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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!

April 27, 2014
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Dior Addict Fluid Sticks & NEW Vernis [Swatches, LOTD & Review]

[So I had taken a bunch of pretty pics of my products - and I can't find the SD card now....] this explains the abrupt start to my entry on the featured shades of the new DIOR ADDICT Fluid Sticks & newly formulated gel finish vernis.   First off, I love the new revamped Vernis... they have better brushes, the formula is just beyond impressive.  Glossy, long lasting and the new flatter brushes so easy to apply!  I have since acquired a few more of the new vernis, and I am really enjoying them.  Now I am wondering what do I do with my old Dior polishes!  Hahha. 

- See my preview & more information on the new Dior Addict Fluid Sticks in this entry here.

I have the chance to play with the new DIOR Addict Fluid Sticks for a few weeks - they have great colors, the formula is really something new, very liquid, not sticky, and the color pay off is impressive.  Comparing these to the new Lancome Lip Lovers, I would say that the Dior ones are more intensely pigmented, and this is especially so if you compare the lighter shades.  

Here are the four IT shades I have for the Fluid Sticks - Aventure, Pandore, Mirage & Artifice... 

They look similar in my swatches, with the exception of Mirage which is a warm nude beige.  
Pandore is a warm bright red.
Aventure is a tomato red, slightly more muted than Pandore, almost coral in tone. 
Artifice is a warm tangerine shade. 

As you can see in this complete set of swatches, the second row with the red/ bold shades all look very alike, with very slight nuances in the shades of red/ corals/ and bright pinks. 

The applicator molds nicely to your lips, and deposits enough product for you to apply a coat of colour on upper and lower lips.  If you want to build up the color, you have to dip again to build up the colour.  And yes, this lippy is very buildable in terms of colour and this means greater flexibility in terms of the performance - you can wear it as a stain, all the way to a glossy lacquer full intense color pay off.  
I find that the Fluid Sticks have decent payoff... about 4 - 5 hours for something so liquid and light. 

And here are swatches of the four IT shades for the new vernis.  I realise that they all contain this super ultra fine shimmer (more like glassy specks) that lend the glossy shine to the colors.  I am very impressed by the new formulation, and I find the new formula to be quite long lasting too.  
I took these pictures with my iphone because I think they are more true to color... in my own camera.. the brighter shades all look the same!  

And here are some close up swatches of the matching pairs for the IT shades:  no prizes for guessing which is my fave IT pairing!!

wearing the same makeup in all LOTD, old FCUK dress and messy unkempt hair.  

I love Artifice - super wearable orange lippy! 

Aventure is a happy cheerful warm red pairing which I like. 

The Mirage pairing is quite surprising - a warm nude with a purple polish.  What are your thoughts?

And my fave.. Pandore! 

Overall, I love the new Dior releases - so very colourful and exciting!  The packaging of the Dior Addict Fluid Sticks are so sleek and luxe - and they glide on the lips so beautifully.  Have you picked up any of these beauties yet?

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks & new Vernis are now available at all Dior counters and stores.  

Hope you find this entry helpful and thanks for reading!

April 27, 2014
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Every Reason to Love Shu Uemura M PK376 Gangnam Pink

Hallo!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you are probably sick of me going on about Shu Uemua's M PK376... now this is definitely not new, but when I saw the brand now being stocked at Sephora ION...I went and browse the shelf, and there was this tag next to PK376, saying it's the NO.01 shade--- and the rest is history.  Being the sucker that I am... I took the tester, swatched it, then swatched on my lips... and then I immediately have this feeling like, hey I don't want to take this color off!  It makes me look awake, it is bold (but not scary) it is intense, it is smooth, and the color is WOW.  A very close dupe is NARS FUNNY FACE which I also LOVE, but Funny Face is even more cool toned with that subtle purple tinge.  PK376 has a wicked name called Gangnam Pink, and I am not too sure if this is a shade made famous by any Korean drama (cos I am uncool and don't follow K-drama) but... even the stain that it leaves behind is awesome.  The formula is matte, long lasting and supremely comfortable to wear.  It didn't feel too dry on my lips... and I really love a good bold matte lip color.  

