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Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

Maquillage Esscence Rich White Liquid UV foundation

Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation



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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    April 17, 2014

    LOTD & Application: YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush!

    Hi hi!!

    So this is such an overdue entry, I had pictures for these ready to go, but kept forgetting in the midst of my backlog and loss of mojo for a few weeks - I think this is how I am going to start my next few entries, please bear with me.  Hope you find them helpful nonetheless! 

    So here's a recap of the swatches of these YSL goodies, and a more detailed feature entry is up here - click click

    In this entry, I have used No 4 on my lips, and No 2 on my cheeks as blush.  I will be showing you the application process. 

    Because of the air-whipped formula, I decided to try this over my face which has already been set with powder.  I figure that it should sit well over (instead of the traditional way of cream on cream, then set with powder method) - and I am glad to say that applying the YSL Kiss & Blush over powdered skin did not cause any cakiness nor patchiness at all.  I started by dotting the product in the general area where I want the color to spread, then I use a synthetic buffing brush to LIGHTLY blend and even out the dots. The result is a soft diffused color that did not emphasise my pores.  And it dries/ sets nicely so I would say as a blush this lasted me a good 6 hours before some fading happened.

    Of course, you can always build up the colour intensity and add more if desired. 

    Here's an overall look.  Because I did this a few weeks back... I forgot what exactly I used (pretty sure it's a YSL combo cos I like to matchy matchy as far as brands are concerned - Touche Eclat liquid foundie plus the compact to set, and I think I used Urban Decay NAKED 3 palette).  

    Bottomline:  This is a great extension to the YSL lippy range, and something that packs more if you aren't a fan of their powder blushes (which I think could be softer) and more versatile than their current cream blush pots.  The color range is impressive, and you will be sure to find something you fancy!   p/s shu uemura has their gelato in tint (also lip and cheek multi-purpose colors) which have been launched and which I have been loving as well... very similar in terms of formula I must say.  I will be featuring those shortly too! 

    Have a fabulous long weekend!   See you soon! 

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    April 13, 2014

    The Body Shop New Colour Crush Shine Lipstick‏

    Hi hi!!

    My fourth entry this weekend!  And many more to come soon... slowing clearing the backlog (keyword being 'slowly') and here we have a selection of the newly launched The Body Shop Colour Crush™ Shine Lipstick is our new range of lip colours that offers sheer pigments with rich moisture. These lipsticks contain Community Fair Trade marula oil that seals in moisture to condition the lips. 

    • Give a stunning gloss effect and fresh sorbet shine 
    • A full array of poppy spring shades 

    Most of the lipsticks shown here are creamy smooth, while a couple have a slightly frosty finish.  When we hear the word 'frosty', all sorts of frumpy connotations come to mind. Personally, I don't really like a frosty finish for my lippies, but these sheer frosty ones add some dimension to your lips.  Not too bad at all!  

    The lipsticks all feel super lightweight, as the description states, provide sheer coverage.  They are also very smooth and easy to apply.  I highly recommend 11, 12, 13 and 18.  
    As with sheer and light lippies like this, I find that they last about 2 hours on me...and the color worn off evenly.   So if you want a moisturising lipbalm type of lippy that you can slap on easily everyday, these are great. 

    Swatches here:

    And on my lips:

    And some overall looks featuring my fave colors: 

    The Body Shop Color Crush Shine lipsticks retail for S$22.90 each. 

    Together with the new lipsticks, The Body Shop is also launching new bath essentials, special edition Luscious Raspberry collection.  Spring is in full swing and the delicately sweet scent of raspberry is wafting through The Body Shop.  The new special Edition Early-Harvest Raspberry Bath and Body collection has hit the shelves.  These early-harvested raspberries are picked to preserve their skin-boosting antioxidants.  Fruity, indulgent and deeply moisturising, the products offer a 'special reserve' of raspberries and the iconic Body Butter 24hr hydrating power.  The collection also includes a Body Lotion, Body Scrub, Shower Gel and Eau de Toilette.

