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August 30, 2014
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Three Beautiful Laneige Lipsticks!

Hi hi!!

Recently I was given a whole bunch of Laneige products to try out, and this entry will feature 3 beautiful lipsticks which I totally love, in terms of the color, the formula and just the overall quality. 

I am no stranger to the Laneige Serum Intense lipsticks - which are super hydrating and have really pretty colors - pretty stoked to have the famed Neon Orange in my collection - it wears true to color on my lips, but if you have very pigmented lips, it might show up a tad darker.  It is super creamy and easy to apply.  I prefer to slap it on my lips straight from the tube - and if you want a longer lasting wear, you can line and fill in your lips with a matching color lip pencil. 

Next are a couple of the Cushion Lip Tints - in two awesome shades - the Laneige team knows my style for sure.  This is one of the most innovative lip products I have ever tried, the lipstick itself is quite creamy, and a very intense creamy matte texture.  I love the Red Orange which is really a true red shade that's so chic and I really enjoy wearing it.  The Joy Pink is a vibrant shade of fuschia, very hot pink.  Both last quite well - at least 5 hours, and they fade quite nicely without any drying.  
The cushion lip tints - the name tint is quite misleading, because the lipsticks themselves are pretty full on in terms of payoff... but they come with a cushion tip which allows you to 'fade' and smudge the lippy so you can achieve that ombre effect which Korean stars are so well-known for.  I like to use the smudge to just blur out the edges of the lip line which makes a bright lip look more effortless and chic (in my opinion anyway because I prefer a blurry, not feathery, outer lip line).

Swatches on my hand - 

just to show you how I smudge the lippies 

Swatches on my lips - 

and the Cushion Lip Tints overall - 

I have a Laneige base routine feature coming up soon, and this is the end result - stay tuned! 

I love these Laneige lippies - the Cushion Lip Tints retail for only $22 and the Serum Intense Lipsticks $34 - both really affordable prices for quality products - plus...can you say no to these awesome shades?  I cannot.  Hopelessly sucked into wearing these colors all the time. 

Hope this overview has been helpful, and thanks for looking! 

August 16, 2014
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Four Beautiful MAC Matte Lipsticks

Hi hi!!

I have been on a MAC Matte Lipsticks kick lately...sort of rediscovering them.. after straying all over the place with a lot of NARS, YSL, some Chanel and Dior...well, everything else really.  Haha.  So the other day, I was clearing and de-cluttering some of my old makeup, and I kept aside enough MAC empties for me to exchange for 4 MAC lippies.  

I immediately zoom in on the bright shades - refer to my previous MAC exchange here - that I got Lady Danger and that was the start of my discovery into some of these awesome creamy matte lippies.  
I had a few on my mind - such as Candy Yum Yum, and some of the retro-matte shades - which are even 'matte-r'.  
Then a couple of days ago, I purchased Kinda Sexy - it is one of those famous MAC nude lipsticks that many people talk about but I have never gone to check it out in real life. 

These matte lippies are very very long lasting, and the bright shades tend to stain the lips a bit, which doesn't really bother me, since I will take of all makeup at the end of the night.  The color payoff of all these are just really impressive. 

So here we have 

1. Flat Out Fabulous - a deep pinky purple - along the same lines as my Shu PK376, NARS Funny Face - that rich intense not quite pink not quite purple, yet so brightening and flattering on me.  I love these deep rich shades.  And it is so matte - just really chic in my opinion.

2. Candy Yum Yum - think along the lines of NARS Schiapp, Chanel Diva (which I bought but have yet to use!), and I recently got Kelly Yum Yum too.  A very bright intense cool toned pink. 

3. Relentlessly Red - a neon shade, that leans between Red, Coral, Pink all at the same time.  It is like a amped up version of Chanel Genial (if you remember this brillian shade or Rouge Allure)  I love this.  A bit drying and certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but this is very long lasting, and I love it on me.  Sometimes I apply a little balm after applying this shade just to add a bit of 'glide' to the formula, not so much as to add shine. 

