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May 19, 2015
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Behind the Scenes: Recap of Singapore Fashion Week 13-17 May

HI HI! 

So last week, I had the chance to attend a few shows during the Singapore Fashion Week (well, to be exact, I only opted to go for two shows - the DVF and Thakoon) and also check out what's happening backstage with NARS doing the makeup again for the shows this year.  I don't think I blogged about my Fashion Week experience last year... so this year, I shall try to be better and give you an overview.  I will only mainly be focusing on the makeup and overall look, not so much as the fashion pieces themselves (let's be real, I ain't no fashionista and I don't pretend to be one..who am I to comment on oversized sleeves and necklines?) But makeup I think I know, and we all would want to know the products used in these runway shows.  

The looks are all very wearable in real life, real women can wear any of these looks - enhancing your natural beauty, clean fresh skin, statement eyes, natural lips, who doesn't love these? 

I am sure you have heard so many people saying how fashion isn't as glamorous as it seems, the backstage frenzy is something that takes a lot of shows experience, careful planning and taking calculated risks to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.  Tempers can flare, people can go missing, you name it.. I am fascinated by how the makeup artists are so focused on doing the models' makeup... which can also include removing the makeup on their faces from the previous shows.  Yes, they use some of the same models for a few shows in  row on the same day, and different shows ---- different looks, so each time you have to start all over again.  It takes a toll on the model's skin.. and as a makeup artist, you have to prep and calm the skin all over again before doing the next look. 

I enjoyed seeing the makeup artists at work.  All the tools are laid out neatly, tissues and wipes on hand, skincare, water, if there is any mess going on, it was almost undetectable.  Which is understable, if you have people like me snooping around backstage, behind the scenes interviews... we can't have spilled powder, dirty tissues lying around, right?  

By the time the models strut their stuff down the runway, they would have been touched up, powdered, smoothed over at least 5-6 times.. for that brief walk down  the runway, to be immortablised and scrutinised many times over in HD photography and footage.  The harsh lights can be both flattering and punishing at the same time.  From the front rows, the models can appear gaunt because of the shadows, but facing the photographer's pit, that's when the lights are the most ideal, and they seem to emit this ethereal glow (because it seems all the designers favour a natural glowy no foundation look skin).  

This is the look/ products used for DVF- who opened the week's activities: 

Tinted moisturiser, concealer only when needed 
Silent Nude blush to sculpt the cheeks subtly - This is from the Christopher Kane collection, and heavily featured in all the shows. 
Gina Blush
Sex Machine lip pencil

Black Moon, and Mambo eyeliners 
Sycrorax Dual Intensity eyeshadow 

The result is a sexy smokey eye, natural healthy cheeks and lips, and clean fresh skin. 

That's NARS lead makeup artist Julyen's hand, got him to pose for me with the #NARSissist temp tattoo. 

NARS International Makeup Stylist - Sadafumi Ito - personally checked each of the models' makeup after the other makeup artists have finished their models. He would put on the final touches, making sure that everything is properly blended and done.

Here is another NARS makeup artist, Chris at work, he flew in from Thailand - he was very nice and explained to me the looks done, and also said that every woman needs to have Sex Machine lip pencil in her makeup bag!  I swatched the color, and it was easy to see why it is such a popular shade. 

and more checking...

Sadafumi Ito also did the makeup for Sheila Sim who opened for DVF.
Sorry all my pics were of his back view.. I was trying to take pictures and not shove my camera in everyone's faces!  Haha. 

a few pics from the show: 

and DVF herself took a bow: 

And for the next show... 

this was the look for LoveBonito - which I didn't attend but I managed to get a few shots of the looks backstage. 

