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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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    January 19, 2013

    New Armcandy from LeVonne (Jan 2013)

    Hi hi!

    So excited to feature Le-Vonne's latest arrivals.  This batch of armcandy are totally right up my alley, and without further delay, let's get started! 
    They are all very well made, and affordable.  Each of the pieces come in their own velvet pouch. 

    Firstly, we have this combination of mostly spikey goodness - 

    1. Gold Spikes bracelet $11  a relatively slim piece with a mixture of studs and bigger spikes.  very wearable and great for everyday. 

    2. Black Spikes bracelet $12   This is an elastic bracelet, it is very sturdy and has some weight, unlike some of the hollow ones you see out there. 

    3. Colorful Neon Spikes bracelet $12 Great for adding a pop of color(s) to your armcandy emsemble.

    4. Spikes braided bracelet Black $12   This has a pull string type closure, and has plenty of room to adjust the size according to your wrist.

    and I have this next two pieces - I love that they are more chunky, and the black & gold combination. 

    1. Gold Spikes braided with Gold Chain $15A bracelet which can stand out alone without any accessories.  This is something I would wear all the time.  

    2. Black braided with Gold Chain $11 - A more wearable version without the spikes.  It kind of looks like you are wearing two pieces.  Goes with anything you wear. 

    A couple more pictures:

    Hope this sharing has been helpful and thanks for looking!

    Here are some useful links to get you started: 

    Le-Vonne Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 
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    December 10, 2012

    Latest from LeVonne.Com & Giveaway for you!

    Hi everyone, 

    today I am sharing with you the latest arrivals from Levonne.com, and also how five of you can stand a chance to win 3 pieces of your choice from the Levonne store!  

    Firstly, let me say that I love everything that I am going to show you here.  They are spiky and blingy, totally my style!   If you like what you see, be sure to head on over to the Levonne store, and pick out your favourite pieces. 

    Tinyskull Necklace USD10 

    This necklace also comes in gold plated version.  I like that the skulls are the 'cute' ones, and they are dainty enough to be worn even with the most girly outfits.   Each of the skull piece is also very smooth and light reflecting, as you can see in the pictures below. 

    Spikes Necklace  USD12   35cm

    I have seen similar spike necklaces like this at Topshop (more expensive, at about $39 if I remember correctly).  This can  be a statement piece worn with a black dress, or when you are wearing something casual like a white tee and jeans. 

    close up

    Spikes Crystal Necklace USD12  40cm

    I love this piece.  It is both bling, and spikey.  Unlike the previous spikes bracelet, the spikes on this necklace are smaller.  It can be quite a dressy and interesting accessory to your outfits.  I would wear this as a bracelet too. 

    Spikes Necklace worn as a bracelet. 

    Spikes bracelet & Handcuff bracelet

    Both make great layering armcandy, don't you think?  The spike bracelet, though look chunky, is not too heavy to wear. 

    This is my fave piece, and many of you have commented about it on instagram... 

    The black belt bangle USD12 (comes with 3 adjustable clasps, range from 6-7cm in diameter)
    It is so classy, and so chic and I would wear this with most of my armcandy pieces too. 

    Black belt bangle (comes in white too) also goes well with the spikes necklace worn as a bracelet. 

    Unicorn earring USD9 (currently sold out)

    Shown here on my sister, it is very interesting, but I thought the front half of the unicorn is a tad too heavy, and it dips too much forward when worn. If you are into these statement earrings, there are plenty more designs available at the store too. 

    And now for the exciting part, the GIVEAWAY.  

    Levonne has very generously sponsored five prizes which I will be giving away on the blog.  It will be open for more than a week, starting today, and ending on the 20 Dec.  I will pick the five winners when I come back from my HK trip.   The giveaway is opened worldwide, and you get to pick your own prizes! 

    Here's what you need to do to stand a chance:

    Terms & Conditions:
     
    1. Giveaway is open worldwide. 

    2. Deadline 20 Dec 2012.

    3. Winners will be picked randomly from each category of comments (3 winners from Singapore, 2 from rest of the world) 

    4. Each winner get to pick 3 items they like from the Levonne Store. (link here)

    5. I will contact each winner via email. Winners must respond within 48 hours, after which I will pick someone else.

    6. Here's what you need to do: 

    Follow my blog on Bloglovin (just click on the bloglovin logo at the sidebar and start following)

     
    'Like' the Levonne Facebook page (link here) and stay updated on their latest arrivals. 
     
    Pick the 3 items you like and why you want to win them. 
     
    Your overall thoughts on Levonne.
     
    7. Enter only once, and use only the format below. 
     
    Name/ Email: 
     
    3 items I want and why:
     
    My thoughts on Levonne: 

    My Location: Singapore/ International

    Good Luck!!

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    December 04, 2012

    New Accessories from LeVonne!

    Hi hi!

