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January 28, 2015
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New NARS Collections: Foundation, Eye-Opening Collection, Spring 2015 Colors

This entry will feature three NARS Collections that I got to preview recently.  The new foundation will be out in SG by early Feb, along with the Spring 2015 collection, while the EYE OPENING ACT Collection is already available.  I will show you swatches of the makeup products, and also my brief first impressions of the products I got to play with at the preview. 

First up, we have a new NARS liquid foundation that will replace the NARS Sheer Matte.  This is the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.  This is highly pigmented and comes with a pump that dispenses just the right about of product for one application.  Julyen the NARS makeup artist tried on the foundation on my face and first off, I am very impressed by the pigmentation of the product, you really just need the tiniest amount to have decent coverage, and the finish is so subtly radiant and so smooth and clear.  Quite impressed, and I will reserve my full thoughts after I have given the foundation a good period of trial.  I use the shade Deauville- which is my usual NARS shade.  It is a light neutral shade. 

Here is the official product description from NARS:

Full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough formula builds and blends effortlessly with just one drop—the result of exclusive innovation uniquely designed to deliver long-wearing full coverage, weightlessly. Shake, pump and blend in sections for complete coverage that's completely natural looking.

Pure Innovation. Exclusively NARS.
Weightless Long-wear Technology delivers up to 16 hours of wear, while always feeling light-as-air. Featuring advanced flexible polymers and first-to-market treated pigments.

There is also the new loose powder- which will replace their current loose powder, called Soft Velvet Loose Powder.  I use the shade Eden.  This was also used on me yesterday, it seems to be very soft and smooth, and provides just a tiny bit of coverage after foundation. 

The official description:

Sets foundation and controls oil, while visibly blurring the appearance of fine lines and pores with a soft-focus finish.

And a few pics of my face and overall look after the new foundation/ base make-over:  

Everyone pretty much agreed that my face look very flawless and yet natural at the same time. I have pretty clear skin..and I think this foundation just takes my overall skin texture up a notch while looking very lightweight. 

Next, we have a color collection - called the EYE OPENING ACT - which consists of two eyeshadow palettes (containing brand new shades) and also five shades of matte cream eyeshadow sticks, and a beautiful illuminating multiple - super pretty and wearable.  I fnd the swatches of the eyeshadows to be very smooth and creamy, especially the matte shades - they are very pigmented and didn't seem chalky at all.  More photos and swatches below: 

The Velvet Shadow Stick defines, intensifies and shades, drawing unscripted drama with potent matte pigments. It adds dimension to your eyes for a gorgeous matte look that turns heads.

  • Dark Angel Brown
  • Flibuste Black
  • Glenan Blue
  • Nunavut Purple
  • Reykjavik Gray

The Eyeshadow Palette is depth-defyingly versatile and born to upstage. Light goes dark, warm blurs cool and soft turns saturated in one sweeping performance.

Yeux Irresistible

  • All About Eve Flesh toned neutral with shimmer
  • Jezebel Shimmery sable
  • Thunderball Midnight gray
  • Colombo Vintage gold shimmer
  • Brousse Sable
  • Coconut Grove Deep brown infused with reflections

Inoubliable Coup d'Oeil

  • Dalliance Dusty lilac stone
  • Pyla Smoky hunter green
  • Sidi Bou Said Blackened grape
  • Pandora Sheer white shimmer
  • Luberon Iridescent sand with rose gold sheen
  • Pandora Matte black

Illuminating Multiple 

  • St. Lucia Champagne
And finally, a makeup collection that focuses mainly on NUDE SHADES -- called the  NUDE SCENE which wil be available mid feb in SINGAPORE..love love the eyeshadow duo... can't wait to do looks with them!  Photos and swatches here: 

Collection information taken from Temptalia:

The Spring 2015 Color Collection features Tilda Swinton in the second of four 'Portraits by The Artist', a seasonal series of acts created by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars. Act 2, is a nude scene– daring, baring, anything but neutral.

