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Estee Lauder Double Wear

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Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

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Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

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Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

Maquillage Esscence Rich White Liquid UV foundation

Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

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

 

FAQ & DISCLAIMER

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 have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

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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    Posts for January 5th 2013

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    January 05, 2013

    Dior Spring 2013: Nail Polishes in Gris Trianon, Rosy Bow & Tutu

    Hi!  

    As you have read from my earlier entry, the only items I picked up from the Dior Cherie Bow spring collection are the nail polishes.  I can't resist - the names and the cute pretty shades draw me in immediately when I first saw the collection.  (collection information here)

    Gris Trianon is described as a soft grey, Tutu is a delicate pink, and Rosy Bow is brighter pink with a hint of coral.
     
    Honestly, all three shades are not unique, if you own enough OPIs and Essies, you would have some of these shades in your stash.  Especially Gris Trianon (the Germany and Holland collection feature some grey-nude shades which are definitely in the same family, though not dupes).  Tutu is a dead ringer for OPI Mod about You.  Rosy Bow is a med-toned pink which if you are a pink lover, you would have some variants in your collection.  But I sort of collect the pretty ones, and this trio is superbly pretty...so I must have them! 

    It is also interesting to note that Dior has know printed the names and numbers of the polishes on the front of the bottle instead of the bottom (just like Chanel does).  I much prefer this way of labelling. 

    All swatches here are done with Nail Tek II base coat, and Seche Vite topcoat, and 2 coats of polish.   I had a quick look at the Dior counter just to make sure that the polishes are not of the streaky kind - they look thick and creamy in the bottle, and I am glad to confirm that fact with my swatches here.  All three are opaque in 2 coats - but do apply the two coats evenly, or else you might end up with some unevenness. 

    Gris Trianon - grey nude, neutral toned grey.  I don't have something like this from Dior... and last year's nude releases are nowhere near.  The nudes were truly skintone nudes, in various shades of beiges and tans.  But this is a grey, yet not a black and white grey like Illamasqua DWS (that's my idea of the perfect shade of grey). 

    Tutu - baby pink!!  Milky, white pastel pink.  This applies smoothly, and makes my skin look tanner than it really is.  If you have OPI Mod about You, you don't need this.   Very opaque like a ballerina's leotard, I would imagine. 

    Rosy Bow - a bright warm-ish pink, totally reminds me of OPI's Pink Friday.  Formula is great on this too, and I think this is a very flattering pink for light to medium skintones.  I think I will start wearing this first. 

    A quick comparison of Gris Trianon - just by looking, you can tell which family of nude it falls into. 

    I found it to be very similar in the undertone to Chanel Frenzy & Deborah Lippmann Waking up in Vegas, so I am showing them side by side. 

    Not the same for sure.  Frenzy is much lighter, and Waking up in Vegas is also slightly lighter but very similar. 

    I think I might even do a alternate manicure with all three shades this week.  

    What are you planning to get from Dior's Spring collection?  Please share! 

    Hope these swatches have been helpful, and thanks for reading!

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    January 05, 2013

    Dior Spring 2013: Nail Glow

    Hi hi!

    I purchased the new Dior Nail Glow yesterday - this retails for $37 and I think it is limited edition.  I am not sure why I got this, but the appeal of rosy tinted bare nails appeal to me somewhat.  On the box, the label reads 'Instant French Manicure Whitening Nail Care', and it contains 10ml of product. 

    Description of the Nail Glow -  click here to read the collection information.

    Who has never dreamed of a nail varnish that reveals the nails’ natural beauty and gives a colour-free boost to their glow? Dior invents Nail glowan all-in-one nailcare, varnish and glow that reveals an instant French manicure effect in one stroke.

    I had painted two coats in this set of swatches - and it dries pretty quickly.  My nails are a little yellow at the moment, so you might see some yellow action going on at the tips of my nails.   Two coats give the nails a faint slightly reddish pink tint, and definitely can tell that you are wearing some form of a pink clear coat on your nails.  This is unlike the Ettusais pink gel coat, which is a pastel milky pink which doesn't translate into much color at all once applied.

    I love the rosy pink tint, and I think when I don't feel like any color on my nails, this is certainly something I can try out. 

    and a quick side by side with the Ettusais pink gel topcoat.

    Hope this entry has been useful, and thanks for looking!

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    January 05, 2013

    First Haul of 2013: Chanel, Dior & Random Chat

    Hi hi!

