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May 23, 2015
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Review: Why I Love Bobbi Brown Serum Foundation & Pop Pink!


Hi hi!!!

I haven't done a foundation review in AGES!!  I have testing out at least 5 new foundations lately... and I am just going to review whichever I am using the most, and also for a substantial amount of time.  Foundations are usually permanent products anyway, so I feel like I can take my time to really give them all a good go and then share with you my thoughts. 

So here, we have the new Bobbi Brown serum foundation - it is now available, and retails for around S$83 each if I remember correctly. 
This is the first foundation to contain TCM ingredients, and also contains the benefits of a serum to treat your skin as you are wearing the foundation.  So far, using this for most of the month since I got it, my skin gets along really well with the foundation, and I think I really really love this foundation - especially as far as the new generation of these serum foundations go. 

Before I continue, here's the Product Story

See healthy, beautiful skin. Formulated with Lychee, Bamboo Grass and Cordyceps Mushroom extracts, this high-powered formula helps give skin the energy it needs to look fresher and younger. Super silky emulsion floats over skin's surface for a flawless yet natural look–instantly and day after day.

For anyone who wants the treatment benefits of a serum combined with the flawless, skin tone correct coverage of Bobbi's foundations. Ideal for normal to dry skin.

Goes beyond the surface, beautifying skin with a powerful combination of serum ingredients. Helps support skin's cellular energy and also offers key anti-aging benefits for a smoother, firmer, more lifted look. Ultrafine pigments cover imperfections without settling into fine lines. Plus, SPF 40 helps prevent future damage.

How to use

First, shake bottle well. Pull the dropper out halfway. Squeeze and hold the bulb while reinserting dropper completely into the bottle, then release. Remove the dropper from bottle and squeeze bulb to dispense foundation onto hand or brush. Apply foundation around the nose and mouth, and anywhere you see redness or unevenness. Blend with a Foundation Brush, sponge or fingertips.

I don't quite like how the dropper works though.. and because the foundation is quite thick and creamy, each time you take the dropper, it doesn't actually dispense enough product to do one application.  I tried a few times to pour out the foundation directly onto my hand instead... but it turned out to be quite a mess.. because the product sort of get congested at the opening of the bottle and when I screw the dropped back into the bottle... it pushes out the product that's jammed near the opening... long story...lesson learnt - just use the dropper, ok?

In terms of shades and colors - this comes in a good range to suit most skintones.  I love the fact that it comes with a decent amount of sunscreen, and I feel like I can skip the sunscreen when I use this foundation. 

I use the shade 03 Beige.  I think I can use Sand as well.  Beige is my skintone.. perhaps even half a shade darker.  But this foundation is so lightweight I can still get away with 03.   It does a good job of neutalising the redness in my skin though. 

The application:

I love using my fingers to work the foundation into my skin.  I find this gives the best finish, and you can really work it into your skin without the brush soaking up the product.  As you can see here, although the foundation has this thick creamy consistency, when you applied onto your skin, you can see it is actually very lightweight. 

I would say the coverage of the BB serum foundation is a light to medium coverage.  It is very buildable,  yet still making your skin look very 'naked'.  It is not a particularly pore-covering foundation, but I have no issues with that (not to say that I have no pores, I just come to accept that pores showing through our makeup is natural.. and I am come to terms with my pores. haha).  Regardless, the foundation makes my skin look smooth without looking that I have applied foundation.  

Because it is creamy yet lightweight, I always feel like I am applying a tinted moisturiser on my face whenever I use this foundation.  It has a slight calming scent of Lavender.. and I really enjoy this light scent.  

As you can see in the bottom right pic of the pictorial below, 
the before and after comparison - you can't really see which side has the foundation.   But you can definitely see how the warmth of the shade 3 Beige has neutralised the pink and red in my skin.  This foundation also gives your skin a fresh glow -not the sparkly glow.. but just like very moist healthy fresh skin.
 

and the whole face done - no powder to set yet.  You can see some pigment spots peeking through but again this does not bother me.   You can also see how well the foundation fits into my skin.  

and I set with loose powder - this is 13rushes Round Powder Brush... sometimes I use a powder puff too.. so it's up to your pown preferences. 