Disrobed tones in spectral effects expose a new natural state. The look begins with a provocative pink shimmer on cheeks. The barely-there effect extends to eyes, where a bold beige base sets the stage for burnished neutrals with lucid depth. Lips are undone in tan pigments topped with a whisper of opalescent gloss.

That's all I have to share for this entry, hope you find these helpful and thanks 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

November 05, 2014
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Review & Application: Ettusais Premium Routine (CC cream, foundation compact & finishing powder)

Hallo!!

In this entry, I will be introducting and reviewing the new Ettusais Premium range for you.  I have been using these products quite extensively for the past month (at least) and I feel like while my review might be a tad belated, at least you can be sure that I have given everything here a good run, and I can finally share my thoughts with you.  Hope you find this helpful! 

The Ettusais Premium range is the brand's first anti-aging collection - targetted at ladies 25 and above.. but really, is it really too young to start using anti-aging skincare and makeup products?  I don't think so.  Prevention and protection is always better than trying to fight the signs of time when it is too late.  Even though it is titled 'Premium' the prices remain super attractive and is a good entry point for young ladies who are looking into anti-agng skin brightening makeup products. 

First, we have the CC Cream - which contains a trans-pink ingredient gives your skin a soft pink tinge and lifts your complexion, bringing some natural radiance to your face.  It contains a pink control powder - and this gives your skin a rosy glow.  It has the Amino Premium 7 ingredient whic hydrates the skin and has SPF40 PA+++ to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.  I love how lightweight this it and it really even outs the dullness of my skin.  But I would definitely need to use some kind of foundation over it, just to neutralise the too pink tone (because my skin is already quite on the pink/ neutral side) if you have very sallow yellow undertone, this would perfectly neutralise those tones. 

The range also consists of two face powders 

One is the PREMIUM LUMINOUS POWDER, which is a dual sided powder compact - it comes with a little brush which is great for on the go touch ups.  I like to use the  more shimmery side as a finishing powder, and I swirl both sides to touch up.  It instantly mattifies my face after a long day without looking dull at all.  It controls shine and keeps your skin looking fresh. 

The next powder is the PREMIUM CHIFFON FOUNDATION which is super finely milled and very smooth. It is very lightweight and yet gives enough (medium) coverage as a powder foundation.  I like to use this over the CC Cream.  I use the shade 10. 

And finally, we have the Amino Caviar Cream:

The Amino Caviar Cream contains ettusais' exclusive Amino Premium 7 - It includes Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Fermented Royal Jelly and Triple Amino Acids to reverse decades of damage & achieve infant-like skin. 

This is the product when I first got it. 

It contains these little bits which rub themselves away after you apply and rub the product into your skin.  I have been loving it day and night.  It is creamy and emolient yet  not heavy.  It is also great under makeup as a base.  I just love this all round great skin performer.  It makes my skin smooth and even, and just well hydrated.  

and almost a month later.. this is how much I have used (note I slap this twice a day almost everyday for the past month). 

Here, I will show you the products in action - 

and after everything set and did the rest of my makeup: 

My thoughts on the products:

If you are looking for a pink toned, brightening radiant CC Cream/ makeup base - you will like the Ettusais Premium CC Cream.  I like to use such pinky bases under foundations to brighten up my skintone, and also to add some subtle radiance.  This particular one is so lightweight, so you don't have to worry about applying layers of base on your face. 

The Powder Foundation is extremely silky and lightweight.  It gives decent coverage, and is quite long lasting (a good 6 - 8 hours which is decent for a powder foundation). 

The Finish Luminous Powder is my current fave touch up powder.  It is brightening and mattfies my face making it look fresh especially when I need to touch up after many hours. 

