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Reviews: Foundations

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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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    November 20, 2013

    Review & Application: Ettusais Mineral BB Liquid & Mineral BB Plus Powder

    I will be featuring the new Ettusais Mineral BB Liquid & Mineral BB Plus Powder in this entry.  Both products are already available (since Oct!  Pardon my overdue review!)  I have been using this Ettusais Mineral BB routine for the past 2 - 3 weeks, and I do enjoy this routine.  It is a routine which is fuss free, and delivers great results.  You get a fresh clean face that lasts a good 10 hours in our humid crazy weather.

    Let's take a close look at the Mineral BB Liquid - I am very happy to see that the Mineral BB range has now a liquid foundation - and this is a very liquidy lightweight product.  You can see how it flows slightly down my hand.  The shade is a good match for me (light neutral). 

    Here's a quick comparison of the Mineral BB Liquid with the other two Ettusais Mineral BB creams - the bb creams clearly have a creamier thicker consistency.. but what is similar is that they have the same Shine-Free Powder technology to absorb sebum and ensure that your skin stays baby smooth throughout the whole day. 

    Here's a close up of the Mineral BB Plus Powder. 

    Like its Mineral BB counterpart, it is very smooth and finely milled - very very comparable if not better than some higher end (more expensive) loose powder.  They deliver slight coverage, and is quite versatile in the usage.  Just take for real life example - my sis has very clear skin, and she has gone through tubs of the Mineral BB Powder - that alone is enough to even out her skintone and make her face look finished.  my other sis tend to use only concealers on areas of her face where she needs extra coverage.  Then she just dust some of this powder on her face to set the concealer.
    For me, this is great to set my Mineral BB cream, and I find that I am good to go.  

    The mineral BB Plus Powder is an improved version of the Mineral BB - it seems to be even more lightweight and able to diffuse the look of pores and make your skin look even smoother. 

    Here in my application - I applied a thin layer of Mineral BB cream on my face as a base. 

    Then I will dab the Mineral BB liquid onto my face using a foundation brush. 
    The liquid foundation is smooth and easy to blend.  Because of its light consistency, you can easily build up the coverage you need.  But otherwise, it is a light to medium coverage foundation. The finish of the foundation is a smooth matte (but not flat and dull at all). 

    Setting my foundation/ base using the press and roll powder puff. 

    Done with foundation and setting powder.

    * please excuse the brows lol, I swear they don't look so crazy IRL hahah*

    and a finished overall look: 
    everything in this LOTD will be mentioned in the next entry.

    Overview:

    • I think that this foundation suits normal to oily skin types.  It has decent oil control, and I never find myself looking shiny throughout the day. 
    • The foundation is lightweight and comfortable to wear.  It is also long lasting, and great everyday liquid foundation. 
    • For the price point of $38, it is really affordable and more importantly, value for money.  If you are starting out with liquid foundations/ bb creams, and setting powder, I really think that you will do well to start with all these great base products from Ettusais.  I have never been disappointed with any of them, and whenever I recommend them to my friends, they agree with me too. So, I can say for sure, these are really good stuff.
    • The only downside is that the shade range is limited, and if you have light to medium skintone, you can find your match, but if you are very tanned, I think you might be able to use the BB cream as a base, and then use your regular foundie on top - that will create a smooth base for your skin.
    • The foundation did not oxidise and did not break me out.

    The bottomline - a great performer! 

    Comparisons:

    Rimmel Wake me Up, Bourjois Healthy Mix  - okay perhaps the Ettusais is a little more matte than these two, but all have beautiful consistency and finish. 
    GA Lasting Silk UV foundation - lightweight, liquidy and semi matte finish
    ZA True White Liquid foundation

    I hope I have addressed all parts of this review, and if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!

    Thanks for reading!

