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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

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

Final Disclaimer

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

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

 

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    December 28, 2012

    The Makeup Blogette's Top 12 of 2012

    Hi hi

    Yes, the first picture isn't a pretty one... it's a pretty mess...but there's a reason for it -- I have been getting several requests to do my top fave products of the year, and I think I finally managed to narrow down the products which I think really deserve special mention (again), to round up the year and take stock of the new products which I got to try out this year.

    I will try not to include any previously mentioned products, and restrict my list to things that I have only started using this year, even though they may not necessarily be launched in 2012.  These are my personal faves, and I can truly say that I would repurchase them when I run out, something that’s hard for me to do given the huge amount of products which regularly come my way to feature and review on the blog.

    Here are my 12 products, in the following categories – I have also included review/ feature links wherever possible so you can click on those for more details:

    Base/ Foundations:

    1 - Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation  (demo & review)

    If you like a full coverage, long lasting and natural finish foundation, I recommend the Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation.  This lasts me throughout a humid 10 hour day, it looks fresh - a little goes a long way. 

    2 - Urban Decay Naked Foundation (review)

    Impressive because of  the wide shade range, there’s definitely something for everyone across the different skin tones.  It is very long lasting, and very very light-weight, hence the ‘naked’  tag word.  I love everything about this foundation. 

    3 - Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation (feature, swatches, review)

    One of this year’s highly anticipated foundation release, it has a beautiful smooth and flawless finish.  The coverage is light, but buildable.  The application and ‘feel’ of the foundation is divine and simply luxurious.

     Eyeshadows:

    4 - Burberry Eyeshadows  (LOTD)

    I took the plunge and bought 4 of them this year.  They are not exactly new, but the steep price tag put me off a long time.  I already have my HG eyeshadows (Inglot, GA Eyes to Kill Intense) but the Burberry eyeshadows offer something new in the texture and all the different nuances of neutrals (Midnight Brown!  Pale Barley! Rosewood!) they have.  I don’t think I will be buying more of the eyeshadows – but I really do enjoy the four that I own.  They are so soft, and the finish is such a beautiful pearlised shimmer which is ‘grown up’ and sophisticated.  You really got to try out at least one of them.

    5 - LORAC Pro Palette (Swatches, LOTDs here and here)

    I would pick this over both my UD Naked Palettes any day.  The texture and color payoff is even more impressive (not that the Naked Palettes aren’t).   And I like the reddish browns they include in the palette, and the range of mattes too.  I don't think I need to go on anymore about this amazing eyeshadow palette. 


    6 -- Fragrance

    Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir and Amber & Lavender (entry here) have been my faves this year.  Whatever combination of scents I wear, I never fail to spritz either one along the way.  They are very refreshing, unique and makes me feel happy whenever I wear them.

    7 - NARS Lipsticks  (Some swatches: Reds here and here, nudes here, bold & dark here and here)

    I have been raving about these recently.  Having tried out several in the past few years, and hauling a bunch of them lately, I have almost everything from each range of lipsticks they do.  The colors are beautiful, the formula is not drying whether its sheer, glossy, matte or semi-matte.  They come in such a wide range of colors (very very impressive range of nudes and reds, I must add) and with names that totally suck me in.  So if there’s something you need from NARS (other than their blushes) grab a few lippies!

    8 - Dior Rouge Nude (Swatches of Chanelle, and Grege)

    These are my everyday lipsticks, I can slap them on and go.  The colors are mostly ‘my lips but better’ shades, and they do all varies shades of beige-y pink, pinky nude, nude-y pink… you get the idea.  But what is wonderful is that the colors are all super flattering, and never ‘too nude’.  They enhance your lipcolors, and the formula is so moisturizing and smooth.

