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August 29, 2015

Review & Application: Too Faced Born this Way Foundation

Hi hi!!

This entry will be a review and demo, sharing with you why Too Faced Born this Way foundation is now my current go to fave foundation.   I was intrigued by the name (hallo, it's the name of one of my all time fave Lady Gaga song..) and also the idea of a medium to full flawless foundation is kind attractive to me.  I have been testing out quite a few foundations lately, but none has really stood out to me... I was looking for something new to wow me, and this indeed wow me on the first couple of uses.  

Some background though - I haven't been reaching for a full fleged foundation in recent weeks, instead I prefer to opt for a sheer to light coverage of bb base with maximum sun protection, I don't need the coverage, but I do need something to even out my skintone and also give me sun protection in one single product.  So I was very pleasantly surprised by how much this foundation covers, but at the same time how flawless and relatively lightweight it feels.  In terms of performance, I would totally compare this to the Dior Star foundation - that same smooth flawless coverage, but in a much easier to blend formula.  For the Dior star, application takes some getting used to but the overall finish and longetivity is superb, but for Born this Way, the blending is smooth and fast. 

Before I get into the actual review, here's the product information (taken from Too Faced website)

Born This Way is an oil-free foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin. For coverage so undetectable, you can't see the makeup and you can't see imperfections—all that's left is naturally radiant skin that looks like you were Born This Way.


  • Medium-to-full undetectable coverage
  • Oil-free
  • Coconut Water helps delicately replenish skin's moisture levels without overhydrating—for the look of radiant skin
  • Infused with the resilient Alpine Rose to brighten the skin's appearance and promote elasticity
  • Hyaluronic Acid helps balance skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance
  • APPLICATION TIP: For medium coverage, apply a small amount from the center of the face outward and blend with fingertips, sponge, or brush. Build to full coverage by layering as needed.

For your information, I use the shade Vanilla (which is the 3rd lightest shade, and at our local Sephora stores here, I think you can find 14 shades - that's pretty impressive).  The foundation is currently available, and retails for SG$55 each.  

Application & review - 

3/4 of a pump is usually enough to do a full face for me.  Although if you like to go back and build up coverage in selected areas, a full pump would be better.
On lazy days I like to just use my fingers to apply foundation, but for this foundation I have been using a buffing brush.  You can use any of your fave buffing brush, something with dense soft hairs to buff and blend the foundation into your skin. 

The foundation is easily buildable and blendable. However, I do think that even with one thin layer, it manages to even out all my skintone and makes everything look flawless. 

I will start by dabbing the foundation all over my face, and then start to blend by buffing it into my skin.  The foundation blends really easily, and it sets about 10 min after application. 
I would usually set with a loose powder and using a powder puff, but I was doing my makeup on the go in this set of pictures, hence I used a large powder brush instead.  I honestly prefer the effects of using a powder puff when I am setting my face at home. 

The foundation is pretty long lasting and withstand the humid weather for me.  I don't normally use a primer these days (too much trouble, too much steps, too many layers, and I don't need a primer anyway).  It lasts well on me, a good 10-12 hours, and without touching up.  The only thing I would say is I need to touch up my T zone once a day.  Cos it starts to look a bit shiny in the middle of the day.  It didn't oxidise on me too, and it looks pretty and fresh the whole day, esp after the blotting. 
This is really flawless and covers all my skin imperfections. 

For a mid-priced foundation I would highly recommend this foundation, it is easy to use and looks super pretty.  

<strong>Pics of the application:

</strong>You can see that the foundation neutralises the pink tones in my skin, but yet it is not too thick and mask-like.  Vanilla is a light warm shade, and it is a good match for my NC15-20 skintone. I would describe the coverage and finish to be a natural flawless finish.  I mean, anyone would be able to say that I am wearing foundation for sure, but the finish is just flawless and beautiful.  It is not matte, I would say it is slightly radiant..not glowy shiny.  I only added on the glowy shine when I am applying my highlight powder - I used The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer in this LOTD.   This is also a foundation which photographs very nicely, though I must say that with the ingredient of titanium oxide, it tends to flashback a tiny bit.  

More pics and demo:

Okay, fast forward to 20min and tons of other makeup later, this is the full face done. lol. 

a close up of the skin 

and one more pic I took during the week, 7 hours into wearing the foundation. 

