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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

 

FAQ & DISCLAIMER

About Me

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

About this Blog

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

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

My Makeup Style

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

What Cameras do I use?

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

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

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

Where to find me

Twitter (link button above!)  Email (stated above!)  Instagram (makeup_blogette)

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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    January 19, 2013

    New Armcandy from LeVonne (Jan 2013)

    Hi hi!

    So excited to feature Le-Vonne's latest arrivals.  This batch of armcandy are totally right up my alley, and without further delay, let's get started! 
    They are all very well made, and affordable.  Each of the pieces come in their own velvet pouch. 

    Firstly, we have this combination of mostly spikey goodness - 

    1. Gold Spikes bracelet $11  a relatively slim piece with a mixture of studs and bigger spikes.  very wearable and great for everyday. 

    2. Black Spikes bracelet $12   This is an elastic bracelet, it is very sturdy and has some weight, unlike some of the hollow ones you see out there. 

    3. Colorful Neon Spikes bracelet $12 Great for adding a pop of color(s) to your armcandy emsemble.

    4. Spikes braided bracelet Black $12   This has a pull string type closure, and has plenty of room to adjust the size according to your wrist.

    and I have this next two pieces - I love that they are more chunky, and the black & gold combination. 

    1. Gold Spikes braided with Gold Chain $15A bracelet which can stand out alone without any accessories.  This is something I would wear all the time.  

    2. Black braided with Gold Chain $11 - A more wearable version without the spikes.  It kind of looks like you are wearing two pieces.  Goes with anything you wear. 

    A couple more pictures:

    Hope this sharing has been helpful and thanks for looking!

    Here are some useful links to get you started: 

    Le-Vonne Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 
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    July 11, 2012

    Chains, Studs & Spikes

    Hi hi!

    This is a little collective haul of some very very affordable accessories I had purchased from Forever 21, and a hairband that I bought from TW.   I like to browse Forever 21 accessories, and I tend to only go for their bangles.. and lately they have lots of neon, studs and spikes stuff which I like - and best of all, they are really cheap.. and I can just grab and wear without any guilt...and besides if you pick the right pieces, they hold up very well together with my other armcandy too. 

    This set is the latest couple of bangles I bought at F21, over the weekend, they had 20% off all bangles... so yup, I think one is $11 and the other is $19.  Super spikey and sharp!  And the other one is just a really nice combo of bling, gold and giant studs. 

    And then we have this trio of oxidised silver round bangles - which are a bit big for my wrist and so they make a lot of clinking and clanking when I move my hands.   But I like the mini studs..and they make for good layering too. 

    This is actually a necklace... that I saw on a mannequin, and I hunted it down in the store..and I think it would make a good layered bracelet by itself, if I wear it two times around the wrist.  This is $13 if I remember correctly.  I like the combination of silver, black and hot pink.  And the chain doesn't scratch my skin, and it's actually quite comfy to wear, albeit a bit heavy. 

    And lastly, this is a hairband I bought in TW, and I think it costs me about $10-12.  Now I wish I have gotten a couple more in other colours.  It has little studs, and together with the black slim band, looks so sleek, and if I pouff up my hair a bit, and put on this hairband... hmmm.  Feminine yet quite a statement - I think so anyway. 

    Here's how it roughly looks like on my hair... just colored it recently, so it's super glossy jet blue black.  There is a lamp in the corner of the pic, where it shines on my head, and makes my hair look 'greenish'...ah well. 

    Of course, I won't wear ALL of these together... the trick is to keep a fancy variety of styles, and not to overdo EVERY part of your accessories.  If I am wearing an armful of wristcandy, I would totally skip the hairband, or wear a simpler outfit, carry a monotone bag...you get the drift.  :) 

    That's all, and hope you enjoyed this entry.  Thanks for looking!

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    May 02, 2012

    We Love Arm Candy!

    I don't know where and how it started but of late it's been getting to be sort of  little hobby to collect pieces for my wrist.  Sure, I have always fancied statement pieces on my wrist, and I probably wear bracelets and bangles more often than a necklace - but there seems no better time or season to get a arm party started and going.

    And why call them arm-candy, arm party?  To me, it's a party, because, the more the better.  And they all look so pretty together, the term candy is certainly apt.  I like a great variety of these arm party, from designer to the cheapy pieces, from sleek and chic to hardcore studs and leather.  An eclectic mix of armcandy is really the charm and appeal of these accessories for me.

    In this entry, I want to show most of what I have in my armcandy stash - most of which I have acquired lately.   And together with armcandy, I also wear rings - only that I prefer and tend to wear rings only on my left ring finger.  It seems to be the only place to wear rings without them getting in the way of things.   I will also be showing you some of my combination so of armcandy - though I must say that I usually just grab a bunch of whichever I feel like wearing for the day (I throw them all in my bag, and wear them on the way out).

     

    First, we have the designer pieces usually I buy these from Shopbop.

    Marc by Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, McQueen, Juicy Couture

    The studs and 'base' pieces - I always add a studded piece to the mix, and also something that is almost all black to sort of anchor the whole combination together.  I bought the multi-wrap bracelet from Shopbop (very Chan Luu), DIY leather studs made by my gf, black jade bracelet I bought at the market near my house, and the two colorful pieces are from ASOS.

    Seasonal cheapy pieces from H&M - you can count on H&M to stock the trendy seasonal pieces for below $10.  The quality isn't always the greatest, so if you see something you like, and will want to wear for a long time to come, buy a few of the same piece to stock up!  This season, there are lots of kitschy colorful jeweled pieces, along with some woven chain bracelet stuff which seems to be all the rage these days.

    These just arrived recently courtesy of my gf from HK.  Again the mixture of woven threads and silver parts is just very trendy this season.  Loves them, and they are also quite affordable.

    The sentimental pieces - My T&Co. ball tennis bracelet which I bought for myself so many years ago.  My 21st birthday white gold bangle with screw details which is a gift from my late granny, a real gold bangle that I salvage from my late auntie's jewelry stash (incidentally today is also her death anniversary... but let's not get too sentimental here).

    Some stacking options




    these are my current fave rings

    I am quite extreme when it comes to my taste in rings.  I Anything from - big chunk rings to the daintiest most feminine slim rings.  I will pay for quaity rings, and I will also buy the $1 and $5 ones you often find at those push cart stalls.

    how some of the rings look like on my fingers

    you notice that I am currently sporting extremely long (and fake) nail extensions.  this is one of the reasons why I haven't felt like updating very often lately - typing has officially become a bi**h (and that it's the peak season at work, and I have been spending substantial time at the gym & also just going out with my cronies) -   I will be trimming them--the nails--- to a decent length when I go back for my infills.  I got them done on a whim, and I am quite pleased to go back to sporting these long french tip extensions after several years of natural nails.

     

     

    that's all, and hope this has been helpful!

     

    Thank you for reading.