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May 18, 2015

Sneak Peak: YSL Water Pop Collection [Information, Swatches]

Vernis A Levres Pop Water

The First - Bright, translucent glossy lip colours that last

The Only - Instant fresh sensation with 10 hour hydration

The Best - Long-lasting water brilliance with no compromise 

The Inspiration - gummy bears, for their watery translucency and bright vibrancy, gives inspiration for the 3rd revolution of Vernis A Levres.  Inspired by the use of the same type of high-grade colourants found in Gummy Bears to replace pigments usually used in lipsticks, so as to give a fluid dispersal of even colour on the lips when applied, where pigments would not have given the same effect to such perfection. 

12 shades, retailing as S$49

Vernis A Levres Plump-Up

The First - Glossy Lip Push up by YSL with long lasting results and durable hydration. 
The Only - Lip push up with thermoactive hot and cold contrast to instantly plump lips
The Best Full shine Plumper, lasting up to 6 hours
Application - use alone on lips, or under lipstick 

1 shade, retailing at S$49

Full Metal Shadow 

The first - full metal liquid eyeshadow that lasts up to 16 hours
The only - patented applicator allowing multiple makeup finished (use flat end for eyeshadow, use sharp end for eyeliner)
The best - immediate fresh sensation and blendable colours from liquid to powder finish on contact with skin

Application - use flat end of applicator to apply for whole eyelid, blend with fingers or brush. use sharper tip of applicator to apply as an eyeliner. 

10 shades, retailing at S$45 

Available 22 May at YSL Boutique at ION and TANGS Orchard, with a special animation happening at TANGS Orchard.  You can head down for a complimentary signature lip service where you can discover the new <strong>Vernis A Levres Pop Water.

Stay tuned for a giveaway on my instagram (@makeup_blogette) which I will annouce tomorrow. 

Thanks for reading! </strong>

August 12, 2014

LOTD: YSL Couture Palette 03 Afrique

Hi hi!!  This is a LOTD entry featuring the YSL Couture Palette in 03 Afrique - a warm neutral palette - unlike the 02 Fauves - this is much warmer and does not contain any soft matte shades-  All five shades in this palette are shimmery - again, very soft and very finely milled.  These palettes are quite long lasting, and the colors all wear true for the whole day that I was out and about. I am glad that the largest area of this palette contains my fave shade - a rich golden brown and it is what I used all over my lids.   I have no idea why the centre shade does not have that YSL embossing (other palettes I have have the YSL logo, and I checked online for other reviews and I saw the pics, 03 seems to be without the embossing detail - just a side note.. which does not affect the quality of the product in any way). 

Here's a close up of the palette - 

and these are the five shades swatched on my hand - 

from L to R

The golden peachy brown which is my fave, a dark almost violet-ish deep brown, another mid tone golden brown, a pale peachy shade, and finally a pale golden shade

Quality and payoff of all 5 shades are on par with one another.

and here's the color placement I used for this look - something very wearable and what I am comfy with.  I did not use the peachy shade for this look. 

And here's the close up eyelook - I only lined the outside of my eyes, and kept everything else quite clean and simple.  

and overall on the whole face - 
This is the kind of daily look I would go for, something quite warm, and I can pretty much wear any lip color with such an eyelook - in this case here, I have opted for a stain, toned down red.  

All products used:

Face - Diorskin Nude Hydrating foundation shade 10, NARS Creamy Radiant concealer under the eyes, set with Suqqu Chiffon Feel loose powder
Brows - Guerlain Universal brow palette, Anastasia clear brow gel 
Liner - Ettusais WP creamy brow (retractable liner)
Lips - YSL Rouge Volupte 17 (blotted off) 
Eyes - Lancome la base for eyes, YSL 03 Afrique as shown above 
Cheeks - Clarins Mosaic bronzer, NARS Taj Mahal blush 

Dress - COS (current season)

and a few more pics: 

And a couple of goofy full length pics, went out for lunch - these pics were from a day out on Saturday. 

Overall, I really love all the 3 YSL palettes I have, and I hope you found my LOTD entries on these helpful! 

Thank you for looking! 

