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September 12, 2014
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Two Beautiful Ellis Faas Hot Lips!

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

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

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

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

Here are some clse ups of the lippies -

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

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

And some overall look: 

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

August 30, 2014
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Review & Application: New Lancôme Teint Miracle & La Base Hydra Glow

Hi hi! 

This entry will feature my application & review of the newly formulated Lancôme Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation.  This is currently available at all Lancome counters and Sephora stores.  I have 3 shades of the foundation, and the one which I found to be the most natural match for me is 0-03 - note that all shades apply quite nicely on me... but 0-03 is the one I have been using the most often.  I have previously reviewed the previous Teint Miracle foundation (which is one of my all time foundations - click here to read the entry and the technology behind this foundation and also see some cringe worthy pics of me back in 2010.. hahaha.. but this is one of my most viewed foundation entries of all time hur hur....) 

So anyway, just to recap - the new Lancome Teint Miracle uses Universal Light Technology, mirrors the perfect glow that radiates when our skin is under day light. Skin's natural radiance is intensified under any lighting condition, lasting for up to 12 hours. The foundation is made up of 90% air that absorbs sebum up to 4 times of its own weight. This ensures a non-cakey finish throughout the day. Therefore, foundation is kept fresh and glowing. In terms of texture, it is even more lightweight than before, the fluid texture blends seamlessly into a natural finish within seconds.  Formulated with 40% water to provide skin with up to 18 hours hydration, keeping skin plumped up and preventing unsightly lines or cracks in makeup. Overall, the foundation promises to ceate a nude and natural finish with a glow as though it is lit from within; just like perfect second skin.

If you follow me on Instagram - you would have been a pic of my initial thoughts of this foundation, on first swatch, I can feel that it is much lighter weight than the previous Teint Miracle - almost watery, and very fluid.  It feels very light and smooth.  The foundation gives me a 'my skin but better' finish - which I immediately noticed upon first application.  

Here are the swatches of the foundation shades that I got to preview - 

Lancôme also launches a pair of new additions to their range of primers - the Hydra Glow and Pore Eraser - both serves totally different needs and have different effects.  Personally, I find 'pore eraser' primers a bit drying on my normal skin, and I don't really feel a need to have to smooth out the pores on my skin...so I will focus my review on the Hydra Glow, which I will be using under the Teint Miracle for this review entry. 

La Base Hydra Glow -
Infused with 14 intensive skin-caring actives for 24hours hydration and plumped up skin.
Contains brightening pearls to illuminate complexion with a natural dewy glow.

La Base Pore Eraser - 
Instantly reduces appearances of pores by 65% for a highly refined complexion.
Enjoy a silky matte complexion all day long.

and swatches of both on my hands - 

Just a quick application overview - 
and half face - 

after powder and blush - 
with brows - now you see why I can't leave my house without brows... lol

and the full face done - 

Pretty sure everything used here (perhaps except for the brows) are Lancôme but I will list everything I use when I get home. 

My overview of both the base & foundation

  • The base gives a very subtle and healthy glow to the skin without being over the top.  This is quite something for me, cos I have a slight oily T-zone, and I didn't notice any accentuation of my pores or imperfections when using this hydra glow base.  I think this should be a good base to use for nights (because in the day time I will tend to use a base that contains higher SPF), and also if you have dry skin days, when you want a hydrating 'perk me up' to your skin prior to applying foundation.  
  • The pink pearlised tinge also helps to brighten up my complexion and enhance my skintone (neutralising the yellow tones).  I might actually be able to get away with applying just the base and a dusting of a powder if I just want something very light for quick errands etc. 

  • The foundation is ultra-lightweight, and very comfortable to wear.  It gives medium coverage - which is buildable depending on how much product you use.  I find that I can apply this foundation with a buffing brush or my fingers with ease, and it sets into my skin nicely after about 10-15 minutes. 
  • The Teint Miracle is a foundation that has decent lasting power (do note - you can extend the longevity of a foundation with a proper primer that suits your needs, and also setting your face with powder, blotting every few hours etc etc) - and that being said, all things being constant, this is a foundation that lasts on me a good day of around 8 to 10 hours.  
  • I particularly enjoy the finish of this foundation - it is natural and radiant - if you like Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua, GA Luminous Silk, this is another one which would be up your alley as far as good glowy foundations go.  
  • One thing I like about the Teint Miracle is also how it somehow enhances my skintone, cancelling out any redness and just makes it look really smooth and even.  
  • The foundation did not oxidise on me nor cause any skin side effects.  It wears well throughout the day, with just a couple of blotting sessions throughout the day.

