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May 23, 2015
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Review: Why I Love Bobbi Brown Serum Foundation & Pop Pink!


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I haven't done a foundation review in AGES!!  I have testing out at least 5 new foundations lately... and I am just going to review whichever I am using the most, and also for a substantial amount of time.  Foundations are usually permanent products anyway, so I feel like I can take my time to really give them all a good go and then share with you my thoughts. 

So here, we have the new Bobbi Brown serum foundation - it is now available, and retails for around S$83 each if I remember correctly. 
This is the first foundation to contain TCM ingredients, and also contains the benefits of a serum to treat your skin as you are wearing the foundation.  So far, using this for most of the month since I got it, my skin gets along really well with the foundation, and I think I really really love this foundation - especially as far as the new generation of these serum foundations go. 

Before I continue, here's the Product Story

See healthy, beautiful skin. Formulated with Lychee, Bamboo Grass and Cordyceps Mushroom extracts, this high-powered formula helps give skin the energy it needs to look fresher and younger. Super silky emulsion floats over skin's surface for a flawless yet natural look–instantly and day after day.

For anyone who wants the treatment benefits of a serum combined with the flawless, skin tone correct coverage of Bobbi's foundations. Ideal for normal to dry skin.

Goes beyond the surface, beautifying skin with a powerful combination of serum ingredients. Helps support skin's cellular energy and also offers key anti-aging benefits for a smoother, firmer, more lifted look. Ultrafine pigments cover imperfections without settling into fine lines. Plus, SPF 40 helps prevent future damage.

How to use

First, shake bottle well. Pull the dropper out halfway. Squeeze and hold the bulb while reinserting dropper completely into the bottle, then release. Remove the dropper from bottle and squeeze bulb to dispense foundation onto hand or brush. Apply foundation around the nose and mouth, and anywhere you see redness or unevenness. Blend with a Foundation Brush, sponge or fingertips.

I don't quite like how the dropper works though.. and because the foundation is quite thick and creamy, each time you take the dropper, it doesn't actually dispense enough product to do one application.  I tried a few times to pour out the foundation directly onto my hand instead... but it turned out to be quite a mess.. because the product sort of get congested at the opening of the bottle and when I screw the dropped back into the bottle... it pushes out the product that's jammed near the opening... long story...lesson learnt - just use the dropper, ok?

In terms of shades and colors - this comes in a good range to suit most skintones.  I love the fact that it comes with a decent amount of sunscreen, and I feel like I can skip the sunscreen when I use this foundation. 

I use the shade 03 Beige.  I think I can use Sand as well.  Beige is my skintone.. perhaps even half a shade darker.  But this foundation is so lightweight I can still get away with 03.   It does a good job of neutalising the redness in my skin though. 

The application:

I love using my fingers to work the foundation into my skin.  I find this gives the best finish, and you can really work it into your skin without the brush soaking up the product.  As you can see here, although the foundation has this thick creamy consistency, when you applied onto your skin, you can see it is actually very lightweight. 

I would say the coverage of the BB serum foundation is a light to medium coverage.  It is very buildable,  yet still making your skin look very 'naked'.  It is not a particularly pore-covering foundation, but I have no issues with that (not to say that I have no pores, I just come to accept that pores showing through our makeup is natural.. and I am come to terms with my pores. haha).  Regardless, the foundation makes my skin look smooth without looking that I have applied foundation.  

Because it is creamy yet lightweight, I always feel like I am applying a tinted moisturiser on my face whenever I use this foundation.  It has a slight calming scent of Lavender.. and I really enjoy this light scent.  

As you can see in the bottom right pic of the pictorial below, 
the before and after comparison - you can't really see which side has the foundation.   But you can definitely see how the warmth of the shade 3 Beige has neutralised the pink and red in my skin.  This foundation also gives your skin a fresh glow -not the sparkly glow.. but just like very moist healthy fresh skin.
 

and the whole face done - no powder to set yet.  You can see some pigment spots peeking through but again this does not bother me.   You can also see how well the foundation fits into my skin.  

and I set with loose powder - this is 13rushes Round Powder Brush... sometimes I use a powder puff too.. so it's up to your pown preferences. 