August 06, 2014

LOTD: YSL Couture Palette 02 Fauves & Catching up

Hi hi!!  This is another entry featuring one of the new YSL Couture Palette in 02 Fauves, which is a neutral dark brown palette - I love how the colors are quite mellow, but yet you can use this palette in a variety of ways, for a soft smokey, to deep smokey or just use the medium brown shade to add some contour and definition to your eyes without looking made up.  
I also love that most of the colors in this palette are a soft matte texture/finish, and I find that I am increasingly reaching out for such soft and rich matte shades these days (think along the lines of Cocoa Mirage and the new Lancome neutral palettes).  

Here's a close up of this beautiful palette - 

From L to R - 
you have a matte medium brown (very soft, and not chalky), deep almost blackish brown, a dark brown, medium brown and a pale neutral shimmery highlight shade 

and here is the color placement of my eyelook - which is actually a very simple just slap on the colors kind of soft smokey eyes.  And I did not line my eyes for this look - only at the outer corners just so that my falsies will blend in more seamlessly. 

here's the close up of the eyelook - All products used will be listed at the end of this entry. 

The palette isn't entirely unique as far as neutral colors go.  There are certainly neutral eyeshadows that I have which are better quality/ more intense/ more interesting (insert other adjectives here) but in terms of comparing to previous YSL neutral palettes - again, I must say that the new Couture Palettes have improved greatly in terms of the formula and color payoff.  This is a palette that is finely made, and I think it is very very wearable - neutral lovers would definitely love this combination.  

All products used:

Face - Maquillage Beauty Keep Base UV, Guerlain Papure Gold foundie mixed with Shiseido Sheer & Perfect foundie, set with Suqqu Chiffon Feel Loose Powder
Concealers - under the eyes, YSL Touche Eclat 01, spots, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer 07
Lips - YSL Glossy Stain 12 
Eyes - Lancome eyeshadow base, YSl Couture Palette 02 Fauves as mentioned
Cheeks - Clarins Mosaic bronzer, NARS Madly 
Liner - Maquillage creamy liner BR662

Striped Dress - ZARA TRF (current new season) 

and a full length view of the dress - I LOVE IT>  it is tight, but flattering tight cos the material is a thick jersey material and the length is perfect for my height.  I love it so much I bought it in another color too. 
I love dresses like this and have been wearing these type of dresses very often, they are so flattering, and so easy to dress up or down. 

I have previously mentioned about my weight loss before, and I didn't really want to go into too much detail... it really just boils down to lots of discipline, determination and sheer hard work.  Close friends and family know what I did... and I don't think I have too much to share on the blog (not like I am on some 'weight loss sponsorship programme' that I feel like I am obliged to talk about anyway... it is really just for myself..and I plan to keep going, I have lost 20kg til date, and I have another 5kg or maybe 8kg to lose if I wanna challenge myself, but I am very happy with my current status and I am trying to maintain for a couple of weeks before I embark on the losing again).  

But if you want tips---here's what I can share:
1. no carbs, cut down sugar - this means no rice, no noodles, no pasta, no bread, no fries, no mash etc of ANY SORT.  Not even the wholemeal version. I have been doing this for 8 months and I am going strong. 
2.  Lots of vege - I hate salad but I love boiled/ stir fried green leafy vege so I make sure the bulk of my meal is vege, so I feel full.  
3.  Moderate meat - 100-150g portion a day, and avoid meat during dinner
4. Fruits - only the citrusy ones, avoid bananas etc...and avoid fruits at night too
5. EXERCISE - The only thing I do and I feel like doing is to go running by myself - at least 5 times a week unless my schedule really doesn't permit.  On weekends I do 5km, weekends I do 10km.  Of course, I started out slowly, I didn't plunge right into my 5km til I am about one month into my routine. 
6. Tell people you are close to that you are doing this.  Accountablity matters.
7. Weigh yourself everyday and record.  When you see the numbers go down, you will feel motivated. 
8. Throw out the big clothes.  Never keep them.  Perfect excuses to buy new clothes for your new body.  I have dropped at least 3 sizes and I can feel the difference..it's amazing.

Basically, what they say about exercise and dieting is true...you can't work off a bad diet at the gym... it is 80% controlling your diet and 20% exercise.  Together with my exercise, diet, I also signed on an accupuncture programme (again I don't wish to say where, what, how much exactly as I don't want anyone to think I am doing any 'promotion' cos I paid for everything myself and it is something I am committed to on a personal level, but you can email me to ask and I would be glad to give you more details).  I still indulge time to time..just make sure the extra calories are worth you cheating your diet on.. for example your fave cupcake, or brownie, or ice cream.. just have small portion time to time is fine! 

