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Posts for September 6th 2012

September 06, 2012

September Moments in Pictures

Trying to get into the blogging mode, I hope.  It's only been a few days into September, and I feel like so much has happened.  Somehow I am hardly home, and I haven't been able to sit down for a massive photo-shoot and swatching of new products.  It's also kind of lame, because I think I said the same thing in my August random chat. :(  While I am happy that I am catching up with life, people and stuff in general, on the other hand, I really don't like to be falling behind blog wise - and I am very very behind, by my standards anyway. 

Anyway, the first picture above, is this artsy hipster joint called Pigeon Hole at Duxton Hill, where one of cousin is having a joint photography show with a few other artists.  We went over there to chill out over free drinks (keyword being FREE..hur hur).  Notice quite a lot of new quirky places around lately, and it's interesting to check them out. 

Here are a couple of pics of my sister's school at NTU, she is doing her first year at the school of Art, Design and Media, which is something she totally enjoys.  I thought the building and architecture here looks really modern, totally unlike the rest of erm.. NTU.  Heheh.  

I placed a little (maybe not very little) Saks.com order lately, and I can't wait to show you what I bought. 

Lancome, NARS and Dolce & Gabbana 

Celebrated my niece's 4th birthday, and I gave her a pastel rainbow manicure. 

Also worked out lately, I prefer to do some simple cardio, and get my body moving. 

It is a pure illusion that my legs look sort of 'slim' in the pic.  I wish so in real life. 

Perfect Chawanmushi that Meryl made at home. 

It is really silky and smooth.  And the flavour is to die for. 

A pal and I went to Chye Seng Huat Hardware coffee bar today (link) totally hip place to be sipping coffee,

and the place is just very relaxing, if only it isn't so out of the way for me. 

I had a normal iced coffee for my late morning drink.

A very Rotko inspired artpiece at the Singapore Tyler Print Insitute. 

my DIY -- Healthy breakfast, with wholemeal wrap, cottage cheese, banana, peanut butter and cinnamon.

It tastes so good, and gives a boost of energy. 

Don't ask me how I wrap it up.  

I just close the wrap, and try to finish it asap before everything slips out and fall apart. 

Breakfast outing at Olio Dome.  Love the multi-grain toast!

Even though it is the holidays this week, I had to work 3 days of the week.  Tiring, but I ain't complaining.  :)

just a casual workoutfit of the day here.  canvas shoes from NEW LOOK, Zara Shirt. 

received a whole bunch of serious arm candy from a blogspot, shall feature them VERY SOON. :) 

Attended a work event a week back, this is my quick outfit overview:

Zara blazer, jeans, sequin flats.  

Something shiny, casual but not shabby at all. 

A yummy Mocha cupcake someone made for me!

I hope to feature lots of new products and foundation reviews soon. 

Currently enjoying the new Dior Nudeskin foundation, and also the Shiseido Radiant Lifting foundation.  

Can't wait to share. 

Hope you enjoyed this rather nondescript and blah update, and thank you very much for reading!

September 06, 2012

Stuff that I used up [Sept 2012]

Hi hi! 

I have been collecting a bunch of products which I have used up lately, over the past couple of weeks.  And it is interesting to note that most of these products happened to be HAIR stuff.  Especially hair treatments.  Hope this is useful to anyone who is looking for random product recommendations (or not).  

Here we go! 

Let's start with the hair products - I wash my hair everyday.  And I don't use a conditioner everyday.  Instead I use a deep hair conditioner every other day, or sometimes I would just use my trusty Kiehls' Hair Conditioner and Grooming Aid Formula 133 to make my hair smooth and sleek.  

1. LOREAL EVER SLEEK Sulphate Free Smoothing System (Intense Smoothing Conditioner)

I can't remember the retail price, but this is just average amoung the hair conditioners I rotate.  It makes my hair feel smooth enough, but I feel like it is not RICH and thick to penetrate deep into my hair.  I am glad to finish using it up.  Not going to re-purchase this. 