Graphic black eye, natural cheeks and lips (in fact the cheeks and lips were the same products from the DVF show).
Eye Paint in Black Valley. 
NARS Sheer Glow foundation, mixed with Copacabana illuminator, and multiple

and the look for Thakoon 

NARS lead makeup artist Julyen talked me through the whole look, and showed on one of the models he's working on: 

skin is prepped with Luminous moisture cream, conceal only if necessary,  no foundation.
eyes are defined with dual intensity blushes in Fervor and Craving (very soft defined eyes) and a coat of mascara.
Cheeks are sculpted with Silent Nude blush  and finished off with a stained red lip from the fall collection 

with my fashion week partner this year, Mabel, looking all smiles before the show

Hope you enjoyed this rundown of the NARS products used and a glimpse backstage!  
Thank you NARS for having me backstage again!

Thanks for reading!

May 18, 2015
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Chit Chat - What's on my "No Foundation Face"?

So I had a casual workday last week, and I decided to heck it with the full face works, and just left the house with a healthy dosage of sunscreen and set with loose powder.  I was pleasantly surprised by the results - a fresh nothing there complexion which is still well protected from the current HOT WEATHER. 

All I did was to use the new Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly - this has a gel like very lightweight formula which I have been enjoying.  I feel like this is one which you can slap on throughout the day and it would not clog your skin at all.  It has a creamy texture, but once applied, it disappears into your skin like a gel, very fresh feeling.  It is almost totally clear, and perhaps only minutely even-ed out my skintone.  I set this with a loose powder, which further helped to even out my skintone.  I just needed to add a bit of coverage to under my eyes and a couple of spots on my chin. 

 Brows are kept the usual...big big I guess.. but that's the way I like them.  And some cheek color, and a bit of lipstick just for fun.  I am still enjoying the MAC Huggable lipsticks... but a new one is really catching my attention lately... I will blog about this amazing new lippie in my next entry!  

So, feeling happy with my no foundation, light as air, next to nothing face of the day, I snapped a few pictures while at work.  I think this is a good way to document my foundation trials!  

All products used listed below these pictures: 

Products used:

- NEW Ettusais Herbal Jelly with SPF50 PA++++
- MAC PRO Longwear concealer in NC20, to cover a few spots
- Shiseido Future Solution Lx Loose Powder
- NARS Gilda Blush
- MAC Huggable Lipcolor in Soft Talkin
- Innisfree Eco brow gel & MAC Brow set in Beguile 

Also added a few new products to my current skincare stash -  I was very kindly gifted a lot of new skincare products lately, and I am trying to incoporate as much as I can into the rotation..in a way which is not confusing to me, and my skin.  I did not include a few others which I can't really form any impressions of yet.. so I shall not include them in this chit chat.

1. NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate - this is a lightweight creamy serum to even out skintone 
2. NARS Restorative Night Treatment - which is an oily emolient cream that feels super luxe.  If you love the scent of the NARS Oran candle, you will love this scented treatment cream.  I love how rich and nourishing this cream feels.  
3. Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil - an effective cleansing oil that doesn't strip my skin.  It emulsifies and removes makeup without leaving any oily residue.  
4. Skin Inc Revival Infusion Cleanser - a dense foamy cleanser, which is my fave type of cleanser.  It contains active ingredients to combat oxidation and signs of aging. 
5. Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly (did I mention this comes in a generous 50ml tube, instead of the usual 30ml?) === great on its own, and under foundation too.  Super lightweight, and jelly formula means it is great for oily skin too.  

among these products, I highly recommend you checking out items 2 - 5 ---- I need more time to see if the NARS brightening concentrate does its trick...but the rest, I am quite impressed.  The cleansing oil and foamy cleanser are just really something efficient, staples type products which I always need and use in my routine..... and the NARS Night Treatment and Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly are pretty unique products in terms of their texture and formulation. 

What are some new stuff you have been using lately?

Hope you find this random chit chat helpful, and thanks for reading!!! 

