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Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

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Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

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Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

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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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    Posts for January 15th 2013

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    January 15, 2013

    YSL Spring Look 2013 [Collection Information & Photos]

    YSL Spring 2013, available in Singapore from Feburary 2013.

    The inspiration behind the collection

    “Pink quartz, amethyst, pyrite, malachite, azurite, jade, each possesses a hypnotic beauty. When you hold them in your hands, these precious stones diffuse energy and light, like galaxies. Their crystalline purity and voluptuous opalescence were the departure point for the creation of the Spring Look 2013 for Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. Nature touches me profoundly in all its forms. It produces sublime emotions. It offers me an endless source of inspiration, revealing the force of life, the power of creativity. Nature provides rich colors that I can play with.

    And it is through these colors that I express myself. Tensions, contrasts and chromatic clashes: each association of color tells a story, reveals an attitude, a look, expresses an emotion.

    Light, movement, vibration, force and seduction: the Saint Laurent woman affirms herself in color. Magnetic colors for Spring 2013.” 

    Gems fascinate with their magnetic beauty and their mysterious power of attraction. The Spring Look 2013 is a palette of mineral and crystalline colors,
    inspired by the brilliance of precious stones. Audacious, the Saint Laurent woman takes hold of this pure energy and relishes her arty allure. Opalescent complexion, eyes sculpted in quartz and malachite, lips in garnet, topaz or ruby, nails lacquered in jade. For Spring 2013, the YSL woman plays 
    a seductress of multiple facets. She bewitches with the wink of a smoky azurite eyelid. Hypnotic beauty. Temptress, she plays with a clash of colors.

    “After an acid pop trend in 2012, the Spring Look 2013 is a return to calm. I wanted a palette of colors in halftones, pastel but intense, fresh and powdery, almost milky. To use as a play of harmonies for a chic Parisian look or contrasted to show-off a rock attitude.”
    Lloyd Simmonds

    THE LOOK

    FACE

    Le Teint Touche Éclat B30 Touche Éclat Radiant Touch N° 2 Crème de Blush N° 9

    EYES

    Y Facettes Palette
    Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils N° 21, Green Emerald

    LIPS

    Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres N° 30, Mauve Fusain

    NAILS

    La Laque Couture N° 34, Jade Impérial    

    Y FACETTES

    COLLECTOR PALETTE

    PURE CHROMATICS

    The new Pure Chromatics harmony, in its jewel box of fine Y facets, shimmering like the reflections of a thousand sequins, captures the same intensity of light diffused in the prisms of precious gems. At its heart are four mineral essences, radiating energy and iridescence:

    Malachite. An intense, profound green. Fluorite. A powdery, iridescent rose. Amethyst. A fresh, smoky violet. Azurite. A metallic, lustrous blue.

    EXCLUSIVE TECHNOLOGY

    Pure Chromatics. A revolutionary experience challenging preconceived ideas: water does not dilute color but intensifies it, rendering it infinitely vibrant.

    Magnetic pigments

    Formulated with pure water and no chemical solvents, Pure Chromatics wet & dry eye shadows offer a concentration of nacres and pigments much higher than traditional shadows. This technology infuses color with radiance and purity, exceptional wear and unequaled intensity.

    Water, a color catalyst

    Pure Chromatics wet & dry eye shadows benefit from a unique manufacturing process: the formula is directly injected in its liquid form, then water evaporates. This process allows a much higher concentration of pigments and nacres for longer wear and greater chromatic intensity.

    Art and light

    Once wet, the nacres and pigments fuse to create a cream texture. The lamellar pigments lay flat, for optimal light reflection and a mesmerizing, metallic effect. 

    PURE CHROMATICS

    1 PALETTE,
    3 “COUTURE” LOOKS 

    Couture Quartz.

    “With a single palette, 4 colors, an application wet or dry,
    Pure Chromatics offers infinite nuances and effects. Each woman can create her own YSL look, from mischievous to sophisticated and sensual.”
    Lloyd Simmonds

    Parisian Rocks. “Rive Gauche” style.

    Intense, violet amethyst is blended on the eyelid and shadowed with blue azurite in the crease.
    A touch of pink fluorite beneath the arch of the brow sculpts the eyes in sophisticated style.

    Smoking Jade. Smoky “easy to wear”.

    Subtle, green malachite is twisted with blue azurite towards the exterior of the eye. Melted with a touch of pink under the brow arch for a perfect day look.

    Couture Quartz. The eveningwear look.