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    November 06, 2013

    NEW Ettusais Gel Color Coat [Photos & Swatches]

    Now Available, S$24 each (9ml) 

    Plump up your nails with Gel Color Coat for a beautiful gel-like finish and thickness!

    It creates the beautiful luster and makes fingers look longer. It also works perfectly on their own or to complement manicure and pedicure colors!

    Swatches 

    BE2 is a beigy nude with subtle golden shimmer.  It is slightly sheer, and here I have applied two coats.  The perfect shade of very natural nude nails on me. 

    RD1 is a sheer red that gives your nails a rosy tint.  I applied two coats in this set of swatches. 

    Filed in: gel colour coat, Ettusais | Tagged with: gel colour coat, Ettusais
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    November 04, 2013

    LOTD: Khaki Pulse & Luxembourg

    Hi hi!!

    Just a quick entry to document this LOTD I did last Saturday for a foundation workshop event at Sephora Bugis+.

    I often find myself using the Giorgio Armani eyes to kill intense eyeshadows whenever I don't want to think about what I want to do. They are really the easiest eyeshadows to use.   Today's look is a smokey khaki olive, paired with warm cheeks and a bright pink lips look. 

    Shall not go on about the look, I think you can see for yourself.. :)   All products used will be listed at the end of this entry. 

    All products used: 

    face - Ettusais BB Mineral cream, Ettusais BB Mineral Liquid Foundation, Ettusais BB Mineral Loose Powder

    cheeks - Chanel Les Beiges shade 30, MAC Comfort MSF

    lips - NARS Luxembourg (later on in the day, I used Dior Incognito, or Maquillage BR602 after a meal)

    eyes - GA ETK 06 Khaki Pulse, GA ETK 15 Copper/Black Grey for outer corner, Lancome Erika F on the lids 

    liner & lashes - The Face Shop Gel Pencil Liner, Ardel demi wispies, Lancome hypnose star WP

    brows - Shiseido Perfect Brow Compact GY902

    Hope you find this entry helpful! 

    Thanks for looking!

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    November 04, 2013

    NEW Ettusais Lip Essence [ft Mercuryduo & Yeoypawka]

    Available now, S$31 each (10g)

    Popular Japanese apparel brand, MERCURYDUO collaborates with ettusais this November!

    MERCURYDUO’s iconic ‘flower’ x ‘dot’ pattern, which captures the attention of girls who love cute things, is featured on ettusais Lip Essence. 

    A lip essence that gives a rich luster while protecting lips from UV rays and dryness.    

    - Moisturizes lips with glycerin and glucosyl hesperidin
    - Seals in moisture and gives luster on lip surface to reduce the appearance of vertical lines 
    using Hyper Gloss Oil
    - Improves blood circulation needed for pink healthy lips    
    - SPF18 PA++

    ettusais launches a limited edition version of Lip Essence (DEEP MOIST), in collaboration with Cheburashka this November! Cheburashka (Russian: Yeoypawka) is a Russian cult classic cartoon character, whose popularity is well-received in Russia and Japan. 

    This winter edition includes all the goodness of Lip Essence with Glycerin to moisturize and Glucosyl Hesperidin to improve blood circulation. It also has an intensive hydrating formula that contains Hyaluronic Acid and honey to keep lips plump and moist even during the driest winters. 

    Filed in: lip essence, Ettusais | Tagged with: lip essence, Ettusais
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    June 11, 2013

    Shiseido Private Sale: NARS HAUL [Photos & Swatches]

    Hallo!!!

    This morning, a few of us trooped down to the Shiseido office building to shop the Shiseido private sale, which will be open to the public on the 12 and 13 June 2013.  (pic and full details at the end of this entry)
    I technically don't need anything, but I was keen to see what NARS items they have on sale, and I wasn't disappointed.  Granted, I already have a very extensive NARS collection, and most of what was on sale, I already own.  But I still managed to add a few lovely items to my stash.

