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SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

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Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

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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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    June 17, 2009

    I shouldn't have, but I hauled anyway...

    These are some Clinique goodies I bought yesterday.  I was on the hunt for some pore minimising products, and I came across a magazine about Clinique pore minimizing range of products while at the salon yesterday (yea!!  Got my trim and treatment, yums)  so I popped by to the Clinique at Tangs Orchard.  And I got ANOTHER liquid foundation, thanks to my girlfriend who was raving about how matte and oil free it made her skin after using it.

    Ok this looks like a lot of stuff, but I only got the Pore Minimising Serum and the Liquid Foundation. The rest are Gift with Purchases.  My sister and gf also bought stuff, and the total haul resulted in this, and I got a FREE full sized Pore Minimising MASK which is the one thing I really wanted and set out to get. LOL.

    Just a quick breakdown:  In the cute floral pouch, we have a Superbalm Moisturising Gloss, 7 Day Scrub Cream, a tub of Repair Wear Contour, a tub of all about eyes rich cream, and a mascara which I gave to my gf.  And the free full size of Pore Minimising Mask (cos my gf also bought one, and the 3 of us spent more than $200 in all).  I also got my liquid foundation (first clinique foundation yea!!  boo to YET ANOTHER foundation in my stash and I was really looking forward to using my MAC Studio Sculpt cos finally finished my Studio Fix Fluid)  -- Superfit Makeup Oil Free Long Wear in Fresh Beige.  The MUA said it is sweat proof (I so need this) and oil free, therefore this can only be good for the hot weather we are subjected to, right?

    Sidetrack - I am determined to break out my Studio Sculpt and start using it anyway.

    ****  first impressions, I really like the serum, and the mask.  And I hope to minimize my pores.  They are really the bane of my makeup routine and one grouse I can never stop whining about.

    And I got a random brush roll just for my eye make up brushes, I am so sick of rummaging through my tiny eye brush drawers, so I thought this looks pretty pro, and it is quite cheap ($20).  Now I feel like a MUA too.

    And my eyeshadow palette which has seen better days, needs to be replaced.  I was contemplating getting the coastal scents/ starsmakeuphaven ones which holds 28 colors but the MAC junkie/snob in me decided to get the regular 15 color palette instead.  Of course, I am going to pimp it by removing the top layer so I can put all my 'neutrals' into one place.

    And I Back2Mac for a freebie lipstick, this is the Creme Cup from the Cremesheen collection.  I have long decided that I will not buy any lipsticks unless they are LE and I don't have anything to B2M at that moment, otherwise, I am not buying MAC lipsticks.  (I had 4 empty shadow pans, 1 wipes packet, and 1 concealer to return).

    Ok, am going out for tea soon, I will post a quick look of the day using the stuff I mentioned in my starter kit entry.  Have a fab day!!

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    June 17, 2009

    MAC Starter Kit


    Hi hi

    Just thought it would be fun to put together a few items which I think are essential for those who are starting out into MAC makeup.  These are just my own suggestions, and the best is to check them out in person at the store and decide which is the best for your needs.

    Let's start with brushes:

    1. 187 brush - This multipurpose brush is good for liquid and powder foundations, and also for blushers.  It is a bit expensive, but trust me on the quality.  I have used cheaper versions of this brush, and they shed like madness.  You might want to consider getting either this or its smaller counterpart, the 188 brush, if you have a smaller face.
    2. 217 brush - Another multipurpose brush, if you want something that pack on the colors, and also blending.  It is dense enough, and also fluffy at the same time.  I like this so much I have 2 of this, and have managed to 'psycho' my sisters into buying it for themselves too. :)
    3. 227 brush - Some may not agree, but this big baby of a eyeshadow brush is really useful when you want a quick wash of color on your lids.  It is big, dense and does the job wonderfully.  I normally use this as a highlighting brush and sometimes to blend out any harsh lines. 

    I guess I could have added a couple more brushes, such as the 242, 239 etc, but when starting out, you probably not going to use many different eyeshadow colours yet, so those brushes can come in later.  I also did not add any liner nor brow brushes cos frankly you can get them way cheaper for the exact same thing as other makeup supplies stores.

    For the FACE: I am just going to throw in a few items, and it is up to individual preferences and need for coverage to decide how much you want to use.