My fave product is the Amino Caviar Cream -and it is my go to face cream now.  I enjoy using it, and it gives good results. 

everything on the face 

prep with Ettusais Premium Amino Caviar Cream

Base: Ettusais Premium Compact Foundation (shade 10), Ettusais Premium duo Finishing Powder

Cheeks: Chanel Les Beiges 30, and Illamasqua blush in Sophie 

Eyes: Lancome la pro base for eyes, MUFE eyeshadows (refer to this entry here)

Liners: EYEKO Liquid Eyeliner

Lashes: Falsies, Tarte Lights Camera Flashes mascara on the lower lashes  

Lips: Ettusais Creamy Lip Crayon in PK02 (refer to swatches here)

Price List: 

PREMIUM LUMINOUS POWDER, $42

PREMIUM AMINO CAVIAR CREAM, $48

PREMIUM CC AMINO CREAM, $36

PREMIUM CHIFFON FOUNDATION, $56


I hope that you find this entry helpful, and thanks for reading!! 

October 19, 2014
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LOTD: New INGLOT & MAKEUP GEEK Goodies!

Hi hi!!

Just a rambly LOTD entry featuring a bunch of new products I got recently, mainly the Makeup Geek eyeshadows and Inglot face powders.  I must say, I always get into a mini rut each time I feature new products.  The new stuff would be still on my table, and I would be reaching for them for a couple of weeks before I do a tidy up and open new stuff to try out.  The rotation goes on and on.  
I find that I always try to assemble a 'cocoa mirage' type of palette whenever I pick a customisable eyeshadow palette.  Been hearing so much about the MUG eyeshadows that one day Mabel and I decided to place an order for it.  Can't remember the prices of each one, but I am pretty sure they are less than SG$10 each.  I picked 6 shades - all neutrals, no surprises and I am really impressed (though not surprised) by the pigmentation.  Of the six colors I picked, I guess Vanilla Bean is the only dud for me.  Perhaps it blended in right into my skintone, and didn't seem very outstanding.  I love Latte and Cocoa Bear - matte smooth creamy ones.  There's some powdery fallout, and they could have been more finely milled, but I am not really bothered by those issues as I love the warm rich colors. 

Random, but I just want to share with you this makeup 'get ready with me' video I came across, it sums up everything I love in a look. click here! 

I have already started using them before taking pics of brand new eyeshadows, but these come in refill pans which you can pop into any magnetised palettes.   

swatches = 

and close ups: 

and here, are the new recent INGLOT face powders I purchased recently - these are from their HD range, and I must say, they are very finely milled and smooth.  I have been using the two contour face shading powders all week, and I just dab my brush between the two of them... and so I am actually using a mixture of both contour shades.  I love this, very soft and very great for subtle contouring of my face. 

I love both the fusion blushes, they look intense in the pans, but they go on very smoothly and blend out into wearable natural colors.  Love these blushes too. 

here are swatches of the face powders - 

Here's the color placement of the 4 MUG eyehadows I used in my LOTD: 

And this is the final look - 

I went for a natural healthy look on the lips, using the lipiglass from the MAC Brooke Shields collection.  Love this peachy natural shade that's really my MLBB color. 

On the complexion, I used a recent new foundation - Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet - which as the name states, gives a velvety matte finish.  It goes on smoothly, I wasn't too WOW by it initially when I got it, and I was distracted by other new foundations to try out, but i recently got back into using it, and paid more attention to how it works.  I like if you have oily skin you might love this foundation for the smooth matte finish (but not flat out matte) I tried doing some blending with my fingers instead of a brush just to have a closer feel of the formulation, and it is really velvety you can almost get away without setting with powder.  I will follow up with a proper application and review of this foundation soon. So far so good!

Hope you find my first impressions on these new products useful and thank you for reading!

October 04, 2014
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Review & Application: Clé de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation

Hi hi!!  This entry will be a review/ overview of the new Clé de Peau Beauté base products which I have recently tried out.  Click here to read about my little makeover/ trial at their counter recently.  This  is certainly a very luxe and pricey foundation routine - and I shan't go into the dollars and cents as such things are totally subjective...so I shall only stick to the product performance, and share with you my top picks from this whole routine. Hope you find my overview helpful! 