I love how lasting this foundation is.  It is not the most long lasting compared to the other foundations I  have used before..but this lasts a good 8 hours, and you still look fresh.  
One thing though... if you have very oily skin you might have to blot a couple of times during the day.  I have to blot once during the day, to avoid excessive shine. And again, this is not a foundation that claims to be matte nor oil-control anyway.  

What I love most about this foundation is how it wears and feels on my skin.  It's very very comfortable to wear, and it doesn't provide thick coverage, but it gives me enough coverage and I don't think I look like I am wearing foundation at all.  If you are looking for a fairly long lasting lightweight foundation, you can't go wrong with this. 

The foundation has met my expections in terms of the lasting power, finish and overall feel of wearing it.   I am curious to see if a lighter shade would be better on me, as I tend to prefer a more brightening foundation, and add warmth and darker tones on places where I need it. 

Here's a finished look  (more details on this look, including a list of all products use - in this entry here)

And yes, of course, we need address what I am wearing on my lips - this is one hot pink that I can be obsessed with.  It looks warm, and just the right kind of neon bright without looking like crazy bright.  It's called Pop Pink, and trust me, it does pop visually. 
The formula, like the name suggests, had intense color payoff, plus a semi matte finish.  

I find myself reaching for this shade whenever I feel like I need something bright on my face.   If you see  me wearing a bold lip on my instagram it is most prolly this awesome lipstick. 

and a few more looks

ps/ I am aware that I look very warm toned in these pics - I am still getting used to the white balance setting, light source, and many other technical specs of my new camera. 
I don't actually look this tan IRL though.  Just a FYI in case you are wondering if I fake tan my face or whatever.. 

I highly highly recommend both the foundation and the lipstick.  If you love bright bold pinks.. you must have POP PINK in your stash.  
The BB serum foundation has really impressed me lately, and I hope you find my overview helpful.  I am trying to think of the comparisons.. but the list would be long.. let me start

1. BB Serum vs NARS all day luminous weightless foundation
BB has a lighter coverage compared to NARS.  The latter has a more liquidy formula. 

2. BB Serum vs Dior Nude Air Serum 
Dior has a matte finish and much more liquidy.  BB is more long lasting and gives more coverage. 

3. BB Serum vs Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF43PA+++
BB serum is not as high in terms of coverage.  Both are great day time foundation because of the SPF factor. 

4.  BB Serum vs GA Meastro Fusion 
BB Serum doesn't have that oily silicon feel - and good for more different skin types.  I have heard so many stories of how the Meastro sets into patches of dry skin.  I can't relate to that, but I think the BB serum is a better all round performer to me. 

I hope this foundation review is helpful, and thank you for reading!  

May 23, 2015
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Review & LOTD: CHANEL COLLECTION MÉDITERRANÉE for SUMMER 2015

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This entry will feature my review of the products which I got to pick from the Chanel Summer 2015 collection.  I was most keen on the LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ - a camillia embossed illuminating bronzing powder.  It felt so smooth and so natural when I saw it at the press event, and I was already adding this to my wishlist.  I am also keen to try out the Stylo Fresh Effect eyeshadow sticks - cos I am super into creamy stick eyeshadows these days, and some of the shades really called out to me. Lastly, we can't have a summer collection without a pop of blue, so I also picked the deep turquoise vernis shade in Mediterranee - which is beautiful and smooth. 

Bottomline?

