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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

2009 Foundations Overview

2009 Liquid Foundations Overview

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

Maquillage Esscence Rich White Liquid UV foundation

Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

FAQ & DISCLAIMER

About Me

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

About this Blog

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

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

My Makeup Style

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

What Cameras do I use?

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

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

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

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

Final Disclaimer

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

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    October 01, 2012

    My Shower Essentials

    Hi hi!

    A quick entry to show you what I rotate and use in the shower.  Not to worry, I won't go into the very TMI details of what goes where and the hows or what.  Basically, I just want to provide some quick overall thoughts on some shower and bodycare products which I don't often mention on the blog, but I do use on quite a regular basis. 

    Firstly, in the shower:  I have a whole bunch of shower shampoos, I usually prefer shower shampoos as opposed to bar soaps... cos I find bar soaps hard to store, and they slip everywhere.  I have several of them in use at any one time, and these are some which I have been using for a while.  I am suckered by scents first and foremost.  Anything that smells yummy, I want to use.  But my staples are The Body Shop olive shower gel... they lather well, smells olive-y (which I happen to love).  I always stock up on these whenever there are discounts. 

    Some some days, I use the Lush Snow Fairy, which is LE, and so I use it sparingly.  On other days, I go between the Philosophy Melon Daiquiri and Vanilla birthday cake.  Both smells really sweet, but I am not the biggest fan of the 'soapy' feel after rinsing.  I can live with that, just because I love the scents on these. 

    Next, are a whole slew of body scrubs.  I love body scrubs.. and I mainly only use them on my calves, and arms.  I don't use them anywhere else, cos that would be too abrasive.  I recently tested a range of body scrubs as part of Tang's beauty journal, so I had the chance to use these, and my faves are the Origins Modern Friction for the Body, and the Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub.  I love the scrub beats on these, they are the natural scrub beats, not synthetic beads.  And they are also coarser, which I love, cos I usually think of finer scrubs for the face.  On the body, I want something more 'intensive'.  But the overall winner would be the Origins one, cos the scent reminds me of a totally relaxing spa treatment.  Both the Shiseido and Biotherm ones are gentle body scrubs, which I guess would be suitable for sensitive skin. 

    My bonus treat for body scrub would be my Laura Mercier creme brulee sugar scrub.  It contains sugar scrub beats, as the name suggests, and smells delicious, like Baileys, caramel.. hmmmmm, but I usually decant this into a smaller tub to use in the bathroom to prevent breakage and mess.  It is sticky, gooey, and really exfoliating.  I highly recommend the Laura Mercier bodycare products if you have access to them.  I bought mine in Taiwan.

    I usually like to follow up with a body oil especially after I scrub... and I really much prefer body oils.  I have mentioned most of these in an earlier entry of my current faves before.... but it's worth mentioning which ones I really do like. 

    1. Best affordable and efficient body oil - BIO OIL --- because it is not too thick, and easily absorbed.  I used to use this very regularly on my calves where I have some scars, and they have faded quite a bit.  I like to leave this close to my bed, in case I want to use it as a hand cream at night too. 

    2. Most light and easy to use -- THE BODY SHOP OIL --- the formula is very watery, it is lightly scented, and moisturises very well.  There is no icky oily feeling on your skin after its absorbed.  

    3. Most indulgent and nourishing -- CLARINS treatment oil - this is very rich, and one days when I really want to pamper myself, I would use the Clarins oil. 

    4. Most awesome smelling -- Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey bath oil - this is pricey, but so worth it.  The smells stays the whole day, your skin feels soft, and it's just really fantastic. 

    5. Great for everyday - NIP FAB Multi-fix Oil - again, this quite light in consistency, like the body shop one, and is a great basic body oil which is also quite affordable. 

    I also included the Avene thermale spray, because I only use the Jo Malone bath oil while I am in the shower, and I rub it into my wet just showered skin, followed by normal towel dry.  When I am already in my room, or whenever I want to moisturise my body, or when I feel the air con is especially drying, I would spray my arms and legs with the Avene spray, and then I will rub my choice of oil on the damp area, in order to not just refresh my skin, but also emulsify the oils for instant absorption.  I learnt this trick from reading one of Front Row Beauty's blog entries sometime back.  Most useful tip!

    Someones I use creams too, such as the NIP FAB cellulite fix, and the dry legs fix.  But I don't use them regularly enough to provide much comments, except that I do like the scent, and the texture, because both are very easily absorbed into the skin.   (I think my fave NIP FAB products would be their hand cream, and the multi-fix oil). 

    I hope this has been helpful, and I might do a haircare overview entry soon! 

    Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for reading!

    posted by
    10/01/12

    Origins Modern Friction for the Body and Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub are my favourites too =) Would have to check out Jo Malone's range of bath oils soon.. Thanks you for the reviews!!
    xx


    posted by
    10/01/12

    Wow love this post!! I'm terrible with my bodycare.. Just plain laziness.. But I guess I should start giving the body some love now!


    posted by
    10/01/12

    I prefer using creams at night in my air con room. I love the Bath and Body Works cream :) Fav flavors are Midnight Path and Country Apple...


    posted by
    10/01/12

    Clarins Tonic Treatment Oil is one of my favorites as well! From the feeling of it on the skin to the scent — bliss! And that's a great tip, to use a spray before oils, I didn't know about it, thanks for sharing! Love bath and body stuff and really loved this entry!


    10/02/12

    @ Sara - yes, the water spray really helps to 'dissolve' the oils into the skin, so much easier to use. :) @ Unikgal - If we have more access to BBWs, I think my drawers and shelves will be filled with their body care items and toiletries, heard great great stuff about them! @Mabel - hehe, it's not too late to start! I find it's a relaxing ritual after a long tiring day. @Joey - thank you! and you will love the JM bath oils! :)


    posted by
    10/02/12

    I think I will try either one of these during the next sale!! Origins Modern Friction or Clarins Smoothing Body
    Scrub ;)


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