Here's a quick rundown of the products information:

Radiant Fluid Foundation - a completely new type of foundation that veils the skin with layers of light making your complexion lustrously dewy and irresistible.  Clé de Peau Beauté technology controls the foundation powder particles on the skin's surface for a new level of beauty.  Like liquid radiance, there's been quite a finish like this.  - I use the shade O10. 

Correcting Cream Veil & Sheer Fluid Veil create a radiant base - enhancing your makeup.  Delicately light and deeply moisturising, they smooth onto skin to draw out its natural radiance.  Perfectly enhances the beauty of bare skin while it maximises the look and longevity of your finish. 

Fluid & Cream foundtion brush - an exquisite makeup brush designed specifically for foundation.  Each individual brush hair is meticulously crafted to allow for the uniform application of foundation caressing skin to create a veil of light for a radiantly perfect finish.  Just applying makeup is now a work of artistry. 

Clé de Peau Beauté  also launches new shades of their iconic concealer in the shades Almond and Mocha. 

So this is a new foundation that really prides itself on creating that elusive perfect flawless radiant finish.  While I enjoy a radiant healthy finish, I don't wish to compromise on another aspect of foundation performance - longevity.  But the Sheer Fluid Veil is specially formulated for humid weather like ours.  It contains special molecules that adheres the foundation to your skin even when you are perspiring.  I personally prefer the Cream Veil - it evens out the skin tone and smooths over any uneven texture before foundation application.  

Let's look at some product close ups before I go into the details of the review and application: 

Everything is packed in this elegant dark navy packaging with gold accents - they are not heavy though.  The brushes are very handy, and delicate to hold in your hand. 

A close look at the brushes - which feel really soft. 

and the Radiant Fluid Foundation - which comes with a pump. 

and quick swatches:

And here are some application shots: 

note - in this demo, I applied the sheer veil followed by the cream veil.  On normal days, I would only apply either one depending on my mood.  But I just want to show both here in terms of how they apply.

As you can see I don't have perfect skin... well, I can leave the house without makeup on.. but I do have some areas of redness and some marks here and there, so a bit of a good base routine is always essential! 

So here, I am applying the Sheer Veil - with my fingers.. because it is so liquidy - If I use a brush it would absorb way too much product.  The product disappears into nothing on my skin... and I don't really feel like I am wearing anything...nor feel like it is actually doing anything.  I am not sure!  It just leaves a very very thin veil on your skin.  

Next, just for demo's sake, I am applying the cream veil, which I much prefer.  It is very hydrating and smoothing, but I won't say it is a pore minimiser type of base.  It has a sheer coverage that evens out your skintone, and smooths over the general skin texture.  As you can see in the half face pic - the redness in my face has toned down somewhat.

and now, for the main product in this review - the Radiant Fluid Foundation. 

The Radiant Fluid foundation has a very emollient silky liquidy formula.  I used the brush that's designed for the foundation - will include my thoughts on the foundation at the end of this entry - but there were also a couple of days that I used my fingers to apply the foundation.  This is something I always do when I trial foundations because I want to feel for myself how the formula is like, instead of just using a brush all the time.  
The foundation - how it feels when I use my fingers, is amazingly smooth and silky (for lack of a better word), it almost feels like you are applying skincare on your face.  It also reminds me a bit of the GA Maestro foundation in terms of its soft silky formula. 

And the finished half face - 

The foundation has a light to medium coverage.   It is able to even out my skintone, and gives a very natural radiant finish.  Again, more detailed thoughts at the end of this entry. 