I love how lasting this foundation is.  It is not the most long lasting compared to the other foundations I  have used before..but this lasts a good 8 hours, and you still look fresh.  
One thing though... if you have very oily skin you might have to blot a couple of times during the day.  I have to blot once during the day, to avoid excessive shine. And again, this is not a foundation that claims to be matte nor oil-control anyway.  

What I love most about this foundation is how it wears and feels on my skin.  It's very very comfortable to wear, and it doesn't provide thick coverage, but it gives me enough coverage and I don't think I look like I am wearing foundation at all.  If you are looking for a fairly long lasting lightweight foundation, you can't go wrong with this. 

The foundation has met my expections in terms of the lasting power, finish and overall feel of wearing it.   I am curious to see if a lighter shade would be better on me, as I tend to prefer a more brightening foundation, and add warmth and darker tones on places where I need it. 

Here's a finished look  (more details on this look, including a list of all products use - in this entry here)

And yes, of course, we need address what I am wearing on my lips - this is one hot pink that I can be obsessed with.  It looks warm, and just the right kind of neon bright without looking like crazy bright.  It's called Pop Pink, and trust me, it does pop visually. 
The formula, like the name suggests, had intense color payoff, plus a semi matte finish.  

I find myself reaching for this shade whenever I feel like I need something bright on my face.   If you see  me wearing a bold lip on my instagram it is most prolly this awesome lipstick. 

and a few more looks

ps/ I am aware that I look very warm toned in these pics - I am still getting used to the white balance setting, light source, and many other technical specs of my new camera. 
I don't actually look this tan IRL though.  Just a FYI in case you are wondering if I fake tan my face or whatever.. 

I highly highly recommend both the foundation and the lipstick.  If you love bright bold pinks.. you must have POP PINK in your stash.  
The BB serum foundation has really impressed me lately, and I hope you find my overview helpful.  I am trying to think of the comparisons.. but the list would be long.. let me start

1. BB Serum vs NARS all day luminous weightless foundation
BB has a lighter coverage compared to NARS.  The latter has a more liquidy formula. 

2. BB Serum vs Dior Nude Air Serum 
Dior has a matte finish and much more liquidy.  BB is more long lasting and gives more coverage. 

3. BB Serum vs Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF43PA+++
BB serum is not as high in terms of coverage.  Both are great day time foundation because of the SPF factor. 

4.  BB Serum vs GA Meastro Fusion 
BB Serum doesn't have that oily silicon feel - and good for more different skin types.  I have heard so many stories of how the Meastro sets into patches of dry skin.  I can't relate to that, but I think the BB serum is a better all round performer to me. 

I hope this foundation review is helpful, and thank you for reading!  

May 23, 2015
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Review & LOTD: CHANEL COLLECTION MÉDITERRANÉE for SUMMER 2015

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This entry will feature my review of the products which I got to pick from the Chanel Summer 2015 collection.  I was most keen on the LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ - a camillia embossed illuminating bronzing powder.  It felt so smooth and so natural when I saw it at the press event, and I was already adding this to my wishlist.  I am also keen to try out the Stylo Fresh Effect eyeshadow sticks - cos I am super into creamy stick eyeshadows these days, and some of the shades really called out to me. Lastly, we can't have a summer collection without a pop of blue, so I also picked the deep turquoise vernis shade in Mediterranee - which is beautiful and smooth. 

Bottomline?

I highly recommend everything shown here, as I chose them myself.. but if you have to shortlist... go for the following two items: 

You need to pick up the LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ powder it is simply beautiful, and gives your face a radiant warm glow. It has an interesting non-powdery yet not a cream texture.  
I also highly recommend getting at least one of the Stylo Fresh Effect eyeshadows - my top pic is Laurier Rose, a peachy rosy shade with the most beautiful shimmer bits.  The stylo eyeshadows are easy to blend, and you have time to blend before they set, and becomes quite budge proof.  They are also very buildable, and I can use Caroube as a one product smokey eye.  It is that amazing.  They are very long lasting, and comparable to the Laura Mericer ones.  Also comparable to  the By Terry ones (but Chanel costs a few dollars lesser compared to by Terry which costs $60 each), though I have to say the shimmers and metallic shine of the By terry ones are more intensive. 
Like the Marc Jacobs eye sticks, these Chanel ones feel cooling and almost like moist upon application, which means they will set and stay on your lids for a long time.  I don't have a problem with these fading nor smudging at all. 

