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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

2009 Foundations Overview

2009 Liquid Foundations Overview

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

Maquillage Esscence Rich White Liquid UV foundation

Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

FAQ & DISCLAIMER

About Me

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

About this Blog

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

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

My Makeup Style

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

What Cameras do I use?

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

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

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

Where to find me

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

I have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.

 

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    April 11, 2013

    Daring Digits Speicher

    Hi hi!

    This is another Meimei's Signatures exclusive shade - Daring Digits Speicher (link here!)  When I saw this, my thought is 'shatter glass' I love the irregular flakes and also the combination of the blue holo bits.  It seems so cliched to swatch them over a black, but this really shows up the complex glitter and color combination. 

    The base itself is clear..it is a little on the thick side.  The bits are all evenly and densely packed in the bottle, so even a single coat gives you serious sparkle. 

    Color description:
    A delicate clear base polish with lots of thin gold and silver flakes in irregular size with blue iridescent flakes and blue/purple duochrome micro-shimmers.

    close up of the bottle

    Shown here with my fave Nails Inc leather effect black - Love how the blue bits pop and the clashing texture/ finish! 

    Each bottle of Daring Digits contains 16.5ml of product, and retails for S$12.50 at Meimei's Signatures. (link here!)

    I hope that my swatches have been useful!

    Thanks for reading!

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    April 11, 2013

    Daily Lacquer "Michiru"

    Hi hi!!

    Here we have Dai
    ly Lacquer's Michiru
    from their 'Outer Planet' Collection.  I really love this combo of glitters.  The mint base, the mixture of blue, white, green and turquoise bits is just too cute.  You can purchase Daily Lacquer polishes from Meimei Signatures. (link here!)

    Color Description: 
    A lovely mint/aqua colored crelly polish filled with blue hearts, blue holo gllitters, green dots, and blue holo moons.  Michiru is the essence of soft beauty and she loves her beautiful Haruka with silent intensity.

    Close ups - 

    I applied a sheer color base to make the base more even.  Here, I used two coats (yes that's two coats!) of Essie Turquoise & Caicos - bad Essie, but perfect sheer base for Michiru.

    I applied two coats of Michiru, and didn't apply any topcoat.  I had used this combo last week, with a topcoat, which smoothes the surface of the polish.  So if they are looking a little gritty here, you know why.  A topcoat will just smooth everything out. 
    I didn't have to fish out the glitter bits, because they are all quite evenly distributed in the base. 

    Shown here is a sample bottle for my review purposes.  The actual retail bottle (comes with cute bow on the cap) is 13.5ml, and retails for S$15 each.    Each bottle is handmade, and there might be slight variations with each batch.

    You can purchase Daily Lacquer from Meimei Signatures.  (link here!)

    I hope these swatches have been useful, and thanks for reading!

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    April 11, 2013

    BeautyAsia 2013 Haul: Four ORLY nailpolishes

    Hi hi!

    Sometime back, I went to the Beauty Asia Fair 2013 with Sarah... we checked out the annual beauty fair, and I was most looking forward to getting myself some Hakuhodo brushes..but when I realised that they were not for actual retail sale (the brand is looking for local retailers) I was like...what's there to get?  

    Well, I got some random nail supplies (base coats & seche vite, not that I need them, but it is nice to have endless supply of backups..haha), hair mask, and these Orly polishes.  I have vaguely heard of these colors, but never really got into buying them.  When I saw how gorgeous the glitter effects are, I just allowed myself to grab a few.  

    They didn't swatch very well, partly I was a little impatient, and they turned out quite gunky.....but here we go:

    Sunglasses at Night - holographic glitter strips... I love how they really catch the light, and just shine very mysteriously in the sheer jelly black base.  I think this is best applied over a black base as shown.  The base formula is on the thick side, so I was torn trying to get as many of the strips out, and not to lay on too thick a layer...and the same goes for the other two glitter shades...

    Can't be Tamed - purple glitter packed with lots of smaller silver and maybe black glitter bits.  
    Ultraviolet - like the name states... this is chocfull with glitter bits and applies the most easily and evenly among the 3 glitter polishes. 

    Quick swatches over black: 

    And lastly, we have Orly Rage - a pale rose gold that's a hot fave among many.  The formula is impressive, you can get away with one even coat, but I applied two coats here for maximum impact.  It's realy gorgeous. 

    That's all I have for this entry. 

    Thanks for looking!

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    February 17, 2013

    OPI Spring 2013 Euro Centrale Collection: My Vampire is Buff & Polka.com [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!

