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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



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.

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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    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. 


    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. 


    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. 


    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


    NARS Satin Lip Pencils


    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. 


    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.  


    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. 


    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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    November 06, 2013

    Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream [Info & Swatches]

    Simple Step, Impeccable Daily Essential 

    Introducing Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream SPF30, available in 2 shades (Light and Medium) 

    A multi-functional BB cream with makeup effects and skincare benefits for bright, vibrant looking skin that is moisturised and protected against UV damage. 

    Pursuit of Perfection for:

    - Perfect Hydration 
    Formulated with moisturising ingredients for a smoother touch 

    - Flawless, even complexion 
    Gives skin a bright, even tone and a healthy glow
    Conceals pores and minimises the appearance of skin uneveness 
    Oil-free cream with a light, comfortable feel

    UV and oxidation damage protection
    Thiotaurine and Rose Apple Leaf Extract

    Perfect Hydration 
    8 hour hydration, containing amino acids to help maintain skin moisture levels.  Xylitol promotes the recovery of skin's barrier function, and improves skin roughness.  And Glycerin helps retain moisture on the skin surface.  

    Flawless, even complexion - perfect hydrating BB cream gives skin a bright, even tone and a healthy glow. 

    UV and oxidation damage protection 

    Shiseido's formulation includes two anti0oxidant ingredients: 

    Thiotaurine - an ingredient with a potent anti-oxidant effect.  It inhibits the perooxydization of sebum and the generation of active oxygen, which cause oxidantion damage to skin. 

    Rose Apple Leaf Extract - an ingredient in Shiseido suncare products that are proven to prevent DNA damage caused by US rays.  Its anti-oxidative effects help prevent the generation of active oxygen and free radicals, which are known to cause cellular damage. 

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    October 30, 2013

    LOTD: MAQuillAGE BR722 Stylish Beige

    Hi hi!

    Today I have a LOTD to show you... nothing very ground breaking in terms of the colors, but I am using a very good quality neutral palette from MAQuillAGE's latest collection, in BR722 Stylish Beige.   As you can see in the swatches below, it has all the colors you need to create a natural everyday look, to something quite glamorous and smokey.

    This palette contains a great combination of complimenting colors, and they are all very smooth and finely milled.  The eyeshadows went on my eyes very easily and they blend very well.  I know you have heard this so often, but this is really a great travel palette cos it is so versatile and handy.

    Here's a quick rundown of the color placement:

    Shade 1 - applied all over my lids as a base.  This is a matte cream shade that isn't chalky at all, and blends into my eyelids shade and even out the skintone there.

    Shade 2 - applied lightly on the browbone as a highlight.

    Shade 3 - applied lightly on the crease as a transition colour.

    Shade 4 - applied on the lids as the main colour.

    Shade 5 - applied on the outer corner to add definition. 

    Whatever is left on my brush after shades 4 and 5, I just dusted it on the lower eyelids. 

    I then lined my eyes with a black gel liner and applied falsies as I always do.

    This is the close up.  

    I kept the rest of the face quite natural, and this is something I would wear to work everyday... If I have time to actually do a full face of makeup daily.  It is very flattering for me personally.  All products used will be listed at the end of this entry. 

    All products used: 

    Face - MAQuillAGE Perfect Multi Base BB, MAQuillAGE True Liquid Moisture UV foundation (review here) set with Suquu Chiffon Feel Loose Powder 

    Cheeks - Shiseido Bronzer 02 medium, MAQuillAGE True Cheek blush in RD321 Red Coral

    Eyeshadows - as stated at the start of this entry

    Liner - NARS eye paint in Black Valley 

    Lips - MAQuillAGE True Rouge in BE213 

    Brows - Shiseido Perfect Brow Compact BR602 

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

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    October 22, 2013

    Review & Application: MAQuillAGE True Liquid Moisture UV

    Hi hi!!

    This entry is a review & application of the new MAQuillAGE True Liquid Moisture UV foundation.  I have been using it for over a week, and I think I have found the perfection match to the MAQuillAGE Perfect Multi Base BB - I know that many of you are fans of the base BB, it is able to even out your skintone with a nice radiant finish.  The True Liquid Moisture adds coverage, longetivity without interfering with the same radiant finish.  The foundation also claims to be hydrating for 10 hours.. that I do enjoy, even though I have oily T-zone -- but I do enjoy a hydrating base, because I want my face to be hydrated throughout the day.  I would much rather blot away the shine than to have an overly matte face that can look dry and flaky/ dull especially if you are in an air-conditioned place most of the time. 