I highly recommend this foundation!  Have you tried it yet??
Another foundation which I love is the MAC Pro Long Wear nourishing foundation.  I think that will be my next foundation review.  

Hope you find this review helpful!  
Thanks for reading!

August 28, 2015

MAC Haute Dogs Collection [Photos & Swatches]

MAC Haute Dogs collection is a dog-themed collection - in terms of the luxe earth tones and textures inspired by pooches.  If you remember, several years back, MAC released a Feline collection, in which cat-eyed, wing-eye looks were the feature of the collection (think metallic liquid liners and cool sleek tones).   So, it is only appropriate, and a matter of time that they released a dogs collection.   This is a huge collection, covering everything from eyes to lips and nails, including brushes too - some are already existing in the permanent range. To me the standout products are the four sculpting powders and the mineralize rich lipsticks. 

This collection is currently available, at all MAC locations. 

The story: 

Woman's best friend is barking up the right tree in a well-groomed collection of new canine-inspired hues from MAC featuring luscious buttery fur tones, gold spun sculpting powders, and regal berries for lips.
From aristocratic to collars-off cool, shades of every pooch are perched to prime your every mood. 

The products:
Mineralize Rich Lipstick [SG42 each]
Fashion Pack - pale pink peach
Rare Breed - mid-tone pinky nude
Barking Gorgeous - light peach
Nose for Style - deep claret red
Labradorable - deep wine

Mineralize Glass [SG42 each]
Lap Dog - pale light pink-nude
Sheer Coincidence - mid-tone rosy nude 
Modest - soft beige with light frost
Dressed to the K9s - deep burgundy-plum

Lip Pencil [SG31 each]
Currant -intense reddish purple
Naked Liner - light neutral 

Mineralize Eye Shadow x 4  [SG74 each]
Pure Breed - plum, silver cream, tan-gold, deep brown
A Glimmer of Gold - four coordinated colours from soft gold to copper bronze
Posh Pedigree - deep olive green, white lemon, dirty grey, charcoal greenish grey

Fluidline [SG31 each]
Black Track - solid flat black
Rich Ground - reddened cocoa with frost
Great Dame - blackened plum
Catch my Eye - cool taupe grey with dazzle pearl

Veluxe Brow Liner [SG33 each]
Strawberry Blonde soft mute beige taupe
Deep Brunette muted blackish brown 

Mineralize Skinfinish [SG53 each]
Soft & Gentle gilded peach-bronze
Cheeky Bronze (THIS IS LOVE) soft coral with golden shimmer 

Sculpting Powder/ Shaping Powder [SG39 each]
Lightsweep warm beige with fine pearl
Warm Light clean peach
Shadester mid-tone leathery brown 
Soft Focus plantain yellow-gold 

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer [SGD24 each]
Vintage Vamp burgundy red
Snazzy Hound mid-tone grey
Very Important Poodle warm mid-tone nude 

288SE Duo Fibre eye shader brush SG61
209 Eye Liner Brush SG39
139SE Duo Fibre Tapered Face Brush SG84
161SE Duo Fibre Face Glider Brush SG84

The Swatches

That's all I have for this entry, I do have a few pieces from this collection - I picked my fave shades of lippies and sculpting powders, so stay tuned for an update!
Thanks for reading!

March 18, 2015

MAC x Nasty Gal Collection: Runner, Gunner & Stunner Lipsticks!!

MAC x Nasty Gal collection is a small color collection that is probably sold out by now (opps!)... I received samples for this collection several weeks back, but my work schedule just didn't allow me to post these goodies til now.  But these are stunning lip colors, and they deserved to be featured on the blog.  Well, I most probably won't wear the dark purple lipstick out.. but the other two reds are just gorgeous.  

Collection Information: 

<span><span>M∙A∙C partners with Nasty Gal, the style destination for risk-takers and tastemakers, in a high-intensity collection of shades as daring and dramatic as the #GIRLBOSS herself, Sophia Amoruso. Deep purple, bombshell red and rich burgundy lipsticks pair perfectly with a fiery nail lacquer. This season, style has attitude, and so do you.

Three Lipsticks: 

  • Stunner Clean red (Matte)
  • Runner Burgundy (Matte)
  • Gunner Deep purple (Matte)

Nail Polish - which I have, but will not be showing here... but I will do an IG post on it soon! Luckily it is a permanent shade! 