I highly recommend everything shown here, as I chose them myself.. but if you have to shortlist... go for the following two items: 

You need to pick up the LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ powder it is simply beautiful, and gives your face a radiant warm glow. It has an interesting non-powdery yet not a cream texture.  
I also highly recommend getting at least one of the Stylo Fresh Effect eyeshadows - my top pic is Laurier Rose, a peachy rosy shade with the most beautiful shimmer bits.  The stylo eyeshadows are easy to blend, and you have time to blend before they set, and becomes quite budge proof.  They are also very buildable, and I can use Caroube as a one product smokey eye.  It is that amazing.  They are very long lasting, and comparable to the Laura Mericer ones.  Also comparable to  the By Terry ones (but Chanel costs a few dollars lesser compared to by Terry which costs $60 each), though I have to say the shimmers and metallic shine of the By terry ones are more intensive. 
Like the Marc Jacobs eye sticks, these Chanel ones feel cooling and almost like moist upon application, which means they will set and stay on your lids for a long time.  I don't have a problem with these fading nor smudging at all. 

Full collection info and preview entry click here.

Let's look at the products close up: 

Swatches & comparions here: 

Check out the shimmer! 

The polish in Mediterrane - is opaque and creamy in two thin coats.  I love this glossy intense turquoise.  Beautiful on hands and feet.

Applying Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Laurier Rose (click here for the full LOTD breakdown)

Applying Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Caroube

here you can see how I blend and build up the color, as you apply and blend more layers, the shimmers become more obvious.


and the overall look:

All products used: 

face - 

Bobbi Brown Serum Foundation in shade 03 Beige  - my rave on this is OVERDUE lol
Shiseido Future Solution Fx Loose Powder 
Chanel LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick in No21 (the pinky one)

eyes - 
Chanel Stylo eyeshadow in Caroube all over the lids
Chanel Stylo eyeshadow in Azulejo on lower lids (just outer corners) 
Lancome Grandoise mascara on lower lashes

brows -
ABH brow powder in dark brown
Tarte tinted brow gel in rich brown 

lips - 
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Intripide 

That's all and hope you find this entry helpful!  Can't wait for my summer vacay! 

May 10, 2015
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NEW: MAC Huggable Lipcolors

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this entry features the new and limited edition MAC Huggable Lipcolor which will be available in SG from 15 May 2015.  I have been playing with the 7 shades that I got over the past week, and I will provide a quick overview of these lippies. 

These lipcolors literally 'hug' your lips, they are slightly tacky and glossy, which makes them a good color & gloss in one product.  The colors are bright but not intense in terms of the actual payoff.  The natural MLBB shades are really easy to wear as they sit on my lips very nicely.  I find the brighter/ bolder shades - like the reds need some work - if you just want a casual red lip, you can't go wrong with shades like 'dramatical' and 'flamming lips' - they are juicy, a tad sheer and easy to wear.  but if you want to wear these for a more dramatic polished look you should wear them over a lip pencil to avoid feathering around the lipline.  I noticed that the flamming lips feathered around the edges, but nothing too serious cos I can blend the edges of my lips by rubbing the line, so the end result is a very just been kissed casual red lip look. 

In terms of longetivity, these are quite long wearing, I would say a good 4-5 hours, because they are slightly tacky and stay on your lips well. I don't these drying at all on me, and I much prefer these than the recent new release from Urban Decay's Sheer Revolution (entry here) - because the UD ones are too balmy, melty.  These hold up well and feel much more sturdy with the same glossy color. 

Here's some product information from the MAC website: 

For a limited time, M•A•C Huggable Lipcolour is back by popular demand. A comforting, creamy formula in shades that stay luminous for up to six hours. This lasting lipstick with a rich, glossy shine boosts collagen, leaving lips looking smooth, supple, sculpted. The unique gel base melts upon contact, allowing each shade to glide on effortlessly with a feather-light moisturizing finish.

Swatches on my lips:
Swatches on my hand:

and some of the colors overall: 

my top picks
1. Soft Talking - a no color-color on me, just the right amount of gloss to not make my lips look flat and dry cos sometimes I don't want a lip color
2. Flamming Lips - wearable red, creamier than something like NARS Manhunt
3. I'm Game - a warm pink that's wearable, good over a matte intense pink just to add some shine

and some pics I took during a preview:

I hope this overview is helpful, and thank you for reading!

