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Posts for February 25th 2012

February 25, 2012

Wearing my Nail Polish Ring!


A while back, I was given this nail polish ring by Melissa (link to her blog!) - she makes these nail polish rings and sells them on her blogshop  Posh Polish (link here!)  Mine is called Meteor Shower (S$12 including local postage) which is a beautiful dark blue base with specks of multi-color and holographic glitter bits.

Not too sure how the rings are made, the glass 'glob' over the nail polish base totally amplifies the glitter effect, making them look like some kind of galaxy starry night.  I have paired it with a sort of matching manicure shade here (without the glitter bits obviously -- nail polish I am wearing is from Eyeko Indigo), but really, you can wear it with any nail color you wish, or just when your nails are bare, and just admire the nail polish effect as a ring on your fingers anyway.

The rings come in an adjustable wire band, and it's the sort of standard size, I didn't see any sticky bits of glue under the ring, and it seems sturdy enough for daily wear.   Think these also make great gifts for your friends and family too, it's something unique and not too pricey.

There are several more designs on her blog shop, I will include some of the images at the end of this post, so if you are interested, definitely check out Melissa's blogshop!


More photos:


Other designs she has:


You can also email Melissa for more info and orders.



I hope this has been helpful, and thank you for looking!




February 25, 2012

YSL Glossy Stain 11 Rouge Gouache [Swatches & Quick LOTD]

The YSL Glossy Stain - Gloss, or Stain, or More??

It feels like a stain, but looks like a gloss, and I think it also has the payoff of a cream lipstick.  It's hard to explain.  When applied, it has that "wet" feeling of applying a lipstain that sinks into your lips.  But it soon settles to a creamier feeling, like a lipstick.. and the finish is not matte or 'stained', it actually looks glossy - not sticky glossy, but a nice sheen.

This is also very long-wearing.  I know, because I slapped some on my hand, and I had to RUB RUB with soap to get it completely off.   I think I want to get more of these...It is hard to imagine, but YSL has managed to come up with a truly unique product in the lip color market - I mean, there are a gazillion types of lip products out there, but I don't think there is anything like this.

Description from Sephora:

What it is:
A revolutionary new lip product that combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain. </p> <p>What it does:
Coat your lips with this lip color that offers a lightweight texture, which immediately melts onto lips. Glossy Stain delivers intense glossy color for an extremely long-lasting shine.


I picked mine in the shade 11 something bright and pretty, it looks like a deep bright pink, but I think can pass off as a blue-toned red on my lips.

The packaging is kind of like a nail polish bottle, with a screw cap, and the applicator is big enough to apply the product on your lips without having to go back and forth.  It has that signature YSL cosmetics scent, which I LOVE.

I didn't experience any feathering nor 'bleedning' in the application of this product, and considering that it is such an intense color, the application for me, was a breeze.


Photos & Swatches:

All products used:

This is what I would normally wear daily (minus the bright lips most probably).

base: Lancôme UV Expert GN-Shield BB Complete SPF50 PA+++ set with Lancôme Maqui Blanc Miracle compact foundation

concealer: Collection2000 lasting perfection concealer in 01 Fair

cheeks: NARS Madly (which matches exactly what is on my eyelids)

eyes: Shiseido Shimmering cream eye color in OR313 (featuring this soon! I used my fingers to apply this all over my lids, adding more nearer the lashes -- LOVES)

No lashes, no liner, because we don't need all that everyday.


That's all, and thanks for looking!




February 25, 2012

DIOR 257 Incognito & 579 Plaza Vernis [Quick Swatches]

Just a quick swatch and feature of two Dior nail polishes I received this week.  I will be posted better quality swatches and comparison entries soon.    These are LOVES!

257 Incognito is a pinky nude that requires 3 coats to achieve full opacity, while 579 Plaza is a bright warm pink that is almost a one coater.  I am surprised at how Plaza is looking on me, and I gotten several compliments wearing Plaza this past week.

swatches I posted on my instagram feed

if you follow me on instagram, I posted lots of current nailpolish colors I am testing out

and these lasted me very well

except that I keep wanting to change my colors too often!


