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January 10, 2015
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Chanel Spring 2015: La Romanesque, Tenderly & Desirio

Before I start, I want to thank everyone for your lovely comments and feedback to my 2014 round up entry!  It is so heartwarming to have readers who have read my blog for ages to take the time to leave your comments, in a way, it's kinda like keeping up with an old friend - something familiar and relatable.... and I really thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I guess that's why I feel like my blogging mojo is back today, and I managed to post quite a few entries up.  I really can't be updating during the week, and I really hate to schedule blog entries... so I will just post everything whenever I am done with composing them.  Hope you have enjoyed the spate of new entries!

I picked up three items from the recent Chanel Spring 2015 makeup collection.  The first item that really caught my attention is the Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque.  It looks a bit blah in the tube and in my pictures it look even more blah, kinda like a dull pink/ almost even orangey in certain lighting. On the model in the ad campaign though, it is a vibrant shade of deep rosy pink. Once applied it is a beautiful rosy purpley pink.  The color is deep but yet velvety soft.. and I really love the Rouge Allure Velvet formula.  This is no exception, so I had to get this.  

I also got the polishes in Tenderly and Desirio.. but I won't be swatching them for the blog (partly cos I am sporting some gelish nails too..so I can't take proper nail polish swatches) but I did try them at the counter - Desirio is a rich creamy pink that is very similar to La Romanesque while Tenderly would take 2 coats or even 3 thin coats to look nice and even.  The Camelia blush thing that came with this collection is beautiful, but I didn't feel the urge to haul it.. partly cos it seems to blend into nothing on my skintone... and it look kinda like too dusty for my liking.  Perhaps if it is in a warmer peachy shade I might have been more suckered.  

A close up pic:

on the rest of my face, I am using 

base - Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation, set with Izu loose powder
cheeks - RIMMEL LONDON Santa Rose blush
lips - Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque
eyes - MAKEUP STORE Spirit
brows - Innisfree Eco Gel eyebrow 
liners - MAC Fluidline Eye pencil in Black Brilliance

Note that the foundation actually takes some time to set into a more flawless finish that diffuses the look of my pores. Loving this foundation more and more.  Long lasting and nice natural finish. 

I really love the lippie, and I can't wait to try out the polishes!

Hope you find this entry helpful and thank you for reading! 

January 10, 2015
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Makeup Store Microshadow in Spirit

Hi hi!!

I feel that Makeup Store eyeshadow in Spirit deserves its own entry.  It is one that got me gasping at how beautiful it looks when I first saw it, and swatched it.  The shimmers are complex, multi color and the overall base color is just amazing.  It would be one of those colors that you can blend all over your lids, and you will look like you have used a few colors on your eyes, or look like you are quite skilful in applying your eyeshadows.  Love!  

Spirit is a deep brown eyeshadow that has a metallic finish.  It also contains a myraid of shimmer like gold, purple and who knows what else.. it is just awesome, and I really love it.  The texture is smooth and the color is intense.  You don't need a lot for the color and the shimmer to show up brilliantly. 

Here's the swatch - a heavy swipe across my hand.  This is just a dry swatch, but it looks almost like foiled. Amazing or what? 

and a couple of close ups on my eyes: 

and yet it can still look muted almost matte - the deep brown has an almost blackened quality that adds depth to your whole eyelook. 

and yeah, I know you can't really see the colors when I opened my eyes, but I think the depth and crease can still be seen, and still added to the smokey look which is more obvious in real life. 

I highly recommend this eyeshadow, and you should check it out in store! 

Hope this is helpful and thanks for reading!!

January 10, 2015
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NARS Holiday 2014 Lippies: Burning Love & Deadly Catch

Hi hi!! 

A very belated entry showing a couple of NARS goodies from their Holiday 2014 collection - which might still be available - and I love this duo combo of a slightly deeper red.  I just noticed that the lipstick is called 'hardwired' - which seems that it is a new formula?  (like how they have sheer lipsticks, matte lipsticks, and cinematic lipsticks...and I am not too sure what to make of this 'hardwired' label).  I can only assume that 'hardwire' might refer to how intense and creamy matte this particular one is.  The color is rich and true to how it looks like in the tube.. and the finish is a creamy matte that's long lasting and easy to wear, making this Deadly Catch one of my top picks from the collection. 

