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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.

Lipsticks

  • 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

Swatches: 

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!

March 18, 2015
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MAC x Nasty Gal Collection: Runner, Gunner & Stunner Lipsticks!!


MAC x Nasty Gal collection is a small color collection that is probably sold out by now (opps!)... I received samples for this collection several weeks back, but my work schedule just didn't allow me to post these goodies til now.  But these are stunning lip colors, and they deserved to be featured on the blog.  Well, I most probably won't wear the dark purple lipstick out.. but the other two reds are just gorgeous.  

Collection Information: 

M∙A∙C partners with Nasty Gal, the style destination for risk-takers and tastemakers, in a high-intensity collection of shades as daring and dramatic as the #GIRLBOSS herself, Sophia Amoruso. Deep purple, bombshell red and rich burgundy lipsticks pair perfectly with a fiery nail lacquer. This season, style has attitude, and so do you.

Three Lipsticks: 

  • Stunner Clean red (Matte)
  • Runner Burgundy (Matte)
  • Gunner Deep purple (Matte)

Nail Polish - which I have, but will not be showing here... but I will do an IG post on it soon! Luckily it is a permanent shade! 

  • Flaming Rose True red (Creme) (Permanent)

Swatches: 

Glad that I got to play with these beauties today!  Definitely popping Stunner and Runner into my makeup bag!!

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

March 18, 2015
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MAC Pencilled In Collection, Girl About Town Lipstick

MAC Pencilled In collection is a permanent collection of 11 lip pencils and lipsticks - some are existing shades, for example, ruby woo pencil, candy yum yum pencil.. and also some used to be pro only shades, like Girl about Town and Vega Volt lipsticks.  I am always excited by lipcolor collections, and this is no exception.  
I will feature one of the lipsticks and swatches of all pencils in this entry.  The pencils go on smoothly and pretty much set budge proof - the colors are intense, and really easy to work with.  If you like bold lip colors, you definitely need to pick up some of these pencils to match with your fave lipsticks. 

Collection information:

Precisely defined, intentionally bold and utterly classic, the Pencilled In lip never goes out of style. Craft a clear-cut pout with new en vogue shades of M∙A∙C's profoundly pigmented Lip Pencil. Now in carbon-copy colours of your favourite lipsticks including Girl About Town and Impassioned, expertly line lips in 11 shades such as the peachy coral Fruit Cocktail and bright purple Heroine.

Lip Pencils: 

  • Edge to Edge Dirty blue pin
  • Fruit Cocktail Clean light-peachy coral
  • Chic Trick Amped-up fuchsia
  • Talking Points Mid-tone cream plum
  • Candy Yum Yum Neon pink
  • Cyber World Intense blackish purple
  • Ruby Woo Very matte vivid blue-red
  • Rosy Rim Muted rosy-tinted pink
  • Heroine Bright Purple
  • Nightingale Midtonal cream plum

Lipsticks: 

  • Pink Plaid Dirty blue-pink (Matte)
  • Ravishing Clean light-peachy coral (Cremesheen)
  • Impassioned Amped-up fuchsia (Amplified)
  • Girl About Town Bright blue fuchsia (Amplified)
  • MAC Red Vivid bright bluish-red (Satin)
  • Rebel Mid-tone cream plum (Satin)
  • Candy Yum Yum Neon pink (Matte)
  • Cyber Intense blackish purple (Satin)
  • Ruby Woo Very matte vivid blue-red (Matte)
  • Please Me Muted rosy-tinted pink (Matte)
  • Snob Light neutral pink (Satin)
  • Heroine Bright purple (Matte)

LipGlass: 

  • Candy Yum Yum Neon pink
  • Heroine Bright purple
  • Ruby Woo Vivid blue-red

I see the hype for this awesome pink and why it's so famous - it is intense, smooth and creamy.  Just awesome. 

Have you checked out this collection yet?  
Which of these lippies have caught your eyes?
Hope these swatches have been helpful! 

Thanks for reading!