I am not disappointed by this new re-formulation - if my fave Teint Miracle has managed to become even better - it just did this year, with this new reformulation.  Therefore, the new Teint Miracle is another highly recommended foundation in the 'healthy glow' category. If you prefer smooth satin matte foundations, there are plenty of others that I have featured before too. 

I hope that my overview has been helpful and thank you for reading. 

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! 

June 13, 2014
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Skincare Chat featuring Laneige, Aesop and lots more [June 2014]

Hallo!!  It seems that everytime I start a new blog entry these days, I must explain/ apologise for the lack of blog updates.
Skip the next paragraph if you just want to get on to the main point of this entry, which is my updated Skincare Routine from March onwards til currently.

And this one entry in particular I have mentioned wanting to do it for a month.. gasp!  Where has the time gone to?  
I am currently off work this weekend, and I will be out of town next week, so I hope that in the next couple of days, I can catch up on some entries at least during the day time.  Many friends and readers have also noted the severe lack of updates and reviews.... and I really want to apologise... part laziness, part lack of any motivation to keep updating regularly.  But trust me, when I do sit down and write about something, I MEAN IT.   I used to be able to blog spam during the weekends (esp the whole of last year) but that was also done at the expense at other aspects of my life.  But now, let's just say that my lifestyle and habit changed somewhat.  I am getting out of the house more often - not doing much mind you, but stuff like working out, errands, gatherings, outings etc etc etc... I still enjoy playing around with and trying out new products, and I still do... everyday, but for me to sit down and have to take photos, write about them have somewhat taken a backseat.  Of course, I could have churn out mindless entries that aren't very informative nor illustrative, but that's really never been my style, and that's not what we are here for.  I have also cut down on attending launch events save for a few that I am personally am very keen in, and I really want to just keep my blog to sharing what I love (as opposed to whatever is NEW) in the first place. 

So anyway, back to the main point of this entry - my skincare routine.  We should note that by the time this entry is posted, the products which I am listing in this routine are half gone/ emptied, and I am in the process of finishing up most of these items, and also thinking of which range of skincare to try out next.  Most probably Clarins and a bit of Lancome thrown in.   Having said that, I think I can give a very good overview of these items that I am going to mention, since I have been using them all for a good 2 months at least.  

The current state of my skin now leaves me with little room for complaint/ concern.  I have never seen better skin texture - and breakouts seem to be a thing of the past (TOUCH WOOD) - and as a result, foundations which I found blah in the past, I am now rediscovering them with my better skin condition.  To be fair too, skincare has become one of my high priority in the past couple of years, I may not be an expert in the technology and ingredients, but I am very disciplined with it comes to application and knowing (in my own blur ways) what works for me.  No amount of skincare can work wonders if you don't maintain a good healthy lifestyle - drinking enough water, sleeping well, your diet and also exercising.  I try my best to be as 'clean' as I can... and let these myriad of skincare products do the rest.  

I will list products by categories in the order in which I use them and give my general thoughts on each (bear with me, we have a LONG list) and I will also be including worthy mentions which might not be pictured (cos I forgot to, dang!).   So, here we go! 

When it comes to cleansing, I always double cleanse - removing my makeup, and then using a foaming cleanser. 

Here's my current makeup remover products - some are more effective than others, and depending on WHERE I am doing the removal (in my room or at the bathroom.

BIODERMA Sebium H2O - I believe this is for sensitive skin, and to be honest, I still think that the original one is the best.  I think that this doesn't clean as thoroughly, let alone with eye makeup (pretty much hopeless).  If you want to try out Bioderma, definitely go for the original one.  It is so clean and gentle I can't imagine anyone being sensitive to it anyway.  I only use such cleansing water when I am removing makeup in my room with a few pieces of cotton pads - before I go take a shower at the end of the day.  There's also a Bioderma for kids - which I have also used, but I guess it is too 'gentle' for me... but probably good for cleansing very young delicate skin without any makeup. 