Full collection info and preview entry click here.

Let's look at the products close up: 

Swatches & comparions here: 

Check out the shimmer! 

The polish in Mediterrane - is opaque and creamy in two thin coats.  I love this glossy intense turquoise.  Beautiful on hands and feet.

Applying Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Laurier Rose (click here for the full LOTD breakdown)

Applying Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Caroube

here you can see how I blend and build up the color, as you apply and blend more layers, the shimmers become more obvious.


and the overall look:

All products used: 

face - 

Bobbi Brown Serum Foundation in shade 03 Beige  - my rave on this is OVERDUE lol
Shiseido Future Solution Fx Loose Powder 
Chanel LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick in No21 (the pinky one)

eyes - 
Chanel Stylo eyeshadow in Caroube all over the lids
Chanel Stylo eyeshadow in Azulejo on lower lids (just outer corners) 
Lancome Grandoise mascara on lower lashes

brows -
ABH brow powder in dark brown
Tarte tinted brow gel in rich brown 

lips - 
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Intripide 

That's all and hope you find this entry helpful!  Can't wait for my summer vacay! 

May 23, 2015
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Review & LOTD: Chanel Les Beiges Collection 2015

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This entry will feature my top picks from the upcoming CHANEL Les Beiges collection.  I personally chose the pieces which I am the most keen to try, and I am excited to show you what I have been testing out the past week.  I will also try to provide comparisons where possible. Hope this entry will help you to edit your summer shopping list! 

Bottomline?

If you have missed out on previous Limited Edition Les Beiges powders, if you like such complexion enhancers, you need to get this year's 'bronzey' Les Beiges healthy glow powder.  I think they are very finely made, they give you good natural color on your cheeks, quite long lasting, and who can resist the chic and beige packaging?  
If you like cream cheek products, but worried of sticky creamy stuff on your cheeks, I think the Sheer Color Sticks are worth trying out too.  They are house in a sturdy metal casing, and great to throw in your bag for touch ups. 

There are also a few glosses from this collection, but I am not really much of a lip gloss person, so I did not pick those to feature. 

Full collection & preview information in this entry here.

Here are some close up pictures of the beautiful items: 

The Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick reminds me the most of the NARS Matte Multiples (which I don't think they are available in Singapore, I have a few of those).  These Sheer Colour Sticks are very velvety matte, and they have an almost powdery texture.  Very easy to use and blend on powdered or non-powdered skin. 
They seem vibrant when swatched like this, but once blended out, you get the sheer look which makes for very nice flushed cheeks. 

and here, we have the inevitable comparison of the Les Beiges powders - 

I noticed that the LE Les Beiges powders are more pigmented than the ones from the permanent range.  I love my No30, and just naturally tan powders like these in general.  They warm up my complexion very natural, not like a bronzer, nor contour.. they are just essential to have in my face routine.. cos i will dust it all over the edges of my face for a healthy warm glow. 

comparison swatches: 

and here is a swatch of the Lovely Beige vernis - a rosy nude shade that's very flattering.  For best color payoff, I suggest 3 thin coats, instead of 2 thick-ish ones which might turn out uneven.  

just a quick look at the eyes and lips - which aren't from this collection, but I will talk more about the eyelook in my CHANEL Summer 2015 coverage. Click here. 
For more information and complete swatches of the Chanel Rouge Coco, click on this entry here. 