March 18, 2015
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Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipsticks [Photos & Swatches]

In this entry, I have most of the new Urban Decay Sheer Revolution lipsticks to share with you.  These are already available at all Sephora stores, and they are an addition to the lipcolor collection in the brand.  They aren't sheer by any means, in terms of the color payoff, but offer a juicy shiny finish as compared to the semi-matte finish of the original Revolution lipsticks. 

The Sheer lippies are quite balmy - and they have this melty formula... when I was swatching and playing with these lippies, they sort of got a bit mangled.. perhaps the weather is just too hot these days.  The lipsticks are very moisturising, and smoothes out your lip lines, which is always a plus. 
In terms of longetivity, I would say they wear around 2-3 hours, and you can certainly blot them off to give a more natural look (as opposed to something too shiny).  

For such textures, I think I would go for the more natural shades - sheer rapture and sheer streak.  Such colors lend themselves well to a 'just slap it on' kind of application.  I think the reds and bolds are kind of too 'slippery' which I suppose a lipstick pencil can help to prevent color transfer and bleeding. 

Here's official product description taken from the Sephora website - 

What it is:
A super creamy lipstick with a sheer, shiny finish and richly pigmented color. 

What it does:
Urban Decay's Sheer Revolution Lipstick is everything you love about the original Revolution lipstick, but with a sheer, shiny finish. Every shade features a rich, creamy feel and a gorgeous, high-shine finish. Like Urban Decay's original formula, this sheer lipstick hugs lips, sweeping on with an ultra-smooth, budge-free application. 

Urban Decay's Pigment Infusion System™ gives Sheer Revolution its creamy texture, ultimate color dispersion, and extended wear. Infused with a nourishing blend of oils and antioxidants Maxi-Lip™, it defines and hydrates lips while making them look plumper and fuller. Shea butter, jojoba, olive, and babassu oils moisturize and condition, while vitamin C and vitamin E provide a dose of antioxidants. 

Swatches --- 

and on the lips  - -

and overall look for all shades: 

I hope you find this entry helpful! 

Thanks for looking! 

March 18, 2015
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Preview: Chanel Les Beiges Collection for SS2015 & Backstage Beauty for AW2015-16

The new Chanel Les Beiges collection will launch in Singapore from 2 June 2015.. and I have some pictures here to share with you.  I must haul the Les Beiges powders every year, and the new ones got me anticipating again, so do the four shades of Beige polishes.  There are also new product additions, such as a new shade of Les Beiges powder in No25 (currently the jump from 20 to 30 is quite a bit.. so 25 will close this 'gap - this is a permanent addition to the color range).  And also the two new limited edition stripey ones.. Not too sure about the shade numbers, but you have one tanned version (much like the one from last summer) and a pinky almost lilacy one.  They are really natural and blended into my skintone when I swatched them so I didn't take any pics... but I tried the pinky one on my face during the media preview, and it gives my face a most soft glow... really really pretty.  The tan version is like the current Les Beiges in 30.. slightly tanned, quite natural and just enough warmth. 

Swatches of the new Healthy Glow Sheer Color Sticks, in three shades
a bronzey one
a pinky and a peachy one

these remind me of the newer NARS Matte Multiple.  Very lightweight, slightly powdery and seems nice and easy to use. 

The four polishes: 

and a quick makeup demo: 

Spring Summer look is all about the healthy complexion, some color on the eyes that you can transform from day to night, and an overall glowy look.  

and here, we have the Chanel 2015-2016 Fall Backstage Beauty look plus makeup product rundown - hope you enjoy these pics!

MAKEUP LIST 
Skin prepared with HYDRA BEAUTY products range 

THE COMPLEXION 

VITALUMIERE AQUA 
ECLAT LUMIERE 
CORRECTEUR PERFECTION 
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE 
LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW SHEER POWDER 

THE EYES 
EXCLUSIVE CREATION "Entrelacs"- LES AUTOMNALES 2015 Fall Collection available end July 2015 
OMBRE ESSENTIELLE "Midnight" (N°118) - BLUE RHYTHM Collection available mid July 2015 
MASCARA LE VOLUME ULTRA-NOIR DE CHANEL "Noir Khôl" (N°90) - BLUE RHYTHM Collection available mid July 2015 
RECOURBE CILS DE CHANEL 
LE SOURCIL DE CHANEL 

