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Posts for December 16th 2011

December 16, 2011

The Weekend before Christmas ...

... is when I fulfil my own Christmas wishlist...

[link to that wishlist]

Arrived in Hong Kong this morning... to meet up with my gf who is working here.  For some relaxation, shopping, catching up, and I also want to soak in the chilly weather here!

I love Hong Kong - I can't even keep count of how many times I have been here in the past few years.  It feels so good coming back to this bustling city, soak in the atmosphere, it's really a place I can just roam about not worrying about what to do, where to go etc.

Changed into my trusty bootie once I got here:

That's us in the apartment lift before we headed out --- ooooo by the way, I got my new watch earlier this week, by some random chance!  Hehehe.   It's an oversized men's chrono - matte stainless chain strap with gold embossing details.

This afternoon/ evening, we focused mainly around the TST area... (Harbour City, Ocean Terminal etc)  -- Since we already have H&M, Lush etc here, I didn't make my usual stops at these stores.

I know Jo Malone is cheaper here in HK (like most brands actually) and my trip to JM today coincided with the first day of their operations at their newly expanded space at Lane Crawford. I was attended to by a very useful associate who very eagerly showed us how to layer our JM scents.  I naturally caved, and bought one....(haul entry up separately later).  She said to spray the base scent first, and the top scent later... it just never occur to me that the sequence of which you spray your perfumes (assuming that you are layering/ mixing) actually matters.  I always randomly grab a couple of scents I like and just spray them one after another.  Really enjoyed the welcoming service there.  Wish I could say the same for some of the other brands I visited later on.

NARS SA really pissed me off big time today - the new counter at Lane Crawford (they have moved out of Facesssss just opposite and also moved out of their main store at Landmark and moved to IFC).  I always enjoyed very very attentive and good service at NARS - they are fantastic with product recommendation, how to use and everything.  BUT THIS WOMAN TODAY acted like I offended her!  And I actually bought something.  Oh man!  Maybe she happened to be having a bad day, and I very unfortunately bore the brunt of her crankiness.

The only thing that interested me at NARS today were their Larger Than Life Eye Pencils... since I have already purchased all the awesome stuff I wanted from their latest collection.  (HKD240 I think?  Each.)

Went to the Laura Mercier counter (still at Lane Crawford) to check out some stuff for a friend, and I swatched more pencils.  Each is HKD210.  Amazing texture and payoff.  Kinda like MAC Greasepaint Sticks.

The YSL counter is too beautiful as is their Christmas collection.  Tempted to get some YSL nail polish, but I resisted.

Went to Page One to check out some Moleskin notebooks for my sister, and came across some of her favourite things:

Some food we enjoyed throughout the day:


It's kind of like coming home in a weird way.


Looking foward to tomorrow and more.



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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.

Where to find me

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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.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

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




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