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October 18, 2009

Nails for Fall: Best of the Black (OPI colors)


I have been wanting to blog about this for the longest ever.  To round up my 'black' nail colors and compare them, and just share my thoughts on the black nail colors I own. Take note, I do think that black is different from the dark red/ purple colors such as Lincoln Park after Dark, that sort of shades, and I stay away from those colors even though they are gorgeous, but I kind of think they are a little too predictable and typical.

Here are a few::

From L to R:

Brand New Skates, Baby It's 'Coal' Outside, My Private Jet

From L to R:

Black Oynx, Light my Saphhire, Suzi Skis in the Pyreness (Suede)

From L to R:

Brand New Skates, Baby It's 'Coal' Outside, Light my Saphhire, My Private Jet

  • Brand New Skates is a very sheer formula, I applied 3 thick coats to get this opacity.  A greyish black, with gold specks.  Honestly I have not used this color yet, since I bought it a long time ago.
  • Baby it's coal outside, is from last season's Fall TOYS collection, it is a black with tiny silvery glitter (note: not shimmer).
  • Light my Sapphire, looks black, but it is a deep dark dark purple or navy almost black, and very fine shimmer, giving it a metallic sheen. One of my faves.
  • My Private Jet is a black with holographic glitter.  Another one of my all time fave colors.

I didn't apply Black Oynx because, well, it is just plain black.  And I didn't apply the suede color because I am going to feature that in my next entry.

Hope this is helpful to you, and what are your favourite nail colors for 'fall'?


October 17, 2009

Haul: i nuovi Cosmetics & Storage Idea


So I went out for a bit this afternoon, to check out the i nuovi anniversary sale.  What I didn't know is that you need to purchase 3 identical items to enjoy the $9.90 price.  So you can't choose a combination of 2 e/s, and 1 blusher etc... thankfully my sisters were with me, and among us, we choose the colors which we would all enjoy using, (3 eyeshadows, and 3 blushers) which is a fab deal, considering the total cost can only get you 2 MAC eyeshadows or lipsticks.

Speaking of MAC, I went to check out the holiday sets, but I think not all the stuff are on display, and I think the only thing which I want would be the mineralised blushers (esp Conjure Up -- check out swatches and images at Temptalia).  But when I asked the MA there, she didn't even know what I am talking about----- WHICH ISN'T EVEN SURPRISING TO ME ANYMORE. Well, regardless, I don't forsee myself stalking the MAC counters for the holiday stuff.

Because I was at Vivocity TANGS, I thought I could check out YSL and use my vouchers to buy a couple of lipsticks, but I realised there isn't a YSL counter there.  Which means I have to make another trip downtown another day before its demise/ disappearance from the stores.

Ok, back to the title of this entry: My i nuovi haul.  When I was swatching the eyeshadows at the counter, I noticed some eyeshadows are  more chunky glittery than others.  Dynamite would certainly fall into that category.  But most of them are very velvety in texture.  So creamy and super pigmented.  One color which jumped out at me (I think it's called ROCK?) was sadly OOS.  But I did get 3 wearable/ neutral/ metallic shades.  Their names are Techno Spotlight, and Dewdrops.

And for my blushers, I choose the colors which are , I bought Spice (plum color), Dusk (bright orange red), Astro (deep pink).  I also stayed away from the shimmery/ glittery ones.

Blushers from L to R: Dusk, Astro and Spice

Eyeshadows from L to R: Dewdrop, Spotlight, Techno


Blush Swatches

Eyeshadow Swatches

The colors are more pigmented in real life than pictures show.

And to be honest, I am not crazy about the packaging, while I like the see through casing, but the dome shaped cover is kind of bulky, and I can't stack them up or anything.  So DEPOTTING is the way to go.  I have no more space in my MAC palettes, but I have seen people using DVD cases as palettes, and this my attempt to organise my new stuff.

Things you need: DVD case, mounting tape

At the bottom of each container, there is a little hole, you just use a needle to 'poke' and the pan will come out.

