Favourite Look: Pregnancy First Trimester Edition

Well, I’ll be into my second trimester soon so I thought I’d tell you what I’ve been doing most of the time for the last 3 months. You know what they say about pregnancy glow? If you get bad morning sickness, forget about the glow. Let’s get real here. Do you know what bad morning sickness does to you? If you haven’t experienced it before, let me scare you a little. Bear in mind I’m already in my mid 30s and people did say that morning sickness gets worse with age. That I might agree because this is the worst ever.

Some smells like fried onion and fried garlic for example, make me want to puke. Fish and I don’t get along either. Neither do cold drinks which I used to love. Imagine downing hot drinks in 35-degree weather. I have lots of gas. There are only 2 ways gas can come out and I do BOTHΒ a lot. Disgusting? Don’t judge. Many pregnant women go through that. You might deny it, but you can only lie to yourself >_< Of course, when I unfortunately had to vomit, all hell breaks lose. Do you know which part of your face can secrete liquid? Eyes, nose, mouth, pores – everything opens up when you vomit your lungs and intestines out. Eeeww?? Yeah. I thought so too. One thing I learned is, when vomiting, do not EVER breathe through your nose – the stench might just induce the vomits again.

Now… where was I? Oh yeah, all the horrible things being pregnant. Am I being nasty? No, not really. I’m giving you the real picture here. You see enough rosy pictures through ads and movies already πŸ˜› Actually, you might want to get your daughters to read this, you know… just so they’d be careful. LOL LOL!! Anyway, on the beauty note, sigh… would you even THINK of putting on makeup when you’re in this state? I didn’t. It was the last thing on my mind. However, I looked at myself in the mirror, and thought the least I could do as a human is to look like one. Don’t want to scare people, you know?

Base is very important. It has to make me look like my healthy rosy self again. I have been using these 3 products and they have served me well. Bobbi Brown BB Cream, Lancome Maqui Blanc powder foundation to set, and a healthy pink blush which I desperately needed. Burberry Peony is great for my pale sallow skin.




Sometimes, I’d go out without adding any other makeup. On daysΒ I felt better, I’d add my brows and a touch of eye shadow. I don’t do anything fancy, just neutrals. Sometimes just one eye shadow all over my lids and sometimes, I’d add a darker eye shadow as eye liner. I’ve been skipping mascara and eye liner because every time I feel like vomiting (even though all I did was to swallow the vomit), my eyes will tear up. Liners will smudge and mascaras will melt. If I really wanted to wear mascara, I’d ALWAYS opt for waterproof ones. Others won’t work. What else? Ah, lipstick of course. I’ve been using my Dior Lip Glow because my lips have been looking pale and feeling dry. This Coral Glow brings back life to my lips while conditioning them. For this photo particularly, I did tightline my eyes, you know, just because it’s more photogenic πŸ˜›




There, another rambling post, sneaked into this supposed stash shopping (planned to post this past Sunday, but failed desperately)! How sneaky. Heh πŸ™‚ Guys, please don’t feel the need to tell me to feel better. I feel like a whiner because that’s all I’ve been complaining lately. However, why don’t you tell me your vomiting experience? Hahahah! That’d be fun. Maybe your first hangover, or your first morning sickness, whatever…. you can even make fun of me, I don’t care. Like, “get over it, Lily. You’re not the only one who’s been through this”…”You’ll live”… something like that. C’mon. Go crazy. I dare ya!!


xoxo Lily


  • Duanne Lee

    Sorry to hear that you are suffering.
    Shouldn’t the morning sickness be gone when you enter the fourth month? I did for my last 2 pregnancies, phew Thank God. But on the other note, my sister had it till the day she gave birth to her daughter!

    • Lily

      I’m expecting everything to subside too… but the good thing is, the morning sickness has eased off a lot. So, fingers crossed it’ll be gone for good!!

  • Oh no I’m sorry to hear your having feeling bad physically with the pregnancy. I’m not telling you that you need to feel better, but in theory in the 2nd trimester the symptoms should calm down, right? Especially the nausea should be disappearing, or thats what I understand anyway. I hope you get to report so in your next post.
    I hope pink blush and blowy lipstick helps just a little! xx

    • Lily

      Hey Sofia, yes, in theory, everything gets better in the second trimester. So I’m hoping it’s true for this pregnancy too πŸ™‚

  • Hey Lily, wow I’m so sorry to hear that it’s been so bad! I’ve heard it differs from person to person and pregnancy to pregnancy. In any case, I hope it’ll be over soon!

