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February 13, 2015

Part Two: Shiseido Veiled Rouge for 2015 Spring/ Summer [Swatches & Looks]

Hallo!!!  How's your weekend been so far?  Like I mentioned in the last entry, this will be a feature of all the new Shiseido Veiled Rouge that will be launched this SS2015.  This is part two of all the swatches, and without further ado, I will share with you the swatches, my thoughts and top picks. 

Some product information:

These new items from Shiseido Makeup 2015 consist of colours that are surprisingly natural and beautiful, to make you flow with your own individual style.  The fusion of Shiseido's most advanced technology and the world's top class makeup artist creates colours and luster that bring out the beauty within you, so you glow more radiantly. 

The new lippies incoporates Shiseido's most advanced technology - they have long-lasting soft and delicate shine, as though wrapped in a veil. 
The new ingredient, Veiling Pearl - ensures intense brightness and its structure allows much light to reflect from the surface to realise a soft and delicate shine. 

The Veiling Formula - with the pressure upon application, the veiling oil will spread over the top layer of the lips, as if wrapped with a veil, to make the colour and shine long-lasting. It also keeps lips hydrated. 
The formula also means that vertical lip lines are less visible, the formula is smooth, even and delicate. 

Close up:

and swatches on my hand
<strong>colour descriptions:

</strong>RD707 Mischief a rich coppery red with a discreet shimmer
RS308 Sloe a vibrant, berry pink
RD309 Gossamer a fragile beige-pink, a whisper of  transparent colour
RS210 Luscious a juicy pink with a ripe sweetness 
RS711 Beach Plum a lush brownish berry shade, deep but sheer
RS312 Slink a mysterious subtle violet, cool and refined

and swatches on my lips:  

As you can see in this set, the colors are deeper, but still very wearable, so if you are shy about wearing bold shades (don't be!) these will be right up your alley. 
Again, the colors are buildable, as you can control how much intensity you want, the application is smooth and not too thick creamy.  If you like lightweight formula, you will love these.

And on my face overall:

<strong>My top picks:

</strong>I really love the deep tones of RS711 Beach Plum and also RD707 Mischief.  Deep without being too severe so even if I am not wearing much else on the face, I don't think I will look too washed out.  They also wear off well to a natural just kissed stained on your lips, so that's an added bonus for me. 

My thoughts:  
I think that these lipsticks are extremely comfortable to wear - they glide on beautifully, and indeed, they are hydrating.  It is almost like wearing a pigmented lipbalm in terms of the texture.  I also like that most of the lippies are very cream (not shimmery, with the exception of 2-3 shades which are subtly frosty/shimmering). 

The veil formula is great, and hydrating - but because of this, I must say that these are not the  most long lasting lipsticks.  They last 2-3 hours on me, before the colors wear off.  But during the couple of hours, the color and finish stays true to the Veiling Pearl technology.  
The low maintainence colors (ie the MLBB shades) are great for this formula because it is so easy to slap them whenever you want to touch up. 

The bold pops of color in this collection also make for wearable yet vivid enough lip colours, and I do think they will work great over a matte bold lip, just to add a shine/ intense glossy shiny effect.  On their own, you can work them up (very easily, apply one layer, blot, apply a second layer) to a luscious bold lip look.  

What are your picks from this set?  Be sure to check out Part One of my Veiled Rouge review here!

Happy Weekend! 

Thank you for reading! 

February 13, 2015

Part One: Shiseido Veiled Rouge for 2015 Spring/ Summer [Swatches & Looks]

Hi hi!!!  This will be the first of two entries dedicated to the new Shiseido Veiled Rouge which will be released this SS/2015.  I am always excited by new Shiseido lippies, they have great formula and a range of colors, it is really difficult to pick faves.  I have the full set of products to play with, and do stay tuned for upcoming entries featuring the products from this makeup collection. 

These new items from Shiseido Makeup 2015 consist of colours that are surprisingly natural and beautiful, to make you flow with your own individual style.  The fusion of Shiseido's most advanced technology and the world's top class makeup artist creates colours and luster that bring out the beauty within you, so you glow more radiantly. 

The new lippies incoporates Shiseido's most advanced technology - they have long-lasting soft and delicate shine, as though wrapped in a veil. 
The new ingredient, Veiling Pearl - ensures intense brightness and its structure allows much light to reflect from the surface to realise a soft and delicate shine. 