    Body Scrub $30.90
    Body Lotion $19.90
    Body Butter $30.90
    Eau de Toilette $32.90

    Hope you find this entry useful, and thanks for reading!

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    April 13, 2014

    Review: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence BB

    Hi hi

    Today I have a BB cream/ sunscreen to share with you.  The Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence BB is currently available at major hypermarkets/ Watsons/ Pharmacies and it retails only for S$19.90.  I have this product for a few weeks before I actually started using it.  Opps.  This is an update of  their UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50PA+++ which is a clear sunscreen.  The BB version, as the name states, provides you with sun protection and coverage at the same time. 

    Firstly, I am amazed at how pigmented the product is.  It matches my skintone, but I am not sure if it will suit darker skin-toned ladies.  It has medium coverage, and the finish is quite matte.  The whole thing feels like a liquid foundation (with higher SPF), not that I am complaining.  This can be a super useful product to have when I am travelling/ camping etc.  I don't feel like I need to use an additional suncreen..

    Product Description: 

    New Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence with BB SPF 50 PA+++ provides superior UV protection against UVA and UVB rays while giving skin a natural, flawless coverage. Its light, watery texture spread and blends easily without leaving any sticky or oily feel. Has soft and fine brightening powder to instantly enhance facial contours and conceal pores and lines. Also contains Hyaluronic Acid for moisturizing and oil control ingredients for longer-lasting makeup. Does not contain any fragrance and mineral oil.
    Here are some swatches:

    As you can see the BB essence is quite blendable, and there is quite a decent amount of coverage.  The finish is quite matte, and great for days when you want a very light makeup... actually on Sundays when I am out doing my stuff, I just use this and set my face with some powder, and I am good to go.  It feels very much like a foundation - so if you are darker or paler than this shade, I would think it is quite diffult for it to blend into your skintone.  In face, it gives my face a rather brightened look.  
    Some pictures I took during application - you can use a foundation brush or use your fingers.  
    The product dries quite quickly, so you have to work fast.   And I have to say, a little goes a long way, there have been times when I am too heavy handed, squeezed out too much product only to use less than half of it.  What you see in the swatch above is enough for the whole face already. 

    The Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence BB is pretty long lasting, and keeps my face looking quite fresh the whole day.  For $19.90, you are getting value for money, it has maximum sun protection, good coverage, and long lasting (and these are the same quality that you would expect in a foundation).  So I think it is definitely worth trying out.  

    Hope my overview has been helpful, and thanks for reading! 

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    April 12, 2014

    Flawless Base: How to Press & Roll Setting Powder with a Brush

    Hi hi!!

    This entry will focus on how I use this press & roll method using a brush to set my foundation.  I have mentioned this same method before in my foundation series.. but mainly using a powder puff.  Well, both methods work just as well, it depends much on your preference and whatever you have on hand to use.  But I will say that I normally use a big brush for compact setting powder/ compact foundation to set, and I use a powder puff when I am using a loose setting powder.  I think using a powder puff or even a sponge to pick up compact powder for setting might be too much. 

    Since we are on the topic of brushes and compact powder, here's my own guidelines on what I usually do - nobody really taught me this, just what I have heard, seen and also somehow learn along the way what to use with what.  

    - using compact foundation as a foundation: I would use a buffing dense brush.  This gives decent coverage and finish, and you can buff the powder into your skin. 

    - using compact foundation to set liquid foundation: I would use a fluffy large face brush.  This will give you a lighter coverage, covers more area of your face (quicker application) and also allows you to 'press and roll' I don't really BUFF when I am setting liquid foundation.  

    So here's the application - nothing much to say about this, you just literally press (lightly) and roll, and because the brush has a large surface aea, it works almost like a powder puff.  Your liquid foundation is set, and will last for the rest of the day.  Press and roll (instead of buffing) also means that you won't disturb the finish of your liquid foundation underneath - it wil just gently set your foundation. 