    I purchased two colors from OPI's Spring collection - Euro Centrale, the rest of the colors look gorgeous, but nothing that I MUST have.  I went for the nudey white, and the glitter topcoat in the collection.  For complete swatches of the whole collection, do check out The PolishAholic.

    You can get OPI, China Glaze, Essie polishes from my fave trusty local seller, Tammy (Timtam) at her online store here.  (link link link)  She is very fast with replies and shipping. 

    My Vampire is Buff - an off white nude shade - This is two coats, and my kind of color, I am a sucker for anything which is a variant of nude/ white.  I like the formula of this, it is quite smooth, and I don't find it too streaky.   And I love the name.  Heheh.

    Polka.com is a glitter topcoat, very densely packed with blue and hot pink glitter bits.  I layered it over My Vampire is Buff - this glitter reminds me of Pibble Polish Faithful Friend (without the square glitter bits though, but totally along the same lines).  

    Another angle to show the reflection of the glitter bits.  It is really pretty. 

    A quick comparison of my fave OPI nudes with My Vampire is Buff:

    I tend to lean towards the creamy nudes (as opposed to the sheer french manicure nudes from OPIs, such as Sweet Heart), and I am glad to add My Vampire is Buff to the collection. 

    Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for looking!

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    February 02, 2013

    Four Rich Colors from Nicole by OPI

    Hi hi 

    this entry features the last of the Nicole by OPI polishes I collected from the event I attended last week.  The four shades are all very rich autumnal shades.  

    For other Nicole by OPI entries, click on the following links

    Do Good Feel Good 

    Four Kardashian colors 

    Love your Life

    Colors featured in this entry: 

    1. Cocoa a Gogo - a metallic frosty warm chocolate brown, the formula on this is awesome, it is very smooth, and almost a one coater.  I applied two coats for extra measure... and it doesn't look streaky at all. 

    2. Just Busta Mauve - a sheer shimmery brown base with blue, red, orange glitter bits.  It is a little sheer and thin, hence I applied 3 coats to achieve a fuller color payoff.  Very smooth, and very densely packed with the glitter bits.

    3. Shoot for the Maroon - a thicker shimmery deep dark red base with multi-color shimmer - this reminds me of several other similar shades in my stash (think Zoya Valerie, Julienne, etc) The formula is much better than Just Busta Mauve, because you get a really opaque look in just 2 coats. 

    4. Sensational Scarlet - a jelly finish red with larger holographic glitter bits, opaque in two coats, still with the jelly finish.   It feels and looks very textured without topcoat, so you really need to slap on the topcoat to seal in all the goodness.  I showed them here with and without topcoat, and you can see the difference. 

    Hope you find these swatches helpful. 

    Nicole by OPI polishes retail for S$12.90 at selected major Watsons. 

    Thank you for reading!

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    January 31, 2013

    Nicole by OPI: Four Kardashians Kolors [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi~
    This entry features four shades from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian colors which I got to pick at this preview event (mentioned earlier in this entry). They look quite Christmassy, but I felt like a metallic red, and all the glitters really appealed to me when I was playing around with the colors at the event. 

    So, without any further ado...let's move on to the colors: 

    All the polishes have a smooth formula, the glitter in this collection are quite fine, and the Nicole by OPI has the same wide brush that all OPIs polishes come with.  I personally find them a little too big and cumbersome, but they so spread across your nailbed very easily and makes for a easier application (wide brush saves you effort in painting from 'side to side' as one swipe can cover almost the whole nail). 

    Keeping up with Santa - a metallic red, this is very smooth and almost opaque in one coat.  I painted two coats here to show off the full color intensity.  The red is very classic, without any obvious cool or warm undertones.  It is just a very neutral red which will suit all skintones in my opinion.

    All is Glam, All is Bright - a silvery base gltter polish that contains darker blue-ish silver and red bits.  Reminds me of an ETK or something.  It is almost opaque in two coats, and quite smooth for a glittery polish.  Love how the glitter bits catch the light even though the pictures are taken indoors. 

    Look at me, Look at me - another silvery base glitter polish, with pink, red, teal (?) --- multicolor glitter bits.  Same consistency and formula as All is Glam All is Bright.  
    And lastly, Kardashing Through the Snow - cheeky name - and this is really made for the Christmas season.  A clear base, densely packed with fine red and green glitter bits. 

    Layered Kardashing through the Snow with Keeping up with Santa - very party appropriate, and I trimmed my nails shorter to rock this combination.  I prefer glittery bright on short short nails. 

    Formula on all four are impressive, and the two glitters provide enough coverage on their own.  Wear time is about 4 days, still looking good, without any tip wear.  (why I mention 4 days, because I seriously don't wear any color longer than that).  