Ettusais Gentle Make Off - this is a liquidy gel like solution which I use only for cleaning off base and brows.  Not for lips and eyes.  It is a gentle remover, smelling slightly of alcohol.  I am not impressed by its efficiency, but as a basic daily remover, it does the job.  The pump dispenser is a bonus, and can we note how cute the LE packaging is??

Shiseido The Skincare instant eye and lip remover - I have this for a long time, and I am surprised it is still lasting well!  I only use this after the whole double cleanser, like when I am about to do my skincare, and I realise I still have residual eye makeup or lipstick stains on me.  Then I would use this to rub off any stubborn makeup.  Which isn't really the proper way to use it, obviously...but I have soak cotton pads with this remover, and press them over my eyes to remove eyeshadow, liner, lash glue etc etc and it is quite effective.  It is an oil based remover which doesn't feel greasy and doesn't leave an oily film after I wipe it off.  Highly recommend. 

* Not Pictured:  The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter - This is the bomb!  I like to work this into my skin, and it cleans off all makeup, and it feels so smooth and creamy, my skin doesn't feel stripped at all. And for $20+ I think this is really one of the affordable and yet effective cleansing balms out there in the market.  Definitely need to try this.  I have since finished my tub, and I will re-purchase sometime soon. 

After removing most of my makeup, I will move on to cleansing my face, preferably with something very foamy.  Here are a few that I am rotating. 

Laneige White Plus Renew Bubble Cleanser - this is a mousse foam cleanser - it smells refreshing (vaguely citrusy) and cleans my face well without leaving that dry squeaky feeling.  You will notice  that I am using several products from Laneige's White Plus range... that's the 'core' of my current skincare routine.  It is a decent cleanser, but not anything super impressive that I can mention about it. 

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser - I never use it DAILY.  I think it might be too harsh if I use it daily.  It is a clay foaming cleanser - and contains some bits that also exfoliate your skin.  I like that it makes my skin feel super clean but like I said, I would never use it everyday.  And I usually only use this at night when I am double cleansing, not in the morning when I shower.

L'Occitance Cleansing Gel - this is from the Angelica range, and it is very refreshing.  Nice to use in the morning, when my face is relatively clean anyway, and I just want something very gentle.  Again, a nice gentle cleanser, nothing much that I can comment on. 

NOT PICTURED:  VDL Cleansing Foam - very densely foamy and creamy and I love such cleansers.  It is only $13 for a huge tube, and I highly recommend this cleanser.  I am using mine in the scent 'clean scent'.  

I have other foaming cleansers which I am loving, but they aren't in my current rotation, so I shan't mention them here. 

So besides regular cleansing, one 2-3 times a week, I would exfoliate - either with a traditional scrubby thingy or a exfoliating solution, or with my Clarisonic.  Here are three relatively gentle ones: 

NARS double refining exfoliator - refreshing like a cocktail, and the scrubby bits are gentle enough for you to use 3-4 times a week.  Leaves my skin quite brightened up after each use. 

Ettusais Peeling Mlik - this is one of those exfoliating solutions which you rub into your skin and you can rub off the 'dead skin' bits off your skin.  It is quite mild and best to use it on dry skin.  It doesn't rub off well on wet skin.   This is great for those who want to exfoliate but perhaps want to avoid those with scrubby beads. 

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate - This is awesome stuff.  The tiny bits are densely packed and the 'paste' of the product is very regenerating.  Everytime I use this, my skin becomes so SMOOTH, and super soft.  No wonder this is one of the brand's star product. I swear by this, and I use this very sparingly seeing as I only have such a small tube.  Haha. 

Another interesting exfoliator that I am using comes in a wet wipe version - the ETTUSAIS Peeling Sheet - which is one of their new products - it is like a normal facial wipe, but it gently removes dead skin dull skin and  the best thing is, you don't have to rinse your face after.  Great for lazy days. I keep this in my room, and after I use it, I can move on to my skincare routine. 

And here we have the MASKS - complicated affair containing various types, performing all sorts of functions, masks are the only thing which I get easily suckered into and very game to try. 

Here's the first group - and these are the cleansing/ exfoliating masks: 

I have mentioned the GlamGlow masks before in this entry here so I shan't go on about this.  These masks are serious stuff!  I feel like my skin is properly cleaned right down to the pores, and my skin feels super smooth after each time I use it.  But because they feel so 'strong' I use them only every other week. 

