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February 21, 2014

Haul & Pics: BeautyAsia 2014

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Earlier this week on Monday, I went to check out the Beauty Asia Fair 2014, and now I am sharing with you my experience and also some exciting news. The beauty trade show is essentially for people who are in the beauty industry - think facial salons, hair salons, nail salons, etc etc... there you will find suppliers, vendors, exhibitors who set up store looking for someone who will retail their products, equipment here in Singapore or to purchase their machinery, tools to use in their salons.  It is not a 'shopping' heaven as what some people might think (some people have the misconception that it is like a IMATS - but that's really a misconception).  

Last year, when Hakuhodo set up a booth at Beauty Asia, they were looking for potential retailers, but this year, they are actually selling their stock - and I think this is probably the most exciting part of the trade show for us - as beauty junkies.  But fret not if you couldn't make it to the fair this year - Hakuhodo will be setting up a stall again at Takashimaya from 27 March -- for TWO WEEKS - you can shop til your heart's content then.  

Another popular section of the fair is also the nail supply, nail polish etc etc - again, these booths are set up to be meant for nail salon owners, manicurist, techicians - hence the wide variety of gel polishes, tools, and stuff that the regular person (myself included) would not use at home.  You can stock up on your Seche Vite, grab some discounted polishes, but that's about it.  I wanted a few polishes from the new OPI collection, but they are selling the whole display with all the colors - so I ended up coming home and placing my order with Tammy instead.  

I also picked up a salon grade powerful hairdryer - not that I needed one, but it was quite cheap and really professional quality - hopefully this can cut down further my hair drying time at home.  I haven't use it yet though. 

Shall share with you pictures I took at the event - I only took pics of stuff which I felt were relevant and interesting to me... and certainly in no way show the actual scale and variety of the other booths available at the show.  Just an FYI! 

Needless to say, I spent the most time at Hakuhodo - I was there in the late afternoon - no crowd, and very very pleasant relaxing shopping experience. 

I picked up four Hakuhodo brushes, and have included the brush numbers for your easy reference. 

I got to stock up on my J5523 - it's only S$19 and puts my pricier MAC217 to shame.   Now I have several of these brushes for me to do my eyemakeup. 
I also like the G5522, which is slightly tapered, and sometimes I like to use this type of brush too.
I got the J116 as a finishing powder brush for around my undereyes area.  

This little gadget also caught my attention - it is like a clarisonic type of face cleansing tool, called the POBLING - a sonic brush cleaner that vibrates and the brush head is so fine and densely packed, it is supposed to cleanse and remove makeup all at the same time.  
I almost bought this.  

The PNC booth was quite huge and packed with people! 

and lots of China Glaze and OPI goodness: 

Hope you find this entry interesting and helpful, and thanks for dropping by! 

March 16, 2013

YSL Spring Look 2013: La Laque Couture 34 Jade Imperial

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in this entry, we have the highly sought after YSL Jade Imperial - yes, by the time I got to purchasing this shade, it was already sold out, I had the YSL staff at Tangs orchard reserved it for me.  
It is a muted jade green....Whenever you have mint, teal, jade in all sorts of shades, people seem to go crazy for it.  Remember Chanel's Jade? Nouvelle Vague? Dior Saint Tropez...and in the mass market, China Glaze For Audrey?  Essie Mint Candy Apple?  Indeed, it is so easy to name a list of iconic 'mint' shades.  </p>

I am glad to have this in my collection.

The formula is amazing, creamy and opaque in two coats.  It is very smooth and easy to apply.  It dries a little darker..but otherwise, pretty true to the color in the bottle. 
I had this color painted at the nail salon yesterday, but the woman did such a bad job, I had to do it myself this morning.

<p>Swatches - 

and a quick comparison, someone on my instagram asked if this is similar to OPI Mermaid's Tears... so here we go.  Both have that muted almost  greyish factor, but Mermaid's Tears is paler while YSL Imperial Jade has a richer tone. 

Other mints in my collection are all too blue, so I didn't compare them here. 

Hope this has been helpful and thanks for looking!

February 02, 2013

Four Rich Colors from Nicole by OPI

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this entry features the last of the Nicole by OPI polishes I collected from the event I attended last week.  The four shades are all very rich autumnal shades.  

For other Nicole by OPI entries, click on the following links

<a href="http://retailtherapy.onsugar.com/Nicole-OPI-Do-Good-Feel-Good-27187423" target="_blank">Do Good Feel Good 

</a>Four Kardashian colors 

Love your Life

Colors featured in this entry: 

1. Cocoa a Gogo - a metallic frosty warm chocolate brown, the formula on this is awesome, it is very smooth, and almost a one coater.  I applied two coats for extra measure... and it doesn't look streaky at all. 