April 19, 2015
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NARS Dual Intensity Blushes [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi!!!  This entry will feature the upcoming NARS Dual Intensity Blushes - I had the chance to preview them recently, and shall now share  my thoughts and info with you.  They will be released in May, and retail for SG$60 each. There are a total of 6 shades - the formula is quite unique.  When you touch them, they are quite smooth and firm, not powdery at all.  All of them have this metallic sheen which doesn't transfer too intensely onto the skin - which is a good thing.  And you can use them wet or dry for different results.  I experimented with a few ways of application, and I think for my daily use, I prefer using a denser brush to pick up the product and lightly dab the brush onto my cheeks before blending.  Using them wet will give you the most natural sheer color, very pretty, but I am kinda lazy to wet my brush and pick up product everyday. 

Product information - 

Purely pigmented color with seamless customizable coverage. New Dual-Intensity Blush defies genre with a silky, wet/dry formula of unprecedented artistry. Appy dry for a healthy glow and wet for translucent, second-skin finish. Six modern shade pairings coordinated to wear alone or pair together for a range of dynamic effects and versatility. Housed in a new, modern compact design.

NARS exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology features pearls and pigments perfectly suspended in transparent soft base to allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture.

six duo shades, all named after emotions: 

Adoration - sparkling baby pink/ shimmering hot pink
Craving - sparkling seashell pink highlighter / shimmering beachy bronze 
Fervor - shimmering soft pink/ sparkling deep coopery rose
Frenzy - sparkling pink-gold highlighter/ shimmering bright tangerine orange
Jubilation - sparkling yellow gold highlighter/ shimmering soft nude peach
Panic - shimmering shocking fuschia/ shimmering orange pink 

swatches
My application

These are the two that I got - and I can't ask for a better combo, I have the best of the cheek colors (Panic - bright pink and orange) and the (craving - highlight/ bronzer) combo - I think with these two duos you have yourself set for the whole collection. 


These blushes are very long wearing, and they stay true to color the whole time I wore them.  In terms of formula, I think they are quite unique, and definitely worth checking out.  They are a tad steep in terms of price tag, but since you are getting two colors.. I think it is still okay.. just pick a combo that you will get the most out of and that's totally justfiable, right? Heheh. 

All Products used (all NARS unless stated otherwise)

Face: Pro Prime Light Optimising Primer, All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (shade Light 4 Deauville), Soft Velvet Loose Powder (shade Eden)
Bronze/ Cheeks: Dual Intensity blushes in Craving & Panic 
no eyeliner 
Brows: Guerlain universal brow kit, MAC brow set in Beguile 
Eyeshadow base: MAC Prep+prime Extend Eye Base 

Brushes used: 
to apply loose powder - 13rushes Round Powder brush
to apply bronze & highlight in Craving - 13rushes Angled brush
to apply cheek colour - MUFE No152
to apply eyeshadows - MAC 224, MAC 217, NARS angled liner brush, Ecotools synthetic fluffy brush

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

April 19, 2015
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Clinique Pop Lip Colours [Photos & Swatches]

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This entry will feature the new Clinique Lip Pop Lipsticks which are now available at all Clinique counters.  I have been wearing these for the past couple of weeks (that's a 'good' thing about my lack of updates on the blog - I have more time to actually use these products by the time I blog about them.. hur hur #excuses) - and these lipsticks pack on good amount of color, they are not drying, and I guess one can even compare them to the Nars Audacious lipsticks, but perhaps in a less creamy formula..just a tad less.  They come in 13 shades, to suit everyone's taste and preferences.   I think these go for SG$33 each.. good price I say. 

Here's more information:

Clinique Lip Pops - a rich colour lipstick and smoothing primer in one.  Perfect fun, flirty colours with a built in primer that smoothes, defines and nourishes lips to keep them conditioned throughout the day.  With a longwearing velvety finish - the colours stay true and doesn't fade over time. 

They are formulated with Shea and Murumuru butters combined into a flexible polymer blend that provides superior moisture maintenance for the lips.  This priming benefit also helps to give a smoothing, velvety spread of colour when applied. 
The flexible polymers keep the wearable colours vicid and vibrant throughout the day, giving your lips full coverage with a smoother and fuller appearance.

