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December 31, 2014
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Skincare Empties & Currently Using

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This entry is way long overdue!  I hope to clear it before the year goes by, before anything gets too old.  So here's an empties and currently using skincare chat.  I find this entry very difficult to write because I have been mostly using one/two brand skincare routines the past few years, but this year, I have been using a mix-mash of brands in my skincare routine.  But the prodominant products are from Kiehls and a few Shiseido, Albion here and there.  I am unable to pinpoint the effects of each product, but I shall try to comment on the efficacy wherever I can.  I guess my point of posting such an entry is to share with you stuff that I have enjoyed using and actually used up - just in case you are wondering what products I use on my face and all. 

My current skin condition & disclaimer - I am very fortunate to have very good skin condition the past several years.  By good skin condition, I will say my skin is quite hydrated, clear, and relatively firm for someone my age (mid-30s!! sobs!).  This year, I had a couple of zits, stayed in the same foundation shade, and went for several facials.  I also kept the use of face serums to a minimum this year, for some reason.  I have somehow managed to pear/pare? down my routine to only makeup removal, cleansing, slapping on a face cream and eye cream.  Some nights I do use a serum, and some nights I use a 'sleeping mask' as a treatment. This lazy routine suits me for now, phew!  All that being said, without trying to be all 'full of it',  but it is really quite hard for me to 'see' any visible skin improvement because I don't have noticeable concerns to begin with. If I say I don't see any visible effects, that is not to say that the products are not working, I am sure they are essential in my efforts to protect and maintain my skin condition. 

Click here to read my last skincare ramble back in June 2014

Empties:

1. Kose Cleansing Oil (that small blue bottle) & shu uemura cleansing oil 
I love both equally, in that they are just as effective but the Kose one is actually more emollient (and probably cheaper too?).  I am always testing out a lot of makeup removers, so it will be a long time before I will need to purchase either oils. 

2. Shiseido Vital-Perfection cleansing foam, Clarins White Plus Brightening Cleansing Foam, Laneige White Plus Bubble Cleanser, Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash 
I always rotate a few cleansers in my shower - this explains the multiple empties.  Among these, I really love the Shiseido and Clarins ones, because they are really creamy and foamy.  But the Kiehls one is great too, more gentle I guess.  If you enjoy a brightening foaming cleanser, I highly recommend the Clarins one.  

3. Face creams - Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, Guerlain Aqua Creme Day Gel  (Click here to read an overview)
I have previously blogged about this couple of day gels before.  They are highly hydrating and come in a creamy gel formula which I enjoyed.  The Guerlain one is really pricey though.  I highly recommend the Kiehls one if you want a very lightweight yet hydrating day cream. 

4. Shiseido Ultimune Concentrate 
This is like a serum that claims to boost your skin immunity and makes it stronger.  I only started using it recently and finished it quite fast!  It smells really great and makes my skin really smooth.  

5. Ettusais Premium Amino Caviar Cream (review here)
I really enjoyed this rich cream!  This is Ettusais' anti-aging products for the younger set, and I love the texture!  It is easy to use and I think it did improve my skin condition while I was using it. I used it both day and night.  Highly recommend, and it is really affordable too.

6. Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask 
This is a huge tub of gel mask that you can leave on your face and wipe off, or leave it on overnight.  I find it a waste to clean off, so I usually slap on a generous layer and go to sleep with it.  I use this probably 3 times a week out of sheer laziness.  This is good for skin regeneration and repair.. so I guess it is doing great stuff to my skin! Another one which I highly recommend. 

With all the recent empties out of the way,  now let's move on to my currently rotating - there isn't really a system to what I am using now.  Honestly, I just reach for whatever I feel like, and these happen to be in the current rotation.  I also try not to post stuff which I have already mentioned in my June entry, and not post stuff which I have used before.  So these are relatively new products that I have not used before. 

In terms of makeup removers and cleansers, 

I am using the Albion EXAGE Melt Oil Cleansing.  This is an oily gel formula, and it removes all my makeup effectively.  It is not stripping and works almost like a cleansing balm.  I like how soothing it is as I work the product into my skin, and then I will rinse it off with water. 
I always double cleanse, and I am loving this MAC Lightful range Marine Formular Brightening cleansing foam.  It checks all the boxes of what I like in a cleanser -foamy, creamy, again, not stripping and smells great too.  Plus, it also has brightening properties (like the Clarins one I mentioned earlier).  Highly recommend this cleanser.  

After cleansing, I will sometimes (and mostly I just forget) - I will follow up with the ALBION Skin Conditioner.  I will generously dab this on my face with a cotton pad (love the ALBION ones, $7 for a huge pack).  It just feels super refreshing and makes my skin really soft.  I should use it more often! 

Next, is another ALBION product - their new ECLAFUTUR serum/ lotion - which boosts a high-tech delivery system that allows your skin to absorb the active ingredients.  It is supposed to be a powerful anti-oxidant serum.  Again, another serum that promises to restore the skin cells for smoother, radiant skin.  I like this product, though it is not like I can 'see' actual skin improvements on  the surface.  

Kiehls Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate - this is a serum to liquid technology that intensively hydrate the deepest layers of dehydrated skin.  I love how moisturising it is, and it reminds me of the Kiehls Avocado Creamy eye cream.  This is great for when I feel like my skin is dehydrated, and I want to give it a moisture boost. 

Next, eye care - which is very important!  
I usually open all new eye creams that come my way, and these are the current three.

Kiehls Super-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum - I will use this under the creamy eye treatment. This claims to lift, firm, smooth, hydrate, and restore youthful shape of the eye.  I haven't been using it long enough to judge how effective it is.. but better to use than not at all, right?

Algenist Firming & Lifting Eye Gel - this is a firming eye gel - very lightweight eye gel for those who want to avoid using anything too rich under the eyes.  I don't how effective this it, but I will keep using it.

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment - my HG eye cream.  I have been using this for years, and I will continue to use it.  My eye care staple and it doesn't break the bank. 

These are the face creams that I am currently enjoying - 

Dr Ci: Labo Aqua-Collagen Gel - I bought this tub more than a year ago, and I finally got the chance to open and use it.  Haha!  This is a rich cream that's very hydrating and I have always like the Dr CI:Labo Collagen creams, so I am glad to use it at last.

Kiehls Super Multi-Corrective Cream - another rich cream, smells amazing and it is quite rich.  I tend to use this only at night.  This one contains Jasmonic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid and Beech Tree Extract, corrects the appearance of key visible signs of aging.  I need!