April 19, 2015
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NARS Dual Intensity Blushes [Photos & Swatches]

Hi hi!!!  This entry will feature the upcoming NARS Dual Intensity Blushes - I had the chance to preview them recently, and shall now share  my thoughts and info with you.  They will be released in May, and retail for SG$60 each. There are a total of 6 shades - the formula is quite unique.  When you touch them, they are quite smooth and firm, not powdery at all.  All of them have this metallic sheen which doesn't transfer too intensely onto the skin - which is a good thing.  And you can use them wet or dry for different results.  I experimented with a few ways of application, and I think for my daily use, I prefer using a denser brush to pick up the product and lightly dab the brush onto my cheeks before blending.  Using them wet will give you the most natural sheer color, very pretty, but I am kinda lazy to wet my brush and pick up product everyday. 

Product information - 

Purely pigmented color with seamless customizable coverage. New Dual-Intensity Blush defies genre with a silky, wet/dry formula of unprecedented artistry. Appy dry for a healthy glow and wet for translucent, second-skin finish. Six modern shade pairings coordinated to wear alone or pair together for a range of dynamic effects and versatility. Housed in a new, modern compact design.

NARS exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology features pearls and pigments perfectly suspended in transparent soft base to allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture.

six duo shades, all named after emotions: 

Adoration - sparkling baby pink/ shimmering hot pink
Craving - sparkling seashell pink highlighter / shimmering beachy bronze 
Fervor - shimmering soft pink/ sparkling deep coopery rose
Frenzy - sparkling pink-gold highlighter/ shimmering bright tangerine orange
Jubilation - sparkling yellow gold highlighter/ shimmering soft nude peach
Panic - shimmering shocking fuschia/ shimmering orange pink 

swatches
My application

These are the two that I got - and I can't ask for a better combo, I have the best of the cheek colors (Panic - bright pink and orange) and the (craving - highlight/ bronzer) combo - I think with these two duos you have yourself set for the whole collection. 


These blushes are very long wearing, and they stay true to color the whole time I wore them.  In terms of formula, I think they are quite unique, and definitely worth checking out.  They are a tad steep in terms of price tag, but since you are getting two colors.. I think it is still okay.. just pick a combo that you will get the most out of and that's totally justfiable, right? Heheh. 

All Products used (all NARS unless stated otherwise)

Face: Pro Prime Light Optimising Primer, All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (shade Light 4 Deauville), Soft Velvet Loose Powder (shade Eden)
Bronze/ Cheeks: Dual Intensity blushes in Craving & Panic 
no eyeliner 
Brows: Guerlain universal brow kit, MAC brow set in Beguile 
Eyeshadow base: MAC Prep+prime Extend Eye Base 

Brushes used: 
to apply loose powder - 13rushes Round Powder brush
to apply bronze & highlight in Craving - 13rushes Angled brush
to apply cheek colour - MUFE No152
to apply eyeshadows - MAC 224, MAC 217, NARS angled liner brush, Ecotools synthetic fluffy brush

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

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

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

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

Here is the official product description from NARS:

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

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

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

The official description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yeux Irresistible

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

Inoubliable Coup d'Oeil

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

Illuminating Multiple 

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

Collection information taken from Temptalia:

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

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

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

January 10, 2015
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NARS Holiday 2014 Lippies: Burning Love & Deadly Catch

Hi hi!! 

A very belated entry showing a couple of NARS goodies from their Holiday 2014 collection - which might still be available - and I love this duo combo of a slightly deeper red.  I just noticed that the lipstick is called 'hardwired' - which seems that it is a new formula?  (like how they have sheer lipsticks, matte lipsticks, and cinematic lipsticks...and I am not too sure what to make of this 'hardwired' label).  I can only assume that 'hardwire' might refer to how intense and creamy matte this particular one is.  The color is rich and true to how it looks like in the tube.. and the finish is a creamy matte that's long lasting and easy to wear, making this Deadly Catch one of my top picks from the collection. 

Next, we have Burning Love lipgloss - which is a matchy gloss to Deadly Catch, in terms of that similar deep red shade.  The lipgloss is intense enough to wear on its own as a color.. but it will go well over the matte lipstick too.  It is not too sticky, and wears very well on the lips because of its decent color payoff.  Think of it as a juicy rich red on your lips.  Nice! 

