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September 24, 2015
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LOTD: Chanel Fall 2015

This entry will feature a few pieces I picked from the Chanel 2015 collection.  When I saw pictures of the eyeshadow palette, I knew I couldn't pass it up, and I wasn't disappointed.  The quality is impressive along with the actual colour payoff.  I like the range of colours in this palette, they pack a good range of pale to deep neutrals for you to create all sorts of neutral looks. 

I would totally recommend the eyeshadow palette, and also the Rouge Allure Velvet La Bouleversante - you can't go wrong with classics, and these two impress in terms of both the quality and colour. 
Entrelacs Palette

I have been reaching for the palette quite a lot lately, because it is so user friendly.  
I will start by applying the highlight shade lightly all over my eye lids as a base and subtle highlight - it has a golden glowy pearlised finish. 
This is followed by using the only matte mid brown shade in this palette on my lids to add a bit of dimension. 

I will then use the middle rich brown shade on my eyelids, as that will be my main eyelook colour.  The darkest brown is used for further definition.  I haven't used the peachy shade much though, because it blends pretty much into my own skin colour.  But all shades work beautifully together, and I highly recommend getting this palette, it has both collectors and actual practical value. 

Ecorce Sanguine (671)– brick red

I find that this gorgeous red applies very smoothly and is opaque in one coat.  I can't resist a good Chanel red, and this is no exception. 
swatches of the nail polish - link here from my instagram 

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Bouleversante (51) 
This is a smooth velvety red, not quite bright read like La Flamboyante, but holds up really well.  Very classy, and I love it.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Temeraire (112)
This is a jewel ruby red.  It is quite intense for a coco shine, but still has the slip and lightweight formula.  I like to wear this as a stain, and it is easy to reapply. 

I also picked out a couple of other Chanel goodies, would you like to see a follow up post? 

All products used

Base – Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Cream No20, set with Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in No10

Cheeks – Chanel Lumiere D Ete to warm up the complexion, Les Beiges Healthy Glow sheer color stick in No22

Lips – Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 51 La Bouleversante, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 112 Temeraire

Eyes – Chanel Entrelacs eyeshadow palette, Three eye pencil in 08

Brows – ABH promade in Ash Brown, set with Tarte brow gel in Rich Brown 

Hope this entry has been helpful, and thank you for reading!

May 23, 2015
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This entry will feature my review of the products which I got to pick from the Chanel Summer 2015 collection.  I was most keen on the LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ - a camillia embossed illuminating bronzing powder.  It felt so smooth and so natural when I saw it at the press event, and I was already adding this to my wishlist.  I am also keen to try out the Stylo Fresh Effect eyeshadow sticks - cos I am super into creamy stick eyeshadows these days, and some of the shades really called out to me. Lastly, we can't have a summer collection without a pop of blue, so I also picked the deep turquoise vernis shade in Mediterranee - which is beautiful and smooth. 


I highly recommend everything shown here, as I chose them myself.. but if you have to shortlist... go for the following two items: 

You need to pick up the LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ powder it is simply beautiful, and gives your face a radiant warm glow. It has an interesting non-powdery yet not a cream texture.  
I also highly recommend getting at least one of the Stylo Fresh Effect eyeshadows - my top pic is Laurier Rose, a peachy rosy shade with the most beautiful shimmer bits.  The stylo eyeshadows are easy to blend, and you have time to blend before they set, and becomes quite budge proof.  They are also very buildable, and I can use Caroube as a one product smokey eye.  It is that amazing.  They are very long lasting, and comparable to the Laura Mericer ones.  Also comparable to  the By Terry ones (but Chanel costs a few dollars lesser compared to by Terry which costs $60 each), though I have to say the shimmers and metallic shine of the By terry ones are more intensive. 
Like the Marc Jacobs eye sticks, these Chanel ones feel cooling and almost like moist upon application, which means they will set and stay on your lids for a long time.  I don't have a problem with these fading nor smudging at all. 

Full collection info and preview entry click here.

Let's look at the products close up: 

Swatches & comparions here: 

Check out the shimmer! 

The polish in Mediterrane - is opaque and creamy in two thin coats.  I love this glossy intense turquoise.  Beautiful on hands and feet.

Applying Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Laurier Rose (click here for the full LOTD breakdown)

Applying Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Caroube

here you can see how I blend and build up the color, as you apply and blend more layers, the shimmers become more obvious.

and the overall look:

All products used: 

face - 

Bobbi Brown Serum Foundation in shade 03 Beige  - my rave on this is OVERDUE lol
Shiseido Future Solution Fx Loose Powder 
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick in No21 (the pinky one)

eyes - 
Chanel Stylo eyeshadow in Caroube all over the lids
Chanel Stylo eyeshadow in Azulejo on lower lids (just outer corners) 
Lancome Grandoise mascara on lower lashes

brows -
ABH brow powder in dark brown
Tarte tinted brow gel in rich brown 

lips - 
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Intripide 

That's all and hope you find this entry helpful!  Can't wait for my summer vacay! 