    Skincare

    9 - Kiehl’s Midnight Discovery (featured here)

    When it comes to skincare, I try to be more selective, and sticking to the several brands which I know work for me.  Though I have used many great skincare products this year, and I still rely on my regular fave combinations, I do think the Kiehls Midnight Discovery range is outstanding to me, and to my sister too.  I can't tell the difference in this eye cream (cos I don't have much eye concerns at the moment, not so much because it is not working) but my sis saw marked improvement in the dullness under her eyes, and it isn't too rich for her as well.  She is only 20, but she swears by it, and we are already on our second tube.. which is saying a lot because there are at least 5 other eye creams in rotation in my stash.  I really love the Midnight Discovery Concentrate - it is a soothing oil serum which really calms my skin whenever it is cranky and it's something I have come to depend on for a quick overnight fix of my general skin well-being. 

    Another worthy mention - I am using Kenzoki now.. mad LOVES.  But more on that in another entry, hopefully. 

    Nailpolish

    I am a nail polish junkie so I have to mention two of my fave nail polish launches this year. 

    10 -  Dior Nudes

    A chic collection of four nude nail polishes suited for every skintone, I had to get all of them. 

    11 - Chanel Twin Sets (swatches here)

    This is my third year collecting Chanel's Fashion Night Out releases, and this year, they delighted us with matching lipsticks and nail polishes.  All three shades have great formula and are so classic.  I love the choice of colors in this collection, and there is something to suit everyone. 

    12 - Caudalie Divine Oil

    What it is:
    An enhancing dry oil for body and hair.

    What it does:
    This multi-use miracle oil is ideal for hair, nails, bath, and massages. Divine Oil is a unique alchemy of four extremely fine and evanescent vegetable oils (60 percent of the formula). To ensure that the benefits are truly complete, Divine Oil also features patented antioxidant grape-seed polyphenols and fair trade shea butter.

    A subtle fragrance that will make you swoon as it caresses your skin. For the signature note of the fragrance Jacques Cavallier chose the rose, both the Moroccan rose and the Bulgarian rose. A burst of grapefruit and sparkling spicy pink pepper add a freshness to the fragrance while cedar, vanilla, and white musk base notes offer warmth. The composition is modern and infinitely desirable.

    **** I haven't properly mention the Caudalie Divine oil before, but it is really amazing, I love the scent, and I love using oils like this to nourish my skin.  It is a little pricier than other oils, but yet not crazy expensive too.  And I love the spray nozzle, it dispenses the product evenly.  LOVE LOVE LOVE *** I only use oils on my skin (face and body) though... not on my hair.  

    There are many other great awesome products I have used this year, but these are 12 I would pick over and over from this year.  :)

    Honorable Mentions

    Opening of two main beauty shopping locations, the revamped DFS and TANGS Beauty Hall have totally pimped up the makeup shopping experience in Singapore.  We have access to so many brands right now... and I have mentioned countless times, there's nothing like being able to buy in person... what's the difference a few dollars going to make, right?  

    Being witness to all these amazing brands launching is definitely the highlights of the year: 

    NARS Launch

    Enough said.  

    Return of these brands: 

    YSL Launch  

    Giorgio Armani Beauty Launch

    It has been an exciting year here at The Makeup Blogette.  Lots of high points, and I am glad to be able to continue to enjoy rambling and keeping up with this hobby of mine.  Long time readers would probably noted the shift in my makeup preferences and 'shopping' patterns, I dabble with the ocassional style/ fashion type entries because I do enjoy accessorising and observing (not really following) what's in season, but ultimately I am still a makeup junkie at heart.   I hope you have enjoyed my reviews and thoughts so far, and thank you very very much for being here.  
    There are technical changes which I wish I could make to the blog, in terms of the layout and making reading and navigation easier, but I am really not tech savvy when it comes to the back end of the whole web design thingy.  I am thinking of asking some skillful design student who is able to do it for me and handle all the technicalities, without charging crazy money for it..... hmmm.

    What are your favourite products of the year?   I would love to read about your recommendations in the comments below or if you are going to post a similar blog entry too.