    I just made my first 'official' haul in 2013, well, online purchases on their way to me doesn't count.  I am talking about going to an actual counter, and picking out the stuff I want!  :)  Anyway, I think this is all I would be getting this month of January.  I want to save up for lots of travel this year, and I am also saving for more hauling in Feburary, when the Asia Beauty Fair comes along, and checking out the Hakahudo brushes in person.  I have a feeling that will require lots of funds! 

    So, anyway -- I bought what I have been 'aiming' for - the Dior Spring 2013 polishes, and the brand new Chanel CC cream.  Everything is already out at Tangs Orchard where I did my quick and focused shopping.  The Chanel CC Cream retails for $82, and the Dior polishes $37 each.  I saw the Chanel spring collection, and I was briefly tempted to grab the trio of polishes in that collection too, and I think for 3 seconds, I think I even contemplated the face powder.  But I didn't I have never gotten into the hype of all the pretty Chanel face powders, and I am not going to start a habit of buying every new one they release.  

    I will be sharing with you all my new stuff in subsequent entries.  This is going to be a slightly rambling entry - I hate to say that I am making resolutions for the new year - I think I just want to articulate the 'direction' I am going to take on this year... hahah.. and also maybe give a quick preview of some upcoming entries.  Just because I am not hauling anymore this month, does not mean that I don't have new stuff to try out and share with everyone! :)

    Has anyone check out information on NARS Spring 2013 collection?  

    Instead of the pretty pinks and girly shades that Chanel and Dior are coming out with, NARS has once again taken the edgy route by springing (pun not intended) on us bold colors and best of all, an exciting new shade of powder blush! 

    I totally want that blush (called Seduction) and the nail polish (Disco Inferno). 

    For more information on this collection, check out Temptalia

    Yesterday, we went to the airport to pick up my gf who is coming back to Singapore after being posted for work in Hong Kong for the past 2 years. The time just flew by, and I think I been there at least 4 times to just hang around and do my shopping and relaxing with us.  Good to have her back, and now we are just a quick cab ride away! 

    and check out this little darling - his name is Nikkie - while we were out yesterday!  (it was a fruitful day yesterday, shopping, running errands, and going to the airport, and having an awesome dinner with the girls!) 

    In upcoming entries, I am looking forward to sharing with you lots of new BB cream, CC cream feature and reviews.  I will try each one out for a week, and post my review.  Meanwhile, I will also try to post the information and details on each before I get to posting the reviews.  From Philosophy, Dior, Chanel, and Lancome - everyone is all about the BB and CC creams! 

    I am quite excited about trying these out! 

    I am also using a bunch of awesome skincare lately, I think I will post a separate skincare chat entry middle or end of January. 

    I am also looking forward to sample a lot of foundations too.  Since they are all samples, I don't think I will devote separate entries to each of them, but I will post a collective entry with my initial impressions of these foundations.  Excited for that! 
    My sister and I are also thinking of posting a mega red lipsticks chat/ ramble/ comparisons.  She loves red lipcolors, and I do too, when I want to look really groomed and made up, and between the 2 of us, I think we have at least 20 red lipsticks as our material. 

    I have also been collecting stuff to do an 'empties' entry - I am just waiting to use up a couple more items before I do that entry.  

    And one more thing.. 
    I want to look healthy!  Over the past 2 or 3 years, I have been exercising on and off, dieting on and off, but mostly half-heartedly.... and in 2013, I want to be serious about my weight-loss plans, promise to go exercise at least 3 times a week, slowly building up the intensity (which I have been trying to do).  I realise while I enjoy gymming on treadmills, I do enjoy the variety, and also panting and huffing outdoors.  They say that goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely).  So to apply this to my little goal =

    Specific - Going to exercise 3 - 4 times a week (or 5, depending on weather conditions) I am just doing some brisking walking, slow jogging, and stairs climbing. Nothing complicated in terms of moves yet, and I am not aiming for any super fit/ muscular end results.  Just needed to get all that excess bulk off myself first and feel healthier.  Measurable - I have some numbers and timeframe in mind, definitely, shan't go too much into the numbers, but my main milestones are Chinese New Year, my Birthday, and June before any of my travel plans, and from then on it's maintaining and maybe more definition.  Attainable & realistic - Just look at the pictures below!  I have done it before, and I can do it again!  I sometimes look at old pics of myself to motivate myself.  Somehow by saying it out here, I feel like I am more 'serious' and feel like I should better keep my promise!  Timely - well, as mentioned, my milestones.  I am not giving myself a lot of time, but I am really quite sick of the current situation.   Heheh. 

    I think that's about all I wanted to say in this entry, don't think I missed anything out.. hehe.

    Hope you enjoyed this entry, and thanks for looking!!

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