May 23, 2015
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Review & LOTD: Chanel Les Beiges Collection 2015

Hi hi!

This entry will feature my top picks from the upcoming CHANEL Les Beiges collection.  I personally chose the pieces which I am the most keen to try, and I am excited to show you what I have been testing out the past week.  I will also try to provide comparisons where possible. Hope this entry will help you to edit your summer shopping list! 


If you have missed out on previous Limited Edition Les Beiges powders, if you like such complexion enhancers, you need to get this year's 'bronzey' Les Beiges healthy glow powder.  I think they are very finely made, they give you good natural color on your cheeks, quite long lasting, and who can resist the chic and beige packaging?  
If you like cream cheek products, but worried of sticky creamy stuff on your cheeks, I think the Sheer Color Sticks are worth trying out too.  They are house in a sturdy metal casing, and great to throw in your bag for touch ups. 

There are also a few glosses from this collection, but I am not really much of a lip gloss person, so I did not pick those to feature. 

Full collection & preview information in this entry here.

Here are some close up pictures of the beautiful items: 

The Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick reminds me the most of the NARS Matte Multiples (which I don't think they are available in Singapore, I have a few of those).  These Sheer Colour Sticks are very velvety matte, and they have an almost powdery texture.  Very easy to use and blend on powdered or non-powdered skin. 
They seem vibrant when swatched like this, but once blended out, you get the sheer look which makes for very nice flushed cheeks. 

and here, we have the inevitable comparison of the Les Beiges powders - 

I noticed that the LE Les Beiges powders are more pigmented than the ones from the permanent range.  I love my No30, and just naturally tan powders like these in general.  They warm up my complexion very natural, not like a bronzer, nor contour.. they are just essential to have in my face routine.. cos i will dust it all over the edges of my face for a healthy warm glow. 

comparison swatches: 

and here is a swatch of the Lovely Beige vernis - a rosy nude shade that's very flattering.  For best color payoff, I suggest 3 thin coats, instead of 2 thick-ish ones which might turn out uneven.  

just a quick look at the eyes and lips - which aren't from this collection, but I will talk more about the eyelook in my CHANEL Summer 2015 coverage. Click here. 
For more information and complete swatches of the Chanel Rouge Coco, click on this entry here. 

And the application of the face products: 

A few words on the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet - I had purchased this much earlier on when it was first launched.  I got mine in the shade B10, and it is a very nice lightweight foundation.  It's like its counterpart, the Vitalumiere Aqua - which I love.. but this has more of a matte finish.  It is a great basic foundation, and I do enjoy using it.  If you like foundations that are quite shine free and lightweight, you will like this foundation.  Be careful not to over-set this foundation with powder though.. because it will become cakey looking.  That was a mistake I made initially.  After that, I realise I can even get away with not setting the foundation.. or I have to use a brush to just lightly tap powder where needed. 

Applying the Sheer Colour Stick in No22: 

And this is the completed look: 

All products used:

Face - 
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet B10
Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder foundation B20
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Marinierie 02 
Chanel Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick No22
foundie applied with fingers
loose powder applied with 13rushes Round Powder brush
Les Beiges powder applied with Wayne Goss holiday brush 
Healthy Glow Sheer Color Stick blended with MUFE  152 brush 

Brows - 
Guerlain Universal Brow kit, applied with ABH brush in 20
set with MAC Beguile brow set

Lips - 
Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle 

Eyes - 
Chanel Stylo Fresh Effect eyeshadow in Laurier Rose 

May 18, 2015
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Chanel Blue Rhythm Collection [Photos & Information]


BLUE RHYTHM is a collection composed in a crescendo by the CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio.

Between eyes and lips, it performs the same electric note: that of volume, played in a duo and in contrast to subtly intensify the beat. Lashes set the tone: dressed in LE VOLUME ULTRA NOIR DE CHANEL mascara, they do the full score. A first riff collides with bare lips under GLOSS VOLUME. The fast rhythm speeds up. Colour takes center stage. LES 4 OMBRES shadows blend together in a variation of absolutely modern themes. And nails insolently drum out a flight of bluish notes. 

Price List (S$)


Available from 16 July 2015


LE VERNIS 665 Vibrato  38
LE VERNIS 681 Fortissimo – limited edition  38

LES 4 OMBRES 244 Tissé Jazz – limited edition  90
LES 4 OMBRES 246 Tissé Smoky   90

OMBRE ESSENTIELLE 118 Midnight  48


STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF 916 Perle de Lune   35

ILLUSION D'OMBRE 102 Mystério   52
ILLUSION D'OMBRE 98 Melody   52


LE VOLUME DE CHANEL 70 Blue Night   52


Image credit:
Photographer : Richard BURBRIDGE 
Model : Sam ROLLINSON 

May 04, 2015
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Both a haven of peace and a new space of freedom, the Riviera of the Roaring Twenties was a favourite destination of Gabrielle Chanel. Contemplating the Mediterranean, the eye wanders as far as the shores of Italy and time approaches a standstill in the clear air.

