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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

2009 Foundations Overview

2009 Liquid Foundations Overview

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

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

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

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.

Where to find me

Twitter (link button above!)  Email (stated above!)  Instagram (makeup_blogette)

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.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.

 

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    April 20, 2014

    NEW Lancôme Lip Lovers: Lippies for Every Look, Every Occasion!

    Lancôme unveils the new must-have from the In Love range: Lip Lover.

    Following on from Rouge In Love, the ultra-addictive versatile lipstick, Gloss In Love, the brilliantly styled light-catcher lip gloss and Baume in Love, the phenomenally subtle moisturizing balm, Lip Lover is just the product trendsetters everywhere have been waiting for! An essential accessory for every occasion to bring out the personality of every look. Lip Lover is the perfect match for lips. Colour, shine and care all in one quite simply lip-changing!

    One of a kind, its hybrid formula combines refined colour effects, "made-to-measure" shine and lasting comfort... Lip Lover truly beautifies every smile with its infinitely adjustable shades that can be customised to suit every mood! Adorns lips with the je ne sais quoi that invites a kiss...
    All your lips need is love. 

    A declaration of love for pink

    Forget everything you thought you knew about pink... Lancôme reinvents the emblematic colour of femininity with its biggest ever palette of pinks specially created for lips: 18 feel-good shades divided into two colour families. 

    Basic Chic shades

    From pink-beige all the way to rosewood, a palette of delights built around the theme of pink! 10 fresh and delicate shades for a subtly lip-beautifying effect. From soft nudes to intensely pigmented shades, the Basics are resolutely Chic.
    For example? Casse-Noisette, a ballerina pink with all the grace of a dance step, Beige Adage, a light- infused flesh tone to match the pink in cheeks, or why not Corail Cabriole whose subtle orange accents serve to brighten every complexion... 

    Creative Chic shades

    A cascade of 8 resolutely pop shades to offer a daring twist to every look... A sparkling range infused with all the charm of coral, raspberry and deep purple, including a range of mouth- watering delights such as Pas de Prune, an intense magenta to electrify beauty, Rose Gracieuse, a radiant shade with ruby tints, Belle de Rouge, a vibrant shade for mischievous lips, or Bordeaux Tempo, a deep and utterly bewitching purple. 

    The star shades

    These Lip Lover range shades are simply indispensable. If you had to choose three essential, universal shades to keep all to yourself and at all times:

    Rose Attrape-cœur, a delicate peony pink guaranteed to win hearts.
    Framboise Étoile, a ripe raspberry shade, for delectably irresistible lips.
    And of course Lip Lover itself, a radiant fuchsia you can't help falling in love with... 

    Colour, Shine, Lipcare... The perfect alchemy

    The comfort of a balm. The refined colour of a lipstick. The shaping shine of a gloss. Lip Lover excels in all areas!

    Lip Lover has a trio of best assets:
    - Colour: infused with lipstick pigments, the shades melt into the intensity of lips' natural

    colour to truly reveal their beauty. Deep colours, without ever feathering.

    - Shine: "made-to-measure", subtle and re-plumping shine that can be built up and intensified layer by layer; a little, a lot or all the way! Its secret: an ultra-shiny, non-sticky silicone-infused oil allowing for a glide-on texture that smoothens out any irregularities on application. Fixed to the pigmented layer by adhesive polymers, the shiny film remains at the surface, protects colour and perfects it with a mirror-finish effect as well as preventing feathering.

    - Lipcare: emollient and moisturising agents make up no less than a third of the formula. The on-lip result is 8hr moisturisation and lips are nourished as well as instantly comforted thanks to this exceptionally soft and generously rich formula. A declaration of love for lips!

    A genuine innovation to leave lips flawlessly kissable: Lip Lover is equipped with an intelligent bi- phasic formula. Its emulsion separates on application so the pigmented phase can fuse with lips while the glossy film rises to the surface to sublimely coat lips...