Next, we have Burning Love lipgloss - which is a matchy gloss to Deadly Catch, in terms of that similar deep red shade.  The lipgloss is intense enough to wear on its own as a color.. but it will go well over the matte lipstick too.  It is not too sticky, and wears very well on the lips because of its decent color payoff.  Think of it as a juicy rich red on your lips.  Nice! 

I did not take close up lipstick swatches, but I did feature Deadly Catch in this set of LOTD pictures.  

Highly recommend this couple of red NARS lippies!  
What did you pick up from NARS holiday?  

I can't wait for Summer collections already!

Hope you find this entry useful, and thanks for reading! 

January 10, 2015
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Rimmel London Santa Rose Blush

Hi hi!!

I have heard of this Rimmel London Santa Rose Blush online... and well, I don't know why I never search for it in our local Watsons or Guardian.. but I get this idea that whatever we have here in our Rimmel range is completely different to what 'they' have in the UK or EU.  So I ordered the Rimmel blushes on Feelunique (which might be cheaper) plus I ordered during the Boxing Day sale event.. I ordered two.. of the same blush, cos I was worried that one might get broken in transit (or depending on my luck, BOTH might even get broken.. but luckily they all arrived in good condition!). 

When I first saw the blush, I thought, oh, okay it looks quite natural, like just a tad darker peachier than my own skintone.  I was worried if it would even show up on me enough.  Even when I swatched it, I thought it looked too 'natural' and like nothing.  

But before I go on more about the color, let's look at the packaging, it is so cute, and so small!  I sometimes put one in my makeup bag, just so I can touch up if I need to, you know, whenever you feel like a fresh coat of blush (and not so much because everything is all worn off). 

Here's the swatch on my hand, I think you can see how natural it looks.  There's a slight rosy sheen, and it is one of those blushes that's kinda like NARS Madly, Lovejoy.. but perhaps softer and a bit sheer.  

But when I applied it onto my cheeks, there's where the magic happens.  It shows up a lot more on the cheeks.  I love how it adds color, but in a subtle way..If there is ever a 'my cheeks but better' color, Santa Rose would be it.  Now it ranks almost as high up there as NARS Madly, Lustre as my all time fave blushes.  It is one of those neutral blushes that goes well with whatever makeup looks you wear.  

Bottom Line?  I LOVE IT.  

What's your recent fave blush?  

Hope you enjoyed this entry, and thanks for reading!

January 10, 2015
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Updates & First Impressions: Recent MAC Collections

Hi hi!! This  entry will feature some of the new MAC items which I recently got the chance to preview and also try out.  I am just going to share with you whatever I have used so far and share my thoughts on them...and this will also be like a 'get ready with me' sort of entry, where I try to show you the products in action.. and how I feel about them.  For more information about the new collections, click this entry here. 

A full list of all products mentioned will be at the end of this entry, in case I forgot to mention them, or if you want to just zoom to the end of this entry to see what I used.  Hope this is helpful! 

First we have the Lightness of Being collection:  I was immediately drawn to Force of Nature mineralised eyeshadow.  Here's a close up.  It is a shimmery taupey shade, which is a nice one for all over the eyelids.  This is one eyeshadow which you can really build up the color, and you don't have to worry about it looking too intense.  The finish is a soft shimmery taupe..I will use the more pearly (right hand side of this in the pic) as the base color, and the cooler tone (left hand side) to layer on the more irisdescent shade to give some dimension. 

Here's a quick pictorial demonstration:

The eyeliner I am using in this look is just all sorts of awesome, and I think I have gone on and on about it a few times in my previous entries, or raved about it on IG.  It is the MAC Fluidline Pencil in Black Brilliance (in fact I think this is their best eyeliner formula for me).  It is so creamy, so black, and glides on like a dream.. It sets and does not really fade nor smudge. 
I will usually go over this line with a liquid eyeliner to create a sharper line and also to wing out the outer corner.  