  • Flaming Rose True red (Creme) (Permanent)


</strong>Glad that I got to play with these beauties today!  Definitely popping Stunner and Runner into my makeup bag!!

Hope this entry has been helpful, and thanks for reading!! 

February 20, 2015

NEW Chanel Rouge Coco [Info & Swatches]

This entry will feature the newly reformulated Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks - pictures heavy, be warned! 
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<span>CHANEL ROUGE COCO ULTRA HYDRATING LIP COLOUR is a reinvented version of ROUGE COCO and is more expressive than ever with a new formula and vibrant color spectrum with shade names inspired by Coco Chanel's closest friends. The bright lip color features an exclusive complex with jojoba and mimosa butters, sunflower wax and silicone for lasting hydration and luminous results.

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

Here are the first four shades: 

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

And the next four: 

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

<strong>The next four: 

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

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


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

And a few looks featuring some of the shades:

All Products Used: 

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

Initial Impressions:

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

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

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

January 10, 2015

Updates & First Impressions: Recent MAC Collections

Hi hi!! This  entry will feature some of the new MAC items which I recently got the chance to preview and also try out.  I am just going to share with you whatever I have used so far and share my thoughts on them...and this will also be like a 'get ready with me' sort of entry, where I try to show you the products in action.. and how I feel about them.  For more information about the new collections, click this entry here. 

A full list of all products mentioned will be at the end of this entry, in case I forgot to mention them, or if you want to just zoom to the end of this entry to see what I used.  Hope this is helpful! 

First we have the Lightness of Being collection:  I was immediately drawn to Force of Nature mineralised eyeshadow.  Here's a close up.  It is a shimmery taupey shade, which is a nice one for all over the eyelids.  This is one eyeshadow which you can really build up the color, and you don't have to worry about it looking too intense.  The finish is a soft shimmery taupe..I will use the more pearly (right hand side of this in the pic) as the base color, and the cooler tone (left hand side) to layer on the more irisdescent shade to give some dimension. 

Here's a quick pictorial demonstration:

The eyeliner I am using in this look is just all sorts of awesome, and I think I have gone on and on about it a few times in my previous entries, or raved about it on IG.  It is the MAC Fluidline Pencil in Black Brilliance (in fact I think this is their best eyeliner formula for me).  It is so creamy, so black, and glides on like a dream.. It sets and does not really fade nor smudge. 
I will usually go over this line with a liquid eyeliner to create a sharper line and also to wing out the outer corner.  

<strong>MAC PREP+PRIME collection 

</strong>I didn't take close up pictures -  but these are mostly clear colorless products.  I have been using the Face Protect - and it is a nice moisturising SPF50/PA+++ which is my current base and sunscreen.  When I use a separate sun screen like this, I like to reach for foundations which contain no SPF.. cos that's the only chance I get to use them for day time.. such as the MAC Face and Body, or the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation.  I find that the Face Protect does not interfere with all the foundations that I have worn over it.  It makes for a nice hydrating and smoothing base that also protects your skin from sun exposure.  Overall great sunscreen.  I also use it when I go for my long moring jogs. Highly recommend both the Face Protact and the Eye Base - which is a creamy eyeshadow base, that reminds me a bit of the NARS primer.  I like how it isn't 'dry' like the UDPP, and it does intensify the color payoff and longetivity of your eyeshadows. Great great basics which I will definitely keep using. <strong>

Next, we have the MAC Ultimate Collection with Marcel Wanders - I will feature the lipsticks.  These come in a sleek packaging, and they are creamy and the color payoff is quite decent.  I don't find these to be the smoothest in terms of formula but they are easy to wear and the range of ten shades do come in some really pretty ones, like these that I got.  This is an addition to the MAC permanent collection.

<strong>Here are some close ups & swatches: 

</strong>femme-de-luxe is a my lips but better shade - I like this nude, it gives a nice pinky-beige with some depth.  
ravishingly rich is a orange that's not crazy bright, making it quite a wearable orange with a hint of red.  
marque is a hot pink, it is pretty, but lacks the punch that are along the lines of Candy Yum Yum or Parrot Party. 
audacious is a true red that I think is flattering across a variety of skintones. 