And the application of the face products: 

A few words on the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet - I had purchased this much earlier on when it was first launched.  I got mine in the shade B10, and it is a very nice lightweight foundation.  It's like its counterpart, the Vitalumiere Aqua - which I love.. but this has more of a matte finish.  It is a great basic foundation, and I do enjoy using it.  If you like foundations that are quite shine free and lightweight, you will like this foundation.  Be careful not to over-set this foundation with powder though.. because it will become cakey looking.  That was a mistake I made initially.  After that, I realise I can even get away with not setting the foundation.. or I have to use a brush to just lightly tap powder where needed. 

Applying the Sheer Colour Stick in No22: 

And this is the completed look: 

All products used:

Face - 
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet B10
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder foundation B20
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Marinierie 02 
Chanel Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick No22
foundie applied with fingers
loose powder applied with 13rushes Round Powder brush
Les Beiges powder applied with Wayne Goss holiday brush 
Healthy Glow Sheer Color Stick blended with MUFE  152 brush 

Brows - 
Guerlain Universal Brow kit, applied with ABH brush in 20
set with MAC Beguile brow set

Lips - 
Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle 

Eyes - 
Chanel Stylo Fresh Effect eyeshadow in Laurier Rose 

May 22, 2015
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Three Things I Learnt: K-Beauty Workshop with Bobbi Brown

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So a couple of weeks ago, I got the chance to attend a one hour makeup demo by Bobbi Brown Pro makeup artist from Korea, Moh Yong Nam - which looks like he belongs to a Korean drama himself.  He explained to us popular Korean beauty trends, and how to achieve that classic Korean makeup look using Bobbi Brown products. 
I like the idea of creating a very healthy glowy skin, and the emphasis on natural beauty, especially when it comes to eye makeup - but I still can't do without my falsies if I wanna go all out.  But the very natural straight brows, the flawless natural complexion, and the ocassional pop of colour on the lips are super easy to achieve if you follow some of these tips which I will share with you! 

Much is said about the whole chok chok -flawless glowy - no wait, glowy is passe...now it's all about that clear glassy translucent complexion.. and I am not going to repeat my rave if I go too much into the Bobbi Brown serum foundation in this entry - I will save that for my actual review, which I will be posting either later today or tomorrow. So, I will focus on other areas of the workshop which I found helpful to me. 

Here are some links to korean related makeup videos I like to watch - and which you will find useful! 

Korean makeup videos 
Lisa Eldridge - Korean Beauty Trends 
she explained in detail about the Korean trend for that glowy radiant complexion [Mul-Gwang]

One of my fave Korean makeup channels - Lamuqe
I dun understand Korean, but some of her vids have English subs and most are pretty easy to follow and understand anyway
Link to her makeup tutorial playlist

Lesson one: 

Dabbing a cream cheek product in a row of 4 - 5 dots with your finger tips.  He started the dabbing on the centre of the cheeks where you want to place the most product, so by the time you do the fourth dab, it's already quite faded.. which is fine cos you don't want too much color at the side of your cheeks anyway. 
Then use a brush to blend this out. 
The makeup artist used Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Fresh Melon. 
This is done prior to setting of the foundation with some powder. 

Lesson two: 

It is always flattering and overall natural to use the same color on your cheeks and lips.  This creates a very seamless makeup look.  Here he used the same Pot Rouge for the lips.. using a lip brush to build up more color and for a more defined shape. 

He also filled in the brows with Mahogany eyeshadow. He also used the same shadow to set and smudge the eyeliner. 

Lesson Three:  I NEED THAT TOAST EYESHADOW.  

Haha. 

He used Toast eyeshadow (which is actually a blah looking color, but it is apparently one of the top selling eyeshadows in the brand) - it is just a natural eyelid color.. I know it prolly mimics the color of some people's eyelids before applying foundation.  And it is a very natural shadow shade, which adds dimension to your eyes without looking like you have actually applied eyeshadow. 

Then he proceeds to tightlight her eyes with a liner and then smudge that line with Mahogany eyeshadow. 

and the completed look:

That's all, and I hope you have a fab weekend ahead!

Thanks for reading! 

May 19, 2015
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Behind the Scenes: Recap of Singapore Fashion Week 13-17 May

HI HI! 

