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T&C Editors' Picks: Morning Routine

The daily essentials to keep us alive and kicking throughout the day.
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Once a week, we ask our editors to share the items we've been loving or lusting after—whether it's a new skincare product we're dying to try or a travel essential we can't live without. Consider "Editors' Picks" your T&C approved wish list for beauty, travel, fashion, and everything in between.

La Mer The Concentrate Serum, Crème de la Mer Moisturizer, and VMV Armada sunscreen


"When I was younger, I never really followed a skincare routine, so when I hit my mid-40s I realized I should’ve started long ago. I must admit I’m too lazy to do too many steps so I just use La Mer The Concentrate Serum followed by Crème de la Mer to moisturize. Then I use a VMV Armada sunscreen, a Philippine brand. 

"I usually pat on Chanel Les Beiges powder and a Chanel or Tom Ford lipstick, spritz on a favorite fragrance (usually Hermes Jardin Sur Le Nil, Jo Malone London’s Blackberry & Bay, Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino, or Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Absolue Pour Le Matin) and I’m good to go."

Nespresso Coffee


"I remember buying my first Nespresso coffee maker a few days after the very first Hong Kong store opened at the Elements Mall about a decade or so ago. A cup of Nespresso (Arpeggio or Kazaar, please) has been my daily cup ever since. I was ecstatic when Nespresso.ph started to sell online locally, and even more so when the brick and mortar opened in Rockwell Power Plant Mall—I’m old-school like that!"

Spotify Playlists

"There's nothing like music to set my morning mood, which starts with an upbeat and happy playlist called 'Girly Millennial Fun' on Spotify while making coffee and dressing up at home and then progresses to the 'Explosions in the Sky' playlist as I start the morning at work. The cathartic instrumentals help me concentrate as I write and edit." 

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Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum


"My morning face products change every two months, and I'm currently obsessed with the new Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum, which works very well in tandem with all the face lifting lasers I've been getting from the derma. It also sets perfectly on the skin, which makes it a good base for makeup. This reformulation with guarana extract helps define the cheekbones and fight the look of bloating when used daily." Available at Rustan's The Beauty Source

Murad Essential-C Day Cream

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"I have the unfortunate problem of dry skin, which is why I never leave the house without moisturizer on. I’ve tested many different moisturizers to solve my problem but for daytime, I’ve found that the Murad Essential-C Day cream really does the trick for me." Available at Rustan's The Beauty Source

TWG English Breakfast Tea


"I can’t stomach a strong cup of coffee in the morning, so I usually settle for something lighter—tea. Coffee Bean’s Moroccan Mint has been my staple for years, and one of my newer discoveries is the TWG Vanilla Bourbon. But when I'm still groggy early in the day, I find comfort in the English Breakfast Tea from TWG."

Bose Wave Music System

"My mornings would not be possible at all without this Bose system. Its set to wake me up with my favorite radio station every day. I use it to play songs while I dress up, and it packs a punch despite its compact size."

Hermès Mosaique au 24 teacup and saucer


"I'm not one to wake early, but on the off chance that I do, I like to steep some tea. I always find that drinking from a gorgeous set makes mornings even better! From the colors to the motif, this Hermès cup and saucer takes from the house's flagship: 24 Faubourg Saint-Honoré."

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Happy, Sad, Confused Podcast

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"I love listening to podcasts in the morning and this is one of my staples. Every week, MTV's Josh Horowitz engages in hilarious conversations with a celebrity guest and he conducts the interviews with such ease that it never seems awkward or stale."

Clarisonic Mia SMART

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"I always want to feel refreshed and clean in the morning and this handy little product does the trick. It has interchangeable heads so I can use it to cleanse my face and apply my foundation."

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