Benefits - 

Definitely, my confidence is much healthier, not that I was depressed previously.. but my confidence has allowed me to form even happier relationships with friends, and also allow me to want to get out there and do stuff, I want to go for a run followed up a poolside frolick, I want to go out drive around, run errands, do random stuff, etc etc....  Especially when you have a beauty blog... I guess appearances really do matter.  And seeing myself put on so much weight in the last few years was really MEH & EWWWW.... I got sick and tired of feeling that way (both mentally and physically) and I told myself I am not gonna be that way again.  I love that I can now talk about a certain outfit idea and I can totally pull it off and not afraid to share with my friends or post a pic on IG.. (very vain I know, but hey, whatever it takes or it works to keep me motivated!) 

Leave me an email if you have further questions on weight loss and staying motivated and what else I do... 

Also partly because of this major weight loss project that's going on, my blogging priority has taken a slight backseat...between actually working and working out... I barely have time to sit down and play with new makeup all the time unlike in the past when blog spamming was the weekend norm.  

Also, I noticed a trend of new 'bloggers' these days whose aim are simply to showcase the LATEST stuff...there's this tension or something to rush everything out so they can be 'the first' or watever...I am so over all this, if you know what I mean. I have been rambling at my blog for so long, and seeing new eager faces around sometimes makes me think of how times have changed... in the past when I started blogging and got to know a few of my fellow beauty bloggers (that I still know and talk to and hang out with), we didn't even know that there will be a day when brands would start contacting us, etc etc.. but now, up and coming 'beauty bloggers' start out the opposite way, it is like getting the attention of brands is their top priority, by spam tagging the brands on their social media....going to events and all that should be the norm for them just because 'they have a blog', and it's really obvious.  I really can't relate to such a way of operation....just a very honest rant here. But then again, to each his own, whatever makes one happy, right?  Hope you don't mind! 

I hope to update a bit more on my current faves (foundations, skincare, everything!) this coming long weekend.  Also, you might have noticed, I have gone even shorter with my hair (compared to the last longish bob), this is the shortest I have gone in more than 15 years?  Or maybe 20 years!  I thought this would be a refreshing change, and besides short hair seems to grow really fast!  

Hope you enjoyed this somewhat rambly and personal update entry.   Thanks for reading!!

July 06, 2014

LOTD: YSL Couture Palette 10 Lumieres Majorelle

When I got these new YSL palettes in last week, I was quite excited, excited for that outstanding blue/ green palette - which might be shocking, because come on... when is the last time you have seen me feature or use anything colorful on the blog?  And I had picked this palette out for myself... somehow the combination of everything is just super attractive to me.  
I felt so inspired to use this palette - the YSL Couture Palette in 10 Lumieres Majorelle today, and I hope my LOTD did this palette justice under the circumstances... my hooded monolid lid, and just general lack of skills using such a colorful and bold palette.   

(The new YSL Couture Palettes, in case you haven't know by now, are a new range of eyeshadow palettes - now already available, and they are inspired by the YSL - Mondrain dresses... and I just want to point out that these palettes are better in terms of both quality and color compared to their older formula of eyeshadow palettes.)  The color range is impressive, and you are bound to find a palette (or 3.. in my case) to suit your fancy. 

Here's a close up of the palette - 5 shades:

the base shade which reminds me a luxe denim - mid warm blue with golden sparkles
a shimmery silvery sky blue
lime green 
golden teal 
middle shade of dark navy blue with seriously gorgeous sparkles

So you see you can go either quite blue cool or warm bright green or a combo of both in this palette. 

swatches - I used the applicator to apply the colors on the back of my hand  they are very smooth, fine and intense. 

I did two looks with this palette - the first one I pretty much went a little crazy with trying to use the colors in the palette.  And the second look is my version of a smokey deep blue eyelook. 

I didn't experience much fall out with these shadows (I did use a eyeshadow base) and they blend quite well. Again, I must stress that I haven't done a 'complicated colorful' look in ages and ages, and it somehow feels very strange to me.  But I think I would wear this out for a themed party or event.  And when I use brights like this, I definitely need to keep the rest of the face quite clean, but not pale... and also lashes and liners (to accentuate the eyes) is definitely necessary. 