    In the month of November, I received several new pieces from LeVonne, and I am absolutely loving the pair of spikey stretchy bracelets that came along in the package!  They are dramatic and pretty wicked, and on the times that I wore them out, I never fail to get questions about these bracelets.  They aren't too tight, and are pretty versatile - I think they go with most outfits, you can wear them with a dress or if you are wearing something casual, plain and these bracelets add a certain kick to the overall outfit. 

    But there are other goodies which I would like to share with you too: 

    Here we have the Skull Bangle - USD9  

    which I have matched with the hamsa bracelet also available from LeVonne. 

    I personally recommend the Skull Bangle if your wrist runs smaller.. it took me a bit of a struggle to put on, so I got my younger sis to model it for me.  I really love the tiny skulls on the bangle.. and I wish it comes with a proper clasp which I could open and fasten easily.  It also comes in silver. 

    And here, we have the Bow Crystal necklace USD9.90 (currently sold out at the store) 

    This is a delicate piece, very feminine, and has adjustable clasp.  I love that the bow is fixed on the chain, so you don't end up with the bow shifting sideways throughout the course of wearing it.   It is super cute, and adds a nice touch to your outfit. 

    here's another look at the bow necklace and the skull bangle 

    The skull cuff with the spike bracelets (shown in silver, and black tin) USD7.00

    and here we have Heart to Heart Crystal Bracelet (silver) USD13 

    A pair of interlinking hearts, not personally my type (too girly!) , but I think it is very feminine just like the bow necklace.  Here, I match it with a charm bracelet. 

    and lastly, we have this trio of crystal silver rings USD8.00 each,  I like to wear them stacked.   They come in two sizes, in 6 and 7. 

    LeVonne is a Singapore based fashion accessories store, and they are always expanding their range of products.  Right now, you can also enjoy free registrered international shipping.  Christmas is right round the corner, and if you are looking into buying presents for your friends, I think you should check out what LeVonne has to offer.   I am also working out a possible giveaway for everyone, looking forward to hosting that as soon as details are finalised!  Stay tuned!  

    Useful links to get you shopping: 

    LeVonne Store

    LeVonne2012 Twitter  

    LeVonne2012 Instagram 

    Levonne Facebook

    ps. the owner, Linda, is very helpful and if you have any questions regarding the pieces, she would be glad to show you how to wear, and give you tips on maintaining your accessories too! 

    Hope this entry has been helpful, and thank you for looking!

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    October 20, 2012

    Dainty Armcandy, Wicked Earrings and More from LeVonne!

    Hi hi

    I recently received another batch of accessories from LeVonne, this time a great selection of bracelets, earrings and a couple of rings. 

    I have previously featured LeVonne in this entry here (link link link).  

    For your information, LeVonne is an online store that stocks accessories all for under USD12.  They are based in Singapore, but international shipping is only USD2.50 per order.  They have a wide range of trendy armcandy, rings and earrings. 

    These fine bracelets here are perfect for layering, or wear on its own, they are delicate, and well-made.  The bracelets come with a clasp, which is quite small (to match the fine chain) , and I often need to get someone else to put it on for me.  The wings bracelets are my fave of the lot, followed by the hamsa bracelet.  The skull is cute too, but the little bits of bling stones in the wings and hamsa clinched the deal for me.  They all retail for USD8 each. 

    Next, we have a skull string wrap bracelet.  I think these are quite unisex, and a guy would easily pull this off as a girl. 

    USD9.50 each.

    Here's how they look like worn on the wrist. 

    And some layering options.

    I love the two rings that Lindy picked for me. 

    One is a rose gold spike ring.  It is an open ring, and fits my ring finger perfectly.  USD5.50

    And the blingy wings ring is my fave.  It is eye catching, and unique.  USD7.50

    Here, I got my bro and sis to model the earrings for me.  All my piercings are closed, and I think these earrings are way more their style anyway.  So they will be rocking these earrings out.  

    My brother found the curve earrings too heavy for his liking, and we both come to the conclusion that a girl would be able to pull them off,  you know with the hair around the ears and all... but again, it depends on your style, if you are into the edgy metal rock look, you will love the curved earrings. USD8 a pair. 

    The Claw earring is really interesting, it has two parts, and looks like you have a tiny claw coming out through your ear lobes.  I like that it is very small, and delicate. Putting it on takes some deft finger movements, but once you get the hang of it, it's alright.  USD5 a pair, currently OOS. 

    This pair of curved skull earring looks really wicked.  It is quite heavy, and I think would be best if you only just wear it on one side for effect.  

    Spikes Earring - USD8.  It is my brother's fave pair. 

    And below, we have my sister modelling and mixing the earrings. 

    I hope some of these LeVonne accessories have caught your eye, and do check out the store! 

    Here are some useful links to get you started:

    Le-Vonne.com

    Le-Vonne Facebook

    Le-Vonne Twitter

    instagram @levonne2012

     

     

    Happy Weekend!

    Thank you for reading!

     

    Filed in: armcandy, Levonne, Review | Tagged with: Levonne, ARMCANDY, review
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    October 05, 2012

    The Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Bracelet

    Hi hi!

