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May 18, 2015

Chit Chat - What's on my "No Foundation Face"?

So I had a casual workday last week, and I decided to heck it with the full face works, and just left the house with a healthy dosage of sunscreen and set with loose powder.  I was pleasantly surprised by the results - a fresh nothing there complexion which is still well protected from the current HOT WEATHER. 

All I did was to use the new Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly - this has a gel like very lightweight formula which I have been enjoying.  I feel like this is one which you can slap on throughout the day and it would not clog your skin at all.  It has a creamy texture, but once applied, it disappears into your skin like a gel, very fresh feeling.  It is almost totally clear, and perhaps only minutely even-ed out my skintone.  I set this with a loose powder, which further helped to even out my skintone.  I just needed to add a bit of coverage to under my eyes and a couple of spots on my chin. 

 Brows are kept the usual...big big I guess.. but that's the way I like them.  And some cheek color, and a bit of lipstick just for fun.  I am still enjoying the MAC Huggable lipsticks... but a new one is really catching my attention lately... I will blog about this amazing new lippie in my next entry!  

So, feeling happy with my no foundation, light as air, next to nothing face of the day, I snapped a few pictures while at work.  I think this is a good way to document my foundation trials!  

All products used listed below these pictures: 

Products used:

- NEW Ettusais Herbal Jelly with SPF50 PA++++
- MAC PRO Longwear concealer in NC20, to cover a few spots
- Shiseido Future Solution Lx Loose Powder
- NARS Gilda Blush
- MAC Huggable Lipcolor in Soft Talkin
- Innisfree Eco brow gel & MAC Brow set in Beguile 

Also added a few new products to my current skincare stash -  I was very kindly gifted a lot of new skincare products lately, and I am trying to incoporate as much as I can into the rotation..in a way which is not confusing to me, and my skin.  I did not include a few others which I can't really form any impressions of yet.. so I shall not include them in this chit chat.

1. NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate - this is a lightweight creamy serum to even out skintone 
2. NARS Restorative Night Treatment - which is an oily emolient cream that feels super luxe.  If you love the scent of the NARS Oran candle, you will love this scented treatment cream.  I love how rich and nourishing this cream feels.  
3. Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil - an effective cleansing oil that doesn't strip my skin.  It emulsifies and removes makeup without leaving any oily residue.  
4. Skin Inc Revival Infusion Cleanser - a dense foamy cleanser, which is my fave type of cleanser.  It contains active ingredients to combat oxidation and signs of aging. 
5. Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly (did I mention this comes in a generous 50ml tube, instead of the usual 30ml?) === great on its own, and under foundation too.  Super lightweight, and jelly formula means it is great for oily skin too.  

among these products, I highly recommend you checking out items 2 - 5 ---- I need more time to see if the NARS brightening concentrate does its trick...but the rest, I am quite impressed.  The cleansing oil and foamy cleanser are just really something efficient, staples type products which I always need and use in my routine..... and the NARS Night Treatment and Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly are pretty unique products in terms of their texture and formulation. 

What are some new stuff you have been using lately?

Hope you find this random chit chat helpful, and thanks for reading!!! 

November 05, 2014

Review & Application: Ettusais Premium Routine (CC cream, foundation compact & finishing powder)


In this entry, I will be introducting and reviewing the new Ettusais Premium range for you.  I have been using these products quite extensively for the past month (at least) and I feel like while my review might be a tad belated, at least you can be sure that I have given everything here a good run, and I can finally share my thoughts with you.  Hope you find this helpful! 

The Ettusais Premium range is the brand's first anti-aging collection - targetted at ladies 25 and above.. but really, is it really too young to start using anti-aging skincare and makeup products?  I don't think so.  Prevention and protection is always better than trying to fight the signs of time when it is too late.  Even though it is titled 'Premium' the prices remain super attractive and is a good entry point for young ladies who are looking into anti-agng skin brightening makeup products. 

