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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swatches --- 

and on the lips  - -

and overall look for all shades: 

I hope you find this entry helpful! 

Thanks for looking! 

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

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

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

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

The four polishes: 

and a quick makeup demo: 

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

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

Skin prepared with HYDRA BEAUTY products range 



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


JOUES CONTRASTE "Angélique" (N°190) 

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


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

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

Thanks for reading! 

March 18, 2015
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Haul: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Hi hi!!

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

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

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

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

swatches here

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

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

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

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

Hi hi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some quick comparions to the Clarisonic -

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

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

The experience of using - 

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

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

So here comes the Giveaway details

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

Hi hi!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

just keep moving!  #sophianikerun
broccoli and steamed fish 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the first four shades: 

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

And the next four: 

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

The next four: 

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

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

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

And a few looks featuring some of the shades:

All Products Used: 

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

Initial Impressions:

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

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

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

February 13, 2015
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Part Two: Shiseido Veiled Rouge for 2015 Spring/ Summer [Swatches & Looks]

Hallo!!!  How's your weekend been so far?  Like I mentioned in the last entry, this will be a feature of all the new Shiseido Veiled Rouge that will be launched this SS2015.  This is part two of all the swatches, and without further ado, I will share with you the swatches, my thoughts and top picks. 

Some product information:

These new items from Shiseido Makeup 2015 consist of colours that are surprisingly natural and beautiful, to make you flow with your own individual style.  The fusion of Shiseido's most advanced technology and the world's top class makeup artist creates colours and luster that bring out the beauty within you, so you glow more radiantly. 

The new lippies incoporates Shiseido's most advanced technology - they have long-lasting soft and delicate shine, as though wrapped in a veil. 
The new ingredient, Veiling Pearl - ensures intense brightness and its structure allows much light to reflect from the surface to realise a soft and delicate shine. 

The Veiling Formula - with the pressure upon application, the veiling oil will spread over the top layer of the lips, as if wrapped with a veil, to make the colour and shine long-lasting. It also keeps lips hydrated. 
The formula also means that vertical lip lines are less visible, the formula is smooth, even and delicate. 

Close up:
and swatches on my hand
colour descriptions:

RD707 Mischief a rich coppery red with a discreet shimmer
RS308 Sloe a vibrant, berry pink
RD309 Gossamer a fragile beige-pink, a whisper of  transparent colour
RS210 Luscious a juicy pink with a ripe sweetness 
RS711 Beach Plum a lush brownish berry shade, deep but sheer
RS312 Slink a mysterious subtle violet, cool and refined

and swatches on my lips:  

As you can see in this set, the colors are deeper, but still very wearable, so if you are shy about wearing bold shades (don't be!) these will be right up your alley. 
Again, the colors are buildable, as you can control how much intensity you want, the application is smooth and not too thick creamy.  If you like lightweight formula, you will love these.

And on my face overall:

My top picks:

I really love the deep tones of RS711 Beach Plum and also RD707 Mischief.  Deep without being too severe so even if I am not wearing much else on the face, I don't think I will look too washed out.  They also wear off well to a natural just kissed stained on your lips, so that's an added bonus for me. 

My thoughts:  
I think that these lipsticks are extremely comfortable to wear - they glide on beautifully, and indeed, they are hydrating.  It is almost like wearing a pigmented lipbalm in terms of the texture.  I also like that most of the lippies are very cream (not shimmery, with the exception of 2-3 shades which are subtly frosty/shimmering). 

The veil formula is great, and hydrating - but because of this, I must say that these are not the  most long lasting lipsticks.  They last 2-3 hours on me, before the colors wear off.  But during the couple of hours, the color and finish stays true to the Veiling Pearl technology.  
The low maintainence colors (ie the MLBB shades) are great for this formula because it is so easy to slap them whenever you want to touch up. 

The bold pops of color in this collection also make for wearable yet vivid enough lip colours, and I do think they will work great over a matte bold lip, just to add a shine/ intense glossy shiny effect.  On their own, you can work them up (very easily, apply one layer, blot, apply a second layer) to a luscious bold lip look.  

What are your picks from this set?  Be sure to check out Part One of my Veiled Rouge review here!

Happy Weekend! 

Thank you for reading! 

February 13, 2015
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Part One: Shiseido Veiled Rouge for 2015 Spring/ Summer [Swatches & Looks]

Hi hi!!!  This will be the first of two entries dedicated to the new Shiseido Veiled Rouge which will be released this SS/2015.  I am always excited by new Shiseido lippies, they have great formula and a range of colors, it is really difficult to pick faves.  I have the full set of products to play with, and do stay tuned for upcoming entries featuring the products from this makeup collection. 

