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Posts for September 7th 2012

September 07, 2012

NARS Jungle Red Lipstick [Photos, Swatches & Comparisons]

NARS Jungle Red is a semi matte lipstick that screams a bright red from the 1950's silver screen.  I felt extra glam when I tried on this lipstick.  LOVE it.  Lately I am back to the no eye makeup and just have a bright pop of color on the lips to brighten up the face.  This is one of those lipsticks that really makes me look fairer than I really am. 

The texture is smooth, intense, and not as drying matte as compared to an all matte lipstick.  I love all my NARS lipsticks, and I think this is no exception. 

Artists Tips from the NARS Site:

An easy way to apply a Semi-Matte Lipstick is to apply it from the center of the lips and move outwards, then fill in the edges with lipliner moving from the corners to the center of the lips. Both lipstick and lipliner will glide on easily for a smooth, matte finish.

When you really want to give your lips focus, go with a Semi-Matte Lipstick or a Pure Matte Lipstick. Wear alone or with a tiny bit of gloss in the center of the pout to enhance the color.

mi-Matte Lipsticks are great for creating a stained effect: Just put some lipstick on your finger and press it onto your lips. If you're looking to make teeth appear whiter, use a lip color with blue undertones. *** MY FAVE WAY TO WEAR THIS! 

Swatches on my hand:

swatches on my lips

I am wearing NARS Jungle Red on my nails to go with the matching lipstick. 

and a comparison pic:

Love this lipstick, and Schiap is next on my list! 



Hope you enjoyed this entry, and thanks for reading!




September 07, 2012

Saks.com Haul: Lancome Blush Subtil Palette 126 Nectar Lace

So I ordered a few items from Saks.com with my friend, and among my order is this gorgeous Lancome blush palette, which will not be making its way to Singapore Lancome counters.   I had to try one for myself, this retails for USD42, and contains a trio of bronzer, blush and a cheek highlight shade.  

The texture of this blush palette is beyond amazing, it is so super smooth, and so soft...and best of so, so pigmented, especially the blush shade.  I think the shade I have picked, Nectar Lace, is the prettiest among the 6 shades released.  The middle shade is a orangey peachy pink shade, and it contains super pretty golden shimmer. 

The bronzer and highlight shade has a lovely sheen, and the colors are subtle and perfect for contouring purposes. 

This is really a great buy, and if you have the chance, definitely pick up one of these Blush Subtil Palette! 


Some product description extracted from the website: 

Face Sculpting & Illuminating
All-In-One Contour, Blush & Highlighter

126 Nectar Lace - Left (Contour): Matte tan Center (Blush): Shimmery pinky coral Right (Highlight): Pale gold shimmer

Sensationally Smooth. All-in-One Blush Palette to Sculpt and Enhance Your Best Features.  Artistry is made easy with three simple steps to contour, blush and highlight your complexion.  For any skin tone, any face shape – your complexion naturally enhanced.  Define your face, enhance or diminish any features for a complexion that is illuminated, brightened and lifted.

Backstage Beauty Tips:
• Apply Blush Subtil Palette using the educational leaflet included or by clicking on the Step by Step link below for the best blush result.

Benefits & Technology
• The new generation of powder, silky and creamy for a smooth even application.   Won’t settle into lines or pores and never looks powdery on skin.
• Builds from sheer to intense coverage.  Blends seamlessly.
• 8-hour wear. Stays color true and does not fade.
• Dermatologist tested.  Allergy tested.  Fragrance-free.



and here's how it looks like on my cheeks.  

I went a little overboard, and I had to blend out the cheek color - in case if your wondering why it looks patchy/ uneven. 

It is really pigmented, best to use a light hand, and apply in layers to build to the intensity you desire. 

and another LOTD where I am not sporting any eye color.

I highly recommend this blush palette, and especially this color! 

Hope this has been helpful, and thank you for reading. :)

September 07, 2012

Lancome Fall 2012: Blush Highlighter in 001 Moonlight Rose [Photos & Swatches]

Lancome Fall 2012 - The blush Highlighter in 001 Moonlight Rose, is a beautiful highlighting face powder with the Lancome rose embossed in the pan.  It has a very pale fine shimmery finish, and is supposed to make your cheeks catches the light, and look radiant.   The blush highlighter retails for $70.  It reminds me of Guerlain's Cruel Gardenia.. which I also have, but I did not have pictures of them side by side.  