4. Kinda Sexy - a warm nude that's super flattering.  Not too nude. I love this. And it is a creamy matte like Lady Danger.  

Swatches on my hand - 

And on my lips - 

Matte lipsticks tend to settle in your mouth lines... but I don't mind.  I kind of like the lines of my lips.  They look quite cool.  Haha. 

And here's how two of the shades look on me overall - Flat Out Fabulous and Kinda Sexy. 

Also played with some other nude lipsticks when I was at the MAC counter the other day so I snapped a pictures of the swatches:

I am loving these lippies lately!  

Which are your recent fave MAC lippies?  Please share! 

Hope you like this entry, and thanks for looking!

August 16, 2014
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LOTD: NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione

This entry features one of the new NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow - in the shade Dione - which is described on the NARS website as a champagne beige - but I personally think it is a rather taupey shimmering shade.  I have been wearing this very often just on its own... it is very metallic, quite pigmented.  And when blended out, the base color of the shadow shows through.  I am liking all these new products that NARS is launching lately, super intense, very versatile... and I really can't wait for the Audacious lipsticks to be out in September! 

DOUBLE OR NOTHING

Mesmerizing new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow features a luxuriously smooth transformative texture. Twelve ready-to-wear and rebelliously romantic sophisticated shades to express a riveting range of eye drama. Go both ways.
Total of 12 shades.  --- Check out Temptalia's overview of all the shades here.

How to Use: 

  • Apply using Wet/ Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49 for a sheer soft touch of sensual color
  • May be applied wet with the Wet/ Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49 for mind-blowing impact with dramatic luminous matte and high shine finishes
I am lazy when it comes to applying eyeshadow, and I just use a smudge-brush to apply this product - I am using a Lancome No 16 blending tip brush.  It is very dense and yet is fluffy enough for me to do some basic blending. 
I finished the look with a eyeliner flick (used NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Capates) since I am applying falsies.  On normal days, I skipped the liner and lashes. 
Some close ups and an overall Look: 

Overall, this is a good range of eyeshadows, all very metallic and I saw some duo-chrome shades in this range too...and most of the shades are pretty unique - check out Desdemona and Pheobe. 

For what else I am wearing in this look, click on this entry here

That's all, and thanks for reading!  (ps, 3rd entry in a day, that's unheard of recently!  Haha~)  

August 12, 2014
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Three Shades of New Lancôme Blush Subtil

Lancôme has released 3 new shades of Blush Subtil to their range - a rosy pink, a peachy and a beige highlight shade.   The blush subtil cheek colors have buildable intensity, on first swipe, they are very smooth and finely milled.   My personal fave is, Beige Adore, which is a really beautiful pale highlight shade.  I could easily slap it on with this shade, and I don't end up looking like a disco ball.  Yet it adds that radiance and very polished finish to the overall complexion. 

Swatches here: 

003 Peau de Peche is a crowd pleaser, with its flattering peachy shade and there's some specks of gold shimmer, which isn't that obvious upon application. 
I personally prefer 023 Very Rose - that reminds me of Dior's Rosy Glow but it has the prettiest pink shimmer bits. 

** I realise that both blush shades have that 'matte' base and the shimmer bits are quite separate from the actual base color.  They didn't fall out when I apply them with a brush onto my face.. but you will see that in swatches, the shimmer bits don't really quite pick up on the skin and these pics here doesn't really show - hence they are looking more on the matte/ satin side. 

and you can see the beauty of 01 Beige Adore, it will suit everyone as a cheek highlight shade. 

Here, I am wearing 003 Peau de Peche on my cheeks, and 01 Beige Adore as cheek highlight.  
Everything else in this LOTD will be featured in a later entry, but it is a very Lancôme-centric LOTD. 