My top picks?  Audacious and Femme-de-Luxe.

Next, we have a couple of products from the MAC RED RED RED Collection.  I will be sharing one eyeshadow, one lippie and one cremesheen glass.  Here's the eyeshadow in Red Alert.  Which looks like a warm brown in the pan, but when applied and blended, has that reddish sheen, that reminds me of Tom Ford Burnished Amber.  Really pretty.  To make this eyeshadow more wearable on me, I will apply a darker matte brown on the outer corner of my eyes and also deepen the crease color a bit. 

And here's how the eyeshadow looks like on me:

And for the lippies 

Cremesheen Glass in Sweet Nectar is a nice neutral nude lip gloss - it is not as sticky as the regular MAC Lipglass.  This is nice to wear and gives your lips a subtle sheen.  

I really like the lipstick in 5-alarm.  It seems to be a lustre finish, and it's a very nice creamy sheer red. Reminds me of NARS Manhunt.  Really pretty.  

Finally, I have the new Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lippies to show, and also the MAC RiriWoo Lipstick which I purchased during the MAC World Aids Day party.  

Here's some product close ups:

RiriWoo - is a frosty red, and it is beautiful. It is intense but the shade of red is still wearable for a lot of people.  I haven't worn all the new Viva Glam lippies to tell you how much I love the colors.. but it seems that this RiriWoo is often out of stock, so I was glad to get it while I could.  

The Miley Cyrus lipstick is gorgeous and I love it - it is a hot pink, very creamy and rich, and the color is just stunning.  I have lots of hot pinks, but this one manages to impress me.  The complementing lipglass is also a bright pink that contains multi-color shimmer bits.  It is very sticky and adheres to the lips very well, making them very long lasting (provided they don't stick to your hair and leave lipglass tracks across your face). 

MAC VivaGlam RiriWoo - 

MAC VivaGlam Miley Cyrus - I applied a bit of the lipglass on the centre of my lips.  See how it sparkles! 

I hope you find this updates entry interesting and helpful.   Sorry if I cram too much info into one long entry, but I try to keep things all to a theme, as you can see here, many many MAC products.  I only pick those which I am most eager to try out, so this isn't all the new stuff I have on hand... I might have a couple of nail polish, pencil liners, face powders which I didn't manage to get to.  

Let's have a summary of my top picks from everything featured:

1. The MAC VivaGlam Miley Cyrus combo.  The lipstick in particular.  The hot pink is good stuff.
2. Prep+Prep Face Protect - a good SPF packed sunscreen is always a good staple to have in your makeup routine. 
3. MAC Ultimate Lipstick in Audacious and Femme De Luxe 
4. MAC Mineralised Blush in Uplifting - a nice peachy orange blush, and it contains these silvery shimmer that gives a highlighted look to your cheeks.  
5. The MAC Face protect + Face & Body combo is lightweight, long lasting and flawless. 
6. MAC Mineralised eyeshadow Force of Nature

I hope that you found this entry helpful and thank you so much for reading!! 

All Products mentioned/ used in this entry:

MAC Prep+Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF50/PA+++
MAC Face & Body Foundation N2
MAC Pro Longwear concealer NC20
MAC Mineralised Skin Finish Natural Light 

MAC Prep+Prime 24 hour Extend Eye Base
MAC Mineralised Eyeshadow Force of Nature (LE)
MAC Eye Shadow Red Alert (LE)
MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil Black Brilliance 
Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Moonstone Brown
Majorica Majoca Line Hunter liquid eyeliner
EYEKO Eye Do Liquid eyeliner 
Falsies - I stack 'em myself 

MAC Ultimate Lipstick Femme De Luxe
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Ravishingly Rich
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Marque
MAC Ultimate Lipstick Audacious 
MAC Viva Glam Lipstick RiriWoo
MAC Viva Glam Lipstick Miley Cyrus 
MAC Viva Glam Lipglass Miley Cyrus 
MAC Lipstick 5-Alarm (LE) 
MAC Cremesheen Glass Nectar Sweet (LE) 
MAC Mineralised Blush in Uplifting (LE)
NARS Paloma Contour Duo

innisfree Eco Gel Eyebrow 03
Anatasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel 

December 22, 2014

Upcoming MAC Collections for Spring 2015: Lightness of Being, Marcel Wanders & MORE [Photos & Swatches]

This entry will give you an overview of upcoming MAC collections for Jan to March 2015.  I know many of you are always eager to see what MAC collections are coming, and I hope that my little preview here and there will be helpful to you.  It is relatively easy for me to spam pictures here, and if time permits, I will follow up with more indepth product features in time to come.  Please note that I will keep updating this entry with more product pictures and swatches as I get to preview them.  

