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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

 

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

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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    February 22, 2014

    GlamGlow YouthMud & SuperMud Launch & Quick Review!

    Hi hi!!  

    Earlier this week, I had the chance to attend an event for the launch of GlamGlow mud masks at Sephora.  I am sure that the GlamGlow masks are already very well-known among beauty and skincare junkies.  They are mud masks that exfoliate, cleanse, renew, and simple transform your skin at first use.  I have previously tried a little sample before, and I remember the mask feeling really tingly and intense.  
    Both masks are now available at Sephora stores, and they retail for S$92 each.  

    The Youthmud (the black one) contains 50g of product, while the Supermud (white) contains 34g of product.  You really just need to use a thin layer each time.

    Now, what are these GlamGlow masks?

    YOUTHMUD
    Designed as a 10 minute professional 'facial in a jar' for behind the scenes use in Hollwood's Entertainment, Music and Fashion industries for men and women, ground breaking patent pending 'Teaoxi' is Glamglow's proprietary time-release technology for instant camera-ready glowing skin.  

    It leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing, actives collagen synthesis, provides gentle resurfacing exfoliates, helps to leave skin smoother, brighter and softer. Your skin will also look more youthful and the mud absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.  

    To use: apply a thin layer to clean face, and expect a tingle-tastic tightening effect in 10 mins.  Remove the mask in circular motion to exfoliate.  Use twice a week.  

    SUPERMUD

    SUPERMUD contains powerful ingredients, such as 6-Acid AHA & BHA blend for mind-blowing faster results.  It contains Pore-Matrix with activated X-charcoal and New K17-Clay for deep pore vaccuming extraction, to reveal seemingly poreless skin.  

    Overall skin texture is improved, pores are declogged, skin elasticity is enhance, and helps the effect of scaring.  
    Helps to regulate skin problems, and fight breakouts too. 

    Apply a thin layer to clean skin, leave on for 5-20min.  Remove with water.
    If used as a full face mask each tub contains 17 uses. 
    If used as a spot streatment, there's 1000 uses in the one tub. 

    Here's me using the Youth Mud all over my face - it is very refreashing and I love the scent.  There's a tingling sensation which still lingers even after the mask s washed off.  I like  the exfoliating action as I washed the mask away, gently scrubbing my skin.  

    As the mask dries you can see the clay ingredients drying up and turning white-ish.  And how glam is it, also when you see the pore marks appearing on the nose! 

    After rinsing with water, you can see clear clean skin reveal.  

    My brother already loves the Supermud which I feel is more intense and I would personally only use it around my nose and as a spot treatment.  It feels way way more tingling and 'sucking'.    I think guys would love this. 

    Overall, both are really powerful cleaning and exfoliating masks, as far as the mud/clay ones go.  I also use a few other mud/clay masks at the  moment, but I must say these are really good to prep your skin with before a major event. 

    Here are some pics I took during the event at Sephora, where creators of GlamGlow - Glenn and Shannon Dellimore are in town to introduce their products.

    Hope you find this sharing helpful, and definitely check out the GlamGlow mudmasks! 

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    February 22, 2014

    Review: Jet Concept's JET PR3 Facial & Liquid Laser Routine

    Jet Concepts introduces a new treatment called the JET PR3 Facial - which is named for its ability to protect, repair, regenerate and revitalise skin.  The hour long treatment intensely cleanse and preps skin with the Jet Stream device, and then treats skin with the Jet Dual Ray machine - to deliver dual light energies to rejuvenate skin, promote cell healing and fight inflammation. 

    I had the privilege to try this treatment out, and I must say that I am extremely impressed with the results.  While it is not the most relaxing laid back sort of facial treatments - it is one that fully delivers on results that last even after the treatment.  I experienced their Plasma Facial treatment a couple of years back, and that still reminds as one of my most recommended treatment that one should get for that before a major ocassion skin prep.  

    I shall now bring you through the stages of the facial treatment - 

    (1) Deep Cleanse 

    The beauty therapist removed the makeup on my face, and proceed to use the Jet Stream to clear sebum, dead skin cells and dirt from within the pores.  This really cleanse the skin from deep, and preps the skin to fully benefit from the Liquid Laser essence - with is a spa grade solution that contains highlevels of apple stem cells, hexapeptides and active hyaluronic acid and caviar. 