I did not take close up lipstick swatches, but I did feature Deadly Catch in this set of LOTD pictures.  

Highly recommend this couple of red NARS lippies!  
What did you pick up from NARS holiday?  

I can't wait for Summer collections already!

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

October 03, 2014
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20 Years of Audacious Beauty with NARS

Hallo!!

This entry is dedicated to one of my all time fave brands, NARS... as it is a brand that's close to my heart because I already love it before it's available in Singapore.  It is a brand that contains products that are wearable, chic, trendy, and edgy all at the same time.  I like that the brand is bold, and yet so functional.  

As a brand, NARS prides itself on being modern, audacious and iconic.  And yes to all three adjectives.  Everyone knows their iconic blush Orgasm that set the benchmark for endless peachy pink blushes out here on the market now.  Everyone who has another peachy pink blush will inevitably compare it to Orgasm.  And the naughty names - well, I find them a little cliched by now.. and really, if you are into NARS names.. actually, most of the names are after his fave places around the world... not everything is sexual or filled with innuendo. Think of Fiji, Deauville, Cambodia, Kuala Lumpur, Luxemborg..etc etc etc you name it, there is a place that has already found its mark on a NARS product.  

The NARS woman to me is timeless, strong and not afraid to rock a bold lip, bend the makeup rules and not take everything too seriously.  

I am personally excited by the new wave of products that's making their way into the permanent collection of the brand.  Besides the seasonal pieces, we see new formulations of foundations, concealers, lipsticks...everything that forms the basis of the brand.  

And we celebrate the brand's 20th anniversary, I would like to share with you all my NARS stories.. with the following past entries on the blog:  

  --   NARS Entries 

  -- Welcoming NARS to Singapore - this was the start, of the brand and the press preview at the Art Science Museum which saw  the brand being revealed to the press and media at that point in time.  Super exciting.  Everyone was so excited.

 Meeting Francois Nars & Interview  - this is one of the highest point of my blogging journey - meeting Francois Nars himself, who turned out to be so down to earth, so inspirational and so so nice.  

NARS x Makeup Blogette Party 

--- click on this link to see a few NARS20 brand videos in which Francois Nars speak about his brand

As I end this entry, I shall share a few pictures of a NARS evening, in which we celebrated the brand and took lots of pictures.  Hope you enjoy! 

The brand started with 12 lipsticks - and here they are - 

Honululu Honey *
Blonde Venus
Funny Face *
Heatwave *
Scarlet Empress *
Trans Siberian *
Morocco 
Casablanca
Red Lizard
Shanghai Express
Jungle Red *
Transeurope Express *

Not bad, I manage to own 7 out of 12 of the shades, and I must say, some of them are my all time fave shades - FUNNY FACE, HEATWAVE!!! 

And a few pics at the photobooth - by Hello Strangers - very very flattering photo quality and effects.

and more pics of my fave fellow #NARSissists girls 

And some details from the night 

I was wearing 
Black Tee - GAP
Faux Leather Skirt - ZARA
Booties - ASOS
Studded Cuff - Valentino
Studded Purse - Prada 

Happy Birthday NARS!!  Here's to many more years of audacious beauty! 

September 15, 2014
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NARS Audacious Lipsticks Round Up & #NARSBestDressedLips Contest Info!

Hi hi!!

Just sharing with you my top picks for the NARS Audacious Lipsticks - and my final overall thoughts.  I hope you have the chance to check out all four installments of the lipsticks!  Also in this entry is an exciting contest which leads up to the launch of the lipsticks.  I hope you are just as excited about these new lipsticks as I am! 

So it was a weekend of massive swatching and testing of the lipsticks - I already tested them as soon as I received the 40 shades, wearing them out, and also getting some of my friends to try out the shades on themselves.  As usual, the reds really draw me in, in particular the deeper shades of red which I felt were richer in tones, and apply more flatteringly across all skintones.  The brighter reds work fine on me, but might end up looking quite different depending on your skintone and own lip color. 