    1. Studio Fix Fluid - This is a simple liquid foundation.  Buildable coverage, and the 187 is able to buff it into your skin smoothly. You can't go wrong with this basic liquid foundation.  I also like how there isn't any shimmer stuff inside, so you get a rather shine free finish.
    2. Mineralised Skin Finish Natural - Some people use this as a powder foundation when used with a kabuki brush.  I sometimes do this too, when  am running out of the house for errands.  But I normally use this as a setting powder. Again, this is very simple to use, and you can't go wrong with this product. 
    3. Studio Finish Concealer spf35 - For covering blemish spots if you need to.  The thick cream has industrial strength coverage, and the SPF helps prevent spots from getting darker.
    4. Select Cover Up - I use this more covering under the eyes, around the nose to cover redness.  The creamy liquid consistency is more suited for such delicate aareas.  Also I have seen MUA using this as a liquid foundation, if you dot it lightly all over the face and blend it out. 
    5. Cheeks: I have selected 2 shades, Pink Swoon and Peachy Keen both of which are Permanent colours.  I have a few other faves, but they are LE or Pro, so it isn't fair to include them here.

    LIPS: How typical it is of me to forgot about including lip products in this picture!!!!

    Lipstick: Personally I prefer nude lipsticks, but I realise it is not going to work for everyone.  But I recommend Creme De La Cream, which is a nice pink shade rather natural.

    Lipglass: Florabundance, or C-thru


    • Eyeshadows in Mylar, All That Glitters, Smut, and Tempting  (Cabron and Vanilla are also honorable mentions)  Great basic neutrals to create a variety of looks from natural to smokey depending on how you blend and what colors you use.
    • Base - Painterly paintpot.  I know MAC Prep and Prime has a primer for the eyes too, but I have used that before, not very impressed.  If you like, I would say Rubenuesque is also a good choice for a base.
    • Powerpoint Eye Pencils in ENGRAVE and DUCK.  Basic black and brown.  Saves you the trouble of getting an extra brush for liner, and also these are waterproof and don't smudge.
    • MASCARA - I didn't recommend any MAC mascara, because frankly I haven't had much experience with them, and I am sure everyone had their own fave mascara whether MAC or not.  And also I am more of a false lash girl, so mascaras are not really essential to me.

    For touch ups on the go:

    Pressed Blot Powder - Colorless when applied on your face, provides matte finish without affecting your makeup.  This comes in loose power version too, but the pressed one is easier to throw in your bag and quickie touch ups.

    Other good stuff to watch out for when they are launched as part of a LE collection:

    • MAC pulls out their tinted lip conditioners every summer, so it is also good to grab at least one to add to your stash.
    • Mineralised Skin Finishes (or MSFs)  great as skin highlighters and blushers and they always look so pretty.
    • Dazzleglass
    • Beauty Powers
    • Eyeliners, Pearl gliders smth like that.  Different textures and the colors are always so interesting!

    Hope this has been helpful, and leave comments if you have any queries or share your own thoughts on what you consider are the must have MAC starter kit items.

    Thanks for reading!!

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    June 15, 2009

    collective haul from Tokyo * pictures heavy

    Hi everyone!  This post is just kind of going all over the place, and I am going to talk abit of everything about my recent little trip to Tokyo.  Love the city, it is so vibrant, and just so happening, from the people, the food, just the whole atmposphere in general.

    First thing I want to talk about are 2 magazines I bought, I don't understand Japanese, but pictures speak thousands here. I am pretty sure they are sold at stores like Kinokuniya too.  JJ magazine has tons of make up related pictures, fashion spreads etc, and this July issue I picked up happens to have a whole section on MAC stuff, check out the pages with MAC lipstick swatches! :) And there are also step by step pictures showing you how to DIY your own nail art and stuff.

    The next magazine, is called MORE - the only reason I bought this is because of the free COACH purse and pens that it comes with.  And it costs something like S$9, so you can't beat that, right?

    *cute  white shades I bought in Harajuku "shop name is La Chance" I got 3 pairs of these in different colours!

    *pages and pages filled with hair products, tutorials, fashion tips, etc.

