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Posts for November 30th 2012

November 30, 2012

New Lancome Ombre Hypnose Eyeshadows & More [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi!

Recently I received a bag of Lancome products to try out, and it's always exciting to check these out, because among them are the newly formulated single eyeshadows, a couple of brushes, and also the liquid liner.  I have also included two items from their Holiday 2012 collection which I have already blogged about in this entry. (link link link)   I am very very happy with the colors that I am featuring here and can't wait to use them in a Lancome look very soon! 

More information on these Ombre Hypnose Mono

3 color intensities to play with, from fresh and luminous shades to deep and glamourous shades to fulfill every color desire!
Also consists 4 effects of texture for an expert finish. 

Matte (M): For a soft, velvety finish.
Pearly (P): To create a luminous silky halo.
Iridescent (I): With exceptional concentration of pearly particles to give eyes a beautiful glow.
Sparkling (S): For a dazzling result with pearly particles that act like couture sequins.

And the new liquid liners, the Liner Plume 


Creates an easily tailored look from the thinnest to a strong line thanks to a long and soft brush. Extremely long-wearing, lasting more than 6 hours without smudging.

And swatches

eyesparkle in 10 Noel is a sparkly loose pigment that is largely pale gold, with bits of pink and gold glitter.  It is quite smooth, and lovely to use to pack some shimmering goodness in your eyelook, or dust on your skin to catch the light when you are out for a party for the night. 

S207 Fil D'argent - a golden brown with some fine silver bits very smooth, and very intense

I 202 Erika F - a olive sparkly shade, it is a very 'famous' iconic Lancome shade, and reminds me of Chanel illusion d'ombre in Epatant, or is it the other way round?  

P204 Perle Ambree - a mid tone pearlised brown, my everyday kind of color.  The texture is creamy and smooth.

P102 Sable Enchante - a beige tone pearlised shade perfect for all over the eyes.  Again, same creamy smooth texture as P204. 

Some close ups: 

close up of the gorgeous sparkles

And lastly these two brushes: 

I will be able to give an overview on everything in a follow up entry.  Stay tuned for the LOTD! 

Thanks for looking!

November 30, 2012

NEW Dior Spring 2013: The Cherie Bow Collection [Photos & Information]


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In a flush of freedom, as though flaunting an irrepressible desire to seduce, the Spring 2013 makeup look by Tyen creates a uniquely fresh fusion of the House of Dior’s iconic codes.

Dressed with the bow that Christian Dior adored a throwback to games of love and chance, feminine avatar of the bow tie and an homage to the ribbons worn by the Duchesse de Fontanges, the Chérie Bow collection unfurls...pretty as pink. The couturier found pink to be “the softest of colours”, the colour “of happiness and femininity”. <span>He continually reinvented its hues, from tender ballerina to hot and shocking. Pink received its first couture initials: CD.


Chérie bow: the quintessence of Dior fashion. 



<span style="color: #ff99cc; font-size: medium;"><strong>Spring essentials.


<span>Camille Miceli, Creative Director of Dior accessories, reinterprets the Fontanges bow, named after Louis XIV’s favourite, who made history wearing her ribbons in her hair.
In the elegance of Versailles, it’s cheeky and utterly 2013.


The star palette hides colours created by Tyen: a trio of velvety eyeshadows available in two harmonies, one around vintage powder pink, contrasting with grey and anthracite, the other in poppy pinks frosted with luminous white.
black <span>eyeliner and a fresh pink gloss complete this pop-up edition that sets the season’s tone. 


With Chérie Bow, pink flirts with smoky black and anthracite grey...
Pink, black, grey... The palette glows, the harmonies contrast against the skin... Sometimes demure and well-bred, often sizzling and glamorous, always cult, pink has never been this

The ultimate Dior signature houndstooth makes its mark on the eyeshadows, turning these beauty accessories into the couture must-haves of the season. 

EYES bubbly, enhanced with thick liner, or smoky and mock ingénue. 

The it-pen.

Inspired by backstage makeup artists, who apply a grease shadow set with powder for a long-lasting effect, the new Twin Set eyeshadow pen is the must-have for eyes. At one end, a smooth texture spreads a lush satin or pearly veil. At the other, a sponge-pad dusted with shiny powder brings a mirrored sheen. One shade and twin effects for a twin-set makeup that beholds endless possibilities...

Illuminated, smoky or sophisticated to the hilt, the eyes recover the twinkle of spring. 

Powders and houndstooth.

A first for makeup. The legendary houndstooth <span>that Christian Dior adored appears in eyeshadow palettes for the very first time. The 5 Couleurs and 3 Couleurs Smoky palettes revisit a play on grey and pink for the eyes. Variations on shadows and light, playing on textures and consistencies.


THE COMPLEXION glows, “In the Pink”.    

The “fresh air” effect.

Diorblush also adopts a houndstooth attire. Beneath the puff, two original harmonies peach and “real” pink give the complexion a burst of freshness. Pink flushes to the cheeks, for an instant “fresh air” look. 

LIPS Delicate freshness and sheen.    



Customised glow.

For those who love a discreet rosy effect, an expert innovation for the lips: the gloss Dior Addict Lip Glow. It reacts to the level of humidity in the lips to diffuse its active colour effect and reveal their glow. Plumped with nourishing oils, it deeply hydrates the lips and transforms the smile with glistening sex appeal.

Who has never dreamed of a nail varnish that reveals the nails’ natural beauty and gives a colour-free boost to their glow? Dior invents Nail glow, <span>an all-in-one nailcare, varnish and glow that reveals an instant French manicure effect in one stroke.