Links to Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four 

While this seems to be quite a creamy moisturising formula, you do need to prep your lips especially if they are dry before application.  Or else, like any other lip product, it will tend to settle into deeper lines and cracks of your lips.  I don't really have problem with this personally so I was able to give them all a good run quite easily enough.  
I also did not experience any staining of the lips, and re-application was easy, especially for the more natural hues in this collection.  

For the darker shades - which I wore to Sephora's beauty night out (I think I wore Sandra and Lana in the centre of my lips) There was minor feathering around the lips after a couple of hours but nothing very noticeable to others, and which you can fix with the use of a lip pencil. 

The reds are just simply mesmerising! 

And here's a round up of my top picks - 12 of them no less! 

Charlotte - a wearable wine shade that isnt too deep and quite brightening on my face overall. 
Audrey - which is like Charlotte - but slightly muted and a tad more rose-y. 
Brigitte - which is my fave nude out of the group - it's not too pink, not too beigy, not too peachy.  A nice MLBB color for me. 
Vera & Vivien are like Charlotte & Audrey's violet twins (LOL, does that make any sense?)
Vera has that stained wine look again, like Charlotte, but slightly plummier?  And Vivien is in the same tone but slightly muted. 
And we have Michiyo - the only shocking pink in this collection which I like because I find the other pinks too milky/ light for my liking.  Michiyo is like Schiap (not as milky white), it is like NARS YU which I love, and would be perfect with NARS Priscilla.  

And the next batch: 

I am colour-biased I know.. but the reds & bolds really impressed me! 

Lana - a creamier version of NARS Heatwave & NARS Red Square.  It is a little too slippery creammy for my everyday preference, so I would like to pair this with Heatwave or Red Square just to amp up the impact and make a real statement Red Lip indeed.  

Annabella - this is like the RED cousin of Greta - a bright raspberry red.  I think this is quite a unique red in my collection...so I must have this. 
Carmen - this is Jungle Red in the Audacious formula.  It is a true neutral red. 

Jeanne, Sandra & Olivia - Okay, I don't need all three seeing as they are so similar.  But Sandra is actually a very wearable way to wear a Red cos it is not too bright, and it is not too dark/vampy.  My sister, Beverley, LOVES reds like this.  Besides, sometimes the typical red is overdone...and this is something very different and quite elegant in my opinion.

I hope that you found my recommendations helpful (though I am highlighting all the bold shades) but these are just what I feel works for me when I do feel like wearing lip colors. 
 

And to celebrate the launch of the Audacious lipsticks and NARS 20th Anniversary, there will be a series of #NARSBestDressedLips contest being run on Instagram.    Each day, there will be a colour theme, and you just need to upload your fave lipstick look onto your intstagram (make sure your profile is public!) - be creative!  It doesn't have to be a selfie of yourself wearing the lippies, think of how you will match your lipstick of the day with your outfit, your mood, etc etc.. 

There will be 6 winners, with 1 winner per colour category, selected by the local market based on the creativity, uniqueness, and iconic feel of the pictures you uploaded.

Each winner will win the 5 lipsticks featured on that day (Please refer to the table below for colour breakdown).

When you enter, you get a chance to win that colour category of the NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection.  This contest is open to anyone in Singapore. 

The closing date for the contest is 27 Oct 2014, so there's plenty of time for you to enter! 

Just for your information - 

19 Sept 2014 RED [Annabella  Marlene   Olivia   Rita   Leslie]

20 Sept 2014 PINK [Anna   Claudia   Grace   Greta   Vera]

21 Sept 2014 VIOLET [Angela   Fanny   Janet   Michiyo   Vera]

22 Sept 2014 WINE [Audrey   Bette   Charlotte  Deborah  Jeanne  Liv]

23 Sept 2014 NUDE [Anita   Barbara   Brigette   Jane   Raquel]

24 Sept 2014 CORAL [Catherine   Geraldine   Juliette   Lana   Natalie]

Remember to hashtag your entry pics with #NARSBestDressedLips 

Link to the NARS Facebook for this contest is here.  Do check out more contest updates over there! 