    Lip Lover beautifies lips: 85%* A genuine lip-perfecter.

    Lip Lover does not dry lips out: 91%* Stays pleasant to wear for hours.

    Lip Lover offers an instant sensation of comfort on lips: 85%* So comfortable you instantly forget you're wearing it.

    Lip Lover creates intense, radiant colour on lips: 90%* Lips are dressed in intense and radiant colour.

    Lip Lover procures a truly shiny colour result: 91%* Its shine brings out the intense vibrancy of every shade. 

    An addictive fragrance

    Two shade families, accompanied by two brand new ultra-feminine fragrances...
    Lancôme swathes the Basic Chic shades in a delicate, romantic fragrance: fresh rose petals are made mouth-watering with a hint of vanilla and juicy raspberry. For the Creative Chic colours, a deliciously voluptuous composition: heart notes of opulent rose perfected by powdery iris and violet accents... Totally addictive! 

    The arrow applicator: from the lips straight to the heart    

    Flaunting clean lines and metal finishings and an irresistible click on closing...
    Lip Lover reinterprets the codes of the In Love line with a built-in transparent window meaning the shade within remains visible. To beautify lips in a single stroke, it is equipped with an innovative applicator that makes all the difference: thanks to its elongated arrow shape, curved profile and supple material, it precisely hugs lips' shape to better envelop them in flawless colour and even shine.

    All it takes is a stroke from one corner to the other and back to apply just the right amount of product. The arrow tip can then be used to perfect the corners and define the contours.
    Lips' new best friend, Lip Lover leaves lips utterly kissable. For even more boosted volume, dab a lighter shade over the centre of the lips using the applicator. So simple! 

    My Top Tips & Tricks:  Matching the Colors for every occasion! 

    Colours that I recommend for everyday use for work, school, etc... 
    These shades are easy to wear, you don't need a mirror and these shades add a fresh glow to your look without clashing with the rest of your makeup.  I would also recommend  these shades to balance out an intense eyelook.  

    314 Casse-Noisette: A warm beigey nude
    334 Corail Cabriole: A bright wearable coral - featured in this look below
    321 Rose Contre-temps:  A soft pink 

    What is a great Sunday shade?

    When it comes to Sunday makeup, some people prefer to keep it simple, some people want to dress up, whichever the case, I think that you can't go wrong with a pop of color on your face, especially if you are not going to do much on the eyes.  Here's my top picks for a Sunday shade - relaxed, colorful and just refreshing...

    My top picks:
    351 Pas de Prune: a slightly purpley pink that's still wearable (magenta) - featured in this look below
    336 Orange Manege: bright juicy orange 
    337 Lip Lover: bright neutral pink 

    Shades for glamorous night out

    For me, I like to bold lip to stand out when I am out at night.  Most people would go for the smokey eyes, and leave the lips almost bare, but I like to go for maximum impact (without looking like a clown of course..)  The great thing about the Lip Lovers is that there is sufficient pigmentation, you can build up the colors as you wish, and the glossy factor gives a more casual feel to the lips (as opposed to matte finishes).  You can wear these bolder shades as a stain - by blotting with a tissue just so lightly, so the color remains but most of the shine is taken away.  You can also concentrate most of the color in the centre of the lip, as I have shown in the first glamour look. It is really up to your preference. 

    My top picks for a glamorous night out: 

    the REDS:  353 Rose Gracieuse - featured in the first look
    356 Belle de Rouge
    362 Bordeaux Tempo - deep bewitching purple - featured in the second look

    Wearing the Lip Lover, with a slight ombre effect - the color more concentrated in the centre of the lips.

    I am wearing a soft smokey look in all these looks - which is my default look when I am wearing eye makeup, but it is really up to you how you want to match your eyelooks to your lip colors, there's no hard and fast rules, just go with your mood and pick a Lip Lover to suit yourself for the day! 

