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October 06, 2009
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MAC Russian Red Lipstick

I Back2Mac for this lipstick, and also bought my brush cleaner since I ran out of it.

Ordinarily, I wouldn't have paid for such a bold red color, but since I am exchanging my empty MAC stuff for a free lippy, this is when I get all adventurous when choosing colors.  Actually I wanted Angel (frost) lipstick, but they didn't have it... so I decided on Russian Red, which is a Intense bluish-red (Matte).  I seriously think I would wear this out at night, like for clubbing, or when I keep the rest of my face 'clean' and let the red lips take focus.  But would I look like geisha makeup, or worse, clownish?  The line between wearable and laughable is quite slippery when it comes to pulling off red lips.  Maybe I am not confident enough.

A bizarre one eyed picture of me, featuring the red lips.

I just applied the lipstick straight from the tube, no brush, no pencil liner.  And if I want this to look glossy, I can just dab some clear lipglass over.   My sister said it goes well with my striped tee.  LOL.  There is something nautical about the whole combination, no?

The picture shows the color more 'orangey' but it is deeper and more blue tone in actual.  And I noticed it is not as drying when I swatched another matte red lipstick called the MAC Red which felt like chalk.  Russian Red applies rather smoothly and creamy for a matte texture lipstick.

Will keep you posted on how my red lips adventure goes!  :)

 

Thanks for reading.

 

October 05, 2009
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Tagged: Who? What? How?

Tag started by saffie, and I was tagged by everbluec

and these are the ladies I am tagging (cos the others have been tagged):

icyabstract

adorebeauty

treehouseglory

facesbysarah

And here is the tag itself:

1) What are your make items must have(s)?

foundation, blusher, brow pencil

2) Who was the first make up guru you watched on youtube?

amy04, but she doesn't seem to be around anymore on YT, I prolly just stumbled upon it. Enkore is another one of the pioneers.

3) From the answer above, how did u stumble upon the person's channel?

Like I mentioned i (2), I don't think I was looking for makeup tutorials.. but I totally forgot how I stumbled upon her channel.  haha.

4) How did you discover Onsugar?

I was already a Teamsugar member, and posting MU stuff on the social group called Beauty Product Junkies (maybe 3 years back?) and then the Sugar publishing network started this Onsugar blogging platform, and I was invited to try out their 'beta' or something and I guess that's how it all started.  Besides I had my blogger, but it was getting nasty and too open for my comfort, and blogging here felt cosier among a group of like-minded community.

5) Who was the first onsugar blogger that you followed?

Erm, there wasn't much bloggers around here when I started, but I think it's definitely atoxicsparkle, owner of the Beauty Product Junkies group from teasugar, she started her own blog when onsugar started too.

6) Did you ever buy a make up item/tool which you end up not using or regretted buying?

All the time!  Some are creams, eyeshadows, hair products etc.

7) What do you usually carry in your make up bag?

I don't usually carry out my makeup bag, but I always have facial blotters, a lipstick, spare concealer lying around in my bag all the time. 

8) If you found your Holy Grail (HG) product, would you stick with it throughout or are you willing to try on other products which might end up not suitable for you?

Yes, I lurve trying out new stuff even though I have my HG.  I like to make new friends, but I will keep going back to my old ones.  Haha. 

9) In your opinion which is more important, or rather which comes first, product quality or application technique?

I think technique is important.  Even if you have the most expensive makeup product or the best quality stuff but if you don't know how to use them properly then you are not doing it nor yourself any justice.

10) On a scale of 5, how 'important' is make up to you?

It is hard to use makeup and important in the same sentence, I lurve my makeup, but I would say a 1 or 2.  If I am not a makeup junkie, I would be collecting or devoting my time somewhere else anyway.   :)

October 05, 2009
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Quick Review: MAC Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil

Ok, this shall be a quick review of MAC Feline pencil liner, as quite a few of you have requested for it.

From the MAC website, the description is as follows: "A kohl pencil that has all the intensity and colour power of ultra-soft carbon. Specially formulated to provide deep, fully opaque coverage, provides an intense, smoked finish with duo-chrome pearl. Versatile in application: blend or smudge."

Honestly, I bought this liner because of all the HYPE. In terms of the color intensity, and ultra-soft texture, YES, I agree that Feline does deliver. It went on very very smoothly. And I find that if you want the liner to be smoother, use a angled liner brush to blend it, and it becomes as though you are using a gel/ cream liner.

 

BUT, Feline smudges like melted ice-cream on my lids. I have oily lids, but nothing I have used before smudged like Feline did. Even Smoulder, which I also have, isn't so smudgey. Unless you want to create a smudgy smokey eye look like the picture shown above, I don't think you will like Feline. It is probably good for waterline, and also a black base for eyeshadows.