Lancome Renergie French Lift - this is a massage skincare cream.  It is very balmy and rich.  And I use this 2-3 times a week, and I will be sure to massage this and rubba it into the contours of my face (especially around where laugh lines will appear).  I am not sure if it is my imagination but I seem to wake up with brighter skin and firmer texture each time I use this cream.  LOVES! 

PS: That's a Clarins Body Treatment Oil photobomb situation going on.  I love to slather this on my legs and arms every other night.  A cheaper but good alternative is the body shop argan oil treatment oil that comes in a spray form.  I also love the Caudelie divine oil - have a back up, but I don't need to use it yet. Highly recommend body oils for ultimate but simple body pampering sessions. 

I know I have not really reviewed each of these items.. (reviewing skincare is not my forte) but I hope that by listing what I am using and enjoying - this will help you somewhat.. in case you are looking into purchasing new skincare items.. or wonder what I use on my face.  I guess after typing this entry, I realise that almost every product I have mentioned works to repair the skin, and also promotes firmer skin texture.  Which is really what I should focus on at this stage of my life anyway.  Do let me know if you have any questions on each of the items... and I hope that this enty has been helpful!!

Thank you for reading!!

December 22, 2014
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Upcoming MAC Collections for Spring 2015: Lightness of Being, Marcel Wanders & MORE [Photos & Swatches]

This entry will give you an overview of upcoming MAC collections for Jan to March 2015.  I know many of you are always eager to see what MAC collections are coming, and I hope that my little preview here and there will be helpful to you.  It is relatively easy for me to spam pictures here, and if time permits, I will follow up with more indepth product features in time to come.  Please note that I will keep updating this entry with more product pictures and swatches as I get to preview them.  

Today: 23 Dec - I will be focusing more on two collections that are available in Jan 2015: Lightness of Being, and Marcel Wanders
Prices aren't available at press time, but I guess you are more or less familiar with MAC pricing, and I will include prices whenever available. 

JAN 2015 - Lightness of Being 

The collection is inspired by the late dancer Martha Graham, who introduced modern dance to the world. Poetic colour ushers in a new vitality following winter's deep chill, as uninhibited shades dance across the face in a free-spirited collection inspired by whimsical flights of fancy. The collection is made up of expressive colours for the modern spirit.

The MSFs and Mineralised Eyeshadows are really gorgeous.  Haven't seen the actual lipsticks yet, the glosses all swatched quite sheer except for the pinky milky one.  If you missed out on previous launches of Perfect Topping MSF, now is the time to grab. 

Product close ups and swatches:

JAN/FEB 2015 - Prep & Prime new additions

The new 24-HOUR EXTEND EYE BASE which is new, and out 1 Jan.  Mostly a clear base, very hydrating and does make eyeshadows pop.  This is love at first trial. 

MAC also newly formulated the FACE PROTECT, available 1 FEB. 

Swatches:

L - Face Protect
R - Eye Base

JAN 2015, MARCEL WANDERS Permanent Collection.  10 lipsticks, 2 shades of Sheer Mystery Powder. 

In Jan, M.A.C will launch its first upscale collection - the Ultimate Collection (continuous range). Specially designed by Marcel Wanders, it is the epitome of bold luxury. M∙A∙C Ultimate combines an innovative design aesthetic with the sumptuous formulas of our Ultimate Lipstick and Sheer Mystery Powder

This collection was previously pre launched during MAC World Aids Day at Tangs Orchard.  But it will be available as a permanent collection.  The lipsticks are delicious, creamy, intense and the sheer powders are very finely milled.  The packaging is gorgeous and sleek.  Lipsticks are SG$41 each. 

I will post more looks with the lippies I got soon. 

Swatches:

And here are rest of upcoming MAC Collections which will be released in the FEB/MARCH 2015.  Some are still embargoed, so I can't share more.  Stay tuned here for more updates as I get them. 

JAN 2015 - LOOK IN A BOX (total of 8 sets, make great gifts)

FEB 2015 
RED RED RED collection.  This is in time for Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year.  Everything red in this huge collection, from lips, to eyes to nails. I am very excited for this collection.   Will definitely post more pictures of actual products soon.  Here's a teaser. 

MAC Correct & Concealer Duo (FEB 2015) 


FEB 2015 Viva Glam (LE, with Miley Cyrus) a duo of Pink Lipstick and Lipglass.

FEB 2015 MAC Lightful C range extension with new serum

FEB 2015 MAC x NASTY GAL Collection (a collection of 3 lipsticks, and one eyeshadow)

MARCH 2015 
PENCILLED IN Collection featuring permanent additions to the lipstick and lipliner range - Girl about Town joins the main MAC Collection.  I am very excited for this collection. 

MARCH 2015 Wan Bao Bao Collection 

Wan Bao Bao is a high-society darling, artist, pop philosopher, muse and jewellery designer.  She is one of China's most reowned stars on the international fashion circuit.  For this collection, the face takes the centrestage as she decorates the complexion with the metallic golds and rich jewel tones she so adores.  Eyes are glided in the bronze hues of Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Bao Bao's Jewels; the skin twinkles like a diamond with Beauty Powder in Summer Opal; lips flicker like rubies in Burmese Kiss and Forbidden Sunrise lipstick, and nails are brilliant in Kashmir Blue and Sunset Tourmaline.  All are outfitted in velvety brown packaging featuring burnished metal. 

MARCH 2015 - MAC Toledo Collaboration (with Designer and Illustrator, Isabel and Ruben Toledo) - cute packaging, huge collection. 

MARCH 2015 - MAC x Disney Cinderella 

MARCH 2015 Haute & Naughty Mascara (new Waterproof formula added) 

END APRIL 2015 

MAC IS BEAUTY collection - huge spring collection, partly Korean Beauty inspired, graphic eyes, many many products in this collection. 

MAC x Julia Petit collection 

MAC x Philip Treacy collection 
MAC Philip Treacy highlights a unique partnership - London's most avant-garde hat designer with the world's boldest makeup brand.  More than just hats, Treacy's pieces are couture art - wearable sculptures that are totally transformation.  Going back through his extraordinary career, Treacy culled inspiration from his work with Alexander Mcqueen, Lady Gaga, Isabella Blow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and some of the most beautiful hats at the Royal Wedding, to create a trio of showstopping head pieces designed to beautifully highlight the eye, the lip and structure of the face. 

And to pair with each hat, a collection of striking hues, ideal for creating looks that enhance the face's most evocative features.  Three Lipsticks fashion a classic, yet brazen statement, in bright pink, burgundy and berry.  Highlight powder dusts the face in luminous champagne and light pink, each infused with a shimmer silver, casting the skin in a subtle glow.  Eyes are embellished with a pop of color in luscious cerulean and teal Fluidline, illuminated with Paint Pots in platinum and antique gold.  Throw your inhibitions aside and choose to be daring.  