So last week, I had the chance to attend a few shows during the Singapore Fashion Week (well, to be exact, I only opted to go for two shows - the DVF and Thakoon) and also check out what's happening backstage with NARS doing the makeup again for the shows this year.  I don't think I blogged about my Fashion Week experience last year... so this year, I shall try to be better and give you an overview.  I will only mainly be focusing on the makeup and overall look, not so much as the fashion pieces themselves (let's be real, I ain't no fashionista and I don't pretend to be one..who am I to comment on oversized sleeves and necklines?) But makeup I think I know, and we all would want to know the products used in these runway shows.  

The looks are all very wearable in real life, real women can wear any of these looks - enhancing your natural beauty, clean fresh skin, statement eyes, natural lips, who doesn't love these? 

I am sure you have heard so many people saying how fashion isn't as glamorous as it seems, the backstage frenzy is something that takes a lot of shows experience, careful planning and taking calculated risks to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.  Tempers can flare, people can go missing, you name it.. I am fascinated by how the makeup artists are so focused on doing the models' makeup... which can also include removing the makeup on their faces from the previous shows.  Yes, they use some of the same models for a few shows in  row on the same day, and different shows ---- different looks, so each time you have to start all over again.  It takes a toll on the model's skin.. and as a makeup artist, you have to prep and calm the skin all over again before doing the next look. 

I enjoyed seeing the makeup artists at work.  All the tools are laid out neatly, tissues and wipes on hand, skincare, water, if there is any mess going on, it was almost undetectable.  Which is understable, if you have people like me snooping around backstage, behind the scenes interviews... we can't have spilled powder, dirty tissues lying around, right?  

By the time the models strut their stuff down the runway, they would have been touched up, powdered, smoothed over at least 5-6 times.. for that brief walk down  the runway, to be immortablised and scrutinised many times over in HD photography and footage.  The harsh lights can be both flattering and punishing at the same time.  From the front rows, the models can appear gaunt because of the shadows, but facing the photographer's pit, that's when the lights are the most ideal, and they seem to emit this ethereal glow (because it seems all the designers favour a natural glowy no foundation look skin).  

This is the look/ products used for DVF- who opened the week's activities: 

Tinted moisturiser, concealer only when needed 
Silent Nude blush to sculpt the cheeks subtly - This is from the Christopher Kane collection, and heavily featured in all the shows. 
Gina Blush
Sex Machine lip pencil

Black Moon, and Mambo eyeliners 
Sycrorax Dual Intensity eyeshadow 

The result is a sexy smokey eye, natural healthy cheeks and lips, and clean fresh skin. 

That's NARS lead makeup artist Julyen's hand, got him to pose for me with the #NARSissist temp tattoo. 

NARS International Makeup Stylist - Sadafumi Ito - personally checked each of the models' makeup after the other makeup artists have finished their models. He would put on the final touches, making sure that everything is properly blended and done.

Here is another NARS makeup artist, Chris at work, he flew in from Thailand - he was very nice and explained to me the looks done, and also said that every woman needs to have Sex Machine lip pencil in her makeup bag!  I swatched the color, and it was easy to see why it is such a popular shade. 

and more checking...

Sadafumi Ito also did the makeup for Sheila Sim who opened for DVF.
Sorry all my pics were of his back view.. I was trying to take pictures and not shove my camera in everyone's faces!  Haha. 

a few pics from the show: 

and DVF herself took a bow: 

And for the next show... 

this was the look for LoveBonito - which I didn't attend but I managed to get a few shots of the looks backstage. 

Graphic black eye, natural cheeks and lips (in fact the cheeks and lips were the same products from the DVF show).
Eye Paint in Black Valley. 
NARS Sheer Glow foundation, mixed with Copacabana illuminator, and multiple

and the look for Thakoon 

NARS lead makeup artist Julyen talked me through the whole look, and showed on one of the models he's working on: 

skin is prepped with Luminous moisture cream, conceal only if necessary,  no foundation.
eyes are defined with dual intensity blushes in Fervor and Craving (very soft defined eyes) and a coat of mascara.
Cheeks are sculpted with Silent Nude blush  and finished off with a stained red lip from the fall collection 

with my fashion week partner this year, Mabel, looking all smiles before the show

Hope you enjoyed this rundown of the NARS products used and a glimpse backstage!  
Thank you NARS for having me backstage again!