If you are in the market for some pretty cheek products, do check out the new Lancôme Blush Subtil!  I think they retail for S$60 each, definitely high-end, but if you pick the right shades and the finish, you won't be disappointed with the overall quality!   I find they last decently for a good 8 hours/ a day's of wear, and the colors apply quite true to how they appear in the pan. 

Hope my overview has been helpful and thank you for reading! 

August 12, 2014
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LOTD: YSL Couture Palette 03 Afrique

Hi hi!!  This is a LOTD entry featuring the YSL Couture Palette in 03 Afrique - a warm neutral palette - unlike the 02 Fauves - this is much warmer and does not contain any soft matte shades-  All five shades in this palette are shimmery - again, very soft and very finely milled.  These palettes are quite long lasting, and the colors all wear true for the whole day that I was out and about. I am glad that the largest area of this palette contains my fave shade - a rich golden brown and it is what I used all over my lids.   I have no idea why the centre shade does not have that YSL embossing (other palettes I have have the YSL logo, and I checked online for other reviews and I saw the pics, 03 seems to be without the embossing detail - just a side note.. which does not affect the quality of the product in any way). 

Here's a close up of the palette - 

and these are the five shades swatched on my hand - 

from L to R

The golden peachy brown which is my fave, a dark almost violet-ish deep brown, another mid tone golden brown, a pale peachy shade, and finally a pale golden shade

Quality and payoff of all 5 shades are on par with one another.

and here's the color placement I used for this look - something very wearable and what I am comfy with.  I did not use the peachy shade for this look. 

And here's the close up eyelook - I only lined the outside of my eyes, and kept everything else quite clean and simple.  

and overall on the whole face - 
This is the kind of daily look I would go for, something quite warm, and I can pretty much wear any lip color with such an eyelook - in this case here, I have opted for a stain, toned down red.  

All products used:

Face - Diorskin Nude Hydrating foundation shade 10, NARS Creamy Radiant concealer under the eyes, set with Suqqu Chiffon Feel loose powder
Brows - Guerlain Universal brow palette, Anastasia clear brow gel 
Liner - Ettusais WP creamy brow (retractable liner)
Lips - YSL Rouge Volupte 17 (blotted off) 
Eyes - Lancome la base for eyes, YSL 03 Afrique as shown above 
Cheeks - Clarins Mosaic bronzer, NARS Taj Mahal blush 

Dress - COS (current season)

and a few more pics: 

And a couple of goofy full length pics, went out for lunch - these pics were from a day out on Saturday. 

Overall, I really love all the 3 YSL palettes I have, and I hope you found my LOTD entries on these helpful! 

Thank you for looking! 

August 06, 2014
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LOTD: YSL Couture Palette 02 Fauves & Catching up

Hi hi!!  This is another entry featuring one of the new YSL Couture Palette in 02 Fauves, which is a neutral dark brown palette - I love how the colors are quite mellow, but yet you can use this palette in a variety of ways, for a soft smokey, to deep smokey or just use the medium brown shade to add some contour and definition to your eyes without looking made up.  
I also love that most of the colors in this palette are a soft matte texture/finish, and I find that I am increasingly reaching out for such soft and rich matte shades these days (think along the lines of Cocoa Mirage and the new Lancome neutral palettes).  

Here's a close up of this beautiful palette - 

From L to R - 
you have a matte medium brown (very soft, and not chalky), deep almost blackish brown, a dark brown, medium brown and a pale neutral shimmery highlight shade 

and here is the color placement of my eyelook - which is actually a very simple just slap on the colors kind of soft smokey eyes.  And I did not line my eyes for this look - only at the outer corners just so that my falsies will blend in more seamlessly. 

here's the close up of the eyelook - All products used will be listed at the end of this entry. 