And just to make everything complete - I will show how the concealer works.  I have my Clé de Peau concealer for years.. and it is one of my HG concealers.  It is great for under the eyes and also for spots. 

and the finished overall look - 

Overall thoughts - 

  • The Radiant Fluid Foundation is a really nice product - it feels good, it is so so so refined and a pleasure to apply.  The finish is quite flawless, whether you use the brush or with your fingers.  I love the coverage too, it is very lightweight, but gives you an overall improved look. 
  • The foundation is not the most long lasting, I noticed visible fading after the 8 hour mark despite using the Sheer Veil.  I really prefer the Cream Veil, simply because it seems to be a much better base for me.  But it is really up to your personal preference.  If you have dry skin, the Cream Veil would be a lot more suitable for you.  In addition, I do find that I need to blot more often when I was using this foundation.  Normally I would blot twice a day, but with this, I have to blot 3-4 times. 
  • In terms of the application - the brushes -- they are super super soft, the ends of the brush hairs applies the foundation smoothly.  It is the sort of application that takes some time, you need to work it slowly.  But if you are running out of time, I must say using your fingers work fine too. I havent tried using a typical buffing brush with this foundation yet though. 

  • There are longer lasting foundations, and there are foundations with just as great finish.. but just assesing this foundation on its own, I will say that the foundation does indeed have a great radiant finish.  Perhaps I would go to this very luxe routine for special ocassions when I don't need ot be out for the whole day, and when the environment is likely to be cool and nice. The overall experience of using the base and foundation is very elegant and very pleasant..and did I mention that the foundation has this very nice scent too?  It is very subtle but if you are familiar with Clé de Peau products, you will find this scent familiar. 
  • The only other foundation I would compare this to is the GA Maestro foundation - simillar in terms of being that "serum silky" foundation.  

Price List

Radiant Fluid Foundation S$175
Correcting Veil & Sheer Veil S$100 each
Foundation Brush S$73
Concealer Brush S$55

I hope that my thoughts have helped you in your shopping decision.. and do let me know what are your fave foundations at the moment! 

That's all, and thank you for reading!

September 26, 2014
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Review & Application: Loving this whole Laneige Routine!

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This entry has long been composing itself in my mind the past few weeks.  I was trying out the entire Laneige base routine for a couple of weeks, and then took a bunch of pictures... then I got busy/ distracted with other stuff and so this entry got put aside for another few weeks.  But I do want to feature all these products because 1 - I love them, 2 - they are really awesome products at a great price point too and 3 - I love a routine that's all same brand, same formula/ consistency etc etc.. you know what I mean.

I will start with a quick introduction of each item, swatches and how it applies on my face.  Hope you find this entry helpful! 

First, we have the new Laneige Watery Cushion Concealer - I was given 3 shades, and the two lighter shades are perfect for me.  I have since given the darker one to my sister who is also loving it for under her eyes.  

The packaging is a sleek sturdy pen with a clickable end for you to dispense the product itself.  The applicator is a firm cushion that allows you to dab and lightly blend the product (though I prefer to use my fingers anyway).  I also love how the side of the pen has a 'window' that allows you to see the amount of product inside.  At first use you need to go clicky happy for 20-30 times... before you see the product cominng out of the cushion tip.  After that you just need to click one time for each use.  

The coverage of these concealers are pretty intense.  It has a slight moussey thick texture that isn't cakey even when I use it under my eyes.  I don't really have any blemish spots to conceal at the moment, but I like to slap on a brightening shade of concealer under my eyes.  I also find that this concealer is great for touch ups and also to refresh my makeup at the end of the day. 

Overall, I think that this is an impressive product as far as concealers are concerned.. and I do highly recommend it. 

Here you can see the 3 shades - like I mentioned, 03 is too dark for me.  I can use both 01 and 02 - though obviously 01 is more brightening, especially for use under my eyes. 

and here you can see the shades and the texture - quite thick.. and the coverage is pretty intense. 

Here I applied the concealer - which I prolly applied a bit too much for under my eyes, and haven't blended it out properly... but you get the idea.  It is easy to blend and set into your skin nicely.  I did not notice any settling into my lines and it is quite long lasting.   I also like to dab this on a pigment spot at the top of my left cheek and it works beautifully too. 

Most of all, I really like the cushion/ sponge tip applicator.  It reminds me slightly of the Maybelline age rewind concealer that has a similar sponge tip applicator.  