Here's close up of my top three picks - 
I didn't go for any of the reds - they didn't stand out to me that much among the million red lipsticks I already own.. but I did go for a couple of wearable everyday ones plus a bright pop. 

I have been wearing Nude Pop the most often.. it's like a everyday nude that isn't too pale on me.
I also like Plum Pop - the name sounds darker than it actually is. I think this has a rosier tinge than anything plum related. 
And the Punch Pop is always a good colour to have.  It is a bold bright pink that doesn't have any white pigment, making them very flattering indeed. 

On me, these lippies are very hydrating, and stays on a good 4 to 5 hours.  
They are easy to apply, and as far as new lipsticks go, I am loving them so far. 

and overall look on my face: 

Which is your fave shown here?

All products used: 

Face - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (shade 04), set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder
Concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Vanilla)
Eyes - Tartelette eyeshadow palette  (refer to other entry here)
Cheeks - Giorgio Sun Bronzer in 100, NARS Dual Intensity blush in Panic 
Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder in Dark Brown, set with Tarte tinted brow gel in Rich Brown 

Lips - Clinique Pop Lip Colours as mentioned 

Brushes used: 
Anastasia Beverly Hills brush in 20 to do my brows
MUFE 150 brush to apply cheek color
13rushes angled brush to apply bronzer and cheek highlight (for highlight I used the pale shade from NARS Craving dual intensity blush)

I also have swatches here, of all the 13 shades that I took at a little preview session - hope you find these helpful! 

Thanks for reading!! 

April 19, 2015
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LOTD: Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette

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This entry will feature the new Tarte Tartelette palette - it is an all matte eyeshadow palette, and all neutrals of course.  I swatched it at Sephora a few weeks back, and the quality of the eyeshadows impressed me.  They are very fine, and very smooth.  And at $48 or was it $58?  I think this is a great staple eyeshadow palette indeed. Anyway, this was a birthday present from my babe Sarah when we met up back in early March.  Thank you Sarah!!!! 
I have since used the palette a few times, and I think the paler shades all blended into my skintone... so I will need something with a bit of shimmer to make them pop if I am using them as browbone highlight.  
The blending shades (2nd and 3rd row) are the standouts for me.. they blend beautifully and all are great transition shades, or when you just want to add some dimension to your eyes without looking like you have used any actual colours. 
The darkest shades are good for adding depth to your eyelook, or as the actual lid colors.  I also love the combinatio of both warm and cool tone neutrals, and a couple of the mauvey shades give this palette some versatility.  

Overall, this is a palette that I highly recommend - it has a good price point, good color selection and must  have for neutral eyeshadow lovers!  It is still available at Sephora stores if you are interested! 

Here's my color placement in this LOTD - just a soft everyday smokey eyes. 
In the order that I apply on my eyes 
1 - on my browbone highlight, with a fluffy brush
2 - blending and crease color, with a fluffy brush 
3 - another layer of blending, but nearer to the lid space
4 - lid color, using 217 brush
5 - added this nearer to the lashline for definition and depth 

here are swatches of all the shades 

Here's a close of the eyelook - I did not use any eyeliner. 

and an overall look 

All products used: 

Face - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (shade 04), set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder
Concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Vanilla)
Eyes - Tartelette eyeshadow palette  (refer to other entry here)
Cheeks - Giorgio Sun Bronzer in 100, NARS Dual Intensity blush in Panic 
Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder in Dark Brown, set with Tarte tinted brow gel in Rich Brown 

Lips - Clinique Pop Lip Colours as mentioned 

Brushes used: 
Anastasia Beverly Hills brush in 20 to do my brows
MUFE 150 brush to apply cheek color
13rushes angled brush to apply bronzer and cheek highlight (for highlight I used the pale shade from NARS Craving dual intensity blush)

That's all I have for this entry!  Hope you find it helpful!

Thanks for reading!