The palette isn't entirely unique as far as neutral colors go.  There are certainly neutral eyeshadows that I have which are better quality/ more intense/ more interesting (insert other adjectives here) but in terms of comparing to previous YSL neutral palettes - again, I must say that the new Couture Palettes have improved greatly in terms of the formula and color payoff.  This is a palette that is finely made, and I think it is very very wearable - neutral lovers would definitely love this combination.  

All products used:

Face - Maquillage Beauty Keep Base UV, Guerlain Papure Gold foundie mixed with Shiseido Sheer & Perfect foundie, set with Suqqu Chiffon Feel Loose Powder
Concealers - under the eyes, YSL Touche Eclat 01, spots, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer 07
Lips - YSL Glossy Stain 12 
Eyes - Lancome eyeshadow base, YSl Couture Palette 02 Fauves as mentioned
Cheeks - Clarins Mosaic bronzer, NARS Madly 
Liner - Maquillage creamy liner BR662

Striped Dress - ZARA TRF (current new season) 

and a full length view of the dress - I LOVE IT>  it is tight, but flattering tight cos the material is a thick jersey material and the length is perfect for my height.  I love it so much I bought it in another color too. 
I love dresses like this and have been wearing these type of dresses very often, they are so flattering, and so easy to dress up or down. 

I have previously mentioned about my weight loss before, and I didn't really want to go into too much detail... it really just boils down to lots of discipline, determination and sheer hard work.  Close friends and family know what I did... and I don't think I have too much to share on the blog (not like I am on some 'weight loss sponsorship programme' that I feel like I am obliged to talk about anyway... it is really just for myself..and I plan to keep going, I have lost 20kg til date, and I have another 5kg or maybe 8kg to lose if I wanna challenge myself, but I am very happy with my current status and I am trying to maintain for a couple of weeks before I embark on the losing again).  

But if you want tips---here's what I can share:
1. no carbs, cut down sugar - this means no rice, no noodles, no pasta, no bread, no fries, no mash etc of ANY SORT.  Not even the wholemeal version. I have been doing this for 8 months and I am going strong. 
2.  Lots of vege - I hate salad but I love boiled/ stir fried green leafy vege so I make sure the bulk of my meal is vege, so I feel full.  
3.  Moderate meat - 100-150g portion a day, and avoid meat during dinner
4. Fruits - only the citrusy ones, avoid bananas etc...and avoid fruits at night too
5. EXERCISE - The only thing I do and I feel like doing is to go running by myself - at least 5 times a week unless my schedule really doesn't permit.  On weekends I do 5km, weekends I do 10km.  Of course, I started out slowly, I didn't plunge right into my 5km til I am about one month into my routine. 
6. Tell people you are close to that you are doing this.  Accountablity matters.
7. Weigh yourself everyday and record.  When you see the numbers go down, you will feel motivated. 
8. Throw out the big clothes.  Never keep them.  Perfect excuses to buy new clothes for your new body.  I have dropped at least 3 sizes and I can feel the difference..it's amazing.

Basically, what they say about exercise and dieting is true...you can't work off a bad diet at the gym... it is 80% controlling your diet and 20% exercise.  Together with my exercise, diet, I also signed on an accupuncture programme (again I don't wish to say where, what, how much exactly as I don't want anyone to think I am doing any 'promotion' cos I paid for everything myself and it is something I am committed to on a personal level, but you can email me to ask and I would be glad to give you more details).  I still indulge time to time..just make sure the extra calories are worth you cheating your diet on.. for example your fave cupcake, or brownie, or ice cream.. just have small portion time to time is fine! 

Benefits - 

Definitely, my confidence is much healthier, not that I was depressed previously.. but my confidence has allowed me to form even happier relationships with friends, and also allow me to want to get out there and do stuff, I want to go for a run followed up a poolside frolick, I want to go out drive around, run errands, do random stuff, etc etc....  Especially when you have a beauty blog... I guess appearances really do matter.  And seeing myself put on so much weight in the last few years was really MEH & EWWWW.... I got sick and tired of feeling that way (both mentally and physically) and I told myself I am not gonna be that way again.  I love that I can now talk about a certain outfit idea and I can totally pull it off and not afraid to share with my friends or post a pic on IG.. (very vain I know, but hey, whatever it takes or it works to keep me motivated!) 