    The eye is outlined in blue sapphire crayon,
    smudged into the base of the lashes. The lid is dressed in smoky azurite and amethyst, stretched to create
    an “almond” eye for intense seduction.

    LLOYD SIMMONDS’ EXPERT SECRET

    “Play, paint, express: these are the possibilities offered by Pure Chromatics eye shadows. A chrome effect, a smoky halo or intense liner: everything is permitted. Applied with a fine brush, they become eyeliner. With a wider brush, they lacquer the eyelid. And if you apply several coats in the same direction, the color becomes even more brilliant. Used dry, the Pure Chromatics shades melt to create a silky, satin halo. Wet, they multiply their chromatic intensity and reveal a long-lasting iridescence. Play with contrasts by combining the two effects; the result is hypnotic and so YSL.” 

    THE “IT”

    NAIL POLISH

    LA LAQUE COUTURE 

     

    This spring, two new and precious colors complete the YSL La Laque Couture wardrobe:

    LIMITED EDITION
    Bronze Pyrite N° 35.
    A collector metal “jewel”. NEW SHADE
    Jade Impérial N° 34.
    An “arty” jade green.

    Two Y-conic shades that add a rock touch to the 30 timeless references of the YSL Vernithèque, inspired by the couture heritage and contemporary creations of the House of Saint Laurent. Radiant, fresh, hypnotic, La Laque Couture in arty stone colors is the latest, must have for spring 2013. Exercise your power of attraction to the very tips of your nails.

    YSL INNOVATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

    Exclusive to YSL, these two new nail colors benefit from La Laque Couture’s high-precision technology:

    Pure Color. High concentration of lacquers.
    Extreme Shine and Resistance. High-tech polymers combined with micro-mirrors create a resistant film and assure lasting shine.
    Care. Enriched in rosehip oil and Coralline extract,
    a source of calcium, the formula reinforces, protects and embellishes nails.
    Fast Drying. The “structure memory” formula allows for rapid drying in only minutes.
    Patented Brush. Polish adheres perfectly to the brush for an intense result and a flawless application. Like a caress, it glides onto the nail, delivering a fine, uniform film.

    “Research has pushed the frontiers of technology and innovation with new textures and pigments. Giving birth to La Laque Couture Bronze Pyrite: a truly metallic shade with mineral particles so fine that the lacquer is perfectly homogeneous and the nail as smooth as polished stone.”


    And the complete collection: 

    Available from Feburary!  

    I love love mad love the nail polish! 

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    January 15, 2013

    Spring 2013 Beauty Trends with Dick Page

    The Spring 2013 New York Collections showcased American designers’ fascination with artistry and craftsmanship as they looked to embellishment and new technologies in textile development to dramatize their clothing and seduce the customer. Intriguing textures and hand work included perforation, raw edges, crochet, fringe, wood paillettes, jet and pearl beads and the popular choice of studs and grommets for a modern accent. Keeping the tailoring fairly simple for the warm months of spring and summer, silhouettes ranged from fit and flare to loose and unencumbered, with boxy jackets floating lightly over garments. Palettes spanned the color spectrum from pale beach tones to vivid hues. Leather was seen at most shows despite the sea- son, contrasted by transparent fabrics and delicate lace. Graphic motifs such as color blocking, patchwork, geometric shapes and spe- cifically stripes made a frequent appearance, often in black and white.

    Dick Page complemented the designer’s creative viewpoints with his own artistic expressions.

    This season the face and lips were kept subdued in order to draw attention to the eyes. Narciso Rodriguez and Band of Outsiders eyes were subtle and natural; for the 80s-inspired Marc by Marc Jacobs collection Dick turned to earthy tones for eyes that were “a little bit funky and homemade.”

    At Zero+Maria Cornejo, bold colors and photo prints influenced Dick’s playful eye color choices of pink and purple and at Michael Kors, the collection’s primary colors and linear graphics were reflected in a modern interpretation of the 60s with bright green and turquoise arcs artfully drawn to float above the lids.

    Dick’s insight into the collections and his versatile use of products enabled him to develop diverse looks for the Spring 2013 season. 

    FACE

    Preferring to let the youthful, healthy skin of the models shine through, Dick kept their faces simple and natural to support his philosophy of “just not getting in the way.”

    At Band of Outsiders, Zero+Maria Corneo, Narciso Rodriguez and Marc by Marc Jacobs, he started with moisturizer and then sparingly applied foundation and concealer to correct imperfections. Dick incorporated Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Colors into his looks of the season; at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Zero+Maria Cornejo he added a light trace of Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) to the upper cheek and under the eye for a subtle highlight effect.