Like gossamer silk on the lips, Dior Addict Lipstick shapes the smile with light. Its four lush new shades for Spring 2013 reveal an implacable sensuality, shimmering between attitude and grace. 

Rouge Serum.

A fountain of youth for the lips, a glamour elixir, Rouge Sérum reveals two brand new shades. On the one hand, a delicate candy pink. On the other, a cheeky coral subtly flushed with pearly gold. 

NAILS so “Chérie”, are dressed in natural poppy pink or soft grey. 

Nails signed CD.

In soft pale pink, Dior Vernis Tutu evokes the delicacy of a ballerina. Brighter and spiked with coral, the Rosy Bow shade celebrates spring and glowing seduction. Lastly, the Gris Trianon shade styles the nails with soft grey,
a timeless code in the chromatic world of Dior. 



<span>Dior Chérie Bow $105    

Dior Twin Set Eyeshadow Pens $51    

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow $98    

Dior 3 Couleurs Eyeshadow $72    

Diorblush $68    

Dior Addict Lip Glow $44    

Dior Addict Nail Glow $37    

Dior Addict Lipstick $45    

Dior Rogue Serum $50    
<strong>Dior Vernis $37

All products will be available island-wide from January 2013.    






November 30, 2012

NARS x Andy Warhol Collection for Holiday 2012: EDIE Set [Photos & Swatches]

The Edie set is one of the NARS x Andy Warhol pieces which I bought during the recent launch.  I love everything about it, the film reel packaging, the blush duo, liner, and the eyeshadow.... except perhaps for the concealer shade lipstick.  I suppose I could use it to tone down a lippy, or maybe in case of emergency, as a concealer? 

The set retails for $108, which I think is very reasonable for everything you get in the set. 

Here are some pictures of the packaging:

Blush Duo (Deep Throat & Amour) Both are permanent shades - I already have Deep Throat in full size.  

Eyeshadow single (Edie) I believe this is permanent.  It's sort of like Abyssinia, something I could use everyday all over the eyes.

Pure Matte Lipstick (Film Star) - sorry for the blurry shot, didn't realise my camera wasn't focusing.

Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates - black for that perfect Edie winged liner

Swatches - I don't have a look using these yet, but shall attempt to soon! 

Close ups 

That's all for now, and thanks for looking!

November 30, 2012

Beauty Gift Ideas [for all the girls in your life!]


I don't think I have ever done a 'gift guide' blog entry ever before... was catching up with my gf yesterday, and she was saying how I could do something like this... and I got home thinking, yes, I think I can!  This is my personal list of where I would shop for gifts, what I would buy, in case you need new/ fresh ideas of what to get for that female colleague, sister, mom, your girlfriend etc etc etc.   

If you want a fuss free gift buying experience (no cashier queues, no standing in the store and thinking of what to buy), or the only time you have time to shop for gifts is in the wee hours of the morning, go to Feelunique.com, they are having a 15% off storewide right now (code TREAT15) and their Christmas gift shop is very well organised, you can sort products by WHO you are shopping for, the TYPE of products, your budget and so on.   The code will be ending soon, and order by Monday (2 Dec) to ensure your package arrives by Christmas.  I just placed an order last night, mainly a lot of stocking fillers.  

If you have a big budget, and buying something for the fragrance lover, you can't go wrong with Jo Malone.  They always release special gift sets during the festive season, and the gift choices are plenty for you to take your pick.  My personal reccomendation is to go for the assorted mini bottle sets, or if you know her fave Jo Malone scent, get it in a lotion/candle/bath & cologne set, or go for their special scent of the month Promengranate Noir (my current fave too).

If you know your colleague's or sister's fave skincare and fragrance brands, you can also get one of the many many coffret sets that every beauty house will release at this time of the year.  Sure, the products are predictable, but at least you know you are getting something that she will love and use. 

I have previously shared Lancome's gift sets in this entry here, link link!

Or take a trip to the new TANGS Beauty Hall, browse the counters, and you will definitely find lots of beauty coffret sets all already wrapped beautifully, and ready to be gifted!   New brands available at TANGS now - TOM FORD Beauty, Philosophy (lots of christmas goodies!), Laura Mercier (awesome gift sets!!), NARS, YSL!

Or browse their e-store link here.

Or if you are not too sure what beauty product to get, go for Yankee Candles, I personally cannot get enough of them, and my current fave scents are the Gingerbread, Red Velet and Apple & Pumpkin (from their Autumn collection).  
You can now find Yankee Candles at Tangs, Takashimaya and at their stores (Great World City, Novena Square). 

If you are doing the office gift exchange, secret santa, where you are not sure who you are getting the gift for, check out LUSH gift sets, I think they will appeal to most people, and they are something different from the usual brands of toiletries/bath goodies. 

And if you are buying something really extravagant for that special someone in your life, check out what Cle de Peau Beaute has released recently: 

30th anniversary La Creme special limited edition packaging (SGD1200 each) is truly luxe and promises more luminious and youthful skin after 2 months of usage.  I was recently gifted this and I can't wait to try it out. 

Cle de Peau Voyage Palette SGD260

This palette contains an eyeshadow quad, mascara, mini lipstick, brow set, blush and applicators.   I will have more information on this palette in a later entry.

I hope this little list has been helpful, and give you some inspiration on where to start shopping!   It is certainly not exhaustive, and I could probably add another 500000 items to the list.  Maybe before you head out present shopping today, do a little bit of homework ahead, and braving the shopping mall crowd would be a little less intimidating and frustrating!  

Lastly, don't forget to spend lots of quality time with your loved ones, have lots of fun and be safe! 

Thank you 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.

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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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