    Some price information and what I saw there by brand:

    (these are just prices I can recall, if I didn't remember wrongly, please don't quote me)
    NARS single eyeshadow $20
    NARS duo eyeshadow $30
    NARS powder blush $30  - I saw cream blushes too.  The variety is limited, but I saw Liberte, Lovejoy, Cactus Flower, Penny Lane..
    NARS lippies, mascara $25
    NARS bronzer (Casino, Laguna) $30 or $35
    NARS nail polish $15
    NARS Sheer Glow, Sheer Matte foundations
    NARS Creamy Radiant concealers (I spotted mainly the Light 1, 2, 3 shades)

    The single eyeshadows come in a variety of neutral shades, a couple of bold shades - all from their permanent collection.
    There are also Andy Warhol sets and palettes starting from $30 (the Photobooth nail polish set). 
    I also spotted limited eyeshadow brushes. 

    There is also a wide selection of CPB (cle de peau beaute) skincare and makeup, I saw their famous face luminising powder, single eyeshadows, lipsticks and foundations.  Prices start from $40. 

    Then there is the range Shiseido and Maquillage base products, blushes and eyeshadow palettes.  

    I didn't really look at the ZA, Tsubaki brands, but looking at the way people were lugging bags of the shampoo, I am sure the prices are at least half of what you get at retail. 

    Here's what I got from the sale:

    Orgasm Nailpolish
    Exhibit A Blush
    Bangkok pure matte lipstick
    Funny Face 
    Brousse duo eyeshadow
    Bengali single eyeshadow (great for brows too!)

    And quick swatches: 

    I spotted the polishes in these shades
    Dovina, Jungle Red, Purple Rain, Orgasm, Schiapp 

    Swatches of the powder products:

    I swatched the Brousse duo, and fell in love immediately.  It is a lovely mix of taupes...and definitely something super wearable.  
    Bengali is another shade which I have often seen, and played with but never bought, so I am glad to have gotten it now.  It is a medium warm brown, very smooth and pigmented.  It looks matte but not chalky at all.  I look forward to using this all over my lids and also fill in my brows.

    Exhibit A is actually for my sister who loves RED blushes. 

    If I didn't already own so many NARS items, I would have bought a lot more than these.

    I have a bad weakness for NARS lippies, and I am glad to get these two. 

    Funny Face - hot magenta pink this is so creamy and I think I will be wearing it quite often in the coming days ahead.  LOVVVVEEEE!!!!!

    Bangkok Pure Matte lipstick - looks like Monterey Bay which I already have... but I can't resist this nude lipstick that's not too pale. 

    Lipstick swatches: 

    I also picked up a couple of Ettusais products - their limited edition shower cologne - $10 each. 

    I also spotted Ettusais foundations (both liquid and cream), nail polish, their facial mist sprays (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THOSE SPRAYS!) and a few of their skincare items. 

    If you are not running down to the sale yet, you totally should!

    Details below:

    Hope this is helpful, and thanks for reading!

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    May 06, 2013

    Product Empties Part One: Cleansers & Skincare [May 2013]

    Hi hi!

    Time for another empties entry... I swear I have been putting this entry off for the longest time, it is at least 1 month overdue.  And along the way, my bag of empties got heavier and heavier.  Most of this products were used up in the months of Jan to Mar 2013..with a few products I used up as recently as last week and yesterday.  I will be doing a part two which consists of mainly shower/hair products in an upcoming entry (maybe next week). 

    So lots of cleansers, I wash my face twice a day, and it is no wonder that makeup removers and cleansers are always frequently used up.  Also sometimes my sister share these products with me, so we use them up more quickly than others. 

    Here we have three makeup removers:

    1. LANCOME Remove all deep cleansing oil for face and eyes 
    A rich cleansing oil, I bought this for only S$20 when I was at the JPO.  It removes all makeup effectively, especially foundations and eye makeup.  I like that it comes in a pump, and really melts away makeup.  I would repurchase this, but not in a long long time, I certainly didn't see it anymore at the JPO, and I have several other cleansing oils I can use in the meantime.  