A quick step by step, by no means any form of tutorial... in the pictures below. 

A close up - you can see the beautiful shimmers in this close up 

Some selfies of the general overall look: 

and this is the second look - I only used two shades in this simpler just a smokey navy blue look:

(I just used Bioderma to wipe off the eyeshadow from the earlier look instead of starting all over again)

Honestly, in a real life situation, I would wear the second look out... it's more in my comfort zone.  

List of Products used (all YSL unless stated otherwise)

Face - Flash Radiance Skincare Brush, Le Teint Touche Eclat, set with Le Teint Touche Eclat Compact (I use the shade B20 in both) 

Undereye brighter - mixture of Touche Eclat in 1 and 2 

Eyes - Lancome La Base eyeshadow base in 01 Beige Ivory 

Cheeks - Bronzer: Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder 30 (LE), Kiss & Blush 09 

Liner - THREE Flash Performance Liner 04 Eye Belong, Marc Jacobs liquid liner 

Brows - Guerlain Universal Brow palette, Mac Pro Long Wear brow set in Quiet Brunette 

Lips - Lipliner Make Up Store Nude Beauty pencil, Kiss & Blush 09

Lashes - Faux Cils in black, House of Lashes Femme Fatale

Overall, the Lumieres Majorelle is a stunning bright bold palette, while I might not use it much at all, but if I want something for a party... I would definitely consider it.  I am glad I picked this and I hope you enjoyed this little rambly session as I did creating the look.  As you can see in the very first pic in this entry, I did have two other more neutral palettes... reviews and applications of those beauties would be posted soon (in a couple of weeks!).

That's all, and have a great day ahead! 

April 27, 2014

Review & Application: YSL FOREVER Light Creator CC Creme

This entry is a review of the new YSL Forever Light Creator CC Creme - I have here the shades Apricot and Rose.  Before I go into the application and my thoughts here's the product information: 


The first CC cream by YSL, integrating the GlycanactifWT™ complex, visibly corrects the appearance of skin tone irregularities immediately helping each woman to reveal their individual glow. Upon application, the lightweight refreshing texture with colour correcting pigments evens skin tone for a natural looking radiant effect. Skin's appearance is visibly improved: texture looks smooth, pores appear minimised and imperfections look reduced. Skin discovers an exceptional radiance and looks more flawless. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB helps to protect against the visible signs of premature skin ageing.

Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. SPF 35.

Available in three shades to answer all skin colour irregularities:
Apricot: For a healthy golden glow
Lavender: For a natural bright glow
Rose: For a fresh rosy glow

The benefits:
Even-toned: the tinted formula conceals colour irregularities
Correction: improves the appearance of imperfections such as dark spots, pores and redness
Uniformity: evens skin tone and texture looks more refined
Radiance: helps to reveal skin's natural glow

<strong>Now available, S$79, at all YSL beaute counters & Boutique 

Here are swatches of the two shades: 

</strong>When I first received these, I reached for the Apricot shade (healthy golden glow - not me..) and I was using it for a week - but I didn't notice anything 'wow' about it... and then I soon moved on to other bases that I am reviewing.   Now I know why.. as you can see in these swatches... Apricot is too dark for me.  While I like the formula of this cc creme, I would prefer a more brightening effect.  Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when I started using the Rose (fresh rosy glow) shade.  Now we are talking! <strong>


</strong>I normally use the YSL CC Creme as a sunscreen/ color correcting makeup base.  Perhaps on light makeup days, I would use it on its own and set with powder.  As you can see, the formula is very light... and blending is easy - I have applied it with my fingers and a brush, and both are easy to use. 

Here you can see that the CC creme brightens up my skin tone.. but it is on the sheer side.  I would still need a foundation for even coverage. 
In the after picture, you can't really see a layer of product, but the sallowness of my complexion has been neutralised by the Rose shade of the CC Creme.<strong>


Overall thoughts: 

The CC Creme has a glowy finish, and it does not feel gre asy at all.  I find that it helps my foundations to go on smoothly, and the subtle glow still shows through.  What I like about this CC Creme is that it is quite hydrating without making my t-zone oily or anything.  Even though the Apricot shade did not work on me (too dark and dull) I think that if you are a shade or two darker than me, you can totally rock the Apricot shade on its own.  