MAY 2015 EYE TIMES NINE (an eyeshadow collection, with pre made palettes of 9 eyeshadows - this is GREAT value, cos each palette is only SGD$70++)

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December 20, 2014
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My Fragrance Journey with Chanel

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This entry will be all about my recent Chanel fragrance discovery with Jean, Chanel's fragrance specialist. When I went to the Chanel store at MBS on a quiet Monday afternoon, I was not quite sure what to expect, after all, what can I say, or be spoken to, about fragrance for a whole hour?  But you know what?  The one hour turned into over two hours of an olfactory journey, in which my nose (and my mind) was taken on a challenging, enlightening and most of all, insightful experience together with Jean.  We spoke about our personal tastes, what I like, memories, travelling, food, it was like having a chat with an old friend - I felt relaxed, yet reflective as I thought about the scents I tried and tried to articulate the nuances of what sets each of them apart. 

Jean was approachable and most of all, knowledgeable about fragrances and Chanel history.  I have watched enough Chanel documentaries and films to know the basis of the Chanel identity, but to have someone convey that to me in relation to the creation of the house's fragances was very enriching and educational.  If you are a fan of Chanel in general, I think you will definitely walk away from this session with a newfound appreciation for the designs and history of the brand.  And if you are a fan of good fragrances, you will enjoy learning about the various perfume ingredients and stories behind each Chanel perfume creation. 

Chanel is possibly the only fragrance house that has its own perfumer.  There are 3 so far, starting from Ernest Beaux (who created the iconic No.5), Jacques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake.  The amount of detail and thought that went into each creation is mind-boogling, and Jean was able to share with me in a way that's accessible and interesting. 

She started by asking me what sort of fragrance notes appeal to me, and then we proceed to do a 'blind smell' of a series of scents - which turned out to be the various expressions of No19 (which was incidentally on my next fragrance to buy list but that is soon to change as I embarked on this discovery).  I soon realised that the 'blind smell' led me to discover scents which I previously did not like, and also to really focus on the scents without any preconceptions - this is because I have once too often sniff at Chanel fragrances (esp the Les Exclusifs range) and I have fixed ideas of which ones I like.  That 'blind' factor also allowed me to focus on the notes of each fragrance as Jean introduced them to me.  And that sense of 'ah, so this is _____!' It was exciting and surprising at the same time. 

After discovering No19, we went on to discover a few more scents... and she introduced No5 to me.  It was a re-discovery for me, as I had purchased it myself last year.  But it was not a scent I was drawn to (I admitted to Jean I bought it because Brad Pitt was the face of No5 then, haha.)  We spoke about the history and the creation behind this scent that made it so enduring and such a classic even til today.  When I smelled No5 again, it seemed to have taken on a new 'meaning', and I could discern the complex notes in this scent.  After all, No5 was the revolutionary fragrance of its day, in its complexity and breaking all grounds of fragrance at that time which were of a main single note - and let's not even forget how Marilyn Monroe once very cheekily proclaimed that she only wears No5 to bed - which established its place in perfumery history and reincarnated from time to time (most recently with Baz Luhrman again, in his film featuring Gisele as the modern day woman who goes after her own fate and choices). 

Next, we moved on to a couple of the scents from the Les Exclusifs range - and there are a couple of faves that I already own (namely Beige - an all time fave, and more recently, Jersey), and we explored Coralmandel, 31 Rue Cambon and I think 28 La Pausa.  By now, I must say my nose was quite tired from all the sniffing and learning about the notes.  It was time to narrow my choices (there are about 8 or 10 scents laid out in front of me).  I had to narrow down to two scents - and all this was still done 'blind' at the moment.  I shortlisted to two scents at last.  Eliminating some were easier, but some really had me thinking and hesistating.  Two or three of them made me go YES this is the one!  Finally, I decided on two, and the suspence was killing me.  Even though I knew what I smelled the whole session, I had forgotten which was which by the time I was picking. 

So we went to the display area, and it turned out that the two scents I picked were from the Les Exclusifs collection - namely 31 Rue Cambon and La Pausa.  But 31 Rue Cambon stole my heart that afternoon - it is one of those scents I had tried and spritzed on myself but never was drawn to previously.  But this afternoon, I had somehow learnt to appreciate and enjoy it.  31 Rue Cambon is a sophisticated, womanly and very elegant scent.  I can't remember exactly the fragrance notes of this beautiful fragrance -  but here's an excerpt from 'Fragrantica' - "Warm Chypre accord is freed, made luminous and modern with inviting notes of bergamot, patchouli and citrus oil. 31 Rue Cambon is a rich woody-floral fragrance, powerful, authentic, elegant and warm."

Jean proceed to pack the two final choices for me in this cute ceramic pieces, which is porous and able to diseminate the scent and last for a week.  She also provided me with samples of both scents so I can continue to try it out in my own time.  I admit that a week later, I went the Chanel Store at ION,  fully planning to purchase the 75ml of 31 Rue Cambon, but only to be told that it only comes in the 200ml version (which will set me back by $400+).   So, I think, I better wait (because let's face it, I need a new perfume like I need a hole in my head).  But the heady, floral woody scent lingers in my mind.  

The next time you try out the Chanel fragrances at the MBS and ION stores, you will notice that there are all this white ceramic sticks on display, which corrospond to the scent...you are supposed to sniff these fragrance sticks, which will hold the 'true' scent and not the initial 'alcohol' top notes.  Then you can try to spray on your pulse points to see how the scent wears on you.  I was quite intrigued by these ceramic sticks and also asked Jean how these are maintained.  She told me that once a week, these sticks are re-scented by dipping the porous end into the perfume, and every quarter, the entire range of sticks would have to replaced.  Even the 'coffee beans' that I can sniff to clear my nose is one of these ceramic sticks (but in a slick black one).  

Overall, I really enjoyed my experience of this olfactory discovery - and this is a free service that you can make an appointment for at the Chanel MBS store.  If you fancy this wonderful fragrance chat with Jean, make your appointment by calling 6645 1970.  My recommendation is to go on a weekday afternoon where it's relatively quieter.  This is really a cool way of having some 'me' time in a way that's quite intellectually stimulating and yet totally beauty-related.  I likey!  

I hope my sharing has been useful, and provided you with some idea of some of the services you can enjoy at the Chanel fragrance and beauty department!

Happy Weekend! 