    Hope this sharing has been helpful!  If you have further questions regarding setting of foundation, brush choices, leave them in the comment below!

    Products featured in this entry:

    Koyudo flower kabuki brush

    Shu Uemura lightbulb foundation (review entry will be up soon)

    What are your fave ways to set liquid foundations?

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    April 12, 2014

    Mini Review: La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream & Dry Oil

    La Prairie just launched a duo of anti-aging products which contain ingredients from the Swiss Alps (purple saxifrage, soldanella alpine and snow algae) which all can withstand the extreme cold conditions.  Together, this blend of ingredients protects skin's mitochondrial DNA (the energy source of cells) as well as speeds up rejuvenation, boosts inherent hydration and halts collagen degradation. Internal invitro testing showed never-before-seen anti-aging results for all of the above. 

    I was given deluxe samples of both products to try out (the full sized retails for S$500 each) and I have been using them together as my sole night routine for the past week.   Given the premium price, ingredients and technology behind this pair of products, I have high hopes and quite eager to try out.  This seems like a powerful duo which I can quickly 'interrupt' my current routine to boost and rejuvenate my skin.  Ever since turning 30s, I have been really keen on anti-ageing, renewing, hydrating boosting type of skincare products.  Being able to try out these products give me a chance to see what really works for me. 

    But first, let's look at the products: 

    The dry oil comes in a dropper type dispenser (same as the full size, fyi) and I use 2-3 drops each time to mix into the cream. 
    The dry oil feels quite thick but easily absorbed.  It also has a very pleasant floral scent (that dissipates after application). 

    The cream itself is has a whipped creamy formula, it has the same floral scent.

    As you can see here, I added a couple of drops of the dry oil to the cream.  Then I will mix them together to form a creamy thick paste, and I will massage this mixture into my skin.  

    I will only do this routine at night.  It is very rich - and leaves a sheen on your skin even after the products have veeb absorbed.  I like using thick creams at night as you know.. both for hydrating and renewing purposes.  Also, even though we don't have winter season, but if you sleep in air-conditioned rooms at night, it is so important for your skin to be protected during the night.  
    I like how my skin feels and look the next day - very smooth and quite radiant, applying foundation in the morning is very easy because the skin has been well treated from the night before - I cannot comment on whether my lines have been reduced or anything cos I don't really have visible lines (because I am quite disciplined when it comes to skincare).

    I really enjoyed these products, and will definitely pack them along with me during my short vacay. These are luxe and pricey skincare investments.. and personally I would recommend the dry oil more than the cream (because you can mix the oil into your current face cream, or use on its own for the same benefits).  

    Hope my little review has been helpful, and thanks for reading! 

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    April 06, 2014

    Why I haven't been updating [March/ April 2014]

    Hi hi!
    I think I haven't updated the blog in over 2 weeks... the last entry was dated 18 March...and we are already into the first week of April.  Just thought that I would do an life update entry, and also give you an overview of what I have been trying out, new stuff that arrive almost everyday here.  My blogging frequency this year has been pretty erratic, I am mostly quiet during the week, and I will post a few entries over the weekend, but when I am occupied, I don't even get to blog at all.  And in terms of makeup, I haven't been feeling super inspired to do 'new looks' instead I always fall back on my few trusty palettes which I know will do the job or sometimes I don't really even bother with much makeup at all (ie no eye makeup, I still and always do the rest of my face).  
    Which leads me to the next point - my fave eyeshadow palettes:   You know, if I start all over again, and build up my makeup collection or if I go crazy and want to edit my makeup collection to the point where everything fits into ONE BAG (but how tragic that would be, right?)  it would be the following eyeshadow palettes: 

    1. Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette
    2. My addiction eyeshadow palette
    3. Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage palette 

    and that's all I need as far as eyeshadows are concerned.  

    Other than that, I have been trying out at least 5 - 6 different foundation routines, and I have taken pictures for review purposes all ready to go.. but I haven't been able to properly sit and blog about them yet.  Most foundations usually work well on me, honestly...it is all a matter of knowing your skintype, what works for me, and how I would vary the application process to ensure that my foundation always last decently and look appropriately flawless and fresh throughout the day. 