THE CHEEKS 

JOUES CONTRASTE "Angélique" (N°190) 
                      
                
THE LIPS 

ROUGE ALLURE "Séduisante" (N°91) 
LE CRAYON LEVRES "Rose Délicat" (N°91) -  2015 Spring Collection 
ROUGE COCO BAUME 

THE NAILS 

LE VERNIS "Precious Beige" (N°661) 
LE VERNIS "Beige Rose" (N°655) 
Both from LES BEIGES Collection available 2 June 2015 


I can't wait to share Chanel Summer 2015 with you... but hope these have been helpful and fun to read so far!

Thanks for reading! 

March 18, 2015
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Haul: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Hi hi!!

Finally managed to sit myself down and get on a blogging roll... and while I have a few backlogged entries lined up.. I thought I will start with something quite current.. The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet aren't new products by any means, I think I have swatched them in store before late last year, and recently I just pushed my sister into getting one for herself - she loves anything matte, non drying, saturated and bold.. and these Bourjois lippies are just right up her alley.  I didn't get them myself until a recent JB trip.  Given the exchange rate, and the fact that these were going at buy 2 and the second one is half off.. I ended up paying barely SG$14 each (compared to SG$25.90 at normal price here, sometimes they are 20% off at Watsons).  So anyway, we got a few to try out for fun - and ended up wiping out the shelf.  I went for the bold reds...I usually find that such saturated matte lippies wear a lot nicer as a bold shade (as opposed to the 'natural my lips but better' colors).  

I would compare these Bourjois lippies to the Giorgio Armani meastro lippies, and also like a more liquid version of Chanel's Rouge Allure Velvet - they are very lightweight, packs on full on colour intensity, they are not drying at all, and I really think the finish and formula is really sophisticated.  

The two shades I picked are 
03 Hot Pepper - a hot warm bright red
08 Grand Cru - a deep dark true red 

They come with doe-foot? applicators.. and you can see they are quite velvety and silicony in terms of consistency.  When applied/ swatched, they have a slight sheen, but they dry down to a soft matte finish. 

swatches here

I find these very buildable - the first layer is a smooth stained effect sheer and pretty.  Then you can build them up to how it looks in the bottle. 

and overall look - pardon the slightly icky face.. I wasn't really prepared to take so many LOTD/lippie pics this afternoon! 

Bottomline:  These are really affordable quality lip products - a good dupe to the high end comparable ones which I mentioned earlier in this entry.  My sister and I can vouch for the staying over.. they stayed on over a meal (you can touch up only just a bit on the middle part of your lips..but everthing else is intact).  These do stain a bit. as expected for something so intense.  But if you want an easy fuss free bold lip... definitely consider these.  No wonder they are so hyped among the UK bloggers! 

March 07, 2015
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Review & Giveaway: Foreo Luna Cleansing Device

Hi hi!

This entry will be a review and giveaway of the FOREO LUNA Cleansing Device.  I have been using this quite frequently over the last two weeks, and I have been getting requests to review and also compare it to the Clarisonic Cleansing system which I have used before too.  
When it comes to cleansing, there are so many ways to go about it.  Without actually planning to, I realised I have several means of cleansing in my routine.  It all depends on what is already on my face, and what I am going to do afterwards...and even depends on WHERE I am doing the cleansing. 

If I don't have any makeup on - for example, during my morning just woken up showers, I will use a lightweight cleansing gels.  The fact that it doesn't foam up doesn't matter to me in this case.  

If I am washing my face at the end of a day, to wash off long wearing makeup, sunscreen, etc etc, when I want to get all squeaky clean, I will definitely double cleanse.  With makeup remover, and then a densely packed creamy foaming cleanser.  This is usually followed by my nighttime skincare routine. 