MAC PREP+PRIME collection 

I didn't take close up pictures -  but these are mostly clear colorless products.  I have been using the Face Protect - and it is a nice moisturising SPF50/PA+++ which is my current base and sunscreen.  When I use a separate sun screen like this, I like to reach for foundations which contain no SPF.. cos that's the only chance I get to use them for day time.. such as the MAC Face and Body, or the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation.  I find that the Face Protect does not interfere with all the foundations that I have worn over it.  It makes for a nice hydrating and smoothing base that also protects your skin from sun exposure.  Overall great sunscreen.  I also use it when I go for my long moring jogs. Highly recommend both the Face Protact and the Eye Base - which is a creamy eyeshadow base, that reminds me a bit of the NARS primer.  I like how it isn't 'dry' like the UDPP, and it does intensify the color payoff and longetivity of your eyeshadows. Great great basics which I will definitely keep using. 


Next, we have the MAC Ultimate Collection with Marcel Wanders - I will feature the lipsticks.  These come in a sleek packaging, and they are creamy and the color payoff is quite decent.  I don't find these to be the smoothest in terms of formula but they are easy to wear and the range of ten shades do come in some really pretty ones, like these that I got.  This is an addition to the MAC permanent collection.

Here are some close ups & swatches: 

femme-de-luxe is a my lips but better shade - I like this nude, it gives a nice pinky-beige with some depth.  
ravishingly rich is a orange that's not crazy bright, making it quite a wearable orange with a hint of red.  
marque is a hot pink, it is pretty, but lacks the punch that are along the lines of Candy Yum Yum or Parrot Party. 
audacious is a true red that I think is flattering across a variety of skintones. 

My top picks?  Audacious and Femme-de-Luxe.

Next, we have a couple of products from the MAC RED RED RED Collection.  I will be sharing one eyeshadow, one lippie and one cremesheen glass.  Here's the eyeshadow in Red Alert.  Which looks like a warm brown in the pan, but when applied and blended, has that reddish sheen, that reminds me of Tom Ford Burnished Amber.  Really pretty.  To make this eyeshadow more wearable on me, I will apply a darker matte brown on the outer corner of my eyes and also deepen the crease color a bit. 

And here's how the eyeshadow looks like on me:

And for the lippies 

Cremesheen Glass in Sweet Nectar is a nice neutral nude lip gloss - it is not as sticky as the regular MAC Lipglass.  This is nice to wear and gives your lips a subtle sheen.  

I really like the lipstick in 5-alarm.  It seems to be a lustre finish, and it's a very nice creamy sheer red. Reminds me of NARS Manhunt.  Really pretty.  

Finally, I have the new Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lippies to show, and also the MAC RiriWoo Lipstick which I purchased during the MAC World Aids Day party.  

Here's some product close ups:

RiriWoo - is a frosty red, and it is beautiful. It is intense but the shade of red is still wearable for a lot of people.  I haven't worn all the new Viva Glam lippies to tell you how much I love the colors.. but it seems that this RiriWoo is often out of stock, so I was glad to get it while I could.  

The Miley Cyrus lipstick is gorgeous and I love it - it is a hot pink, very creamy and rich, and the color is just stunning.  I have lots of hot pinks, but this one manages to impress me.  The complementing lipglass is also a bright pink that contains multi-color shimmer bits.  It is very sticky and adheres to the lips very well, making them very long lasting (provided they don't stick to your hair and leave lipglass tracks across your face). 

MAC VivaGlam RiriWoo - 

MAC VivaGlam Miley Cyrus - I applied a bit of the lipglass on the centre of my lips.  See how it sparkles! 

I hope you find this updates entry interesting and helpful.   Sorry if I cram too much info into one long entry, but I try to keep things all to a theme, as you can see here, many many MAC products.  I only pick those which I am most eager to try out, so this isn't all the new stuff I have on hand... I might have a couple of nail polish, pencil liners, face powders which I didn't manage to get to.  