What I can say is, you really don't need both.  They are so similar, that when applied on your skin, and depending on the lighting condition, no one can really tell what you are wearing.  It is a powder highlight, and I just dip my brush into the pan and dust it on my cheeks.  I am glad that I don't look like some glitter shimmery ball even though I was quite heavy handed in my application.   This is what I like most about the highlighting blush... it is easy to literally slap on, and goes with most cheek colors I want to use.  It is also very finely milled. 

This is a very pretty product, and no doubt a collector's item with the beautiful rose embossing.  However, I won't say that this is so unique that you need to run out and get it. 


Applied just at the top of my cheeks.  You can see the natural pink-ness of my cheeks coming through. 

With blusher - and do note, I prolly went a little NUTS with the slapping on of the blush. :( 

but you can see the pretty highlight at work, and it adds just a little bit more dimension to my face. 

If you are a fan of cheek highlights, you won't be disappointed with the Lancome Blush Highlighter.  As always, be sure to check out the Lancome counter, and have a swatch and try it on your cheeks to be sure! :)

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

September 07, 2012

Lancome Midnight Roses for Fall 2012: L Absolu Mat Cashmere 300 [Photos & Swatches]

L Absolu Mat Cashmere 300 (S$40) is a beautiful purple-y red that settles in matte on your lips.  A velvety smooth intense rich plummy red perfect for this fall season.  This is released as part of Lancome's Midnight Roses for the fall season... and one of my top picks from the collection.  It is a shade that suits a range of skintones, as proven when Joey, Mag and I all tried it out on the spot during our preview session. 

It is very flattering because it is not super shiny glossy, the shape of the applicator makes it easy for a precise application.  One coat of this lippy gives you true intense color.   The shade of plummy red is not too dark, and yet is not a bright red shade. 

I really love this shade, and I can see myself wearing it for a very chic and clean look, very feminine too. 

It is GORGEOUS, right?

Even without much on the rest of my face, I think the shade doesn't look clownish at all, it just brightens my skintone, and really just look brilliant. 

I highly recommend this shade, if you have to pick something from the Lancome Fall 2012 makeup collection.  

On the rest of my face, mostly Lancome products: 

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Pro Base, Teint Miracle Foundation & Loose Powder

Blush Subtil Palette 126 Nectar Lace*

Blush Highlighter 001*

*to be featured in subsequent entries*

Hope you find the swatches & pictures helpful, and thank you for reading!

Happy Friday!

September 07, 2012

Chanel Les 4 Ombres 33 Prelude [Swatches & LOTD]

Hi hi!

A while back, I had the chance to purchase the Chanel Prelude quad (the US edition) from one of my girlfriends, Jolyn.  I had heard good reviews about this quad, so I decided to add this to my collection.  It reminds me of a cooler toned Mystic quad, but the texture of this quad is so much smoother, and finer. All four shades work very well together, and enhances my eyes very well. 

They are easy to blend, and the colors show up pretty true to how they look in the pan.  If you love your neutrals, you will love this Prelude quad. 

I shan't go on more, but do enjoy the following pictures.  I will bring you through what I used on the rest of my face at the end of the entry. 

Lightest shade - on the brow bone

Medium shade - crease

Taupey deeper shade - on  the lids

Darkest shade - nearer the lashline for definition

I used very minimal eyeliner...and kept the lower lids clear, except for some mascara. 

On the rest of the face, I am wearing mostly Chanel. 

Le Blanc Sheer Illuminating Base, Vitalumiere Aqua, Translucent Loose Powder

Bronze Rose

Rouge Coco Allure in Super (a neon hot pink) 

A very easy to wear quad, and definitely a keeper! 

Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for reading! 