    The Jet Stream machine looks something like this - a sort of gun shaped tool with a tip that sucks out dirt and impurities from your pores.  After this step, I noticed visibly clearer cleaner pores especially on my nose! 

    (2) Nourish 

    After the skin is thoroughly cleansed, the therapist proceed to apply and massage the Liquid Laser Essence into my skin.  This is water-based product, and it is supposed to regenerate the skin. 

    The Liquid Laser Essence contains 

    apple stem cells - rich in reparatives and metabolites, ensures effective repair, renewal and increases the life span of aged cells.
    hexapetides - aids cellular growth, ensures proper cell function, support collagen production to achieve denser, firmer and younger-looking skin
    active hyaluronic acid - restore balanced water levels for brighter and more supple skin
    fermented resveratrol - activates the sirtuin gene needed for the repair for DNA damage, combats wrinkles and fine lines
    caviar - rich in proteins and amino acids, ensures healthy cell metabolism, which is crucial for renewal and repair

    (3) Treat Skin with Dual Wavelength Light 

    Using the industry's first dual wavelength light - the Jet Dual Ray blasts powerful red and infrared light energies to stimulate skin cells to receive the benefits of the essence and double the absorption of its active ingredients.  This procedure takes about 15-20 minutes, and rounds off with a refreshing acupressure massage. 

    The results?

    I was amazed at how luminous my skin looks immediately post treatment.  Even now, which is 2 weeks latr, my skin is still clear and suitably radiant even without makeup.  The brightening and luminous effect can last up to a month. 

    Let's look at some post facial treatment skin up close - these pics were taken about an hour after the treatment.  I had to fill in my brows cos I was going for a work event, but I left the rest of my face free of makeup. 

    can you see how clear and clean the pores on my nose look?  Hehehe.. and the rest of the skin is also very luminous - though some areas were just a tiny bit red post treatment. 

    Overall, I am very impressed with the results of the treatment - it is powerful, and I love that the results last for some time after the session.  

    The 60 minute Jet PR3 Facial is available at Jet Concepts at $238 for an introductory session (UP S$480).  There's also the Jet PR3 treatments for eyes (30min, $98), neck (30min, $98), neck & decolletage (60min, $238).  

    I was also very kindly gifted the Caviar Potions - which are the new Liquid Laser Serum and Cream - this pair of products are designed to counter the detriments of skin ageing with caviar and other high-grade ingredients. 

    This is the most premium range in the Jet Concepts range of products - and it is designed to be the first and last line of defence against ageing.  It contains over 70 active ingredients to deliver four benefits to the skin:

    1. protect
    2. repair
    3. regenerate 
    4. revitalise

    The Liquid Laser Serum is boosted with higher levels of Vitamin C and E, isothiocyanate, caronosine, and silymarin, apple stem cells, hyaluronic acid and hexapeptides - it intensely protects and repairs skin. 

    The Liquid Laser Cream is boosted with higher levels of peptides, fermented resveratrol and caviar, thi sis the go-to-dream cream that intensely regenerates and revitalises skin.  

    Both retails for S$238 each, but for a limited time, both retails as a set for S$399.  

    I have been using both together for the past two weeks.  I was eager to follow up with the awesome treatment by using the complementing skincare routine- and this is a powerful combination.  I did not experience any side effects with my usage so far - in fact my skin has been in very good condition and when not wearing makeup, I can say that my skin usually looks quite fresh and radiant.  And at the risk of sounding very shameless, it is not uncommon for peopel at work to guess my age as around late 20s (wooots!) and when I tell people how long I have been working, they are usually quite surprised at just how long.   Of course, I won't attribute 100% of the anti-ageing benefits to just my skincare routine (many other factors also contribute) but I must say this is an effective anti-ageing and overall rejuvenating skincare routine that anyone who is keen on looking youthful should check out. 

    Before I end this entry I must also give a special shoutout to this tiny bottle of Jet Concepts SPOT CLEAR lotion - which zaps away a chin zit overnight. LITERALLY.  It doesn't sting, and just WORKS.   And it's only S$13.90 - you can't ask for more really.  HIGHLY recommended!

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    February 21, 2014

    Haul & Pics: BeautyAsia 2014

    Hi hi!!

    Earlier this week on Monday, I went to check out the Beauty Asia Fair 2014, and now I am sharing with you my experience and also some exciting news. The beauty trade show is essentially for people who are in the beauty industry - think facial salons, hair salons, nail salons, etc etc... there you will find suppliers, vendors, exhibitors who set up store looking for someone who will retail their products, equipment here in Singapore or to purchase their machinery, tools to use in their salons.  It is not a 'shopping' heaven as what some people might think (some people have the misconception that it is like a IMATS - but that's really a misconception).  