    Honestly, I didn't do much clothes shopping in Japan.  I kind of expected it, because the sizes all tend to run really small at their local shops, and the designs are usually too cutesy for my style, and on top of all that, they are kind of pricey and not unlike things which you cann already get at Far East Plaza.

    But I did get a few UTs (or Uniqlo Tees) which are only exclusive to the Harajuku store.  These I got for myself, the BF, and my siblings.

    I bought 3 singlet tunics at HM, and a printed scarf, which is crinkled and light and it reminds me of the LV one.  :)


    * Cute pretty YSL hanky/ scarf thingy I bought at matsuya ginza.  Ginza area is like the Champs De Elysees in Paris.

    * No prizes for wondering why this pic is taken.... hello, my name is in the store window!!  ha ha

    Next, MAC pro store alert!!!  Further down the stree of Harajuku is Omote-Sando area, which is a high end shopping street leading up to Shibuya area.  Along the way, you see the Chanel, LV, Dolce Gabbana, you name it.

    I passed by a MAC store, and of course I have to check it out, and the first thing I noticed was that it is a Pro store! So I immediately thought of the Pro items I wanted to check out in my mind, and I am so happy I got them.

    *I already have Fleshpot from years ago, and I think it is turning bad, hence purchasing this again.  But not going to use it yet though.

    Pink Vivid is a beautiful bright pink color stick, and it is multipurpose, I use this as a base for blushers to give it lastiing power and pop of pigment.

    OMEGA eyeshadow.  I am really into all these neutral browns which are rather muted in tone and texture.


    All the MAC product have the names and info in Jap, and fortunately the MUA understood when I gave her the names of the products in English. Because honestly, except for Pink Vivid I wouldnt be able to pick out Omega and Fleshpot from the wild range of colors on display.


    Next, I bought a bunch of nail products, including a little UV light.  I am venturing into doing my own false nails.  Shan't give a detailed run down of stuff I got, but mainly gel top coats, false nail tips for extensions, DIY intro kit etc...

    I also bought some pretty stick on nails.  These are unique because they are smaller in size and shorter so they fit and look like the shape of my own nails.

    ** Next, my first attempt at doing my own gel nails.  Kind of messy, and I covered up with glitter.... but I am going to learn more by looking up some online tutorials and asking around.  Ha ha.

    Ok, now we have LUSH goodies. 

    Mainly I bought "Honey I washed the kids" and "Rockstar" soaps, "Yummy Yummy Yummy" body wash, and also a strawberry massage bar (which smells like Rockstar).  If you want more information, do visit the LUSH website, and I wish we have LUSH in Singapore. Back in the days, when the only LUSH store we have at Suntec, I think I was only 15 or 16, and it just closed after a short while.  But I always remember the very intensive smell of all the soaps and products it was so crazy. 

    Then I went to this shop called Ranking Ran Queen, which stocks the top best selling products in different categories like foundation, mascara, snacks, hair products.  What a cute concept!  They are located all over, and I found this store at the Shinjuku subway at the basement near the JR line.

    Mainly I bought makeup base, a little palette of 'sculpt and shape' powder, and a blusher which I am most likely giving away to my sister.


    Lotsa of eating, walking about, sight seeing, there was too much to see and do in my short trip, and I am just so amazed at all their make up places, every other store is selling a range of make up soon after you feel like they are all the same (stocking Maybelline, Canmake, Revlon, Loreal, Maquilliage, etc etc etc)  However though, Maybelline Loreal Revlon etc are just way more expensive there.

    I think that's about all the stuff, I most likely left out a few more items and all the food of course... but I hope you enjoyed this post.  Did I spend too much $$??  Well, I think I am within my budget and I didn't go crazy buying lotsa stuff, and the stuff I bought, are mainly small items.

    Will I go back to Japan again?  Yes!!

    Thanks for reading!


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    June 13, 2009

    Not travel makeup


    My whole table here in the hotel room is a huge mess.  One lesson learnt. Never check in your makeup.  I checked SOME of them in because I didn't want to run the risk of them being taken away at customs or smth. Whatever.  And look what happened toone of my palettes!  Even though I packed and cushioned them really well.  maybe the eyeshaodows were already cracked and fragile to begin with.

    I obviously overpacked and I bought even more makeup stuff in Tokyo.  Some things I noticed about the Japanese ladies and makeup.