Under the blue Riviera sky, skin is tanned and style is casual. Between sunny getaways and dips in the sea, summer brings with it a new lifestyle, far from Paris and the rue Cambon; close to nature.

The CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio extends the memories of the season with a vibrant collection immersed in azure blue and infused with light. 

Sun-kissed colours take on more intensity and glow with luminosity to enhance a naturally golden face. Carefree elegance: the spirit of beauty by CHANEL has inspired the must-have accessory of the collection. Applied in a single sweep, STYLO EYESHADOW delivers a fresh hue and traces Riviera-coloured eyes. On eyelids and nails, the colour palette honors the blues, olive greens and browns of the sunny shores before ending on an intense violet note. From soft pink to vermilion, a shiny lipstick dresses the smile in radiance and lightness.

For the final touch, a powder with delicate golden shimmers sets off a natural complexion with a radiant effect. 



A pure complexion, beautifully bronzed by sunbeams.
This is how one might picture elegant women discovering the Riviera of the Roaring Twenties. Tanned skin embellishes bodies and faces. And a new, more natural way of being comes into play. Embossed with a camellia flower on its surface, the
LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÈ exclusive creation celebrates the spirit of freedom that reigns over summer. This illuminating powder is swept lightly over the face, enhancing a natural complexion with golden shimmers and a satiny finish. The skin glows in just a few strokes. The cheekbones and décolleté glimmer as they catch the light. 


Eye makeup embraces the energy and radiance of summer.
Fresh, dazzling and joyful, colour lights up every bat of the lashes.


The travel-friendly STYLO EYESHADOW is the ultimate summer accessory.
The CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio creates an irresistible eyeshadow in a compact and easy-to-use pen format.
It is applied in one single sweep and slips easily into a handbag.
STYLO EYESHADOW is a comfortable and creamy eyeshadow that glides on perfectly. Formulated with a high concentration of water, its texture provides an instantly fresh sensation. Its pen tip allows for precise, adjustable colour on the eyelids in a dense monochrome, a sheer halo or a thin line. Its radiant, long-wear texture lights up the eyes with varying satin finishes. 

STYLO EYESHADOW can be chosen on an impulse or collected one by one to mix and match colours all summer long.

CAMPANULE. A violet with blue shimmers, inspired by the Florentine iris so dear to Mademoiselle Chanel, to dress eyelids in bold colour.

AZULEJO. A turquoise blue glistening with tone-on-tone pearlescent pigments, like the sea sparkling in the sun.

LAURIER ROSE. A golden powder pink, both soft and ultra-luminous. OLIVINE. An elegant and slightly satiny olive green.

CAROUBE. A luminous, warm brown accentuates the beauty of golden summer skin.


Eyes are playful, outlined in an intense vivid violet along the base of the lashes. This pure and vibrant colour stays radiant for hours on end. To be used on its own or with STYLO EYESHADOW CAMPANULE to accentuate the effect. 



Fresh, spontaneous, luminous: ROUGE COCO SHINE adapts perfectly to summer moods. Both incredibly lightweight and rich in colour, the most charming of CHANEL lipsticks enjoys varying the intensity of its palette. The smile is sensual, natural and sparkling, glimmering with soft shine.
Three luminous and semi-sheer shades are discreetly touched with golden or coppery notes, like drops of sunlight sparkling on lips.

RÊVEUSE. A delicate golden pink.

AMOROSA. A sun-kissed copper brown.

INTRÉPIDE. A vivid pink touched with soft gold.

A more pigmented shade redefines radiant and easy-to-wear summer lipstick with INSOUMISE, a coral red:an obvious reason to smile in the sun 


The iconic gloss by CHANEL dresses lips in brilliance and bold colours.

ROSE PARADIS. An intense pink with blue shimmers.

ALLEGRIA. A striking red. 



Along the steep coasts, strewn with wild plants and flowers, flamboyant brown rocks plunge into turquoise waters.
The Riviera tells a colourful tale on nails as well.
Four audacious shades revel in a delicious breeze of freedom.

TERRANA. A chocolate brown with pink shimmers.

MÉDITERRANÉE. A pure, deep ocean blue.

COQUELICOT. A luminous vermilion red.

LAVANDA. An intense vivid violet. 

AVAILABLE 5 JUNE 2015 in Singapore.