    Here's wishing everyone a very happy new year ahead, and may all your wishes come true!  

    I will probably blog spam a bit more before the new hectic season starts, and then we shall look forward another (even better) brand new year!

    Thanks for reading!   Hope you enjoyed this entry as much as I have enjoyed reflecting and sharing! :)

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    December 24, 2012

    LOTD: The Body Shop Winter Trend Look

    Hi hi

    Today I have a quick look to share with you, using mostly products from The Body Shop's Winter Trend Makeup Collection.  (click here for information and swatches).  I went for a metallic smokey look, a red lippy but I kept the rest of the face quite clean (no blusher). 

    Let me take you through the eyelook:

    1. prime my eyelids with the highlight shade as indicated - I used a fluffy eyeshadow brush (mac 224)

    2. apply lids color as indicated - this shade can be prone to fallout - so I was careful to lay the eyeshadow onto my lids, and when they are 'pressed' onto my lids, I slowly blend out the edges. Blending out the edges where the highlight and lid colors meet so there are no harsh lines.  I used a Louise Young LY38 tapered brush for this step. 

    3. apply the outer corner shade for some definition to the eyelook.  I used the same LY38 brush. 

    4. apply a little inner corner highlight with the shade as indicated in the picture below.

    5. I lined my eyes with MAC Pearlglide liner Petrol Blue (I wanted a pop of color, hence didn't use the matching metallic eye pencils from the same collection). 

    6. Apply lashes, and fill in my brows. 

    This is the finished look.  

    On my cheeks, I dusted the Dazzling Rocks in Golden Copper on my cheeks. I used a matte contour shade (Illamasqua Rumor) on my forehead and sides of my face.  The overall effect is a warm and glowy look.  I don't think the Dazzling Rocks is too shimmering, if you buffed it lightly.  

    A close up of the eye look, and the cheeks. 

    And one more 'I dunno what is this' look.  Heheh.

    All products used:

    Face - Ettusais Mineral White BB Cream, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation 51, Lancome Dual Finish powder 

    Eyes - MUFE Eyeshadow primer, The Bodyshop Smokey Moonstone palette, MAC Pearlglide liner in Petrol Blue, Ardel 120 lashes (I layered two pairs)

    Lips - The Bodyshop Colorglide lipshine in 12 Ruby Sparkle

    Cheeks - Illamasqua Rumor, The Bodyshop Dazzling Rocks in Golden Copper 

    I hope you enjoyed this look, and thanks for reading!

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    July 14, 2012

    Nails Story: My New Manicure, New Inglot & Elianto Polishes

    Got my 'regular' manicure & pedicure with the girls yesterday across the Causeway...and I somehow forgot to bring along my supplies of topcoat, basecoat and my choice(s) of colours.  Dang!  So I ended up choosing a color they have, and currently, I am in love with what I picked!  And fortunately, Amy has a brand new bottle of OPI Steady as She Rose... so I can paint this color on me anything I wish.  I have always thought that this is a 'typical' pastel lilac shade, but it seems to lean different shades depending on your lighting, and I thought it looks pinky nude, purpley nude... and even a little greyish nude.  Or maybe a mixture of all three.  But I love it, the formula seems great when the manicurist painted it on me... and I couldn't stop admiring my nails the whole of yesterday.

    We also had buffet dinner at the hotel (located at the same mall) and it was quite awesome, lots of seafood, and we totally enjoyed the creamy seafood soup, and ate a lot of cold fresh prawns.  

    Some pictures of my nails while I was waiting for them to dry at the salon: 

    the obligatory armcandy shot

    all bangles from Forever 21 

    We also went to Inglot and I picked up these 2 bottles of their 'XL' polishes...the XL series are these fine glistening bits of shimmer/glitter suspended in clear base.  It's quite densely packed, and I love to layer these over pale shades.  I think there are a total of 6 or 8 polishes in the range.  I might want to collect them all at some point.  They look REALLY pretty.  (Retail RM$44 each) 

    I already have XL3 in my stash, so here is a comparison of how they look like. 