Hope you find this round up and contest information useful!!! 

September 13, 2014
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NARS Audacious Lipsticks Part Three - Swatches & Review

Hallo!!!

In this four part series, I will be featuring all the 40 shades of the new NARS Audacious lipsticks which will launch 20 September at all NARS counters in Singapore - I think they retail for S$44, compared to the S$38 for the existing NARS lip products.  I know  that Tangs orchard will carry all 40 shades, but as of now, I cannot confirm which shades are the 'exclusive' ones, though you might be able to pretty much deduce that the same 'exclusive' shades that you see on the NARS site would prolly apply here as well.  

In each installment, I will showcase ten shades - and give you my overall thoughts and top picks from each batch.  These lipsticks have an excellent pigmented formula - which I feel you can tone up or down depending on your preference.  And because they are all so creamy, I think that for longer lasting wear time, you should apply one layer, blot, and apply another layer.  

The new Audacious lipsticks come in a brand new packaging that closes with a magnetic click of the cap to the tube itself.  The NARS logo is discreet and the overall feel of the lipstick is sturdy and sleek - quite heavy too.  As you turn the bullet up to reveal the lipstick you see the NARS graved on the body of the lipstick, and it just swirls so elegantly upwards, very very luxe feeling indeed.  

It is an overwhelming collection of 40 new shades (though some are very similar to current NARS lipstick shades) so I hope that my swatches/ research/ recommendations would come in handy for your shopping needs! 

Note on the swatches, my skintone - 

I am a NARS Deauville, Giorgio Armani shade 04, Chanel 10/20, MAC NC15...you get the drift (a light neutral skintone as far as foundations go). 

Links to Part One, Part Two and Part Four

Click here for my round up

The formula - 

According to the NARS website: 

  • One-stroke, full-coverage creamy wear
  • Luxurious texture and enriched with ingredients to smooth and nourish lips
  • Long-lasting

For your information the ten 'exclusive' shades are: 

Julie
Vanessa
Sandra
Ingrid
Vivien
Dominique
Silvia
Marisa
Kelly
Carmen 

Some close ups of the lipsticks - 

Shades description 

Catherine - Sunny Guava
Julie - Nude Pink
Juliette - Pink Coral
Natalie - Flamingo
Kelly - Coral Hibiscus 

on my lips and a quick overall look: 

shades description

Grace - bright pink coral
Geraldine - tangerine 
Lana - Vivid orange red
Annabella - Poppy Red
Carmen - Geranium 

on my lips and a quick overall look: 

Shades description 

My thoughts on the formula - 

  1. I really love the intense pigmented formula - I often find that such formula are more versatile anyway.  It is much easier to sheer out a pigmented lippy than to try to build up a sheer formula. 
  2. The lasting power of the lipsticks are about 4-5 hours.  I don't find them to be the longest lasting, but they do apply very smoothly and sets on your lips in a very comfortable way.  
  3. The formula is not drying on me, and did not emphasis any dryness nor lip lines.  
  4. One swipe of the lipstick gives you true color payoff, though you need to work a little more with the darker shades for a more even application. 
  5. The red shades here are quite similar when applied on me, but they are that sort of interesting shades that show up differently depending on your own lip color.  I had a few girlfriends try on Lana - which looks like an orange red but it pops almost neon on someone tanner, and almost like a dull orange on someone with very pigmented lips.  

My top picks from this installment - 

My fave would definitely be Carmen and Lana.  And maybe Annabelle too.  I guess I don't have to explain myself here.. these colors screams my name.. lol.   Carmen is a beautiful rich red - and it is supposed to be quite similar to Jungle Red, but not as matte obviously.