A more gentle option is the Kiehl's Deep Pore Cleansing Masque - I used to think this is strong stuff, until I tried the Glamglow.  Haha.  This is great for my T-zone, I don't need to use it all over the face.  If you want a good decent pore mask, this is definitely worth looking into. 

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask - this is a very mild relaxing mask, I think it is quite brightening and moisturising, but other than that, nothing very groundbreaking.

Aseop Parsley Seed Masque - I love love love the scent of this.  It is very gentle, despite it being a 'clay' type mask, and it claims to deep cleanse your skin - and removes impurities.  I like using this mask, and it is also very refreshing (how many times have I used 'refreshing' in this entry....) but yeah, this is highly raved in the beauty community, and I am not disappointed. 

NOT PICTURED: LUSH BB Seaweed Mask - this is a handmade fresh mask, I usually leave it in the fridge, hence forgot to include in the line up.. but it is a very nice mask, smells awesome, and makes my skin feel really smooth and soft.

Next, a totally different type of masks - those that totally subsitute my entire night skincare routine.  For my lazy days - which is 2-3 times of the week.  Cos at the end of the day.... sometimes I really don't feel like using 4-5 products on my face, when I can slap on any one of these and call it a night and jump into bed.   I really really enjoy these ones that I am currently using. 

First is the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalising Mask - I got this at only $50++ at the airport duty and I need to buy this again  the next time I am at duty free.  I NEED THIS.  Firstly, I love the scent - that herbal ginseng scent that feels so relaxing and nourishing.  The cream itself is a rich cream but not heavy, and it is very moisturising....you know what, I feel like I don't need any other serums, creams or whatever when this alone can do the job. 

NARS Skin Aqua Gel Mask - very lightweight, like a sleeping mask, nothing super amazing that I can notice, but the next day my skin feels clear and recharged.  Great for those who have oily skin cos this is really light. 

Aesop Triple C Balancing Gel - the most unique among all the nourishing masks - it has a very honey sticky gooey formula, that balls up when you rub it onto your skin, and then when you blend it into your skin, it sort of disappears into this rich thick formula that covers and protects your skin.  It is very heavy, and sticky... but next morning, NOTHING.  Everything is absorbed... and my skin looks and feels very firm and clear the next day.   LOVE LOVE LOVE this.

La Prairie Ice Crystal Cream & Dry Oil  - I have reviewed this set before, and for the hefty price tag ($500 each for the full sized), you get this luxe rich cream and dry oil... very nice, but I don't see myself running out to purchase, when I equally enjoy the Sulwhasoo and the Aseop (which is about $170 btw) masks. 

NOT PICTURED: Laneige White Plus Capsule Sleeping Pack - I use this probably once every fortnight (I always forget!) and it is a very thick dollop of cream essence that is suspended in a clear gel. I didn't notice much effects, but this range of Laneige white plus products are surprising in terms of the rich formulations which I enjoyed... most people would find it too thick or rich, but I enjoy such formula personally. 

Next, we come to the 'regular' skincare stuff - one of the star products in my current routine is the new Biotherm Life Plankton Essence - this is a pre serum product - which I use before all my creams.  My current routine is not a serum intensive one anyway.  This reminds me of SKII Facial Treatment Essence - but with a more pleasant smell, but the same properties.  It serves to boost the efficacy of your skincare products and also helps to boost moisture and radiance of the overall skin texture.  I can't pinpoint a specific area of improvement, but this is a step which I really do enjoy in my routine.  Highly recommend this... and you can see how much I have used it... actually the pic was take a month back... by now I am further gone with this product.  

Okay this is the main moisturising part of my skincare routine - the Laneige White Plus range -  I use the skin refiner the least often... and even the serum is not well used at all.  I use the Emulsion as a day cream, and the original cream for night time.  

The emulsion is light enough for day use, and the original cream is this thick whipped rich cream that feels very heavy on my skin  - which I don't mind, and it is all absorbed into my skin after ten min... sometimes I also use it in the day time. 

The entire White Plus range is working well for me, I haven't notice any side effects, and there is certainly overall brightening of my skin, I have noted some spots which are fading (I mean zit spots) but for other sun spots which I guess are more deep rooted, I haven't notice much results.  
Overall, this is a range that I would recommend. 