Ending off this entry with preview pictures I attended a couple of months back: 

May 04, 2015
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CHANEL Les Beiges Summer 2015: The Style of Natural


This entry contains official pictures and story behind the Chanel 2015 Les Beiges collection.  
Singapore launch date is 5 June 2015. 
For my preview entry on this collection, click on this entry here.

Transcending fashions and seasons, LES BEIGES DE CHANEL made natural beauty a style manifesto in its own right. From the heart of winter to the midst of summer, from the first glimmers of spring to the golden glow of autumn, with this singular line the skin takes natural beauty all its own. Like Gabrielle Chanel, who freed the body of restrictions, LES BEIGES liberates daily beauty steps, making them easy and spontaneous. Formulated for an error-free ap- plication, the variation of shades and textures has a single mission: to reveal the natural radiance of a healthy outdoor glow.

Today, the LES BEIGES collection sets sail. Dressed in an iconic striped top, which Mademoiselle borrowed from sailors and gave her own twist to, the makeup line continues to draw inspiration from the great outdoors. Cheek- bones barely blushing with a hint of colour, a radiant complexion and mois- turized, perfectly pampered lips. A palette composed of healthy glow colours and easy to use formulas.


In 1913, Gabrielle Chanel opened her first boutique in Deauville and gave a new reputation to jersey, the functional fabric reserved for men's undercloth- ing. Borrowing the codes and stripes of the sailor's wardrobe, she transformed women's allure and invented a new chic style: effortless elegance in all circum- stances.

This ongoing quest for freedom and comfort led to the formulation of LES BEIGES in 2013. Whether rapid or meticulous, the application technique is freed of restrictions and the powder combines just the right amount of pigments that become one with the skin with no risk of mistakes.

Today, a sea breeze blows over the LES BEIGES powder collection. In addition to a new shade that completes the existing range of already legendary powders, CHANEL offers a new palette: HEALTHY GLOW MULTI-COLOUR Marinière. 



The powder case presents a harmony of two shades to apply together or sepa- rately, thanks to its half-moon brush. The lightest shade enhances the radiance of the face by applying to the top of the cheekbones under the eyebrows, and just above the lips on the Cupid's bow. The deeper colour emphasizes facial contrasts. Finally, sweep the brush lightly over the powder case to perfectly blend the two shades and create a healthy glow result. Subtle and translucent, makeup becomes adjustable and intensifies with each stroke of the brush.


With its UVA and UVB sunscreens to ensure SPF 15/PA++ protection, the pow- der is enriched with white rose and cotton flower plant cells that become one with the skin for soothing and protective action. It also contains shea butter and a Vitamin E derivative to maintain optimum levels of hydration and comfort. 


The immediately identifiable HEALTHY GLOW MULTI-COLOUR Marinière powder case is adorned with the highly desirable beige of the collection.

HEALTHY GLOW MULTI-COLOUR Marinière comes in two shade variations.

Limited edition: Marinière N°01, Marinière N°02 



Designed to perfectly match the entire LES BEIGES palette, the HEALTHY GLOW SHEER COLOUR STICK gives a new makeup effect. Velvety and refreshing, this hybrid blush adds a touch of colour to cheekbones to enhance a natural heal- thy glow. Application is easy: simply apply the stick to your cheek and blend the light, soft texture into the skin with fingertips. With no need for a brush; it's foolproof. The formulas light up the skin with a sheer finish, with no streaks or excess pigments in sight. On the contrary, the creamy texture ensures a natural, fresh and radiant makeup result. As a bonus, this stick allows you to adjust the result: the more you apply, the more intense the colour. The more you blend in, the softer the result.


Created with coconut oil and beeswax, enriched with a concentrate of cotton flower and white rose plant cells, the HEALTHY GLOW SHEER COLOUR STICK offers a second-skin sensation and melt-away comfort. The formula contains a subtle dose of pearlescent pigments to illuminate the natural radiance of the complexion with a sheer finish.

Presented in a travel-friendly case, the HEALTHY GLOW SHEER COLOUR STICK is available in three colours: fresh pink, luminous coral and golden copper.



In the great outdoors, the skin is not the only part of the face that glows with radiance. This is why LES BEIGES writes a new chapter of its story with the MOISTURIZING HEALTHY GLOW LIP BALM. Developed with the same obsession for comfort and freedom, this balm is in a category all of its own. It offers sheer makeup, protects all season long and forms a cocoon of softness on the lip surface. A formula designed for women who want to look fresh and natural, not made up.


The formula, rich in white rose and cotton flower plant cells, contains polymers that allow it to create a uniform film. Phytosterols and emollient oils offer extreme hy- drating power to protect lips against dryness more than ever. After the very first ap- plication, lips appear smoother and softer. They benefit from immediate and lasting comfort. An irresistible sensation that you will want to indulge in as often as possible.