The Veiling Formula - with the pressure upon application, the veiling oil will spread over the top layer of the lips, as if wrapped with a veil, to make the colour and shine long-lasting. It also keeps lips hydrated. 
The formula also means that vertical lip lines are less visible, the formula is smooth, even and delicate. 

Let's take a closer look at the lipsticks: 

and swatches on my hand:
Colour description
BE301 Carrera a fine soft beige with the subtle sheen of marble
RD302 Rosalie a subdued rose-red
OR303 Orangerie a delicate glided orange translucent and fresh
PK304 Skyglow a warm luminous warm coral pink, a fine haze of coloured light
PK405 Pomengranate a sweet sharp pnk with a reddish glow
RD506 Carnevale a lively and dramatic blue-red, bright and festive 

And the lipsticks on my face:

*** I think this is wrongly labelled - this should be RD506 Carnevale

I had taken these pictures a couple of weeks ago, and I forgot to record what else were used on the face.  But I will have another round of updated base routines and reviews coming up soon at the end of the month, so will chat in general then. 

My thoughts:  
I think that these lipsticks are extremely comfortable to wear - they glide on beautifully, and indeed, they are hydrating.  It is almost like wearing a pigmented lipbalm in terms of the texture.  I also like that most of the lippies are very cream (not shimmery, with the exception of 2-3 shades which are subtly frosty/shimmering). 

The veil formula is great, and hydrating - but because of this, I must say that these are not the  most long lasting lipsticks.  They last 2-3 hours on me, before the colors wear off.  But during the couple of hours, the color and finish stays true to the Veiling Pearl technology.  
The low maintainence colors (ie the MLBB shades) are great for this formula because it is so easy to slap them whenever you want to touch up. 

The bold pops of color in this collection also make for wearable yet vivid enough lip colours, and I do think they will work great over a matte bold lip, just to add a shine/ intense glossy shiny effect.  On their own, you can work them up (very easily, apply one layer, blot, apply a second layer) to a luscious bold lip look.  

My top picks: 

PK304 Rosalie is my most frequently worn shade the past couple of weeks.  It is almost like my own lip color, very natural pinky, very pretty.  I feel like I can wear this and not have people 'notice' that I have a lipstick on but yet it feels so good.  I also like RD302 Rosalie, which is a deeper rosy nude. I like Carnevale - but you will see that Part Two of my overview - there are some serious colours that sucked me in there.  

I hope Part One of this overview has been helpful - and helped you in your shopping decision!  Stay tuned for Part Two!!

Thank you for reading, and have a fab weekend ahead!

September 12, 2014

Two Beautiful Ellis Faas Hot Lips!

These hot lips have a very unique texture - they are like liquid lipsticks - almost like a creamy paint.  Very very intense and packed with pigment.  You just need a tiny bit for each use.  The colors are vibrant, and I found it hard to pick just 2 shades while I was shopping for them on Net-a-porter (free shipping, yay!!).  I have been wearing these lippies, and I found them to be very long lasting - they stain, which is no wonder, as they are so pigmented and long lasting.  But the stain does not bother me, cos its' not like they are patchy or anything. 

I am so glad that my friend Mabel, raved about these Hot Lips, and after some consideration (and I reallly did!  cos do I need another hot pink or hot red lip color?  Hahaha) --- so anyway, after some thinking, I decided to take the plunge on Monday and try to spend more time doing my base face. hahaha.

And can we just talk about the packaging?  They are sleek like a long bullet - made to fit into the Ellis Faas canister - and certainly a conversation starter if your friends see you whipping this out and applying this on your lips. 

The colors in this range are all quite vibrant - but I went for classic red and classic hot pink.   I find these Hot Lips to be very long lasting, and the sponge applicator which dispenses the product actually works well.  The sponger is soft and provides definite/ precie lip lines during application.  

Here are some clse ups of the lippies -

Initially you have to twist the other hand of the pen - and I turned like 50 times before any product gets pushed to the tip. 

you can blot and apply a second layer if you want something really dramatic and long lasting.
you can also blot and achieve a more matte finish though I think that the Hot Lips settle into a semi matte finish anyway. 
Love how the sponge tip applicator is able to draw fine lines so precisely. 

And some overall look: 

A pic of most of the makeup items I used today - 

September 12, 2014

Shiseido A/W 2014: Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio OR316 Floracouture

Hi hi!!