    You can find Nicole by OPI nail polishes at selected Watsons, and they retail for $12.90 each. 

    Hope this entry has been helpful, thanks for reading!

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    January 21, 2013

    Jindie Nails "Live out Loud"

    Hi hi!

    This entry features an indie nail polish brand, hand crafted and imported from USA.  You can purchase Jindie Nails polishes from Meimei Signatures (click here!).  The shade I have here is called Live out Loud - and I love the white based glitter polish, having seen similar ones from many girls I follow on Instagram.  The formula on this is very smooth and creamy - it is rather opaque in two coats, but if you want it very white, I suggest painting a thin coat of white followed by two coats of the polish itself.  However, I do like the milky creamy look of just two coats on its own. 

    Love the color combination of the glitter bits, they apply and distribute very evenly, I didn't have to work too much to 'arrange' and make sure that the glitters are evenly spread out on the nails.  And the white base did not cover the colors of the glitter bits, which is a good thing.   It is such a playful and cute combination, and definitely something different.  I think there are a couple of other white based glitter polishes from Jindie Nails.

    FYI - The full sized bottles contain the usual 15ml of product, and retail for S$15 (inclusive normal shipping) - the tiny bottle you see here is a sample sent to me for review. 

    and one more shot:

    That's all I have for this entry, thank you for reading!

    Useful links:

    Meimei's Signatures - ONLINE STORE

    Meimei's Signatures - Facebook 

    * her shipping is very fast, and if something is out of stock, you can sign up for email updates * 

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    November 25, 2012

    SpaRitual Gold Collection: Rusted Lux & Conduit [Photos, Swatches & Comparisons]

    SPARITUAL GOLD:

    A Special Edition Nail Lacquer Collection

    SpaRitual introduces GOLD, a special edition nail lacquer collection that celebrates one of the world’s most treasured metals, valued for millennia across cultures.  GOLD, widely known as an ancient symbol of wealth, has always had the power to captivate; at the heart of ancient rituals and modern desire, it holds an elemental energy forged by nature, radiating warmth from within; a symbol of a better moment in time.

    Each of the six GOLD collection nail lacquers is infused with actual 24 karat gold particles that give off an ethereal shimmer.

    Shades include:

    Gilded Age, a rose gold,

    Alchemy, a while gold,

    Aurum, pure gold,

    Electrum, a golden khaki,

    Conduit, copper hued,

    Rusted Lux, golden terracotta. 

    ‘’Spread your inner light with SpaRitual’s special editioncollection, GOLD, as you embrace the symbol of mental growth and general well-being.’’ – Shel Pink, SpaRitual Founder & CCO

    SpaRitual is committed to providing spa and nail care products that nourish the mind, body and spirit connection which are also environmentally kind.  As with all SpaRitual lacquers, the 2012 GOLD lacquers are free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Formaldehyde Resin, and are formulated to compliment Slow Beauty practices.

    For 2012, SpaRitual’s overarching theme is to honor our precious resources.  Taking inspiration from the earth’s natural resources and elements all the products and nail lacquer collections launched throughout the year will have a direct correlation with this theme including, the GOLD.

    The complete GOLD collection is available and will retail for $35 each in fine salons and spas locally. SpaRitual products are also available online at: www.mylife-store.com

    Swatches here: 

    I have swatched Rusted Lux last week, and it is brilliant.  It is red, and glistening gold at the same time.  3 coats give you full opaque color, but I am also showing you the option of applying it over a red base.  Personally, I prefer the pureness of the color with 3 coats.  The red base seems to make the shade look too red/gold in a chinese new year way which I am not too keen on.

    what I used for layering, another Sparitual red. 

    Here's how one coat of Rusted Lux looks like. You can see the sheer reddish pink base.

    And more swatches: 

    The gold shimmers sparkle and shine, and even more so in sunlight. 

    Here we have 2 coats of Conduit.  It has a pink toned base, and quite densely packed with deeper golden shimmers. The pink base is very sheer, and not as red as the one in Rusted Lux. 

    And a comparison of Conduit with OPI Goldeneye and Sparitual Solstice:

    Conduit has a pink toned based, more coppery looking. 
    OPI Goldeneye has coarser shimmer bits. 
    Solstice is more densely packed, and more golden, and it looks more intense than conduit. 

    The SpaRitual polishes are of great quality, the bottle and the brush is easy to use, and you are paying for the sheer quality of their polishes.  I enjoy the rest of the SpaRitual polishes in my collection, and these new ones are no exception. 

    To purchase SpaRitual polishes and more, click on www.mylife-store.com to start shopping right away. 