In terms of CC creme comparisons, I would say that this is quite similar to the Lancome Regenerie CC Cream.  The glowy finish, and the benefits of even out your skintone and overall skincare benefits.  

If you would like to try a lightweight CC Cream, you can't go wrong with the YSL CC Creme. 

Hope my overview has been useful, and thanks for looking! 

April 17, 2014

LOTD & Application: YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush!

Hi hi!!

So this is such an overdue entry, I had pictures for these ready to go, but kept forgetting in the midst of my backlog and loss of mojo for a few weeks - I think this is how I am going to start my next few entries, please bear with me.  Hope you find them helpful nonetheless! 

So here's a recap of the swatches of these YSL goodies, and a more detailed feature entry is up here - click click

In this entry, I have used No 4 on my lips, and No 2 on my cheeks as blush.  I will be showing you the application process. 

Because of the air-whipped formula, I decided to try this over my face which has already been set with powder.  I figure that it should sit well over (instead of the traditional way of cream on cream, then set with powder method) - and I am glad to say that applying the YSL Kiss & Blush over powdered skin did not cause any cakiness nor patchiness at all.  I started by dotting the product in the general area where I want the color to spread, then I use a synthetic buffing brush to LIGHTLY blend and even out the dots. The result is a soft diffused color that did not emphasise my pores.  And it dries/ sets nicely so I would say as a blush this lasted me a good 6 hours before some fading happened.

Of course, you can always build up the colour intensity and add more if desired. 

Here's an overall look.  Because I did this a few weeks back... I forgot what exactly I used (pretty sure it's a YSL combo cos I like to matchy matchy as far as brands are concerned - Touche Eclat liquid foundie plus the compact to set, and I think I used Urban Decay NAKED 3 palette).  

Bottomline:  This is a great extension to the YSL lippy range, and something that packs more if you aren't a fan of their powder blushes (which I think could be softer) and more versatile than their current cream blush pots.  The color range is impressive, and you will be sure to find something you fancy!   p/s shu uemura has their gelato in tint (also lip and cheek multi-purpose colors) which have been launched and which I have been loving as well... very similar in terms of formula I must say.  I will be featuring those shortly too! 

Have a fabulous long weekend!   See you soon! 

January 31, 2014

YSL La Laque Couture Spicy Collection [Photos & Swatches]

YSL will launch La Laque Couture Spicy Collection which features 5 new shades and an extremely brilliant top coat which can give a glamorous look to any nail polish.  I will be sharing with you swatches of the entire collection in this entry. 

YSL La Laque Couture Spicy Collection

  • 41 Eau de Rose - pale beigy nude, two coats, not streaky at all. I like the pastel peachy undertone.
  • 42 Safran Sultan - mustard spicy yellow, slightly muted
  • 43 Opulente Cannelle - rose wood shade, very universally flattering.
  • 44 Ambre Gingembre - I call this the curry shade, a warm ginger latte type color.  Very interesting, very unique.
  • 45 Piment D'Ailleurs - pink deep rose red, again, very flattering across different skintones.
  • 46 Poivre Noir - deep darken red with just a tiny hint of purple
  • 47 Feuille d’Or (Top Coat) - a golden broken glass bits effect, quite smooth, and buildable to your preferred density

All colors are shown without topcoat and basecoat.  Two coats for each color, and one coat of 47 Feuille d’Or  on the accent nails.

The formula on all the color shades are very smooth, and glossy. 

Hope you find these helpful, and thanks for looking!!

September 28, 2013

Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen [YSL, Sulwhasoo & Biore]

Hur hur on the cheesy entry title, I know... but whenever I think of sunscreens, this Baz Luhrman song comes to my mind.

Just a quick entry to share with you 3 sunscreens I am rotating and using.  Sunscreens these days serve a variety of function, not just to protect your skin against the harmful sun damage, but also act as a makeup base, even out your skintone, keep the oil at bay and so on.  I have recently been using (not at the same time) these 3 sunscreens and I have been loving them for all different purposes, because, obivously they are all very different.  I group them loosely into the sunscreen category, because one can point out that the Sulwhasoo is technically a BB cream - but they all contain 50SPF PA+++ which is why I am going to talk about all of them in this entry. 