As I told many of my gfs... YOU NEED this shade. 

Here's more pics: 

and a couple of grainy shots from my iphone camera: 

Hope you enjoyed this entry, and have a great Sunday ahead. 

April 20, 2014
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NEW Lancôme Lip Lovers: Lippies for Every Look, Every Occasion!

Lancôme unveils the new must-have from the In Love range: Lip Lover.

Following on from Rouge In Love, the ultra-addictive versatile lipstick, Gloss In Love, the brilliantly styled light-catcher lip gloss and Baume in Love, the phenomenally subtle moisturizing balm, Lip Lover is just the product trendsetters everywhere have been waiting for! An essential accessory for every occasion to bring out the personality of every look. Lip Lover is the perfect match for lips. Colour, shine and care all in one quite simply lip-changing!

One of a kind, its hybrid formula combines refined colour effects, "made-to-measure" shine and lasting comfort... Lip Lover truly beautifies every smile with its infinitely adjustable shades that can be customised to suit every mood! Adorns lips with the je ne sais quoi that invites a kiss...
All your lips need is love. 

A declaration of love for pink

Forget everything you thought you knew about pink... Lancôme reinvents the emblematic colour of femininity with its biggest ever palette of pinks specially created for lips: 18 feel-good shades divided into two colour families. 

Basic Chic shades

From pink-beige all the way to rosewood, a palette of delights built around the theme of pink! 10 fresh and delicate shades for a subtly lip-beautifying effect. From soft nudes to intensely pigmented shades, the Basics are resolutely Chic.
For example? Casse-Noisette, a ballerina pink with all the grace of a dance step, Beige Adage, a light- infused flesh tone to match the pink in cheeks, or why not Corail Cabriole whose subtle orange accents serve to brighten every complexion... 

Creative Chic shades

A cascade of 8 resolutely pop shades to offer a daring twist to every look... A sparkling range infused with all the charm of coral, raspberry and deep purple, including a range of mouth- watering delights such as Pas de Prune, an intense magenta to electrify beauty, Rose Gracieuse, a radiant shade with ruby tints, Belle de Rouge, a vibrant shade for mischievous lips, or Bordeaux Tempo, a deep and utterly bewitching purple. 

The star shades

These Lip Lover range shades are simply indispensable. If you had to choose three essential, universal shades to keep all to yourself and at all times:

Rose Attrape-cœur, a delicate peony pink guaranteed to win hearts.
Framboise Étoile, a ripe raspberry shade, for delectably irresistible lips.
And of course Lip Lover itself, a radiant fuchsia you can't help falling in love with... 

Colour, Shine, Lipcare... The perfect alchemy

The comfort of a balm. The refined colour of a lipstick. The shaping shine of a gloss. Lip Lover excels in all areas!

Lip Lover has a trio of best assets:
- Colour: infused with lipstick pigments, the shades melt into the intensity of lips' natural

colour to truly reveal their beauty. Deep colours, without ever feathering.

- Shine: "made-to-measure", subtle and re-plumping shine that can be built up and intensified layer by layer; a little, a lot or all the way! Its secret: an ultra-shiny, non-sticky silicone-infused oil allowing for a glide-on texture that smoothens out any irregularities on application. Fixed to the pigmented layer by adhesive polymers, the shiny film remains at the surface, protects colour and perfects it with a mirror-finish effect as well as preventing feathering.

- Lipcare: emollient and moisturising agents make up no less than a third of the formula. The on-lip result is 8hr moisturisation and lips are nourished as well as instantly comforted thanks to this exceptionally soft and generously rich formula. A declaration of love for lips!

A genuine innovation to leave lips flawlessly kissable: Lip Lover is equipped with an intelligent bi- phasic formula. Its emulsion separates on application so the pigmented phase can fuse with lips while the glossy film rises to the surface to sublimely coat lips...

Lip Lover beautifies lips: 85%* A genuine lip-perfecter.

Lip Lover does not dry lips out: 91%* Stays pleasant to wear for hours.

Lip Lover offers an instant sensation of comfort on lips: 85%* So comfortable you instantly forget you're wearing it.