I usually apply foundation/ bb base BEFORE concealer - but let's back track abit and recap the application of the Laneige BB Pore cushion - I use the shade 21, and I have been enjoying this for something very quick & fuss free.  It contains powerful SPF of 50/PA+++ and it gives me enough coverage for the day. I love the natural finish, and it smooths out my skin significantly. I know there are many cushion bb lovers out there, and I think that the Laneige one is really a great one to try.  -- I have a review of the Laneige BB Cushion when it was first launched - click here to read. 

Next, I would finish my foundation/ bb base with some sort of powder - here we have the Brush Pacts - available in 3 shades. At first when I saw these powders - I thought the different shades stand for the various skin correcting shades - but they are all very different, and you can use them all at the same time. 

Let me explain - 

use 01 Natural Finish to SET your foundation - it is a skintone color. 
use 02 Pore Blur to FINISH your foundation, use it on areas where you have pore concerns, or oily t-zone area - it is a translucent super fine 'HD' type of powder. 

use 03 Pink Beam to add some radiance, maybe as a cheek highlight - it is a pink shimmery face powder.

01 and 02 are super finely milled, and very very smooth. 
03 can be dusted very lightly all over the face for a night out, or just use selectively on your face for a touch of radiance.

The packaging is quite innovative - it has a built in brush, and the powder is set in the 'cap' of the container.  Reminds me of a By Terry apricot powder that I have, and also the Maquillage true cheek blushes that come with built in brushes. 

The brush is synthetic but packs a punch in terms of the density and the texture - super smooth and fine brush hairs.  There's no prickly bristles that you might associate with built in brushes and they deposite the product nicely.  Overall, a great for travel/on the go touch up sort of powder product. 

Here are the swatches - I would say 01 would suit a range of light to medium tones as it is somewhat sheer.  

and applying the powder... 

and after the whole makeup is done, and everything is set. 

For more details on this whole amazing lipstick look going on, click here 

That's about it!  I hope you find my overview useful, and definitely do check out these Laneige goodies!  They are all currently available at all Laneige counters and stores. 

Thanks for reading! 

September 11, 2014
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Experiencing NEW Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Fluid Foundation & Bases

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This afternoon, I got to experience a base makeover by Clé de Peau Beauté featuring a few of their new base products - and I will quickly share with you my experience and first impressions.  I will definitely follow up this entry with a indepth review of the products I will be testing out in the next few weeks.  I hope you are enjoying this new 'style' of updates - basically I will try to upload stuff which I get to do on a daily basis, such as previews etc etc where I got to snap a few pics and accompanied by my thoughts.  Nothing too formal nor detailed, but a way to just talk through casually because it is quite easy and do-able for me to catch up this way.  Then after I have the chance to give the products a good run, I will follow up with proper reviews and all that good stuff.  

So anyway, here are the new Clé de Peau Beauté that I got to try out - they are all NEW and already available at the counters:

1. Radiant Fluid Foundation (8 shades availave here)
A completely new type of foundation that veils the skin with layers of light making your complexion lustrously dewy and irresistible.  Clé de Peau Beauté technology controls the foundation powder particles on the skin's surface for a new level of beauty.  Like liquid radiance, there's never been a finish quite like this. 

2. Correcting Cream Veil & Sheer Fluid Veil - create a radiant base, enhancing your makeup.  Delicately light and deeply moisturising, they smooth onto the skin to draw out its natural radiance.  Perfectly enhances the beauty of bare skin while it maximises the look and longetivity of your finish. 

3. Fluid & Cream foundation brush - exquisitie makeup brush designed specially for foundation - each individual brush hair is crafted to allow for uniform application of foundation, to create a veil of light for a radiantly perfect finish.   

4.  Two new shades of the Concealer - Almond & Mocha 

Clé de Peau Beauté lead makeup artist, Terence tried out the new base products on me.  He removed my base (leaving just my brows and lippy) and proceed to prep my skin, and apply the Correcting Cream Veil - I was somehow more keen to try this, even though the Sheer Fluid Veil is really designed for our hot climate.  