    Last year, when Hakuhodo set up a booth at Beauty Asia, they were looking for potential retailers, but this year, they are actually selling their stock - and I think this is probably the most exciting part of the trade show for us - as beauty junkies.  But fret not if you couldn't make it to the fair this year - Hakuhodo will be setting up a stall again at Takashimaya from 27 March -- for TWO WEEKS - you can shop til your heart's content then.  

    Another popular section of the fair is also the nail supply, nail polish etc etc - again, these booths are set up to be meant for nail salon owners, manicurist, techicians - hence the wide variety of gel polishes, tools, and stuff that the regular person (myself included) would not use at home.  You can stock up on your Seche Vite, grab some discounted polishes, but that's about it.  I wanted a few polishes from the new OPI collection, but they are selling the whole display with all the colors - so I ended up coming home and placing my order with Tammy instead.  

    I also picked up a salon grade powerful hairdryer - not that I needed one, but it was quite cheap and really professional quality - hopefully this can cut down further my hair drying time at home.  I haven't use it yet though. 

    Shall share with you pictures I took at the event - I only took pics of stuff which I felt were relevant and interesting to me... and certainly in no way show the actual scale and variety of the other booths available at the show.  Just an FYI! 

    Needless to say, I spent the most time at Hakuhodo - I was there in the late afternoon - no crowd, and very very pleasant relaxing shopping experience. 

    I picked up four Hakuhodo brushes, and have included the brush numbers for your easy reference. 

    I got to stock up on my J5523 - it's only S$19 and puts my pricier MAC217 to shame.   Now I have several of these brushes for me to do my eyemakeup. 
    I also like the G5522, which is slightly tapered, and sometimes I like to use this type of brush too.
    I got the J116 as a finishing powder brush for around my undereyes area.  

    This little gadget also caught my attention - it is like a clarisonic type of face cleansing tool, called the POBLING - a sonic brush cleaner that vibrates and the brush head is so fine and densely packed, it is supposed to cleanse and remove makeup all at the same time.  
    I almost bought this.  

    The PNC booth was quite huge and packed with people! 

    and lots of China Glaze and OPI goodness: 

    Hope you find this entry interesting and helpful, and thanks for dropping by! 

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    February 21, 2014

    A Simple & Hydrating Routine with Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration

    Hi hi!!

    I am here to share a very simple Kiehl's skincare routine which I have been loving lately.  It is so simple, so pared down, that there are only two items. Just a face cream, and an eye cream.  Both products deliver intense hydration which I feel that it is important for my skin, even though I don't particularly have dry skin, but given our warm weather, being in and out of an air-conditioned office, etc etc, I do like to keep my skin pretty much moisturised throughout the day.  

    The face cream which I have been using is the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream - Intense Hydration.  It is newly launched, and it has a revoluntionary extra lightweight formula.   The formula provides 24 hour hydration and leaves skin looking visibly smoother.  You might associate intense hydration with very rich thick creams, but the Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration does not use traditional thickeners such as waxes or butters that can feel heavy on the skin.  Instead, it employs a lightweight cream foundation to impart a moisturising yet weightless feel to the skin. 

    The key ingredient, Enrich Hyaluronic Acid consists of two hydrating molecules to complement each other and provide powerful hydration benefits.  The skin is able to capture moisture in the outermost layer of the epidermis, and filling up the cracks of dry skin (ie, not more flaky crepe-y skin). 

    Other key ingredient include Refined Apricot Oil - which is highly compatible with the skin - a refined fruit oil that contains OMEGAS 3, 6, and 9 as well as essential fatty acids.  This also helps to condition and soften the skin to reduce visible dryness and flakiness. 

    It retails for $51 for a 50ml tub, which is extremely affordable in my opinion.  If you have concerns with dry skin, do give this cream a try!

    A close up of the cream - it is not scented and has a slighty bouncy and gel-like consistency.  The formula, like mentioned earlier, is very very light, and it is very quickly absorbed into the skin. It does leave a slight tacky feelin which didn't bother me. 

