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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

2009 Foundations Overview

2009 Liquid Foundations Overview

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

Maquillage Esscence Rich White Liquid UV foundation

Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

FAQ & DISCLAIMER

About Me

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

About this Blog

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

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

My Makeup Style

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

What Cameras do I use?

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

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

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

Where to find me

Twitter (link button above!)  Email (stated above!)  Instagram (makeup_blogette)

I have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

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

 

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    April 20, 2014

    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. 

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    March 11, 2014

    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! 

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    March 02, 2014

    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! 

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    February 16, 2014

    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 

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    February 16, 2014

    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. 

    Comparisons: 

    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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    December 25, 2013

    The Makeup Blogette's Top Picks 2013

    Last year, I did a top 12 of 2012 (link here) and now is the time to do another one...everyone says how scary time flies, and I can't agree more.  Getting older, getting fatter (NOT going to happen anymore) and my blog has its share of highs this year.  I had the chance to attend more events, previews, parties, not to mention hosting my very own Christmas party with NARS just last week - the biggest high for me blog/makeup wise this year.  Also this year probably set a record in terms of blogsales organised, ending in the finale of a very successful makeup clearance sale back in Oct. Just think of all the goods and monetary transactions going on.  But attending events and organising sales are just part of the larger picture here...my love for makeup, my hobby, our hobby. Attending events for others might be a fashion show, shameless photo opportunities, but for me, it's like doing future makeup shopping, being informed of new stuff (so that even if BAs dunno anything about the latest summer collection, I ALREADY KNOW).  I get to check out what is coming out in the coming 2 -3 months, I start making mental list of what to buy, I can't wait to share such information & pictures with my friends, share with you the new stuff that's coming out.  

    I appreciate all the messages, discussions and feedback that I receive from everyone, though sometimes I don't get to reply to all comments.  Learning about makeup and beauty, playing with them, using them is always a fun journey and I am glad to be able to do it along with all my readers, long time friends and fellow makeup junkies.  As the year draws to an end... let's look forward to the exciting future! (oooo how cheesy I am.. lol) 

    So, this entry will consist of my top picks for the year - and and I try not to go too much into each category.  If you click on each product name, you will be directed to the feature/ review of that product.  I know such a list can be reductive, and I try out so many products this year... there are lots more which I can't possibly... not because they are not good (you will find a lot of positive reviews on the blog - I just don't believe in mentioning/ featuring stuff which I don't enjoy.  If you have seen it on the blog, 99% of the chance would that I enjoyed using them. 

    NOTE - you might realise I did not include any top BLUSH or BRONZER or HIGHLIGHTER in this list - that's cos... I can't pick any.  Of course I can ramble off a list of cheek stuff I like... but truth is, I rotate too many blushes to pick one or two (and not being fair to the others that I love and use).... and I always use the same HG bronzers for the past couple of years..and as for highlighters.. I don't use them everyday (I rather use a all over face finishing powder) so I can't pick. 

    Makeup Base/ BB Cream 

    MAQUiLLAGE Multi Base BB cream 

    I would lump all the bb creams, makeup base etc etc type of product in this category.  This year, I am impressed by MAQUiLLAGE Multi Base BB Cream - it evens out the skintone nicely, and provides a great base for your makeup.  It works well under both powder and liquid foundations. 

    Powder Foundation 

    Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ brightening powder foundation

    This is the BOMB of all powder foundations.  Pricey, yes.  Worth every penny, hell yeah.  I have made a huge dent in this, and I am glad I have a refill back up.  This is the only powder foundation this year (well, in many years) that has truly blew my mind - awful overused phrase... but true. 

    Liquid Foundation 

    Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation

    I was impressed by this foundation on first use.  It delivers on finish, coverage and longetivity.  I don't use the sponge with it, and I personally didn't notice anything different.  It comes in many shades, so I am sure everyone can find her own shade! 

    Lancôme Mat Miracle Foundation

    If you want a long lasting matte foundation - you can't go wrong with the Lancome Mat Miracle.  It has a smooth finish that makes you look radiant without being shiny. 

    Concealer 

    Nars Creamy Radiant concealer 
     
    This is a very hyped product from NARS that totally lives up to the hype.  It has enough coverage, and is one of the few concealers I can use on both my spots and under my eyes. 