First, we have the CC Cream - which contains a trans-pink ingredient gives your skin a soft pink tinge and lifts your complexion, bringing some natural radiance to your face.  It contains a pink control powder - and this gives your skin a rosy glow.  It has the Amino Premium 7 ingredient whic hydrates the skin and has SPF40 PA+++ to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.  I love how lightweight this it and it really even outs the dullness of my skin.  But I would definitely need to use some kind of foundation over it, just to neutralise the too pink tone (because my skin is already quite on the pink/ neutral side) if you have very sallow yellow undertone, this would perfectly neutralise those tones. 

The range also consists of two face powders 

One is the <span>PREMIUM LUMINOUS POWDER, which is a dual sided powder compact - it comes with a little brush which is great for on the go touch ups.  I like to use the  more shimmery side as a finishing powder, and I swirl both sides to touch up.  It instantly mattifies my face after a long day without looking dull at all.  It controls shine and keeps your skin looking fresh. 

</span>The next powder is the <span>PREMIUM CHIFFON FOUNDATION which is super finely milled and very smooth. It is very lightweight and yet gives enough (medium) coverage as a powder foundation.  I like to use this over the CC Cream.  I use the shade 10. 

</span>And finally, we have the Amino Caviar Cream:

<span>The Amino Caviar Cream contains ettusais' exclusive Amino Premium 7 - It includes Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Fermented Royal Jelly and Triple Amino Acids to reverse decades of damage & achieve infant-like skin. 

</span>This is the product when I first got it. 

It contains these little bits which rub themselves away after you apply and rub the product into your skin.  I have been loving it day and night.  It is creamy and emolient yet  not heavy.  It is also great under makeup as a base.  I just love this all round great skin performer.  It makes my skin smooth and even, and just well hydrated.  

and almost a month later.. this is how much I have used (note I slap this twice a day almost everyday for the past month). 

Here, I will show you the products in action - 

and after everything set and did the rest of my makeup: 

My thoughts on the products:

If you are looking for a pink toned, brightening radiant CC Cream/ makeup base - you will like the Ettusais Premium CC Cream.  I like to use such pinky bases under foundations to brighten up my skintone, and also to add some subtle radiance.  This particular one is so lightweight, so you don't have to worry about applying layers of base on your face. 

The Powder Foundation is extremely silky and lightweight.  It gives decent coverage, and is quite long lasting (a good 6 - 8 hours which is decent for a powder foundation). 

The Finish Luminous Powder is my current fave touch up powder.  It is brightening and mattfies my face making it look fresh especially when I need to touch up after many hours. 

My fave product is the Amino Caviar Cream -and it is my go to face cream now.  I enjoy using it, and it gives good results. 

everything on the face 

prep with Ettusais Premium Amino Caviar Cream

Base: Ettusais Premium Compact Foundation (shade 10), Ettusais Premium duo Finishing Powder

Cheeks: Chanel Les Beiges 30, and Illamasqua blush in Sophie 

Eyes: Lancome la pro base for eyes, MUFE eyeshadows (refer to this entry here)

Liners: EYEKO Liquid Eyeliner

Lashes: Falsies, Tarte Lights Camera Flashes mascara on the lower lashes  

Lips: Ettusais Creamy Lip Crayon in PK02 (refer to swatches here)

<strong>Price List: 





I hope that you find this entry helpful, and thanks for reading!! 

November 05, 2014

Three Ettusais Creamy Lip Crayons

I have three new Ettusais Creamy Lip Crayons to share with you today.  These are very moisturising chubby lip pencils that will add some color to your lips and also keep them hydrated at the same time.  Before we go into the swatches and my overall thoughts, I will share with you the official information on this new product - which is now available, and retails for SGD$23 each!  

Formulated with Rose Hip Oil and Puru Puru Oil, it is very moisturising and creamy.  It glides over chapped lips, soaking them in natural lustre and intense moisture, while protecting them with SPD18.  Lips plump up and instantly look softer, fuller and more luscious. 

Available in five shades - they are suited for Asian skin tones.  The Color Fit Pearls graduate from pink to rosy beige for a fuller softer and more natural finish.  
These crayons are fun to use and provide fuss free lipstick options. 