The MOISTURIZING HEALTHY GLOW LIP BALM comes in a black tube and is available in a single, essential shade.

Limited edition: N°10

To complete the healthy glow of this outdoor breeze collection, CHANEL developed two new LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES shades (Rose Tendre and Beige Star), as well as four nail polishes (Beige Rosé,* Beige Pur, Precious Beige and Lovely Beige). So many variations to feel ever more beautiful, ever more natural. 


 No01 – limited edition  SGD84




LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES 206 Beige Star – limited edition  SGD45

LE VERNIS 655 Beige Rose – limited edition
LE VERNIS 659 Beige Pur – limited edition
LE VERNIS 661 Precious Beige
LE VERNIS 663 Lovely Beige – limited edition
SGD45 each


March 18, 2015
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Preview: Chanel Les Beiges Collection for SS2015 & Backstage Beauty for AW2015-16

The new Chanel Les Beiges collection will launch in Singapore from 2 June 2015.. and I have some pictures here to share with you.  I must haul the Les Beiges powders every year, and the new ones got me anticipating again, so do the four shades of Beige polishes.  There are also new product additions, such as a new shade of Les Beiges powder in No25 (currently the jump from 20 to 30 is quite a bit.. so 25 will close this 'gap - this is a permanent addition to the color range).  And also the two new limited edition stripey ones.. Not too sure about the shade numbers, but you have one tanned version (much like the one from last summer) and a pinky almost lilacy one.  They are really natural and blended into my skintone when I swatched them so I didn't take any pics... but I tried the pinky one on my face during the media preview, and it gives my face a most soft glow... really really pretty.  The tan version is like the current Les Beiges in 30.. slightly tanned, quite natural and just enough warmth. 

Swatches of the new Healthy Glow Sheer Color Sticks, in three shades
a bronzey one
a pinky and a peachy one

these remind me of the newer NARS Matte Multiple.  Very lightweight, slightly powdery and seems nice and easy to use. 

The four polishes: 

and a quick makeup demo: 

Spring Summer look is all about the healthy complexion, some color on the eyes that you can transform from day to night, and an overall glowy look.  

and here, we have the Chanel 2015-2016 Fall Backstage Beauty look plus makeup product rundown - hope you enjoy these pics!

Skin prepared with HYDRA BEAUTY products range 



EXCLUSIVE CREATION "Entrelacs"- LES AUTOMNALES 2015 Fall Collection available end July 2015 
OMBRE ESSENTIELLE "Midnight" (N°118) - BLUE RHYTHM Collection available mid July 2015 
MASCARA LE VOLUME ULTRA-NOIR DE CHANEL "Noir Khôl" (N°90) - BLUE RHYTHM Collection available mid July 2015 


JOUES CONTRASTE "Angélique" (N°190) 

ROUGE ALLURE "Séduisante" (N°91) 
LE CRAYON LEVRES "Rose Délicat" (N°91) -  2015 Spring Collection 


LE VERNIS "Precious Beige" (N°661) 
LE VERNIS "Beige Rose" (N°655) 
Both from LES BEIGES Collection available 2 June 2015 

I can't wait to share Chanel Summer 2015 with you... but hope these have been helpful and fun to read so far!

Thanks for reading! 

February 20, 2015
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NEW Chanel Rouge Coco [Info & Swatches]

This entry will feature the newly reformulated Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks - pictures heavy, be warned! 

CHANEL ROUGE COCO ULTRA HYDRATING LIP COLOUR is a reinvented version of ROUGE COCO and is more expressive than ever with a new formula and vibrant color spectrum with shade names inspired by Coco Chanel's closest friends. The bright lip color features an exclusive complex with jojoba and mimosa butters, sunflower wax and silicone for lasting hydration and luminous results.

I have 16 shades here with me to share with you.  
I find these lipsticks to be very comfortable to wear, not unlike the Shiseido Veiled Rouge which I just featured - but these are a tad creamier and have an almost balmy consistency.  In terms of longevity, these lipsticks last for about 3 - 4 hours, and they are indeed hydrating.  I love my matte lipsticks but I do like to reach for a hydrating version at times too. 

Here are the first four shades: 

440 Arthur - a warm red (but not orangey at all) this is the 'star' shade of the range, having been launched ahead of the others in time for Valentine's day and Chinese New year here
442 Dimitri - is a cooler toned red, with an almost rosy undertone.  
444 Gabrielle is a true red that suits a range of skintones.  I must say this looks stunning on my sister and I. 
416 Coco is a sheer tangerine shade, with slightly red undertones

And the next four: 

424 Edith is a pale warm pink, cute and wearable.  A chic pink. 
452 Emilienne looks very intense and bold in the tube, but a lot more wearable once applied on skin/ lips.  It is a rich deep pink with a hint of sheen. 
454 Jean is a deeper pink compared to Edith.   
450 Ina is very close to Jean, but not as dark.  But this does not have the warm undertone of Edith.

