics. He brought back Oil of Ulan (now known as Olay) and Max Factor which was one of the many popular brands at that time.

Mee Age 22

Unedited photo of my mum at age 22, just before she married my dad. What a stunning lady

What were the first brand of skincare products you used?
I started off with Oil of Ulan as a moisturiser for several years. No other lotions whatsoever. About 2~3 years later, I found white patches on 2 sides of the face. I visited a local skin specialist and was told that this cannot be cured. I went for a 2nd opinion. This time the dermatologist diagnosed as a simple fungus growth. Mr Singh treated it and introduced me to using the brand Clinique. From that time onwards, the whole range of Clinique products came to the picture.

What about makeup? When did you begin using makeup?
When I started working. I used Max Factor in the beginning and later changed to Clinique. That was the time when all you gals including the Seremban kids were having lots of samples and gifts like Clinique purses, lipsticks, eyeshadow, etc. (By Seremban kids, she meant my cousins, which included Beetrice).

Did you have a favourite skincare product when you were young?
Yes, the Clinique yellow moisturiser (Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion) was and still is my favourite to this day. This item serves as my daily and nightly face cream during my younger days. Of course now at this age, it cannot serve its purpose 100%. I need to use different layers of stronger creams/serums to prevent the appearance of more wrinkles. This yellow lotion has been on my dressing table since 30 over years ago. I remembered attending a beauty seminar. A male beautician once told me that this is the best moisturiser he came across (even though he was representing another famous Japanese brand).

Mee and I on my 3rd Birthday

Mee and I on my 3rd birthday. I want that dress! No, not my 3yo one πŸ˜›

Did you make any beauty mistakes you wished you didn’t make?
Yes, of course. I used to rub the areas around my eyes all the time. Thus to date, I have more wrinkles and crow feet around the eyes compared to the rest of the face. Mee always warned you never, never to do that, remember? (yes Mee. Learning my lesson big time). Other than this, the next is always the neck which we always neglected. The neck area is as important as the face. One can know the age of the person by noticing the neck area. So whatever regime you apply on the face, you have to do the same for the neck.

What’s your favourite beauty products now?
I have a few favourites :
a. My old faithful Clinique moisturiser
b. Estee translucent loose powder – have tried many brands but found that this is the best. Powder is fine and not cakey when applied. Very natural looking.
c. Latest Kanebo Milano compact powder – This is a limited edition and heard that this is only available once per year. Heard from the sales lady that only 7 units were allocated to her shop. Found that most of the fine lines were no longer noticeable. But a bit pricey though. Only used it on special occasions. (I saw this back in Malaysia. Kicking myself silly for not buying one. It’s a beautiful, highly fine-milled powder in a gorgeous case).
Now looking forward to trying a new Korean brand called “History of Whoo“. Heard of the very good reviews from the internet and needed the whitening range to combat my current pigmentation problems resulted from too much sun exposure (golfing)

Mee and I

What’s your skincare routine like now?
At night: Kanebo cleansing foam (using the Clarisonic), Faceship Flebote Collagenic Massage Cream (alternate days), Clinique Clarifying Lotion, Kanebo Reviving Marine Mist, Medik8 White Balance, A’kin Cellular Radiance Serum, ROC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream, Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Age Correcting Cream
During the day: Kanebo Cleansing Foam, Clinique Clarifying Lotion, Medik8 White Balance, ROC Eye Cream, ROC Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturiser, Clinique Yellow Moisturiser, Sunsense Daily Face SPF30+

Mee and I

What beauty advice would you like to impart on the readers of Beautyholics Anonymous? πŸ˜‰
2 items:
A) The use of sunscreen.
This is of utmost importance especially in tropical countries like us where the sun is so intense. Even at home, one has to apply sunscreen to the face and neck. Of course, sunscreen is required for outdoors on the rest of the body as well.
B) Body and Hair Care
The outward beauty of a woman does not necessarily refers to the face only. The silky smoothness of the body and the hair come as a totality of beauty. Daily use of body lotion and cream are a must. Take special care of the drier areas like elbows, knee cap and feet. Scrub should be used minimum twice per week. (all these years I have been using Body Shop African spa hand & foot cream, and lotions from Crabtree & Evelyn or L’Occitane). After a hair wash, I use a hair moisturiser and Redken smoothdown cream to give the hair a soft and bouncy look.

Thanks, Mee! Now you know where my obsession with beauty and makeup is from πŸ™‚ There are heaps more interesting stories from my mum, but I’ll leave that to another day and another post.

Silly Fun with Mee

For now, I’d just like to wish her (and all mothers) a very lovely Mother’s Day. There’s nothing more important I can say but a huge thank you with plenty of hugs and kisses. Without you, there’s no me.