I will definitely skip the coral hues - because I am not drawn towards corals in terms of makeup colors.  Perhaps coral cheek colors.. but nothing coral on my eyes, lips or nails. 

What are your faves from this part three?   Do let me know in the comments below!  

Thanks for looking! 

September 13, 2014
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NARS Audacious Lipsticks Part Two - Swatches & Review

Hallo!!!

In this four part series, I will be featuring all the 40 shades of the new NARS Audacious lipsticks which will launch 20 September at all NARS counters in Singapore - I think they retail for S$44, compared to the S$38 for the existing NARS lip products.  I know  that Tangs orchard will carry all 40 shades, but as of now, I cannot confirm which shades are the 'exclusive' ones, though you might be able to pretty much deduce that the same 'exclusive' shades that you see on the NARS site would prolly apply here as well.  

In each installment, I will showcase ten shades - and give you my overall thoughts and top picks from each batch.  These lipsticks have an excellent pigmented formula - which I feel you can tone up or down depending on your preference.  And because they are all so creamy, I think that for longer lasting wear time, you should apply one layer, blot, and apply another layer.  

The new Audacious lipsticks come in a brand new packaging that closes with a magnetic click of the cap to the tube itself.  The NARS logo is discreet and the overall feel of the lipstick is sturdy and sleek - quite heavy too.  As you turn the bullet up to reveal the lipstick you see the NARS graved on the body of the lipstick, and it just swirls so elegantly upwards, very very luxe feeling indeed.  

It is an overwhelming collection of 40 new shades (though some are very similar to current NARS lipstick shades) so I hope that my swatches/ research/ recommendations would come in handy for your shopping needs! 

Note on the swatches, my skintone - 

I am a NARS Deauville, Giorgio Armani shade 04, Chanel 10/20, MAC NC15...you get the drift (a light neutral skintone as far as foundations go). 

Links to Part One, Part Three and Part Four

Click here for my round up

The formula - 

According to the NARS website: 

  • One-stroke, full-coverage creamy wear
  • Luxurious texture and enriched with ingredients to smooth and nourish lips
  • Long-lasting

For your information the ten 'exclusive' shades are: 

Julie
Vanessa
Sandra
Ingrid
Vivien
Dominique
Silvia
Marisa
Kelly
Carmen 

Some close ups of the lipsticks - 

Shades description 

Charlotte - oxblood burgundy
Audrey - red currant
Dominique - Pink Lilac
Anna - Smokey Rose
Anita - Antique Rose 


on my lips and a quick overall look: 

Shades description

Vanessa - mauve nude
Jane - terracota rose
Brigitte - nude rose
Barbara - tan rose
Raquel - pink beige 

on my lips and a quick overall look: 

My thoughts on the formula - 

  1. I really love the intense pigmented formula - I often find that such formula are more versatile anyway.  It is much easier to sheer out a pigmented lippy than to try to build up a sheer formula. 
  2. The lasting power of the lipsticks are about 4-5 hours.  I don't find them to be the longest lasting, but they do apply very smoothly and sets on your lips in a very comfortable way.  
  3. The formula is not drying on me, and did not emphasis any dryness nor lip lines.  
  4. One swipe of the lipstick gives you true color payoff, though you need to work a little more with the darker shades for a more even application. 
  5. The nude/ beige shades featured here are impressive, and I think will be very popular.  There is a type of nude to suit everyone.  From pink to beigy to brownish... you get what I mean. 

My top picks from this installment - 

I love shades like Charlotte - it's all kind of red wine goodness... that touch of dark red which is very chic, and brightens up your complexion. 

I am also loving Audrey and Brigitte - which is not too nude, but quite a flattering MLBB shade. 

I will definitely skip - Dominique - simply because it is too grey on me to be considered a lilac, it's just not flattering on me. 

What are your faves from this part two?   Do let me know in the comments below!  

Thanks for looking! 

September 13, 2014
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NARS Audacious Lipsticks Part One - Swatches & Review

Hallo!!!