    I use the cream day or night, and it works well under my makeup.  I did not notice my foundations and powders looking all weird or slipping about even though I am using such a hydrating cream.  This is due to the fact that the texture of the cream is so extremely lightweight.  I also feel that my skin feels smoother and plumper with the use of this cream - as the 'dry areas' of my face would be around the nose and in the centre of my forehead. 

    If your skin concern is mainly dry skin, I think that this is a great basic hydrating face cream to try. 

    Together with the Facial Cream Intense Hydration, I am also using the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment - this is my all time go to eye cream.  I am always reviewing and trying out different eye creams, but this one that I always go back to and re purchase.  It is a very thick cream that sort of 'bursts' into a watery texture when you work it into the eye cream.  I love that it doesn't sting my eyes, and keeps the area very hydrated and quite smooth.  

    This is how much I have already used of the eye cream (got it last Dec) and this is the travel exclusive jumbo tub. 

    Some of you might be wondering, how come I am not using any serum or other skincare treats - well, I do switch up this skincare routine with another one which I will share in a later entry.  That has a serum, and is also something more complex in terms of its features.  So, do stay tuned!  

    I hope this little sharing/ review has been helpful, and thanks for reading!!

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    February 16, 2014

    LOTD: Day to Night with Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette

    Hallo!!

    This is a look that I did using the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette (swatches here) and I am loving it.  I feel like all the colors in this palette work so well together!  The Enhance shade is a warm cooper brown, but you have the Smoke shade to tone down the warmth and add some depth... and the POP shade is of such good quality that I didn't experience any fallout.  
    I am not sure if all the other palettes are just as superb, so far I am just happy that I bought this! 

    In this LOTD, I will be doing two looks - just like how Charlotte herself will do a tone down and a dial up version for night.  Personally I don't categorise my looks into day or night, but this day to night LOTD shows you how versatile  the palette is.  
    Definitely a cute little all in one palette for travel or to throw in your makeup bag for makeup on the go. 
    I will discuss and list the color placement in the rest of this entry... so enjoy! 

    Day Look: 

    Apply the prime shade lightly all over my lids. 
    Apply the enhance shade on the lids, and lightly blend with a clean fluffy brush up to the crease
    Leave the lower lids bare, apply a coat of mascara
    Line the eyes, and apply falsies/ or mascara

    Apply peachy nude shade, in the shade Bitch Perfect.

    For the night look, I really wanted my eyes to look bigger (hence the smudgy lower lids action) and I paired the look with a more subdued beige shade. 

    Night Look/ Dramatic Look:
    Continue from Day Look
    Apply smoke shade on the lids close to lashline.  
    Smudge smoke shade on lower lids (mainly on the outer corners)
    Dab a bit of prime shade on inner corners to highlight
    Dab POP shade on the centre of the lids (NO falllout at all!) 
    Apply more mascara on lower lashes

    Line lips with nude neutral liner.  Apply lipstick in Nude Kate. 

    All products used:

    face - Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening BB Base, MAC Face & Body N2

    concealer - MAC Pro Longwear concealer NC20 

    eyeshadow - Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette 

    liner - Charlotte Tilbury Rock N Kohl liner in Bedroom Black

    lashes - Velour Lashes 

    lips - Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect (day look), Nude Kate (night look) along with No7 nude lip liner

    mascara - YSL Faux Cils 

    brows - Anastasia Brow Powder

    cheeks - Laneige Pure Radiant Blush No 6 natural shading for light contour, Shiseido Face Contour Enhancing Trio RD 1

    top - Peter Pilotto for Target t-shirt

    Hope this is helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    February 16, 2014

    LOTD: Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palette Brun Adore

    Hi hi!

    This is kind of a weird LOTD, because I had these pictures of the beautiful Lancome palettes sitting in a draft entry, and somehow I never got to posting them.  And I used one of the palettes yesterday, so I thought I would take a few pics along the way to show you how it looks like on me. 

    I can't say enough how much I love these Lancome palettes - to me, for the price that they are, the quality and color variety is a lot more worthwhile than what you would pay for Chanel and Dior (oh how we are always so swayed by their beautiful seasonal campaigns) but these Lancome palettes are in their permanent range, you can find a palette or two to suit your mood... and they all deliver intense pigments and the most beautiful and chic sparkles. 

    Here's a swatch of Brun Adore - the palette that I am using on my eyes - 

    I only used 3 of the 5 shades 

    the most left shade alll over my lids, blended up to the crease (but not too high up) and the middle darker shade closer to the lashline to add some definition.  

    I used the right most shade as a browbone highlight. 