    With these Lip Lovers, looking effortlessly chic anytime of the day has been made super easy.  There are 18 shades, we are totally spoilt for choice.  I love the creamy smooth texture, the light floral scent, and that they have soft fine shimmer (but not at all shiny shimmery).  They last me a good 4 - 5 hours, leaving behind a satin stain.  

    I am glad to try out all the Lip Lovers, and I am still working through the complete set of swatches plus a couple more looks to share with you.  Hope you find these inspiration for looks and color picks useful.  

    Thanks for looking! 

    Lip Lover is available in 18 shades and will be sold at all Lancôme counters in Departmental Stores from mid- May 2014 onwards at $40. 

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    April 17, 2014

    LOTD & Application: YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush!

    Hi hi!!

    So this is such an overdue entry, I had pictures for these ready to go, but kept forgetting in the midst of my backlog and loss of mojo for a few weeks - I think this is how I am going to start my next few entries, please bear with me.  Hope you find them helpful nonetheless! 

    So here's a recap of the swatches of these YSL goodies, and a more detailed feature entry is up here - click click

    In this entry, I have used No 4 on my lips, and No 2 on my cheeks as blush.  I will be showing you the application process. 

    Because of the air-whipped formula, I decided to try this over my face which has already been set with powder.  I figure that it should sit well over (instead of the traditional way of cream on cream, then set with powder method) - and I am glad to say that applying the YSL Kiss & Blush over powdered skin did not cause any cakiness nor patchiness at all.  I started by dotting the product in the general area where I want the color to spread, then I use a synthetic buffing brush to LIGHTLY blend and even out the dots. The result is a soft diffused color that did not emphasise my pores.  And it dries/ sets nicely so I would say as a blush this lasted me a good 6 hours before some fading happened.

    Of course, you can always build up the colour intensity and add more if desired. 

    Here's an overall look.  Because I did this a few weeks back... I forgot what exactly I used (pretty sure it's a YSL combo cos I like to matchy matchy as far as brands are concerned - Touche Eclat liquid foundie plus the compact to set, and I think I used Urban Decay NAKED 3 palette).  

    Bottomline:  This is a great extension to the YSL lippy range, and something that packs more if you aren't a fan of their powder blushes (which I think could be softer) and more versatile than their current cream blush pots.  The color range is impressive, and you will be sure to find something you fancy!   p/s shu uemura has their gelato in tint (also lip and cheek multi-purpose colors) which have been launched and which I have been loving as well... very similar in terms of formula I must say.  I will be featuring those shortly too! 

    Have a fabulous long weekend!   See you soon! 

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    April 13, 2014

    The Body Shop New Colour Crush Shine Lipstick‏

    Hi hi!!

    My fourth entry this weekend!  And many more to come soon... slowing clearing the backlog (keyword being 'slowly') and here we have a selection of the newly launched The Body Shop Colour Crush™ Shine Lipstick is our new range of lip colours that offers sheer pigments with rich moisture. These lipsticks contain Community Fair Trade marula oil that seals in moisture to condition the lips. 

    • Give a stunning gloss effect and fresh sorbet shine 
    • A full array of poppy spring shades 


    Most of the lipsticks shown here are creamy smooth, while a couple have a slightly frosty finish.  When we hear the word 'frosty', all sorts of frumpy connotations come to mind. Personally, I don't really like a frosty finish for my lippies, but these sheer frosty ones add some dimension to your lips.  Not too bad at all!  

    The lipsticks all feel super lightweight, as the description states, provide sheer coverage.  They are also very smooth and easy to apply.  I highly recommend 11, 12, 13 and 18.  
    As with sheer and light lippies like this, I find that they last about 2 hours on me...and the color worn off evenly.   So if you want a moisturising lipbalm type of lippy that you can slap on easily everyday, these are great. 

    Swatches here:

    And on my lips:

    And some overall looks featuring my fave colors: 

    The Body Shop Color Crush Shine lipsticks retail for S$22.90 each. 

