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May 04, 2015
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Both a haven of peace and a new space of freedom, the Riviera of the Roaring Twenties was a favourite destination of Gabrielle Chanel. Contemplating the Mediterranean, the eye wanders as far as the shores of Italy and time approaches a standstill in the clear air.

Under the blue Riviera sky, skin is tanned and style is casual. Between sunny getaways and dips in the sea, summer brings with it a new lifestyle, far from Paris and the rue Cambon; close to nature.

The CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio extends the memories of the season with a vibrant collection immersed in azure blue and infused with light. 

Sun-kissed colours take on more intensity and glow with luminosity to enhance a naturally golden face. Carefree elegance: the spirit of beauty by CHANEL has inspired the must-have accessory of the collection. Applied in a single sweep, STYLO EYESHADOW delivers a fresh hue and traces Riviera-coloured eyes. On eyelids and nails, the colour palette honors the blues, olive greens and browns of the sunny shores before ending on an intense violet note. From soft pink to vermilion, a shiny lipstick dresses the smile in radiance and lightness.

For the final touch, a powder with delicate golden shimmers sets off a natural complexion with a radiant effect. 



A pure complexion, beautifully bronzed by sunbeams.
This is how one might picture elegant women discovering the Riviera of the Roaring Twenties. Tanned skin embellishes bodies and faces. And a new, more natural way of being comes into play. Embossed with a camellia flower on its surface, the
LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÈ exclusive creation celebrates the spirit of freedom that reigns over summer. This illuminating powder is swept lightly over the face, enhancing a natural complexion with golden shimmers and a satiny finish. The skin glows in just a few strokes. The cheekbones and décolleté glimmer as they catch the light. 


Eye makeup embraces the energy and radiance of summer.
Fresh, dazzling and joyful, colour lights up every bat of the lashes.


The travel-friendly STYLO EYESHADOW is the ultimate summer accessory.
The CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio creates an irresistible eyeshadow in a compact and easy-to-use pen format.
It is applied in one single sweep and slips easily into a handbag.
STYLO EYESHADOW is a comfortable and creamy eyeshadow that glides on perfectly. Formulated with a high concentration of water, its texture provides an instantly fresh sensation. Its pen tip allows for precise, adjustable colour on the eyelids in a dense monochrome, a sheer halo or a thin line. Its radiant, long-wear texture lights up the eyes with varying satin finishes. 

STYLO EYESHADOW can be chosen on an impulse or collected one by one to mix and match colours all summer long.

CAMPANULE. A violet with blue shimmers, inspired by the Florentine iris so dear to Mademoiselle Chanel, to dress eyelids in bold colour.

AZULEJO. A turquoise blue glistening with tone-on-tone pearlescent pigments, like the sea sparkling in the sun.

LAURIER ROSE. A golden powder pink, both soft and ultra-luminous. OLIVINE. An elegant and slightly satiny olive green.

CAROUBE. A luminous, warm brown accentuates the beauty of golden summer skin.


Eyes are playful, outlined in an intense vivid violet along the base of the lashes. This pure and vibrant colour stays radiant for hours on end. To be used on its own or with STYLO EYESHADOW CAMPANULE to accentuate the effect. 



Fresh, spontaneous, luminous: ROUGE COCO SHINE adapts perfectly to summer moods. Both incredibly lightweight and rich in colour, the most charming of CHANEL lipsticks enjoys varying the intensity of its palette. The smile is sensual, natural and sparkling, glimmering with soft shine.
Three luminous and semi-sheer shades are discreetly touched with golden or coppery notes, like drops of sunlight sparkling on lips.

RÊVEUSE. A delicate golden pink.

AMOROSA. A sun-kissed copper brown.

INTRÉPIDE. A vivid pink touched with soft gold.

A more pigmented shade redefines radiant and easy-to-wear summer lipstick with INSOUMISE, a coral red:an obvious reason to smile in the sun 


The iconic gloss by CHANEL dresses lips in brilliance and bold colours.

ROSE PARADIS. An intense pink with blue shimmers.

ALLEGRIA. A striking red. 



Along the steep coasts, strewn with wild plants and flowers, flamboyant brown rocks plunge into turquoise waters.
The Riviera tells a colourful tale on nails as well.
Four audacious shades revel in a delicious breeze of freedom.

TERRANA. A chocolate brown with pink shimmers.

MÉDITERRANÉE. A pure, deep ocean blue.

COQUELICOT. A luminous vermilion red.

LAVANDA. An intense vivid violet. 

AVAILABLE 5 JUNE 2015 in Singapore.

Ending off this entry with preview pictures I attended a couple of months back: 

May 04, 2015
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CHANEL Les Beiges Summer 2015: The Style of Natural


This entry contains official pictures and story behind the Chanel 2015 Les Beiges collection.  
Singapore launch date is 5 June 2015. 
For my preview entry on this collection, click on this entry here.

Transcending fashions and seasons, LES BEIGES DE CHANEL made natural beauty a style manifesto in its own right. From the heart of winter to the midst of summer, from the first glimmers of spring to the golden glow of autumn, with this singular line the skin takes natural beauty all its own. Like Gabrielle Chanel, who freed the body of restrictions, LES BEIGES liberates daily beauty steps, making them easy and spontaneous. Formulated for an error-free ap- plication, the variation of shades and textures has a single mission: to reveal the natural radiance of a healthy outdoor glow.

Today, the LES BEIGES collection sets sail. Dressed in an iconic striped top, which Mademoiselle borrowed from sailors and gave her own twist to, the makeup line continues to draw inspiration from the great outdoors. Cheek- bones barely blushing with a hint of colour, a radiant complexion and mois- turized, perfectly pampered lips. A palette composed of healthy glow colours and easy to use formulas.