Let's have a summary of my top picks from everything featured:

1. The MAC VivaGlam Miley Cyrus combo.  The lipstick in particular.  The hot pink is good stuff.
2. Prep+Prep Face Protect - a good SPF packed sunscreen is always a good staple to have in your makeup routine. 
3. MAC Ultimate Lipstick in Audacious and Femme De Luxe 
4. MAC Mineralised Blush in Uplifting - a nice peachy orange blush, and it contains these silvery shimmer that gives a highlighted look to your cheeks.  
5. The MAC Face protect + Face & Body combo is lightweight, long lasting and flawless. 
6. MAC Mineralised eyeshadow Force of Nature

I hope that you found this entry helpful and thank you so much for reading!! 

All Products mentioned/ used in this entry:

face 
MAC Prep+Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF50/PA+++
MAC Face & Body Foundation N2
MAC Pro Longwear concealer NC20
MAC Mineralised Skin Finish Natural Light 

eyes 
MAC Prep+Prime 24 hour Extend Eye Base
MAC Mineralised Eyeshadow Force of Nature (LE)
MAC Eye Shadow Red Alert (LE)
MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil Black Brilliance 
Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Moonstone Brown
Majorica Majoca Line Hunter liquid eyeliner
EYEKO Eye Do Liquid eyeliner 
Falsies - I stack 'em myself 

lips 
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Femme De Luxe
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Ravishingly Rich
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Marque
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Audacious 
MAC Viva Glam Lipstick RiriWoo
MAC Viva Glam Lipstick Miley Cyrus 
MAC Viva Glam Lipglass Miley Cyrus 
MAC Lipstick 5-Alarm (LE) 
MAC Cremesheen Glass Nectar Sweet (LE) 
 
cheeks 
MAC Mineralised Blush in Uplifting (LE)
NARS Paloma Contour Duo

brows
innisfree Eco Gel Eyebrow 03
Anatasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel 

January 10, 2015
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Updated Eyebrows Tutorial with Innisfree Eco Gel Eyebrow

Hallo!!

This entry will feature a recent purchase I made and I have been loving it!  I am talking about the Innisfree Eco Gel Eyebrow, and I got mine in the shade 03, which is the darkest shade among the three they have.  Shade 03 is a darkish cool grey brown, which is usually the color I go for my eyebrows. This retails for S$12, which is super mad cheap in my opinion.  

The product comes in the form of a built in brush on one end, and the product itself on the inside of the cap on the other end. It is a gel eyebrow product, but it is unique because the gel texture is quite dry, almost 'powdery' which makes it super easy to use.  I find that with the typical brow cream/gel products, they are quite creamy and it is too easy to get too much on your brows and eventually on your brows.  But for this 'dry' gel cream, you have more control over the application and the overall finish is a lot more natural.  Even the built in brush is very user friendly and decent in terms of quality and I am able to mimic the look of filling in more hairs with the brush and the cream gel. 

And because it is a cream gel formula, I find that it is very long lasting - despite the soft color and how natural it looks.  So I guess you can tell that this is a product which I have really enjoyed since I purchased it. 

Here are some product close ups:

And I always finish my brows with the ABH Clear Brow gel no matter what brow product I use - It sets my brow hairs in place without making the hair 'hard' and 'crispy'.  This is definitely a staple in my eyebrows routine. 

As you can see, the product itself comes in the cap... and you will dip the brush into the cap to pick up product. 

and a swatch - but swatching on my hand is kind of useless, so I will show you a quick step by step of how I use this eco gel thingy. 

As you can see in these pictures... here are the steps:

1. I start at the front part of my brow, and I like to draw the lower outline of my brow first.  This will be a guide as to how 'low' my brows will end. 
2. Next, I will draw short feathery strokes above that lower outline... sort of to fill in the brow shape. This dry cream formula allows me to do the short strokes and mimic hair strokes. 
3. Then I will draw the upper outline of the brows.  This is like the fave part of my brow drawing routine.  When I get a good upper outline, I feel really happy about my brows. LOL.  
4. Then I will taper out both the upper and lower outlines to form the arch and tail of my eyebrows.  and I also fill in whatever spots that are still remaining. Finally, I will use a spoolie brush to comb through everything and blend the product somewhat.. and I also use the spoolie brush to diffuse any harsh lines at the start of my brows..to give a softer overall look. 
5. I use the ABH clear brow gel to comb everything in place.