December 04, 2014
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Pushing Through A Weight Plateau: My Experience with a Juice Cleanse

Hallo!!  This is a different sort of entry from my usual beauty/ makeup related entry, but I have been sharing so much of my thoughts and experience with my girlfriends the past few days, and everyone seems really inspired by my experience, so I thought I would share with everyone here too! Brace yourself for a rambly entry... my thoughts are just all over the place! But I hope this comes across as a very genuine sharing of my experience.. there's no agenda here.. I paid for everything myself after all! 

The background/ Why I did it:
Most of you know that I lost quite a bit of weight lately - well this year actually.  Most of the weight came off easily in the first half of the year.  Then from June to August it was very slow, and from Sept to Nov, my weight is just fluctuating between the same 1-2kg.  While I am happy with my current weight, and the whole weight loss journey has been very enjoyable the WHOLE time... I wanted to push myself further, and push through the past few months of plateau.  I feel like I am keeping up with my exercise - note my exercise consists of just me going for a brisk walk/ jog by myself 3-4 times a week, the distance is anywhere from 5 to 10 km each time.  This is a good overall health thingy for me, in no way am I training any muscles or whatever, for those I probably have to do complicated stuff like weights or join some gym class.  But I can't deal with complicated exercises.  I just want to do something SIMPLE, FREE and that I can do on my own, anytime and I have access to a beautiful park near my house for me to do all my jogging etc. I also do admit that I was eating a lot cleaner in the first half of the year, and slightly less clean in the past few months.. but overall, I think I have learnt to make better and lifelong decisions when it comes to eating and dining. 

A recap of the amount of weight I lost:

Jan - June: lost 16-18kg
Jun - Aug: lost 20-22kg
Aug - Nov: remained stagnant (plus minus 1-2kg)
Dec after the 3 day cleansing: lost about 3kg, making total 25kg 
** I want to lose another 2-3kg if possible (total would be almost 30kg)

Now you might think I am crazy... losing all that weight... but keep in mind that I am quite tall (175cm), and quite big/densely boned.. so I am already quite 'heavy' to begin with. I used to be a size 16/18, and now I am a between size 10/12 in most brands or between M/L simply cos my frame is wide.. I would never be a size 4/6/8 or wear S etc because that's just not how I am built. 

I even bought a lot of workout clothes (over the course of the year) - my typical running gear is a pair (well I own like 4 pairs) of NIKE trainers, I like the Freeruns 5.0... and I also wear just plain black Nike compression tights, and usually a ratty Grey tee.  I use the NIKE+ running app to track and record my runs.  I prefer running in the morning, but on work days, I will go for late afternoon runs like 5 or 6 pm onwards. It is amazing how I have totally converted myself into a NIKE freak (from Adidas) this year alone.  And I never ever mix sports brands during my workouts.. but that's just me being frivolous.  LOL.  

You also know that I go for weightloss accu and massage sessions for almost the entire year.  I shall not go into details of the where, how much and what of the whole accu programme... but many of you have emailed to ask me for more information, and I am happy to provide you with more details in a more private and personal platform.  I plan to continue with my accu for 2015 to maintain my weight, and I am very happy with my accu centre. (I must stress that there's zero sponsorship, I paid for everything myself, this is my own personal project, I don't believe in doing anything personal in a sponsored fashion. If I wanna lose weight, I will pay for the extra help I need myself.)

Sooooo anyway, after all that, WHAT 3 day programme am I talking about?  
I guess there's been this health trend going on, and I read about people going on Juice Cleansing and all that... on social media I have seen 'xx juice brand' sponsoring pretty skinny girls their juice programme... and that's how I 'read' about these juice companies.  But these programmes are not cheap.  Each bottle of the juice is at least $10.   By the time I finally decided that I want to do a juice cleanse to break through my plateau, I went to do some reading up, and I realise that there are quite a few juice companies in Singapore.  I found this comparison very helpful - and I went for SANA Juice.  

The programme I chose is a 3 Day, Level 2 cleanse, which consists mainly of vege juice.  I will not go into details about the ingredients and the whole organic etc etc of it.. you can always read about it yourself - HERE!

Why did I choose SANA Juice?

SANA is not the cheapest juice programme -  here are the reasons why I am glad I went for it.

1. It offers a variety of programmes.  I think the level 2 might be challenging for beginners, but I guess my determination won over, and I wanted to challenge myself.. so I didn't go for level 1.  Also there is variety in terms of the juices you drink everyday.  When you are drinking nothing but juices 6 times a day, it can get quite boring.  Over the 3 days duration, I think there are only 3 or 4 juices which are repeated.  Everything else is unique. 

2. I opted for self collection, which saved me money on delivery charges.  And they are located quite near to where I live... ie I didn't have to drive to some far flung place to pick up the juices. 

3. They provide 3 bags which are clearly labelled and containing the six bottles for each day.  I look forward to opening the next bottle and discovering my next 'meal'.  I love how structured and focused the programme is... and I didn't find myself straying at all.  I was surrounded by people at home who were eating nornal food.. very yummy food.. but I could easily stick to my juices and drink at the same table with them. 

4. In terms of practicality, I was also able to start at the time frame that I wanted with this company.  I had initially tried to order from another company, but somehow I couldn't click on the start date I wanted.  

5.  They provide good support.  Once you place your order (I ordered about 4 days prior), you will start receiving supportive emails from the company, guiding you on how to ease your mind and body into the cleansing programme (helpful, but I didn't really adhere to it), and during the cleanse, each day you also get this email from them on how to cope with each day... and also how to break the cleanse when you are done with the programme... so I felt like I wasn't alone -- well to be very fair my girlfriends provided much support whenever I rave and rant about each juice to them too.  But you know what I mean.  I cannot compare this with another company, simply because I haven't tried any others.  

How did I feel during the cleanse?  Results?

I was quite OCD and I made sure to weigh myself throughout the day.  Your weight isn't going to fluctuate much during the day... but the next morning weigh in is always the most significant.  As I am typing this, I am at the end of my Day 3 of cleanse.  By tomorrow, I can safely tell you that I would have lost at least 3 kg.  The weight loss results will vary from person to person.  In no way I am trying to say that you will lose the same as me... or more or less than me.  And I am also not trying to suggest that this is a weight loss programme.  As mentioned, I was doing this to push through my weight plateau and also to detox/ purge/ kickstart my body system.  The main benefit of a juice cleanse programme should never be 'lose weight'.  Losing weight is just one of the consequences.. 

You do need to invest some time to do this programme.  If your job is mainly desk bound, and you have a fridge in your pantry, then I say it is pretty do-able.  Bring your juices to work, and you can drink at your desk.  But I can't... so I just pick a 3 day time frame where I cancelled/ did not plan any activity except for my own errands, and I pretty much stayed at home for the whole 3 days.  It is a time where I really just focus on myself.  