September 07, 2012

Lancome Midnight Roses for Fall 2012: Three L'Abosolu Nu Lipsticks [Photos & Swatches]

Lancôme's Midnight Roses Fall Makeup collection features a trio of 3 limited edition L'Absolu Nu (S$44 each), in shades of pink, to rose and a deep plum that is sure to catch your fancy whether you prefer a subtle wash of color or a deep touch of plum on your lips for this fall season.  I had the chance to preview the collectio, and more.. and so in this entry I will be featuring the 3 lipsticks.  They are all beautiful, the texture is so moisturising, you don't feel like you are wearing anything on your lips.  The colors are rich without being too intense.  The lipsticks also glide onto my lips easily, and two swipes across the lips gives true color payoff (but slightly see through). 

Inspired by Tresor Midnight Rose and the majestic hue of purple, Midnight Roses--Lancome's Fall 2012 Color Collection--evokes mischievous femininity and glamour.  

Lips are replenished, feel softer, and moisturized: Pro-Xylane™ restores moisture to the lips for up to 8 hours

Let's take a closer look at the swatches.    

I love that they all compliment my skintone very well, and I feel like I don't need much else on the face/ eyess.

First we have Soie De Lilas, a pale cool toned almost lilac-y pink. 

I thought it would be hard to pull off, but after looking at the whole face, it all comes together.

Next, we have Rose Damas, a rosy my lips but better shade.  

It is the most wearable among the three colors, and will suit most skintones.  

and finally, we have the most dramatic among them, Prune Resille, a deep reddish plum shade.  

For me, this is quite a skin brightening shade, and easy to wear, due to the sheer-ish finish. 

If you are curious on what else is on my face, here is a list - mainly Lancôme products, of course. 

Lancôme pro base, Lancôme Teint Miracle, Lancôme Loose Powder

Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette 126 (Nectar Lace)* 

Lancôme Blush Highlighter*


*to be featured in subsequent entries*


Do check out these lippies next time you drop by a Lancôme counter! 


Hope these pictures and swatches have been helpful. 

Thank you for reading!




September 07, 2012

Perricone MD Chia Serum & Eye Lid Serum [Photos & Information]


Several weeks back, I got to try out several Perricone MD skincare products.  Among them are the Chia Serum & the Eye Lid serum, and I shall give you some of my initial impressions of these products. 

Just some background on Perricone MD, in case you have not heard of this brand before: 

The founder, Nicholas Perricone, MD is a board certified dermatologist, educator, award-winning inventor and scientist.  He is internationally recognised as the world's leading health, beauty and longevity expert.  He holds more than 40 patents worldwide for the treatment of skin. 

Dr Perricone's three tiered philosophy for healthy aging and beautiful, youthful-looking skin will enable you to look and feel your best at every stage of your life. 

'You can control the way you age' - Nicholas Perricone, MD

Firstly, we have the Chia Serum - with a proprietary blend of Chia Oil and Vitamins (30ml) 

It is a skin oil, which feels really luxurious, and light weight enough to be absorbed into the skin quickly.  I have used this several times, only at night, and I wake up to smooth and non-oily skin.  There is some visible brightness of my complexion the next morning, which is one of the reasons why I usually enjoy using these facial oil serums 2 - 3 times a week in place of my regular night creams.   This is no exception, and if you are looking into starting some Perricone MD skincare, you might want to consider this.  It also has a slight fragrant almond-y scent, which fades away after the serum oil is absorbed into your skin. 

Below are more information which I took from the packaging: 

You can also add the Chia Serum to your moisturiser to make it more intensive and moisturising. 

Next, we have the Eye Lid Serum - which promises to fight the accelerated signs of skin aging along the upper eyelid.  (15ml)

This is the second time I heard of a specific upper eyelid serum.  I have used this twice, and each time I get a little tightening sensation on the upper lids.  The product has a watery gel like texture, and is absorbed into the skin quickly, so I will follow up with my regular eyecream.   I have not used this long enough to see results, but I shall update if I see any results. 

A pump is more than enough for both eyes, and I lightly tapped it onto my upper eyelids, and use whatever is remaining on my lower lids too. 

Here are the results the product promises - and I am quite intrigued. 

Just a quick informative entry, and I hope you find this helpful.  

My girlfriend will also be trying out the Chia Serum too, and I will also update if it works for her. 

That's all, 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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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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