    I must apologise for being so behind on foundation entries though.. but I usually like to take pictures of the application process (which takes some time), it always amuses me when I am looking up information of foundations, and I come across reviews in which the foundation is barely swatched on the hand, followed by a lot of product information with little room for comparison, application and overall detailed thoughts.  For me, pictures speak for themselves, and it is also very useful to compare or categorise foundations along with others in the market since I have tried so many, I can say for sure which foundations behave in a similar manner with other brands.  

    Upcoming foundie entries:
    1. Maquillage base and foundation routine
    2. Shiseido UV foundations routine
    3. Shu Uemura Lightbulb liquid and powder routine
    4. Lancome Blanc Miracle routine
    5. Biore Essence UV BB
    6.  YSL Youth Liberator CC base

    I also have a few new lipstick launches which are sitting in my folders - I love doing lipstick swatches... and trying out new colours and formula.  It seems that every Spring all the makeup brands release new lipsticks/ new lip products - I am sure you have seen online and at the stores all the new rich colors that double up as Cheek and Lip colors (Shu Uemura, YSL) and also new liquid lipsticks (Dior) ... it is just a lipstick jungle out there and my lipstick drawer is simply bursting at the seams right now.  

    Upcoming lippie entries:
    1. Estee Lauder lippies  (pictured below)
    2. Besame lippies 
    3. The Body Shop Color Crush lipsticks
    4. Bite Beauty lipsticks
    5. Dior Addict liquid lipsticks 

    And do you know there is a Hakuhodo counter that's going on now at Takashimaya?  I can't remember til when, but rest assured they will be back again very soon.  They only bring in the more affordable, more accesible range of their brushes along with a selection of their premium S series.. I bought a few myself (always can't resist getting a couple each time I see them in person, bad habit!) 

    I also have a couple of LOTDs entries which I have already edited and almost ready to go, but I might have forgotten the exact products used, because the pictures were taken sometime back.  Opps. 

    Here's a sneak peek at what's coming on the blog in the next couple of weeks, I hope: 

    And on a personal front, I have been spending time with friends and family - gatherings, outings, etc.. Recently attended the Bruno Mars party at Wavehouse.. and he literally just hang around for a short while... thankfully I had complimentary access.. but I would imagine feeling quite cheated if I actually bought tickets for this pre-concert party.   Still it was quite a cheap thrill to see him in person so up close.

    I also celebrated my 35th birthday lately... my cousin and sister baked these yummy and gorgeous cupcakes for me.. and the whole family gang surprised me... Suddenly feeling a little old, and yet at the same time, feeling more empowered, and well, I don't think I look nor feel 35 at all.. I know people who are younger that are older if you know what I mean..all I can say is, take care of your skin, always take care of your grooming stay healthy, stay active, no amount of surgery nor gimmicks will give you back the youth that you have when you are in your teens and early 20s.  Enjoy life, enjoy your friends, never berate yourself for lousy moments, and also be thankful for what you have in your life.  

    Part of the reason for my lack of updates is also the amount of stuff which has been accumulating in my room - makeup products, skincare, clothes, you name it.... and I could hardly find a proper place to sort out the products, put things away, etc etc til a couple of weeks back, I had enough, and decided to purge and pack.  While I am still in the midst of packing and clearing, I have thrown/given away more than half the contents of my wardrobe - clothes that I won't wear anymore, clothes that I think would find better homes... I could have made a neat sum getting rid of them at a flea (mostly a lot of brand new ZARA, Fcuk and Asos clothes) but again, too much effort to source for a suitable time and location, besides I just really wanted to get rid of the stuff ASAP.  So now everything is more or less cleared... I feel better, it's like clearing out a lot of toxins in my body or something.. haha.  And I am able to find space to properly do my things.  I can now say I have cleared my wardrobe to the extent that when I open any of the doors, everything hanging there are stuff that I would pull out to wear.     