These new items from Shiseido Makeup 2015 consist of colours that are surprisingly natural and beautiful, to make you flow with your own individual style.  The fusion of Shiseido's most advanced technology and the world's top class makeup artist creates colours and luster that bring out the beauty within you, so you glow more radiantly. 

The new lippies incoporates Shiseido's most advanced technology - they have long-lasting soft and delicate shine, as though wrapped in a veil. 
The new ingredient, Veiling Pearl - ensures intense brightness and its structure allows much light to reflect from the surface to realise a soft and delicate shine. 

The Veiling Formula - with the pressure upon application, the veiling oil will spread over the top layer of the lips, as if wrapped with a veil, to make the colour and shine long-lasting. It also keeps lips hydrated. 
The formula also means that vertical lip lines are less visible, the formula is smooth, even and delicate. 

Let's take a closer look at the lipsticks: 

and swatches on my hand:
Colour description
BE301 Carrera a fine soft beige with the subtle sheen of marble
RD302 Rosalie a subdued rose-red
OR303 Orangerie a delicate glided orange translucent and fresh
PK304 Skyglow a warm luminous warm coral pink, a fine haze of coloured light
PK405 Pomengranate a sweet sharp pnk with a reddish glow
RD506 Carnevale a lively and dramatic blue-red, bright and festive 

And the lipsticks on my face:

*** I think this is wrongly labelled - this should be RD506 Carnevale

I had taken these pictures a couple of weeks ago, and I forgot to record what else were used on the face.  But I will have another round of updated base routines and reviews coming up soon at the end of the month, so will chat in general then. 

My thoughts:  
I think that these lipsticks are extremely comfortable to wear - they glide on beautifully, and indeed, they are hydrating.  It is almost like wearing a pigmented lipbalm in terms of the texture.  I also like that most of the lippies are very cream (not shimmery, with the exception of 2-3 shades which are subtly frosty/shimmering). 

The veil formula is great, and hydrating - but because of this, I must say that these are not the  most long lasting lipsticks.  They last 2-3 hours on me, before the colors wear off.  But during the couple of hours, the color and finish stays true to the Veiling Pearl technology.  
The low maintainence colors (ie the MLBB shades) are great for this formula because it is so easy to slap them whenever you want to touch up. 

The bold pops of color in this collection also make for wearable yet vivid enough lip colours, and I do think they will work great over a matte bold lip, just to add a shine/ intense glossy shiny effect.  On their own, you can work them up (very easily, apply one layer, blot, apply a second layer) to a luscious bold lip look.  

My top picks: 

PK304 Rosalie is my most frequently worn shade the past couple of weeks.  It is almost like my own lip color, very natural pinky, very pretty.  I feel like I can wear this and not have people 'notice' that I have a lipstick on but yet it feels so good.  I also like RD302 Rosalie, which is a deeper rosy nude. I like Carnevale - but you will see that Part Two of my overview - there are some serious colours that sucked me in there.  

I hope Part One of this overview has been helpful - and helped you in your shopping decision!  Stay tuned for Part Two!!

Thank you for reading, and have a fab weekend ahead!

January 28, 2015
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New NARS Collections: Foundation, Eye-Opening Collection, Spring 2015 Colors

This entry will feature three NARS Collections that I got to preview recently.  The new foundation will be out in SG by early Feb, along with the Spring 2015 collection, while the EYE OPENING ACT Collection is already available.  I will show you swatches of the makeup products, and also my brief first impressions of the products I got to play with at the preview. 

First up, we have a new NARS liquid foundation that will replace the NARS Sheer Matte.  This is the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.  This is highly pigmented and comes with a pump that dispenses just the right about of product for one application.  Julyen the NARS makeup artist tried on the foundation on my face and first off, I am very impressed by the pigmentation of the product, you really just need the tiniest amount to have decent coverage, and the finish is so subtly radiant and so smooth and clear.  Quite impressed, and I will reserve my full thoughts after I have given the foundation a good period of trial.  I use the shade Deauville- which is my usual NARS shade.  It is a light neutral shade. 

Here is the official product description from NARS:

Full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough formula builds and blends effortlessly with just one drop—the result of exclusive innovation uniquely designed to deliver long-wearing full coverage, weightlessly. Shake, pump and blend in sections for complete coverage that's completely natural looking.