    Hope these swatches have been helpful, and thanks for reading!

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    November 19, 2012

    MUFE Holiday 2012: Holodiam [Photos, Step by Step & Swatches]


    MAKE UP FOR EVER
    has created a spectacular look to light up the year-end holidays with a burst of glitter that takes glam to the extreme! The HOLODIAM collection captures the brilliance of the spotlights and the bold, brash glamour of a woman who is not afraid to take center stage.

    ‘On the floor,’ she dramatizes her eyes. They come to life with a bewitching smoky black that glistens with subtle holographic highlights. She mixes the HOLODIAM POWDER like a deejay compiling a playlist. The glitter achieves a holographic effect thanks to a technological first: multifaceted pearlescent particles that reflect no fewer than three different colors depending on the refraction angle of the light. The result is an optical phenomenon, a pulsing vibration of intense, ever-changing colors for electrifying eyes infused with mystery. Color turns to light, black turns to glitter. Her cheekbones are accentuated with a simple blush, her lips with a nude champagne shade. And when she wants to take the look to the limit, limited edition false lashes sprinkled with fine golden glitter give her the ultimate glamorous, festive look.

    BEAUTY WITH VIBRANT SENSUALITY

    The HOLODIAM collection is a unique celebration of fabulously glittering nights out. To complement the HOLODIAM POWDERS, a new set of FALSE EYELASHES sprinkled with golden glitter completes the HOLODIAM look. Magnifying the unique beauty of the woman whose eyes are adorned with these precious lashes, they catch the spotlight and radiate it outwards. Party lights glint off the iridescent shine of her eyelids, which seem to twinkle with the light of a thousand stars. The fine layer of gold that graces her lashes creates an intoxicating beauty that captivates everyone she meets.

    Holiday Collection 2012

    ALLURING SPARKLE

    • For a 3D and multi reflecting eye liner: Apply Aqua Eyes or Aqua Shadow with a brush No. 2S. Quickly before the

    Aqua dries: Superimpose a shade of Holodiam with the brush No. 5SB

    • For a waterproof result, apply Aqua Seal as base and dab on a shade of Holodiam powder.

    • Leave to dry and spray Mist & Fix to fix Holodiam Powder at the end of the make-up.

    • Fluorphlogopite > Synthetic mica with very thin layered structure to increase the reflection and refraction of light.

    • Mineral Pigments > are obtained by mineral raw material synthesis, they give intense pearlescent color and chameleon effect.

    • Glass base > give a very sparkling effect.

    Swatches in different lighting, and different clarity to show the holographic goodness!  I swatched the four shades over the black Aqua Cream.  They are super fine and smooth!  


    Colors: 

    Copper----Pink, orange and yellow highlights

    White----Gold, green and blue highlights

    Plum----Turquoise, violet and pink highlights

    Brown gold----Yellow, green and blue highlights

    HOLODIAM POWDER, a loose powder that catches the light in a glittering rainbow of iridescent colors, was designed to enhance both eyelids and cheeks. The sleek box contains a thousand different hues just waiting to add drama to smoky or incandescent eyes, or amplify the cheekbones with a flurry of colorful stars. Color becomes light, and even black sparkles.

    4 irresistible shades

    4 shades combine in enchanting harmony to highlight each and every complexion.

    RETAIL PRICE SGD41

    LIMITED EDITION

    AQUA EYES KIT   (Retail Price $65)

    Award-winning, waterproof, smudge-proof, and fade-proof eyeliner that doubles as a vibrant eyeshadow. Dany Sanz originally created this product for performers of water ballet.

    This best-selling eyeliner has become a favorite among all women who fear the dreaded raccoon eyes. Formulated to glide on effortlessly and withstand the most extreme conditions, it stays put on eyelids without melting for precise application and intense color throughout the day.

    Available in an extensive range of 25 unique and vibrant shades.

    False Eyelashes (Retail Price $32)

    The eyes take on an unearthly glow when framed in false lashes flecked with the most precious of metals. Channeling the universal appeal of sparkling eyes, these lashes put out an irresistible siren call by a woman who’s ready to set the dance floor on fire.

    Aqua Seal (Retail Price $45)

    An unprecedented and must-have product that transforms any powdery eye shadow or pencil into waterproof make-up. It also works by diluting the texture, which can then be used as an eye-liner, or to intensify colors and pearl effects. Pour a few drops of Aqua Seal onto the back of the hand, dip the brush into the product and blend with the make-up.