Thanks for reading!

May 18, 2015
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Chit Chat - What's on my "No Foundation Face"?

So I had a casual workday last week, and I decided to heck it with the full face works, and just left the house with a healthy dosage of sunscreen and set with loose powder.  I was pleasantly surprised by the results - a fresh nothing there complexion which is still well protected from the current HOT WEATHER. 

All I did was to use the new Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly - this has a gel like very lightweight formula which I have been enjoying.  I feel like this is one which you can slap on throughout the day and it would not clog your skin at all.  It has a creamy texture, but once applied, it disappears into your skin like a gel, very fresh feeling.  It is almost totally clear, and perhaps only minutely even-ed out my skintone.  I set this with a loose powder, which further helped to even out my skintone.  I just needed to add a bit of coverage to under my eyes and a couple of spots on my chin. 

 Brows are kept the usual...big big I guess.. but that's the way I like them.  And some cheek color, and a bit of lipstick just for fun.  I am still enjoying the MAC Huggable lipsticks... but a new one is really catching my attention lately... I will blog about this amazing new lippie in my next entry!  

So, feeling happy with my no foundation, light as air, next to nothing face of the day, I snapped a few pictures while at work.  I think this is a good way to document my foundation trials!  

All products used listed below these pictures: 

Products used:

- NEW Ettusais Herbal Jelly with SPF50 PA++++
- MAC PRO Longwear concealer in NC20, to cover a few spots
- Shiseido Future Solution Lx Loose Powder
- NARS Gilda Blush
- MAC Huggable Lipcolor in Soft Talkin
- Innisfree Eco brow gel & MAC Brow set in Beguile 

Also added a few new products to my current skincare stash -  I was very kindly gifted a lot of new skincare products lately, and I am trying to incoporate as much as I can into the rotation..in a way which is not confusing to me, and my skin.  I did not include a few others which I can't really form any impressions of yet.. so I shall not include them in this chit chat.

1. NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate - this is a lightweight creamy serum to even out skintone 
2. NARS Restorative Night Treatment - which is an oily emolient cream that feels super luxe.  If you love the scent of the NARS Oran candle, you will love this scented treatment cream.  I love how rich and nourishing this cream feels.  
3. Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil - an effective cleansing oil that doesn't strip my skin.  It emulsifies and removes makeup without leaving any oily residue.  
4. Skin Inc Revival Infusion Cleanser - a dense foamy cleanser, which is my fave type of cleanser.  It contains active ingredients to combat oxidation and signs of aging. 
5. Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly (did I mention this comes in a generous 50ml tube, instead of the usual 30ml?) === great on its own, and under foundation too.  Super lightweight, and jelly formula means it is great for oily skin too.  

among these products, I highly recommend you checking out items 2 - 5 ---- I need more time to see if the NARS brightening concentrate does its trick...but the rest, I am quite impressed.  The cleansing oil and foamy cleanser are just really something efficient, staples type products which I always need and use in my routine..... and the NARS Night Treatment and Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly are pretty unique products in terms of their texture and formulation. 

What are some new stuff you have been using lately?

Hope you find this random chit chat helpful, and thanks for reading!!! 

May 18, 2015
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Sneak Peak: YSL Water Pop Collection [Information, Swatches]

Vernis A Levres Pop Water

The First - Bright, translucent glossy lip colours that last

The Only - Instant fresh sensation with 10 hour hydration

The Best - Long-lasting water brilliance with no compromise 

The Inspiration - gummy bears, for their watery translucency and bright vibrancy, gives inspiration for the 3rd revolution of Vernis A Levres.  Inspired by the use of the same type of high-grade colourants found in Gummy Bears to replace pigments usually used in lipsticks, so as to give a fluid dispersal of even colour on the lips when applied, where pigments would not have given the same effect to such perfection. 