    Okay, and before I go into further detail about how the foundation feels on me, here are some swatches 

    and I have previously blogged about the information in this entry.

    Here's the application process: 

    I am going to pair the foundation with the bb base, as both products are supposed to be perfectly complimenting.

    So I usually dabbed the base all over my face, and then I buffed it out with a brush. 

    I have reviewed the Multi BB base in this entry here.

    The bb bas light coverage that evens out my skintone. 

    Then I dabbed the True Liquid Moisture all over again, like how I did for the bb base. As you can see the foundation is quite warm toned which neutralised the pink in my face. I am using the shade OC20, though I could also get away with OC10 too.  
    The formula of the foundation is almost like a bb cream, it is slightly creamy and also a bit gel-like.  It blends easily, and I have also used it once on its own, and it was able to give decent coverage. 

    So as you can see there's more coverage not, and you can still see the skin texture, it is not cakey nor too thick at all. 

    Another pic to show the true finish. 

    I set my face with SUQUU chiffon feel loose powder (my current fave) because I always set my foundations with loose powder.

    And then I applied blusher and finised the rest of the face. 

    And an overall finished look - I have been sporting this combo in a couple of LOTDs.. and I do find that it photographs very well. 
    More details on this LOTD in another entry. 

    My overall thoughts on the foundation:

    If you want to try a natural finish hydrating foundation, I think you will love this.  It doesn't feel greasy at all, and you do get a decent amount of coverage with this foundation.  Do you really need to use it with the Multi Perfect BB Base?  Well, if you like to have matching base and foundation, I think you will definitely enjoy this combination.  You enjoy the best of  both worlds in terms of coverage, finish and the hydrating factor.   But the foundation on its own is a great performer.  It is suitable for people with normal to dry skin.  The handy tube also makes it perfect for travelling, and great if you are going to somewhere cold and dry. 

    It is a foundation combo that also settled nicely and looks better and better throughout the day.  That's what impressed me the most about this foundation combo... initially after application, I am just like 'okay' with it, it didn't wow me or anything, but as I wear it throughout the day, I noticed that it sets very nicely and really makes my skin looks smooth and flawless.  That's the most impressive part of the foundation to me - how it sets and looks throughout the day. 

    For comparisons to recent foundations I have tried, 

    This is comparable to Lancome Teint Visionnaire in terms of the finish, but longer lasting.

    Also comparable to Armani Luminous Silk in terms of finish, but more slightly more coverage.  But the GA has a nicer more refined finish. 

    Quite similar in terms of texture and finish to Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. 

    Different from the Shu Uemura Lightbulb Foundation - which is better in terms of coverage AND finish. 


    If you are looking into trying out a natural, hydrating and efficient daytime foundation, you will enjoy the MAQuillAGE True Liquid UV.  

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

    Leave your questions in the comments below, if I haven't addressed a particular aspect of it. 

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    October 16, 2013

    NEW MAQuillAGE True Rouge [Photos & Swatches]

    MAQuillAGE releases 4 new shades of True Rouge this fall season - from natural corals to wearable rosy reds.  The True Rouge have some of the most moisturising formula of lipsticks I have ever tried, and they never fail me when I want to go for natural rosy flushed lipcolors.  They are easy to apply and literally glides onto your lips to create moisturised smooth lips.
    While they might not be the most intense in terms of color range (all the colors are variants of your lips but better shades) you will not be sick of dressing up your lips in 20 enhancing shades.

    Product description: 
    Glamorous shine and color, rich moisture, with a true lasting finish.
    When they become all in one, it makes the ultimate, truly ideal rouge.

    A new collection of radiant rouge enhance your allure. With one touch, Red Pearl Natural Highlighter adds alluring beauty to your lips.

    Here's a close up - 

    Swatches on my hands - 

    OR380 Sweet Fresh - Peachy Orange

    PK381 Elegant Rose Pink 

    RD382 Warm Coral Red

    RD583 Lustrous Blush Plum Rose

    You can see how buttery creamy they are: 

    and on the lips: 

    And in this LOTD, I am wearing RD382 - a soft rosy shade that goes with any eyelook and is very flattering too.  These lippies last about 4 - 5 hours on me before they start to lose some of their lustrous shine.  Because of their buttery smooth formula, re-application is a breeze and total comfort. 