I must emphasise that this method works for me, because I like quite a certain bold brow look - but I feel that overall my brows still look natural.. or maybe I am too used to such a big eyebrows look. 

And this is the overall look - you can see the hair growth.. and the overall shape is quite natural. 

The Eco Gel Eyebrows really last the whole day.  It sets, and doesn't budge. 
It gives a more natural translucent look compared to using my usual brow powder compacts. 

I did have to try it a couple of times before I got the hang of using something new on my eyebrows,  but once I got the hang of it, I really love the finished look.  
This method takes me slightly longer than my eyebrow compact method.. so in my early morning get ready routine, I will still use my eyebrow compact (Guerlain, Shiseido make really awesome good ones that I love).  I save this Eco Gel for weekends or when I think I have more time to get ready. 

I highly recommend this eyebrow product, it is so cheap, so long lasting, and really gives good eyebrows.  I think I have already gotten at least 3 of my girlfriends to get this product!  Heheh. 

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

December 31, 2014
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2014 Round Up & Current Makeup Storage

Hallo!!!  This shall be my last entry for the year.  I have been mentally drafting this entry, and in the end I think I will do a combo of the year's highlights and my current makeup storage in here.  Hope this will be interesting for you.  I haven't been the most active in terms of blogging this year, but I did discover gems and I will try to compile a list of good stuff in this enty here. 

(As I am sitting here typing this entry, I just had my NYE dinner, had a couple of too much drinks... but I think I am still lucid enough to remember the year past!) 

So sometime in mid-Dec, I decided to give my room a little revamp, it is something I do every 2-3 years, as part of estate improvement.  Haha.  For the past few years, I have been housing my makeup in a IKEA Alex drawer - click this entry here to see what I did.   As time passed, that Alex drawer isn't enough anymore, and I wanted to shift a couple of other units around in my room.  My old ALEX drawer was the 36x115 cm 9 drawers.   In my latest revamp, I moved this to another side of my room. And I bought TWO new ALEX drawers - the 67x66 cm ones.  They are wider - and have 6 drawers.  I stacked them together, the drawers are not as deep as the previous ALEX, but I think they serve my purpose.  

I will try to bring you through the drawers, and what's on my tabletop.  I have a ton of makeup, some bought, and some given to me for consideration by brands - so there are plenty of stuff to organise and put away because things can easily get overwhelming here, and I am not the neatest person around.  I haven't been very good at using new products, but I try I try my best to rotate and also test out new stuff.  So here we go, and I will try to explain along the way. 

I like that these new wider drawers allow me to hold one category of products in one drawer.  Previously I had to split up my foundations/ bases in a separate MUJI unit... and everything else was just everywhere. 

I can even have a little photoshoot area at the top part of the whole unit.. and display some stuff on it to look pretty and all. Here's the top part:

Right now, I just place some boxes and perfume, and candles. This area will remain like this cos I usually dump stuff on another area when I get home (you know, purse, keys, armcandy, etc).  

And here are the drawers:  Mostly filled - but not TOO packed.  Some drawers are more packed, but I have room to keep more stuff that are coming, and also room to keep new stuff. 

As you can see, I have categorised my stuff in the 12 drawers - 

1. loose powders, pressed powders etc
2. blushers - mostly MAC and other misc blushers
3. WILL SHOW A CLOSE UP
4. liquid foundations, bb creams, cc creams, bases
5. random drawer of Choya, new stuff
6. WILL SHOW A CLOSE UP
7. WILL SHOW A CLOSE UP
8. Eyeshadow palettes -- BIG ONES
9. Eyeshadow palettes -- smaller ones, and some singles
10. new stuff
11. new stuff
12. new stuff, mainly skincare

And here some highlights and close ups - gorgeous stuff that I have accumulated over the years: 

This is drawer No3 - all my high-end blushers and face powders. Dior, Chanel, Lancome, Guerlain, Cle De Peau, etc etc etc... it's probably a makeup lover's dream come true. 