Just want to share with you a palette which I have been enjoying lately.  It is from the new Shiseido A/W2014 collection - along with two other trios, 5 new shades of the lacquer rouge.  I will feature the lip products in a later entry.  Just want to share with you this trio which I have been really using.  (in case you are wodering why these eyeshadows look like they are popping out of their pans - that's because I was a klutz and dropped the whole box on the floor before I took pictures... fortunately nothing shattered, but the poor eyeshadows look shaken definitely!) 

So anyway I always think that a plummy shade like this would quite hard to pull off especially on my eyes, but I found an unlikely partner to the plum shade in the middle orange.  I don't have many orange shades, but this is a soft metallic orange that blends into a warm crease definition shade.  It tones down and warms the plum shade and makes it look richer somehow.  Very very autumnal.  

swatches here - very smooth and intense. 

I shall share with you two looks I have done with this trio. 

The first one is a tad more dramatic which I wore to an event - 

applied with Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in OR313

I also applied the plum shade on my lower eye lids.
The overall look is more smokey and sparkly due to the shimmering base.  

and a more wearable rendition using mainly the same color placement. 
the plum shade on my lids and using the orange to softly blend and add some definition.

pardon my slightly sunburnt face from my recent staycation - was attempting to get some sun and color. 

I really like the combination of orange and plummy purple in this trio.  I haven't used the pink shade yet, but I will be using this palette again when I feature other products from this Shiseido A/W 2014 collection. 

Nude lippy shown here is NARS Audacious Lipstick in  Barbara. 

</p> <p>
Overall, the OR316 Floracouture eye trio is my top pick from the Shiseido A/W 2014 collection.  It packs the right colors for this season and surprisingly easy to work with as the eyeshadows are so finely milled and there was no fallout at all.  I do recommend you using a colored base if you want a really super intense look though.  But on its own, building up to an intense color payoff is quite easily done. </p> <p>Hope you enjoyed this quick review and stay tuned for more coverage on the Shiseido A/W 2014 collection! 
June 01, 2014

Review & Application: MAQuillAGE Beauty Keep Base UV & True Liquid Long Keep UV

Hi hi!!  This entry will be a review and demo of the new MAQuillAGE Beauty Keep base UV and True Liquid Long Keep UV base products. Both items are already available at all Shiseido/ MAQuillAGE counters.  I have been testing these for the past 2 months - using them on and off, and now I am (finally) ready to share my thoughts.  

But first, here are some quick information about both: 


The new gel-liquid foundation infused with beauty essence that tightly fits your skin. 
Skin stays poreless and shine-free looking, fresh as your morning face all day long.
<span>Create a "born-with-beautiful-skin" finish.

True Liquid Long Keep UV
All 6 colors.  SPF30・PA+++.


Contains Sebum Target Powder to absorb and mattify excessive oil.
With smart skin technology to dramatically enhance foundation's fitting power.
<span>A makeup base that locks in moisture and keeps skin looking smooth, poreless and shine-free.

Beauty Keep Base UV

</span></span>Some swatches on my hand:

And here's the application process: 

The Beauty Keep Base UV is a very smooth creamy liquid base - though it looks pinky white, it pretty much blends into my skin quite clear.  There's a slight brightening effect - BUT the highlight of this product for me is how it manages to smooth out the surface of my skin, it evens out my skintone, and whatever foundation I applied over it just glides on and feels smoother too.  

I think you can see in this pic that my skin is definitely smoother looking, and there's a slight brightening effect. 
So, overall - I really like this Beauty Keep Base UV.  I do wish it has a higher SPF number though.  

Next, we have the True Liquid Long Keep UV.  This is a very emolient creamy foundation.  It might feel thick at first, and has that tinted moisturise type of formula.  I like this shade on me, it is very natural - I use the shade 20.   I think that this foundation is great for people with normal to dry skin.  It feels very moisturising, and nice - but nothing spectacular.  As an everyday natural finish foundation, yes, I like it.  The packaging makes it great for travel, and it really does live up to the claims of fitting into my skin and looking quite fresh throughout the day. 

Here, you can see that the foundation gives a light to medium coverage.  I like how you can't see a 'layer' over my skin.  For this just applied point in time, I would say that the foundation sets quite quickly - some foundations actually take some time (like 15-30min later) to look truly set into the skin to a nice flawless finish.  But for this, I feel that it sets to look like skin really quickly. 