Leave me an email if you have further questions on weight loss and staying motivated and what else I do... 

Also partly because of this major weight loss project that's going on, my blogging priority has taken a slight backseat...between actually working and working out... I barely have time to sit down and play with new makeup all the time unlike in the past when blog spamming was the weekend norm.  

Also, I noticed a trend of new 'bloggers' these days whose aim are simply to showcase the LATEST stuff...there's this tension or something to rush everything out so they can be 'the first' or watever...I am so over all this, if you know what I mean. I have been rambling at my blog for so long, and seeing new eager faces around sometimes makes me think of how times have changed... in the past when I started blogging and got to know a few of my fellow beauty bloggers (that I still know and talk to and hang out with), we didn't even know that there will be a day when brands would start contacting us, etc etc.. but now, up and coming 'beauty bloggers' start out the opposite way, it is like getting the attention of brands is their top priority, by spam tagging the brands on their social media....going to events and all that should be the norm for them just because 'they have a blog', and it's really obvious.  I really can't relate to such a way of operation....just a very honest rant here. But then again, to each his own, whatever makes one happy, right?  Hope you don't mind! 

I hope to update a bit more on my current faves (foundations, skincare, everything!) this coming long weekend.  Also, you might have noticed, I have gone even shorter with my hair (compared to the last longish bob), this is the shortest I have gone in more than 15 years?  Or maybe 20 years!  I thought this would be a refreshing change, and besides short hair seems to grow really fast!  

Hope you enjoyed this somewhat rambly and personal update entry.   Thanks for reading!!

July 06, 2014
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LOTD: YSL Couture Palette 10 Lumieres Majorelle

Hallo!!  
When I got these new YSL palettes in last week, I was quite excited, excited for that outstanding blue/ green palette - which might be shocking, because come on... when is the last time you have seen me feature or use anything colorful on the blog?  And I had picked this palette out for myself... somehow the combination of everything is just super attractive to me.  
I felt so inspired to use this palette - the YSL Couture Palette in 10 Lumieres Majorelle today, and I hope my LOTD did this palette justice under the circumstances... my hooded monolid lid, and just general lack of skills using such a colorful and bold palette.   

(The new YSL Couture Palettes, in case you haven't know by now, are a new range of eyeshadow palettes - now already available, and they are inspired by the YSL - Mondrain dresses... and I just want to point out that these palettes are better in terms of both quality and color compared to their older formula of eyeshadow palettes.)  The color range is impressive, and you are bound to find a palette (or 3.. in my case) to suit your fancy. 

Here's a close up of the palette - 5 shades:

the base shade which reminds me a luxe denim - mid warm blue with golden sparkles
a shimmery silvery sky blue
lime green 
golden teal 
middle shade of dark navy blue with seriously gorgeous sparkles

So you see you can go either quite blue cool or warm bright green or a combo of both in this palette. 

swatches - I used the applicator to apply the colors on the back of my hand  they are very smooth, fine and intense. 

I did two looks with this palette - the first one I pretty much went a little crazy with trying to use the colors in the palette.  And the second look is my version of a smokey deep blue eyelook. 

I didn't experience much fall out with these shadows (I did use a eyeshadow base) and they blend quite well. Again, I must stress that I haven't done a 'complicated colorful' look in ages and ages, and it somehow feels very strange to me.  But I think I would wear this out for a themed party or event.  And when I use brights like this, I definitely need to keep the rest of the face quite clean, but not pale... and also lashes and liners (to accentuate the eyes) is definitely necessary. 

A quick step by step, by no means any form of tutorial... in the pictures below. 

