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Posts for December 17th 2012

December 17, 2012

Meet my New CELINE Audrey Shades

One of my bigger purchase in Hong Kong is this pair of Celine shades.

To be honest, it is purely accidental!  

I was browsing at Harvey Nichols last week, and I was trying on this pair of Tom Ford shades.. and contemplating it.. then I walked around the eyewear section, and saw their selection of Celine shades.  I had tried them on before at the Celine store in Singapore.. but all the designs felt stiff, heavy and didn't fit my face.  That's before this release of NEW eyewear for 2013.  So basically, this pair of New Audrey is a updated version of the existing Audrey (an image search of 'Celine Audrey' will throw up lots of images of fashion bloggers and celebs wearing it, fyi) the important thing about the NEW Audrey is that it is wider, and it fits my face, and is in a classy style that I would be able to wear for a long time to come. 

I probably modeled it for quite some time at Harvey Nichols, and the sales associate was extremely helpful (his name is Arthur) he was not pushy, but politely informative.  I didn't eventually buy it at HN, because they had a brown pair, and a olive green pair.. but I didn't want to make a purchase on the spot.  I wanted to sleep on it, and besides it was the first day I reached HK, and I had the whole week to contemplate further. 

Then a couple of days later, I was at the Celine store at Landmark (lousy staff by the way) again, they had only the brown pair and I also tried on this other pair which is edgier.. two toned lenses.  But I posted pics of me wearing both pairs on my Instagram, and an overwhelming over 40 people 'voted' for the New Audrey... heheh so when I was at the Celine store in Harbor City, and I saw the NEW Audrey in BLACK... that totally won me over. 

I usually prefer black shades... they just go better with my coloring, my black hair, fair skin... a brown pair would be a little out of place I think.  

So, I took the plunge and bought the NEW Audrey --- I think this is prolly my 5th sunglasses purchase this year (black Ray Ban aviators, two pairs of HOH, and Elizabeth & James Fairfax....gulps) I am really a sunglasses addict!  

Here's the link to the shades at Harveys Nichols online store (sold out currently, and at 200 pounds!!  OMG)

Model number is CL41805/S/New Audrey

I paid HKD2030 which is about SGD330.  All the Celine shades I tried on in Singapore including the 'old' Audrey retails for over $400.... so I thought the price in HK seems to be really attractive.  

p/s I also love the suede slim case for the shades.  I am so sick of all the bulky boxes that come with my Dior and HOH shades. This Celine case actually fits into my bags so nicely! 

More close up pictures: 

I seldom pick shades with such thick arms... but this is really nice and classy!   
It has graduated maroon lenses, and also polarised, if I am not wrong. 

and here's how it looks like on me:  With and without makeup! 

I love that it covers my eyes sufficiently... covers this random zit on my nose.. hehehe.  Very useful!

my slightly blotchy just woke up face.. 

all dolled up and ready to go! 

Obviously, the Audrey shades is named after Audrey Hepburn.... see this image here from Breakfast at Tiffanys - I definitely don't have her pixie shaped face, but I think it suits me too!

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and if you want a comparison of old vs new Audrey shades, click on this link here. 
New Audrey is squarer and bigger.


Hope this rambly post about my fave accessory (after armcandy) is useful... and thanks for reading!

December 17, 2012

Meet my Alexander Wang Fumo Large Wristlet

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During the recent, I think it was the Friends and Family sale at shopbop... or was it the Black Friday sale... I can't rememeber.. but anyhow..... there was a 20% off almost everything at Shopbop - and usually the 20% discount doesn't apply to most labels in their designer boutique..but obviously this time, Alexander Wang is included in the sale, and I took the chance to order the Fumo Large Wristlet which I have been half eyeing whenever I browse the site.  

The Fumo wristlet is exactly the kind of wallet/ purse situation I live in... It is big enough for cash, coins, stacks of random cards, and you can hold it like a purse... I am not really a serious wallet person.. I never keep all my cards neatly into slots, I never arrange my cash by denominations etc etc... I just chuck everything inside.  Hence you might have noticed that all past purses I featured are all made for my chucking purposes. 

I also noted that the Fumo wristlet is the matching accessory to my Rocco bag (which I really need to bring in to the Bag Spa for a treat) so that's even more reason that I should own it... 
I love the leather, and how sturdy it feels. 

The wristlet retails for USD198 (before discount)  <a href="http://www.shopbop.com/fumo-large-wristlet-alexander-wang/vp/v=1/845524441944230.htm?folderID=2534374302082571&fm=browse-brand-shopbysize-viewall&colorId=12867" target="_blank"><strong>Link here! 