    Will swatch/ feature these in later entries.

    Next, we went a little nuts at Elianto.  These polishes are made in Korea, and you can find Elianto as almost every mall in JB/Malaysia.  The retail price is RM5.50, but there was a 20% discount I think, so they ended up around RM4.40, which works out to SGD1.80 (thanks to the strong exchange rate we enjoyed the past week).  So, the mentality was to GRAB....and GRABBED I did... ending up with 7 shades from nude to red, and all sorts of creamy lovely peachy nudes/ pinks/ corals in between.  They look awesome like this, and I need to have them all together. It's a little like all, or nothing.  The formula of these polishes are very creamy, smooth and the colors are very nicely pigmented. 

    quickly swatched them on a nail wheel, 2 coats each

    I most probably won't be making comparisons...especially for the reds, nudes, and corals....

    but they totally remind me of these colors in my stash

    Laura Mercier Cabana, Butter London Trout Pout, Essie Van D'go, Cute as a Button, Haute as Hello, Revlon Colorstay Bare Bones, Red Carpet....

    etc etc etc you get the drift... but, yes, I think I need to try these out too! 

    here are the names for reference, in case you want to grab some yourself...my only question is, why is S04 nameless?  So sad! 

    * coral light & S04 are labelled wrongly - refer to pic above for correct info *

    Overall, a great time was had by all, as always... getting massages, manicure, pedicure, random shops browsing and ending off with awesome dinner.  Now I wish the work week can wait (a long time) before it starts again.  

    That's all, and thanks for looking!

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    April 14, 2012

    A Special Afternoon with DIOR

    On Friday, I had the chance to particpate in a special makeover at the Dior Addict Extreme event that is currently taking place at Paragon (it will be there til 19 April 2012, after which the event will 'travel' to other locations (including Vivocity & ION - more details on this will be updated as I receive the confirmed information).

    This event is of course, in conjunction with the launch of the latest Dior Addict Extreme, which I have mentioned several times in this blog, and review several of the items in the collection. Customers who would like to experience this whole makeover package just need to pay $150 (fully redeemable for Dior products).  The makeover package includes firstly, a makeup session by Dior's regional makeup artist, hair styling, a Dior customised manicure, a mini photoshoot, and a fun photobooth.

    the makeup & hair

    I told the regional makeup artist - Aniruj Saenkampa that I wanted the iconic look with Rivera lipstick - to match my Rivera manicure, and he set out to do the accompanying eye look, using the Bleu de Paris palette (from the recent New Look Collection).  He did quite a smokey eyes on me, and elongated my eyes using the darkest shade of the palette, and a dark brown pencil liner.  He also brushed the NEW LOOK mascara on my miniscule lashes (both of which did not smudge at all throughout the humid day, and a movie).

    The shots that the assistant/ translator lady took during the makeover was extremely blurry and unflattering, so I took this hasty close up half face shot, so you get the general idea of the overall look, hopefully.  Honestly, it is always weird and comfortable for anyone to do my makeup because I always feel like I don't look like myself in the end.  However, a few of the other ladies who were also doing the makeover look really poised and glamorous after having their makeup done, and with their hair all set.

    The hairstylist then loosely curled the ends of my hair, and then I tousled it further so I ended up with very loose waves.

    DIOR manicure

    This is a special machine that Dior has specially brought it, to create their own iconic Dior manicure designs.  I am sure you might have seen similar models before, basically you pick your design, prep your nails, insert one finger in at a time, and  the machine will print the design on your nail surface.  Then the design is sealed and painted over with a topcoat.

    This is one of my favourite part of the makeover package, to be honest.  It's fun, relaxing and totally girly.  There are over 40 Dior designs to choose from.  I only did my thumbs because I had just painted Rivera the night before, and didn't want to take up any more time doing all ten finger nails.