    I was also dealing with 4 cartons of hair and beauty products because I was one of the judges for HerWorld Beauty Awards lately, and trying out over 300 products over a period of two months meant lots of shampoo, hair products, foundations, makeup removers LYING AROUND everywhere.  I got to finish up all the stuff which I was trying and rotating during the trial (esp the cleaners, shampoos) and also give away stuff which aren't suitable for me to friends and family.  But I think I have finally managed to get rid of everything which I won't be using.  The judging was hectic but fun to say the least and I have discovered quite a few gems along the way!  

    Here's a little glimpse of my neat space:

    And speaking of clothes, my new shopping obsession is at COS - love their clean lines, and their cutting of the dresses and tops just seem to flattter me so much.  Some of their pieces are not very wallet friendly, but I have managed to accquire quite a stash of COS items which are now staples in my wardrobe.  Love the black dresses and midi skirts I bought, and also basics such as their striped tees and also another bunch of dressier tops.  
    I also love the ocassional ZARA new arrivals... so these two places are suckering me in to check out their new collections every week. 

    Here are some fitting room adventures: 

    This is a ZARA TRF denim shirt, and my AE moto jegging pants.. and also my new ASOS cut out boots (and shown above is my new NIKE ROSHE runs).  When it comes to dressing, my style is usually comfort first, and something slightly masculine (such as the shirt or shoes) but the overall look is never tomboy-ish (cos I would pair with pop of colors on my nails or lips, or messy hair). 

    Hair.... I need a revamp soon... to smooth out my hair.. but I am liking this Yves Rocher volumising shampoo.. which gives me this fluffy result.  I am also in need of a hair color job soon.  Ahhh.. so many things to do! 

    I am also brisk walking/ jogging (or I use the term running VERY loosely) - if I don't have too many weekday engagements, I would clear 5-10km of running in one session.. usually to the park near my place.   I feel fresher and there's nothing like 'tired' legs to make you feel good that you have gotten moving instead of being a couch potato (or in my case bed snuggler).  Why running?  Because I don't like being confined to a treadmill, take exercise classes and have to find a partner to do my workouts.  Running is minimal and effective, and most of all, free.  I do my running at least 3 times a week, and on a good week, 6 times. 

    I have also cut out carbs and most sugars in my diet since late Dec... and 3 months later, I have lost quite a substantial amount of weight which some of you might have noticed - face is visibly smaller in LOTD pics hahaa.  I just eat lots of vege, sticking to fish and other 'clean' food (milk, oats), etc...just keeping portions within control.  Since I am keeping quite active, I think the weight came off very evenly. Dropped 3 clothing sizes, and just feeling really good physically.  I am still in process of achieving my ideal target...but honestly, dressing up, taking pictures and going out have never felt better.  I am quite discipined this time, and more conscious than ever of what I eat - but I don't ever deprived myself.. If I want a cupcake, or ice cream, I eat it.  Just make the treat worth it.  Eat the best cupcake, have my fave Awfully Chocolate ice cream, etc you know what I mean. 

    Some of my 'target' heroes are girls like Samantha Chapman from the Pixiwoos, Julia from MissChievous - because these women are of the same height as me, simlar build and age - so I often see their transformation, pictures and that sometimes help me to stay motivated and focused.  Of course, having a supportive frendship network is important, telling my close friends that I am on a mission means that I have to stick to it, and they help to remind me as well. 

    I never believed in fad diets nor gimmicky treatments... to lose weight, to be healthier means you have to adjust your diet (and diet is 80% of it) followed by regular exercise.  I can't emphasise that enough.  I hope I can sustain this somewhat healthy streak for the rest of my life.  Heheh. 
    So this is another personal project which kept me a little busy. 

