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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

2009 Foundations Overview

2009 Liquid Foundations Overview

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

Twitter (link button above!)  Email (stated above!)  Instagram (makeup_blogette)

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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    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!

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    March 15, 2014

    LOTD: Soft Smokey Pink with MAQuillAGE Spring 2014

    Hi hi!!

    This is a look which I did with some products from MAQuillAGE's latest Spring Collection!    The outstanding products from this collection, I feel - are the lip products (no surprises there) and the highlight brush.  The eyeshadow palette is beautiful but very safe, and I personally don't use the pink as a eyeshadow color.  I did, however, used the pink as an accent shade to blend the browns together. 

    On my eyelids, I used the medium brown shade.. blending it all over my lids... and I used the darkest brown closer to my lashline.  I used the pink sparkly shade on top of the eyelids for some added dimenstion.  If you want a softer feminine look, I would think the pink is the lid color, whereas the browns are the defining shades. 

    Here are some swatches - 

    And this is an extension to their True blushes which comes with a built in blush brush, and the actual blush is in the casing (which is refillable).  This is a pale neutral white highlight shade.  Suitable for my skintone, and gives a subtle glow without anything too shimmery at all.  The built in brush picks up just enough product - and is made of good quality natural brush hair to apply and blend the color onto your cheeks. 

    Here is a comparison to the actual brush shade.  I am not going to swatch it, as you won't be able to see it at the back of my hand anyway. 

    And the lippies - if you are familiar with the MAQuillAGE true rouge, you will know that they have very good formula - soft, creamy and good color payoff.  The range of colors are great for those who like natural shades - you will find all shades of beigy nude, pinky nude, rosy nude... the list goes on.  I love the finish and formula of these lipsticks.  The essence gloss is pigmented and in this particular one, contains some golden shimmer which makes your lips look shiny and healthy. 

    Here are some lip swatches - and an idea of the color payoff. 

    And an overall look featuring the color products mentioned in this entry.  

    I am also using an all MAQuillAGE base routine which I will be reviewing in a later entry.  
    Lashes used are Velour Lashes, in Whispie me Away - my fave Velour Lashes so far. 

    Here you can see the pink eyeshadow peeking out... 

    Have you checked out the new MAQuillAGE collection yet? 
    Hope you like this look, and thanks for reading!  

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    March 14, 2014

    Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Colour Correcting Powder [Photos & Swatches]

    Last week, I purchased the new Diorsnow Fresh Reveal Colour Correcting powder in the shade 003, which contains a pale icy blue section.  I use these powders as a finishing/ touch up powder, they give your skin a subtle glow, and just enough coverage.  I believe this range, or rather this product in particular is an Asian only release, and they are limited edition, so grab yours quick if you like these color correcting face powders.  
    This retails for S$90. 

    Here are some close ups: 

    Swatches - as you can see, 003 is slightly brighter as compared to 001 (but I doubt they would look that different IRL when applied on the skin). 

    Here is a LOTD where I applied the powder as a finishing powder. 

    I really recommend these powders!  They are quite luxe and versatile in my opinion. 

    Hope this entry is useful, and thanks for looking! 

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    March 11, 2014

    Review & Application: Rachel K CC Renew Routine

    Hi hi!!

    I have been testing out the new Rachel K CC Renew cream and powder for a couple of weeks, and now I am ready to share with you my base routine featuring these products. 
    I believe the products are now all available at Watsons.  Prices to be confirmed. 

    I will also try to give the differences between this new CC Renew range and the first launch of the Rachel K cc creams and powder at the end of this entry. The new CC Renew products boost more skincare benefits.

    CC Renew transforms your skin through instant skin perfection and long-lasting anti-ageing skincare.

    • The advanced color-correcting complex illuminates your skin and visibly minimizes all imperfections and dark spots instantly and over time. 
    • Deep Sea Water, highly concentrated in rich minerals, immediately and lastingly moisturizes dehydrated skin. 
    • The break-through Biomimetic Anti-Age Complex boosts the natural skin’s regeneration process to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to improve skin’s firmness 
    • SPF 35 / PA++
    • Skin type: ALL
    • Coverage: Sheer to Moderate
    • Texture: Featherweight
    • Finish: Natural Radiant
    • Oil free, Paraben free, Non-comedogenic, Dermatologically tested

    CC Renew Pressed Powder transforms your skin, revealing a naturally luminous, flawless and perfectly smooth complexion.