A close up - you can see the beautiful shimmers in this close up 

Some selfies of the general overall look: 

and this is the second look - I only used two shades in this simpler just a smokey navy blue look:

(I just used Bioderma to wipe off the eyeshadow from the earlier look instead of starting all over again)

Honestly, in a real life situation, I would wear the second look out... it's more in my comfort zone.  

List of Products used (all YSL unless stated otherwise)

Face - Flash Radiance Skincare Brush, Le Teint Touche Eclat, set with Le Teint Touche Eclat Compact (I use the shade B20 in both) 

Undereye brighter - mixture of Touche Eclat in 1 and 2 

Eyes - Lancome La Base eyeshadow base in 01 Beige Ivory 

Cheeks - Bronzer: Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder 30 (LE), Kiss & Blush 09 

Liner - THREE Flash Performance Liner 04 Eye Belong, Marc Jacobs liquid liner 

Brows - Guerlain Universal Brow palette, Mac Pro Long Wear brow set in Quiet Brunette 

Lips - Lipliner Make Up Store Nude Beauty pencil, Kiss & Blush 09

Lashes - Faux Cils in black, House of Lashes Femme Fatale

Overall, the Lumieres Majorelle is a stunning bright bold palette, while I might not use it much at all, but if I want something for a party... I would definitely consider it.  I am glad I picked this and I hope you enjoyed this little rambly session as I did creating the look.  As you can see in the very first pic in this entry, I did have two other more neutral palettes... reviews and applications of those beauties would be posted soon (in a couple of weeks!).

That's all, and have a great day ahead! 

June 13, 2014
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Chanel Summer 2014: Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powders

Hi hi!!  
Probably about a month ago, I purchased both the new Chanel Les Beiges powders from their summer 2014 collection.  I have enjoyed their regular Les Beiges powders, so getting both of the new (and limited edition) ones is a no brainer for me.   The first immediate difference I could see upon application is that the regular ones are not as 'shimmery'/ glowy as the new summer ones. I do love the Les Beiges are lovely for adding a healthy glow to your skin, I use the lighter shades as face powders, and the darker ones as a face 'warm' bronzer.    And, the new ones has all these gradient stripes...that makes them even more covetable in my books!  I can't remember, but I think these are S$80 each, and might still be available at Chanel counters.  They often restock, so do check back. 

Check out my review of the 2013 regular Les Beiges powders here.

Bottomline - I love the Les Beiges powders, they are soft, fine and so easy to use.  Versatile, smells awesome, and lasts pretty well on me.  

Here's the official product description:

Lightweight, multi-stripe powder offers a palette of effortless effects. Acts as a highlighter, sculpting powder, bronzer and blush — all with a sheer, natural finish and broad-spectrum sun protection. 

A few more close ups: 

Swatches on my hand - I swirled all the stripes together.  As you can see, the shade 200 (the brown one clearly) is a couple of shades darker than my skintone, it is not too orangey nor brown.. just a darker beige.  Very very neutral and flattering on me.  
The shade 100 when swirled together is pretty much my own skintone, and if I pick up only the darkest (that peachy pink) shade is a very natural blush color on me.  So, it's quite versatile.  The palest shade is like a subtle cheek highlighter. 

I find that using a soft fluffy brush applies the product best. 
Here I am using my Chikuhodo cheek brush. 

Using the shade 200, and locating the hollow of my cheekbones... this is not really contouring, just subtle dimension.  I also do the same all over my forehead and jawline. 

See, so nice and natural, right?  Of course, I have maybe 200 other face powders/ bronzers that are the same... but I am a sucker for these powders, so need to get it. 

and next, I am picking up the darkest shade in the 100 to apply on my cheeks.  I also swirl all the colors together to blend everything for a finished look. 

and here is the completed result.  Very natural, very healthy glow. 

and the overall look. 
all products used listed below:

face - Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion, Suqqu Loose Powder
cheeks - Chanel Les Beiges as featured in this entry
brows - Guerlain universal brow kit
eyes - Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage 
lips - NARS Larger than Life gloss in Priscilla 
liner - THREE flash performance in 08 

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

June 02, 2014
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Three Beautiful VDL Lipsticks!