    Together with the new lipsticks, The Body Shop is also launching new bath essentials, special edition Luscious Raspberry collection.  Spring is in full swing and the delicately sweet scent of raspberry is wafting through The Body Shop.  The new special Edition Early-Harvest Raspberry Bath and Body collection has hit the shelves.  These early-harvested raspberries are picked to preserve their skin-boosting antioxidants.  Fruity, indulgent and deeply moisturising, the products offer a 'special reserve' of raspberries and the iconic Body Butter 24hr hydrating power.  The collection also includes a Body Lotion, Body Scrub, Shower Gel and Eau de Toilette.

     
    Body Scrub $30.90
    Body Lotion $19.90
    Body Butter $30.90
    Eau de Toilette $32.90

    Hope you find this entry useful, and thanks for reading!

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    March 15, 2014

    LOTD: Soft Smokey Pink with MAQuillAGE Spring 2014

    Hi hi!!

    This is a look which I did with some products from MAQuillAGE's latest Spring Collection!    The outstanding products from this collection, I feel - are the lip products (no surprises there) and the highlight brush.  The eyeshadow palette is beautiful but very safe, and I personally don't use the pink as a eyeshadow color.  I did, however, used the pink as an accent shade to blend the browns together. 

    On my eyelids, I used the medium brown shade.. blending it all over my lids... and I used the darkest brown closer to my lashline.  I used the pink sparkly shade on top of the eyelids for some added dimenstion.  If you want a softer feminine look, I would think the pink is the lid color, whereas the browns are the defining shades. 

    Here are some swatches - 

    And this is an extension to their True blushes which comes with a built in blush brush, and the actual blush is in the casing (which is refillable).  This is a pale neutral white highlight shade.  Suitable for my skintone, and gives a subtle glow without anything too shimmery at all.  The built in brush picks up just enough product - and is made of good quality natural brush hair to apply and blend the color onto your cheeks. 

    Here is a comparison to the actual brush shade.  I am not going to swatch it, as you won't be able to see it at the back of my hand anyway. 

    And the lippies - if you are familiar with the MAQuillAGE true rouge, you will know that they have very good formula - soft, creamy and good color payoff.  The range of colors are great for those who like natural shades - you will find all shades of beigy nude, pinky nude, rosy nude... the list goes on.  I love the finish and formula of these lipsticks.  The essence gloss is pigmented and in this particular one, contains some golden shimmer which makes your lips look shiny and healthy. 

    Here are some lip swatches - and an idea of the color payoff. 

    And an overall look featuring the color products mentioned in this entry.  

    I am also using an all MAQuillAGE base routine which I will be reviewing in a later entry.  
    Lashes used are Velour Lashes, in Whispie me Away - my fave Velour Lashes so far. 

    Here you can see the pink eyeshadow peeking out... 

    Have you checked out the new MAQuillAGE collection yet? 
    Hope you like this look, and thanks for reading!  

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    March 02, 2014

    LOTD: Laid Back Red & Naked3 Palette

    Hi hi!!

    This is a look which I did yesterday (and went out with) and I was thinking, I want to use new stuff!!! I have tons and tons of new stuff in my room, and I have been kind of stuck with using my Dolce Vita palette and Cocoa Mirage so much lately.... and I went for the NAKED3 palette.. I think I haven't actually done a look that I posted on the blog at all with this palette... so here we go. 
    I think the end results is a rosy toned yet quite brown smokey eyes.  I am not a fan of too rosy/ pinky shades on my eyes, so I made sure to define and smoke out the look using the warmer tones in the palette. 

    Here's the overall look:   

    Stuff I used:  on the face, I used this whole group of items which I have been using quite often the past month.  