Here's my overview of each of the sunscreens: 

YSL UV Shield (guessing this to be in the $70 range):  I have this for sometime before I started using it around 3 weeks back.  It is a clear base, very heavily scented and the formula is quite creamy & emolient (note: not heavy).  I like to use this as a sunscreen/ makeup base.  It helps all other foundations I use over it even easier to apply, and it helps my skin feel hydrated the whole day.  I just wish the scent isn't so strong though, but other than that, I love this YSL UV Shield.  And extra bonus - it also contains anti pollution properties that guards the skin from daily urban aggressors. 

Sulwhasoo Snowise BB Base (got this at Duty Free, around $60 ish):  You know I love the Snowise range, and this extension to the range is just perfect.  The same soothing slightly herbal scent is just awesome, and as a BB cream it gives rather sheer coverage (great for good skin days actually) but usually I would apply my foundation over it for more coverage.  Other than that, I think this is fantastic as a lightweight BB cream with good sun protection, and skin brightening properties. 

Biore UV Aqua Watery Essence (around $18.90):  Another clear sunscreen, this is on the other end of the price range as compared to the YSL one. I am amazed at how quickly it absorbed into my skin, and I use this only on mornings when I need to go out of the house without any makeup, and when I go jgging.  It is so lightweight, and true to the name, it does not feel oily/ creamy at all.  I think this is great for girls with very oily complexion.  And it is really effective as a sunscreen especially for our humid weather.


Hope this quick overview has been helpful!   It is difficult for me to comment on the exact effectiveness or go into all that technical details, but I am certain that all three I mentioned here are my current faves, so it is worthwhile to mention them and share with you, in case anyone is looking for sunscreens in general.  :)  

Currently in a blogspam mood.... there should be more entries coming hopefully by the end of today.

Thanks for reading!!

September 08, 2013

NEW YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes [Photos & Swatches]

It is not everyday that not one, but TEN brand new YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE GLOSSY STAIN REBEL NUDES land on your desk, all for my swatching and review pleasure.  

I have also previously posted swatches & review of all the YSL Glossy Stains I own, in this entry here

<span><b>The Product Story: 


A renewed promise of freshness, shine and hold.  With no undercoat and no sticky feeling.  An infusion of natural colour in a stroke, to vibrate and shine.  The radiant smile of a woman who refuses to compromise.  A battle between beige and boring. 

2012 - Rouge Pur Couture Vernis begins to revolutionise lip makeup.  A shock signed Yves Saint Laurent.  A revelation.  Applied with a brush.  The lasting quality of a lipstain together wit the extreme shine of a gloss and the sophistication of a lipstick.  A texture even lighter than liquid silk.  Soft and shiny, fresh.  With the added value of supreme hold.  LIke a calligrapher, it meticulously defines lips with a perfect stroke of colour.  31 shades like a sublimely nuanced manifesto.  Day or night, no more taboos, no more compromises. 

2013 - Act 2 of a major technological revolution.  For women who want to wear nude shades that are bolder, more radiant and vibrant than ever before, Yves Saint Laurent launches Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Rebal Nudes.  Luminescent lip colour thanks to an exclusive new formula.  

Eight blinding nude shades, including </span>Nude Provocateur, Violine Out of Control, Corail Mutin, Fuchsia Tomboy... because at YSL, nudes are never boring.  They are presented in a multiple variations of colour and light.  Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Rebel Nudes affirm, define and underline.  Colour becomes a luminous vibration, a wave loaded with all-new pearl pigments. 

<span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>INNOVATION

</strong><span style="color: #000000;">Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Rebel Nudes is an exceptionally innovative lip makeup.  Not only does it benefit from the Lifeproof Colour Emulsion technology, but it is also enriched with the latest asset, all-new pearl pigments, for unique coloured radiance and unprecedented luminosity. 


The high-performance formula is paired with an equally revolutionary brush, concealed in the Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Rebel Nudes bottle.  With its wide designm it ensures good retention of the product and even application in just one stroke.  The pointed tip maximises the precision of the lip's outline.  Its special, instantly recognisable slant charges up just the right amount of colour and makes application even more precise.  The polyamide bristles are set firmly in a smooth base.  With ample bristles that are very compact, the brush has a sponge effect, offering an even distribution of the colour. 