<strong>Close ups & Swatches: 

And on the face 

OR 1 a soft warm pinky beige 

<strong>PK1 natural pink 


PK 2 natural pink with a subtle mauve tone

everything on the face 

prep with Ettusais Premium Amino Caviar Cream

Base: Ettusais Premium Compact Foundation (shade 10), Ettusais Premium duo Finishing Powder

Cheeks: Chanel Les Beiges 30, and Illamasqua blush in Sophie 

Eyes: Lancome la pro base for eyes, MUFE eyeshadows (refer to this entry here)

Liners: EYEKO Liquid Eyeliner

Lashes: Falsies, Tarte Lights Camera Flashes mascara on the lower lashes  

Lips: Ettusais Creamy Lip Crayon in PK02 (refer to swatches here)

I love these lippies, they are great to throw in your bag, for touch ups, for dry lips and easy to apply.  If you want natural your lips but better options, you can't go wrong with any of these creamy lip crayons.  The price point is really affordable too, for what they do.  Highly recommend these lip loving lippies! 

Thanks for reading!

September 12, 2014

Two Beautiful Ellis Faas Hot Lips!

These hot lips have a very unique texture - they are like liquid lipsticks - almost like a creamy paint.  Very very intense and packed with pigment.  You just need a tiny bit for each use.  The colors are vibrant, and I found it hard to pick just 2 shades while I was shopping for them on Net-a-porter (free shipping, yay!!).  I have been wearing these lippies, and I found them to be very long lasting - they stain, which is no wonder, as they are so pigmented and long lasting.  But the stain does not bother me, cos its' not like they are patchy or anything. 

I am so glad that my friend Mabel, raved about these Hot Lips, and after some consideration (and I reallly did!  cos do I need another hot pink or hot red lip color?  Hahaha) --- so anyway, after some thinking, I decided to take the plunge on Monday and try to spend more time doing my base face. hahaha.

And can we just talk about the packaging?  They are sleek like a long bullet - made to fit into the Ellis Faas canister - and certainly a conversation starter if your friends see you whipping this out and applying this on your lips. 

The colors in this range are all quite vibrant - but I went for classic red and classic hot pink.   I find these Hot Lips to be very long lasting, and the sponge applicator which dispenses the product actually works well.  The sponger is soft and provides definite/ precie lip lines during application.  

Here are some clse ups of the lippies -

Initially you have to twist the other hand of the pen - and I turned like 50 times before any product gets pushed to the tip. 

you can blot and apply a second layer if you want something really dramatic and long lasting.
you can also blot and achieve a more matte finish though I think that the Hot Lips settle into a semi matte finish anyway. 
Love how the sponge tip applicator is able to draw fine lines so precisely. 

And some overall look: 

A pic of most of the makeup items I used today - 

July 05, 2014

Review & Application: Ettusais BB Mineral Gel &

Hallo!  This is a long overdue review of the new Ettusais BB Mineral Gel, which is now already available ($38 -- and now you can also find Ettusais at Sephora ION...how cool is that!) I had the chance to preview all their new products a couple of months ago - and like all previous Ettusais BB.. this is another winner in my books.  Whenever I use an Ettusais BB cream I don't have to use a foundation - the finish is always lovely and just spot on.  Everyone that I recommend this product and the other Ettusais BB creams to, they all love it.  

So anyway, what is different about the new Mineral Gel formulation?  This is supposed to have a dewy finish, the existing BB creams have a powdery smooth finish, and this Mineral Gel formula is supposed to be more lightweight, has a sheer finish.  In other words, this BB Mineral Gel is perfect for summer use, just slap it on, and you are good to go.  

Here's the product information: 

Blemish balm meets Hydrating Gel in this BB Mineral Gel! This beauty essence base gives you baby-like complexion with a sheer and dewy finish. It is chemical-free, friction-free, fragrance-free, paraben and mineral oil-free, and cleanser-free! That's right, you don't need a makeup cleanser to remove this bb gel. Packed with ettusais Puru Puru ingredients, this BB gel formula spreads effortlessly onto skin; concealing imperfections with Unevenness Clear Complex G and smoothens out skin roughness with Salicylic Acid. 