    The Lancome Absolue foundation is just divine, and I also been starting to explore other foundations, like the Tarte one.. and I have a few more new ones which I need to try and review for everyone.   The ettusais mineral BB + powder sets my foundation beautifully, and the MAQuillage aura veil powder is something I just cannot do without.  
    And speaking of face powders, I am making serious dentage in the Laneige sculpting natural blush, in No6.  If you are fair like me, and you want a very affordable nude tan shade - along the lines of Dior Nude Tan, Chanel Les Beiges Shade 30, you NEED THIS Laneige powder.  It is so soft, so easy to use.. this will definitely be in my travel bag, makeup bag if I want something light and handy to bring about.  It gives the most subtle healthy glow to my skin.  I LOVE IT.

    Just a quick rundown of the shades I used: 

    1. I first applied the crease color and I used Limit, this gives me a guide as to how far I want to apply my lid color. 
    2. And on the lids, I used Factory, one of the warm rich browns in the palette all over my lids.
    3. I also used Darkside, just a bit to add more depth to the outer corners. 
    4. Just blend out any harsh edges. 

    I lined my eyes with THREE pencil liners in 03 on the upper eyelids, and 06 on the lower eyelids.  03 is a dark maroon red, while 06 is a rich golden shimmery shade.  I also lined my eyes with a black liquid liner closer to the lashline to help the lashes blend in more seamlessly.  
    swatches of the two THREE liners in this entry here. 

    I like this look - even though it might look just like another neutral smokey eyes to most of you... but I think there's a definite rosy tinge to the colors.. and using the maroon red liner helps bring out that rosy tone even more. 

    And next, let's talk about the lip combo - which my friend Michelle said it is the 'laid-back red' and she had that in mind when she gifted me the two lippies which she bought in  the US - the Loreal Color Riche Extraordinaire in 303 Rouge Allegro (which smells YUMMY) and the Bite Beauty Color Lip Balm in Cherry.  I applied the cherry lip balm which gives a decent stained red see thru lipcolor, and then topped off with the Loreal lipcolor.. both shades are of the juicy cherry red family... and they pair very well together. 

    The end result is this pop of shiny but not stick at all kind of glossy red, very easy to wear and very moisturising.  It is also the kind of red that you don't have to worry about maintaining when you are talking and eating.  Very laid back indeed. 

    She (Michelle) also gave me the Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural.. a light pink blush.

    All products used: 

    Face - Rachel K CC Renew in Light, Lancome Absolue serum Foundation, set with Ettusaid Mineral BB + powder

    Concealers - Tarte Maracuja Creaseless concealer in Fair, Shiseido Sheer Eye zone corrector

    Face Powders - Maquillage Aura veil powder, Laneige Sculpting blush in 06, Physician Formula Happy Boost blush in Natural

    Eyes - Liners: THREE Flash Performance liners in 03 and 06, Heavy Rotation Liquid Liner, NAKED 3 palette

    Brows - Anastasia Brow powder, MAC Beguile Brow Set

    Lashes - Shu Uemura Farfarlina

    Lower lashes - YSL Faux Cils Black

    Lips - Bite Beauty Lip Balm in Cherry, Loreal Color Riche Extraordinaire 303 

    That's all and hope you enjoyed this rambly LOTD! 

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    February 16, 2014

    LOTD: Day to Night with Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette

    Hallo!!

    This is a look that I did using the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette (swatches here) and I am loving it.  I feel like all the colors in this palette work so well together!  The Enhance shade is a warm cooper brown, but you have the Smoke shade to tone down the warmth and add some depth... and the POP shade is of such good quality that I didn't experience any fallout.  
    I am not sure if all the other palettes are just as superb, so far I am just happy that I bought this! 

    In this LOTD, I will be doing two looks - just like how Charlotte herself will do a tone down and a dial up version for night.  Personally I don't categorise my looks into day or night, but this day to night LOTD shows you how versatile  the palette is.  
    Definitely a cute little all in one palette for travel or to throw in your makeup bag for makeup on the go. 
    I will discuss and list the color placement in the rest of this entry... so enjoy! 