</strong></a>Description - 

Wrinkled leather lends a retro, favorite-wallet look to this Alexander Wang wrislet, which has antiqued hardware and 2 outside zip pockets. An industrial-style stud accents the removable wrist strap. The lined interior houses a patch pocket and a divider with a main slot and 4 card slots.

Leather: Lambskin.

There are some slots in the middle of the wrislet, if I do feel organised enough to put my cards there (so far, not happening yet). 

Here's an idea of the size in relation to my hand.  I can also fit my iphone into the wristlet, another plus. 

Love my new purse! 

Hope this entry is helpful, and thank you for reading!

December 17, 2012

Travel Makeup Faves [Dec 2012]

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this entry will feature the makeup items I brought along with me on this trip.  I am here in HK for a whole week, and I usually put on full face makeup when I am out and about here.  I try to pack in some options when it comes to color choices and also try to pick products which I have been wanting to try out/ put to the test and also stuff which I know just works

First, let's start with the eyes - - - -  

Eye shadows 

1. Lorac Pro Palette - seriously this is one of the best products of 2012 - Amy and Jerlaine both used this palette last week, and they totally love it too.  You can purchase the Lorac Pro Palette at underTwenty (currently OOS but link here).  Every shade in this palette just works, and the colors all wear and last beautifully throughout the day. 

2. Giorgio Armani eyes to kill - 24 and 28.  One a blackened gold for smokey looks, and a rose gold for a sparkly 'casual' look 


I brought along an assorted collection of pencil liners and a liquid liner, but honestly I hardly used the pencil liners, except for when I want to lightly line my lower lids.  And also not forgetting, the NARS eyeshadow primer which is a trusty staple. 

Lashes & Brows 

DUP lash glue.  Can't do without this if I am wearing false lashes. 

My Bobbi Brown brow shaper. 

My new Shu Uemura eyebrow manicure I love love love this, even more than the Bobbi Brown one.  Shu Uemura brow pencil. 

Here are swatches of the eyeliners, if anyone is keen.  I highly recommend all of them. 

Next, my fave category of products to pack for - the foundations. 

I brought along the following:

1. Chanel ultra fine translucent loose powder - I love this powder, it is so fine, and sets my liquid foundation flawlessly. 

2. Chanel perfection lumiere - Trying out this foundation, I bought it a month back, and have used it only a couple of times.  This is a good week to try it out.  So far, I am liking it, it is nothing spectacular, but not too shabby either. 

3. Giorgio Armani UV master primer - This is a lightly tinted primer - it evens out the skintone, and I like the light texture.  

4. Ettusais Mineral BB cream - The brand's BB creams are among my top fave.  I love to use this as a base before foundation for extra coverage and longevity. 

5. Lancome Teint Miracle compact powder - love this pressed powder for touch ups on the go.  

swatches of everything I mentioned above: 

I am sometimes prone to a couple of breakouts during travels and so concealers are necessary.  I went for my trusty Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer, and also YSL touche eclat highlighter for under my eyes. 

swatches here - 

And here, we have the cheek products -

1. Dior Nude Tan - a light bronzer with a subtle glow which I can easily dust all over my face for some warmth

2. NARS Gaiety - which I brought cos it is so neglected, and also in case I feel like having a pop of pink on my cheeks.  But I don't think I really like Gaiety...not because of the color but somehow I don't like the finish and formula of this particular blush. 

3. Tarte Exposed - this is one of my latest blushes... and I love love this... it is a brownish pink very flattering shade. 

4. Maquillage Aura Veil powder - one of my all time fave for a finishing powder. this blends the bronzer, blush everything nicely, and covers the whole look with a soft touch veil.  I feel like my face is not completed until I dust this Aura Veil all over my face, especially in the centre part of my face. 

Swatches - - - 

Lip products - I went for the moisturising formulas in my stash of lip products and also went for classic reds and classic natural shades. 

Shan't name them individually, but if you have been reading my blog, you would have noticed that I used some of these lip products quite frequently. 

Here are the swatches - I probably went a little overboard with the color choices, and I think I just saw two more NARS lippies hiding somewhere in my bag... opps!  

And lastly, we have the brushes - tools - very important! 

1. Real Techniques buffing brush for foundations 

2. MAC 217 - I brought two along, one for dark colors, and one for neutral colors

3. RMK tapered blending brush - for brow bone highlight, applying and blending crease colors

4. Spoolie brush to brush my brows

5. NARS Yachiyo brush for cheek colors

6. Lancome cheek color brush for cheek colors 

I use my fingers to apply concealer with. 

Really enjoying my stay here so far.  

Hope everyone is enjoying the new week, and 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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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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