Today: 23 Dec - I will be focusing more on two collections that are available in Jan 2015: Lightness of Being, and Marcel Wanders
Prices aren't available at press time, but I guess you are more or less familiar with MAC pricing, and I will include prices whenever available. 

JAN 2015 - Lightness of Being 

<span>The collection is inspired by the late dancer Martha Graham, who introduced modern dance to the world. Poetic colour ushers in a new vitality following winter's deep chill, as uninhibited shades dance across the face in a free-spirited collection inspired by whimsical flights of fancy. The collection is made up of expressive colours for the modern spirit.

</span>The MSFs and Mineralised Eyeshadows are really gorgeous.  Haven't seen the actual lipsticks yet, the glosses all swatched quite sheer except for the pinky milky one.  If you missed out on previous launches of Perfect Topping MSF, now is the time to grab. 

Product close ups and swatches:


JAN/FEB 2015 - Prep & Prime new additions

The new 24-HOUR EXTEND EYE BASE which is new, and out 1 Jan.  Mostly a clear base, very hydrating and does make eyeshadows pop.  This is love at first trial. 

MAC also newly formulated the FACE PROTECT, available 1 FEB. 


</strong>L - Face Protect
R - Eye Base

<strong>JAN 2015, MARCEL WANDERS Permanent Collection.  10 lipsticks, 2 shades of Sheer Mystery Powder. 

In Jan, M.A.C will launch its first upscale collection - the Ultimate Collection (continuous range). Specially designed by Marcel Wanders, it is the epitome of bold luxury. M∙A∙C Ultimate combines an innovative design aesthetic with the sumptuous formulas of our Ultimate Lipstick and Sheer Mystery Powder

</strong>This collection was previously pre launched during MAC World Aids Day at Tangs Orchard.  But it will be available as a permanent collection.  The lipsticks are delicious, creamy, intense and the sheer powders are very finely milled.  The packaging is gorgeous and sleek.  Lipsticks are SG$41 each. 

I will post more looks with the lippies I got soon. 


And here are rest of upcoming MAC Collections which will be released in the FEB/MARCH 2015.  Some are still embargoed, so I can't share more.  Stay tuned here for more updates as I get them. 

JAN 2015 - LOOK IN A BOX (total of 8 sets, make great gifts)

FEB 2015 
RED RED RED collection.  This is in time for Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year.  Everything red in this huge collection, from lips, to eyes to nails. I am very excited for this collection.   Will definitely post more pictures of actual products soon.  Here's a teaser. 

<strong>MAC Correct & Concealer Duo (FEB 2015) 


<strong>FEB 2015 Viva Glam (LE, with Miley Cyrus) a duo of Pink Lipstick and Lipglass.


<strong>FEB 2015 MAC Lightful C range extension with new serum

FEB 2015 MAC x NASTY GAL Collection (a collection of 3 lipsticks, and one eyeshadow)</strong>

MARCH 2015 
PENCILLED IN Collection featuring permanent additions to the lipstick and lipliner range - Girl about Town joins the main MAC Collection.  I am very excited for this collection. 

MARCH 2015 Wan Bao Bao Collection 

Wan Bao Bao is a high-society darling, artist, pop philosopher, muse and jewellery designer.  She is one of China's most reowned stars on the international fashion circuit.  For this collection, the face takes the centrestage as she decorates the complexion with the metallic golds and rich jewel tones she so adores.  Eyes are glided in the bronze hues of Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Bao Bao's Jewels; the skin twinkles like a diamond with Beauty Powder in Summer Opal; lips flicker like rubies in Burmese Kiss and Forbidden Sunrise lipstick, and nails are brilliant in Kashmir Blue and Sunset Tourmaline.  All are outfitted in velvety brown packaging featuring burnished metal. 

MARCH 2015 - MAC Toledo Collaboration (with Designer and Illustrator, Isabel and Ruben Toledo) - cute packaging, huge collection. 