And like the previous scenerio, there are times when I want to give my skin an extra boost/ treat - after cleansing, I fully intend to slap on a face oil, or a mask routine.. I would like to really deep cleanse my skin, so that it is prepped to receive all the nutrients and benefits of the treatments afterwards. In such cases, I would make use of these cleansing devices.  They are able to scrub your skin, get rid of dead skin cells and provide a more thorough cleansing experience. 

Before I move on to my thoughts on this, let's take a closer look, and also some product information and explanation of how the FOREO works. 
(you can click on the FOREO website for vid demonstration & more information)

The FOREO retails for SG$299 at all Sephora stores. 

It is a silicone facial brush for sensitive to normal skin that channels both T-sonic pulsations for deep and gentle cleansing, and lower-frequency pulsations to reduce the signs of aging. 

The LUNA for Sensitive/Normal Skin's brush surface features thinner silicone touch-points for gentle cleansing, with an area of thicker touch-points grouped towards the top for deeper, precision cleansing. The antiaging surface on the reverse side consists of a series of concentric silicone waves. The LUNA reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leaves the skin looking and feeling firmer and more elastic. It removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores of dirt, oil, and makeup residue, while enhancing the absorption of your favorite skincare products. 

T-Sonic™ Technology - Up to 8,000 pulsations per minute are channeled through soft silicone touch-points to gently remove dead skin cells, as well as unclog pores of 99.5% of dirt and oil, and 98.5% of makeup residue.

This facial brush is phthalate-free and uses body-safe silicone. It comes with a charger and a two-year warranty. 

I have the one for normal/sensitive skin. 
It is light, compact, and comes with a travel pouch. 

Apparently each charge will lasts up to 450 washes (great for travel!), and the charging port is waterproof (ie toilet/shower room safe), and you never have to replace any brushes or pads etc etc. 

and here's where you turn on the device.  
The whole cleansing is 2 minutes - one minute for cleansing and the other minute for the anti-aging massage. 
The device also pulses every 15seconds so you know to move on to the next area of your face. 
For the anti-aging massage, the vibrations are at a lower frequency and the interval is 12 seconds.  You should apply the anti-aging part onto wrinkle prone areas.  And I like to use it to massage serums and face creams into my skin - thinking that it will enhance the efficiacy of the products.  But I have not used this feature often enough to comment on whether it really works. 

I have been using the FOREO every other night (in keeping it real, sometimes I forget to take it from my room to the bathroom- I never store it in the bathroom despite it being waterproof). 

What is good about the FOREO is that it fits around the hard to reach parts of your face - around the nose, eyes etc.. and it is not abrasive at all. The silicon beaded surface of the device gently scrubs your skin, I don't feel that my skin is that much exfoliated - the deep cleaning feeling is there, but not quite as 'stripping' when I use the Clarisonic for the first time ages ago. 
Because it is so light & compact, the FOREO also fits nicely into your palm and easy to work around the face. 

To be honest though, I haven't used the anti-aging massage side of the device to give it much proper thought.  But I think I will start using it more... I will slap on a serum and then use it to work the product into my skin, and also just to rubba over areas where I can see fine lines.  Though I can't see how the 'lines' on the device and the vibrations can help to make your skin look younger.  But if you think of it as a device to enhance the delivery of the product..maybe it is better? 

Some quick comparions to the Clarisonic -

the obvious ones 
Prices - the Clarisonic is possibly more expensive  than the FOREO - esp if you are refering to the full system (and not the MIA or Aria).  This does not include the brush heads you have to buy and replace every 3-4 months.  There is this recurring charge which you have to keep in mind if you are thinking of investing in a cleansing system like this. 

Convenience - The FOREO is definitely more travel friendly.. it is very light.. and there are no extra parts which you need to remove and wash before the next use. 

The experience of using - 

I feel that the FOREO is truly an everyday cleanser brush.  It is very gentle and clean.. but it is not quite the same deep cleansing that you might get with Clarisonic (must be something about the 'brushes' on both).  The vibration movements feel the same to me as a layman..though I am sure the makers of both would be able to tell you just exactly how different they are.
But side note... both devices make use of the Sonic technology.