Okay, eye care!  I think my arsenal of eye creams is never complete if I don't have Kiehl's creamy avocado eye cream in it.  And I am gonna stock up the huge tubs at duty free next week.  But for now, I am using the Lancome Genifique Yuex Light Pearl as a serum, and then  the Lancome Genifique Advanced eye cream (which I have already finished by now, the cream).  The Aesop Parsley Seed eye serum I like to use in the day, because the dude told me it is good for de-puffing... sad to say I don't think I notice any depuffing action going on... but I enjoy the light texture for once, and I like how it feels on me.  Overall... good eye products, but I still NEED my trusty avocado eye cream asap! 

Overall thoughts on this whole BUNCH OF PRODUCTS - whatever it is, I think my skin is happy...I guess the purpose of this entry is not really an indepth review of anything in particular... because I guess everything works together somehow.  I hope that this sharing has been useful in highlighting some interesting products that you want to check out, and if you have any questions on the items I mentioned, do feel free to leave them in the comments below! 

Thanks for reading!!! 

May 17, 2014
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Review & Application: Lancôme Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation

Hi hi!!

This entry is a review and application of the new-ish Lancôme Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation - I have been using this on and off for the past 2 months (along with several other foundations I am testing) and I feel like now I am ready to share my overall thoughts on it.  When I first saw this foundation, I was most impressed by its high-SPF50 PA++ and lately I have been using foundations that contain this amount of SPF - which seems to be a 'trend' in most foundations formulated for the Asian market.  I am always tickled whenever people in the US or UK would say 'this foundation has good SPF of 15-20' and they would be all like 'I can skip the sunscreen' when using the foundation) but here in Asia, or especially in Singapore, we consider SPF50 to be the decent benchmark.  I guess here we are more conscious of protecting our skin from the sun's harmful effects.   Anyway, this is just a sidetrack ramble, totally nothing to do with my review, so let's move on. 

I have previously reviewed another SPF50 PA+++ foundation, the Shuwalsoo cushion - click here for the review.

The Blanc Miracle contains the Lancôme Pollusafe™ technology, which acts to brighten and protect your skin as you wear the foundation on a daily basis.   I only use this foundation in the day... so if I am getting ready to go out for the evening, I don't use this foundation, simply because I feel that the high suncreen factor is not necessary for the evening to night time. 

The outstanding features of this foundation when I am wearing is the brighening factor - it is not glowy by any means though.  Will go more into this in my application later in this entry. 

Product Information Summary: 

Combats dull skin & yellowness for an instant luminous glow 

SPF50+ PA++. Contains duo UV filters to block out harmful UV rays and shielding skin from its ageing effects 

Formulated with Pollusafe™ technology to protect skin against environmental pollutants that causes skin ageing and dullness 

Lightweight texture for all day comfort 

Instantly conceals and corrects imperfections such as dark spots and blemishes 

Contains Rose Extract to nourish and hydrate skin for up to 18H 

Available in 6 shades, now available at all Lancôme counters.

Apply onto centre of face and blend outwards evenly. 
Best used with Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact Foundation to set the makeup & for touch-ups throughout the day.

Here's a swatch on my hand:

Here's the application -

One pump of the foundation is enough to cover my whole face.  In this set of pictures, I am applying the foundation onto cleansed moisturised skin.  These days, I guess this year onwards, I have stopped layering bb cream & foundation... simply because I didn't need to build up the coverage, nor needed the extra SPF... I just apply foundation straight after my skincare, and I find that the foundation alone is able to last the whole day, and my skin is generally sufficiently even-ed out anyway - I am saying this in general for all foundations I am using, not just for this particular one.  Just a FYI! 

So I will dot the foundation with my fingertips all over my face, before working it into my skin. 
It is slightly creamy and easy to blend.  As I blend out the foundation becomes more fluid and sets into my skin easily and quickly. 

Here's a before / after - and I like how my skin still looks like skin but better - in terms of texture and color, obviously. 

I usually set the foundation with whichever loose powder or compact powder at hand but for the sake of brand consistency here, I am using one of my fave Lancôme pressed powder to set the foundation.   Note that I did not use any concealer in this review/ application, since there's nothing much to cover up. 

I use the lightly press and roll method to set the foundation.  If I am using a loose powder - I would usually use a powder puff. 