Before the mounting tape, I positioned the colors and see if they fit, and match.  :)

Then I stuck the tape underneath each pan.

And ta DA DA, look ma, they are stuck firmly.

Update: I pimped the palette, put a 'cover' page to it.

Hope this gives you some idea of how to store your i nuovi stuff, Diana -- I am talking to you! :)

If you have any questions about the products I mentioned, please leave a comment.  Thanks for reading!


October 16, 2009

Product Review: i nuovi cosmetics Pink blusher & Dynamite eyeshadow


Just want to thank everyone who left me all the positive words in my previous entry.  My little baby darling is still hanging in there, and I am staying home most of the afternoons and evenings and nights with her.  Thankfully work is winding down, and I can be home in the early afternoon. to spend as much time as possible with her.

I know I have mentioned I will not be posting as much but I thought it is a good idea to review these items, as there is a promotion going on, as you prolly have read in icyabstract and adorebeauty's entries, and I think everbluec also did a little haul entry of her i nuovi blushers.

I have been using my i nuovi products quite a few times, and I must say they are really good quality.  I shall review the 2 products which I have been using in the past 2 weeks, and share my thoughts on them.

Firstly, the blusher in PINK.  This is a pink color blusher, with no shimmer.  I like this color because it gives my skin a rosy glow.  And because the color is so finely milled, it makes for easy blending.  Just to show you the color and how my brush picks up the color.

And here is how it looks like on my cheeks.  Please disregard my dazed expressions, messy hair, the zit treatment patches and the fact that I didn't do a full face makeup for this entry.  I just want to show you the colors when I am wearing them.

You see the color is pretty pigmented, and it adds a very rosy tinge to my face.  I like how you can build up the color, without having to worry that you look like a clown.

Not too sure about the other colors, but I am impressed with this product, and I would definitely check out the color range when I go to the counters.

Next, we have the eyeshadow.  I have the color in Dynamite.  This is a metallic brown shade, with rather chunky glitter bits which might put people off.  However, I think this is a great color and texture to own if you want to do a dramatic neutral (I know it sounds very confusing and contradictory) eye makeup. I like neutrals/ browns which are darker in shade, and Dynamite provides this effect. It reminds me of MAC cocomotion pigment without the glitter.

Here is how the product looks like in the pan and and the brush picks up the product.

Looks like pressed pigment, and you can see the 'chunky' bits.

You might expect a little fallout with such texture, but if you use a primer or paintpot/cream base, that's easily taken care of.

Above pic is the color blended all over my lids with a fluffy brush, and I also applied some in the lower lids for definition.

Pic with flash, so you can see both the cheek and eyeshadow colors.

The eyeshadow doesn't crease nor fade after a day of wear, though some of the glitter chunks disappeared.

Final verdict:

'Pink' blusher:  4 out of 5 stars

'Dynamite' eyeshadow: 3.5 out of 5 stars, or 4 stars if you take into account the name

This is quite irrelevant, but I am such a sucker for product names (besides packaging), and 'Dynamite' just calls out to me.   :)


I hope this review is helpful, and leave a comment if you have any questions.




October 13, 2009

Tagged: This or that? (and updates)

Was tagged by icyabstract (Sara) to do this:

10 Questions :

1. Dramatic eye looks or Natural Eye looks?

- I do natural eye looks most of the time.

2. Matte or Shimmer Shadows?

- I prefer eyeshadows with a little shimmer, mattes are nice, but hard to blend.

3. Purple Pinks or Blue Greens?

- I like blue greens.  Because I don't like matching Pinks and Purples together.

4. Lips with gloss or without gloss?

- I hardly use gloss AND lipsticks together.  Well, ok, yes, with gloss, but not over lipsticks.

5. Contour Or Bronzer?

- I don't do bronzers very well being quite fair, so I choose contour.

6. Nude lippies Or Pink Lippies?

- I like pink nudes.  haha.