The next four: 

These four are variety of my lips but better shades.  I was initially hesistant on Olga and Catherine, but when I applied them on my lips, there is this sheer touch of color that makes your lips look quite healthy (they aren't too fllat and pale, phew!).  

410 Catherine is a sheer warm beigy shade
422 Olga is a sheer pink
426 Roussy is a warm pink, seems to have a coral peachy tinge to it
402 Adrienne is a pretty nude which I am sure will go down very well with most people.  With a lip pencil, you can build up this lipstick into a really flattering nude lips that suit smokey eyes, or maybe even on no makeup days, you can pop these range of shades here to have healthy looking lips and face in general. 

And the last four also feature few work-friendly everyday shades that are tawny and warm. 

And a few looks featuring some of the shades:

All Products Used: 

Face - Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet (B10), Shiseido Solution LX Loose Powder 
Concealers - Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser, Kevyn Aucoin SSE Shade 7
Lipsticks - as featured in this entry
Eyes - MAC Prep & Prime eye base, Chanel Prelude quad
Liner - Tarte skinny smoldeEYES (moonstone brown)
Brows - Innisfree eco-brow gel shade03, ABH clear brow gel 
Cheeks - Chanel Cream Blush 63 Relevation, Chanel Healthy Glow Multi-Colour No02 

Initial Impressions:

These lipsticks feel very nourishing on the lips.  I find that the bolder shades are really easy to wear, all gliding very smoothly onto your lips. The Chanel SA applied Arthur on my lips with a lipbrush, blot, before putting on another layer.  The rest is a rich elegant red that makes your lips look full and smooth. They might not be the most long lasting but these lipsticks have a very forgiving texture that makes reapplication effortless.  I like the sheer range of colors, and there is something to suit anyone. 

These lipsticks will launch either end of the Feb or early march.  They retail for S$48 each.  

I hope that this entry has been helpful, and thank you for reading!

January 24, 2015
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Foundation Routines & Products Chit Chat [Jan 2015]

Hi hi!!

Not too sure if I am going to make this a regular feature on a monthly or fortnightly basis - I don't want to make any promises in case this might turn out to be more of an ad hoc, or quarterly updates... but I was thinking that such entries are useful to show you what I am rediscovering in my stash, especially foundations and other bases.  Sometimes I favour full coverage foundation, sometimes I like something sheer and lightweight.. but I am always learning more about how some products work, and in this entry, I will show you two foundation routines which I have gotten in my collection for ages.  I used both a couple of times, but did not remember being too impressed by either one.  But during my re-discovery, I realise that I am quite liking them!  So it is worthwhile to share my discovery with you. I did not rotate too many other items besides the main actual foundation - so I will also include a section near the end of this entry devoted to other staples which I use in conjunction with both the foundations!  In addition to all these rotation - I will also try to reach out for more 'new' foundations which I haven't officially reviewed on the blog yet, and I can already think of a good long list.  So I hope to get back on the foundation review wagon!  

Phew! Long introduction there!  Long story short... just stay tuned for more reviews and also more casual chit chatting about products I am using along the way! 

The first combo is the MAC Face Protect & Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation.  I had purchased this foundation back when it was first released.  The name of it sounds good - but after using it a couple of times.. I soon went back to other foundations I was liking and/or reviewing at that time and soon forgot about it.  The performance did not impress me initially.  I thought it was just kind of meh after I had higher expectations for it.  But I know that many people like it.. my gf Jolyn loves it as this is her HG foundation.  So I decided that I will go back to this foundation and give it a proper go.  

So I guess the trick to this foundation is that you need to make sure that your skin is very hydrated.  It is quite a full coverage foundation that isn't cakey - only if you buff and blend it properly into your skin.  The foundation takes a good half an hour at least to set nicely and smoothly into your skin.  I don't always like to use a pore minimizing primer on my skin.. because I do think that most foundations will smooth your skin after its properly set into your skin with powder and also they tend to wear nicer and nicer throughout the day.  Wearing an actual primer sometimes just add an unnecessary step which I don't like.  

The foundation has a thick creamy consistency.  It has a subtly luminous finish - but mostly soft matte in my opinion.  I like this as an everyday foundation, it is very long lasting (12 hours) and still look fresh.  I compare this to Dior Star - but the Dior Star has a nicer and fresher finish so I still like the Dior one more.  This is a foundation which will suit most skintypes.. and to me, it is a good basic foundation for work and going out.  Of course, the scent is awesome too, like all Chanel foundations!  So I am glad that I managed to re-discover this foundation and able to have a more positive impression of it - which means that it will not go to waste and forgotten! 

Speaking of that, I have another Chanel foundie which I bought and forgot about...that might be the next one in rotation soon!  