    He opted to mix Soft Beam Gold (BE206) with Bronzers at Narciso Rodriguez for a hint of color added to the contour of the cheekbone in a circular, sweeping motion.

    For Michael Kors he warmed the skin up a half tone and then combined Soft Beam Gold (BE206) with High Beam White (WT905) for a dusting on the eyelid-upper cheekbone-under eye, creating a halo of lightness. At Band of Outsiders Dick added a bold brush- stroke “slash” of white (with a concealer lab sample) across the front of the cheeks in dramatic war paint fashion, referencing the Japanese futur- istic novel, Battle Royale, from which the collection drew inspiration. 


    EYES

    The eyes were the headliners this season; the looks were inventive at Michael Kors and Zero+Maria Cornejo, muted at Marc by Marc Jacobs and subdued at Narciso Rodriguez and Band of Outsiders. Michael Kors’ nod to California architecture and vivid Palm Springs hues were expressed in his collection’s primary colors and geometric shapes.

    Dick created a floating line of color on the plane above the lid for a linear, modern nod to the 60s. Using a soft fluff brush, he drew an arc above the lid in kelly green for brunettes and turquoise blue for blondes and redheads. A “trace of white for contrast” was applied to the lid, followed by Luminizing Satin Face Color in High Beam White (WT905) to stabilize the color. A light coat of Perfect Mascara Full Definition in Black (BK901) and added weight to the brows using Shimmering Cream Shadows finished the look.

    The Zero+Maria Cornejo collection boasted geometric photo prints and vibrant colors. Dick selected pink and purple tones found in the textiles and combined them with white to create a “halo” around the eyes. Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) and High Beam White (WT905) were blended and applied along the upper cheek area and under the eye for an aura of light. Using a slightly damp fluff liner brush Dick applied the pink shade from the Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Tropicalia (YE406) along the upper lash line and halfway into the crease creating a “block” of color while leaving the inner eye area color free. Dick blended the pink shade with Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Caviar (BK912) to create a rich purple and applied it at the end of the upper lash line. The lower lash was lined with a white cream liner for an intentionally “imprecise” look.

    The Narciso Rodriguez look conveyed simplicity and clarity to extend the collection’s message of purity. Dick Page kept the makeup “clean,” with a defined eyebrow and a soft shine around the eye. Dick used concealer lightly under the eye and then with a damp sponge, applied loose powder combined with Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) to softly highlight and brighten the under eye area. Dick applied a combination of Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable (BR709) and Caviar (BK912) to slightly darken brows and create natural weight and fullness. He used a small fluff brush to trace the upper and lower lash lines with Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment for a subtle sheen and then applied mascara densely to the upper lashes only. No make up was applied to the eyes at Band of Outsiders but weight was added to the brows.

    Shimmering Cream Eye Colors were used on eyes and brows. To balance the color and pattern-filled Marc by Marc Jacobs collection that included bright head wraps, Dick created a muted, ”semi-punky” look that was “a little bit rough and a little bit fun.” Using a soft fluff brush, Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Shadow in Sable (BR709) was blended from lash line to crease and diffused. It was then added along the lower lash line, followed by a “scrubby” line of Caviar (BK912). Caviar (BK912) was added to the upper lash line with weight at the outer edge for a wash of “mucky” color. Dick completed the look with a heavy coat of black mascara applied to upper lashes, followed by Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment on the lid center and lower lash line for a glossy sheen. Dick favors a strong brow and used combinations of Shimmering Cream Shadows in Meadow (BE204), Caviar (BK912), Leather (BR306) and Sable (BR709) to create custom blends. He explained, “I like the way creams look in eyebrows; it looks more real to me.” 


    LIPS

    Lips played more of a supporting role this season. Crucial yet subtle, Dick used a light hand in application at all shows.

    Dick wanted an invisible lip at Band of Outsiders and chose to mute natural lip color with a hint of foundation. At Zero+Maria Cornejo Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nymph (RD305) was gently diffused and at Narciso Rodriguez, Dick applied “a trace of color” with Lacquer Rouge in Camel (BE306) using a finger pressing technique followed by blotting and reapplication. Dick introduced two NEW colors: at Marc by Marc Jacobs “a touch” of Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Fantasia (RS745) was lightly tapped on by fingertip and for Michael Kors, Perfect Rouge in Vision (BE740) was applied with a soft fluff brush, blotted and then slightly diffused for “a little trace on the lips.” 