    2. Ettusais Gentle Makeup Off 
    This reminds me of the Biore Jelly makeup remover, it is sort of gel texture, and not entirely oily.  It is very effective and gentle for light makeup days, but if I have full eye makeup, this is not enough.  If you have sensitve skin, this would be fantastic - very gentle and soothing to use. 

    3.  Bioderma 
    This needs no introduction.  I have lost count of how many bottles I have gone through.  I constantly have backups, and I always have a bottle of this on my table.  When I need to remove my makeup in a hurry in my own room, I would use Bioderma...and when I am on a major makeup swatch fest, I also use Bioderma to wipe my lips, hands, etc etc in between swatching and photo-taking.  This is definitely an essential. 

    Next are three cleansers:

    1. Lancome Blanc Expert Ultimate Whitening Purifying Foam 
    I really enjoy this cleanser, from the rich creamy foam, to the scent.  It leaves my skin feeling super clean without being stripped.  

    2. Perfect Whip Foamy Cleanser 
    I have gone through several tubes of this.  Really afforable, and really dense cleansing foam and always leaves my skin really clean afterwards.  Definitely a staple in my cleanser stash.  Many thanks to Amy for recommending this a year ago!  

    3. Clarins White Plus Gentle Brightening Exfoliator 
    I think this is my 3rd or 4th tube.  I love the scent, and the natural exfoliator beads.  Leaves my face visibly brighter and more radiant, and I always follow up with a brightening mask after this exfoliator.  Will definitely repurchase. 

    Skincare products: 
    No surprises here that I am using up a lot of Lancome products, since I have been using them since Feb. 

    1. Lancome Blanc Expert Ultimate Whitening Refining Beauty Lotion
    This is the very first time I finished a toner/ lotion type of product.  (well, okay come to think of it, I have used up several Clarins ones in the past).  I have never been a toner girl... but I started decanting this product into a spray bottle, and it makes this toning step of my skincare routine so much more effective and enjoyable.  No more fussing with the watery toner in the palms of my hand, no more fussing with cotton pads.  I just spray the toner onto my face, pat dry and go on to the next step.  I love the feeling of this toner.  It is not 'drying' nor alcohol-y, it feels moisturising and relaxing. 

    2. Lancome Genefique 

    3. Lancome Visionaire 

    I don't need to say more, this is my power super serum combination... I am currently using the brand new Genefique Advanced (which I am loving, cos it is richer and even more POTENT).   I have used both serums at least 3 - 4 times... and always very very satisfied. 

    Click here to read all about my Lancome skincare routine - it is pretty comprehensive, and my skin has never been better. 

    4. Lancome Absolue Extrait cream 
    This is a deluxe sample tub, and it is just an amazing luxe face cream.  Very very pricey, and I enjoy it.  I use it very sparingly, and it leaves my face totally regenerated and radiant the next day.  Definitely a skincare treat for your face. 

    Next are a bunch of randoms, LOTS OF EYE PRODUCTS.  I am a eyecream, eye serum junkie.  

    1. Clarins UV Plus Multi-Protection SPF40 
    This lasts me forever and ever.  It evens out the skintone, not oily, and provides great sun protection.  It is a decent and effective sun protection product, and I highly recommend this. 

    2. Clarins Defining Eye Lift (old formula)
    This is a eye serum, I don't feel any visible eye lifting effect, but it feels lightweight, and I don't mind this extra step before I use my cream.  Better be safe than sorry.  I am paranoid that way when it comes to skincare for my eyes.  I don't really have serious eye issues, but I just want to be really careful anyway.

    3. Kiehls Cream Eye Treatment 
    A super creamy rich eyecream, I LOVE IT because it is so thicky and cream, and it doesn't transfer into my eyes and irritate them.  I would defnitely re-purchase this.  Can't remember how much, I think it's around $50 (got it in HK) and it is super moisturising.  

