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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 13, 2014

    The Body Shop New Colour Crush Shine Lipstick‏

    Hi hi!!

    My fourth entry this weekend!  And many more to come soon... slowing clearing the backlog (keyword being 'slowly') and here we have a selection of the newly launched The Body Shop Colour Crush™ Shine Lipstick is our new range of lip colours that offers sheer pigments with rich moisture. These lipsticks contain Community Fair Trade marula oil that seals in moisture to condition the lips. 

    • Give a stunning gloss effect and fresh sorbet shine 
    • A full array of poppy spring shades 


    Most of the lipsticks shown here are creamy smooth, while a couple have a slightly frosty finish.  When we hear the word 'frosty', all sorts of frumpy connotations come to mind. Personally, I don't really like a frosty finish for my lippies, but these sheer frosty ones add some dimension to your lips.  Not too bad at all!  

    The lipsticks all feel super lightweight, as the description states, provide sheer coverage.  They are also very smooth and easy to apply.  I highly recommend 11, 12, 13 and 18.  
    As with sheer and light lippies like this, I find that they last about 2 hours on me...and the color worn off evenly.   So if you want a moisturising lipbalm type of lippy that you can slap on easily everyday, these are great. 

    Swatches here:

    And on my lips:

    And some overall looks featuring my fave colors: 

    The Body Shop Color Crush Shine lipsticks retail for S$22.90 each. 

    Together with the new lipsticks, The Body Shop is also launching new bath essentials, special edition Luscious Raspberry collection.  Spring is in full swing and the delicately sweet scent of raspberry is wafting through The Body Shop.  The new special Edition Early-Harvest Raspberry Bath and Body collection has hit the shelves.  These early-harvested raspberries are picked to preserve their skin-boosting antioxidants.  Fruity, indulgent and deeply moisturising, the products offer a 'special reserve' of raspberries and the iconic Body Butter 24hr hydrating power.  The collection also includes a Body Lotion, Body Scrub, Shower Gel and Eau de Toilette.

     
    Body Scrub $30.90
    Body Lotion $19.90
    Body Butter $30.90
    Eau de Toilette $32.90

    Hope you find this entry useful, and thanks for reading!

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    January 26, 2014

    NARS Final Cut Blush [Photos & Comparisons]

    Hi hi!

    I purchased the NARS Final Cut blush last Friday...I didn't have any intention to shop from this collection... but I saw the four blushes.. and they all look so pretty.. and well, I guess I picked the one which felt the least powdery, even though it probably already looks like one of the many other NARS blushes in my collection - that and the name itself is another frivolous reason for me to make this little purchase. 

    Final Cut is described as a Peach Coral... which pretty much sums up this shade.  It is mostly a velvety matte.. and can be build up to quite an intense shade. 

    Here's a comparison of Final Cut & Gilda (which is a permanent shade), and Gilda seems to be a tad deeper and also looks more dimensional.. though I am suspecting on the face they prolly will show up 99% the same.  

    Here's a pic of me wearing the blush... and more details on this very NARS look in a later entry.  

    What did you pick up from the Final Cut collection?

    Thanks for reading!

    Filed in: Final Cut, blush, Swatches, NARS, makeup | Tagged with: Final Cut, swatches, Blush, nars, makeup
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    January 05, 2014

    Hong Kong/ Tokyo Dec 2013

    Hi hi

    Just a quick entry on my recent trip to HK/ Tokyo, will be sharing info on where I stay, quick rundown of places I went to and all that.  I won't be listing specific places or restaurants, because I really didn't take note of where I ate and all that.  My main principle of travelling is often to follow where my mood and gut takes me.. and I just make my way there. I have a tentative plan of which areas to cover each day, and from there on it's all pretty much free and easy.  Also, this particular trip is just really a relaxing and shopping type of trip, I didn't factor in any much touristy spots at all.  

    The whole trip took place from 11 - 18 Dec.. with 11-13 spent in HK, and 13-18 spent in Tokyo.  I found this to be very good timing, as it allows me enough time to do what I want to do in HK, and plenty of time to eat and play in Tokyo.  I realise that I really like multi-city travelling ever since my Eu trip in June.  It's like since I am already flying out there, I might as well go to a couple of places at the same time. 

    The HK hotel room was HUGE (rare by HK standards), with two queen sized beds, and the service was great. 