    Its unique color-correcting complex instantly perfects skin with the Organic Shea Butter and an antioxidant complex and Vitamin E deliver powerful anti-ageing benefits. Talc free, paraben free, non-comedogenic, dermatologically tested

    The new CC Renew Powder comes in 3 shades - Extra Light, Light and Medium - I use the shade Extra Light (I can go with Light, but usually I prefer using a lighter shade of powder to set my base). 

    The powder is very smooth and finely milled.  I normally use a brush to set or touch up my face with this powder - though the compact comes with a sponge. 

    Here's a swatch of the CC Renew Cream in the shade Light.  
    It also comes in 3 shades (which I have posted on my instagram a few weeks back).  The Renew CC cream has a slight grey tinge, which blends out into my skintone anyway.  It seems to have a lighter and more dewy texture compared to the old CC cream. 

    Here's the application: 

    As you can see here,  when the CC Renew cream is applied onto the skin, it becomes more skintone like, and blends into my skin nicely. 
    I usually use my fingers to blend it, though using a foundation buffing brush works just as well too. 
    And I usually use a light layer of foundation over it, but in this entry, I am showing you that the CC Renew cream alone provides enough coverage for my skin anyway. 

    As you can see in this half face comparison, the CC Renew Cream gives a very lightweight coverage, but yet it is able to even out my skintone.  The redness is somewhat neutralised, and the skin texture looks smoother.

    Next, I use the CC Renew pressed powder to set the CC Cream. 

    I use a large powder brush to do this step, by pressing the brush over the skin. 

    Here's another half face comparison - there's a more flawless and smooth finish.  I don't think it looks powdery or overly matte.  Actually after the powder and CC Cream set, the finish is a little bit glowy even. 

    And fast forward to this BOOMZ face, where you can see the glowy finish I am talking about previously.  It is an overall healthy finish - and note that I am only using both the CC Renew cream and pressed powder here (yes, I did touch up any spots with concealer but that's about it). 

    A close up of the skin: 

    Please pardon the crazy red cheeks, I was trying to illustrate the new Lancome Blush Subtil --- and they are some really intense blushes! 

    Overall thoughts: 

    •  This is one of the many CC creams that I have tried with  more coverage - that you can actually skip the foundation.  It doesn't slip and slide, and sets into the skin very nicely.  Like the old CC Cream which I also like, this new Renew CC Cream is actually lighter in formula, and is more glowy (old one is more matte in my opinion, and has more coverage).  So it really depends on your preference, if you like a lighter formula with decent coverage you will definitely enjoy the new CC Renew cream. 
    • It is also a great base prior to your foundation - I often use a BB or CC cream as a makeup base, because I feel that this combination always make my foundation last longer and gives me a more uneven smooth coverage.  Some of these new BB/ CC creams are also able to protect the skin and provide skincare benefits at the same time, so I really enjoy using them.  This is no exception, and did not give me any side effects at all the whole time I am using it. 
    • The CC Renew Pressed Powder, when compared to the older one, has less coverage, it is very good as a setting and touch up powder (while I felt  that the olde one could be like a compact foundation, and it is more matte too).  The glowy (but no shimmery by any means) finish of this powder is really impressive, and if you like that healthy complexion effect, I think you will love this powder.  
    • Overall, this is a very impressive combination, and if you have enjoyed the Rachel K range of CC Creams I think you will enjoy her new products too. 
    • The Renew CC Cream lasts me a good 8 hours of wear time, I usually have to blot twice.  

    CC Renew Cream is available at www.luxola.comwww.rachelkcosmetics.com, selected Watsons, SASA and BHG stores. 
    CC Renew Pressed Powders only available exclusively at www.luxola.com and www.rachelkcosmetics.com 

    Hope this review & application have been helpful, and if you have any questions, do leave them in the comments below!

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    March 11, 2014

    NEW Lancôme Blush Subtil [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!!

    Recently, I got to try out the new range of Lancôme Blush Subtil - they are available in 6 shades, and today I have 5 of them to share with you.  They are currently available, for $60 each.  
    I find that these blushes are all quite soft and creamy, with some shades reminding me of Nars and Illamasqua blushes.. they are all quite pigmented, and I do recommend using a light hand with the more intense shades. 