    Mist & Fix (Retail Price $48, Available in 125ml & 25ml)

    This make up fixer spray is the final touch to your makeup, as it ensures a longer lasting make up and protection for the skin. After makeup application, hold the Mist & Fix spray 40 cm away from the face and mist continuously. Allow to dry or blot with a thick tissue to speed dry. To fix diamond powder and glitter, spray Mist & Fix over skin after application. This will guarantee strong hold and is suitable for all skin types.

    HD Elixir (Retail Price $63)

    After setting the dance floor on fire, reward your skin with our HD Elixir, a true lifesaver that will hydrate and brighten your complexion instantly. This breakthrough formula contains D-Pantheol and Glycerin to ensure an immediate boost of hydration (+520% after 15 minutes) that lasts throughout the day. Party the night away and rely on HD Elixir to give you that moisture boost the following day!

    LAB SHINE (Retail Price $34)

    A gloss offering a high concentration of pearly pigments with multiple effects. A combination of Hyaluronic acid and Gold of Pleasure oil moisturizes and makes the lips supple. Beeswax improves the optimal hold of the gloss and provides a non-sticky texture. Labshine offers a multitude of effects through Diamond, Star and Metal effects. This light formula on the lips adds a glossy yet subtle finish and is easy to apply. To maximize the effect add some Diamond Powder, Star Powder or Metal Powder to the Lab Shine.

    Aqua Cream (Retail Price $39)

    A long-wear waterproof cream eyeshadow ultra-concentrated with colour pigments and pure mother-of-pearl particles. Thanks to its meltaway texture, it glides easily over the eyelid and blends in perfectly. This practical cream can also be used on the cheekbones and lips.


    Discover our step-by-step guide and get that glamorous sparkling look for the festive Holiday season!

    1. Apply a thick line of Aqua Eyes 0L Matte Black on the top and bottom lash line.

    2. Using brush 15S blend immediately on the top and bottom lash line.

    3. Using the brush 8S apply Aqua Cream No. 27 MATTE BLACK on the lid of the eye and blend together with the line of Aqua Eyes.

    4. Apply Aqua cream No. 13 WARM BEIGE in the crease with and blend well with Aqua cream No. 27 to create a harmonious effect.

    5. Apply Aqua Cream No. 4 SNOW on the brow bone to create highlight with brush 10 S.

    6. Finish with Aqua Eyes pencil 0L MATTE BLACK in the water line.

    8. Apply Holodiam Powder No. 303 on the temples and top of the cheekbones. For long lasting result, fix the make up with a light mist of mist & fix spray.

    9. For a more festive look, use glittery gold False Eyelashes from the collection. Spread the eyelash glue on the false Eyelashes, and stick them on the root of the upper lashes. Make sure that the inner and outer corners are well fixed, in order to increase the lasting effect.

    Intensify the root of upper and lower lashes with Aqua Eyes 0L Matte black.

    7. On top of the black Aqua Cream, apply Holodiam Powder No. 302 using 8N brush in a dabbing motion. Apply Holodiam Powder No.303 in the inner corner of the eyelid.

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    August 25, 2012

    Nails Inc Special Effects: Get Sprinkly with Sugar House Lane [Photos & Swatches]

    A while back, I had purchased Nails Inc Sugar House Lane from beautybay.com - this is from their Special Effects, the Sprinkles range.  There are 3 other shades in this Sprinkles range, I think 2 shades of pink, and a shade of blue or teal. I choose this nude.. with all same sized glitter bits in monchromatic shades of black, white, and some matte silver/ grey. 

    The glitter bits in this polish is DENSE.  And the base color itself a pinky grey nude color is also quite opaque.  When I first got it, I was excited and slapped on two coats of Sugar House Lane on my nails.  It was a nightmare.  The surface was uneven due to the overly dense glitter.  And no amount of topcoat could smooth out the surface.  And more nightmare when I removed my swatches.  There was glitter bits EVERYWHERE.  That's how dense this nailpolish is.  

    I learnt my lesson. 

    I applied a nude nail polish as a base color, and then I apply ONE coat of Sugar House Lane on only 2 fingers as a fancy accent, and not on all fingers. 

    This is a much better way to show off and also deal with this pretty and unusual nailpolish.  It does look like cupcake sprinkles.  And like those sprinkles, if you go too heavy handed, they just look messy. 

    Check out the amazing bits inside the nail polish!

    Okay, I should have applied a more matching nude nailpolish (something more pinky I suppose, maybe Dior's Incognito...) but this is really something very pretty, and totally my style.  Sugar House Lane is also a lot smoother with only one coat. 

    The base nude color I am using is Makeup Store's Annelie, for your information. 

    Enjoy the swatches!

    Hope these swatches have been helpful, and thanks for looking!

    What are you wearing on your nails this weekend!