2. Just Busta Mauve - a sheer shimmery brown base with blue, red, orange glitter bits.  It is a little sheer and thin, hence I applied 3 coats to achieve a fuller color payoff.  Very smooth, and very densely packed with the glitter bits.

3. Shoot for the Maroon - a thicker shimmery deep dark red base with multi-color shimmer - this reminds me of several other similar shades in my stash (think Zoya Valerie, Julienne, etc) The formula is much better than Just Busta Mauve, because you get a really opaque look in just 2 coats. 

4. Sensational Scarlet - a jelly finish red with larger holographic glitter bits, opaque in two coats, still with the jelly finish.   It feels and looks very textured without topcoat, so you really need to slap on the topcoat to seal in all the goodness.  I showed them here with and without topcoat, and you can see the difference. 

Hope you find these swatches helpful. 

Nicole by OPI polishes retail for S$12.90 at selected major Watsons. 

Thank you for reading!

February 02, 2013

Nicole by OPI Do Good, Feel Good

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This is Nicole by OPI's Do Good, Feel Good - a soft baby pink, it's quite smooth and easy to apply.  The first coat looks streaky but a second coat evens out the whole look.  It is not as stark as OPI Mod about You (too much white pigment) and will work great as a base for pastel glitters and so on.  I love this shade, to me, it is as wearable as a pink nude, and the soft delicate shade makes it extremely work appropriate. </p>

For more information on Nicole by OPI click on this entry here

If you want to check out some shades from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian collection, click here. 

And if you are distractd by that pretty glittery shade in the background, I have an entry dedicated to it here


January 31, 2013

Nicole by OPI: Four Kardashians Kolors [Photos & Swatches]

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This entry features four shades from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian colors which I got to pick at this preview event (mentioned earlier in this entry). They look quite Christmassy, but I felt like a metallic red, and all the glitters really appealed to me when I was playing around with the colors at the event. 

So, without any further ado...let's move on to the colors: 

All the polishes have a smooth formula, the glitter in this collection are quite fine, and the Nicole by OPI has the same wide brush that all OPIs polishes come with.  I personally find them a little too big and cumbersome, but they so spread across your nailbed very easily and makes for a easier application (wide brush saves you effort in painting from 'side to side' as one swipe can cover almost the whole nail). 

Keeping up with Santa - a metallic red, this is very smooth and almost opaque in one coat.  I painted two coats here to show off the full color intensity.  The red is very classic, without any obvious cool or warm undertones.  It is just a very neutral red which will suit all skintones in my opinion.

All is Glam, All is Bright - a silvery base gltter polish that contains darker blue-ish silver and red bits.  Reminds me of an ETK or something.  It is almost opaque in two coats, and quite smooth for a glittery polish.  Love how the glitter bits catch the light even though the pictures are taken indoors. 

Look at me, Look at me - another silvery base glitter polish, with pink, red, teal (?) --- multicolor glitter bits.  Same consistency and formula as All is Glam All is Bright.  

And lastly, Kardashing Through the Snow - cheeky name - and this is really made for the Christmas season.  A clear base, densely packed with fine red and green glitter bits. 

Layered Kardashing through the Snow with Keeping up with Santa - very party appropriate, and I trimmed my nails shorter to rock this combination.  I prefer glittery bright on short short nails. 

Formula on all four are impressive, and the two glitters provide enough coverage on their own.  Wear time is about 4 days, still looking good, without any tip wear.  (why I mention 4 days, because I seriously don't wear any color longer than that).  

You can find Nicole by OPI nail polishes at selected Watsons, and they retail for $12.90 each. 

Hope this entry has been helpful, thanks for reading!

January 27, 2013

Nicole by OPI Love Your Life [Photos & Swatches]

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The first color I wanted to try right away from my stash of Nicole by OPI colors is Love your Life - a sheer pink jelly base, with fine holographic glitter and larger pieces of light pink hearts!  Got to thank Sarah for spotting it and picking it for me! 

I decided to pair it over a black instead of the typical pinky pale combo.  Love the results, the holo glitter bits show up beautifully over the black, especially so under sunlight, and bright lights. 

The heart bits took some effort to pick up from the bottle, but they are quite easy to 'arrange' on the nails.   Super super cute!

Nicole by OPI polishes retail for S$12.90 at selected Watsons. 

Hope you enjoy the swatches: 

and a blurred shot to show the glitter bits. 

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

January 27, 2013

Nicole by OPI: Introduction & Upcoming Modern Family Collection Information

Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based in OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers. Nicole by OPI was developed to meet demand at the retail level for products with OPI’s high standards. With a strong focus on accessorizing fashion, Nicole by OPI serves as the color authority for the younger demographic.