Here are a couple of pictures I took while applying ths foundation - shade B10 is a good match for me.  As you can see, my pores are painfully visible, but overall I think the finish is still smooth, and come on, let's face it...nobody is gonna peer into your skin that close up like the pictures I have shown here.  But if you are worried about pores and skin texture, I will mention another product later in this entry, and that is highly recommended if you want a really skin perfecting finish.  For now, this is good enough! 

side note on the Shiseido loose powder - it is lovely, but I will save my proper review for another time when I use it together with the matching foundation. 

Everything just looks better after setting with powder and some color on the face, and of course the eyebrows.  This is my everyday going to work look. 

and when I need to look instantly glammed up somewhat, I will slap on a quick smokey eye, and this is a combination I have been liking:

apply a base with one of the Laura Mercier caviar sticks.. smudge it onto my lids close to the lashline.  Then apply a matte eyeshadow over it and blend blend blend.. this way you get a really long lasting budge proof eyeshadow combination.  Love it!  

here's an overall look - and you can see that from a further distance, and with good natural daylight, the pores and all are naturally smoothed out.  And I suppose this is how people usually view your skin anyway. 

Next, we have another foundation combination and routine to talk about - the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation. And I also use the Tarte Maracuja creaseless cream concealer with this.  

Looks like a scary amount of makeup just for my base - but I am mixing two shades of the Tarte foundation...just for the heck of it.  I do think that Light Sand might be just a tad/half a shade too dark for me, so I add some Fair Sand into it.. though I can go with just Fair Sand on its own.  Again this is another foundation that you should use just a little bit, and buff it into your skin.  Before I go on, I have some swatches to share with you.

And applying them on my face: 

The Tarte foundation has a moussey/whipped creamy consistency.  Just use a bit at a time, and build up the product for more coverage where needed.  I think that this foundation has a very smooth natural finish.  It is probably better for someone who has a oily skintype, and want something that's more matte.  But it is not a flat matte.  I don't think that this foundation lasts the full 12 hours.  I would say I still look fresh and good for 8 hours, and after that the fading will start to happen.  Regardless, this is a decent performer that is easy to use, and again, a good overall everyday foundation that I have been enjoying this week.  It covers the redness in my skin, and gives it a overall nice smooth finish. 

The Maracuja creaseless cream concealer is quite amazing though.  It is one of the thickiest and heaviest formula I have seen among all my concealers.  It is very full coverage yet doesn't look nor feel heavy.  Because of this Fair shade that I have, I prefer to use it under my eyes not to conceal but to brighten up the area.  I like to pat it into my skin using my fingers.. that gives the most natural finish.  It really doesn't crease and is very very long lasting. 

Here you can see the finish of the foundation after I set it with loose powder - it is very flattering in pictures, and makes my skin looks really smooth. 
This is a more 'natural' look - natural lips, and with heavy lashes (but no smokey eyes). 
I just wish it can last through the 12 hours that it claims - not to say that it isn't long lasting enough though.  

And here's a ramble of all other products which I have been using in conjunction with these foundations: 

1.  I have been really really enjoying this MAC Face Protect SPF50.  It is a great sunscreen and also a great makeup base that's clear and hydrating.  It's a white cream that blends clear into your skin.  I like that it has a slight fresh lavender scent, and it is just really awesome to use.  Think I have raved about this quite a bit in my MAC collections update entry, so I shan't go too much into it here.  Really highly recommend this sunscreen base. 

and a close up pic of me applying the Face Protect.  It works well with any foundation that I am using and did not irritate my skin at all. 

2. Next is a collection of concealers and other skin enhancers I am reaching for -

-IPSA concealer palette, this is a product which my friend Cathy gave me when we met up late year.  She mentioned this as her fave concealers, and I can see why, at last (finally got to opening and using it! Opps!).  It is creamy and gives full opaque coverage.  I like that there are 3 shades inside which are good for you to mix.  I usually mix the darker and lighter shade together to make a good tone for me to dab over any pigmentation spots I have.  It goes well over powdered skin and stays put.  I also bring this out in case I need to hide any spots.  I love the KA Sensual Skin Enhancer for the same purpose, but this is bit easier to use. 

- MUFE HD Pressed Powder.. this is way better than its loose version.  Just like the Nars translucent light reflecting powder.. but this is also mattifying and really skin perfecting.  It's unbelievably smooth and silky without any sheen nor shimmer. I love this as a touch up powder on the centre of my skin.  I have been trying out quite a few of these perfecting mattifying skin enhancing finishing powders lately, so I will give a more comprehension overview after I am done testing out a couple more products.  Right now, this is pretty much my top pick. 

- NARS radiant creamy concealer --- this is just a great concealer (used it with my Chanel Perfection Lumiere routine).. I am mentioning it here, cos I am almost running out of it -finally!! And this is one I will always highly recommend to everyone. 