    We also chilled out at W hotel in HK, located at the Elements mall (not that far from our hotel actually) but because of all the massive construction going on, it's impossible to walk or anything.  And taking the train is just too far, so cab is the nearest and cheapest.

    Also bought way too much macarons while I was at Pierre Hermes (located literally just downstairs from  the hotel) woots! 

    I stayed at the Prince Hotel Marco Polo in HK, since I was there only 2 nights, I decided to splurge reasonably on the hotel, and it was located right in Harbor Cit which is so convenient for eating and shopping and when I want to cross over to Central, I just get on the Star Ferry, which takes me to the IFC mall, which is also linked to Queens Stree via the sheltered bridge walkway.  It is good that I know the main shopping areas of HK like the back of my hand.. so getting around is very stress free and easy.   The hotel is awesome, and I will def stay there again if I am going for just a couple of nights.  Anymore I think it is better to just stay in one of the many city boutique hotels since you won't be in the room most of the day. 

    Dim Sum at my fave restaurant in HK.. it's located at Mongkok..I think it's called Cheers... can't be sure.  I just know how to get there.. that's all.  

    The flight to Tokyo is in the late morning, and we arrived in the early evening. (We flew via Cathay Pacific.)  My hotel in Tokyo is located in the Ginza area (link here), which means the Ginza strip is within walking distance (though I usually take the train, which is 2 stops away) and it is also 10 min walk to the Tsujiki Market (which is 5 min walk to Ginza)... and also The hotel is tiny, but because of the location, I love it, and it is also a place which I would totally stay at again when I go back to Tokyo.  It is also located between two train stations which are well linked to the other train lines.  

    One of the days in Tokyo, we took a 3 hour train journey out to Kusatsu (which is an onsen town) (link here) and spent a few hours there - we got to see snow, which is awesome, and the onsen is great (we went to Otakinoyu) which has both outdoor and indoor pools.  It is a little walk away from the centre, but the whole town is so small.. you won't really get lost.  Getting there itself is an adventure for me, and certainly unforgettable.  We took the subway to Ueno, then took the Shinkensen, and then changed to another suburbs JR train, and then took another 40min bus ride there.  It was a long and scenic route,  but luckily the Japanese schedule are so on the dot, it allows us to do very good planning. 

    I did my share of designer shopping in HK, while in Japan I focused on Jap makeup and also eat lots of food. You must go to Mitsukoshi department store because it's the only mall that sells ADDICTION, THREE and SUQQU all under one roof.----and also the entire Laduree makeup line.  Also there's a Laduree cafe in that mall (prepared to queue though) and it overlooks the Ginza junction.   Besides that you must also check out the Chikuhodo shop located in a little building in one of the lanes at Ginza (refer to this blogpost on where to buy) it is not hard to find, and you can take your time to pick and browse.  The same counter also sells Kuyodo brushes.  

    There's also a Hakudodo store located at Omotesando area .. but it is quite a walk depending on which direction you are going from.  It is near a junction (look out for the Max Mara boutique...) but ask around, and I think you should be able to find it.  While you are at Omotesando, also check out the Mac Pro store.. where you can get stuff which you can't get at the regular stores.  I find prices quite reasonable.  

    I also like to look for quirky stuff at Harajuku and also have the crepes located along the streets.  They are super yummy.  Just a great place to soak in the vibe. 

    Go to the Starbucks at the Shibuya junction.  It is really fun and best place for people watching! 

    We also hang out at the local pubs that open 24 hours.. you get to have some food, and lots of drinks.. very reasonably priced! 
    Can't remember the name!  But  they have branches at Shibuya, and Ueno.  

    And and and you must check out the FOOD HALLS!!  There were a couple of nights where we bought food back to the hotel just to eat as dinner/ supper.   It is foodporn everywhere.

    and foodporn at Tsukiji market: 

    And general food places we went to: 

    Ending this entry with a shot I took at Tokyo Station, when we were heading to the airport via the express train. 

    I hope this entry has been somewhat helpful, I am by no means a Japan expert.... but I enjoyed myself very much this trip and I will def return.  If you have any specific questions, please leave in the comments below.  Oh.. and if you are wondering about whether to get pre-paid phone cards in both cities, they are readily available at the airports... but I didn't bother, and I just used my data roaming (I am with M1, and I paid $15 a day for unlimited 3G usage with the designated local telco network).  