    I just used a tapered blending brush to do the whole look. 

    and one more pic which I like so much... that I took with my iphone while showing my girlfriends my LOTD. 

    All products used: 

    face - Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening BB Base, Lancôme Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation, Ettusais Mineral+ loose powder

    concealer - YSL Touche Eclat under the eyes, NARS Cream Radiant concealer for spots

    lips - Tom Ford In the Buff (my lips were quite stained pink, this is actually a more beige nude lipstick) 

    eyes - Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palette Brun Adore 

    liner - Charlotte Tilbury Rock N Kohl liner in Bedroom Black

    lashes - Velour Lashes 

    mascara - YSL Faux Cils in black 

    cheeks - Guerlain Blush G , Laneige sculpting blush in 06 

    brows - Anastasia Brow Powder dark brown, Lancome brow pencil 

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    February 16, 2014

    Review & Application: Lancôme Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation

    Hi hi!! 

    This will be a review of the new Lancôme Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation - I have been using it for just over a week, and I must say that I am super impressed by it, so I feel that I can give it a review now.  
    I am using the foundation in the shade 130 Ivorie. 

    The foundation is currently available at all Lancôme counters, and retails for S$138 (30ml).  It is definitely a higher-end luxe foundation, and the latest to join a new breed of serum based foundations.  This is the second serum based foundation that I am trying from Lancôme (the first being Teint Visioniare).  

    Overall, this is a foundation that sits very beautifully on my skin, and I highly recommend it.  The packaging of the foundation is a glass bottle in a pale antique gold bottle, with a pump dispenser. 

    Here's a close up swatch - the consistency is quite liquidy, and feels extremely smooth. 

    Before we move on, here is the product information: 

    Lancôme’s most luxurious serum-in-oil foundation: perfect blend of 45% active skincare ingredients and powerful precious essential oils. A renewed youthful complexion: sublime golden glow, smoothed and evened out, and visibly transformed. When used over time, bare skin improves. 

    The ultimate sensory experience : A divine serum in oil, Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation transforms upon contact with the skin. Generous and luscious on application, its texture melts into the skin in perfect osmosis to become a fine, fresh and sensual oil. 

    Its delicate and refined fragrance reveals an opening burst of mandarin, bergamot and cardamom to energise the senses, just before the voluptuous and emblematic “Absolue Coeur de Rose™”. 

    To enhance and reveal all the radiance of Asian skin, Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation is available in six shades specially created for Asian women.

    Here's the application process: 

    my bare skin  (I did have SPF50 sunscreen on) 

    I use 2 pumps of this foundation - and I will start by dabbing it all over my face. 
    I like this shade 130 Ivorie because it is slightly brightening and also helps neutralise the redness in my skin. 

    Here's a half face comparion, I have not set the foundation with any powder yet.  
    I think you can see how the foundation evens out my skintone, and also looks very smooth.  

    another shot of the finish, and comparison. 

    as a extra step, I will also use my fingers to further work the foundation into  the skin after I have blended it using my foundation brush.  I feel that this somehow sets the foudation even before I powder my face. 

    after I set with powder, and also wearing blusher. 
    I feel that this foundation really smooths out the skin, without looking heavy at all. 

    and some funky expressions of the overall face look.

    This is a foundation that I have been really enjoying, and I would know that my skin/ face look good throughout the day. 

    Overall thoughts: 

    In terms of coverage, the foundation provides a very lightweight medium coverage.  You can easily build up the foundation should you need more coverage, but I would recommend using a concealer instead.  
    As for oil control, oxidisation, etc etc, I don't have any issues with this foundation.  I have normal combination skin, and I just need to blot once throughout the day.  The foundation did not oxidise on me at all, and it stayed the same looking throughout the day.

    The finish is a radiant semi-matte finish, and it feels quite hydrating.  I am most impressed by the finish of the foundation.  The consistency is really easy to work with, and the foundation sets quite quickly.
    As for lasting power, I would say this foundation lasts a good 10 hours (more long lasting than Visionaire).  The foundation really does gives the look of a very refined skin. 
    It is a pricey foundation, but in my experience, it is worth the price tag for the performance and benefits.   I will not comment on the exact skincare benefits, as I am also using skincare etc so any improvement in skin condition cannot be solely attributed to the foundation alone.  But I must say that I am enjoying good skin days the whole time I am using it so the foundation might be a contributing factor. 
    I also think that this is a foundation that's suited for tired dull skin, this really did revive the skin and brings back the natural radiance of healthy skin. 