<strong>SWATCHES & COLOR DESCRIPTIONS:  (I have also included matching YSL Lacque Couture shades for layering purposes)

</strong>101 Nude Provocateur - sheer beige nude  (No22 Beige Leger)
102 Corail Mutin - orangey coral, with slight golden sheen (No 21 Taupe Retro)
103 Pink no Taboo - pinky coral (No 21 Taupe Retro)

104 Fuchsia Tomboy - warm bright pink, with slight golden sheen (No 12 Rose Renaissance)
105 Corail Hold On - quite similar to 102, but more peachy pink (No No 25 Rose Romantique)
106 Beige Anarchist - warm sheer beige (No 12 Rose Renaissance)

107 Naughty Mauve - Mauvey peachy pink, very unique with a golden sheen (No 22 Beige Leger)
108 Violine Out of Control - pale violet, slightly sheer, very wearable purple (No 25 Rose Romantique)
109 Fuchsia Fugitive - Reddish Pink with golden sheen 
110 Reckless Pink - pale sheer pink with golden sheen 

As with the YSL Glossy Stains, the Rebel Nudes also leave behind stains on your lips, making them long lasting. 
And I tried to minimise the stain as I swatched all ten shades in one go.  Not easy, believe me. 

And here are some pictures of the application process - really like how the brush moulds to my lips. 
All the ten shades are on the sheer side, thought the reddish pinks are more pigmented. 
The sheer nudes are great if you want a long lasting gloss/ sheen to your lips, and also to make your nude lipstick last longer.  I do find that applying this Rebel Nudes over my regular lipstick extends the wear time. </p>

and a comparison of all the ten shades - note that the color payoff depends largely on your original lip color.  
In close up pics, you can see the sheen on some of the shades, especially 107, 109, and 110.  

My top picks are 104, 107, 109, 110. 

Hope you find the swatches helpful and thanks for looking! 

September 08, 2013

LOTD: Some YSL & Rockstud Loving

Hi hi!

I decided to do a all YSL look when I headed out on Saturday to celebrate my niece's fifth birthday.  I was swatching the new YSL Glossy Stains Rebel Nudes earlier that morning, and I picked out my fave among them to wear - complete swatches here.  

I had chosen 107 a wearable reddish shade with a golden sheen.  It is very long lasting, and not drying at all on my lips.  
The rest of my face is also YSL - I used the brand new UV protection SPF 50 PA+++ - love the creamy and light texture, and it makes for a great base pre-foundation.  I think this combination of the UV base and the Teint Touch Eclat might make me fall in love with the foundation at last.  I have been having mixed feelings of the foundation on its own, but after trying it out with a couple of other YSL makeup bases, I think I have found an awesome way to work wear the foundation.  

The YSL City Drive palette from their Fall collection is really lovely.  It has a couple of wearable smokey browns and it is a palette which I can easily reach for to create my everyday look.  A little boring, but hey it works. 

All products used will be listed at the end of this entry.

If you are distracted by a certain shiny stud bracelet I am wearing in this LOTD, and perhaps will be shown in many LOTDs from now on, they are my latest addition to the armcandy collection - the double leather Rockstud cuff from Valentino.  I LOVE IT at first try...after sleeping on it, I decided to go back for it and make my purchase.  It is a worthy investment for me as far as accessories are concerned. 

Close up of the rockstud & my perhaps overly glowy complexion - but I swear, I didn't look so shiny in real life. 

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and how about a super shiny glowy almost duckface?   But I think this picture shows the smooth base combination (and like I mentioned earlier, I didn't actually look this shiny in real life, I blame it on the hot and bright sunlight in front of me).  

All products used (all YSL unless stated)

face - UV Shield High Protection Skincare SPF50 PA+++, Teint Touche Eclat foundation B20, Touche Eclat compact foundation to set

concealers - Touche Eclat 01 under the eyes, Kevyn Aucoin SSE SX07 for spots

cheeks - Clarins Mosaic bronzer, NARS Torrid blush, YSL Boreal highlighter

lips - Glossy Stain Rebel Nude 107

eyes - City Drive Palette Classy, The Face Shop pencil gel liner, falsies

brows - Shiseido perfect brow compact GY910, NARS brow gel 

grey tee - H&M

armcandy - Valentino double Rockstud cuff 

Hope this has been helpful and thanks for reading!

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About Me

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

About this Blog

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

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

My Makeup Style

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

What Cameras do I use?

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

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

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

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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.

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