April 04, 2015
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Laneige Two Toned Lip Bars [Complete Swatches & Photos]

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This entry will feature the new Laneige two toned lip bars - which I got to preview recently, and I immediately like the lightweight formula.  These lipsticks pack on enough color payoff, and offers you the awesome combination of two shades in a single tube of lip product.  
They are designed in such a way to give you the popular/ trendy/ cute / (insert your preferred adjective) Korean gradient/ombre lips.  I am not sure if you have watched any video tutorials of these gradient lippies.. but they usually involved some heavy duty lip concealing to create the nude edges, and then careful dabbing of the color in the centre of your lips.   But with these lippies, you just need to glide the lip bar over your lips, and it will create the gradient effect.  

I like the color combinations of these lippies which comes in ten shades.  Even the pale pastel orangey nude ones called out to me. And like I said to my friends, they are awesome because they don't give you that 'try too hard to create that korean ombre lips effect'  -- it just looks like you have an interesting lip combo on.. In terms of lasting power- they last 4-5 hours on me, they are quite moisturising, and stay on the lips very nicely. 

Here is more product information: 

And here are some close ups: 

and swatches:

How to apply:

You have to turn the lip bar one way and the other way to ensure that the main color is in the centre of your lips. 
I could have been neater or blended the color more nicely, but despite my very quick swatches, I think that these lip bars are the way to go if you want to create an effortless and unique (and I do mean unique in the best possible way) lip color.  Why havent anyone think of coming up with something like this before?

and on my lips:

and on my face: 

my top picks:

Personally, I think they all look great on me.. hahaha!  But if I were to narrow down, I would pick 3, 5, 8 and 10. 
3 is a fab way to rock a pastel orange lippie, and 5 is the featured shade, it is a brilliant combo of the classic hot pink and red and both look perfect together (when you can't decide whether to rock red or pink...why not both, right?) and 8 is a fab nude while 10 is such a nice berry shade.

All products used: 

Face - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (shade 04), set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder
Concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Vanilla)
Eyes - Tartelette eyeshadow palette  (refer to other entry here)
Cheeks - Giorgio Sun Bronzer in 100, NARS Dual Intensity blush in Panic 
Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder in Dark Brown, set with Tarte tinted brow gel in Rich Brown 
Undereyes bling action - Innifree Cream Shadow Stick No2, with Dior Golden Flower palette (the really shimmer middle shade) 

Lips - Laneige Two Tone lip bars as mentioned 

Brushes used: 
Anastasia Beverly Hills brush in 20 to do my brows
MUFE 150 brush to apply cheek color
13rushes angled brush to apply bronzer and cheek highlight (for highlight I used the pale shade from NARS Craving dual intensity blush)

The Laneige Two Toned Lip Bars are now available, and they retail for S$34 each.

I hope my entry has been helpful, and thank you for reading!!!

March 22, 2015
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MAC x Julia Petite [Photos, LOTD, Swatches]

Hi hi!  This entry will feature several items I have from the MAC x Julia Petit collection which is just launched in Singapore.  I love the lippies and powder blush from this collection!  Julia Petit is a lifestyle blogger from Brazil (okay, honestly I have not heard of her until recently) but you can check out her site here - link!  The collection features a series of eyeshadow duos, and a trio of lippies - in all wearable pretty shades.  The packaging is also black and shiny, with her name emblazoned on everything - really cool for MAC to design a whole makeup collection inspired by a blogger! 

Here's the official collection description: 

Whether fearless and exotic or classically demure, Julia Petit's brazen approach to style and makeup artistry has transformed her into one of South America's most revered lifestyle bloggers, and a cult beauty icon. In her namesake M•A•C collaboration, she brings the alluring women and fantastical urban landscape of São Paulo to life with sizzling sun-kissed hues.