    Comparisons: 

    it is more long lasting and has a better finish than Teint Visionaire. 
    it is not as matte nor long lasting as Mat Miracle
    quite similar to Lightbulb in terms of finish and formula, but this is a bit more radiant just a tiny bit more lightweight
    I haven't tried YSL Youth Liberator serum foundation enough so I can't compare (only tried sampled the former foundie once), but I think they might be similar too.  (but don't quote me on that!)

    Let me know if you have other foundations that you want comparisons with!

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    February 15, 2014

    Tom Ford Lip Conditioners: In the Buff & Firecracker

    Hi hi!

    I will be sharing with you a couple of Tom Ford Lip Conditioners in this entry.  I got them at Selfrifges, and I picked two classic colors for myself.  A nude, and a bright orangey red.  These limited edition lip conditioners come in the original TF lippy white packaging, and hence very "collectors" worthy. 

    The lip conditioners have a light texture that is quite moisturising and comfortable to wear.  There are 8 shades in this collection, and I think you can find at least one or two to fit your preferences...currently I am contemplating making another purchase, but I am happy to get this pair of a classic nude and orangey red to try. 

    Here are some close ups: 

    In the Buff has some golden shimmer, very subtle, and adds just a touch of golden sheen to your lips.  On me, the color just muted out my own lip color slightly, and it is a very easy to wear 'almost nothing' kind of color. 

    Firecracker is more intense, and fits into the everyday red kind of category.  It is a cream formula, and when I wiped off the swatches on my lips, there's a pinky red stain remaining, which actually looks quite nice.  

    swatches on my hand:

    and on my lips:  

    I think you can see how In the Buff contains the golden shimmer in the lipstick bullet itself..I like how the square tip of the lipstick allows for precise application (which is important when it comes to the brighter shades).
    Here you can see how Firecrack is quite vibrant on first swipe. 
    I hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    February 09, 2014

    Haul: My First Picks from Charlotte Tilbury

    Hallo!  I finally took the plunge and made my first Selfridges (and certainly not my last) order early this week.  THE ORDER ARRIVED IN THREE DAYS.  Yes, there's a crazy shipping of £25.00 but there's also VAT deductions on the items.  So, that means if you do some math, if you order enough items the deductions actually offsets the shipping (sort of break even, so to speak), and so I did that.  
    I had initially just wanted the new Tom Ford lipsticks (that's another haul entry), but since I am at the site, well, I should take the chance to get myself these Charlotte Tilbury makeup that I have been eyeing for quite some time. And I am impressed by the quality of her products so far (though a sample of her Magic Cream broke me out somewhat) but the makeup items... gosh.  Loves.  

    Here's a quick rundown of the stuff I bought: 

    "Inspired by the ultimate, rock chick 'bedroom eyes', Charlotte Tilbury has created a revolutionary, no-nonsense liquid-eye pencil: it has the silky smooth glide of a liquid liner with the soft, sooty, pigment-rich result of a kohl. Rock'n'Kohl melts onto your skin for an easy, one-slick line that blends then sets. Channel your inner rock'n'roll muse with sexy, smoked-up rock chick eyes in an instant that stay put all day and all night."

    I got mine in Bedroom Black (£19) - it is very creamy and sets matte.  It does smudge on me.. but usually after I put on my falsies, liners don't really smudge anymore.  I got this because the whole Rock & Kohl liner is so much a part of the Charlotte Tilbury aesthetic, I had to get one from her line. 

    "Beauty is how you feel inside and it reflects in your eyes. Charlotte Tilbury has de-coded the secrets to iconic, mesmerising eyes with these colour-coded eyeshadow palettes. Each one contains four harmonious colour ways that offer a complete 'desk to disco' eye colour wardrobe and an easy to use application ritual that is fail-safe to follow."

    I got my palette in Dolce Vita (£38) it is a warm smokey neutral palette, and my, I had a hard time choosing which look to go for.  There are a few neutrals which I would have got... if I need more eyeshadows (hahaa!) but I shall start with this. 
    I wore this palette (along with everything else) and I am very impressed by the weartime.  The glitter part did not fade not fall all over my face.  The glitter bits stayed and sparkled beautifully THE WHOLE DAY.  The rest of the eyeshadows are creamy, intense.. not the smoothest (think Tom Ford) but very fine enough and blends like a dream. 

    at this moment, I am also eyeing 
    The Sophisticate
    The Vintage Vamp
    The Golden Goddess

    I didn't have time to take proper LOTD pics yesterday.. so shall post LOTD another time. 