Tine xx

PS: I’m also on Daily Makeover today where I show you what I learned from Mee πŸ˜€

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52 comments… add one
  1. electronicfly

    And with this post, my assumption that only my family uses mee and dee is proven wrong!

    1. Tine

      Electronicfly: Hahaha same goes for MY assumption that I’m the only one who calls my parents Dee and Mee! πŸ˜›

  2. Paris B

    Haha I use Mee and Dee as well and er… the cushion covers in your 3yo pic look startlingly familiar >.< Lovely post, Tine. My mom didn't use any makeup bar lipstick, powder and blush. I wonder why I need 8 more products to look like she did πŸ˜›
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    1. Tine

      Paris B: Hee hee, I think a lot of people had similar cushion covers back then. Heck it’s even back in fashion now! My mum doesn’t even use blush. Up till now I’m still trying to get her to use it. Her dermatologist (it could still be the same bloke mentioned in the post!) told her that blush would exacerbate her freckles. Beats me if that’s true >.<

  3. Kaye

    Tine I LOVE this post, thanks for sharing. I think that’s so fantastic she introduced you to skincare and you were able to Q & A her about it. She looks stunning in the old photo of her (she still does!). Happy mothers day Mee! πŸ™‚
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    1. Tine

      Kaye: My pleasure! Or at least, Mee’s pleasure πŸ˜€ She was so shy about this, so worried that there’ll be negative comments πŸ˜›

      1. Kaye

        Aww, that is really sweet that she was shy πŸ™‚
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  4. Tina

    I LOVE THIS POST!!!! Your Mee is one smart and beautiful lady πŸ™‚
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    1. Tine

      Tina: Aww thanks lovely. So is yours! πŸ˜€

  5. Jyoan

    I call my mum Ma-a. And my dad, daddy. haha.

    Great post! You resemble your Mum a lot! =)

    1. Tine

      Jyoan: Aww sweet! πŸ™‚
      I actually resemble my dad more. Come Father’s Day, you’ll know why πŸ˜‰

  6. Jennifer

    Hi Tine,

    I am a silent reader of your blog. I call my mum MeeMee πŸ™‚ This is a very sweet and educational post. Thanks for sharing and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mummies out there πŸ™‚

    1. Tine

      Jennifer: Thanks Jennifer! My mum had a lot of fun doing this πŸ™‚

  7. SYan

    Beautiful post! Aunty is so pretty!! I Also call my mom Mee.. Sometimes Ah
    Mee for some extra Chinese-ness.

    1. Tine

      SYan: HAHAHAHAHA I call mine Ah Mee too! Gotta have that Chinese-ness πŸ˜€

  8. Yani

    What a great post – and your mother isn’t just beautiful, she also sounds like an amazing woman! Talk about knowing her beauty products! And I love 3-year old you!

    1. Tine

      Yani: Hee hee thanks Yani. Man I was such a poser back then. Learned how to be vain at a very young age πŸ˜›

      Mum truly is an amazing woman πŸ™‚

  9. Connie De Alwis

    Such a sweet post! Your mom is gorgeous and you’ve certainly picked up her looks and smarts πŸ˜‰
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    1. Tine

      Connie: Aww gee I don’t know Connie. Mum’s very clever with her words (she worked as a purchaser for 30+ years; she’ll make any seller cry with her bargaining prowess :P); I can’t even pick up half of that. But thank you all the same πŸ˜€

  10. Dana

    Tine! The 3y/o you – so cute!!

    1. Tine

      Dana: Hee hee thanks Dana! I think so too. HAHAHAHAHAHA πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  11. Issa

    I call mine Ma and Pa. Your Mee is so beuatiful! I love your wacky poses with your mom, she is so cool! πŸ™‚

    1. Tine

      Issa: Thanks Issa πŸ™‚ Ahem, she didn’t know I was going to post that wacky shot, but we sure had fun posing for it πŸ˜›

  12. plue

    i call my mom and dad the same way you call them too! although my dad has got more nicknames than my mom, which he “gladly” accepts because he has no choice!

    it’s a lovely interview, i wish i can do the same for my mom but well… πŸ˜›

    and your mom so sporting to do those funny looks and let you this cheeky daughter post it up!
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    1. Tine

      Plue: Haha I’m not the only one! πŸ˜› Well, once I have the phone in my hands, she can’t escape from the funny phone apps. I have more in evidence πŸ˜‰

  13. lj

    I call my parents Mee and Dee as well πŸ˜€ hehehe!