    4. SK-II signature eyecream 
    This tub lasted me around 4 months.  And I LOVE IT.  It is very creamy, moisturising and definitely brightening.  I would definitely want this as well.  

    5. Embryolisse Eye Cream 
    This is a very basic eye cream, and if you don't have much eye issues, I do recommend this.  

    6.  Kiehls Midnight Discovery eyecream (not pictured) 
    Finished my second tube!  I used it, but most of the time it's my sister who is faithfully use this every day and night.  She really noticed brightening around her eyes, and all my friends whom I recommend it to, all love it.  It is very lightweight, and very effective.  

    If you are wondering why I use up so many eye creams, it is because I am using 2 - 3 eye creams at any one point.  I sometimes layer a serum and cream, and sometimes just a cream.  I rotate my eye creams randomly too.  So after 3 - 4 months, suddenly I run out of a few of them at one go. 

    And lastly, this Clarisonic brush head.  It is the delicate skin brush head, as with the one I am currently using.  I have been given the deep pore cleansing one lately, and I can't wait to try that out.  I found the delicate skin brush head nice and gentle, maybe a bit too gentle.  I think I will want to buy the normal ones next time.   I don't really switch it out after a certain amount of time, I just sort of go by my gut feeling, like if I need to replace, I just do it. 

    Phew!  

    I hope you find this entry helpful, many of these products are not new, and I have mentioned many of them before.  Feel free to leave comments below about anything I have mentioned! 

    What have you used up recently?

    Thanks for reading!

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    April 24, 2013

    Recent Favourite Combinations [Foundation, Makeup Removal & Hair!]

    Hi hi!

    It's starting to feel so rare that I am able to blog ramble on a weekday.  Even during the weekends, I hardly have any time to just sit and attend to blog matters, but when life catches up with you, I guess I just can't get out of it.  So for those who have noticed the recent 'absence', I do apologise, and I hope that the usual blog spam will happen soon.  I hope.  I hope.  Because I have so many things to share! 

    Just want to feature a few products which I have been liking lately, they are a little all over the place and I think that's the way I prefer to present this entry.   Hope you enjoy - there's some skincare, makeup and hair! 

    First off, we have this set of makeup removal and cleansing products.  I have been using the Shu Uemura clear brightening gentle cleansing oil.  I feel like this compliments my current (still Lancome) skincare rountine.  It cleans off my makeup completely, and it is very lightweight.  I didn't like the deep pore cleansing oil so much (the pink one btw) but this I really love.  I don't think I need to go too much into the efficiency of the Shu Uemura cleansing oils, and I always have one or two of them in my stash.  If you are looking for something that really takes off the heavy duty makeup after a long day, this is really a great performer. 

    As you know I usually keep 2 - 3 facial cleansers in my bathroom.  While I love my creamy foamy cleansers, I also like to try out 'alternative' cleansing products.  Namely cleansing balms - they are very big in the UK - and I like the idea of a cleansing balm.  It is supposed to be very calming, cleansing and when used with a muslin cloth, even exfoliating.  I have heard great raves about the Emma Hardie amazing face cleansing balm.  I ordered mine from feelunique and here's  the product information - 

    Perfectly balanced daily cleansing for skin that craves clean.

    Benefits of Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm:
    - Thoroughly cleanses and moisturises the skin.
    - Helps to purify and minimises the appearance of open pores.
    - Calming for sensitive skin.
    - Revitalising for dull and mature skins.
    - Can be used as a rescue balm, i.e. on dry elbows or knees, or as a lip balm.
    - Doubles as a soothing mask if left on the skin for ten minutes.

    Key ingredients and what they do:
    - Moringa seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E: Balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores.
    - Orange, Neroli and Mandarin extracts: Rejuvenates and revitalises the skin. 
    - Jasmine, cedarwood and Rose: Helps to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skins.