The time passed by quite quickly over the 3 days.  The 2 hours between each drink flew by, I took a nap, I shoot some makeup pictures, I went to the post office, I played games.. I watched YouTube videos... pretty manageable for me.  I didn't even feel the munchy craving for snacks at all.  I told myself i am putting good stuff into my body, and I am not going to mess up this programme by being ill-disciplined.  And of course, texting my girlfriends, updating them of my progress also ensured that I am accountable to everyone, especially myself. 

Oh, and I will start my first juice at around 8:30am each day, and I will have a new bottle every 2 hours.  Drink a lot of water in between (I bought lemons and drank lemon water throughout the day.  I could have drank more water though...)  so my last juice is usually around 6:30--7pm.  The juices are yummy, you usually start with a smoothie... and I love the nut milk..and anything grapefuit is just scary.. haha.  I even like the spicy lemon-y juices, and the ginger flavored ones are simply refreshing. 

Overall, I am quite happy with my progress.  I think I will continue to lose a bit more along the way, because I will be eating cleaner (can't spoil the effects of treating my body well the past 3 days) and I think I will be able to hit my ultimate goal weight soon.  It's always the last few kg that's hard to move.. but I am glad I achieved half of that goal already.  

Hmmmm I am pretty sure I will think of more stuff to say.. but right now, at least 3 or 4 of my friends are quite keen on trying a juice programme themselves!  One of the staff at my accu centre already ordered her 3 day programme (from another company) this evening.  We have been sharing and talking, and I think overall... your own little support network is important. 

I think I will stop rambling now... and if you have any questions, it is best to drop me an email, so I can respond to you properly! 

Thanks for reading!! 

December 03, 2014
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LOTD: NEW Urban Decay Full Frontal Lip Stash

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This is another Urban Decay entry, featuring this awesome cute collection of their Revolution lipsticks in mini sizes.  Included is also a lip pencil, which is one of those that prevents color feathering.  The Revolution lipsticks are intensely creamy and pigmented (much like the NARS Audacious lippies), but I don't own any of them - well, I have one which I never use, cos it is a pale baby pink.  So this collection really calls out to me... owning 6 of the shades in a mini (read: less guilty) size totally justifies this purchase.  This set retails for SG$60.. a little steep.. considering that each lipstick is only ONE gram... but, in the name of research and experiment, I had to buy it.  

The shades here are 

Ladyflower (NEW) - bright rose pink
Crush (NEW) - POW WOW bright pink, this is gorgeous!!!
Illicit (NEW) - sheer baby pink

Gash - Deep red
Liar - Nude
F-Bomb - Bright red 

Ozone lip pencil - clear shade, to prime and prevent feathering (FULL SIZED)

 Lippies close up - 

and swatches: 

No lip swatches, I did them and during editing, I realised that I didn't apply them very nicely... they look okay in an LOTD, but not fit for up close.  
Hope these swatches help, and I did take pics of the overall look at the end of this entry:

This is a great gift set, and I have purchased extras... for some pressie exchange this season!  
I hope they still have stock of this... heard that the quantity is quite limited.. so I hope you do manage to get your hands on this neat collection! 

Thanks for reading! 

December 03, 2014
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LOTD: NEW Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette

Hi hi!!

Finally managed to get some photo-taking and makeup playing done today, and I hope to post a couple of entries up... so here we have the new Urban Decay NAKED ON THE RUN Palette - which is an all in one complete palette (except for the face of course).  This will launch at Sephora Singapore on the 5 Dec, and I will share my thoughts on this palette here.  The palette is a sturdy square box - not too travel friendly in my opinion.. whenever I pack stuff for travelling I like small little items that I can fit into a makeup bag.. but this palette is not going to fit into a bad.  But it is convenient in the sense that when you open it, everything you need to do a look is already inside - from the eyes, to lips and cheeks.  As the NAKED theme goes, this is a universal palette that will suit a variety of skin tones, everything is very wearable and neutral. 

Here's the exact contents of the palette - 

5 brand new shades of eyeshadows 
DIVE - a rose gold shade, FIX - matte cool brown, RESIST - deep shimmery cool brown, DARE - matte deep brown, STUN - shimmery slightly sparkly medium brown 

1 travel sized Perversion mascara

1 travel sized 24/7 pencil in new shade, STAG

1 full sized NAKED lipgloss in new shade, ESSO

3 cheek colors - bronzer, cheek, highlight (which can also double up as eyeshadow highlight)

I like that the mirror is huge, and it stays 'up' if you know what I mean, when you lay the palette open.  So you can actually prop in on your table (or wherever you do your make while travelling) and it forms this little vanity makeup area. 

Some close ups of the palette - 


Swatches - 

and I also took some pictures of the application - 

There wasn't much fall out when I am actually applying the eyeshadows but when my brush is picking up the eyeshadow, there was pigment flying everywhere...which makes me think that this is quite powdery (not as creamy densely packed at the other NAKED palettes).  Still, the color payoff is great, and you can create natural looks (using DIVE as the main color), or something more smokey here (using a mixture of RESIST and STUN). 

Brush used here: MAC 217 brush, I also used a Hakuhodo 3323 brush to blend (not shown in the pic)

I like the cheek combo - very pigmented, and blendable. 

Brushes used here - MAC 138 for the bronzer and brush, and a Sue Devitt brush for the highlight. 

The Perversion mascara seems to be quite a nice lengthening one, judging by how it performs on my lower lashes. Quite impressed! 

And this is the overall look: 

All products used: 

Base - Sunday Riley breathable tinted primer, MAC Face & Body foundation, set with IZU: translucent loose powder
Concealers - Kevyn Aucoin sensual skin enhance for that spot on my chin, and Shiseido Sheer and Perfect undereye corrector
Brows - Guerlain universal brow kit, ABH clear brow gel 

Here's some useful information if you are planning to get this palette: 

SPECIAL DEALS at ION SEPHORA

The first two customers in queue who purchase Naked on the Run on the 5 Dec, 6pm will be gifted the NAKED VAULT (valued at SG$550)
The next four customers in queue who purchase the Naked on the Run are eligible to purchase the Naked Vault at a steal for $388
First 100 customers get a deluxe sample of Urban Decay's anti-aging eyeshadow primer potion

The NAKED ON THE RUN palette will retail for SG$85.

Hope you find this entry helpful and thanks for reading! 

November 20, 2014
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LOTD: Esqido Lashes & Recent Faves Chat

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In this entry, I will be featuring a pair of lashes that I recently received and am loving! And in the second half of this entry, I will ramble about some recent makeup faves.  