MARCH 2015 - MAC x Disney Cinderella 


MARCH 2015 Haute & Naughty Mascara (new Waterproof formula added) </p>


MAC IS BEAUTY collection - huge spring collection, partly Korean Beauty inspired, graphic eyes, many many products in this collection. 

MAC x Julia Petit collection 

MAC x Philip Treacy collection 
MAC Philip Treacy highlights a unique partnership - London's most avant-garde hat designer with the world's boldest makeup brand.  More than just hats, Treacy's pieces are couture art - wearable sculptures that are totally transformation.  Going back through his extraordinary career, Treacy culled inspiration from his work with Alexander Mcqueen, Lady Gaga, Isabella Blow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and some of the most beautiful hats at the Royal Wedding, to create a trio of showstopping head pieces designed to beautifully highlight the eye, the lip and structure of the face. 

And to pair with each hat, a collection of striking hues, ideal for creating looks that enhance the face's most evocative features.  Three Lipsticks fashion a classic, yet brazen statement, in bright pink, burgundy and berry.  Highlight powder dusts the face in luminous champagne and light pink, each infused with a shimmer silver, casting the skin in a subtle glow.  Eyes are embellished with a pop of color in luscious cerulean and teal Fluidline, illuminated with Paint Pots in platinum and antique gold.  Throw your inhibitions aside and choose to be daring.  

MAY 2015 EYE TIMES NINE (an eyeshadow collection, with pre made palettes of 9 eyeshadows - this is GREAT value, cos each palette is only SGD$70++)

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November 06, 2014

LOTD: Chanel Christmas 2014 Makeup Collection

This entry features a few pieces of Chanel products from their latest collection, the COLLECTION PLUMES PRÉCIEUSES DE CHANEL - I will share with you the inspiration story behind this beautiful collection, it is always interesting to learn about the story behind Chanel beauty, and this is no exception.  Then I will be sharing with you some swatches and a look that I did using the products from the collection.  Hope you find this entry helpful! 

What is lighter than a feather? A cloud of powder, a fleck of gold dust.  And even lighter still is the spirit of a festive evening.  Graceful and feminine, the feather floats through the world of CHANEL landing on a brooch, a fancy cape, an evening gown…The CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio has drawn inspiration from the feather's wispy softness for a collection filled with subtle shades, embellished with gold and silver. Stunning evening makeup, like jewelry made of feathers and diamonds.

With a palette to re-enchant the classics, every makeup option is allowed, just for one evening. At the heart of the harmony of colours, a supreme, flamboyant red worn on lips and nails awakens the senses and exerts its irresistible power of attraction. Tender and sensual, a touch of peach melts into the skin as an eyeshadow or a blush brightened with pearly accents. A gray duo, highlighted by a deep black, sculpts eyes and is illuminated by silver, white and antique gold with the radiance of jewelry.

As an absolute mark of luxury and fantasy, the feather has inspired a light and refined illuminating powder with precious shimmers blended in a platinum shade. 
The box opens to absolute refinement: the surface of the pressed powder is marked with a feather motif in the shape of a camellia flower. Feather and flower: two of the most graceful ornaments combine their fragile beauty in a pure expression of femininity. A translucent shade of platinum sweeps its silver and gold shimmers on cheekbones or the décolleté. An airy, evanescent and magical powder to attract all eyes.

Five timeless and precious shades form a surprising palette due to the range of makeup looks they inspire. A silvery white and an antique gold illuminate eyes and enhance both the cold and warm tones of the collection, while a duo of grays, one soft and lavender, the other intense with dark purple reflections, blend together to create a tender or sculpted look. Placed on eyelids or drawn along the lashes, an absolute black enhances every beauty look with a touch of sophistication.
STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF OR BLANC draws a magic line making eyes look bigger and illuminating all eye makeup effects. Placed on the outside or corner of the eye, it creates an imperceptible added touch of elegance by CHANEL.
ILLUSION D'OMBRE ENVOL is a peach shade as light as a feather that shimmers on eyelids. A shade close to the skin tone to be worn as a veil of light, alone or combined with the intense eyeshadows of the collection.
INIMITABLE INTENSE ESSENTIAL NOIR, for a mascara that enhances lashes in their every dimension: extended, plumped and curled to perfection.