    And a recap:  HOW TO GET THE LOOK 

    BAND OF OUTSIDERS    

    The Spring 2013 Boy by Band of Outsiders collection drew inspiration from Battle Royale, the Japanese futuristic novel of survival. Designer Scott Sternberg’s effortless, feminine collection subtly hinted at military and Japanese references. Dick kept the face natural with toned down lips and slight weight added to the brows. To illustrate the conflict and struggle that unfolds in the story, Dick drew a bold brushstroke “slash” of white across the front of the cheeks in dramatic war paint fashion (using a concealer lab sample).

    The face was moisturized followed by a very light wash of foundation and a minimal amount of concealer to correct imperfections. No powder or cheek color was used. Dick added a wide stroke of white (with a concealer lab sample) horizontally across the front of the cheek, lifting the outer

    edge slightly in line with the contour of the face. The edges retained the hand-drawn stroke lines for an impromptu effect.

    Some weight was added to the brows with Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable (BR 709), Leather (BR 306) or Caviar (BK912) to enhance the models’ natural brow shades.

    Natural lip color was minimized with a touch of foundation, followed by a light application of Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment. 

    ZERO+MARIA CORNEJO    

    The free-spirited, relaxed chic Zero+Maria Cornejo collection ranged from neutral monotones to colorful, bold graphic prints derived from the designer’s mobile phone photographs of agricultural crop circles. Drawing on some of the vivid tones found in the textiles, Dick incorporated pink and purple into his “imprecise” look that suggested a “halo” of color around the eyes.

    After moisturizing the skin, a wash of foundation was added to correct imperfections followed by a light dusting of translucent powder. Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) and High Beam White (WT905) were combined and applied along the upper cheek and under eye areas to create a halo of lightness. Darker skin tones received a bit more Soft Beam Gold (BE206). Asking models to smile, Dick applied Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) mixed with Tea Rose (RS302) below the apple of the cheek, blended in a gentle, downward motion.

    Using a slightly damp fluff liner brush Dick applied the pink shade from Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Tropicalia (YE406) along the upper lash line and halfway into the crease creating a “block” of color. The inner eye area was kept free of color. Dick blended Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Caviar (BK912) with the pink shade to create a rich purple and applied it at the end of the upper lash line as a “lump of color.” A white cream liner applied along the lower lash and water lines brightened the eyes. Brows were kept natural.

    Lips were treated with a touch of lip balm, followed by a diffused application of Lacquer Rouge in Nymph (RD305). 

    MARC BY MARC JACOBS    

    The Marc by Marc Jacobs collection embraced playful color and layered, mixed prints that extended to face-framing head wraps and scarves. Alluding to the 80s club scene that the collection was based on, Dick created a soft face and smudged “semi-punky” eyes that he wanted to “look a little bit rough and a little bit fun.”

    Following moisturizer, a trace of foundation was applied with a soft fluff brush to correct imperfections. Dick added a light trace of Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) to the upper cheek and under eye areas to create a subtle tone. To fair tone models High Beam White (WT905) was combined with Soft Beam Gold (BE206). No powder or blush was used.

    Dick created “semi-punky tough eyes that he described as, “a little bit scruffy and homemade.” Using a soft fluff brush Dick applied the Shimmering Cream Shadow in Sable (BR709) from lash line to crease, then blended and diffused at the crease for an undefined line. Application continued along the entire lower lash line toward

    the inner corner. Shimmering Cream Shadow in Caviar (BK912) was added deep into the upper lash line with denser weight at the outer end. Color continued close along the lower lash line in a scrubby line and toward the inner eye, blended and diffused into the Sable. Slightly more Caviar was added at the outer end, blended and diffused into the Sable on the lid to create a wash of tone for a “mucky” smudged look. A heavy coat of Perfect Mascara Full Definition in Black (BK901) was brushed onto upper lashes only. The look was finished with Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment on the center lid and along the lower lash line for a glossy sheen. Fair tone models received slightly more Caviar and dark tone models received a Leather (BR306) variation. Dick added subtle weight to the brows using custom blends of Shimmering Cream Eye Shadows in Meadow (BE204), Caviar (BK912), Leather (BR306) and Sable (BR709).

    Feeling the lip color “should look easy,” Dick added a touch of NEW Perfect Rouge in Fantasia (RS745) that was lightly “tapped” onto the lips by fingertip and diffused. 