So you need both?  
If you are new to electronic cleansers, you definitely don't need both and you might want to start with the FOREO.  Both are superior products to me.. and I think if machines can replae some of the mandance biz of washing your face, why not, right? 


So here comes the Giveaway details

  • The deadline for this giveaway is 10 March 2015.  
  • I'll pick one winner to win the Foreo Luna.
  • Collection of prizes is at Sephora Ngee Ann City - you must be able to collect your prize in person at Sephora from 11-17 March. 
  • You will email me your entry, saying which is your favourite mask or skin care treatment at the moment!  [email - themakeupblogette@gmail.com, with the subject FOREO GIVEAWAY]
  • I will contact the winner via email on the 10 March 2015.  
  • All decisions made will be final. 
March 01, 2015
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Catching up [Feb & March 2015]

Hi hi!!

Just thought of catching up a bit before we start a new work week.  Seriously, where did February go to, and how did March come along so fast?  March is my birthday month, and I am reminded so many times today via messages from various stores giving me birthday discounts and all the sweet treats.  Before I go on about that in the rest of this entry, let's catch up in other ways.   I hope you don't find such entries boring, cos that's real life for me... nothing super crazy exciting to update.. but just general life updates. 

I guess the most of February was about the Chinese New Year celebrations, lots of eating and feasting and I probably didn't socialise as much as I should, or would like to.  As I grow older, I realise I really just want to spend time with only my closest people, instead of trying to visit as many people as possible.  So I guess I met the same people that I would have otherwise spend my time with any other day.  Ate lots of food, and today I weighed in at my accu centre, and I am relieved to confirm that I didn't put on that much weight (well, plus/ minus one kg is really acceptable) - weightloss talk is another topic I will touch on later in this potentially rambly entry. 

I was trying to import pictures from my camera roll this evening, and I have several events that I want to share on the blog soon.  I will probably do a round up, just lots of pictures spam and brief collection information.  I feel bad showing makeup and not using them, but the fact is, I haven't been rotating that much exciting stuff lately.  I am trying out a few foundations, playing with different formula, and using lots of new lipsticks as you would have seen in the previous few entries.  So again, pardon me while I take my time (like really taking my time) to get back to you on the actual product features.  

Did anyone watch 50SOG?  I watched the movie (without reading the books, though I did wiki-read about it) and the cliff hanger ending got me reading and finishing the first two books in a matter of 72 hours.  Not that the plot is super riveting, you got to admit, the plot and events of the books got quite repetitive after a while.  The movie adaptation is a condensed version of the crucial bits of the book...I like the movie enough to watch it a second time (this time I am able to pick up some details which are so obvious from the print version).  I am glad that the movie left out the annoying bits.  I am currently listening to the OST, some of the haunting tracks really got me.  Good for driving about it, and blasting in my ears while I go for my runs. 

Here are a few pictures which you would have already seen me posting on IG - I try to keep my captions/ descriptions very brief on there.  But allow me to indulge in some lengthy write up on what sort of clothes I like to get up to these days, as you can see from the following pictures:

1. Shorts with anything on top combo - I love these tailored shorts.  They aren't too short, and they look smart.  I used to be more conscious of how FAIR my legs look, but I guess the more I exposed them the more gradually they are blending into the rest of the skintone on my body.  I love pairing my shorts with a smart top, striped top, longish blouse, shirt, you name it.  And my fave shorts are this pair of black tailored one from Zara, and a couple more chinos shorts from Uniqlo.  I was a lot more into jeans last year, but now I find them restrictive and too hot.  It is a lot more liberating and youthful to rock something shorter - who says you need stick thin legs to wear them short stuff, right? 
2. Short (above the knee ending just below mid-thigh) dresses - which are great for going out, casual days.  Definitely not work appropriate given the length and the potential for them to fly up.  I find dresses easy to dress up and down, depending on the footwear and other accessories.  H&M, Zara and COS make some of my fave dresses.  I recently got a bunch on ASOS too. 
3. I love my Valentino rockstud slingbag!  