    I don't use it with a muslin cloth though -- but I have just ordered some from feelunique in a separate order, and I shall try it out soon.  I really love this - it is so soothing, and so luxe and smells really awesome.  Even I just massage this into my skin, it just leaves my skin feeling so soft, and clean after rinsing.   It looks a little messy from the picture below, there's this layer of oil (Moringa I think) and smells really relaxing. 
    This is always sold out at feelunique, so grab it while you can! 

    And another item which I recently discovered is the Ettusais peeling milk - this is a gentle exfoliator that doesn't have any scrubby beads.  I have this for quite some time.  When I got to learn about its properties at a Ettusais event a couple of weeks ago, I came home, and quickly took it out to try.  
    Basically it is a milky liquid that you rub onto dry skin, and it will rub off the dead skin cells.  I particularly like to rub it around my nose area, that seems to be the most 'tough' area, and after I rinse my face, the skin feels super smooth.  I usually follow up with a extra nourishing mask or face cream, cos that's when the skin is in the best condition to absorb products.  Highly recommend this product if you are looking for a different sort of skin exfoliator. 

    Next, a couple of hair products.  I have other hair products to feature -but I will mention those in a products I have used up entry.  But here, we have a new shampoo which I have been using and loving for the past couple of ... days.  haha.  I saw this earlier in the week while I was at Guardian.  It is Ancient Secrets Moroccan Argan shampoo.  And it is only about $11 or $13 - very affordable. So far, I love everything about this shampoo.  It leaves my hair super soft, not weighed down at all and even more shiny.  I normally don't use any conditioner after shampoo cos I like the squeaky clean hair feeling after shampoo.  This leaves my hair clean without being 'too squeaky' if you know what I mean. 

    And one some days, when I feel like I need to make my hair look a little more sleek, or when I want my hair ends to be more tame (esp after a big DIY blow dry), I will rub a tiny drop of the TONI&GUY Shine Gloss Serum just at the ends of my hair.  It is a great lightweight hair gloss serum, that makes your hair super shiny, and also tame flyaways.

    These are some cheek products which I am rotating this week.  Finally, I am able to tear myself away from the URBAN DECAY NAKED FLUSHED palette.  I decided to break out the Guerlain 4 seasons terracotta bronzer in 00 Nude - it is the perfect bronzer for my light complexion.  It gives the perfect amount of warmth to my skin without being visible.  The powder is so smooth, and it blends into the skin just amazingly.  I would compare this to my DiorSkin Nude Tan bronzers - very natural, and very very fine quality.  They are very similar with their quadrants of pale bronzing shades.  LOVE LOVE LOVE. 

    Next, is a scary bright red blush - I just have to dab ever so slightly into this blush - MAC Devil powder blush - it is a pro only shade though.  It makes my face looks healthy, and I just buff it into oblivion onto my cheeks, so I end up with a very naturally warm flushed cheeks - you can't even tell that I am wearing a RED blush. 

    Note that I have just shown below very very light swatch - this is a really pigmented blush, and I always proceed with caution.  Hehe.

    And next, I am loving this pair of base products. 

    I have been trying out and loving the MAQUiLLAGE Perfect BB Base.  It is very smooth, and lightweight.  I love how it evens out my skintone. I will give this a full review in a separate entry, so you can see how it applies on me. 

    And finally, I recently ordered the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation (at drugstore.com via spree).  I just eyeballed the shade online...and it turned out to be a just perfect match for me.  I could probably go half a shade lighter, but it's nothing some setting powder can't fix. 
    Like the name suggests, it feels like nothing on my skin, and yet it makes my skin look very smooth after I applied it over the base.  And it lasted on me very well throughout the hot and humid days.  I would even compare this to NARS Sheer Glow in terms of the consistency and finish.  Highly recommend this foundation.  And it is so affordable! 