    Powder 

    Suqqu Chiffon Feel Loose Powder

    I love the slightly pink tone loose powder - it provides sheer coverage, so fine and sets my foundation beautifully for the whole day. 

    You can read all about my theory behind setting and finishing powders in this entry here. 

    Lipsticks

    This year has also seen the launch of several lipstick ranges from the various brands, and I am fortunate enough to be able to test out the whole color range of some of them.. and these are my absolute top picks.  
    Shiseido Perfect Rouge - BEAUTIFUL colors and formula.  I wore Showgirl quite often while I was in Japan.. long lasting and never drying. 
    NARS Satin Lip pencils got me and my girlfriends in a frenzy when they launched.  I have 6 or 7 out of the 12?  And I love all of them.  Color, ease of application and formula - won me over. 
    YSL Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes - a long lasting sheer stain sounds like an oxymoron, but you got to believe it.  I love the range of colors they brought out, and you need at least a couple in your collection. 

    Shiseido Perfect Rouge

    YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE GLOSSY STAIN REBEL NUDES

    NARS Satin Lip Pencils

    Eyeshadows

    Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Palette 

    Lancome reformulated their eyeshadow palettes and each of the 24? palettes are amazingly pigmented, metallic, shimmery and just super intense.  I love all the neutrals and they are just fantastic.  And the packaging is sleek and innovative - the magnetic appliators are brilliant. 

    Eyebrows 

    Shiseido Brow Styling Compact

    This year I started filling in my brows using brow powder and the Shiseido Brow styling compact is now a staple in my daily makeup routine.  

    Nailpolish

    Burberry Oxblood

    The packaging, the formula, and best of all the oolor - if there's a deep red you need, it will be Burberry Oxblood. 

    Hair

    Percy & Reed 

    I know I haven't actually featured any Percy and Reed products on the blog, but I have tried 4-5 products from them.. and every one did not disappoint me at all.  Their products for fine hair actually WORKS.  My fine and sometimes limp hair comes to life when I use their No Oil-Oil for fine hair, I love their TLC hair mask, and their dry hair conditioner is awesome.  And everything smells lovely... I just love the brand as a whole for their effective products! 

    Skincare Breakthrough 

    Sulwhasoo's whitening skincare range - SNOWISE EX

    Reviewed Sulwhasoo's whitening range at the start of this year, and I love every product that I got to try out.  I haven't had the need to re-purchase, as I am always trying out a new range every 2 - 3 months this year.. but the Snowise range is the most impressive and effective whitening/brightening range I have ever used. 

    Skincare Discovery 

    SkII Facial Treatment Essence 

    This is a surprising skincare discovery... I never thought I would be a SKII user.. I know they are wildly popular and there's a strong following, but yeah.. I never jump on the bandwagon.. until I tried the FTE on a whim lately.. and found myself loving it.  The rest is history.  A pity that I have given away several SKII products away before cos I never got to trying them out.  Now I am a convert.  Currently using the stempower cream as all. 

    Makeup Brushes 

    This year I got to try out and also purchase makeup brushes... and I am impressed by our own homegrown brush brand, 13rushes.. I have reviewed their collection recently (click the links below).  For eye brushes, I have venture beyond my trusty MAC217 to find its equal and some superior counterparts in the Hakuhodo J-series brushes.  I don't do complicated eyework, so a somewhat dense yet fluffy brush is good enough for most of my eyeshadow application needs. 

    Face - 13rushes 

    Eyes - Hakuhodo J-series brushes 

    One of the highpoint this year was the awesome Makeup Sale that I got to organise together with my friend Pearl.  The turnout was a total pleasant surprise and I think everyone had a great time shopping our stash.  

    Another highpoint is the NARS Christmas Party - I got to know about it and started planning it with the NARS team while I was away in Japan.. and it's such an amazing opportunity to meet those who came.

    I also enjoyed writing my piece on Instagram being the new Blog.. what are your thoughts on that? 

