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Estee Lauder Double Wear

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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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    February 26, 2013

    Latest Armcandy from LeVonne.Com [Feb 2013]

    Hi hi!

    Time for my Feb installment of Levonne's latest arrivals - I am a little late in posting this, but if you have been following my sis (@beverley_ng) or my instagram, you would have seen us wearing the new Levonne armcandy - this batch consists of mainly chunky chains - my LOVES.  Without further ado, let's start checking them out... up close and personal style! 

    Shipping/ postage is free, and each item comes with its own black velvet pouch. 

    Here we have the dainty infinity ring & bracelet - the ring is a gold colored one, while the bracelet is rose gold (loves!  rose gold...my type!)

    beaded rose gold bracelet 

    infinity ring 

    this combination consists of everything from Levonne - I have been eyeing some chunky gold and silver chains lately, and I am glad that they are now available at Levonne at much reasonable prices. 

    Gold Chain S (not pictured)

    Textured Gold Chain (very trendy, imo)

    Gold Chain L 

    These chains come with adjustable links, so they fit various wrist sizes.  In these pictures they are worn at their 'narrowest/tighest' with plenty of room for expansion, as you can see.. there's still plenty of space.

    close ups:

    Next, we have the silver chains - my fave currently - and I like to style them with pops of colors, like this mint green studded bracelet from H&M and also sometimes with neon pops of armcandy too. 

    Textured silver chain 

    Silver Chain L

    Close ups: 

    And lastly, we have the 

    Black Chain bracelet  - something a little more edgy.  

    and a close up: 

    Love the latest arrivals from Levonne!  

    Follow them on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram for the latest updates and promotions.

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

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    February 17, 2013

    OPI Spring 2013 Euro Centrale Collection: My Vampire is Buff & Polka.com [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!

    I purchased two colors from OPI's Spring collection - Euro Centrale, the rest of the colors look gorgeous, but nothing that I MUST have.  I went for the nudey white, and the glitter topcoat in the collection.  For complete swatches of the whole collection, do check out The PolishAholic.

    You can get OPI, China Glaze, Essie polishes from my fave trusty local seller, Tammy (Timtam) at her online store here.  (link link link)  She is very fast with replies and shipping. 

    My Vampire is Buff - an off white nude shade - This is two coats, and my kind of color, I am a sucker for anything which is a variant of nude/ white.  I like the formula of this, it is quite smooth, and I don't find it too streaky.   And I love the name.  Heheh.

    Polka.com is a glitter topcoat, very densely packed with blue and hot pink glitter bits.  I layered it over My Vampire is Buff - this glitter reminds me of Pibble Polish Faithful Friend (without the square glitter bits though, but totally along the same lines).  

    Another angle to show the reflection of the glitter bits.  It is really pretty. 

    A quick comparison of my fave OPI nudes with My Vampire is Buff:

    I tend to lean towards the creamy nudes (as opposed to the sheer french manicure nudes from OPIs, such as Sweet Heart), and I am glad to add My Vampire is Buff to the collection. 

    Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    October 06, 2012

    YSL La Laque in 01 Rouge Pop Art & 28 Bronze Aztec [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!

    This entry features a couple of YSL nail polishes... I have a few from their past limited edition collections, but I think these are the first ones I properly got from their permanent collection.  I selected a classic red (to match the Rouge Pur Couture in 01 Rouge Pop Art), and a metallic shade which is truly gorgeous. 

    01 Rouge Pop Art is a gorgeous bold red.  I have countless red, but this is BOLD... it is blindingly bright, and the color is really beautiful.

    28 Bronze Aztec is nothing like the name and the color in the bottle.  It is a blackened base with an olive golden sheen.  The shimmer are so fine, they are very very smooth.

    Both look opaque in one coat, but I applied 2 for maximum pop in this pictures. 

    Each YSl Nail Polish retails for $35, and you can get them from the YSL store at ION basement, or order directly from Tangs eStore.

    Now... on to the details and swatches:

    The bottle is sleek and square, I like the clean lines on the bottle.. and the names printed together.  

    The cap is shiny but not fingerprint magnet type. 

    I love the brush most of all (besides the formula), it has a curved tip, and is quite flat.  This means that you can get perfect smooth lines at the base of your nails, because the curve actually fits the base of my nail shape.  

    Swatches 

    It is a little hard to capture the red without my camera going a little crazy, the red is that bright. 

    I think this is best on short nails like mine. 

    The shimmer is very very fine on Bronze Aztec, and you got to see it to believe it. 

    But this is a gorgeous metallic shade, and if you want to pick a dark shade from YSL, I highly recommend this color! 

    My fave shot of Bronze Aztec here.

    Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for reading!

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    August 20, 2012

    LOTD: NARS Rajasthan & Mata Hari [Plus my DIY Galaxy Manicure]

    Hi hi!