Hallo!!  I know I have a huge backlog, but let's start with something that excites me most recently... and they are the VDL lipsticks.  VDL has been in SG for over a year if I am not wrong.. and I have heard so much about their stuff but finally I have the random chance to browse their Suntec branch last week, and I knew I was going to zoom in on the lipsticks.  And it was a tough choice.  What colors to choose in order to justify stuffing my lippie drawers with MORE new lipsticks??  Hahah.  Luckily the GSS promo (still ongoing) helped me to narrow down my choices of 3 lippies, and a facial cleanser (the plan/ promo is to spend $80 and above for 20% off).  And these lippies go for $21 to $35?... well you just cant go wrong at these prices.  All in all, includin the cleanser (which is $13) and after the discount, I paid abt $68 for all four items.  OMG.  

Let's admire the awesome colors I picked - haha. 

I like the ribbon and seal embossing on the lippies (very Viktor & Rolf, right?), and how they taper to a smaller tip - I quickly realise this makes for very easy precise application, which is very important when I am using bright colors like these.  
I swatched almost all the lippies in store.. and if you follow my instagram you would have seen the myriad of beautiful nudes, brights and just everything in between. 

And these are the colors on my hands - 

Peach Coco is a beautiful nude (not pale in anyway obviously) - it is the pricier range, $35 I think but so creamy and balmy, the quality is quite impressive. 

Ricky is a creamy matte - though it is matte, when you first apply it, it's quite satiny... but when the lipstick sets into your lips after some time, it looks more matte.   But I am totally obsessed with this shade - think along the lines of Schiapp and Le Diva.  I LOVE THIS SHADE.  

Brooklyn is a warm reddish orange.  NOT orangey red, if that makes any sense.  

I love the Matte Intense range of the VDL lippies.   They have that hybrid of creamy smooth, non drying but that matte  finish.  Very modern, and very easy to wear. 

Both the bright Matte Intense lippies do stain my lips to some extent, but nothing that bothers me too much cos the overall effect is still quite even. 

And swatches on my lips:   LOVE LOVE LOVE. 

And how they look like on my face overall - 

You must check out the VDL lippies!  The GSS promo is still on.. and you should get some to try out! 

List of Products: 

Face - Etude House magic any cushion Magic Mint (to brighten up the face, and as a makeup base), Illamasqua Skinbase foundation No06, Suqqu Chiffon Feel Loose Powder

Concealer - Illamasqua Skinbase Lift 01 

Cheeks - Clarins bronzer, Illamasqua Naked Rose blush

Lips -  VDL Lipsticks as shown in the pictures

Eyes - Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage palette, Shu Uemura calligraphy liquid eyeliner, Ettusais cream eyeliner WP black, YSL Faux Cils mascara 

Brows - Guerlain universal brow palette, set with Anastastia clear brow gel

May 11, 2014
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LOTD: New Hair, Soft Smokey Eyes [10 May 2014]

Hi hi!
I am trying to get better at posting just LOTD entries, in which I snap pics of my face before I leave the house...nothing very groundbreaking in terms of techniques or colours used, but just a quick chat on some of the products used, or what I am up to etc etc.  So you might start seeing more of such diary style LOTD entries! 

Lately I have been using my NARSisstic palette quite often... which is quite funny, because I thought I had misplaced it in the depths of my makeup stash... when it had been sitting in one of my drawers all this time... and I kept to the lighter cooler browns/ almost purpley tones in this palette for my looks.  I just lightly used the Brousse shades, Lhasa, and a bit of Nepal (neutral brown) and mix them together... One thing I notice about the palette, the highlight shades aren't that different from each other - they all disappear into my skintone after application, which isn't much of a big problem for me...but I do love the range of lid colors and crease colors at my disposal within one palette. 

