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March 09, 2013

Random Chat - Feb & Early March 2013

Hi hi!

Welcome to this latest installment of my random chats.... heheh.  Just wanted to do a chit-chat entry, to catch up on things, and just ramble. 

I am just going to start in no particular order...I have a 'thing' for eyewear - especially shades.  I have been half-contemplating another pair of Ray Bans aviators, I already have 2 pairs, but recently, been seeing some fashion people rocking the green mirror aviators, the shades look kind of obnoxious, but might be something that would grow on me.  A check on shopbop showed up that exact model, but not in my dimensions which I learnt, is the 60mm frame...but let's not get into the technicalities--- so I ended up buying this pair of BLUE OMBRE MIRROR ones instead.  I like to buy my ray bans (esp the aviators) at this shop - SEASON OPTICAL - at Chinatown...eh, not sure which building, it is next to OG, just opposite Chinatown Point. A few people asked me if it's cheaper at that shop, but I am not so much concerned about the prices (I am pretty sure their prices aren't marked up or anything) the reason why I love to shop there is because the uncles at the shop know their ray bans history, they will hunt down their stocks for what you are looking for, and they simply have the largest range of ray bans I have seen, it's like a ray bans museum there at the shop. </p> <p>So, behold my new shades!
(and check out my flawless skin -- hehehe and this is after a day of work, heat and humidity, around 10 hours after I first applied my foundation - REVIEW HERE

New shades: 

my all black one: 

and my pinky brown pair - I think the frame is looking slightly out of shape and worn (and I don't like worn looking shades)... I think I might want to go back and change the frames on this..and keep the old lens (see, that's the good thing about buying from a shop like that, they can really customise, fix your shades anytime!) 


Many of you also know that I got my brows groomed just before the CNY break, and I went to look for the lovely Junry, who works at MAC Vivocity – it was a very last minute arrangement, and she was so willing to accommodate me.  So she trimmed my brows, and more importantly, showed me how to do that defined and thick shape which I always envied her for… and now I can replicate them for myself too!  I also bought the MAC fluidline for brows in the shade Redhead – it is very pale on me, and some people might not like it, given my black hair, and the pale brows, but I sometimes like that look.  But other than that, I love using my NAKED BASICS palette to fill in my brows, and then I comb my brow hair with my Shu Uemura brow manicure.   I have never thought that I would enjoy filling in my brows with a brush, and on top of that, using eyeshadow and/or cream, but I love it.  The MAC fluidline for brows is very long lasting, and the eyeshadow allows me to create the exact shade that I want.   So if you are looking to create those Korean-esque type of full shaped brows, do look for Junry at MAC Vivocity.  The brow service costs $15, which I think is totally worth it. 

Junry and I - looking very washed out in the intense store lighting, but just look at our brows!  Wowza!  

and a close up at the end of the day - still very intact and just look at how defined it looks without looking 'tattooed' - she used a fluidline to fill in my brows -in my own attempts, I could never make it that sharp looking, but I think my brows routine has seen a dramatic difference.

I use mainly Faint to shape and fill in, and a bit of Crave if I want more definition. 

2 lovely glittery nailpolish combintion I have been wearing lately - 

Orly pairing - the glitter is just magical.  

ESSIE pairing - saw this on instagram, and I decided to recreate it on myself. 

Also attended several events lately, and I will try to feature the new products soon.  A couple of the more interesting ones would be the visit to the Dior office at Ngee Ann City, and also the Lancome Star Hypnose Star event at Sephora ION. </p> <p>
The Dior office and showroom is just awesome.  Imagine being surrounded by all the Dior fragrances, skincare and makeup.  Just really amazing.  We got a sneak preview of upcoming Dior collections (Gloss Addict, and Summer 2013). </p>
And the Lancome event, with Larry Yeo demonstrating on the gorgeous Evonne. I was there with my sister, and we had some fun making our own stop-motion film, and I also got to check out their new foundation (Mat Miracle) - that review should be up in a few weeks. </p> <p>I have a truckload of Lancome products to feature and review coming very soon on the blog.  I also have a couple of their Spring pieces, but I am not very impressed by them...so I might not get to posting those anytime soon, in case you are wondering or anticipating.  I am currently trying out, and also revisiting their skincare - totally totally enjoying those at the moment.  

And some shopping and random silliness - 

The very much talked about Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders arrived quietly at True Colors, but all my makeup junkie friends are telling me that they are already sold out - and the packaging seems a little off - in the sense that this is just how they arrive, in the clear covers - but from what we have seen online, they aren't supposed to be like that.  They retail for S$66, in case anyone is wondering. 

I have read a couple of less than enthusiastic reviews from my trusty fave bloggers, initially I was very very keen to buy a couple of them - but now I think I can safely skip these powders.  I think I will just wait for any future release - there will always be something better out there, right? 

I also swatched the new Guerlain blush - it is so shimmery, I wasn't impressed, so again, lemming killed.  

Bought a mint bowl and silverware lately, along with armcandy from H&M - love the colors! 

My S, M and L rings from H&M - $3.90 each! 