I am eyeing another shade from this collection --- Rivera --- which will be released with the new Dior Addict Extreme range which I have earlier posted here.  (  link!  )

The collection will be available 1 April 2012.




p/s feaured Dior products are given to me for consideration




February 25, 2012

NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow [Photos & Swatches]


I purchased NARS Lhasa eyeshadow from their SS2012 collection... I might or might not be getting Gaiety...but stocks were not in at the point at which my friend helped purchase this for me.   It is a pretty taupe color which is really perhaps nothing new in my collection, online swatches do show this quite nicely.... so anyway... I decided to get it for myself.

As you can see, Lhasa is much cooler-toned than my other NARS neutrals,

and it seems much creamier in texture compared to most of them.

and a quick slap of Lhasa all over my lids




That's all, and thanks for looking!




February 25, 2012

NEW Mamechiyo for Shu Uemura [Information & Photos]


Available islandwide April 2012

mamechiyo for shu uemura

"kimono a la mode"

art meets beauty in shu uemura's 2012 artist collaboration series with celebrated Japanese contemporary kimono artist mamechiyo.

a master of contemporary beauty, Japanese makeup-artist and pioneer, Mr Shu Uemura brought state of the art approach to beauty.  following Mr Shu Uemura's guiding philosophy - "art is a way of life" - shu uemura and mamechiyo come together to celebrate the beauty of a Japense spring with a special collection of emblematic cleansing oils and UV under base mousses each with its own poem of sweet spring blooms.

mamechiyo is a modern kimono artist who has taken the fashion and art world by storm with her kimono designs, fusing the east and west, old and new, she creates a new world without borders, a new timeless beauty is born, beyond the imagination, contemporary freedom is revered, but design retains its legitimacy, rooted deep in Japanese tradition.

bring art, joy and freedom to your world of skincare and makeup, a world full of playfulness and sensitivity from contemporary Tokyo for spring 2012.

for this special edition of UV under base mousse and cleansing oil, mamechiyo used four spring flowers cherished in Japan - fuji, sakura, botan and ume, matching each bloom to a woman's beauty, a feeling of spring wraps itself around you with a sensitivity reminiscent of the poetic world of spring, mamechiyo invites you to journey between retro and contemporary worlds like butterflies, a new world where fun and colour bring happiness and the sensibility of spring blooms, full of hope and a playful beauty.

At the press event, we got treated to a kimono dressing demonstration - very intricate, and so artful!

every fold, every tug and every piece of the kimono is carefully secured and fitted, a pity the model walked too quickly for us to take good shots, and well, I was hoping she had walked a little more gently to suit her traditional outfit.

more pictures of other models and the products


Price Information:

UV under base mousse SPF 30 PA+++

65 g, beige, pink, pink purple and BB beige

S$78 each


cleansing oils

450ml, balancing, fresh pore clarifying, A/O advanced, white efficient clear brightening

S$155 each




Hope this has been helpful, and thank you for looking



information & photos taken from the press kit and event





February 25, 2012

Nails Story: Two Colors from OPI Holland Collection [Swatches & Comparisons]

Hi hi!

I was good and only picked two colors from the latest OPI Holland collection.   I got a nude and a blue with some gold glassy looking specks --- super pretty, and I am very very happy with my purchase!  (and let's face it, I also picked them based on their cheeky names)

The light blue is I don't give a RotterDam, and the nude is Did you 'ear about Van Gogh

I ordered mine from Nail Vibe (link here!)

And since I only got two colors, I am also link you to Ommorphia's beauty bar for swatches and review of the full collection -- there are some pretty cool wicked shimmering shades in this extensive collection.

the cremes review & swatches

the shimmers review & swatches


Photos & swatches:

I am very pleasantly suprised and impressed by how nicely the gold specks are showing up on my fingers.  I am currently wearing I Have A Herring Problem on my toes from a pedicure session, but I can't help but feel like the color look a little dull after a few days.  But this lighter and fresher blue is much glossier IMO.

And this is did you 'ear about Van Gogh, which might look greyish nude or a very cool toned nude... it is super creamy and almost a one-coater.  Applying two thin coats would be perfect.

(don't ask  me why I need so many shades of pinks and nudes and everything in between -- they are my weakness!)

Some comparisons - no dupes, I think.


What did you pick up from this collection, and which are your fave?



Thanks for looking!






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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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