So, back to the lashes - I wore them the day I got them for a night out, and I wore them again yesterday for a whole day out.  These are the Esqido mink lashes - and if you are familiar with mink lashes, you know that they are made of mink (real) hairs and these Esqido ones are very natural and fine looking.  I find the band on this particular pair (I am wearing the style "Unforgettable") very soft and did not feel uncomfortable at all during weartime.  

Esqido website - they ship free internationally on orders over US$50 and there is a 5% discount code on their site now.  
this pair that I am featuring - Unforgettable 

I have tried mink lashes before (from Velour Lashes) - and they are usually quite pricey and differentiated from normal false lashes with their extremely fluffy and well-made, arranged hairs.  If properly maintained these lashes can be worn up to 25 times.  The problem I have with the Velour ones is  that the band is quite thick and when I put them on, though I like the actual lash design, the band being so thick tend to 're-shape' my eyes making them look too round, or open my eyes up such that I look a little too awake and surprised.  I hope you know what I mean lol!  So I tend to stick to really fluffy lashes but with a softer band - I want the volume of falsies without my own eyeshape being altered.  

So when I saw this pair of Esqido lashes, the first thing that strikes me is the quality of the actual hairs - and you can see in the close up pictures below, they are so fine, and so real - well they are real mink hairs after all.  They remind me of the individual lashes that my friend used on me before when we were playing with lash extensions.  When I removed them from the casing, I immediately felt that the band seems soft, even though they look thick.  

In terms of wearing them, I did not have to trim the lashes to fit my eye shape/width.  They fitted me just nicely - and I will always apply my falsies half a cm away from the inner corner of my eyes.  Never apply your falsies all the way into the inner corner because that's when they feel really poke-y, itchy, and just all around uncomfortable. 

Okay before I go on about the lashes, here are some close ups: 

Each pair of the lashes come in this white leather-look embossed casing, and you are supposed to store your lashes in them after each use. 

and close - up pics of the lash hairs... looking at them through these macro shots really opened my eyes (pun intended) to the fine detail of each hair and the placement. 

and a scary close up eye shot - well, nobody is gonna look at you at this angle... but just for illustration purposes: 

and a more normal, but yet close up pic of the eyes - I like how long the lash hairs are, so they add some definition to my eyes.  

and a overall face shot - I love that this particular pair fans out, and gives my eyes that slightly winged out look and added width. 
They are comfortable to wear for both day and night, and really add something to your eye look. 
I have been back into layering my lashes lately, but this pair of Esqido lashes in Unforgettable will do the trick for now.  

Overall, I really recommend trying out the Esqido lashes - and if you have tried other mink lashes, do let me know which are your faves!  I am always up for trying out falsies of any sort! 

list of products used in this lotd:

face - MAQuillAGE True Liquid Moisture UV, Ettusais CC Amino Cream set with Izu: loose powder
concealer - NARS radiant creamy concealer (under the eyes)
eyes - Lancome La Base for eyes in 01 Beige Ivory, Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Latte, Cocoa Bear, Brown Sugar
cheeks - MAC Sculpt powder to contour (got this at the PRO store in Tokyo, not sure if available in SG), Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat
lips - Dior Addict Gloss in 553 Princess 
brows - Guerlain Brow Kit,  ABH Clear Brow Gel 
liner - MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil in Black Brilliance 

Okay, now on to my recent fave products - which I sometimes don't give much credit nor attention to on the blog or on my social media, but I have been quietly using all these awesome stuff and I feel I need to share them with you!  

1. Skipping the foundation, and opting for a bb base only 

So I realised that I have all these tubes and tubes of BB base, BB sunscreen base, all sorts of BB goodness in my stash, and I do remember them being very creamy and lightweight and super nice to use.  But I often use them as a base, ie under my foundation.  Until one day, I slapped one one (can't remember which) and I think hey, they provide decent coverage on their own.  Why do I even need a foundation over these awesome goodies?  They provide enough SPF, evens out my skin tone, and is pretty darn long lasting.  I just apply one of these BB bases with my fingers (for more coverage), or with a buffing brush (for more natural coverage but a smoother more refined finish).  Lately, I even pimped up this simple routine by mixing in a little light pink CC cream into the BB base to add more brightening radiance.  I just squeeze 2 parts BB cream and 1 part CC cream and mixed them on the back of my hand before going on to application.  This lightens some of my bb bases which are too beigy and just adds a really nice subtle radiant effect. 

I always set my bb base with my regular loose powder -my trusty Suqqu Chiffon Feel loose powder, or lately I am reaching for izu. loose powder - I use the powder puff, and press and roll the powder onto my skin.  This sets the base and really makes it long lasting.  It really completes the whole routine - you can always add any radiance back to your skin with a powder highlight, or a finishing powder all over your face but the two loose powders I mentioned here will not take away the natural finish of whatever base I use. 

Here are the list of BB bases that I have really been enjoying, in no particular order: 

Hada Labo Air BB Ivory Beige (50 SPF PA+++)
MAQuillAGE Perfect Multi Base BB N (30 SPF PA ++)
Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream Light Clair (30 SPF)
JOUER matte moisture tint Linen (15 SPF)

and the CC cream I am referring to is Ettusais CC Amino Cream

2. MAC Fluidline Eye Pencils are darn good stuff 

These are seriously some of the best eye pencils I have used (together with the Ettusais waterproof geliner pencils).  And because these are retractable pencils (no sharpening, no mess!!!), they have a fine point which allows you to reach the inner corner of your eyes, and also make precise lines.  The black one in Black Brilliance is really black, and stays on very well (and I wore it without any mascara nor falsies the other day, no smudging - though granted, I wasn't sweating profusely as I would have on a normal 'work' day) but in terms of longevity, these pencils are hard to beat.  The only downside?  Retractable pencils (in general, not just MAC or eyeliners) just get used up so quickly!  Luckily these fluidline eyepencils are permanent to the MAC range.  Highly highly recommend. 

3. Ettusais Creamy Lip Crayons makes my lips so soft and healthy looking 

I know I blogged about these recently, and they are just my current fave MLBB lip products. They add this healthy flush to my lips, and also moisturise them at the same time.  Easy to throw into your bag/ pocket/ pouch, they are the perfect lazy girl lip product.  
Read more about them in my previous entry here. 

4. The Hair gets shorter and shorter 

I am sure you notice the even shorter hair in this entry - just got my hair trimmed (or a full on cut? haha) last week, and I am still getting used to the extreme short length.. But I will get used to it after the newness wears off in a couple of weeks.  I would prefer them a couple of cm longer, but it's okay, I learn that short hair grows pretty fast!  Honestly chopping my long hair off this year has been one of the best decision I have made, if not in the past 10 years.  Along with losing 22kg, these two are the more significant beauty overhaul that I went through this year.  