    Some product features: 

      • Fresh and radiant color

      • High color intensity with transparent fillers

      • Fuss-free application for a silky finish

      • Improved Talc formulation to prevent color from oxidizing

    • Natural and long-lasting

    Extra Tips:

    How to adapt blush application to face structure

    Round face: Contour under the cheek bone, in an upward direction

    Square heart-shaped face: from the corners of the nose upward

    Long face: from the corner of the nose to the external corners, working horizontally

    Square face: from the corner of the nose to the external corners working horizontally, as well as on the jawbone

    Heart-shaped face: from the corners of the nose upward

    Some close up pics:

    And there are the shades: 

    Rose Paradis - a bright pink that has a satin soft finish, no shimmer
    Eclat de Corail - a peachy pink with a golden sheen, that's very similar to the NARS Orgasm type of shade (which almost every brand would have anyway)
    Pepite de Corail - a reddish shade with some golden shimmer
    Rouge in Love - reminds me of NARS Exhibit A  (or cream blush in Cactus Flower) in its bright red, also with a golden sheen - this contains really intensive pigment and color payoff 
    Figue de Espiegle - a very soft wearable muted plummy pink 

    I find these blushes to be quite long lasting, and a little goes a long way.  
    Here's an exaggerated pic of me wearing Rouge In Love on my cheeks - I know it is to much color.. but just wanted to illustrate the impact of these gorgeous blushes. 

    Hope this entry has been useful, and thanks for reading! 

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    March 11, 2014

    Bobbi Brown x L'wren Scott: Amnesia Rose Palette [Photos & Swatches]

    This entry will feature the new Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette, which features six eyeshadows, one blush, and one Pot Rouge (which can be used on cheeks/lips).

    The palette is currently available at selected Bobbi Brown counters and retails for S$115 each.  The palette contains some bold shades of purple (something different from their usual neutral browns and greys) but the textures and finish of these shades in the palettes are quite 'safe' they provide a sheer 'watercolor' type of finish, with some shades being quite chalky.  I definitely recommend using a cream colour base for these shades.  

    Here's some close up pics: 

    Amnesia Rose is a muted, rosy plum.  
    Silver Lilac is a cool-toned, white-lavender with a sparkly finish.
    Pink Lilac is a cool-toned, pink-tinged white with a silvery sparkle finish, very similar to Silver Lilac. 
    Sand Pink is a slightly muted, dusty rose with a matte finish. 
    Desert Rose is a soft, medium rosy pink with a satin finish.  Very creamy and pigmented.
    Iron is a medium-dark gray with warm undertones and a matte finish..which I thought doesn't really go with the other shades.
    Ultra Violet is a bright fuchsia purple with a faint pink sparkle.
    Mulberry is a cool-toned, dusty, medium-dark purple with a matte finish.

    Personally, I find the palette a little too pinky and purple-y for my preferences.. but I do see wearavle shades in the blush and pot rouge.  I do feel that the combination of the eyeshadow colours to be quite off, and also the mixed quality among the eyeshadows is something you might want to take note of when checking out the palette in person. 
    If you like your pink/ purple palettes, then don't miss out on the new Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose palette! 

    Hope this entry is helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    March 11, 2014

    Clé de Peau Beauté Luminzing Face Enhancer No 14 [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!

    A while back, I received this BEAUTIFUL Clé de Peau Beauté luminizing face enhancer in the latest shade - No 14 - which is a slightly peachy neutral face highlighting powder.  What I love about the Clé de Peau Beauté luminizing face enhancers are that they are very subtle and gives your skin a very smooth pearlised highlight.  It is my special ocassion face powder.  The powder also has a very elegant floral scent. 

    Some information about this highlighting powder: 

    This exquisite highlighting powder uses innovative light-directing technology to refine contours and illuminate your complexion. In a single stroke, even lackluster skin is transformed by newfound radiance and amazing vitality. The distinctive compact, artfully designed by renowned jeweler, Shaun Leane, is a treasure to behold.

    Some close ups:
    No 14 is a pinky pearlised highlight shade that also contains some multi-colored shimmer..very very fine and silky. 

    Here's a comparison with No13 which has a warm bronze tone. 

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

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    March 02, 2014

    LOTD: Laid Back Red & Naked3 Palette

    Hi hi!!

    This is a look which I did yesterday (and went out with) and I was thinking, I want to use new stuff!!! I have tons and tons of new stuff in my room, and I have been kind of stuck with using my Dolce Vita palette and Cocoa Mirage so much lately.... and I went for the NAKED3 palette.. I think I haven't actually done a look that I posted on the blog at all with this palette... so here we go. 
    I think the end results is a rosy toned yet quite brown smokey eyes.  I am not a fan of too rosy/ pinky shades on my eyes, so I made sure to define and smoke out the look using the warmer tones in the palette. 

    Here's the overall look:   

    Stuff I used:  on the face, I used this whole group of items which I have been using quite often the past month.  