Set with powder and slap on the cheeks stuff.  You can see how smooth and flawless my skin looks after this routine.  
Overall, I am quite happy with this combination.  But I must say that I am much more impressed by the Beauty Keep Base UV - simply because it goes well with any foundation I apply over it, and I love the smoothing effect of this base.  

The combination lasts a good 8-10 hours on me on a regular work day, and it looks relatively fresh on me.  I do blot 1-2 times a day - which is normal, so nothing greasy or heavy at all. 
If you like a natural finish slightly radiant finish base, you can't go wrong with this MAQuillAGE combo.  

and one more pic to show the overall effect: 

I hope this my review and demo has been helpful and thank you for reading! 

May 17, 2014

Review & Application: Shiseido UV Protective Foundations

Hi hi

This entry will focus on the review and application of Shiseido's latest foundation range - the UV Protective Foundations.  The UV Protective foundations come in 3 formula - the powder, liquid and stick.  I will provide an overview of all three, show you how I use each of them and share my overall thoughts at the end of this entry. 

I have been using all three foundations for almost 2 months (kinda late on the review, opps!) and each time I use these, I am impressed by how well they stay put in our crazy hot weather.  The foundations are all very lightweight, and even the stick foundation is really light and creamy (some people might be wary of stick foundations being too much, but rest assured that this Shiseido UV Protective Stick foundation has a really good formula that applies really well).   The stick foundation is such a favourite that I brought it along with me to Bangkok, cos it travels so well, no spillage and just perfect for the long hot days of walking about in Bangkok.
I mainly use the Compact Foundation because it provides very light coverage, and as such I only use it to set foundations, and also to throw it in my bag for touch ups, if I need to.  It is never cakey, and since I am using it as a setting and touch up powder, I never use the sponge that comes along with it (if you are using it as a foundation, then the sponge would give you better coverage). 

The liquid foundation is probably my fave among the three - it is very very liquidy, and yet when it goes on your skin, it has a solid medium coverage that covers all skintone uneven-ness.  I hardly need to use any concealer after using the liquid foundation.  

It is also interesting to note that while I was testing out these foundations, I have received feedback from people around me on how I stay looking fresh despite the heat and even I noticed that as I perspire (and I do, a lot due to my work environment) the foundations so stay sweat-proof. Sometimes after work, I go for a jog with the day's makeup still on, and after that my face would be drenched in sweat but after patting dry, my face still looks relatively clean and fresh - and you can still see the foundation still holding up well. 

[I apologise for the products looking used, I have taken brand new pictures when I first got the products, but I couldn't locate those photos at the moment, so here they are, looking very used after about 2 months - but hey, at least this way you can see how much I have really been enjoying them.]

Before we go into the application & review, here's some <strong>Product Information Summary:

</strong>Fusing innovative sunscreen and makeup technologies, the compact protects skin's beauty from damage caused by external aggressors such as UV rays and dryness. 
Resistant to water and sebum, it provides a long lasting, natural-looking finish, while safeguarding skin's beauty for the future.

Compact Foundation 
A highly protective, water-resistant compact foundation that provides a natural-looking matte finish.
Provides a silky touch and matte finish.
<span>Very water-resistant.

</span>Liquid Foundation
A highly protective, water-resistant liquid foundation that provides a natural-looking, dewy finish.
Provides a fresh touch and a dewy finish.
Very water-resistant.

Stick Foundation
A highly protective, water-resistant stick foundation that provides a natural-looking, dewy finish.
Provides a creamy touch and a dewy finish.
Very water-resistant.

<strong>And swatches on my hand: 


Application:  Stick Foundation 

I haven't used too many stick foundations before (the other one being the MAQuillAGE one] and this really reminds me of the MAQuillAGE one.. it is very very smooth, and really glides onto your face like a dream.  Here, I am using it over bare moisturised skin and because I am keeping it real... you can seee how it glides over the pores on my skin... but but but... these will all be smoothed out after I blend the foundation.

Now, in these pictures, or rather this set of application, I am using my fingers, partly because it is the easiest, blending and taking pictures at the same time, but I have used the conventional foundation buffing brushes for all the foundations mentioned here, and they apply just as well with a brush too.  

Here, as you can see, as I blend out the stick foundation, it helps to smooth out my skin texture. It is also very light and almost airt in texture/ formula, and you can easily build up the coverage if need be. 

here's a before and after application: 

I think you can tell how natural the finish is, I won't say it is dewy, but you can definitely see how it tones down the redness in my skin, and making my skintone a lot more even. 