    Day Look: 

    Apply the prime shade lightly all over my lids. 
    Apply the enhance shade on the lids, and lightly blend with a clean fluffy brush up to the crease
    Leave the lower lids bare, apply a coat of mascara
    Line the eyes, and apply falsies/ or mascara

    Apply peachy nude shade, in the shade Bitch Perfect.

    For the night look, I really wanted my eyes to look bigger (hence the smudgy lower lids action) and I paired the look with a more subdued beige shade. 

    Night Look/ Dramatic Look:
    Continue from Day Look
    Apply smoke shade on the lids close to lashline.  
    Smudge smoke shade on lower lids (mainly on the outer corners)
    Dab a bit of prime shade on inner corners to highlight
    Dab POP shade on the centre of the lids (NO falllout at all!) 
    Apply more mascara on lower lashes

    Line lips with nude neutral liner.  Apply lipstick in Nude Kate. 

    All products used:

    face - Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening BB Base, MAC Face & Body N2

    concealer - MAC Pro Longwear concealer NC20 

    eyeshadow - Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette 

    liner - Charlotte Tilbury Rock N Kohl liner in Bedroom Black

    lashes - Velour Lashes 

    lips - Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect (day look), Nude Kate (night look) along with No7 nude lip liner

    mascara - YSL Faux Cils 

    brows - Anastasia Brow Powder

    cheeks - Laneige Pure Radiant Blush No 6 natural shading for light contour, Shiseido Face Contour Enhancing Trio RD 1

    top - Peter Pilotto for Target t-shirt

    Hope this is helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    February 16, 2014

    LOTD: Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palette Brun Adore

    Hi hi!

    This is kind of a weird LOTD, because I had these pictures of the beautiful Lancome palettes sitting in a draft entry, and somehow I never got to posting them.  And I used one of the palettes yesterday, so I thought I would take a few pics along the way to show you how it looks like on me. 

    I can't say enough how much I love these Lancome palettes - to me, for the price that they are, the quality and color variety is a lot more worthwhile than what you would pay for Chanel and Dior (oh how we are always so swayed by their beautiful seasonal campaigns) but these Lancome palettes are in their permanent range, you can find a palette or two to suit your mood... and they all deliver intense pigments and the most beautiful and chic sparkles. 

    Here's a swatch of Brun Adore - the palette that I am using on my eyes - 

    I only used 3 of the 5 shades 

    the most left shade alll over my lids, blended up to the crease (but not too high up) and the middle darker shade closer to the lashline to add some definition.  

    I used the right most shade as a browbone highlight. 

    I just used a tapered blending brush to do the whole look. 

    and one more pic which I like so much... that I took with my iphone while showing my girlfriends my LOTD. 

    All products used: 

    face - Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening BB Base, Lancôme Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation, Ettusais Mineral+ loose powder

    concealer - YSL Touche Eclat under the eyes, NARS Cream Radiant concealer for spots

    lips - Tom Ford In the Buff (my lips were quite stained pink, this is actually a more beige nude lipstick) 

    eyes - Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palette Brun Adore 

    liner - Charlotte Tilbury Rock N Kohl liner in Bedroom Black

    lashes - Velour Lashes 

    mascara - YSL Faux Cils in black 

    cheeks - Guerlain Blush G , Laneige sculpting blush in 06 

    brows - Anastasia Brow Powder dark brown, Lancome brow pencil 

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    February 03, 2014

    MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

    Hi hi~

    This entry is dedicated to MAC Lady Danger, which I think is one of MAC's 'famous' lipsticks - it is a warm orangey red that has a matte finish, but it's not one of the dry matte lipsticks... I found the texture to be quite creamy and the formula is easy to wear on me.  I actually have this brilliant lipstick almost a year, when I back to MAC a bunch of lipsticks... and this is one of the few that I picked out.  No wonder this is such a popular shade.  With a color like this, I often find that I don't need much else on the face and this color just makes me look fresh and radiant.  Today I wore it out with just a clean face, no eyeshadows, just neat brows and a little warmth on the face.  The lipstick itself doesn't run nor slip around due to its matte formula, and is pretty long lasting. 