In 1913, Gabrielle Chanel opened her first boutique in Deauville and gave a new reputation to jersey, the functional fabric reserved for men's undercloth- ing. Borrowing the codes and stripes of the sailor's wardrobe, she transformed women's allure and invented a new chic style: effortless elegance in all circum- stances.

This ongoing quest for freedom and comfort led to the formulation of LES BEIGES in 2013. Whether rapid or meticulous, the application technique is freed of restrictions and the powder combines just the right amount of pigments that become one with the skin with no risk of mistakes.

Today, a sea breeze blows over the LES BEIGES powder collection. In addition to a new shade that completes the existing range of already legendary powders, CHANEL offers a new palette: HEALTHY GLOW MULTI-COLOUR Marinière. 



The powder case presents a harmony of two shades to apply together or sepa- rately, thanks to its half-moon brush. The lightest shade enhances the radiance of the face by applying to the top of the cheekbones under the eyebrows, and just above the lips on the Cupid's bow. The deeper colour emphasizes facial contrasts. Finally, sweep the brush lightly over the powder case to perfectly blend the two shades and create a healthy glow result. Subtle and translucent, makeup becomes adjustable and intensifies with each stroke of the brush.


With its UVA and UVB sunscreens to ensure SPF 15/PA++ protection, the pow- der is enriched with white rose and cotton flower plant cells that become one with the skin for soothing and protective action. It also contains shea butter and a Vitamin E derivative to maintain optimum levels of hydration and comfort. 


The immediately identifiable HEALTHY GLOW MULTI-COLOUR Marinière powder case is adorned with the highly desirable beige of the collection.

HEALTHY GLOW MULTI-COLOUR Marinière comes in two shade variations.

Limited edition: Marinière N°01, Marinière N°02 



Designed to perfectly match the entire LES BEIGES palette, the HEALTHY GLOW SHEER COLOUR STICK gives a new makeup effect. Velvety and refreshing, this hybrid blush adds a touch of colour to cheekbones to enhance a natural heal- thy glow. Application is easy: simply apply the stick to your cheek and blend the light, soft texture into the skin with fingertips. With no need for a brush; it's foolproof. The formulas light up the skin with a sheer finish, with no streaks or excess pigments in sight. On the contrary, the creamy texture ensures a natural, fresh and radiant makeup result. As a bonus, this stick allows you to adjust the result: the more you apply, the more intense the colour. The more you blend in, the softer the result.


Created with coconut oil and beeswax, enriched with a concentrate of cotton flower and white rose plant cells, the HEALTHY GLOW SHEER COLOUR STICK offers a second-skin sensation and melt-away comfort. The formula contains a subtle dose of pearlescent pigments to illuminate the natural radiance of the complexion with a sheer finish.

Presented in a travel-friendly case, the HEALTHY GLOW SHEER COLOUR STICK is available in three colours: fresh pink, luminous coral and golden copper.



In the great outdoors, the skin is not the only part of the face that glows with radiance. This is why LES BEIGES writes a new chapter of its story with the MOISTURIZING HEALTHY GLOW LIP BALM. Developed with the same obsession for comfort and freedom, this balm is in a category all of its own. It offers sheer makeup, protects all season long and forms a cocoon of softness on the lip surface. A formula designed for women who want to look fresh and natural, not made up.


The formula, rich in white rose and cotton flower plant cells, contains polymers that allow it to create a uniform film. Phytosterols and emollient oils offer extreme hy- drating power to protect lips against dryness more than ever. After the very first ap- plication, lips appear smoother and softer. They benefit from immediate and lasting comfort. An irresistible sensation that you will want to indulge in as often as possible.

The MOISTURIZING HEALTHY GLOW LIP BALM comes in a black tube and is available in a single, essential shade.

Limited edition: N°10

To complete the healthy glow of this outdoor breeze collection, CHANEL developed two new LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES shades (Rose Tendre and Beige Star), as well as four nail polishes (Beige Rosé,* Beige Pur, Precious Beige and Lovely Beige). So many variations to feel ever more beautiful, ever more natural. 


 No01 – limited edition  SGD84




LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES 206 Beige Star – limited edition  SGD45

LE VERNIS 655 Beige Rose – limited edition
LE VERNIS 659 Beige Pur – limited edition
LE VERNIS 661 Precious Beige
LE VERNIS 663 Lovely Beige – limited edition
SGD45 each


May 02, 2015
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Skincare Chat featuring Kiehls, Fresh, shu uemura and lots more [April-May 2015]

Hallo everyone!  

I am planning to do a few chatty update entries this weekend, starting first with skincare chat.  Time to time I do a skincare update, when I have rotated enough new products to give everyone a run down of what I am currently trying out.  Some are new, some are old-timers.  And I always only show what works for me.  I get lots of PR products for skincare and all that, but I don't always use everything that come my way if I think that they don't suit me, or they didn't really work out for me.  And there are a lot more which are waiting to be used.. so always keep a lookout for subsequent updates when I will include them. 
I don't like do to a specific one or two item review.. cos that's not a realistic review of how products work.  They never work in isolation, and I find that my updates show you a very real way of how I mix and match products accordingly. 

I hope that this entry will give you an idea of what I am currently enjoying, and maybe you might find something interesting to try out for yourself!  As I am rounding the products to take pictures.. I realise that many of these products focus on skin brightening and smoothing.  Always a good combo!  And I do like my skin condition now, my skin is usually clear, and smooth, I have some pigmentation spots (like tiny freckles) but other than that.. I am happy with how my skin has been for the past few years. 