Hope you find this review helpful, and thanks for reading.

October 04, 2009
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Look of the Day: Wearable Black Gloss feat. MAC Black Ware

Hi!

The title speaks for itself.  This is my attempt to pull off a black gloss.  If you have seen the swatch from my haul post, you remember that the color actually isn't that scary black.

Ignore my eye makeup in the following pictures.  I blotched my eye makeup big time today, cleaning it and applying over, everything was a mess for some reason.  In the end, I forgot what I had on.

Note:  Feline eye kohl is seriously BLACK and pigmented.  Amazing creamy texture, and I suggest using a angled liner brush to even out the line, blend, etc etc for a neater line, or to smuge it out.

On my cheeks:  I am wearing Solar Riche bronzer, and Style Demon.

Lips: Black Ware all over, and I dabbed some My Favourite Pink dazzlecreme in the middle of the lips.

But the BF did notice the black lips, the first thing he said was 'your lips so dark today?'   LOL~

Nails - OPI Mod About You

Without Flash

See?  Black lipgloss can be wearable, right?  Imagine pulling it out in the ladies room and touching up, all the stares you attract!  Hahahah.

Thanks for reading!!

October 04, 2009
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Nail Color Rave: OPI Sand in my Suit

I like nude nail colors.  Especially those cream ones.  I am not a big fan of shimmery nail colors, unless they are dark jewel shades.

So when my sister bought this color from OPI after her manicure, I was kind of skeptical.  Nonetheless, I was looking for a quick color to use on my nails this past week, and I picked this up. The color I am talking about is, of course, Sand in my Suit.  This is not a new color, I think it is part of the 2009 Summer collection (together with Done out in Deco, if you are nail nerd like me, and can remember OPI colors).

Behold its prettiness.  Another raving point is that this color, somehow lasted on my nails for one whole week.  I usually change up my colors every 2 or 3 days, but this natural color held its own the whole time.

If you are looking for a flattering natural color -- and it's not sheer, the formula is quite thick, and 2 coats give you a very true opaque color.

This is what it looks like.  Sand in my Suit reminds me of MAC eyeshadow Ricepaper.   :)

What is your fave nude nail color?

 

 

October 03, 2009
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Trekking Day Out

Hi!

Just a quick non-MU related post on what I did yesterday.  Was kind of conned by the BF to go to MacRitchie, he told me to check out the tree-top walk, so I was like oh ok, let's go.  What he didn't say was that it was a 5km walk/trek to reach the tree top walk area, and another 5km out of the area.  Geesh. I have been to Macritchie for my school's cross country a couple of times, but that seemed like NOTHING, compared to the total of 12km we ended up trekking/walking around the whole area.  Plus it was raining earlier, so the forest parts were slippery, mushy, and kind of creepy in general.

What was good is that I think I got a great cardio workout (we started almost 12 and didn't complete til 3pm) --- which made  up for all the feasting and drinking when I had lunch at Carnivore and the Oktober fest this past week.

Show you a few pics of my little adventure.

This is the starting part, as you can see, I wasn't prepared for the long walk!  Let my hair down, had on only my usual running shoes and worn my leggings because I was going to change after the walk.  How wrong I was!

Still happily posing away, but getting hot by now.  Haha.

The view from the tee top canopy is amazing though.  It's a suspension bridge, and if you are afraid of heights, that might be a little problem.

On our way back, almost done, and walked past this huge leaning branch, so a goofy pic for fun.

Overall, yes, it was tiring, but what fun! Would I do it again?  Hmmm maybe once a month. Or if I miss all my weekday running sessions then I might do this intensive walk on a weekend morning.

 

 

October 02, 2009
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MAC Haul (Style Black, DSquared, Dazzle Creme)

So I made my way to vivo city today, and checked out the 3 new collections (no, make that 4 collections, because the Zoom Fast Black Lash is out too) that are released today.  These need no introduction, as I have been going on about them for some time.  They are namely the Style Black, Dsquared, and Dazzlecreme collections.  Is it crazy that MAC pull out 3 collections EACH TIME??  NUTS!!  But good in a way, cos then I just chooose the ONE item I really want from each collection.

This is my haul.  A little something from each collection.

From Style Black: I got Black Ware(S$35), which is a Creamy true black.  * That's all I got from Style Black.  The rest don't quite appeal to me, the eyeshadows are soooo glittery, and the other lipsticks are either too dramatic or too blah.  I thought Black Ware is rather naturally 'dramatic'  Hahaahahaha.  You will see my lips when I swatch it later.