    To end off this entry, at the risk of sounding like a total lazy blogger - please do follow me on instagram, and I know many of you do, thank you so much cos I hit over 10k followers on there lately... it is sometimes a lot easier to quickly post my thoughts on there, and since we are always on our phones, you have my updates at your finger tips.  I post 1-5 pictures on my instagram daily.. even when I am not blogging. I do believe the blog is still essential for in depth thoughts and reviews cos I usually keep my IG captions short and sweet... but when I am in the  midst of trying new stuff, or attending press events, I will quickly give a heads-up so you know what reviews will be posted on the blog in the next few weeks.   

    I reallly hope to resume my usual blogging schedule in the next week or so... and I will be taking a short break to BKK in a couple of weeks... so I will be sure to HAUL makeup from there... hehehe any BKK shopping reccomendations, do let me know!  I haven't been there in over 15 years! Horrors!

    Hope this rather personal and super rambling update has been worth your time reading, and have a pleasant Sunday ahead!

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    March 18, 2014

    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!!

    I ordered the Hourglass Radiant Magenta recently from Net A Porter (hurray for free shipping!!) and this is described as a golden fuchsia, it doesn't look that radiant, on me, this turns out to be quite a warm pink shade.

    I am loving all the Ambient Blushes, and using them very often lately.  They look really nice on the skin, and gives a long lasting flush of color.  When I use these blushes, I find that they blend so well into my skin, nothing that is powdery nor overly shimmery.  It just looks like skin. I highly recommend these Ambient Blushes if you can get your hands on them! 

    A groundbreaking hybrid that combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues for seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color. 

    Close up and swatches: 

    That's all for this quick entry, and thanks for reading!

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    March 18, 2014

    New Guerlain Spring 2014 & Quick Universal Brow Kit Demo

    Hi hi!!

    Today, I have a few new Guerlain items to share with you.  A few weeks back, I got to preview and play with some of the products in the collection. 

    Firstly, Guerlain reformulated their iconic Météorites Pearls - which are supposed to be more glowy and even better.  I have several of the older and special limited edition ones... and to me, they work as finishing powder- they are very subtle and gives the skin a nice glow.  The new Météorites Pearls have received very mixed reactions from various people, ranging from 'if it's not broken why fix it?' kind of scepticism, why less product in the new ones, etc or those who just raves about these new pearls because they all look so pretty (and actually more pigmented than the old ones in my opinion). 

    Each shade of Météorites Pearls begins with the same legendary combination of 3 colors which adapt to every skin tone and collectively work to beautify skin: mauve catches the light, pink refreshes and yellow counters dullness and corrects redness. These delicate and perfectly round pearls continue to be shaped by hand, with craftsmanship mastered by only 4 people in the world. Softer than ever, the new pearls allow for an even easier application and a more visible effect with every brushstroke. These precious pearls are contained in a beautiful metal tin, now marked with a new emblem of a reinterpreted rosette created with a light gradation of pink.

    • 02 Clair A harmony of green pearls for extra redness correction, white pearls to reflect the light and champagne pearls to adapt to the skin and gently illuminate it
    • 03 Medium A nude harmony containing beige and champagne pearls to naturally reflect light and even the complexion, combined with peach pearls to add a unique glow to the skin
    • 04 Doré The most smoldering harmony, this shade incorporates chocolate pearls with satin shimmers and vivifying fuchsia pearls that revive radiance and unifying beige pearls for deliciously beautiful skin
    I am most excited to try out their Universal Brow Kit, and I am quite liking it, it is a bit powdery, but when I am in the mood for a warm brow shade, I always use this palette.  It is fairly long lasting, and the inclusion of the highlighter shade is very thoughtful indeed.

    The indispensable finishing touch for radiant eyes, Guerlain’s new Eyebrow Kit structures and styles all eyebrows for a tailored yet natural look. Light, medium and dark powder shades can be mixed and blended to create a matching shade for every brow line, while the pearly-pink beige highlighter is swept under the brows to emphasis the eyes’ natural beauty. The kit also contains a double-sided applicator, making it a complete eyebrow kit for any look or occasion.


    And comparison to my Anastastia brow powder - 

    And this is how I use the brow kit, I used a mixture of both the middle brown shades, draw the outline of my brows, and then filling them in. 