    Last but not least, ending this entry with LOTDs -- 

    The blog is full of looks of the day (LOTDfeaturing new products, current faves and random posing... and here is a recap of my fave looks that I have posted this year - in chronological order:

    21 Jan 2013  Lancome Color Design Palette in Bronze Armour

    02 Feb 2013 Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette 

    11 May 2013 Look with Bloodroses  (on the eyes Lancome x Alber Elbaz Wide Eyes palette)

    27 July 2013 Shiseido A/W 2013 Into the Woods 

    19 Aug 2013 Tom Ford Burnished Amber Palette 

    24 Aug 2013 Nars Fall 2013 


    Looking forward to 2014, I wanna be healthier, lighter and be more organised in general.  I do expect the blogging frequency to be about the same as this year...mostly quiet during the weekdays... and spamming during the weekends.  

    A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has been following and keeping me in your makeup and beauty bookmarks all these years!  

    Thanks for reading and happy holidays, happy new year!  Cheers and hugs! 

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    December 22, 2013

    Festive LOTD: My Addiction Palette & Velour Lashes

    So, I tried out my Addiction palette today, and I sort of made the mistake of plonking on too much color on the eyelids, and hence everything might have ended up blending into each other... and I also realised that two colors I have in the palette are so very similar to each other... ah wells.  At least two colors that I can always use, my foolproof type of eyeshadow colors.  

    All the shades are super pigmented and creamy, and that's the advantage of swatching them in person.  The blush is a vivid pink that leans slightly cool.. and made my complexion quite bright and radiant.  

    Here's the color placement I used in the LOTD:

    In this LOTD, I went for a smokey brown eyes, and also tried to smoke out the lower eyelids.  The lashes are the 'star' of the look - I think they make your eyes pop in photographs.  If you plan to be eating and drinking during this festive period (come on, who isn't going to do that, right?) I guess the nude lip option is more wearable, and you can eat all you want without worrying about touching up, or leaving your red lippy stains everywhere.  But if you are going clubbing that sort of party, I say go for full impact and rock the red lips.  I personally love both looks equally, and it is entirely up to your preference which you want to go for.  

    By the way --- LOVE this pair of Velour lashes, they look full and long, but very soft (softer band than my HG farfarlina) and and and Velour Lashes ships worldwide for free so you don't have to pay for shipping (I ordered these with a discount code from one of the YT gurus...so make sure you check around for discount codes to make the deal even sweeter).  I am glad that I finally got to try out the Velour Lashes. 

    So here we have the "eat food drink be merry" nude lips LOTD:

    and the party all night long Red Lips look:

    whoaaaa looking intense here LOL! 

    All products used: 

    face - Rachel K Renew CC Cream Light, Ettusais BB Mineral Liquid, set with Suqqu Chiffon Feel Loose powder
    * used 13rushes to buff in the cc cream & foundation

    concealers - Guerlain Blanc de Pearle Corrector 01 (under the eyes), CDP concealer (on spots)
    *applied with my fingers

    eyes - Addiction eyeshadows
    *applied with Chikuhodo eyeshadow brush

    cheeks - Clarins Mosaic bronzer, Addiction blush in Amazing 
    *bronzer applied with Chanel kabuki brush, blush applied with Chikuhoho cheek  brush

    brows - Anatastia brow powder, MAC brow set in Beguile 

    lips - Charlotte Tilbury Kate (nude), Lancome Absolu Velour 193 

    liner - THREE liner 05

    lashes - Velour Lashes Whispie Me, YSL Faux Cils on lower lashes 

    Hope you like the look, and thanks for reading!

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    November 16, 2013

    Lancôme Happy Holidays 2013 Makeup Collection [Info & Quick Swatches]

    Dedicated to every woman and her loved ones, Lancôme celebrates Happy Holidays this season with its best gifts of beauty that last forever.

    Sharing with you a quick overview of the Lancôme Holiday 2013 makeup collection - which is already available.  
    I will be featuring most of the products in a follow up entry.  

    My top picks from this gorgeous sparkly collection?

    1. Lancôme L'Absolu Velours - esp the De'Caprice a bright orangey red...beautiful!  And I am trying to hunt it down at the counters..
    2. Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling - the taupe shade and the emerald green are both beautiful and wearable.  I think these beat the Chanel Illusion d'Ombre anytime.
    3. The SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS encrusted L'Absolu Rouge--- Heard they are sold out... but I hope you manage to get your hands on some. 

    Meanwhile, enjoy this little overview! 

    Inspired by the magic of a snowy winter scene, Lancôme adorns women in enchanted light. 