    Happy Sunday!  And have a great week ahead! 

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    December 22, 2013

    My First Addiction Palette [Photos & Swatches]

    Hi hi!!

    Like I mentioned in my last entry (that collection haul) I had purchased the most from ADDICTION.  I was recently told that ADDICTION was started by someone who used to work with Francois Nars.  That might explain the whole similarity in terms of the typography, products and even campaign images?  Anyway... I didn't know that and it is interesting to note.  We need all the fabulous makeup we can buy, right? 

    So I build a palette, consisting of 4 shadows and 1 blush.  The total cost of this palette is about SGD150, which is reasonable. Not the most expensive, but not the cheapest either.  I am just glad I got to swatch and play in person, and picked out these eyeshadows myself.  They are very easy to depot (just poke a sharp thingy/ needle under the pan and the eyeshadow comes out and there's this little glue patch which will stick nicely into the empty palette. 

    I like that the packaging is light and travel-friendly.  Some people like to trash packaging simply because they are 'plasticky' and 'light', I always find this weirdly amusing, because seriously, who wants to lug around HEAVY METALLIC cases everywhere, or even just to store in your vanity?  Something sturdy and functional, regardless of the material of the packaging is more important for me.   Anyway.. I digress with this whole packaging semi-rant. 

    The colors I picked -

    Ice Wall - pale pearly champagne shade.  under the bright store lights, I could see some multi-color sheen, but very subtle, and barely visible in normal daylight.  Very neutral brow bone highlight color in general. 

    Dolce Vita - an all over the lid color which is a deep brown, the shimmery goodness of this shadow just tells me that it will blend beautifully into the crease (which  I have done so in my LOTD)

    Flashback - a taupey (woots TAUPEEEEE!!) shade that contains multi-color shimmer when swatched under the store lights.  I wanted a cooler toned brown in this palette to make it more versatile.  Also, I asked the BA which are the popular neutral shades, and she pointed me to this shade.  (Don't ask me how I managed to communicate that to her despite our severe language barrier).  

    Fudge - which I already own.  A rich metallic creamy brown.  BEAUTIFUL. 

    The blush shade which I picked is a vivid pink - called Amazing - they have pretty neat names for their blushes.   Very finely milled, and doesn't go on quite as scary, if you use with the correct brush - ooo like my awesome Chikuhodo cheek brush! 

    and this is my awesome palette - it is just beautiful. 
    This is indeed my idea of travel souvenirs.  Others buy food, fridge magnets, random ornaments, I buy makeup.  

    light swatches with my fingertips - 

    colors shown on my lids - click on my LOTD entry to see more: 

    Hope you enjoyed this entry, and thanks for looking! 

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    November 23, 2013

    NARS x Guy Bourdin: A Special Makeover & Voyeur Eyeliner Set [Photos & Swatches]


    Hi hi!!  
    Here's a pic of my niece posing with all my new NARS stuff which I got over last weekend - I bought half of these while the others were gifted by the very kind folks at NARS when my sister and I went for a special makeover session by Julio Sandino (NARS international makeup artist) who created a Guy Bourdin inspired look on her - I offered to take pics and document the process.  

    After a quick face cleansing and prep using NARS skincare, the NARS BA used a combination of the following products to create a natural flawless base on Beverley:

    NARS Radiant Primer
    NARS Tinted Moisturiser
    NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 
    NARS Light Reflecting Translucent Loose Powder

    Julio started the cinematic & dramatic eyelook, by using a base color, and then going over with eyeshadow.  He then rimmed her eyes with a black liner.  The eyelook was finished off with coats of mascara and also some further blending out of the eyeshadow.  Here are the products he used:

    NARS Pro+Prime eyeshadow primer
    NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Calabria 
    NARS Fairy's Kiss eyeshadow Palette
    NARS Larger than Life pencil Via Veneto
    NARS Larger than Life Lenthening mascara 

    Here he is sculpting her cheeks with a bronzer, and that Ita brush he used was just perfect for creating a contoured cheek.  Then he dusted a blush lightly on her cheeks. 

    NARS Laguna bronzer
    NARS Torrid blush 

    On Beverley's lips, a vivid orangey red lip was created to set off the purple eyes, and I feel that the overall look is quite reminiscent of the Guy Bourdin aesthetics (as you will see in the campaign images).   Both Beverley and I love the lipsticks combo!

