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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

January 24, 2015
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FRESH Beauty [New Flagship Opening & Spring 2015 Launches]

Hi everyone!  Sharing with you photos and information I got about Fresh's latest products and store opening from a recent preview event.  Hope you find the following helpful!  

Kinda excited for the new store opening, the Fresh Candles and oval soaps are really lovely.  I also got to experience their Fresh Honeysuckle scent, which is a refreshing honey slightly floral fragrance - if you like honey... you are gonna love this new one.  


Fresh Singapore will be a 710-sq-foot boutiqgue in ION Orchard, the upscale shopping centre with more than 300 fashion, food and lifestyle establishments spanning eight floors in Orchard Road.  The flagship will showcase the retail concept FRESH first debuted at its New York City store.  In order to bring the brand to life, the design was inspired by elements that link to Fresh's core brand codes - a bakery, a kitchen, a library and an alchemistic lab. 

The store will feature a custom glass bubble chandelier, a mosaic tile floor and a Creme Anciernne corner, which highlights the handcrafted heritage of Fresh's premium skincare collection.  There will also be interactive areas  where guests can discover and dream.  These include the Kitchen table, where they can learn about new skincare products and Fresh Favourites.  

There will be also services for you to customise your gift-giving needs, enjoy complimentary artisanal gift-wrapping.  All these details and destinations stem from Fresh founders Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg's vision of elevating the retail environment, so guests aren't just shopping Fresh but experiencing it. 

Currently In Stores (Sephora, JAN 2015)
Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, SG$144

FEB 2015 Launches 
FRESH Honeysuckle EDP 100ml, $144
FRESH Life Bath and Shower Gel $32
FESH Life Oval Soap $25
FRESH Life Body Lotion $36

MARCH 2015 Launches
FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment In Nude $33

All these will also be available at the new FRESH Flagship at Ochard ION come this Feb 2015. 

Fresh Life Collection features a sensual citrus scent that conjures the freshness of a clear blue sky, sweet morning air, a sparkling sun, and velvety water. Lev Glazman, Fresh Co-founder and "nose" of the brand, created a fragrance that embraces Fresh and its sensibilities, a scent that captures the ultimate Fresh moment.... 

Fresh Life Bath & Shower Gel ($32) with vitamins C and E revitalizes and gently cleanses the skin. The invigorating formula is enriched with nourishing shea butter and antioxidant-rich vitamins.

Fresh Life Body Lotion ($36) with vitamins C and E is proven to significantly moisturize the skin for up to 24 hours* while protecting against dryness. The nourishing formula is also proven to soften and soothe the skin and is enriched with moisturizing shea butter and antioxidant-rich vitamins.

Fresh Life Oval Soap ($25) is a vegetable-based soap enriched with moisturizing shea butter. The nourishing formula is milled multiple times, making the soap super dense, luxurious, and long-lasting. 

Fresh Life Candle ($90) infuses the room with a sensual citrus scent. Made with a unique blend of high-quality, natural waxes and oils, the candle offers an even, wide dispersal of fragrance and boasts a 50 to 60-hour burn time. 

From flesh-toned fashions to pale makeup palettes, everyone is going nude this season. In keeping with this neutral color trend, Fresh's latest lip tint brings a modern update to a classic, essential shade. New Sugar Nude Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 moisturizes, protects, and smoothes the lips while leaving a universally flattering shimmery blush nude tint. A barely-there hue with a hint of iridescence, Sugar Nude delivers a soft, natural tone for a subtly sexy look. Think of it as silky lingerie for your lips. 

Sugar Nude Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15's versatile formula allows for buildable coverage to create a sheer or rich hue. Enriched with the same nourishing sugar, hydrating oils, and anti-aging vitamins as the rest of the Sugar Lip Treatment Collection, it provides six-hour moisture and essential year-round protection from damaging UV rays.    


  • Sugar is a natural humectant that ensures long-lasting moisture.

  • Meadowfoam seed oil, blackcurrant seed oil, passionflower seed oil, and avocado oil are rich in super moisturizing fatty acids.

  • Vitamin A helps to firm, retexturize, and smooth the skin.

  • Antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins C and E provide protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals.

  • Beeswax, an emollient substance with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, softens the skin and enhances elasticity.

  • Carnauba wax, a natural wax that coats the leaves of the Brazilian Carnauba Palm, seals in moisture and acts as a protective barrier to prevent dehydration. 

Fresh honeysuckle eau de Parfum is a luscious floral scent inspired by blooming honeysuckle on an enchanting summer evening.

Fresh Founders lev Glazman and alina roytberg were strolling along the narrow streets of the medieval town of penne- d'agenais in the lot-et-Garonne region of France when the intoxicating smell of honeysuckle stopped them in their tracks. "it was as if the flower was exhaling, breathing out its sweet scent, calling for me to pay attention to it," lev recalls. "we were mesmerized by its pure beauty—its hypnotic fragrance, its precious petals, its luscious leaves. it was as though it was casting a spell over me." when they returned from the trip, he immediately set about recreating the scent so he could relive that magical moment again and again.

Fresh honeysuckle is a multi-layered fragrance. the spirit of the honeysuckle is blended with notes reminiscent of other elements lev and alina encountered on that walk—the salty air, the warm sun, the aromas of other flowers growing in the area—for a completely unique scent that will appeal to anyone who loves a fresh floral experience.

top: Dreamy ylang ylang, black currant, Golden peach
Middle: Jasmin sambac, French honeysuckle, transparent magnolia
Base: blue cyclamen, Dark plum, sunny musc 

Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask. This intensely moisturizing treatment has a corset-like effect on the skin, revealing a visibly more defined, contoured complexion. Specifically designed to be worn while you sleep, the mask works in synch with the skin's natural nighttime recovery process to achieve a lifted, firmer look by the morning. During the day, skin is in protective mode, fighting-off free radicals and pollutants. This causes it to lose moisture and suppleness. Night is the skin's time to recuperate and rehydrate, and Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask enhances this natural process by delivering nourishing, firming ingredients when the skin is most receptive to them. 

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

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

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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:

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

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 

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) 
MAC Mineralised Blush in Uplifting (LE)
NARS Paloma Contour Duo

innisfree Eco Gel Eyebrow 03
Anatasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel 

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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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