    DIOR Photobooth

    This is my favourite part of the whole package!  It's like an old school photobooth, but customised with the Dior Addict Extreme graphic.  Now, posing in front of a lens, by myself, at myself, is TOTALLY different from having an actual professional photographer telling you to tilt your face, turn your body, chin up and down (which was what happened during the mini photoshoot earlier, I was quite frazzled, and I didn't think the end photos turn out very well - it's like I was too 'chin down' and my forehead looked like a pancake... not the photographer's fault, it's all my own nerves and stiffness to be blamed).

    When I just need to face the lens and a timer, I kind of knew my own facial angle, and in the privacy of the little photobooth, it was easier for me to pose at ease.

    They also gave you kisses & lips props to pose with.  Together with in in the pictures are the girls from the Dior PR and marketing team.  (Thank you again for having me there!)

    The whole session took about 1.5 hours, and if you would like to doll up yourself, and try out the Dior makeup, this is a great chance to do so, you get to chat with the makeup artists, take some photographs (you get to keep them), and also do some Dior makeup shopping.   Personally, it's totally worth it, and you should check it out.

    I shall end this entry with a sneak peak of Dior's upcoming summer collection *Swoons*!!!!

    More information & photographs in upcoming entries.  Stay tuned!

     

    I hope this has been helpful, and thank you for reading.

     

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    April 07, 2012

    Dior Addict Extreme 326 Incognito [Photos, swatches & LOTD]

    Hi!

    When the Dior Addict Extreme was launched earlier this month, I knew I had to pick up Incognito.  It is a lovely wearable beige color, and I already have the matching nail polish from the press sample from a couple of  months back.  The Dior Addict Extreme lipstick retails for S$45 each, and comes in such a great variety of shades, there is bound to be one more a few that suit your taste.

    I enjoy the formula on these, the color payoff is a little on the sheer side (though buildable), but ultra creamy and glossy, and lasts quite well on me too without any drying.  I also like the sturdy heavy packaging of the lipsticks.  So sleek!

    For the collection information, click here

    and for swatches and LOTD featuring another Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in Cruise, click here

    for swatches of all the nailpolish from this collection, click here

     

     

    Photos & Swatches:

    It is not shimmery, but glossy creamy, as the picture below shows.

    here's how it looks like on my lips

    just SLAP it on, my style!

    Love love love this lipstick!

    fresh face

    another look with more defined eyes

    If you are loving the flawless foundation I am sporting in both set of pictures, do look out for my review soon, possibly in the very next entry.

    and I was also given a bunch of these cute Dior Addict Extreme lippies charm during my purchase (at Tangs Orchard)

    which you might have already seen from the nailpolish entry

    That's all, and thanks for reading.

    Happy Easter Weekend!

     

     

     

     

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    April 05, 2012

    NEW Lancôme Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact [Information, Photos & Videos]

    This entry will contain the product information & demonstration videos of Lancôme's latest compact foundation - the Maqui MIracle Compact with 35SPF PA+++.   I will be reviewing the product early next week.

    CRYSTAL BRIGHTNESS FOR 12 HOURS - WITH NEW GENERATION AURA-INSIDE TECHNOLOGY

    Launched in 2011 and already a best-seller, Maqui Blanc Miracle compact foundation is upgraded in 2012 to incorporate Lancôme's latest technological advances in both make-up and skincare and becomes Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact Crystal Brightening Creator.

    For the first time, especially designed for Asian women, Aura-Inside technology is enriched with a brand new purple light essence.  Purple being directly complementary to yellow on the colour spectrum, this unprecedented light essence helps effectively neutralise the dull, yellow undertones, one of the main concern of Asian women, lighting up the complexion.  As a result, this unique quadruple light energy creates a dazzling aura of crystal brightness that seems to come from within.