Firstly, we have the cleansing and makeup removal - 

I am rotating a few makeup removers - but this is the new 'feature' which is the new Shu Uemura blanc:chroma brightening and polishing gentle cleansing oil.   I have several other makeup removal waters, jelly removal products.. but I think I have shown you those before and I shall not mention them.  This cleansing oil contains volcanic clay cleansing oil that works to gently exfoliate and polish away accumulated melano-stains* for brighter, transparent and smoother skin.  
I really enjoy this cleansing oil - and you all know, shu uemura cleansing oils are some of the best ones out there as far as oils are concerned.  This is gentle, and it does give a brightening effect, especially with coupled with the skincare products which I will use later on. 

Next, I have two cleansing foams.  I always double cleanse, as you know.  Makeup removal is step one.  And face cleansing is step two.  No matter how clean my face feel after the cleansing oil - I still must use a cleansing foam.  

The first one that I use everyday is the IOPE Ideal Cleansing Foam (only available in Korea) - this is a brightening cleansing foam - it contains beads (but in no way scrubby - they are losely scattered throughout the dense foam and seem to release some brightening essence as you lather up the product).  I love this cleanser, and I will keep using it (I have a back up!).  This costs me about SG$30 each.. and if I know of anyone going to Korea, I will definitely get them to add to my remote shopping list. 

The next one is THREE Balancing Foam (only available in Japan, Taiwan, and nearer to us, BKK) - another very rich dense foamy cleanser - I bought this cos I got a sample during one of my trips to BKK.. I love the scent (geranium, balsam fresh.. which reminds me of my fave aseop geranium body wash).  So I bought the full sized.  I only use this on special days (like after I have done a super long run and I want to smell something so refreshing).  I would use this everyday if this is more accessible for me to repurchase though.  But it is not exactly cheap.  I think it's ($50+?) I can't remember. 

I am also an eye cream junkie.   

I have been using this pair of eyecreams (I interchange them for day and night).  These were given to me by Estetica, and I have enjoyed them a lot.  If you like thick creamy eye creams, you will love them.  

The Optimal Lift A+ Eye Essence - this is thick and creamy with a cooling effect upon application. 
Optimal A+ Eye Cream Anti Wrinkle - this is creamier than the Eye Essence. 

I did not notice any significant results though.. not because they aren't working, I just never notice any obvious results with any eyecreams..but I just use them religiously for hydration, and plumping up the area.  As I grown older, I think that my eyelids are more and more pouffy.. and I don't expect any eye cream to perform any miraculous results as far as that is concerned.  But as hydration and smoothing, this is a good powerful pair. 

And on some days, I put on the Kiehls' Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector with SPF30, I use this in the day time.. but I don't have much dark circle.. and I do wish this is lighter in tone, so it can brighten my undereyes more.  But it is pretty much the same skintone as my undereyes.  The formula is good though, it is very smoothing and did not settle into any lines under my eyes.  The fact that it has SPF is a bonus. 

Next, we have the serum & Skin Conditioners - This is my laziest step, and I prolly only do this every other day. 

First, we have the DIORSNOW White Perfection Serum - This is very lightweight and quickly absorbed.  It contains very good ingredient, and I should prolly be more religious in using it for best results.  
Some information in case you are wondering: 

Combining the exceptional power of Edelweiss with Mallow extract and the Transparency Enhancing™ Complex in the Edelweiss Complex, the Diorsnow Serum activates a brightening mechanism inside the skin for the broadest action ever reached by Dior in a single serum with instant and lasting correction on dark spots, transparency and perfect uniformity of skin tone and texture. 

I also use the Albion Skin Conditioner - I soak a cotton pad with this and pat it onto my skin, leaving it on for a couple of minutes.  I am not sure what exactly it does for my skin, but it makes my skin very soft and smooth, and I suppose also better prep it for absorbing other skincare products I use later on. 

I  have been trying out the new Kiehls Iris Extract Treatment Essence - this is good stuff. 
it is very nourishing and contains the life power of the precious Iris Florentina Root. This is an advanced multi-action treatment essence that quickly and deeply penetrates the skin to activate skin cells to boost radiance, reduce fine lines, and improve dullness for glowing, youthful skin. 
Like the skin conditioner, I use this as a pre serum/ pre face cream step.  

They are not toners - but they just soften your skin and makes it feel soothed and balanced. 

Next, are my current stash of face creams - and this is my fave category among in this skincare update (second place would be the cleansers I mentioned at the start).  I love using rich creams for both day and night.  I like to have a layer of product on my face before I sleep and also before I put on my makeup.  I feel that the moisture in your face is sucked out by the air as you go out and about doing your work during the course of the day, hence a good hydrating face cream is essential. 

Let's start with Face Oil - and this is quite an accidental discovery, I can't remember when I got this - but the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil is good stuff.  I use this 2-3 nights a week - it is easily absorbed, and the next day I notice visibly smoother clearer skin.  EVERY TIME.  I love love love this face oil.   But I have several other favourite face oils lined up for me to use... so I won't be re-purchasing this anytime soon.  But this I will highly recommend.  

Next, we have the Clarins White Plus brightening night cream, and the Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin youthful bouncy cream. Both are rich creams (but not heavy) which makes them great under makeup.  I know not everyone will agree with me on this.. but I feel like my foundations go on better when I have a layer of skincare on my face.  It makes makeup to fuse into my skin better.  I have normal skin.. so I can get away with this.  If you have oily complexion, I would definitely suggest using a gel type face cream for day.  
The Clarins cream is a old fave, I have used this several times over the years - the consistency is great and it keeps my skin looking clear and bright, which works well in conjunction with everything else I am using in my routine. 