I got mine in the shade NB (natural beige) - it also comes in one other shade LB (light beige).   Both shades are really similar though.. and if you are between MAC 15-25/ Chanel B 10--30, chances are that the Ettusais BB creams will suit you. 

a quick comparison of the BB Mineral White - which is the other Ettusais bb cream I currently have (and I am very happy to report that Ettusais BB creams are the ones which I regularly do use and actually RUN out of ... not many base products can claim to have this 'honor' hahah).  On first swatch and playing around just on my hand, I could feel that the Mineral White formula is slightly creamier and seems to have a tad more coverage.  The Mineral Gel formula is a little more light in consistency.  The finish of both... however, are so similar that you really can hardly tell which is which.  

Here's me applying the Mingeral Gel on one side of my face - it blends very easily, and disappears into my skin - the coverage is light and the finish is very natural.  It looks a little less powdery smooth (comparing to the BB Mineral White and the original one) but more like a sheer smooth finish.  

Hope this half face comparison illustrate that soft sheer finish.  I don't need to use a foundation after this bb cream. 

I will usually set this with a powder...usually the Ettusais BB Plus Mineral Powder.  It gives a bit more coverage and sets the bb cream for the whole day. 

and here's the finished look - as you can see, the overall look is very polished and flawless.  This is why I love the Ettusais BB creams.  The technology behind their BB creams - really does give you that 'baby smooth' skin effect, which is very apparent in photos.  They are quite long lasting (a good 8 - 10 hours) and the oil control factor is moderately good.   
One thing I would point out though, although the Mineral Gel claims to be 'dewy' in terms of finish, don't let that term scare you... personally I don't think it is actually that dewy at all.  There is no sheen, no shine at all.  I guess when they say Mineral Gel... it is really more of a difference in terms of the formula which works out in hot summer days like now. 

I enjoy the new Mineral Gel just as much as the other Ettusais BB creams.. but if you are starting out, or if you can't be sure which one to choose, my recommendation would be 

if you have normal to oily skin - go for the Mineral BB White, and the original Mineral BB.
if you have normal to dry skin - go for the Mineral Gel.  

Always set with their Mineral BB powder, or Mineral BB+ powder!  These are really some of the finest and silkiest smooth setting powders with a hint of coverage out in the market.  My sister swears by these and always have a stockpile in her collection.  

In this look - I also applied just a bit of eyeliner on the outer corners of my eyes, and I find myself reaching for these Ettusais Cream eyeliner WP quite often.  Both the Black and Brown ones are super creamy and I would say they are 7 out of 10 in terms of the smudgeproof scale, which is pretty impressive.  The tip is very fine and you can draw precise lines with these eyeliners.  The olive and pink ones are LE releases, but both the Black and Brown ones are permanent in the range ($23 each).  

The eyeliners are easy to use, and they are super great for throwing into your makeup bag for touch ups and they don't require sharpening.  Only downside could be that such push up liners usually contain only a little amount of product, and you find that you have to replenish these quite quickly if you use them daily. 

Product info on these eyeliners: 

This eyeliner is as easy to use as a pencil eyeliner, but achieves a thick, intense and creamy finish. Suitable to fill in between lashes and lower inner eye line for the illusion of larger eyes and thicker lashes too! Its ultra-moisturizing formula of Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin also cares for the delicate skin around your eyes. This water-, sweat- and sebum-proof liner will survive the hottest day and the heaviest downpour!

Here's some quick swatches: 

I used the olive one (which has a metallic finish) in this 'eyelook' - it just serves to accentuate my eyes a bit...

Hope the overview on these Ettusais products have been useful and thank you for reading!!

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*</p> <p>and a finished overall look: 
everything in this LOTD will be mentioned in the next entry.


  • 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! 


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!

November 06, 2013

NEW Ettusais Gel Color Coat [Photos & Swatches]

Now Available, S$24 each (9ml) 

<span>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!


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. 


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!

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. 

June 11, 2013

Shiseido Private Sale: NARS HAUL [Photos & Swatches]


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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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



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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