    Eyes are dolled up and haloed in light, lips dazzle, nails sparkle — a collection of refined luxury for a holiday season defined by effortless chic.

    Hypnôse Star Étincelle

    Mascara spotlight

    Spectacular volume, astounding curl, perfect definition. Hypnôse Star, the most glamorous of Lancôme mascaras, presents its holiday look: a shimmering silver effect, for more dazzling lashes than ever before.

    One thing that never changes is its ultra-glossy mistake-proof texture, with its "Noir Midnight" effect – instantly star eyes.

     

    L'Absolu Rouge

    Pure luxury collector’s edition

    In this brand new limited edition for the holiday season, L’Absolu Rouge is swathed in light thanks to a caviar of hand-applied SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals.

    An exceptional embellishment for a truly rare and precious collector’s item, housed in a black velvet case. Available in two shades: Rouge Satin, the range’s star colour, and Rouge Étincelle, an orange-red created in 1955, a shade so radiant that Lancôme simply had to re-launch it at the heart of this light-infused collection. Its cult formula remains unchanged: an irresistible creamy red to redefine and shape lips, procuring unrivalled colour intensity.





    Highlighter 

    Veil of light

    As though the Lancôme rose were captured in crystalline frost.
    Subtly pink in hue, this iridescent powder instantly illuminates every complexion with a joyful glow. Simply apply with a brush to beautify your face and highlight facial contours.

    Hynose Velours

    Jewel-like eyes

    This ultra-precious kit contains 3 pairs of eyeliner patches which can be re-used up to 3 times, to enhance the shape of the eye and stretch out towards the outer corner for an incredible wide-eyed look. For the first time, Lancôme imagines patches for both the upper lid and the lower lash fringe. The secret for a truly unforgettable celebration look. Pure brilliance!


    Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling 

    Made-to-measure shimmer

    Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling is seen in four metallic shades with the power to perfectly illuminate your eyes: shimmering eyes with Diamant Argenté, spectacular eyes with Émeraude Éternelle, Quartz Taupe for a sophisticated look or Saphir Noir for a smoky eye par excellence.

    Thanks to its unique "Bouncy Wet Technology", Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling offers a very high concentration of pigment and sparkle within a waterproof "mousse" texture, which stays put for hours. And which remains ultra-comfortable all day long.

    Swatches


    Vernis In Love

    Frozen manicure

    With the innovative "Color Coat" technology, Lancôme allows you to instantly dress nails in a frosted effect – half-matte, half-shimmer. An ultra-easy application manicure, available in two shades: Étincelle de Neige, a pearly white creating the illusion of snowflakes and Étincelle d'Argent, a crystalline metallic grey. Simply magical.


    L'Absolu Velours

    A Velvet Kiss 

    Stand out from the crowd and dazzle this holiday. For the first time, Lancôme invents a truly exceptional formula that combines Velvet Gel that adds shine to matte powders for a unique luminous finish with extreme comfort, hydration and vibrant colours.

    The L’Absolu Velours liquid lipstick is every woman’s holiday must-have – intense, radiant, velvet and moisturising colours for 8 hours of long-lasting wear.

    Hope you find this helpful!

    Thanks for looking!

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    September 06, 2013

    LOTD: Fraîcheur Rosée & Reckless Pink

    Hallo!  

    A LOTD entry in which I can ramble about the products used in this look - very clean and girly, and super long lasting, given yesterday's rainy, slightly humid weather.  

    sidenote - I really really do love the new Lancome Hynose eye palettes - they have such a beautiful sparkle, and the pigmentation on these palettes are just amazing.   You can really customise how smokey or how natural you want your overall eye looks to turn out.  In this entry, I have decided to go for a rather taupey pink eye look - defined by black pencil liner, very flawless luminous skin with slightly bronzed cheeks.  I kept the lips quite natural and slightly glossy, as you can tell in the picture below. 

    I will list all pictures used at the end of this entry.

    The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation - I used Shade 04.

    This is my 3rd or 4th time using the foundation, and I am always happy with the results of GA foundation.  This Luminous Silk provides a lightweight medium coverage - after it sets, the look is very smooth and flawless.  I did set my face with the SUQQU chiffon feel loose powder, and also finished the overall base with NARS Light Reflecting pressed powder.  (a potent combination to make your base last and look perfectly smooth I might add). 

    ps I did not use a primer or makeup base with this foundation. 