The Shu Uemura Tsuya cream is new to my routine, I have only started using it a couple of weeks ago.  I like the bouncy texture of the cream - I think I have the matching Tsuya serum somewhere in my stash, so maybe I should take it out and use it for matchy skincare purposes.  So far I like this cream.

Next, are a couple of FRESH Skincare products - I have a ton of them in my collection, but I don't always love all FRESH skincare products (the Fresh Soy Cleanser didn't impress me)... but these two... amazing stuff. 

FRESH BLACK TEA FIRMING OVERNIGHT MASK - this is like my current sleeping mask product - I had run out of my Peter Thomas Roth rose stem cell mask - so this came along, and I was excited to use it.  I didn't like the Black Tea rinse off mask.. but this overnight one really impressed me. It is very rich and smells awesome.  This is thick stuff.. and by the next day it is absorbed into your skin, no sticky residue.  But when I wash my face, I feel like I am rinsing off a layer of this product off my skin.  I do think that it has firming effect on my skin... the overall texture is smoother whenever I use this.  And I like using overnight masks as an all in one awesome product.  Seriously... if you don't want to splurge money on buying separate products (serums, creams etc etc)... just invest in a good overnight mask, and use it.  I use this 3-4 times a week at night.  And it works fine.  

A new addition to my face cream is the FRESH Creme Ancienne Soft Cream (supposedly this is FRESH's answer to La Mer creams) and it is hand mixed in a monastery, and it is inspired by a formula from centuries ago to heal wounds.  This has a whipped texture, and very creamy jelly like.  I love how luxe it feels on my skin, and it keeps my skin really soft and hydrated throughout the day (cos I had intend to use it at night, until one day I had by mistaken slap it on for day time, and it feels AMAZING under foundation).   You might have seen me posting pictures of my face that day on Instagram, and I mentioned how I used this in the daytime. 

I hope this entry has been useful.. I know these aren't reviews per say.. but really just a chitchat of what i am using and enjoying in case you are curious about my views about some new products. 

My next update collective entry would most probably foundations and sunscreens - I have so many new stuff here, it is overwhelming, and I thank you for being patient as always. 

Have a great weekend, and thank you for reading. 

April 19, 2015
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NARS Dual Intensity Blushes [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi!!!  This entry will feature the upcoming NARS Dual Intensity Blushes - I had the chance to preview them recently, and shall now share  my thoughts and info with you.  They will be released in May, and retail for SG$60 each. There are a total of 6 shades - the formula is quite unique.  When you touch them, they are quite smooth and firm, not powdery at all.  All of them have this metallic sheen which doesn't transfer too intensely onto the skin - which is a good thing.  And you can use them wet or dry for different results.  I experimented with a few ways of application, and I think for my daily use, I prefer using a denser brush to pick up the product and lightly dab the brush onto my cheeks before blending.  Using them wet will give you the most natural sheer color, very pretty, but I am kinda lazy to wet my brush and pick up product everyday. 

Product information - 

Purely pigmented color with seamless customizable coverage. New Dual-Intensity Blush defies genre with a silky, wet/dry formula of unprecedented artistry. Appy dry for a healthy glow and wet for translucent, second-skin finish. Six modern shade pairings coordinated to wear alone or pair together for a range of dynamic effects and versatility. Housed in a new, modern compact design.

NARS exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology features pearls and pigments perfectly suspended in transparent soft base to allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture.

six duo shades, all named after emotions: 

Adoration - sparkling baby pink/ shimmering hot pink
Craving - sparkling seashell pink highlighter / shimmering beachy bronze 
Fervor - shimmering soft pink/ sparkling deep coopery rose
Frenzy - sparkling pink-gold highlighter/ shimmering bright tangerine orange
Jubilation - sparkling yellow gold highlighter/ shimmering soft nude peach
Panic - shimmering shocking fuschia/ shimmering orange pink 


My application

These are the two that I got - and I can't ask for a better combo, I have the best of the cheek colors (Panic - bright pink and orange) and the (craving - highlight/ bronzer) combo - I think with these two duos you have yourself set for the whole collection. 

These blushes are very long wearing, and they stay true to color the whole time I wore them.  In terms of formula, I think they are quite unique, and definitely worth checking out.  They are a tad steep in terms of price tag, but since you are getting two colors.. I think it is still okay.. just pick a combo that you will get the most out of and that's totally justfiable, right? Heheh. 

All Products used (all NARS unless stated otherwise)

Face: Pro Prime Light Optimising Primer, All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (shade Light 4 Deauville), Soft Velvet Loose Powder (shade Eden)
Bronze/ Cheeks: Dual Intensity blushes in Craving & Panic 
no eyeliner 
Brows: Guerlain universal brow kit, MAC brow set in Beguile 
Eyeshadow base: MAC Prep+prime Extend Eye Base 

Brushes used: 
to apply loose powder - 13rushes Round Powder brush
to apply bronze & highlight in Craving - 13rushes Angled brush
to apply cheek colour - MUFE No152
to apply eyeshadows - MAC 224, MAC 217, NARS angled liner brush, Ecotools synthetic fluffy brush

I hope you find this overview helpful, and thanks for reading! 