    In  another first, the beautifying effect of Aura-Inside technology is supplemented by specific ingredients selected from Lancôme's Blacn Expert whitening essence line, notably Rose and Mint extracts. They are combined with anti-oxidant and moisturising Lotus extract, long valued in traditional Chinese medicine.

    This ultra-complete formulation, unprecedented for a compact foundation, is reinforced by an exceptional 12-hour staying power.  Optimised resistance to shine and humidity - a must in the exceptionally hot and humid conditions of the Asian summer - is provided by advanced absorbent pigments and filters.  To verify the ultimate wear of its new formula, Lancôme asked Asian women in Singapore to test Maqui Blanc MIracle Compact Crystal Brightening Creator during the month of July, the most challenging tume of the year.  81.6% of women agreed that it controlled shine during the day, resisting sweat and sebum, while 89.3% said it reduced the yellowish tone of the complexion.  Maqui Blanc MIracle Compact is also proven to visibly reduce the total area of pores by 43%.

    The wonderfully fine lightweight powder texture of Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact Crystal Brightening Creator is ideally complemented by an upgraded duo sponge (now selling at $3 at all Lancôme counters!).  The soft velvet sponge side, which is a delicate pinky beige in colour, lends itself to smooth, easy blending.  The other side, which is white, has a silky, fluffy that is ideal for buffing skin to a flawless, pore-free finish.

    New Blanc Maqui Miracle Compact Crystal Brightening Creator is presented in an elegant luxurious case which at launch, is available in a prestige limited edition with a delicate motif inspired by Rose spring blossom traced in dazzling silver on the lid.  The expanded color palette encompasses 8 shades specifically developed by Lancôme after in-depth consultation with women in Japan and China.

    Complementing its new compact foundation, Lancôme offers award-winning Maqui Blanc Miracle Natural Brightening Creator fluid foundation SPF26 PA+++.  Both suit all skin types, even sensitive skins.

     

    Maqui Blanc Miracle Compact Crystal Creator is available at all Lancôme beauty counters from 1 April 2012.

    Prices -- Refill $65, and Limited Edition Case is $27

     

     

    Videos!

    I uploaded the three videos which demonstrate the 3 main characteristics of this foundation - but they are not public videos, I am only sharing them for the purpose of sharing information about the new products.  However you can easily still view them in this entry, and if you click on the following links to the video.

    Control Serum demonstration

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QPRVqcMivw

    Concealing Pores demonstration

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMB1occodaU

    Sweat & Transfer resistant demonstration

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b9cGjxqo2I

     

     

     

     

    Hope this has been helpful.  Thank you for reading/ watching.

     

    Information extracted from press file.  Product was given to me for consideration.

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    April 05, 2012

    CCO Haul: Two Estee Lauder Double Wear Cream Shadows [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!

    A couple of weeks back, we went to the CCO across the Causeway at JPO (read all about our little discovery here), and I purchased just these two products from Estee Lauder.  They are the Double Wear Shadow Creams - I picked two colors which I would be able to easily wear anytime, and the Double Wear range of products are really great and effective long lasting products.  There is a wide range of colors available when we were there, so if you want brights, like the greens and purples, they have them too.

    The texture of these cream eyeshadows feel smooth, like a MAC paintpot.  But I think you can get away with just slapping these on your eyes without setting them with any eyeshadows, and they should last quite decently too.

    the first one here is Ivory Lace

    just a really pale highlighting shade, which I can lightly dust all over my lids if I am not wearing much makeup

    and here we have Mochacino

    a soft shimmery medium brown, again, easy to wear, very safe choice of color

    here are the colors quickly swatched on my hand

    I will feature them in upcoming LOTDs soon

     

    I paid around $15 for each of these pots.  They retail for about $30+ here at full retail prices, and yes, these are CURRENT and permanent range of products.  Score!

     

    Have you been to the CCO yet?

     

     

    That's all, and thanks for looking!

     

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    April 05, 2012

    Nails Story: Essie Armed & Ready [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi!