Pure Innovation. Exclusively NARS.
Weightless Long-wear Technology delivers up to 16 hours of wear, while always feeling light-as-air. Featuring advanced flexible polymers and first-to-market treated pigments.

There is also the new loose powder- which will replace their current loose powder, called Soft Velvet Loose Powder.  I use the shade Eden.  This was also used on me yesterday, it seems to be very soft and smooth, and provides just a tiny bit of coverage after foundation. 

The official description:

Sets foundation and controls oil, while visibly blurring the appearance of fine lines and pores with a soft-focus finish.

And a few pics of my face and overall look after the new foundation/ base make-over:  

Everyone pretty much agreed that my face look very flawless and yet natural at the same time. I have pretty clear skin..and I think this foundation just takes my overall skin texture up a notch while looking very lightweight. 

Next, we have a color collection - called the EYE OPENING ACT - which consists of two eyeshadow palettes (containing brand new shades) and also five shades of matte cream eyeshadow sticks, and a beautiful illuminating multiple - super pretty and wearable.  I fnd the swatches of the eyeshadows to be very smooth and creamy, especially the matte shades - they are very pigmented and didn't seem chalky at all.  More photos and swatches below: 

The Velvet Shadow Stick defines, intensifies and shades, drawing unscripted drama with potent matte pigments. It adds dimension to your eyes for a gorgeous matte look that turns heads.

  • Dark Angel Brown
  • Flibuste Black
  • Glenan Blue
  • Nunavut Purple
  • Reykjavik Gray

The Eyeshadow Palette is depth-defyingly versatile and born to upstage. Light goes dark, warm blurs cool and soft turns saturated in one sweeping performance.

Yeux Irresistible

  • All About Eve Flesh toned neutral with shimmer
  • Jezebel Shimmery sable
  • Thunderball Midnight gray
  • Colombo Vintage gold shimmer
  • Brousse Sable
  • Coconut Grove Deep brown infused with reflections

Inoubliable Coup d'Oeil

  • Dalliance Dusty lilac stone
  • Pyla Smoky hunter green
  • Sidi Bou Said Blackened grape
  • Pandora Sheer white shimmer
  • Luberon Iridescent sand with rose gold sheen
  • Pandora Matte black

Illuminating Multiple 

  • St. Lucia Champagne
And finally, a makeup collection that focuses mainly on NUDE SHADES -- called the  NUDE SCENE which wil be available mid feb in SINGAPORE..love love the eyeshadow duo... can't wait to do looks with them!  Photos and swatches here: 

Collection information taken from Temptalia:

The Spring 2015 Color Collection features Tilda Swinton in the second of four 'Portraits by The Artist', a seasonal series of acts created by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars. Act 2, is a nude scene– daring, baring, anything but neutral.

Disrobed tones in spectral effects expose a new natural state. The look begins with a provocative pink shimmer on cheeks. The barely-there effect extends to eyes, where a bold beige base sets the stage for burnished neutrals with lucid depth. Lips are undone in tan pigments topped with a whisper of opalescent gloss.

That's all I have to share for this entry, hope you find these helpful and thanks for reading!!

January 24, 2015
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Foundation Routines & Products Chit Chat [Jan 2015]

Hi hi!!

Not too sure if I am going to make this a regular feature on a monthly or fortnightly basis - I don't want to make any promises in case this might turn out to be more of an ad hoc, or quarterly updates... but I was thinking that such entries are useful to show you what I am rediscovering in my stash, especially foundations and other bases.  Sometimes I favour full coverage foundation, sometimes I like something sheer and lightweight.. but I am always learning more about how some products work, and in this entry, I will show you two foundation routines which I have gotten in my collection for ages.  I used both a couple of times, but did not remember being too impressed by either one.  But during my re-discovery, I realise that I am quite liking them!  So it is worthwhile to share my discovery with you. I did not rotate too many other items besides the main actual foundation - so I will also include a section near the end of this entry devoted to other staples which I use in conjunction with both the foundations!  In addition to all these rotation - I will also try to reach out for more 'new' foundations which I haven't officially reviewed on the blog yet, and I can already think of a good long list.  So I hope to get back on the foundation review wagon!  

Phew! Long introduction there!  Long story short... just stay tuned for more reviews and also more casual chit chatting about products I am using along the way! 