    • Tokyo is a makeup junkie heaven.  Every other shop is a beauty store stocked with both drugstore, high end and local brands.  And not just make up, but skin care, body care, hair care etc etc.  And lotsa nail suppplies... I think many girls DIY their false nails. 
    • Most girls are always dolled up, their hair color, lash color, brows all match, and theirnails are always decorated and painted. 
    • Japanese girls place emphasis on cheeks contour.  Their blusher may be baby pink in color but they apply so much it looks like a deep pink.  And they apply blusher from the ears out to the cheeks. 
    • Japanese girls draw their brows which are matched to their hair color, which may be colored some ash blonde, or whatever color.  They fill in the start/ broadest part of their brows, and thin it out at the end, so it looks more like a triangular shaped brow.

    Ok my mess.  I pack too much stuff, but me and sister need to do our makeup everyday!  And after what I mentiooned about, thereis a pressure to make yourself look presentable and pretty.

    I put all my brushes into this uniqlo tee shirt packaging, and it fits in all my brushes perfectly adn I don't have to worry them  getting crushed.  My sister also needs to do her makeup too,  so you can use the extra $$ if you want to...

    Some packing done.  I brough a few MSFs along, NARS blushers, eyeshadows, paintpots the usual stuff. 

    My eyeshadow casualty!!  They are coming with  me on the plane when I go back.


    Quick run down of stuff I brought for this trip

    1. MSFs
    2. MSF natural
    3. Chanel make up base
    4. Beauty powders
    5. Pimple cream which I bought here
    6. 2 mac eyeshadow palettes
    7. MUFE HD powder
    8. Lipsticks and gloss


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    June 12, 2009

    Tagged: Random Questions

    I was tagged by educatedbiatch to do this tag.   :)


    What is your current obsession?

    Fake nails.  I know I quit them sometime back, but now I think I want to try again, but DIY.  Just bought a mini UV lamp.

    What is your weirdest obsession?

    I like to smell my dog.  And I like really hot and spicy food.  I can eat chilli sauce (those super hot ones) on its own.

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Donuts, Fries and Mayo.

    What would make today special?

    I went to MAC pro today in Harajuku.

    What would you like to learn to do?


    What’s the last thing you bought?

    MAC pro items and a ton of LE Uniqlo t-shirts.

    What are you listening to right now?

    Lady Gaga. At HMV earlier. LOL.

    What is your favorite weather?

    Sunny with chilly breeze.

    What is your most challenging goal right now?

    Balancing work and play and keeping weight DOWN.

    If you could swap lives with anyone for one day who would it be and why?

    I don't think I want to swap...

    If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

    I am already here - Tokyo.  Loving it.  I would like to go London or Paris again.  :)

    Which language do you want to learn?

    French, Japanese.  hahaha..

    What do you look for in a friend?

    Loyalty, honesty and tolerance, cos I know I can be hard to put up with.

    Who do you want to meet in person?

    Hmmm.. too many to mention.

    If you had $100 now what would you spend it on?

    That cute umbrella I saw just now in Lumine.

    Favorite designer?

    Albert Elbaz?

    Do you admire anyone’s style?

    I like Lindsay Lohan's. Most of the time.

    Describe your personal style.

    Comfortable, maybe clashing too, and sometimes I like to incorporate one 'trend' item with my regular stuff. 

    What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

    B&J Cherry Garcia

    What is your favorite makeup brand?


    What makeup do you use alot?

    Foundation, concealer, and eyeshadows (and primer).  Maybe lash glue too.

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    June 09, 2009

    Tagged: What is in my bag?

    Hi hi!

    I am tagged by fiend to do this fun tag.  I don't carry much necessities in my bag really.  And I tend to just use the same everyday bag regardless of outfit, unless I am going out at night, or just a quick trip out, then I don't carry any bag at all, I just grab my purse.  Also, sometimes when I am really lazy to pack, I just throw everything (work stuff, computers, etc etc) all into a big big shopping bag which I will just lug around wherever I go. But since work is winding down the last few weeks, my bag situation is more stable and normal, and this is what I use most often lately, because it matches whatever I am wearing and is so seasoned already.