    The Face Shop Pencil Gel Liner in black - my friend Jerlaine introduced this liner to me, she says it doesn't budge at all after it sets... and I tried hers out..and was impressed by the pigmentation, and how well it glides onto the eyelids.  So I made my purchase ($16.90, comes in 3 shades) I think I want to buy the dark brown one next.  So far, I didn't notice any smudging action under the eyelids when I use this liner, and I am happy to find a cheaper alternative to the NARS larger than life black pencil which I usually use if I want a simple black liner (well, not like I am running out of that anytime anyway). 

    MAC MSF Comfort - one of my all time fave bronzer/ blush in one.  It gives this orangey warmth to my cheeks which I like! 

    You can also see the Lancome Fraîcheur Rosée palette here, I just applied the taupey pink shade, and added a little definition to the outer corners.  The overall look is very natural with some added depth. 

    Just a close up of the base - 

    I had used the GA Maestro Eraser under my eyes (note how seamlessly it blends into my skin), the GA Luminous Silk foundation, MAC Comfort MSF (it's LE if I am not wrong)  I am liking this sort of slightly glowy healthy looking skin lately - which looks natural, but we all know, it takes a lot to 'look natural'... the combination of base & cheek products.  

    And I applied all powder products with my Hakuhodo Yachiyo brush (bought during their recent fair here, I bought only 3 pieces, including this Yachiyo brush, unlikely to do a haul entry - maybe I will mention when I am rambling about other stuff in a later entry)

    The Yachiyo brush is just super soft, and dense enough for you to do various cheek and face work.  I LOVE IT and it's only $48, quite a steal for this great performer. 

    This is my first time using the new YSL Rebel Nudes Glossy Stains, and I am using the shade 110 Reckless Pink - a very sheer pale pink with the most beautiful golden sheen.  I will feature all the new Glossy Stains in a later entry.  They are very long lasting, and works well on its own, and also over lipsticks. 

    And one last pic! 

    All products used:

    face - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation 04, Suqqu Chiffon Feel loose powder, NARS Light Reflecting pressed powder

    concealer - Kevyn Aucoin SSE 07, Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser 02 

    bronzer/ blush - Clarins Mosaic bronzer, MAC Comfort MSF

    lips - YSL Glossy Stain Rebel Nude 110 Reckless Pink

    eyes - Lorac eyeshadow primer, The Face Shop pencil gel liner in black, Lancome Fraîcheur Rosée palette, falsies, Lancome Star eyes mascara for under the eyes 

    brows - Shiseido perfect brow styling compact GY910, NARS brow gel 

    Have a great weekend! 

    Thanks for reading!

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    August 24, 2013

    Review & Application: Lancôme Teint Visionnaire

    This entry is a review and application of the upcoming Lancôme Teint Visionnaire - I think it is available 1 September, but you can start sampling the foundation at all Lancôme counters from now.  The shade I am using is O-02 (note that these are Asian shade names/numbering) - I can go with a O-01 as well, but the O shades (O for ochre) are just right for my neutral skin undertones. 

    The foundation comes with a builty in cream corrector - note that I won't use this as a concealer - and it is not designed to be a concealer anyway.  I use the corrector to neutralise any extra redness around my nose and mouth.  It also gives extra coverage to areas where you need it, but you can't really use it as a spot concealer (too 'thin') nor under the eyes (not brightening enough).  But as a skin corrector/ neutraliser, it works great by itself.  I like that there is a mirror inside the corrector compact.  

    The foundation itself comes in a pump bottle. I use 1 pump of foundation to cover my whole face.  The foundatio contains the same skin correcting formula as the Visionnaire serums/ range... and it is marketed as a skincare foundation.  Because I had resumed my Visionnaire skincare routine (click here to read), I feel like I can share with you the whole Visionnaire experience, from the skincare to the base itself. 

    a quick swatch:

    I will be showing you a half face application, and share with you my thoughts at the end of this entry. 


    A HALF FACE APPLICATION

    First, I apply the precision corrector around areas where I need more coverage.   The formula of this corrector is quite thin, and it blends into my skin easily enough. 

    As you blend out, you achieve an even base for the foundation to go on. 