    Here's are the lippies:

    NARS Red Square pure matte lip pencil
    NARS Short Circuit cinematic lipstick
    NARS Wonder lipgloss 

    Another close up: 

    This is certainly a very dramatic look, but I guess you can always adapt according to your preferences! :) 

    At the makeover, we were each gifted some NARS goodies, and one of them is the Voyeur Eyeliner Set - a collection of 5 mini Larger Than Life pencils in a super cute pouch (they also gave us a Fling Lip Kit which I had also purchased earlier the same day). 

    The set contains a couple of LE shades and classic faves. 

    Voyeur Eyeliner Set

    Via Veneto: Jet black
    Via Appia: Copper brown
    Santa Monica Blvd: White
    Blue Dahlia: Cyan blue (Limited Edition)
    Most Wanted: Deep violet (Limited Edition)

    Hope you enjoyed this entry! 

    Thanks for reading!

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    November 16, 2013

    Lancôme Happy Holidays 2013 Makeup Collection [Info & Quick Swatches]

    Dedicated to every woman and her loved ones, Lancôme celebrates Happy Holidays this season with its best gifts of beauty that last forever.

    Sharing with you a quick overview of the Lancôme Holiday 2013 makeup collection - which is already available.  
    I will be featuring most of the products in a follow up entry.  

    My top picks from this gorgeous sparkly collection?

    1. Lancôme L'Absolu Velours - esp the De'Caprice a bright orangey red...beautiful!  And I am trying to hunt it down at the counters..
    2. Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling - the taupe shade and the emerald green are both beautiful and wearable.  I think these beat the Chanel Illusion d'Ombre anytime.
    3. The SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS encrusted L'Absolu Rouge--- Heard they are sold out... but I hope you manage to get your hands on some. 

    Meanwhile, enjoy this little overview! 

    Inspired by the magic of a snowy winter scene, Lancôme adorns women in enchanted light. 

    Eyes are dolled up and haloed in light, lips dazzle, nails sparkle — a collection of refined luxury for a holiday season defined by effortless chic.

    Hypnôse Star Étincelle

    Mascara spotlight

    Spectacular volume, astounding curl, perfect definition. Hypnôse Star, the most glamorous of Lancôme mascaras, presents its holiday look: a shimmering silver effect, for more dazzling lashes than ever before.

    One thing that never changes is its ultra-glossy mistake-proof texture, with its "Noir Midnight" effect – instantly star eyes.

     

    L'Absolu Rouge

    Pure luxury collector’s edition

    In this brand new limited edition for the holiday season, L’Absolu Rouge is swathed in light thanks to a caviar of hand-applied SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals.

    An exceptional embellishment for a truly rare and precious collector’s item, housed in a black velvet case. Available in two shades: Rouge Satin, the range’s star colour, and Rouge Étincelle, an orange-red created in 1955, a shade so radiant that Lancôme simply had to re-launch it at the heart of this light-infused collection. Its cult formula remains unchanged: an irresistible creamy red to redefine and shape lips, procuring unrivalled colour intensity.





    Highlighter 

    Veil of light

    As though the Lancôme rose were captured in crystalline frost.
    Subtly pink in hue, this iridescent powder instantly illuminates every complexion with a joyful glow. Simply apply with a brush to beautify your face and highlight facial contours.

    Hynose Velours

    Jewel-like eyes

    This ultra-precious kit contains 3 pairs of eyeliner patches which can be re-used up to 3 times, to enhance the shape of the eye and stretch out towards the outer corner for an incredible wide-eyed look. For the first time, Lancôme imagines patches for both the upper lid and the lower lash fringe. The secret for a truly unforgettable celebration look. Pure brilliance!


    Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling 

    Made-to-measure shimmer

    Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling is seen in four metallic shades with the power to perfectly illuminate your eyes: shimmering eyes with Diamant Argenté, spectacular eyes with Émeraude Éternelle, Quartz Taupe for a sophisticated look or Saphir Noir for a smoky eye par excellence.

    Thanks to its unique "Bouncy Wet Technology", Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling offers a very high concentration of pigment and sparkle within a waterproof "mousse" texture, which stays put for hours. And which remains ultra-comfortable all day long.