Lipsticks

  • Boca Soft pink nude (Satin)
  • Petite Red Strawberry cream (Satin)
  • Acai Vivid deep violet (Matte)

Eyeshadow duos

  • Morganite Sunstoned (soft pink champagne, Lustre) / Choco Cake (dark chocolate, Matte)
  • Sagu Druzy (dirty mauvy purple, Lustre) / Black Plum (deep blackened plum, Matte)
  • Moving Sand Mumu (soft nude brown, Matte) / Noite (black with pearl, Lustre)

Powder Blush

  • Linda Soft (pink bronze)

Prep+Primer Powder 

  • Transparent Finishing Powder Pressed

Swatches: 

and on my overall face:

Just a quick talk through on the products I used here - 

I applied the eyeshadow duo in Moving Sand - using the warm nude brown shade all over my eyelids.  Then I lined my upper lashline with my current fave eyeliner, and I proceed to set this liner with the pearlised black shade in the duo.  This makes my eyeliner a bit more interesting.  The overall look is very wearable and goes with any of the three lip colors that I am going to use in this look. 
The quality of the eyeshadow is smooth and soft, and the black shade is a soft black, it is not chalky, and there was minimal fallout during my application.  It is a pretty duo, but if you already have a ton of neutal eyeshadows, I guess this isn't something super unique.  But but.. it is cute and great for travel.... cos you can create a natural look, and build it up to a smokey look too. 

I also warm up my face with my fave bronze/highlighter duo - the Charlotte Tilbury bronze and glow... before I applied the powder blush in Linda on my cheeks.  I love blusher colors like this, a pinky bronzey shade.  Love how this looks on me.  I think I will be using this blush very often in the next couple of weeks.

Everything else on the face, I used: 

face - Ettusais Mineral BB cream, set with Shiseido Total Radiance Loose Powder 
brows - Innisfree eco brow gel in 03, set with Tarte brow gel in Taupe 
eyeliner - Tarte skinny smoldereyes in moonstone brown
eyeshadow primer - MAC Prep + prime eyeshadow primer
eyeshadows - as mentioned above
undereye lids shimmery goodness (bit more toned down in this look) - Innisfree shadow pencil in 02 
mascara - Lancome grandoise mascara (love this!) 
lips - as mentioned in this entry
cheeks - as mentioned in this entry

I hope this entry doesn't come too late..and perhaps also helpful in getting you to venture out and try different lip colors! I am liking the look of Petite Red - it's very wearable and skintone brightening! 

Hope you found this entry helpful, and thanks for reading! 

March 18, 2015
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Rave: My Current Fave Eye Makeup & Cream Shadow Sticks

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This is something I am excited to write (excited means I am always mentally composing such entries in my mind... and all the words and phrases to describe what I want to say keep coming into my mind.. hahah) and this is all about how I do my eye makeup lately.  Of course.. there is nothing ground breaking in the method, nor the products.. but it is just a style that I am leaning towards lately.. and I am referring to cream shadow sticks!  I have own many of these from various brands over the years.  the thing is, I love the idea of them, as convenient eyeshadow options, but I hardly ever use them as eyeshadows.  I just end up using my regular powder eyeshadows.  The only 'creamy' eyeshadows I use are those in a pot.. like the GA ETKs.. or sometimes (okay, very rarely, the Maybelline pots) and those shadow sticks just end up forgotten, thrown away.  

Fast forward to a few recent discoveries - starting with the Laura Mercier caviar sticks.  Mine are the mini ones which come in a holiday set from last year.  This is like a neutral palette in a stick form.  They are creamy, easy to blend and seems to set quite well. 
Then my girlfriends gifted me a really high-end one from By Terry - the ombre blackstar.. which I quickly pull out to use, to create a subtly sparkly smokey eyes just with this product alone (I have it in the shade Misty Rock - a taupey shade).  