The velvety, matte and luminous texture expresses the essence of the colour on lips. LA FLAMBOYANTE, a fiery red, is matched and worn with the nail colour PHÉNIX. A volcanic duo, a style and an invitation of audacity.
VOLAGE, a fresh and sensual peachy pink, draws a natural smile. Always elegant, satiny nude lips define a romantic look and soften the most sophisticated makeup.

Cheekbones are simply illuminated with CARESSE, a soft and natural peach tone subtly brightened with silver pearl.

Like the legendary firebird, this blazing red, captured in an intense and shiny lacquer, adds the final touch to this festive seduction. To be matched and worn with ROUGE ALLURE VELVET LA FLAMBOYANTE or in contrast to the other shades of the collection.


Available from 7 November 2014, this is a limited edition collection.

LES 5 OMBRES DE CHANEL Oiseaux de Nuit 100
JOUES CONTRASTE 180 Caresse 68
ROUGE ALLURE 227 Volage 46
ROUGE ALLURE VELVET 337 La Flamboyante 46
LE VERNIS 687 Phenix 38

My thoughts: 

When I first saw these pieces, my eyes were immediately drawn to Phenix and the rouge allure velvet in La Flamboyante - the lipstick was already on my shopping list, now I feel like I need a BACK UP.  Yes, I think I need.  It is a beautiful, flattering, eye catching warm red.  I wore it the whole of today, it did not feather on me at all through lunch and dinner, and I received a few compliments on my lip color.  This is really a must have red.  The formula is matte, but not drying at all.  

I haven't worn Phenix yet, but I will try to post a follow up soon. 

The Or Blanc eyeliner is a pretty pale golden liner that is quite creamy and I use it under my eyes to brighten up and open the look of my eyes. 

The eyeshadow palette, applies much better than it swatches.  As you can probably tell from my swatch pictures, some of the shades look a tad patchy/ chalky - but when I was using the eyeshadows in my LOTD - the colors performed much better, smoother, and I did not experience problems with powder fallout.  As with Chanel eyeshadows, they layer over each other very well.  I layered the gold shade over the dark taupey shade on my eyelids.   The overall look is a soft dark smokey look with the subtle tinge of gold running through my eyes. 

A close up of the eyelook:

<strong>and overall:

</strong>I really love how flattering this red lippy is.. and you really need it. 

Everything used (all Chanel unless stated otherwise)

face - Perfect Lumiere Velvet, set with Les Beiges 10 in the centre of the face, and Les Beiges 30 as a light bronzer
cheeks - Bronzer in Bronze Rose (LE)
lips - Rouge Allure Velvet in La Flamboyant 
eyes - Les 5 Ombres Palette (color placement as described)
lashes - falsies (layered), Lancome Grandoise on lower lashes)
brows - Guerlain universal brow kit, Anastasia clear brow gel 
nails - La Flamboyante vernis 

More selfies, because why not?

Hopefully you can see the eyeshadows a bit better in this blurred shot?

Overall, I highly recommend Phenix and La Flamboyante.  The eyeshadows are pretty, but not exactly something you should run out to grab.  I think Chanel has launched better ones in the past - and I am looking forward to their Dubai collection = those quads look divine!  

What have you picked up from this collection?

That's all, and thanks for looking! 

October 05, 2014

LOTD: Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Quad 306

Hi hi!!  Recently I was sent several Cle de Peau items from their lastest release of eye quads & lippies.  They just launched a range of new eye quads, newly formulated and there are a total of 8 color combinations for you to pick.  I got mine in 306.. which is an unexpected love for me...as I don't normally lean towards a silver/ black combo.. but the rosy taupe shade in this quad pulls everything together. 
For example, I can use the silver on top of the taupe to add some dimension, and I use the black to add more depth. 

I have swatched all 8 new quads in this earlier entry here - click click.  

The new formulated eyeshadows are buttery smooth and the shimmer are so refined and elegant.  The shades in each palette layer very well together, and they are very easy to apply.  Overall this is a great improvement from the previous eyeshadow quads that they have.  I also like that each shade in each palette is the same size (the older ones have different sized pans).  

I also have a lipstick here from their extra rich range - the shade is 111, a pinky beige.  It goes on more intense if you use a lipbrush, as I learned from my makeover experience with cle de peau.  If you apply it straight from the bullet, you get a softer color payoff. 
I have been using this quite often as it is so natural and moisturising.  So you can see that I am using it almost like a lipbalm. 