Since its official inception in 2007, Nicole by OPI has grown exponentially, with an increased international market presence planned for 2013. In the US and Canada, the Nicole by OPI range boasts over 120 shades, including retailer-exclusive lacquers. Internationally, the line includes over 65 shades. Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, who has created every OPI nail lacquer since 1989 when the company entered the world of color, is also the designer behind every Nicole by OPI hue.

In 2010, Nicole by OPI announced the brand’s first celebrity collaboration featuring lacquers inspired by Justin Bieber. Within less than two months, the line’s initial run of one million bottles sold out, and Nicole by OPI tripled this number to meet consumer demand. Since this successful launch, Nicole by OPI has partnered with reality television stars Kris Jenner and her five daughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner to launch Kardashian Kolor. In January 2013, the brand will release two exciting new collections with celebrity and television partners Selena Gomez and ABC’s Modern Family. These new ventures bring excitement and notoriety to the Nicole by OPI brand, as seen most recently in top US national publications including Allure, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Lucky and <span>Seventeen.


<strong>In Singapore, Nicole by OPI is available in an extensive palette of 30 shades, and is available exclusively at Watsons. Price: $12.90 each 

</strong><span style="background-color: #ff99cc;">I have these ten shades, so expect a series of swatches coming up in the next few days!<strong>




Nicole by OPI and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products Announce Collaboration with

Hit ABC Comedy Modern Family

Nicole by OPI, in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, launches 14 new nail lacquers inspired by ABC’s award-winning comedy, Modern Family. The nail line features shades created to capture the show’s colorful personalities, from a classic taupe named after family patriarch Jay, to a sparkly pink hue fitting for toddler Lily.

“Modern Family is not only one of the funniest shows on television, it features a great ensemble cast of rich characters that inspired a range of shades, from pastel hues like sea foam green and periwinkle to brighter colors of cobalt and red-violet,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “From studious Alex to bombshell Gloria, to classic (and neurotic) Claire, to flirty Haley, there are shades to represent each of these uniquely fabulous women and everyone else in the blended family.

“The Nicole consumer embraces the same spirit of diversity and individuality that’s apparent on the show,” explains Weiss-Fischmann. “The colors inspired by Modern Family offer a perfect way to express that spirit!”

Modern Family is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television and licensed through Fox Consumer Products. Jeffrey Godsick, President of Fox Consumer Products added, “Modern Family is a series that has a massive following. In partnering with Nicole by OPI, we’re not only able to reach our show’s large fan base, but deliver a product that captures the trend-forward elements and unique characteristics of the series.”

The Modern Family Collection <span>available in Singapore includes:

</span>Am I Making Myself Claire?

She’s Lily Something

My Jay or the Highway!

Stand by Your Manny

Alex by the Books

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality.

Modern Family lacquers will be available beginning April 2013 for $12.90 each, exclusively at Watsons stores. 


Here are some pictures I snapped at the presentation.

</strong>Hope this sharing is useful, and thanks for looking!<strong>

and of cos, I had to get busy swatching!  

Sarah picked the colors, and I tried them on:


January 26, 2013

Darling Diva Polish in Ringer

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I have another nailpolish to feature today - and be prepared for lots more nailpolish showcases in the next few entries!  :)

This is Darling Diva Polish Ringer - a sheer jelly purple-ly base with shimmering bits.  They appear gold and reddish in my pictures, but the color description states "<span>A sheer blurple jelly base with copper red to green shifting shimmer" - I don't detect the green, but the shimmer is definitely coppery red. 

</span>I decided to pair it with a complimenting creamy base, OPI Funkey Donkey - and the combo reminds me of MAC Trax eyeshadow - a warm purple with golden sheen.

I love how the shimmer is subtle yet it shows up very clearly.  The formula is very smooth, and one coat gives you sufficient sheen and add dimensional to a creamy base.

Darling Diva Polish retails for S$15, and they can be purchased from Mei Mei's Signatures. 

More swatches:

Pretty or what?  Love it!

Hope these swatches have been helpful!

Useful links:

Mei Mei's Signatures FACEBOOK

Mei Mei's Signatures online store  - she has an amazing array of indie brand polishes, and possibly every combination of glitter polishes you can think of.  Do check it out! 

Thanks for looking!

September 21, 2012

OPI James Bond Skyfall Collection: My Top Picks [Photos & Swatches]

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I got 4 out of the 12 shades released in conjunction with the OPI James Bond Skyfall collection (it seems any decent movie these days must have a corrosponding nail polish collection eh?).   Well, I love James Bond Danial Craig (total hubba hubba material) so I just kind of got a little suckered into getting a few shades from the collection.  Actually what I really wanted is the 18k topcoat (which I just saw on Temptalia that Zoya is also releasing a 18k topcoat... is that the next nail polish trend after the crackle/shatter/magnetic gimmicks?).