In this four part series, I will be featuring all the 40 shades of the new NARS Audacious lipsticks which will launch 20 September at all NARS counters in Singapore - I think they retail for S$44, compared to the S$38 for the existing NARS lip products.  I know  that Tangs orchard will carry all 40 shades, but as of now, I cannot confirm which shades are the 'exclusive' ones, though you might be able to pretty much deduce that the same 'exclusive' shades that you see on the NARS site would prolly apply here as well.  

In each installment, I will showcase ten shades - and give you my overall thoughts and top picks from each batch.  These lipsticks have an excellent pigmented formula - which I feel you can tone up or down depending on your preference.  And because they are all so creamy, I think that for longer lasting wear time, you should apply one layer, blot, and apply another layer.  

The new Audacious lipsticks come in a brand new packaging that closes with a magnetic click of the cap to the tube itself.  The NARS logo is discreet and the overall feel of the lipstick is sturdy and sleek - quite heavy too.  As you turn the bullet up to reveal the lipstick you see the NARS graved on the body of the lipstick, and it just swirls so elegantly upwards, very very luxe feeling indeed.  

It is an overwhelming collection of 40 new shades (though some are very similar to current NARS lipstick shades) so I hope that my swatches/ research/ recommendations would come in handy for your shopping needs! 

Note on the swatches, my skintone - 

I am a NARS Deauville, Giorgio Armani shade 04, Chanel 10/20, MAC NC15...you get the drift (a light neutral skintone as far as foundations go). 

Links to Part Two, Part Three and Part Four

Click here for my round up

The formula - 

According to the NARS website: 

Dramatic Depth. Unstoppable Character.

Its luxurious, pigment-rich formula glides on intense, full-coverage color in a single stroke. A specially embossed bullet, dressed in a matte-black metallic case, reveals a strikingly sculptural design. Housed in a modern, matte-black metallic case with a magnetic closure.

  • One-stroke, full-coverage creamy wear
  • Luxurious texture and enriched with ingredients to smooth and nourish lips
  • Long-lasting

For your information the ten 'exclusive' shades are: 

Julie
Vanessa
Sandra
Ingrid
Vivien
Dominique
Silvia
Marisa
Kelly
Carmen 

Some close ups of the lipsticks - 


Shades description 

Claudia - cool pink
Marisa - warm pink
Michiyo - shocking pink 
(*both Marisa and Michiyo are wrongly switched over in my hand swatch pic) 
Greta - wild azalea
Angela - pink orchid 
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on my lips and a quick overall look: 

Shades description

Janet - deep magenta
Fanny - rich berry
Silvia - radiant orchid 
Vera - bright raspberry
Vivien - red plum 

on my lips and a quick overall look: 

My thoughts on the formula - 

  1. I really love the intense pigmented formula - I often find that such formula are more versatile anyway.  It is much easier to sheer out a pigmented lippy than to try to build up a sheer formula. 
  2. The lasting power of the lipsticks are about 4-5 hours.  I don't find them to be the longest lasting, but they do apply very smoothly and sets on your lips in a very comfortable way.  
  3. The formula is not drying on me, and did not emphasis any dryness nor lip lines.  
  4. One swipe of the lipstick gives you true color payoff, though you need to work a little more with the darker shades for a more even application. 

My top picks from this installment - 

Michiyo reminds me of NARS YU and NARS Schiap.  It is that kind of shocking bright pink that I am always drawn to. 

I love Vera and Vivien and will most likely want to pick these two up for myself, Especially Vera.  It is an interesting shade of red/ pink that I don't think I have in my stash.

I will definitely skip - Claudia - simply because it is too cool toned and milky of a pink for my liking.  But if this is up your alley, you will love it.  I guess it's a love or hate with this particular shade. 

What are your faves from this part one?   Do let me know in the comments below!  

Thanks for looking! 

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Laura Mercier Overview

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Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

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Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

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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.

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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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