12 shades, retailing as S$49

Vernis A Levres Plump-Up

The First - Glossy Lip Push up by YSL with long lasting results and durable hydration. 
The Only - Lip push up with thermoactive hot and cold contrast to instantly plump lips
The Best Full shine Plumper, lasting up to 6 hours
Application - use alone on lips, or under lipstick 

1 shade, retailing at S$49

Full Metal Shadow 

The first - full metal liquid eyeshadow that lasts up to 16 hours
The only - patented applicator allowing multiple makeup finished (use flat end for eyeshadow, use sharp end for eyeliner)
The best - immediate fresh sensation and blendable colours from liquid to powder finish on contact with skin

Application - use flat end of applicator to apply for whole eyelid, blend with fingers or brush. use sharper tip of applicator to apply as an eyeliner. 

10 shades, retailing at S$45 

Available 22 May at YSL Boutique at ION and TANGS Orchard, with a special animation happening at TANGS Orchard.  You can head down for a complimentary signature lip service where you can discover the new Vernis A Levres Pop Water.

Stay tuned for a giveaway on my instagram (@makeup_blogette) which I will annouce tomorrow. 

Thanks for reading! 

May 18, 2015
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Chanel Blue Rhythm Collection [Photos & Information]


COLLECTION BLUE RHYTHM DE CHANEL
 

BLUE RHYTHM is a collection composed in a crescendo by the CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio.

Between eyes and lips, it performs the same electric note: that of volume, played in a duo and in contrast to subtly intensify the beat. Lashes set the tone: dressed in LE VOLUME ULTRA NOIR DE CHANEL mascara, they do the full score. A first riff collides with bare lips under GLOSS VOLUME. The fast rhythm speeds up. Colour takes center stage. LES 4 OMBRES shadows blend together in a variation of absolutely modern themes. And nails insolently drum out a flight of bluish notes. 

Price List (S$)

COLLECTION BLUE RHYTHM DE CHANEL

Available from 16 July 2015

GLOSS VOLUME 45

LE VERNIS 665 Vibrato  38
LE VERNIS 681 Fortissimo – limited edition  38

LES 4 OMBRES 244 Tissé Jazz – limited edition  90
LES 4 OMBRES 246 Tissé Smoky   90

OMBRE ESSENTIELLE 116 Swing  48 
OMBRE ESSENTIELLE 118 Midnight  48

LIGNE GRAPHIQUE DE CHANEL 60 Dream Blue   47

STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF 916 Perle de Lune   35

ILLUSION D'OMBRE 102 Mystério   52
ILLUSION D'OMBRE 98 Melody   52

CILS SCINTILLANTS Jazzy Blue    46

LE VOLUME DE CHANEL 70 Blue Night   52

 

Image credit:
Photographer : Richard BURBRIDGE 
Model : Sam ROLLINSON 

May 10, 2015
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New Camera & Random Updates

Hi hi!

Not quite sure how I am going to title this entry, or how to start, but perhaps just another rambling catching up entry - and also to look through what's in my camera memory card since I got my new camera a few weeks ago.  
I have lots of pictures of makeup previews that I have been to lately, so I will just post them in this epic picture heavy entry... and I will get to the products properly in the near future. 

There will also be lots of shameless selfies in this entry, as I think my new camera is really good at taking selfies.  Haha.  At the same time, I will show you what are my current fave products, stuff that I am using currently, from clothing to products etc.  
Hope you enjoy this entry! 

1. White Nails
If I am going to do white nails - they got to be Gelish - cos they stay clean and perfect for a good two weeks.  This is my second set of Gelish white nails, I got my friend Kim to do them for me.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.   They just look so effortlessly chic and goes with everything. 

2. Pictures of my makeup stuff....old and new.  Summer is coming, and I think the emphasis is going to be on a healthy glowing complexion, slightly warm up by our crazy hot weather, so I dug out all my pretty face stuff lately, and this is what I came up with: 

Bronzers!!  

My Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze And Glow is very very well used! 