    You do look great anyways!

    • Lily

      Thanks Sunny. Pregnancy is definitely a unique experience. One I’ll never forget, and one I’ll treasure πŸ™‚

  • Eeeeeek thanks for scaring me, LILY! πŸ˜›

    • Lily

      You’re welcome. I’m preparing you for the worst to come, and that’s what friends are for πŸ˜€

  • So sorry you’re sick like this! I was lucky-just nauseous for about 1 month or so and then nothing.
    My worst vomit: I went to a Catholic Elementary school run and taught by nuns. One morning in grade 4 during the Lord’s Prayer I started to feel sick: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be PROJECTILE VOMIT. It had some arc! hahaha. Of course, the whole class had to leave for it to get cleaned up as the classrooms had carpet. Who built that stupid school? And the nun? Was SO MAD at me. I was 7 years old. And she yelled at me for 10 minutes, even though I was sick as a dog. Stupid old hag. πŸ˜›

    • Lily

      BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! LOL Tracy!! BEST STORY EVER!!!!!!!!!! I pray I never experience projectile vomit, but LOL so FUNNY!!!

  • Ha! I like that you issued a challenge and specifically asked us not to feel sorry for you! You’re the best. I got boat sick (seriously. it’s a thing.) and hurled wildly off the side of a very small watercraft – for a loooong time. I was meeting my then-boyfriend’s sister and her husband for the first time and they were sitting a foot away from me as I lost my lunch for what felt like eternity! #IMPRESSED PS: still hope you do feel better. It will get better. Until then, I don’t think anyone could blame you for not rocking eyeliner and 5-step eyes, lol! You’re awesome.

    • Lily

      Bah, I feel sorry for myself aplenty so I don’t need others to feel sorry too. HAHAHA!! Oh gosh, seriously. Some people are just not made for the sea. I get sea sick myself and Novomin is my savior. I even take it before I board a plane. Yes, I get air sick too. UGH!

      • *Seeks out Novomin immediately* I got air sick coming back from my honeymoon last month! It had never happened before! I was stuck in a middle seat and everyone had their shade down. My body knew we were moving but since I couldn’t see out, it amplified the feeling of doom! I will definitely take something for motion sickness before I fly again – thanks for the tip! πŸ™‚

        • Lily

          Oh, Novomin saved my life. I took it 30-60 mins before flying and I was fine!

  • Ok..You’ve done it. I’m really scared! ;o
    I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through all this..but if those 3 products can make you look like that, maybe there is a thing called pregnancy glow. I think you look great. πŸ™‚

    I try not to vomit because vomiting is actually very bad for singers. The acid possibly can harm permanently. I did get sick violently earlier this year and ended up vomiting in the middle of the night. It was a stomach flu and I got better immediately after.

    • Lily

      LOL LOL! Sorry you’re scared, but hey, at least you’re prepared for the worst right? Chloe gets stomach flu very easily, and she has to be hospitalised every time. I’m glad it goes away much faster for you though. Either way, vomiting isn’t fun!

  • Honey

    Lily, you are so going to hate me. I breezed through my 3 pregnancies and enjoyed them thoroughly. In fact I enjoy being pregnant so much, every now and then I get (and still do) the urge to get pregnant! God forbid as I’ll be turning 50 soon. LOL! Anyhow I am one of those lucky few who had never had period pains, couldn’t remember what contractions feel like and went through childbirth without any form of pain killers! Told you, you are going to hate me!

    Cheer up dear. 2nd semester will be smooth sailing and you will be back to normal, well, as normal as a pregnant woman can be…wink wink.

    • Lily

      Oh Honey, I wish I could breeze through this 3rd one too! My first 2 were easy. How I miss those days. Sounds like you’re born to be a mommy!!! I’m hating you now, just a little πŸ˜›

  • liyeun

    Oh dear, Lily! You leave nothing to imagination, really! I could totally feel you despite me not going thru all the vomitting and all during my 1st pregnancy. Thank god it was a breeze, and I hope the rest of the months will be better for you. I remember an old lady telling my colleague who suffered like you do, that if u suffer now, it will be a breeze for u during post pregnancy! Let’s hope it is true! My worst vomit was when I was on the boat with my hubby at Indian Ocean. Weather was poor that day, and I never knew I would be sea sick! I vomitted 3 full bags and I thought I wouldnt survive after all that vomit. I was freezing cold, it was raining and the tidal waves were crazy! No more Indian Ocean for me. Ever.