There is also a new mascara, but I will not be featuring that in this entry. 

Swatches - 

On the eyes

<strong>Color placement: 

</strong>I applied the pale pink as highlight shade, the taupe shade as lid color, the silver just on the middle of the lid for extra pop, and the black to deepen the color on the outer corner. 
Everything sort of blends together to create this really pretty almost purpley soft look.  I find myself reaching for this quad quite often when I am doing my eyes.  There's hardly any fallout, and the quality is impressive.

I snapped a pic of all products used, and look at the quad now.. which shows you how much I have  been using the quad.  Haha. 

In this look, I also used the black shade to softly line my lower eyelids.  Overall, I love this look.  Kinda sweet, and kinda strong at the same time. 

For my cle de peau face routine and review, click here.

Hope you enjoy this entry, and thanks for reading! Loving this long weekend! 

October 04, 2014

LOTD: MAC x Brooke Shields Collection

Hi hi!!! 

Sharing with you a few pieces from the MAC x Brooke Shields Collection, which is now available in Singapore.  A quick LOTD and swatches of the products I have on hand right now. 

The world has never seen a beauty quite like Brooke Shields. With effortless grace and an inner radiance, Brooke is as iconic as her career-defining roles – from ethereal dream girl to castaway goddess, glamorous model-next-door to accomplished actress. M∙A∙C partners with Ms. Shields to create a limited-edition colour collection of shades and finishes chosen by Brooke herself, inspired by her favourite looks for day and night – easy, modern and beautiful.

This limited-edition Beauty Icon collection is made all the more special with Brooke's signature embossed on light grey packaging with brilliant orange accents. Our life-long romance with Brooke Shields is and always will be forever.

Products list & description extracted from maccosmetics.com

<span>Two Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadows with five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.

Matte to highly pearlized finish. Limited-edition packaging in light grey with brilliant orange accents and Brooke's signature

</span><strong>Trusted Instinct Veluxe Pearlfusion Palette

I find these two palettes to be of high quality with good color payoff in both palettes for all the shades.  Definitely my top picks from the extensive collection 


<strong>Mortal Veluxe Pearlfusion Palette

Gravitas: Eyeshadow x 15

</strong>An Eye Shadow Palette in fifteen cool shades: Pretty, Soft Brown, Expensive Pink, Clove, Satin Taupe, Canter, Luscious, Antiqued, Psyche, Carbon, Shroom, Persuade, Plummed, Lofty and Pepper.

Be like Brooke by day with satin silver shimmer, violet and pink with gold pearl, or style an evening look based on her palette with cool beige, mid-tone grey, dark charcoal, blackened plum and brown. The highly pigmented powder formula applies evenly, blends and builds beautifully. Limited-edition packaging in light grey with brilliant orange accents and Brooke's signature.

<strong>Brooke Shields Lipsticks

</strong>Colour plus texture for the lips. Limited-edition packaging in light grey with brilliant orange accents and Brooke's signature.

<strong>Excite Lipstick

</strong>A unique lipglass available in a wide variety of colours to create a high gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen. Designed to be worn on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick, Tinted Lipglass is perfect for shine that lasts. It's pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic colour. Contains jojoba oil to help soften and condition the lips. Tinted Lipglass is packaged with a sponge tip applicator that provides a quick, smooth, even application. Limited-edition packaging in light grey with brilliant orange accents and Brooke's signature.

<strong>Lipglass in Artful

There is also a brow pencil, cream color bases, bronzer and polishes in this collection. 
However, I will now share a quick look using the 15 shadow palette.  I will try to post looks with the other two palettes soon! 

Color placement of the colors used: 

And quick pic of everything else I used on the face and brows: 

p/s the MAC lip conditioner is really quite nice!! 

and sidenote - I intentionally went for a much lighter and warmer brow look here, just felt like it.  :)

</strong>Hope you find this entry helpful and thanks for looking!

September 11, 2014

Experiencing NEW Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Fluid Foundation & Bases

Hi hi

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! 

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

</strong>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! 

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About Me

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

About this Blog

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

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

My Makeup Style

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

What Cameras do I use?

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

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

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

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Final Disclaimer

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

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