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April 18, 2012

Dior Vernis 231 Bikini Nail Lacquer [Swatches & Comparisons]

It's been a busy year for Dior so far, because they keep releasing one after another pretty suckering me in shades!  I think I haven't bought a Chanel nail polish this year so far (well, excluding those in the permanent collection of course, opps!).

Bikini is part of their upcoming Summer collection which I have previously mentioned here. (link !!)

It is a salmony type of coral color, kinda like medium-rare salmon... which is a weird analogy.  It isn't bright, like Butter London's Trout Pout, it isn't straight out orangey like Dior's Rivera, and it isn't pastel orange like some of Essie's pastel corals, or Chanel's June.

Very wearable, and very on trend for this season.  The formula on this creamy shade is excellent as usual, and two coats give you full color payoff. Dior polishes usually last a good 5 days for me, without any chipping or tip wear.

The other shade from this collection is also calling out to me (Saint Tropez!!!), and I shall wait patiently for that to be available come 1 May 2012.




It is quite hard to take pictures of the color without it looking too bright, because in real life, it is slightly muted.

and you can see the muted-ness of Bikini aganist other brighter Dior polishes

(Bikini is the second one from left, fyi)

quick comparisons

and the nail wheel with other brands' coral shades

it is actually quite similar to Chanel's Orange Fizz.


That's all, and thanks for looking!


What's on your Dior Summer makeup wishlist?

February 27, 2012

LOTD: Matchy Oranges with Shiseido SS2012 Collection


This is a very quick and easy LOTD featuring some of the stellar products from Shiseido's collection for SS2012.  This collection has too  many beautiful shades (that plum red lippy!  that brown lippy!  that orange lippy!) and three new additions to their Shimmering Cream eyeshadow range.  In this LOTD, I shall feature the matchy tonal oranges from the collection namely the lipstick and the shimmering cream eyeshadow.

The shimmering cream eyeshadows are super EASY to work with.  I used my fingers for this entry - and building it up to the intensity that you want.  I applied more towards my lashes and blending it out and upwards to the crease.  I did not use any browbone highlight at all,  and I kept the liner very subtle by only tight-lining the upper waterline with a brown eyeliner.   This shade OR313 contains some multi-color shimmer, and they do sparkle very prettily.

For lips I used this beautiful and wearable orange lipstick, OR316 -- and the formula, if you remember  my feature entry on these lipsticks --- is amazing.. Super creamy, super pigmented.

So this is what I end up with.  I like the matchy orange look, and I think it is wearable enough for everyday, it's quite girly and also trendy.  Try to keep the rest of the face clean -- I only have on a matchy blush, and no bronzer, no highlight at all.

All products used:

base:  Lancome UV Expert GN Shield BB Complete SPF50PA+++, Lancome Teint Miracle Cream foundation, Ettusais Loose powder

cheeks: NARS Torrid, and Maquillage Aura powder

lips: Shiseido Shimmering Rouge OR316

eyes: NARS Pro Prime eyeshadow primer, Shiseido Shimmering Cream eyeshadow OR313, MUFE La Boheme Aqualiner

lashes: Shu Uemura Natural Volume


That's all, and hope you like this look!



Thanks for reading!




June 16, 2010

Nails Story: Corals & Oranges Swatch Fest!

Hi hi,

I seem to be accumulating quite a stash of corals and oranges kind of color lately.  I think I am always wanting to look out for the perfect shade of coral, or orange, but they always turn out to be too bright, or too red, or too watever, and this is what I end up with.    Corals/ Orange nails are great for summer, nice pop of color on both your finger and toe nails.

First, we have a blindingly neon Japanese Koi from China Glaze, it is slightly 'see-through' but the color runs opaque after 3 even coats.   The picture is showing it more red though.

Next, this is China Glaze's How Street It Is, which seems like an exact dupe for Japanese Koi, except that it is not so kah-pow neon, but still a bright deep orange, and it is also slightly thicker in texture than Japanese Koi.  2 coats should give you a true opaque finish.

Just a comparison of the two colors side by side.

Here, we have OPI's Atomic Orange.  This is a pretty intense color.  It is not  so bright like Koi or Street.... and maybe less red as well.   And how cute is the name?

Chanel's Orange Fizz has a pink undertone, and I think the pink tone makes this a 'coral' type of color?  Very soft and vibrant colour.  I believe this is a permanent Chanel color, in case anyone is interested in getting this.

China Glaze's Peachy Keen is very hard to photograph.  It is actually more pinkish in real life.  A pretty hard color to pull off, even on my nails... and I think I can usually wear anything on my nails without my skincolor looking 'off'.

Next, we have Essie's Haute as Hello, which is from their Summer 2010 collection.  I got this in Hong Kong... it is supposed to be a matte shade but not as matte as the OPI shades... I feel like this is a 'matte' version of Chanel's Orange Fizz.   I think I will be wearing this on my hands next.

Another Essie color, very pretty, light and creamy color, Van D' Go.  A soft pinky peach colour.  The consistency of this color is also very smooth, and 2 coats will give you true opaque color.

Lastly, we have a true orange color, from the LA Girls matte range called  Matte Orange.  To be honest, I have not used any of the LA girls colors and I feel really bad about them... I just don't reach for them, though I dunno why.   The color is lighter in real life than the picture shows.