    A few sharp readers have noted the laspe in frequency of entries lately...I have been doing a pattern of weekend spams, and then remaining relatively quiet on the blog front during the week... but if you follow me on instagram, you probably have a pretty good idea of what entries will be coming up next.  However, it's just a little hectice on the work front for me to update as much, and there are days when I feel just a bit overwhelmed, and don't know where to start. Hope to be more 'regular' and catch up in the coming couple of weeks ahead.  :)

    This entry is about this LOTD which I quickly did (in less than 30 minutes) when I visited Sarah together with Joey during EID yesterday.  Rummaged through my drawers, and somehow I always come back to my NARS duo eyeshadows when I want to do something 'different'.  

    Just a brief description on this eyelook (since it is slightly more complicated than my usual one color all over look). 

    I used the lighter shade in NARS Tzarine duo on my browbone...The dark antique gold shade in NARS Rajasthan on the inner corners, and the darker blacken teal shade on the outer corner, and just blend out any areas where two colors meet. Rest of the look is kept rather simple, but quite excited, because I used a mineral powder foundation, and I am quite liking the coverage and effect!  All products used will be listed at the end of this entry. 

    all products used: 

    face - Elizabeth Arden Pure Mineral foundation (shade 01), Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC-03

    cheeks - MUFE Mat Bronzer, NARS Mata Hari 

    lips - TOM FORD Blush Nude

    eyes - NARS eyeshadow primer, NARS Tzarine, NARS Rajasthan, Heavy Rotation Liquid Liner 

    also did this galaxy nail art on my hands, totally inspired by Jennifer's brilliant attempt here

    a snapshot of the yummy food I had at Sarah's place, woots!! :)

    Might post a mini rambly update soon, if I feel up to it.. :)  stay tune, and thank you very much for reading!

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    May 02, 2012

    We Love Arm Candy!

    I don't know where and how it started but of late it's been getting to be sort of  little hobby to collect pieces for my wrist.  Sure, I have always fancied statement pieces on my wrist, and I probably wear bracelets and bangles more often than a necklace - but there seems no better time or season to get a arm party started and going.

    And why call them arm-candy, arm party?  To me, it's a party, because, the more the better.  And they all look so pretty together, the term candy is certainly apt.  I like a great variety of these arm party, from designer to the cheapy pieces, from sleek and chic to hardcore studs and leather.  An eclectic mix of armcandy is really the charm and appeal of these accessories for me.

    In this entry, I want to show most of what I have in my armcandy stash - most of which I have acquired lately.   And together with armcandy, I also wear rings - only that I prefer and tend to wear rings only on my left ring finger.  It seems to be the only place to wear rings without them getting in the way of things.   I will also be showing you some of my combination so of armcandy - though I must say that I usually just grab a bunch of whichever I feel like wearing for the day (I throw them all in my bag, and wear them on the way out).

     

    First, we have the designer pieces usually I buy these from Shopbop.

    Marc by Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, McQueen, Juicy Couture

    The studs and 'base' pieces - I always add a studded piece to the mix, and also something that is almost all black to sort of anchor the whole combination together.  I bought the multi-wrap bracelet from Shopbop (very Chan Luu), DIY leather studs made by my gf, black jade bracelet I bought at the market near my house, and the two colorful pieces are from ASOS.

    Seasonal cheapy pieces from H&M - you can count on H&M to stock the trendy seasonal pieces for below $10.  The quality isn't always the greatest, so if you see something you like, and will want to wear for a long time to come, buy a few of the same piece to stock up!  This season, there are lots of kitschy colorful jeweled pieces, along with some woven chain bracelet stuff which seems to be all the rage these days.

    These just arrived recently courtesy of my gf from HK.  Again the mixture of woven threads and silver parts is just very trendy this season.  Loves them, and they are also quite affordable.

    The sentimental pieces - My T&Co. ball tennis bracelet which I bought for myself so many years ago.  My 21st birthday white gold bangle with screw details which is a gift from my late granny, a real gold bangle that I salvage from my late auntie's jewelry stash (incidentally today is also her death anniversary... but let's not get too sentimental here).

    Some stacking options




    these are my current fave rings

    I am quite extreme when it comes to my taste in rings.  I Anything from - big chunk rings to the daintiest most feminine slim rings.  I will pay for quaity rings, and I will also buy the $1 and $5 ones you often find at those push cart stalls.

    how some of the rings look like on my fingers

    you notice that I am currently sporting extremely long (and fake) nail extensions.  this is one of the reasons why I haven't felt like updating very often lately - typing has officially become a bi**h (and that it's the peak season at work, and I have been spending substantial time at the gym & also just going out with my cronies) -   I will be trimming them--the nails--- to a decent length when I go back for my infills.  I got them done on a whim, and I am quite pleased to go back to sporting these long french tip extensions after several years of natural nails.

     

     

    that's all, and hope this has been helpful!