On my brows, I am using the Guerlain Universal Brow kit.. which is really quite a good product, it leans a little too warm for it to be really universal.. but I can work with it.  I am also using MAC pro longwear brow set (NEW) in the shade Boldy Brunette to set the brows in place.  The  new MAC Pro Longwear Brow Set are waterproof and also comes with a smaller brush for easy application. The formula is good, not too crazy pigmented and doesn't leave the brow hairs 'crispy' -- so far I am loving it. 

On my face - I have been going back to basics.. very minimal in terms of products used... a thin layer of bb cream or foundation is usually all I need.  But I am testing out this new products by Kiehls - The Micro-Blur Skin Perfector - a makeup base that smooths the appearance of pores - and I like this formula - it is velvety smooth, blends and disappears into your skin without that silicon feel, because it doesn't not contain silicon, instead there are plant extracts and Lipo Hydroxy Acid that refine the skin texture and improve skin quality over time.  I will try to give a full review in a couple of weeks. 
I am also using the new Lancome UV Expert BB Complete sunscreen.  It has a lighter texture than the older formula, and gives me enough coverage for a casual day out.   However, in this entry, I also applied MAC Face & Body foundation just to build up a tiny bit more coverage.

In terms of eyeliner, I have been loving drawing a smudgy liner (using either a pencil or a retractable liner) and then closer to the lashline, I use a pen/felt tip liner to draw a thinner darker line before I apply my falsies.  

Retractable liners that I am loving - 

Ettusais Cream Eyeliner WP (this comes in a few shades - recently discovered, and I am loving these!! Waterproof and long lasting without fading!)
MAQuillAGE Liner (This is also new, very fine, and very creamy simply glides onto your lids effortlessly and once it sets, pretty much last the whole day) 

Retractable liners seem to be an underrated lot, I find them to be easy to use (no sharpening) and they are fine enough for you to execute finely drawn liners and allow you to reach into the corners of the eyelids.  They do tend to run out a little faster than conventional pencils... but the ease of use is really worth a try. 

The liquid/felt tip liner which I am currently using is the MARC JACOBS Magic Marc'er Precision Pen - it has a rather firm tip, and easy to use. 

an overview of the products on my face - 

And on my cheeks - I am using NARS Madly or it might have been Final Cut - both blushes which I have been reaching for very often.  This is my second pan of Madly cos I actually USED up the previous one. 

On my lips 

I am using NARS Matte Multiple in Laos - a medium pink shade.  And I followed up with NARS Brilliant Lip Gloss in ISTRIA a matchy pink shade.  The gloss is quite long lasting, and this combo is actually a change for me, not my usual bright lips... but very soft and wearable.  Refreshing change for me indeed! 

And before I end this entry, we need to discuss the obvious - I cut my hair!   I did it last weekend, I was getting real sick of my long hair which was getting limp and lifeless especially at the ends of the hair.  I decided to 'restart' the growth, and took off about 5 inches off my hair.  The result is literally a new breathe of life to my hair, not only it is easier to wash and manage, but I have gotten many compliments about the change of style.  All in all, I think I will try to maintain this length for a while!  I tried curling it loosely with my conical wand the other day and actually like the results too.  So I shall have some fun experimenting with this shorter do for the time being! 

The Day after I cut my hair and washing: 

This is a variation of the same LOTD in this picture.  The Sunday morning face, I didn't really blowdry nor style my hair. 

An outfit which I like from last week, very basic, but so easy and suits all ocassions! 
Gap Skinnies, white tee & Zara blazer - so happy with this piece! 

Hope you enjoyed this entry! 

I will start preparing for my updated skincare routine entry next!  Not too sure if I can post it by tonight, or else it will be up later this week.Thanks for reading!

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FAQ & DISCLAIMER

About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

Where to find me

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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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