    Swatches


    Vernis In Love

    Frozen manicure

    With the innovative "Color Coat" technology, Lancôme allows you to instantly dress nails in a frosted effect – half-matte, half-shimmer. An ultra-easy application manicure, available in two shades: Étincelle de Neige, a pearly white creating the illusion of snowflakes and Étincelle d'Argent, a crystalline metallic grey. Simply magical.


    L'Absolu Velours

    A Velvet Kiss 

    Stand out from the crowd and dazzle this holiday. For the first time, Lancôme invents a truly exceptional formula that combines Velvet Gel that adds shine to matte powders for a unique luminous finish with extreme comfort, hydration and vibrant colours.

    The L’Absolu Velours liquid lipstick is every woman’s holiday must-have – intense, radiant, velvet and moisturising colours for 8 hours of long-lasting wear.

    Hope you find this helpful!

    Thanks for looking!

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    October 27, 2013

    Smile for Halloween & Some Updates

    Hi hi!!

    Just catching up this rather relaxing Sunday, and hopefully a preview of future posts to come at the end of this entry. 

    So over this weekend, we did our usual Halloween parade around Clarke Quay and Zouk (contemplated going to walk about Orchard but we decided not to, and also due to some time constraint) - so anyway the back story to this year's Halloween preparation, none of us really had any time to actually sit and plan the looks, but we did manage to meet and go to the costume store just 2 days before the weekend, quickly picked out our coordinating outfits.  As usual, we went for the 'Victorian' antiquated look...that seems neutral enough to go with any crazy faces that we were planning to do.  

    So we did some online image searches of Halloween faces (and trust me, it can get a little gory but I was looking at the inspired looks in a very technical way, and so I wasn't too creeped out, even though I am not one to watch horror movies).  We didn't manage to do any makeup trials, but I guess by now, each of us are quite adept at doing our own faces.. I did a mni trial on myself on Sat morning, but in the end, did a completely different thing.  

    my early morning trial - excuse my super pale face 
    the trick is really not to be careful, and you aren't aiming to look pretty at all

    If you are out of ideas, and want to look impactful, just do a pale face, contour the hell out of it by using black eyeshadow, and do a mega smokey eyes and smuge your red lipstick everywhere, you are pretty good to go.  But of course, we went a little further.... and we came across this Chelsea Smile special fx tutorial and lots of images everywhere, and decided that we shall go for it.  

    putting on the final touches

    we also paraded at the supermarket lol

    the obligatory mirror OOTD

    Cousins, brother, sisters   :)

    This is so funny! 

    (products used are in bold, in case you are curious to know what we used) 

    I bought some plasticine wax thingy from MUFE... but it was rather hard to work out especially on the awkward area on our faces... that I ended up using the usual latex & tissue paper method to create the slit and texture.   For our faces, we didn't want to look clownish with a pure white face, so I mixed the MUFE white cream paint with my Guerlain Papure liquid foundation, so everyone looked suitably ashy and pale.  I also filled in my brows lightly, but my siblings flattened their brows.  

    For the actual colors, it was a mixture of MUFE Aqua Shadow Pencils in the shades 0E (black), 8E (deep green), 6E (navy blue) and NARS eye paint in Black Valley ---  don't be afraid to pile on the cream base colors, they are waterproof and will ensure that your makeup won't melt off through the night.  These cream bases were set with various shades of purple, brown, and black eyeshadows from my Lorac Pro Palette, and my MAC eyeshadow palette (carbon, poison pen, top hat, copperplate etc).  For the blood, we use Illamasqua Sangers lipstick as the bloody base, as well as GA Maestro in 400 for touch ups.  For the fake blood,  I simply mixed some red food coloring together with those Chinese cough mixture ('pi-pa-gao') for a sticky dark blood red effect.  I also 'sprayed' on the blood onto the sides of my face using a toothbrush for that splattered look. 

    Don't forget to douse yourself and the outfit in your most intoxicating perfume (we used lots of Chanel Chance and YSL Parisienne). 
    We had our own set of various formations for photo-taking ops (and there were plenty) but the overall guideline for our Halloween looks has always been look scary, not slutty - and not cartoony either - it just has to be creepy with the use of makeup and watever we could find...it's too easy to just wear a monster mask and call it a day.  