What are your favourite summer nail colors?  And which are your favourites from these shown?

Hope this has been helpful --- my description is very mediocre, but at least the pictures are more helpful?

Thanks for looking!

May 13, 2010

LOTD: Clean Skin with Neon Lips (Feat. Maquillage Stick Foundation & OCC Grandma)

Products used:

Foundation: Maquillage Stick Foundation (click HERE for how I apply), La Mer Powder, MUFE Concealer Palette No1

Cheeks: MAC Solar Riche & MAC Instant Chic dusted very lightly

Lips: Exfoliate lips with a cotton stick dipped with MAC Honey Salve, and then applied OCC Lip Tar in Grandma with a benefit synthetic brush, and also a tiny tiny bit of MAC Pink Grapefruit lipglass on top-- but it is hardly noticeable, I used so little.

Eyes: Chanel's Mystic Eyes Quad (I used only two colors), Lashes from Palz, Loreal Super Liner

With a clean face (focus on flawless skin), little eyes and cheeks color, I think this is the season to rock the bright lips trend.  Anyone, seriously, can pull this off.  Life is too short to worry about not trying out new stuff and playing with new colors!

April 01, 2010

Nails Story: CG's Peachy Keen & Essie's Van D'Go


Just to show what colors I will be wearing on my nails in the next few days.  I feel like I have nothing to say, cos in real life now, I still can't talk without coughing 12983192089012890 times.

This is just a swatch picture.  I will eventually paint both colors on random nails later on.  So that I can enjoy both at the same time!  :)

I know I should prolly sleep the day (&cough) away but for some strange reason, I am super keen to check out the Chanel Coco Lipsticks which are launched TODAY.

I might a collective haul coming later today?  Not too sure yet.   Keep posted!

December 27, 2009

Nails Story - Chanel's Orange Fizz

So I bought this nail polish yesterday... I like Chanel nail polish.. they are very smooth.  I usually get the LE ones, such as the silver one from their 2007 Spring/Summer range, or the Blue Satin..

The color I would be wearing on my nails for the next few days is Orange Fizz.  It is quite orangey, but not neon orange like CG's Japanese Koi, or OPI's Atomic Orange..or CG's How Street is it.... the list goes on...me likey.

Note:  I didn't actually pay the full $32 for this nail polish...(you know the usual voucher, and rebates $$) and so I paid $10... which is more reasonable.  :)

And I saw in the news earlier this evening, there is a report about nail polishes (in Taiwan?) that contains harmful chemicals that if you inhale the fumes too much, you will get cancer or something, and manicurists are advised to wear face masks etc.... well, they didn't mention brands, or is it made in china brands or watever... surely our OPI, CG are safe from such harm, right?  And for the crazy prices I paid for my Chanel nail polishes, I went to check the boxes and labels... and felt a little comforted in knowing they are 'made in France', hopefully they are not so hazardous?  Geesh.  And I asked Sara to smell the Chanel nail polish remover yesterday...cos there is a very nice scent... :p

The colors are also more vibrant in real life than the soft glow effect shown in this picture.

Thanks for reading!

May 23, 2009

Nail Polish Haul from transdesign.com

Hi hi!!! 
I recently ordered another bunch of nail polish from transdesign.com (the link is in my blogroll at the side)... and I ordered these before I realised that I would be receiving my ebay haul.

The service is very good, and the delivery super fast.  I highly recommend buying from transdesign.com for China Glaze, OPI, Essie nail polishes. And check out the huge box!

All the foam bits remind me of a lucky draw box... and it's so exciting to dig underneath, and find out what is inside.

I found 2 boxes inside.... :)  YUMMYS.

The blues - Agent Lavender (which is a pale blue really), Periwinkle in the middle, and the darkest blue is Blue Sparrow, glittery blue.

The OPI, Grape Fit (from their latest Denim collection), and Breathe Life (which is apparently for some charity or cancer foundation).  Breathe Life is a pale turquoise, with goldish shimmer.  Very pretty.

And Essie 's Mesmerise, a flat dark blue.  I have heard so much about this color when I saw it on the site, I had to try it for myself.  And I got another bottle of nail tek foundation, it costs US$4, but I bought it at my nail salon for S$30+ which is a total rip off, if you do the math.

And more China Glaze, From the L, there is the Oh Street It Is (from the Sneakers Collection),  MOM's Chiffon which I will give to my friend together with the Sephora/two faced pressie gift, Japanese Koi (from some tattoo ink collection), and Strawberry Fields (from their Summer collection) bright pink with gold shimmer sooooooo pretty!!    I think I am on a orange and blue nail polish kick lately.

And if anyone is wondering, I compared all the milky purple shades together.

From L we have Done out in Deco, Grape Fit, and Do you Lilac It?  Might swatch them later.

And I had this SUPER DELISH japanese sundae on Friday.  Peach slices, mochi, green tea ice-cream, jelly, red beans, a pretty mix mash of yummy bits.  And lotsa cream. 

That's all, and thanks for reading!!

February 13, 2009

Orange nails, Yay or Nay?

OPI ORANGE in Bright Lights

Bouquet of Roses from my boyfriend

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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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