    Yesterday, I went for a manicure and it's been almost a year since I had a proper manicure done!  Now that I have done so, I think I need to make it a monthly habit again!  There is this certain 'cleanliness' which I am feeling now around my fingertips, my cuticles are nicely trimmed - that's what I really like.  I have always DIY the shaping and painting, so when I opt for a professional manicure, it's really the scrubbing and cuticles trimming which I need.

    I decided to go for this color which just arrived through an online at Tammy's, $11 - which is Essie's Armed & Ready.

    Think this is from one of their latest collection - it is a deeper dirty army green with a golden shimmery sheen.  The gold sheen is not very apparent once apparent, unless you are looking at your fingernails in bright bright lights.

    This is probably the darkest among the stash of the olivey-greenish-greyish shades (think Chanel's Khaki Vert, Essie Sew Psyched, etc).

    I really like this color, and in real life, it looks even better and more flattering on my skintone.

     

    Swatches

     

    What's your recent favourite nailpolish?

     

    That's all, and thanks for looking!

     

     

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    March 31, 2012

    My DIORSNOW Base Routine & Review

    I have been on a Dior kick lately, if you haven't noticed.  I get to preview their new products, and I also get suckered into making my own purchases after checking them out at the counters in person.

    I was given the DiorSnow UV Shield BB creme in their lastest launch (link here to my feature entry) and I thought of building a base routine around this product.   So I went and bought the DiorSnow instant spot concealer -- okay, that was a bit of a whim purchase, because I was actually looking at the nail polishes, and somehow I got drawn to the concealer.

    In this entry,  I will be giving my thoughts on each product, and how I use them together.

    Firstly, are these two sample tubes of UV makeup base - Beige Cristal & Rose Cristal.  For 5ml, they are good for 4 to 5 days of usage (for me at least).  I wanted the Blue Cristal too, but they ran out of samples for that.

    What I like about this makeup base -- it evens out my skintone, and makes my skin smooth and ready for foundation and/or the bb creme I will apply next. It contains crystalline pigments that instantly enhance the radiance of the complexion, and also prolongs makeup wear.

    Next, is the UV Shield BB Cream - it contains SPF50 PA+++ ---- which seems to be the industry standard for most BB creams these days.  This product actually comes in 4 shades - and the BB creme is the latest release (with the Icelandic glacier water), replacing the old bb creme.

    The four shades - translucent, white, light BB, and this regular BB creme which I was sent.

    I swatched all four shades at the Dior counter this week - the translucent and white looks white, but obviously the translucent one blends out clear... and the white one leaves a whitish cast at the back of my hand.  The light BB shade looks too stark for my whole face, so I would think that the BB creme shade I have is a suitable match for me.

    I have been using this UV BB creme for 2 weeks, and I do enjoy its emollient consistency.  It is also one of the BB cremes which I have tried that most feel like a liquid foundation.  A richer liquid foundation, definitely.  But it doesn't have that typical BB creme texture at all.  It blends smoothly into my skin, and even though you would see in the swatches that it looks like my skintone or half a shade darker, it blends and matches my skintone after a while.

    I like that the product comes in a pump tube, and 1.5 pumps gives me enough product for my own face.

    Next, is the Instant Spot Concealer which I purchased ($71) and it comes only in two shades.   It is very thick and smooth, and being a concealer, yes it has that intense full coverage which I expected.  When the BA says it will lighten the spots which I am using it to conceal, I was SOLD.  Whether this claim is true or not, I can't review yet in this entry.  But I can say that this is a great concealer for me to conceal my spots and brighten my undereyes.

    Here's some product information that comes with the product:

    'instantly softens the appearance of dark spots and skin irregularities.  Enriched with a powerful 50SPF PA+++, it helps to clarify spts and protect them from UVA-UVB rays.  Your complexion is perfectly even and protected'

    I never have a concealer that contains 50SPF!  So I have high hopes that this will give my skin protection in the hot summer months ahead --- together with the rest of the products in this range.