    A few more pics from the event: 

    Guerlain’s new duo eye shadow is the perfect accessory for creating statement looks. Inside the slender gold case are 2 stunning colors—one a pure color and one a luminous veil. For Spring 2014, Guerlain introduces its newest shade: a dazzling violet underscored by an elegant taupe.

    Each harmony of Ecrin 4 Couleurs eye shadow is composed of four different and specially selected textures to allow you to mix and match for endless combinations. The newest harmony, Les Tendres, draws inspiration from the season: iridescent ivory, satiny nude and matte violet-plum shades express an ode to nature and renewal, while a metallic aquatic green adds vibrancy.
    Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique provides hydration and long-lasting color with one simple movement. With a push of the lever, luminous color with a second-skin texture is revealed from within a chic Art Deco cylinder.
    Guerlain’s new cream blushes melt instantly into the skin, leaving a satiny finish with a delicate violet scent. Available in 2 shades, a cheerful fuchsia and delicate pink, Météorites blush comes encapsulated in a perfectly round white and silver case, paying homage to the Météorites bubble.
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    March 16, 2014

    NEW YSL KISS & BLUSH [Photos, Information & Swatches]


    A beauty revolution.  
    YSL introduces an all-new dual colour play.
    Cheeks and lips are coloured with a single product. 
    A new gesture that's intuitive, fun and sensorial to the extreme. 
    To double the incredibly pop and fresh pleasure. 
    A hybrid innovation, a thoroughly cult object.
    With KISS & BLUSH, the YSL Baby Doll plays up her seductiveness
    and in turn, reveals new facets of her personality.


    EXCLUSIVE - Blush to Lipstick, and Vice Versa

    Babydoll KISS & BLUSH by YSL offers an innovative formula structure, the results of a fusion of two technolgies, foundation and lipstick.  The air-whipped formula, wit two patents pending, combines an extremely sensual-colour diffusion complex, and a blend of pigments for colour harmony perfectly adapted to both lips and cheeks. 
    KISS & BLUSH, an airy texture that's a cross between lip colour and a cheek blush that instantly evolves into a velvety soft veil with matte luminosity. 


    A Light Diffusing Gel
    Its structure enables the formula to easily blend and evenly diffuse light for finish that is both matte and luminous.  This highly concentrated gel creates an extremely sensorial and velvety texture that makes it possible to modulate the colour intensity, for a light, fresh-looking result, or a super pop effect. 

    Oils and Balancing Powders 
    They help ensure the comfort and long wear of the texture that effortlessly blends on both lips and cheeks.  The colour stays put while remaining matte and rediant. 

    Pure pigments enhanced with  micropearls lightly tinged with pink.  To maximise the radiance of each complexion and offer vibrant, irresistible colours with a satin finish. 


    The high performance of the formula is matched by a unique multi-purpose applicator.  At its center, the HIDDEN PEARL APPLICATOR has a flexible bead that espouses and caresses lips and cheeks in a rapid, precise, double gesture. Extremely soft and with a meticulously shaped tip, it glideds perfectly on the lips and gives them a precise outline in a nimble gesture. 
    Round at the centre, it deposits a light touch of colour on the cheeks, with no excess, for optimal diffusion.  It applies points of colour that can be repeated endlessly to build coverage and greater colour intensity. 

    NEW KISS & BLUSH is available in 12 pop colours, 12 airy-light playful temptations. 
    A family of colour harmonies built around 4 emblematic YSL shades.  FOr a colour match on lips and cheeks.  4 Radically attitudes for the Baby Doll woman:

    Saucy Baby Doll 
    3 fresh deliberately impish pinks 

    Sexy Baby Doll
    3 shades, 2 diabolically hot reds and a fiery orange 

    Liberated Baby Doll
    3 not so innocent shades, pink, violet and coral

    Sassy Baby Doll 
    3 ultra sensual brown and nude shades


    I will have LOTD featuring these lip and cheek products soon (maybe later tonight).  The texture is, as the product information states, a lovely hybrid of airy mousse and silky texture.  They pack on the color, with a soft watercolour lightness and finish and really feel velvety soft.  They didn't seem to stain on my skin, and I love these colors that I got.   Can't wait to play more with these! 