And some random posing, if you can guess who I am spoofing....all those awkward outfit of the day posing is really tough eh?

Star bomber jacket from F21
Celine shades
Old Navy jersey pants
MK rose gold watch
Balenciaga wrap bracelet 
T&Co. bracelet
Pandora ring 

another one...if you have seen enough fashion bloggers, they love to wear their blazers on their shoulders only..heheh. 
Marks & Spencer stocks some really nice printed lightweight ones  - those that would not cause heatstroke even if you wear in our hot weather.

I think that's about it in this episode of random chat...next one would probably be a birthday one..cos it's looming near in 48 hours, and lots of my friends and family have already started surprising me with their lovely gestures and pressies.  Feel so blessed and loved!

Hope you enjoyed reading, and have a fab weekend ahead! 

February 04, 2012

Shopbop Haul: House of Harlow Shades

I placed a shopbop order recently, because my brother wants me to get a pair of shades for him (he wanted to replace his broken black Ray Bans aviator) and soooooo I realised I still have this pair of shades in my shopping cart (darn those that remember what you half-heartedly added from previous window shopping moments) ----- so since it is still in my cart, and it is still in stock, I figure, it must meant to be!

This House of Harlow shades (USD138) is oversized, and trust me, it makes my HUGE ROUND fat face looks substantially smaller (and I must confess my camera angle makes my face look sharper than it really is -- no I didn't lose weight).

I like that the shape of the frame is not really round, and it looks quite angular too, but not totally cat-eyed shape.   And the 'arms' of the shades is the main detail of this pair of shades, with the tilt and dip.  I also like the dark grey color of the frames, something unique in my eyewear collection.

I think this particular model is now OOS on shopbop already.

This is my brother's happy purchase - he saved up for his shades.

Classic black aviators, USD139

Over the weekend, I went to see a few great shows, collages below:

The Dreams & Reality - masterpieces from the Musee D'Orsay - really really worth a visit! :)

I had a work thing going on at the Chingay Parade over Fri and Sat.. had an all access pass, which allows me to sit wherever I wanted, and also backstage glimpses of the whole great show.  Tiring, but fun.  :)


April 17, 2011

LOTD: Shady Shady Eyes!

had to run a couple of errands in town today, so braved the hot sun with my sibs where we had Starbucks followed by early dinner at Ippudo (ramen at Mandarin Gallery Hotel)

This weekend had been super fun for me!  Went several great parties [starting with Armin Van Burren on Thurs, Zouk's 20th bash on Friday, Rock & Roots on Sat followed by Danny Tanaglia at Zouk later on and in between all that, got my Chanel makeover, checked out new retail space at Tangs, and lotsa good food and dining -- phew!!]  Even the fact that I am semi-burnt on Friday morning didn't dampen the spirits one bit!

This coming week, I am out for a 3 day conference before going back to regular work, and then it's another long weekend~  gosh..we can get used to life like this. :)

My Look of the Day -- Products used:

Foundation [all chanel] - Sheer Illuminating Base, Mat Lumiere 020 [which I sheered out with MAC Lavender Fix+], Natural Finish Loose Powder 010

Cheeks - Shiseido Bronzer around my temples and slight contouring, MAC Stereo Rose

Lips - Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Boy

Eyes [all mac] - NARS Primer, Patina, Smut, Vanilla, Black Swan Liner

Lashes - Ardel #120, Clinique Lower Lash Mascara [intentionally left the lower eye lids bare]

*** I also used MAC Omega eyeshadow to 'extend' it further from my brows to the nose to create some kind of contouring around the nose -- it looks kinda harsh in the pictures, but IRL is ahem, very natural and invisible, ok?  heheheh.

Have a great week ahead, everyone!



That's all, and thanks for looking!



May 30, 2010

Haul! No Makeup, Just Fashion


If you read this little blog long enough, you know I shop a lot besides makeup, and I don't usually show 90% of the non-MU stuff I bought, simply because it's not very relevant...

Anyhow.... 2 pairs of Ray Bans were purchased, one for me and one for my sis... and I also got a cute FCUK blouse.

I wanted the Ray Bans aviator because I kind of want an update on my old pair, which has greyish gradient tinted lens.  Today I got a pair of gold framed pinkish brown one, and the sister got a black framed see thru brownish one. We got them at an optical store in Chinatown, simply because it is at these old school shops that you find the greatest and more classic Ray Bans, without the commericalised price tags.

Wearing a pair of nice stylish shades really distracts from the fact that you aren't wearing any makeup.  And these 'sheer' shades provide sun protection, and enough coverage and you don't really need to take them off indoors.

And this Fcuk blouse is cute!  I think it goes with anything and can be casual and formal depending on what bottom you match it with.  A denim shorts, great for summer, and a black pencil skirt will take you to the office boardroom.  Excuse the flatten chest area and track pants cos I was roaming about town today in my sports bra+jogging gear (though I wasn't doing anything like jogging at all).  Ha ha ha.

Yup, that's all, what are some of your recent fave fashion purchases??


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About Me

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

About this Blog

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

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

My Makeup Style

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

What Cameras do I use?

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

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

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

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

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