The first combo is the MAC Face Protect & Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation.  I had purchased this foundation back when it was first released.  The name of it sounds good - but after using it a couple of times.. I soon went back to other foundations I was liking and/or reviewing at that time and soon forgot about it.  The performance did not impress me initially.  I thought it was just kind of meh after I had higher expectations for it.  But I know that many people like it.. my gf Jolyn loves it as this is her HG foundation.  So I decided that I will go back to this foundation and give it a proper go.  

So I guess the trick to this foundation is that you need to make sure that your skin is very hydrated.  It is quite a full coverage foundation that isn't cakey - only if you buff and blend it properly into your skin.  The foundation takes a good half an hour at least to set nicely and smoothly into your skin.  I don't always like to use a pore minimizing primer on my skin.. because I do think that most foundations will smooth your skin after its properly set into your skin with powder and also they tend to wear nicer and nicer throughout the day.  Wearing an actual primer sometimes just add an unnecessary step which I don't like.  

The foundation has a thick creamy consistency.  It has a subtly luminous finish - but mostly soft matte in my opinion.  I like this as an everyday foundation, it is very long lasting (12 hours) and still look fresh.  I compare this to Dior Star - but the Dior Star has a nicer and fresher finish so I still like the Dior one more.  This is a foundation which will suit most skintypes.. and to me, it is a good basic foundation for work and going out.  Of course, the scent is awesome too, like all Chanel foundations!  So I am glad that I managed to re-discover this foundation and able to have a more positive impression of it - which means that it will not go to waste and forgotten! 

Speaking of that, I have another Chanel foundie which I bought and forgot about...that might be the next one in rotation soon!  

Here are a couple of pictures I took while applying ths foundation - shade B10 is a good match for me.  As you can see, my pores are painfully visible, but overall I think the finish is still smooth, and come on, let's face it...nobody is gonna peer into your skin that close up like the pictures I have shown here.  But if you are worried about pores and skin texture, I will mention another product later in this entry, and that is highly recommended if you want a really skin perfecting finish.  For now, this is good enough! 

side note on the Shiseido loose powder - it is lovely, but I will save my proper review for another time when I use it together with the matching foundation. 

Everything just looks better after setting with powder and some color on the face, and of course the eyebrows.  This is my everyday going to work look. 

and when I need to look instantly glammed up somewhat, I will slap on a quick smokey eye, and this is a combination I have been liking:

apply a base with one of the Laura Mercier caviar sticks.. smudge it onto my lids close to the lashline.  Then apply a matte eyeshadow over it and blend blend blend.. this way you get a really long lasting budge proof eyeshadow combination.  Love it!  

here's an overall look - and you can see that from a further distance, and with good natural daylight, the pores and all are naturally smoothed out.  And I suppose this is how people usually view your skin anyway. 

Next, we have another foundation combination and routine to talk about - the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation. And I also use the Tarte Maracuja creaseless cream concealer with this.  

Looks like a scary amount of makeup just for my base - but I am mixing two shades of the Tarte foundation...just for the heck of it.  I do think that Light Sand might be just a tad/half a shade too dark for me, so I add some Fair Sand into it.. though I can go with just Fair Sand on its own.  Again this is another foundation that you should use just a little bit, and buff it into your skin.  Before I go on, I have some swatches to share with you.

And applying them on my face: 

The Tarte foundation has a moussey/whipped creamy consistency.  Just use a bit at a time, and build up the product for more coverage where needed.  I think that this foundation has a very smooth natural finish.  It is probably better for someone who has a oily skintype, and want something that's more matte.  But it is not a flat matte.  I don't think that this foundation lasts the full 12 hours.  I would say I still look fresh and good for 8 hours, and after that the fading will start to happen.  Regardless, this is a decent performer that is easy to use, and again, a good overall everyday foundation that I have been enjoying this week.  It covers the redness in my skin, and gives it a overall nice smooth finish. 

The Maracuja creaseless cream concealer is quite amazing though.  It is one of the thickiest and heaviest formula I have seen among all my concealers.  It is very full coverage yet doesn't look nor feel heavy.  Because of this Fair shade that I have, I prefer to use it under my eyes not to conceal but to brighten up the area.  I like to pat it into my skin using my fingers.. that gives the most natural finish.  It really doesn't crease and is very very long lasting. 

Here you can see the finish of the foundation after I set it with loose powder - it is very flattering in pictures, and makes my skin looks really smooth. 
This is a more 'natural' look - natural lips, and with heavy lashes (but no smokey eyes). 
I just wish it can last through the 12 hours that it claims - not to say that it isn't long lasting enough though.  