April 19, 2015
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Clinique Pop Lip Colours [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi 
This entry will feature the new Clinique Lip Pop Lipsticks which are now available at all Clinique counters.  I have been wearing these for the past couple of weeks (that's a 'good' thing about my lack of updates on the blog - I have more time to actually use these products by the time I blog about them.. hur hur #excuses) - and these lipsticks pack on good amount of color, they are not drying, and I guess one can even compare them to the Nars Audacious lipsticks, but perhaps in a less creamy formula..just a tad less.  They come in 13 shades, to suit everyone's taste and preferences.   I think these go for SG$33 each.. good price I say. 

Here's more information:

Clinique Lip Pops - a rich colour lipstick and smoothing primer in one.  Perfect fun, flirty colours with a built in primer that smoothes, defines and nourishes lips to keep them conditioned throughout the day.  With a longwearing velvety finish - the colours stay true and doesn't fade over time. 

They are formulated with Shea and Murumuru butters combined into a flexible polymer blend that provides superior moisture maintenance for the lips.  This priming benefit also helps to give a smoothing, velvety spread of colour when applied. 
The flexible polymers keep the wearable colours vicid and vibrant throughout the day, giving your lips full coverage with a smoother and fuller appearance.

Here's close up of my top three picks - 
I didn't go for any of the reds - they didn't stand out to me that much among the million red lipsticks I already own.. but I did go for a couple of wearable everyday ones plus a bright pop. 

I have been wearing Nude Pop the most often.. it's like a everyday nude that isn't too pale on me.
I also like Plum Pop - the name sounds darker than it actually is. I think this has a rosier tinge than anything plum related. 
And the Punch Pop is always a good colour to have.  It is a bold bright pink that doesn't have any white pigment, making them very flattering indeed. 

On me, these lippies are very hydrating, and stays on a good 4 to 5 hours.  
They are easy to apply, and as far as new lipsticks go, I am loving them so far. 

and overall look on my face: 

Which is your fave shown here?

All products used: 

Face - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (shade 04), set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder
Concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Vanilla)
Eyes - Tartelette eyeshadow palette  (refer to other entry here)
Cheeks - Giorgio Sun Bronzer in 100, NARS Dual Intensity blush in Panic 
Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder in Dark Brown, set with Tarte tinted brow gel in Rich Brown 

Lips - Clinique Pop Lip Colours as mentioned 

Brushes used: 
Anastasia Beverly Hills brush in 20 to do my brows
MUFE 150 brush to apply cheek color
13rushes angled brush to apply bronzer and cheek highlight (for highlight I used the pale shade from NARS Craving dual intensity blush)

I also have swatches here, of all the 13 shades that I took at a little preview session - hope you find these helpful! 

Thanks for reading!! 

April 19, 2015
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LOTD: Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette

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This entry will feature the new Tarte Tartelette palette - it is an all matte eyeshadow palette, and all neutrals of course.  I swatched it at Sephora a few weeks back, and the quality of the eyeshadows impressed me.  They are very fine, and very smooth.  And at $48 or was it $58?  I think this is a great staple eyeshadow palette indeed. Anyway, this was a birthday present from my babe Sarah when we met up back in early March.  Thank you Sarah!!!! 
I have since used the palette a few times, and I think the paler shades all blended into my skintone... so I will need something with a bit of shimmer to make them pop if I am using them as browbone highlight.  
The blending shades (2nd and 3rd row) are the standouts for me.. they blend beautifully and all are great transition shades, or when you just want to add some dimension to your eyes without looking like you have used any actual colours. 
The darkest shades are good for adding depth to your eyelook, or as the actual lid colors.  I also love the combinatio of both warm and cool tone neutrals, and a couple of the mauvey shades give this palette some versatility.  

Overall, this is a palette that I highly recommend - it has a good price point, good color selection and must  have for neutral eyeshadow lovers!  It is still available at Sephora stores if you are interested! 

Here's my color placement in this LOTD - just a soft everyday smokey eyes. 
In the order that I apply on my eyes 
1 - on my browbone highlight, with a fluffy brush
2 - blending and crease color, with a fluffy brush 
3 - another layer of blending, but nearer to the lid space
4 - lid color, using 217 brush
5 - added this nearer to the lashline for definition and depth 

here are swatches of all the shades 

Here's a close of the eyelook - I did not use any eyeliner. 

and an overall look 

All products used: 

Face - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (shade 04), set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder
Concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Vanilla)
Eyes - Tartelette eyeshadow palette  (refer to other entry here)
Cheeks - Giorgio Sun Bronzer in 100, NARS Dual Intensity blush in Panic 
Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder in Dark Brown, set with Tarte tinted brow gel in Rich Brown 

Lips - Clinique Pop Lip Colours as mentioned 

Brushes used: 
Anastasia Beverly Hills brush in 20 to do my brows
MUFE 150 brush to apply cheek color
13rushes angled brush to apply bronzer and cheek highlight (for highlight I used the pale shade from NARS Craving dual intensity blush)

That's all I have for this entry!  Hope you find it helpful!

Thanks for reading!

April 04, 2015
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Laneige Two Toned Lip Bars [Complete Swatches & Photos]

Hi hi!!

This entry will feature the new Laneige two toned lip bars - which I got to preview recently, and I immediately like the lightweight formula.  These lipsticks pack on enough color payoff, and offers you the awesome combination of two shades in a single tube of lip product.  
They are designed in such a way to give you the popular/ trendy/ cute / (insert your preferred adjective) Korean gradient/ombre lips.  I am not sure if you have watched any video tutorials of these gradient lippies.. but they usually involved some heavy duty lip concealing to create the nude edges, and then careful dabbing of the color in the centre of your lips.   But with these lippies, you just need to glide the lip bar over your lips, and it will create the gradient effect.  