    NARCISO RODRIGUEZ    

    The Narciso Rodriguez aesthetic is one of chic simplicity expressed through effortless tailoring and flowing bias lines that convey an understated sensuality. Balancing a Spring 2013 collection filled with color, Dick expanded upon the concept of purity by keeping the makeup “just as simple as possible.” He focused on “real look- ing” skin and defined brows that were enhanced with soft shine around the eyes and subtle lips.

    Dick moisturized the face and applied foundation “as lightly as possible” to correct imperfections and allow the skin to appear “as real as possible.” A light dusting of loose powder was added to the entire face minus the eye area for an effect that was “matte and soft but not powdery.” Dick used a damp sponge to lightly apply loose powder mixed with Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) under the eye to brighten yet not overpower. On fair tone models High Beam White (WT905) was used in place of Soft Beam Gold (BE206). Using a blush brush Dick selected Bronzers in Light (1), Medium (2) or Dark (3) to mix with Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) and

    added “a really soft contour under the cheekbone” in a circular, sweeping motion.

    Dick used concealer lightly under the eye and then with a damp sponge, applied loose powder combined with Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) to delicately highlight and brighten the under eye area. He traced the upper and lower lash lines with Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment using a small, fluffy brush to add a subtle sheen and then applied Perfect Mascara Full Definition in Black (BK901) densely to the upper lashes only. Dick wanted the brows to “appear weighted, full, and slightly darker than the natural brow but not black or too dark.” He brushed the brows down to find the natural line, applied a combination of Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable (BR709) and Caviar (BK912) with a small stiff brush and then brushed the brows back up.

    Once lips were moisturized, Dick applied Lacquer Rouge in Camel (BE306) with a finger-pressing technique, then blotted and reapplied for a naturally textured finish. 



    MICHAEL KORS    

    For Spring 2013, Michael Kors referenced California’s mid-century architecture and Palm Springs hues in his palette of bold primary colors and graphic motifs expressed in stripes and color blocking. Dick carried through the collection’s modern spin on the 60s with playfully artistic lines of bright blue and green positioned to float dramatically above the lids.

    Faces were moisturized and warmed up a half tone from the models’ natural shades. The skin was kept very matte, especially under the cheekbone and under eye areas.

    The lids were “blanked out” with foundation and then transluscent powder was dusted on to set. Dick then applied a combination of Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) and High Beam White (WT905) to create lightness on the eyelid, upper cheekbone and under eye areas and to stabi-

    lize the lids for the cream color. Using a soft fluff brush Dick drew a decorative “floating” graphic arc on the plane above the lids in custom colors: turquoise blue for blondes and redheads and kelly green for brunettes. Shiseido product options are Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Punky Blues (BL310) and Jungle (GR305). A “trace of white for contrast” was applied and diffused along the upper lash line followed by a touch of Lu- minizing Satin Face Color in High Beam White (WT905) to stabilize the color. A light coat of Perfect Mascara Full Definition in Black (BK901) went on upper lashes and brows received added weight with Shimmering Cream Eye Colors.

    Dick used a soft fluff brush to apply NEW Perfect Rouge in Vision (BE740), “a soft beigey mauve,” which was then blotted and slightly diffused for lips that had just “a trace of color.” 

    Which is your fave Spring 2013 trend look? I think I am loving the Marc by Marc Jacobs look, it is so fresh and the eyes look so effortless chic.  I also love the strong clean looks at Narciso Rodriguez.

    Hope this sharing has been useful and get you ready for Spring makeup! 

    Thanks for reading!


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    January 15, 2013

    Ettusais x SWATi Lip Essence

    Popular aromatic candle brand, SWATi collaborates with Ettusais this Feb!

    The hand-drawn illustrations of girls’ favourite items, which are used as the motifs on SWATi’s candles are also featured on Ettusais x SWATi Lip Essence.

    Lip Essence $31

    A lip essence that gives lips a healthy shine!

    Formulated with glycerin and glucose hesperidin to protect lips from dryness.

    Formulated with hyper gloss oil to give lips a glossy luster and lock in moisture for long period of time.

    Protects lips from UV-rays (SPF 18 PA++)

    Formulated with natural treatment ingredients. 


    Lip Essence Stick $26 

    A lasting stick type lip essence that protects lips from dryness and UV-rays!

    Formulated with hyaluronic acid complex, glycerin and glucose hesperidin to moisturize dry lips and prevents chapped lips.

    Minimizes the appearance of vertical lines with spherical pink pearl pigment.