And here's the completed look: 

And a close up: 

Overall thoughts: 

I like this foundation, and for those who are wondering about how this Blanc Miracle compares to the other Lancôme foundations, well, here's a quick breakfown: 

Across the board though - the Blanc Miracle has the highest SPF. 

compare to Teint Visionaire - Blanc Miracle has more coverage, longer lasting, not as dewy/ glowy
compare to Matte Miracle - Blanc Miracle is not as matte, equally long lasting
compare to Tient Miracle - Blanc Miracle is not as glowy radiant but it is longer lasting
compare to Absolue Essence - Blanc Miracle is not as smooth, and I personally prefer the smooth flawless finish of the Absolue 

So I guess in the Lancôme foundation family, the Blanc Miracle is really one that suits someone who wants high SPF in her day use foundation, and someone who is concerned about whitening and brightening in general.  If you are already on such a skincare routine, this foundation is the perfect accompliment to the whole makeup routine as well.  

The foundation lasts a decent 8-10 hours on me, and it does slighty oxidise (but not noticeable after you do your whole makeup).  Usually Lancôme foundations don't disappoint me, and this is no exception.  I can't say which is better, but it is really up to your personal preference and lifestyle needs. 

I hope my review had been helpful and thank you for reading!!

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. 

March 11, 2014
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NEW Lancôme Blush Subtil [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi!!

Recently, I got to try out the new range of Lancôme Blush Subtil - they are available in 6 shades, and today I have 5 of them to share with you.  They are currently available, for $60 each.  
I find that these blushes are all quite soft and creamy, with some shades reminding me of Nars and Illamasqua blushes.. they are all quite pigmented, and I do recommend using a light hand with the more intense shades. 

Some product features: 

    • Fresh and radiant color

    • High color intensity with transparent fillers

    • Fuss-free application for a silky finish

    • Improved Talc formulation to prevent color from oxidizing

  • Natural and long-lasting

Extra Tips:

How to adapt blush application to face structure

Round face: Contour under the cheek bone, in an upward direction

Square heart-shaped face: from the corners of the nose upward

Long face: from the corner of the nose to the external corners, working horizontally

Square face: from the corner of the nose to the external corners working horizontally, as well as on the jawbone

Heart-shaped face: from the corners of the nose upward

Some close up pics:

And there are the shades: 

Rose Paradis - a bright pink that has a satin soft finish, no shimmer
Eclat de Corail - a peachy pink with a golden sheen, that's very similar to the NARS Orgasm type of shade (which almost every brand would have anyway)
Pepite de Corail - a reddish shade with some golden shimmer
Rouge in Love - reminds me of NARS Exhibit A  (or cream blush in Cactus Flower) in its bright red, also with a golden sheen - this contains really intensive pigment and color payoff 
Figue de Espiegle - a very soft wearable muted plummy pink 

I find these blushes to be quite long lasting, and a little goes a long way.  
Here's an exaggerated pic of me wearing Rouge In Love on my cheeks - I know it is to much color.. but just wanted to illustrate the impact of these gorgeous blushes. 

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

March 02, 2014
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LOTD: Laid Back Red & Naked3 Palette

Hi hi!!

This is a look which I did yesterday (and went out with) and I was thinking, I want to use new stuff!!! I have tons and tons of new stuff in my room, and I have been kind of stuck with using my Dolce Vita palette and Cocoa Mirage so much lately.... and I went for the NAKED3 palette.. I think I haven't actually done a look that I posted on the blog at all with this palette... so here we go. 
I think the end results is a rosy toned yet quite brown smokey eyes.  I am not a fan of too rosy/ pinky shades on my eyes, so I made sure to define and smoke out the look using the warmer tones in the palette. 

Here's the overall look:   

Stuff I used:  on the face, I used this whole group of items which I have been using quite often the past month.  

The Lancome Absolue foundation is just divine, and I also been starting to explore other foundations, like the Tarte one.. and I have a few more new ones which I need to try and review for everyone.   The ettusais mineral BB + powder sets my foundation beautifully, and the MAQuillage aura veil powder is something I just cannot do without.  
And speaking of face powders, I am making serious dentage in the Laneige sculpting natural blush, in No6.  If you are fair like me, and you want a very affordable nude tan shade - along the lines of Dior Nude Tan, Chanel Les Beiges Shade 30, you NEED THIS Laneige powder.  It is so soft, so easy to use.. this will definitely be in my travel bag, makeup bag if I want something light and handy to bring about.  It gives the most subtle healthy glow to my skin.  I LOVE IT.