I like the color combinations of these lippies which comes in ten shades.  Even the pale pastel orangey nude ones called out to me. And like I said to my friends, they are awesome because they don't give you that 'try too hard to create that korean ombre lips effect'  -- it just looks like you have an interesting lip combo on.. In terms of lasting power- they last 4-5 hours on me, they are quite moisturising, and stay on the lips very nicely. 

Here is more product information: 

And here are some close ups: 

and swatches:

How to apply:

You have to turn the lip bar one way and the other way to ensure that the main color is in the centre of your lips. 
I could have been neater or blended the color more nicely, but despite my very quick swatches, I think that these lip bars are the way to go if you want to create an effortless and unique (and I do mean unique in the best possible way) lip color.  Why havent anyone think of coming up with something like this before?

and on my lips:

and on my face: 

my top picks:

Personally, I think they all look great on me.. hahaha!  But if I were to narrow down, I would pick 3, 5, 8 and 10. 
3 is a fab way to rock a pastel orange lippie, and 5 is the featured shade, it is a brilliant combo of the classic hot pink and red and both look perfect together (when you can't decide whether to rock red or pink...why not both, right?) and 8 is a fab nude while 10 is such a nice berry shade.

All products used: 

Face - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (shade 04), set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder
Concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Vanilla)
Eyes - Tartelette eyeshadow palette  (refer to other entry here)
Cheeks - Giorgio Sun Bronzer in 100, NARS Dual Intensity blush in Panic 
Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder in Dark Brown, set with Tarte tinted brow gel in Rich Brown 
Undereyes bling action - Innifree Cream Shadow Stick No2, with Dior Golden Flower palette (the really shimmer middle shade) 

Lips - Laneige Two Tone lip bars as mentioned 

Brushes used: 
Anastasia Beverly Hills brush in 20 to do my brows
MUFE 150 brush to apply cheek color
13rushes angled brush to apply bronzer and cheek highlight (for highlight I used the pale shade from NARS Craving dual intensity blush)

The Laneige Two Toned Lip Bars are now available, and they retail for S$34 each.

I hope my entry has been helpful, and thank you for reading!!!

March 22, 2015
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The Ugly Side of Things...

So I was ranting, and I thought I would share with you...I know what I am about to say is not going to sit well with some people but I just have to get some thoughts off my chest.  After all, I have been blogging and raving and rambling about beauty stuff forever, and not everything is a bed of roses.  

And it's all just makeup.. right?  And why do people read blogs? Because they trust the opinions of the blogger - who is usually a makeup junkie, tries lots of stuff and shares her/his opinion with a community of like-minded people.  But these days,  brands and companies have seen the advertising potential in this whole blogging biz..and nowadays, you don't even need to blog.. you just need to maintain a very active social media.  Most of the big name bloggers I followed from ages ago are now more influential on their social media anyway (facebook, instagram and now snapchat, is so trending for all the sneak peeks).  

I guess the whole point of my rant is to let you know, to NOT believe everything you see on your instagram/ facebook. or watever it is..well mainly instagram.  If only you could see what I see... I have seen so much false 'advertising' online.. and then I meet them IN REAL LIFE.  Let me give you examples: 

People who post all these beautifully staged pictures - new products, new this, new that... new skincare,  new makeup...offering their raving glowing reviews of products - when they don't even use them!  I have seen these people in real life (IRL)... and man, you won't even recognise them from the romanticised idealised versions of their online selfies.  In real life, they look 20 years OLDER, 10kg heavier - can you really believe that the eye cream they raved about is really good when you see these people IRL and they have such haggard tired skin?  But in their online pictures, every flaw is filtered into oblivion... and have you seen people who posts foundation reviews, but posts FILTERED smooth skin in their blog posts, to say that this foundation makes their skin look FLAWLESS?  And I have seen them IRL... and while it is okay to have less than perfect skin condition, we are all humans after all, and nobody is perfect.. but I think there is something wrong with people posting all these fake versions of their faces and bodies and expect their audience to not know the difference?  I find that highly insulting to their readers, if these so-called influencers actually think that they are 'selling' products based on all these superficial and fake images.  

I wouldn't think that an eyeshadow palette, a lipstick, or even a hotel room is that fantastic just because you took a beautiful photograph of it.  How can anyone think that a restaurant sells nice food just because you have been invited to try out the food, stand on a chair and take a nice aerial shot of it...how can anyone think that a lipstick is gorgeous just because it looks so pretty next to your dress/ matching sandals/ earrings/ hairclips and throw in some flowers, how can anyone think that a hotel room is amazing because you took an OOTD in the room? Would you have paid to stay in that hotel suite with your own money?  Yes, of course, the picture is pretty.  And that's all.  People should not, and would not buy a product or a service just because it looks good in a picture.  Yes, their interest is piqued.. but that's about it.  Products and services should be viewed in context of everything else.. in terms of how it is used.  If only you have seen these 'makeup influencers' IRL, they don't even look like they use the products that they staged in their pictures... everything is always brand new.. and I am not surprised..because everything and anything for a picture.  "Let me buy this pretty highlighter cos it is going to look good in my next photo on instagram".  - that seems to be the motto these days?