    I hope that this entry is helpful and somewhat interesting!  

    Just want to rant about something I came across today.  I received an email from a certain company, asking me where's my blog entry for xxx product, because she didn't see it on my blog....well, that's because I haven't posted it yet.  (DUH)
    Was it intentional?  No.  I simply have no time to be switching products all the time.  When I am busy, I always just fall back on whatever is on my table.  I don't recall signing up for deadlines when they want to send this xxx product to me.  I will mention it when I am ready to feature it, after having used it.  I have never subjected myself to some deadline crunching blogging/ reviews and I have a million of other blog entry ideas of my own without having to accept "FREE" products to sustain my blog. For some reason, I got very peeved by this kindly email reminder.  I am in a good mind to send back this xxx product, and tell the person that when I am ready to try it out, I would jolly well fork out my own $18.90 to buy it, and use it if I want to.  

    Well, that's just a temporary mood damper..I would just continue doing whatever I do, and ramble on whatever comes to my mind.  

    Thanks for reading, and staying through to the end of this longish entry! 

    Can't wait for the weekend already. 

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    January 27, 2013

    Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

    Hi hi!

    This entry features the famous Ettusais Quick Fix Powder - I was introduced to it a while back by my girlfriends who all raved about this powder that is awesome for touch ups, and making your face look fresh and smooth after using it.  When I was introduced to it again last Dec, I was super excited to try it out myself.  The Quick Fix Powder is usually limited edition, but I have seen it still on the shelves lately, so definitely check it out if you have been wanting to try it.  

    I personally love it for its compact packaging, the very fluffy & dense powder puff, and how it provides light coverage while touching up my skin.  It doesn't look cakey at all, and is super finely milled.   Highly highly recommend this Quick Fix powder!  

    It retails for S$28 for 6.5g of product. 

    Product description:

    This pressed powder instantly covers to even out skin texture and skin tone, hiding blemishes while preventing skin roughness with skin roughness preventing mineral powder. The Smooth Fit Coat that covers each powder particle helps powders fit onto skin beautifully so your make-up won’t look cakey after touching up. The Shine Prevention Powder also prevents shine from showing too quickly and helps for a longer lasting finish. Contains SPF 10 PA ++.
    A close up of the packaging:

    You can seen a fine smooth layer on my skin here:

    Here's my niece 'modelling' the compact.. heheh, she loves to explore what's in my makeup bag whenever we meet.  No surprises why I am her favourite aunt, huh?

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

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    January 15, 2013

    Ettusais x SWATi Lip Essence

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

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

    Lip Essence $31

    A lip essence that gives lips a healthy shine!

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

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

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

    Formulated with natural treatment ingredients. 


    Lip Essence Stick $26 

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

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

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

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

    Formulated with natural treatment ingredients. 

    Hope this sharing has been useful!  Thanks for reading!

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    September 06, 2012

    Stuff that I used up [Sept 2012]

    Hi hi! 

    I have been collecting a bunch of products which I have used up lately, over the past couple of weeks.  And it is interesting to note that most of these products happened to be HAIR stuff.  Especially hair treatments.  Hope this is useful to anyone who is looking for random product recommendations (or not).  

    Here we go! 

    Let's start with the hair products - I wash my hair everyday.  And I don't use a conditioner everyday.  Instead I use a deep hair conditioner every other day, or sometimes I would just use my trusty Kiehls' Hair Conditioner and Grooming Aid Formula 133 to make my hair smooth and sleek.  

    1. LOREAL EVER SLEEK Sulphate Free Smoothing System (Intense Smoothing Conditioner)

    I can't remember the retail price, but this is just average amoung the hair conditioners I rotate.  It makes my hair feel smooth enough, but I feel like it is not RICH and thick to penetrate deep into my hair.  I am glad to finish using it up.  Not going to re-purchase this. 