In these pics:
nude long sleeved tee - COS 
striped long sleeved tee - COS
black shorts - Uniqlo
bags - Valentino rockstud sling black, HERMES HAC (not mine obviously), black Marc Jacobs backpack (not mine) 
short striped dresses - H&M, from some random shop at Far East Plaza 

A selfie at work - 
Textured sweater, ZARA (current season)
Dotted Gap Shirt 

Speaking of work...it is zapping most of my energy during the day, and I just want to slack and rest whenever I can.. hence the severe lack of blog updates. Shan't go too much into it, as that's never been my habit nor inclination. 

Last week, my lovely girls (sis Meryl, Kim, Jerlaine & Amy) celebrated my birthday, which is a crazy total surprise - since half of us won't be in SG around the time of my actual bday.  They gave me a gift voucher for a juice cleanse programme (which I will start this coming weekend) and I hope I will be able to blog about my experience again this time. Love the girls, and I am amazed again at how many years we have celebrated other another's bdays.  #forever25 

Another shameless selfie of me last weekend.  Wearing MAC Miley Cyrus lipstick - it stains my lips like crazy, but it is a stunning pink that's very creamy and easy to pull off.  Also featured here are my Hachill mirror shades, I get so many questions on these shades.  I got my Hachill shades in JB - but you might be able to get them online at the website (they are based in Hong Kong). 

This selfie shows a 'new' makeup look which I have been loving.  Nothing ground breaking - but there's a lot of glitter and shimmer piled on at the lower lids. 
I like to use my Laura Mercier caviar sticks as a base (they set really well) and then pat on a shimmery peachy color, or a glittery pigment over it.  It seems to make my eyes look bigger, and make my otherwise boring neutral eyelook more interesting.  Surprisingly I didn't experience much fall out with this 'new style'. 

I also got a tatt a couple of weeks ago.  Not gonna show you where or the exact picture.. but it is just a very personal one for me.  #YOLO and all that.  Here are a few pics I got from Pinterest when I was doing my research.  I am happy and I am itching to get more. 

On the health and weight loss front, I think I am entering a new phase, of maintaining, and if I lose anymore, I am glad.. but I am not gonna beat myself up for it.  I am still working out (I use the term working out very loosely....cos I just slow jog/ brisk walk) very often, and I try my best to eat cleanly whenever possible - this means I prep my workday lunch meals, and rest of the workday I eat as light as possible.. and when I am out eating in more social situations, I just avoid all carbs.  
Let me try to sum things up of what I have been doing:

1. breakfast - 100ml of milk, with half cup of museli/ oats.
2. weekday lunch - boiled vege (about 150g portion), air fried chicken or fish (150g portion), accompanied with a couple of dishes from my work cafeteria. 
3. weekday dinner - at home (just some vege or soup), if I am eating out, just a normal carb less dinner. 
4. socialising - I drink socially once or twice a week, usually cocktails, wine.  
5. weekends - I allow myself a cheat meal (still no carb, but definitely eating more in one seating) sometimes if baking is involved (#cafedemeryl) I will eat cakes and be happy about it
6. Do take note that 2-6 are really just guidelines... I don't kill myself trying to keep track, you will never see me counting calories, weighing portions of food.  After prepping for so long, you begin to get a good idea how much is a portion, just like I can tell distances quite well now (from running about).  It is a lifestyle choice that I have made and can live with for over a year. I don't feel guilty about over eating (I positively scoff at the #fatdieme tag).  I just over compensate by going for a good run the next day, or eat less the next day. If you wanna indulge and eat, just bloody enjoy it. 
7. I clock in at least 20km of running/jogging a week.  This is very consistent and essential for me since I don't do any other exercise. 
8. I still go for my accu & massage once a week - more so for maintainence. 
9. Have a weighing scale, weigh in every day, every other day, up to you... but don't wait til you know you have put on way too much, and can't bear to stand in it to face the numbers.  It is easier to get rid of the 500g of extra bits then have to run off the 5kg because you were too scared to weigh yourself and find out.