    • Lily

      Ugh, sea sick… I can just imagine the worst! My first 2 pregnancies were so easy, and that’s why this 3rd one is a shocker for me πŸ™‚ And where’s the fun if I didn’t describe everything?? LOL!

  • Icaria

    Oh Lily I so feel for you! I had “morning sickness” the first 6 mo of mine. No fun, no fun at all. Since most of it was during winter (Cat was born in June) being in a heated car was the worst for me, especially when hubby would turn on the “defrost” (hot air coming right up in your face). He had to stop the car a few times so I could vomit! I was able to keep on wearing makeup, probably because my vomiting had less pressure iykwim… LOL. Hang in there, it’s for a good cause! xoxo

    • Lily

      I’m hangin’ πŸ™‚ And yes, I know what you mean. Some vomits are just epic though. Hahahaha!

  • Claire

    aw Lily!! loved this post, very real indeed, lol. I don’t know how it is to be pregnant but I read about that healthy glow and stuff. I totally understand if you don’t have the nerve to wear makeup on some days. I mean, let’s face it, it’s just makeup … but I think it is very important to do something for yourself. If it is a good base for your face or a nice new scent or a nail polish. Sometimes those small things can make one happy and feel better. If I ever get pregnant I am scared now, haha. I wish you all the best (even if you don’t want people saying that, haha) and that you will feel better soon *hugs*. And you look great here <3

    • Lily

      LOL Claire, I don’t mean to scare you off. I just have the worst start in my pregnancy, and I’m hoping it’ll only get better. My first 2 pregnancies were easy though!

  • Complain (and let off gas) AWAY, my darling! It sounds legit horrendous, not that we can see the evidence in your glowing natural face. (did you get my email in which I asked for first-trimester burgeoning bosoms pictures, though? πŸ˜€ If you want me to be rude and offensive…)

    • Lily

      Oh, I received that email right before I left for Hong Kong. Yes, it was so funny!! Hahahaha! Girl, I already had big tits to start with. So now… it’s just giving me backache. LOL LOL!!

  • Oh noes, lol… πŸ™‚ I apologize for laughing but this was funny to read. It’s easy to see the humor of this as an outsider, hehe. I hope your morning sickness will soon go away! I still see a pregnancy glow there though! Or maybe it’s just good make-up πŸ˜‰

    • Lily

      Oh, don’t apologise πŸ™‚ I have been feeling much better so I do hope I’ll be around more!

  • Mads

    But you ARE glowing!! Been a lurker for a while and I gotta say I really enjoy reading your post love how animated you are..=) hang in there, you’re almost done with the worst part hihi =)

    • Lily

      Aaw, thanks Mads. I hope you come back to comment soon!

  • Shu Ting

    Heeheeheeheee… Thanks to your detail descriptions of morning (or whenever) sickness, I’m sure a lot of women are now put off with the thought of having a baby. HAHAHAHA

    You do glow beautifully, Lily! πŸ˜€ Those hormones are not that bad after all. πŸ˜€

    Thankfully you’re into your second trimester now. As they say, this is the honeymoon period (of pregnancy). And you will eat properly again, and re-gain your energy. So, time to be the proper “queen” because hey, you’re pregnant! πŸ˜€

    • Lily

      Oh gosh, I sure hope things are better. Thing is, I’m already in my second trimester and I still get some morning sickness. Just not as bad πŸ™‚

  • awww aww sorry about your morning sickness πŸ™ I can’t imagine.I have enough trouble as it is with food, scents, stomach issues etc in the morning, I have no idea how awful it would be when i am pregnant someday! But anyways, you look great here πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      Maybe you’ll just breeze through your pregnancy, Joyce. I breezed through my previous 2. It’s just this one that’s giving me trouble πŸ™‚

      • Fingers crossed that is the case when that day comes around! πŸ™‚ Hopefully it gets better and everything goes smoothly!