Next, I will use a fluffy powder brush to pick up the compact foundation and lightly dust this all over my face. 

Like this... which is very easy.  Use a 'press and roll' method to lightly and properly set the foundation, never go around in a buffing circular motion. 

and after the powder, you can see how it mattifies the previously natural slightly dewy finish of the foundation. 

And moving on, here's me applying the Liquid Foundation, I will tap it all over my face with my fingertips... so that's why I am looking a little crazy here. 
Hope you can tell that the liquid foundation is truly lightweight and it really feels like nothing when applied on the skin. 

I feel that the Liquid Foundation has a bit slightly more coverage than the Stick Foundation.  It also looks more brightening (which I appreciate) but I am not sure if this is due to the formula or maybe it is the shade.  But either way, this is very easy to apply and you do have to work a little quickly to blend the foundation into your skin. 

Like the Stick Foundation, the liquid is able to neutralise the redness in my skintone and even out any imperfections, including pores.  It does not look cakey at all on me despite the great coverage. 

Here, I am setting the Liquid Foundation, using the compact foundation just like before.  

And the finished look: 

Overall - this is an impressive range of foundations designed for those who tend to sweat, or do sweat inducing / outdoor activities and still want to look good and polished because... seriously, we don't want to look like a huffy puffy red faced panting mess when we are working out or chilling out by the pool/ beach, right?   Or maybe you want a foundation that really and truly protects your skin from the heat and the blazing sun that we are so prone to these days.. this range is really designed to protect your skin.  

However, that being said, I would still use a separate suncreen (the Shiseido <span>Perfect UV Protector is an excellent match) before using these foundations.    Which one you would pick really depends on your lifestyle, but it will always be a combo of the Stick + Compact, or Liquid + Compact for the perfect foundation pairing.  The stick foundation is great for travel, tossing in your gym bag, while the Liquid is great for work days, when you know you will be outdoors, and want to look really fresh.  I find that these UV Protective foundations to last on me the whole day without any issue (a touch up in the middle of the day is always good but not necessary, in my opinion).  

I hope that my review has been helpful, and thank you for reading! </span>

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 

<a href="http://retailtherapy.onsugar.com/Review-MAQuillAGE-Multi-Base-BB-True-Powdery-UV-Foundation-29949638" target="_blank"><span>MAQUiLLAGE Multi Base BB cream 

</span></a>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 

<a href="http://retailtherapy.onsugar.com/REVIEW-Cl%C3%A9-de-Peau-BEAUT%C3%89-Brightening-Enhancer-Base-Powder-Foundation-28482701" target="_blank"><span>Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ brightening powder foundation

</span></a>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! 

<a href="http://retailtherapy.onsugar.com/tag/Lanc%C3%B4me-Mat-Miracle-24H-Foundation" target="_blank"><span>Lancôme Mat Miracle Foundation

</span></a>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. <a href="http://retailtherapy.onsugar.com/tag/Nars-Radiant-Creamy-concealer" target="_blank">


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. 

<span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Lipsticks

</strong></span>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


<a href="http://retailtherapy.onsugar.com/tag/nars-satin-lip-pencils" target="_blank">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 

<span><a href="http://retailtherapy.onsugar.com/Review-Sulwhasoo-SNOWISE-EX-3-Dimensional-Whitening-Range-28282552" target="_blank">Sulwhasoo's whitening skincare range - SNOWISE EX

</a>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. <a href="http://retailtherapy.onsugar.com/Review-Sulwhasoo-SNOWISE-EX-3-Dimensional-Whitening-Range-28282552" target="_blank">

</a></span>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. 

<span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Makeup Brushes 

</strong></span>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 

<a href="http://retailtherapy.onsugar.com/Three-Hakuhodo-J-Series-Eye-Brushes-25732721" target="_blank">Eyes - Hakuhodo J-series brushes 

</a>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 <strong>Look with Bloodroses  (on the eyes <span>Lancome x Alber Elbaz Wide Eyes palette)

</span></strong>27 July 2013 <strong>Shiseido A/W 2013 Into the Woods 

</strong><span>19 Aug 2013 Tom Ford Burnished Amber Palette 

</span>24 Aug 2013 <strong><a href="http://retailtherapy.onsugar.com/LOTD-Playing-NARS-Fall-2013-31273955" target="_blank">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! 

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. 

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 - <span>MAQuillAGE Perfect Multi Base BB, <span>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! </span></span>

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. 


</strong>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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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

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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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