I don't know where I am getting with this rant..and what about people who accept sponsored treatments, take for example. a weightloss treatment .. but IRL.. that person looks heavier than her online pictures?  And I have evidence of doctored pictures... actually you can just screenshot and zoom in on the areas where they have LIQUIFY their body shape!!  Gosh... do they think that their readers are so naive?  How can one make such false images and pass them off as "ABC weightloss treatment is effective now I can wear anything I want/ this dress looks so good on me" and then the next instance, post a food porn picture.. so are we supposed to believe that you can eat anything you want, and you can look 'slim' so long as you have your slimming sponsors at your back and call?  What is the message being sent here?  That really, some of these bloggers/ influencers will just promote anything they want as long as it's sponsored?  (well, actually I can't blame them if blogging is actually their source of income - actually it is THEIR JOB to feature and rave about something because they are PAID to do so, in very specific terms by the companies that choose to engage them).. well this is another whole entry another whole topic...which I shan't get into here.

I have heard bloggers at events, saying stuff like "PICK THIS PRODUCT!! COS IT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE!! THE REST YOU CAN BUY YOURSELF!"  Gosh??? I have seen bloggers-turned-blogshop owners selling knock-offs of designer bags... and calling it their own label..tsk.

I have shared this view with a journalist from a magazine last year.. and that is I don't understand why some bloggers can be trusted to review a 'five-star' lifestyle which they are sponsored...ie, if they won't actually pay their own money to participate in such 'five-star' activities.  And the funny thing is their audience are young and probably not the target market for these luxurious treatments/ accomodations etc etc anyway.  I don't know if the marketing department of these companies are doing their homework.  You can't expect people to throw you a sponsored $20,000 party when it is not a party that you won't organise for yourself anyway.  So.. who are you to actually comment on whether it is good or not (and in turn your readers should trust your views and paid for the said product/services with their own hard earned money???).  What is the logic in that?  

I have stopped accepting products from a lot of skincare companies.. because I know I am unable to keep up with the trials.. and I only accept them with the understanding that I will eventually get to use the products IN MY OWN TIME, and not to rush out reviews to keep up with the launch date.. after all, I have a full time job, and I can't be testing out new products for the sake of it.  That's is why I only blog about skincare reviews and updates every few months, and I will just give a run through of stuff I am using.  I cannot just jump from one brand or one product to the next within a short time.. because products (even the most expensive and amazing ones) take time to work. 

Ultimately, I am very grateful for the wonderful blogging opportunities that have come my way, and I am also very grateful for everyone of you who have continued to read my blog over the many many years.  

I guess that's all I have to say.  I know it is a nasty rant and ramble.  But I have not rest my case.  The struggle is real.  

Thanks for reading, as always.  Loves. 

[EDIT 23/03/2015] 

I am overwhlemed by all the lovely comments and messages that came pouring in (both here in the blog comments, and also, ironically on IG) from so many of you who affirmed not just myself, but many of the true bloggers out there, who are doing what they love in a honest and sincere way -those who blog because they have been here doing what they love, ever since pre-instagram days.  I am also very very heartened and not at all surprised to know that beauty lovers out there are really discerning and mature consumers who don't take things at face value - I wish companies would see this and stop feeding the whole insta-blogging scene...because eventually, this insta-bubble will burst, someone will step in and 'regulate' things. That could be a good or bad thing, but won't make a difference to me.  You know my opinions of products and services has no relation to whether I purchase or received them for review purposes (actually, I hardly even have time to feature half the stuff I get - I just try to feature as much as I can realistically, if I miss the deadline, if I miss the launchdate... I guess that's just life isn't it? But a good product deserves to be mentioned and shared!).  

Thank you thank you thank you once again from the bottom of my heart.  

March 22, 2015
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MAC x Julia Petite [Photos, LOTD, Swatches]

Hi hi!  This entry will feature several items I have from the MAC x Julia Petit collection which is just launched in Singapore.  I love the lippies and powder blush from this collection!  Julia Petit is a lifestyle blogger from Brazil (okay, honestly I have not heard of her until recently) but you can check out her site here - link!  The collection features a series of eyeshadow duos, and a trio of lippies - in all wearable pretty shades.  The packaging is also black and shiny, with her name emblazoned on everything - really cool for MAC to design a whole makeup collection inspired by a blogger! 

Here's the official collection description: 

Whether fearless and exotic or classically demure, Julia Petit's brazen approach to style and makeup artistry has transformed her into one of South America's most revered lifestyle bloggers, and a cult beauty icon. In her namesake M•A•C collaboration, she brings the alluring women and fantastical urban landscape of São Paulo to life with sizzling sun-kissed hues.


  • Boca Soft pink nude (Satin)
  • Petite Red Strawberry cream (Satin)
  • Acai Vivid deep violet (Matte)

Eyeshadow duos

  • Morganite Sunstoned (soft pink champagne, Lustre) / Choco Cake (dark chocolate, Matte)
  • Sagu Druzy (dirty mauvy purple, Lustre) / Black Plum (deep blackened plum, Matte)
  • Moving Sand Mumu (soft nude brown, Matte) / Noite (black with pearl, Lustre)

Powder Blush

  • Linda Soft (pink bronze)

Prep+Primer Powder 

  • Transparent Finishing Powder Pressed


and on my overall face:

Just a quick talk through on the products I used here - 

I applied the eyeshadow duo in Moving Sand - using the warm nude brown shade all over my eyelids.  Then I lined my upper lashline with my current fave eyeliner, and I proceed to set this liner with the pearlised black shade in the duo.  This makes my eyeliner a bit more interesting.  The overall look is very wearable and goes with any of the three lip colors that I am going to use in this look. 
The quality of the eyeshadow is smooth and soft, and the black shade is a soft black, it is not chalky, and there was minimal fallout during my application.  It is a pretty duo, but if you already have a ton of neutal eyeshadows, I guess this isn't something super unique.  But but.. it is cute and great for travel.... cos you can create a natural look, and build it up to a smokey look too. 