7. Coral or Pink Blush?

- Pink, the brighter the better.

8. Drugstore or Departmental Store Makeup?

- Departmental store.

9. Sponge or Brush for LIQUID foundation?

- Been a brush user since I started Liquid, but lately it's my fingers...

10.  TAG or Tutorials?

- I like tags, but if I feel like it, I do tutorials too.

And quick update (I am typing this at 6.30am before I leave for work)

You might have read about me and my dog before, well, she is very old, and the 'end' is coming, I am afraid.  It's inevitable, of course, but  knowing that doesn't make it easier to accept. All I can say is I need to be strong for her, and will be staying with her till the very end.

Without wanting to be too emotional and dramatic, or get into too much details here, I just want to say I won't be blogging so often, til, well everything is settled.  So any upcoming reviews, raves, etc etc will be suspended till I am 'back'.   Thanks for your kind understanding and thoughts in advance.  But I am still reading all your entries, and comments. :)

October 10, 2009

Product Rave: Maybelline Angel Fit Pore Zero Base

Hi again!

You might remember a little haul which I did sometime ago, with my Essence of Beauty brushes, and the Maybelline Angel Fit Pore Zero Base which I got at the JL expo in Aug.  I didn't get to use the primer until this week, when my canmake primer finally ran out.  I bought it at the Expo for about $12 after discounts. The usual price, if I am not wrong is about $19.90.

I really like this product, and Joyce aka forensia has reviewed this product before.  I shall try to review this primer and also compare my experiences with it to other brands of primer I have tried before.

Here is the product description:

New Angel Fit Pore Zero Base from Maybelline New York enhances your makeup, keeping it flawless and healthy-looking all day. Other than minimizing the appearance of your pores, it also comes with SPF25/PA++, thus providing you with essential sun protection at the same time!

I totally agree!!

I like the texture of this product when I applied it on my skin just before my foundation.  It is creamy, but after it settles on your skin, there is a slightly matte powdery feeling --- but your liquid foundation still glides on smoothly after. And the overall effect makes your skin looks smoother!  I have large pores, and I notice that my pores do look less obvious, and my complexion look way more flawless when I use this primer.

I am quite weary of primers which are gel like, for eg, I had bad experiences with Smashbox photo primer, because it is kind of silica or gel texture, and for me, it doesn't allow the foundation to go on properly.  So I prefer my primer to be something creamier, and which makes my pores look less obivious.  I would like to check out the MUFE HD primer, but it is too pricey for me to buy on a whim.

I like how this Maybelline primer doesn't have a shimmery effect, as the Dior Radiant Base  and  Chanel primers have some slight pearlescent effect.   It also makes my makeup last throughout the day, and maybe a little less oily.

Would I repurchase this product??  YES YES YES!!

Personally, I highly recommend everyone to try this out! :)

Hope you find this review/ rave useful, and thanks for reading.

October 10, 2009

Look of the Night with Red Lips

Hi everyone!!

This is a follow up to my red lips experiment, which I got a few days ago, click here to check it out.

So I was going out with the sister tonight, I left my house almost 1am, which is kind of lame.  Anyway, I took these pictures after I got home, which is around 4am, because I left the house in a hurry - so no time to snap pictures.

On my face: Maybelline Angel Fit Pore Zero Primer, Clinique Superfit foundation, MAC Studio Sculpt concealer, MAC MSF natural to set, and MUFE HD powder after everything.

Cheeks: MAC sculpt and shape powder (accentuate/sculpt), Azalea blush

Eyes:(all MAC) Bare Canvas Paint, Vanilla and Dazzlelights e/s, and Patina on the crease.  Loreal Superliner for a little winged effect.

Lashes: Shu Uemura Black V, and YSL Faux Cils mascara on the lower lashes.

Lips: MAC Russian Red lipstick

I had a few drinks, and I realised the lipstick didn't stain the glasses, and stayed quite well throughout the whole night.  I didn't touch up the lipstick at all the whole time and before taking these pictures.  So.. thumbs up for the staying power.  I thought that red lips are very high maintainence, but this is turning out quite easy.