    A few weeks back, I purchased the Tory Burch Double Wrap bracelet at their store at Wisma Atria.  Which is a bad move.. because you can order it from shopbop for way cheaper.  (link here)  A bit of a fed up really...but I guess it's the price we pay for being able to try it on and check out the colors in store.  Besides, prior to seeing it in store, I haven't been looking at this piece online anyway, so I didn't know.  Well, now you know, and if you are getting any Tory Burch stuff, check them out online... at shopbop. 

    So anyway, I decided on the black one, I love double wrap bracelets, they add a stacked look to the whole armcandy ensemble, and I like how they are easy to wear.   My TB Double Wrap joins its little famliy of other leather bracetlets from Balenciaga, Mcqueen and Juicy Couture.  So pretty!!!

    And this lovely plate with the silver heart shape cut out, I bought from Franc Franc ($24) this week.  Love everything about the plate, except that I am not using it for eating.  It looks perfect on top of my makeup tower, with my candles and armcandy display.   

    It is dusty leaving everything out in the open, but I can see what I have and grab one or five to wear for the day.  I will eventually get a cover of some sort... if I come across the correct size. 

    Current fave corner of my room.. picking a few pieces to showcase, and it's just so girly and pretty! 

    That tub of cle de peau $1200 special packaging la creme will be featured in a separate story.  :)

    one last close up

    Hope you enjoyed this entry, and thanks for reading!

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    September 29, 2012

    Armcandy from LeVonne, So Cool & Affordable!

    Hi hi!

    Several weeks back, I was contacted by Linda from LeVonne to select and try out pieces from her online jewellery store, and after browsing her Esty site, I immediately had my eyes on several pieces, and she is super super generous to send me a whole bunch of them, including the super awesome bracelet stand to display some of my armcandy! 

    Everything in her store is under S$20 (mostly under $15 even), and you just need to pay S$0.50 for local postage, and USD$2.50 for international orders. 

    Every item is packaged in all these cute black velvet pouches, and the pieces are fairly well-made (think Topshop and some of the better Forever21 pieces). If you are into dainty trendy stackable armcandy, rings and hair accessories, I think you will like the designs at LeVonne.  

    I shall showcase the pieces I have, and some options for stacking.  If you follow me on instagram you would have seen some of these #armcandy #armparty pieces.. heheh. 

    Here are the rings - we have the 3 flowers stack, which are a little too girly for me, but they fit me well, and remind me of the Marc Jacob Daisy.  The other 3 rings I like to wear them together, one has the peace sign all round it, another one with diamonte stones, and one with the sparkly peace sign.  I actually like that the rings don't have that weird opening for adjusting to suit different fingers, because I often find the gap very pinching, if you know what I mean.   But they feel smooth and sturdy, and fitted my ring finger nicely.  

    Next, we have the exciting stuff, the bracelets!  I got a hamsa, lips, evil eyes, studs and a charm bracelet.  Skull bangle is my own. 

    The hamsa and lips bracelets have a 'drawstring' adjust and fitted my wrist nicely.  

    The evil eye & stud bracelets are elastic ones. 

    Here are some modeling shots.  Wrist model is my younger sister, while I did the photo-taking.

    I really love the stud bracelet!  And here is the lips bracelet, which some of you told me you like. :)  

    It really is kind of funky, and I think it is a very great layering piece. 

    and shown here layered with my existing pieces... 

    I love multi-wrap bracelets.  Not sure if you can see among there, there is a LOVE bracelet, it is also from LeVonne, they have other wordings too, like Faith, Dream etc.. 

    And now to the display stand, I can fill it up with lots more armcandy, now I am so inspired to create a proper display place in my shelf to properly store all my accessories.   I will show you when I am done it up!  A collection and storage type thing.  I highly recommend the display, it is very well-made, and able to hold lots of bracelets and bangles.  My only question is, if I want to reach the pieces in the middle of the display, I have to remove everything on the outside, and that's a bit of a hassle, no?  But this allows me to see everything I have, and I can sort of visualise what I want to stack together for the day.  Silly me, haha, so you should display your bracelets or bangles with an opening/ clasp in the centre of the display, and store the non-opening pieces at the edges, this way, you don't have to literally turn everything about whenever you want to decide what to wear.   Thanks to Linda for the tip! 

    Overall, I really recommend you go checking out LeVonne, they do have some nice funky items, and if you are like me, you like to wear lots of armcandy, you will definitely like some of their stuff. 

    Ending this entry with some useful links to get you shopping: 

    Levonne Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Vonnecom  (link link)

    Levonne Twitter https://twitter.com/LeVonne2012 (link link)

    Instagram LeVonne2012

    LeVonne Esty Store   (They are based in Singapore, in case I didn't mention earlier). 

    I hope you find this entry helpful, hope some of these caught your eyes, and do leave me a comment if you have any questions

    Thanks for reading!