    My Bag: Fendi's Bag De Jour in Medium.  I bought this 3 or 4 years back, and it has been really well worn and seasoned.  Honestly, I don't think I will spend that $Bomb on branded bags now.  I also have a couple of balenciaga and miu miu bags which are sitting forgotten in the back of my wardrobe.  But I always go back to this old lady because I think it is quite classic.

    Inside the bag, first, we have the basic necessities:

    Oversized shades from Dior.  This is my 2nd pair, I like the first one so much when I broke it, I went hunting for the same one to replace.

    Umbrella.  Singapore is so hot and sunny, I would literally melt in the hot sun and lately I noticed freckles have been sprouting all over my arms and shoulders even when I am not wearing sleeveless tops - how weird is that?? Or am I getting old?   I would use the umbrella even when I am just crossing the road.  And besides you never know when it will rain here.

    Leopard print shawl: Cos you never know when you are going to catch a movie, or go somewhere the aircon is blasting.  I think leopard print is pretty classidc for a shawl and the more it clashes with your outfit, the better. Haha.  And it fits into my bag without taking up too much space.

    My iphone, earphones, random cash in a green metallic pouch. Random toothbrush from camp a couple of days ago, thermometer, cos with the flu situation you never know when you need to  be measured and I don't want anyone poking thermometers into my ears or watever....

    Foldable shopping bag.  In case I decide to go on a little spree and I don't want to lug plastic bags around.

    Speaking of shopping bags, sometimes I am a real bag lady and just lug around all these large shopping bags with EVERYTHING just thrown inside. I prolly have 2 or 3 more lying around my room, some with clothes to be washed, some with old magazines...I am sooo messy!

    Ok, so I got sidetracked.  Back to my current bag...next we have travel essentials, I went to the library a couple of days ago to loan 2 tokyo guides.  Frankly they are so outdated, but I just kind of wanted a little fold out map handy....I would have bought it, but I am just going there for 4 days, it's not worth the $.  And I am sure I can get more updated literature at the relevant places when I arrive.  And my fave hairclip. A red star clip to keep my bangs away.

    Next, my little makeup pouch.  I haven't used the contents in the past few days, but here are what's inside.  MAC Blot Powder, VIVA Glam IV lipstick, Oyster Girl lipglass, and lash adhesive, and a little concealer.

    And now the most exciting part... my purse.  Ha ha.  Unlike most people, I don't carry a proper wallet with the slots for cards, cash etc etc.  I just throw everything I need into my purse.  This is because I can't be bothered to put the cards back into their designated slots after use, and soon after... all the slots will be empty, and they end up in the coin/ cash compartment etc etc.. you know what I mean?  So for the past few years, I just throw everything inside.  This is a beige Chloe purse, which is a gift with purchase when I got the perfume last year.

    Do you want to see what's inside?

    Ok, I shall just go ahead and show you what's inside.

    In one corner, we have the cold hard cash... I usually carry around quite a bit.. cos I hate standing in long ATM Qs....and lotsa coins, and more hairpins, random paperclip.  Coins are always useful, when you need to pay the cab driver, or when you need to take the bus... well.  I hardly take the bus.  Or the train. I take cabs everywhere, or I walk. I don't drive, neither do I have a license - but the bf does, and most of my pals do, and those who don't are also cabby regulars like myself. I think I might have mention this before, but public transport are the bane of my life.  I can't stand the buses or the trains.  Too crowded and you wait foreeeeeeeeeeevvvvvvvvvvver for them to arrive, and in the meantime you just stand/sit around in some dirty stuffy bus stop waiting and waiting.  Gosh.  Yes, I am whining and prolly sound very diva.. but when it comes to such matters, I admit I am.  Ha ha.  So hence you don't see any transportation cards etc in my purse.  I lost my card thingy, it must  be lying in some other bag...

    Ok... I digress, and this is going to be such a long post!!  Argh.  Next, we have the $$ cards.  Shan't go into details there, except I choose the card with the most benefits and only stick to one because I am very bad at bills and having one bank, one card is the way to go for me.  Then we have the retail therapy cards....for eg, a pet food card for my doggie, FCUK member card, Jay Gee group (levis, dockers, giuseppe zanotti, aigner, etc), IKEA Friends card, Body Shop card, TANGS card....  And then very important card.. Zouk member... prolly have this for the past 7 or 8 years since I was in UNI, so I never had to queue nor pay entry when I go there.  So little useful thing to have.