    2. Essential Nuance Fairy - Treatment 

    I love this!  I just need to use a small lump of it, and apply it all over my hair ends.  It smells great, and really makes my hair very moisturised, and shiny for the whole day - and didn't wear my hair down.  And it is often sold so cheaply at places like Oceans, Venus and those Chinatown toiletries shops.  Even if you get it at Watsons or Guardians, I think it's less than $10.   I think so.  And I need to get more.  I have gone through 3 or 4 tubes of this. 

    3. DOVE Damage Therapy Intense Repair - I think I got this for $2.90 at Chinatown Oceans.  I am not a fan of DOVE shampoos and conditioners.. but I don't mind using this every other day.  It has similar effect as the Essentials one (which I like better).  I would purchase this if it is at $2.90 again, the next time I see it.   This, I recommend too, if you have long hair, and want a deep conditioner.

    4. When my big tubes of hair treatments are all used up, I reached for these little tubes of intensive treatments.  They usually come in packs of 3, like the Pantene one, or 12 (or 14?) like the Clinicare one.  I find that one tube is usually too much for one time usage, so I normally split into 2 - 3 times usage.  I don't personally find these any MORE nourishing than the ones mentioned above.. but they are good for travel, and I always have a stash of these in my bathroom cabinet.  

    5. Vichy Night Creams - I am not going to name any specific range, but in general, I find them all super comfortable to use, and the prices are so affordable, especially when you buy them during Watsons/ Guardians 20% deals.  I had to stop using this jar, because obviously I broke it, and there is still maybe 30% left, but boo hoooo... got to toss this out.   They smell great, didn't break me out, and keeps my skin moisturised during the night in my air-conditioned bedroom. 

    6. Laneige Water Sleeping Pack - I have been using this little tub as a night cream after I broke the Vichy one.. it was lying around on my table, so I might as well use it up.  I am always slapping on very moisturising products on my face, because I think that my skin is dehydrated underneath the oilier surface area.  So far with my ultra moisturising routine, I have been able to keep my skin quite firm and smooth.  Hydration & brightening is really the key to youthful looking skin.

    7. Lancome Genefique - this needs no introduction, I truly enjoy using this amazing multi-purpose serum.  I love the texture, and I love that everytime I am using this, my skin is always ALWAYS in the most tip top condition.  This is my second bottle, and I bought the 50ml one.. which lasted me a while.  I am going to either try out my NARS skincare, or Kenzo soon... but I have back up of this thanks to Lancome, which recently sent me a brand new one to enjoy. 

    8. Ettusais Mineral BB cream - whenever people ask me which is my fave BB cream, I always point them to this Ettusais one.  And for me to use up a base product, it's pretty amazing.  I have more than 10 BB creams in my stash, from various brands.. and this is really one of the more outstanding ones.  I can't recommend this more.  I will be featuring the new whitening version of this amazing BB cream soon, so do keep a lookout! 

    9. SKIN79 BB Cleanser - I do enjoy using this cleanser, I always double cleanse, so I use this purely to wash my face, not remove makeup. It smells very fresh and clean, and it does foam up quite well after you lather on your skin. I think it makes my skin feels clean, but never 'stripped' clean that sort of harsh sensation, which is nice.  But I don't think I will go and buy it soon, because I am currently using other foamy cleansers.   

    10. FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil - Oldie in my years and years of makeup wearing.  I got this in the special edition packaging, which always features some sort of illustration.  My sister swears only by the Fancl cleansing oil.  Again, this is something which I always will have or will buy... but currently I am trying out the Clarins cleansing oil, and the Biore aqua jelly makeup remover.  Shall keep you all posted on those when I am done using them.  

    And there you go, 10 items, and my quick thoughts on them, now I can really toss them away!

    I shall try to post a update pictorial entry..maybe after this, if I am still 'awake'.  :)

    Thanks for reading, and hope it's been useful.  Do share what you have used up lately too!