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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.

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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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    August 03, 2012

    Dior Golden Jungle Fall 2012: Crocodile Leather Effect Vernis [Step by Step Photos]

    This entry features Dior's Fall 2012 Golden Jungle collection - a duo of nailpolish that gives you a crocodile leather effect on your nails.  

    The crocodile effect, of course, refers to the special effects topcoat which will shatter/ crackle to reveal the base color, and also splits into patterns that resemble the luxurious crocodile leather texture.   Such shatter topcoats aren't new to nailpolish lovers, and I am sure there are many people who can go on at length on the differences in the pattern of the shatter among the various brands. I have only tried on the OPI ones (from the Katy Perry & Nicki Minaj collections).. and I can tell you, I am not the biggest fan of these special topcoats.  They just look a little gimmicky to me, and while I don't find them 'ugly', it's just not something I would wear on my nails for more than a day. 

    But I have tried out the Dior set, and I will share with you, if the crocodile leather effect is really apparent.  I think as you can already see from the first picture in this entry, the crocodile effect is pretty cool, in the sense they the pieces break off in rather piece-y manner, and the edges of the nails only cracks a bit, in smaller areas.  The centre part of the nails has the bigger pieces intact. 

    And if you look at just my middle finger, where I have unintentionally applied the topcoat a little thicker, the polish cracks in larger areas...while on the rest of the fingers (where I only applied a thinner even layer), the polish cracks a little more evenly.  It isn't the same as the OPI ones which I have tried, and I certainly do think the Dior set is really a more luxe and grown up looking version of this shatter nailpolish trend. And I also think that the color combination of this set makes it really kind of luxurious looking. 

    Photos & Close Ups

    Some tips on application to ensure best results

    Apply 2 even coats of the golden base color

    Wait a minute for it to dry

    Apply 1 thin coat of the special topcoat

    Do not try to apply a second layer

    Do not apply it too thickly if not it will 'pool' on your nails and the effect will not be as pretty

    Wait a couple of minutes for the effects to take place

    Apply topcoat for maximum shine

    The brush applicator in this set of nail polish is different from the regular Dior ones which have a rounded tip.  

    This is more like the usual type of brush applicators.  

    A little smaller, and perhaps give you more control over the application.

    Here's the step by step transformation

     

    Apply 2 coats of the golden base color

    Apply a thin layer of the special top coat

    in this pic you can see on the little finger, where I first applied, the edges are starting to crack

    more cracking, especially around the nail edges

    here you can see on my middle finger, the cracking takes slightly longer, due to the thicker patch of polish applied

    all done, without topcoat, one thing to note, unlike the OPI ones, the Dior ones don't dry as quickly and the full effects take longer to fully appear

    They don't dry matte like the OPI ones too. 

    applied topcoat

    does the crocodile leather effect look like a Diorissimo bag here?

    I will let you be the judge... 

    [image credit from Dior.com]

    I know that these special effect topcoats aren't for everyone, but if you are curious about the Dior set and like shatter nailpolishes in general, I must say, go get them.  They really do make your manicure look quite something. 

    For my full coverage on the Dior Fall 2012 collection, including the other two vernis in Bengale & Amazonia, click HERE

    The set of two polishes, both 10ml, retails for S$47. 

    Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking!

    posted by
    8/03/12

    Definitely need to find the time to head over to metro today!! Itching to bring these home!


    posted by
    8/05/12

    The middle finger cracks formed a Number "8"!!! You'll probably gonna get lucky this week! Lolx~ I really love the gold shimmer peeking out from the crack lines! <3


    posted by
    8/05/12

    would love to have that on my nails! :) ♥


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