Michelle Aventajado believes that you get what you give, thus the importance of carefully choosing what you feed your mind.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like to write. I found my voice again after the birth of my daughter Evangelina, who has Down Syndrome. I like to cook and I also like baking with my daughter Gianina. Breaking bread with the people I love is probably my most favorite pastime. I practice yoga, watch movies, and read books. I just joined a book club! I balance all this with my most important job, which is being a mom first.
What makes you happy?
Children’s belly laughs, quality time with the people I love, good food,
What other dreams are you in the process of fulfilling?
My kids are my legacy. I want to have children who are mindful—children who contribute, don’t sweat the small stuff, and see the big picture.
Tell us about your passion and where it has taken you
I’m passionate about healthy living, yoga, and my family. Being gifted with my daughter Evangelina has found me advocating for children with special needs. It is my dream to have her grow up in a culture that is inclusive of people of all abilities. Awareness is the key. Being a parent of a child with special needs changes you. It shifts your perspective. What you thought was important before might not be as important anymore.
What impression do you hope to leave
That I’m down to earth, approachable, and mindful, not fussy or high maintenance. I take a mindful approach
My dermatologist in New York shared that Dove White is the best skin soap you can use. It’s gentle enough for your face, and gentle enough for your baby’s skin as well. I use a good moisturizer with sunblock and eye cream. I’ve been using the same brands ever since.
Clinique All About Eyes; Dove bar soap, at leading department stores; M.A.C powder foundation, M.A.C foundation brush, Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF, all available at Rustan's Makati, 813.3739.
I like earth tones. I suppose I like to do things that are pretty close to
looking natural without a lot of fuss.
Estée Lauder eye shadow brush, NARS eye shadow palette, Laura Mercier eye shadow, Lancôme lip gloss, all available at Rustan's Makati; Burt’s Bees cuticle cream, available at Beauty Bar, Greenbelt 5, 757.5028; Vaseline petroleum jelly, at leading department stores.
Are there any beauty icons that you look up to and why?
I really admire Jackie O. Her smarts, beauty, grace, and strength are things I would love to emulate.
What is the best beauty advice you've ever received?
Wash your face every night, even if you’re tired and tipsy. When I was younger my Aunt Paula shared that Pond’s Cold Cream is the best at removing makeup.
What life philosophy do you try to live by?
Go with the flow. I have now realized that control is an illusion. I am also constantly working on the Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz: Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. I visit this book often.
This story was originally published in the August 2014 issue of Town&Country.