    In other blog news, I am looking forward to posting some beautiful Christmas/ Holiday collections from Shu Uemura, Guerlain and Dior this coming couple of weeks.  You have already seen my NARS coverage, and I really hope to play with the rest soon.  I also have a couple of foundation entries coming up soon.  I think this year I have been quite good with reviewing foundation on a monthly if not fortnightly basis...I think I have been able to try out almost every new foundation released this year. Heheheh.   Ohhh and also I need to post an official Illamasqua introduction, cos I have a range of products from almost every category to share with you!  I also have a brush set review coming up, and another current skincare update to do.

    I also have new haul items to share with everyone, such as Marc Jacobs stuff, Hourglass, some skincare and random bits..shall slot in  these entries whenever I can.

    I will also be judging a whole load of products for a certain beauty award in the coming month ahead, so that should be quite exciting indeed.  Will try to show sneak peeks if I can. 
    I am still clearing out the last bits of the stuff from the makeup sale...and thanks to everyone who emailed me. I am thinking of doing such a sale once a year...instead of monthly blogsales...I think I can always get a stall at some flea... and you can shop my stash then, sounds good?  Doing the sale at my friend's condo is good because she didn't have to transport her stuff here and there, and the function room was very conducive for shopping, plus the location is relatively central.. but but but didn't expect to run into that nasty problem with a certain someone who complained to the management (a fellow beauty blogger we found out, and I think I am 99% sure I know who) and actually on that sale day, everything went so smoothly and orderly...seriously..not sure what's her problem.  

    Scene of the makeup sale!  My sister was our efficient cashier for the day!  :)

    My daily schedule is a little blown off with my current work duties that require me to get up at 5am, and I am pretty up tied up the whole day til evening... I am hardly at my computer, and I need to sleep early so I can get up the next day. 
    Also started driving rather regularly these days, and running into a few hiccups here and there....geesh..I love driving, but I really hate the $$$ and hassle involved.  But the convenience is priceless and in the whole scheme of things, I guess I should be very very careful on the roads and just be nice to everyone.  

    Thanks for reading and have an awesome week ahead! 

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    July 30, 2013

    Shiseido A/W Makeup Collection 2013 [Overview & Event Details]

    Hallo!!

    This entry will be an overview of my Shiseido AW2013 makeup coverage over the past couple of weeks, where I have given you a thorough rundown of all the new products which will be launched in this collection - as well as to give you information on the launch campaign which will take place this week from 1 Aug to 8 Aug 2013.  Lots of exciting events in conjunction with this major collection, and it's a good time for you to head down to Paragon Atrium to explore the collection, and also take part in the various activities at the same time!  

    The AW2013 Collection overview - click on the links/pictures for my review entries 

    Base Products 


    E
    yebrows Styling Compact, 3 shades $45 each

    Luminizing Satin Eye Trio, 3 NEW SHADES S$51 each

    LIDO 
    NUDE
    INTO THE WOODS


    and the Lip Products

    Perfect Rouge 10 NEW SHADES $43 each
    Complete Swatches 

    Lacquer Rouge 6 NEW SHADES $43 each
    Complete Swatches 

    And here's the event launch information:

    The main place to check out is the Shiseido x HERWorldPlus special site
    LINK HERE

    here's how the homepage looks like 


    and zoom in on the duration of the launch campaign 

    and a whole series of events which you can register for, starting NOW (link link link)

    including the following events

    Perfect Makeover: Aug 1-8 (11am -7pm)
    $100 per pax, $180 2 pax (fully redeemable for Shiseido products with a 4-piece door gift)

    Perfect Beauty Workshop: Aug 3, Aug 4 and Aug 8 (11am-1pm/ 3pm-5pm)
    $50 per pax (fully redeemable for Shiseido products with a 5-piece door gift)

    Power Beauty Lunch: Aug 1, Aug 2, Aug 5, Aug 6 and Aug 7 (12.30pm-1.30pm)
    $30 per pax (fully redeemable for Shiseido products)

    Perfect Beauty Party: Aug 2 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
    $30 per pax (fully redeemable for Shiseido products)
    ** say hi to me, I will be there!** 

    Click on the picture below to go to the registration! 


    I might be hosting a special giveaway soon, in a separate entry, as soon as I work out the details.  Stay tuned!

    Hope you find my series on the Shiseido AW2013 collection helpful, and thanks for reading! 

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    July 20, 2013

    Review & Brows Tutorial using Shiseido Eyebrow Styling Compact

    Hi hi!