Just a quick rundown of the shades I used: 

1. I first applied the crease color and I used Limit, this gives me a guide as to how far I want to apply my lid color. 
2. And on the lids, I used Factory, one of the warm rich browns in the palette all over my lids.
3. I also used Darkside, just a bit to add more depth to the outer corners. 
4. Just blend out any harsh edges. 

I lined my eyes with THREE pencil liners in 03 on the upper eyelids, and 06 on the lower eyelids.  03 is a dark maroon red, while 06 is a rich golden shimmery shade.  I also lined my eyes with a black liquid liner closer to the lashline to help the lashes blend in more seamlessly.  
swatches of the two THREE liners in this entry here. 

I like this look - even though it might look just like another neutral smokey eyes to most of you... but I think there's a definite rosy tinge to the colors.. and using the maroon red liner helps bring out that rosy tone even more. 

And next, let's talk about the lip combo - which my friend Michelle said it is the 'laid-back red' and she had that in mind when she gifted me the two lippies which she bought in  the US - the Loreal Color Riche Extraordinaire in 303 Rouge Allegro (which smells YUMMY) and the Bite Beauty Color Lip Balm in Cherry.  I applied the cherry lip balm which gives a decent stained red see thru lipcolor, and then topped off with the Loreal lipcolor.. both shades are of the juicy cherry red family... and they pair very well together. 

The end result is this pop of shiny but not stick at all kind of glossy red, very easy to wear and very moisturising.  It is also the kind of red that you don't have to worry about maintaining when you are talking and eating.  Very laid back indeed. 

She (Michelle) also gave me the Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural.. a light pink blush.

All products used: 

Face - Rachel K CC Renew in Light, Lancome Absolue serum Foundation, set with Ettusaid Mineral BB + powder

Concealers - Tarte Maracuja Creaseless concealer in Fair, Shiseido Sheer Eye zone corrector

Face Powders - Maquillage Aura veil powder, Laneige Sculpting blush in 06, Physician Formula Happy Boost blush in Natural

Eyes - Liners: THREE Flash Performance liners in 03 and 06, Heavy Rotation Liquid Liner, NAKED 3 palette

Brows - Anastasia Brow powder, MAC Beguile Brow Set

Lashes - Shu Uemura Farfarlina

Lower lashes - YSL Faux Cils Black

Lips - Bite Beauty Lip Balm in Cherry, Loreal Color Riche Extraordinaire 303 

That's all and hope you enjoyed this rambly LOTD! 

February 16, 2014
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LOTD: Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palette Brun Adore

Hi hi!

This is kind of a weird LOTD, because I had these pictures of the beautiful Lancome palettes sitting in a draft entry, and somehow I never got to posting them.  And I used one of the palettes yesterday, so I thought I would take a few pics along the way to show you how it looks like on me. 

I can't say enough how much I love these Lancome palettes - to me, for the price that they are, the quality and color variety is a lot more worthwhile than what you would pay for Chanel and Dior (oh how we are always so swayed by their beautiful seasonal campaigns) but these Lancome palettes are in their permanent range, you can find a palette or two to suit your mood... and they all deliver intense pigments and the most beautiful and chic sparkles. 

Here's a swatch of Brun Adore - the palette that I am using on my eyes - 

I only used 3 of the 5 shades 

the most left shade alll over my lids, blended up to the crease (but not too high up) and the middle darker shade closer to the lashline to add some definition.  

I used the right most shade as a browbone highlight. 

I just used a tapered blending brush to do the whole look. 

and one more pic which I like so much... that I took with my iphone while showing my girlfriends my LOTD. 

All products used: 

face - Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening BB Base, Lancôme Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation, Ettusais Mineral+ loose powder

concealer - YSL Touche Eclat under the eyes, NARS Cream Radiant concealer for spots

lips - Tom Ford In the Buff (my lips were quite stained pink, this is actually a more beige nude lipstick) 

eyes - Lancôme Hypnôse Star Eyes Palette Brun Adore 

liner - Charlotte Tilbury Rock N Kohl liner in Bedroom Black

lashes - Velour Lashes 

mascara - YSL Faux Cils in black 

cheeks - Guerlain Blush G , Laneige sculpting blush in 06 

brows - Anastasia Brow Powder dark brown, Lancome brow pencil 

February 16, 2014
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Review & Application: Lancôme Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation

Hi hi!! 