    Hope you find this entry helpful and thanks for looking! 

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    October 14, 2013

    Products Empties [Oct 2013]

    Hi hi!!

    Another month, and I don't think I did an empties entry in September..as usual, I have a lot of shower stuff and makeup removers in this entry to share with you.  But I do have a couple of makeup items to share as well (woooooooo only two... hheheh).   Some of them are repeated empties, which actually tell you that I do enjoy these products and they are my daily staples, no matter what else I am rotating at the moment.

    Emma Hardie amazing face cleansing balm 

    I enjoyed using this rich cleansing balm, actually there is still a bit of product left in this, and it lasted me about 2 months...given that I actually only use it 3 - 4 times a week.  In the past couple of weeks, I used it as a makeup remover, I just work the balm in to my skin, and it does break down and remove the grime and makeup off my face after a long day.  I usually then follow up with a cleansing foam after using this.  

    On days that I don't use makeup, I just use this as a cleanser on its own. 

    Cleansing balms have such a luxe formula, I think I will always want to have at least one in my stash to use.  I don't always use it with a cleansing muslin cloth, to be honest... it is a little troublesome, but you do get better results (ie smoother and feels cleaner) if you use a cleansing cloth. 

    Liza Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

    The Liz Earle is another highly raved cleansing balm especially in the UK.  I bought this while I was in London earlier this year.  The scent is very spa like, and fresh at the same time.  While the EH cleansing balm is oily and emolient, the LE one is not oily at all, and not as balmy as far as this type of products go.  It feels like a lotion which you work into your skin.  I feel this effective enough, and is really a good relaxing part of my face cleansing routine at the end of a long day.   I am glad I got a back up!!  But I will save it for later use.... it is too precious! 

    Bioderma Sensibio H2O (500ml)

    I think I don't need to go on about Bioderma.  This is lazy girl makeup removal essential.  I am glad you can easily get the 500ml bottles at Watsons now, for about S$39. 

    Etude House Essential Foam with Hyaluronic Acid 

    Simple fuss free foaming cleanser... this has Hyaluronic Acid, so it wasn't stripping at all.  Now I am using another one which has clay ingredients and I find that slightly drying but very very clean after feel when I rinse my face. 

    SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser 

    A great basic cleanser, I don't think it is anything to wow about, but It is effective and not stripping at all. 

    Laline Body Scrub

    Great everyday body scrub, it is not too abrasive, and smells lovely.

    Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I love the handwash and body shampoo but hate the candle and room spray of the same scent.  Strange huh?  As a body shampoo and handwash, it smells freash and yummy, but the room spray is just too cloying and strangely harsh in a weird way. 

    Essential Nuance Fairy Treatment & Soap & Glory Daily Shampoo

    These two are fave hair products, for both shampooing and also a quick daily hair treatment. 

    Both are not very expensive, and I will definitely repurchase.

    Innisfree Shower Shampoo 

    Great basic shower gel. 

    Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector & Correcting Polishing Cream

    I love the Visionnaire range, and I am almost sad to have finished both of them.  I am always having some backups of Lancome products, but I will give them a break for now and get back on my Clarins. 

    Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream

    Love the thick gel like texture of this eye cream - it is great for those with very dry eyes, and also for those who wants to have na minimal look. 

    Clarins Defining Eye Lift

    This is a eye defining *& lifting eye serum - I think that it feels nice and lightweight, but I didn't notice any visibible results.  I usually use this under another eyecream for extra moisture.  

    Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin Youth Infusing eye concentrate

    This is a rather creamy eyecream that doesn't feel too thick, and I really enjoyed using it - there's some brightening effect and I think my eyes feel quite moisturised after using it.  Great for using before you start doing your makeup too.  And I also like that it is in a tube form, cos believe me, I squeezed out every single drop of it. 

    Balenciaga L'Essence Fragrance 

    I have both the Balenciega perfumes and I love the scent...always managed to purchase when I am the airport.  It is long lasting, slightly musky and I just love it. 

    La Mer Powder 
    This is one of my first loose powder - I love it and enjoyed using it for the past couple of years.  There is still abit of product left but I have not used in months, and I think I should just toss it. 