3. Laura Mercier Secret brightening powder
I like to dust this under my eyes after I used my concealer.  It is very smooth and slightly brightening (but not shimmery).  It is so fine and light that it won't ever cake up on the delicate eye area.
I love to use big fluffy eye brushes for this purpose.  This is the Inglot 4SS brush. 

5. Estee Lauder eyeshadow palette - I love the two shades in here for a matte smokey eyes.  It is very smooth and easy to use.  The matte shades are not chalky at all, and I am pleasantly surprised by this random discovery.  This is what I used in my completed Chanel Perfection lumiere LOTD.  I like to layer this over a shimmery base (eg the Laura Mercier caviar sticks).  The deep brown blends out to a warm crease color.  I am not too sure how the other palettes in this range perform but this particular one is pretty impressive. 

What I am wearing in this entry - just a basic H&M jersey dress, here's a fitting room pic.  It's quite short, but the material is quite thick (double layer if you know what I mean) and therefore flattering.  I haven't actually worn it out before...still gathering the courage to rock a short tiny dress like this.  But I like it - form fitting without showing my fatty bits.  And it is only $19.90 or $24.90! 

[update] so I wore it out after all. Threw my trusty COS jumper over it. disclaimer - backpack not mine.  was helping my sis carry stuff.  

I hope you like this type of catching-up chatty blog entry!  Thank you for reading!!  

Here's everything listed for your easy reference. 

All products mentioned: 

Face - 
MAC Prep+Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF50PA+++
Chanel Perfection Lumiere 10 Beige 
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage foundation- Light Sand, Fair Sand 

Powder - 
Shiseido Future Solution Fx Loose Powder
MUFE HD Pressed Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

Concealers - 
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Cream Concealer -Fair 
Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer Light 2 Vanilla 
IPSA Concealer Palette 

Eyes - 
Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks- Cocoa, Moonstone 
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy 03 Provocative Petal 
MAC Fluidline Pencil Black Brilliance

Brows - 
Guerlain Universal Brow Kit
Innisfree EcoGel Eyebrow 03
ABH Clear Brow Gel 

Cheeks - 
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Achiote 
Chanel Les Beiges 30
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow 

Lips - 
YSL Glossy Stain 11
Dior Addict Extreme Incognito 

Brushes - 
Real Techniques Buffing brush
MAC 217 brush
13rushes angled liner
Hakuhodo angled brow brush
RMK Cheek brush
NARS Yachiyo brush
Inglot 4SS brush

January 10, 2015
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Chanel Spring 2015: La Romanesque, Tenderly & Desirio

Before I start, I want to thank everyone for your lovely comments and feedback to my 2014 round up entry!  It is so heartwarming to have readers who have read my blog for ages to take the time to leave your comments, in a way, it's kinda like keeping up with an old friend - something familiar and relatable.... and I really thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I guess that's why I feel like my blogging mojo is back today, and I managed to post quite a few entries up.  I really can't be updating during the week, and I really hate to schedule blog entries... so I will just post everything whenever I am done with composing them.  Hope you have enjoyed the spate of new entries!

I picked up three items from the recent Chanel Spring 2015 makeup collection.  The first item that really caught my attention is the Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque.  It looks a bit blah in the tube and in my pictures it look even more blah, kinda like a dull pink/ almost even orangey in certain lighting. On the model in the ad campaign though, it is a vibrant shade of deep rosy pink. Once applied it is a beautiful rosy purpley pink.  The color is deep but yet velvety soft.. and I really love the Rouge Allure Velvet formula.  This is no exception, so I had to get this.  

I also got the polishes in Tenderly and Desirio.. but I won't be swatching them for the blog (partly cos I am sporting some gelish nails too..so I can't take proper nail polish swatches) but I did try them at the counter - Desirio is a rich creamy pink that is very similar to La Romanesque while Tenderly would take 2 coats or even 3 thin coats to look nice and even.  The Camelia blush thing that came with this collection is beautiful, but I didn't feel the urge to haul it.. partly cos it seems to blend into nothing on my skintone... and it look kinda like too dusty for my liking.  Perhaps if it is in a warmer peachy shade I might have been more suckered.  

A close up pic:

on the rest of my face, I am using 

base - Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation, set with Izu loose powder
cheeks - RIMMEL LONDON Santa Rose blush
lips - Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque
eyes - MAKEUP STORE Spirit
brows - Innisfree Eco Gel eyebrow 
liners - MAC Fluidline Eye pencil in Black Brilliance

Note that the foundation actually takes some time to set into a more flawless finish that diffuses the look of my pores. Loving this foundation more and more.  Long lasting and nice natural finish. 

I really love the lippie, and I can't wait to try out the polishes!

Hope you find this entry helpful and thank you 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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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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