    Warning - you are going to see me using the word 'brows' a lot, like every other word in this entry.   Please bear with me, for there are only so many ways I can refer to the hair growth above my eyes - only one. Brows. Or if I want to be all proper, eyebrows.  That's about it.  :p

    This is an entry with my updated brows routine - I had previously posted one here, using eyeshadows, and this is very similar - except I am actually using a specific brow powder that Shiseido will be launching this August.  I will be using the darkest compact out of the three they will be launching - GY901 which is Deep Brown (click here for swatches).  The compact comes with two applicators, but I am so used to my own tools, I didn't use the enclosed applicators in this tutorial.  

    The compact consists of two shades for you to create your perfect eyebrows, I have used this several times, and I find that they are quite long lasting. The brow powder didn't fade and stayed throughout a long day.  I do set my brows with a brow gel type product just to tame the hair and finish up the whole brows look.  

    GY901 is quite cool toned and ashy, which is very suitable for me.  There are days where I stray and go for a very warm brown eyebrows look - which totally clash of course, but I just feel like it.  If you have brown/ reddish brown hair, I think that BR602 Medium Brown would be a very good match for you.

    I have come a long way as far as my brows are concerned.  I started 'grooming' my brows when I was in my late teens, and it wasn't til I was in my mid 20s when I had my friend (who used to be a Shu Uemura master makeup artist fix my brows, and then recently I go to Junry from MAC to fix my brows) Since having professionals trim/fix my brows, I have managed to keep them looking more or less symmetrical and fuller.  I have to credit Junry for being able to show me how to fill in my brows using this method.  Also, I have a strange preference to do my brows quite thick and defined.  I find this style makes me look awake and made up even when I am not wearing eyeshadows.  (and thin brows can make one look older too, fyi) 

    Before I start, I just want to say that everyone has his/her eyebrow shape and color preference, it is a very personal thing, so what works for me might not work for you...also I never really believe in fully matching your brow hair to your hair color, it is really an overall look -  your brow color should be a happy balance between your own skintone color as well as the hair color that you are sporting. 

    Another thing is, I realised I have some foundie/ concealer lines going on in this set of pictures, didn't realise til I was editing and staring at the pics up close!  

    So let's get on to the tutorial - 

    I picked up the lighter shade and also dabbed it into the dark soft black shade.  The powder gets picked up very easily, and the color goes on smoothly enough. 

    Here we go - 

    I will kind of mentally map out where I want my brows to start, and the overall shape, and then I wil use short strokes to draw the outline.  I find that fixing the outline is important, so I don't get carried away making the brows thicker and thicker, etc. 

    Here you can see the outline of the brows, I did the top and bottom and softly taper the two lines to meet at the end of the brows. 
    This might look really weird and crazy right now but trust me, this works! 

    So after you taper out the ends, join them together, and form a very sharp ends. 

    Now you can start filling in the brows.  I use a mixture of the soft black and the deep brown to mix/blend/ fx the brows. It is very easy from here onwards. 

    I also like to use a spoolie brush to comb out the brow hairs, and to diffuse the look of the brows and to comb stray brow hairs into shape.  I also use the same spoolie brow brush before I start my brow routine to comb the brows hair.

    The one finished brow. 

    Overall eyebrows and face - more details on this face here.

    The Shisedo eyebrow styling compact is really convenient to carry around, its size is just perfect to bring it every you go, especially for travelling!   The brow powder is very smooth and the shade range really caters to brows colors very well indeed.  I also like that you can use the duo shades to create a more '3D' effect to your brows (I normally start out my brows quite light color and gradually go darker towards the ends.  


    Retail Price - Eyebrow Styling Compact- $45

    I hope this updated brow tutorial has been helpful!

    Thanks for reading!

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    July 16, 2013

    Chanel Fall 2013 Makeup: Collection Superstition

    COLLECTION SUPERSTITION

    The symbols of good fortune that Gabrielle Chanel loved most inspire Fall’s enchanting colour collection.

    In vibrant shades from coral to intense pink, new LE BLUSH CRÈME DE CHANEL
    sets off sumptuous khaki tones of eyeshadow, mascara and polish.

    Coordinating lipsticks seamlessly pair with the new blush for a playful colour match.

    Filed in: Fall 2013, makeup, chanel | Tagged with: Fall 2013, makeup, chanel