    YSL Touche Eclat in 02 - This is awesome for brightening up my undereyes -  it is not too thick nor drying at all.  
    I love it!  I also have 01 which has a pinky tone, but 02 is my all time fave shade.

    Kenzoki Carefeet Fantasy Massage Balm - I have been using it up super quickly, sure, it contains only 80ml of product, it makes my skin feel like velvet, and the formula of this massage balm is just divine.  I highly recommend it. 

    So what have you been loving and trying out lately?  What is the last product you have used up?  

    Hope this entry has been useful and thanks for reading!

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    October 14, 2013

    LOTD: Soft Smokey with MAQuillAGE BE323 Stylish Beige

    Hi hi! 

    Today I did a look featuring the MAQuillAGE True Eyeshadow in BE 323 Stylish Beige.  This palette caught my eyes because of the olive shade in the palette.  I am really impressed by this neutral palette, yes, the colors are safe but the quality is superb and I really enjoyed using it. The colors work very well together to create a cohesive look that's natural and overall enhancing. 

    Here's the color placement I used in this look: 

    1 - applied the matte beige shade all over my eyelids as a base, it is super smooth and creates a even tone for the rest of the colors to go on

    2 - applied the shimmery champagne shade on my browbone.  There is some light fallout of the shimmery bits but nothing too serious.

    3 - applied the light brown shimmery shade on my lids  - this is very smooth and went on like a dream, I blended it out slightly up to the crease.

    4 - applied the olive shade close to the lashline to add depth.  I love how this olive shade blended with the lid color.  It is quite creamy and intense without being too metalilc. 

    5  - applied this on the outer corner and on the lower lids to extend the eyeshape and add depth.  

    The look - 

    All products used: 

    face - Shiseido BB Perfect Hydrating BB Cream, MAQuillAGE True Liquid Moisture UV, set with MAQuillAGE True Powder foundation

    cheeks - Shiseido Bronzer 02 medium, MAQuillAGE True Cheek blush in RD321 Red Coral, cle de peau beaute Palette Vintage III

    lips - MAQuillAGE True Rouge PK382 

    eyes - MAQuillAGE True Shadows BE 323 Stylish Beige as described above 

    liner - The Face Shop pencil gel liner in Brown 

    brows - Shiseido brow compact in BR602

    I really recommend the new MAQuillAGE True Eyeshadow Palettes! 

    Hope you enjoyed this LOTD!  

    Thanks for looking!  

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    September 17, 2013

    Shiseido Parlour is back!

    Shiseido has a special promotion at TANGS Orchard from 20thSeptember to 1st October. To celebrate the successful launch of Ibuki, they are bringing in Shiseido Parlour for you - the customers! By making an appointment with TANGS Orchard, you get to understand your skin better with a personalised Moisture and Skin Resistance Check and enjoy a tea set of Shiseido Parlour Confectioneries!

    Please refer to the following for details & information! 

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    July 30, 2013

    Shiseido A/W Makeup Collection 2013 [Overview & Event Details]


    This entry will be an overview of my Shiseido AW2013 makeup coverage over the past couple of weeks, where I have given you a thorough rundown of all the new products which will be launched in this collection - as well as to give you information on the launch campaign which will take place this week from 1 Aug to 8 Aug 2013.  Lots of exciting events in conjunction with this major collection, and it's a good time for you to head down to Paragon Atrium to explore the collection, and also take part in the various activities at the same time!  

    The AW2013 Collection overview - click on the links/pictures for my review entries 

    Base Products 

    yebrows Styling Compact, 3 shades $45 each

    Luminizing Satin Eye Trio, 3 NEW SHADES S$51 each


    and the Lip Products

    Perfect Rouge 10 NEW SHADES $43 each
    Complete Swatches 

    Lacquer Rouge 6 NEW SHADES $43 each
    Complete Swatches 

    And here's the event launch information:

    The main place to check out is the Shiseido x HERWorldPlus special site

    here's how the homepage looks like 

    and zoom in on the duration of the launch campaign 

    and a whole series of events which you can register for, starting NOW (link link link)

    including the following events

    Perfect Makeover: Aug 1-8 (11am -7pm)
    $100 per pax, $180 2 pax (fully redeemable for Shiseido products with a 4-piece door gift)

    Perfect Beauty Workshop: Aug 3, Aug 4 and Aug 8 (11am-1pm/ 3pm-5pm)
    $50 per pax (fully redeemable for Shiseido products with a 5-piece door gift)

    Power Beauty Lunch: Aug 1, Aug 2, Aug 5, Aug 6 and Aug 7 (12.30pm-1.30pm)
    $30 per pax (fully redeemable for Shiseido products)

    Perfect Beauty Party: Aug 2 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
    $30 per pax (fully redeemable for Shiseido products)
    ** say hi to me, I will be there!** 

    Click on the picture below to go to the registration! 