This will be a review of the new Lancôme Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation - I have been using it for just over a week, and I must say that I am super impressed by it, so I feel that I can give it a review now.  
I am using the foundation in the shade 130 Ivorie. 

The foundation is currently available at all Lancôme counters, and retails for S$138 (30ml).  It is definitely a higher-end luxe foundation, and the latest to join a new breed of serum based foundations.  This is the second serum based foundation that I am trying from Lancôme (the first being Teint Visioniare).  

Overall, this is a foundation that sits very beautifully on my skin, and I highly recommend it.  The packaging of the foundation is a glass bottle in a pale antique gold bottle, with a pump dispenser. 

Here's a close up swatch - the consistency is quite liquidy, and feels extremely smooth. 

Before we move on, here is the product information: 

Lancôme’s most luxurious serum-in-oil foundation: perfect blend of 45% active skincare ingredients and powerful precious essential oils. A renewed youthful complexion: sublime golden glow, smoothed and evened out, and visibly transformed. When used over time, bare skin improves. 

The ultimate sensory experience : A divine serum in oil, Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation transforms upon contact with the skin. Generous and luscious on application, its texture melts into the skin in perfect osmosis to become a fine, fresh and sensual oil. 

Its delicate and refined fragrance reveals an opening burst of mandarin, bergamot and cardamom to energise the senses, just before the voluptuous and emblematic “Absolue Coeur de Rose™”. 

To enhance and reveal all the radiance of Asian skin, Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation is available in six shades specially created for Asian women.

Here's the application process: 

my bare skin  (I did have SPF50 sunscreen on) 

I use 2 pumps of this foundation - and I will start by dabbing it all over my face. 
I like this shade 130 Ivorie because it is slightly brightening and also helps neutralise the redness in my skin. 

Here's a half face comparion, I have not set the foundation with any powder yet.  
I think you can see how the foundation evens out my skintone, and also looks very smooth.  

another shot of the finish, and comparison. 

as a extra step, I will also use my fingers to further work the foundation into  the skin after I have blended it using my foundation brush.  I feel that this somehow sets the foudation even before I powder my face. 

after I set with powder, and also wearing blusher. 
I feel that this foundation really smooths out the skin, without looking heavy at all. 

and some funky expressions of the overall face look.

This is a foundation that I have been really enjoying, and I would know that my skin/ face look good throughout the day. 

Overall thoughts: 

In terms of coverage, the foundation provides a very lightweight medium coverage.  You can easily build up the foundation should you need more coverage, but I would recommend using a concealer instead.  
As for oil control, oxidisation, etc etc, I don't have any issues with this foundation.  I have normal combination skin, and I just need to blot once throughout the day.  The foundation did not oxidise on me at all, and it stayed the same looking throughout the day.

The finish is a radiant semi-matte finish, and it feels quite hydrating.  I am most impressed by the finish of the foundation.  The consistency is really easy to work with, and the foundation sets quite quickly.
As for lasting power, I would say this foundation lasts a good 10 hours (more long lasting than Visionaire).  The foundation really does gives the look of a very refined skin. 
It is a pricey foundation, but in my experience, it is worth the price tag for the performance and benefits.   I will not comment on the exact skincare benefits, as I am also using skincare etc so any improvement in skin condition cannot be solely attributed to the foundation alone.  But I must say that I am enjoying good skin days the whole time I am using it so the foundation might be a contributing factor. 
I also think that this is a foundation that's suited for tired dull skin, this really did revive the skin and brings back the natural radiance of healthy skin. 


it is more long lasting and has a better finish than Teint Visionaire. 
it is not as matte nor long lasting as Mat Miracle
quite similar to Lightbulb in terms of finish and formula, but this is a bit more radiant just a tiny bit more lightweight
I haven't tried YSL Youth Liberator serum foundation enough so I can't compare (only tried sampled the former foundie once), but I think they might be similar too.  (but don't quote me on that!)

Let me know if you have other foundations that you want comparisons with!

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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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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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