Lip Lover creates intense, radiant colour on lips: 90%* Lips are dressed in intense and radiant colour.

Lip Lover procures a truly shiny colour result: 91%* Its shine brings out the intense vibrancy of every shade. 

An addictive fragrance

Two shade families, accompanied by two brand new ultra-feminine fragrances...
Lancôme swathes the Basic Chic shades in a delicate, romantic fragrance: fresh rose petals are made mouth-watering with a hint of vanilla and juicy raspberry. For the Creative Chic colours, a deliciously voluptuous composition: heart notes of opulent rose perfected by powdery iris and violet accents... Totally addictive! 

The arrow applicator: from the lips straight to the heart    

Flaunting clean lines and metal finishings and an irresistible click on closing...
Lip Lover reinterprets the codes of the In Love line with a built-in transparent window meaning the shade within remains visible. To beautify lips in a single stroke, it is equipped with an innovative applicator that makes all the difference: thanks to its elongated arrow shape, curved profile and supple material, it precisely hugs lips' shape to better envelop them in flawless colour and even shine.

All it takes is a stroke from one corner to the other and back to apply just the right amount of product. The arrow tip can then be used to perfect the corners and define the contours.
Lips' new best friend, Lip Lover leaves lips utterly kissable. For even more boosted volume, dab a lighter shade over the centre of the lips using the applicator. So simple! 

My Top Tips & Tricks:  Matching the Colors for every occasion! 

Colours that I recommend for everyday use for work, school, etc... 
These shades are easy to wear, you don't need a mirror and these shades add a fresh glow to your look without clashing with the rest of your makeup.  I would also recommend  these shades to balance out an intense eyelook.  

314 Casse-Noisette: A warm beigey nude
334 Corail Cabriole: A bright wearable coral - featured in this look below
321 Rose Contre-temps:  A soft pink 

What is a great Sunday shade?

When it comes to Sunday makeup, some people prefer to keep it simple, some people want to dress up, whichever the case, I think that you can't go wrong with a pop of color on your face, especially if you are not going to do much on the eyes.  Here's my top picks for a Sunday shade - relaxed, colorful and just refreshing...

My top picks:
351 Pas de Prune: a slightly purpley pink that's still wearable (magenta) - featured in this look below
336 Orange Manege: bright juicy orange 
337 Lip Lover: bright neutral pink 

Shades for glamorous night out

For me, I like to bold lip to stand out when I am out at night.  Most people would go for the smokey eyes, and leave the lips almost bare, but I like to go for maximum impact (without looking like a clown of course..)  The great thing about the Lip Lovers is that there is sufficient pigmentation, you can build up the colors as you wish, and the glossy factor gives a more casual feel to the lips (as opposed to matte finishes).  You can wear these bolder shades as a stain - by blotting with a tissue just so lightly, so the color remains but most of the shine is taken away.  You can also concentrate most of the color in the centre of the lip, as I have shown in the first glamour look. It is really up to your preference. 

My top picks for a glamorous night out: 

the REDS:  353 Rose Gracieuse - featured in the first look
356 Belle de Rouge
362 Bordeaux Tempo - deep bewitching purple - featured in the second look

Wearing the Lip Lover, with a slight ombre effect - the color more concentrated in the centre of the lips.

I am wearing a soft smokey look in all these looks - which is my default look when I am wearing eye makeup, but it is really up to you how you want to match your eyelooks to your lip colors, there's no hard and fast rules, just go with your mood and pick a Lip Lover to suit yourself for the day! 

With these Lip Lovers, looking effortlessly chic anytime of the day has been made super easy.  There are 18 shades, we are totally spoilt for choice.  I love the creamy smooth texture, the light floral scent, and that they have soft fine shimmer (but not at all shiny shimmery).  They last me a good 4 - 5 hours, leaving behind a satin stain.  

I am glad to try out all the Lip Lovers, and I am still working through the complete set of swatches plus a couple more looks to share with you.  Hope you find these inspiration for looks and color picks useful.  

Thanks for looking! 

Lip Lover is available in 18 shades and will be sold at all Lancôme counters in Departmental Stores from mid- May 2014 onwards at $40. 