    Lip swatches:

    Hope these detailed swatches & initial swatches have been helpful, and thanks for reading!  Stay tuned for my next entry! 

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    March 15, 2014

    URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder

    Hi hi!!  

    I recently bought the new URBAN DECAY naked skin ultra definition loose finishing powder ($50 for 8g, in 5 or 6 shades) and I AM LOVING IT.  I shall share with you the pros and cons of this product, and hopefully you will be suckered (just as I am) to pick up this product for yourself.  Luckily, the pros all related to the actual performance of the powder, and the cons are more of the packaging.  

    I am using the shade NAKED LIGHT - which is the palest shade they do, and it looks quite a light to medium shade in the pot..I wish there is a lighter shade they do... but apparently not.  

    Some product info: 

    What it is:
    A loose powder with a luminous, demi-matte Naked finish. 

    What it does:
    Blur flaws, set makeup, and cut shine with this weightless formula that feels amazingly silky on the skin. Designed to be virtually invisible, Urban Decay’s high-tech, light-reflecting formula fools the eye with optical blurring, seemingly airbrushing away imperfections and creating a soft-focus effect that looks professionally retouched. This creamy, buildable, jet-milled formula applies beautifully, never looks chalky or cakey, and won’t settle into fine lines. 

    Close up of the soft, silky, ultra fine powder - 

    There's really no point in me swatching it, you can't really see it, as it blends into my skintone but I hope you can tell the area which the powder has been swatched over, it is visibly smoother to see, and also feel in my experience. 

    Here are a few iphone snaphots I took when I was wearing  this powder, a little pre-birthday outing, chilling out by Keppel Bay.  No doubt the natural sunlight is good as far as lighting is concerned, but I am really impressed by how the powder renders my skin flawless almost immediately after using.  I have used so many loose powders before, and most of them will set and look flawless after a certain amount of time, but I must say that this UD powder has an instant retouching smoothing effect... but let me list the pros and cons below: 

    1. Immediate flawless and smooth skin appearance, including minimising the look of pores esp around my nose.
    2. Sets your foundation, makes it last the whole day.  This I can really attest to.  Makeup looks relatively fresh throughout the day.
    3. Has just enough coverage (very light but it's definitely THERE) the perfect amount of light coverage you need to set AND finish your foundation at the same time.  
    4. Oil control factor is decent, and I don't see myself feeling nor looking greasy after the usual 5-6 hours. 

    1. $50 for only 8g of product sounds really little/ too pricey - most loose powder comes in 15-30g capacity FYI... but I am guessing that because the powder is so lightweight, 8g is gonna last you a long time anyway. 
    2. The tiny opening of the powder itself - I like that it has 4 holes from which the powder is dispensed (nothing really spills or fly everywhere) but there is no puff provided, and my current powder puffs are all soo big to fit in the pot... so I usually have to tap the powder out into the cap and then use a brush or a powder puff to apply. 
    3. Speaking of application, I think I prefer using a brush to dust this on my face - if you have a powder puff, I think you might end up using more product than necessary.

    This feels very similar to MUFE HD powder, and also NARS translucent setting powder (both the loose and pressed versions) -- BUT while those are all white transparent, the UD one actually has some coverage, and because it comes in different shades, there is no worry of looking ashy if a white powder (albeit it being transparent) if you have a darker skintone.  
    So if you enjoy the NARS powders- but feel that you need to use a separate product to set prior to it, I think the UD powder actually is able to combine the two steps of setting and finishing quite nicely indeed.  (for my thoughts regarding Setting VS Finishing - click on this entry here). 

    I hope that this mini rave and sharing has been helpful, and thanks for reading!!

    Happy rainy (at last) Sunday!