    "This is Charlotte Tilbury's fail-safe recipe for perfect lips. Thislipstick is enriched with a breakthrough, secret ingredient, the Lipstick Tree, an anti-oxidant that naturally protects lips from UV damage and external pollution leaving them cashmere soft and irresistible. Blended with special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments for pert, full-bodied, ultra-brilliant lips that ensure you leave a lasting impression.  K.I.S.S.I.N.G is Charlotte's signature range of ten lipsticks curated with modern and classic icons in mind. It is a capsule colour wardrobe of backstage nudes to red carpet reds made to suit any skin tone."

    I got Bitch Perfect £23.00 - a pink nude beige, that's not too pale.  I might get the reds from the line next time (trust me there will be a next time).  The name is perfect, the color is perfect.   The texture of the CT lippies remind me of the MAC Amplified lipsticks, quite thick and cream, and pretty long lasting too. 

    There's nothing like a couple of good old haul entries to end this Sunday huh.  :)

    Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for looking! 

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    February 09, 2014

    Bath & Body Works in Singapore

    On Saturday I went to check out the new and first Bath & Body Works store in Singapore.  It is located at Marina Bay Sands Shoppers (next to Sephora!) and I shall share with you what I found at the store, and what I bought there. 
    I love the BBW candles, room sprays/ fragrance in general.  I am not so much into their body care, or much of their fragrance collection.  

    Some of my fave scents include (and I mean room fragrance...not so much as a perfume)
    Peach Bellini 
    Island Margarita
    Warm Vanilla Sugar (as a handwash, not as a room scent)
    Peach Market
    Japanese Cherry Blossom

    When I posted pics of the store on Instagram, many of you were super excited about the opening, and I hope the prices below are helpful.  Personally, I don't think that the prices are too high/ marked up (maybe just a few dollars more.. but come on.. it's understandable!).  Considering the fact that we actually have a legit brick and motar store here in Sg, and you get to shop for yourself, that's really a priceless experience.  The store is well stocked, and the feeling of being there really make me feel like I am buying my stuff while I was in SF (where I went to the BBW store).  You get to smell and test the goodies in real life before making your purchase (instantly), no waiting for shipping, paying for shipping or having to get someone else haul for you overseas.  

    You can follow BBW on FB for updates (that's how I know they are opening the past weekend)
    Bath & Bodyworks Singapore Facebook Page


    Limited Time Promo
    All New Signature Collection items 
    Buy 2, get 1 Free
    excludes Gift Sets, Daily to Go Single Items.

    Signature Collection Prices
    Shower Gel $20
    Body Lotion $20
    Fine Fragrance Mist $22 
    Body Cream $20
    Body Butter $25
    Bubble Bath $22
    Shimmer Mist $22
    Cream Body Wash $20
    2.5oz EDT $50

    Home Fragrance 

    14.5oz Candles $32 (the 3 wick ones, MY FAVES)
    4oz Candles $18 (tiny!)
    Mini Candles $8 (even tinier!!!)
    Wallflower Diffuser $10
    Wallflower Bulb $10
    Concentrated Room Spray $9 (MY FAVES)
    Scentportable Clip $5 
    Scentportable Fragrance Disk $5 (MY FAVE for car and cubicle purposes)
    Home Fragrance Oil Warmer $25
    Home Fragrance Oil $9 

    Other prices:
    PocketBac $5
    Handsoaps  2 for $12 



    The most exciting thing about the store was the Sweet Shop collection of candles, and I couldn't resist getting a couple of them.

    and these are my loots:

    I picked the two sweet shops candles that sound the most delicious - 

    Everything in this collection smells like a cake shop... and I thought I already passed the phase of getting these baking type scents, but I just couldn't resist these.  
    They even come in these cute caps.. instead of the shiny smooth silver ones. 

    my fave handwash scent!  I like the little scrubby bits, and makes washing my hands so nice and fun. 

    adding another room spray (I already have most of them..these are very concentrated, and a little bottle like this lasts a long time).  
    I got Mahogany Teakwood --- aka  the smell of Fierce in the Ambercrombie Fitch stores. Bro loves this, of course. 

    Hope this entry has been helpful, and thanks for looking!