    The Lancome Absolue foundation is just divine, and I also been starting to explore other foundations, like the Tarte one.. and I have a few more new ones which I need to try and review for everyone.   The ettusais mineral BB + powder sets my foundation beautifully, and the MAQuillage aura veil powder is something I just cannot do without.  
    And speaking of face powders, I am making serious dentage in the Laneige sculpting natural blush, in No6.  If you are fair like me, and you want a very affordable nude tan shade - along the lines of Dior Nude Tan, Chanel Les Beiges Shade 30, you NEED THIS Laneige powder.  It is so soft, so easy to use.. this will definitely be in my travel bag, makeup bag if I want something light and handy to bring about.  It gives the most subtle healthy glow to my skin.  I LOVE IT.

    Just a quick rundown of the shades I used: 

    1. I first applied the crease color and I used Limit, this gives me a guide as to how far I want to apply my lid color. 
    2. And on the lids, I used Factory, one of the warm rich browns in the palette all over my lids.
    3. I also used Darkside, just a bit to add more depth to the outer corners. 
    4. Just blend out any harsh edges. 

    I lined my eyes with THREE pencil liners in 03 on the upper eyelids, and 06 on the lower eyelids.  03 is a dark maroon red, while 06 is a rich golden shimmery shade.  I also lined my eyes with a black liquid liner closer to the lashline to help the lashes blend in more seamlessly.  
    swatches of the two THREE liners in this entry here. 

    I like this look - even though it might look just like another neutral smokey eyes to most of you... but I think there's a definite rosy tinge to the colors.. and using the maroon red liner helps bring out that rosy tone even more. 

    And next, let's talk about the lip combo - which my friend Michelle said it is the 'laid-back red' and she had that in mind when she gifted me the two lippies which she bought in  the US - the Loreal Color Riche Extraordinaire in 303 Rouge Allegro (which smells YUMMY) and the Bite Beauty Color Lip Balm in Cherry.  I applied the cherry lip balm which gives a decent stained red see thru lipcolor, and then topped off with the Loreal lipcolor.. both shades are of the juicy cherry red family... and they pair very well together. 

    The end result is this pop of shiny but not stick at all kind of glossy red, very easy to wear and very moisturising.  It is also the kind of red that you don't have to worry about maintaining when you are talking and eating.  Very laid back indeed. 

    She (Michelle) also gave me the Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural.. a light pink blush.

    All products used: 

    Face - Rachel K CC Renew in Light, Lancome Absolue serum Foundation, set with Ettusaid Mineral BB + powder

    Concealers - Tarte Maracuja Creaseless concealer in Fair, Shiseido Sheer Eye zone corrector

    Face Powders - Maquillage Aura veil powder, Laneige Sculpting blush in 06, Physician Formula Happy Boost blush in Natural

    Eyes - Liners: THREE Flash Performance liners in 03 and 06, Heavy Rotation Liquid Liner, NAKED 3 palette

    Brows - Anastasia Brow powder, MAC Beguile Brow Set

    Lashes - Shu Uemura Farfarlina

    Lower lashes - YSL Faux Cils Black

    Lips - Bite Beauty Lip Balm in Cherry, Loreal Color Riche Extraordinaire 303 

    That's all and hope you enjoyed this rambly LOTD! 

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    March 02, 2014

    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!

    Another blush entry!  I can't resist all the new blushes that are hitting the market recently, and one of the most anticipated ones would be these Hourglass Ambient Light blushers... it is only a matter of time that Hourglass would follow up with their hugely popular/hyped/talked about Ambient Light powders.... who knows, maybe there will be Ambient Light BRONZERS and makeup bases in the time to come!  

    There are six shades, and if I have the chance to swatch them in person, I think I might have picked up a couple more....but my friend Michelle ---check out her awesome blog!!!  ----- managed to get both for me (I just took a chance and picked the shades which I think appeal to me)... on first swatch, these are very soft, and contains a decent amount of pigmentation.  

    I love Mood Exposure in particular.. it looks like a deeper plummy version of Tarte's Exposed blush... and it's such a beautiful neutral shade. 

    and here's Luminous Flush, which somehow got mangled along the way, we had no idea why... but never mind.. I will leave this on my table and wil try to use it as often as I can.  

    Swatches of both:  
    Luminous Flush is quite a bright neutral pink. 
    Mood Exposure, as you can see, runs a little plummy rosy. 

    I can't wait to use these in a upcoming LOTD. 

    I hope this has been helpful, and if you want to see more swatches and detail reviews, you must check out Temptalia's overview

    Thanks for looking!