From Dazzle Creme, I got 2 items and they are My Favourite Pink (S$36 each), which is a blue tone pink with silver shimmer, and Amorous, which is a deep red with gold shimmer. Really nice festive color.  And MOST pigmented among all.

From Dsquared, I got Feline eye kohl (S$28) -- I have heard so much about this, I had to get it.   And also the Sculpt & Shape duo (S$39)  in Accentuate/Sculpt, which is Pale blushed beige / Soft Taupe Brown.   I already have the powder from a previous collection, but it broke, and the other day I dropped it again, and this time there is no salvaging it, cos the powder just splattered everywhere on the floor.

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Here is Black Ware on my lips -- it isn't that freaky black on the lips, you can definitely make it work anytime.  And I hate the brush applicator, it is so hard, it feels like you are using a toothpick to apply the gloss.  Even though it is supposed to be a BRUSH.  The same for  my Dazzlecreme and Dazzleglass.  Blending is impossible, and I end up using my fingers to spread the gloss evenly.

And the next one is My Favourite Pink.  Such a pretty color!!!  I think I can rock this over St Germaine, or my other pinky or nude lipsticks.

And the last one is Amorous.  It looks a lot more wearable on the lips (read: not so pigmented and dark as it looks in the tube).  Love love this!  Makes me feel glam for some reason.  And a very unique color.

And just to show you what is left of my old Sculpt & Shape duo:  Empty MESSY tin, and I am gonna clean it out, and together with some empty eyeshadows etc I think I am due for another B2M.

 

Yup, that's all.  Anyone else doing MAC hauling from these collections??

Thanks for reading!

 

 

October 02, 2009
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September Faves & my red red lips!

This is my Sept faves entry.  Actually I have been good this month.  I didn't haul much at all. Except for the Shu Uemura Foundation and Mario Bedascu drying mask (overdue review I know!).  Today is the 2nd of OCT.... and well.. my next entry will be a little haul from the latest MAC collections. Keep a lookout!

I apply my foundation with my fingers these days, it is just faster, and I feel like it goes into my skin better.  And I have also started using the Beauty Blender with my Shu Uemura cream foundation (which is even better than the Essence of Beauty brush which I showed before).

In terms of eye products, I just sweep one color all over the lids and a neutral color and line my eyes.  That's all.  The neutral color is usually All That Glitters, or Tempting, or Style Snob, or Satin Taupe, or Nars Mekong if I want a deeper look for the day.

Ok, so here are my faves:

NARS Laguna Bronzer (I apply this with the Coastal Scents huge paddle brush for all over glow and a bit of contouring around the cheeks)

MAC Studio Sculpt NC20 Concealer (so creamy and thick, loves)

MAC Dirty Plum blusher (looks purple, but goes on so pretty and more pink)

Loreal Super Liner (this is my HG liquid liner, always my fave but I just opened a new tube lately and have been using it everyday)

Essence of Beauty foundation/concealer duo brush (love this to apply my concealer, and the larger end just to clean up my face, blend, etc etc etc)

MAC 116 brush (love love love this for my blushers!)

 

So what are your faves this month??

 

Red Lips Alert!

Went out the other day with my aunt and cousin, and she (my aunt) always wear red lipsticks.  Just for the heck of it, I borrowed her red lippy (didn't notice the brand or name), and smeared some over my lips and walked about the mall.  I felt like a clown.  LOL.  But it's kind of cute.  So here is a ridiculous picture of me with the red lipstick, red shades I was trying on at the mall, and my own shades hanging on my shirt.  Haha.  So what do you think of red lips on me?

Red Lips: Yay or nay?

And yes, that's my bro in the background, looking quite bemused.

That's all, and thanks for reading!!

 

 

 

September 29, 2009
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Where have I been? (and Freebie alert)

Hey everyone!

I have been soooo MIA, it's not funny.  There were several, no, make that A LOT of stuff going on, both work and play wise. This is the exam season, and ALL my students are taking the national exams, so it's madness time of marking, consultations, admin etc etc.  When you have to grade more than 300 essays, everything else just need to take a backseat. Oh, and I have also been exercising and 'dieting' - meaning I usually eat just one main meal a day.

Then I discovered some new games on playfirst.com, my FAVE site to look for online games - I lurve all the DinerDash series of games, and so the past week, I have been playing (besides all the marking hahaha), this lame mind numbing game called Burger 2, basically you just serve a variety of food to a variety of customers.