    Swatches of everything:

    Here's how everything look like on my face

    1. apply the UV makeup base

    2. apply UV BB creme

    3. conceal spots etc with the concealer

    4. set with loose powder

    (I am wearing Dior Extreme Addict in the shade Cruise on my lips, Lunasol eyeshadows on my eyes, K-palette eyebrow marker)

    Overall thoughts:

    • I like that this combination is giving me maximum sun protection, and also brightens my complexion, making me look quite glowy.
    • It is not the most oil-control combination - but my face doesn't look oily - though when I blot my t-zone every 4 hours, the blotter looks pretty much oiled up.
    • It is pretty decent in terms of lasting power.  My skin doesn't oxidise at the end of the day, and I still look fair and fresh after a good 8 hours.
    • The coverage offered by this routine is the same as what I would get from my liquid foundation - a major plus point.
    • It takes a bit of time for the base routine to set into my skin, but once set, the finish is flawless and smooth.

     

    Among these products, I would definitely recommend the BB creme  - though I would strongly suggest you checking out all 4 shades to see if you want just a clear or tinted coverage.  The UV makeup base is also another great product, because it is light and creamy, and enhances your complexion.  I can't say much about the concealer yet, except that it has great coverage, and the 50SPF is a bonus factor for me.

     

    I also have these samples on hand, and can't wait to try them out (most prob when I am travelling because I am quite fully stocked in my skincare routine at the moment!)

    I hope that this review and a bit of ramble has been helpful, and thanks for reading.  If you have any questions about these products, leave in the comments below!

     

    [Coming this week will be my next installment  -- the Lancome Teint Miracle routine revisited]

     

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    March 31, 2012

    RMK 15th Anniversary Cheek Palette 02 Brown Beige [Photos & Swatches]

    To celebrate RMK's 15th anniversary and its dedication to the beauty industry, there is the launch of a limited edition anniversary collection.  Two striking palettes have both beautifully crafted and sealed with intense craftsmanship and lots of love.

    The 15th Anniversary Cheek Palette comes in 2 shades of soft vibrant Pink Coral, and chic Brown Beige.  Simply brush over the embossed flower fairy.  There is a blend of 6 petals in different tones and textures to help update your look for a beautiful Spring glow.

    The cheek palette retails for S$85 and is currently available at all RMK counters.

    I got mine in 02 Brown Beige.  If you want to see how 01 Pink Coral looks like, check out Mag's review and swatches here.

     

    the cheek palette features a cute fairy with a 'cape' that consists of 4 petals of a pale gold, pink and peach, with the brown petal being the more intense shade.  The background of the palette is a flesh tone shade that pretty much matches my skintone.  the fairy's head and face is an overspray, once I swiped everything together, you are left with a white highlight shade.  Yes, I swirled the whole cheek palette together for this swatching and photo-taking session.    The bead necklace she is wearing is also an overspray.

    let's look at some close up photos of this beauty before the defined lines and shapes are gone!

    the whole palette contains very very fine irisdescent shimmer

    and it is very very smooth

    for the swatches,

    I just swiped with one finger, all over the palette.

    ALL OVER.

    and slightly blurry shots to show the irisdescent and fine shimmer

    the palette is super smooth and finely milled

    The color shows up a pale bronzy shade on my hands, and because it isn't too shimmery,

    I would use it as a light bronzer on parts of my face to see some healthy glow to my cheeks

    and what's left?

    see, this plastic cover is good for something -

    because when the cheek palettes is all used, and you can't see the fairy design anymore,

    the plastic cover reminds you of the beauty of this cheek palette!

    what's left -

    so now you see the six shades of the palette

    the white fairy head, the beige background, and the 4 petals of the fairy cape

    and if you spend more than $220 at RMK, you will receive this pretty bag too

     

    I hope this entry has been helpful.

     

    Thank you!