This is drawer No6 - all my lipsticks.  Note that I only keep lipsticks that I am currently on my actual makeup table.  A lot of shiseido, YSL, CHANEL and DIOR. 

You might be wondering - one Brand is missing.  Well, here they are: 

Drawer No8
All my NARS are here!  They deserve a place all to themselves! 

I also recently depotted my NARS blushers - esp those with sticky boxes.   But I didn't depot my fave ones.  I used the GHD (flat iron method).  You can google or find YOUTUBE videos on how to do it.  I used a MUFE palette to contain the depotted blushes. My next project is to depot my NARS eyeshadows..once I get some more palettes, I will do so.  The flat iron method is surprisingly and amazingly quick and easy.

and what's on my actual table?  My table is also an ALEX unit, with a 2 metre long table top.  On the table are smaller drawer units that I keep smaller makeup items, such as concealers, most reached for lippies, eyeliners, brushes and watever that I am rotating. I am quite a messy person, so this area is usually messy... in keeping it all real, this is the current state.  I did not try to tidy up when I took these pics (well, partly I was in a hurry to leave my house...).  Most of the MUJI drawers are empty because of my re-organisation, yay!!!

All my eyeliners (again, the most used are in the glass cup up there) and currently I am loving this combination of MAC Face and Body Foundation with MAC Pro Longwear concealer.  Awesome long lasting combination, and makes your skin look so naturally flawless. 

These drawers here contain my makeup brushes.  
Honestly I only use my RT brushes, and MAC brushes most of the time.  I wash and go right back to using them.  My brushes are mainly grouped by types of brushes, and a couple of these drawers are sorted by brands (esp all Hakuhodo, all RT, etc). 
 
and here is where I keep my skincare and hairstuff on the other end of the table. 

That's about the end of my makeup storage sharing..and let's get on to the other part of this entry - my yearly round up!

In 2014, I must say a huge thanks to everyone for your emails, messages and comments - all always so encouraging and friendly - honestly, this year has not been my greatest in terms of updating the blog.  I am very grateful to have brands that keep working with me, and work with companies that still believe in me.  I am so very thankful that I have faithful readers, who may not leave comments on my blog, but drop me an email from time to time to know they are still keeping up to date with me.  I hope that I am able to update the blog regularly in the coming year... and try out more products to feature on the blog.   

That being said, here are my 2014 blog highlights:

Featuring the new NARS Audacious lipsticks was epic - all 40 shades and this is one of the best lipstick formula on the market.  They are creamy and intense.. just love them all around.  Read all about them here.  I must try to do more looks with my fave shades soon! 

The new Urban Decay VICE 3 palette is stunning and very wearable.  The eyeshadows are intense and fun!  
Click here to see my looks: 

Some of the best foundations I have used this year are: 

Lancôme Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation remains one of my most used foundations it is flawless and has a beautiful finish.  I still reach for it on special ocassions and whenever I am not testing out new foundations. 

Dior Star is indeed a star in my makeup collection.  It is radiant, smooth and long lasting. 

YSL Couture Palette in 02 is one of my fave eyeshadow palette - it is wearable and the quality is divine. 

I also fell deeply in love with Shu Uemura Gangnam Pink and started a craze for it among my girlfriends who all got it themselves too.

Still on the lipstick front, I also discovered these affordable and gorgeous lipsticks from VDL


Chanel La Flamboyante
 is so amazing that I bought a back up. 

and in other makeup mentions,  I also love the new items I got this year but have not featured them on the blog

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow - I love both the bronzer and highlight shades and they are equally wearable on me.  And whenever I wear this, I get compliments on how glowy pretty my skin looks. 