3: New Camera!  I haven't got a new camera in ages - this is the Canon GX7, a pretty high-end compact camera that comes with a lot of cool functions.  It also has wifi function which means I can transfer pics from my camera to my phone easily, and also use my phone as a remote to shoot with my camera.  This cost me under $800... which is pricey but for all the functions and my purpose, totally worth it.  And it comes in handy for my upcoming trip to Europe this summer. 

Bet you won't even know we are taking selfies: 

Just a few selfies my friends and I took while we were out and about: 

5: NEW Makeup.. these are just some that come across my way lately.  I have a lot more to be used, shoot, etc etc.  Shall try my best to catch up! 

From Shu Uemura: 

NEW Kiehls Sunscreen: 

and lots of MAC Collections:


This new Bobbi Brown Serum foundation is pretty darn good!!! I will review it soon! 

6: My day to night look - 

Day/ WORK - just base, brows, cheeks

Night/ Going out - same as above, slap on some eyeshadows, falsies, and a lippie

very easy, very fresh

- the 7am face, with only 3 hours of sleep

- then this 7pm face, same day

and a few more selfies because there was such good natural lighting:

I need to do an entry devoted to my sunglasses obession - it's like I am buying a new pair every other week! :o

These are my old CELINE by the way. 

I do think my skin looks pretty good in these no filter pics.. if you are interested to see what I am using at the moment, click on my skincare update here

and pics for a forgotten LOTD entry - i think this is supposed to feature the Bobbi Brown serum foundation.  Really loving it lately. 

Fave OOTD: Shorts and Tee - the smart way.  With nice accessories, like a bag, shades, armcandy. 
Such as this:

The details on this pair of Rag & Bone shorts are to die for.  LOVE IT!!!

Hope you enjoyed this pictorial update, and thanks for looking!  Ending off this entry with a goofy selfie!

May 10, 2015
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NEW: MAC Huggable Lipcolors

Hi hi

this entry features the new and limited edition MAC Huggable Lipcolor which will be available in SG from 15 May 2015.  I have been playing with the 7 shades that I got over the past week, and I will provide a quick overview of these lippies. 

These lipcolors literally 'hug' your lips, they are slightly tacky and glossy, which makes them a good color & gloss in one product.  The colors are bright but not intense in terms of the actual payoff.  The natural MLBB shades are really easy to wear as they sit on my lips very nicely.  I find the brighter/ bolder shades - like the reds need some work - if you just want a casual red lip, you can't go wrong with shades like 'dramatical' and 'flamming lips' - they are juicy, a tad sheer and easy to wear.  but if you want to wear these for a more dramatic polished look you should wear them over a lip pencil to avoid feathering around the lipline.  I noticed that the flamming lips feathered around the edges, but nothing too serious cos I can blend the edges of my lips by rubbing the line, so the end result is a very just been kissed casual red lip look. 

In terms of longetivity, these are quite long wearing, I would say a good 4-5 hours, because they are slightly tacky and stay on your lips well. I don't these drying at all on me, and I much prefer these than the recent new release from Urban Decay's Sheer Revolution (entry here) - because the UD ones are too balmy, melty.  These hold up well and feel much more sturdy with the same glossy color. 

Here's some product information from the MAC website: 

For a limited time, M•A•C Huggable Lipcolour is back by popular demand. A comforting, creamy formula in shades that stay luminous for up to six hours. This lasting lipstick with a rich, glossy shine boosts collagen, leaving lips looking smooth, supple, sculpted. The unique gel base melts upon contact, allowing each shade to glide on effortlessly with a feather-light moisturizing finish.

Swatches on my lips:
Swatches on my hand:

and some of the colors overall: 

my top picks
1. Soft Talking - a no color-color on me, just the right amount of gloss to not make my lips look flat and dry cos sometimes I don't want a lip color
2. Flamming Lips - wearable red, creamier than something like NARS Manhunt
3. I'm Game - a warm pink that's wearable, good over a matte intense pink just to add some shine

and some pics I took during a preview:

I hope this overview is helpful, and thank you for reading!

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FAQ & DISCLAIMER

About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

Where to find me

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I have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.

 

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