5. Fave blushes of the moment 

To be honest, I haven't been feeling the most blushy these days, and I just reach for a neutral blush shade most of the time.  So long as I have some color on my cheeks.  Here are a few my cheeks but better shades that I have been enjoying:

Illamasqua Naked Rose
Houseglass Diffused Heat
MAC Enough Said 

I also like using 
MAC Sculpt powder to contour 
Using up my Laneige natural contour blush in 06
Inglot HD contour powders (I can never remember the shade numbers but they are the only cool toned NOT grey contour shades in the range) 

Using my MAC 138 brush to do both the contour and blush is easy.  I have this brush for the longest time, and I forget about it.  But when I take it out to use.. it is love all over again. The tapered end gives me some precision, and yet it is a large brush that I can blend the color out. 

6. Lancome Grandoise Mascara

The mascara with a swan neck applicator.. this gives me thick, black lashes (I use mascara on my lower lashes when I am feeling really fancy and also when I have falsies on).  It grabs my lashes and coats them with enough product to show up very voluminous and long - my lower lashes are probably more decent and in pristine condition compared to my upper ones.  It doesn't smudge onto my lower lids and isn't 'crispy'.  The hefty price tag is a minus point, so definitely look out for value gift sets and store promotions when you are shopping for the Grandoise.  

7. Prelude to a possible rambly Skincare Update 

Without sounding really shameless (okay, I am shameless!!), I think my skin is in its best condition lately. My skin is firm, clear and smooth. Which probably explains why I don't feel like I need to wear much foundation at all. And I have been using such a mix-mash cocktail of various skincare products it is hard to pinpoint any good effect to any ONE single product.  I will try to update what I am using and rotating in a skincare chat soon.  I think each of the items deserve a mention.  Not saying that you have to run out and buy every single product, but if you are considering certain products in certain step of the routine, I hope I can list a couple of recommendations for your shopping needs. 

I do hope that you enjoyed this little section of my fave makeup items... most days I am not the most inspiring when it comes to using NEW PRODUCTS or wearing a ton of makeup... but when I do discover gems (whether old or new) I think it is nice to just really share my thoughts. 

Lastly...
yesterday's ootd info: 
COS jumper (should be current, but I got this a month ago, just wore it for the first time) it is a thickish material, which makes it a toss between a jumper and a tee.  But since it was quite rainy chilly yesterday I decided to break it out.
FRAME Denim white shorts  (LOVE!  Got this on sale from shopbop, and in a size bigger so I can wear them shorts kind of casual and loose-ish). 

It's a Friday!! So I guess I should end my entry here, and thanks for reading!!  Hope to catch up again really soon!

November 06, 2014
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LOTD: Smokey Metallic Khaki with Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

Hi hi!!!

This is the second look I am doing with the VICE 3 palette.   This is now available at all Sephora SG outlets, and they contain a beautiful selection of 20 shades, all coordinated and combined to give you endless pairing when it comes to doing your eyelooks.  I have created a rather metallic khaki look, and really tried to smoke out the lower eyes as well.  Then I also used a more plummy red on the outer corner, and lightly layered it over the khaki shade to tone down the overall redness.

In terms of quality you won't be disappointed with the shades, and the color payoff.  The trick is to really add more color as you need it, and use patting on motions to deposit color, and softly blending to create the desired depth and dimension. 
Again, in this look, I strayed from sticking to the same row colors in one look - I will try to post more looks with the palette soon! 

Posting the swatches of the palette here again:

And here's the color placement for this particular LOTD: 

Eyes 
browbone - Bobby Dazzle
lids - Brokedown
outer corner/ blending - Alchemy 

A scary eye close up shot: 

And overall look: 

Everthing else 
face - MAQuiLLAGE Perfect Multi Base BB (BB N), set with Suqquu Chiffon Feel Loose Powder
concealer - Laneige Watery Cushion Concealer (lightest shade)
lips - natural/nude shade > Ettusais Creamy Lip Crayon PK01, Bold lippies (refer to this entry here
liner - DIOR IT Liner
lashes - falsies layered, Dior Grandoise mascara on lower lashes

I hope that you like this LOTD, and do check out the new VICE 3 palette! 
If you want more LOTD inspirations and review of this palette, head on to Sara's blog and Mabel's blog for more detailed reviews! 

Thanks for looking!

November 06, 2014
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LOTD: Chanel Christmas 2014 Makeup Collection

This entry features a few pieces of Chanel products from their latest collection, the COLLECTION PLUMES PRÉCIEUSES DE CHANEL - I will share with you the inspiration story behind this beautiful collection, it is always interesting to learn about the story behind Chanel beauty, and this is no exception.  Then I will be sharing with you some swatches and a look that I did using the products from the collection.  Hope you find this entry helpful! 

What is lighter than a feather? A cloud of powder, a fleck of gold dust.  And even lighter still is the spirit of a festive evening.  Graceful and feminine, the feather floats through the world of CHANEL landing on a brooch, a fancy cape, an evening gown…The CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio has drawn inspiration from the feather's wispy softness for a collection filled with subtle shades, embellished with gold and silver. Stunning evening makeup, like jewelry made of feathers and diamonds.

With a palette to re-enchant the classics, every makeup option is allowed, just for one evening. At the heart of the harmony of colours, a supreme, flamboyant red worn on lips and nails awakens the senses and exerts its irresistible power of attraction. Tender and sensual, a touch of peach melts into the skin as an eyeshadow or a blush brightened with pearly accents. A gray duo, highlighted by a deep black, sculpts eyes and is illuminated by silver, white and antique gold with the radiance of jewelry.

EXCLUSIVE CREATION
CAMÉLIA DE PLUMES
As an absolute mark of luxury and fantasy, the feather has inspired a light and refined illuminating powder with precious shimmers blended in a platinum shade. 
CHANEL HAS DESIGNED A BEAUTY ACCESSORY WITH A DELICATE CHARM.
The box opens to absolute refinement: the surface of the pressed powder is marked with a feather motif in the shape of a camellia flower. Feather and flower: two of the most graceful ornaments combine their fragile beauty in a pure expression of femininity. A translucent shade of platinum sweeps its silver and gold shimmers on cheekbones or the décolleté. An airy, evanescent and magical powder to attract all eyes.