    I prefer to use a brush to apply the foundation.  It has a slight slip to the formula (as in it's on the more fluid side), so you can blend all over your face without the foundation setting quickly as compared to some other foundations. You can see that the slightly yellow tone in this shade actually neutralises my pinky undertone. 

    Because the foudation is slightly runny and emolient, I will also use my fingertips to further pat in and blend the foundation for a perfectly smooth finish. 

    Note that I did not use a primer for this foundation.  I really wanted to test the foundation on its own - and this is exactly how I wear it for the past 2 weeks or so.   

    You can see how this foundation smooths over my pores. And you can't really see a 'layer' over my skin which is a good thing, and the foundation feels quite lightweight.
    Here's the half face results: 

    I think that the foundation does a good job of even-ing out my skintone - the finish still looks like skin, but more enhanced, and smooth.  The coverage is on the lighter side, but with the corrector, you can achieve a decent coverage, though you might be able to see some of the more stubborn spots/marks showing through.

    and another shot: 

    fast forward -- I then proceed to apply the foundation on the other side of my face.

    I set the foundation with my Teint Miracle loose powder, using a press and roll method.  I find that this will really set the foundation and help it to last longer, and not take away the finish of the foundation. 

    WHAT A DIFFERENCE BROWS CAN MAKE hahaha...

    My overall thoughts:

    Application, Finish & Coverage

    The application, as you can see, is very smooth and easy.  I didn't experience any streaking nor cakey with the formula, and the foundation glides onto my skin.  Personally I might have prefer to use O-01 more, simply because I prefer a more brightening shade of foundation, but I am guessing I am in between 01 and 02 (but but but the corrector in 01 would allow me to have more uses for it - that's what I would imagine).  

    The finish of the foundation is slighty dewy, although I wouldn't say this is a radiant foundation by any means.  I can see some shine after I applied the foundation, and I definitely need to powder and set this foundation, to lock it in, if you know what I mean.  It doesn't quite set to a powdery finish unlike the Mat Miracle. This can be a good thing if you have normal to dry skin, and you enjoy the look of a slightly dewy satin finish. 

    The coverage is on the light-medium side (a 5 - I would say, on a scale of 1 to 10) and it is able to cover all minor blemishes and marks on my face - pores and marks are definitely diffused. I feel like I can skip the concealers, especially for under my eyes with this routine.  It is also quite buildable, but make sure you work only with very very thin layers.

    Lasting powder & oil control 

    I find that this foundation is able to last me a good 8 hours, but I must make sure I set the foundation properly in the morning before I leave my house.  I notice that the foundation seems to acquire a slight sheen by mid-day, and I have to blot my face to avoid looking overly shiny or oily.  Which might not be a good thing if you are very oily (I have normal to slightly oily skin). but for me, I just feel like I need to blot, and after doing so, my face feels like 'new' again.   The foundation also did not oxidise on me despite our humid heaty weather. 

    Does this foundation have any skincare benefits?  I think that this is the new trend for foundations to come - when you match your foundation to your skincare routine, the foundation contrains the same star ingredient of the skincare, and you feel like you are getting a very cohesive and seamless experience using the entire line.  For me, I am already using the Visionnaire range, and using the Teint Visionnaire is a extra bonus treat for me.  It serves to complement what I am already using and it does feel really good on the face.  Throughout the period of trialing the foundation, I had zero new breakouts, and I also have noted an improved overall skin texture - again, I won't actually attribute it to just the foundation alone, the skincare helps a lot too, so I think the foundation only serves to enhance the skincare.  I am sure if you use the foundation over longer term, the benefits would be even more apparent. 

    Bottomline 

    Overall, a great performer as far as coverage & finish go.  If you are a fan of Lancôme foundations - you won't be disappointed, I have enjoyed all previous Lancôme foundations and reviewed them on the blog.  The built in corrector cream is a great bonus for people who want a more flawless and even coverage. So for me this is definitely something worth trying out especially if you want a skincare foundation.  Highly recommend! 

    If you are still unsure, you can always sample the Teint Visionnaire pre-launch at all Lancôme counters from now, if I am not wrong.  Definitely sample it before you take the plunge!  I think that's the way foundations should be promoted, give customers a good chance to try and make a sound decision. 

    (prices will be updated as I receive them)  

    Hope my overview has been helpful, and thanks for reading!