April 17, 2014
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LOTD & Application: YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush!

Hi hi!!

So this is such an overdue entry, I had pictures for these ready to go, but kept forgetting in the midst of my backlog and loss of mojo for a few weeks - I think this is how I am going to start my next few entries, please bear with me.  Hope you find them helpful nonetheless! 

So here's a recap of the swatches of these YSL goodies, and a more detailed feature entry is up here - click click

In this entry, I have used No 4 on my lips, and No 2 on my cheeks as blush.  I will be showing you the application process. 

Because of the air-whipped formula, I decided to try this over my face which has already been set with powder.  I figure that it should sit well over (instead of the traditional way of cream on cream, then set with powder method) - and I am glad to say that applying the YSL Kiss & Blush over powdered skin did not cause any cakiness nor patchiness at all.  I started by dotting the product in the general area where I want the color to spread, then I use a synthetic buffing brush to LIGHTLY blend and even out the dots. The result is a soft diffused color that did not emphasise my pores.  And it dries/ sets nicely so I would say as a blush this lasted me a good 6 hours before some fading happened.

Of course, you can always build up the colour intensity and add more if desired. 

Here's an overall look.  Because I did this a few weeks back... I forgot what exactly I used (pretty sure it's a YSL combo cos I like to matchy matchy as far as brands are concerned - Touche Eclat liquid foundie plus the compact to set, and I think I used Urban Decay NAKED 3 palette).  

Bottomline:  This is a great extension to the YSL lippy range, and something that packs more if you aren't a fan of their powder blushes (which I think could be softer) and more versatile than their current cream blush pots.  The color range is impressive, and you will be sure to find something you fancy!   p/s shu uemura has their gelato in tint (also lip and cheek multi-purpose colors) which have been launched and which I have been loving as well... very similar in terms of formula I must say.  I will be featuring those shortly too! 

Have a fabulous long weekend!   See you soon! 

April 13, 2014
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The Body Shop New Colour Crush Shine Lipstick‏

Hi hi!!

My fourth entry this weekend!  And many more to come soon... slowing clearing the backlog (keyword being 'slowly') and here we have a selection of the newly launched The Body Shop Colour Crush™ Shine Lipstick is our new range of lip colours that offers sheer pigments with rich moisture. These lipsticks contain Community Fair Trade marula oil that seals in moisture to condition the lips. 

  • Give a stunning gloss effect and fresh sorbet shine 
  • A full array of poppy spring shades 


Most of the lipsticks shown here are creamy smooth, while a couple have a slightly frosty finish.  When we hear the word 'frosty', all sorts of frumpy connotations come to mind. Personally, I don't really like a frosty finish for my lippies, but these sheer frosty ones add some dimension to your lips.  Not too bad at all!  

The lipsticks all feel super lightweight, as the description states, provide sheer coverage.  They are also very smooth and easy to apply.  I highly recommend 11, 12, 13 and 18.  
As with sheer and light lippies like this, I find that they last about 2 hours on me...and the color worn off evenly.   So if you want a moisturising lipbalm type of lippy that you can slap on easily everyday, these are great. 

Swatches here:

And on my lips:

And some overall looks featuring my fave colors: 

The Body Shop Color Crush Shine lipsticks retail for S$22.90 each. 

Together with the new lipsticks, The Body Shop is also launching new bath essentials, special edition Luscious Raspberry collection.  Spring is in full swing and the delicately sweet scent of raspberry is wafting through The Body Shop.  The new special Edition Early-Harvest Raspberry Bath and Body collection has hit the shelves.  These early-harvested raspberries are picked to preserve their skin-boosting antioxidants.  Fruity, indulgent and deeply moisturising, the products offer a 'special reserve' of raspberries and the iconic Body Butter 24hr hydrating power.  The collection also includes a Body Lotion, Body Scrub, Shower Gel and Eau de Toilette.

 
Body Scrub $30.90
Body Lotion $19.90
Body Butter $30.90
Eau de Toilette $32.90

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

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SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

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Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

FAQ & DISCLAIMER

About Me

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

About this Blog

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

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

My Makeup Style

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

What Cameras do I use?

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

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

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

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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.

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I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.

 

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