2. Essential Nuance Fairy - Treatment 

I love this!  I just need to use a small lump of it, and apply it all over my hair ends.  It smells great, and really makes my hair very moisturised, and shiny for the whole day - and didn't wear my hair down.  And it is often sold so cheaply at places like Oceans, Venus and those Chinatown toiletries shops.  Even if you get it at Watsons or Guardians, I think it's less than $10.   I think so.  And I need to get more.  I have gone through 3 or 4 tubes of this. 

3. DOVE Damage Therapy Intense Repair - I think I got this for $2.90 at Chinatown Oceans.  I am not a fan of DOVE shampoos and conditioners.. but I don't mind using this every other day.  It has similar effect as the Essentials one (which I like better).  I would purchase this if it is at $2.90 again, the next time I see it.   This, I recommend too, if you have long hair, and want a deep conditioner.

4. When my big tubes of hair treatments are all used up, I reached for these little tubes of intensive treatments.  They usually come in packs of 3, like the Pantene one, or 12 (or 14?) like the Clinicare one.  I find that one tube is usually too much for one time usage, so I normally split into 2 - 3 times usage.  I don't personally find these any MORE nourishing than the ones mentioned above.. but they are good for travel, and I always have a stash of these in my bathroom cabinet.  

5. Vichy Night Creams - I am not going to name any specific range, but in general, I find them all super comfortable to use, and the prices are so affordable, especially when you buy them during Watsons/ Guardians 20% deals.  I had to stop using this jar, because obviously I broke it, and there is still maybe 30% left, but boo hoooo... got to toss this out.   They smell great, didn't break me out, and keeps my skin moisturised during the night in my air-conditioned bedroom. 

6. Laneige Water Sleeping Pack - I have been using this little tub as a night cream after I broke the Vichy one.. it was lying around on my table, so I might as well use it up.  I am always slapping on very moisturising products on my face, because I think that my skin is dehydrated underneath the oilier surface area.  So far with my ultra moisturising routine, I have been able to keep my skin quite firm and smooth.  Hydration & brightening is really the key to youthful looking skin.

7. Lancome Genefique - this needs no introduction, I truly enjoy using this amazing multi-purpose serum.  I love the texture, and I love that everytime I am using this, my skin is always ALWAYS in the most tip top condition.  This is my second bottle, and I bought the 50ml one.. which lasted me a while.  I am going to either try out my NARS skincare, or Kenzo soon... but I have back up of this thanks to Lancome, which recently sent me a brand new one to enjoy. 

8. Ettusais Mineral BB cream - whenever people ask me which is my fave BB cream, I always point them to this Ettusais one.  And for me to use up a base product, it's pretty amazing.  I have more than 10 BB creams in my stash, from various brands.. and this is really one of the more outstanding ones.  I can't recommend this more.  I will be featuring the new whitening version of this amazing BB cream soon, so do keep a lookout! 

9. SKIN79 BB Cleanser - I do enjoy using this cleanser, I always double cleanse, so I use this purely to wash my face, not remove makeup. It smells very fresh and clean, and it does foam up quite well after you lather on your skin. I think it makes my skin feels clean, but never 'stripped' clean that sort of harsh sensation, which is nice.  But I don't think I will go and buy it soon, because I am currently using other foamy cleansers.   

10. FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil - Oldie in my years and years of makeup wearing.  I got this in the special edition packaging, which always features some sort of illustration.  My sister swears only by the Fancl cleansing oil.  Again, this is something which I always will have or will buy... but currently I am trying out the Clarins cleansing oil, and the Biore aqua jelly makeup remover.  Shall keep you all posted on those when I am done using them.  


And there you go, 10 items, and my quick thoughts on them, now I can really toss them away!


I shall try to post a update pictorial entry..maybe after this, if I am still 'awake'.  :)


Thanks for reading, and hope it's been useful.  Do share what you have used up lately too!

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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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