I also warm up my face with my fave bronze/highlighter duo - the Charlotte Tilbury bronze and glow... before I applied the powder blush in Linda on my cheeks.  I love blusher colors like this, a pinky bronzey shade.  Love how this looks on me.  I think I will be using this blush very often in the next couple of weeks.

Everything else on the face, I used: 

face - Ettusais Mineral BB cream, set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder 
brows - Innisfree eco brow gel in 03, set with Tarte brow gel in Taupe 
eyeliner - Tarte skinny smoldereyes in moonstone brown
eyeshadow primer - MAC Prep + prime eyeshadow primer
eyeshadows - as mentioned above
undereye lids shimmery goodness (bit more toned down in this look) - Innisfree shadow pencil in 02 
mascara - Lancome grandoise mascara (love this!) 
lips - as mentioned in this entry
cheeks - as mentioned in this entry

I hope this entry doesn't come too late..and perhaps also helpful in getting you to venture out and try different lip colors! I am liking the look of Petite Red - it's very wearable and skintone brightening! 

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

March 18, 2015
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Rave: My Current Fave Eye Makeup & Cream Shadow Sticks

Hi hi!!!

This is something I am excited to write (excited means I am always mentally composing such entries in my mind... and all the words and phrases to describe what I want to say keep coming into my mind.. hahah) and this is all about how I do my eye makeup lately.  Of course.. there is nothing ground breaking in the method, nor the products.. but it is just a style that I am leaning towards lately.. and I am referring to cream shadow sticks!  I have own many of these from various brands over the years.  the thing is, I love the idea of them, as convenient eyeshadow options, but I hardly ever use them as eyeshadows.  I just end up using my regular powder eyeshadows.  The only 'creamy' eyeshadows I use are those in a pot.. like the GA ETKs.. or sometimes (okay, very rarely, the Maybelline pots) and those shadow sticks just end up forgotten, thrown away.  

Fast forward to a few recent discoveries - starting with the Laura Mercier caviar sticks.  Mine are the mini ones which come in a holiday set from last year.  This is like a neutral palette in a stick form.  They are creamy, easy to blend and seems to set quite well. 
Then my girlfriends gifted me a really high-end one from By Terry - the ombre blackstar.. which I quickly pull out to use, to create a subtly sparkly smokey eyes just with this product alone (I have it in the shade Misty Rock - a taupey shade).  

And fast fast forward to one day when I was shopping at Sephora with my babe Sarah - and we were looking at sparkly liners and shadow sticks.. and we were at the Marc Jacobs shelf, and we played with these Twinkle Pop sticks.. which felt cooling upon application (oh! The novelty!) and the sparkles on these sticks are just so pretty - just note.. only the paleer shades are sparklier... the otehrs are just very metallic.  I immediately applied Honey Bunny (which I later bought when they re-stocked) - all over my lower lids.  I have been using the paler shades from the Caviar Sticks under my eyes and found that I really love the effect of this 'swollen' shiny eyes look... and again, nothing very new with this.  There is this trend - from K-beauty - Aegyo Sal - eyebags if you will.. which many girls like to create when they do their makeup.  I don't have very obvious eyebags.. so I have to fake them with these sparkly shadow sticks! 

I have been posting such Aegyo Sal inspired selfies on my IG.. so you might be quite familiar with that.  
I even do it on days when I don't wear any other eye makeup!  I am just into that phase now.  Haha. 

Here's a closer look at some of these shadow sticks - and they come in various price points..

The By Terry Ombre Blackstar costs S$60 each.
The Marc Jacobs twinkle pops costs S$39 each.
The LM Caviar sticks are prolly high $30s or $40 each.
The Innisfree one is only S$12 each. 

And swatches - 

As you can see, the paler ones are great for under the eyes... and the rest are like creamy eyelid colors.  They are all very blendable.. and I usually use a MAC 217 to blend. 

Here's how I very liberally slap on the Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop (in the shade Honey Bunny) under my eyes.  It is pretty long lasting and there is no fallout at all.  I didn't have to set it with powder either.  Super easy to use! 

Hallo to my shiny pretty Aegyo Sal (eyebags!) 

And usually I will draw a thick line on my eyelids.. and use a MAC 217 to blend out the shadow up to the crease.  This By Terry stick blends out very nicely into a shadowy multi-dimensional shade.  I also use a much darker shadow stick as a liner Although there is some creasing near the lashline (I didn't use any eyeshadow primer and I hadn't planned on doing this entry today.) I must say that this combo is very convenient.  Sometimes I can just throw these shadow sticks into my makeup bag, and I don't need to bother with blending powder eyeshadows. 

and an overall look of the eyes.  
There's nothing on the lips - just super stained from all the epic lipstick swatching earlier this afternoon. 
I can also just do my regular eyeshadow looks, and do this Aegyo Sal thingy too.  I. Just. Love. It. for now... 

Other stuff on my face:

base - Clarins UV plus, Ettusais Mineral BB cream (shade 20), set with NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder
cheeks - Charlotte Tilbury filmstar bronze and glow, MAC Blonde MSF (very old) 
eyes - as mentioned in this entry 
brows - Innisfree eco brow gel, set with MAC pro longwear brow gel in brunette 
lips - very stained 

Glad to be enjoying doing my eyemakeup lately because of this random personal trend! Haha. 

What is your current fave makeup look? 

Thanks for reading!

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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.

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.

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I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.




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