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Posts for November 20th 2012

November 20, 2012

OPI James Bond Skyfall Collection: The Man with the Golden Gun


This entry features the OPI Skyfall collection - Have you watched the movie yet?  I caught it last Sunday, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  I thought this latest installment is a good combination of the old school James Bond and the new modern generation (with new Q, and new M), and well, Daniel Craig is my fave James Bond!

The nail polish collection features The Man with the Golden Gun, which I only recently managed to get.  For other colors I have picked from this collection, click here here here. 

This is a 18k golden topcoat - though I didn't spot anything that looks like 18k gold in the ingredient list.. hur hur.  But I bought this at S$22 from timtam00blogspot (link here)   She is my fave local nail polish supplier, always up to date in the stocking of new collections, and reasonable prices. 

The nailpolish comes in its own collector's box. 

The description behind the box. 

And here's how it looks like.  I painted Chanel Rouge Noir underneath.  Black seem a little too typical, and red would have been so Chinese New Year, no?  So anyway.. here it is.  The clear base in which the golden flakes are suspended in, is quite thick.  I wish the flakes are more densely packed... I dipped the brush a few times to make sure that it is picking up enough golden flakes to spread over my nail surface. 

Swatches here are done without any topcoat. 

It is really pretty, and definitely a collector's item.  

Have you managed to get yours yet?

Hope the swatches have been helpful, and thank you for looking~

November 20, 2012

NARS Fall 2012: Amsterdam Pure Matte Lipstick [Swatches & LOTD]

I had received NARS Amsterdam as part of the door gift at the party last week.  Amsterdam is a pure matte lipstick, released as part of the NARS 2012 Fall makeup collection.  It is a deep brownish red.  It is matte and very smooth, and definitely not drying at all.  It reminds me of Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet range... that velvety smooth matte finish. 

NARS lipsticks retail for S$38 at their newly opened store at Tangs Orchard.. (oh how good it feels to say that!). 

I have several of the pure matte lipsticks, and they all last pretty decently on my lips.  It is easy to use without any lipliner. 

If you want to wear a red lippy, and don't want something too screaming bright, I think Amsterdam is a very safe and fall appropriate shade for you.  Besides, I have been seeing this deep brown red shade all over (some call it oxblood), and it seems to be the IT color this season. 

Click here to see Amsterdam on Temptalia, where it is given A+ in her review, and I totally agree. 

Swatches on my hands and lips 

The whole look - all products used listed at the end of this entry - highly recommend Amsterdam! 

All products used:  (All NARS unless stated otherwise)

face - Sheer Glow foundation, Loose Powder 

cheeks - Multiples in Copacabana, and Angelika, Laguna bronzer 

lips - Pure matte lipstick Amsterdam

eyes - Primer, Eyeshadow singles in Abyssinia, Blondie, Lhasa, Larger than Life pencil liner Via Veneto

No concealer used. 

That's all, and thank you for reading! 

November 20, 2012

LOTD: Chanel Rouge Allure - Rouge Byzantin

When my gf gave me her Chanel Rouge Byzantin, I was super excited to give it a try.  And it is actually a very wearable fuschia red, that contains the finest red micro-shimmer.  Rouge Byzantine was released as part of Chanel Byzance Collection in 2011.  It is very pigmented, and easy to wear.  I swiped it across my lips twice, and it gave the most perfect opaque color.   

Here are swatches on my hands and lips

And the whole look.  I kept the rest of the face very simple but defined.  I think it seems to bring out the cooler undertones in my skin, which seems perfect for fall, IF we have a fall season here. Le sigh. 

Love love love this latest red lipstick in my stash!

I think I need to wear red more often! 

That's all, and thanks for reading. :)

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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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