EYES
LES 5 OMBRES DE CHANEL OISEAUX DE NUIT
Five timeless and precious shades form a surprising palette due to the range of makeup looks they inspire. A silvery white and an antique gold illuminate eyes and enhance both the cold and warm tones of the collection, while a duo of grays, one soft and lavender, the other intense with dark purple reflections, blend together to create a tender or sculpted look. Placed on eyelids or drawn along the lashes, an absolute black enhances every beauty look with a touch of sophistication.
STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF OR BLANC draws a magic line making eyes look bigger and illuminating all eye makeup effects. Placed on the outside or corner of the eye, it creates an imperceptible added touch of elegance by CHANEL.
ILLUSION D'OMBRE ENVOL is a peach shade as light as a feather that shimmers on eyelids. A shade close to the skin tone to be worn as a veil of light, alone or combined with the intense eyeshadows of the collection.
INIMITABLE INTENSE ESSENTIAL NOIR, for a mascara that enhances lashes in their every dimension: extended, plumped and curled to perfection.

LIPS
ROUGE ALLURE VELVET
The velvety, matte and luminous texture expresses the essence of the colour on lips. LA FLAMBOYANTE, a fiery red, is matched and worn with the nail colour PHÉNIX. A volcanic duo, a style and an invitation of audacity.
ROUGE ALLURE
VOLAGE, a fresh and sensual peachy pink, draws a natural smile. Always elegant, satiny nude lips define a romantic look and soften the most sophisticated makeup.

COMPLEXION
JOUES CONTRASTE
Cheekbones are simply illuminated with CARESSE, a soft and natural peach tone subtly brightened with silver pearl.

NAILS
LE VERNIS PHÉNIX
Like the legendary firebird, this blazing red, captured in an intense and shiny lacquer, adds the final touch to this festive seduction. To be matched and worn with ROUGE ALLURE VELVET LA FLAMBOYANTE or in contrast to the other shades of the collection.

PRICE LIST:

Available from 7 November 2014, this is a limited edition collection.

[SGD$]
CAMÉLIA DE PLUMES Platine 100
LES 5 OMBRES DE CHANEL Oiseaux de Nuit 100
ILLUSION D'OMBRE 847 Envol 52
STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF 987 Or Blanc 35
JOUES CONTRASTE 180 Caresse 68
ROUGE ALLURE 227 Volage 46
ROUGE ALLURE VELVET 337 La Flamboyante 46
LE VERNIS 687 Phenix 38

My thoughts: 

When I first saw these pieces, my eyes were immediately drawn to Phenix and the rouge allure velvet in La Flamboyante - the lipstick was already on my shopping list, now I feel like I need a BACK UP.  Yes, I think I need.  It is a beautiful, flattering, eye catching warm red.  I wore it the whole of today, it did not feather on me at all through lunch and dinner, and I received a few compliments on my lip color.  This is really a must have red.  The formula is matte, but not drying at all.  

I haven't worn Phenix yet, but I will try to post a follow up soon. 

The Or Blanc eyeliner is a pretty pale golden liner that is quite creamy and I use it under my eyes to brighten up and open the look of my eyes. 

The eyeshadow palette, applies much better than it swatches.  As you can probably tell from my swatch pictures, some of the shades look a tad patchy/ chalky - but when I was using the eyeshadows in my LOTD - the colors performed much better, smoother, and I did not experience problems with powder fallout.  As with Chanel eyeshadows, they layer over each other very well.  I layered the gold shade over the dark taupey shade on my eyelids.   The overall look is a soft dark smokey look with the subtle tinge of gold running through my eyes. 

A close up of the eyelook:

and overall:

I really love how flattering this red lippy is.. and you really need it. 

Everything used (all Chanel unless stated otherwise)

face - Perfect Lumiere Velvet, set with Les Beiges 10 in the centre of the face, and Les Beiges 30 as a light bronzer
cheeks - Bronzer in Bronze Rose (LE)
lips - Rouge Allure Velvet in La Flamboyant 
eyes - Les 5 Ombres Palette (color placement as described)
lashes - falsies (layered), Lancome Grandoise on lower lashes)
brows - Guerlain universal brow kit, Anastasia clear brow gel 
nails - La Flamboyante vernis 

More selfies, because why not?

Hopefully you can see the eyeshadows a bit better in this blurred shot?

Overall, I highly recommend Phenix and La Flamboyante.  The eyeshadows are pretty, but not exactly something you should run out to grab.  I think Chanel has launched better ones in the past - and I am looking forward to their Dubai collection = those quads look divine!  

What have you picked up from this collection?

That's all, and thanks for looking! 

November 05, 2014
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LOTD: Smokey Blue with Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

Hi hi!!

This is the first of two (or maybe more) LOTDs which I will be doing featuring the VICE 3 palette.  I had to zoom in on the blue column, and though these shades are arrange in a 'combination' order... I felt being a little more adventurous and mix and match colors all over the palette.  After playing with this palette, I realise.. that it could do with a few more paler shades for browbone highlight.  The only highlight shade for me is that Bobby Dazzle.  I wish there is another pale shade in this palette. Truth is too pinky (though it looks quite milky white in the pictures) and totally blended into my skintone to be much of a highlight. 

I am very happy with the range of smokey blending shades in this palette.  In a vareity of tones too.  For example, Downfall, Defy and Revolver are all great definition/ blending shades. 

I did not experience any fall out with these shades, but I do recommend using an eyeshadow primer to help these shadows pop and also to adhere better to the skin. 

Here's some swatches as recap - click here for my intro entry to the VICE 3 palette:

and how they look like on my eyes - I went a little crazy with my falsies, breaking out my Farfarlina lashes for this look.  I kept the rest of the face clean and also nothing much under the eyes. 

on the eyes
browbone highlight - Bobby Dazzle
lids - Heroine mixed with Freeze
outer corner/ blending - Defy

everything else on the face
base - MAQuiLLage Perfect Multi Base BB (BB N), set with Suqqu Chiffon Feel Loose Powder
concealer - Laneige Watery Cushion Concealer (lightest shade)
lips - Ettusais Creamy Lip Crayon (OR1)
cheeks - Illamasqua Rumor (discon), MAC Enough Said (LE) 
eyes - VICE 3 palette (colors mentioned above)
lashes - Shu Uemura Farfarlina lashes, Lancome Grandoise mascara on lower lashes
liner - EYEKO Liquid eyeliner

Stay tuned for my second look featuring the palette coming soon. 

Hope you like this look, and thanks for looking!!

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2009 Liquid Foundations Overview

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

Maquillage Esscence Rich White Liquid UV foundation

Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

FAQ & DISCLAIMER

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

Twitter (link button above!)  Email (stated above!)  Instagram (makeup_blogette)

I have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

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

 

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