Some women have all the luck. In my opinion, the luckiest are those who have access to the crème de la crème of beauty products; one of those women is Marije Hoff, owner and managing director of Cosmania, one of the top cosmetics stores in Amsterdam with a fantastic range of products.
So of course the burning question is, what products does Marije use in her own life? As a busy working mom, Marije says she opts for products that deliver top-performance results but that don’t cost a lot of time. Here are her top-three picks:
This is a quick-and-easy primer that evens, plumps and brightens skin – the must-have products for moms on the go. The product can be used in the morning and works to boost hydration, even skin tone, moisturize, erase signs of tiredness, and protect from sun damage with SPF 30 coverage. For good reason, it’s also a beloved product from makeup artists in Hollywood because it immediately prepares skin for photography (hence the name “In Transit Camera Close-Up”).
“I love this product because it’s a face cleanser and mask in one,” Hoff says. “I can put it on while I’m getting the kids ready in the morning and the lightweight formula won’t drip off everywhere. Five minutes later I can wash it off and my skin is soft, smooth and deeply cleaned.” The gentle purifying mask lifts dirt, oil and makeup from your skin, leaving it clear, bright and oxygenated. The formula goes on clear and softly foams up to open pores and remove dirt; it’s ideal for busy people living in a polluted city! It’s also highly balancing and also recommended for oily and acne prone skin.
“This is great because it’s a shampoo with conditioner, so one less step in the shower,” Hoff says. Plus, it’s made using natural and organic ingredients like zinc (reduces irritation), sage (antibacterial), wheat amino acids (detangle) and papaya (regenerating). Thanks to the hydrating properties of zinc and sage, it also doesn’t dry hair out – making it a must-have for winter months ahead.
All products are available at Cosmania on Herenstraat 19.
Text: Lydia Parafianowicz