    I might be hosting a special giveaway soon, in a separate entry, as soon as I work out the details.  Stay tuned!

    Hope you find my series on the Shiseido AW2013 collection helpful, and thanks for reading! 

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    July 26, 2013

    Shiseido A/W 2013: Ten New Shades of Perfect Rouge [Complete Swatches]


    This entry features all ten shades of the Shiseido Perfect Rouge which will be released from the Shiseido A/W 2013 collection this early August.  I have previously given you a sneak peek in this entry here, along with color descriptions and information.   I have been wearing these lippies the past couple of weeks (totally spoilt for choice, believe me) and I love the creamy intense formula of these lippies - while the Rouge Lacquer provides an shiny intense payoff for your lips, the Perfect Rouge are a tad easier to work with, because of the lipstick bullet which moulds perfectly to the shape of your lips. 

    Among the ten shades, you will be sure to find a shade or two, or five to suit your preferences and mood.  I will share with you my top picks at the end of this entry.  These lippies go on opaque in 2 even coats, and last me for a good five hours before they fade off (rather eventually I might end, nothing patchy at all).  I also find these very smoothing and moderately moisturising.  Overall, a winner as they are creamy and comfortable to wear. 

    Also, a note on this set of swatches - I had taken these pictures on 3 different days, 3 different times of the day (my mistake) but this does not change the actual color of the lipsticks, but you will see that the daylight was playing tricks on my neutral light skintone.  Had contemplated re-doing them for consistency's sake... but I hope you will find these very helpful anyway since the shades are still as accurate as they do! 

    Perfect Rouge- $43 each

    Firstly, BLOOM PK249 - a warm pink, very wearable.

    Here, we have Harmony RD750 - one of my faves - this is a rich red which isn't bright, not orangey.  The slight brown tone makes this particular hue of red very easy to pull off.  If you are worried about bright reds I think you need to give this a try.  

    And next, we have Dreamscape RD351 which is a little darker than Bloom.  Very neutral shade that matches most eyelooks.

    A bright pop of fuschia pink, Tulip RS452 is reminiscent of previous hot pinks that Shiseido has launched before, I might do a comparison entry if I can get hold of the shades.  I find this shade surprisingly wearable, due to the lack of white pigments (and hence not clashing/ neon).   Notice how the lipstick bullet is able to give me precise lines around the outline - I applied directly from the tube without a lipbrush.

    Next, another one of my top pick - Showgirl RD553 - a bright warm red. If you love reds, you will love Showgirl.  It is has a warm orange undertone. 

    Here, we have Titian RS306 a dusty rose - which I would pick as my top fave from the natural colors range.  I would prefer to go for something with this cool and soft shade of pink, rather than a warm almost coral pink. I like how this shade makes my lips look smooth.

    Blush RD732 is like the warm sister of Titian - the same muted-ness.

    Here, we have Pink Mesa PK303 - pardon the slightly messy application here, and the evening setting sun.   The color itself is a brownish pink - which you can see here.  

    And Salon RD305 - a cool deep red, with berry undertone.  I love this.  Very sophisticated, and my sis loves it too.  The texture and formula is just amazing, the satin finish, and creamy texture lends itself really well to this type of color.  Wear it as a stain, wear it full on - just perfect.

    And lastly, Fresh Lily OR418 - which looks vibrant and multi-dimensional due to the fine shimmer bits in this shade.  This is one of my top picks for a orange lipstick.  

    Here's an overview of all ten shades: 

    My absolute top picks - if you love my type of colors, you got to check these out when the collection launches - 

    Harmony RD750

    Salon RD305

    Showgirl RD553

    Titian RS306

    Fresh Lily OR418

    Perfect Rouge- $43 each, available from early August 2013.

    Thank you for reading!