Immediately I noticed a smoothing of my skin texture.  There is also a very subtle brightening effect (but not as brightening or as opaque as the brightening base).  The effect is very very refined.  He applied this base using fingertips. 

Next, Terence applied the new Radiant Fluid foundaiton with the new brush - it is quite a small paddle shaped brush - very soft, and did not create any streaks at all.  It took a bit of time before foundation was applied all over my face (cos my face is that big... haha) but I can see how the size of this brush creates a very flawless finish and is able to reach into the little nooks of your face contour - but you must have the patience for this brush to cover your face area.  That's really up to your personal preference, as you can always use your own preferred method of application. 

Here's a pic after the foundation is applied :

I must the foundation sets quite fast into the skin, during the application, it feels like skincare - there's a glow and the scent of the product (if you are familiar with Clé de Peau Beauté product scents) is just a really luxurious process.  The coverage of the foundation is medium I would say.  But very very lightweight.  Even though it is so liquidy - it just coats your skin so nicely. 

and after lightly setting the centre of my face with their sheer pressed powder and some blusher on the cheeks - 
Terence also applied the new extra rich lipstick in 111 on my lips for a natural pink flush. 

Overall, I really like this CLEAN and radiant look. 

Ready for my close up - because I am that confident that this routine seems to look really flawless.  All the products used seem to feel really moisturising.

and a couple more shots because I really wanted to capture the finish of the foundation. 

Some quick thoughts -

The new base products seem quite impressive, in particular, the finish and the formula. I will definitely be testing them out in terms of lasting power - especially because the sheer fluid veil is supposed to help your makeup adhere better even when you are sweating.  That certainly sounds very promising! 

Price information for the new Clé de Peau Beauté  base products:

Radiant Fluid Foundation S$175
Correcting Cream Veil S$100
Sheer Fluid Veil S$100
Concealer (new shades, Almond & Mocha) $116
Foundation Brush S$73
Concealer Brush S$55

And while I was at the counter, I also took the chance to swatch all the new Clé de Peau Beauté eye quads - 302 and 305 are really calling out to me!   I have 306 which I will be featuring in an upcoming entry soon. The newly formulated quads are really smooth and creamy.  I like the combo of colors and how the shimmer bits are really refined and smooth. 

Hope these swatches are helpful! 

That's all I have for this quick update, and thanks for reading! 

August 30, 2014
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Review & Application: New Lancôme Teint Miracle & La Base Hydra Glow

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This entry will feature my application & review of the newly formulated Lancôme Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation.  This is currently available at all Lancome counters and Sephora stores.  I have 3 shades of the foundation, and the one which I found to be the most natural match for me is 0-03 - note that all shades apply quite nicely on me... but 0-03 is the one I have been using the most often.  I have previously reviewed the previous Teint Miracle foundation (which is one of my all time foundations - click here to read the entry and the technology behind this foundation and also see some cringe worthy pics of me back in 2010.. hahaha.. but this is one of my most viewed foundation entries of all time hur hur....) 

So anyway, just to recap - the new Lancome Teint Miracle uses Universal Light Technology, mirrors the perfect glow that radiates when our skin is under day light. Skin's natural radiance is intensified under any lighting condition, lasting for up to 12 hours. The foundation is made up of 90% air that absorbs sebum up to 4 times of its own weight. This ensures a non-cakey finish throughout the day. Therefore, foundation is kept fresh and glowing. In terms of texture, it is even more lightweight than before, the fluid texture blends seamlessly into a natural finish within seconds.  Formulated with 40% water to provide skin with up to 18 hours hydration, keeping skin plumped up and preventing unsightly lines or cracks in makeup. Overall, the foundation promises to ceate a nude and natural finish with a glow as though it is lit from within; just like perfect second skin.