My weight has been constant for the past 3 months... but I am getting more toned, my limbs are taut (nowhere near beach body ready I still have some flabby bits and that's okay) but I am happy with my efforts and progress.  I don't proclaim to be an expert on the whole weight loss thing, but I have found some life-long habits that I can hold on to.  I wanna look happy, and not be miserable counting fats and what I am eating. 

just keep moving!  #sophianikerun
broccoli and steamed fish 

boiled brocoli (the australian ones are super yummy and sweet) and air-fried chicken fillet (marinated in oyster sauce, chopped chilli and garlic).  

I guess that's all I have to say for now... and I hope to update the blog with more beauty chats soon.  Stay tuned! 

February 20, 2015
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NEW Chanel Rouge Coco [Info & Swatches]

This entry will feature the newly reformulated Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks - pictures heavy, be warned! 

CHANEL ROUGE COCO ULTRA HYDRATING LIP COLOUR is a reinvented version of ROUGE COCO and is more expressive than ever with a new formula and vibrant color spectrum with shade names inspired by Coco Chanel's closest friends. The bright lip color features an exclusive complex with jojoba and mimosa butters, sunflower wax and silicone for lasting hydration and luminous results.

I have 16 shades here with me to share with you.  
I find these lipsticks to be very comfortable to wear, not unlike the Shiseido Veiled Rouge which I just featured - but these are a tad creamier and have an almost balmy consistency.  In terms of longevity, these lipsticks last for about 3 - 4 hours, and they are indeed hydrating.  I love my matte lipsticks but I do like to reach for a hydrating version at times too. 

Here are the first four shades: 

440 Arthur - a warm red (but not orangey at all) this is the 'star' shade of the range, having been launched ahead of the others in time for Valentine's day and Chinese New year here
442 Dimitri - is a cooler toned red, with an almost rosy undertone.  
444 Gabrielle is a true red that suits a range of skintones.  I must say this looks stunning on my sister and I. 
416 Coco is a sheer tangerine shade, with slightly red undertones


And the next four: 

424 Edith is a pale warm pink, cute and wearable.  A chic pink. 
452 Emilienne looks very intense and bold in the tube, but a lot more wearable once applied on skin/ lips.  It is a rich deep pink with a hint of sheen. 
454 Jean is a deeper pink compared to Edith.   
450 Ina is very close to Jean, but not as dark.  But this does not have the warm undertone of Edith.

The next four: 

These four are variety of my lips but better shades.  I was initially hesistant on Olga and Catherine, but when I applied them on my lips, there is this sheer touch of color that makes your lips look quite healthy (they aren't too fllat and pale, phew!).  

410 Catherine is a sheer warm beigy shade
422 Olga is a sheer pink
426 Roussy is a warm pink, seems to have a coral peachy tinge to it
402 Adrienne is a pretty nude which I am sure will go down very well with most people.  With a lip pencil, you can build up this lipstick into a really flattering nude lips that suit smokey eyes, or maybe even on no makeup days, you can pop these range of shades here to have healthy looking lips and face in general. 


And the last four also feature few work-friendly everyday shades that are tawny and warm. 

And a few looks featuring some of the shades:


All Products Used: 

Face - Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet (B10), Shiseido Solution LX Loose Powder 
Concealers - Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser, Kevyn Aucoin SSE Shade 7
Lipsticks - as featured in this entry
Eyes - MAC Prep & Prime eye base, Chanel Prelude quad
Liner - Tarte skinny smoldeEYES (moonstone brown)
Brows - Innisfree eco-brow gel shade03, ABH clear brow gel 
Cheeks - Chanel Cream Blush 63 Relevation, Chanel Healthy Glow Multi-Colour No02 

Initial Impressions:

These lipsticks feel very nourishing on the lips.  I find that the bolder shades are really easy to wear, all gliding very smoothly onto your lips. The Chanel SA applied Arthur on my lips with a lipbrush, blot, before putting on another layer.  The rest is a rich elegant red that makes your lips look full and smooth. They might not be the most long lasting but these lipsticks have a very forgiving texture that makes reapplication effortless.  I like the sheer range of colors, and there is something to suit anyone. 

These lipsticks will launch either end of the Feb or early march.  They retail for S$48 each.  

I hope that this entry has been helpful, and thank you 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.

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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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