In terms of eyeshadows, we welcome Inglot to Singapore at Wisma Atria.   I also got to try out Makeup Geek eyeshadows this year, and I am quite impressed by them!  

I am sure I have left out a few other mentions, but this year I also fell hard for MAC lipsticks - specifically the bold mattes and also a beautiful MLBB shade in Kinda Sexy.  The formula is great and extremely long lasting.   Some of the MAC mattes I have gotten this year include - Candy Yum Yum, Damn Glamorous, Relentlessly Red, Flat Out Fabulous, Lady Danger, No Faux Pau.. etc etc.  

I want to do a bit more of personal reflection, but I have to rush out of the house now, but I will be updating this entry when I get home later!  
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Like I mentioned at the start of this entry, I haven't been the most on task when it comes to updating the blog.  Many of you know I spent the year trying to be healthier and fitter, and I am pretty happy with how much progress I have achieved.  I still have a bit to go, and I also must concentrate on maintaining my weight and all that. (read about my weight loss journey here)  With that also meant that I revamped most of my wardrobe - and getting rid of lots of old clothes.  Some were given away, some were put on sale on my carousel, etc etc... I would like to think that I have evolved my own personal style - #normcore being the keyword much as it is such a hipster wannabe term but anything that's black/ striped/ cool chic denim are now right up my alley, I love pieces that I can dress up or down, and pieces that all pretty much match one another.  A Wildfox striped sweater can go with my ripped denim cut offs, and also match my black denim. or midi skirt, or pencil skirt etc etc.  Suddenly shopping at Zara, COS and various places online became a lot more fun, and I was able to build up my wardrobe again.  I look to style inspiration on instagram - it is much more interesting to see how people put their whole look together than seeing a feed full of pieces of makeup strewn/carefully placed in a picture.  I want to see things/ products in actual context of how they are actually used.  

You can see this is leading to my next point of reflection.  I am so over the whole instagram/Pinterest trend of the 'art of arrangement' - of staging pics that look merely pretty, these pics tell me about the photographers' or rather art director's aesthetic sense, but NOT how practical and/or effective the products really are.  To fight against this superficial trend in my own way, I try to showcase stuff on my IG and also on my blog about things that I am actually using and enjoying at the moment. #faceofthedaywithaface   After all, I don't want to be guilty of being the person who posts only pretty makeup pics online and doesn't know what to do with them IRL.  Let's keep it real, you know?  Recent 'news' have marred the blogging community and throw up questions on credibility, and I personally believe that good content and credibilty takes time to develop and cannot always be measured by 'views', 'likes' and 'stats' - especially credibilty.  Discerning audience these days appreciate genuinely good content, and not thinly veiled advertorial content which are a dime a dozen. 

I had grand plans to revamp the blog and get my own domain etc etc at the end of 2014 (even spoke to my ex colleague who is a graphic designer and web builder person I think, with hopes to get him to help me) but those plans got shelved, because I guess when I start blogging more again, I will think about it. I don't think I will be able to increase my blogging schedule in the new year ahead (heavy work committments) but believe me, when I blog spam, I really mean it - ie sharing with you stuff that I really want to share, things that excite me, etc. And I guess that's really the best, isnt it? It is quite obvious when someone is truly excited and passionate about talking about something, as opposed to rushing to be the first to buy this or that or being obliged to feature something because he/she is 'contracted' to do so.  I have always tried to keep my posts all very organic and true to my heart, and I hope that is something which resonates with all of you.  As always, if you have any queries, questions on products, feel free to drop me a email, a message, if I have the information, I will definitely share with you. 

Do check out my fellow like minded beauty blogging friends' 2014 round up entry - lots of beautiful pics and worthy reads.
> from Mabel aka SheShopsMakeup
> from Sara aka IcyAbstract 

I definitely have a few outstanding reviews and some products that I want to showcase on the blog.. but when I settled into the new year, I will get through them gradually but surely. 

Thank you once again for reading my little blogette, and may 2015 brings everyone lots of happy memories and success. 

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! 

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About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

Where to find me

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

Final Disclaimer

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

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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