My Post Pregnancy Skincare

Lainey Loves LIfe - Pevonia gift bag.jpg

I have been busy, crazy busy, these past few weeks. “Busy at work” doesn’t even compare to being “busy with baby.” With work, it takes great organizing skills and you’ll be pretty safe and on track but with baby, it’s as if your world will fall apart if you don’t try to be extend your patience – and that applies to both mom and dad.

Time flies by so fast! It’s been three weeks since I gave birth to this beautiful boy soundly sleeping beside me and I’m like a thief here stealing some time to write a blog entry. I think I’m starting to get the groove of being a full time mom-slash-nanny. 😄 I might even start taking digital marcomms job again – that is if I decode and master my boy’s sleeping pattern.


Some time during the 20+ week of my pregnancy, I started getting pimples on my chin. It would go away for a while but it kept coming back and God, I still have them now. And then last week, I received a care package from my friend and former boss Liane! I went crazy going over the items she sent me and I’ve started using them yesterday. I can’t wait to tell you about the wonderful effects of the products on my skin.

Here are the contents of the package. I’ll post about each of the products separately.

Lainey Loves LIfe - Pevonia Stem Cells Phyto Elite copy

Golden! Pevonia is a staple item on my skincare list. I’ve been using this brand for years now and I love how it changed my skin from dull to soft and smooth. I’m using this Stem Cells Phyto-Elite Intensive Cream for the first time.

Lainey Loves LIfe - Phytomer gifts from Liane

Phytomer is a French brand that uses marine elements in their skincare products. Back to Basic: (1) Cleanser (2) Mask (3) Replenishing Oil

Lainey Loves Life - ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup

New ELES makeup to go inside my traincase. Woohoo! I’m a lucky girl!

Lainey Loves LIfe - ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup Transformation Oil

This is the solution to hard-to-remove makeup. Goodbye zits!

All products came from Australia. I’ll tell you more about each of these on my next entry. In the meantime, if you want to check out these great brands, visit Pevonia Australia, Phytomer Australia, and ELES Cosmetics.

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A Dash of Green and Gold

The Christmas season is coming and there’s sale everywhere! One lovely afternoon, I took a quick trip to the pharmacy to buy vitamins. I wasn’t feeling well but my eyes lit up when I saw these small eyeshadow compacts. The saleslady smiled at me so I asked her which brand are the shadows from. It’s from Korean brand Shawill Cosmetics.

I’ve tried several Korean brands like Tony Moly, Etude House, The Face Shop, and Skin Food. I haven’t tried Shawill before and because I love the colours, I thought I should get one of each. Lucky me, these are on sale not because they’re expiring but because they’re changing the packaging. You have no idea how much I got these for! 😍 Scroll down if you want to find out…


I love green eyeshadow and gold is something I’d like to try this Christmas!

I bought each for ₱27 or $0.50 (£ 0.33), total of $1 for the two eyeshadow compacts. I thought the saleslady was playing a joke on me so I checked the expiry date. ☺️

The colours look solid when dry so I know these will even be more vivid when applied with wet brush. I’ll go back to buy more within the week!

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But first, coffee! And then #makeup

Laineyloveslife ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup Spring monday morning coffee

Unbelievable! Yesterday I was at the hospital and while my doctor was checking baby’s heartbeat, I randomly asked if I can have coffee after I give birth, particularly while breastfeeding. She said, “Well, you can have one small cup of coffee a day while pregnant.” I asked her why she never told me and she said I never asked.

OMG. I punished myself for several months. I totally cut my coffee intake and I almost went crazy whenever I’d smell the aroma in the morning. It’s a few minutes before 8am here in Manila and I’m about to make a cuppa. I just can’t wait to tell everyone how happy I am. 🙂


Whilst browsing Facebook, I saw this photo from one of the makeup brands I adore, ELES Cosmetics. It’s a mineral makeup brand from Australia and I love every makeup item that they have. I never really used lipliners before, but whenever I see models and MUAs do a sharp, crisp lipline, I know I have to get hold of several of these to try! These ELES Longwear Gel Lipliners have extremely long wearing, waterproof formula which glides onto lips for transfer-proof, non-feathering wear for up to 7 hours. It can also double as a lip base or matte lipstick.

Dine and wine, or kiss and makeup – the colour stays on! I need to have these in my life. ❤︎

Laineyloveslife ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup Longwear Gel Lipliner

Do you use a lipliner and do you have tips to share on how to create sharp lines?

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I have two sets of makeup brushes and I want more


I have two sets of makeup brushes and I want more.

I keep my 15 piece ELES Cosmetics professional brush set in my room and this is the same set I use frequently. Its bristles are made from Taklon, a “green” and allergy free synthetic fibre ideal for makeup application. Because the brushes are synthetic, the pigment doesn’t get trapped and absorbed, making it easier for me to clean them.

The other is Coastal Scents 22 piece brush set which is incredibly cheap at $50 (even cheaper now that it’s on sale). I always keep these clean because this is the one that I lend to my sister if she needs special brushes for contouring. I also have some individual brushes I got from my friend and mentor Cielo of Mermaid in Heels.

Some would say these two are enough but no. I want to get two more. Makeup lovers will surely understand!

I want to buy a set that I can bring with me always. I’m eyeing these small but terrific travel brushes from CHARM.

Charm Brushes - Beauty and Minerals - Philippines


And I recently saw these really elegant Real Techniques Bold Metals brush collection on other makeup bloggers’ pages. I want to have these too… 😍

Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush Collection

Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush Collection

I don’t know what to say really. Some people will think it’s ridiculous to buy more but I know there are ladies out there who own more than I do. I really love to get these two sets. 🙂

This is why I love NATURAL

Golden Globe Awards 2015

Smokey eyes + rosy pink or nude lips = goddess!
Natural look is still the best!

I especially loved the last Golden Globe Awards for their gold theme. During awards nights like this, it’s as if MUAs have this mutual understanding of what’s going to be the look of the night. Everyone seems to be thinking of the same style too. If they’ll slightly deviate, it’s never going to be the makeup, it’s always the dress that differs.

I anticipate events like this because I love looking at dresses and makeup. I used to work with luxury brands before and mind you, these celebrities really get a lot of gifts during the event. They usually receive a welcome box filled with expensive goodies we’re all dying to have, plus luxe services like in-room salon and spa treatments.

Now you know why they all look so fresh and pretty on the red carpet!

My plan is to give my bridesmaids a mini-golden globes treatment on the eve of my wedding day. I know 2017 is really far from today but I’m already pinning pegs on Pinterest. It’s so exciting!

We’re not celebs but we can definitely be like them. Only, we’ll have to ask our husbands to pay or we have to get it from our own pockets (let’s try option 1 and see if it works). Lol!

Who’s your all-time favourite red carpet celebrity?
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