And needless to say, we want the lips to be the focus of the whole look, not just the MU, but also the outfit, so I kept everything else plain, and neutral, even my clothes.

Ignore my zitty face!!  But you see only the 'inside' of the mouth is starting to show some signs of wearing off, which isn't too bad.

Shall post a quick entry next, which will be a product rave.

Thanks for reading!

October 09, 2009

Tag: Guilty Confessions

Was tagged by Diana to do this fun tag, and do check out her confessions here.

Here are mine:

  1. Not washing my brushes: I have not been washing my brushes as regularly as I should.  If I am desparate, I just spray some brush cleaner and rub my brushes in a tissue for immediate cleaning, but when it comes to deep cleaning, I take forever.  So I tend to use similar eyeshadow colors everyday, since my MAC217 brushes are already brown and dirty.   Face brushes, I just use my fingers instead of my foundation brushes, and I just find that I can get away with not washing my blush/ powder brushes.  Haha.   But I realise I have "2 sets" of brushes:  If I just washed the 168/116, then I use 109 or 131 to apply blush.
  2. Picking my spots: I have 'itchy' hands and I am picking my zits.
  3. Skipping out on skincare steps: Sometimes I put on a treatment mask or serum thingy, and I just skip the moisturiser,  etc... cos I am lazy to wait for each product to be absorbed before applying the next step.  But I will never go to bed without washing off all MU on my face.
  4. Sleeping badly: I think I am not sleeping enough, or at the right time, and that's why I have breakouts on my forehead.
  5. Neglecting products: Guess many of us are guilty of this.  So much stuff in my stash which I forgot, and should take them out and use them on a regular basis.  I keep reaching for the same eyeshadows, though it is way easier to rotate blushers.


That's all, I think!  Thanks for reading!

October 07, 2009

Product Feature: i nuovi Professional Cosmetics


This shall be the first entry featuring some products which I have been sent by i nuovi Professional Cosmetics. As you might have already known, together with Sara (icyabstract), and Diana (adorebeauty) who are also on the i nuovi beauty review team, and over the last couple of weeks, I have been talking with Deborah from the company, who has very thoughtfully sent a few products for me to try and share my thoughts on.  Basically, I told her I am game to try out neutrals to smokeys browns for eyeshadows, no blush color is too crazy for me to try out, and I am also intrigued by holographic glitter powder.

I am going to take a couple of weeks to give these babies a try, create some looks with them, and let you know how they turn out!

Actually this isn't my first encounter with i nouvi cosmetics, I remember back when I was in Secondary, or college, I bought one of my first eyeshadows from i nouvi - it was a vibrant metallic teal with glitter, super pigmented, and bold color.

But, enough of history, and here is the little package!

Random humor, check out the amount of postage at the back of the envelope! :p

Inside, we have:

Colours D27 Eyeshadow -- pressed eyeshadow pigment.  The color is Dynamite.  Just the name alone makes me wanna to go all over it.  Beautiful brown, with reflex glitter inside.

Stardust in Platinum - this has nice packaging, it is sealed up with a sticker, but there is a sifter, so the risk of spillage is very little.  Neat.

And Colours D36 - pressed pigment blusher.  The color is Pink.  My first thought is that it looks like MAC' Pink Swoon, or maybe Dollymix.

Some quick swatches - the colors are more vibrant in real life than these pictures show.

Dynamite eyeshadow, and Pink blusher.

A quick comparison of Pink with Pink Swoon and Dollymix - they look different, as you can see.

The 3 pink patches, right in the middle is Pink, and on top is Pink Swoon (much lighter) and below is Dollymix (more red tone and with a bit of shimmer).

I will post reviews and thoughts after I have given these products some time.  :)

Thanks for reading!

October 06, 2009

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

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):





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.   :)

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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 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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