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April 06, 2012
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What's in my Balenciaga Bag?

I purchased the Balenciaga Giant 12 Silver Velo (color - Anthracite) a couple of weeks ago, after a period of browsing, studying, comparing, trying out my options at various locations.  Decided that I possibly need a chic enough arm candy that is also casual enough for my usual style. The Valentino studded bags are super wicked, but I don't think they suit me, I didn't want another Alexander Wang bag, and nothing at YSL is appealing to me at the moment.  I was a little underwhelmed by the Proenza Scholder (PS1) bags after I tried them out at On Peddar (check out the Scotts Square store)...so, in the end I made my purchase at the Balenciaga store at Hilton Hotel, and my new bag retails for S$2590.

What I like about this bag, besides the colour, is also the details, the large silver studs (very me) and the fact that it can be worn multi-way, slung across my shoulder, perched on my arm, or I can double the long strap and wear it the usual 3/4 way.  I also much prefer the squarish shape of this 'town' bag as opposed to the usual rectangular 'city'.


Hand stitched handles • Removable adjustable shoulder strap • Top zip closure • Palladium plated metal hardware • Front zip pocket • Interior zip pocket with Balenciaga embossed leather label • Leather framed hand mirror • Made in Italy
13.5" W x 11" H x 6.5" D
Soft vintage crafted lambskin
Black cotton canvas
Photos & 'swatches'


what's in the bag currently?

the essentials

wet wipes, tissues, shopping bag, hair-tie, battery pack, earphones, and my iphone4

more essentials

miu miu studded wallet, inglot makeup bag

if it's a workday, the MJ pencil case, and my ipad will go into the bag too

inside the makeup bag

usually containing foundations & lipsticks I am testing out

NARS Deep Throat

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC-3

Facial Blotters

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation (LOVES, review coming soon)

Lipsticks - Dior Addict Extreme Incognito, Clarins Rouge Prodige 115 Rosy Coral, Maquillage True Rouge RD712,

Lash Glue, Heavy Rotation Liquid Liner

Cle de Peau concealer


Chanel kabuki brush

Handcream from A.kin which came from my March Bella Box

perfume vials from Burberry The Body, and Liaisons Dangerous by Killian (which is not available in Sg, I got mine from Saks last year)

I like to keep a couple of these perfume vials in my bag/wallet, you never know when you need a fresh spritz of scent after a hot and humid afternoon for example having your lunch in a food centre or a crowded stuffy restaurant, or smelly train rides, etc

a couple of shots from my instagram

This is how the bag looks like when I wear it across my body, I am around 176cm tall, and this is the shortest I can make,

so the bag worn slung across your body is pretty low, though not too low on me.


That's all, and thanks for looking!


posted by

Love the colour and gorgeous stud detailing! :-)

posted by belleplusmel

wow at least you make good use of your purse! so much stuff in it :D

posted by

yeah, the bag is very you indeed :)
my back and shoulder would be really tired if I had so much stuff in my bag... hehee :)
I usually have a small purse, iPhone, a small makeup pouch that contains a lipstick, mirror and blotter and some wet wipes (",)

posted by smudgedliner

wow, you're so tall! *envious* great bag choice, its more unique than the typical balenciaga!

posted by

i love the bag.especially the stud detailing and shape. And its like you read my mind cause i was just thinking a few days ago that i havent seen a "whats in my bag" post in awhile. Your wallet is similar in color to mine i think (mine is a pink coach wallet).

posted by csmtcprty

I have always wanted a Balen bag and I really like the color that you have. I've heard that its quite heavy?

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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 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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I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.




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