    Here's a lip swatch, photobombed by my strands of hair... 

    (Today I also purchased MAC High Energy pro longwear lip pencil to go with this lipstick, and several other warm reds/ oranges in my stash.)

    and on the rest of the face: 

    I am wearing most Shiseido on the rest of the face.  Will post details of these other products soon. 

    Everyone needs MAC Lady Danger!

    Hope you find this entry helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    January 26, 2014

    NARSissist Palette Look Two - Warm Smokey & Hot Pink Lips

    Hi hi!

    This is another look that I did using the new NARSissist Palette - a warm smokey brown - incidentally I already own all these shades in my collection haha.. Fez, Mekong, Bali, etc etc... for detailed swatches, click this entry here. 

    You can get this palette for yourself via preorder on the 27 Jan at this micro site - http://bit.ly/narsissist. or it will be in store from 3 Feb.  The palette retails for SGD$115. 

    I was very kindly gifted the NARSissist palette, and here are some gorgeous close ups of the palette - 

    I like that there's a good combo of matte and metallic shades - 

    Swatches of the colors I used, 

    on my brows & to blend - the matte browns

    on the lids - the deep metallic browns

    on the browbone - the pale shimmery ones 

    and a close up of the eyelook - 

    an overall look - 

    I decided to pair the warm smokey eyelook with hot pink lips that match my dress. 

    All things used: 

    Face - Radiant Creamy Foundation mixed with a little Radiance Enhancing primer, set with Loose Powder (Eden), and finally finished with Translucent Pressed Powder

    Concealer - Radiant Creamy Concealer

    Liners - Larger than Life Via Veneto (black on upper lids), Larger than Life Via Appia (metallic brown on lower lids)

    Lips - Cinematic Lipstick Goodbye Emmanuelle, Satin Lip Pencil YU

    Cheeks - Laguna Bronzer, Final Cut blush

    Eyes - NARSissist Palette, colors as stated above 

    Brows - NARSissist Palette, colors as stated, set with Brow Gel in Piraeus 

    Dress - Graphic print dress with contrasting collar ASOS 

    Nails - GummiNails

    Hope you find this entry helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    January 26, 2014

    NARSissist Palette Look One - Smokey Grey

    Hi hi!!

    This is a quick look that I did using the upcoming NARSissist Palette - a beautiful palette that contains 15 NARS permanent eyeshadow shades.  If you are a neutral lover, you NEED this palette.  I was gifted this awesome palette by NARS, and I couldn't wait to try it out.  I had previously shown swatches of this palette in this entry here.  

    Important information on getting this palette for yourself:

    You can pre-order this palette via this microsite - http://bit.ly/narsissist - on the 27 Jan.  The palette will also be available from the 3 Feb onwards at the NARS store... but to avoid any sold out situation, I would totally go for the pre-order option. 
    It retails for SGD$115, limited edition. 

    Here's what I used on the eyes - it's a rather easy smokey eyes, and I wasn't being super careful with the application.  
    I also kept the rest of the face very natural, in fact, I only used a tinted moisturiser for this LOTD... as the eyes & lips are the focus. 

    All things used: 

    Face - Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (light 2 Alaska) mixed with a little Radiance Enhancing primer, set with Loose Powder (Eden), and finally finished with Translucent Pressed Powder

    Concealer - Radiant Creamy Concealer

    Liners - Larger than Life Via Veneto (black on upper lids)

    Lips - Trans Siberian

    Cheeks - Laguna Bronzer, Final Cut blush

    Eyes - NARSissist Palette, colors as stated above 

    Brows - NARSissist Palette, colors as stated, set with Brow Gel in Piraeus 

    Top - ASOS 

    Nails - GummiNails

    I have another look, coming right after this entry!   Stay tuned!

    Thanks for looking!