    And then I have a wad of receipts etc that I should trash.  So, doing this tag is good... I get to clean out junk in my purse and  bag.  Haha.

    Yea, I think this is all, and I hope you enjoyed reading about this. And I think I have learnt something about myself.  I am a 'throw everything inside' kind of gal.  LOL.

    Have a fab day!

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    June 08, 2009

    Crazy Idea : Make Up Swapping

    HI hi

    An idea just hit me, I am wondering how feasible this is, that me and my fellow MU junkies can do some international swapping.  However, it will be slightly different, as in we will be buying each other NEW stuff that are not commonly available in our country. I have not worked out any logistic details and I have never sent stuff overseas (letters, cards don't count).. and the details are just kind of rolling off my head now as I am typing.

    Maybe we can put up wishlist.  Be as detailed or general as you like, for eg, 1 blue eyeshadow, or 1 canmake orange corrector, like if you have seen something which I have used before on my blog, and it is not available in your country, I can get it for you.

    Or we can do a mutual swap, like get each other 1 eye product, 1 nail product, 1 hair product, etc.

    Clearly, I see the issue of $$ here, but we can try to work out some way to ensure a fair exchange.  The point here is to get each other stuff which we don't normally find in our own beauty counters.

    Then when we each receive our little hauls, we can post pics on our respective blogs.

    Is this too ridiculous?

    I think I promised a contest sometime ago... and I kind of totally forgot about that.  Let me know if anyone of you would be interested, or have any ideas for one.  I have 120+ followers, but clearly, less than half read my posts.... well.

    So, drop me a comment (or two) on what you think!

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    June 06, 2009

    Tagged: Top 5 Fave nail polish & 1 Least fave

    Hi! So I was tagged by the lovely almost famous to do this tag.  Which is cool, because I have been thinking about doing something similar the last couple of days.  I was thinking more of doing a top 10, because it is so difficult to choose just 5!

    But I try, and here is the picture.  Apologies I didn't take the higher quality single shots, but I think you have seen most of them before in my haul/ review/ overview posts.  Which reminds me to get back to my nail polish colour overview series!!!  I stopped at Part 2~~

    Ok this is the LEAST fave.  A regret buy. This is Sephora by OPI nail colour, "I NEED SPACE".  Reasons why I don't like it:

    1. Super sheer
    2. no matter how many coats you put it on it is still sheer and streaky
    3. not a suitable nude/ cream color on me

    I am just not a fan of sheer or super metallic shades.  I can take the occasional super glittery colors for effect though.

    In no particular order

    From L to R:  OPI Black Oynx, Chanel Blue Satin, Sephora by OPI Metro Chic, OPI Melanga Wine, OPI Bare it in Trafaglar Square

    I think I have a good collection of staple, classic colours in the 5.  The perfect BLACK, Blue Black, the perfect 'mysterious' grey purple brown colour, RED, and of course NUDE.   And Except for Blue Satin they are all in cream finish, which is my fave.

    I guess not everyone will think Black or Blue nails are classic nails, but IMO, they are.  Black can just make your outfit look either a bit more chic or edgier. If I am wearing something girly I want black nails to show that I can still kick a$$.  LOL.

    And Melanga Wine is just the perfect shade of RED.  I don't wear red too often these days because I don't like how they 'scratch' and leave red skid marks over papers I am working on etc.  But Melanga Wine is like an old friend.  If I want red, I always go back to this colour.

    Metro Chic is quite a often talked about colour in the beauty community.  A good dupe for this color if it's hard to get for some of you (since the Singapore Sephora doesnt carry this series) is OPI You Don't Know Jacques which I also own.  They are lmost exactly the same.

    I can't resist here, so I must also name honourable mentions to do my huge collection justice, but I won't post pictures of them here:

    • OPI Done out in Deco
    • CG Secret Periwinkle
    • OPI Do you Lilac it
    • OPI Parlez Vous OPI
    • OPI Let Them Eat Ricecake
    • OPI My Private Jet
    • MAC On the Prowl
    • CG For Audrey
    • Barry M No 295 Turquoise

    I have been wearing the lilacs, and blues more often lately.