And here's a ramble of all other products which I have been using in conjunction with these foundations: 

1.  I have been really really enjoying this MAC Face Protect SPF50.  It is a great sunscreen and also a great makeup base that's clear and hydrating.  It's a white cream that blends clear into your skin.  I like that it has a slight fresh lavender scent, and it is just really awesome to use.  Think I have raved about this quite a bit in my MAC collections update entry, so I shan't go too much into it here.  Really highly recommend this sunscreen base. 

and a close up pic of me applying the Face Protect.  It works well with any foundation that I am using and did not irritate my skin at all. 

2. Next is a collection of concealers and other skin enhancers I am reaching for -

-IPSA concealer palette, this is a product which my friend Cathy gave me when we met up late year.  She mentioned this as her fave concealers, and I can see why, at last (finally got to opening and using it! Opps!).  It is creamy and gives full opaque coverage.  I like that there are 3 shades inside which are good for you to mix.  I usually mix the darker and lighter shade together to make a good tone for me to dab over any pigmentation spots I have.  It goes well over powdered skin and stays put.  I also bring this out in case I need to hide any spots.  I love the KA Sensual Skin Enhancer for the same purpose, but this is bit easier to use. 

- MUFE HD Pressed Powder.. this is way better than its loose version.  Just like the Nars translucent light reflecting powder.. but this is also mattifying and really skin perfecting.  It's unbelievably smooth and silky without any sheen nor shimmer. I love this as a touch up powder on the centre of my skin.  I have been trying out quite a few of these perfecting mattifying skin enhancing finishing powders lately, so I will give a more comprehension overview after I am done testing out a couple more products.  Right now, this is pretty much my top pick. 

- NARS radiant creamy concealer --- this is just a great concealer (used it with my Chanel Perfection Lumiere routine).. I am mentioning it here, cos I am almost running out of it -finally!! And this is one I will always highly recommend to everyone. 

3. Laura Mercier Secret brightening powder
I like to dust this under my eyes after I used my concealer.  It is very smooth and slightly brightening (but not shimmery).  It is so fine and light that it won't ever cake up on the delicate eye area.
I love to use big fluffy eye brushes for this purpose.  This is the Inglot 4SS brush. 

5. Estee Lauder eyeshadow palette - I love the two shades in here for a matte smokey eyes.  It is very smooth and easy to use.  The matte shades are not chalky at all, and I am pleasantly surprised by this random discovery.  This is what I used in my completed Chanel Perfection lumiere LOTD.  I like to layer this over a shimmery base (eg the Laura Mercier caviar sticks).  The deep brown blends out to a warm crease color.  I am not too sure how the other palettes in this range perform but this particular one is pretty impressive. 

What I am wearing in this entry - just a basic H&M jersey dress, here's a fitting room pic.  It's quite short, but the material is quite thick (double layer if you know what I mean) and therefore flattering.  I haven't actually worn it out before...still gathering the courage to rock a short tiny dress like this.  But I like it - form fitting without showing my fatty bits.  And it is only $19.90 or $24.90! 

[update] so I wore it out after all. Threw my trusty COS jumper over it. disclaimer - backpack not mine.  was helping my sis carry stuff.  

I hope you like this type of catching-up chatty blog entry!  Thank you for reading!!  

Here's everything listed for your easy reference. 

All products mentioned: 

Face - 
MAC Prep+Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF50PA+++
Chanel Perfection Lumiere 10 Beige 
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage foundation- Light Sand, Fair Sand 

Powder - 
Shiseido Future Solution Fx Loose Powder
MUFE HD Pressed Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

Concealers - 
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Cream Concealer -Fair 
Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer Light 2 Vanilla 
IPSA Concealer Palette 

Eyes - 
Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks- Cocoa, Moonstone 
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy 03 Provocative Petal 
MAC Fluidline Pencil Black Brilliance

Brows - 
Guerlain Universal Brow Kit
Innisfree EcoGel Eyebrow 03
ABH Clear Brow Gel 

Cheeks - 
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Achiote 
Chanel Les Beiges 30
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow 

Lips - 
YSL Glossy Stain 11
Dior Addict Extreme Incognito 

Brushes - 
Real Techniques Buffing brush
MAC 217 brush
13rushes angled liner
Hakuhodo angled brow brush
RMK Cheek brush
NARS Yachiyo brush
Inglot 4SS brush

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About Me

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

About this Blog

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

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

My Makeup Style

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

What Cameras do I use?

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

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

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

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

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