     

    Thank you for reading.

     

     

     

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    February 11, 2010

    Nails Story: Going for GOLD this Long Weekend

    Blinged out nails!

    Since it's a festive long weekend, I shall try to get in the mood and sport these tacky glittery gold nails.  I applied 2 coats of Barry M's 289 Gold nail polish, followed by LAYERS of gold glitter nail polish in various sizes (from different bottles) for extra kick and dimension, topped off with a thick coat of Seche Vite to prevent the glittery layer from 'poking' through.

    I know removing these will be a pain in the ar*e but... it's just for fun once a year.

    A blurry picture to show how chunky glittery the nail color is.

    That's all!  What nail color are you going to wear this weekend?

    Filed in: gold nails, Barry M, gold, manicure | Tagged with: gold nails, Barry M, manicure, gold
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    December 02, 2009

    Nails of the Day (Barry M Pink & Gold)

    Nothing to say about the colors, as you can see for yourself.  :)  I really like the texture of Barry M nail paints, they are creamy and 2 coats are enough for a true color payoff. They last pretty decent too.

    I recently bought the Seche Vite topcoat, together with the 114ml refill bottle, for about $58 at 'Palz' (Far East Plaza) which is really good value, it is like buying 8 bottles at a go.  I think it is just a little better than Sally Hensen's Mega Shine  :)

    Going to post the first giveaway now, and heading out for a quick lunch!

    Filed in: Barry M, gold, PINK, Nails | Tagged with: Barry M, gold, nails, pink
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    July 03, 2009

    Glam Smokey Eyes using only 3 products

    HI Just a real quick smokey eye step by step.  I only used 3 products, and anyone can pull this off, seriously.  Just lotsa blending.

    This look features a product which I bought, and forgotten to use.  So I am showing it some love, and I can see this as part of my regular routine from now on.

    And here it is:

    MAC Solar Bits in BLACK ORE.    Think Carbon with 24k gold glitters inside.

    The other products I am going to use are Mylar eyeshadow and Smolder Eye Kohl.  That's all.

    You want to have a base on your lids before putting on Black Ore.  I used TFSI, and then brush Mylar all over the lids using 225 brush.

    Now the fun part, using the Solar Bits --- Black Ore. 

    Start by picking up some of the solar bits with a brush and 'smash' it on the cap.  This breaks up the pigment and packs them into your brush.

    Go over your lids.  The application does not have to be neat at this point, cos you are going to blend the hell out of it.

    Take a clean blending brush and blend the edges.

    This is what you should get.  Use a smaller brush and do the same on the lower lids.

    I also lined my eyes with Smolder eyekhol.

    Fill in your brows, do your lashes, throw on falsies if you wish, and you are done!!

    So, doing glam eyes does not mean using a ton of products.  I hope this has been helpful!


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    March 15, 2009

    Looking of the Day using inexpensive products

    HI!!

    Just wanted to do a bright summery look using only drugstore and other inexpensive products - however, I did have to use my MAC brushes to apply the products.  I also use a whole lot of other brands besides MAC, both high-end and cheaper brands out there. I suppose at the end of the day, we all just want to look pretty without spending loads of money, right?

    These are the stuff I used -- sorry I don't have prices of these products.

    Face:

    Canmake UV White Clear Essence Base

    Maybelline Pure Fluid Mineral Foundation

    6 pc contour and highlight palette (I used a lighter shade to set the foundation)

    Canmake Color Stick (07) to correct undereyes

    Maybelline Highlight and Conceal Duo

    Cheeks:

    Maybelline Expert Wear Blusher in 50 Dusty Mauve

    Lips:

    NYX Round Lipsticks in 504 Harmonica

    Eyes:

    -Base

    All over the lids Majolica Majoroca GD821 Gold Cream Shadow

    Maybelline Impact Express Smoot Pencil Shadow in the blue one

    -Eyeshadows from the Coastal Scents 78 palette, I also used this to fill in my brows.

    -Liner

    Silky Girl Long Wearing Eyeliner in 04 Navy Blue

    -Lashes

    My usual falsies, and also Maybelline's Stiletto Mascara for lower lashes.  It really does lengthen!

    Pictures time!!

    Cute Yellow Bracelet from the same Japanese $2 store I mentioned in my stickers post.

    I am off work for a week , and I am sooooooo tempted to fly off to hong kong for shopping this weekend!!  :P

    That's all, and thanks for reading!

     

     

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    October 17, 2008

    Look of the day - Gold & Purple

    Just a quick post before I run out for lunch.

    On the eyes:

    Nocturnelle, Top Hat (Purples)

    Coastal Scents 78 Palette (Gold)

    Dazzlelights, Solar White (Highlight colours)

    Lips: Blanketty, Oyster Girl

    Cheeks: Plum Foolery, Pink Porcelain


    Have a Fab weekend!