    Protects lips from UV-rays (SPF 18 PA++)

    Formulated with natural treatment ingredients. 

    Hope this sharing has been useful!  Thanks for reading!

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    January 15, 2013

    BeautyAsia 2013 at Marina Bay Sands

    Singapore, 10 January 2013 – BeautyAsia, the region’s most established one-stop show for the beauty, spa and health industry is back for its 17th appearance at a new location. This year, BeautyAsia will be held at Sands Expo and Convention Center at Marina Bay Sands from 25-27 February. 

    BeautyAsia 2013 will have the distinction of being the launch pad for Singapore’s first Hair Designer of the Year award. The competition is open to hairstylists from around the region. NailsAsiaTM 2013 will also be hosting its much anticipated 7th International Nail Art Competition with six award categories up for grabs including 3-D Folk Art Nail Design, French Sculpture Gel Nail and Mix Media Nail Art Design (theme: Chinese Zodiac).

    Organised by Lines Exhibition, BeautyAsia incorporates four distinctive shows: BeautyAsia, SpaAsia, HealthAsia and NaturalAsia. Every year, trade professionals, owners and operators of beauty business look to BeautyAsia for the latest technology, art form, leading products and upcoming industry trends from both the East and West. Exhibitors will be hosting a series of activities at the show including beauty workshops, product demonstrations and talks by leading experts and professionals from around the world. 

    BeautyAsia 2013 is open from 11 am to 7pm during exhibition days. Admission to the show is free and is open to beauty and wellness trade professionals and other registered guests. 

    BEAUTYASIA 2013

    Product highlights

    The ultimate cover-up job

    Still new to Singapore, paramedical skin camouflage is the art of concealing or covering skin imperfections/disorders with the use of cosmetics. This helps to minimise attention drawn to the imperfections and alleviate the sometimes psychological and social effects that these may have on the person’s life. Niks Cover Cream is a premier paramedical camouflage cream that can be applied thinly or thickly (depending on needs) for a soft matte finish. It comes in a range of 18 skin shades to ensure the closest possible match with one’s skin tone. 

    Formulated in Singapore and made in the United States and Europe, the cream is suitable for all skin types and can be used after IPL, laser and microdermabrasion. Niks Cover Cream can be used to cover or normalise permanent and temporary discolourations such as:

    Tattoos
    Scars due to trauma, burns or cancer
    Various types of pigmentation
    Vitiligo
    Moles
    Acne marks
    Age spots
    Varicose veins
    Rosacea
    Birthmarks
    Dark eye circles Temporary discolourations 

    Nail magic at home

    Red Carpet Manicure is the world’s first at- home professional salon gel manicure system for consumers, setting a new category in the consumer beauty industry. Nails lasts for weeks without chipping or peeling and stays truly glossy and in pristine condition. Red Carpet Manicure is truly the replacement for traditional nail polish. All it takes is 30 minutes to have gorgeous nails in the comfort of your home. So easy and fast that anyone can do it. Japanese brand Sha Nail Pro, the world’s leader in nail ornament, will also be showcasing its nail system. Made from a unique ultra-thin film, Sha Nail Pro allows you to layer designs with nail systems such as acrylic, gel and gel polish to create stereoscopic 3-D effects with no bubbles or wrinkles. Sha Nail Pro is the next generation in design and fashion for nails. 

    Konjac clean sponge    

    You might not know it but Konjac or what is often known as konnyaku, is not just great for eating but can also do wonders for your face. The Konjac clean sponge is 100% natural as it is made from plant gel fibre. Besides being eco-friendly, its natural cleaning function makes it good for exfoliating and deep cleansing even the most sensitive of skins. It also promotes facial blood circulation and retains the skin’s moisture to make it soft and fairer.

    Made in Taiwan, the Konjac clean sponge has received rave reviews in Korea and Japan as well. The Konjac clean sponges come in several versions to address the needs of different skin types, whether it is to curb acne, accelerate exfoliation or improve whitening.

     

    ***** I will be updating this entry with a complete list of the brands and vendors which you will be able to check out at the show *******

    In past years, I have come across China Glaze, Deborah Lippmann, Zoya nail polishes selling at discounted prices.  There are also lots of opportunities to get beauty supplies (hair irons, tongs, etc etc), false lashes, salon equipment, and I heard that this year, Hakuhodo brushes will also be taking part.  I can't wait to share the final list of vendors as soon as I get more information.

    Thanks for reading!

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