So anyway, I got 4 colors, one cream, and the rest have varying degree of shine and sparkle.  I passed on all the gunmetal shades, and it is very temping to collect all the colors just for the names alone...but....no no I shall be good.  Jennifer just posted a very useful swatch and review entry on this collection too, and she picked totally different colors from me so you will get a good feel of the whole collection, do check out her entry here here here. 

  FYI, I bought my OPI and Essies from Tammy here http://timtam00.blogspot.sg/

  OPIs are usually $10 each, Essies about $11 each, inclusive of normal postage. She stocks Orly and China Glaze too.  Fast response, and super fast postage.

Firstly, we have Casino Royale - a purple plummy eggplant purple... hmmmm... it is a warm purple.. not one of those royal cool toned purple.  From the name, I had thought that it would be one of the rich reds from this collection.  Anyway, it is super glossy, and I am very impressed by the color payoff, and the high shine finish.  

DIE ANOTHER DAY - A bright bright warm red, very metallic, reminds me of Christmas.  I didn't paint a topcoat in my swatch pictures, but you can see the almost mirror shine.  I suggest painting 2 even coats, and wait for each coat to dry to avoid any brush strokes. 

GOLDENEYE - I wanted this because when I saw pictures of it, I totally think that it would be a dupe for my favourite gold polish (SpaRitual Solstice) but this contains multi-color bits among the predominantly golden bits.  It is not as dense as Solstice but the overall look, after 3 coats is comparable. I like to use this on its own, but in Jenn's entry, she swatched it over a darker shade, and you can see a different effect. 

Here you can really see the true beauty of Goldeneye. 


Lastly, we have The Living Daylights, a multi color glitter topcoat.  Large bits of teal, silver, gold and orange glitter suspended in a clear base.  I literally slapped on the polish for the purpose of the swatches, but in reality, the polish is quite densely packed with the glitter, and if you 'arrange' the glitter bits as you are applying, you do get quite an even and dense coverage. 

This is what I want, but stocks aren't currently available yet. 

Can't wait to watch this in the theatres!


Hope these swatches have been helpful, and thanks for reading!

September 21, 2012

OPI Germany Collection: My Top Picks [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi!

I got myself four colors from the recent OPI Germany collection, and I have initially gotten two shades, but when I look at the nudes again, well, I couldn't resist. Besides, I would say 70% of the time I am often seen wearing a nude color on my hands... and the rest of the time I am wearing some funky shade or a red.  

The formula on all the colors I picked are super glossy, creamy and smooth.  I experienced no streaking, no bald patches and no bits and bumps.  It took me 3 seconds of getting used to the huge OPI brush, but I think I had missed how easy it is to just slap on the color over my whole nail in a stroke.  If you have tiny nail area or very short nails, I find that the huge brush can be a little cumbersome.  I really prefer the normal sized brushes like the Essie or Chanel ones. 

That aside, here we have the first shade:

DON'T PRETZEL MY BUTTONS - A very nude beigy nude, that prolly is a 99% dupe for some of my Essie nudes, and also my current OPI nudes..the consistency is just nice, and it seems to almost blend into my skintone, except that of course, it looks almost glassy because that's just how shiny the shade looks. 

MY VERY FIRST KNOCKWURST - a pinky pale nude, I love this as a matching pair on toes and fingers... very chic and very elegant.  Again, this creamy pinky nude is one of my all time fave shades, and I can't get enough of these.  Formula is the same as Don't Pretzel my Buttons. 

DON'T TALK BACH TO ME - I want to laugh when I saw the name, and that's probably what sucked me into this color.  I thought it looks the most unique among this huge collection, but when I got it... I think it looks just like Fiercely Fione, or that Shrek color, or the Fly color from the Nicki Minaj collection... it is sort of a muted limed green with very very tiny sheen bits.  The formula is very smooth, and no streaks at all.  I wished it is more mustardly yellow though. 

Lastly, we have SCHNAPPS OUT OF IT - A muted brick brown color that contains ultra fine silvery sheeny bits.  I love this, it is very 'conservative' and very very glossy.   It looks like it would be a very good lipstick colour too. And might also make a good nude tan color for darker girls. 


Overall, love the formula on the colors I have picked, there are many other colors in this collection, and if you visit the usual nail polish swatches blogs and all, I am sure you would have selected your faves too.  :)  

Hope this has been helpful, and if you have any colors in mind for comparison, do leave them in the comments below, if I have the shades, I might do a comparison entry in the near future.  

Thanks for reading!


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About Me

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

About this Blog

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

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

My Makeup Style

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

What Cameras do I use?

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

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

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

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