If you follow me on Instagram - you would have been a pic of my initial thoughts of this foundation, on first swatch, I can feel that it is much lighter weight than the previous Teint Miracle - almost watery, and very fluid.  It feels very light and smooth.  The foundation gives me a 'my skin but better' finish - which I immediately noticed upon first application.  

Here are the swatches of the foundation shades that I got to preview - 

Lancôme also launches a pair of new additions to their range of primers - the Hydra Glow and Pore Eraser - both serves totally different needs and have different effects.  Personally, I find 'pore eraser' primers a bit drying on my normal skin, and I don't really feel a need to have to smooth out the pores on my skin...so I will focus my review on the Hydra Glow, which I will be using under the Teint Miracle for this review entry. 

La Base Hydra Glow -
Infused with 14 intensive skin-caring actives for 24hours hydration and plumped up skin.
Contains brightening pearls to illuminate complexion with a natural dewy glow.

La Base Pore Eraser - 
Instantly reduces appearances of pores by 65% for a highly refined complexion.
Enjoy a silky matte complexion all day long.

and swatches of both on my hands - 

Just a quick application overview - 
and half face - 

after powder and blush - 
with brows - now you see why I can't leave my house without brows... lol

and the full face done - 

Pretty sure everything used here (perhaps except for the brows) are Lancôme but I will list everything I use when I get home. 

My overview of both the base & foundation

  • The base gives a very subtle and healthy glow to the skin without being over the top.  This is quite something for me, cos I have a slight oily T-zone, and I didn't notice any accentuation of my pores or imperfections when using this hydra glow base.  I think this should be a good base to use for nights (because in the day time I will tend to use a base that contains higher SPF), and also if you have dry skin days, when you want a hydrating 'perk me up' to your skin prior to applying foundation.  
  • The pink pearlised tinge also helps to brighten up my complexion and enhance my skintone (neutralising the yellow tones).  I might actually be able to get away with applying just the base and a dusting of a powder if I just want something very light for quick errands etc. 

  • The foundation is ultra-lightweight, and very comfortable to wear.  It gives medium coverage - which is buildable depending on how much product you use.  I find that I can apply this foundation with a buffing brush or my fingers with ease, and it sets into my skin nicely after about 10-15 minutes. 
  • The Teint Miracle is a foundation that has decent lasting power (do note - you can extend the longevity of a foundation with a proper primer that suits your needs, and also setting your face with powder, blotting every few hours etc etc) - and that being said, all things being constant, this is a foundation that lasts on me a good day of around 8 to 10 hours.  
  • I particularly enjoy the finish of this foundation - it is natural and radiant - if you like Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua, GA Luminous Silk, this is another one which would be up your alley as far as good glowy foundations go.  
  • One thing I like about the Teint Miracle is also how it somehow enhances my skintone, cancelling out any redness and just makes it look really smooth and even.  
  • The foundation did not oxidise on me nor cause any skin side effects.  It wears well throughout the day, with just a couple of blotting sessions throughout the day.

I am not disappointed by this new re-formulation - if my fave Teint Miracle has managed to become even better - it just did this year, with this new reformulation.  Therefore, the new Teint Miracle is another highly recommended foundation in the 'healthy glow' category. If you prefer smooth satin matte foundations, there are plenty of others that I have featured before too. 

I hope that my overview has been helpful and thank you for reading. 

June 01, 2014
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Review & Application: MAQuillAGE Beauty Keep Base UV & True Liquid Long Keep UV

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

But first, here are some quick information about both: 

TRUE LIQUID LONG KEEP UV

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

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

BEAUTY KEEP BASE UV

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

Beauty Keep Base UV
SPF27・PA+++.

Some swatches on my hand:

And here's the application process: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

and one more pic to show the overall effect: 

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

May 17, 2014
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Review & Application: Shiseido UV Protective Foundations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And swatches on my hand: 


Application:  Stick Foundation 

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

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

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

here's a before and after application: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the finished look: 

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

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

I hope that my review has been helpful, and thank you for reading! 

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ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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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