    I love you blog! (a silent reader from Penang , currently in Sg )

    1. Tine

      Ij: Aww thanks! πŸ˜€

  14. beetrice

    Your mum was the one that got me hooked on Clinique’s Tenderheart shade (which has sadly been discontinued – whyyyyy?!?!?) and I still have those GWP bags and cases! πŸ˜›

    I don’t call my mum Mee, but call my dad Dee…LOL! Love the post!
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    1. Tine

      Beetrice: Haha I remember the days when she used to pass cute little Clinique bags to you and the girls. I always thought it was unfair ‘cos you girls had the good bags and she wouldn’t give me any! πŸ˜›

  15. Syen

    Hehehe… I call my parents the same way too!!! Mee & dee! =P

    Helloo aunty! You and your mom are gorgeous women, Tine. Great post! Your mom is so cool to have done all the monkey faces with you. *tee heee* And oh, you were uber cute at 3!

    1. Tine

      Syen: Hee hee, I have more funny pictures with her on my phone, but, erm, these are more flattering shots of us πŸ˜›
      Thanks Syen!

  16. Swati

    so cute πŸ™‚ Tine and your mom was very pretty before her marriage πŸ˜› of course, she is pretty even now. and your 3 yr snap is tooo cute πŸ™‚
    me too wanna give a try to “the yellow moisturizer” from clinique. definitely getting it πŸ™‚ and, I also call my mom “Meee” sometimes!!! I use a lot of short forms and somehow mee evolved from that!!!
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    1. Tine

      Swati: Oh I know right? She was stunning! Still is, of course *ahem* πŸ˜›
      I’ve been using the yellow moisturiser for the past 15 years before I discovered other moisturisers. It’s definitely a good one πŸ™‚

  17. Sue

    woah, i think u mom’s so cool! =D and u guys do look alike….
    Btw, I also call mee hehe…
    this post really pique my interest to try the clinique yellow moisturiser!

    1. Tine

      Sue: Yay more daughters calling their mothers Mee! πŸ˜€

  18. Aza_A

    Your mee is gorgeoues!

    1. Tine

      Aza_A: Aww thanks! She’d love to hear that πŸ™‚

  19. gio

    What a wonderful interview! Your mum is beautiful and smart!
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    1. Tine

      Gio: Thanks Gio. I think so too πŸ™‚

  20. Celeste @ Becoming Beautiful

    I call my mum ‘Mee’ as well! And if I’m feeling a bit more ‘teh’ then it’s ‘Mee Mee’ !!

  21. Celeste @ Becoming Beautiful

    Added to say, my mum didn’t use anything till she was well into her 30s. She grew up very poor, and we stayed poor for a very long time after I was born as well, so she never spent the money on skincare preferring instead to pay for our education. I think she has one eyeshadow palette with 3 colours (l’oreal) and one lipstick, and that’s the same till now. Her skincare routine has stayed the same since, and it’s been cleanser and toner plus moisturizer.

    1. Tine

      Celeste: How is it that our mothers could use so little and still look so darn good, and we have to ply ourselves with so much lotions and potions? It’s baffling, I tell ya.

  22. VNikol

    Such a great post!
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    1. Tine

      VNikol: Aww thank you πŸ™‚

  23. Paris B

    Interestingly, a reader mentioned this point about blush and freckles. I looked for info but found none. I think it makes freckles look more prominent but nothing a touch of concealer can’t help
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    1. Tine

      Paris B: My thoughts exactly. I kept telling my mum that but she said “Aiya so marfan. I’d need to put on concealer AND blush? Both also no need to put lah!” πŸ˜›

  24. Raylene Barton

    What a beautiful post. You are lucky to have such a great Mee
    My Mum got me some Mary Quant skincare when I was 12 and that was the start of a life long love affair with cosmetics and skincare. We all owe our Mums xoxo

    1. Tine

      Raylene: Thanks Raylene. I’m real blessed to have her and owe so much to her πŸ™‚
      Oooh Mary Quant! We never had that in Malaysia for some reason. I only stumbled upon Mary Quant cosmetics in Japan, and they sure are popular πŸ™‚

      1. Raylene Barton

        yes I went to the Mary Quant shop in Japan! Love Japan – they have everything!! And Mary Quant is sooo Chic!

        1. Tine

          Raylene: Oh my, yes! So chic indeed. They even had gorgeous MQ black and white tunics for sale and everything. Oh how I miss Japan…

  25. Idaira

    I assume Mee is Maaa and Deee is Paa in spanish so…LOL hi there!

    OH your mom is beautiful!!! and ohhh the sweetness of her eyes…you’re really lucky πŸ™‚ thanks for this post!
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    1. Tine

      Idaira: Awww my mum would love to hear that, thanks! πŸ˜›

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