    So... I tag (I am not surprised if some of you have been tagged already)





    And everyone else who would like to do this tag, I would like to know I am not the only nail polish junkie out here!!

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    June 03, 2009

    Rambling on a hot summer day (shopping haul, current faves)

    So I was out with my gf yesterday, and we spent maybe half an hour at the Terry counter at Tangs Orchard - that escentuals or something corner opposite Shu Uemura.

    For those wondering, I 'cut & paste' the following background information about Terry makeup:

    " Created by legendary French makeup artist, Terry De Gunzburg, By Terry puts the focus on light and radiance, and brings together exquisite colours, advanced formulations and sophisticated application techniques in light-intuitive makeup and skincare. By Terry is luxury, elegance and personalisation. "Luxury is what is rare, what is made conscientiously and consistently."

    Basically we were marvelling at this wonderful product:

    It is the most pigmented and finest shimmer blush you can ever find.  And it costs a whooping $106.  We drooled, gooed, and ahhed over it... but tore ourselves away from the counter sighing.  I would buy this blush if I didn't already have a drawer stuffed with blushers in every texture and finish, still waiting for me to use up.

    If you read my previous post, you would remember I had to take my You Rebel Lite back to the Benefit counter for an exchange, and I am glad to report that they are very nice and prompt in helping me.  So I used it today under my MSF natural.  I love it!!!   The combination of You Rebel Lite and the MSF natural gives the perfect amount of coverage and protection on a hot summer day (oh, who am I kidding, in Singapore it is freaking summery hot all year) when you just want a light base.

    And we went to Far East Plaza, and we scoured the nail supplies shop, and I found this often talked about product on YT and beauty/ nail blogs.  This is the Seche Vite fast dry top coat.  Personally, I bought it for the good reviews, I am already a loyal and long time use of the Sally Hensen Mega Shine Top Coat.  Still, I want to try this for myself. 

    I also got a much much much needed manicure and pedicure (at SNAILS Wheelock Place) yesterday.  Now I feel like I have clean hands and feet.  Ha ha.  I always use my own base and color when I go the nail salon recently.  So I am sporting Metro Chic on my toes and fingers now. And when I got home, I applied the Seche topcoat over my nails.

    Super Shiny!!!!!!

    Side note: I went to transdesign.com and found this great deal, you get the SECHE-Vite Top Coat 4oz.+ 0.5oz., for about USD$18.50.  The Far East Plaza shop sells the same kit for S$69.90. If US$1.00 is equal to S$1.45, you go do the math.  Even with shipping, I think I still save a lot.  So.......  in a couple of months, there is most likely another nail polish haul.  Cos you don't just go to transdesign and stop ordering at one item.  LOL.



    Then I also bought some cute accessories.

    Cute necklaces and cheap too.

    i like how it blings but doesn't look cheap.

    OK, not trying to show my tired face, but I also trimmed my brows, so I have super neat brows now.  And I am still loving the big brown makeup eyelook.

    I am also loving Patina and Vanilla eyeshadows~

    OK, a summary of my current fave makeup stuff:

    1. Patina eyeshadow
    2. Vanilla eyeshadow
    3. MSF natural Light Medium
    4. Viva Glam VI or IV?? lipstick
    5. NARS Sin blush
    6. Chloe Perfum

    I can't say enough how much I am looking forward to Tokyo trip next Thursday....WOOT!!!

    Thanks for reading!!

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    June 01, 2009

    Solar Riche, you Rebel Lite

    Hate the packaging, like the animal print, and what's up with the silver pattern???  Still, I got the bronzer, cos was in a bronzy mood.  Ha ha, and I was able to save some $$ off the retail price (original $38, I paid $30).

    Also got Benefit's YOU REBEL Lite, but the box is a MESS, and I have to take it back to the counter tmororrow.  I didn't know til I got home and opened the box to take product pictures.  Again, I didn't have to pay full price for this.  (Original $56, I paid $40)   Love the scent, and the color.  Going to try this, and with MSF natural over it for a light foundation.

    MESS!!!  What the heck.  The cap wasn't even on the tube when I opened the box. Check out the goop at the side of the tab.

    I called the Benefit counter immediately and told them what happened.  They have agreed to exchange the thing.  Geesh!!!  I should have open the box to check.  Lesson to all:  always always open the box first and check everything inside is brand new.