And we also have the F1 weekend, which was a blast, though I didn't go for any of the actual races, I did party a little over the weekend, lotsa of feasting, and merry making too.  And tomorrow, I am also going to the Swiss Club for Oktoberfest...wooo hooo.  Lotsa  of food and beer!  Though I am not a beer person.  But we have tables, and tickets, so we got to go! :p

Random sidenote, I have switched back to my trusty iphone, I just prefer using it., the screen, and the functions are just.. .better. But I need to switch back to my BB soon, and not be too lazy to set it up (I exchange for a brand new handset due to some minor defect).

So, today, I went to Kinokuniya at taka, and was browsing the Jap magazine section, I didn't realise the wide selection of mag titles they have, and almost all of them come with amazingly cool free stuff you can actually use (meaning no silly sample size lipstick/perfume/lotion, or some thin scarf which is useless etc)  but REAL bags, pouches that are 'branded' and pretty.  Soooooo are you ready for what I came across???

 

FREEBIE ALERT!!

Check out this Marc Jacobs bag!!

The magazine is besides the point.  It is just a catalogue with the fall collection.

OOOOOOO I lurve freebies.  Well, this is of course not FREE... cos the freaking 'magazine' costs S$27.50  but the material is good, canvas.  There is a little pocket inside, and the strap is long enough as a shoulder bag.

You can see it is the same size and material as my regular bookbag.

Yes, so, go GRAB this good deal.... and maybe many others, hard to resist!  There is still LOADS of the magazine left.

Thanks for reading!

September 20, 2009
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Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation - my impressions & how I apply it

Hi! This will be a post on how I apply my new cream foundation - the Shu Uemura Nobura foundation.

In the latest collection, Shu Uemura released a new version of the Nobura foundation, which comes in a stick form, which I guess is easier to apply, you just 'draw' the stick all over your face, and then use a brush/ sponge/ fingers to blend everything. But I like the pan form, and besides it is slightly cheaper, and I think more product too.  But I could be wrong.

Here is what the product claims to do, according to the Shu Uemura site:

"Nobara Cream Foundation, formulated to give the instant high coverage of a concealer with the smooth glide of a foundation....Three types of oils, gliding, light and emollient, combine to enhance the foundation’s spreadibility, creaminess and comfort felt when applied to the skin."

The first time I applied the foundation, I used my MAC 109 brush, knowing that it would shed like crazy, and indeed, after that one time of using it, I found a few black hairs IN the product, which I spent another 10 min painstakingly (the following day) trying to pick out the hairs without 'scratching' the foundation surface.  Yes, I am OCD like that. But shedding problem aside, the 109 brush applies this product beautifully.

So, I decided to try another brush the next time.  As you know, I bought the Essence of Beauty brushes, and til now, I have not even used any of them.  I remembered that the set comes with a MAC190 dupe brush... and this is how it looks like.

I am actually amazed at how soft this brush is.  The paddle shape is large enough to spread the foundation, and it is very tapered at the ends, which makes it really soft, and doesn't cause streaks which is what I am worried about, mainly.  The best thing, it doesn't shed all over the cream foundation.  And since the product is so creamy, I can use the other end of the brush to apply the foundation like a concealer.  A very effective dual-ended brush.  The whole set cost me $19.90, but I say for this brush alone, the price tag is worth it.  :)

The coverage isn't as thick as I thought it would be, in a good way.  The finish is quite satin, and soft looking.  In Wayne Goss' video review of this product, he says it photographs very well, and he gave it a 7 out of 10 for amount of coverage if applied on its own, without diluting it with water.   I agree on the coverage.  I supposed I can really layer on the foundation, and make it really thick and opaque, but since I will set the foundation with powder anyway, I see no point in having a thick foundation.

And as you know, I am a firm believer in getting a product which is very pigmented, rather than something light and watered down, which you end up wasting time and money trying to layer and pile on the product to achieve the desired effect.  So I would rather pay for something pigmented, and you just use a little product to achieve the true colors.  This logic applies to things like foundation, blushers and eyeshadows.  :)

So, how much do I like this cream foundation?  Well, I have only used it twice so far, and I think i am quite happy with it. - though I am not going to say right out it is my HG yet---still loyal to my MUFE routine!  While I still love my other foundations, I like having a variety to choose from, depending on my mood and what look I want for the day.  I have used Shu Uemura's powder foundation before, but somehow the product doesn't sit on my face very well, and looks cakey on my skin, which is surprising, as all their powder products are supposed to be very finely milled, and should blend into the skin perfectly.  I think in this aspect, the cream foundation beats the powder ones hands down, IMO.

Now, for a couple of pictures in which I am wearing the cream foundation.  I think I like how it turns out in the pictures.  Very natural, and looks flawless, though we all know I have all that bumps and stuff on my face, esp the forehead, but the rest of the face is turning out  nicely.

That's all, and thanks for reading yet another rambling post!

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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.

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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.

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