And fast fast forward to one day when I was shopping at Sephora with my babe Sarah - and we were looking at sparkly liners and shadow sticks.. and we were at the Marc Jacobs shelf, and we played with these Twinkle Pop sticks.. which felt cooling upon application (oh! The novelty!) and the sparkles on these sticks are just so pretty - just note.. only the paleer shades are sparklier... the otehrs are just very metallic.  I immediately applied Honey Bunny (which I later bought when they re-stocked) - all over my lower lids.  I have been using the paler shades from the Caviar Sticks under my eyes and found that I really love the effect of this 'swollen' shiny eyes look... and again, nothing very new with this.  There is this trend - from K-beauty - Aegyo Sal - eyebags if you will.. which many girls like to create when they do their makeup.  I don't have very obvious eyebags.. so I have to fake them with these sparkly shadow sticks! 

I have been posting such Aegyo Sal inspired selfies on my IG.. so you might be quite familiar with that.  
I even do it on days when I don't wear any other eye makeup!  I am just into that phase now.  Haha. 

Here's a closer look at some of these shadow sticks - and they come in various price points..

The By Terry Ombre Blackstar costs S$60 each.
The Marc Jacobs twinkle pops costs S$39 each.
The LM Caviar sticks are prolly high $30s or $40 each.
The Innisfree one is only S$12 each. 

And swatches - 

As you can see, the paler ones are great for under the eyes... and the rest are like creamy eyelid colors.  They are all very blendable.. and I usually use a MAC 217 to blend. 
Here's how I very liberally slap on the Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop (in the shade Honey Bunny) under my eyes.  It is pretty long lasting and there is no fallout at all.  I didn't have to set it with powder either.  Super easy to use! 

Hallo to my shiny pretty Aegyo Sal (eyebags!) 

And usually I will draw a thick line on my eyelids.. and use a MAC 217 to blend out the shadow up to the crease.  This By Terry stick blends out very nicely into a shadowy multi-dimensional shade.  I also use a much darker shadow stick as a liner Although there is some creasing near the lashline (I didn't use any eyeshadow primer and I hadn't planned on doing this entry today.) I must say that this combo is very convenient.  Sometimes I can just throw these shadow sticks into my makeup bag, and I don't need to bother with blending powder eyeshadows. 

and an overall look of the eyes.  
There's nothing on the lips - just super stained from all the epic lipstick swatching earlier this afternoon. 
I can also just do my regular eyeshadow looks, and do this Aegyo Sal thingy too.  I. Just. Love. It. for now... 

Other stuff on my face:

base - Clarins UV plus, Ettusais Mineral BB cream (shade 20), set with NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder
cheeks - Charlotte Tilbury filmstar bronze and glow, MAC Blonde MSF (very old) 
eyes - as mentioned in this entry 
brows - Innisfree eco brow gel, set with MAC pro longwear brow gel in brunette 
lips - very stained 

Glad to be enjoying doing my eyemakeup lately because of this random personal trend! Haha. 

What is your current fave makeup look? 

Thanks for reading!

March 18, 2015
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MAC x Nasty Gal Collection: Runner, Gunner & Stunner Lipsticks!!


MAC x Nasty Gal collection is a small color collection that is probably sold out by now (opps!)... I received samples for this collection several weeks back, but my work schedule just didn't allow me to post these goodies til now.  But these are stunning lip colors, and they deserved to be featured on the blog.  Well, I most probably won't wear the dark purple lipstick out.. but the other two reds are just gorgeous.  

Collection Information: 

M∙A∙C partners with Nasty Gal, the style destination for risk-takers and tastemakers, in a high-intensity collection of shades as daring and dramatic as the #GIRLBOSS herself, Sophia Amoruso. Deep purple, bombshell red and rich burgundy lipsticks pair perfectly with a fiery nail lacquer. This season, style has attitude, and so do you.

Three Lipsticks: 

  • Stunner Clean red (Matte)
  • Runner Burgundy (Matte)
  • Gunner Deep purple (Matte)

Nail Polish - which I have, but will not be showing here... but I will do an IG post on it soon! Luckily it is a permanent shade! 

  • Flaming Rose True red (Creme) (Permanent)

Swatches: 

Glad that I got to play with these beauties today!  Definitely popping Stunner and Runner into my makeup bag!!

Hope this entry has been helpful, and thanks for reading!! 

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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.

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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.

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